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Central and South Asian countries eye co-op in implementation of digital platforms

Central and South Asian countries eye co-op in implementation of digital platforms

TASHKENT, Azerbaijan, July 16

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The foreign ministers of the Central Asian and South Asian countries spoke in favor of coordinating the efforts of the countries of these regions on the widespread introduction of promising digital platforms through information technologies in the field of international trade, customs regulation and transport, Trend reports citing the Uzbek Foreign Ministry.

The foreign ministers of the countries of these regions stressed the importance of the comprehensive and consistent development of ties in all spheres on the principles of equality, mutual assistance, respect for each other’s interests in the spirit of traditional friendship among the peoples of the two regions during the “Central and South Asia: Regional Connectivity. Challenges and Opportunities” international conference held in Tashkent city on July 15-16, 2021.

The ministers also confirmed the need to increase cooperation in the field of economy, investments, energy and technological innovations, primarily in the field of “green” technologies, and recognized the progress being observed in the implementation of projects and initiatives in these spheres.

Moreover, the ministers encouraged interaction in the development and use of the transit and logistics potential of Central and South Asia by expanding the transport and communication infrastructure in accordance with international agreements and conventions such as TIR and creating new international transport corridors that open convenient, commercially profitable and safe routes to the seaports.

During the conference, the importance of Afghanistan’s role as a “regional bridge” for connecting Central and South Asia was emphasized. In this regard, the ministers called for promoting the economic development of Afghanistan through the implementation of common regional projects.


The conference participants also spoke in favor of coordinating the efforts of the countries of the two regions on the widespread introduction of promising digital platforms through information technologies in the field of international trade, customs regulation, transport, banking and financial activity, as well as healthcare, education, science and culture.

Moreover, the foreign ministers agreed to consider the possibility of jointly developing a draft special resolution of the UN General Assembly on strengthening the interconnection between Central and South Asia in accordance with national legislation and regulations.

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‘Absolutely brilliant!’ Co-op to launch new ‘extensive’ scheme in 1,500 stores

'Absolutely brilliant!' Co-op to launch new 'extensive' scheme in 1,500 stores

Supermarkets across the country are doing their bit to help the environment by reducing plastic. Co-op has announced it will roll out a new plastic recycling scheme to thousands of its UK stores

The food retailer has estimated that up to 300 tonnes of plastic bags and food wrapping could be recycled once the bins are in place in all stores.

The new initiative comes after a trial of the recycling points in 50 stores last year.

With 86 percent of shoppers saying they were likely to use the service, the trial proved to be successful.

Co-op explained that, once recycled, the material on the bags and packaging will be turned into granules which are then made into other products.

“This will not only prevent unnecessary waste but also reduce plastic pollution.

“By offering a simple and convenient solution to an everyday issue, we believe we can help communities to make small changes, that together will add up to a big difference for our environment.”

Helen Bird, Strategic Technical Manager from WRAP, added: “There’s no doubt that unnecessary plastic needs to be reduced; including bags and wrapping which is a fifth of all consumer plastic packaging.

“However, where it is necessary it is urgent to design it for recycling and ensure recycling systems are in place.

“It’s great to see the roll out of collections across Co-op’s stores significantly contributing to the goal of The UK Plastics Pact for all plastic packaging to be recyclable by 2025.

“Not only is the Co-op ensuring that the service is widely promoted, it is processing the material within the UK, demonstrating how we can build back better for the economy and environment.”

Co-op customers have already shared their opinions of the scheme on social media, with many expressing their delight at the news.

One person wrote on Twitter: “Absolutely brilliant!”

Another shopper said: “That’s awesome guys.”

One person commented: “Fantastic, thank you so much.”

Another customer added: “You’re going to need a much bigger bin! But good news!”

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US continues to co-op with Turkmenistan in number of areas – US Embassy

US continues to co-op with Turkmenistan in number of areas – US Embassy

BAKU, Azerbaijan, July 8

By Jeila Aliyeva – Trend:

The US continues to cooperate with Turkmenistan in the sphere of economic development in a range of areas, Stephen Guice, Public Affairs Officer of the US Embassy in Ashgabat told Trend.

Thus, these areas include: promotion of the private sector, the development of entrepreneurs, and increasing commercial ties between the two countries.

“The US also supports multilateral organizations and their wide range of programming in Turkmenistan,” he said.

Turkmenistan is actively promoting growth in the private sector, he noted.

The US is one of the important trade, economic, and foreign policy partners of Turkmenistan, with which cooperation is carried out in the field of regional security, combating serious threats and challenges, as well as in other areas.


In recent years, the US has taken a course towards rapprochement with Turkmenistan. Political consultations have become regular. Cooperation continues in such areas as the supply of agricultural machinery, modernization of the technical fleet of civil aviation in Turkmenistan, and import of electric power equipment.

In addition, the US administration supports regional gas pipeline projects of Turkmenistan, such as Turkmenistan–Afghanistan–Pakistan–India Pipeline (TAPI) and Trans-Caspian International Transport Route.

Diplomatic relations between Turkmenistan and the US were established on February 19, 1992.

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Co-op silences woke mob as it hits back at GB News boycott demands with brilliant tweet

Co-op silences woke mob as it hits back at GB News boycott demands with brilliant tweet

The chain was under immense pressure to cave in to their demands and boycott the newly-launched channel after being bombarded with a slew of messages from keyboard warriors. Since its launch on Sunday, firms including Kopparberg, Grolsch, Nivea and the Open University have pulled their advertising.

Last night Ikea followed suit – leaving the channel’s remaining advertisers under immense scrutiny over how they would act.

While the weight of expectation in Twitter’s left-wing echo chamber was that the UK brand would bow to pressure, many Brits were delighted when the opposite situation materialised.

It stood firm in the face of a constant barrage of tweets throughout today urging it to pull its advertising from the channel – which vows to “lend an ear to some of Britain’s marginalised and overlooked voices”.

One person tweeted it saying: “Oddly, nothing from the most ethical, allegedly, of brands, Co-op UK.”

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“3- We will ensure our values and principles are clear and undiminished regardless of surrounding content.”

The company’s brave stance was applauded by many freedom of speech loving Brits.

Former Ukip MEP Patrick O’Flynn tweeted: “Wow, Co-op UK just knocked it out of the park by promising to respect viewpoint diversity and editorial independence in the face of pressure from left activists to boycott GB News.

“Am now proud to shop at their local store most days.”

Former Brexit Party MEP Claire Fox was equally full of praise.

She wrote: “That’s more like it. Corporate advertisers effectively trying to interfere in editorial decisions, or even destroy media it dislikes by defunding, would be a grotesque attack on press freedom.

“Respect to Co-op for getting that point.”

The boycott began after a website called Boycott GB News published the names and contact details of the channel’s advertisers.

It then urged people to bombard them with messages urging them to stop advertising with the channel.

Several quickly capitulated including cider-maker Kopparberg

It said: “We want to make it clear to everyone that our ad ran on this channel without our knowledge or consent.

“Kopparberg is a drink for everyone and we have immediately suspended our ads.”

Brewer Grolsch also tried to shift the blame, writing: “This advert for Grolsch ran on the GB News channel completely without our knowledge or consent, and we’re in the process of investigating with our media partners why this happened.

“Grolsch is a brand that prides itself on core values of inclusion and openness to all people, and we want to be clear that we do not associate ourselves with any platforms or outlets that go against these values.

“We will do everything we possibly can to ensure that Grolsch does not appear on this channel again.”

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Outbreak: Endless Nightmares Brings Co-Op Survival Horror To Switch Next Week

Launching next week on Nintendo Switch is Outbreak: Endless Nightmares, a new co-op survival horror from Dead Drop Studios.

Set right after the events of Outbreak: The Nightmare Chronicles, Endless Nightmares kicks things off with players trapped inside the remains of Arzt Memorial Hospital – a hub where you can organise your inventory and storage cache, and level up your character. Just like before, you’ll head out from this safe spot to explore, gather supplies, find clues, and fight your way through hordes of the undead in a “true horror” roguelite experience.

“Outbreak: Endless Nightmares delivers extreme replayability by offering multiple character options – each with their own abilities, upgrade paths, and more. Explore, scavenge for supplies, uncover clues, and fight your way through the anomalies – each consisting of semi-procedurally generated instances where both the environment and the undead are out to kill you!

“In true roguelike fashion, things get more difficult each time you enter an anomaly. You’ll need to think carefully about which weapons, healing items, and other supplies you’ll bring along for the journey: If you’re lucky, you may find storage caches that give you access to your expanded inventory – and offer an opportunity to restock. But it’s up to you to scour the environment for supplies.”

The game is set to receive free post-launch DLC throughout its first year, and will be available for $ 19.99 / £17.99 when it launches on 19th May.

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Co-op brings in ban for all stores from today

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Co-op brings in ban for all stores from today

The Co-op is the latest supermarket to stop selling plastic bags to customers. The company has said that customers tend to buy a plastic bag for life only once, leading to an increase in plastic use.

This is equivalent to 870 tonnes of plastic.

Addtionally, the supermarket is replacing its single-use plastic bags with compostable carrier bags, costing 10p.

From next month, all single-use plastic bags in supermarkets in England will also cost 10p.

Jo Whitfield, Chief Executive of Co-op Food commented on the move, noting that customers usually by bags for life “just once”.

She said: “Increased use of bags for life has led to a sharp rise in plastic use.

“With over 1.5 billion bags sold each year by retailers, this remains a massive issue for our industry as many shoppers are regularly buying so-called bags for life to use just once and it’s leading to a major hike in the amount of plastic being produced.”

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Ms Whitfield continued: “We believe that it should be mandatory for all retailers to report on the sales of all of their reusable bags, not just single-use bags.

“Right now, Co-op is the only major retailer to report on all of the bags it sells.

“This policy would enable a fuller understanding on the impact of the levy and its true effect on shopping behaviours when customers are making decisions at the tills.”

Co-op’s decision to remove plastic bags for life follows Morrisons lead.

Morrisons announced earlier this month that plastic bags for life would no longer be available to customers.

It banned the sale of all plastic bags in stores, with shoppers having to buy paper bags instead.

The new bags cost 30p and there are cotton and woven bags available too, costing between 75p and £2.50.

David Potts, Chief Executive at Morrisons, said: “We have been listening hard to our customers over the past year and we know that they are passionate about doing their bit to keep plastics out of the environment.

“Removing all of the plastic bags from our supermarkets is a significant milestone in our sustainability programme.”

Customers had divided opinions on Morrisons decision to scrap all plastic bags.

While many welcomed the move, praising the supermarket for being environmentally aware, others were not so pleased about the paper bag alternative.

One person wrote on Twitter: “Stop the greed Morrisons, paper bags should be issued free for people to get their overpriced goods home safely.”

Another added: “Producing paper bags has also been shown to emit 70 percent more water pollutants…”

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Five Reasons to Hop on the Wildest Co-Op Ride of Your Life in It Takes Two

Summary

  • It Takes Two is available now! Grab a friend and hop on a wild trip in this new co-op action adventure from the award-winning creators of A Way Out.
  • Friends join online co-op for free (and everyone can try out the first level for free!) with Friend’s Pass.
  • Here are our top five reasons to get together for a crazy adventure on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S now.

1. You’ve never played anything like It Takes Two

It Takes Two boasts an insane variety of genre-bending challenges and character abilities to master in every new level – and they’re all connected to the story. The experience could be described as a metaphorical merging of gameplay and narrative. Everything that the clashing couple/humans-turned-into-dolls Cody and May encounter in this magical world – be it the gameplay challenges, adversaries, or locations – is a reflection of their broken relationship. Therefore, you’ll never know what you’re up against next in your journey to fix it.

2. Experience pure co-op perfection

It Takes Two’s co-op is no afterthought. Quite the opposite – this adventure is tailored exclusively for innovative co-operative gameplay. So grab a friend or a family member and play together in split-screen on the couch or online. Communicating, working together, and combining your abilities will be the only way forward – just as in any relationship! And remember, It Takes Two supports cross-gen online play between Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.

3. Friends join online co-op for free with Friend’s Pass

It’s only fair that if a game requires two players, one of them plays for free. That’s why you won’t have to buy the game twice to enjoy It Takes Two together in online co-op. If you own the full game, just have your friend download the Friend’s Pass version for free. Then, send an invitation to play and enjoy the entire adventure together!

If you want to try it out before purchase, both of you can download the Friend’s Pass to play the first level for free.

4. Meet a strange cast of characters in a crazy and light-hearted story about love

Ever played a rom-com game before? About a divorcing couple turned into dolls by their daughter? Taking place in a magical world where the inhabitants include a talking book claiming to be an “expert on love”, a vengeful vacuum cleaner, a mob of gangster rodents, a pirate octopus, and many others? Where you can turn into a rolling tomato, fly a pair of underpants, and blow up an army of angry wasps with said rodents’ explosive arsenal? No? Now this is your chance!

It’s a crazy, hilarious, and heartfelt story that’s ultimately about one thing: that we’re better together.

5. It’s created by the visionaries behind award-winning games such as A Way Out

Hazelight is an independent game development studio founded by Josef Fares, film director and creator of the award-winning game Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. In 2018, Hazelight released the BAFTA award-winning A Way Out. And now, it’s time to get together and buckle up for a wild ride in It Takes Two – Hazelight’s most ambitious game yet.

Buy It Takes Two for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S today on the Microsoft Store for Xbox and get ready for a wild co-op adventure! With Friend’s Pass, invite someone who you’d like to share this genre-bending, mind-blowing, co-op only platform adventure with – for free!

Daniel Steinholtz, Editorial Writer, EA

Mini Review: Can't Drive This – A Unique Co-Op Experience That Runs Out Of Gas Too Soon

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Backseat drivers are just the worst, aren’t they? Constantly berating you for your driving skills (or lack thereof, in their eyes), gripping their knees, and inhaling through their teeth at every speed bump and sharp turn. If you happen to be one of these people (and look, that’s okay, we’re all friends here), then you’re going to love Can’t Drive This, a game that effectively gives the person not driving full control on the direction and speed at which the vehicle is travelling.

A word of advice before you consider Can’t Drive This: don’t buy it unless you’re absolutely certain that you can play it locally with a friend or family member. There are a number of modes that can be played either locally or online, but only one that’s playable all on your own. Online mode is fine to a degree, but local multiplayer is absolutely the way to go here. If you’re looking for a comprehensive single-player experience, then this really isn’t it.

Taking loose inspiration from the classic Keanu Reeves movie Speed (which the game directly references in its genuinely hilarious tutorials), the general gist of the gameplay is to keep your vehicle travelling at a reasonably fast speed while the other player quite literally builds the road ahead using predetermined tiles. These can be basic squares, curves, or they can come accompanied by a range of different obstacles from turbines to flaming rings. It’s the builder’s job to ensure that the driver can more or less safely traverse the various tiles within the time limit without falling off the edge.

There are 4 main modes to choose from: Yardage, Game of Drones, Capture the Egg, and Lone Racer. Yardage tasks you with driving as far you can within the time limit, with collectable ‘holos’ extending your time limit; Game of Drones has you navigating an open space to collect holos, all the while avoiding flying drones that drop EMPs; Capture the Egg is a competitive mode in which you steal a giant egg from your opponent’s base; finally, Lone Racer is a butchered version of Yardage which isn’t even remotely worth considering.

The gameplay itself is relatively easy to grasp for most ages, whether you’re the builder or the driver. The vehicle controls feel fluid and effortless, which is good considering your main goal is to simply stay aboard the tiles. As a builder, you can use the analogue stick or the d-pad to move the tiles to your desired spot, pressing the shoulder buttons to rotate them.

Ultimately, while the game mostly succeeds as an engaging, fun multiplayer experience, there’s only so much you can squeeze from the four modes available. They all feel relatively similar to each other, and despite the individual tasks presented, the gameplay feels the same across all of them. It’s unlikely to be a game you’ll go back to after a couple of sessions, and take it from us, don’t even consider purchasing Can’t Drive This if you don’t intend on playing local or online multiplayer.

Video: Square Enix Shows Off Balan Wonderworld's Local Co-Op Mode

Balan Wonderworld© Square Enix

We had high hopes for Yuji Naka’s upcoming game Balan Wonderworld, but admittedly weren’t too impressed by the demo. Still, the show must go on, and with this in mind, Square Enix has now debuted its new trailer titled, “A Hero or Two”.

This particular video focuses on the local co-op mode and “stars of the show” Leo and Emma, who can “save the day” by combining their powers. All up, this 3D action-platformer will feature over 80 costumes and twelve different tales.

Earlier this week, the game’s producer Noriyoshi Fujimoto revealed the game would receive a day-one patch to address the feedback the team received from players who tried out the demo.

“Staying true to the nature of Balan Wonderworld, I would like for us to follow in the footsteps of the enigmatic maestro, Balan, and find balance within our own heart. Especially when it comes to addressing feedback that we’ve received from our demo.

There’s been a wide range of opinions and responses to the demo, and unfortunately at the current stage of development, it simply isn’t feasible to reflect every piece of feedback into the game. However, to offer you all a more balanced gameplay experience, we will be implementing a day one patch for the full game.

Specifically, this patch will adjust movement controls, camera movement, and rebalancing of the difficulty. There’s just over a week left until launch now, so I hope you all enjoy the world of Wonderworld to your heart’s content!”

Will you be checking out the full game when it arrives next week? What do you think of the co-op mode in the video above? Leave a comment down below.