The competition that faces the La Liga champion with the Copa del Rey champion will be played once again outside of Spain.The Spanish Super Cup will continue to change as announced by the Spanish Football Federation today in the European nation.Last year the Super Cup was played for the first time using a single match format, and it was also the first time to be played outside Spain as it was played in Tanger, Morocco.But today the cup has received another modification, as it will be played for the first time in history between four teams, in a Final Four format.The two finalists of the Copa del Rey and the two top teams in the Spanish La Liga will play a small tournament outside of Spain to decide who is the biggest champion in the nation.The announcement was made by Spanish FA’s president Luis Rubiales.The tournament will be played between four or five days and will be a four-game celebration, with the winners of La Liga playing against the Copa del Rey runner-ups and vice-versa.The first edition in this new format will be played at the end of this season for the first time if the federation’s assembly agrees.La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…According to Rubiales, the new format “does not break any rules and objectives of the competition.”“Neutral tournaments in the summer are not well supported for the clubs. We see this as a unique opportunity for the “Marca España” to grow without going against the principles of the sport.”Rubiales was one of the worst critics after La Liga decide to take one official game each year out of Spain, something that the Spanish Football Federation did not like.🗣 @LuisRubiales: “Propondré a la Asamblea que la #Supercopa se celebre en formato final four”🔗 https://t.co/NQM9nLYBCI pic.twitter.com/x640IaDOqU— RFEF (@rfef) February 19, 2019
Nintendo 99 players enter, one player leaves. The power of geometry sorts the weak from the WARRIORS. Nintendo has laid down the gauntlet against Fortnite, announcing on Wednesday a battle royale version of its retro game Tetris. Tetris 99 will bring 99 players together in an online arena to fight for block supremacy. The iconic puzzle game #Tetris arrives, but with an online experience like no other–99 players enter, but only one reigns supreme! #Tetris99 is available to download now, exclusively for #NintendoSwitchOnline Members. pic.twitter.com/iLWG08pmIi— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) February 13, 2019 99 players enter, one player leaves. The power of geometry sorts the weak from the WARRIORS. #NintendoDirect https://t.co/d2Yyx3crbt pic.twitter.com/3IMMWzK3lC— CNET (@CNET) February 14, 2019 Share your voice Tags The gameplay looks like the Tetris you know, just with 98 other players trying to lay down bricks alongside you. Every time you get two lines or more, you send garbage from your screen to the bottom of other players’ screens. Players get knocked out until one reigns supreme! Should be easy right? Nintendo revealed the game on Wednesday as part of a raft of new announcements at its Nintendo Direct online presentation, including more details about its new tactical role-playing game Fire Emblem: Three Houses, as well as the launch of Super Mario Maker 2 for Switch. Tetris 99 is available for Nintendo Switch Online members from today, and is free to download. You can check out the gameplay below. Everything about Fortnite: What you need to know about the hit game.NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further. Video Games Comment 1 Nintendo
Tony Stark records his final message in the Avengers trailerMarvel Studios via YouTube ScreengrabAnother footage shows Tony Stark and Nebula playing paper football. Many are speculating that this is going to be the opening sequence of the movie.After this, we get to see Nebula back on Earth. There are Steve Rogers, Thor, Black Widow, and others. When Bruce Banner tells the team why the conclusion is going to be any different now if they march to fight against Thanos, Captain Marvel tells him that they have her now. As we know, Carol Danvers can defeat anyone.In the later part of the revealed footage, Nebula reveals the Avengers that she is aware of Thanos’ actual location. As per Nebula, Thanos is now living in “The Garden” where he is spending his remaining days as a farmer.The Avengers later plan to use the Infinity Stones to undo Thanos’ snap. As it turned out, all the Infinity Stones are functional even after Thanos’ snap. They all have detected some sort of energy spike similar to the one during the decimation, and this will help them finding Thanos’ exact location.At the very beginning of the movie, all the Avengers will head into space to defeat Thanos once and for all.Avengers: Endgame movie is ready to release on April 26, 2019. Avengers Endgame movie trailerMarvel Studios (@marvelstudios/Instagram)Avengers: Endgame movie is slated to release on April 26 but ahead of its premiere, Marvel screened first 10 minutes of the movie and now those leaks have surfaced online.Avengers: Endgame will bring closure to a decade-long saga which started after the release of Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man. Over the years, we have seen several superhero movies from the Marvel camp and with Avengers: Endgame, we will finally get to see the real end of our favorite superheroes. Ahead of its April 26 release, Marvel screened first ten minutes and now we finally have the details of what the movie will look like in the very first few minutes.There are several theories that suggest that Mad Titan Thanos will die in the first 20 minutes of Avengers: Endgame movie. But now, we have confirmed information as to how the first ten minutes of Avengers 4 are going to look like.Warning: Spoilers aheadThere are no solid details about the entire plot of Avengers: Endgame movie but as per the recently screened footage, this is how Avengers 4 is going to look like:The first scene of the footage featured Tony Stark and Nebula on Benatar — the official name of Guardians of the Galaxy’s ship. It means that after the events of Avengers: Infinity War, these two have finally managed to get control of themselves and decided to board the ship in the hope to get back to the planet Earth. But as we all know, the journey is not going to be simple for Tony Stark.The footage further revealed what we have already seen in the very first trailer of Endgame — Tony’s desperate attempt to send a message to Pepper Potts about the possibility of not to be at home on time. However, in addition to this, he tells Pepper that Nebula has helped him in recovering from his wounds and adds that even though he has got some infection, he is recuperating.Following this, Tony Stark adds that along with Nebula, he has repaired the ship that got damaged before their fight with Thanos.
Prothom alo illustratio.Militant leader Mufti Abdul Hannan and eight other convicts were sentenced to death 18 years ago in the Ramna bomb blast case. Mufti Hannan was hanged in connection with another case. The death reference and appeal in the Ramna killing case remains pending in the Supreme Court. Similarly, the court sentenced 14 persons to death five years ago in the sensational 10 truck arms case. That too remains pending approval of the High Court.A total of 1,704 convicts wait in the condemned cells for the final court verdict. The death reference hearing of many of their cases is being held in the High Court. The death reference hearing of some of the cases has been completed and the accused have filed appeal with the Appellate Division where the cases remain pending.The home ministry sent a letter to the law ministry on Wednesday, asking that the state counsel to settle these cases pending in the Supreme Court without further delay.The letter stated that till 30 June this year, among the convicts sentenced to death in various jails of the country, there are 1,467 unresolved cases with the High Court and 237 with the Appellate Division. These cases have been under trial for between 6 months to 15 years.According to relevant sources, from May 2015 to May 2019, the appeal of 48 convicts sentenced to death has been settled. The law has no deadline for settling death references. However, the cases pertaining to the murders of Rajib and Rajan, the Saudi embassy official Khalaf Al Ali, the sensational Narayanganj seven-murder, and the Pilkhana killing, were settled once the paper book was prepared.According to prison officials, delay in preparing the paper book keeps the death references pending for years on end. With the cases remaining unsettled for years after years, the accused and those seeking justice are both frustrated. Convicts awaiting final decision in the condemned cells undergo immense mental pressure. And over half the jail guards are deployed to keep watch on this large number of convicts and so cannot pay due attention to the other inmates. Then again, in some cases the Supreme Court may lessen the sentences meted out by the judicial court. That is why it is imperative for the death references to be settled as soon as possible.Senior lawyer of the Supreme Court Khandakar Mahbub Hossain on Thursday told Prothom Alo that the government has no idea of what pitiful lives the convicts condemned to death are living and so do fail to take action. He said, the lower courts almost every day pass death sentences, but there is a shortage of judges with the experience to conduct such cases. Appointing experienced judges on an ad hoc basis could be a solution to the problem.Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan, speaking to Prothom Alo, said, “We have requested the law ministry to take rapid steps to settle the death references and appeal cases pending with the Supreme Court. We are monitoring the matter. Also, the relevant persons of the law and justice department hold regular meetings in this regard. It has been said that initiative will be taken to conduct special hearing of the cases pending for over 10 years.”The High Court’s approval is needed to carry out the death sentences passed by the judicial court. This is known as the death reference. After the High Court decision, the accused can appeal with the Appellate Division. The accused can also appeal again after the decision of the Appellate Division.In preparation of the death reference hearing, a paper book is prepared comprising the case description, charge sheet, deposition of the witnesses, the verdict of the judicial court, and so on.When asked what the state is doing to speed up the process of these cases, law minister Anisul Huq told Prothom Alo, “We are taking necessary action regarding these condemned convicts. We want the sentences of those condemned to death to be carried out speedily. The death reference hearing and settlement of several such cases are being dealt with on a priority basis after the preparation of the paper book.”Sensational cases in death referenceThe Speedy Trial Tribunal -2 of Dhaka condemned 10 persons to death on 20 August 2017 under the Special Powers Act for the attempting to kill the prime minister Sheikh Hasina with a bomb planted in Kotalipara, Gopalganj. Almost 17 years after the incident, the death reference hearing was taken up in the High Court after the lower court verdict.Ten persons were killed in the militant attack on 14 April 2001 at Ramna during the Bangla New Year celebrations. Around five years ago the judicial court condemned eight persons to death in this case and sentenced another six to life. The murder case is now under trial at the High Court. The death reference and jail appeal is at the hearing stage.On 27 April 2014, members of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) set up a check post at Lamapara along the Dhaka-Narayanganj Link Road and halted the vehicle of councillor Nazrul.They picked up Nazrul, three of his associates and the driver. Lawyer Chandan Sarkar, who happened to be passing, witnessed the incident and so he too was picked up along with his driver.All of them were later killed and thrown into the river. Six of their bodies were later discovered on 30 April and one more on the next day.Then on 16 January 2016 the lower court condemned 26 persons to death and nine others to sentences of various terms in this sensational case.The death sentences were placed with the High Court for approval. And also 20 accused persons appealed to the High Court against the sentences.On 22 August 2017 the death reference and appeal hearing were completed and the death sentence of 15 persons was upheld.The High Court lessened the death sentence given by the lower court against 11 of the accused to life imprisonment. The full verdict of the High Court was published on 19 November 2018.The accused then appealed to the Appellate Division and the hearing of this writ remains pending.* This piece appeared in the print edition of Prothom Alo and has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabir