‘Ask 32,000 Gibraltarians if Nations League is meaningless’

first_imgCritics of the Nations League should consider that nations like Gibraltar have a chance to make history in the competition, says the team’s striker Reece Styche.Gibraltar earned their first ever competitive win with a 1-0 win away to Armenia before following up that victory by coming from behind to beat Liechtenstein 2-1 in League D Group 4.Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp described the Nations League as “the most senseless competition in the world” after a 0-0 draw with Manchester City earlier this month. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! But Darlington attacker Styche stressed the importance of the Nations League to Gibraltar, who were recognised by UEFA as an affiliate in 2013.”Unfortunately this is the mentality of big clubs and big managers – like Klopp’s comments that this is a meaningless competition – it’s not,” Styche said in an interview with Omnisport. “Meaningless is friendlies where players are being pulled out with injuries.”We’re competing and for us, as a nation, to not go into games expecting to get hammered, you know you can compete. We’re learning as a nation from the experience and from the winning feeling. I don’t know how anyone can say it’s a meaningless competition.”It’s doing what UEFA thought it would, providing competitive games for every nation involved. For us, we’re part of history and if you asked 32,000 Gibraltarian people if this competition is meaningless then you’ll get a stern ‘no’. It shows we’re competing and that’s what it’s aimed to do.”Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan started for Armenia but a second-half penalty scored by Joseph Chipolina got Gibraltar their maiden win.”You can’t put into words how it feels that you’ve gone away with one of the smallest nations in the Euro structure and come away with two wins. No one would have expected us to come away with that,” Styche continued.”It’s a feeling of overwhelming joy with the accomplishment we’ve done and the togetherness in the team, it’s just amazing, it’s hard to put it into words really.”It’s not just the fact we’ve made history, but we made history away from home. To go to someone else’s country and play on their turf, I think there were 11,000 fans there.”You’re playing against Mkhitaryan and these lads who are good players and the majority of our lads are semi-professional. So to come away with a win and be part of history, it can never be taken away from you and it’s the best feeling really.”Successive wins have left Gibraltar three points behind group leaders Macedonia, who they face in the second of November’s double-header after a home game with Armenia, and Styche said promotion into the third tier of the Nations League is in their sights. “People look at it and say we’re the next San Marino – we’re not, we’re Gibraltar,” Styche said. “Would San Marino go and get the two results we just have? It puts us in our own bracket that we’re there to compete, not just make up numbers.”Was it realistic that we could have got back-to-back wins? Possibly not. But why can’t it be realistic to get promoted? We’ve beaten Armenia once so we can beat them again. Armenia beat Macedonia 4-0 just before our game so who says we can’t go and beat them?”If we do, it would be astronomical, not just for us but football in general. Imagine if we qualified out of a group where we weren’t meant to even get a point.”We genuinely believe we can win after those last two results and we believe we can get promoted. If we do, it’ll be unbelievable. It would be one of the best achievements for a footballing country in the last 20, 30, 40 years.”last_img read more

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10 months agoEx-Crystal Palace owner Jordan: Ashley serious about selling Newcastle

first_imgEx-Crystal Palace owner Jordan: Ashley serious about selling Newcastleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan is convinced Mike Ashley is serious about selling Newcastle United.On the takeover, he says Ashley could do a deal quickly and even if it goes beyond January he think he will sell up.Jordan told talkSPORT: “He’s looking to sell. Absolutely he’s looking to sell.“Unequivocally this time without a shadow of doubt from my vantage point without actually having spoken to Mike for a significant passage of time, reading the signs, knowing how deals get done, last year with Staveley came to the table I pretty much said: ‘This deal will not get done, it will not get done.’“This time there’s a different feel to it, there’s a different metric to it and look from it. Ashley is going to sell this football club. Now it’s not going to hold them back in January from spending money because if he has to spend money he will add it to the ticket. If he doesn’t have to write a cheque for it someone else is paying for it and so be it.”With Mike I absolutely believe he should sell. I believe he will sell this time, I don’t believe it’s a PR spin.“If I was him I wouldn’t want to be there anymore. It’s so toxic and debilitating for everyone at the football club – he’s never going to recover from the impression that he’s not there for the football club when they need him.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit Just Picked A Top 10 Team To Lose

first_imgespn's kirk herbstreit catches a pass on the field. He recently discussed the upcoming Alabama vs. LSU game.STATE COLLEGE, PA – SEPTEMBER 29: Kirk Herbstreit plays catch before the game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Ohio State Buckeyes on September 29, 2018 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)How many top 10 teams are going to lose in college football today? We’ve got several huge games on tap for this afternoon and this evening.Kirk Herbstreit hasn’t made all of his picks for today’s games, but he just made one, and he’s picking a top 10 team to lose.The ESPN college football analyst is picking No. 7 LSU to go down.The Tigers are taking on Texas A&M at Kyle Field..@KirkHerbstreit just picked A&M to beat LSU pic.twitter.com/ZBTrE6xLyF— TexAgs (@TexAgs) November 24, 2018LSU and Texas A&M are set to kick off at 7:30 p.m. E.T.The game will be on the SEC Network.last_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Pradeep, K Perera star as Sri Lanka beat Afghanistan in rain-hit match

first_img graphs commentary Ajay Tiwari CardiffJune 4, 2019UPDATED: June 5, 2019 00:09 IST Nuwan Pradeep took 4 wickets to set up Sri Lanka victory (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSSri Lanka beat Afghanistan by 34 runs in CardiffKusal Perera and Nuwan Pradeep starred for Sri Lanka with 78 runs and 4/31 respectivelyFor Afghanistan, Mohammad Nabi was the lone fighter with bowling figures of 4/30Sri Lanka survived a major scare at the hands of a spirited Afghanistan team in their 2nd match of the World Cup 2019 as they beat their Asian neighbours by 34 runs via DLS method to pocket 2 crucial points. After being put in to bat on a lively Cardiff track with rain looming, Sri Lanka folded for 201 in 36.5 overs, thanks largely to Mohammad Nabi’s 4/30 including 3 wickets in one over.Afghanistan were set a target of 187 off 41 overs as consistent showers forced a reduction in the number of overs. The Blue Brigade found the going even more difficult, losing wickets at regular intervals, while finally folding for 152.Earlier, Sri Lankan openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Perera provided a flying start to the innings posting a 92 run stand in just 13 overs. But just when it looked like Sri Lanka were set for a huge total, Karunaratne (30) miscued a lofted drive off Mohammad Nabi straight into the hands of Najibullah Zadran stationed at long-on.Lahiru Thirimanne who joined a rampaging Perera at the other end managed to stitch a 52-run partnership before Nabi came on to bowl his 5th over. Within a space of six balls, Nabi’s arm-balls took care of Thirimanne (25), Kusal Mendis (2) and Angelo Mathews (0), turning the tide Afghanistan’s way.Nabi’s over triggered a procession of sorts with only bowlers Isuru Udana (10) and Suranga Lakmal (15) managing to post double-digit scores. At the other end, Kusal Perera seemed like he was batting on a different pitch altogether as he kept cutting and driving on the up to the slightest of errors committed by the Afghan bowlers. Having scored an 81-ball-78, the left-hander perished to Rashid Khan (2/17) while trying to finish off on a high as he kept running out of partners.advertisementIn reply, Afghanistan were in early trouble as opener Mohammad Shahzad (7) was sent back by Lasith Malinga in the 5th over of the chase. Nuwan Pradeep who returned with the figures of 4/31 of his 9 overs, soon took care of the big-hitting Hazratullah Zazai (30) as Thisara Perera dived to complete a stunning catch at long-leg. Pradeep later removed Hashmatullah Shahidi (4), Gulbadin Naib (23) and Rashid Khan (2) to bring Sri Lanka into the match.He was ably supported by Thisara, who bowled Afghanistan’s bowling hero Mohammad Nabi, just when he was looking set, and Malinga who finished with 3/39, proving he was still a force to reckon with at World Cup 2019. In the process, Malinga also surpassed Zaheer Khan and Javagal Srinath to become the 5th highest wicket-taker in World Cup history with 46 wickets to his name.Also Read | World Cup 2019: ICC’s delightful tweet on Afghanistan is unmissableAlso Read | Mohammad Nabi records best bowling figures for Afghanistan in World CupsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Afghanistan cricket teamFollow Sri Lanka cricket team scorecard advertisementcenter_img World Cup 2019: Pradeep, K Perera star as Sri Lanka beat Afghanistan in rain-hit matchIn a match that ebbed and flowed since the start, Sri Lanka withstood a stiff challenge from Afghanistan to launch their maiden win of the ICC World Cup 2019 view more view less No data available!last_img read more

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All Primary Students Must Matriculate to Secondary School – Minister

first_img Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says he is determined to have 100 per cent of primary-level students matriculating into secondary schools for a full five-year course of study.Speaking to students from Wolmer’s Boys’ and Girls’ schools in Kingston during their devotion on September 25, the Minister said Jamaica is only one per cent away from achieving this target.“For many years, over 70 per cent of students in Jamaica did not have access to education beyond grade nine. This year marks the first time in our history that we were able to place 99 per cent of our cohort into a full five-year high-school programme. Next year, hopefully, we’ll be able to place the full 100,” Senator Reid said.“The message I share is about opportunity for all. There was a view that education was elitist. Today, the society is not going to be productive if only some have and the majority don’t have. We want a society where everyone gets equal opportunity for self-development and self-determination, aspiration for goodness and their own sense of self-worth and achievement,” the Minister added.Senator Reid said he believes achieving the goal of getting 100 per cent of students enrolled at the secondary level up to fifth form and placed in a full five-year course of study will benefit the society in a major way in the long run.“Currently, when you look on our workforce of 1.3 million persons, 15 per cent have tertiary education and training, 18 per cent have what we call technical certification from HEART Trust/National Training Agency (HEART/NTA) and City and Guilds, and then 67 per cent did not complete secondary education or any training – almost 800,000 Jamaicans,” he said.The Minister said that through programmes being offered by the Government, such as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH), along with programmes from other organisations, the one per cent of students who were not placed in a full five-year course of study at the secondary level, can be reached.“We have been pushing science, technology, engineering [and] mathematics largely because the world economy has changed rapidly. We’re now in the fourth industrial revolution where technology is taking over, and a lot of what we will do, how we’ll conduct business, produce goods and services, will be heavily impacted by technology,” he argued.“When we talk about STEM, it is because this is the new economy, and so your education, your training have to be aligned to what is happening in the new economy and for the future. We can’t turn it back. We have to embrace it, prepare for it [and] equip ourselves,” the Minister emphasised. Senator Reid said he believes achieving the goal of getting 100 per cent of students enrolled at the secondary level up to fifth form and placed in a full five-year course of study will benefit the society in a major way in the long run. Story Highlights “For many years, over 70 per cent of students in Jamaica did not have access to education beyond grade nine. This year marks the first time in our history that we were able to place 99 per cent of our cohort into a full five-year high-school programme. Next year, hopefully, we’ll be able to place the full 100,” Senator Reid said. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says he is determined to have 100 per cent of primary-level students matriculating into secondary schools for a full five-year course of study.last_img read more

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ZOSOs to Be Extended

first_img The time allotted for both zones will expire this month. Operations are slated to come to an end in Denham Town and Mt. Salem on December 15 and 29, respectively. This would be the second extension granted for the Mt. Salem zone, which was the first to become operational on September 1. The Prime Minister said both zones have “yielded unquestionable results”, noting that there has been no report of murders in any of the zones, no report of serious crimes, and no report of abuse by any State actors in either zone. Story Highlights The Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) in Mt. Salem, St. James; and Denham Town in Kingston are to be extended by another 60 days. The Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) in Mt. Salem, St. James; and Denham Town in Kingston are to be extended by another 60 days.The House of Representatives on Wednesday (December 6) approved a motion requesting the extension, which was moved by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness.Mr. Holness noted that additional time is needed to facilitate social-intervention activities that require long-term focus, as well as infrastructural investment.The time allotted for both zones will expire this month. Operations are slated to come to an end in Denham Town and Mt. Salem on December 15 and 29, respectively. This would be the second extension granted for the Mt. Salem zone, which was the first to become operational on September 1.The zones were established under the Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act, which was passed in Parliament earlier in the year.The law seeks to contain crime while safeguarding the human rights of residents and promoting community development through social-intervention initiatives.The Prime Minister said both zones have “yielded unquestionable results”, noting that there has been no report of murders in any of the zones, no report of serious crimes, and no report of abuse by any State actors in either zone.“Since the declaration of zones, two communities that have previously been exposed to intolerable levels of crime and criminal influence are now experiencing peace, protection by the State, safety from gang violence, and security where insecurity was previously abundant. This is a successful model that is worth repeating,” he said.The Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act gives the Prime Minister power to declare an area a Zone of Special Operations in order to tackle increased crime and volatility in a community. This is in consultation with the National Security Council.The Zone can only be established after the Police Commissioner and the Chief of Defence Staff make a request for such a declaration in writing to the Prime Minister.last_img read more

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Highlights from federal budget tabled Tuesday by Finance Minister Bill Morneau

first_imgOTTAWA – Highlights from the federal Liberal budget tabled Tuesday by Finance Minister Bill Morneau:— “Proactive” pay equity legislation, as well as $3 million over five years for a “pay transparency” measure, to close the wage gap among federal workers and in federally regulated sectors, impacting some 1.2 million people.— The “Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare,” to be headed by former Ontario health minister Eric Hoskins, which will explore ways to establish a national drug program.— $3.2 billion over five years for Canadian science and research, including money for granting councils and Canada Research Chairs, upgrading outdated laboratory facilities and harnessing the power of “Big Data.”— $2.6 billion over five years for a wide array of measures to encourage and foster scientific innovation and gender equality in the field, including encouraging female entrepreneurs and business leaders, revamping procurement and expanding access to broadband internet.— A federal deficit of $18.1 billion, including a $3-billion “risk adjustment,” down from $19.3 billion last year, that’s projected to decline slowly over the next several years, reaching $12.3 billion ($9.3 billion without the $3-billion cushion) by 2022-23.— About $1.4 billion over six years to support Indigenous children in foster care and promote family reunification, plus $400 million over 10 years to upgrade and expand Inuit housing and $500 million for Metis housing.— Plans to “eventually move away” from the disastrous Phoenix pay system for civil servants, including $431.4 million over six years to help address current pay problems, $5.5 million over two years for the Canada Revenue Agency to handle and process related tax queries and returns and $16 million over two years for efforts to find a suitable replacement system.— Higher excise taxes on tobacco products, including a $1 increase on a carton of 200 cigarettes and an adjustment that would see taxes increase with inflation every year, rather than every five years.— $1.2 billion over five years and $344.7 million a year afterward for a new employment insurance parental sharing benefit that would provide additional “use-it-or-lose-it” benefits for non-birthing parents to encourage women to re-enter the workforce.— $2 billion over five years for international aid through a new International Assistance Innovation program, designed to come up with flexible new financing arrangements, and the Sovereign Loans program.— $155.2 million over five years for a new Canadian Centre for Cyber Security and $116 million over five years for the RCMP to create a National Cybercrime Co-ordination Unit, as well as $236.5 million over the same time frame to support a new national cybersecurity strategy.— $448.5 million over five years to double the number of placements under the Canada Summer Jobs program by 2019-20.— $172 million over five years and $42.5 million a year afterward for the Canada Media Fund to foster the growth of Canadian-produced content.— $50 million over five years to support “local journalism in underserved communities,” and plans to explore new models that would allow private and philanthropic support for “non-profit” journalism, including allowing Canadian newspapers to receive charitable status.— $75 million over five years, with $11.8 million a year afterward, to bolster Canada’s trade ties with China and Asia.— $191 million over five years to support jobs in the softwood lumber industry, including litigation under the World Trade Organization and NAFTA’s dispute resolution mechanism.— $90.6 million over five years to track down tax evaders and avoiders, plus $41.9 million over five years and $9.3 million a year thereafter to help Canada’s courts deal with the additional caseload.— Changes to income sprinkling, passive investment income and the small business tax rate that are expected to save the government $925 million a year by 2022-23.— $173.2 million in 2018-19 to support claim processing and to improve border security to better manage the increased number of people seeking asylum in Canada.last_img read more

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AltaGas to create spin off AltaGas Canada plans initial public offering

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – AltaGas Ltd. has announced plans to spin off some of its assets to a new company called AltaGas Canada Inc. while retaining a significant minority equity interest in the business after its initial public offering.The new firm will hold the company’s Canadian rate-regulated natural gas distribution utility assets and contracted wind power in Canada, as well as a roughly 10 percent indirect equity interest in the Northwest Hydro Facilities in B.C.AltaGas Canada will be led by an independent management team. AltaGas says it expects to hold approximately 37 to 45 percent of AltaGas Canada at the close of its initial public offering. It will also have three nominees on AltaGas Canada’s seven-member board.The company expects to use to use the proceeds from the AltaGas Canada IPO to help repay debt related to its acquisition of Washington, D.C.-based energy utility company WGL Holdings, Inc., which closed in July.Earlier this week, AltaGas signed deals to sell about $560 million worth of natural gas midstream assets and power generating assets to two buyers that will also be used to reduce debt.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

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Jaffna university students stage protest and submit petition

Students in Kilinochchi also staged a protest and demanded justice over the killing of the two Jaffna university students. Five Police officers were arrested over the incident and were immediately interdicted and were remanded by court.The Government said necessary steps have been taken to ensure that the law is fully implemented in this regard. (Colombo Gazette) He said there is a concern that state sponsored terrorism was behind the killing of the two Jaffna university students.President Maithripala Sirisena last week called for an impartial investigation into the death of the two youth.The Criminal Investigation Division (CID) is investigating the deaths of the two Jaffna University students. A hartal is also to be staged in the North tomorrow against the killing of the two students.Tamil National Alliance, Northern Provincial Council member M.K. Sivajilingham said that several Tamil political parties in the North will take part in the protest. Jaffna university students staged a protest march today and later submitted a petition to the Government over the death of two Jaffna university students last week.The protest march resulted in traffic along the A9 highway being disrupted as the students protested in the Jaffna town. The two youth were shot dead by the Police after they reportedly failed to stop when ordered to do so by the Police in Kankasanturai last week. The students later gathered opposite the Jaffna Government Agent’s office and handed over a petition to be handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. read more

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2017 Big Ten football preview Illinois Fighting Illini

Illinois junior wide reciever Mike Dudek (18) runs the ball during a game against Western Kentucky. Credit: Courtesy of University of Illinois AthleticsLocation: Champaign, Illinois2016 Record: 3-9  (2-7)Head Coach: Lovie Smith2017 Record so far: 2-0All time record vs. OSU: 30-67What has happened thus far in 2017: Illinois opened its season with a narrow 24-21 win over Ball State, which was cause for concern. Junior quarterback Chayce Crouch was sacked four times, and the Illini’s offensive line could not make much room for Illinois’ stable of running backs. In Week 2, the Fighting Illini continued to struggle, but the defense improved dramatically, holding Western Kentucky to one touchdown in a 20-7 victory. Impact player (offense or defense)Redshirt junior wide receiver Mike Dudek has suited up for the first time in two seasons, after suffering two ACL tears. In his true freshman season, he caught 76 passes for 1,038 yards, was voted second-team all-conference and led the Big Ten in receptions and receiving yards during conference play. His absence might take a toll on his production, but his impact has been visible. In Illinois’ close bout with Ball State, Dudek’s 52-yard punt return eventually secured the win, and he led the team in receiving yards against Western Kentucky, pulling in six catches for 46 yards. StrengthsIllinois resolved its glaring quarterback issue in the offseason. Last season there was a revolving door of quarterbacks, as a different starter took the field on four separate occasions due to both injury and poor performance. If all goes according to plan, Crouch will start and add stability to the offense. Additionally, there is potential in the young talent that Illinois will have to rely on this season, such as freshman running back Mike Epstein, who got his first start against Western Kentucky and rushed for 111 yards. WeaknessesIllinois’ depth on the offensive line raises some concerns. With only three starters returning, this team must rely heavily on inexperienced players. There have been glaring issues, like Ball State sacking Crouch four times. Star running back Kendrick Foster has sputtered to start the season, though part of that can be attributed to a struggling offensive line. He led Illinois in rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, total touchdowns and all-purpose yards last season, but could only scrounge eight carries for 15 yards against Ball State and three carries for 11 yards against Western Kentucky. The youth of this team is apparent on both sides of the ball and will be difficult to overcome as the Illini head into Big Ten play. read more

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New loadsharing releasable backstop for conveyor systems

first_imgStieber Clutch has expanded its range of load sharing backstops with the introduction of the RSRT releasable backstop. In conveyor systems, when there is a blockage, belt jam or overload, the release facility allows the stored energy to be released in a controlled manner, enabling personnel to work on the belt after an incident. The RSRT is a centrifugal lift off, sprag type backstop with an integral torque limiter and release-under-load function. It has been developed for use on the high speed or intermediate shaft of the driving machines in multi-drive systems such as on large inclined conveyors, where two or more backstops share the reverse load. The mechanical release function allows the tension of a jammed belt to be released through an internal hydraulic system. The release is performed using a simple hand pump to actuate the hydraulic cylinder, progressively releasing the backstop.When the oil pressure is released, the backstop is automatically re-set to the original slipping torque. The operation can be controlled and halted at any time, helping to boost productivity. Where multiple backstops are employed, these can be linked and operated simultaneously from a centralised control location.last_img read more

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THQs assets bought by five companies in 22hour bankruptcy auction

first_imgShortly after the wildly successful Humble THQ bundle, it was revealed that THQ filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Now, an auction that lasted 22 hours cemented THQ’s demise, as the company was split up into five parts that were sold off to the highest bidder.Big names threw their hat into the ring, claiming all of THQ’s most prized assets. Perhaps THQ’s most prized possession, Volition — developer of Saints Row and Red Faction — was scooped up by Koch Media for around $22.3 million. Koch also snagged the license for the Metro franchise for around $5.9 million. Sega joined in the feast, and grabbed Relic — developer of Warhammer 40k and Company of Heroes 2 — for $26.6 million. Ubisoft dropped $2.5 million on THQ Montreal, as well as the license to the upcoming South Park: The Stick of Truth for $3.26 million. Crytek nabbed the Homefront license for $544,218, while Take 2 spent $10.9 million on Evolve, which is a Turtle Rock Studios project.Sadly, Vigil Games — developer of Darksiders — didn’t receive a bid and will be closed. Aside from that, word is that most employees will be retained, or hired by new developers, though not everyone will be able to keep a job. A letter from THQ CEO Brian Farrell and president Jason Rubin sent out to all THQ employees noted that the individual sales would generate more money than selling the company as a whole, and the assets that weren’t purchased will remain as part of the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case.It’s sad to see THQ go, and Darksiders fans will be left with an unfulfilled taste in their mouth, but at least the rest of THQ’s franchises have been saved from oblivion.via VentureBeatlast_img read more

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Polish prosecutors investigate play that features sex scenes with statue of Saint

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By AFP POLISH PROSECUTORS HAVE begun investigating a theatre play that drops hints about murdering a top politician and has a scene simulating oral sex on a statue of the late pope, Saint John Paul II.Poland’s powerful Roman Catholic church has slammed The Curse, a play directed by Croat Oliver Frljic, as being “blasphemous” for this and other sex scenes involving crosses.Warsaw prosecutor Lukasz Lapczynski said in a statement that the probe would focus on whether the play “incites the murder” of Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of the governing right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party and de facto Poland’s most powerful politician.Investigators will also examine whether the play, which opened to the public on Saturday at Warsaw’s Teatr Powszechny theatre, offends religious feeling.Anyone convicted of inciting a murder is subject up to three year behind bars, while those found guilty of offending religious feeling are liable to a maximum two years in prison.One scene shows an actress performing oral sex on a life-size statue of the late Polish-born John Paul II, perhaps the most popular historic figure in the strongly Catholic country.In another scene, an actress said she had considered including a sequence in the play during which she would collect money from the audience to pay for a hit on Kaczynski, but that director Frljic cut it from the script.The Curse is an adaptation of Polish playwright Stanisław Wyspiański’s 1899 play of the same name.- © AFP, 2017Read: ‘Loads of tender hugs’ – Catholic Church releases gift tokens for Valentine’s Day> Share17 Tweet Email1 Polish prosecutors investigate play that features sex scenes with statue of Saint John Paul II The Roman Catholic Church in Poland has slammed the play as being “blasphemous”. 12,643 Views Image: Vadim Ghirda Wednesday 22 Feb 2017, 10:06 PM Image: Vadim Ghirda Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3253895 41 Comments Feb 22nd 2017, 10:06 PM last_img read more

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Weather warning issued as gusts of up to 100kmhr expected tomorrow

first_img Feb 5th 2017, 11:33 AM Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie Short URL Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie MET ÉIREANN HAS issued a national weather warning for tomorrow as strong gusts are expected across the country.The status yellow warning kicks in a 6am tomorrow and will be in place until 8pm. The forecaster said there will be strong south to southeast winds with gusts of 90 to 100hm/hr.Met Éireann said today will remain dry in the eastern half of the country, with showers in the west. Temperatures will drop to -2 in some places tonight.Tomorrow is expected to be a generally wet and windy with widespread persistent rain. By Michelle Hennessy 12 Comments Share Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sunday 5 Feb 2017, 11:33 AM 29,752 Views http://jrnl.ie/3223647 Weather warning issued as gusts of up to 100km/hr expected tomorrow Tempertures will drop to -2 in some places tonight. last_img read more

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Nearly 300 layoffs coming to Hanford this week

first_imgRICHLAND — Nearly 300 workers will receive layoff notices at Hanford this week.The Tri-City Herald reports the layoff notices are being handed out to 157 workers at CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co., close to 120 employees of Bechtel National and its subcontractor URS, and 11 Mission Support Alliance employees.The layoffs were expected.In addition, Washington Closure Hanford is continuing its gradual ram- down of employment toward the end of its contract in 2015. It laid off fewer employees than expected in the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30, but plans to cut 385 positions in fiscal 2013.CH2M Hill’s layoffs were the second phase of a two-part layoff that started with layoffs in June and now totals 218 job cuts.last_img read more

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Republican House 30 Forum For Primary Election Tonight

first_imgIncumbent Representative Gary Knopp will join hosts Jennifer Williams and Tom Randall. This is the first in a week-long series of primary candidate forums. Don’t forget to vote in the primary election on Tuesday, August 21, from 7am to 8pm. Tune in to KSRM 920AM at 5pm, or click here to stream live over the internet.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享KSRM will be hosting a live-forum with the sole candidate running for House District 30, from 5-6pm on KSRM 920AM this evening.last_img read more

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The Flash Gets a New Villain and a Daughter at SDCC

first_imgStay on target Today really was DC’s time to shine. They didn’t just kill it with their movie announcements, the Arrowverse had some big trailers too. DC closed out the day with a peek at Season Five of The Flash. Season Four acted as kind of a reset, getting the show back to the lighthearted Villain of the Week format of Season One. Some episodes it worked and in others, most of the early DeVoe-focused ones, it really didn’t. During a panel at Comic Con, the show debuted a new trailer. In it, we learn more about Barry and Iris’ daughter, and meet a mysterious new villain.This is looking a lot more like the Flash we loved in seasons one and two. We get some intriguing details about Nora in it too. We already knew she was from the future, but now we know she’s stuck here. And it seems like something happens to Barry and Iris in the future. Something Nora’s keeping from them. Hey, that’s a can-I-talk-to-you hallway scene I actually want to watch. The Flash was at its best when it was playing around with time travel, so I’m always happy to see more of it. Also, Barry gets a new costume, and it comes out of a ring. Just to appease all the comics readers out there.Interestingly, Barry’s daughter’s superhero name, XS, doesn’t belong to Barry’s daughter in the comics. The nickname did come from Barry, but it belongs Jenni Ognats, Barry and Iris’ granddaughter. We already know she’s hiding something. Is she hiding the time she’s actually from? Or did the show just decide to skip a generation to make the adaptation smoother? That seems more likely. Especially when, in the comics, Barry named his kids Don and Dawn. Seriously, who does that?Chris Klein in The Flash (Photo: Screenshot via YouTube/The CW)But let’s talk about that villain, seen at the very end of the trailer. Entertainment Weekly reports that Chris Klein was cast as this season’s big bad. The trailer doesn’t show you much, but the panel revealed that the main villain of Season Five will be Cicada. In the comics, Cicada has the ability to absorb the life force of other people. He believes his ability comes from the same place as The Flash’s. He becomes a cult leader, and completely obsessed with the superhero. Comic Book describes the show’s version as deviating slightly from the comics. He’ll be a man whose family was torn apart by metahumans, and he’ll be doing away with them one by one. That could make for a pretty scary villain, while setting up some fun metahuman-of-the-week episodes.The Flash started getting away from villain speedsters last season. While it was a little hit-and-miss, it was a refreshing change in direction for the series. The show is more interesting when the solution isn’t just “be faster.” Now that they’ve figured out how to force Barry to use other skills, the show should be better at it in Season Five. Cicada will certainly be a very formidable villain, and executive producer Todd Helbing warned the audience to prepare for tragedy.“There will be a lot of deaths this year,” he said. Oh boy. How important they’ll be, how much will change, we don’t know. Though Nora is sure acting weird toward Iris.As Grant Gustin explains, “We’re all in a different headspace about it. Nora’s really clingy to Barry and we don’t really know why, and a little more distant with Iris.” Oh god, please let Iris be OK. I don’t know if I can take another Savitar-like ticking clock.For a show about speedsters, The Flash will take its time getting back. The show returns October 9, on The CW.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. All the Trailers You Might Have Missed from SDCCVoltron Confirmed Gay AF last_img read more

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Remains of ace mountaineer Dipankar Ghosh located

first_imgKolkata/Kathmandu: The rescue team has been able to locate the body of ace mountaineer Dipankar Ghosh, who had gone missing on May 12 while coming down after successfully scaling the challenging Mount Makalu in Nepal. The team is now trying to bring down the body to Camp 2, from where the body can be airlifted to Kathmandu.”The inclement weather had acted as a barrier in the rescue process and there was postponement for eight days. The six member Sherpa team has located the body at Camp 4. It is being brought down to Camp 2, from where the body can be airlifted to the base camp. If the weather does not turn hostile then the process will take another two to three days,” said Ujjal Ray, a member of the advisory committee of the state Youth Affairs department. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataA two member team from the state government led by noted mountaineer Debdas Nandy has been in Kathmandu from May 11 to supervise the search operation. Two more Indian climbers have died on Mount Everest due to an hours-long ‘traffic jam’, taking the toll to 8 of the Indian mountaineers who perished in their expedition to the world’s highest peak during this season. Nihal Bagwan, 27, and Kalpana Das, 49, died along with two other climbers above the 8,848-metre Mt Everest while descending the summit, the expedition organisers said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state’Traffic jam’ occurs on Mt Everest when many climbers vie for the summit at the same time, and can be especially dangerous above 8,000 metres known as the ‘death zone’. Known as one of the most outstanding mountaineers, Dipankar Ghosh had undertaken 47 mountaineering expeditions, including Mount Everest, Mt Lhotse, Mt Kanchenjunga, Mt Annapurna-I, Mt Manaslu, Mt Dhaulagiri, and Mt Cho Oyu. A resident of Bally in Howrah, Dipankar had left his residence on May 8 for the expedition of Mt Makalu, which is considered among the most dangerous and challenging peaks to summit. The bodies of the other two Bengal mountaineers Kuntal Karar and Biplab Baidya, who died during a Kanchenjunga expedition, were brought down by the rescue team a few days ago. The autopsy of both the bodies has already been conducted and their mortal remains will be taken back to Kolkata by flight services from Kathmandu on Saturday afternoon. Another mountaineer from the state Piyali Basak, who had gone to scale Mt Everest, is also expected to reach the city by Saturday. Basak suffered from lack of oxygen and funds on the last lap of her expedition and was compelled to call off her expedition and return to the base camp. Basak, a resident of Chandannagore in Hooghly, was the only mountaineer from the state who had gone on Everest expedition. Meanwhile Nima Tshering Sherpa, one of the 14-member Sherpa team involved in the rescue work, was also reportedly killed on Friday. The exact reason for the accident which led to the sudden demise of Nima is yet to be clear.last_img read more

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Carrington Welcomes New EVP of Wholesale Lending Division

first_img Patrick FlanaganCarrington Mortgage Services has announced that Patrick Flanagan has joined the company’s Wholesale Lending Division as Executive Vice President.Flanagan has more than 30 years of experience in the mortgage industry, including more than 15 years of C-level experience. His leadership positions prior to joining Carrington have included CEO and founder of Cove Financial Group and Managing Director of Mortgage Trading for Cerberus Capital Management.As EVP of Carrington’s Wholesale Lending Division, Flanagan will concentrate on expanding Carrington’s Wholesale Channel with a strong focus on maximizing the ease of use for the broker community, according to the announcement.“Pat is a dynamic team builder, with strong lending finance and capital markets experience,” said Ray Brousseau, Executive Vice President of Carrington Mortgage Services, LLC’s Mortgage Lending Division. “We have an extraordinary opportunity adding Pat to Carrington’s senior leadership team, and I am confident his presence will accelerate our commitment to our growing wholesale platform.”Carrington is a holding company whose primary businesses include asset management, mortgages, real estate transactions, and real estate logistics. The company is headquartered in Anaheim, California. June 14, 2016 614 Views Carrington Mortgage Services 2016-06-14 Seth Welborn Carrington Welcomes New EVP of Wholesale Lending Divisioncenter_img in Headlines, News Sharelast_img read more

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Tourism Industry Aotearoa has called for an open d

first_imgTourism Industry Aotearoa has called for an open discussion on a new visitor tax that is set to be introduced by the New Zealand Government.Last week, New Zealand’s Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis confirmed the country was moving forward with and International Visitor Levy, and encouraged the local tourism industry to get involved with discussions.TIA Chief Executive Chris Roberts says the industry is eager to discuss what the Government plans to spend the tax revenue on and how it will be distributed, as well as details around how it will be collected.“We’re ready for the conversation and we hope the Government is willing to listen. There are some big questions to be discussed, including what the Government plans to do with the money. Our international visitors will be more accepting of being asked to pay the new tax if they can see it is going to support infrastructure and services that enhance their visit to New Zealand.”Roberts says the Government has indicated New Zealand residents and anyone travelling on a New Zealand passport will be exempt from paying the new border tax.“We know that exemptions for Australians and Pacific Islanders are also being considered. This makes it a very complex tax to design and implement. Airline ticketing systems around the world are not set up to charge different taxes for different passengers, so we are very keen to see how the Government thinks the tax can work,” Roberts said.Roberts says that in contemplating a further border tax – there is already a Border Clearance Levy of NZ$22 per passenger – it must be acknowledged that international visitors are more than paying their way.“Tourism is our biggest export industry and international visitors are not freeloading. While visiting New Zealand they pay on average more than $400 each in GST, as well as the existing border levies and other taxes.“The Government can choose to add more taxes but the key issue is getting more of the revenue collected to where it is needed, in terms of providing infrastructure to support the visitor economy.“We look forward to working with the Government on this issue to reach the best possible outcome for New Zealand,” Roberts concluded.last_img read more

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