Overwatch esports league expanded and ready for the road

With eight new franchises and plans to take its regular season on the road, the Overwatch League is opening its second year a few steps closer to its goal of becoming a truly global, city-based esports league.The circuit’s inaugural season was an industry-shifting success. Launched with 12 teams from three continents, the Overwatch League drew hundreds of thousands of online viewers to its regular-season matches in Southern California and packed Brooklyn’s Barclays Center during a two-night championship between the London Spitfire and Philadelphia Fusion. The league got financial backing from traditional sports heavyweights like New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, signed on with major advertising partners, and landed a two-year broadcasting deal with ESPN — its Grand Final was even the first live esport event aired by the traditional sports giant in prime time.It was a promising debut, but executives for the league have been clear that their aspirations are higher. Commissioner Nate Nanzer envisions his players becoming “global superstars,” seen in the same light as Lionel Messi or LeBron James. In 2018, the league proved it could lay the groundwork for such a stage. Now it’s time to find out if the foundation can bear the weight of some additions.The league begins play Thursday with a rematch between London and Philadelphia. Here’s what to expect in season two:LOOKING BACKA quick refresher on the league and the game: “Overwatch” is a first-person shooter released by Blizzard Entertainment in 2016, and it was built with competitive gaming in mind. Each team gets six players, and the squads compete to escort vehicles across intricate maps or protect designated zones from enemy capture. Players can choose from 29 characters with varying abilities. It’s heavy on teamwork and strategy, and it can be dizzyingly fast paced, especially to new viewers and players.The league sold twelve expansion slots for the inaugural season for a reported $20 million each. The teams recruited their own rosters, with players coming mostly from South Korea but also the U.S., Canada, Europe and elsewhere. The minimum salary was set at $50,000, and Nanzer has said the average salary is well above that. Players were almost all provided housing by their clubs, as well as physical trainers and team chefs.Teams vied for a share of a $3.5 million prize pool, with the champion Spitfire taking home $1 million after sweeping the Fusion in in the finals. The two-day match drew 10.8 million viewers globally and was crowned Esports Live Event of the Year at the 2018 Esports Awards.GETTING MORE GLOBALNanzer’s goal is to have 28 teams, each connected to a city — an unprecedented endeavour for competitive video games. It added eight franchises during its first off-season: Paris joins London as the only European clubs; Washington and Atlanta expanded the U.S. contingent; Toronto and Vancouver, British Columbia, became the first Canadian teams; and China got franchises in Chengdu, Guangzhou and Hangzhou.Eventually, all those franchises will have arenas in their home cities, hoping to draw hundreds or thousands of fans to each match. That won’t happen until at least 2020, and Nanzer was noncommittal in an interview with The Associated Press last week about the timeline for those homecomings.The league is giving fans in some cities a taste of live action this season. It will hold Homestand Weekends in Dallas, Atlanta and Los Angeles, an experiment that will inform future decisions on how to build a full home-and-away schedule for the league.With expansion, competitive balance could become a concern. There was a bit of a skill gap even in the inaugural season — the Shanghai Dragons, for instance, went 0-40. But Nanzer is confident the league’s new teams — built largely with players coming from Overwatch’s top minor league, Overwatch Contenders — can keep the bar high enough to satisfy a demanding fanbase.SEEKING STABILITYMarket research firm Newzoo projected this week that esports revenues will surpass $1 billion for the first time in 2019, yet traditional advertising partners have been apprehensive investing in some esport circles. In part because of its structural resemblance to traditional sports leagues, Overwatch has had more success there. The league debuted with major sponsors like Toyota and T-Mobile, and it added Coca-Cola as an advertising partner this month. It has also entered a multiyear partnership with sports merchandise retailer Fanatics to boost jersey sales, plus there’s the non-exclusive broadcast deal with ESPN.That advertising support — and accompanying revenue — are noteworthy in this industry. Just last summer, Riot Games — the company behind esports giant “League of Legends” — revealed it was not close to turning a profit despite its massive popularity. Nanzer wouldn’t comment directly on the Overwatch League’s finances, but he and the league’s investors have expressed confidence in its financial direction.“I think the inaugural season exceeded expectations on all fronts,” Nanzer said. “I think we’re definitely pacing ahead of schedule.”___More AP esports: https://apnews.com/Esports and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsJake Seiner, The Associated Press read more

UN launches scheme to help Chernobyl victims on anniversary of disaster

24 April 2009Marking the 23rd anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident, the United Nations today unveiled a new project that translates the latest scientific developments into practical advice for those living in countries still affected by the catastrophe. “People need sound information to make good decisions,” Helen Clark, Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), said at the launch of the $2.5 million International Chernobyl Research and Information Network (ICRIN) in New York.Deciphering scientific information and providing hands-on tips will help those living in Chernobyl-affected areas to “lead safe and productive lives” and “contribute to development in this region, which has such rich traditions and potential,” she noted.The three-year programme is a joint effort of UNDP, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO).Under the new scheme, teachers, medical professionals, community leaders and the media will be trained local residents will receive advice on health risks and how to live a healthy life Internet centres will be set up in rural areas and small-scale community projects promoting improved living conditions and self-reliance will be established.It draws on the work of the UN Chernobyl Forum – a joint undertaking by eight UN agencies and the Government of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine – that issued authoritative scientific findings in 2005 on the consequences of the accident on people’s health and on the environment.ICRIN seeks to dispel widespread misconceptions by disseminating the Forum’s findings in plain language to fight the stigma that still exists in the region, according to a press release.In her address today, Miss Clark, who also serves as UN Coordinator of the International Co-operation on Chernobyl, paid tribute to the emergency workers who worked selflessly in the wake of the 26 April 1983 accident, the 5,000 children who later contracted thyroid cancer, the over 300,000 people made homeless and the millions left traumatized.“Today’s anniversary must always be a somber occasion,” she said. “But we can also acknowledge that, by working together, we can make a difference for the better for those affected by the tragedy.” read more

UN to support Sri Lankas vision of resilient recovery from disasters

Today’s inception workshop in this regard provided an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss methods on raising awareness among communities, decisionmakers, and other partners on disaster recovery, and to facilitate a plan to institutionalize strategies of disaster risk reduction through the development of a National Recovery Policy and Build Back Better guidelines. Speaking about UNDP’s support, Ms. Lovita Ramguttee, Deputy Country Director of UNDP Sri Lanka stated, “Globally, having supported recovery preparedness in 25 countries and the facilitation of more than 40 Post-Disaster Needs Assessments [PDNA] after catastrophic events across the globe – including in Sri Lanka, UNDP is now committed to supporting the Government to take the PDNA forward to achieve the vision of a disaster resilient Sri Lanka.” (Colombo Gazette) Speaking at this workshop, Ms. Darshana Senanayake, Secretary, Ministry of Disaster Management stated, “Build Back Better principles ensure that recovery is an investment towards sustainable development. As Sri Lanka is a country that faces recurring disasters, a Post Disaster Recovery Policy is an important step towards systematic planning and implementation of relief and recovery.”Globally, UNDP is a leading implementer of Disaster Risk Reduction programmes with $1.7 billion invested in the ten years from 2005 to 2014 in 163 countries. UNDP has also supported the Government of Sri Lanka to develop the 2005 Road Map Towards Safer Sri Lanka in line with the UN sponsored Hyogo Framework of Action and most recently, the Sri Lanka Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme. The United Nations Development Programme in Sri Lanka together with the Ministry of Disaster Management launched a project at the Ministry premises to support the Government’s vision of resilient recovery from Disasters, to help Sri Lanka build back better in times of a disaster.Exactly one year ago, heavy rainfall and high winds triggered by the Southwest monsoon caused severe floods and landslides which affected 15 districts in the Southern and Western provinces of Sri Lanka. The natural disaster cost the lives of over 200 people and affected over 800,000 more whilst damaging countless houses especially in the worst affected districts – Galle, Ratnapura, Kalutara, Matara, Colombo and Gampaha. Disasters occur on a continual basis across the globe, bringing in their wake large-scale damages and losses to countries and communities. Weather-related disasters will in fact only get worse until concrete measures are taken in line with the Paris Agreement and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. Hence, risk-informed development and contingency plans for business continuity in the aftermath of a disaster are of paramount importance. read more

Jamaica Defeats US 21 in Historic World Cup Qualifier

Jamaica beat the United States 2-1 in their World Cup qualifier at the National Stadium in Kingston tonight.The Regage Boyz created history with the win at ‘the Office’, defeating their CONCACAF counterparts for the first time at the senior level.US opened the score less than a minute in the first half when Clint Dempsey collected from a rebound in front of the Jamaican goal and slotted into an empty net.The visitors held the on to the lead until the 24th minute when Rudolph Austin’s low, hard free kick took a deflection, beating US custodian and captain Tim Howard.The half ended one all.After the break Luton Shelton made it two for Jamaica shortly after the start.Read the rest of this story on the Jamaicaobserver.com

Queen may be too ill to attend church on New Years Day

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Prince Philip leaves after attending a Christmas day church service in Sandringham, England, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016. A heavy cold is kept the Queen from attending the traditional Christmas morning church service Credit:Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP Kate and Wills Sandringham Prince Philip But police who were waiting for them at King’s Cross station and in King’s Lynn were stood down shortly before their train was due to leave.Instead the couple were flown directly from Buckingham Palace to Sandringham by helicopter the following day.The 110 twin-engined Sikorsky S-76C helicopter from The Queen’s Helicopter Flight with a top speed of 178mph took just 40 minutes to make the 110 mile flight.Buckingham Palace was forced to confirm that the Queen had not died this week after hoaxers announced her ‘death’ in a fake BBC Twitter account. It is thought the Queen has not been seen going around the 20,000-acre Royal estate in Norfolk as she often does when in residence.However Prince Philip is said to have joined other members of the Royal family on their traditional Boxing Day pheasant shoot. The Queen and the Prince were forced to cancel their plans to travel up to Sandringham on December 21 at the last minute due to their illness.The couple, who traditionally spend their Christmas and New Year Break on the estate, were due to catch a train as usual from London to King’s Lynn. The Queen may miss the annual New Year’s Day church service at Sandringham, with a decision expected to be taken on Sunday morning on whether she is well enough to attend.The 90-year-old monarch has not been seen in public for 11 days since she and Prince Philip fell ill with what was officially described as “heavy colds”.The illness forced the Queen to miss the Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene church in Sandringham for the first time in 28 years. Sandringham House and lake near Kings Lynn, Norfolk Credit:Rod Edwards/Alamy Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive to attend the morning Christmas Day service at St Mark’s ChurchCredit:Andrew Matthews/AP Philip, 95, who is known for his robust health, was well enough to attend and walked briskly to the church as usual on Christmas morning with Prince Charles, Prince Harry and other family members.But a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said she was unable to confirm or deny if the Queen would be going to the 16th century church today on New Year’s Day, adding: “The Queen is continuing to recover from her heavy cold and is still in residence at Sandringham.””We probably will not know what is happening until the morning.”If the Queen does attend church, it is possible she will be joined by Prince William and wife Kate who spent Christmas with the Middleton family in Berkshire.The Queen and Philip are believed to have spent most of the last week staying indoors together at Sandringham House in north Norfolk.last_img read more

Torrellano Cup 2016 – Unique handball experience

The International Handball Tournament “Torrellano Cup”, after 27 editions, has become one of the international handball events with the richest tradition and one of the strongest and most crowded tournaments , not only in Spain, but in whole Europe. Tournament organized by Torrellano Handball Club and supported by City Council of Elche is worldwide known and recognized by the European Handball Federation and included in the annual project young referees of the International Federation (IHF).Handball guests from 50 countries and five continents witnessed atmosphere at “Torrellano Cup” for the first 27 edition. Exactly 126 teams played 425 matches with 2.055 participants in total last year 2015. Teams came from Algeria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Egypt, Spain, Norway, Romania, Russia, Poland and Portugal.Edition 2016 will be organized between July 13 and 17, 2016, and organizers are more than interested to welcome all international handball guests and show great hospitality.Tournament categories:• Pre-Benjamín U8• Benjamín. U10• Alevín. U12• Infantil. U14• Cadete. U16• Juvenil. U18• SeniorVenues:Torrellano, Elche and El Altet• Institución Ferial Alicantina (IFA) – 6 courts.• Polideportivo Municipal Isabel Fernández – 2 courts.• Campo de Futbol Pol. Isabel Fernández – 5 courts.• Colegio Público Antonio Machado – 2 courts.• Pabellón Polideportivo de El Altet – 1 court.• Pabellón de Carrús de Elche – 1 court.Confirmed countries so far to Torrellano Cup 2016:• Brazil• Portugal• Hungary• Russia• Bulgaria• France• Iceland• Spain• Norway• Algeria• Egypt• Croatia MORE INFO:www.torrellanocup.es / torrellanocup@torrellanocup.es ← Previous Story Brazil without Patrianova at Olympic Games in Rio! Next Story → Gdansk, Herning and Malmo keep the Olympic secret Torrellano Cup 2016 read more

Dragon Ball Super Broly Revealed as the Title of the Latest Movie

first_imgStay on target Watch: This ‘Dragon Ball’ Fan Quit His Job to Set a World RecordNew Adidas ‘Dragon Ball Z’ Shoes Are On the Way We finally know the name of the new Dragon Ball movie, and presumably the focus of its plot. The 20th Dragon Ball movie will be called simply: Dragon Ball Super: Broly. When the anime went on hiatus abruptly earlier this year, there were fears that Dragon Ball Super was over. However, we now know that the story will continue if only for this movie.Broly is one of Goku’s fiercest nemeses, but up until this point he hasn’t been considered part of the main Dragon Ball timeline. That’s right, the last 19 Dragon Ball movies weren’t actually canon, well, except when they are. It’s complicated. However, Dragon Ball Super: Broly will be the first movie that is officially part of the Dragon Ball main universe canon.What this all means is that Broly exists in the main timeline, but the Z Fighters haven’t met him before. We don’t know much about Broly other than what we see from his appearance on the new movie poster. He looks a lot less spacy than he did in his premiere movie, Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan. He also isn’t in his Super Saiyan form, so who knows what kooky transformations he may get up to.Toriyama has said that he plans to keep the popular aspects of Broly’s previous appearances while updating him and adding a new side to his character. He’s also stated that the story will be very dramatic and move to a larger scale. Seeing as several universes were at stake in the last arc of Dragon Ball Super, I don’t know how much more massive scale the series can get.Broly’s an interesting enough villain. However, I’m not too excited to see him again. He got center stage in three movies already, and the last one, Bio-Broly, was not the best Dragon Ball work I’ve ever seen. Hopefully, we’ll get to see some hints of where the franchise is going in the future, especially since fans are still skeptical about its health after so many rumors that the anime was a victim of a premature demise.We’ll find out when Dragon Ball Super: Broly releases in US theaters on September 15, 2018.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Residents going over the edge of South Florida hotel to raise funds

first_imgAfter 200 feet, the rush comes to an end with both feet back on the ground. “Back on solid ground, but I feel like I can do anything now,” Van Vliet said.Last year, the initiative raised $100,000 and hopes to raise more this year.The actual fundraiser takes place Saturday.FOR MORE INFORMATION:http://www.miamichildrensinitiative.org/otem/home.shtmlCopyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – An annual fundraiser makes giving a little more fun by propelling participants over the edge of the JW Marriott Marquis Miami. 7’s Chris Van Vliet rappelled hundreds of feet down the hotel to raise funds and awareness.It’s all for the Over the Edge fundraiser for the Miami Children’s Initiative, in Downtown Miami. “We are intentionally investing in the children of this community because we believe in their brilliance and their greatness, and we believe they can all break a cycle of poverty by staying in school,” said fundraiser volunteer.This is the fourth year for daredevils to rappel down the side of the JW Marriott Marquis, including bride-to-be Suneliz Santana, who won the Miami Children’s Initiative’s “Wed over the Edge” contest for an all-expense paid wedding fit for a pair of daredevils. “It’s going to be interesting,” she said.With their four kids by their side, she and fiancé Vincent Scott got married on top of the hotel before they rappelled down the side. “It’s going to be a wedding we’ll never forget,” Santana said. “We’ll be talking about it for years.”And this is the view they’ll be talking about. Nineteen stories straight down to be exact, and like Santana, Chris Van Vliet is a daredevil too. But before going down, they have to gear up.And, yes, the harness is just as uncomfortable as it looks.Now, they’re ready for training before heading outside to do the real thing. “Start walking toward the edge,” said the instructor. last_img read more

1 hospitalized after smoke enters planes cockpit after leaving Miami International Airport

first_imgMIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – One person had to be hospitalized after smoke in the cockpit of a passenger plane forced it to return to Miami International Aiport.According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials, at around 9 a.m., units responded to the call at MIA.There was a total of six patients evaluated at the scene, one of which was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.The flight was said to be on its way to Newark, New Jersey, but had to return to the gate at MIA.The cause of the smoke has yet to be determined.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

AK Summer ski jumping

first_imgLast week, the Nordic Ski Association of Anchorage (NSAA) was able to have summertime ski jumping at the Hilltop Ski Area. This is the first summer ski jump facility in the state.Download AudioOne of the skiers looks out at the ski jump facility from the top of the 40-meter hill. (Photo by Ammon Swenson, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)The NSAA is a group that helps kids learn and compete in various winter sports. Among them ski jumping. For many young Alaskan jumpers, the only time they have to practice is when there is actual snow to ski on.Karen Compton is the program director for NSAA.“Some families have been able to come up with the money to send their kids outside and summer jump in the Lower 48,” Compton said. “We feel strongly that all of our kids should have the opportunity and it shouldn’t be limited.”Compton along with a batch of volunteers have worked over the last two years to bring a summertime outdoor ski jump to Anchorage, the first of its kind in Alaska. Built on an older, broken down jump, the new ski jump was a huge, expensive project.The Hilltop summer ski jump. (Photo by Ammon Swenson, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)The facility is built using a combination of steel tracks, water and a special plastic grass surface to simulate slippery snow and allow for year-round ski jumping. Kids align their skis with metal tracks and then slide down the plastic, grassy jump, flying through the air. Someone is normally standing by, monitoring the wetness level of the grass with a hose. Wetter grass means faster speeds and some of the beginners are not quite ready for that pace yet.Zak Hammill is the ski jump coach for the older kids, but he notes that the age range of their skiers is highly varied.“I believe our youngest is four. And we have adult jumping, and I think our oldest is 66 years old,” Hammill said. “So if you’re a little toddler and you can walk and you can ski, you can ski jump, and if you can still walk in your older ages, then you can ski jump as well.”Hammill said that skiing on the plastic grass jumps is not very different from skiing on snow.“It’s actually more consistent, which is nice,” Hammill said. “Living up here in Alaska, or basically in any winter climate, you get inconsistent skiing conditions, but with summer it’s always the same.”Hammill said, in recent years, it’s been challenging to get kids well prepared for competitions. Between lack of summer practice equipment and weak winter conditions in Anchorage, the kids only get major practice right before out of state competitions.One of the young members of the Nordic Ski Association of Anchorage flies off of one of the new summer ski jumps. The Hilltop ski jump facility is the first of its kind to allow for ski jumping in the summer in Alaska. (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)“Last winter was extremely brutal,” Hammill said. “We went down to Junior Nationals in Salisbury, Connecticut. None of my elite skiers had skied hills that size all winter. We got like two days of jumping in and the next day was the competition. It was just kinda like, ‘Alright guys, I know you haven’t trained and we’re not really prepared but just go out there and do your best. Still. Without the training, you just can’t be that competitive.”Natasha Mattoon, the other ski jump coach, is originally from Wisconsin, where outdoor ski jumps are easily accessible. She says the new facility will drastically improve results.“It’s gonna be great,” Mattoon said. “In the Midwest, where I’m from, they have summer training, and you can really see how quickly the kids develop just because they can jump all year-round. So now that we have the summer program, and we can jump winter and summer, these kids will improve at a much quicker rate.”But what do the kids think of their new jumps? Carter Burbaker is 10 years old and he’s been skiing for about 3 years now.“I think having summer jumps here in Alaska helps a lot because we get a lot more training in, we can get better, and we can excel faster,” Burbaker said. “And fly farther and have better places in the competitions.”6-year-old Reilly Cooper skies down the 20 meter hill. (Photo by Ammon Swenson, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)Even the youngest jumpers like six-year-old Reilly Cooper are showing more confidence.“The scariest part about ski jumping is when you first start jump skis, because jump skis… the heels flip up and you start crossing and you crash for like that whole day,” Cooper said. “And then next thing you know, you don’t crash. I didn’t crash today.”Program director Compton said a dream like becoming an Olympic level skier is a closer reality for the kids to grasp with the newer facility.“Within probably 10 years we’ll have Olympians,” Compton said. “Because we have strong skiers. Now we have added the ski jumping piece. And the ability to train intensely in both of those sports will produce national team members and Olympians. It just will.”One of the skiers flies off the 40 meter ski jump. (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)Even if the kids aren’t necessarily here to become Olympians, there are other benefits. A lot of the kids gain new friends and confidence from doing an extreme sport like ski jumping.Burbaker said while he enjoys doing other types of sports, ski jumping gives him a feeling unlike any other.“There’s no sports where you really get to go and fly. And here at ski jumping you get to fly and it’s really fun. I really like flying.”Note: This story contained contributions from Alaska Public Media intern Ammon Swenson.last_img read more

Where are Koliganeks king salmon

first_imgChristian Mulipola reaches for king salmon strips his grandmother, Diane Ishnook, has hung up to dry. Her king salmon were caught far downriver from Koliganek. (Photo: Avery Lill/ KDLG)More than 2.5 million sockeye have returned to spawn in the Nushagak River this year, one of the highest counts on record. They have filled pools and creeks, jumping and swimming their way to their spawning grounds.Listen now“I’ve seen a lot of red salmon this year. There was so much salmon in the river. Usually we get our kings first, but my dad brought home over a hundred reds the first time I cut fish,” Frances Nelson of Koliganek said. Koliganek is the uppermost village on the Nushagak River.King salmon are conspicuously missing from the nets in the village. Local families have had to travel to places like New Stuyahok and Lewis Point to catch them. While many in Koliganek do that every year to get an earlier start on processing fish, this year even families who usually get their kings near their village went downriver.George Nelson usually catches 100 to 150 kings in a season at Koliganek. This year he has caught six or seven. (Photo: Avery Lill/ KDLG)Local elder George Nelson usually catches 100 to 150 kings at Koliganek in a season. After setting his net for a month, he has only caught six or seven.Diane Ishnook has lived in Koliganek since she was a child. She and her family set their nets off of Tuumartuli, Cranberry Creek. In three weeks, she caught one king. Her sister got two in two weeks.“Normally we could catch up to 30 or 40 a day, like 18 in the morning or 15 at night. We’d have to check it twice a day,” Ishnook said.Ishnook said that people are puzzled as to why the kings have not arrived yet. She also has another theory.“We were thinking that maybe there are so many reds that they’re pushing the kings out the middle of the river,” Ishnook explained.If that is the case, king salmon may simply be escaping the nets set for them.Ishnook dries her fish briefly in the open air before smoking it. (Photo: Avery Lill/ KDLG)Frances Nelson is also from Koliganek. She stands in the doorway of her smokehouse. It smells sharply of cottonwood smoke and salmon, which hangs in from wooden racks. The small wooden structure is full of both kings and reds. The kings she has cut into long strips. The sockeye are split in half with only the base of the tail joined so that each fish can be hung over the rack to dry.Nelson’s kings were caught downriver, but she is sure that there are king salmon near Koliganek as well.“I think there were lots of kings in the river. I don’t ever want to say there’s a shortage of kings in this river. That’s just talk. If those downriver people harvested all their kings that they did down at the mouth of the Nushagak River in Dillingham and Clark’s Point, you know there were a lot of kings coming up this river,” Nelson said.Sport fishing provides another perspective on the unusually low king catches in set nets. Katrina Merlino, the village Indian Environmental General Assistance Program coordinator, said that people who sport fish for a full day are catching upwards of six kings.Nelson is filling her freezer with berries, dried fish, and salmon fillets. (Photo: Avery Lill/ KDLG)“Usually the nets catch a lot more than we do rod and reel,” Merlino explained. “I really think that the kings are coming up in the middle channel and riding along the banks because right where all the rod and reel fishers are, they go right where there’s still water and right in the current and they leave their line right there, it seems like that’s where they’re catching the most kings.”While no one in Koliganek can do more than hypothesize about why the kings are hitting the nets so sparsely, there seems to be little concern. Freezers are full, and most people have already smoked as many fish as they will need for the year. Nelson takes a no-nonsense attitude toward the whole situation.“People all along this river have gotten their king salmon,” Nelson said. “It’s just a different year, a different season. As Alaska Natives we always know how to adjust to change. There’s always different changes in our ecosystem, and we learn to adjust to those changes.”The coming years will tell whether this year’s run is an anomaly or whether it is indicative of a long-term shift in the way salmon run up the Nushagak.last_img read more

BGMEA seeks 1 yr more to demolish building

first_imgBGMEA president Md Siddiqur Rahman speaks during a press briefing at the BGMEA Complex on Saturday. Photo: Prothom AloAs the 6 months’ time given by the Supreme Court to demolish the building of Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) expires on 11 September, BGMEA leaders are seeking another year to vacate the building, reports news agency UNB.BGMEA president Md Siddiqur Rahman came up with the demand at a press briefing at the BGMEA Complex saying that no new office building has been constructed yet on the land allotted to the association in Uttara.BGMEA got a 5.5-bigha land in the Uttara third phase project in the capital at a low cost and the association paid the price on Thursday, said the president adding, “A consultant has been appointed to construct the new office and it will hopefully be done within a year.”Mentioning themselves as respectful of the court verdict, Siddiqur said, “It’ll take another year to complete the construction of the new building. So, we’re seeking one more year from the court.”The BGMEA is working for 3,200 factories and 44 lakh workers and all the official works are done in the BGMEA complex, said the president.On 8 December last, the BGMEA authorities filed a petition urging the apex court to review its verdict.On 8 November last, the SC released the full text of its verdict upholding the HC judgment that ordered the BGMEA to immediately demolish the building at its own cost.On 2 June last, a four-member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by Chief Justice SK Sinha, upheld the High Court order that had declared the BGMEA building illegal and asked the government to demolish it within 90 days.last_img read more

Nintendo putting nail in Wiis coffin shutting off online services in June

first_imgWe’re living in a world of next-generation Nintendo products. The 3DS has made the standard DS a device of the past, and the Wii U and its tablet companion have made the Wii and its prowess at casual bowling and tennis a distant memory. Nintendo realizes this, and has decided to shut down most of the Wii’s integral online services at the end of June.The services to get the ax include the Nintendo Channel — a channel dedicated to Nintendo-based news — the Forecast Channel, and the News Channel. Along with the more news-based areas of the Wii, Nintendo is also shutting down the Everybody Votes Channel, which posts various simple questions every day and allows Wii users to vote on an answer, then returns a somewhat detailed breakdown of how everyone voted. The Mii Contest Channel will also close, which allows users to upload their Miis into various contests that have specific criteria.Nintendo will also be severely limiting data exchange with Wii friends, which includes exchanging messages on the Wii Message Board, exchanging Miis on the Mii Channel, and data exchange within certain games.When the switch is flipped on June 28, if you can’t live without those online services, you’re going to have to hope someone revives them through the infamous Homebrew Channel.Nintendo will still grant a few online services a lease on life, such as the Today’s Accomplishments announcements on the Wii Message Board, as well as the Wii Shop Channel, but the rest of the closures signify an official changing of the Nintendo guard. Granted, the Wii U hasn’t exactly sold well since its release, but maybe now that you can’t access core online features on the Wii, you’ll purchase a Wii U. Just kidding, we know you didn’t access any online Wii features in the first place, which is probably why Nintendo is shutting them off only five months after the Wii U released.last_img read more

VIDEO Marcus Mariota apologized to the media for rude press conference after

first_img Advertisement Even though most people thought nothing of it, Marcus got a call from his mom afterwards so she could give him an earful, which led to Mariota addressing the media on Wednesday to apologize for his ‘outburst.’ This apology may seem completely unnecessary, but hey, when mom tells you to apologize, you do it.Maybe Mariota is the nicest man in the NFL.Watch @Titans QB Marcus Mariota apologize to the media for being short with us after the game on Sunday #titanon2 @WKRN pic.twitter.com/srz50v9V8E— Cal Baxter (@CalBaxter) December 14, 2017 Marcus Mariota wasn’t totally polite with the media following Sunday’s dismal road loss to Arizona which, by his standards, is considered a meltdown.Here’s the footage, it’s not exactly Bob Knight banging tables:“I’ve been hurting our team. I have to find ways to get better.”Marcus Mariota Postgame Press Conference #TENvsAZ pic.twitter.com/DApoashPfo— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) December 11, 2017last_img read more

Study Identifies Brain Abnormalities in People with Schizophrenia

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Study results are providing insight into how the condition may develop and respond to treatment.Scientists at more than a dozen locations across the United States and Europe analyzed brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans from 2,028 schizophrenia patients and 2,540 healthy controls, assessed with standardized methods at 15 centers worldwide. The findings, published in Molecular Psychiatry, help further the understanding of the mental disorder.The work was the outcome of the Enhancing Neuroimaging Genetics through Meta-Analysis project (ENIGMA), from the Schizophrenia Working Group that is co-chaired by Jessica Turner, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at Georgia State, and Theo van Erp, assistant research professor in psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine.”This is the largest structural brain meta-analysis to date in schizophrenia, and specifically, it is not a meta-analysis pulled only from the literature,” said Turner. “Investigators dug into their desk drawers, including unpublished data to participate in these analyses. Everyone performed the same analyses using the same statistical models, and we combined the results. We then identified brain regions that differentiated patients from controls and ranked them according to their effect sizes.”The team found individuals with schizophrenia have smaller volume in the hippocampus, amygdala, thalamus, nucleus accumbens and intracranial space than controls, and larger pallidum and ventricle volumes. The study validates collaborative data analyses can be used across brain phenotypes and disorders, and encourages analysis and data-sharing efforts to further understanding of severe mental illness.The ENIGMA collaborations include working groups for other disorders such as bipolar disorder, attention deficit, major depression, autism and addictions, who are all doing these same analyses.The next step in this research is to compare the effects across disorders, to identify which brain region is the most affected in which disorder, and to determine the effects of age, medication, environment and symptom profiles across these disorders.”There’s the increased possibility, not just because of the massive datasets, but also because of the collaborative brain power being applied here from around the world, that we will find something real and reliable that will change how we think about these disorders and what we can do about them,” Turner said.For more information: www.enigma.ini.usc.edu FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. 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Iran official says oil contracts to be revised

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Quick workouts for men Mills added that the way buybacks were typically structured also gave companies little protection against cost overruns, meaning that any unexpected snags came out of their pockets. “It’s all downside and no upside,” he said.Hosseini said parliament has already approved the use of what are known as production sharing agreements, or PSAs, for deep-water projects and oil and gas fields shared with neighboring countries.Under PSAs, foreign investors are allowed to use money from oil produced from the projects to recover their costs, and then share the rest of the income from the field with the government.Western sanctions put in place in 2012 over Iran’s disputed nuclear program have choked oil exports to around 1 million barrels per day. Iran has vowed to raise production to 4 million barrels per day within six months of sanctions being lifted, up from about 2.7 million barrels now.The country relies on oil exports for roughly 80 percent of its foreign revenue and some 50 percent of its annual budget.The West suspects Iran’s nuclear program has a military dimension. Iran denies the charge, saying its nuclear activities have peaceful purposes like power generation and medical treatment. Top Stories TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Iran said Sunday it plans to introduce a new generation of oil contracts by June that promise to be more attractive to foreign investors as it seeks to significantly boost production should international sanctions hobbling its vital energy industry be lifted.The new terms being developed signal the OPEC member’s eagerness to attract outside expertise and capital, and are a response to oil and gas companies’ frustration with earlier terms that they felt offered little upside reward. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   Mahdi Hosseini, head of the contract revision committee in the Petroleum Ministry, told reporters that the new terms are being designed for a post-sanction era and aimed to better align Tehran’s needs with the interests of international investors. He said officials were seeking a “win-win” setup that would better balance companies’ risks with rewards.Iran currently allows foreign oil companies to operate under what are known as “buybacks,” which Hosseini acknowledged have drawn complaints about cost from oil companies.Under that system, the contractor pays to develop a given oil field in exchange for a pre-agreed rate of return over a certain period of time. The contractor transfers operation of the field to Iran once work is done and typically does not have a long-term stake in the fields.Iran began revising the contract terms in October. Hosseini said the new model being developed aims to ensure long-term cooperation with outside investors and that the committee has consulted international companies on the new version of the contract.Iran needs some $150 billion in investment for its energy sector over the next five years, he said.Tehran has not provided details on the exact shape of the new contracts that could be offered, but they stop short of transferring ownership of the fields themselves, Hosseini said. The government is banned from giving such concessions under Iran’s constitution. Sponsored Stories Further details will be presented at a conference later this month, though the proposed changes must still be approved by the Cabinet and other decision-making bodies.Oil companies aren’t enthusiastic about buybacks because they offer no upside if prices rise or if the companies exceed their production targets, according to analysts Cliff Kupchan and Greg Priddy at the U.S.-based consulting firm Eurasia Group.“Even if sanctions were lifted, buybacks would remain a significant deterrent to development of the energy sector,” they wrote recently.Buybacks are also unattractive to oil majors that prefer to lock in long-term agreements where they can book the reserves in the fields they develop or at least operate them for terms stretching for a decade or more.“The oil companies feel they add most value in the operating phase” rather than in the drilling and set-up of wells, said Robin Mills, head of consulting at Manaar Energy Consulting & Project Management in Dubai. They prefer contracts that reward them with incentives for hitting certain targets, he said.“Under the Iranian system, you have no incentive to go even one barrel over what you’ve promised. Which means you’re trying to follow a very conservative develop plan,” he said. Iran in November signed a deal with world powers agreed to stop some controversial nuclear activities in exchange for limited relief from sanctions targeting sectors including its oil exports. Negotiations on a final deal are to begin this month.___Schreck reported from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Centerlast_img read more

Geneva Switzerland – Reported by Elite Traveler

first_imgGeneva, Switzerland – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineFerrari is debuting two important new cars at the 82nd Geneva International Motor Show: the F12berlinetta, which ushers in the new generation of Prancing Horse V12s, and the Ferrari California which, thanks to constant development, is seen here as a lighter, more powerful version, also available with the Handling Speciale package.The world première of the F12berlinetta adds the finishing flourish to an all-new range of 12- and 8-cylinder models that, in the space of just four years, has achieved the objective of offering different Ferraris for different Ferraristi. New models that match ever-increasing power outputs with greater efficiency with the result that fuel consumption and emissions have been reduced by an impressive 30 per cent. A result achieved through in-depth, 360-degree research into all vehicle systems – engine, aerodynamics, tires, brakes and ancillaries.Displayed on the stand in two new colors, Rosso Berlinetta and Aluminum, the F12berlinetta is the most powerful and high-performance road-going Ferrari ever. Sporting a new V12 engine, it is built around highly evolved transaxle architecture and features state-of-the-art components and control systems. The F12berlinetta’s aerodynamics have also been honed to the extreme in an innovative design that redefines classic Ferrari themes.The F12berlinetta’s wheelbase is shorter and its engine, dashboard and seats are lower in the chassis. A new suspension and gearbox layout helped reduce the car’s rear volume. The result is a shorter, lower and narrower car than the previous V12 coupé. The F12berlinetta boasts ideal weight distribution (54% over the rear axle) as well as a lower centre of gravity that is further back in the chassis.The F12berlinetta’s spaceframe chassis and bodyshell are completely new, and now incorporate no less than 12 different aluminum alloys, some of which have been used for the first time in the automotive sector. New assembly and joining technologies were also adopted in its construction. This has allowed the car’s overall weight to be kept to just 1525 kg and has maximized its performance efficiency with torsional rigidity boosted by 20 per cent.The new, 200-bar direct-injection 6262cc 65° V12 engine delivers unprecedented performance for a naturally-aspirated 12-cylinder. It punches out a maximum of 740 CV at 8250 rpm, with a specific power output of 118 CV/l and maximum revs of 8700 rpm, record figures for this type of engine. Responsiveness and strong pick-up is guaranteed by maximum torque of 690 Nm, 80 per cent of which is readily available at 2500 rpm.Exceptional progress has also been made in terms of fuel consumption and emissions which have been cut by 30 per cent – putting the F12berlinetta at the top of the segment with 15/l 100 km and 350 g/km of CO2 respectively.Aerodynamics play a major role, and a host of innovative solutions have been discreetly integrated in the F12berlinetta’s styling. These include the Aero Bridge which, in a first, uses the bonnet to generate downforce, and Active Brake Cooling, a system that opens guide vanes to the brake cooling ducts only at high operating temperatures. The result of these interventions is that the F12berlinetta has the highest overall aerodynamic efficiency of any Ferrari ever built (a value of 1.2, double that of the 599 GTB Fiorano) with downforce of 123 kg at 200 km/h and a Cd of just 0.299. The fruit of the collaboration between the Ferrari Styling Centre and Pininfarina, the F12berlinetta features harmonious and balanced proportions. It is a truly original, innovative coupé with all of the signature features of an authentic Ferrari 12-cylinder. Clothed in sleek, aggressive lines, it offers superb occupant space and comfort despite its relatively compact dimensions.The rear is characterised by a modern, functional reinterpretation of the Kamm tail which seamlessly integrates the two vertical fences of the rear diffuser. The resulting, original T-shape also incorporates two full-LED circular taillights and the clearly F1-inspired rear fog light.The F12berlinetta’s technical specifications are completed by the very latest version of the carbon-ceramic braking system (CCM3), a further evolution of the magnetorheological suspension (SCM-E) and the latest development in electronic vehicle control systems (E-diff, ESC, F1-Trac, and high-performance ABS). All controls are integrated in a single, fast-responding CPU featuring new model-specific software. With a Fiorano lap time of just 1’23’’, 0-100 km/h acceleration in 3.1 seconds and 0-200 km/h in 8.5 s, the F12berlinetta is the most high-performance road car in Ferrari history. Over and above sheer performance, however, it stands out for its nimble and responsive handling and unparalleled driving involvement even at lower speeds, a feature normally the reserve of midrear-engined cars, whether on the track or on the road.The car’s Frau leather interior is completely new. It highlights the balance of advanced technology – in the form of the Human-Machine Interface which places all controls within easy reach of the driver – and sophisticated, handcrafted detailing, both of which are intrinsic to Ferrari’s DNA. The cabin has been optimized to ensure maximum usability of the interior space with additional luggage capacity behind the seats, which can also be easily reached thanks to the large aperture offered by the tail-gate. On the dashboard are new, carbon-fiber and light alloy air-vents inspired by the aeronautical sector. There is also an optional passenger display for the passenger-side dash.The other new arrival at Geneva is the Ferrari California which is not only 30 kg lighter but is also more powerful by 30 CV. The version on display at the Show has a Blu Swaters livery with a Grigio Argento Nürburgring roof and a Sabbia interior. Its engine delivers 490 CV while the Scaglietti Centre of Excellence has applied the most advanced aluminum fabrication techniques to improving the chassis, significantly cutting its overall weight. Performance has been enhanced with the 0-100 km/h sprint now down to 3.8 seconds. Owners wanting a more dynamic driving experience can also opt for the Handling Speciale package which reduces body roll and speeds up the car’s responsiveness to driver inputs. The package includes magnetorheological dampers controlled by an even faster ECU (50 per cent response time) running patented Ferrari software. Also included are stiffer springs and a new steering box with a 10 per cent quicker steering ratio.The two other recent additions to the Prancing Horse stable will also be present on the stand: the FF in Bianco Italia livery and the 458 Spider in Giallo Tristrato. The display is completed by a 458 Italia in a sporty two-tone Rosso Corsa and Nero Daytona livery.The stand also features a special area for clients wishing to make their Ferrari truly unique by availing of the exclusive Tailor-Made program which offers a selection of materials, colors and finishes that span both the marque’s tradition and history and the very latest trends. The Tailor-Made area will be showcasing an FF with several unusual personalization features, including a new three-layer Grigio Ingrid livery, pinstripe cloth and Testa di Moro semi-aniline leather seats, cashmere headliner and teak-trimmed boot.www.ferrari.comlast_img read more

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first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineWhen generations of a family come together for a vacation, the right destination can set the stage for a host of bonding opportunities and wonderful memories. Puerto Vallarta, one of Mexico’s most authentic destinations, offers vacationers and their families the opportunity to enjoy time together but also experience the destination in their own way. Ranging from kid-friendly water sports and a wide range of eco-adventures in the Sierra Madre Mountains to pre-Hispanic spa treatments there are plenty of activities that can be fine-tuned to the needs of each member of the group or for the entire family to enjoy.Puerto Vallarta encompasses all of Banderas Bay on the Pacific coast of Mexico. Located in the state of Jalisco, it features 40 miles of coastline and a diverse topography, including tropical jungles, rocky river beds, steep mountain sides and arid flatlands. _Rich in culture and steeped in tradition that conserves all of the charm and character of a small Mexican village, Puerto Vallarta greatly reflects the best of what authentic Mexican family life has to offer.Vacations can offer grandparents and grandchildren the opportunity to bond. Taking a stroll down the Malecon to enjoy the arts and crafts markets and free outdoor entertainment, that include concerts, mimes, and the flying dancers of Papantla, can be a fun and educational experience. Visit the newly opened Vallarta Theatre, and see a performance of Fandango, a dance presentation of Mexico’s many cultures, or visit the Naval Museum, the Pre-Hispanic Museum or the Botanical Gardens to explore more of Mexico’s history.Kids get a chance to dance with grandma and grandpa on Thursday and Sunday nights at the main town square, right across from the Malecon, when the Municipal Band plays live and local families congregate for an open air, old-fashioned town hall dance.As a world class destination, Puerto Vallarta has more than 10 international airlines arriving on a daily basis, allowing family members to reunite, no matter where they are coming from_. Families can practice their Spanish as they immerse themselves into local customs and traditions. Depending on the season, visitors can schedule a cooking class at El Arrayan Restaurant ([4]www.elarrayan.com.mx) to learn how to make their favorite tacos after shopping at the numerous specialty shops along the malecon. Families can also take a day trip to Las Caletas, a secluded beach hideaway that’s only accessible by sea, where they can go snorkeling with sea lions, scuba diving or kayaking and explore the area on a guided nature walk.Kids and adults alike can also enjoy a visit to the “El Quelele” lagoon, a wildlife preserve where a special facility was created to protect the American Crocodile and its habitat. Families can take a canal tour through the lagoon’s mangroves and get close to the birds, crocodiles, and other native species. At the University of Guadalajara’s Crocodile and Reptile Research Center visitors have the opportunity to hold crocodile hatchlings as well as learn more about the American crocodile species from expert biologists.Kids and adults alike can enjoy swimming with Pacific Bottlenose dolphins at Vallarta Adventures’ saltwater lagoon. Often ranked as one of the highlights of a family trip to Puerto Vallarta, there are numerous programs available for non-swimmers as well and for those who’d like to spend half a day alongside with professional trainers to learn about training marine mammals.From December to April is the time of year to take a boat ride in the Bay of Banderas to watch the Humpback whales play in the calm waters of the bay as they migrate to the area to find a mate and breed. As many as 300 whales have been sighted during one season. The humpback is the species that breaches most frequently, up to once every 40 seconds for several minutes making them easy to spot.For those boys and girls, and moms and dads, who are looking for an outdoor adventure, exploring the back roads of Puerto Vallarta on an ATV (all terrain vehicle) will prove a fun-filled experience. The tour takes riders to the rural countryside and along dirt roads and through rivers. It is recommended to bring old clothes and sneakers for this excursion as drivers end up covered in dust and mud, which is part of the fun. The tours are only open to children over 6 years old who have to ride with an adult holding a valid driver’s license.Families can also enjoy adventure activities without going far from their hotel. Ridley sea turtles make their way back to the shores of Puerto Vallarta every year, from July to December, in their ancient annual cycle of reproduction. This is a unique educational opportunity where children are sure to have fun while learning about this protected species. Numerous hotels in Puerto Vallarta run a marine turtle conservation and protection program with the help of a professional marine biologist where the eggs are incubated in their nests to best preserve natural conditions. Once the hatchlings are born and ready to be set free into their natural habitat, the various hotels invite their guests to aid in the release of the newborn hatchlings on the beaches so they find their way into the water.Traveling with multiple family members can provide couples the opportunity to leave the kids with older relatives, and go on a romantic escape. Take an afternoon stroll along the beautiful white sand beaches and enjoy the view from El Faro Lighthouse Bar in Marina Vallarta. Rekindle the romance over a sumptuous _dinner at one of Puerto Vallarta’s fine internationally acclaimed restaurants and dance the night away at one of the many nightclubs along the Malecon. Numerous spas offer romantic couples spa treatments.All-inclusive resorts such as the Meliá Puerto Vallarta, Dreams, or Velas Vallarta provide the entire family with ways to enjoy all their amenities without grownups having to be around all the time. Groups of younger kids can enjoy the kid pools, get a drink or let their imagination go as there are able to be more independent in a safe environment.Puerto Vallarta’s double facet, as both a small town and an international destination, provides teenagers with the perfect opportunity to explore the area on their own. Rent a bike and ride through the streets of downtown Puerto Vallarta. Take a moment out at one of the many restaurants on the beach, which are perfect for a refreshing drink in coconut shells, people watching and getting Henna tattoos. More adventurous teens may enjoy mountain biking, tropical rainforest hikes, canopy tours, and several other adrenaline-filled ways _to see and learn about the varied tropical flora and fauna of the Sierra Madre Mountains as they zip from tree to tree.Teens staying for a longer period of time can also take advantage of volunteer tourism opportunities in surrounding villages or taking Spanish classes in one of the many schools.www.visitpuertovallarta.comlast_img read more

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