Google Earths new Carmen Sandiego game will awaken your inner gumshoe

first_img Online Gaming Can you find Carmen Sandiego in Google Earth’s new game? Google Earth It’s been almost 30 years, but Carmen Sandiego isn’t done jet setting around the globe and teaching us about it. The international master thief, a positive role model of course, has taught us the capitals of countries, the locations of historic events, and other geographical facts. Sandiego was such a staple for ’90s kids that Google said it’s releasing a series of games in Google Earth. The first, The Crown Jewels Caper, is available now and pays homage to the original franchise. You can play on web browser, Android or iOS. Your assignment from ACME is to track the elusive Sandiego from London to her hideout. You’ll use the magnifying glass to interview witnesses in different cities and gather clues. When you think you’ve figured out the next step, click the airplane icon to fly to the next city.”[O]ur game is an homage to the original. It’s for all those gumshoes who grew up with the chase, and for the next generation feeling that geography itch for the first time,” Vanessa Schneider, program manager at Google Earth, said in a blog post Wednesday.In January, Netflix released a reboot of the show. Gina Rodriguez lends her voice to Sandiego. The show announced its second season in February.Originally published March 13.Update, March 18: Added more details Carmen Sandiego game. Post a comment Google Tags 0center_img Share your voice 1:20 Now playing: Watch this: This $150 smartwatch lets kids call and text their parentslast_img read more

ADB to sanction 250 mn loan for Keralas postflood reconstruction

first_imgAFP/Getty ImagesThe Asian Development Bank (ADB) has reportedly promised to provide a loan of $250 million to help Kerala get back into shape after the 2018 floods. It comes a month after the World Bank sanctioned a $250 million loan for the state.According to reports, the money provided by ADB will be used to provide 24×7 drinking water in cities like Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram.”While the financial assistance from the World Bank and KFW have been completed, the discussions with the ADB are in the final stages,” a government official was quoted as saying by The Times of India.Kerala is expected to make its first withdrawal from the fund by September 28. The loan from World Bank, ADB and KFW, a German agency, is Rs 9,700 crore while the estimated cost of damage incurred by the state during the 2018 floods was Rs 39,000 crore.The water resources department is batting for the funds provided by ADB. They have submitted a proposal for projects worth Rs 700 crore. “The water resources department has submitted a proposal for projects worth Rs 700 crore that include post-flood repair and maintenance of dams, regulators, canals and irrigation structures, replacing energy inefficient pumps and electrical systems in KWA with solar energy-based systems and completion of ongoing KWA schemes,” B Ashok, the Secretary (Water Resources) told TOI.On the other hand, the public works department will fully avail the funds loaned by KFW. The PWD will put the Rs 1,750 crore to widen roads and build bridges.”As many as 55 roads have been selected from Pathanamthitta, Idukki, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Wayanad and Thrissur. These roads will be climate-resilient roads. The DPRs for these have been prepared,” G Kamala Vardhana Rao, the Principal Secretary (PWD) had said.The forest and wildlife department is set to receive Rs 400 crore from the funds. The forests also saw a massive amount of devastation in the floods. With the money, the forest department will build the north-south elephant corridor as well as implement relocation of private estates in forests.last_img read more

5 Takeaways From The 1st Democratic Debate

first_imgJoe Raedle/Getty ImagesOn Wednesday in Miami, Democratic presidential candidates take the stage during the first night of the Democratic presidential debate. From left: former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke and Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.If the overarching question heading into the first debate of the 2020 presidential primary for Democratic voters was “Who can you see as president up there?” it’s not certain they got a clear answer.Rather than fireworks — toward each other or President Trump — the candidates took a cautious approach. Will that be the approach on Night 2, Thursday night, with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden on the same stage?Here are five takeaways from Wednesday night’s debate:1. Elizabeth Warren was consistent.Of all the candidates, the Massachusetts senator came in as the biggest star and, because of that, probably had the most pressure on her. But she was consistent, sticking to policy and her vision for the United States.The impression she made with her answer to the first question set the tone. She was asked a fastball down the middle about whether her succession of big policy proposals would be too much change for the country, and she went to her bread-and-butter response: that a “thinner and thinner slice” of the country is getting ahead and that this needs to change. That’s a home run for what she’s trying to do with her candidacy.We will see, though, if going out on the plank to say that she supports eliminating private health insurance comes back to haunt her if she gets the nomination. It was remarkable that she and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio were the only ones to raise their hands to say they did.2. The gloves stayed on — and the shape of the race stays the same.The moderators tried with the first two questions to stir up a fight between the progressive and pragmatic wings of the Democratic Party, calling on Warren and then shifting to Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar on whether the field was going too far. But Klobuchar didn’t take the bait.“I had to sit back and say, ‘This is the first debate,’ ” Klobuchar said afterward on MSNBC, pointing out that she would have liked to have talked more about Russia and farm policy.That meant the shape of the race did not change. It’s a reminder that it’s early, and until the lines become more sharply defined, the candidates may hold back, although the dynamics for Thursday night’s debate may be different.3. They didn’t take the fight to Trump.It is remarkable that the candidates had relatively little to say about President Trump. It was almost as if he didn’t exist — and the candidates cared more about Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell.But Trump is running for reelection — and reelection campaigns almost always come down to referendums on sitting presidents and their policies. None of the candidates really made the case as to why they are best equipped to take the fight to Trump. That’s especially glaring given that Democratic voters are saying that what matters most to them is electability and that what they want more than anything is to beat Trump.Even Trump was unperturbed by the debate, dismissing it as boring, and he reserved his biggest criticism for NBC’s technical difficulties.BORING!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 27, 2019 .@NBCNews and @MSNBC should be ashamed of themselves for having such a horrible technical breakdown in the middle of the debate. Truly unprofessional and only worthy of a FAKE NEWS Organization, which they are!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 27, 20194. Beto O’Rourke did not help his cause.Warren needed to be consistent, and she was. Klobuchar is still in the conversation and had a couple of good moments. But former Rep. Beto O’Rourke shared the middle of the stage with Warren; he needed a good debate, but struggled at times.He often looked overshadowed, and his lack of policy specifics was glaring, especially standing next to Warren. It was that way right from the start when the moderator asked him whether he supports a marginal tax rate of 70% on high-income earners making $10 million a year or more. He deflected and started speaking in Spanish three sentences later.Later, O’Rourke had a hard time defending himself on immigration policy against his fellow Texan, Julián Castro, who had a strong debate, speaking for marginalized people and communities. It’s always especially damning when a candidate plays into a narrative of them that’s already out there — and for O’Rourke, that rap is that he’s light on policy specifics.5. Tonight’s another night.The first Democrat presidential debate continues Thursday night and will include Biden, Sanders, Sen. Kamala Harris of California and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg.Will Trump be more of a factor? Do the gloves come off against Biden? Does Harris break out finally? Is Buttigieg able to handle the scrutiny after the police shooting in South Bend that sidelined him from the campaign? Will foreign policy be more of an issue for this group of candidates? Will there be any surprising moments?If Democrats watching at home weren’t thrilled with their choices onstage Wednesday night, they’ll have another crop of 10 to pick from Thursday.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org. Sharelast_img read more