Maria Sharapova’s name absent from final list of French Open

first_imgRussian tennis star Maria Sharapova does not figure in the final entry list of women participants of the 2016 French Open tennis tournament.The new entry list was published on the official website of the 2016 Roland Garros on Thursday, reports Xinhua.According to media reports on Thursday, former World No.1 Sharapova, currently facing doping abuse accusations, was enlisted as eligible for taking part in the tournament, to be held in France between May 16 and June 5.”Prestigious Swiss watch maker TAG Heuer has no intentions of extending its sponsorship contract with Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova even in case the player is amnestied of doping accusations under new recommendations from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA),” the company said on Thursday.A spokesman for the Swiss company said that the sponsorship contract with Sharapova expired on December 31, 2015, and there were no negotiations planned on the extension of the contract with the Russian tennis player.The company suspended talks on the extension of its sponsorship contract with Sharapova after the player announced last month that she had tested positive for doping.last_img read more

Watch! Nasser Hussain storms his way to Guinness Record books

first_imgFormer England captain Nasser Hussain was quite a competitor during his playing days and he remains one even after 12 years into his retirement.Hussain, egged on by his co-commentator at Sky Sports, Ian Ward, set a new Guinness World Record for the highest catch of a cricket ball earlier this week. The 48-year-old, who was wearing wicketkeeping gloves, was allowed three attempts to latch on to the ball, dropped from a minimum height of 100ft or 31 meters.The stage was set at the Lord’s Cricket Ground for the record attempt. The ball was dropped from a ‘BatCam’ falling at approximately 120 kmph. Hussain took the catch with ease in his very first attempt.Not satisfied, Hussain upped the scale and ordered the ball to be dropped from 150ft or 46 meters. This time the ball thudded into his gloves a bit harder but Hussain managed to cling on to the catch, although he writhed in pain afterwards.As if that was not enough, Hussain asked for the drone to go even higher up to 400ft, the highest that it could go. But the veteran of 96 Tests, who has 107 international catches to his credit, realised very quickly that he had bit off more than he could chew and could not even lay a finger on to the ball in the third attempt.But nonetheless, Hussain’s name did go into the Guinness Record books for catching the ball from a height of 150ft.Drone stunt sees @englandcricket legend @nassercricket achieve highest cricket ball catch ??? GuinnessWorldRecords (@GWR) July 5, 2016″It was great fun to spend the morning attempting to catch cricket balls dropped from a drone at the home of cricket – something I never thought I would do. But I am looking forward to giving my hands a rest and getting back to the commentary box for the upcoming Test match,” Hussain told Sky Sports.last_img read more

Rennie Childs Is out and Chris Carson Is Probably out for Kansas State

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! It sounds like it’s going to be Jeff Carr and Raymond Taylor going it alone at running back this week. That’s … not good.Gundy confirmed early that Childs is not going to play.On Cowboy Radio Network, Gundy says, “If Chris can’t play, we’ll use Jeff Carr and Raymond Taylor.” Sounds like Childs is definitely out.— Kyle Boone (@PFBoone) October 3, 2015Then later, it was revealed that Carson probably won’t either. Yikes.#OKstate Chris Carson is warming up in full pads, but Robert Allen reports via RB coach Marcus Arroyo it’s doubtful he’ll play today.— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) October 3, 2015last_img read more

KSS Line Secures Financing for Its VLGC

first_imgzoom South Korean  LPG and chemical shipping company KSS Line has signed a financing deal with Korea Development Bank (KDB) for one of its newbuilds.Under the deal, signed on February 26, 2015, KDB will provide financing for a 84,000 cbm very large gas carrier  (VLGC).The value of the financing deal has not been disclosed.KSS has one 84,000-cbm VLGC newbuilding under construction at Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) which is due for delivery in 2016. The VLGC is assigned on a seven-year-plus time-charter with Japanese trader Itochu.Earlier this month KSS Line commissioned Hyundai Mipo Dockyard to build one 38,000 cbm LPG/ammonia carrier.The new mid-size carrier will cost USD 52 million to build, and will join the Seoul-based shipper’s fleet in February 2017, according to the company’s latest announcement on the Korea Stock Exchange.KSS Line has reportedly already chartered out the newbuild to an unnamed client from India.The company operates 15 owned vessels in its fleet ranging from VLGCs, medium gas carriers (MGCs) to stainless steel chemical tankers.World Maritime News Staff; Image: KSSlast_img read more

Bank AlMaghrib Moroccos Foreign Currency Reserves Down 18 in 1 Year

Rabat – While the number is a decrease from 2017, it represents a slight increase from November 2015 (MAD 220.8 billion) and a larger increase from November 2014 (MAD 168.25 billion)During the week of November 1-7, Bank Al-Maghrib, Morocco’s central bank, injected MAD 72.3 billion into the economy.The interbank interest rate is currently 2.29 percent, Bank Al-Maghrib reported in a press release. Many European markets have negative interbank rates, according to Trading Economics. In contrast, countries such as the US, the UAE, and Saudi Arabia have rates between 2.62 and 2.73. During the same period, the dirham appreciated by 1.13 percent against the US dollar and depreciated by 0.19 percent against the euro.

Some Ohio legislators yell cut to Hollywood tax deals

CINCINNATI — Lights, camera, cut?Some of Hollywood’s biggest hit movies and equally big bombs have something in common: They were shot in Ohio, taking advantage of a 10-year-old tax credit incentive program.Now some Ohio legislators want to dim the lights on a program aimed at luring filmmaking to the Buckeye State that offers up to 30 per cent rebates for production cast and crew wages and other in-state spending.Though the tax credit has been worth millions to blockbusters such as Marvel’s “Avengers” and “Captain America” movies, critics say tax breaks should be going to Ohioans.“I care about the opinion of Bobby, a Buckeye from Beverly, not necessarily Bobby De Niro from Beverly Hills,” said House Speaker Larry Householder, a Republican from Glenford who questions why the state should be giving inducements to Hollywood. The House version of the $69 billion state budget eliminated the tax credit.Both the conservative Buckeye Institute and left-leaning Policy Matters Ohio have analyzed the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit and found it lacking major economic benefits for Ohioans. However, regional film commission officials say economic impact studies have shown the state reaps a return of nearly $2 on every dollar of movie production spending.Film commission leaders are pledging to push hard to keep the credit, saying that the state’s movie industry has momentum and that thousands of jobs and tens of millions in investments could be at stake. John Daugherty, executive director of the Greater Columbus Film Commission , said film programs in Ohio schools would feel the impact with reduced opportunities for their graduates.Among the good, great and, well, not-so-good films that took advantage of the tax credit in recent years:— “The Avengers” assembled in Cleveland to successfully save mankind, while smashing windows, exploding cars and flinging fireballs in 2012’s movie.— Captain America and “The Winter Soldier” duked it out for multiple rounds in front of the city’s Justice Center, and Chris Evans (Captain America) and Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) barely survived the worst-ever commute on Cleveland’s Shoreway for the 2014 Avengers spin-off.— With a back tattoo calling himself “I Am Wrath ,” John Travolta got revenge on bad guys in Columbus alleys and buildings, and went by Buckeye Donuts on his way direct-to-video in 2016. He returned to Ohio to be the bad guy in Cincinnati scenes of the panned 2018 mobster biopic “Gotti.”— George Clooney and Ryan Gosling schemed about how to win Ohio’s presidential primary in 2011’s “The Ides of March ,” while the divisive issue for fans thronged around Cincinnati’s Fountain Square was who was hotter.One of the most beloved movies in cinema, “The Shawshank Redemption,” predated the tax credit — and Householder calls it his favourite Ohio-filmed movie.The speaker explained that the House-proposed budget aims to cut Ohioans’ taxes while targeting “special tax plans that benefit only specific group” for a consistent tax policy and “level playing field.”Householder noted threats by some movie celebrities to boycott states that pass social legislation they oppose, such as restrictive anti-abortion laws like Ohio passed last month.“To me, they’re getting a little too big for their britches, and you know we’re going to do here in Ohio what we think is best for Ohioans and not listen to talk in Hollywood, California, about what they think is best for Ohio,” he said.However, the AP reported recently there hasn’t been a wide reaction to the recently passed restrictive abortion law in Georgia, which has become a heavyweight movie industry host.The GOP-controlled state Senate, which takes up the budget next, has actually proposed expanding the tax credit to include theatrical shows. And Republican Gov. Mike DeWine suggested the state could do even more with “a holistic approach” to attract moviemakers, to become a Midwestern rival for Georgia.“We can make Ohio a go-to-place, frankly, like Georgia is,” DeWine said. “And the credit itself is probably not enough. I would like for us to come up with a plan very quickly which includes the tax credit, but looks at what else we need to do to make that tax credit, frankly, go farther in the sense of being more productive for jobs. And it’s about jobs.”Much wrangling on spending issues lies ahead before the legislators submit a two-year budget bill to DeWine by the end of June.___Welsh-Huggins reported from Columbus. Follow Dan Sewell at Sewell And Andrew Welsh-Huggins, The Associated Press read more

US Senate confirms Teplitz as Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives

The US Embassy in Colombo congratulated Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz on her confirmation by the US Senate as the next US Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives and said it looks forward to welcoming her very soon. (Colombo Gazette) The US Senate has confirmed Alaina Teplitz as the new US Ambassador to Sri Lanka.Alaina B. Teplitz, of Colorado, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service was confirmed today as Ambassador to Sri Lanka, and to serve concurrently as Ambassador to the Republic of Maldives.

Farmers want Ottawa to allow more producers to hire foreign seasonal workers

Farmers want Ottawa to allow more producers to hire foreign seasonal workers by John Cotter, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 24, 2016 12:33 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 25, 2016 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Agriculture groups want the federal government to allow more producers to hire foreign seasonal employees to work on farms.“There are some jobs that we can’t get Canadians to do,” Norm Hall, president of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan, said Wednesday.“Having enough employees to get the job done in a timely matter makes more money for agriculture.”The federal Seasonal Agriculture Worker Program already allows about 20,000 temporary foreign workers to be hired in Canada for up to eight months each year in specific industries such as the tobacco, livestock, fruit and vegetable sectors.The program is open to workers from Mexico and some Caribbean countries.Hall’s group and other farm organizations such as the Union des Producteurs Agricoles want Ottawa to expand the program to include other commodities such as grain, oilseeds and maple syrup.Hall said there is a growing shortage of farm hands as older producers retire and younger people leave rural areas or seek other jobs. But farmers who remain on the land are hoping to expand production.“There are just not enough farm boys left,” Hall said. “It would mean getting the crop in on time, getting it sprayed in time and then getting it harvested on time.”Foreign workers hired under the program are limited to basic jobs such as running farm machinery, looking after animals, planting and harvesting.They can come back to Canada year after year until they reach the program’s cumulative limit of 48 months.Delegates attending the Canadian Federation of Agriculture annual general meeting in Ottawa on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a resolution calling for expansion of the seasonal program.They also passed resolutions for the federal government to lift the 48-month limit, to make it easier for foreign seasonal workers to change employers and to simplify the application process.Producers also want to be able to use more foreign seasonal workers in their processing operations.Hall said the Canadian Federation of Agriculture is to present the resolutions to the Liberal government later this year.“We are hoping that the minister and the bureaucracy will look on this favourably and enact as much of it as possible,” said Hall, who is also a member of the federation’s board of directors.Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay was asked Tuesday about the push by the groups for Ottawa to expand the seasonal worker program.“I fully understand the value of the temporary foreign workers,” he said.Officials from Employment and Social Development Canada were not immediately available for comment Wednesday.Justicia for Migrant Workers, a group that advocates on behalf of foreign workers, said it opposes the expansion of the program.Chris Ramsaroop, an organizer for the group, said these workers can be exploited and are at the total mercy of their employers.“With an expanding agricultural industry there must be a correlating focus of better working and living conditions for farm workers,” Ramsaroop said.“We demand that migrant farm workers must have access to permanent residency and should be employed with dignity and respect and not treated as disposable labour.” read more

JT Barrett named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for record 7th

Despite watching the majority of the fourth quarter from the stands, Ohio State redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett has been named the Big Ten Offensive Freshman of the Week for the seventh time this season, breaking the Big Ten record set by Nathan Scheelhaase.The Wichita Falls, Texas, native accounted for three touchdowns and 265 yards of total offense in a 42-28 win over the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday before leaving the game in the fourth quarter after suffering a fractured ankle.Barrett finished his 2014-15 with 3,772 total yards of offense and 45 touchdowns responsible for, which breaks the Big Ten record held by former Purdue and current New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.The redshirt-freshman took over for injured senior Braxton Miller less than two weeks before the start of the season after Miller suffered a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder.The Big Ten Offensive Freshman of the Week award has now been given to a Buckeye in eight out of 14 weeks this season, as redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall won the award last week after a four-touchdown performance against Indiana.Redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones is expected to make his first career start Saturday against Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game in place of Barrett.Kickoff is set for 8:17 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. read more

Bulatovic and Penezic to Valcea

Andrea PenezićKatarina Bulatovic Oltchim Valcea are finally through the crisis that affected them after the early knock-out from the Champions League and the Anja Andersen episode, and now they’re preparing for the next season. The trophy that is their long-standing wish might be even closer, if they manage to revitalize the team for the next season, and bring their primary targets – Katarina Bulatovic and Andrea Penezic.Reports say Bulatovic might be very close to joining Valcea – even though the club has denied this saying she made peace with her Montenegrin club, as the raise of monthly pay that she requested – 6,000 eur more, for a total of 10,000 eur a month might not go through. She asked for this amount after she found out that Bojana Popovic is actually receiving 400,000 euros per season, which is 6-7 times more than anyone else’s season pay. Firstly at war, now it seems she is at peace with the club, but we’re yet to see what the summer will bring us.Penezic is another target of Valcea, but it seems that now Tiselj is back to Krim, she might stay, as the team is supposed to remain strong, and Penezic is one of the ← Previous Story Sandi Sola, President of CHF until 2015 Next Story → Drago Vukovic to Lubbecke! read more

Unapologetic Trudeau denies interfering in prosecution of Canadian engineering firm

first_img No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Source: Justin Tang/PA ImagesCANADIAN PRIME MINISTER Justin Trudeau has denied accusations of “inappropriate” meddling in the prosecution of a corporate giant but did not apologise over the scandal. Facing calls to resign, Trudeau addressed the allegations news conference today in Ottawa, saying he had learned “lessons” from the crisis but denying any wrongdoing.Trudeau’s inner circle is accused of pressuring his former attorney general to shield Canadian engineering giant SNC-Lavalin from a bribery trial.The case has already triggered the resignation of Trudeau’s right-hand man and two cabinet ministers, with support for the prime minister and his Liberals falling for the first time behind the opposition Tories – seven months from a general election.Addressing the media today, the 47-year-old Trudeau acknowledged that he raised the pending trial during a meeting last September with then attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould – whose resignation sparked the crisis. Trudeau said that they discussed its possible impact on jobs in his Montreal electoral base.“But this comment was not partisan in nature,” the prime minister said today. During days of testimony before the House of Commons justice committee, Wilson-Raybould said she experienced “consistent and sustained” pressure from Trudeau’s inner circle to interfere in the case, including “veiled threats”.“There was no inappropriate pressure,” said Trudeau, who has stood by his previous claim he made clear to Wilson-Raybould that any decision was hers alone.‘Erosion of trust’Trudeau did take some responsibility for the breakdown in relations between his office and Wilson-Raybould, Canada’s first indigenous attorney general.She claims she was ousted from the justice ministry over the case and quit the government last month. Related Read 01.03.19 Explainer: Canadian PM Justin Trudeau is facing a political scandal … what’s it all about? 9,776 Views Short URL Unapologetic Trudeau denies interfering in prosecution of Canadian engineering firm Facing calls to resign, Trudeau addressed the allegations at a news conference today in Ottawa. Mar 7th 2019, 10:47 PM By AFP Share17 Tweet Email Thursday 7 Mar 2019, 10:47 PM “As we look over the past weeks, there are many lessons to be learned and many things we would have liked to have done differently,” the prime minister said today. “I was not aware of that erosion of trust. As prime minister, I should have been,” he said, vowing to “do better next time.”But he added that Wilson-Raybould should have been more forthcoming with her concerns. “She did not come to me and I wish she had,” he said.Rejecting Trudeau’s account this afternoon, opposition leader Andrew Scheer told a news conference in Toronto that “the erosion of trust has been between Justin Trudeau and Canadians”. “It’s now beyond dispute that he and his office bullied and threatened Ms Wilson-Raybould to get her to let SNC-Lavalin off the hook (and) when she resisted the attempts he fired her,” Scheer said. The Montreal-based SNC-Lavalin was charged with corruption four years ago for allegedly paying $47 million (€31 million) in bribes between 2001 and 2011 to secure Libyan government contracts under the rule of Muammar Gaddafi and of defrauding the Libyan government.last_img read more

Le chocolat pourrait réduire le risque dattaque cérébrale chez les femmes

first_imgLe chocolat pourrait réduire le risque d’attaque cérébrale chez les femmesD’après une récente étude suédoise, les femmes qui mangent du chocolat présenteraient un risque d’accident vasculaire cérébral (AVC) plus faible que celles qui n’en consomment pas. C’est une nouvelle découverte qui va ravir tous les amateurs de chocolat. Si l’on prêtait à ce mets très apprécié un effet positif sur l’humeur, il se pourrait bien que ce ne soit pas le seul bienfait que renferme le chocolat. Il y a peu, des chercheurs ont en effet suggéré que le cacao avait un effet bénéfique sur le coeur. Mais aujourd’hui, c’est encore un autre bienfait qu’ont révélé des scientifiques du Karolinska Institutet de Stockholm en Suède. D’après leurs recherches publiées dans la revue Journal of the American College of cardiology, le chocolat permettrait également chez les femmes de réduire le risque d’accident vasculaire cérébral (AVC). Pour arriver à une telle conclusion, le docteur Susanna Larsson et son équipe ont suivi pendant 10 ans plus de 33.000 femmes âgées de 49 à 83 ans qui avaient rempli en 1997 un questionnaire évaluant leur consommation de plusieurs aliments dont le chocolat pour l’année. Les participantes avaient à leur disposition 8 catégories prédéfinies allant de “jamais” à “égal ou plus de trois fois par jour”. Du 1er janvier 1998 au 31 décembre 2008, les chercheurs ont ensuite surveillé le nombre d’attaques cérébrales qui survenaient dans cette cohorte de femmes.Au final, ils ont ainsi enregistré 1.549 attaques, parmi lesquels 1.200 infarctus cérébral, 244 hémorragies cérébrales et 125 attaques non spécifiées. Néanmoins, au vu des données, ils ont constaté que le risque de ces accidents était inversement proportionnel à la consommation de chocolat. Autrement dit, plus les femmes en mangeaient, moins elles manifestaient ce genre d’attaques. Ainsi, parmi celles qui présentaient la plus forte consommation hebdomadaire, plus de 45 grammes, le taux d’accident était de 2,5 pour mille. Par contre, chez les plus petites mangeuses (moins de 8,9 grammes par semaine), ce taux atteignait 7,8 pour mille. Un bénéfice potentiel à considérer avec modérationÀ lire aussiUne activité électrique détectée dans des mini-cerveaux développés en laboratoireSi ces résultats semblent donc démontrer l’effet positif du chocolat sur ce risque, les chercheurs ont tenu à rester prudents et soulignent qu’il est difficile sur une longue période d’estimer correctement l’alimentation des sujets et d’évaluer tous les facteurs qui peuvent influer. Ils appellent donc à davantage d’études. “Au vu du projet d’observation de l’étude, les résultats ne peuvent prouver que c’est bien le chocolat qui réduit le risque d’attaques”, précise le Dr Larsson cité par le Daily Mail. Bien qu’elle croit que le cacao puisse réellement agir de manière positive sur la santé, la scientifique alerte par ailleurs sur les risques de trop en manger. “Le chocolat doit être consommé avec modération, alors qu’il est riche en calories, en graisse et en sucre. Mais, le chocolat noir contient plus de cacao et moins de sucre que celui au lait, la consommation de chocolat noir devrait donc être plus bénéfique”, relève le Dr Larsson. Dans les années 1990, en Suède, 90% du chocolat consommé était du chocolat au lait, avec environ 30% de cacao, notent les chercheurs dans leur étude.  Le 12 octobre 2011 à 14:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

I Dont Know Whats Happening in Kingdom Hearts 3 But I Still

first_imgStay on target The Most Exciting Video Games of 2019Kingdom Hearts 3 Has a Ridiculous Amount of Hollywood Voice Talent Kingdom Hearts is one of those series I never got into. It’s not that I had anything against the franchise’s weird mix of Square-Enix sensibilities and Disney characters. I was just more interested in series like God of War, Prince of Persia, and Grand Theft Auto during the PS2 era. I never understood the hype. Now, 17 years after the release of the first game, I find myself having completed the third (and final?) installment. While I’m still somewhat mystified by the series’ popularity, I’m glad I got to play through an entry. Kingdom Hearts 3 isn’t for everyone but it’s a genuinely entertaining game… even if it makes little sense to me.Before I continue, I want to state that this is not a review for Kingdom Hearts 3. If you want to know all about the game’s finer details, you can check out my exhaustive preview. I’m writing this for the uninitiated and to express my thoughts about the game. While it’s great to read pieces from long-time fans, I think hearing the opinions of newcomers is equally important. So is Kingdom Hearts 3 worth it for first-timers? The short answer is yes, but only if you focus on the gameplay instead of the convoluted narrative.I’m not even going to try to describe the plot of Kingdom Hearts 3. Even after seeing the end credits roll by, I haven’t the foggiest idea what happened. I know who the good and bad guys are, but that’s about it. I imagine this is what someone who never played a Metal Gear Solid game must have felt like when playing MSG4. Kingdom Hearts 3 is clearly tying its best to wrap up all of its loose plot threads. There is a ton of heavy exposition for players to sit through. Thankfully, you can pause or skip cutscenes if you desire. I’m sure series devotees will appreciate the way things come together. As for myself, I just enjoyed the pretty cinematics.The big draw of Kingdom Hearts 3 and the series as a whole is playing through different Disney worlds. I’m not familiar with the Kingdom Hearts characters, but I sure do know Hercules, Princess Elsa, Buzz Lightyear, and Rapunzel. While the meta-plot of Kingdom Hearts is difficult to decipher, the stories in each Disney world are easy to understand. For the most part, they follow the basic plot of each film. In fact, some segments come straight out of their respective movies. Even if the game’s overall plot eludes you, the Disney stories are something you can latch on to.Like previous entries, Kingdom Hearts 3 features real-time combat. Players can attack foes with the signature keyblade weapon and with magic spells. The battle system’s simplicity is a contrast to the complexity of the narrative. As the game progresses, you gain new abilities and skills. These help keep combat fresh and exciting. The different keyblades you receive also spice up the hacking and slashing. While I personally prefer turn-based RPGs, I found the real-time combat of Kingdom Hearts 3 enjoyable.After defeating enough foes, you can trigger any number of over-the-top special attacks. You can also initiate specials with your party members. My personal favorite attacks let you use different Disney theme park rides against enemies. Destroying baddies while riding a carousel or pirate ship is just plain awesome. I also really dig Link attacks since you get to summon characters like Stitch, Ariel, and Wreck-it-Ralph. Prompts to use specials come often, so you’ll never go long before you can unleash colorful super moves. Given the number of foes the game tosses at you, these specials give you some breathing room. They’re also just a whole lot of fun to use.Every world in Kingdom Hearts 3 has its own unique art style. For instance, the Pirates of the Caribbean level has photorealistic graphics while the Hundred Acre Wood stage employs a cell-shaded style. There are also subtle differences between Big Hero 6’s San Fransokio, Frozen’s Arendelle, and Tangled’s Kingdom of Corona. I don’t think I’ve ever played a game which features this many different visual identities. This is a testament to the versatility of Unreal Engine 4, which powers the game. Kingdom Hearts 3’s multiple and diverse aesthetic styles are just plain impressive.The only real gripe I have with Kingdom Hearts 3 — and I suppose the entire franchise — is with the way it handles the crossover component. Perhaps I say this out of sheer ignorance, but I always thought this series was about blending Final Fantasy and Disney worlds. With the exception of Moogles, I didn’t see a single Final Fantasy character in all of Kingdom Hearts 3. You don’t even get to travel to any Final Fantasy worlds. I would have loved to visit Final Fantasy VII’s Midgar to fight alongside Cloud, Barret, and Tifa. Disney gets proper representation, but where’s the Final Fantasy love? Again, I’m a newcomer and may be asking for something that was never there. Still, as a person who loves crossovers where each company’s characters get equal shine, I felt Kingdom Hearts 3 could have done a better job.Kingdom Hearts 3 is at its best when the Disney and Square-Enix crossover is fully realized. Unfortunately for newcomers like myself, there’s far too much plot unpacking going on. I’m sure series veterans will love seeing the conclusion to story threads they’ve followed for nearly two decades. Even I can tell the game is doing its best to wrap up its myriad plotlines. However, it’s clear this story is not for the uninitiated. Thankfully, the core gameplay and different Disney worlds are enough to make this a winner. I doubt I’ll go and check out the previous games, but I’m glad I got to play this one. Wacky plot aside, Kingdom Hearts 3 is a top-notch video game. Just don’t ask me what the hell it’s about.More on ‘Kingdom Hearts’Remember: Mickey Mouse Is in ‘Kingdom Hearts’The Most Exciting Video Games of 2019last_img read more

WWE NXT Results – 22515 Balor vs Kendrick

first_img Charlotte Flair Sasha Banks Gets Cagey When Asked About Feud With Alexa Bliss Videos Articles Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Ronda Rousey Asuka, Becky Lynch, And Charlotte In Triple Threat Title Match Charlotte Flair And Becky Lynch Involved In Brawl At An Unlikely Location WWE Superstar Finn Balor confirms marriage to FOX Sports Reporter Veronica Rodriguez Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE NXTFebruary 25, 2015Full Sail UniversityCommentators: Rich Brennan, Alex Riley, Corey GravesRecap by: Jason Namako of Wrestleview.comWe see the usual intro, then go to the opening match.Hideo Itami def. Bull Dempsey by pinfall with the Flying Kick.Afterwards, Tyler Breeze lays out Itami on the rampway with the Supermodel Kick. Breeze goes to take a selfie with his selfie stick on the rampway, but Itami gets back up and chases Breeze off.We see video on the Brian Kendrick, who will be returning to WWE in the main event.The Lucha Dragons def. Jason Jordan & Tye Dillinger by pinfall when Kalisto pinned Dillinger with Solida Del Sol after Jordan walked out on his partner.Backstage, Finn Balor talks about his match with the Brian Kendrick tonight.Tye Dillinger is still in the ring, calls out Jason Jordan to explain himself and he doesn’t care who’s match is next, he will fight that person. Baron Corbin’s music hits as he makes his way to the ring, leading to….Baron Corbin def. Tye Dillinger by pinfall with the End of Days.Backstage, Charlotte talks about her NXT Women’s Title rematch next week with Sasha Banks, saying the title will come back to where it belongs.We go to Tyler Breeze, who says Hideo Itami fell right into his trap and soon will be squished like the cockroach he is.We see video of Sami Zayn taking part in the WWE tour of Abu Dhabi, Zayn returns next week.Becky Lynch def. Bayley by submission with a Seated Fujiwara Armbar.Backstage, Rhyno talks about why he came to NXT, saying the roster shows the same intensity and fire that he has. His goal is to win the NXT Title and he will rip through everyone in his way with a Gore, Gore, GORE!!We see video of a backstage interviewer asking Jason Jordan why he walked out on Tye Dillinger. Jordan says he will give an explanation when he is ready.NXT Champion Kevin Owens joins commentary for the main event.Main Event: Finn Balor def. The Brian Kendrick by pinfall with the Coup de Grace.During the match, Owens & Riley had an argument about how Owens has conducted himself in NXT and what he did to his former friend, Sami Zayn. Owens left soon after, saying he should leave before he did something he regrets.Afterwards, Owens comes back out and has a staredown with Balor from the rampway, then goes back over to the commentary table, grabs Riley and throws him over the commentary table and to the floor below. Attendants check on Riley while Owens continues to stare down Balor as the show closes.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between BrandsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:30 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 Twitter Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Pinterest WWE Superstar Finn Balor appears to get married, Posts photo to Instagram Now Playing Up Next Becky Lynch Becky Lynch Announces Replacement to Face Ronda Rousey Now Playing Up Next Google+ Videos Articles Facebook Dave Bautista will be a character in new video game, Finn Balor reveals new look Now Playing Up Next WhatsApplast_img read more

30foot boat catches fire at Fort Lauderdale marina no injuries

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A fire broke out inside a 30-foot boat docked at a marina in Fort Lauderdale.Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the blaze along the 300 block of Slocum Street, just after 6 p.m., Friday.Crews were able to quickly put out the flames.The vessel sustained some damage to the rear.No one was hurt.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

The Legislatures Second Special Session

first_imgWith the state legislature now gaveled in to a second special session in the new Legislative Information Office in Anchorage,  major state issues are under debate, namely the state’s operating budget.Download Audio:HOST: Ellen LockyerGUESTS:Pat Pitney, director, State Office of Management and BudgetJim Duncan, executive director, of the Alaska State Employees Union Local 52KSKA (FM 91.1) BROADCAST: Friday, May 22 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 23 at 6:00 p.m.Alaska Public Television BROADCAST: Friday, May 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 23 at 4:30 p.m.last_img

July was wettest on record for Juneau says weather service

first_imgThe National Weather Service says this July was the wettest on record for Juneau.The Alaska Dispatch News reports that the weather service announced Saturday that it recorded 10.4 inches of rainfall at Juneau International Airport last month.Until now, July 1997 was considered the wettest July in Alaska’s capital city. The weather service says 10.36 inches of rain fell that year.Anchorage only saw 2.34 inches of rain last month. Its wettest July on record was in 2001, with 4.49 inches of rainfall.The weather service recorded 2.78 inches of rain in Fairbanks this July. The record for that city was set in 2003, with 5.96 inches.last_img

Mongolia kicks off sixth LGBTI pride festival sparking online debate

first_imgPhoto by Gonto ErdeneburenLGBTI Mongolians and allies march through the country’s capital, Ulaanbaatar. Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . “The Equality & Pride Days are not yet a celebration of equality,” Anaraa told Gay Star News. “They are a reminder that we are still treated as secondary citizens because of the negative mindsets and attitudes.”Mongolia decriminalized homosexuality in the late 1980s. Last year, it changed to the country’s Criminal Code to outlaw discrimination and hate crimes on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. But Mongolia society does not yet widely accept LGBTI people.Mongolia’s society is changing very rapidly and the population needs more information, according to Dorjjantsan Ganbaatar, Health Programme Manager at the LGBT Centre (Mongolia).“Most of the hate comments are coming from lack of education and ignorance,” he said. “Providing information and raising awareness is one of the important thing here in Mongolia.”“It doesn’t matter if the reaction is negative or positive, starting a dialogue here in Mongolia on this issue is very much needed.” LGBTI Mongolians and allies pose for a photo during a pride march in the country’s capital, Ulaanbaatar. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Pride Toronto asks police not to march in this year’s paradeViolent protesters disrupt LGBTI festival in South Korea15 beautiful pictures of Indian LGBTIs and allies kissing Section 377 goodbyeRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : GAYSTARNEWS- At least 150 people marched through Mongolia’s capital city, Ulaanbaatar, on Saturday, kicking off the country’s sixth annual LGBTI pride festival.Footage and images of LGBTI Mongolians and allies braving pouring rain as they marched through the city went viral.This sparked both positive and negative reactions online, Nyamdorj Anaraa, co-founder of the LGBT Centre (Mongolia) told Gay Star News on Tuesday.“This year was so far the biggest Equality Walk both in terms of the crowd as well as the coverage by media and social media engagement,” said Anaraa.“Partly this was due to the fact that a lot of younger LGBTI people and allies joining and social media exploded with harmful myths that are still alive in Mongolia’s society.”The United Nations joined the march for the first time as part of its UN Free & Equal Campaign.Eight days of eventsSaturday’s Equality Walk was the first event in eight days of LGBTI gatherings named The Equality & Pride Days.Events include a Voices-4-Equality concert, an Arts-4-Rights arts exhibition, and the Beyond the Blue Sky Queer Film Festival. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

Holiday Inn Melbourne On Flinders Earns 2012 Tripadvisor Certificate O

first_imgHoliday Inn Melbourne on Flinders exterior Honoured as a Highly Rated Hotel as Reviewed by Travellers on the World’s Largest Travel SiteMelbourne, Victoria – Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders is proud to announce that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistentlyachieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Approximately 10 percent of accommodations listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, usinesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travellers on TripAdvisor. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.“Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders is honoured to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence,” said Garry Beadel, Hotel Manager. “We strive to offer our guests a welcoming and memorable experience, and this accolade is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive guest experiences which they feel proud to share on TripAdvisor for everyone to see.”“TripAdvisor is pleased to honour exceptional businesses for consistent excellence, as reviewed by travellers on the site,” said Christine Petersen, president of TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award gives highly rated establishments around the world the recognition they deserve. We want to applaud these businesses for offering TripAdvisor travellers a great customer experience.” Source = Holiday Innlast_img read more

New lowcost longhaul airline POP puts People Over ProfitR

first_imgPOP is set to become not just a new airline, not just the only airline currently to fly non-stop from the UK to two of India’s key secondary cities – Amritsar (Punjab) and Ahmedabad (Gujarat) – but an airline with a new unique business model.POP is a new, low-cost, long-haul airline with a social conscience that will meet the demand of the growing visiting friends and relatives (VFR) market as well as the expanding leisure-tourism and business sectors.Being established as a corporate social responsibility (CSR) business, POP will enhance the lives of those in the communities it serves by donating a minimum of 51% of its profits to fund social projects in the UK and India.Passengers will be consulted when booking as to their preferences in terms of the ‘community causes’ they wish POP to support. POP’s philanthropic-giving will enhance the unquantifiable assets of reputation and trustworthiness while gaining a competitive advantage as research illustrates that consumers consider businesses to have an obligation to support the local communities in which they operate.In the first instance, all of POP’s charitable giving will be made through the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), although a dedicated charitable foundation may be established in due course. In addition, POP will always seek to advance airline industry best practice in neutralizing its carbon footprint in ways that can be aligned with the enhancement of its community projects.Rewards-based crowdfunding to raise £5m for POP will start in early June 2016 in association with Trillion Fund Ltd, and will continue for 60 days. The crowdfunding campaign involves raising start-up funds for the company via the pre-sale of POP Gold Passes, each priced at £500, to supporters who are attracted by a different kind of rewards package.The first 10,000 Gold Pass holders will win one free off-peak return seat to any POP destination and will, for the following five years when flying with POP, be entitled to a range of VIP benefits both on the ground and in the air, including, for example, extra luggage, and free and unlimited ticket name changes.“My vision is to create an airline that, unlike any other before it, serves not just the passengers travelling between the UK and the developing world but, just as importantly, delivers tangible benefits to the communities they are visiting. POP will provide an ‘Enhanced-Value’ in the air and in the community,” POP chairman and principal (Nino) Navdip Singh Judge said.POP will offer family and business-convenient schedules, thus reversing the trend of middle-of-the-night international movements into and out of India. In every way, POP wishes to be known for giving a fair deal – with significant reductions in journey times, highly competitive fares, self-selected on-board and ground services, excellent customer service and convenient point-to-point flights.At present, there are few direct flights from the UK to any of India’s important secondary cities and there is a fast-growing VFR, leisure/tourism and business market for such flights amongst India’s rapidly expanding middle class. POP’s CSR model will resonate particularly strongly with this target market.The Air Services Agreement (ASA) between the UK and India permits seven scheduled services per week on any route between the UK and India, other than Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. No UK airlines are currently operating non-stop services to Amritsar and/or Ahmedabad.It is anticipated that the first POP flight will depart from Stansted Airport this year in Q4 (2016) to Amritsar using a 378-seat all-economy Airbus A330-300 aircraft in POP livery. POP initially plans to operate three services weekly to each of Amritsar and Ahmedabad.The aircraft will be on a full charter basis and will move towards an ACMI (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance, Insurance) arrangement over time, but all other organizational aspects will be managed by POP. The company has provisional plans to apply for its own full Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) but will continue to lease its aircraft, probably on an aircraft-only basis, which should yield greater financial returns to POP and to its supported causes. POPSource = POPlast_img read more