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Report: Arkansas Star TE Jeremy Sprinkle Suspended For Belk Bowl After Shoplifting From… Belk

first_imgA general view of Arkansas' football field.FAYETTEVILLE, AR – SEPTEMBER 2: General view during the game between the University of Southern California Trojans and the Arkansas Razorbacks on September 2, 2006 at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Southern California won 50-14. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Jeremy Sprinkle, one of the nation’s top tight ends, will miss tonight’s Belk Bowl for Arkansas against Virginia Tech after allegedly shoplifting from a… wait for it… Belk store.Earlier today, Arkansas announced that Sprinkle would be out for his final game as a Razorback due to suspension.Arkansas starting TE Jeremy Sprinkle suspended for Belk Bowl vs. Virginia Tech for “conduct detrimental to team”— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 29, 2016Bret Bielema’s full statement on Sprinkle’s suspension:“Jeremy’s suspension has been known by our staff and players for several days so we’ve had a chance to prepare our game plan accordingly. Throughout his career and this season as a graduate student-athlete, Jeremy has displayed numerous times the qualities we want to represent our program. We have standards within our family that must be upheld on a daily basis and unfortunately he failed to do that in the last week. Jeremy’s suspension isn’t drug, alcohol or violence related but one that will cause him to miss his final game as a Razorback.”Now, SEC Country is reporting that Jeremy Sprinkle attempted to steal from a Belk store while Arkansas was there for a team event ahead of the company’s eponymous bowl game in Charlotte.Sprinkle was accused of attempting to shoplift items at the Belk department store at the SouthPark Mall in Charlotte on Wednesday, sources said. The Arkansas team was there as part of a function for the bowl.Each player on both teams had 90 minutes to spend a $450 gift card at Belk on anything in the store. The players also each received a Fossil watch. Sources said Sprinkle attempted to take items worth more than the allotted cost available.This one goes directly into the “you can’t make this up” category.Tonight’s Belk Bowl kicks off at 5:30 p.m.[SEC Country]last_img read more

China Merchants, Sinotrans & CSC Urged to Speed Up Merger

first_imgzoom China Merchants Group and Sinotrans & CSC Holdings Co have been urged to pick up the pace of their merger agreement during a meeting between the companies held in Beijing on March 15.Li Jianhong, chairman of China Merchants and the person appointed to lead the merger entity, said that the companies should hasten the process but failed to mention an exact date of the completion of the merger, which would see Sinotrans & CSC become a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Merchants.Li Jianhong added that the merged corporation would further improve the competitiveness of China’s state enterprises and promote industry consolidation.The meeting included discussions on the merger agreement and the business reorganization that follows as the companies enter implementation phase.Under the merger conditions, the two companies will work on reorganizing their tanker shipping business, as well as other businesses including energy and dry bulk shipping, property development, ports, marine and offshore engineering and logistics.The merger received the official approval from the state-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council (SASAC) in December 2015.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Dozens of North American securities regulators target cryptocurrency schemes

first_imgTORONTO – Dozens of North American securities regulators, including have joined forces to investigate and warn investors about cryptocurrency-related schemes.Operation Cryptosweep includes more than 40 regulators in the U.S. and Canada, including the Ontario Securities Commissioner, which issued a release about the investigation Tuesday.“Operation Cryptosweep contributes to our ongoing efforts to raise awareness about potentially fraudulent activity involving cryptocurrency products,” Leslie Byberg, OSC executive director, said in a statement.The project resulted in nearly 70 inquiries and investigations, and 35 pending or completed enforcement actions related to initial coin offerings or cryptocurrencies since the beginning of the month, according to a statement the North American Securities Administrators Association released Monday.NASAA members are conducting additional investigations into possibly fraudulent conduct, it said, and those may result in more enforcement actions. NASAA president Joseph P Borg called the announced actions “just the tip of the iceberg.”“The persistently expanding exploitation of the crypto ecosystem by fraudsters is a significant threat to Main Street investors in the United States and Canada,” he said.“Cryptocrimminals need to know that state and provincial securities regulators are taking swift and effective action to protect investors from their schemes and scams.”A critical component of the operation is raising public awareness about the risks of initial coin offerings and crytocurrency-related investment products.Investors should always check whether they are dealing with a registered individual or firm and carefully consider risks associated with investing in the novel space, said Byberg. Warnings and alerts about schemes in the digital currency space can be found on the OSC’s website.The provincial securities commission recently warned Ontario investors about five firms — BTCReal, BitSerial, Hypercube Ventures LP, CabinCoin OU and BaapPay Inc. — that appear to be involved in schemes targeting them.The firms are not registered in Ontario to solicit investments or provide advice on investing in, buying or selling securities, the OSC said, but appear to be encouraging investors in the province to trade or invest in cryptocurrencies.The U.S. and Securities and Exchange Commission’s chairman Jay Clayton applauded the efforts to police fraud in the initial coin offering markets.NASAA’s announced actions “should be a strong warning to would-be fraudsters in this space that many sets of eyes are watching, and that regulators are co-ordinating on an international level to take strong actions to deter and stop fraud,” Clayton said.last_img read more

Boeing Tells Airlines to Suspend All 737 Max 8 Planes

Rabat – Following the Ethiopian Airlines ET 302 plane crash on Sunday, Boeing recommended airlines ground all 737 Max 8s and Max 9s on Wednesday, March 13.US President Donald Trump announced that the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was grounding the planes in the US in a press conference.The announcement comes days after airlines worldwide decided to suspend their use of the Boeing 737 Max 8. Boeing’s recommendation will likely see all 370 planes of the model temporarily grounded. Boeing officials made the decision after the FAA found similarities in the crash between Sunday’s air disaster and a crash with the same plane on a Lion Air flight in Indonesia in October.Read Also: Royal Air Maroc Suspends Boeing 737 Max-8 Jet After Ethiopian CrashThe two Boeing 737 Max 8s crashed shortly after takeoff.The FAA said that it made the decision after the investigation “developed new information from the wreckage concerning the aircraft’s configuration just after takeoff.”The FAA investigation found a problem with software that is believed to have played a role in both the Lion Air and Ethiopian crash.Boeing executives stated that they have been working on making a software update since the Indonesian crash.Pilots complaints about the 737 Max 8In late 2018, pilots in the US had reported their concern over controlling the Boeing 737 Max 8 during take-off. Pilots had similar difficulties as those that contributed to the Lion Air tragedy.Boeing executives had a meeting with pilots at the Allied Pilots Association’s where numerous complaints were made about Boeing’s new software, that pilots said they did not know enough about.Captain Dennis Tajer, a 737 pilot who attended the meeting, said that Boeing executives told the pilots, “Look, we didn’t include it because we have a lot of people flying on this and we didn’t want to inundate you with information.””Well that’s not acceptable,” answered Tajer. read more

Lanka urges unity to combat terrorism

Alluding to the centenary of   the  first  large  scale  use  of  chemicals  during  the  First  World  War, which was commemorated earlier in April this year at Ieper, Belgium, Ambassador Sadiq told the audience that the occasion reminded the  international  community  of   the horrendous  consequences  of  chemical warfare. Sri Lanka has urged the world community to stand firm and united in combating terrorism, the Foreign Ministry said today.This call was made when Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the Netherlands and Permanent Representative to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Adam M.J. Sadiq addressed the 20th Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention in the Hague. Sri Lanka’s Ambassador also spoke of the relationship between the OPCW and Sri Lanka and noted “the capacity building programme on the  Safe  and  Secure  Management  of  Hazardous  Substances held in Sri Lanka in September this year in collaboration with Holcim  Lanka  Ltd.  He also referred to the  OPCW  Associate  Program  2015, in which  Load  Star  (Pvt)  Company  Ltd of  Sri  Lanka   hosted  the  industrial  attachment  of  two  participants  from  Tunisia  and  Poland  in  September  2015, enabling  them  to  gain  practical  experience  in  a sophisticated  industrial  environment”.The Conference of States Parties is the plenary organ comprising 192 members of the OPCW and is empowered to oversee the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).  Sri Lanka, as an early signatory of the CWC in January 1993, remains committed to the principles on which the OPCW was founded. (Colombo Gazette) Speaking on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka during the General Debate of the Conference, Ambassador Sadiq referring to the terrorist attacks in Paris, told the meeting, “While  unreservedly  condemning  the  recent  cold-blooded  terror  attacks  in  Paris  and  elsewhere in  the  world, Sri  Lanka  which  lost  thousands  of  innocent  lives  and  suffered  wanton  damage and  destruction  of  property,  due  to  terrorism,   calls  upon   the  international  community  to  stand  firm  and  united  in  combating  terrorism  in  all  its  forms  and  manifestations,  irrespective  of  the  source  or  target  of  this evil  menace”.  In this context, he pointed out “however, even  after  a  century of experiencing  such  painful  human  suffering,  we are  yet  to  realize  a  world  free  of  chemical  weapons. The world is today experiencing  new  waves  of  terrorism.  With  the  rapid  advancement of science  and  technology, the  fear psychosis  associated  with  the  potential  emergence  of  terrorist  groups  with  chemical  weapons  capability  continues  to  grow, demanding  new  preventive  measures  and  global  cooperation”.He further noted “in  this  backdrop,  the  role  of  the  OPCW  remains  indispensable  and  vital in  the  global  struggle  towards  disarmament  and  non-proliferation  of  weapons  of  mass destruction.   The  OPCW  must  be  commended  for  its  dedicated  efforts in  pursuing  effective  disarmament measures  to  prevent  the  re-emergence of  chemical  weapons  and  deter chemical  terrorism”. read more

Prime Minister to visit Japan for talks with Shinzo Abe

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe accompanied by Prof. Maithree Wickremesinghe will be visiting Japan from 10 April to 16 April 2017.During this visit, The Prime Minister will hold a meeting with Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, followed by several other engagements. The Government of Japan has announced that they are looking forward to the visit which they believe will serve to further strengthen the friendly relations between Japan and Sri Lanka. The Prime Minister will be accompanied by Dr Sarath Amunugama, Minister of Special Assignments, Malik Samarawickreme, Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade, Prof Ashu Marasinghe, MP, Saman Ekanayake, Secretary to the Prime Minister, Saman Athaudahetti, Additional Secretary to the Prime Minister, Ms Sandra Perera, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on this visit. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Communication will be key for Ohio State offense in Beaver Stadium

The Penn State student section cheers during a game against OSU on Oct. 27, 2012 in State College, Pa. OSU won, 35-23.Credit: Lantern file photoSimulated crowd noise, accompanied by the famous song “Zombie Nation,” could be heard bellowing from the Woody Hayes Athletic Center as the Ohio State football team wrapped up practice Wednesday evening.The Buckeyes, who have not played a true road game in front of more than 52,000 people this season, are set to play a game in front of what most are expecting to be a sellout crowd of more than 106,000 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa., Saturday night.OSU coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday that the simulated crowd noise is one of the things the Buckeyes are doing to prepare for the traditionally hostile crowd.“This is one of those ones that is one of the top 10, really top five in the country places,” Meyer said. “It is hard to get ready for this one but we have had some good practices and the one thing about our setup out here (is) we can get some noise pumped in pretty good.”The last time OSU played at Penn State, it came away with a 35-23 victory, and redshirt-junior tight end Nick Vannett said Wednesday that experience is something that stuck with him.“That’s as loud of a stadium I’ve ever heard. That’s probably the loudest stadium I have ever played in honestly,” Vannett said. “The white everywhere, it can get a little distracting, but as a team, we are going to go in focused and we have an objective and we are going to come out and hopefully beat them.”With such a loud environment, Meyer said communication will be key for his team, especially on the offensive line.“During a play — making sure the five guys hear you and (eliminating) the silly penalties. A lot of times it (the cadence) goes on the center,” Meyer said. “We have been decent about it but you have seen sometimes it looks like a circus out there.”The last time the Buckeyes played on the road, they committed seven penalties, costing them 66 yards in a 52-24 victory against Maryland. Among those penalties was a false start, an illegal motion and two delay of game penalties.Redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman Pat Elflein echoed his coach’s comments and added that he believes the Buckeye offense can be effective in spite of the atmosphere if they can excel in one particular aspect.“Communication. Identifying what they are doing, and communicating it to all the guys on the line,” Elflein said. “That’s going to be the key is communicating in that hostile environment. If we can do that, we will have a successful day.”Elflein said the offensive line has worked hard this week on preparing for the crowd noise, including new ways of communicating if the environment causes too many issues.One of those things being the addition of hand signals, something Elflein said has been an adjustment.“We have got different procedures in case we can’t hear that we have been practicing,” Elflein said. “We practice the verbal (signals) from camp and so this week is just different getting adjusted to (new ones) and (if) we can adjust we will be fine.” The Buckeye offense will be playing against more than just the crowd noise Saturday as the Nittany Lions boast the top rushing defense in the country, allowing just 60.83 yards per game on the ground.In contrast, the OSU offense ranks 17th in the country in rushing, averaging 259.83 yards per game, including racking up 324 yards on the ground against Rutgers last week.Despite the stifling Nittany Lion defense, Vannett said the Buckeye offense isn’t intimidated.“They are very athletic. It’s the Big Ten so everyone is going to have good players, especially them,” Vannett said. “We are not going to change who we are either. It doesn’t matter if we are playing Penn State or some other team. We are going to go in, coming out fast like we always have and come back with a win.”The Nittany Lion defense also has allowed just seven red zone touchdowns this season on 19 trips for opponents. Only one of those touchdowns has been by way of a pass, something Vannett said he was not aware of.“I actually didn’t know that,” he said. “But I am sure that will change this coming up Saturday.”The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions are scheduled to kick off at 8 p.m. at Beaver Stadium. read more

McDonalds says it will phase out plastic straws from all UK restaurants

first_imgEarlier this year, Leon announced it has replaced plastic straws with a biodegradable alternative.Co-founder John Vincent told the Evening Standard at the time: “A third of the Barrier Reef is just not functioning, a third is in peril. There’s plastic everywhere on the beaches. I vowed to come back and make a dramatic contribution to end this madness.” Show more Higher-end restaurants have also joined the initiative, including the 40 owned by D&D, which include Quaglino’s and Le Pont de la Tour.Many MPs are urging bars, restaurant and pubs in their constituencies to stop using plastic straws. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. This campaign has cross-party support; earlier this year Business minister Andrew Griffiths asked the pub companies in his constituency to stop using plastic straws. Rosena Allin-Khan, the MP for Tooting, began an initiative to do so earlier this year, and has managed to encourage over half of the local bars and restaurants to sign up.26 out of 41 bars and pubs from Balham, Earlsfield and Tooting have said they will stop using the straws.She told The Telegraph: “Plastic straws can be particularly dangerous for sea-life; if we replaced them with an environmentally friendly alternative, it would go a long way to protecting our oceans and reducing plastic consumption. “As the MP for Tooting, I am proud of how our community always comes together for the greater good. That’s why I’ve been asking local bars and pubs to pledge that they will go plastic straw-free. We all have a responsibility to protect the environment, and this is a small change that can make a big difference.”26 out of the 41 bars and pubs in our area have signed the pledge, other bars have commented that paper straws are more expensive and this prevents them from switching over. The Government should roll this out across the UK and support the small, local pubs and bars to ensure they can get biodegradable straws at the same price as plastic.” McDonald’s has become the latest restaurant chain to say it will phase out plastic straws from its UK restaurants. The fast-food chain said it is “really close” to the point where all its packaging can be recycled, but its straws are still unrecyclable.To remedy this, the company is trialing paper straws from May in some of its 1,300 restaurants, and will be keeping straws behind the counter, so customers have to ask to receive them.Paul Pomroy, the UK chief executive, told Sky News: “Customers have told us that they don’t want to be given a straw and that they want to have to ask for one, so we’re acting on that.”Straws are one of those things that people feel passionately about, and rightly so, and we’re moving those straws behind the front counter.”Other chains have also banned plastic straws from their restaurants.last_img read more

Daria Dmitrieva is the World Young Female Handball Player 20142015

Handball-Planet.com is pleased to announce the results of Voting Contest for the World’s Best Young Female Handball Player 2014/2015 (generation 1993 and younger). Russian youngstar from the fourth best team in Europe last season, Daria Dmitrieva (1995), has got the highest number of points based on cumulative votes of the international Jury members and Handball-Planet.com visitors. Promising performance of the 20 years-old Dmitrieva, who scored 76 goals in the EHF Champions League’s season gave her the best position in the race for the prestigious award.Dmitrieva won the award with 15 points, three more than Hungarian left wing Dorina Korsos on the second place.In two weeks of voting period 15.034 votes for 21 nominated players have shown the outstanding interest for our project, who has the goal to present the future stars of our sport.COMPLETE RESULTS – BEST 7VOTING PROCESS – YOUR VOTESHandball-Planet team want to thank all media, teams, TOP players, coaches and handball fans worlwide for making our project so big this year! ← Previous Story WCh2015: Denmark, Hungary, Serbia and Montenegro in Group A Next Story → WORLD YOUNG HANDBALL FEMALE ALL STAR TEAM 2014/2015 read more

Students develop robotic arm that could make you stronger

first_imgNEED A HAND lifting something? A robotic device invented by University of Pennsylvania engineering students can help its wearer carry an additional 40 pounds.Titan Arm looks and sounds like part of a superhero’s costume. But its creators say it’s designed for ordinary people — those who need either physical rehabilitation or a little extra muscle for their job.In technical terms, the apparatus is an untethered, upper-body exoskeleton; to the layman, it’s essentially a battery-powered arm brace attached to a backpack. Either way, Titan Arm’s cost-efficient design has won the team accolades and at least $75,000 in prize money.“They built something that people can relate to,” said Robert Carpick, chairman of Penn’s mechanical engineering department. “And of course it appeals clearly to what we’ve all seen in so many science-fiction movies of superhuman strength being endowed by an exoskeleton.”RehabilitationThe project builds on existing studies of such body equipment, sometimes called “wearable robots.” Research companies have built lower-body exoskeletons that help paralysed people walk, though current models aren’t approved for retail and can cost $50,000 to $100,000.The Penn students were moved by the power of that concept — restoring mobility to those who have suffered traumas — as well as the idea of preventing injuries in those who perform repetitive heavy-lifting tasks, said team member Nick Parrotta.Nick McGill wears the Titan Arm, which was created for less than $2,000 (Image: AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)“When we started talking to physical therapists and prospective users, or people who have gone through these types of injuries, we just kept on getting more and more motivated,” said Parrotta, now in graduate school at the university.So for their senior capstone project last year, Parrotta and classmates Elizabeth Beattie, Nick McGill and Niko Vladimirov set out to develop an affordable, lightweight suit for the right arm. They modeled pieces using 3-D printers and computer design programs, eventually making most components out of aluminum, Beattie said.The final product cost less than $2,000 and weighs 18 pounds — less than the backpack that Beattie usually carries. A handheld joystick controls motorised cables that raise and lower the arm; sensors measure the wearer’s range of motion to help track rehab progress.Aging populationSince its unveiling, Titan Arm has won the $10,000 Intel Cornell Cup USA and the $65,000 James Dyson Award. The resulting publicity generated a slew of interest from potential users, including grandparents who find it hard to lift their grandchildren.“We found out that some people can’t even lift a cast-iron pan to cook dinner,” McGill said.Experts say the aging population represents a potentially big customer base for exoskeletons, which originally were researched for military applications.(Image: AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)“There is certainly a market, but it’s slowly emerging because the systems are not perfect as yet,” said Paolo Bonato, director of the Motion Analysis Lab at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston.Titan Arm’s design impressed Yong-Lae Park, an assistant professor of robotics at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh who watched a video demonstration. He noted, though, that its low cost represent parts only, not the salaries or marketing built into the price of other products.Park’s research is focused on making exoskeletons less noticeable — “more like a Spider-Man suit than an Iron Man suit,” he said.The Titan team hopes to refine their prototype, although three members are now busy with graduate studies at Penn and one is working on the West Coast.Among the considerations, Parrotta said, are different control strategies and more innovative materials and manufacturing.And, of course, a second arm.Read: Scientists control helicopter – using only their minds >Read: College students build robotic arm for disabled teenager >last_img read more

Nos vaches descenderaient elles daurochs domestiqués il y a 10 500 ans

first_imgNos vaches descenderaient – elles d’aurochs domestiqués il y a 10 500 ans ?Proche-Orient – Publiant ses travaux dans la revue Molecular Biology and Evolution., une équipe européenne a établi génétiquement l’origine probable de tous les bovins domestiques actuels : quelques dizaines d’aurochs que les hommes du Néolithique auraient capturés et domestiqués il y a 10.500 ans, au Proche-Orient – ce qui cadre avec les données archéologiques.Des chercheurs du CNRS, du Musée National d’Histoire Naturelle, de l’Université de Mayence (Allemagne), et de l’University College de Londres ont procédé à l’extraction d’ADN d’os fossilisés de bovins domestiques parmi les plus anciens connus. Trouvés en Iran, ils ont fait l’objet d’analyses de séquences. Via des simulations informatiques, ces dernières ont été comparées à celles de bovins modernes.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?L’équipe a pu établir que ces bovins étaient probablement tous issus d’un noyau restreint de quelque 80 aurochs (bœufs sauvages préhistoriques), capturés et domestiqués il y a 10 500 ans au Proche-Orient. “Dans cette étude, l’analyse génétique nous a permis de répondre à des questions que – jusqu’à présent – les archéologues n’auraient même pas tenté de soulever”, explique le Dr Jean-Denis Vigne, bio-archéologue au CNRS.”Ce petit nombre de progéniteurs des bovins est compatible avec la zone restreinte pour laquelle les archéologues ont des indices sur le début de leur domestication, il y a 10 500 ans. Cette zone  très restreinte pourrait s’expliquer par le fait que l’élevage bovin, contrairement à l’élevage des chèvres, par exemple, aurait été très difficile pour des sociétés nomades, et que seules certaines communautés étaient sédentaires, à cette époque, au Proche-Orient”, conclut le chercheur.Le 29 mars 2012 à 12:27 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Game of the Year Jordan Minors Actual Games of the Year

first_imgStay on target For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year!What’s this? Two Game of the Year columns in one week? It’s a holiday miracle! And since this is the last time I’ll be sharing the best games of 2016 in the year 2016, I thought it’d be appropriate to actually run down what were, in my opinion, the ten best games of 2016. No jokes. No memes. This is serious, objective, games journalism. So let’s get started!10. Pokemon GoConsidering how much traffic this game brought in Pokemon Go should be Geek.com’s game of the century. As a game, it’s far from perfect. It’s limited, the combat is painfully simplistic, and developer Niantic has been caught completely off-guard by the game’s massive success. But catching Pokemon in the real world is just so cool. Watching that fantasy become a worldwide phenomenon has been the most fascinating moment in gaming of this entire year.9. ThumperI already talked about Thumper in a previous game of the year column, but I have grown to appreciate it more since then. Once I started treating it less like a “music” rhythm game and more like a “noise” rhythm game it all snapped together a little better. Plus it’s one of the most intense and trippy virtual reality experiences you can have right now. What else are you playing on those big, pricey headsets?8. SeveredAnother game I’ve already written a little about, Severed was a rare, quality PlayStation Vita exclusive before moving to mobile, 3DS, and Wii U. Seeing DrinkBox Studios use its art prowess for something more serious than memes was a nice change of pace. Meanwhile, Zelda-style dungeon exploring pairs nicely with Infinity Blade touchscreen combat. To top it all off, the game is smart enough to end before it wears out its welcome.7. Pokken TournamentWith Smash Bros. you’d think Nintendo wouldn’t need another fighting franchise. But Pokken Tournament is more than a double dip. Developed by the Tekken team, it combines the 3D fighting off that franchise (mostly) seamlessly with fighting on a 2D plane using controls surprisingly simple to learn but capable of EVO-level depth. Plus, the Pokemon themselves have never been more visually detailed.6. Fire Emblem FatesFire Emblem Fates didn’t need to be three games and doesn’t justify it’ child soldier mechanic quite as well as its superior 3DS predecessor Fire Emblem Awakening. Still, the Fire Emblem fantasy tactics formula has basically been perfected. Customizing your lord and choosing between your goth knight family or cheery ninja family is great. Romancing your units to the point of marriage also remains the best feature ever put into a strategy game.5. Overwatch2016’s thirstiest shooter, Overwatch takes the stylish designs and varied play styles of a fighting game roster and applies them to a team-based first-person shooter. Add in Blizzard’s smart, meticulous approach to multiplayer balance and a welcoming atmosphere for players of all skill levels. The only thing missing is a single-player mode that actually makes use of all these great characters and lore.4. Forza Horizon 3They should make another Burnout Paradise. But until then, these Forza Horizon games will have to do. Fortunately, they’re pretty great! Forza Horizon 3 is the best yet. Racing around different Australian locales to expand your stupid car festival is fantastic. Racing against trains, planes, and other automobiles is tons of dumb fun. It’s gorgeous, too, especially on a high-end gaming PC but even on an Xbox One. Now we go back to waiting for a new Burnout.3. SuperhotIn a year full of great, unique shooters, Superhot’s hook is probably the most inventive. Time only moves when you do. So as you pump enemies full of your bullets, you’re skillfully weaving between theirs. It’s like John Wick meets Braid. The developers craft a ton of excellent puzzles with this idea, as well as a Fight Club-esque meta-narrative. The recent VR edition isn’t quite the same game, but it’s equally phenomenal.2. Titanfall 2Titanfall 2 is the best Mirror’s Edge game in a year that also had the sequel to Mirror’s Edge. Double-jumping and wall-running and sprinting and sliding and all of the other buttery-smooth movement options just feel so profoundly satisfying. And that’s before you command a giant robot to stick you in its chest to increase your firepower. Obviously the multiplayer is on point, but the real highlight is the brief but brilliant single-player mode full of enough creativity to rival a Valve game.1. DoomThere was no way a new Wolfenstein could be good. And then Wolfenstein: The New Order was great. There was no way a new Doom could be great. And then Doom was the best video game of 2016. This raucous romp through Hell emerged from its own years-long development hell to prove just how fresh and fantastic this elder statesman shooter franchise could be. I once called Doom “a shoot ‘em up that disemboweled an FPS and is running around in its bloody skin.” If that doesn’t get you excited, then I don’t know what else to tell you.Thanks to everyone who has read and enjoyed this column these past few months. Check back next year to read about the next Game of the Year! Review: ‘Fantasy Strike’ Is A Fighting Game That Understands…Game of the Year: Jordan Minor’s Best Video Games of 2018 last_img read more

Ancelotti hails Atalantas performance

first_imgNapoli boss Carlo Ancelotti concedes that Atalanta forced them to change their gameplay to a defensive approach in a keenly contested 2-1 win.Fabian Ruiz put them in front within 76 seconds, cancelled out after the restart by Duvan Zapata, but Arkadiusz Milik came off the bench to score the winner late on.“We knew Atalanta play very dynamic and aggressive football, so it was tough. We played a slightly different game than we had expected, as we took the lead so early and allowed Atalanta to come forward. They pushed hard and deserved the equaliser, but then a different match opened up.Serie A, Gian Piero GasperiniGasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.“Probably the energy they spent to get back into it left them fatigued and we had more left in the tank to win,” the Coach told Football Italia.“I love attacking football, but it’s not as if I dislike defending! We attack when we need to and defend when we need to. It wasn’t something we were accustomed to, defending so much here, but Atalanta pushed us into that attitude with their pressure.“Everyone wants champagne football, but there are the opponents to deal with too and this performance was a show of maturity. I also want to point out the atmosphere was wonderful, it was a festival of sport for everyone and the Atalanta fans sent a wonderful signal as to what games should be like, both on and off the field.”last_img read more

PM Christie says FNM an incredibly unreliable choice for governmemt

first_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Photo credit: Nassau Guardian Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meetingcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 3, 2017 – Nassau – Fresh off of the now infamous hand gesture, PLP Party Leader and Prime Minister Perry Christie at a political event last night labelled the FNM as an incredibly unreliable choice for government.  Christie said he has lost track of how many leaders they have been through and he asked the crowd gathered at the meeting for Carmichael, Southern Shores and Golden Isles, ‘if the FNM was Government of the Bahamas today; who would be running the country, which one?”  Mr Christie commended his own team and said, “politics is about working together to accommodate a democracy.”#MagneticMediaNews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

IDG Partners With LinkedIn for Marketing Services Programs

first_imgUnder a “Hosted Technology Group” program, IDG will set up a LinkedIn group based on any number of IT market verticals, such as virtualization, mobile, cloud computing, and so on. Marketers can sign on for a one-year exclusive sponsorship of the group. Services include a dedicated IDG group manager, daily content, curated and managed discussion topics, ad placements and client-originated content marketing opportunities. A “Custom Technology Group” program is similar to the Hosted Technology offering but lasts for six months and lets the sponsor take the lead on content and topic. This program will likely be used for a client’s specific marketing campaign rather than being tethered to a broader tech vertical community. For its part, LinkedIn will be responsible for promotion, content distribution and member recruitment.Charles Lee, senior vice president, marketing services and custom solutions at IDG, declined to offer specific terms of the partnership, but both parties share in sponsor revenue. “IDG and LinkedIn both recognize revenue that aligns to their respective services included in the program,” he says. “We do not disclose pricing, but both social marketing packages are in line and competitive with each of IDG’s and LinkedIn’s individual services.”Both programs guarantee a certain engagement volume as well as group members. “Programs include guaranteed discussion posts, content volume, commenting activity, and group joins,” says Lee.  “Sponsors get exclusive sponsor attribution, branding, and exclusive ability to control all elements of the right rail including display ads, videos, slideshare presentations and resource library.”LinkedIn’s built-in ability to target specific executive and industry segments should be watched closely by b-to-b media companies. IDG is jumping in just as LinkedIn is adding to its content services. It expanded its channel categories in May, allowing members to better tailor their homepage content streams. And in April, LinkedIn bought content curation platform Pulse. “Our vision for content is that LinkedIn will be the definitive professional publishing platform, and Pulse is a perfect complement to this vision,” said Deep Nishar, LinkedIn’s senior vice presdient of products and user experience, at the time. See Also: Q&A: LinkedIn’s Executive Editor Dan RothIn the meantime, LinkedIn is going to need content to feed to its membership segments, and IDG has stepped into that void, both as a way to feature its brands, foster discussion around them and leverage their content for marketing services opportunities. IDG is getting in early with LinkedIn’s content development efforts by expanding its partnership with the b-to-b social media platform. IDG Enterprise’s Custom Solutions group and IDG’s media brands, including Computerworld, InfoWorld, CIO and CSO, are developing LinkedIn groups to provide targeted marketing opportunities for b-to-b brand marketers.IDG set up a CIO Forum on LinkedIn several years ago, which now includes more than 50,000 IT members. This new partnership expands that concept into a more custom marketing services type of arrangement. The company will be offering two different sponsored group options that will use IDG media brand content as well as group management services. last_img read more

Saudi Canada row ramps up as Saudia suspends flights

first_imgIn this file handout photo taken on 15 April 2018 and released by the Saudi Royal Palace Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman Al-Saud attends the 29th Arab League Summit in Dhahran. AFPSaudi Arabia and Canada on Monday showed no signs of backing down in an escalating row over human rights, after Riyadh abruptly cut ties over Ottawa’s vigorous calls for the release of activists jailed in the kingdom.The Saudi government expelled Canada’s ambassador, giving him 24 hours to leave the country, and recalled its own envoy to Ottawa, while freezing all new trade over what it slammed as “interference” in its internal affairs.Ottawa did not give any ground over the shock expulsion of the envoy, Dennis Horak, with Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland saying Canada would continue to defend human rights around the world.The rupture, which underscores a newly aggressive foreign policy led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, comes after Canada denounced a new crackdown on women and human rights campaigners in the kingdom.“The kingdom announces that it is recalling its ambassador to Canada for consultation. We consider the Canadian ambassador to the kingdom persona non grata and order him to leave within the next 24 hours,” the Saudi foreign ministry tweeted early Monday.The ministry also announced “the freezing of all new trade and investment transactions with Canada while retaining its right to take further action”.Later Monday, the row appeared to escalate as Riyadh said it will relocate thousands of Saudi students studying in Canada to other countries, and state airline Saudia announced it was suspending flights to and from Toronto.A pro-government Saudi Twitter account provoked outrage when it posted-and then deleted-a 9/11-style digitally altered image showing a plane flying towards the Toronto skyline.The account later apologised and the image was reposted with the plane removed, but screenshots of the original tweet spread quickly. Saudi Arabia’s media ministry said it was investigating the incident.Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Saudi Arabia “will deal with any interference decisively”, dismissing Canada’s position as “built on misleading information”, in a statement carried by state media.Last week, Canada said it was “gravely concerned” over the new wave of arrests of rights campaigners, including award-winning gender rights activist Samar Badawi, and called on Riyadh to “immediately release them.”Canada doubled down on Monday.“Canada will always stand up for human rights, in Canada and around the world, and women’s rights are human rights,” Freeland told an audience in Vancouver.‘Unprecedented crackdown’Samar was arrested along with fellow campaigner Nassima al-Sadah last week, the latest victims of what Human Rights Watch called an “unprecedented government crackdown on the women’s rights movement”.Samar’s brother, blogger Raif Badawi, was arrested in 2012 and sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for “insulting Islam” in a case that sparked an international outcry.The latest arrests come weeks after more than a dozen women’s rights campaigners were detained and accused of undermining national security and collaborating with enemies of the state. Some have since been released.Prince Mohammed, heir to the region’s most powerful throne, has introduced a string of reforms such as lifting a decades-long ban on women drivers in a bid to overhaul the kingdom’s austere image.But the 32-year-old has simultaneously pursued a combative foreign policy-including leading a blockade of neighbouring Qatar and a bombing campaign against Iran-backed Huthi rebels in Yemen-while cracking down on dissent at home.The United Arab Emirates, a strong regional ally, supported the Saudi response to Canada, with a senior government official calling Ottawa’s behavior “unacceptable.”Defence contract in peril?In April, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his “serious concern” over the continued jailing of Raif Badawi to Saudi King Salman.Badawi’s wife Ensaf Haidar has been granted asylum by Canada, where she is raising their three children.“It is now time for other governments to join Canada in increasing the pressure on Saudi Arabia to release all prisoners of conscience immediately and unconditionally,” said Samah Hadid, Amnesty International’s Middle East campaigns director.But Riyadh’s singling out of Canada is aimed at strongly discouraging other critical Western governments from speaking out, observers say.“Canada is easier to cut ties with than the rest,” Bessma Momani, a professor at Canada’s University of Waterloo, told AFP.“There isn’t a strong bilateral trade relationship and poking the Trudeau government likely resonates with Saudi’s hawkish regional allies. At jeopardy are the… thousands of Saudi students in Canada.”Bilateral trade amounts to CAN $3-4 billion (US $2.3-3.1 billion) a year, according to Thomas Juneau, an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa.But the damage could be more significant if a $15 billion deal agreed in 2014 for Canada to sell Riyadh light armoured vehicles is scrapped, as thousands of jobs in Canada could be lost, Juneau said.When asked about the contract, Freeland said the government “looks forward” to hearing from Riyadh about the future of the deal.last_img read more

Health budget likely to get 6 boost

first_imgAiming to provide affordable health for all, the Modi-led NDA government is set to increase outlays for health ministry in the second budget to be presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday. According to highly-placed sources, the health sector is set to get about six per cent hike in comparison to the last fiscal’s final budgetary allocation. The increased budgetary allocation would be for diagnosis sector to save people from life threatening diseases such as Tuberculosis, Cancer, Malaria, AIDS, etc, the source further added. If sources are to be believed, the health sector will get above Rs 2,000 crore more in the budget making the final figure of allocation to Rs 35,000 crore for 2015-16. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJI“The proper diagnosis will help in detection of life threatening diseases at its early stage which would help in saving several precious lives,” the source further added. Nearly 5 lakh people die of cancer every year in the country, while over 10 lakh are newly diagnosed with some form of the disease, while almost 5 lakh people have died of TB.  In case of Malaria, the estimated death figure is of about 1.5 lakh out of over 5 crore cases recorded.It’s worth mentioning that the Finance Minister had earmarked Rs 39,237.82 crore for the sector in his first budget presentation in July last year, but Rs 6,000-crore was slashed from the coffer citing the reason that funds remained unutilised in the ministry’s budget making the final outlay to Rs 33,000 crore only.last_img read more

Substation Automation Market Outlook Opportunity and Demand Analysis Report by 2022

first_imgSubstation Automation Market Substation Automation Market by Component, Module, and Communication Channel: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2014-2022, the global substation automation market was valued at $106,891 million in 2015, and is estimated to reach $154,786 million by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 5.5% during the forecast period. North America accounted for the highest revenue share in 2015 and is anticipated to maintain its dominance throughout the forecast period.Substations are critical part of electrical infrastructure, and substation automation market is expected to witness significant growth in the future, owing to consistent rise in demand for electricity. Increase in utilization of renewable and non-conventional energy resources, such as wind, solar, and hydel energy; expansion of power networks; and energy and cost-saving benefits of substation automation drive the market growth. Susceptibility to cyber-attacks is a major restrain for market growth.Request for Sample Report@ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/request-sample/1922Based on component type, substation automation market is segmented into reclose controller, programmable logic controller, capacitor bank controller, digital transducer/smart meter, load tap controller, communication channel, digital relays, and others. Communication channel segment generated the highest revenue, accounting for $22,984 million in 2015, and is expected to grow at the highest CAGR of 10.9% to reach$47,324 million by 2022.Based on module type, the substation automation market is segmented into SCADA, IEDs, and communication network. IEDs was the highest revenue-generating segment, accounting for $82,216 million in 2015. However, SCADA segment is expected to witness a CAGR of 9.5% to reach $1,551 million by 2022.Based on technology type, the market is segmented into Ethernet, power line communication, copper wire communication, and optical fiber communication. Copper wire communication technology was the highest revenue-generating segment, which accounted for $49,672 million in 2015. However, power line communication segment is expected to witness high growth over the forecast period at a CAGR of 8.8% to reach $13,571 million by 2022.Based on geography, the market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA. North America was the highest revenue-generating segment, valued at $37,106 million in 2015, and is expected to reach$52,085 million by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 5.0%. However, Asia-Pacific is expected to grow at the highest CAGR of 6.1%. Europe and Asia Pacific are second and third leading region for substation automation market, respectively.KEY FINDINGS OF THE STUDY In 2015, communication channel led the overall substation automation market, and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 10.9% during the forecast period.IEDs led the overall market in 2015, and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 3.3%.Power line communication technology segment is expected to grow at a significant CAGR of 8.8%.North America accounted for the largest market share in 2015, and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 5.0%.For Purchase Enquiry@https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/purchase-enquiry/1922Major players in substation automation industry include Ingeteam, ABB Ltd., Schneider Electric SE, Siemens AG, Amperion Inc., GE Grid Solutions, Cisco Systems Inc., Eaton Technologies Pvt. Ltd., and Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.About us:Allied Market Research, a market research and advisory company of Allied Analytics LLP, provides business insights and market research reports to large as well as small- & medium-scale enterprises. The company assists its clients to strategize business policies and achieve sustainable growth in their respective market domain.Allied Market Research provides one-stop solution right from data collection to investment advice. The analysts at Allied Market Research dig out factors that help clients understand the significance and impact of market dynamics. The company applies client’s insight on the factors such as strategies, future estimations, growth or fall forecasting, opportunity analysis, and consumer surveys among others. As follows, the company offers consistent business intelligence support to help clients transform into a prominent business firm.Contact us:David Correa5933 NE Win Sivers Drive#205, Portland, OR 97220United StatesToll Free (USA/Canada):+1-800-792-5285, +1-503-894-6022, +1-503-446-1141UK: +44-845-528-1300Hong Kong: +852-301-84916India (Pune): +91-20-66346060Fax: +1-855-550-5975help@alliedmarketresearch.comWeb: www.alliedmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

Bakkies collide in busy Harrismith Road delaying traffic flow

first_imgA Chevrolet bakkie and a Ford bakkie crashed in Harrismith Road at the intersection of Beacon Road on Monday evening (July 30).It is believed that both vehicles were travelling in the same direction when the collision took place.Emergency personnel, Public Safety, police and towing services responded to the scene.Also read: Motorist dies in Protea Drive crash after being flung out of vehicle WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Also read: Breaking News: 9 dead in horror crash between taxi and bakkie outside LadysmithAlso read: 2 vehicles involved in early-morning crash in Poort RoadThe occupants of both vehicles were lucky to escape unharmed.Traffic flow was delayed in the area surrounding the scene while towing services conducted clean-up operations.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more