Sushil not part of WFIs Rio camp

first_imgNew Delhi, May 15 (PTI) In yet another setback for Sushil Kumar, the double Olympic-medallist has been omitted from the Wrestling Federation of Indias Rio Preparatory camp, which is scheduled to begin in Sonepat from Wednesday, as only the quota place earning wrestlers have been included in the list. As per rules, Narsingh Pancham Yadav has been included in the mens 74kg freestyle division for the camp as he had acquired the berth at the World Championship last year, while Sushils name does not figure. “The Rio preparatory camp is starting on Wednesday and all those wrestlers who have earned Olympic quota places are being included in the camp,” a WFI official told PTI. “But if Sushil wants to be a part of the camp, he is most welcome,” he added. The camp was earlier supposed to begin from tomorrow but has now been postponed to Wednesday. Although in every weight category there would be more than one wrestler at the camp, including 74kg, to give the Rio-bound athletes a good practice, WFI said all the qualified grapplers chose their sparring partners and the Federation had no say in that. Explaining Sushils exclusion, the official said: “It is important to allow the wrestlers to opt for their own sparring partners because that would protect them from any unwarranted injury or harm during the camp. There might be problems if there is some personal animosity between the two grapplers. Thats why WFI did not choose any partner.” Meanwhile, WFI denied getting any instruction from the government regarding the conduct of trials in 74kg between Sushil and Narsingh. “So far, no directions have come from the government. There may be something in the coming days. But as of now, there is nothing.” With WFI not showing much interest in conducting a trial in 74kg, fearing demands from other wrestlers in remaining seven weight categories India has earned for Rio, Sushil has already taken the matter to the doorsteps of Prime Ministers Office. The 32-year-old has also appealed to the Sports Ministry, IOA, WFI and fans to give him a chance to undergo a trial for the Rio Games, as according to the rules, quota belongs to the country and not to a particular wrestler. PTI CM PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

Chile storm into Copa America final after 2-0 win over Colombia

first_imgCharles Aranguiz and Jose Pedro Fuenzalida scored in the first half and defending champion Chile returned to the Copa America championship with a soggy 2-0 victory over Colombia on Wednesday night.Led by Claudio Bravo’s stellar effort in goal, Chile earned its fourth straight win since a 2-1 loss to top-ranked Argentina in their Group D opener. Next up is a rematch with La Albiceleste in the final Sunday night in New Jersey. (Also read: Sky is the limit for goal-machine Lionel Messi) Chile also faced Lionel Messi and Argentina in last year’s championship, with La Roja winning 4-1 in a penalty shootout after a 0-0 extra-time draw. Argentina was the last country to repeat as Copa champions in consecutive years, accomplishing the feat in 1946 and 1947.THUNDERSTORMS INTERRUPT PLAY James Rodriguez and Colombia got off to a slow start and their push for a comeback was hampered by a strong line of thunderstorms that delayed the start of the second half by more than two hours, drenching the playing surface and making it difficult to stay on your feet at Soldier Field, home of the NFL’s Chicago Bears.Colombia, which will face the United States in the third-place game on Saturday night in Arizona, also had to play with 10 men after Carlos Sanchez received his second yellow card in the 57th minute.Rodriguez got open for a low, hard shot in the second half that Bravo knocked down before pouncing on the ball before Colombia could get to it. Rodriguez pounded the wet turf in frustration after the play.advertisementVIDAL MISSES OUTChile played without Arturo Vidal after the skilled midfielder was suspended for a second yellow card, and defensive midfielder Marcelo Diaz was sidelined by injury. The defending champions lost another midfielder in the first half when Pedro Pablo Hernandez was unable to continue following a collision near midfield.The familiar foes arrived at the final four of South America’s championship coming off wildly different performances in the quarterfinals. While Colombia needed penalty kicks to eliminate Peru after a 0-0 tie Friday night, Chile roared into the semifinals with a 7-0 victory over Mexico that included five second-half goals.Each country picked up right where it left off.Colombia coach Jose Nestor Pekerman talked Tuesday about his team’s inability to finish, and the same problem showed up again in the country’s first appearance in the Copa semifinals since 2004. Roger Martinez’s drive was stopped by a diving Bravo midway through the first half, and Bravo denied Sanchez with another lunging stop right before halftime. Rodriguez also shot wide on another prime opportunity.Meanwhile, Chile quickly jumped out to a 2-0 lead, taking advantage of a Colombia mistake and making the most of another sharp play from Alexis Sanchez in his 100th appearance for the country.CROWD JEER CHILE Moments after the pro-Colombia crowd of 55,423 whistled and jeered while Chile passed the ball around its own end, a cross by Fuenzalida was inadvertently headed back into the middle by Colombia midfielder Juan Cuadrado. Aranguiz ran to the middle and volleyed it right by goaltender David Ospina for his first goal of the tournament in the seventh minute.Then Alexis Sanchez cut inside to get open for a shot that bounced off the inside of Ospina’s right post and rolled toward the middle. With Ospina still on the other side after trying for a diving stop, Fuenzalida was all alone for the easy tap-in 10:44 into the game.last_img read more

Look At What Coach O Did To His Headset During The Fiesta Bowl

first_imgEd Orgeron of the LSU Tigers calls a timeout during the second half of a game against the Mississippi Rebels.BATON ROUGE, LA – OCTOBER 22: Head coach Ed Orgeron of the LSU Tigers calls a timeout during the second half of a game against the Mississippi Rebels at Tiger Stadium on October 22, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)UCF is giving LSU and Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron all they can handle in the Fiesta Bowl today.Coach O’s team quickly fell into an 11-point hole in the first quarter, but rebounded in the second quarter and took a 24-14 lead with 7:11 remaining.But on the final UCF play of the half, quarterback Darriel Mack Jr. found Gabriel Davis for a 32-yard touchdown to cut LSU’s lead to just 24-20.Oregeron was none too happy to give up such a huge play at the end of the half and promptly took out his anger on his headset.Coach O…..SMASH— Barstool Sports (@barstooltweetss) January 1, 2019Orgeron is trying to get his first 10-win season as a coach and deliver the first-ever Fiesta Bowl to LSU, so perhaps it’s understandable that he’s frustrated that the game is so close.The question on everyone’s mind is likely, why do SEC coaches keep breaking their headsets in anger even though they’re winning?In the Orange Bowl on Saturday, Alabama head coach Nick Saban similarly smashed his headset after a mistake by one of his players even though he was comfortably ahead of Oklahoma.LSU and UCF are playing on ESPN.last_img read more

James Bond: 7 or so Reasons to Care About His “Spectre” Footwear

first_img Editors’ Recommendations How to Pick the Right Suit for Your Body Type The Best Men’s Waterproof Boots for Tackling All Weather 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know You Won’t Believe the Price Tags on 10 of the Most Expensive Shoes For Men Whenever a new James Bond film rolls around, you wonder: who’s the new Bond girl, where will he have to go, cars, gadgetry, and what will he be wearing.You never know what you might learn.No Spectre plot spoilers here, but so far there’s these pair of jet black Danner Mountain Light II boots to ogle over.Yup, Danner makes more than brown boots and Bond fights evil while wearing shit-kickers made in Portland, USA!Of course all black Danners are going to look good on 007, but here are a 7 James Bond reasons any guy would want a pair.1—You can kick through snow—they’re 3.8 pounds of waterproof leather in the upper and a Vibram® Kletterlift sole.2—Danner’s lace to toe design forms to your foot the more you wear it.3—The liner is 100% waterproof and breathable.4—They’re really comfortable. Inside, the foot is supported by a moldable polyurethane cushion.5—Incredible traction.6—You can have them recrafted if they every start to wear.7—They look good on Bond but they also just look good period. Yes, You Can Wear Boots to the Office: Here are the Best Pairs last_img read more

MEC Patents ‘Wave Catcher Barge’ (USA)

first_img Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 MEC, February 7, 2014 zoom Marine Energy Corporation (MEC) has now patented one of the most cost-effective and powerful marine energy systems to date. They call it the “Wave Catcher Barge©”. One barge can produce the power of 4 of the world’s largest wind turbines generators. These barges can be installed almost anywhere, in any water depth, making the oceans our next power source of choice.What does this barge do?This new development overcomes significant challenges that have been faced by the marine energy industry including:• the capture, conversion and transmission of significant marine power economically• low cost and low risk installation, maintenance and removal• minimum environmental impact and minimum visual pollution• reliable and trouble-free service for more than 25 years• the ability to survive extreme 100 year+ return period stormsHow does the “Wave Catcher Barge©” meet these challenges?• “Wave Catcher Barge©” uses simple proven components: an ocean-going barge with the latest proven offshore mooring system and proven generators.• MEC has developed a new mooring system for variable locations and water depths – that applies minimum vertical load on the barge while allowing it to weathervane for maximum power output.• The result is significant power generation at costs similar to onshore wind power.• The barges can be sized to use four of the largest wind turbine type generators with a combined output of 24 megawatts or more.• These barges are able to transform the power onboard to DC or AC and export the power via cables that do not touch the seabed.• When the power is exported over new low loss power cables, these barges can be located hundreds of miles offshore.• Installation can take less than a day in normal sea conditions.• Most components are above the water in watertight enclosures, allowing easy access for regular offshore maintenance and efficient major equipment replacement offshore.• The mooring legs and anchoring systems actually encourage marine growth; and, with completely watertight enclosures above the water, seabirds do not come into contact with any moving parts.• The barges are low profile, making them difficult to see from shore and invisible when over 10 miles offshore.The Oceans – Next Power SourceThe “Wave Catcher Barge©” is a major step forward in marine power generation truly making the oceans – next power source. My locationlast_img read more

Pakistan formally suspends trade ties with India

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan has formally suspended its trade relations with India after New Delhi revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. On Friday, the federal cabinet headed by Prime Minister Imran Khan endorsed the decisions taken by the National Security Committee and the joint session of parliament, which include suspension of trade ties with India, the Dawn reported. Trade relations between the two neighbours were already strained following the Pulwama terror attack as India imposed 200 per cent customs duty on all goods imported from the neighbouring nation. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalImports from Pakistan declined by 92 per cent to USD 2.84 million in March this year compared to USD 34.61 million in March 2018, according to the commerce ministry data. During January-March period of 2018-19 fiscal, imports from Pakistan declined by 47 per cent to USD 53.65 million. Two notifications were issued soon after the cabinet meeting to implement the decision to suspend bilateral trade with India with immediate effect and until further orders, the report said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostOne notification suspends all kind of exports to India, while the other banned import of goods of Indian origin or those imported from it. Earlier, this ban was only limited to imports from Israel with which Pakistan has no trade ties at all. Pakistan’s imports have already entered negative growth with almost all countries, except India, as Islamabad mostly imports raw materials from India, the report said. According to a data of Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), the total exports from India to Pakistan in the financial year 2018-2019 was around USD 2 billion. The major items exported by India include chemical products and textiles among others, and the imported items include mineral products and vegetable items. On Monday, India revoked Article 370 to withdraw the special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the region into two Union Territories – Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. In reaction to India’s move, Pakistan on Wednesday downgraded diplomatic ties with India by expelling Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria and announced that it would also suspend trade relations with New Delhi.last_img read more

Trudeau says pipeline wouldnt get approval without environmental confidence

first_imgTrudeau says he’s confident his government’s ocean protection and emergency preparedness plans will protect Canada’s environment and he wouldn’t have approve the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline otherwise.About 100 people protesting against the pipeline expansion chanted “Leave it in the ground” not far from where the prime minister was getting a tour of a Canadian Coast Guard ship.Trudeau says decisions aren’t based on who shouts the loudest, but on science and evidence.About 200 people have been arrested near Kinder Morgan’s marine terminal in Burnaby, B.C., in the last month during protests against the pipeline expansion.Trudeau travels to Fort McMurray, Alta., on Friday when he was scheduled to visit a new Suncor facility.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer was also on a B.C. tour swing during this week’s break from Parliament. VICTORIA, B.C. – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his message of environmental protection and the need for an oil pipeline are the same as he visits British Columbia and Alberta this week.Trudeau told reporters in Victoria that the federal government needs to build a strong economy and protect the environment at the same time.He said pipeline protesters outside the event probably approve of his government’s carbon pricing plan, and when he gets to Alberta he’ll likely meet people who aren’t happy about that idea but like the pipeline approval. Scheer spent three days in B.C.’s Okanagan Valley, a region where the Conservatives would like to win back some of the seats they lost to the Liberals and NDP in 2015.In visits to Kelowna, Penticton and Oliver, Scheer delivered speeches on everything from small business tax changes to government debt, and promised again that the first bill he would introduce if he becomes the prime minister is the repeal of a requirement for every province to have a price on pollution.Scheer also spent time lambasting the Liberals new gun legislation, which aims to tighten controls on the sale and trackingof firearms, calling it a new gun registry. The Liberals say the bill is not a registry, but helps police investigating gun crimescenter_img with new requirements for retailers to keep records of inventory and sales for at least 20 years, while ensuring sellers make sure a buyer’s license is valid before selling them a gun.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

Teacher retiring after 30 years

Bob Defreyne is retiring from teaching after 30 years in the classroom.“It’s never been a job for me,” said Defreyne. “I love it. I love the kids.”Defreyne’s career started in 1989 at St. Mary’s School in Simcoe, where he taught Grade 3 for two months. He was offered the job by the school’s principal while he was still studying at Queen’s University.He then was able to jump to teaching intermediate classes at Townsend Central in Waterford, where he stayed for 20 years. When Townsend Central closed, Defreyne went to Boston Public School, where he taught for the last 10 years.“I teach Grade 8 and I love the connections I make with them,” he said. “Grade 8 is the year that they really start growing up.”Defreyne spent his time outside of the classroom coaching basketball, badminton, softball, track and other school sports.He said the basketball team at Townsend Central provided a career highlight for him.“We won 17 out of 18 years,” said Defreyne. “They had a tremendous amount of talent and they worked hard. Townsend was the team to beat.”“When I moved back to Boston, we won a few years there, too, with barely enough people to make the team. That was almost more rewarding because we didn’t have the same amount of kids.”Defreyne said plans for his retirement include refereeing basketball and possibly helping to coach some sports teams.He is full of pride speaking about where his students have ended up.“I’ve taught a few kids that have gone on to play professional sports, or coach professionally,” he said.“There’s doctors and lawyers, mechanics. There’s curators at museums, accountants.”He said he got to met a lot of his former students at a retirement party.“That was the best part.” read more

Afghanistan tensions fester underneath apparent calm UN official warns

“The appearance of improving security conceals festering tensions beneath the surface,” Kieran Prendergast, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, told the 15-member body. “The power of armed groups is growing and disarmament programmes in some areas amount to commanders disarming their enemies and re-arming themselves.” He cited reports that various factions were distributing arms or confiscating explosives, which had been collected by deminers for destruction.”It is becoming more and more apparent that alternative sources of income need to be found for the mujahideen and the large number of armed men in Afghanistan,” Mr. Prendergast said, pointing to evidence that some soldiers had already begun resorting to crime. “They feel they have no other options, and they see little evidence of a peace dividend that would provide them with an alternative to life by the gun.”The Under-Secretary-General said the problem was being addressed by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and various UN agencies, hailing Japan for its contribution to a UN Development Programme (UNDP) job-creation project.At the same time, he warned that plans to create a national army for Afghanistan could backfire if soldiers not admitted to the army joined informal armed groups offering them money. “This would worsen the already difficult problem for the Interim Administration of wresting power from autonomous commanders in the provinces,” Mr. Prendergast said. He drew attention to the question of how to pay the Afghan armed forces, noting that no formal payments had been made and it was “still unclear how the units trained by ISAF and the US will be paid.”[In a related development, Secretary-General Kofi Annan told a news conference in New York today that countries seemed ready to extend ISAF’s mandate, while discussions were continuing about expanding its deployment beyond Kabul. Concerning leadership of the Force, he said Turkey was being considered as possible lead nation, but Ankara had not yet taken a decision on the matter.]Reviewing political developments, Mr. Prendergast stressed the need for the Interim Administration to expand its authority beyond Kabul. While noting that plans were under way to convene the Emergency Loya Jirga – the next step in the political process – he called attention to widespread concern about the “possible impact of intimidation by authorities and armed groups” on the process.On the positive side, the Under-Secretary-General hailed progress in the field of gender equality and human rights, citing as evidence the country’s commemoration of International Women’s Day for the first time in 11 years. read more

NEC Medias W is Japans latest oddball dualscreen phone

first_imgNTT DoCoMo and NEC aren’t ready to give up on the idea of folding, dual-screen smartphones just yet. As part of the new line-up for spring 2013, the two have teamed up to offer the Medias W, which features a 4.3-inch 540 x 960 resolution display on both the front and back of the phone. It follows in the proud tradition of devices like the Kyocera Echo and Sony Tablet P. That’s not to say the Medias W will end up as an eBay tchochke, too, but it’s going to be a tough sell.The rest of the phone isn’t quite so out-of-this-world. It does at least double up on processing cores with its 1.5GHz powerplant, though NEC has opted for just 1GB of RAM at a time where most top-notch smartphones have moved up to two gigs. The Medias W does have a decent 16GB of internal storage, and there’s a micro SD expansion slot for bringing along even more of your favorite music, movies, and pictures.There’s a front-facing camera and an 8MP rear-facing (at least when the Medias W is folded shut) shooter. Unlike most smartphones in this class that are built for the Japanese market, the Medias W doesn’t feature support for NFC or digital TV. The latter seems like a particularly strange omission, but perhaps NEC didn’t think consumers would be interested in watching TV on a 5-inch display that had a big black line down the middle.But like the Tablet P and Echo, the Medias W can do just that. Its dual-display setup allows a single app to run stretched across both screens, or two apps to be run side-by-side. It still seems like little more than a novelty, and it’s hard to imagine the Medias W not fading off into obscurity.More at Engadgetlast_img read more

Pesticide Monsanto déclaré responsable de lintoxication dun agriculteur

first_imgPesticide : Monsanto déclaré responsable de l’intoxication d’un agriculteurLa firme américaine Monsanto a été déclarée responsable et condamné pour l’intoxication d’un agriculteur français qui avait reçu au visage des vapeurs de Lasso en ouvrant la cuve d’un pulvérisateur en 2004.La décision qui était très attendue est enfin tombée. Le géant de l’agrochimie, Monsanto a été jugé “responsable” de l’intoxication à l’herbicide en 2004 d’un agriculteur français : “Monsanto est responsable du préjudice de Paul François suite à l’inhalation du produit Lasso”, a jugé lundi le Tribunal de grande instance de Lyon cité par Le Parisien.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?En avril 2004, Paul François, ce céréalier aujourd’hui âgé de 47 ans, avait reçu au visage des vapeurs d’un puissant herbicide produit par le leader mondial de l’agrochimie, en ouvrant la cuve d’un pulvérisateur. L’agriculteur a alors été pris de nausées et d’évanouissement, l’obligeant à arrêter de travailler. Un an plus tard, des analyses ont révélé des traces de monochlorobenzène, un solvant présent dans le Lasso, dans son organisme. Il ne faisait déjà aucun doute sur la responsabilité des troubles de Paul François. Devenu porte-parole des victimes des pesticides, Pierre François a lancé une procédure en responsabilité civile contre Monsanto.Si ce verdict reconnait les fautes commises par Monsanto, il met aussi en lumière les manquements dans la commercialisation de ces produits. Il s’agit maintenant de “revoir le problème des autorisations d’herbicides” en France, selon l’élu européen José Bové. “Cet herbicide incriminé dans ce procès avait été classé comme dangereux depuis les années 1980, mais il n’a été retiré de la circulation qu’en 2007 en France. Le problème des autorisations de ces herbicides est complètement à revoir. Les pouvoirs publics ont laissé traîner au-delà des risques reconnus au niveau international”, a lancé José Bové. Le 13 février 2012 à 17:47 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Former Ligue 1 footballer shot dead

first_imgAS Saint-Etienne former player William Gomis was killed in La Seyne-Sur-Mer as confirmed by the team’s official websiteFootballer William Gomis turned down a professional contract by French Ligue 1 club AS Saint-Etienne offered during the summer.And now, the former French Ligue 1 player has been found dead alongside a 14-year-old boy in La Seyne-Sur-Mer, southeastern France.The French police have not confirmed the circumstances surrounding their deaths, but 24 AK-47 rounds were found in the street.According to the Russia Today team Saint-Etienne released a statement where they honored a “solid and elusive defender.”William Gomis appeared for the club’s reserve side last season in 18 occasions.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“Appreciated by his former teammates and educators for his human qualities, the young player, who would have turned 20 in December, did all his training at the club where he had arrived at the age of 15,” the press release added.“The club’s leaders, coaches, players, and employees are deeply affected by William’s sudden death and offer their deepest sympathies to his family.”⚫️ L’#ASSE profondément affectée par le décès tragique de son ancien joueur William #Gomis ➡️— AS Saint-Etienne (@ASSEofficiel) September 10, 2018last_img read more

15 wage initiative winning in early vote count

first_imgSEATTLE — A national push to create a $15 minimum wage found a new source of momentum Tuesday as an initiative on the issue built an early lead in the airport city of SeaTac.An early vote count showed the measure carrying 54 percent of the vote. Because Washington state votes entirely by mail and ballots only need to be postmarked by Tuesday, more ballots are left to count.The campaign in SeaTac drew national attention from both labor unions and business groups, with the two sides combining to spend $1.8 million — enough money to hire every registered voter in the city for a day at $15 per hour.The proposal requires a $15 minimum wage for many workers in and around Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. It follows a series of summertime rallies in which fast food workers and others around the country called attention to their struggle to earn a living.Proponents say the plan will support the local economy and particularly help thousands of workers who could use the money. Opponents express concern about the impacts on businesses and contend that the plan’s enforcement may end up costing the small city money.last_img read more

Rohit offers prayers at Lal Darwaja

first_imgTandur: MLA Pilot Rohit Reddy participated in the celebrations of Lal Darwaja Bonalu in Old City of Hyderabad on Sunday and offered special prayers. Speaking on the occasion, he said the State would turn golden Telangana and people and farmers would prosper with health and wealth. Organisers felicitated him with a shawl and garland.last_img

MLK Justice Fighters Gary Russell Sr

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, Staff Writer, mgray@afro.comWhat’s in a name?  If you’re Gary Russell it means a “bloodline of royalty.”  However, in real world vernacular it means raising world champions who are leaders in their community.The senior Russell is the patriarch of Maryland’s first family of boxing.  As father, coach, mentor, manager and husband he is the ultimate role model for a crew of champions who have turned the sweet science into a family enterprise and an inspiration for their neighbors in Capital Heights.Gary Russell, patriarch of Maryland’s first family of boxing. (Courtesy Photo)His four sons share his name though each has enjoyed a different path to personal and championship success. “Mr.” Gary, Jr., the eldest, is currently the World Boxing Council’s Featherweight Champion after becoming the first of the family to make the United States Olympic Team. He now the shares knowledge gained on the path to his title by assuming his father’s role as head coach of Team Gary Russell for his brothers as his career continues.Gary Allan III has hung his gloves up but works close with Gary, Jr. as an assistant in the corner during fights. Gary Antonio is an undefeated 12-0 professional Bantamweight. “The Last Russell” – Gary Antuanne – is an Olympic bronze medalist who is 7-0 as a professional as a rising lightweight and was a 1995 high school valedictorian at Croom High in Prince George’s County.Team Gary Russell is providing opportunities for the next generation of boxers to follow them.  Through the Team Russell Amateur Invitational Jr. Camp, they are mentoring young fighters between 12-18 years old on through boxing skills development while improving nutritional habits.Russell, Sr. believes that arming his sons with the knowledge of their ancestry and finding an something to drive them are key to his leadership.“Once [Black kids] learn they are descendants of kings, they’re motivated to be great.”last_img read more

The future of walking sims and empathy games

first_imgA few years ago, the Half-Life 2 modding community took an interesting turn: modders began making mods with no enemies to fight. Players would wander the maps and, when they entered certain areas, narration would be triggered. They could experience a story without having to kill monsters along the way. The more successful of these mods, like Dear Esther and The Stanley Parable, eventually became standalone games that coined the glibly named genre of walking sims. The format was often used for horror and humor, but eventually games like Gone Home had players explore mundane places in order to evoke empathy from players for how other people lived their lives. Empathy games and walking sims might have seemed like a fad, but 2015 was full of them, and 2016 is already off to an empathic start with That Dragon Cancer. We spoke with some of the designers who make these games, and asked them about the history and the future of this sub-genre.Amy Green is the co-director and co-writer for That Dragon, Cancer, a narrative-based video game about her son Joel’s death from cancer. “We know that people have been intimidated by the idea of playing this game,” she says of the heavy subject matter, “We understand that the idea of taking on such an emotional experience as a player can be scary. However, we have never had anyone who played the game tell us that they wish they hadn’t. Instead, so many people tell us that the game changed them and even made them re-evaluate how well they love people.”We asked Green what the team’s goal was when they planned this emotional journey for players. “When we were making the game we just wanted to introduce as many people as possible to Joe,” she explained, “His life was much shorter than we wanted it to be, and he didn’t get to have a large impact on the world on his own. However, loving Joel changed us profoundly. We are so amazed at the ways Joel transformed us and we wanted to give him the chance to impact other people in the same way.”Game developer Tale of Tales has created several titles, like Sunset and The Graveyard, which players might call walking sims. However, Michaël Samyn of Tale of Tales doesn’t agree that the term is right for their projects. He says that The Graveyard is “…more like an explorable painting than an actual game.”Samyn pointed out that categories like walking sim and empathy game “…seem to be created to allow for certain types of games to exist. We have experienced many times throughout our game making career that many gamers can be extremely protective of their hobby. They will reject anything that doesn’t match their expectations, that doesn’t satisfy their consumer demands, that does not give them their fix. And the traditional way to reject things they don’t like has been to narrowly define the word ‘game’ and then to claim that the things they don’t like are not games. By which they mean that they are not worthy of their consideration.”Samyn continued, “It shouldn’t be necessary to call something ‘Empathy Game’ or ‘Walking Simulator.’ One should not need to make excuses for creating something that deviates from the norms and does not meet consumer expectations. In fact, one should be praised for one’s creativity and encouraged to explore new paths further! In general, the games in these categories should simply be considered works of art and thus the very best that the entire medium has to offer — even if they are not to everyone’s taste. We should stop making excuses for being creative!”Even if players have no bias against the mechanics of these games, they still need to empathize with the characters that they control. We asked Samyn if it is the designer’s responsibility to build that bond between players and their characters. He believes that it is a natural byproduct of Tale of Tales’ design. “We think of our characters as almost living creatures, as sons and daughters to some extent. So our first inclination is to help them exist, both as an entity and in an environment. We really care for these characters. To us they are not mere tools that serve the player’s aesthetic pleasure. I think it’s only natural that one would sympathize with such a character. The bond between player and character is important to us. But we don’t try to force things too much. One of the things that attracts us most in realtime media is the freedom that the user has. I believe the experience is the strongest when it emerges out of the player’s own approach. So we can’t force things too much.”Green points out that video game players have a particular willingness to project themselves into the characters they control. “Video game players are incredible because they choose again and again to put themselves into other people’s stories. A player, simply by playing, has expressed a willingness to assume a character. However a player does not lose their identity simply by role-playing. They still carry with them who they are and what they believe. We believe that as game designers we have the responsibility to acknowledge the player’s identity, and to empathize with them as well. We want it to be clear when we’re asking them to empathize with and assume our identity and when they are to be themselves. We want to create a space that feels like an invitation to engage rather than compulsion. If we engage the player as we would a friend across the table, having coffee, or a family member sitting with us during a traumatic event, we find that our design intentionally cares for the player as well.”Samyn feels that it can be problematic when empathy is a calculated goal for a game. “I would find a game designed to elicit empathy very manipulative or even abusive,” he said, “I am very fond of my freedom when it comes to interactive art and entertainment. I’m reminded of a scene in an early build of That Dragon, Cancer where a baby cries and you can’t stop it. Some would say that the horror of that experience is an accurate representation of similar events in real life. But I disagree. I was annoyed about a designer’s decision to loop a particular sound file. I had no feelings for any imaginary child and was completely pulled out of the fiction because of the overt attempt at manipulation. As such, ‘Empathy Game’ may be an appropriate term in the sense that the word ‘game’ makes the ’empathy’ feel dishonest, deceitful. It’s not real empathy, it’s just an empathy *game*.”Many players and journalists do use these terms with overt sarcasm and condescension, but designers continue to make them, and consumers continue to buy. According to Green, “…the interest that narrative-based personal storytelling has garnered has shown that gamers and non-gamers alike are interested in this type of experience. We’re really pleased with how our game has been received and honored to have it placed alongside games like The Beginners Guide. Games like ours don’t have traditional mechanics, and don’t follow conventional models for game design, and so it’s not yet clear whether gamers want to take the chance on jumping feet first into a game like ours.”“However, the popularity of [That Dragon Cancer] and other games like ours on like Let’s Plays and Twitch Streams shows that there’s a tremendous amount of interest in games like ours, but unless players are willing to invest in the studios that make these games by purchasing their games, it will be difficult for studios to continue to create these types of experimental narratives.”When asked about the future of empathy games and walking sims, Samyn had a grim view of the industry. “I’m afraid I care very little about the future of video games. I have put too much energy and love and time in that medium already. I don’t think it has a future,” he said. “But I wish everyone who has the courage and energy to experiment with the medium well. It’s a beautiful creative technology and maybe someone somewhere some time will to prove that some of it can still be salvaged artistically.”With the growing popularity of the genre, Samyn fears that it might be hijacked for AAA games. “Of course the commercial corporations will exploit the hard work of people who risked all and gained little. And without compensation, gratitude or reward. They will do anything for money. As long as it can be combined with killing virtual creatures or solving inane puzzles.”For now, though, this sub-genre of games remains the domain of heartfelt artists with stories to tell and experiences to share. Amy Green and Numinous Games have ideas for other projects, including “funny light-hearted games,” but are currently focused on their recently-released That Dragon, Cancer. Samyn and Tale of Tales are currently at work on Cathedral in the Clouds, a digital art project where players explore a cathedral in virtual reality which houses a collection of “virtual dioramas intended for contemplation.”What do you think of the genre?last_img read more

Painting a wide panorama of WWII

first_imgIt is a rare feat to pen a chronicle of a historical event which is not only the first introduction for succeeding generations but also the most vivid and enduring. And an Irish-born journalist did it thrice – aided by two of these works becoming well-known films. In the process, he also became a pioneer of “popular history” or one meant for the general reader and complementing the big picture with personal experiences across the board from all sides and a rich amount of detail, instead of analysis. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’If your first introduction to the D-Day (the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944) is the 1962 big-screen spectacle with a John Wayne as a US colonel fighting on despite a broken ankle, Richard Burton as a RAF pilot on the edge, and an American paratrooper trapped on a church tower as a firefight rages in the village square below, Cornelius Ryan is responsible.The same if all you know of Operation Market Garden is from seeing Sean Connery, Gene Hackman, Robert Redford, James Caan and Ryan O’ Neal in a desperate fight to grab Dutch bridges while the likes of Maximilian Schell and Hardy Kruger do their best to foil them. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWorld War II not only saw authors like John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway, and Edgar Rice Burroughs become journalists but also journalists like Australians Alan Moorehead and Chester Wilmot and Soviet Vasily Grossman turn authors. Ryan, one of the latter group, was the most famous.Born in Dublin in 1920, he moved to London in 1940 and became a war correspondent, flying along over a dozen bombing missions with the US Air Force, before being attached to Gen. George S. Patton’s Third Army. This did not take part in D-Day, but only came into action after the breakout from Normandy, when it chased German forces right to the German border before lack of supplies led to a halt. Ryan, however, had himself been in Normandy twice on D-Day (which came a day after he turned 24) – first in a bomber over the beaches and then on a patrol boat back to Normandy after landing in England. In 1947, he emigrated to the US and worked for Time (for whom he reported on US nuclear bomb tests and the First Arab-Israeli War) and then Collier’s Weekly. At a loose end after this folded in 1956, Ryan, who had proposed a book on D-Day two hours after the invasion began and grew further determined after a Normandy visit in 1949, set to work on earnest. An ad “Personal: Were You There on 6 June, 1944?” elicited thousands of responses.This was followed up with a three-page questionnaire, and on basis of replies, thousands of interviews – of Allied and German soldiers and commanders and French resistance members and civilians – were taken and hundreds of accounts were used to construct a gripping narrative of the hours leading to and of that eventful day in all its panorama of anticipation, danger, heroism and fear. Some journalists never learned to stop working!last_img read more

Red Hot Cyber Monday 2015 Deals On Android Smartphones And Tablets

first_imgCyber Monday is here, and we have compiled a list of the hottest deals on Android smartphones and tablets that you can avail today. Be sure to be vigilant as these deals won’t make a comeback once sold out!Black Friday 2015 saw a lot of great discounts on a wide variety of different hardware and software, but the fun doesn’t stop there as Cyber Monday has dawned upon us which brings with it great discounts on tech as well.Today we will be highlighting all of the best Cyber Monday 2015 tech deals on Android smartphone and tablets. There’s a lot of cool stuff which you can buy given that you’ve been on a hunt for a decent smartphone or tablet for a long, long time.Let’s dive right into the deals themselves!Android SmartphonesGalaxy S6 from T-Mobile for just $480 – $100 savings (T-Mobile)Galaxy S6 (US unlocked) for $400 (Amazon)Galaxy Note 5 / Galaxy S6 for $0 down payment with $250 gift card (Best Buy)Galaxy S6 with Cricket activation for $249 – 50% savings (Cricket)Galaxy S5 with Cricket activation for $199 – 50% savings (Cricket)Galaxy S4 with Cricket activation for $99 – 50% savings (Cricket)Moto G (2nd-gen) for $99 – 33% savings (Amazon)Nexus 5X for $299 – $80 savings (Google Store)Nexus 5X for $299 – $80 savings (Amazon)HTC One M9 for $390 – $260 savings (HTC)Android TabletsSamsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 32GB for $400 – $100 off (Amazon)Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7-inch 32GB for $280 – $70 off (Amazon)Galaxy Tab A 9.7-inch WiFi with S Pen for $280 – $70 off (Amazon)Galaxy Tab A 8-inch 16GB for $180 – $60 off (Amazon)Nexus 9 for $199 – $200 off (Google Store)While there are countless other deals floating around the Web, but these are the best we could find from the bunch. Out of the ones mentioned above, we would recommend going for the Nexus 5X deal on the Google Store, going for $299. Given that it’s a flagship Nexus smartphone running the latest version of Android – 6.0 Marshmallow – it’s a no-brainer to hit that buy button without giving it a second thought.On the tablet front, the Nexus 9 is the obvious choice since it comes packed with the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow update as well, and for the price of just $299, it’s an absolute steal!We will be on a lookout for more deals as they surface in the hours to come so be sure to check back this space for more great stuff. Meanwhile, act swift to grab the above deals if you’re planning to as they won’t last long given their amazing price points.If you do happen to buy something then do let us know which device you went for. Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more