Barcelona Alba: I enjoy playing for Barcelona more now that Neymar has left Tom Webber Last updated 2 years ago 16:44 11/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Barcelona Neymar Girona Primera División Lionel Messi The full-back says he now relishes playing on the left-hand side following the Brazilian’s world-record move to Paris Saint-Germain Jordi Alba is enjoying playing for Barcelona more now that Neymar has left the club.Neymar departed Camp Nou for Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record €222million move in August, breaking up the formidable MSN trident he formed with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.Blaugrana 13/2 to win CL Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Ernesto Valverde has moved Barca away from just a three-pronged attack, and Alba has been one of the beneficiaries – his four assists in LaLiga this season is more than any other player at the club.And the Spain international is delighted with the space he gets to attack on the left now Neymar has moved on.”He is a great player who, due to his circumstances or feelings or thoughts, decided to leave,” Alba told Mundo Deportivo.”In the end, there are still many more guys who can do a good job and I am delighted with the people there.”As I said before, I have more space to run into and honest, for me, it’s much better.“I have regained confidence. With more space on the left I am very comfortable and that is demonstrated in the field. I’m enjoying it in a way I haven’t for a long time.”The additional opportunities to push forward have given Alba greater opportunities to link up with Messi, who has been playing in a more central role.”Understanding the best in the world is very easy,” said the left-back. “His left foot is quite good for me.”Since I arrived, we have always looked for each other. It is a privilege to play with him and I hope there are many more passes and connections.”Messi said this week he hopes to avoid Spain at next year’s World Cup, a feeling Alba assured is mutual.”We speak from time to time of the World Cup, of the strongest teams,” he said.”We do not want Argentina either, they are a great team, they have the best in the world and surely nobody will want a team like Argentina.”
It was a similar story for the four centuries scored by Australia after the entire first-choice Sri Lankan pace attack was ruled out after the first Test through injury. As many hundreds in one match as the team had scored in 13 months of Test cricket before it. There may be tougher scenarios, but there’s still the pressure of delivering in front of an audience with your future in the team on the line. Joe Burns, Travis Head, Kurtis Patterson and Usman Khawaja did that in sequence.Where this leaves this team is now the question. It’s early February, and the next Test engagement is in Birmingham on the first day of August. That’s a long time to size up the next encounter. As diplomatic as Paine has been about playing a struggling Sri Lanka, one line let something slip. “I’m happy now that we’ve got this out of the way, I can put everything into it,” he said.“Every Australian cricketer can’t wait to go and play an Ashes series, and particularly in England, it’s something that I’ve certainly dreamed of as a kid. I didn’t think I’d be going over as the captain, but in the back of my mind I’ve been thinking about it, I’ve been watching England, keeping a really close eye on them. I can’t wait to get over there.”There is a monsoon’s worth of water to flow under this particular bridge until then, though. Two limited-overs tours for the Australian team through February and March, while the players left back home finish the Sheffield Shield season. 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Mitchell Starc fires as Australia dismantle Sri Lanka and secure Test series win Support The Guardian Walking past Manuka Oval on one of Canberra’s many circular avenues, with the heat still thick and the sun prominent at 7pm, you could hear chanting and shouting in the low thrum of men’s voices spilling through the low grandstands to compete with passing traffic in the street beyond.It was a toss of the coin as to whether those voices belonged to the Australian Test team or the Manuka ground staff, groups who had equal reason to feel a mixture of triumph and relief after Australia had finished up against Sri Lanka with a 2-0 series win played out on a very decent surface. Both groups were under pressure coming into the match, and both acquitted themselves well. Share on Twitter Read more The Australian team enjoy some post-series refreshment on Manuka Oval. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images Read more The coach Justin Langer had brought his players onto the outfield an hour earlier, seated in a circle by the boundary in the shade of the western stand to soak up the moment in each other’s company. A bit of semi-inebriated chanting wasn’t an unlikely conclusion to this scenario: Langer is the kind of character who loves that sort of bonding, with all his talk of brotherhoods and fellowship. It can be a bit cringey, but it’s also effective; there’s no doubt that team sports require cohesion in whatever fashion it can be brought about.Like the ground staff, the cricketers had done what was necessary. The result was significant after a year hobbling from disaster to disaster. The Australian men’s team had been smashed in South Africa and in one-dayers in England. Beaten by Pakistan in a 20-over tournament in Zimbabwe: a sentence that would make Steve Waugh’s head explode if he tried to say it out loud. Smashed by Pakistan again in the UAE, by South Africa again at home, then by India across all three formats. A series win of any sort mattered.So it was for Mitchell Starc. History will not be rich with songs about his 10-wicket match; he has taken nine-fors that were more influential and against stiffer opposition. This performance got going with a batsman chopping down his own stumps, and was marked by a parade of tailenders. The quest for the 10th was comical, Starc hastily brought back as Jhye Richardson and Pat Cummins gobbled up the available rabbits. Starc was frustrated as he kept beating the hapless Vishwa Fernando before finally detonating the No 11’s stumps.But there were brilliant balls amongst the rest, proper pace and hints of swing beating far better players. What really mattered was that Starc got the feeling of running through batsmen again, of swinging it and hitting stumps and having the chance to celebrate. “When he wasn’t at his best we kept reminding him of how important he is to our team and how we think he is one of the best bowlers in the world, and eventually I think we got through to him,” said his captain, Tim Paine. Australia cricket team Since you’re here… Twitter Share on WhatsApp Australia win second Test against Sri Lanka and series 2-0 – as it happened Pinterest Share on Facebook Reuse this content Cricket Topics Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Facebook Share via Email Australia sport features Not to mention the likely returns from suspension of David Warner and Steve Smith, two batting pariahs who are, as far as we know, still the country’s best cricketers.But the absence of Tests in the interim will mean the distant prospect of the Ashes will lend an overtone to every performance of note, and every failure. As for England, they’re doing their best to raise the intrigue with their own carnival of self-destruction in the West Indies.A few months ago, England thought they had sorted out their problems away from home by going to Sri Lanka and galloping to a 3-0 win. Now, things have gone drastically the other way. Bowled out for 77 could have been an aberration, but rolled twice in the second Test for under 200 is something else. Especially when the Caribbean batsmen have shown how to scrap out a score in tough conditions when they’ve had the chance to reply.It might clear the schedule if we just decide the Ashes based on who beats Sri Lanka by more. But then, don’t forget that Sri Lanka utterly wiped the floor with Australia 3-0 last time the latter team toured in 2016. At the moment the Ashes look like a contest between two brittle batting sides, with more than a hint of lottery about who’ll come out on top. But at the rate things change, February’s news won’t mean much to August at all. 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ATLANTA, GA – AUGUST 26: A general view of Mercedes-Benz Stadium prior to the game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Arizona Cardinals on August 26, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The start to the 2018 season could be going better for the Atlanta Falcons. The team is now down two defensive stalwarts for significant time, with a new announcement about Deion Jones.The 2016 second-round pick out of LSU was a bright spot for the Falcons during Thursday night’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, leading the team with nine total tackles, and adding an interception.Look what @Debo found! pic.twitter.com/GDxMLb5JNJ— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) September 7, 2018Today, the team announced that he will be out until mid-season. The Falcons do hope they can get him back, though.According to head coach Dan Quinn, Deion Jones will undergo a procedure on his foot after experiencing soreness after the game.From the Falcons‘ release:“Following the game last Thursday, Deion reported soreness in his foot, so we sent him for further tests,” said head coach Dan Quinn. “We got the results of those tests back today, and he unfortunately will require a procedure that will result in us having to place him on injured reserve. We are bummed for Deion, but we do expect to get him back at some point this season. He represents all that we are looking for in a Falcon player, and while he will not be on the field for us right now, he will continue to have a presence in our building.”Jones would be eligible to return for the Falcons’ Nov. 18 game against the Dallas Cowboys.This is the second significant injury to the team’s defense in the last few days. On Friday, it was reported that safety Keanu Neal, also a 2017 Pro Bowl player, tore his ACL.The Falcons placed Neal on the injured reserve on Monday. He is expected to be out for the season.Atlanta’s schedule isn’t very forgiving over the next few weeks either. The team hosts the 1-0 Carolina Panthers this week, and the New Orleans Saints on Sept. 23.[Atlanta Falcons]
What new bourbon are we pumped about? Which hiking trail are we exploring? Why is the next supercar so cool? The Manual is a website dedicated to helping men live a more engaged life. Each week, our editors and guests get together for a round-table discussion on what’s new, exciting, and unique in the men’s lifestyle world. So pop open your favorite brew, step into your man cave, and start streaming. Shout out to Portland-based No Kind of Rider for our intro/exit music.This week’s episode of Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Manual Podcast focused solely on the beloved last component of our podcast name: bacon. With Greg Nibler hosting; Editor-in-Chief Cator Sparks joining from South Carolina; Spirits Editor Sam Slaughter calling in from New York; and Associate Editor Chase McPeak coming together to discuss all things bacon, you should definitely not listen to this episode on an empty stomach.First up, Chase McPeak talks the culinary side of bacon and first offers up three different ways to cook bacon, how each method differs, and what kind of a bacon situation lends itself to which cooking style. From there, he goes on to discuss the wild and wonderful world of bacon subscription boxes.Beards, Booze and Bacon: The Bacon EpisodeFollowing that, Cator Sparks talks sustainable and humane farming, mentioning the Darling farm in South Carolina, and its yearly Lowcountry Boucherie “Blood on the River,” a traditional communal hog-slaughter and roast.Finally, spirits afficionado Sam Slaughter inform our audience about fat-washed spirits: what the hell they are exactly, how you make them, and some of the different drinks that can be created from them.Further ReadingHow to Cook bacon the Right Way: Learn the three best methods for cooking bacon. From oven-baked, to skillet cooked, to microwaved, we give you the step-by-step for how to make perfect bacon every time. No exceptions, no excuses.Bring Home the Bacon with these Bacon Subscription Boxes: These days, you don’t even have to go to the store to get your bacon fix. We cover the top bacon subscription boxes, their frequency, types of bacon included, and price.Darling Farm: Meet Your Farmer: Meet a local South Carolina farmer and Veteran who uses farming as a force for good. Darling Farm raises heritage hogs, meat chickens, turkeys and are certified to forage and cultivate 20 species of mushrooms.What are Fat Washed Spirits and What are They Good For?: Two words: Bacon Bourbon. Enough said. Editors’ Recommendations An Astronomically Fun Chat About Space and Wine With a Winemaker and Former Physicist Learning All About Aquavit with Christian Krogstad The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: Redux Learning About Finger Wrestling, Mountain Cheese, and More Fun from Germany Talking Rum, Cocktails, and Tiki with The Bamboo Room’s Kevin Beary
zoom Athens-based shipowner Top Ships has entered into two joint venture agreements for two medium range (MR) tankers with commodities trading house Gunvor Group.The deal, which has a 50-50 basis, is related to the 50,000 dwt product tankers M/T Eco Holmby Hills and M/T Eco Palm Springs.The ships are currently under construction in Hyundai with expected deliveries in the first and second quarters of 2018, respectively.Top Ships previously announced that it had acquired 49% of each vessel and prior to entering into the joint ventures increased its shareholding to 50%.Upon their delivery from Hyundai, each of the two product tankers will enter into time charter employment with Clearlake Shipping, a subsidiary of Gunvor Group, for three years firm plus two additional option years.The total potential gross revenue backlog from these contracts is estimated to be about USD 55 million.“The joint ventures with Gunvor Group represent a major milestone for Top Ships and we expect that this partnership will create a lot of synergies that will be beneficial for both parties,” Evangelos Pistiolis, company CEO, said.
Kolkata: Two persons were killed and three injured after bombs were allegedly hurled in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district, police said on Tuesday. The incident was reported from Baruipara in Kankinara area on Monday night. Claiming that the victims were their supporters, the state’s ruling Trinamool Congress district President and Minister Jyotipriya Mallick alleged that bombs were hurled at them by miscreants backed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess Durga BJP’s Barrackpore MP Arjun Singh, however, denied the allegations. The two deceased were identified as Mohammed Mukhtar and Mohammed Halim, police said. The incident took place when the family members of Mukhtar were sitting outside their house, police said. Halim died on the spot while Mukhtar succumbed at the hospital, police said. Mukhtar’s wife who was critically injured was undergoing treatment at a hospital along with the other two, the police added.
New Delhi: As the online food delivery market in India goes hyper-competitive, Uber Eats, which is yet to create a significant mark on the Indian palette, is now eyeing young professionals in metros and joint families in smaller towns to increase its footprint. Amid reports that Swiggy is buying its India business and then stalled talks, Uber Eats that came to India in May 2017 is finally witnessing fast adoption of its services among millennials and joint families. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep “We’re actually seeing a trend of multiple combinations of orders at once in India, which is not limited to just Friday nights or festivals but on a regular basis,” Raj Beri, Head of Uber Eats-Asia Pacific, told IANS. Earlier this year, reports said the elderly population was behind the success of Uber Eats’ business in Japan. Beri said the platform’s growth in India is beyond age demographics and more towards collective adoption of digital food delivery services. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs Countries in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region order more from Uber Eats than any other geography in the world, with 1.5 million unique cuisine choices available on the platform in the region. While Beri refused to reveal the company’s market and revenue share in India, he stressed that the company’s share in the APAC region is significantly growing. Uber Eats’ business grew by 50 per cent (month-on-month) in its first year of operations in India. According to Jason Droege, Global Head of Uber Eats, India was their fastest growing market in the world. Uber Eats is currently available in 38 cities. Launched much later than its competitors like Swiggy, Zomato and Foodpanda, Uber Eats is facing some problems in properly establishing itself as a food delivery platform among foodies in the country. The company is introducing several India-first features on its app like the veg-only recommendations and cash payments. “Content, storytelling and just being transparent with the background behind where your food is coming from is very important. It would enable communication between restaurateurs and customers,” said Nikki Neuburger, Global Head of Marketing, Uber Eats. According to Uber Eats’ Senior Director and Product Manager Stephan Chau, the company is using advanced technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) to safeguard its customers’ data. “We don’t have reasons to really want to expose our users’ data outside of context. Our goal is to make sure that the users understand our steps and benefit from the transparency,” Chau said. When asked if Uber Eats was planning on implementing Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) in its app to enrich customers’ experiences, top executives said they might work on the idea in the future.
Montreal’s public health agency has administered antibiotics to over 100 people who were in close contact with a young woman who died of a meningococcal infection last Saturday.The Bexsero vaccine, which protects against this strain, will be also given to those who were close to the victim.The agency says lab tests have confirmed the 18-year-old junior college student died of a meningococcal B infection.Close contact is defined as living under the same roof, direct contact with an infected person’s respiratory secretions or sexual contact.The Quebec Health Department indicates there are several types of meningococcus bacteria, which can be found in a person’s airways. The bacteria can cause serious diseases such as meningitis and sepsis.Infection often occurs at the end of winter and early spring, and symptoms can include fever, headache, nausea and tiny red marks on the skin.The Canadian Press
Actor Quinton Aaron, best known for starring in the Oscar nominated film The Blind Side, is gathering his celebrity friends to help raise money for his anti-bullying charity, The Quinton Aaron Foundation.The festivities will begin in Atlanta, GA on August 14th at The Bobby Jones Golf Course, where Quinton will host his annual celebrity golf invitational. The following day is Quinton’s thirtieth birthday and he will be celebrating this milestone with celebrities and tournament attendees with an exclusive party in the clubhouse. Confirmed celebrities include fellow actor Jae Head, and expected guests Dikembe Mutombo, Clay Aiken, Alice in Chains, Donny Osmond, and many more.In addition to his charitable efforts, Quinton has also been busy this summer with a slew of major movie roles. He was seen in television appearances on One Tree Hill and Law and Order and will soon be hitting the silver screen again with roles in Broken Doll with Cuba Gooding Jr., Money Is King, Halfway, and Wild Minds. Quinton Aaron now dedicates himself to sharing his experiences, finding meaningful solutions, and helping children who find themselves victims of bullying and childhood obesity. Quinton’s approach, openly and honestly dealing with these issues, has already proven tremendously successful. Aaron and his foundation started delivering his anti-bullying message in October of 2012 and since then, he and his team have visited countless schools, churches, and anti-bullying programs around the country. In 2015, The Quinton Aaron Foundation intends to bring its message to the entire world in the form of the first ever, “Anti-Bullying World Summit.” For more on The Quinton Aaron Foundation, click here.
APTN National NewsSix Aboriginal youth from across Ontario are being honoured for their creative writing skills.The James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Award was established in 2008.This year’s winners were all girls ranging in age from 11 to 18.They’ll each take home a cash prize of $2,500.
APTN National NewsWith Canada’s election set for Monday, chiefs in northern Ontario are encouraging people to head to the polls.First Nations voters could be the deciding factor in a number of ridings in the campaign.As Wayne Rivers reports, chiefs are hoping that their message will be heard loud and email@example.com
“It is unacceptable that, in a world of plenty, the majority of a population of more than 68 million people are malnourished or constantly threatened by famine, that children die because they are badly or insufficiently nourished,” said UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Margareta Wahltsröm.The two-day joint dialogue will focus on both the immediate and the structural causes of the subregion’s recurring food crises as part of efforts to mitigate and prevent future crises.Since 1972, the countries of the Sahel – Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Chad, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal – have suffered acute food and nutritional crises about every ten years, endangering the lives and health of the population and impeding development.“Certainly, factors such as drought and locusts contribute to these crises, but there are also structural and cultural factors,” said Hervé Ludovic de Lys, Director of the West Africa regional office of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which is organizing the conference along with the UN Development Programme (UNDP).The aim of the event, he said, is to render food crises “a part of Africa’s past.”
Which NCAA team had the worst day on Thursday? The obvious answer might be Ohio State, Cincinnati or Oklahoma, all of which succumbed to lower-ranked teams in the basketball tournament’s round of 64. Or perhaps North Carolina State, which squandered a 16-point lead against Saint Louis and lost in overtime.But none of those teams had much chance of winning the championship. Meanwhile, Florida, a tournament favorite, ended Thursday in a worse position than it started, despite winning its opening game against Albany. (Of course, Ohio State would still probably trade places with the Gators.)In the latest FiveThirtyEight forecast, updated with game results and injury information as of early Friday morning, Florida’s probability of winning the tournament is 11 percent. Twenty-four hours ago, it was 14.5 percent.How did the Gators’ odds get worse? There are three contributing factors:A closer-than-expected game against Albany. Florida defeated No. 16 seed Albany by 12 points, a final score that conceals a game that was competitive until late in the second half. But the Gators were favored by 22 to 23 points according to Las Vegas sportsbooks and power ratings. Our research suggests that performance relative to power ratings and point spreads early in the tournament has a fair amount of say in predicting how a team fares later on. Florida’s performance was forgivable, and the team remains the favorite in the South region, but the Gators will need to be sharper as the competition improves. A tough third-round matchup. Pittsburgh, despite a No. 9 seed, was a reasonably clear favorite against No. 8-seeded Colorado on Thursday, according to our model. And the Panthers dominated the Buffaloes, pulling ahead 46-18 by halftime and eventually winning by 29 points. Computer systems like Ken Pomeroy’s regard Pittsburgh as having the strength of a typical No. 4 or No. 5 seed. This could be a challenging matchup for Florida. The Gators played a tough out-of-conference schedule, but they’ve faced just two ranked teams since Jan. 1 in a weak basketball year for the SEC. Threats in the regional finals. The South may not be as loaded as the East or the Midwest. But the No. 3-seeded team, Syracuse, turned in an excellent performance in its win against Western Michigan. The Gators will likely have to defeat either the Orange or No. 2-seeded Kansas to reach the Final Four. Meanwhile, Kansas coach Bill Self sounds increasingly confident that injured center Joel Embiid will be able to return at some point in the tournament, even as he confirmed that Embiid is likely out for the opening weekend.
After years of relying on a manual paper-based system and radio communications to relay vital information to underground equipment operators, Ontario’s Musselwhite mine recently implemented a digital fleet management system for underground vehicle dispatch that helped improve productivity and enhanced safety.“The previous process was very static,” admitted Neil Moloney, Manager, Digital Transformation. Instructions were initially provided to equipment operators during the morning huddle, but during the shift when situations changed a considerable amount of written and radio communication was required to redeploy trucks or resolve outstanding issues. The potential for miscommunication was high, resulting in inefficient truck utilisation and excessive idle time.Following a thorough evaluation, the team selected and customised Sandvik’s OptiMine software system based on employee feedback to meet the immediate needs of the mine. The small core team presented the OptiMine system to senior management and received the green light to present the proposed system to employees.Following a comprehensive employee education program, as well as infrastructure and Wi-Fi upgrads underground, Musselwhite’s truck and scoop fleet were outfitted with the OptiMine dispatch system in November 2017. The technology enables the Mine Communications Supervisor in Thunder Bay 600 km away, to give instructions to equipment operators underground from a central dispatch console, as well as direct and track equipment utilisation. “Safety wise it’s been a lot of help…guys that work alone underground are on a call-in system, and if they miss their call-in, I’m able to locate them on our underground tracking system so their supervisor is able to contact them via radio. It’s a lot quicker than having to guess where someone is underground,” said Fran Machimity, Mine Communications Supervisor. “In an emergency I now have the ability to broadcast on all the radio channels underground simultaneously, for example should we need to announce ‘we have an underground emergency, please report to a refuge station.’ We used to have to broadcast each channel individually so this saves a lot of time and improves the safety response time of our workers.”The system also provides real-time production reporting, maintenance scheduling, and plan versus actual result reconciliation. In addition to streamlining communications, the ability to track direct loaded and unloaded haul trucks and other vehicles on the ramp has also helped improve safety. Productivity has improved significantly with approximately three more trucks per day being loaded at the end of each shift.In Q2-2018, phase two of the OptiMine implementation will get underway with the addition of bolters, drills and maintenance vehicles at Musselwhite. This phase will also include the addition of a 3D visualisation component providing a three-dimensional view of the mine. Plans are also underway to roll OptiMine out at other Goldcorp operations later this year.“The Musselwhite OptiMine implementation is an example of executing on our innovation strategy to develop and harness new technologies to improve results in three key areas: exploration, safety and operational efficiency,” explains Todd White, Chief Operating Officer. “The key to productive, radical innovation at Goldcorp is getting the right information to the right people at the right time. The initiative also earned the team a Goldcorp Global Excellence Award. Congratulations!”
INDEPENDENT TD LUKE ‘Ming’ Flanagan has challenged the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan on the issue of the legality of turf cutting, saying it is time for him to “either put up or shut up”.Flanagan’s comments come after two men appeared in Listowel District Court yesterday charged in related to alleged illegal turf cutting on a bog in Kerry last year.The men are being supported by the Irish Turf Cutters and Contractors Association (TCCA) including Flanagan, and speaking to TheJournal.ie today, the TD said members will be “vindicating their rights by cutting turf again this year”.Flanagan hit out at Minister Deenihan, who has previously said that the Roscommon-South Leitrim TD is breaking the law by cutting turf himself in Cloonchambers bog and accused him of encouraging others to break the law.“If I am breaking the law then why have I not been arrested?” Flanagan said. “It is long overdue for the minister to either put up or shut up.”Related: Stanley: Vital that progress is made on turf cutting>Read: Almost €3.5m paid out for turf cutting compensation since 2011>
The UK has to wait until early next year before Netflix launches, but until then we have the Amazon-owned LoveFilm to cater for our DVD rental and movie streaming needs.LoveFilm offers both unlimited DVD rentals and a streaming option open to a range of platforms included PC, Mac, Linux, PS3, iPad and Internet TVs. As one of only a few ways to currently stream movies in the UK, you’d think publishers would throw their support behind the service, but that seems to be far from their priority.LoveFilm earlier this week published a blog post detailing a surprising decision to switch from using Flash streaming to Silverlight that will occur early next year. In so doing, the service will automatically lose the ability to serve customers running Linux, as well as Macs that don’t use an Intel processor.The decision seems strange considering the lack of support for Silverlight across multiple platforms, coupled with the fact Microsoft doesn’t seem too sure about supporting it for much longer either. However, it seems this switch has been forced upon the service by movie publishers.Publishers have decided that Silverlight is much more secure than Flash, and so have insisted LoveFilm switch. In the blog post Lovefilm make it clear that if they didn’t switch, their streaming service would have no movies anymore. HTML5 streaming was up for consideration, but the security issue came up again. Publishers want Silverlight, and that’s the end of the discussion.This is unfortunate for LoveFilm because it will lose them customers. If competing services do cater to a wider audience, it will mean further customer losses going forward as well.So is there any advantage to using Silverlight for LoveFilm users? Just one apparently, and it’s called Smooth Streaming. It will mean less buffering, but the quality of each stream will auto-adjust to compensate for how good your connection is on any given day.Read more at LoveFilm and Thinq
Radioactivité : un site Internet pour l’évaluer près de chez vousFrance – Depuis le 1er février 2010, les Français peuvent connaître la radioactivité présente dans leur environnement à l’aide d’un site internet.C’est dans une période de tracas écologique que le Réseau national de mesures de la radioactivité de l’environnement (RNM) propose aux internautes de consulter le taux de radioactivité présent dans leur environnement. 185.233 mesures ont été prises : dans l’air, dans l’eau ou parmi la faune, la flore et les produits alimentaires. Elles recouvrent l’ensemble du territoire français ainsi que les Dom-Tom. À lire aussiLe pied d’éléphant, cette effrayante masse radioactive cachée dans les entrailles de TchernobylLe but du RNM est de “contribuer à l’estimation des doses dues aux rayonnements ionisants auxquels la population est exposée et à l’information du public”. Les résultats ont été obtenus par soixante laboratoires agréés dont quarante-deux dépendent d’entreprises utilisant l’énergie nucléaire (EDF, Areva, Andra…) ainsi que par deux laboratoires associatifs (Criirad et Acro). Ils sont consultables sur le site www.mesure-radioactivite.fr. Il s’agit d’un concept unique en Europe. Cependant, les données sont difficilement compréhensibles par une personne n’ayant pas de réelles connaissances scientifiques. L’Autorité de sûreté nucléaire (ASN) travaille donc à la mise en place d’un indice de radioactivité de l’environnement, lequel indiquerait clairement si oui ou non, les citoyens sont dans une zone à risque.Le 3 février 2010 à 15:58 • Emmanuel Perrin
When Street Fighter IV first launched a decade ago it kicked off a full-blown renaissance for classic 2D arcade fighting games. Beloved franchises like Marvel vs. Capcom and Killer Instinct returned. Stagnant series that technically never left like Tekken and Mortal Kombat got fresh blood. And new games like Skullgirls and BlazBlue left strong immediate impressions. We even got a great Dragon Ball game from this ongoing golden age.But one franchise that has yet to get its due is classic 2D weapons fighter Samurai Shodown from SNK. That’s about to change with the Samurai Shodown reboot coming later this year, and based on what I played it feels like the wait was worth it.I bring up Street Fighter IV also because that’s the most obvious reference point for the new Samurai Shodown. While it runs on the same Unreal Engine 4 as Street Fighter V, the art style’s heavy emphasis on medieval Japanese brushstrokes looks like a prettier take on Street Fighter IV’s aesthetic. The subtle watercolors and paper-like texture also reminded me of Capcom’s Okami. It’s so beautiful that it made the bloody violence of sword combat more shocking, which is the feeling the best samurai stories invoke.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Although it’s billed as a prequel to the original Samurai Shodown games, which have been on hiatus since basically right before Street Fighter IV’s release, this new game doesn’t have the cinematic story mode you’ve seen in recent fighting games like the upcoming Mortal Kombat 11. But the fighting itself tells its own kinds of stories. While not on the punishingly lethal level of Bushido Blade, Samurai Shodown recognizes that slashing another person with a sword should really do a lot of damage. So instead of elaborate multi-hit punch combos, if you just get a couple of good swings in there your opponent is finished. “Conclusion!”But if anything this opens up strategies instead of limiting them. There are only four attack buttons to worry about, three levels of slash strength and a kick button. Special moves rarely require fancy inputs. You need to focus more on out-thinking your opponent in the neutral game and running with it as soon as you have an advantage. Maintaining momentum is so important that even among equally skilled players one person can just take the whole game without getting hit if they get in the zone.The more unique mechanics are about bolstering the defensive options Samurai Shodown has spent less attention on in the past as well as giving players ways to stage dramatic comebacks and swing momentum in their favors. You can perform your complex super special move at any time but you can only do it once and landing it is tricky as combos can’t help you. You can dodge, perfectly parry projectiles, and even disarm your opponent leaving them with weak fists instead of a blade until they pick up back up. Build up the Rage Gauge to buff your attacks and pull off a different special move with power tied to your own dwindling health.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>The different characters also obviously change up your tactics. I played four characters from the initial 16-character roster, made up of 13 veterans and three newcomers. Haohmaru remains your basic Ryu type, even if Samurai Shodown encourages a fundamentally different playstyle compared to Street Fighter. Charlotte uses graceful fencing attacks while Earthquake overwhelms opponents with his sheer size, strength, and range with his chain. Galford fights with his good dog. And while he only appears in training mode, the referee is here, so hardcore retro SamSho fans can rest easy.Samurai Shodown’s fighting system is rock solid for competitive play. And SNK wants to cater to that community. Along with traditional online battles players can fight against asymmetrical A.I. facsimiles of their friends for better human training. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game launch in June 2019 so folks can practice for the game’s surprising EVO 2019 tournament appearance. And later it’s coming to PC and Nintendo Switch giving even more potential players the chance to sharpen their blades against each other. We can’t wait! No, Solid Snake Isn’t Coming to ‘Tekken’‘Street Fighter V’ and ‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Get Ne… Stay on target
The Capital is set to laugh all the way as Dhruv Arts and Cultural Society is up with their comic play Chamatkari Baba. A group of 18 artistes and two technicians will be presenting the ninety minute show that is a full of humours and satires. Pradeep Sharma, who have been in theatre for 10 years is the writer and the director of the show. The performing artistes are – Pradeep Singh, the writer himself with Surbhi Pandey, Rajat Budhiraja, Gagan Chawla, Arti Wahi, Supriya Budhiraja, Manohar Pandey, Amreesh Kumar, David Massey, Chhavi, Mohit Aggarwal, Sunil Rawat and Twinkle Singh. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The play explains the hilarious situations and comic relations of a baba and his chela. It’s a story about two men who come from a village to explore the colorful life of a city. The glamour of the city doesn’t let them go back. Now the problem that they face is source of their survival for which they take up the profession as one becomes baba and the other his chela. The play further goes on highlighting other menace of the society. When: 20 July Where: Alliance Francaise, 72 Lodi Estate Timing: 4 pm and 7 pm
May 29, 1999Children playing in the Cafe at lunch time.