GJM to join talks with Bengal govt.

first_imgThe Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) on Saturday said it would attend the August 29 meeting convened by the West Bengal government after the party received an official invitation.“We have received an invitation last night so it has been decided that GJM will attend the meeting. A delegation of senior GJM leaders will attend the talks. It has not been decided who will be part of the delegation,” GJM MLA and senior leader Amar Singh Rai said.The announcement came even as the indefinite shut down in the Darjeeling hills entered its 73rd day.A senior State government official said, “We have sent letters to various parties including the GJM asking them to attend the talks. Other parties such as the JAP, the GNLF, the ABGL and many other parties of the hills have also been invited for talks.” The State government has called for talks on August 29 in response to a letter form the GNLF requesting a dialogue to restore normalcy in the hills. The GJM on Thursday wrote a letter to the West Bengal government expressing its willingness to attend the August 29 talks to resolve the Darjeeling stalemate. The letter, written by GJM leader Binay Tamang to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, had said, “No other alternative or modified step will do justice to our plight…other than creation of a separate Gorkhaland.” Mr. Tamang’s missive was preceded by a letter of GJM chief Bimal Gurung who wrote to the State government on Wednesday night requesting a “political dialogue” on Gorkhaland.last_img read more

Football Delhi 1st in India to Launch Academy Accreditation and Licensing System

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. AcademyaccreditationfootballFootball Delhi First Published: November 19, 2019, 6:09 PM IST New Delhi: In a bid to improve football, professionalise the set-up and to reach out to every stakeholder in the National Capital Region (NCR), Football Delhi has implemented the Academy Accreditation and Licensing System.Delhi is the first state association to do so. This is an effort to ensure that every small football academy in the city, including schools and NGO-operated football training centres in the NCR, benefits as Football Delhi tries to spread the sport.The system will be operational from November 23 and all the details will be available online on the official website of FA.Objective and transparent criteria are being devised to grant licenses to academies and make them a valuable part of the football structure in Delhi.A strict licensing system will be employed so that standards are met and a standardised and professional set-up is created with a bottom-up approach. While the academies will be eligible to fill in forms online and apply for accreditation, a physical visit and evaluation by Football Delhi will complete the process.”With academy accreditation and licensing system, we are making an attempt to make academies an integral part of the football structure in Delhi. With all the details available on the website, academies will reach out to us and our reviewer will evaluate and monitor the academies,” said FA president Shaji Prabhakaran.”If they meet the standardised protocols, they will be granted immediate accreditation and license. However, if they fail, they will be handheld to reach the desired criteria.”The goal is not to segregate but to integrate so that football can spread to every nook and corner and every academy is an equal stakeholder in the developmental process.”Once it starts, the system will also help parents to take an informed decision for shortlisting an academy for their children as there will be a certain set transparent standard which would be reflected in academy star ratings.There will be three categories of licenses or star ratings (1 to 3 star ratings). Star 3 rating means the academies are the best in Delhi and they will have certain standard in the following areas: coaching staff, facility, medical and safety, child protection policy, calendar of activities, programme, gender equality, and also link with registered football clubs of Delhi.(With inputs from PTI) last_img read more

Dhoni wanted to tour Zimbabwe, help youngsters: Sandeep Patil

first_imgAll-India cricket senior selection committee chairman Sandeep Patil on Monday said India’s limited overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni wanted to lead a new-look side for the Zimbabwe tour starting from June 11 and help the youngsters.Patil alongside BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke announced the squads for the Zimbabwe tour which comprises of three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and as many Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) and also for the four away Tests against the West Indies. (Meet Shardul Thakur: Rookie pacer called up Tests vs WI )Suresh Raina found himself out of the Indian cricket selectors’ radar both for Zimbabwe as well as the Test side against the West Indies.’ZIMBABWE TOUR WILL TEST YOUNGSTERS'”Zimbabwe tour is looked as specially for the youngsters to try and test them. The young team which has been sent should give their best and perform. Nothing better opportunity than this. They will get ample experience from this. Dhoni himself wanted to tour Zimbabwe and help the youngsters,” Patil said at a press conference after announcing the squads for both tours. (10 things to know about Faiz Fazal )Many of the senior members including Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane have been rested for the Zimbabwe tour which will see the likes of Vidarbha opener Faiz Faisal, Punjab batsman Mandeep Singh and Haryana spin duo of Jayant Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal as fresh faces.”We wanted variations in our bowling so Axar, Chahal, Yadav have found a place in the side. BCCI tournaments are very competitive and will be an exciting one for sure,” he said.advertisement’SHREYAS IYER WAS DISCUSSED’When asked about why Mumbai batsman Shreyas Iyer was ignored for the Zimbabwe tour despite scoring more than 1000 runs during the domestic season, the selection committee chief said that the right-handed batsman’s name came up but it was difficult to fit in all the players in a 15-16 member squad.”We discussed Shreyas as well as others. We did consider their names but it is difficult to fit in all players in a 15-16 member squad,?? he said.The West Indies-bound Test squad will be led by Virat Kohli while star batsman Ajinkya Rahane will be his deputy. Mumbai pacer Shardul Thakur is the lone new face in the side.last_img read more

‘Nobody irreplaceable for Real, not even Ronaldo’

first_imgReal Madrid can move on from the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo despite their struggles since the exit of the five-time world footballer of the year, according to former striker Julio Baptista.Ronaldo joined Juventus for an initial €100 million (£88m/$117m) in the summer after nine glittering seasons in the Spanish capital.But the 13-time European champions have struggled since Ronaldo’s exit, losing five of their first 13 games this season to leave themselves off the pace in La Liga. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Manager Julen Lopetegui is already under severe pressure ahead of taking his Real side to defending champions Barcelona – a fixture Ronaldo and an injured Lionel Messi will be absent from for the first time since 2007 .Baptista was the match winner on that occasion in a 1-0 win at Camp Nou and the Brazilian says there is life after Ronaldo for Real.”Real Madrid miss Cristiano’s goals, logically, but nobody has ever been irreplaceable at Real Madrid, and no one will,” he told Goal ahead of El Clasico.”Cristiano is the best, or one of the best players in history. But he left. “And some others will come and then leave. That’s the story. After the Galacticos era, Real won four Champions titles.”Though Barcelona are without Messi, who is out for three weeks after fracturing his arm against Sevilla last weekend , the hosts are big favourites to claim their third win on the spin.Defeat could be the beginning of the end for Lopetegui, just four months on from his appointment in the summer.And Baptista does not expect Real to delay Lopetegui’s sacking any further if results continue to go against them, and believes ex-midfielder Guti – currently coaching at Besiktas – could return to Santiago Bernabeu.”Lopetegui? Real Madrid don’t wait for anybody,” he added.”It’s such a big club that needs results and quickly. Remember the Ancelotti case?”Guti could be ready to be the Real Madrid coach.”last_img read more

Nothing to hide in boxings new scoring system: AIBA

first_imgBy Poonam Mehra Hamburg, Aug 25 (PTI) International Boxing Association (AIBA) President Dr Ching Kuo-Wu today said the world bodys recently-revamped scoring system has left no room for discontent as referees have been put under greater scrutiny. “Boxing is a subjective sport but we, at the AIBA, have been trying to train referee judges to be the best. This is the fundamental. We are pushing to make sure that referees follow this fundamental,” Dr Wu said while speaking to the media here. “We were using a computerised system earlier and we found out that it was, sometimes, not giving us the best results. But now you can see that judges are more responsible for their scores. At the end of each round, the scores by all the judges are visible to everyone. There is nothing to hide,” he added. The previous system, which was in use till the Rio Olympics last year, relied on taking an average of the scores given, in which the points by judges, who handed the least and the most, were dropped from the final calculation. The system drew massive flak over a period of time, the tipping point being the Olympic Games where several participants expressed their discontent. The AIBA then decided to revamp the scoring and as per the new norms, the scores given by all five judges are taken into consideration for the final verdict. Dr Wu claimed that the new system has not been met with any complaints so far. “We have found the new system is very good. There are no arguments anymore. In this World Championship itself, it will be clear to everyone how well it works,” he asserted. Another contentious issue facing AIBA has been boxings Olympic programme. This is owing to the International Olympic Committees decision to increase the womens weight categories from three to five, while curtailing the mens categories from the current 10 to eight, for greater gender parity. Asked whether the AIBA has been able to work out which two mens categories would be dropped from the 2020 Tokyo Games roster, Dr Wu said the deliberations are on. “The Olympic weight categories were discussed at the AIBA Executive Committee meeting last month and the consultations will continue for now,” he said. “The IOC wants 50-50 participation for both men and women and AIBA is committed to the cause of gender parity. The EC agrees to that as well but some feel that this can be achieved without reducing mens categories. We will continue to move forward,” he said. However, Dr Wu steered clear of the headline-grabbing dissensions in the AIBA. The world body is currently embroiled in a legal battle with some of its own members, who have called for Dr Wu to step down owing to allegations of corruption. “The matter is in court and I will not comment on it. We will not talk about politics and focus only on these 10 days of the World Championships,” he said. PTI PM ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Tankers to Return to Pakistani Yards from Next Month

first_imgzoom Pakistan’s Gadani yards could start receiving tankers, with more stringent requirements, from next month, GMS, a cash buyer of ships for recycling cited market rumors.So far, Pakistan has only been able to focus on dry units, including containers, whilst the embargo on wet units remains in place following accidents on uncleaned FSU and LPG earlier this year.This might change, as tankers may soon be permitted to enter the yards with greater “hot works” requirements prior entry into Gadani, as mandated in both India and Bangladesh where rules for cutting a wet ship are far more stringent than many of the international gas free standards.GMS earlier informed that “gas free for hot works standards means that all cargo / cargo residues, slops and sludges would have to be completely cleaned from all cargo and slop tanks, right down to the ladders, handrails and cargo pipelines.”last_img read more

Slain teens family hopes report ensures others dont fall through the cracks

first_imgSAGKEENG FIRST NATION, Man. — The woman who raised a teenage Indigenous girl whose body was found in the Red River says she hopes a new report from the children’s advocate will ensure a similar tragedy never happens again.“Whatever happens, nothing will ever bring Tina back, but with this thing coming out I hope it saves other children,” Thelma Favel, the great-aunt of Tina Fontiane, told The Canadian Press. The highly anticipated report from Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth Daphne Penrose will be released on Tuesday and is expected to detail Tina’s interactions with the child-welfare system, police, and others before she went missing. It will also provide recommendations to avoid future deaths.Members of Tina’s family will be present for the report’s release on the Sagkeeng First Nation, north of Winnipeg, where the 15-year-old spent much of her young life living with Favel.After Tina’s father was murdered in 2011, the teenager had difficulty coping so she left the First Nation in June 2014 to reconnect with her mother in Winnipeg.When Favel didn’t hear from the girl, she called Child and Family services for help.During the second-degree murder trial for Raymond Cormier — the man acquitted last year in Tina’s death — court heard how in the weeks after leaving the First Nation, Tina disappeared multiple times, returned to government care and was placed in a hotel.She was treated at a hospital, interacted with police, called 911 and was captured on security camera footage falling asleep between two cars behind a building named after Helen Betty Osborne — a Cree woman kidnapped and killed in Manitoba in 1971.Her 72-pound body, wrapped in a duvet cover and weighed down by rocks, was pulled from the Red River that August.Her death renewed calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and inspired volunteer groups such as the Bear Clan Patrol to protect the vulnerable on the streets. A 24-hour safe space for Winnipeg youth was dedicated to her memory last May.Penrose delivered the report to Favel last week, and while she was unable to share details, Favel said it demonstrates how deeply Tina was failed.“All the systems that failed her, even now it hurts. I could just picture her walking those streets and nobody helping her,” Favel said choking back tears.“She didn’t deserve that. Nobody does.”Favel said she believes the report and its accompanying recommendations will be an important part of Tina’s legacy, making sure that gaps are closed and children are safe.“That’s my main concern, that no other kids fall through the cracks like she did.”— By Kelly Geraldine Malone in WinnipegThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

Commission to probe missing

The Commission while stressing that Sri Lanka military has not deliberately targeted civilians recommended that the government should appoint a special commissioner to look into the alleged disappearances and provide material to the Attorney General’s Department to initiate criminal proceedings as appropriate, the Presidential media unit said. A panel of independent United Nations experts have begun investigating new or existing cases of disappearances in Sri Lanka and several other countries, a UN statement said last week.The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances met in New York to review under their urgent action procedure, 17 reported cases of enforced disappearances that have occurred in the last six months, as well as more than 400 newly reported or existing cases in more than 25 countries including Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) appointed by President Rajapaksa in May 2010 to investigate alleged human rights violations recommended to probe disappearances and alleged human rights violations during the conflict. President Mahinda Rajapaksa has directed Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga to appoint a commission to look into the incidents of disappearances that have taken place during the 30-year conflict.The decision with regard to the terms of reference and members of the commission will be taken soon, the Presidential media unit quoted Presidential Spokesman Mohan Samaranayake as saying. It also said that ninety nine per cent of former LTTE cadres were rehabilitated and reintegrated into society. They were provided vocational training and the necessary tools along with monetary assistance to start their own projects.Over 9,000 persons whose family members were killed at the hands of the LTTE were provided compensation by the government. read more

GTF cautiously welcomes draft resolution

The GTF has consistently called for an international accountability mechanism, and though the tabled resolution falls short, still we view that the proposed resolution can lead to a credible accountability process with substantial international involvement. GTF has always called the investigations to be against the allegations on both sides of the conflict. The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) cautiously welcomes the draft resolution on Sri Lanka tabled at the UN Human Rights Council on 24th September, which Sri Lanka is widely expected to co-sponsor.The GTF said the text is a product of a consensus endorsement including Government of Sri Lanka, and reflects the sometimes competing interests of a wide range of stakeholders. “While welcoming the government’s commitments, we note that implementing the resolution and the recommendations of the OISL report of the High Commissioner will be the real test of progress, and not merely words. Victims of Sri Lanka’s brutality have heard far too many words, and now deserve credible actions. The draft resolution gives the Government of Sri Lanka the opportunity to achieve that goal,” GTF said. The GTF has engaged with a wide range of stakeholders on many issues of concern to the Tamil people in Sri Lanka, including governments all over the world, and more recently, even the new Government of Sri Lanka.“We believe our continuous efforts have contributed to the outcomes of this week. In this regard, we wish to place on record our very sincere gratitude to Her Majesty’s Government of the United Kingdom, the Government of the United States of America, other European countries who worked hard for this outcome, all co-sponsors of the resolution and close friends within and outside Sri Lanka who helped drive the progress on accountability. We stand in solidarity with all those who fight for justice in Sri Lanka and outside, and hope that this week’s result will be a step in the right direction,” GTF added. GTF notes that the victims of heinous crimes alleged to have been committed by both sides have waited for over six years for this process to reveal the truth and justice to be served. They sincerely hope that all stakeholders of this process including the international community will not let them down.GTF saus it has a strong commitment to ensure that the process will lead to true accountability and closure to all victims. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Mercier replaces Renzetti as Interim VP Research

A letter to the Brock community from Tom Traves, Interim President:I am writing to inform you that Steven Renzetti is stepping down from the office of Interim Vice-President, Research, effective immediately.Steven, who took on the role Aug. 1 from outgoing Vice-President, Research Gary Libben, has taken a medical leave.Associate Vice-President, Research Joffre Mercier will now serve as the Interim Vice-President, Research.In the coming weeks, the University will provide the Brock community with updated details regarding the search for a permanent Vice-President, Research.Sincerely,Tom Traves, Interim President and Vice-Chancellor

Badgers hockey wins basketball loses in dramatic night for Brock sports

In the span of less than an hour Wednesday night, the Brock Badgers enjoyed both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.With trips to the USPORTS National Championships within reach for both teams, the Brock men’s hockey and basketball teams played crucial Ontario University Athletics playoff games, but only one came away with the outcome it wanted.The Badgers men’s hockey team opened its best-of-three OUA West final series against the York Lions with a dominant 6-2 win on the road Wednesday night and will have a chance to complete the sweep at home Friday.“The team played hard and getting off to a good start was key,” said head coach Marty Williamson. “After that, Clint Windsor stood tall for us in goal.”It was a huge win for the underdog Brock squad, which is trying to earn its first OUA Championship berth, which comes with an automatic entry into the USPORTS Nationals, in 10 years. Game 2 in the series is back in Niagara Friday, March 2 at 7:15 p.m. at Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre. Game 3, if necessary, is Saturday in Toronto.But while the hockey team was celebrating in Toronto, the Brock men’s basketball team was forced to wonder what could have been after a heartbreaking 69-63 loss to the Ryerson Rams in the OUA semifinal.A win would have earned the Badgers a trip to the OUA final against Carleton and an automatic berth into the Nationals in Halifax March 8-11. Instead, Brock will wait to learn whether a wild-card entry to Halifax has been earned.Cassidy Ryan drives to the net in Wednesday’s OUA semifinal game at Bob Davis Gymnasium.“It’s extremely frustrating. It was a game we knew we could win,” said senior Dani Elgadi, who led the Badgers with 20 points and eight rebounds in the loss. “The crowd got us a little hyped and we were edgy in the first quarter. It just took us a while to settle in.”Brock trailed Ryerson early in the game, but came back to tie it at 16-16 and led 21-20 after the first quarter. From there, a combination of foul trouble and a frustrating lack of shots dropping allowed the Rams to take a 34-23 lead by the six–minute mark of the second and a 39-35 lead at the half.An even third quarter didn’t change the margin, and then more shooting struggles — both from the floor and at the foul line — continued to hurt the Badgers in the final quarter. A three-pointer at the buzzer from Ibrahim Ngom helped close the gap slightly, but it would have to have been a nine-pointer for it to have made a difference.As Ryerson players and coaches poured onto the court, the Badgers gathered at centre court before being consoled by fans and family.Behind Elgadi, Tyler Brown had nine points and Johneil Simpson had eight. For Ryerson, Ammanuel Diressa led his team with 19.After the game, Brock head coach Charles Kissi acknowledged the team’s shooting percentage (28.1 per cent for field goals, 22.2 for three pointers and 69.7 for free throws) simply wasn’t good enough.“We didn’t shoot the ball very well today,” he said. “We don’t have any excuse for missing open shots. At this level, if you want to win a national title, you have to hit those.”Kissi said the team will do its best to forget about Wednesday’s loss and refocus on the wild card slot.“We’re not done yet,” Elgadi said. “We have a mission. We’ve always wanted to go to Nationals. So if we get that opportunity with the wild card, we’ll take advantage of it.”For ticket information on Friday’s hockey game, visit GoBadgers.caNote: During the basketball game, three of Brock’s championship-winning varsity teams were recognized. The Badgers men’s and women’s wrestling teams both won USPORTS national championships recently while the Badgers men’s curling team won an OUA provincial title and will compete in the nationals March 24 to 28 in Alberta.Tyler Brown of the Brock Badgers goes up for a layup in the first half of Wednesday’s OUA Semifinal game against the Ryerson Rams. read more

Teachers promised fewer hours and no new tests in charm offensive to

first_imgWe need to get back to the essence of successful teaching – strip away the workload that doesn’t add value and give teachers the time and the space to focus on what actually mattersEducation Secretary Damian Hinds Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. She will say: “It is an utter travesty that so many [newly qualified teachers] end up losing their early enthusiasm, because of the pressures of the job. Especially when so many of those pressures are entirely unnecessary. That’s what endless data cuts, triple marking, 10-page lesson plans, and, worse, Mocksteds are: a distraction from the core purpose of education, a costly distraction.”Triple marking is when teachers mark a piece of work, then hand it back to students who redraft their answers and return it to teachers for approval. “We need to get back to the essence of successful teaching – strip away the workload that doesn’t add value and give teachers the time and the space to focus on what actually matters.”center_img Mr Hinds will also announce a strategy to boost retention and recruitment of teachers. The number of secondary school teachers has been falling since 2010, while secondary school pupil numbers are due to increase by 540,000 – almost 20 per cent – by 2025, according to the Department for Education’s official forecast.He is due to address heads alongside Amanda Spielman, the chief inspector of schools, who will urge teachers to cut down their workload by spending less time on unnecessary distractions. Excessive lesson planning and triple marking should be abandoned, education leaders will say in a new attempt to make overtures to teachers.Damian Hinds will announce a new drive to cut down on teacher workload, which he says is one of the biggest factors making them give up their jobs.He is to make the comments after a Commons public accounts committee report warned that ministers have failed to “get a grip” on teacher retention and that there is a “growing sense of crisis” in recruiting.Addressing head teachers at the annual conference of the Association of Schools and College Leaders (ASCL) on Saturday, Mr Hinds will say: “We have so many brilliant teachers in our schools… but, with rising pupil numbers, I recognise that recruitment and retention is difficult for schools. And, clearly, one of the biggest threats to retention, and also to recruitment, is workload.”Too many of our teachers and our school leaders are working too long hours – and on non-teaching tasks that are not helping children to learn.last_img read more

Chinese contractor NORINCO gets nod for EPC contract at Segilola gold project

first_imgThor Explorations Ltd announces it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with NORINCO International Cooperation Ltd to enter into an EPC contract on a comprehensive lump sum turnkey basis to build the required plant and associated infrastructure for the company’s Segilola gold project in Nigeria. The scope of the EPC Turnkey Contract covers the design, engineering, procurement, site preparation, construction, commissioning, performance testing and hand-over of the Project and its associated infrastructure.Thor is currently undertaking a Definitive Feasibility Study which will be compiled in accordance with the guidelines set out in Canadian National Instrument (NI) 43-101. The DFS is being prepared through the collaboration of a number of specialist consulting firms including Roscoe Postle Associates Inc, GR Engineering Services Ltd, NORINCO International, Auralia Mining Consulting and Knight Piesold Consulting. The company expects to complete the DFS in Q4 2018, which will be supported by the EPC turnkey contract. The final terms of the EPC contract are to be negotiated following the completion of the DFS.Segun Lawson, President & CEO, stated “We have been working with NORINCO International for the past year and there is an excellent level of cooperation and understanding between Thor and NORINCO International. NORINCO International have provided a competitive EPC proposal priced on the Preliminary Feasibility Study design, which provides confidence that the project can be delivered on time and on budget by a well-established EPC contractor. The MOU offers a clear path to Thor achieving gold production at Segilola in 2020.NORINCO International Cooperation Ltd is an incorporated company affiliated to China North Industries Corporation. The company is listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange with a market capitalisation of CNY6.3 billion ($930 million). NORINCO International has built projects in multiple industrial sectors in Asia, Africa and Europe.last_img read more

Nintendo decides to region lock the 3DS

first_imgThe disappointments for those looking forward to purchasing a 3DS keep coming. Last week we found out the battery life of the 3DS while playing 3DS-specific games may be as short as 3 hours. Now it turns out Nintendo has decided to region lock the new handheld.Although console owners have been suffering region locking for decades, until recently Nintendo had decided against such a lock on its portable hardware. What it meant was if a game got released in Japan, but there were no signs of a Western release, you could use a site like Play-Asia and import it. The game would play on your Western handheld without any issues.With the advent of the DSi and DSi XL Nintendo started using region locking, and that now looks set to continue. If you want to play a Japanese 3DS game on a U.S. 3DS–you can’t unless some workaround becomes apparent. The only alternative is to buy a Japanese 3DS. The same is true if you own a European 3DS and want to play a U.S. or Japanese cart.Read more at Eurogamer.net and NeoGAFMatthew’s OpinionAs a gamer I hate region locking. It’s been less of an issue on the most recent round of consoles due to simultaneous releases, but it used to be the case that a lot of games just didn’t make it to Western markets, or they did a year later than they should have (especially in Europe). Lots of gamers ended up buying other-region consoles just to be able to play specific games. Importing a game cost more, but allowed you to play games sooner, and that was kind of special.Nintendo’s handhelds were different, and importing games for those platforms was an established market. Why Nintendo chose to block it I don’t know, but it probably comes down to wanting to control the markets and maximize the prices paid per region for the same game.Ultimately this will just push hackers to bypass the 3DS’ security as quickly as possible and make it region free. This decision will backfire and Nintendo will end up fighting more battles with keeping firmware up-to-date where as they could have been profiting from sales of games in one region being shipped to another.It’s also worth pointing out that region locking on the DSi didn’t cause a major uproar because it only applied to DSi-only games of which there aren’t many. For the 3DS it will be all 3DS games so will have a much greater impact.last_img read more

Geek deals Alienware X51 Desktop gaming PC

first_imgComputers have thankfully been on a course to merge from geeky hardware to chic home appliances. Gone are the days of big beige boxes that absorb your floor space and sucked the aesthetics out of an otherwise blended room.Alienware is taking this a step further with their X51 desktop. You’ll notice it doesn’t quite match the audacious, “out of this world” design that most of their PCs have. Instead, it looks more of a cross between a PlayStation and Xbox. Even its dimensions are comparable to a game console, measuring in at less than 4 inches thick and roughly 13 x 12.5 inches square.Don’t let its diminutive dimensions fool you though, the X51 comes well equipped as a general-purpose, media-centric, and gaming PC. Intel’s 3rd generation quad-core processors power everything, giving you a 15% performance and power efficiency boost over the last gen CPUs.Features like USB 3.0, Wireless-N, HDMI, 7.1 surround sound, and a slot-loading optical drive are standard. Of course no gaming PC would be complete without some graphics horsepower, with NVIDIA providing their GeForce GT 545 1GB or GTX 555 1GB GPUs.Being a premium product, we don’t see many sales on the X51 and this deal offers the lowest price we have seen yet. The entry-level system with Core i5, 6GB RAM, 1TB HDD, and 1GB GT 545 graphics comes to $799 with free shipping, after a coupon code. For those that want a little more horsepower, you can opt for the Core i7 model with 8GB RAM, 2TB HDD, and 1GB GTX 555 graphics at $1,099.99 with free shipping (no coupon available).Click here to get the Core i5 $799 system or click here for the Core i7 $1,099 system. Apply coupon code: XB4QLDTQJ6Z6DW for the $799 deal. This deal expires September 23 or sooner.last_img read more

Turks and Caicos remembers the fallen in two ceremonies two islands

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTURKS AND CAICOS Islands, November 13, 2017 – Remembrance Day was commemorated in the Turks and Caicos on Sunday, despite the rain, with the two traditional ceremonies held at the St. Mary’s Pro Cathedral in Grand Turk and the St Monica’s Anglican Church in Providenciales. Wreaths were laid at the Cenotaphs in both islands in memory of fallen soldiers and servicemen still with us.Premier Hon Sharlene Robinson attended the service in Grand Turk, while the Governor and Education Minister, Hon Karen Malcolm were at the Providenciales memorial.    Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Earlier in the week, Governor His Excellency Dr John Freeman met with the last surviving member of the ex-service men’s legion, James Fulford.  Fulford served in the Turks and Caicos home guard from 1943 to 1945.Mr. Fulford or Bobby as he is more affectionately called is among the 2017 TCI National Honours.last_img read more

Report Highlights Science Breakthroughs to Advance Food Ag Research by 2030

first_imgA new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine concludes that stresses on the U.S. food and agricultural enterprise will not be resolved if business as usual prevails.  Innovation is needed to make the U.S. food and agricultural system more efficient, resilient, and sustainable.  The American Soybean Association (ASA) helped fund the study. Using input from the broad scientific community, the report identifies five scientific breakthrough areas that could have the greatest positive impact on food and agriculture:Transdisciplinary Research and Systems ApproachSensing TechnologiesData Science and Agri-Food InformaticsGenomics and Precision BreedingMicrobiomeThe report also recommends investing in physical and cyber infrastructures, engaging non-agricultural professionals, and recruiting talented individuals into food and agriculture research.Download the Report!Join the conversation using #ScienceBreakthroughslast_img read more

Fortnite season 7 week 4 challenges and how to eliminate opponents at

first_img Fortnite Post a comment Don’t forget to drop in on The Block this week to check out the latest community creation. It’s a great one. Epic Games There will be tons of new Fortnite: Battle Royale players now that the holidays are mostly over, because I can only imagine how many households just got shiny new gaming consoles. Fortnite is a no-brainer for people to add to their library because it is the most popular game on the planet, but maybe more importantly, it’s free. For all the new players dropping in for the first time, welcome, but for everyone else it’s business as usual for getting through the week’s free and Battle Pass challenges. For those just starting out, the Battle Pass costs about 10 bucks and it opens up a tiered system for getting emotes, dance moves and gear as you play so you don’t have to buy individual items. Completing challenges is how you move up through tiers, so it’s the easiest way to get new stuff. The list this week seems to be the most interesting so far this season, with unique challenges we haven’t seen before and one that has been brought back from the dead with a “find the letters” challenge.If you haven’t finished last week’s challenges, check out our guide here.Here are this week’s challenges:s7w4challenges Jason Parker/CNET FreeUse an X-4 Stormwing plane in different matches (0/5) Launch Fireworks (0/3) Eliminate opponents at Expedition Outposts (0/3) – HardBattle PassStage 1: Destroy chairs (0/80) Deal damage with a pickaxe to opponents (0/100) Eliminate opponents at Happy Hamlet or Pleasant Park (0/3) – HardStage 1: Search the letter ‘O’ west of Pleasant ParkHow to use an X-4 Stormwing plane in different matchesIt’s nice to see we finally have a challenge for those planes that are constantly flying around the map these days. The planes are all over the map, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find one. But the important thing here is that the challenge is about flying them in separate matches so the best way to complete it is to concentrate on landing where there are planes over the course of five games. Alternatively, you could decide that you’re going to fly a plane every time you see one and it should get this challenge out of the way.How to launch fireworksIn keeping with all the celebrations that take place at this time of year we have a challenge that lets us launch fireworks into the Fortnite skies. The fireworks look like a cartoony red rocket with a fuse and can be found at these locations around the map:fortnitefireworkslocationsAll of the locations are near the edge of the map, so it will take a couple games to get the three you need. Jason Parker/CNET How to eliminate opponents at expedition outpostsI’ve really grown to like landing at expedition outposts because you can always find some good basic loot and chests at these locations, and there’s often a zipline so you can make a quick getaway. But eliminating opponents at these locations is going to be tough because everyone will be landing there for the challenge. If you wait too long it’ll be harder to find people so the best way to do this one is to take it out now while everyone else is doing it. Here’s where the outposts are on the map:forntiteexhibitionoutpostsmapIt’s going to be a bloodbath, but it’s best to take it out quickly. Jason Parker/CNET How to do stage 1: Destroy chairsThis is the first of three stages you’ll need to complete, but it just requires that you destroy 80 regular chairs you find in houses around the island. It might be good to just have this on your radar this week, making it a point to destroy every chair you see until you’re done. When that’s done, stage 2 will have you destroying wooden utility poles, then stage 3 will be those wooden pallets you see everywhere. How to deal damage with a pickaxe to opponentsThis one is pretty self-explanatory, but your best bet here is to land at Tilted Towers where you know people will be trying to complete this challenge. You might also try any of the exhibition outposts, because people will definitely be landing there for the earlier challenge. Just find somebody and start swinging.How to eliminate opponents at Happy Hamlet or Pleasant ParkThis is another challenge you’ll want to do early to make sure there are people around while it’s still hot. You get the choice here of a new area and an OG-named location so just pick your poison and start shooting. You need three eliminations to complete the challenge.How to do stage 1: Search the letter ‘O’ west of Pleasant ParkIt seems the NOMS sign for the establishment in Retail Row has lost its letters and you’re being tasked with finding them and returning them to their former glory. You’ll need to find each of the four letters then go the storefront for the final part of the challenge. You’ll also need to do them in the order given with each stage (which isn’t in the order of the word itself). Here’s a map with each letter and stage of the challenge:fortnitenomsmap Jason Parker/CNET Tags Share your voice 0 Video Gameslast_img read more

Role reversal Anchorage Iditarod prep means dumping snow on city streets

first_imgWillow musher Lisbet Norris prepares for the 2015 Iditarod ceremonial start. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes, KSKA – Anchorage)Set up for Saturday’s ceremonial Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race start in Anchorage means dumping thousands of pounds of snow on downtown streets.Listen nowSled dog teams set off in a festival-like atmosphere on the city’s streets and trails for an 11-mile run that does not count toward their official race time.Downtown street closures started Friday in Anchorage. Road maintenance crews begin bringing in truckloads of snow this evening and will work overnight smoothing out the downtown portion of the course.According to Street Maintenance Manager Paul VanLandingham, they need around 250 dumptruck loads of snow — about 5,000 cubic yards — to spread out over city streets.Anchorage has gotten plenty of suitable snow in the last couple weeks. The crews’ main stash is at city airport Merrill Field, where there’s an abundance of gravel-free snow, VanLandingham said.“I know a lot of people don’t understand the fact we get all this snow, we spend a couple days removing it, and then we bring in more snow on top of the streets,” VanLandingham said. “But for the dogs and for the event and everything, you really need to bring in good fresh snow for the track to set up right and give the dogs a quality track to run on and just make it a better event.”It’s a bit of a role reversal. Crews that have been busy around the clock clearing snow off city streets are suddenly dumping it back onto the roadways. But the street maintenance workers enjoy being a part of the Iditarod, VanLandingham said.“It’s something that breaks up the monotony for the guys and gals doing the work out there,” VanLandingham said. “I mean it’s a big event for the community, for the state, you know, Iditarod, world-famous sled dog race, so it’s exciting for all of us to be a part of the festivities.”After leaving downtown, mushers head onto city trails groomed by Parks and Recreation Department workers and volunteers from the mushing community.City streets closed for Iditarod are set to reopen at 7 p.m. Saturday.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Tuesday March 20 2018

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowHouse holds floor debate on budgetJeremy Hsieh, KTOO – JuneauAt this hour, House lawmakers are holding floor debate on the Alaska state operating budget.Boom: Gun tax sends $33M to AlaskaLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.Americans have spent a lot of money on guns and ammunition in recent years, and that has sent revenues pouring into Alaska’s budget for wildlife conservation. This year’s allocation is more than double what it was in 2012.State wants to stop billing homeowners for tech support after spillsRashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauOn average, getting technical support from employees in the state’s Division of Spill Prevention and Response can cost between $100-$150 an hour.Rep. Sam Kito III will not seek re-electionAdelyn Baxter, KTOO – JuneauRep. Sam Kito III is not running for re-election in the fall. Kito told the Juneau Empire he made his decision Friday due to financial concerns.Pilot sentenced for ‘buzz job’ that leaves co-worker severely injuredAvery Lill, KDLG – DillinghamA former Anchorage resident was sentenced Thursday in Dillingham for recklessly flying low over a boater several years ago.Halibut quotas for 2018 come in slightly lower than expectedAaron Bolton, KBBI – HomerThe total allowable catch for the 2018 Pacific halibut season in the Gulf of Alaska and Southeast will be set slightly lower than what U.S. commissioners on the International Pacific Halibut Commission had asked for.The Cost of Cold: Staying Warm in SitkaEmily Kwong, KCAW – SitkaRichard Parmelee warms his house with vegetable oil, donated by a local Chinese restaurant and McDonalds.This halibut hook is an innovation for the past, present and futureElizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauFew people still use the hand-carved halibut hook. But there’s a push to make sure the tradition sticks around.Ask a Climatologist: The spring equinox doesn’t mark the start of springAnnie Feidt, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageThe sun is directly over the equator, giving equal amounts of daylight and darkness around the world.last_img read more