Ditch the Bottle Opener Because Canned Wines are Having More than Just a Moment America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene When you think of buying an alcoholic beverage on tap, most likely your mind goes to craft beer. But it’s becoming quite the thing for bars and restaurants to add kegs of wine to their offerings and fill customer’s wine glasses from a tap. This results in a lower price because of the lack of bottling (Can we get an Amen?). It’s great for the environment because there’s no packaging waste (glass, corks, labels, cardboard and foil), plus the kegs are reusable. Below you will find three such establishments where wine on tap is all the rage.Sante Wine Bar, Asheville, North CarolinaLocated in the historic Grove Arcade in the downtown area, Sante Wine Bar became the first in the state in 2012 to offer wine on tap. The current selection of 12 different varieties poured from kegs includes the following—Estate Acrobat Pinot Gris ’10 – Oregon; Gotham Project ‘Anassa’ Moscofilero – Greece; Tangent Albarino ’11 – Spain; Charles & Charlest Rose ’11 – Columbia Valley, WA to name a few.The Chop Bar, Oakland, CaliforniaThis restaurant has a variety of wines stored in stainless steel kegs that they serve by glass or carafe to their customers. The wines complement their diverse menu, which includes charcuterie, artisan cheeses, and such entrees as pork confit, oxtail poutine and rainbow trout.Vera Restaurant, Chicago, IllinoisRecently named by Chicago Magazine as one of the city’s top wine bars, Vera has some varieties on tap to complement the Spanish tapas plates. Operated by Elizabeth and Mark Mendez, the wine selection features seasonally rotating choices from Spain, Europe and the Americas. Editors’ Recommendations Get Naked with Independent Winemakers with NakedWines Delivery Kit The Best Kegerators for Serving Fresh, Cold Draft Beer Right at Home The Best Steakhouse Whiskey Collections in the United States
Over $1 billion has been spent to improve the delivery of potable water to several communities in south eastern St. Catherine and its environs, says Minister of State in the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Colin Fagan.The improvements, which were completed in May 2013, fall under the Portmore Pipeline Project implemented by the National Water Commission (NWC).Mr. Fagan, who provided details during his recent Sectoral presentation in the House of Representatives, said the project involved the construction of 10 kilometres of 30-inch transmission main from the Rio Cobre pipeline in Caymanas, across Mandela Highway, along Municipal Boulevard, and to the existing Marley Hill Reservoir at Braeton.It also included reinforcement of the distribution network in Passage Fort Drive, Germaine Road, Port Henderson Drive, and Portmore Parkway.“While the inconsistent water supply has not been fully resolved, it has certainly improved. The residents in areas of Cumberland, Edgewater, Independence City, Passage Fort and Waterford, to name a few, are already experiencing the benefits of this work which was completed…two months ahead of schedule,” he said.Mr. Fagan informed that phase two of the water supply improvement exercise is underway and will see the replacement of the transmission line from Flat Bridge to Mandela Highway.“This will then be interconnected with the transmission line that was recently completed. This phase is expected to take 18 months, after which, the residents of Portmore will have consistent and reliable high-pressured quality water,” he said.Contact: Chris Patterson
zoom Greece-based gas carrier operator TMS Cardiff Gas Ltd. has signed a contract with Hyundai Heavy Industries of Korea for the construction of two 78,700 cbm LPG carriers with the option to build another two. The vessels are scheduled for delivery in Q2 and Q3 2017, when they will enter into timecharter contracts with Shell International Trading and Shipping Company, Limited, the company said.The vessels will be able to transit the new and old Panama canal, providing for increased flexibility compared to the market’s current VLGC fleet and will be built to the highest industry specifications.“These orders mark the group’s successful entry into the LPG sector, which further grows its already significantly diversified global shipping fleet,” the company added.TMS Cardiff Gas Ltd. was established in 2011 as part of the TMS Group of related shipping companies to manage the group’s gas fleet and operations. The company manages a fleet of five in the water LNG carriers and two VLGC newbuilds.
Bernadette Peters, The Center for Discovery, and The Monderer Foundation have announced the naming of the Michael Wittenberg Center for Imagination at The Center for Discovery.“The Center for Discovery has created a remarkable program—unique in the area—that supports the most severely disabled children and adults,” said Ms. Peters, a two-time Tony award-winning actress/singer/comedienne. “Michael was deeply connected to the environment, good health, and the protection of all living creatures. With its focus on promoting wellness and health to expand life’s possibilities for a very vulnerable group of people, The Center for Discovery is the embodiment of Michael’s life passions.”The Center for Discovery provides individuals with a range of disabilities and medical frailties innovative educational, clinical, residential, and social and creative arts experiences designed to enrich their lives through personal accomplishment. The new Michael Wittenberg Center for Imagination inspires adults and children to evolve new options for living.“The Center for Discovery has one of the most current and innovative educational approaches distinguished by a philosophy that celebrates each individual’s abilities rather than his or her disabilities,” said Carol Turchin Monderer, CEO of The Monderer Foundation. “The Monderer Foundation’s mission is to support multiply challenged children and adults. We are delighted to be involved in supporting The Center for Discovery.”“We commend Bernadette Peters for her passion, and we thank her for lending her voice to support The Center for Discovery,” said Patrick H. Dollard, President and CEO of The Center for Discovery. “Adults and children come here to learn of our responsibility to respect and care for ourselves, our families, our neighbors, our animals, and nature in all its forms. It is for these reasons that we name the heart of The Center for Discovery the ‘Michael Wittenberg Center for Imagination.’ The entire center gratefully acknowledges Bernadette Peters and The Monderer Foundation for their support of The Center for Discovery.”For more information about the Monderer Foundation, click here.
On Thursday April 17th, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will host Girls: A No Ceilings Conversation – the first in a series of No Ceilings Conversation events designed to provide a forum to hear from girls and women around the world.Moderated by actress and advocate America Ferrera, Girls: A No Ceilings Conversation will bring together girls to talk about their lives, experiences, and hopes for the future.Taking place at the Lower Eastside Girls Club in New York City, the conversation will join girls from the Girls Club, the Girl Scouts of the USA, Girls Inc., Girl Up, the Young Women’s Leadership Network and four schools from across the country on Microsoft’s Skype Software: Seattle Girls’ School in Seattle, Washington; the Hathaway Brown School for Girls in Shaker Heights, Ohio; The York County School District in York, Virginia; and the KIPP Delta High School in Helena, Arkansas. The conversation, powered by Microsoft, will be streamed to allow people from around the world to join the conversation remotely and ask questions via online video streaming and Twitter.This conversation is part of the Clinton Foundation’s initiative, No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project, which seeks to advance the full participation of women and girls around the world. These conversations and the ones to follow will be used to shape and inform the work of No Ceilings.WHAT: Girls: A No Ceilings ConversationWHO: Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, and America FerreraWHEN: Thursday, April 17, 20143:00pmWHERE: Lower Eastside Girls Club402 East 8th Street (Enter at East 8th Street just West of Avenue D) New York, NY 10009
Rabat- While Israelis in Jerusalem celebrate the new US embassy’s inauguration, the Palestinian death toll in Gaza has doubled, as protests against the US embassy move continue.The Gaza protests began on Friday, May 11, in opposition to US President Trump’s decision to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The protests were met with Israeli gunfire from throughout the weekend into Monday, May 14.On Saturday, May 12, over 150 protesters were wounded and four were killed, including a 15-year-old boy, according to the Independent. So far, death toll of Palestinian protesters killed by Israeli soldiers along the Gaza Strip border has risen to 41–including several teenagers–while at least 1,900 protesters have been injured, as reported by the Gaza Health Ministry.In line with Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel, the US embassy officially relocates to Jerusalem today. In the days leading up to the inauguration, protests erupted along Gaza border, including approximately 35,000 Gazans.According to the New York Times, the Israeli military has testified that some of the crowds of protesters planted explosives, adding that emergency men also hurried to extinguish a spreading wildfire. No Israeli injuries or deaths have been reported thus far.The current protests coincide with the anniversary of the Nakba (“Catastrophe”), which marks the mass expulsions of Palestinians in conjunction with the creation of the state of Israel. Approximately 700,000 Palestinians died during the event, nearly 70 years ago, in 1948.On Sunday in Rabat, protests emerged in support of the Palestinian people and denunciation of Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israeli capitalMeanwhile, the inauguration of US embassy’s opening in Jerusalem is moving forward as planned.Around 32 of 86 envoys participated in the inauguration attended by US president Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, and her Jewish husband Jared Kushner.According to Israeli newspaper Haaretz, a delegation arrived earlier today, with representatives from Albania, Angola, Austria, Cameroon, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Kenya, Macedonia, Burma, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, the Philippines, Romania, Rwanda, Serbia, South Sudan, Thailand, Ukraine, Vietnam, Paraguay, Tanzania, and Zambia.At @netanyahu’s residence tonight: @IvankaTrump, @jaredkushner, @stevenmnuchin1, John Sullivan, @JasonDovEsq, @USAmbIsrael, @AmbDermer (Pic: Haim Zach) pic.twitter.com/7me7NI1rzc— Noa Landau (@noa_landau) May 13, 2018 Wine accident. Behind the scenes @ Israel’s celebrations of U.S. embassy move. Jerusalem, 2018 pic.twitter.com/1TUbf62YjE— Noa Landau (@noa_landau) May 13, 2018
FRANKFURT — The Latest on the U.S. move to end Iran sanction exemptions (all times local):3:10 p.m.The European Union is criticizing the U.S. decision to impose sanctions on countries that buy Iranian oil and warns that the move could damage an international effort to stop Iran developing nuclear weapons.European Commission spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic expressed “regret” Tuesday over the U.S. decision and that it “risks further undermining” the Iran nuclear deal.U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of that pact last year, saying it does nothing to stop Tehran developing missiles or destabilizing the Middle East.Since then, the EU has put measures in place to side-step U.S. sanctions on Iran, including a way to keep financial supply lines to Tehran open and protect European businesses operating there.___3:05 p.m.Global oil prices are climbing in the wake of the U.S. move to impose sanctions on countries that buy Iranian oil.And analysts said Tuesday that prices could keep heading higher.The U.S. announced the sanctions last year to push Iranian leaders to renegotiate an agreement aimed at keeping them from developing nuclear weapons. But some countries got temporary waivers that allowed them to import Iranian oil. The U.S. now says those waivers expire May 2.Among those affected are China, India, Japan, South Korea and Turkey. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday the U.S. is counting on ally Saudi Arabia to ensure sufficient supply.New York Mercantile Exchange rose 10 cents to $65.65 per barrel while international Brent crude rose 14 cents to $74.18 per barrel.The Associated Press
1 October 2008More than a million people struck by violence in the Central African Republic (CAR), including 110,000 who have been uprooted from their homes, will receive life-saving assistance under funding announced today by the new United Nations Common Humanitarian Fund. “The pooled fund will help to make humanitarian action in the country more efficient and better coordinated,” UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes said of the $2.5 million allocated to 16 priority projects focusing on health care, access to water, the survival of infants and the young, and aid to help those displaced to return home. “Thanks to the fund, aid organizations on the ground can channel the money where it is most needed and respond to a breaking emergency faster than ever,” added Mr. Holmes, who is also Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs.CAR has been hit by violence in several regions from rebels and a spill-over of instability in the north from neighbouring Chad and Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region, and the new funding will target 110,000 displaced people, 83,000 more who recently returned to their devastated villages and 1 million others affected by the unrest.Overall, UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have launched a $114 million aid programme for CAR in 2008, of which donors have so far funded 80 per cent.
Government of Senegal reportedly informed officials in Chad that the former Chadian dictator would be sent back to Chad tomorrow, according to a statement issued by the office of Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.“I urge the Government of Senegal to review its decision and to ensure that Habré’s extradition is carried out in a way that ensures his fair trial rights will be respected and he will not be subjected to torture or the death penalty,” said Ms. Pillay said.“As a party to the Convention Against Torture, Senegal may not extradite a person to a State where there are substantial grounds for believing he would be in danger of being subjected to torture. At the very least Senegal must obtain fair trial guarantees from the Government of Chad before any extradition takes place,” she added.Ms. Pillay said extraditing Mr. Habré in the present circumstances, in which those guarantees are not yet in place, may amount to a violation of international law.She stressed that it was essential that Mr. Habré faces a trial that is fair and adheres to due process. His physical safety must be ensured at all times, Ms. Pillay said.“Justice and accountability are of paramount importance and must be attained through a fair process in accordance with human rights law,” she added.Mr. Habré ruled Chad from 1982 to 1990, when he was overthrown and went into exile in Senegal, and it is alleged that during his rule thousands of Chadians were tortured and unlawful killings and other serious human rights violations took place. Although he was charged in February 2000 by a lower court in Senegal’s capital, Dakar, an appeals court later ruled that Senegalese courts did not have the legal competence to try such cases if they were perpetrated in another country.But then in April 2008, Senegal’s National Assembly adopted an amendment to the constitution that, along with previous changes, allowed the country’s legal system to deal with such cases.In May 2009 UN International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued an order leaving former Chadian Mr. Habré in the custody of Senegal where he has lived under house arrest.Belgium had lodged a request to the ICJ in February 2009 to bar Mr. Habré from leaving Senegal while his trial is pending. It had also sought to have him extradited to face charges in Belgium, citing among other things procedural delays in Senegal’s handling of the case.In its order, the ICJ found that “there does not exist, in the circumstances of the present case, any urgency to justify” Belgium’s bid. 10 July 2011The United Nations human rights chief today expressed deep concern over an announcement by the Senegalese Government that former Chadian president Hissène Habré would be extradited to his country where he has already been sentenced to death in absentia.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has opened a Field Coordination Unit in the troubled Katanga province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) saying the area is in the “throes of a silent humanitarian crisis.”Called an “antenna” operation, the unit is being established in the locality of Mitwaba to help strengthen emergency programmes helping more than 165,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) living in precarious conditions.The initiative aims to stem a deterioration of the humanitarian crisis marked by a lack of concrete measures on the part of the authorities to improve the protection of civilian population, which OCHA said remains “de facto hostages of armed men or groups.”The Office said the recent upsurge of insecurity in the area has led, over the last few months, to an increase in population displacement, serious human rights violations, and other abuses on the civilian population. “Rapes, human exploitations, kidnappings are common practices in Katanga,” an area the size of France.It underscored the need to boost the provision of food and protection, particularly shielding women against sexual violence.Only three non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are currently operational on the ground in Katanga, according to OCHA, although the mining industry has flourished. There is “an outstanding contrast between corporate revenues and impact on local communities,” OCHA said, calling on companies to exercise more corporate social responsibility so as to contribute to the well being of the local communities.OCHA also called on the DRC Government to fulfill its responsibility towards the security and protection of civilians and appealed to donors to vigorously support humanitarian action in the war-ravaged country.According to the UN refugee agency, almost 200,000 people have been driven from their homes in the last six months because of fighting between the Government and Mai Mai rebels in Katanga.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jun 22, 2012 10:09 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Darden Restaurants Inc. is struggling to revive sales at its flagship Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants. A key sales figure fell at the chains during the latest quarter, and the company issued a profit forecast that fell short of Wall Street expectations.The Orlando, Fla.-based restaurant operator has been reworking the menu and pricing to reverse declining sales at Olive Garden, which is its biggest chain and accounts for almost half its revenue. The 10 per cent rise in Darden’s net income for the quarter came primarily from the opening of new locations, including those for its smaller specialty chains.Revenue at Olive Garden restaurants open at least a year fell 1.8 per cent in the quarter. At Red Lobster, the figure fell 3.9 per cent. The metric is an indicator of health because it strips out the effect of newly opened and closed stores.Darden attributed the drop at Olive Garden in part to its “Taste of Tuscany” promotion, which it said didn’t emphasize value enough at a time when diners are watching their budgets and have so many more casual dining options.Olive Garden’s menu “failed to keep pace with guest expectations that started to evolve much faster than they had in the past,” said Andrew Madsen, Darden’s president and chief operating officer.Executives noted that a new promotion starting next week â€” two meals for $25 â€” will go back to underscoring value. A new core menu and advertising campaign are also slated for next year.“We’re making progress on our efforts to elevate the guest experience at Olive Garden, and over the next 12 months guests will see more and more of the improved food, service, value and advertising we’ve been developing,” CEO Clarence Otis said in a prepared statement.For 2013, Darden forecast a profit of $3.86 to $4 per share, which fell short of Wall Street expectations of $4.06 per share, according to FactSet. Given the expectations for a slow economic recovery, the company forecast sales at established restaurants to grow just 1 per cent to 2 per cent.Based on the long-term prospects for its brands, however, the company plans to accelerate growth in its fiscal 2013, with about 100 net new restaurants. The company had 89 more restaurants at the end of the quarter than it did a year earlier.For its fiscal fourth quarter, Darden reported net income of $151.2 million, or $1.15 per share, in line with Wall Street expectations. That compares with $137.4 million, or 99 cents per share, a year ago.Revenue was $2.07 billion for the three months ended May 27, up from $1.99 billion a year ago but shy of the $2.11 billion analysts were expecting, according to FactSet.At Red Lobster, the company noted that a $1 price hike for its popular “Festival of Shrimp” wasn’t well received.Madsen said company research suggested consumers would be “largely indifferent” to the higher $12.99 price for the special of any two shrimp dishes. But the softer sales during the promotion proved the hike “turned out to be too aggressive,” he said.Sales at the company’s LongHorn Steakhouse restaurants open at least a year climbed 3 per cent. The figure rose 2.8 per cent at The Capital Grille and Bahama Breeze and 1.9 per cent at Seasons 52. The company also acquired 11 Eddie V’s restaurants in the quarter.Darden raised its dividend to 50 cents per share from 43 cents. The new quarterly payment will be made Aug. 1 to shareholders of record July 10.On Friday, Darden shares closed down 35 cents at $50.04.___Follow Candice Choi at www.twitter.com/candicechoi Darden’s profit rises 10 per cent, but Olive Garden, Red Lobster sales weakness raises worries
Indonesian military says air force plane crashes in residential neighbourhood of Medan city JAKARTA, Indonesia – An Indonesian military spokesman says a Hercules C-130 plane has crashed into a residential neighbourhood of Medan city in Sumatra.Indonesian television on Tuesday broadcast blurry images from the city of a downed aircraft in flames.Maj. Gen. Fuad Basya confirmed the crash but had no other details. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jun 29, 2015 11:46 pm MDT
“I condemn the murder of Rahma Abdulkadir. Her name joins a long list of journalists who have lost their lives in Somalia,” said Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).“Media professionals must be able to work in secure conditions to fulfil their mission. Impunity for crimes against them must not be tolerated; it increases their vulnerability and compromises freedom of expression for all,” she added.Ms. Abdulkadir, 25, worked for privately-owned Abduwaq radio. She was reportedly shot and killed by unknown attackers in the capital, Mogadishu, on 24 March. The attack was condemned earlier this week by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Augustine Mahiga, who called for an end to such “senseless” violence. “Somalia continues to be one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists to operate. This negative picture needs to change,” Mr. Mahiga said, calling on the recently-formed Independent Task Force on Human Rights and law enforcement bodies to ensure that the perpetrators are brought swiftly to justice.
‹ › Secretary-General Guterres looks out at a portion of the Aral Sea, which has now dried completely. Photo: UN Spokesperson Source: UNIC, Uzbekistan Source: UNIC, Uzbekistan Source: UNIC, Uzbekistan “The Aral Sea’s progressive disappearance was not because of climate change, it was mismanagement by humankind of water resources,” said Secretary-General Guterres after visiting Muynak, the ‘cemetery of ships’ – once a port city but now devoid of all water. “It also shows that if in relation to climate change, we are not able to act forcefully to tame this phenomenon, we might see this kind of tragedy multiply around the world,” he warned. The environmental disaster was precipitated by diversion of tributary rivers which drained into the Aral Sea for irrigation projects nearly half a century ago. Lack of fresh water feeding the sea slowly dried it up, increasing the salinity of the area, with serious impact on human health and agriculture. Terming the catastrophe “probably the biggest ecological catastrophe of our time,” one that demonstrated that “men can destroy the planet,” the Secretary-General called on everyone to make the Aral Sea a lesson and to mobilize the whole international community to implement the Paris Agreement on climate change and to make sure that such tragedies will not be repeated. Earlier in the day, Mr. Guterres held a meeting with the President of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, where they discussed collaboration between the UN and the country in the context of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and regional matters. The UN chief also met with representatives of the civil society and visited Samarkand, one of the oldest inhabited cities in Central Asia.
38,544 Views http://jrnl.ie/3456920 Jun 21st 2017, 9:53 PM 34 Comments It’s official … today was the hottest day of the year You were right. Short URL It wasn’t near as hot in other parts of the country with Kerry’s highest temperatures reaching just over 17 degrees.Head of forecasting at Met Éireann, Gerald Fleming confirmed that we were in a heatwave.Yes, I think we can officially say a heatwave has happened or is happening. Source: Met Éireann/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Our station in the Phoenix Park recorded a maximum of 28.6 Celsius today which makes it the highest temperature in Ireland so far this year— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) June 21, 2017 Share264 Tweet Email By Cliodhna Russell However, tomorrow looks set to bring grey skies for a time with patchy rain and drizzle starting the day.Temperatures will still be high but Met Éireann says it will be “rather cloudy overall”.Read: So, can we officially call this warm spell a ‘heat wave’?> Wednesday 21 Jun 2017, 9:53 PM TODAY WAS THE hottest day of the year so far with temperatures reaching 28 degrees.Dublin was the hottest county with mercury hitting 28.6 degrees at Met Éireann’s station at Phoenix Park.
A Comanchero member has been arrested in New South Wales over a brawl in a Melbourne strip club. Mark Buddle was detained and charged with several violence offences over the December 18 fight in King Street’s Spearmint Rhino. Buddle, 27, is believed to be the current leader of the Comancheros, which was previously led by Duax “Dax” Ngakuru, who had replaced Mahmoud Hawi, convicted on the murder of Hells Angels associate Anthony Zervas. It was also alleged that Buddle was involved in a turf war with Notorious, another bikie gang linked to Sydney’s Ibrahim crime clan. NSW police said in a statement that officers raided premises in Coogee, Mount Druitt and Arncliffe, during which “four victims” suffered “various injuries after being seriously assaulted by a number of men.” Melbourne criminal investigation unit detectives had issued a warrant for the arrest of three persons of interest in Sydney, however no one else was arrested. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Stay on target Don’t Just Disclose Odds For Video Game Loot Boxes, Ban ThemWill This U.S. Senator’s Bill Finally Kill Video Game Loot Boxes? Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Late last year, Belgium began investigating whether or not loot boxes in games like Overwatch and Star Wars: Battlefront II were a form of gambling. The country’s Gaming Commission believed these games were detrimental to players (especially children) because of the addictive nature of loot boxes. After several months of investigating, Belgium has declared games like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, FIFA 18, and more illegal. This means publishers of these games can now be punished under criminal law.In a press release (translated by GameRevolution), Belgian Minister of Justice Koen Geens said the investigation began after the loot box fiasco surrounding Star Wars: Battlefront II. Overwatch, CS: GO, FIFA 18, and Battlefront II were four titles the Belgian Gaming Commission investigated. Geen said: “An interview with the sector is imminent. It is often children who come into contact with such systems and we can not allow that.”“Mixing games and gaming, especially at a young age, is dangerous for mental health,” continued Geens. “We have already taken numerous measures to protect both minors and adults against the influence of, among other things, gambling advertising. That is why we must also ensure that children and adults are not confronted with games of chance when they are looking for fun in a video game.”One title that escaped the judgment of the Belgian Gaming Commission is Battlefront II. Thanks to all of the negative press surrounding the title prior to launch, EA removed loot boxes from the game. It did not have loot boxes when the investigation was underway.If the guilty publishers (in this case, Valve, EA, and Activision) do not remove loot boxes from these games, they can face a prison sentence of up to five years and a fine of up to 800,000 euros. It is unclear how Belgium would enforce this new law given that they are dealing with gaming publishers, and not citizens of Belgium. We also don’t yet know how Valve, EA, and Activision will respond to this ruling.We now have to wonder if other countries will follow in Belgium’s footsteps. The Netherlands and Germany have already banned loot boxes in games. Even here in the states, there is a debate about what should be done about loot boxes. This could all be a moot point in the future considering how titles like Middle-Earth: Shadow of War and Star Wars: Battlefront II have already removed loot boxes. It is difficult to see publishers include loot boxes in any upcoming AAA game with the current climate.The debate about loot boxes won’t like die down any time soon. We’ll keep you updated on any developments as they arise.
WWE attendance figures from July 17 to July 20, 2015.* 7/17 NXT live event in Cocoa Beach, Florida: 300 fans (sellout).* 7/17 live event in Newark, New Jersey: 7,000 fans.* 7/18 live event in Peoria, Illinois: 4,000 fans.* 7/18 live event in Danville, Illinois: 3,500 fans.* 7/18 NXT live event in Venice, Florida: 400 fans.* 7/19 Battleground PPV in St. Louis, Missouri: 11,000 fans.* 7/20 RAW TV Tapings in Kansas City, Missouri: 9,800 fans.Source: The Wrestling Observer NewsletterRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Pitches Crazy Superstar Shake-up ChangesVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems WWE Live returns to China this September, Will hold tryouts this July in Shanghai Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Pitches Crazy Superstar Shake-up Changes Google+ Twitter Now Playing Up Next Facebook 7/27 NXT Live Results: Atlanta, GA (Two Championship matches, Karen Q injured) Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Becky Lynch Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It WWE tag team pulled from live events, Batista and RAW tonight, Former WWE star to retire
Following last night’s RAW, Ricochet and Baron Corbin have advanced to the Quarterfinals of the 2019 King of the Ring tournament.Ricochet defeated Drew McIntyre to win his King of the Ring 1st Round Match. Ricochet will go on to face Samoa Joe in the Quarterfinals, which take place next week on RAW from Baltimore, Maryland.Baron Corbin defeated The Miz to win his King of the Ring 1st Round Match. Corbin will go on to face Cedric Alexander in the Quarterfinals next week on RAW.Tonight’s Smackdown Live event will feature the final King of the Ring 1st Round Matches. Buddy Murphy will take on Ali, and Chad Gable will take on Shelton Benjamin. Elias and Andrade have already advanced to the Quarterfinals on the Smackdown Live brand.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-DownVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Why WWE’s The Miz Won’t Stop Talking About His Newborn Daughter Videos Articles Facebook WhatsApp Nikki Bella Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Google+ Videos Articles Ronda Rousey Videos Articles Drew Mcintyre CM Punk & AJ Lee Join Horror Movie Twitter Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Pinterest WWE Smackdown Results – 9/10/19 (The Undertaker returns, Clash of Champions build) Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Now Playing Up Next Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns WWE announces Elias will withdraw from the King of the Ring tournament due to injury