Le programme des sports dHalifax 2014 maximise lhéritage et les bénéfices des

first_img les niveaux de participation à l’intérieur du Commonwealth; les standards de performance réalisés par les athlètes du Commonwealth; l’équité entre les hommes et les femmes; l’attrait en termes de marketing; et les coûts pour la ville hôtesse et les pays participants. Le Comité de candidature d’Halifax 2014 a annoncé aujourd’hui, 16 février, quels sports seraient inclus dans son dossier de candidature en vue de la tenue des Jeux du Commonwealth de 2014. L’un des éléments les plus importants de l’ensemble du dossier de candidature, le programme sportif maximisera l’héritage des Jeux et les bénéfices pour Halifax, la Nouvelle-Écosse, le Canada et le Commonwealth. Si le Canada réussit à remporter le concours international, le programme des sports d’Halifax 2014 comprendra : l’athlétisme, le badminton, le basket-ball, le boulingrin, la boxe (hommes), le cyclisme, la gymnastique, l’haltérophilie, le hockey sur gazon, la lutte, la natation, le netball (femmes), le rugby à 7 (hommes), le squash, le tennis de table, le tir et le triathlon. « Notre programme sportif est basé sur la tenue de Jeux qui reflètent ce qui revêt de l’importance pour l’ensemble des 71 nations et territoires du Commonwealth, tout en développant les programmes de l’héritage des Jeux », a déclaré Fred MacGillivray, président du Conseil et président d’Halifax 2014. « Ces programmes contribueront au développement du sport à travers la Nouvelle-Écosse et dans l’ensemble du pays longtemps après la tenue des Jeux de 2014. » La nouvelle d’aujourd’hui est conforme aux directives formelles énoncées par la Fédération des Jeux du Commonwealth et résulte d’une vaste consultation et d’une planification approfondie. En élaborant le programme, le comité de candidature a intégré les avis de la communauté sportive ainsi que les réactions recueillies auprès des nations et territoires du Commonwealth. « Halifax 2014 a retenu des sports individuels et des sports d’équipe dont la présentation est réalisable sur le plan opérationnel, qui vont susciter l’intérêt des spectateurs et fournir des occasions d’utilisation après les Jeux tout en constituant un héritage pour la Nouvelle-Écosse », a ajouté M. MacGillivray. Basé sur les directives de la Fédération des Jeux du Commonwealth, le programme a été élaboré en tenant compte d’autres facteurs déterminants, dont : « La publication du programme sportif d’Halifax 2014 marque un jalon important du cheminement en prévision du vote final au Sri Lanka en novembre prochain », a déclaré Thomas Jones, chef de la direction de Jeux du Commonwealth Canada. « Cette étape démontre notre engagement à offrir des Jeux qui répondront pleinement aux besoins et aux attentes de nos partenaires du Commonwealth. » « La tenue des Jeux à Halifax signifiera beaucoup plus que les seuls 10 jours de compétitions spectaculaires en 2014 », a déclaré Scott Logan, le chef de la direction d’Halifax 2014. « Cela signifie des infrastructures améliorées, une capacité d’accueil et une expérience accrues en vue de devenir un centre d’entraînement de classe mondiale pour les sports d’été dans Canada. Les Jeux du Commonwealth sont une manifestation sportive et culturelle qui a lieu à tous les quatre ans et à laquelle participent des athlètes des 71 nations et territoires du Commonwealth. En décembre 2005, Halifax s’est mérité le droit d’être la ville candidate du Canada en vue des Jeux du Commonwealth de 2014. Les principaux partenaires d’Halifax 2014 comprennent Jeux du Commonwealth Canada, le gouvernement du Canada, la province de Nouvelle-Écosse et la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax. Les partenaires corporatifs fondateurs de la candidature incluent la brasserie Alexander Keith’s et The Daily News/Transcontinental Media. En compétition contre Glasgow, en Écosse, et Abuja, au Nigeria, le Comité de candidature d’Halifax 2014 se concentre sur l’élaboration d’un dossier de candidature gagnant. La Fédération des Jeux du Commonwealth choisira la ville hôtesse des Jeux de 2014 le 9 novembre prochain au Sri Lanka.last_img read more

The Zoya Factor to release in September

first_imgMumbai: Sonam Kapoor and Dulquer Salmaan’s The Zoya Factor will now arrive in theatres on September 20. The film was earlier scheduled to release on April 5 this year and then it was shifted to June 14. Sonam recently took to Instagram to share the poster of the film along with the new release date – September 20. “We’re back after the strategic timeout. Catch ‘TheZoya Factor’ in cinemas on 20th September, 2019. Starring @DQSalmaan, directed by #AbhishekSharma,” Sonam wrote on Instagram. Also Read – ‘Will be acting till I die’As per media reports, the reason for the delay in the release is the upcoming cricket World Cup, while some suggest the film is being postponed because the post-production work is not over yet. The Zoya Factor is based on novelist Anuja Chauhan’s book of the same name. In the film, Dulquer is playing the role of the captain of the Indian Cricket team, while Sonam will be seen as an executive in an advertising agency. Produced by Fox Star Studios and AdlabsFilms, the movie is directed by Abhishek Sharma and also stars Sonam’s uncle Sanjay in pivotal role.last_img read more

Saskatchewan premier says bill that includes carbon tax took him by surprise

first_imgREGINA – Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says his government was taken by surprise by federal legislation that calls for imposing a carbon tax on the province.Moe says the federal Liberals didn’t give Saskatchewan any notice of the bill that was introduced Tuesday in Ottawa.He says he is not aware of the details of the federal legislation but reiterated that his government plans to challenge it in court.Saskatchewan is the only province that has refused to sign the federal Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.The federal government has said that means the province won’t receive up to 62 million dollars for emissions-reduction programs.Moe says the Liberal plan to impose a carbon tax on Saskatchewan is “underhanded” because it is buried in a 556-page omnibus bill.“We will be moving with our reference case to the court of appeal here in the province of Saskatchewan in the coming weeks,” Moe said Wednesday.“A carbon tax just simply does not work. Nowhere in the world does a carbon tax actually reduce emissions.”The Trudeau government has said since the carbon tax is a levy, the budget omnibus bill properly addresses it. (CTV Regina, CJME, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

Garden Hill woman speaking out in hopes Hospital will acknowledge error

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsA woman from Garden Hill First Nation in Manitoba is questioning her health care after surgery has left her in and out of the hospital.Melodie Harper said she went in for a simple procedure in December 2016 and hasn’t been the same since.“We were Christmas shopping when the pain came and it was a gallbladder attack that I had,” Harper told reporters at a news conference Tuesday in Winnipeg.Harper was rushed to the hospital where she had emergency surgery to remove her gallbladder.She said she was sent home – but a few weeks later she began to feel sick again.Harper said she spent the next three months in and out of the hospital and doctors tried to determine what was wrong.“I was doing pretty good I thought in April and then I got really sick again in May,” Harper said.“That’s when I was diagnosed gastroparesis.”The family said a botched surgery has left Harper with the incurable disorder.Gastroparesis disables the stomach’s muscles leaving it unable to send food from the stomach to the intestines.Harper has a feeding tube connected to her stomach to help her get the nutrients she needs.Her husband Vernon Harper said it’s been hard.“I don’t even remember the last time I held my wife. Why? The pain that she has,” he said.“She’s got a tube sticking out of her belly.”It’s not clear what causes gastroparesis.It can be linked to complications from diabetes, which Harper has, or a result of surgery.In a statement to APTN News, the hospital said it is working with the family.“Over the course of Ms. Harper’s admission to Grace Hospital our staff were closely involved with her and her family to provide support and assistance,” said the statement.“Staff at Grace Hospital have, and will continue to do all they can to provide them with the support they need.”Garden Hill’s chief said Harper’s case is just one of many in the community.“In many cases people are, starting to come forward on the mistakes these medical professionals made or sometimes the families tell a story that they lost their loved ones when these simple procedures are being done,” said chief Dino Flett.And the MLA for the area said three others from the community have died after having the same gallbladder procedure.“We want her home and we want her safe and we would like an apology,” she said.Harper has been staying at the Grace Hospital since June.The family said doctors have not been able to come up with a long-term plan.last_img read more

Crashcrushed Boeing rolls out safety feature previously sold as option

first_imgNew York: Boeing’s 737 MAX aircraft will be outfitted with a warning light for malfunctions in the anti-stall system suspected in October’s fatal crash in Indonesia, an industry source said, standardising a feature previously sold as an optional extra. The development comes as the manufacturer struggles to cope with the fallout from both the Indonesia crash and another in Ethiopia this month, which have cast a spotlight on the safety certification process and shaken confidence in a plane that is crucial to its future plans. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalKnown as a “disagree light,” this safety feature will become standard and is among the modifications the company will present to US authorities and clients in the coming days, the source told AFP on Thursday on condition of anonymity. Neither the Lion Air aircraft which crashed in Indonesia, nor the Ethiopian Airlines jet, had the feature, the source said. More than 300 people perished in the two cases. American Airlines, which operates 24 737 MAX 8, had bought the option, anticipating potential malfunctions, a source close to the matter told AFP. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostSo too had Southwest Airlines, the plane’s biggest customer, which also bought an additional “Primary Flight Display” option, according to a spokesperson. Modifications are in the final stages but Boeing wants to be certain this meets the expectations of regulators and customers, the industry source said. Neither Boeing nor the Federal Aviation Agency offered comment when contacted. But an industry expert, Scott Hamilton from Leeham Company, said the system should have already been included. “Instrument disagree warnings should be standard and they are important for pilots to know when instruments disagree with each other,” he said.last_img read more

Security Council urges continued support to postelection Sierra Leone

19 September 2007The Security Council today commended Sierra Leone on the recent holding of presidential elections and called for continued international support as the West African nation proceeds on its path to peace and security. In a statement read out by Ambassador Jean-Maurice Ripert of France, which holds the rotating Council presidency this month, the 15-member body “congratulated the people and institutions of Sierra Leone – particularly the National Electoral Commission and the Sierra Leone Police – on their conduct over the election period and the commitment that they demonstrated to the democratic process.”Ernest Bai Koroma of the All People’s Congress Party was declared the winner of the run-off elections held on 8 September, after polls held on 11 August failed to produce an outright winner.The presidential elections were the first since UN peacekeepers left in 2005 after helping to bring peace and stability to the country which was torn apart by a brutal 10-year civil war. Since then the UN Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL) has been engaged in assisting the fledgling democracy.Echoing the Council’s comments, the top UN envoy to Sierra Leone today expressed appreciation for the restraint demonstrated by the people since the announcement of the results on Monday.The Secretary-General’s Executive Representative Victor Angelo called on everyone to “remain within the rule of law, and to respect public order and private property” in a statement issued in the capital, Freetown.Stressing that “constructive dialogue at this time in the history of Sierra Leone is crucial,” he reaffirmed that the UN remains actively engaged to support national efforts to consolidate peace, democracy and development. read more

UN condemns deadly roadside bombing in southern Afghanistan

“We offer our sincere condolences and those of the entire United Nations family in Afghanistan to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives, and our prayers for the speedy recovery of survivors,” Staffan de Mistura, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), said in a statement. UNAMA’s human rights team is gathering information on the incident, in which a roadside bomb struck a bus in the Nahr-e-Saraj district of the province. “The planting of improvised explosive devices on roadways either targeting civilian transport or indiscriminately affecting civilians is against international humanitarian law,” stated Mr. de Mistura. “There can be no justification for such action.”In his most recent report on the situation in Afghanistan, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that the number of security incidents between mid-September and mid-December was 66 per cent higher than during the same period in 2009.Anti-government elements were responsible for the deaths and injuries of 4,738 civilians, or 76 per cent of the total, during the reporting period, with suicide and improvised explosive device attacks causing most casualties, he added. 30 December 2010The United Nations envoy in Afghanistan has strongly condemned today’s roadside bombing in the southern province of Helmand that reportedly killed 14 civilians and wounded many others, including children. read more

Security Council hears call for closer ties between UN and European security

9 February 2012A closer partnership between the United Nations and the 56-member Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the world’s largest regional security grouping, is vital, the Security Council heard today. Eamon Gilmore, Ireland’s Foreign Minister and the Chairperson-in-Office of the OSCE, told a Council meeting this afternoon in New York that the two institutions share core principles and common values that can be applied to numerous security challenges.“At a time of constrained resources and ever more complex transnational threats, a closer partnership between the OSCE and the UN is indispensable,” he said. “Our cooperation has advanced not only in the development of common approaches to the challenges we face, but also at the field operational level.”He cited the work of the OSCE mission in Kosovo as the first example of where the bloc had become an integral part of an operation led by the UN.“Close and effective cooperation exists in many of the OSCE’s 16 field missions with many of the UN agencies, notably with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).”In his address to the Council, Mr. Gilmore outlined OSCE’s priorities for 2012, including promoting Internet freedom, continuing its election observation activities, strengthening its conflict prevention capacities, fighting corruption, and stepping up efforts to tackle transnational threats, such as terrorism, the illicit drug trade and cyber crime.Mr. Gilmore said the regional organization would pursue ways to make progress towards lasting settlements of conflicts.“Among these are the conflicts in Moldova regarding the territory of Transdniestria in Georgia regarding the territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. I have appointed two Special Representatives to assist me in addressing these complex conflicts,” he said. read more

Would you really want Dells Windows 7 tablet in your office

first_imgDell makes a compelling case for IT professionals in this promo video for their upcoming Latitude ST tablet. Confident professionals (or confident professional actors) are seen giving presentations, teaching students, and accessing medical data with the slate. It’s an appealing glimpse of what tablets can offer to a workplace. The only problem with this is that having a tablet that runs Windows 7 is going to present at least as many drawbacks as it does benefits.Sure, Windows 7 will get the attention of IT managers. (Hey, our desktops run Windows, so having it run on tablets will only make everything easier!) This would appear to be the case, until you take battery life, price, and app support into account. Windows 7 was not designed to run on tablets. Windows 8 on tablets still has some question marks, but we know it’s being tailor-made to run on them.On the specs front, Dell’s Windows 7 offering is packing a 1.5GHz single-core Atom Z670 CPU. It has a 10.1-inch display with 1366 x 768 resolution. It utilizes an SSD for up to 128GB of speedy internal storage. It will have USB, HDMI, and SD ports. The slate weighs 1.8 pounds, which is considerably heftier than the 1.33 of the iPad 2, and also heavier than some competing Windows tablets.There are obvious advantages that a tablet like this brings to an office. An iPad can’t easily transfer files via USB or SD. It also won’t run the same software as an office’s PCs. Also, the least expensive iPad will only allow for 16GB of storage. These are significant pros for the Latitude ST, but do they outweigh the cons?The slates that we have seen running Windows 7 generally have miserable battery life. We’re talking three or four hours in some cases. When they can muster up five or six hours, they’re often such hulking monstrosities that any advantage of using them over a laptop or netbook is basically cancelled out. Dell is claiming eight hours with the Latitude ST, but only hands-on testing will show how that number holds up.Even if Dell has pulled off the unconfirmed eight hours of uptime with this tablet, software support is going to be a big minus. Simply put, Windows apps are not currently designed for touch. Sure, Dell will have a small handful of tailor-made software to help them sell it, but beyond those few applications, touch UI will not be pretty here. Companies that order these had better get used to that stylus that is seen in the video, because that will be the only somewhat tolerable way to operate 99.9% of Windows apps.You always know that there is bad news coming when a company announces a product without revealing its price. The Latitude ST will probably be under $1000, but that’s not much consolation. As it packs an SSD, it won’t likely be too far below that mark. With the iPad costing consumers $500, and the Kindle Fire $200, how do I, as an IT manager, justify throwing down $800-900 each on a tablet with basically no touch-optimized software whatsoever?Better than iPad for enterprise?The iPad isn’t a perfect choice for IT at this point. It’s first and foremost a consumer device. But it probably still makes more sense than Windows tablets like the Latitude.What are the professionals doing in Dell’s promo? They’re browsing documents, giving presentations, and letting children solve math problems. The iPad has apps that allow all of the above, only in a lighter form factor, with much better battery life, and a touch-friendly interface. A lack of easy physical syncing with an office’s PCs can be remedied with iCloud, Box.net, or Dropbox. If security is a concern with these cloud services, then iOS has built-in security for corporate email.The iPad has changed how we feel about tablets, but that doesn’t mean that running a desktop OS on one of them is any better of an idea now than it was two years ago. Windows 8 has a good chance to change that, but only after developers have optimized a strong library of touch-friendly apps for it. There’s a reason that tablets were a dead-end market before the iPad came along, and the Dell Latitude ST doesn’t appear to change much of that formula.last_img read more

Holden to cease in 2017

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Holden will stop manufacturing in Australia in 2017 with Australia set to lose almost 3000 jobs. Victorian Premier Dr Denis Napthine said the government has been advised that Holden is discontinuing in 2017, and it’s an “irreversible decision”. The high Australian dollar, high cost of production, and small fragmented market was to blame.The decision has prompted Toyota – the only other car manufacturer in Australia – to warn it will put “unprecedented pressure” on its ability to build cars in the country too. The announcement means the end of 65 years of car building in Australia for General Motors Holden. The decision will see 2,900 people will lose their jobs – 1,600 from the manufacturing plant in South Australia and 1,300 in Victoria.Prime Minister Tony Abbott says it is “dark day” for manufacturing in Australia.“This is a dark day but there will be better days ahead,” he told Parliament upon his return from South Africa, where he attended the Nelson Mandela memorial service.“It is my determination … to work with the people of Australia to ensure that the strengths of our society continue to be built on.”Source: ABC / The Agelast_img read more

The Elongated Man Brings Silver Age Antics to The Flash

first_imgStay on target Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019’The Flash’ Season 5 Finale Recap: 2 Big Bads and 1 Pre-Crisis The Flash has used the first few episodes of this season to get back to the lighter, fun superhero show it was in season one. That doesn’t mean it’s completely abandoning the expanded scope of season two. We still have multiple universes, other metahuman heroes and as of this episode, silver age weirdness remade for modern TV. That’s always been one of the show’s biggest strengths. It dives deep into the Flash canon, bringing back classic heroes and villains that have no business working in 2017. Somehow, it pulls them off. It doesn’t even try to hide their comic book names. Who would have thought audiences would embrace characters named “Captain Cold” or “King Shark?”This episode brought yet another silver age DC character to TV. Once again, they pulled it off like no other superhero show could. In trying to find out exactly who was on the bus that got hit with dark matter, Team Flash learns the bus driver has been killed. Among his personal effects is the business card of private eye Ralph Dibny, a former cop Barry got fired for fabricating evidence. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that he’s less than helpful once Barry and Joe show up to question him. It’s also not a surprise to learn that he’s a metahuman now.  After Barry and Joe leave the office, two goons dangle Dibny off a roof, and his legs stretch him safely to the ground.Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon and Jessica Camacho as Gypsy (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)He doesn’t get a name this episode, but most comics fans know who he is. And no Barry, it’s not Plastic Man. It’s Elongated Man! He even has a little twitch of the nose when he senses a mystery at the end of the episode. I love this show so much. It looks like he’s going to replace Tom Felton’s Julian this season. I liked Julian, and I’m sad that he’s gone, but Dibny should add a fun dynamic to the team. He actually has a superpower, but he’s not altogether too happy about it. As powers go, it’s a really weird one and even by the end of the episode, he’s only beginning to accept what he can do. I also appreciated how much this episode leaned into the body horror of this particular power. Yes, it was all very cartoony and played for laughs, but the episode didn’t shy away from how grotesque this ability can be. Even Joe throws up for the first time in the series when Dibny sneezes and ends up holding his own face. Even as a goofy sight gag, there’s something just a little messed up about that image.I liked that this episode’s whole point was that not everyone who becomes a metahuman is suddenly bad. Even when they’ve done bad things in the past, they don’t necessarily go on a crazy power trip the minute they gain abilities. It’s a nice change in story from what The Flash usually gives us. Even if it does mean Barry spends most of the episode acting like a jerk again. It’s always frustrating when the show does this, because it feels like Barry has learned these lessons before. Trust people. Give people second chances. There have been episodes about both of these things, but they never seem to stick. It’s the worst part of Barry’s character. At least this time, he’s semi-justified in assuming the worst of Dibny. Dibny framed a guy for a murder he probably didn’t commit. It’s easy to see where Barry’s coming from here. Even if he is kind of a jerk about it.Danny Trejo as Breacher, Carlos Valdes as Vibe, Hartley Sawyer as Dibney and Grant Gustin as The Flash (Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW)It turns out that Dibny, self-absorbed as he is, isn’t the bad guy here. The mayor of Central City, running for reelection, is the one trying to kill Dibny in an effort to destroy evidence of infidelity. It’s a light noir story that serves as a perfect introduction to Elongated Man’s tone. I really hope his introduction means this season is going in more of a pulpy detective story direction. What better way for this show to handle a villain like The Thinker? The final battle of the episode isn’t anything spectacular, but it was still a cool introduction to how The Flash and Elongated Man will work together. Dibny stretches his arm to grab a helicopter, and Barry runs up the stretched limb to save Joe. It’s simple, it’s over in a couple seconds, but it was still a lot of fun. I am a little disappointed we didn’t get a credits scene with The Thinker this time around. Did he intend for Dibny to join Team Flash, or is this a setback? Maybe we’ll find out next week.As exciting as the introduction of a new superhero is, I don’t want to forget Cisco’s story. His relationship with Gypsy is going very well until her father shows up. Who’s her father? It’s Breacher, played by Danny Trejo. He wants to hunt Cisco to see if he’s worthy of Gypsy. It’s a decent enough b-plot that would be completely forgettable if it weren’t for Trejo’s performance. It’s just so much fun watching him scare the absolute hell out of Cisco. In the end, he proves himself and Breacher “gushes” over him, saying how much he hates Cisco, but he respects him. You know whose perspective on all this I really would have like to see? Gypsy’s. The episode makes it clear that her father has done this before. He’s even killed one of her past boyfriends. We know things are different on Earth 19, but it would have been nice to see how Gypsy feels about all this. Is it just something dads on her world do? Is she annoyed by it? She certainly doesn’t try to help Cisco, which would have made this whole story a lot better. At least then she’d have some agency in this story about their relationship.Danny Trejo as Breacher (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)Even with the b-plot not being as great as it could be, The Flash put out another fantastic superhero TV show this week. Though most of it was spent introducing a new hero to the roster, the very last scene did move the story forward in an interesting way. Barry now knows the name of the guy behind the creation of these new metahumans: DeVoe. He realizes that it’s a name he’s heard before, and now he has a private detective to help him crack the case. I can’t wait to see how the pair solves this mystery.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

The ESRBs New InGame Purchases Label for Video Games is a HalfMeasure

first_imgStay on target Belgium Officially Declares Loot Boxes as a Form of Gambling [UPDATE]Belgium Looking Into Classifying Games like Battlefront II as Gambling If you’re a gamer or someone who watches the gaming industry, then you’ve heard about the controversy surrounding loot boxes. Though a staple of mobile gaming for years, loot boxes are relatively new for AAA games. Titles like Overwatch contain loot boxes, but few have a problem with such DLC in that title. Things changed late last year when nearly every major AAA game had loot boxes — most notably — Star Wars: Battlefront II. Unlike Overwatch, these titles were specifically designed around loot boxes. Players were practically forced to purchases loot boxes in order to make any meaningful progress. Things got so bad that places like Belgium and Hawaii threatened to regulate games with such DLC. Even now, lawmakers are debating what to do about these in-game purchases.Government intervention in the gaming industry echoes what happened in the early 90’s. Back then, officials sought to ban what they considered offensive or violent games. This lead to the creation of the Entertainment Software Rating Board: a self-regulating organization tasked with rating any and all video games. During the height of the loot box controversy, the ESRB explicitly stated it did not believe loot boxes are a form of gambling. Given the ESRB’s status, this proclamation could have been the end of the controversy. However, that wasn’t the case. Pressure from both politicians and consumers have pushed the ESRB to take things a bit further. Although, not exactly far enough.As reported by Kotaku, the ESRB announced it will add an “in-game purchases” label to video games. According to today’s press release, the label applies to “bonus levels, skins, surprise items (such as item packs, loot boxes, mystery awards), music, virtual coins and other forms of in-game currency, subscriptions, season passes and upgrades (e.g., to disable ads).” This all-encompassing label effectively applies to nearly every modern game on the market. Titles without any DLC are practically non-existent, especially in the AAA market.Interestingly enough, the catalyst for the new label — loot boxes — is not singled out. ESRB president Patricia Vance said the label isn’t designed to warn adult gamers about microtransactions in games. Rather, it is for the benefit of parents who buy games for their children. However, the ESRB did not want to overwhelm or confuse parents with an overabundance of information. The board wanted to keep things as simple as possible.“I’m sure you’re all asking why aren’t we doing something more specific to loot boxes,” said Vance. “We’ve done a lot of research over the past several weeks and months, particularly among parents. What we’ve learned is that a large majority of parents don’t know what a loot box is. Even those who claim they do, don’t really understand what a loot box is. So it’s very important for us to not harp on loot boxes per se, to make sure that we’re capturing loot boxes, but also other in-game transactions.”The big issue here is the random nature of loot boxes. Consumers do not actually know what they’re getting in a loot box. For example, a gamer may want to purchase a new high-end weapon. They can buy a loot box containing such weapons. However, there is a chance they may not get the specific item they want. This could make a consumer purchase multiple loot boxes in order to get a desired item. To many, this sounds exactly like gambling. Despite that, the ESRB still believes loot boxes are not a form of gambling.“We certainly considered whether or not loot boxes would constitute as gambling,” said Vance. “We don’t believe it does. We think it’s a fun way to acquire virtual items for use within the game.”In all honesty, the new label is rather redundant given the ubiquitous nature of DLC. Every game has DLC of some kind in it. Furthermore, it does little to assuage the concerns consumers and politicians have about loot boxes. Perhaps the new label will be enough to keep politicians from imposing regulations on games. After all, the last thing anyone wants is for the government to intervene in the gaming industry. However, the new label may not be enough. I suppose it’s too early to tell at this juncture. I’m going to assume the ESRB is talking with lawmakers behind the scenes about this subject even as we speak.So where do we go from here? After all, labels from the ESRB can only go so far. Now that game publishers see the negative reactions to loot boxes and similar DLC, it would be wise for them to reassess how to better implement this type of content. Overwatch has a loot box system gamers are generally happy with. This is because those loot boxes only offer cosmetic items. One doesn’t need a new hat or boots in order to progress. Loot box systems like those in Star Wars: Battlefront II, Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, and Need for Speed: Payback are what people take issue with. It’s not really my place to tell companies how to do business, but perhaps it would be best to leave loot boxes out of $60 games. Again, there are other forms of DLC a publisher can implement to generate additional revenue.I’m going to remain optimistic on this one. At the end of the day, video game companies are in the business of making money. They will surely stop doing anything hurting their bottom line. The (relatively) low sales of Star Wars: Battlefront II is no doubt making EA reassess loot box systems in their titles. I’m sure other publishers are going back to the proverbial drawing board as well. If that’s the case then perhaps, in the end, this whole controversy was necessary. The year is still young, so we’ll just have to wait and see how loot boxes will be implemented moving forward.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

New WWE mobile game released Triple H comments on Riott Squad PPV

first_img WhatsApp Vince Mcmahon Twitter Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipIs WWE Losing Its Audience?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:29/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list New WWE mobile game releasedThe new WWE mobile game, WWE Mayhem, released on Monday for Android and Apple devices. The game, made by Reliance Games, features past and present WWE stars and includes a tie-in with WWE’s action figure line of toys by Mattel.WWE has seen success of late with their mobile games, including popular titles such as WWE Champions and WWE Supercard.You can download the game via the Apple or Google Play stores for free.Triple H comments on Riott Squad PPV debutPaul “Triple H” Levesque posted the following on Twitter on Sunday night, commenting on the PPV debuts of The Riott Squad faction at last night’s Clash of Champions PPV.The Riott Squad acted as Lumberjacks during the Charlotte Flair vs. Natalya match for the WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship.You can check out the tweet below.Congratulations to @RubyRiotWWE @sarahloganwwe and @YaOnlyLivvOnce on their @WWE PPV debut. Make a name. Make an impact. Never forget where you came from…and never stop working until you’re where you want to be. #WeAreNXT pic.twitter.com/Q4IqIv8mcR— Triple H (@TripleH) December 18, 2017 Triple H Facebook Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Is WWE Losing Its Audience? WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Google+ Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE Triple H Talks Neville On NXT Conference Call Lars Sullivan apologizes to the WWE roster for past comments, Titus O’Neil tweets reaction Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins responds to Jon Moxley’s post-WWE comments made on the Jericho podcast WWE comments on passing of Harley Race, Wrestling industry reacts to passing WWE And WrestleMania 34 Bring New Orleans A Big Payday Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Distracted driving law nets 337 stops

first_imgDuring the first week that the new distracted driving law was in effect, Washington State troopers stopped 337 motorists statewide they suspected of violating the law, but issued just 27 citations.The other 310 drivers benefited from a grace period in effect until January. During the grace period, troopers are focusing on educating the public about the law rather than simply issuing citations, according to a news release from the state patrol.The new law, Distracted While Under the Influence of Electronics, targets motorists using cellphones, iPads or other electronic devices while driving. It took effect on July 23.Between July 23 and July 29, troopers gave verbal warnings in 306 cases, issued written warnings in four cases, and wrote 27 citations, the news release said.Fines are $136 for a first offense, and $234 for each subsequent offense.Other distracted driving behaviors could lead to a secondary offense that could prompt an additional $99 fine.last_img read more

Part of roof overhang collapses at Deerfield Beach apartment building

first_imgDEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Residents of an apartment building in Deerfield Beach were rocked by the partial collapse of a roof overhang, Saturday morning.Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue crews responded to the four-story building along Crystal Lake Drive, near West Sample Road, at around 10 a.m.Officials said part of the structure came crashing down on the top floor, apparently due to damage caused by Hurricane Irma and recent rains. Officials believe the heavy precipitation weakened the ceiling on the top floor, causing it to cave in outside.Officials indicated the portion of the roof that was damaged is a cosmetic overhang and does not actually support the roof structure.No injuries were reported.Though none of the units were affected, a safety inspection was done at the building before residents were allowed back into their homes.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Second Arrest Made In Sterling Burglary

first_imgOn Sunday, Troopers contacted Travis Brazington, age 28, of Sterling, in relation to the burglary. Baldwin was arrested and remanded to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on charges of Burglary 1, Attempted Theft 2, Possession of Burglary Tools, Criminal Mischief 4, and Violation of Conditions of Release. The original incident took place on March 3. Troopers responded to a suspicious vehicle parked at a Sterling residence. Mason Eugene Baldwin, age 42 of Soldotna, was contacted and found to be engaged in an active burglary at the residence. He was arrested and remanded to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on charges of Burglary 1, Attempted Theft 2, Possession of Burglary Tools, Misuse of Plates, and Criminal Mischief 5. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers have arrested a second individual in connection with a burglary at a residence in Sterling on March 3.last_img read more

Watch Trailer For Revealing New Eric Clapton Documentary

first_img Watch Trailer For Revealing New Eric Clapton Documentary The Toronto Festival premiered a new Showtime documentary about the triumphs and struggles of Eric ClaptonNate HertweckGRAMMYs Sep 11, 2017 – 10:00 am The remarkable story of the life and music of GRAMMY-winning British guitar god Eric Clapton is the subject of a new Showtime documentary, which premiered this weekend at the Toronto Film Festival.The first trailer for “Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars” shows glimpses of Clapton’s astounding virtuosity on guitar and monumental influence on music against his devastating struggles with drugs, alcohol and tragedy.Clapton’s rich catalog of work with the Yardbirds, The Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek & The Dominoes, and as a solo artist amounts to an undeniably significant contribution to blues-rock’s history. Perhaps his greatest commercial success came in 1992 with the release of the GRAMMY-winning Unplugged containing “Tears In Heaven,” written about the painful loss of Clapton’s 4-year-old son Conor in 1991.According to Rolling Stone, director Lili Fini Zanuck had access to an “extensive personal archive of classic performance clips, on- and off-stage footage, iconic photos, concert posters, handwritten letters, drawings and personal diary entries,” for the this project.”Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars” will premiere Feb. 10, 2018 on Showtime.Read More: Gregg Allman, Neil Young Headline New Music Friday Email Facebook Watch New Clapton Documentary Trailer watch-trailer-revealing-new-eric-clapton-documentary News Twitter last_img read more

JSW Energy may buy General Motors Pune plant to make electric cars

first_imgSajjan Jindal-led JSW Energy, which announced its plans to foray into the EVs and energy storage segments in August last year, seems to have found the place for production. Emerging reports indicate JSW Energy and General Motors (GM) are in advanced talks and the former may buy GM’s plant at Talegaon in Pune.American auto giant General Motors which sold cars in India under the Chevrolet brand till the end of 2017 is now using the Pune plant only for exports. The company manufactures Beat hatchback and sedan versions for the North and South American markets. If the report is anything to go by, the move will mark General Motors’ complete exit from India. The logo of JSW is seen on the company’s headquarters in Mumbai, India, February 11, 2016.Reuters FileLivemint report claims JSW Energy plans to launch an electric car, code-named JSW car, and GM’s Pune car plant will be the hub. JSW Energy has planned to roll out its first electric vehicle by 2020.In February 2018, they signed a pact with Maharashtra for setting up a manufacturing unit for electric vehicles (EV) and Energy Storage Systems in the state. The possible acquisition of GM’s Pune plant seems to be in line with this pact.”What I know is that JSW is in talks with GM to buy the plant… there have been discussions. Originally, PSA was also interested but their talks fell through,” the publication quoted a source as saying. General Motors Talegaon plantMedia.GMGM’s Talegaon plant is valued anywhere between Rs 3,000 crore and Rs 3,500 crore and is spread over 300 acres. The car plant that opened in 2008 has an annual capacity of 130,000 vehicles. General Motors India also owned a plant in Halol, Gujarat. The company closed the Halol factory in 2017 and it was eventually acquired by China’s largest automaker SAIC Motor Corp. They will make cars under MG Motor brand for the Indian market from 2019.In addition to the pact with Maharashtra government, JSW Energy Ltd had signed an agreement with Gujarat government to promote the production of battery operated vehicles in the state along with the production of the electrical battery, storage solutions and charging infrastructure last year. The project is worth Rs 4,000 crore and it is expected to provide employment opportunities to over 6,000 local people.last_img read more

Hurricane Harvey Affects Consumer Price Index

first_imgListen Share 00:00 /00:08 Twitter user @NBCDFWRising Gas PricesThe Labor Department says consumer prices recorded their biggest increase in eight months in September. Gasoline prices surged 13.1 percent in the wake of hurricane-relate refinery disruptions, accounting for 75 percent of the rise in the Consumer Price Index. In addition, the economy lost 33,000 jobs as a result of the storms, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics records slower job gains. Patrick Jankowski is the chief economist with the Greater Houston Partnership.“You know, if someone says U.S. GDP is gonna dip because of the hurricane that hit Houston, I’m actually kind of flattered, because that tells you just how important Houston is to the rest of the U.S. economy.”  Flood-related store closings harmed sales tax collections. But there’s a 1.6 percent jump in retail sales, as reconstruction and clean-up efforts boost demand for building materials and replacement cars.  X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Double Fines Kickstarter success may lead to Planescape Torment sequel

first_imgLast week Tim Schafer’s Double Fine studio caused a stir by asking for $400,000 on Kickstarter and receiving over $1 million in under 24 hours. The current total is $1,677,888 with 29 days still to go.Double Fine’s success has been watched by other games developers, and the first to react is Obsidian Entertainment. Obsidian has a great resume when it comes to released games. Fallout: New Vegas and Dungeon Siege III are two of their more recent releases, but Neverwinter Nights 2 and Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 2 also feature in their past.Obsidian have decided to put the feelers out for funding a game through Kickstarter. Through a post on their forums, the developer has suggested player-supported funding means certain genre of games definitely aren’t dead, and sequels that otherwise wouldn’t happen possibly could.The suggestion has certainly got gamers talking, and an RPG seems to be topping the bill for most requested game. Although Neverwinter and Star Wars demonstrate Obsidian have the talent and experience to deliver such a game, it’s another title that brings with it the most excitement.The reason for the excitement is Chris Avellone, Creative Director at Obsidian. Before Obsidian he worked at Black Isle Studios and was lead developer on Planescape: Torment. The suggestion now is we could see a sequel of sorts to that game. Even if it’s not a direct sequel, a game similar in spirit to PT is sure to go down very well with RPG fans and would certainly get a lot of funding through Kickstarter. Avellone’s credentials for creating any RPG are second to none considering he is credited on the Icewind Dale games, Fallout 2, Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance, and Champions of Norrath.For now the idea of Obsidian using Kickstarter to fund an independent title is just that: an idea. But if you want to encourage them and make a suggestion, then head on over to the Obsidian forum and get posting. Alternatively, if you’re wondering what all the fuss is about this Planescape: Torment, why not spend $10 and try playing it.More at Obsidian’s forums, via Eurogamer.netlast_img read more