Russell Wilson finds home from home at Wembley as Seattle crush Oakland

first_img Pinterest Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) is sacked by Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark (55) during the second half at Wembley. Photograph: Matt Dunham/AP Pinterest At the end of the first half the Raiders finally got the ball moving. Yet despite having two drives totalling 26 plays, they came away with no points. Seattle took advantage with Sebastian Janikowski adding a 44-yard field goal to put them 17-0 up at half-time.The Raiders knew they needed to cut out the penalties and find a way to protect Carr. They could do neither. On their first drive Carr was sacked. Then, on the next play, Clark smashed into him and he fumbled the ball again. Twitter Fans at Wembley observed both the American national anthem and the English national anthem before kick-off. Photograph: Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports NFL Seattle Seahawks 27-3 Oakland Raiders: NFL – as it happened Russell Wilson (3) throws a 10-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Tyler Lockett during the fourth quarter. Photograph: Steven Flynn/USA Today Sports Reuse this content Pinterest Read more “We were really good on third down and Frank Clark had a great game with two forced fumbles,” said Carroll, who saw his team improve to 3-3 on the season. “I am really pleased with the whole day and experience. If we come back again to London I will look forward to it.”Meanwhile the Raiders looked beaten up and deflated, slipping to 1-5. Inevitably there will be even greater pressure now on their coach, Jon Gruden, who was a TV commentator for nine years before being lured back to the Raiders by a 10-year contract worth $100m in January. He must have wished he had stayed in the booth.The signing looked a questionable deal then. Now it is looking disastrous, the equivalent of Kevin Keegan returning to Newcastle. The fact he traded the elite pass rusher Khalil Mack to Chicago before the season has not helped. This thrashing will only add to the mounting rap sheet against him. Twitter Oakland Raiders Facebook When the Raiders got the ball they tried to copy Seattle’s running blueprint but with rather less success: after running three times in a row they were forced to punt. The rest of the quarter did not get any better as Carr fumbled the ball under pressure from Frank Clark and it was recovered by Jarran Reed for Seattle.Soon Seattle were 14-0 up with another Wilson touchdown. Initially he was unable to retrieve a bad snap yet he still had all the time in the world to pick up the ball, look up and make a touch pass to Moore for a touchdown. Facebook Twitter NFL wrap: Steelers break Bengals’ hearts again; Peterman humiliation continues Facebook Another Janikowski field goal extended the lead to 20-0 and by now Seattle were coasting. Soon Wilson had thrown his third touchdown pass of the game, to Tyler Lockett, to extend their lead to 27-0.With less than 10 minutes remaining Oakland finally entered the Seattle red zone and got points on the board as Matthew McCrane hit a 43-yard field goal. But it was far too little, too late. It rained, a lot, as in the Pacific north-west. And there were large packs of fans in dark blue and lime green jerseys, who shouted “SEA!” then “HAWKS!” with ever greater urgency and booed if the Raiders looked like getting something going, which was not often.To make things even sweeter, Seattle dominated both sides of the ball, with quarterback Russell Wilson throwing three touchdowns and their defence punching holes in the Raiders’ offensive line at will.“It felt like we were playing at home, honestly,” said the wide receiver David Moore, who scored the second Seattle touchdown. “The rain, the fans, the atmosphere. It was great.”The Seattle coach, Pete Carroll, agreed. “We had a great time,” he said, smiling. “As we got closer to the game we realised how much energy there was for the Seahawks. And the whole experience was great – it made for a special week.”center_img US sports Former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was sexually abused as a child, says report Read more Topics Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. features Share on Facebook Share via Email Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Read more One of the keys for Seattle was to establish their running game against a defence ranked 30 out of the NFL’s 32 teams. And that is precisely what they did, running the ball on their first seven plays before Wilson threw a play‑action screen to Rashaad Penny for 24 yards. That put them deep into Raiders territory and soon afterwards Wilson capped a 14-play, 82-yard drive with a five-yard pass to Jaron Brown. Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Seattle Seahawks Share on Messenger Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp Nearly 4,800 miles and eight time zones separate London from Seattle. Yet for the Seahawks the murk and mizzle of this grey Wembley evening felt like a home from home as they pummelled the Oakland Raiders 27-3. The 84,922 crowd was a record for an NFL game at Wembley but this was not a game to attract converts, largely because the Raiders, who arrived from Oakland only on Friday, were so off the pace they appeared lodged in a different time zone. Their only points came deep in the fourth quarter when the game was gone and the damp had long seeped into their bones and souls.They also endured injury, with the wide receiver Amari Cooper sustaining a concussion after a sickening helmet-to-helmet contact with Bradley McDougald. Another wide out, Seth Roberts, also needed treatment. At least their quarterback Derek Carr, who was sacked five times, looked to be OK after leaving the pitch clutching his left shoulder.last_img read more

WATCH: Weah makes it two in two for Celtic

first_imgTimothy Weah scored for his second straight game as a Celtic player in Wednesday’s 4-0 win over St. Mirren in the Scottish Premiership. The 18-year-old American joined the Hoops on loan from Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month, and he has not taken long to make an impact with his new club. Weah scored on his Celtic debut at the weekend, netting off the bench in a 3-0 Scottish Cup win over Airdrieonians. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And Weah repeated the trick on his league debut Wednesday, latching onto a through ball and scoring Celtic’s fourth goal of the game in the 86th minute. 🗣 Tim Weah at it again! ✌️ goals in ✌️ games with the @CelticFC bhoys! 🍀— U.S. Soccer MNT (@ussoccer_mnt) January 23, 2019Weah, the son of Liberian legend George Weah, made his senior debut for PSG last season, and featured for the French side in their first two Ligue 1 games this season. But the teenager would not make another appearance for PSG after that, forcing him to seek out playing time on loan. Though his minutes with PSG dried up this season, Neymar believes his team-mate has a big future ahead of him. “It is a very exciting move for him, from what I have seen of his talent he has everything to go and be one of the top attacking players in Europe,” the PSG star told the Daily Record.“It is a good move for him, a good move for Celtic as they are getting such a big talent, and also a good move for PSG because he has a chance to get experience and games and come back to us a more complete player.”Weah has also made the breakthrough to the senior U.S. national team, having earned eight caps since making his debut in March 2018.last_img read more

Incat Crowther Launches Catamaran ‘Elizabeth …

first_imgzoom Incat Crowther announced the launch of Elizabeth Cook, a 24m catamaran passenger ferry built by Richardson Devine Marine for Captain Cook Cruises, a subsidiary of Sealink Marine.Elizabeth Cook is designed to operate throughout Sydney Harbour, with class-leading efficiency and robustness.Incat Crowther worked closely with Sealink to develop a vessel that offers exceptional value to the operator, with tangible measures taken to reduce both capital investment and running costs. In addition to low fuel usage, machinery selection and systems design focused on reducing ongoing maintenance costs. The result is a vessel with exception per-passenger capital and running costs.Elizabeth Cook features a main passenger cabin with seats for 116 passengers. A further 27 seats are located on the aft deck. Toilets are located adjacent to the stairs to the upper deck. Large hinged engine hatches provide ample access to the engine rooms for day-to-day maintenance tasks.Boarding gates are located on the foredeck, with particular attention paid to the visibility of these from the wheelhouse. Behind the wheelhouse, an open upper deck has seats for 55 passengers, with ample space for passengers to stand and view the sights.Elizabeth Cook is certified to carry 127 passengers in coastal operation and 198 passengers in harbour operation.Powered by a pair of Scania DI13 070M main engines, the vessel performed strongly in recent trails. In a fully loaded service condition, Elizabeth Cook cruises effortlessly and efficiently at 25 knots. Her top speed is in excess of 28 knots.Through a collaborative design process with Sealink, Incat Crowther has delivered a new-generation of vessel, offering cutting edge design, low fuel consumption and increased capability. The success of the project has led Sealink Marine to commission two further vessels, the keels of which were recently laid at Richardson Devine Marine. Incatcrowther, November 28, 2013 My location Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定last_img read more

Deal by Kinder Morgan Canada to sell Trans Mountain welcomed with misgivings

first_imgCALGARY – Canada’s energy industry welcomed news Tuesday that the Trans Mountain expansion pipeline is more likely to be built, but expressed grave misgivings over Ottawa’s decision to buy the project for $4.5 billion in order to achieve that goal.Canada needs infrastructure like that designed to triple Trans Mountain’s capacity to move crude oil and refined products from the Alberta oilsands and Edmonton refining complex to the West Coast, said Chris Bloomer, CEO of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association.But he said the association is “deeply concerned” that the government felt it had to purchase the project to get it built. Ottawa’s move comes 18 politically fraught months after it had been approved.“Something had to happen,” Bloomer said of delays blamed on opposition by British Columbia’s provincial government, municipalities, Indigenous groups and individual protesters.“It’s a little confusing that the government felt it needed to nationalize this asset and own it in order to assert what we all thought along the way was its jurisdiction.”Pipelines that cross provincial borders are federally regulated, but B.C. argues in a court challenge that it has the right to restrict diluted bitumen shipments within its boundaries.The situation has created a “confused” marketplace in which different pipeline projects are treated unequally and no one knows the rules future proposals are expected to follow, Bloomer said.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at a conference Tuesday that federal control over the pipeline could simplify development of at least this project.“When you shift the ownership of the pipeline from a private corporation to … a federal government that has explicit control over resource projects that go between provinces, a lot of the legal barriers and a lot of the challenge points actually disappear,” he said.The federal move is welcome to get the stalled project going, said Tim McMillan, CEO of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, adding he also is pleased that Ottawa has committed to put the project back in private hands “where it belongs.”“I think these are extraordinary circumstances and we should work very hard never to find ourselves in this position again.”Trans Mountain owner Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd.’s shares lurched higher, then fell, as investors digested the fallout from the federal government purchase deal announced early Tuesday.The stock rose to $18 in early trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange but closed about three per cent lower at $16.10 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The shares likely fell because investors were disappointed that they would no longer be eligible to share in the financial upside of the expansion project, said analyst Robert Fitzmartyn of GMP FirstEnergy Capital.The subsidiary of Houston-based Kinder Morgan, Inc., estimated the deal is worth about $12 per restricted voting share, after capital gains tax — about three-quarters of its total share price.Kinder Morgan Canada will continue to hold an integrated network of crude tank storage and rail terminals in Alberta. It will also own a terminal in Vancouver and the Cochin Pipeline system which transports light condensate from the United States to Fort Saskatchewan, just northeast of Edmonton.It expects its approximately 30 per cent share of after-tax proceeds to be about $1.25 billion. It didn’t specify how it would spend the proceeds of the sale but did say it plans to continue to invest in Canada.“We’ve agreed to a fair price for our shareholders and found a way forward for this national interest project,” Steve Kean, CEO of both Kinder Morgan Canada and its parent company, said on a morning conference call.The company will work with the government to try to find a third party to buy the assets by July 22. Separately, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said there is no absolute deadline to find a buyer.Kinder Morgan Canada had ceased all non-essential spending on the Trans Mountain expansion in April, vowing to cancel it by a deadline of this Thursday unless it received assurances it can proceed without delays and without undue risk to shareholders.After the federal government’s announcement, Kean said the work would be restarted soon, with the government funding construction. The sale, which must still be approved by Kinder Morgan Canada shareholders, is expected to close in the second half of the year.Analysts were less than enthusiastic about the sale.In a research note, Desjardins Capital Markets analysts questioned whether construction of the controversial pipeline would proceed any smoother under government ownership.The transaction could further “galvanize opposition” from special interest groups while complicating the government’s ability to provide protection for construction sites in the Lower Mainland of B.C., including its willingness to call in the RCMP if needed, they said.“We maintain our previous concern that the federal Liberal government will likely be highly reluctant to exercise force approaching the window of the next election cycle, expected next fall,” they wrote.They said the news is otherwise positive for the oil and gas sector, though it will have no effect on tight pipeline takeaway capacity until at least 2021. Transport limitations have been blamed for higher price discounts on western Canadian oilsands bitumen blend crude in the first quarter.Pipeline customers Suncor Energy Inc. and Cenovus Energy Inc. welcomed the move as a sign Ottawa recognizes the importance of getting more Alberta crude from the oilsands to more markets.However, GMP FirstEnergy said the buyout was negative for future Canadian investment prospects.“The federal government has set a precedent that it will nationalize projects of significant importance rather using the rule of law and prior regulatory approvals to push a project forward under private ownership,” its analysts said in a report.Paul de Jong, president of the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada, whose members are expected to help build the pipeline, said he is pleased it is more likely to proceed but also hopes that government intervention “not become the norm.”“Ultimately it will take far more than this to restore investors’ faith in Canada’s project approval process.”Follow @HealingSlowly on TwitterCompanies in this story: (TSX:KML, TSX:ENB, TSX:TRP, TSX:SU, TSX:CVE)last_img read more

Manulife net income up slightly as core earnings grow offset by charge

first_imgTORONTO – Manulife Financial Corp. recorded a second-quarter profit of $1.26 billion, a slight increase from the same period last year.Net income attributable to shareholders was up from the $1.25 billion in the quarter ending June 30 last year, while earnings were 61 cents per common share for both quarters.Earnings per share were slightly below the 62 cents expected by analysts, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Core earnings were up in its Canada, U.S. and global wealth and asset management divisions, while earnings slipped in Asia.Restructuring charges related to its downsizing as part of a digital strategy shift came in at $200 million for the quarter.The company said in June it will cut 700 jobs over the next 18 months as part of a streamlining of operations.last_img read more

International support vital in pulling Haiti out of poverty suffering – UN

Addressing the Security Council today, Hédi Annabi, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative, stressed that “sustained international engagement is critical to enable Haiti to take advantage of a unique moment of opportunity.”The nation “now has its best chance in decades to break from the destructive cycles of the past, and to move toward a brighter future,” but can only move forward with the continued support of external partners, he added.Acknowledging the current economic crisis gripping the world, the official said that there is a “compelling logic” for an additional inflow of aid, “one that will be relatively modest in absolute terms, but can make a critical difference in securing the investments made to date, and can prevent the major costs that would be associated with any renewed decline or disorder.”Mr. Ban will attend a major donors conference on Haiti that will take place in Washington next week, it was announced today. Stressing that the upcoming gathering is “of fundamental importance for consolidating the fragile stability of Haiti,” he called on donor nations in a letter to boost both their technical and financial engagement.During his visit to the country last month with former United States President Bill Clinton, Mr. Ban said that he saw reason for hope and optimism that the country will break out of its cycle of poverty, but that beyond international help, sustainable social and economic development is essential to Haiti’s success.In an opinion piece published in The New York Times on-line edition last week, Mr. Ban appealed for investment in Haiti to allow the country to seize a “break-out opportunity for one of the poorest nations to lift itself toward a future of real economic prospects and genuine hope.”Haiti stands a better chance than almost any emerging economy, not only to weather the current economic storms but to prosper, because of new US trade legislation, he wrote. HOPE II, as the act is known, offers Haiti duty-free, quota-free access to US markets for the next nine years. “No other nation enjoys a similar advantage,” Mr. Ban said. “This is a foundation to build on.”He has cited five interlinked challenges the country faces in securing stability: political dialogue; extending State authority; bolstering security; the rule of law and human rights; and socio-economic development.At today’s Council meeting, which heard from dozens of speakers, Mr. Annabi, who also heads the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti known as MINUSTAH, underscored that “the resolution of political differences through dialogue remains the cornerstone of advancement in all other areas.”That process, which must be Haitian-led, has seen some progress following last year’s string of hurricanes, but it remains fragile, he said, with a risk of renewed conflict among political institutions and within the Government. These problems, he noted, are often tied to personal ambitions and are further exacerbated by corruption.Security and development go hand in hand in the country, the envoy pointed out, and “if we are to succeed in our efforts, it is essential that there be an improvement in people’s daily lives, or at least a realistic hope of such an improvement.”Last summer’s storms have left $1 billion – equivalent to 15 per cent of Haiti’s gross domestic product (GDP) – of damage in their wake. The global recession has further eroded the country’s socio-economic situation, with remittances, which bring three times the amount of funds to Haiti as international aid, plummeting 14 per cent.To achieve growth and poverty reduction targets, partnership among the Government, international donors and the private sector is indispensable, Mr. Annabi told the Council.Following the Council meeting, the 15-member body noted with concern “the challenges in the area of social and economic development, as there has been a marked deterioration in the living standards of the vast majority of Haitians,” according a statement read out at the end of the daylong meeting by Ambassador Claude Heller of Mexico, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency this month.“The Council reiterates the need for security to be accompanied by social and economic development as a way for Haiti to achieve lasting stability,” he said, adding that the Council calls on both MINUSTAH and the UN Country Team to enhance their cooperation with the Haitian authorities, as well as international and regional partners, “while bearing in mind the ownership and primary responsibility of the Government and people of Haiti.”Today’s statement also reaffirmed the need for the upcoming elections, which will choose one-third of the Haitian Senate, to be “inclusive, free and fair.” 6 April 2009The top United Nations envoy to Haiti exhorted the international community to boost its support, even in the midst of a global recession, for the impoverished Caribbean nation, which is at a “turning point.” read more

DR Congo UN deplores resort to arms after deadly attack on provincial

6 April 2010The top United Nations official in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has voiced deep concern at a deadly attack in a region cited by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as showing the potential for local conflicts to rapidly escalate in the vast strife-torn country. A UN peacekeeper and two contractors in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) died when insurgents on Sunday attacked Mbandaka, the capital of the north-western province of Equateur, at the other end of the country from the continuing violence in the east. “We can only deplore the resort to arms as a means of expression or furthering claims,” Mr. Ban’s Special Representative Alan Doss said in a statement. “We urge everybody to use dialogue, exchanges and other peaceful means to have their voice heard.”While hundreds and possibly thousands of people have been killed in recent years and more than a million others driven from their homes in the DRC’s eastern Kivu provinces, where a conflict between a collection of rebel forces and the Government has prompted charges of human rights abuses – including mass rape – by all parties, Equateur had been relatively stable until last October when fighting erupted over fishing and farming rights.Enyele militiamen launched deadly assaults on ethnic Munzayas in the Dongo area, driving over 100,000 people from their homes, and tensions have since expanded to most parts of Equateur, with the DRC army launching an offensive against the militia.In Sunday’s attack, a couple of dozen of insurgents arrived by boat, first striking at the governor’s mansion and national assembly before temporarily occupying the airport, from where they were dislodged in a joint operation by the army and peacekeepers from he UN mission in the DRC (MONUC). The attackers withdrew to the surrounding jungle around the airport and operations are continuing to neutralize them, MONUC said. Joint UN and Congolese units are also patrolling the streets to reassure residents of the town. “MONUC will continue to support efforts to protect the population and restore [peace and security in the city,” the mission said in a statement.In his latest report on the DRC to the Security Council, released yesterday, Mr. Ban cited last year’s clashes in Equateur as showing that local conflicts can rapidly escalate if they are not quickly and effectively defused by the authorities.Beyond the continuing violence in the east MONUC has helped restore a measure of stability and democratic processes over the past decade to a country torn apart by years of civil war and revolts that resulted in the greatest human death toll since World War II – some 4 million people killed by the fighting and the attendant starvation and disease it produced.In his report Mr. Ban said the country had made sufficient progress over much of its vast territory for the 20,000-strong UN peacekeeping force to withdraw up to 2,000 troops by the end of June. read more

Arafuras Rare Earth demonstration program update of good progress

first_imgArafura’s Rare Earth production flowsheet has previously been proven at pilot scale. The purpose of this program is to operate at a larger scale to reduce Nolans project scale up risk, optimise equipment selection and verify design data. Scale up ratios from the demonstration plant to full scale plant are in the range 1:140 to 1:280 for major plant areas. The program will also generate samples for target customer evaluation and further build confidence. In addition, Arafura will gain detailed operating experience which will be invaluable in the future when full scale operations commence. Good progress has been made to date. This work program is on track as a key component of the BFS which is due to be completed with project finance in place by the end of 2012.The Demonstration Program began in 2010. Approximately 1,500 t of ore was extracted from the Nolans Bore resource using a wide diameter Bauer drill rig. Samples were obtained from a wide cross section of theresource to a depth of approximately 70 m partly representative of the first few years of planned mining.The ore was transported to Perth in 2011 and during Q4 2011 was beneficiated to produce a mineral concentrate. This work was undertaken at ALS Ammtec.Following beneficiation, during Q4 2011, chemical processing of the mineral concentrate commenced at ALS Ammtec. A pre-leach circuit (12 t/d) in which mineral concentrate is reacted with hydrochloric acid (HCl) is inoperation and performing well.The Rare Earth containing solids produced have been dried and transported to ANSTO in Sydney where subsequent processing will take place early in 2012. The liquid stream produced at ALS Ammtec has been processed to generate a solid phosphate. The residual HCl containing liquid has been used to successfully commission the HCl regeneration circuit of the final integrated pilot plant.Commissioning of demonstration facilities for sulphation and downstream processing is progressing well at ANSTO. These facilities will be operated in production mode during Q1 2012.Production of Rare Earth Oxide (REO) samples for customer evaluation is well underway. Product quality is being aligned with target customer requirements. The full range of planned products will be available by the end of Q1 2012. Customers have been invited to observe the trials at ANSTO. The provision of samples to customers is a key milestone in the program to secure future sales contracts.Final testing of the integrated pilot plant will take place in H1 2012. The HCl regeneration circuit which comprises part of the final plant has already operated successfully for a period of five days continuous operation with 100% availability. Gypsum samples are under customer evaluation.Dr Steve Ward, Arafura’s Managing Director and CEO: “We have an impressive team of staff, contractors and consultants working together on the Demonstration Program. They have the skills and requisite experience in metallurgy and chemical operations to make this a resounding success. Overall, excellent progress has been made to date. Work is on track to be completed in readiness for the final BFS. Further updates will be given as progress milestones are achieved.”last_img read more

Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan become Islamic champions 2017

← Previous Story CS Dinamo Bucharest win Romanian Cup 2017 Next Story → Huge interests for hosting EHF EURO 2022 and 2024 events Saudi Arabia are the Islamic Handball Champions. The team led by Croatian coach Nenad Kljaic beat Turkey 26:21 (12:10) at the final of the tournament in Baku. The whole tournament has been played at  “Sarkhadchi” Sport Olympic Center as a part of Baku-2017 Solidarity Games.In women’s competition, Azerbaijan beat Turkey for the gold.

The PS Vita will be regionfree

first_imgWhen cornered on the topic in a press conference for European and Australian journalists, a Sony executive revealed that the PS Vita will be region-free, meaning games released for any locale in the world will be playable in a PS Vita sold anywhere else in the world. Michael Denny, Vice President of Sony Worldwide Studios Europe, said that “to the best of his knowledge” the PS Vita would not be region locked, which leaves room to backtrack, but we’re hoping that’s the final word.After all, the Nintendo 3DS has come under fire for its intrusive terms of service and the fact that it’s region-locked, meaning games released in Japan must be played on a Japanese 3DS and American releases played on a Region 1 3DS. This locks out players around the world from importing and enjoying games released in other regions.Game developers and studios say that region locking is required to control the release of games around the globe, so a game isn’t released in one location and then pirated and trafficked to other parts of the world. Most gamers disagree entirely, and claim that region locking actually encourages piracy because it denies willing buyers the games they want to play – instead, they have to import an entire console as well as the title they want.If the PS Vita is region-free, it’ll make historical sense: after all, the PlayStation 3 is region-free as well, and gamers anywhere in the world can import PS3 games and play them on their home consoles. Most gamers have responded positively to the news, since it means the doors are open to a world of small and independent titles only released in specific markets. It also means that gamers can buy games when traveling, or get a hold of a title only released overseas.via IGNlast_img read more

KPBSD Grapples With Possible Cuts To Education Funding

first_imgErkeneff: “We are communicating with the Department of Education, and are hearing the cut will come from under-funding K-12 Education Foundation Formula, not reducing the Base Student Allocation (BSA) value as some media is reporting. This is significant to us because of the way the BSA corresponds to the minimum and maximum range the Borough can contribute to K-12 education. In contrast, under-funding the foundation formula and keeping the BSA intact would not reduce the range the Borough can fund to education.” University of Alaska system President Jim Johnsen said the system faces a cut of more than $130 million, which could force layoffs of up to 1,300 people and the elimination of programs. Erkeneff said there was some confusion with the information provided on how those cuts will be determined, but that the district is ready for a number of scenarios for the budget possibilities. The current plan calls for cutting roughly $310 million from the state Department of Education and Early Childhood Development from the department’s current $1.3 billion budget. According to Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Communications Liaison Pegge Erkeneff, the budget documentation made available to this point does not give the district enough detail to determine the amounts specific to the Kenai Peninsula.center_img Erkeneff: “Analyzing information that we have that’s available there’s not enough information right now for the district to specifically what the impact will be to the Kenai. That’s because there is still some confusion with details that have been released.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor Mike Dunleavy released an amended FY20 budget on Wednesday. The budget proposes a significant reduction to education funding throughout the state. It’s unknown at this time how those cuts would impact the Kenai Peninsula campus.last_img read more

Bird Cruiser is a whole new take on a bicycle built for

first_img Mobile Culture Roadshow 1 Now playing: Watch this: Tags The newest Lime scooters beef up for safety at CES 2019 The Bird Cruiser is coming this summer. Bird Not a fan of scooters? You can still use Bird.On Tuesday, the electric-scooter company unveiled the Bird Cruiser, a new e-vehicle that looks like a moped. Bird said the Cruiser will roll out this summer as part of its global fleet and give riders another environmentally friendly transit option. Ahead of its widespread deployment, the Cruiser will be available in select test markets.Bird said it’ll offer in the future more details on pricing and on where the test markets will be.According to Bird, the new Cruiser will include: A padded seat that can fit two adults.The option of pedal-assist or peg.Hydraulic disc brakes.A 52V battery.An advanced LCD Matrix Display.A custom motor.20-inch wheels.Industry leading standards in durability and reliability.The Bird Cruiser is the latest product in the company’s line. Last month, Bird said it would sell e-scooters for $1,299. The Bird One is available for preorder and comes in jet black, dove white and electric rose. Bird said features include extended battery life and protection, a 30-mile travel range on one charge and better durability. Buyers also get $100 in ride credits to use with the shared fleet and the ability to track their scooter with the phone app, as well as antitheft capabilities through the Bird Hunter Network.In April, Bird introduced a service called monthly personal rentals. People can sign up for $25 monthly plans and ride all they want during that time. The company will just drop off a scooter wherever you are and then pick it back up when you’re done. The service is rolling out in San Francisco and Barcelona.Originally published June 4, 8:59 a.m. PT.Update, 9:08 a.m.: Adds comment from Bird and background details.  1:27 Share your voice Commentlast_img read more

Snap Promotes Luke Kallis to VP of US Enterprise Sales as Part

first_img Related Snap Intros $380 Two-Camera Spectacles — A Fashion Accessory for Snapchat AR Content Snap, as part of restructuring of its ad-sales group, upped Luke Kallis from head of West Coast sales to VP, U.S. enterprise business solutions.His new appointment comes under the Snapchat parent company’s reorganization of its U.S. advertising team under chief business officer Jeremi Gorman from a regional structure to one oriented on business categories. In the reshuffle, initiated last month, Snap’s ad group now comprises three teams: enterprise (i.e., large brand advertisers), emerging advertisers and direct-response clients. On Snap’s first quarter 2019 earnings call, Gorman told analysts, “While we expect some disruption to our near-term business, we are confident that this is the right long-term structure.”Kallis is now in charge of all major Snap client business in the U.S. He joined Snap in June 2015 and has focused on Hollywood studio clients. Previously, he spent over five years at Vevo as senior VP, national sales. Snapchat Parent Company Raises $1.265 Billion in Debt Financing, Citing Potential Acquisitions Popular on Variety Other senior members of Gorman’s team are Claire Valoti, VP international, who leads sales outside the U.S. Last month, Snap hired David Roter, who hails from Twitter and ESPN, as VP, global agency partnerships. Another key leader the org is VP of operations Radhika Kakkar, who joined in 2015 from Accenture.Snap’s U.S. Enterprise sales team is now organized into nine verticals: entertainment, tech, auto, retail, restaurants, travel/industrial/energy, consumer packaged goods, telco/financial services, and health care/government.Gorman, former head of ad sales at Amazon, joined Snap last November. She’s part of CEO/co-founder Evan Spiegel’s new crew of senior execs, recruited after a spate of high-level exits over the past year including chief content officer Nick Bell, head of ad sales Jeff Lucas, and CFO Tim Stone.Snap is trying to sustain newfound momentum, coming after a redesign of the Snapchat app last year that turned off many users. In Q1 2019, the company topped Wall Street expectations on user growth and revenue, with Snapchat boosting its daily active user base for the first time in a year. It recently announced a new premium ad program called Snap Select, designed to let advertisers reserve and buy inventory for the top shows in Snapchat Discover. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Full scale Buster Sword from Final Fantasy VII brought to life

first_imgFans of the Final Fantasy video game series are no strangers to characters wielding really big swords, like Cloud Strife’s Buster Sword from Final Fantasy VII, for example. But could you imagine what a real-life full scale version of such a legendary weapon would look like? It would look impressive undoubtedly, but would it be too heavy to wield by normal mortals? You might think so.Thanks to a knife and sword builder extraordinaire by the name of Michael Craughwell, we have a very impressive real life replica of a FFVII Buster Sword measuring over 8-feet tall and weighing in at a hefty 54 pounds. But what is even more impressive is that we get to see this beast of a sword in action, taking it’s fury out on an unsuspecting wood pallet.Read more at YouTube, via Geekologie.last_img read more

Optimists make poor business decisions

first_imgLondon: Optimistic thinking is leading people to set up businesses that have no realistic prospect of financial success, according to a study which has found that pessimists are less likely to proceed with unpromising entrepreneurial ventures.The research from the University of Bath, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Cardiff University in the UK, explores the financial consequences of becoming an entrepreneur for optimists – people with a tendency to overestimate their chances of doing well and underestimate their probability of failure. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTracking individuals as they move from paid employment to setting up their own business venture, the study found that business owners with above average optimism earned some 30 per cent less than those with below average optimism. Many of the optimists would have been well advised to remain an employee, according to the study published in European Economic Review. Despite entrepreneurs earning on average less, working longer hours and bearing more risk than their counterparts in paid employment, optimists are more likely than most to mistakenly think they have found a good business opportunity and that they have what it takes to exploit it successfully. Realists and pessimists are less likely to proceed with unpromising entrepreneurial ventures.Studies consistently report that about 80 per cent of the population have an overly optimistic outlook. This can increase ambition and persistence, encourage others to cooperate, and generally enhance performance.Ominously though, basing choices on faulty assessments also leads to participation in activities doomed to fail.last_img read more

Sarangi Legacy to commemorate Ustaad Sabri Khan

first_imgAs 2018 is coming to an end, it is time to indulge in Hindustani vocal or the Sarangi. With great zeal and enthusiasm Sarangi Cultural Academy and Saurang Sangeet Society is organising Sarangi Legacy 2018 – the festival of music and dance, on December 13, at 7 pm, at the Stein Auditorium, Habitat Centre. The grandeur of this cordial gathering will be initiated by a postage stamp release ceremony in the humble remembrance of legendary Sarangi Samrat Ustaad Sabri Khan Saheb. The evening will witness an artistic performance by Nabeel Khan, who will present a blissful raag on his instrument. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOver the years, many talented artists and legends have promoted Sarangi from being a mere accompaniment to attaining a solo classical status equal to sitar or sarod. The grand festival will be bestowed by the eminent artists like the musically gifted Ustad Kamal Sabri (Sarangi solo) and his beloved nephew and disciple Nabeel Khan (Sarangi) along with Ptandit Anindo Chatterjee (Tabla), who together will set the bar high. Next in cue is a marvelous Kathak solo performance by gorgeous and extremely talented Rani Khanam coupled with Ustad Akram Khan (Tabla).last_img read more

Dont Have a 3D Printer Yet This Startup Wants to Change That

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 4 min read Register Now » January 7, 2015center_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. LAS VEGAS — Food. Makeup. Cars. Even an entire house. People are making some wild things using 3-D printing. But, so far, the technology hasn’t really hit the mainstream.One startup that’s trying to change that is Marina Del Rey, Calif.-based AIO Robotics. The company was founded in May 2013 by Kai Chang and Jens Windau, who were later joined by Christian Siagian, who serves as vice president of software. Their goal was to develop a 3-D printer that could be accessible to everyone: small businesses, schools and households.The result is ZEUS, an all-in-one 3-D printer/copier/scanner/fax machine. Yes, it does all of those things in one desktop device. Retailing for $2,500, the company was expecting to have around 350 units sold and several more orders in-hand by the end of 2014. AIO is hoping their showing at Eureka Park — the startup zone here at CES — ratchets up their momentum by several notches.Related: From Eye Shadow to Entire Houses: 7 of the Craziest 3-D Printed Creations YetWe caught up with AIO Robotics co-founder and CEO Windau to discuss the crazy world of 3-D printing. Check it out.Entrepreneur: Where did the idea to combine a printer/copier/scanner/fax machine with 3-D printing come from?Windau: We looked at the development of traditional 2-D printers and the transition into a multifunctional machine with an integrated 2-D scanner. That’s why we believe this will be a natural transition for 3-D printers as well. Indeed it enables and simplifies lots of tasks like 3-D copying and 3-D faxing and in addition cost-efficiently utilizes one turntable for two technologies: printing and scanning.Entrepreneur: So how exactly does this thing work?Windau: A laser swipes above an object on a rotating plate for 360 degrees. A camera captures how this laser line changes its shape. This information allows us to calculate a 3-D model of the object.Entrepreneur: What’s the craziest thing you’ve created using a 3-D printer?Windau: We recently started printing parts with movable joints, such as a cube game, a toy with rotating wheels or an elephant with moving feet.This was a moment when we realized the power of 3-D printing that allows us to print toys, tools and objects with functional parts in one print process. In traditional manufacturing, these objects would have had to go through a longer — often complicated — assembly process.Related: This Sector Will Drive the 3-D Printing BoomEntrepreneur: How do you see the 3-D printing industry evolving in the next year or so?Windau: We believe that the 3-D printing industry will go through two stages. First, 3-D printing services will be increasingly offered in retail stores. Eventually, once pricing goes further down and performance goes up, we will see an increasing sales demand in the household market.Entrepreneur: If I had a ZEUS, what would I use it for every day?Windau: ZEUS is primarily used for prototyping work in design, engineering, architecture. However, the combination of scanning and printing technology is also particularly interesting for new markets such as medicine (creation of prosthetics, for example) and dentistry (creation of surgical guides). Patients will be able to be treated in a significantly shorter time.Entrepreneur: What’s been the most exhilarating part about being a startup founder so far?Windau: It’s particularly exciting to grow as a startup into a business field that gets increasing attention through new application in any kind of field — engineering, design, architecture, medicine, dentistry, house construction, astronautics, bakery business. And we are part of this fast development!Related: Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs Will Lead the Way for 3-D Printing Adoptionlast_img read more

Watch out for these roadworks affecting your journeys this week

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailDrivers are being warned to expect traffic and travel delays due to roadworks across North Staffordshire and South Cheshire this coming week. Motorists hitting the roads of Stoke-on-Trent and the surrounding areas on Monday morning can expect a raft of delays and road closures waiting for them – including on major routes such as the M6 motorway, the A500 and the A50. The following roadworks are taking place in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire between Monday August 27 and Sunday September 2. This list contains only the roadworks considered to be most likely to cause delays on key routes as well as those involving road closures and temporary traffic lights. It is not exhaustive and does not feature some minor or emergency repairs that come up after publication. Other roadworks may finish or start before schedule or be cancelled altogether. The list is broken down by local authority area (with the M6 , A500 and A50 separate because they fall under the remit of Highways England). All information from Highways England, local authorities and utility companies. Stoke-on-Trent Burslem: Road closure and roadworks on Stratheden Road, near the junction with Bank Hall Road, from August 20 until September 7 Cliffe Vale: Carriageway incursion on B5045 Shelton New Road in Cliffe Vale until August 31 Hanley: Carriageway incursion on Potteries Way from August 20 until September 6 Hanley: Carriageway incursion on Trinity Street from August 20 until September 6 Longton: Roadworks and road closure on Market Street until October 29 Longton: Roadworks and road closure on Commerce Street until October 29 Longton: Carriageway incursion on Times Square until October 29 Norton: Two way traffic signals on Norton Lane until August 31 Oakhill: Carriageway incursion on London Road from August 23 to August 28 Shelton: Ashford Street closed until November 10 Shelton: Carriageway incursion on A5006 Howard Place from August 13 until August 31 Shelton: Carriageway incursion on Leek Road from August 13 until August 31 Stoke: Carriageway incursion on Campbell Place from August 13 to August 31 Stoke: Carriageway incursion on Church Street from August 13 to August 31 Stoke: Carriageway incursion on Glebe Street from August 13 until August 31 Stoke: Roadworks and Road Closure on North Street from August 14 until February 18 2019 Stoke: Carriageway incursion on Station Road from August 13 until September 6 Stoke: Carriageway incursion on A5006 Stoke Road until August 31 Trent Vale: Roadworks and road closures on A34 in Trent Vale from August 13 until August 29 (closures between 7pm and 4am) Newcastle Borough: Basford: Two way traffic lights on Etruria Road from August 26 to August 29 Bradwell: Two way traffic signals on Bradwell Lane from August 1 to November 30 Clayton: Roadworks and road closures on Milbourne Drive and Lincoln Avenue from August 28 to October 5 Keele: Two way traffic signals on Station Road from August 20 until September 24 Madeley Heath: Multi-way traffic signals on Crewe Road near Meadows Primary School from August 15 to August 30 Newcastle: Road closure and roadworks on High Street until August 31 Newcastle: Roadworks and road closures on A34 Liverpool Road from August 6 to October 12 Newcastle: Two way traffic signals on Silverdale Road from July 30 to September 21 Newcastle: Road closure and roadworks on Whitfield Avenue from August 22 to October 9 Newcastle Borough: Multi-way traffic signals on B5500 Nantwich Road near M6 until October 12 Silverdale: Hollywood Lane, off Pepper Street, closed from August 20 until March 20 2019 Wolstanton: Multi-way traffic signals on Ellison between from High Street to Orchard Street from August 13 to September 14 Wolstanton: Roadworks and Closure at junction of Orchard Street and Lily Street from August 13 to August 31 Staffordshire Moorlands: Biddulph: Roadworks and road closure on Troughstones Road from August 13 until October 15 Blythe Bridge: Roadworks and road closures on Caverswall Road from August 20 until October 5 Brown Edge: Two way traffic signals on B5051 High Lane between August 23 and August 30 Cheadle: Multi-way traffic signals on B5032 Ashbourne Road from August 28 until September 3 Cheadle: Two way traffic signals on the Terrace near the junction with Watt Place from August 23 until August 28 Cheddleton: Two way traffic signals on Hollow Lane from outside Community Centre to junction with Ostlers Lane from August 20 to August 31 Cheddleton: Roadworks and road closure on Park Lane from opposite Cliffe View to junction of Hollow Lane from August 13 to August 31 Forsbrook: Two way traffic signals on Dilhorne Road from August 27 until September 15 Ipstones: Brookfields Road closed for telegraph poles to be changed between August 28 and August 29 Kingsley Holt: Roadworks and road closures on Lockwood Road until September 7 Waterhouses: Roadworks and road closures on Manifold Valley Way until August 31 Stafford Borough: Church Eaton: Roadworks and road closure on Church Eaton Road between Goosemoor Lane and The Oaklands from June 11 until September 10 Darlaston: Lane closure on A34 the Fillybrooks from the roundabout with Newcastle Road to the junction with Meaford Road until September 3 Fulford: Roadworks on Fulford Road between Long Lane and Bank Lane from September 1 until February 28 2019 Gnosall: Knightey Road closed between 7.30am and 4.30pm from August 28 until September 7 near the entrance to Daffodil Drive. Haughton: Road closure and roadworks on Long Lane between Woodhouse Lane and Dale from August 28 until November 19 Hopton: Two way traffic lights on B5066 Sandon Road near Hopton Farm from August 21 until August 31 Meaford: Two way traffic lights on Meaford Road from the junction with the Fillybrooks to Tower Road until September 3 Sandon: Mobile lane closures on Lichfield Road, Sandon and London Road, Weston from 9.30am until 3.30pm from August 8 until October 9 Stafford: Road closure and roadworks on Baswich Lane at the railway bridge until September 2 Stafford: Roadworks on Beaconside with temporary traffic lights at junction with Newbold drive and temporary speed limits until 2019 Stafford: Road closure and roadworks on Coleridge Road from August 6 until November 12 Stafford: Road closure and roadworks on Shakespeare Road from August 6 until November 12 Stafford: Road closure, roadworks and one way system suspended on Somerset Road from August 6 until November 12 Stafford: Two way temporary traffic lights on Stone Road between number 91 and 87 from August 13 until September 17 Stafford: Road closure and roadworks on Tennyson Road from August 6 until November 12 (between Marlowe Road and Somerset Road) Stafford: Road closure on Thorneyfields Lane over M6 until April 2019 Stone: Roadworks and road closures at Aston Roundabout (A34/A51) from August 20 to November 2 Stone: Two way signals on Brooms Road until September 4 Stone: Road closure on Newcastle Road from August 28 to August 31 Stone: Temporary traffic lights on Oulton Road at junction of Airdale Road until September 3 Stone: Lane closure along Stafford Road from Walton Roundabout to Aston Roundabout, until September 3 Stone: Two way traffic signals on Yarnfield Lane from outside the Walton Inn and at the junction with the Fillybrooks until September 3 Stone: Lane closure on Whitemill Lane to the side of the Fillybrooks until September 3 Walton: Multi-way traffic signals on Eccleshall Road at junction with Common Lane until September 14 Woodseaves: Roadworks and road closures on Eccleshall Road from the southern end of the village before Moscow Lane to the junction with Dickys Lane and High Offley Road from August 20 to October 22 Cheshire East: Alsager: Roadworks and road closure on Close Lane from August 29 until August 30 (from the junction of Coronation of Avenue to junction of Valley Close) Alsager: Two way traffic signals on B5077 Crewe Road near junction with Close Lane until August 28 Alsager: Multi-way traffic signals on Lindley Road near junction with Linley Lane until October 8 Alsager: Multi-way traffic signals on Pikemere Road from August 6 until October 26 from near Pikemere Prmary school to Sandbach Road North Betchton: Roadworks and road closure on Roughwood Lane until March 2020 Bosley: Two way traffic signals on Tunstall Road near Bosley Wood Treatment until February 2019 Congleton: Roadworks on Macclesfield Road in Lower Heath until September 30 Crewe: Ongoing roadworks around Crewe Green Roundabout until December 1 Crewe: Multi-way traffic signals on B5071 Crewe Road opposite the Cheshire Cheese pub from August 24 until August 28 Crewe: Roadworks and road closure on Hope Street from August 30 until September 3 Crewe: Give and take traffic control on Hungerford Road near numbers 331A and 333A from August 28 until August 30 Crewe: Multi-way traffic signals on A530 Middlewich Road, Worleston (at junction with Wistaston Green Road) until October 25. Crewe: Carriageway incursion on Pyms Lane from August 30 to September 1 (near Bentley Motors) Crewe: Stop/go boards on A530 Middlewich Road in Woolstanwood opposite Field Farm on August 28. Red Bull: Multi-way traffic signals on A34 on Congleton Road North from September 1 until September 2 Sandbach: Road closure on A533 London Road at junction with Moss Lane from July 30 until August 31 Wildboarclough: A54 closed in both directions until November 4last_img read more

A sigh of relief for Costa Rica as Cristian Gamboas knee injury

first_imgGracias por sus buenos deseos y oraciones, sigo positivo y enfocado !— Cristian Gamboa (@Cris_GamboaCR) April 22, 2014 An injuryto the right knee of Cristian Gamboa won’t require surgery, keeping alive the hope that Costa Rica’s right back will return in time for the World Cup.On Tuesday afternoon, the 24-year-old reported his test results on Twitter. An ultrasound confirmed he suffered a sprain in his knee and not a tearing of the meniscus  — an injury that would’ve ended his World Cup dreams.Gamboa, who plays for Norway’s most successful club Rosenborg, will continue his recovery in Costa Rica. He hopes to start practicing with the Costa Rica national team during a training session that begins in mid-May.Both of Costa Rica’s top defenders are on the mend and remain close calls for the World Cup that begins on June 12. Star left-back Bryan Oviedo looks on pace to make the team as he recuperates from a gruesome leg injury that occurred in January. Facebook Commentscenter_img Related posts:Costa Rica unveils preliminary 30-man roster for the World Cup 2 days before the World Cup, Costa Rica loses another player to injury Costa Rica completes 23-man roster for World Cup Costa Rica’s last hurrah in historic World Cup runlast_img read more