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Oct
17

Friends family grieve after teens death in Cuba

first_imgFamily and friends of an Ontario teen who died while on a graduation trip are still waiting for answers as they try to come to terms with their loss.Alex Sagriff of Belleville, Ont. died on July 6 while on vacation in Veradero, Cuba.Her vacation was not officially sanctioned by her local school board, but was instead co-ordinated by the student travel organization S-Trip.S-Trip says it has arranged to bring most of Sagriff’s fellow travellers home and is organizing grief counselling and other supports for those who need it.They say they will not comment further on Sagriff’s death unless directed to by her family.Family members issued a statement saying they’re focusing on bringing Sagriff’s body home as they wait for more answers about her death.And a teen named as Sagriff’s boyfriend on her Facebook page is cautioning the public against jumping to conclusions based on incomplete information.“Alex was not alone. The reports are false,” reads a tweet by a person with the same name as her boyfriend. “She was not found, she was in my arms. She was not alone.”Neither that person nor any of Sagriff’s other friends immediately responded to requests for comment. But tributes to the recent high school graduate continued to surface days after her death.Friends offered few details about Sagriff other than to describe her as someone who was “beautiful inside and out.”“Rest in paradise Alex, not a day will go by without thinking of your beautiful, contagious smile,” wrote one Twitter user.“Thank you for being an inspiration to my younger sister, I love and miss you,” wrote another.Social media posts made in the days before her death indicate Sagriff had just graduated from St. Theresa Catholic Secondary School last month and was preparing to attend Loyalist College in the fall.“You will do great things and make new friends along the way,” wrote her father in a congratulatory Facebook post. “Your kindness and easy going manner makes every (sic) want to be around you and enjoy the time spent with you!”Sagriff’s family issued a statement indicating their primary focus was on returning Sagriff’s body home to Belleville and requesting privacy from the media. They indicated that they had very little information on her death.Global Affairs spokeswoman Jocelyn Sweet said the Canadian government is also trying to gather information.She said consular officials in Havana are working with local authorities to obtain more details while officials in Ottawa are in contact with the family.She extended condolences to Sagriff’s family and friends, saying no more information could be released due to privacy concerns.Messages of support also came from the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board, which has set up counselling resources at Sagriff’s former high school.Vacation organizer S-Trip said it dispatched its emergency response team to Veradero to oversee the situation and help co-ordinate the return of other students on the trip.last_img read more

Oct
15

Toronto is getting a Womens Fashion Week

first_imgEver since Toronto Fashion Week abruptly shut down, many have been wondering what would replace it. While we have plenty of sartorial alternatives, one group has now announced it’ll be bringing back a multi-day event dedicated to womenswear. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementlast_img

Oct
13

New tax incentives for investment could increase Canadas emissions

first_imgOTTAWA – Finance Minister Bill Morneau says big greenhouse-gas emitters can take advantage of new tax incentives for manufacturers even as the government acknowledges that the resulting investment could increase emissions.Morneau’s fall fiscal update will allow manufacturing and processing companies, including heavy emitters like oil producers and refiners, to write off the full cost of buying new equipment and machinery as soon as they put the purchases into use.The change is intended to encourage capital investment in manufacturing and processing sectors that are exposed to international competition, including oil producers and refineries, and big chemical companies. However, on the very last page of the fall fiscal update, the government admits that these investments could result in an increase in greenhouse gas emissions, as well as create more air, water and soil pollution.The government is hopeful that extending the same tax incentives to clean energy equipment purchases will reduce emissions enough to offset any increases to emissions from other companies, but it admits right now it can’t say if that will happen.Canada’s international climate change commitments already require a reduction in existing emissions by nearly 200 million tonnes a year, which is the equivalent to taking 44 million cars off the road by 2030.last_img read more

Oct
8

India to declassify foreign policy files on Sri Lanka

“This is the first time in many years that we have taken the initiative to declassify such a large number of files from the archives of the ministry of external affairs. We hope that this will lead to renewed academic interest and greater understanding of the evolution of Indian foreign policy,” he added. Following the recent declassification of 70,000 files, India’s external affairs ministry is in the process of declassifying another set of 220,000 files covering Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Iran, East Asia, Eurasia and the Americas, a senior official said.“We are currently in a process of finalizing a major project to declassify another set of 220,000 files. Records covering Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Pakistan, Iran, Sri Lanka, East Asia, Eurasia and the Americas are going to be covered in this round,” Pinak Chakravarty, special secretary (Public Diplomacy), said while inaugurating a day-long international conference on the early years of India’s nuclear programme. The conference was organised by defence ministry-funded think tank Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses along with the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project (NPIHP). Welcoming the external affairs ministry’s release of over 70,000 documents pertaining to India’s post-1947 diplomatic and foreign policy history, NPIHP co-director Christian Ostermann said the decision “effectively ends an era in which India’s role in the Cold War was researched and told based on documents from other countries – from Russia, China or Hungary”. (IANS) read more

Oct
8

Korea and Sri Lanka discuss development cooperation

Korea and Sri Lanka have had talks on development cooperation, the Foreign Ministry said today.The Foreign Ministry said that the Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training Mahinda Samarasinghe undertook a visit to the Republic of Korea from 11 to 14 December 2016 on the invitation of the Korean Government. The discussions focussed on bilateral cooperation and issues of mutual interest, including Korean development cooperation in the areas of skills development, capacity building and vocational training in Sri Lanka, including potential support for the Ocean University of Sri Lanka. On the visit, the Minister met with the President of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Kim In Shik, 2nd Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Ahn Chongghee, Vice President of the Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST) Park Youngje, and Senior Executive Director of the Korea EXIM Bank Kim Sungtaek. Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Manisha Gunasekera and other officials were associated with the visit. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Oct
6

WHO set to survey HIVAIDS incidence in Afghanistan

A spokesperson for the World Health Organization (WHO) told a press briefing in Islamabad that based on currently available data, AIDS seems a minor health problem in Afghanistan, with only 10 cases reported to WHO to date, but other blood-borne infections such as hepatitis are major health concerns.Although this is a limited number, Lori Hieber-Giradatet said, health officials recognize the need to start early in developing activities to contain AIDS because of the rapid speed in which the disease multiplies. The prevalence of blood-borne diseases, combined with the capacity of HIV to spread extremely rapidly, make gathering accurate information essential, Lori Hieber-Giradatet said.WHO would also give priority to the establishment of safe blood banks, and to training Afghan technicians in blood testing procedures, she said.According to WHO, each day 14,000 people around the world are infected with the deadly virus. Forty million people are living with HIV or AIDS, and about a third of them are between 15 and 24 years of age. read more

Oct
3

Manitobas NDP lay out preelection fiscal blueprint with new tax bracket

Manitoba’s NDP lay out pre-election fiscal blueprint with new tax bracket WINNIPEG – Manitoba’s governing NDP laid out a pre-election plan Tuesday to increase taxes for high-income earners while giving low-income families a small tax break.The New Democrats said in a non-binding fiscal update that they will create a new tax bracket for incomes over $170,000 if they are re-elected in the April 19 provincial vote.The 20 per cent tax rate would affect 13,000 people and raise $52 million annually.“(We’re) simply asking folks at the top to give a little bit more so that families, middle-class and working families can have a little bit more cash in their pockets at a time when we need that stimulus,” Premier Greg Selinger said. “It’s quite modest.”The tax changes would take effect Jan. 1 and would save a family of four with an income of $60,000 about $260 a year.The new high-income tax bracket would give Manitoba one of the highest marginal tax rates in the country.The Alberta government recently increased income tax rates for people earning more than $125,000 a year, while Ontario’s higher tax rates start at $150,000.Although the proposals aren’t binding, Selinger said it shows the NDP is putting a “down payment” on promises made in its speech from the throne.“We think it’s an important document,” he said.The third-quarter update shows Manitoba’s deficit stands at $646 million — up from $421 million the government had forecast. The province’s economic growth has slowed to two per cent from 2.5, and tax revenue has declined by $148 million.At the same time, the government is spending $57 million more on child welfare and $49 million more on health care.While the NDP initially promised to balance the books this year, that date has been pushed back repeatedly. The new target is now 2020 to align with the federal government’s plan, Selinger said.“We’re all committed to a stimulus program right now to reboot the Canadian economy.”The fiscal update lays the groundwork for an election campaign that could start as early as next Tuesday for a vote on April 19.Tabling of the update was delayed in the legislature by the Opposition Progressive Conservatives, who submitted numerous petitions and called for an emergency debate on the lack of a full budget.Finance critic Cameron Friesen said taxpayers are paying $500 million more in new taxes compared with six years ago. Manitoba’s tax system has become so unfair, Friesen said, that the average family pays $3,300 more every year than the same family living in Saskatchewan.“But even with these record-high revenues, the government cannot balance the books,” he said. “Because of this NDP propensity for over-spending, they are hungry for revenue and therefore the government fails to address the most basic fiscal issues.”The New Democrats have been in power since 1999, but have been trailing far behind the Conservatives in opinion polls since raising the provincial sales tax in 2013.Selinger has said the tax increase was needed to pay for infrastructure projects and create jobs. Opposition Leader Brian Pallister has promised he would reduce the sales tax within his first term as premier.Lone Liberal MLA Jon Gerrard criticized the government for tabling a fiscal update instead of a formal budget.“The NDP have had more than enough time to produce it,” he said. “In not producing a budget, the NDP are short-changing Manitobans.” by Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 8, 2016 2:37 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 8, 2016 at 3:34 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Oct
2

Security Council spotlights growing threat of drugs organized crime in West Africa

In a number of measures outlined in a Presidential Statement, the 15-member body called on countries in West Africa and the Sahel region to strengthen border management to effectively constrain the spread of transnational threats, such as drug trafficking.“To this aim, it encourages Member States and relevant organizations, as appropriate, to enhance cooperation and strategies to combat cross-border drug trafficking and to assist Member States of the region, as requested, to build the capacity to secure their borders against such illicit cross-border trafficking, including through the strengthening of national and regional systems to collect, analyze and disseminate criminal intelligence,” it added.The meeting was convened by the delegation of France, which holds the rotating presidency of the Council for this month, and featured remarks by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov, and the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa, Said Djinnit. The latest UN estimates have found $1.25 billion of cocaine transiting through West Africa each year. In addition, a rising portion of drugs entering West African coasts use the Sahel route on the way to the Mediterranean.“In a particularly disturbing development,” Mr. Ban told the meeting, “West Africa is no longer just a transit route for drug traffickers but a growing destination, with more than a million users of illicit drugs. Rising consumption aggravates an already challenging public health environment and threatens socio-economic development,” he noted.Stressing that drug trafficking presents an enormous challenge to peace, stability, economic and social development in West Africa and the Sahel, he cited the need to promote a coherent, integrated and pragmatic international response, rooted in sustainable development and the full respect for human rights.“Our aim must be to relieve citizens of the burden of crime, but also to lift them out of the conditions that enable crime to grow,” he stated. “That means addressing corruption, poverty and the lack of essential services. It means providing better education, promoting the rule of law and expanding opportunities for women, young people and marginalized groups.”Mr. Djinnit said the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), which he heads, has worked closely with other UN entities to provide support to the development of sub-regional strategies to address cross-border threats such as drug trafficking. “UNOWA will continue to work closely with UNODC and ECOWAS [Economic Community of West African States] to advocate for effective regional initiatives and to mobilize the attention of West African leaders and civil society on the threat posed by drug trafficking and organized crime,” he stated. Mr. Fedotov added that West Africa and the Sahel are particularly vulnerable to drug trafficking due to problems such as political instability and porous borders. The situation requires urgent action owing to the proliferation of arms in the region as well as to links between criminal organizations and extremists groups there, he said. read more

Sep
24

Mining3 project looks at effect of payload variance on haul truck fuel

first_imgHaul trucks are commonly used for transporting ore and overburden materials in surface mining operations and consume diesel fuel as the source of energy. The potential for savings in truck haulage operations has motivated mining companies to investigate ways of improving energy efficiency. Payload, truck velocity, haul road condition, road design, fuel quality, weather condition and truck driver skill are among the important parameters that affect fuel consumption. Payload variance has the most significant impact on the mine productivity, diesel energy consumption, greenhouse gas emission and associated costs.An investigation about the effect of payload variance on fuel consumption of mine haul trucks has been conducted by a group of researchers at Mining3 and The University of Queensland. In truck and shovel operations in surface mines, loading the trucks is a stochastic process that depends on different factors such as bench geology, blast design, muckpile fragmentation, shovel operators’ efficiency, weather condition, truck and shovel utilisation, mine planning and mine equipment selection. An analysis of the haul truck payload data obtained from a number of mine sites around the world shows that the payload profile can be estimated by a normal distribution. The payload variance associated with this distribution is typically large. It is a function of geology, material particle size distribution, swell factors, material density and bucket fill factor.Payload variance can be reduced by utilising the latest developed technologies such as the on-line fleet monitoring system, the truck on-board payload measurement system, and its connection with the shovel control system. Payload variance affects the truck availability, maintenance costs,the production rate and the fuel consumption. A recent project aimed to investigate the effect of payload variance on fuel consumption for the best performance of the truck engine. The CAT 793D model truck was used in this project as it is a common truck used in surface mining operations. Based on the technical specifications of thistruck, the payload variance was assumed to be between 0 and 30%. Fuel consumption was examined for the above-mentioned range of payloadvariance for different haul road conditions. The results show that the fuel consumption increases with an increase of the payload variance for all haul road conditions. For a large open-cut coal mine in Australia operating on an 8-hour shift roster, a maximum of 35% reduction in haul truck fuel consumption can be achieved by reducing the payload variance.“The next stage of this project is to investigate the effect of payload variance on greenhouse gas emission and the production cost. Total greenhouse gas emissions will be determined based on the Global Warming Potential. The US Energy Information Administration will also be used to estimate the associated cost. Mines can expect achieve a significant reduction in the truck fuel consumption, associated greenhouse gas emissions and the production cost by reducing payload variance.”last_img read more

Sep
20

CES 2012 le Casque Bluetooth Zik Parrot signé Starck

first_imgCES 2012: le Casque Bluetooth Zik Parrot signé StarckParrot vient de dévoiler son casque Bluetooth Zik au CES 2012 à Las Vegas. Celui-ci est notamment signé Philippe Starck, le célèbre designer.Ce nouveau casque, à arceau et plutôt sobre, est équipe de l’ANC (Active Noise Cancelling, qui permet l’annulation du bruit) pour une écoute beaucoup plus tranquille et non polluée des sons environnants. De plus, ce casque intelligent intègre des algorithmes permettant d’améliorer le son, selon Parrot. À lire aussiLe nouveau Coyote se dote d’un écran tactileLa firme ne s’arrête pas là et fait parler son savoir faire: en plus de la connexion Bluetooth et de prise jack, le casque contient des commandes tactiles se trouvant sur l’écouteur droit, et enfin la technologie NFC…Du jamais vu pour un casque audio !Un capteur de présence détectera même si vous retirez le casque (il se mettra en veille si c’est le cas)!Le casque Zik est donc une petite merveille de technologie disponible dans le courant de l’année, chez le constructeur français Parrot. Le prix n’a évidemment pas été communiqué.Le 13 janvier 2012 à 13:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Sep
17

Milojevic Red Star cannot switch off against Liverpool

first_imgRed Star Belgrade boss Vladan Milojevic believes it’s essential his players maintain full concentration for their entire Champions League game against LiverpoolThe Serbian side will host Liverpool for their fourth fixture of Group C at the Rajko Mitic Stadium this evening.So far, Red Star have only collected a single point from three games and lie bottom of the group table.Therefore, defeat today will almost certainly ensure their elimination from the competition – depending on the outcome of the Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain game.“In every game, it is important that for 90 minutes you have concentration both in defense and in attack,” said Milojevic, according to Tribalfootball.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“Our opponent is a team that has been selected to win the Champions League. We have to do our best.“They use every moment. Their players punish even the smallest detail.“Simply, at this moment, all the teams in our group in the Champions League play in the three best leagues in the world.“And they are much stronger. This is our reality. We’ll do our best. We will fight for each ball.”The game between Red Star and Liverpool will begin at 18:55 (CEST).last_img read more

Sep
17

Alphonse Areola signs new PSG contract until 2023

first_imgParis Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola has signed a new four and a half year deal at the clubDespite the arrival of Italian great Gianluigi Buffon, Areola has remained in favour at PSG with nine starts in their 16 Ligue 1 games.Manager Thomas Tuchel has refused to name a clear number one between the pair and continues to juggle his options.But Areola’s new contract until 2023 is a clear indication that he remains a big part of the club’s plans.The 25-year-old rose through the youth ranks at PSG and he’s kept 69 clean sheets in 85 appearances.“It was very important for me to continue my career and my progress at Paris Saint-Germain,” Areola told the club website.“This club is not only my trainer, it is also the club of my heart. I grew up here and I discovered a very high level.“My club gives me this chance to pursue very high ambitions, alongside outstanding team-mates.“With the continued support of our supporters, we still have wonderful story pages to write together. I believe very strongly in my club and the opportunity to live unforgettable moments.”President Nasser Al-Khelaifi added: “It is with great joy and pride that we are extending Alphonse Areola’s contract.Neymar responds to PSG criticism with a stunning winner Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Despite all the backlash he got today at Parc des Princes, Neymar responded by scoring a stunning winner vs Strasbourg.We all knew that Neymar’s…“Alphonse is one of the most beautiful symbols of the excellence of our training centre.“And we appreciate, as well as our supporters, the loyalty that he expresses towards his club through his choice to join in the long term.“Since his first steps at the club, Alphonse has shown a fantastic desire to make progress with his coaches and his most experienced teammates.“His extension is a strong signal of the trust we place and will continue to place in the players we train.”PSG will face Nantes on Saturday for a Ligue 1 match.🙌❤️💙 Depuis le premier jour … @AreolaOfficiel🔝 #Areola2023 pic.twitter.com/JhppBx5fFi— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside) December 20, 2018last_img read more

Sep
17

Mission Valley stadium site releases its draft Environmental Impact Report

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego State reached the first milestone on its multi-billion dollar redevelopment of the Mission Valley stadium site by releasing its draft environmental impact report.KUSI’s Steve Bosh reports, this opens the door for the public to review the plan, and offer ideas on any changes. August 7, 2019 Updated: 12:25 PM KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings Posted: August 7, 2019 Mission Valley stadium site releases its draft Environmental Impact Reportlast_img read more

Sep
15

Miami Dolphins award Project Change scholarship to Olympic Heights Community High student

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – The Miami Dolphins have awarded their inaugural Project Change scholarship, and the deserving recipient spoke on what she has in store for the community.Scholarship winner Valicia Browne of Olympic Heights Community High School in Boca Raton has proven she wants to make a difference through her community involvement.“To be recognized for my work in the community is really incredible,” Brown said. “I’m so grateful for the opportunity to really give back to my community and give back to South Florida and create positive change, and with this scholarship I’ll be able to do that.”Browne plans to attend Florida State University and double major in biochemistry and sociology.She said her ultimate goal is to establish medical clinics to provide affordable health care in underserved communities.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Sep
10

The inside of Hondas Genevabound EV is an exercise in simplicity

first_img Review • 2019 Honda Insight review: Third time’s a charm More about 2019 Honda Insight 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Share your voice Honda Mar 7 • New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboard Tags Apr 17 • The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refresh Electric Cars Concept Cars Future Cars Mar 7 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8s • Preview • 2019 Honda Insight: The 55-mpg Civic More From Roadshow Geneva Motor Show 2019 reading • The inside of Honda’s Geneva-bound EV is an exercise in simplicity 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Comments Enlarge ImageAs far as screen-heavy dashboards go, this one’s just about perfect. Honda Honda has already teased the exterior of its coming EV “prototype,” a term it uses to describe near-production concepts. Now, we get a look at the inside, and it rules.Honda has put out another teaser for its EV prototype, which will debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show in March. The whole thing is marvelous in its simplicity, with a set of horizontal lines, large screens in between and just a few buttons. Even the steering wheel is nice and straightforward: There’s a compact airbag, a few controls and not much else.While the gauge cluster only shows battery-charging status as we zoom in, it’s the right side of the dashboard that deserves our attention. The style of the system is similar to Honda’s current telematics, featuring gray tiles dashed with color to help delineate content. But unlike current Honda infotainment displays, this one is large enough to have tiles on both the left and right sides. The teaser shows off the EV menus, including charge status and charge scheduling, as well as schedules for heating or cooling the cabin prior to departure.It’s faint, but you can also see a set of climate controls just underneath what few physical buttons exist on the dashboard, and they look pretty close to the controls seen in other modern Hondas. The buttons above that control the infotainment system, and yes, a volume knob is accounted for. There’s also a single button that appears to put the car in Park, but I don’t see any button for Drive.We’ll see the whole thing in all its glory in just a few weeks at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Keep your eyes on Roadshow in the coming days for all the Geneva content your brain can handle.honda-ev-dash-zoomEnlarge ImageHere’s a closer look at the right side of the teaser. Honda See All 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Geneva Motor Show 2019 Honda 3 Mar 8 • VW is still ‘100 percent’ investigating a pickup truck for the USlast_img read more

Sep
1

Death to Quarter Circles Its Time to Rethink Fighting Game Controls

first_img After a stellar 2017 for fighting games, 2018 is starting off strong with Dragon Ball FighterZ. Arc System Works’ take on the classic anime features gorgeous 3D-as-2D visuals and fast high-flying 3-on-3 tag-team action that frankly puts Marvel vs. Capcom to shame.But after finally getting the game we were delightfully surprised to learn just how accessible the gameplay is, considering fighting games’ notorious reputation for being opaque to outsiders. Many commands are universal, requiring only two button presses or a single fireball motion. And yet, the game still has enough depth to capture the attention of the serious fighting game scene without alienating newcomers. So we decided to revisit our case about why overly complicated control schemes, the controls Dragon Ball FighterZ thankfully abandons, are in fact hindering fighting games, not helping them grow.The other game that helped us realize this? Arms. Nintendo’s newest original fighting game is just called Arms, and it’s still around. It just made an appearance at the EVO Japan tournament. I’ve been playing it off and on throughout out the year thanks to the now-concluded steady free updates, and overall I still think it’s a great little fighting game. The character designs are fun and iconic, the lore is bonkers in the best possible way, and the novel fighting system feels fresh whether you’re using buttons or motion controls.Yes, Arms is a deep, competitive fighting game with a totally valid motion control options. That’s because the game was built from the ground up with them in mind. Similar to Splatoon’s radical but recognizable reworking of team shooter conventions, Arms rethinks the notion of fighting games.The fundamentals are still there. You still have to quickly know what move counters what other move in a rock-paper-scissors way, you have to know what moves are safe and which mistakes can be punished, and you still have to read and outperform your opponent. But these ideas are all presented in a new context of physically punching, blocking, and throwing your opponent with stretchy, horny arms. The success of Arms proves to me a theory I’ve long since held as a fan of fighting games. Screw tradition, it’s to completely rethink fighting game controls.It all started with a mistake anyway. The awful original Street Fighter had the Hadoukens and Dragon Punches and Hurricane Kicks we all remember. And you basically performed them with the same quarter- and half-circle stick rotation inputs. But since no one had really made this kind of game before, the timing window was so punishing they were basically impossible. Also, the game itself wasn’t very good.Instead of throwing out this broken system, for the sequel Street Fighter II, Capcom loosened the timing for the moves. You didn’t have to be quite so precise to make Ryu shoot a fireball. You could make E. Honda slap his hands a whole bunch by mashing the punch button. Oh, and there were still dedicated punching and kicking buttons of various strength. Without the multiple levels of a beat ‘em up, quarter-sucking arcade fighting games justified their limited content with complex, difficult controls to master. And SFII’s controls were even more complex than Capcom realized. The relaxed timing window now let players link attacks together that opponents couldn’t escape from. Street Fighter II accidentally invented combos.Literally all modern fighting games descend from Street Fighter II’s control scheme. Whether you’re playing a 25-year-old port of Street Fighter II on the Switch or the brand new Tekken 7, if you start doing fireball and dragon punch motions you can probably make something happen. Obviously, to be good at any given fighting game, you have to take the time to learn each character’s inputs. But Street Fighter’s language has created a sort of universal fighting game baseline, and that’s pretty cool. We don’t question it.But we should because it’s bad! Just because the quarter-circle and half-circle motions of Street Fighter are universal doesn’t mean they’re accessible or good. They’re just entrenched. But they’re such bad inputs. Doing circular motions on 4- or 8- way joysticks, hitting unseen “diagonal” parts of the D-pad, “charging” the stick for indeterminate amount of time, are asinine ways to control a video game. They just add a pointless and frustrating layer of delay and unreliability to performing basic actions.I understand that practiced, physical execution is a skill, but it’s a needless, overvalued one. To me, the joy of fighting games, and really any sport at a high enough level, is the theory. The true skill, the real understanding of the game, comes from knowing the proper time to use a move. Being able to perform the move should just be a given. The real exciting part of the legendary Street Fighter III parry from EVO 2004 isn’t the parrying itself, but Daigo knowing ahead of time what his opponent would do and putting himself in the right position to counter. He already won the match in his head. Pressing buttons was a muscle memory afterthought. So why make that button-pressing so arbitrarily difficult?EVO tournament attendees may scoff, but fighting game developers are already beginning to realize this as well. In one of the most popular fighting games of all time, Super Smash Bros. Melee, all of the moves are performed with combinations of button presses that make sense and are easy to understand. You never have to press a long sequence of buttons to perform a single action. But that hasn’t stopped the game from being incredibly deep and competitive. Meanwhile, Rising Thunder, developed by fighting game luminary Seth Killian, opted for a similar “easy entry, high-skill-ceiling” approach before it was canceled. Heck, Divekick stripped things down to two buttons and no stick at all, and it was brilliant!However, the difference between those games, and Arms for that matter and other fighting games is that they were willing to completely abandon traditional fighting game controls from the outset. The new, accessible ethos was baked into the design from the very beginning. Games like Street Fighter V and Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite are trying to make themselves easier to get into with simpler characters and commands. But bolting these systems on after the fact doesn’t fix the core problem. It just threatens to break the game’s balance and anger the hardcore tournament scene already giving support.I love Street Fighter. I love fighting games. I love the fighting game community. But the genre’s niche, insular nature is what killed it the first time and has already nearly killed it again. It doesn’t have to be that way. A game about who would win in a fight should be the most appealing thing ever! Look at all the people hyped about Injustice 2’s story mode or Dragon Ball FighterZ’s gorgeous anime visuals. The last thing we need to do is throw out those people because they can’t be bothered to “get good” at doing dumb Dragon Punch motions.Am I saying we should throw out our arcade sticks and get used to everyone pantomiming Helix at next year’s EVO? No. But am I saying we need to move past the idea of Street Fighter controls and their complicated descendants as the One True Way to play. Keep fireballs, but the future is beyond quarter-circle forward.View as: One Page Slides1/81. The six-button arcade set-up is classic, but maybe it’s time to move on?2. Arms’s novel control scheme lets you truly embody great characters like Helix.3. With or without motion controls, Arms offers a fresh, accessible, yet deep reinvention of fighting game concepts.4. Games like Injustice use characters like Batman and Supergirl to drawn in the masses. Why turn them away with bad controls?5. All fighting game controls descend from what Street Fighter II created in 1991. That was a long time ago!6. Even 3D fighters like Tekken still have recognizable Street Fighter DNA.7. Smash Bros. succeeds by throwing away what we think are traditional fighting game controls.8. By all accounts, the casual control options in the upcoming Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite are a poor half measure.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. No, Solid Snake Isn’t Coming to ‘Tekken’‘Street Fighter V’ and ‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Get Ne… Stay on targetlast_img read more

Aug
31

NRS Medical College Hospital turns new page for cancer treatment in Bengal

first_imgKolkata: Patients suffering from cancer and requiring radiation would now be able to avail world class health service completely free of cost at the NRS Medical College and Hospital in the city, following the installation of two ‘Linear Accelerators’, which are the most advanced machines for radiation therapy, at a cost of Rs 25 crore each.The patients, who would earlier have to pay at least Rs 10 lakh in private health establishments in the country to avail the treatment, would no longer have to pay a single penny for getting the service, as the machines, which are the most modern and costly pieces of equipment at the hospital, have already started functioning. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe ‘True Beam’ model of the linear accelerators has been made operational at NRS Medical College and Hospital from Friday, which would cater to thousands of cancer patients from across the state and from outside as well. Earlier, the patients had to go to private hospitals in Mumbai or some other state for availing the services. This has become possible due to the relentless efforts of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to provide the state with world class infrastructure in the health sector. Major reforms were undertaken by the Bengal government in this sector, so that people get treatment free of cost in all the state-run hospitals. The modern linear accelerator machines add a new feather to the crown. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe sophisticated new radiation machines were installed in the Radiotherapy department of the hospital, with an aim to provide top class health services to the patients. It was not always possible for the patients to bear the huge cost of undergoing radiation therapy at private establishments outside the state. According to a senior official of the hospital, radiation was earlier provided by one Telecobalt Theratron machine, which is far behind modern day machines in terms of their functioning. In case of the Telecobalt Theratron machine, the unaffected cells of the body used to be affected during radiation therapy. But the new machine targets only the cells which are affected. Apart from the installation of the two new machines, the entire two-floor Radiology department has been upgraded with high level facilities. The two new machines were installed in the hospital a few months ago, but could not be operated as a cap of the machines were broken and data was removed. A section of the hospital officials called it an incident of sabotage. On the basis of the specific complaint lodged by the Radio Safety Officer, the health department has initiated a probe in this regard. When contacted, Dr Dwaipayan Biswas, Deputy Superintendent of NRS Medical College and Hospital, said: “It’s a major boost to the health infrastructure in the state. Thousands of patients suffering from cancer can now get free treatment at the hospital.”last_img read more

Aug
31

Happy spouses may help live longer

first_imgHaving a happy spouse not only leads to a longer marriage, but may also be key to a longer life, a study claims. The study, published in journal Psychological Science, shows that spousal life satisfaction was associated with mortality, regardless of individuals’ socioeconomic or physical health status. Spouses’ life satisfaction was an even better predictor of participants’ mortality than participants’ own life satisfaction. Participants who had a happy partner at the beginning of the study were less likely to pass away over the next 8 years compared with participants who had less happy partners. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”The findings underscore the role of individuals’ immediate social environment in their health outcomes. Most importantly, it has the potential to extend our understanding of what makes up individuals’ ‘social environment’ by including the personality and well-being of individuals’ close ones,” said Olga Stavrova, a researcher at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. Life satisfaction is known to be associated with behaviours that can affect health, including diet and exercise, and people who have a happy, active spouse, for example, are likely to have an active lifestyle themselves. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe opposite is also likely to be true, said Stavrova. “If your partner is depressed and wants to spend the evening eating chips in front of the TV – that’s how your evening will probably end up looking, as well,” she said. Stavrova examined data from about 4,400 couples in the US who were over the age of 50. The survey collected data on participants who had spouses or live-in partners; 99 per cent of the sampled couples were heterosexual. For up to 8 years, participants and their spouses reported on life satisfaction and various factors hypothesized to be related to mortality, including perceived partner support and frequency of physical activity. They also completed a self-rated health measure and provided information related to their morbidity (as measured by number of doctor-diagnosed chronic conditions), gender, age at the beginning of the study, ethnicity, education, household income, and partner mortality. At the end of 8 years, about 16 per cent of participants had died. Those who died tended to be older, male, less educated, less wealthy, less physically active, and in poorer health than those who were still alive. Those who died also tended to report lower relationship satisfaction, lower life satisfaction, and having a partner who also reported lower life satisfaction. The spouses of participants who died were also more likely to pass away within the 8-year observation period than were spouses of participants who were still living. The findings suggest that greater partner life satisfaction at the beginning of study was associated with lower participant mortality risk. The risk of mortality for participants with a happy spouse increased more slowly than mortality risk for participants with an unhappy spouse. Association between partner life satisfaction and mortality risk held even after accounting for major sociodemographic variables, self-rated health and morbidity, and partner mortality.last_img read more

Aug
30

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Aug
17

Recognition given to Choice Hotels Australiasia

first_imgChoice Hotels Australasia has won three major awards at the Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) Vic Awards.The hotel company was recognised in categories including Regional Accommodation of the Year, Hotel Industry Rising Star and Best Environmental and Energy Efficiency Practice.Balgownie Resort Estate, an Ascend Hotel Collection member, based in the Yarra Valley, won Regional Accommodation of the Year.Recognising young emerging talent in the accommodation industry, Brandon Brown from Quality Hotel Bayside Geelong was awarded Hotel Industry Rising Star award, praised for his outstanding achievements both work and community related.Choice Hotels Australasia CEO Trent Fraser, praised all of the Victorian award-winners.“We are proud that so many of our Choice Hotels properties were honoured at the 2015 TAA Vic Accommodation Awards for Excellence,” Mr Fraser said. “We congratulate the teams at Balgownie Resort Estate, Quality Hotel Downtowner on Lygon and Brandon Brown from Quality Hotel Bayside Geelong on their awards, setting the standards for the entire industry.”Specifically targeting the accommodation sector, TAA (Vic) Accommodation Awards for Excellence are highly respected awards for the hotel industry.The Awards reinforce TAA (Vic) as Victoria’s pre-eminent hospitality industry association and service provider, providing a platform for assessing and promoting industry excellence within hotels.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more