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General Staff Meeting This Sunday
A General Staff Meeting has been scheduled for this Sunday, March 18th, at 7 PM GMT, MRT Administrator godzilltrain announced through Discord on the 4th. Requests for items to be added to the GSM agenda must be emailed to at least 48 hours in advance, at or before 7 PM GMT on Friday the 16th.

MBS News will bring you live GSM updates on our Twitter page. MRT NewsChannel has confirmed it will livestream the public portion of the GSM on its YouTube channel. Frumple has not confirmed whether he will stream the GSM, but the past few consecutive GSMs were streamed live on Frumple’s Twitch channel.

by KittyCat11231, last update: 3/12/2018 @ 4:18 PM EDT

SPORTS & GAMES - Team Bacon Wins IX TacoBurritoAThon 5-1
The IX TacoBurritoAThon took place in Bakersville on Saturday, March 10th. The tenth installment of the TacoBurritoAThon, a multi-sport event which takes place every few months in cities across the MRT, pitted Team Taco against Team Bacon in six sporting events: Sumotori, Spleef, American Football, Boating, Swimming, and the Marathon.

Team Taco consisted of Cortesi and KittyCat11231, while Team Bacon included mine_man_ and hvt2011. Team Bacon won every event except for Swimming, resulting in a 5-1 victory.

The first event of the IX TacoBurritoAThon was Sumotori, under MRT Sumotori Association rules. The event consisted of three matches: a qualifier for each team to choose the contestants in the final, and the final between the team champions. In the Team Taco qualifier, KittyCat11231 beat Cortesi 5-3 to advance to the final. In the Team Bacon qualifier, hvt2011 was leading but was killed in a heated match mine_man_, resulting in a knockout and mine_man_ advancing to the final. In the final, mine_man_ of Team Bacon defeated KittyCat11231 of Team Taco 5-0.

In the Spleef, the teams competed in a best of three game. Cortesi and KittyCat11231 on Team Taco managed to score a single point, but were defeated 2-1 by mine_man_ and hvt2011 on Team Bacon.

The next event was an adaptation of American Football, in which each team had a quarterback and a wide receiver. The quarterback had to shoot a spectral arrow from the 20 yard line at the wide receiver while he was in the end zone. KittyCat11231, the quarterback for Team Taco, missed two shots, while Team Bacon’s quarterback hvt2011 only missed one, resulting in a 4-3 victory for Team Bacon.

Boating was the next event, in which the teams raced along a track consisting of rivers and canals within Bakersville. KittyCat11231 on Team Taco gained an early lead, but was later passed by mine_man_ on Team Bacon, who crossed the finish line first, resulting in a Team Bacon victory.

Swimming was the first and only event won by Team Taco. The event took place in a swimming pool divided into lanes, with each contestant swimming down one lane, swimming to one end, where they had to press a button to light a lamp, and then back to the other end, where they had to press another button to launch a firework. CortesiRaccoon of Team Taco finished first, closely followed by his teammate KittyCat11231, resulting in a Team Taco victory.

The final event was the Marathon, in which the teams raced along a course through the streets of Bakersville. KittyCat11231 of Team Taco and mine_man_ of Team Bacon were neck in neck throughout much of the race, with KittyCat11231 gaining a lead on the final stretch, but Kitty went off course right before the finish line after being confused by a sign which he mistook for a race direction sign, letting mine_man_ take the lead and win the final event for Team Bacon.

The IX TacoBurritoAThon was a large victory for the members of Team Bacon, who won the event 5-1 against their badly defeated opponents on Team Bacon.

As the IX TacoBurritoAThon completes, Commissioner Skelezomperman has announced Elecna Bay, Laclede, Venceslo, and Segville as the shortlisted candidate cities for the X TacoBurritoAThon. We will report the final city chosen to host the games when it is announced.

by KittyCat11231, last updated: 3/12/2018 @ 4:18 PM EDT

UNITED CITIES - Resolution Proposed Requiring Monthly Committee Reports
UPDATE (3/13/2018 @ 5:45 AM EDT) - Resolution 225 has passed to United Cities President _Kastle, who has signed it into law.

In the United Cities on Monday, March 11th, mine_man_ proposed a resolution which would require legislative committees, or committees governed by resolutions passed by the General Assembly, to produce monthly reports detailing their accomplishments as well as plans for the following month. The resolution, Resolution 225, or The Legislative Committee Accountability Act, would require reports to be filed by the chair with the signature of each committee member. The resolution would also allow the chair of a committee to unilaterally expel committee members who do not denote their signature on the report, and would automatically remove the chair of the committee should a report not be filed.

The resolution has been met with a mixed reaction in the United Cities. Its proposer, mine_man_, touted his resolution as a means to hold committees accountable by “adding consequence for people who fail to contribute”, stating that “if people are failing to do their job, it is better to remove them and replace them with better, more active members than leave the committee dead”.

Other members do not support the resolution. PtldKnight, speaking in the General Assembly, criticized the resolution for what he referred to as “fear tactics” against committees, stating that the resolution’s requirements “will only work in the short term”.

As of the publication of this article, the vote on Resolution 225 is tight, with 7 votes in favor and 5 against. We will update you when the resolution passes or fails.

by KittyCat11231, last updated: 3/12/2018 @ 4:18 PM EDT

SPORTS & GAMES - Summer Olympics Top Three Cities Announced
UPDATE (3/12/2018 @ 5:55 PM EDT) - Round two voting to select the top two cities has begun.

The Summer Olympics, organized by airplane320, are planned to begin on May 27th, and cities across the MRT are bidding to host the games.

On March 8th, airplane320 announced the top three cities in the first round of the bidding process, as voted on by himself and the staff members of the MRT, one of which will ultimately host the Olympics: Elecna Bay and Radiance Square, each of which received 7 votes, and Whiteley, which received 3 votes. These cities will advance to the second round of the selection process. We will report the top two cities when they are announced. The final host city will be announced on March 28th.

Bidding is also open for the Winter Olympics, also organized by airplane 320, which will begin on December 9th. Bidding does not close until October 11th, in seven months’ time.

by KittyCat11231, last updated: 3/12/2018 @ 4:18 PM EDT