ESPN: This Team’s College Football Playoff Chances Are Shrinking Fast

first_imgFans point at a B-2 flyover before the Rose Bowl.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: A B-2 Spirit performs a flyover prior to the College Football Playoff Semifinal between the Oregon Ducks and the Florida State Seminoles at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)Notre Dame entered the 2018 college football season with lofty expectations. The Fighting Irish were ranked inside the top 10 of the preseason polls and listed as a top College Football Playoff favorite.ESPN’s College Football Playoff predictor gave Notre Dame some of the best odds in the country. The preseason projection listed the Fighting Irish’s chances of making it at better than 40 percent.That is changing, though, and quickly.Notre Dame remains undefeated, and the Fighting Irish have looked good today against Wake Forest, but ESPN’s College Football Playoff predictor is no longer high on them.ESPN’s current College Football Playoff predictor odds list Notre Dame’s chances at 13 percent, which is three times lower than where the Fighting Irish began the season.This is just a predictor, though, and things can obviously change moving forward.Still, ESPN’s predictor is not currently high on Notre Dame.last_img read more

Clemson Player Shares Incredible Drawing Of 2 Recently Deceased Tigers

first_img Clemson defensive end Xavier Kelly, who played with both C.J. Fuller and Tyshon Dye, shared a very touching drawing he did of the two on social media.Kelly’s talents clearly extend far beyond the football field. From early this morning:I got emotional when I drew this one💯💪🏾#RIPCJ #RIPTYSHON— xavier kelly (@xavierkelly22) July 10, 2019Kelly is entering his redshirt junior season at Clemson. He joined the program and redshirted in 2016, when both Fuller and Dye were members of Clemson’s backfield.Our thoughts continue to go out to everyone impacted by the passing of both C.J. and Tyshon over the last few months. They are both gone far too soon. Clemson players run off the field after a forced fumble vs. Furman.CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 01: Defensive lineman K.J. Henry #13 of the Clemson Tigers reacts as he runs off the field with teammates defensive end Xavier Kelly #22, safety Nolan Turner #24, and linebacker Jalen Williams #30 after the Tigers force a Furman Paladins fumble during the fourth quarter of the football game at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)While the Clemson Tigers football program has thrived on the field recently, it has also had a tough few months. We’ve seen a number of former Tigers pass away recently, some of whom died tragically young.Last October, C.J. Fuller died after complications stemming from football-related knee injury that he had been rehabbing, including pulmonary thromboembolism and deep vein thrombosis.The former Tigers running back played for the program from 2014-17. He was just 22 years old.Just days ago, another former Clemson running back, Tyshon Dye, passed away. The 25-year old, who played at Clemson from 2014-16 before transferring to ECU, drowned in a Georgia lake over the Fourth of July weekend.last_img read more

2 Canadian men die in weekend Michigan crash

first_imgSAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Two Canadians are dead after a small plane crashed at an airport in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.The crash occurred Saturday at Sanderson Municipal Airport in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.The Federal Aviation Administration says the plane stalled and went down. Photos show the nose planted in the identified the victims as 67-year-old pilot Gilbert Belair and 76-year-old John Paul Finck. They lived in Ontario in the Sault Ste. Marie area, and both were members of a local flying group.Belair’s friend, David West, says he nearly fainted when he got the news. He says Belair “would do anything for anybody.”last_img read more

Genocide scholars visit Sagkeeng First Nation to talk residential schools

first_imgAPTN National NewsA conference for the International Association of Genocide Scholars is taking place in Winnipeg.Over the next three days association members hope to learn how to keep history from repeating itself.As part of the conference participants gathered at the Sagkeeng First Nation to learn about the legacy of residential schools.APTN’s Matt Thordarson has this story.last_img

Loblaw Q3 profit down from a year ago as tax court ruling

first_imgBRAMPTON, Ont. — Loblaw Companies Ltd. reported its third-quarter profit fell compared with a year ago as it was hit by a one-time charge related to a tax court ruling that it plans to appeal.The retailer says it earned a profit attributable to common shareholders of $106 million or 28 cents per share for the quarter ended Oct. 6.The quarter included a $367-million charge related to its former Barbadian banking subsidiary Glenhuron Bank Ltd. after a tax court ruling regarding Canada Revenue Agency’s reassessments. Loblaw has said it will appeal the decision.The result for the quarter compared with a profit of $883 million or $2.24 per share a year ago when its results were boosted by a gain of $432 million on the sale of its gas bar operations.Revenue totalled $14.45 billion, up from $14.19 billion.On an adjusted basis, Loblaw says it earned $562 million or $1.49 per share for its most recent quarter, up from an adjusted profit of $549 million or $1.39 per share a year ago. Analysts on average had expected a profit of $1.44 per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon. Companies in this story: (TSX:L)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Markets update at midafternoon

On the markets at midafternoon (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was down 50.84 points to 15,854.30.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 132.58 points to 23,309.18.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was down 15.12 points to 2,554.18.The Nasdaq composite index was down 41.48 points to 6,556.95.The Canadian dollar was trading at 78.05 cents US, down from Tuesday’s average price of 78.95 cents US.

Two Lamborghinis in Lanka

The government says there are only two Lamborghini cars in Sri Lanka and not many as claimed by the opposition.Transport Minister Kumara Welgama said that the opposition keeps accusing the government of importing Lamborghini cars to the country when there are only two in Sri Lanka. Premadasa accused the government of looking to import luxury cars for the Commonwealth summit in November using public funds. (Colombo Gazette) When asked who brought down the two cars the Minister said he did not know as his subject covers only public transport. The Minister was responding to a question posed by UNP MP Sajith Premadasa in Parliament today. read more

Tobacco poses major global threat to women and girls UN health agency

The WHO study, entitled Women and the Tobacco Epidemic – Challenges for the 21st Century, points out that tobacco companies are increasingly peddling their wares in developing countries and economies in transition. The agency charges that the corporations are using “false images of good health, fitness, stress relief, beauty and being slim” to appeal to women. WHO accuses tobacco companies of “exploiting the struggle of women everywhere for equality” by promoting tobacco products as a means of attaining maturity, gaining confidence and being sexually attractive. The agency also points out that by sponsoring beauty pageants, sports events and even women’s organizations, the tobacco companies influence young females to use their products. The study highlights recent findings on how tobacco is particularly harmful to women. “Pregnant women who chew tobacco or smoke, or who are exposed to second-hand smoke, have a higher risk of miscarriages and give birth to low-weight babies who are prone to infection,” WHO states, noting also that smokers are more likely to experience infertility and an increased risk of early menopause. Commenting on the study’s findings, WHO Director-General Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland stressed the need to protect the rights of women and children to a safe environment. “Women everywhere are exposed to second-hand smoke and suffer serious health consequences because of it,” she observed. “New evidence shows that parental smoking contributes to higher rates of sudden infant death syndrome as well as asthma, bronchitis, colds and pneumonia in children.” The study contains a number of recommendations to respond to the tobacco threat, including bans on public smoking and tobacco advertisements, economic measures such as tax increases, and the dissemination of relevant health information to women and girls. WHO also calls for the full integration of gender issues into the proposed framework convention on tobacco control, which is now under negotiation as the world’s first legally binding international treaty on the issue. read more

UN agricultural fund lending money to train poorest farmers in Lesotho

The programme will teach the farmers better use and management of land and water while improving traditional animal husbandry techniques, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) said. IFAD will lend the Government of Lesotho $10.1 million for the programme, while the Government will donate $1.7 million and the farmers themselves will invest $200,000 in soil and water conservation projects.

Pokemon doughnuts exercise classes tap games popularity

by Bree Fowler, The Associated Press Posted Aug 26, 2016 9:59 am MDT Last Updated Aug 26, 2016 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Pokemon doughnuts, exercise classes tap game’s popularity. In this Friday, July 22, 2016, photo, Pecha Berry Pokeseed doughnuts, top left and center, are displayed in a box of doughnuts from Doughnut Plant, in New York. From doughnut shops to zoos, businesses and organizations are finding creative ways to capitalize on “Pokemon Go.” (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Weeks into the “Pokemon Go” craze, demand remains strong for “Poke Ball”-shaped treats made by a high-end doughnut company, one of many businesses and organizations coming up with creative ways to lure players in their search for the elusive “pocket monsters.”Even on sweltering summer days, the popular smartphone game has gotten throngs of players out of their homes to real-world locations designated as “PokeStops” and “Gyms.” Theme parks, bars and even a county animal shelter are among those trying to capitalize on that surge in foot traffic.In New York, Doughnut Plant created an edible version of the Poke Ball — dubbing it the Pokeseed — after a Pokemon-obsessed employee realized that all four of the company’s shops are either PokeStops or very close to one, owner Mark Israel said. And one location is an in-game Gym, making it a gathering place to both consume and virtually burn off calories.The team at Doughnut Plant designed the fruity treat in less than a day, using cranberry-raspberry and white chocolate icings to recreate the red-and-white Poke Balls, the objects used in the game to capture monsters. The Pokeseed is stuffed with a peach-strawberry cream filling, an imagining of Pokemon’s mythical pecha berry.Pictures went out on social media the next morning, “and before they were delivered, people were already coming to the stores,” Israel said.Doughnut Plant has already sold thousands of Pokeseeds, and customers frequently post pictures of them on Instagram. They’re still selling strong, so Doughnut Plant has no plan to take them off the menu any time soon.Meanwhile, a trendy food court near New York’s Penn Station put up a sign urging passersby to catch a Pokemon instead of a train, while the city’s parks department created “PokeFit” classes for kids to play while exercising.Earlier, the Busch Gardens theme park in Florida hosted a Pokemon “lure-a-thon,” with some PokeStops accessible only by season-pass members for one hour. The Pawtucket Red Sox baseball team in Rhode Island invited fans onto the field to chase the virtual monsters.Police in Manchester, New Hampshire, even tried to lure fugitives by claiming to have detected a rare Charizard in the booking area. A Facebook post invited those on a list of “lucky ones” to capture the monster — the list happens to be filled with the city’s most wanted.Andy Wong of Kurt Salmon Digital, which helps retailers connect digitally with consumers, said the game has worked well for small businesses, though there hasn’t been a good way for larger companies with hundreds of stores to automate the “lures” they buy to attract digital monsters — and with them, players and potential customers.And even for small businesses, he said, the ability to draw customers may have diminished as the game loses its novelty.But those that caught the bug early saw tangible benefits.The Phoenix Zoo was a hotbed of Pokemon activity right after the game’s release last month, even when temperatures climbed as high as 112 degrees. It helped that a Pokemon Gym was housed in the zoo’s conveniently air conditioned orangutan house.After noticing that some visitors were on the hunt for more than just traditional zoo creatures, the zoo opened an hour early at 6 a.m. for a week during what’s usually a slow time of year. The zoo also converted its train into a “PokeShuttle” that pointed out PokeStops along with its animal exhibits. On the first day of the promotion, attendance more than doubled from a week earlier, and sign-ups for new memberships spiked, said zoo spokeswoman Kerri Baumann.“It has snowballed in the most exciting and fun way,” she said.Given the popularity, zoo officials are considering having additional Pokemon-themed activities, she said.Other furry creatures have benefited, too. The Wake County Animal Center in Raleigh, North Carolina, said its Pokemon-themed social media posts prompted about 25 applications for volunteer dog walkers, about four times what it usually gets.“If people are getting out and walking, why not come out here and walk the dogs and catch some Pokemon?” said Jennifer Federico, Wake County’s animal services director. “It’s fun and it gets people out.”The shelter also named dogs and cats after Pokemon characters in hopes of giving animals that may get overlooked a second chance at adoption, she said.Bars and restaurants are getting in on the action as well, both through numerous Pokemon-themed bar crawls around the country and by taking advantage of nearby stops and gyms on their own.Because street art accounts for a substantial number of PokeStops, especially in big cities, the Tyron Public House bar and restaurant in New York has seen a slight bump in business, thanks to a large mural outside. Some patrons have paid for lures to attract more Pokemon; others return the favour by buying them drinks.“It’s kind of fun to see people playing and say, ‘Here you go. Enjoy,’” Tyron manager Errol Flynn said. “For us, it’s not so much about organized events as much as it is about keeping up with social and what’s going on in the neighbourhood.”___AP Writer Martha Waggoner in Raleigh, North Carolina, contributed to this report.___Follow Bree Fowler at Her work can be found at read more

Shoulder to shoulder why Irelands Call became the anthem for rugbys new

first_img Feb 1st 2017, 5:00 PM This is part of The42′s Class of 95 series, a week-long examination of professional rugby in Ireland. The Irish team singing Ireland’s Call in 2006. Source: ©INPHOON THE DAY that Croke Park hosted a Six Nations game between Ireland and England in 2007, former rugby international Trevor Ringland approached a guard on his way to the stadium.He wanted to know what pockets of the surrounding area were likely to see sectarian ructions, not because he wanted to avoid them, but because he wanted to see what would unfold.What he discovered told him everything he needed to know about what that day would come to signify for the people of both islands.“There was one guy there with a whole load of placards, but he was on his own,” Ringland tells The42.“It showed to me a growing relaxation and a growing maturity in relationships between the people on this island and that is the way to go.“And then you go into the ground and there was a good-natured atmosphere, the power and symbolism around the whole event, and I thought that this is what we want for the future — to have respect for the diversity on the island, the traditions on the island and between these islands.” Trevor Ringland. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOElsewhere in the stands, a policeman and friend of Ringland’s was sitting in the stadium surrounded by ‘GAA men’, most of whom were from Munster. During their conversation, the subject of national anthems came up. God Save The Queen, Amhrán na bhFiann, and Ireland’s Call were on the playlist that day and in light of this, they reached a compromise.“He turned around to them and said, ‘Right lads, what’s it gonna be? All three (songs) or none?’“They all agreed to sing all three anthems and help each other with the different parts. He said the drink was flowing and the banter was great. It was just a very powerful day and we should never let go of the game. We should never let those who hate the most determine what we do.“It just brings misery to the people of this island, whichever background they’re from. We should keep reminding ourselves of what’s possible.”Ringland also sang the trio of anthems for the first time in his life, on a day which marked a poignant moment in Irish history following a century of healing.Ringland has always enjoyed Ireland’s Call, and the symbolic power behind ‘the four proud provinces of Ireland.’ His former teammate Jim Glennon, however, has only in recent years come to find an appreciation for the song.“It did nothing for me,” Glennon says.“For me, in Lansdowne Road, the anthem was Amhrán na bhFiann. That was the anthem of my country and it was an extremely proud honour to stand for the national anthem with a green jersey on you.“I just couldn’t feel the same pride for Ireland’s Call. In fact, I felt it diluted and undermined Amhrán na bhFiann. I saw the idea and I knew what they were trying to achieve, but it did absolutely nothing for me.“I won’t say it grew on me, it still wouldn’t be my listening of choice, but I’d become used to it and I know now that it means an awful lot to an entire generation who’ve grown up with it.“And as such, it is now representative of the Irish people who like and accept it. On that basis, I go along with that.”During his time of indifference towards the song, Glennon kept his criticisms to himself and actively dodged the subject in the company of former teammates. He always sang it, particularly when he was the manager of the Ireland U19s squad that competed in the 1997 World Cup.But on occasion, Glennon sat down during Ireland’s Call to demonstrate how he felt. It wasn’t until he saw a TV3 documentary on the anthem that he reconsidered his views.I was just sitting at home by the fire, watching television and I didn’t know the documentary was on, it just appeared. I hadn’t any prior thinking about it. It just appeared and I saw my former teammates and I just saw it in a totally different context and a totally different light.“I’m removed, to a large degree, from rugby. And it’s probably (through) my time in politics that I’ve become much more aware of the relationships between north and south. I was actively involved in a few projects during my time in politics that related to the north.” Donncha O’Callaghan, John Hayes, Brian O’Driscoll at Croke Park in 2007. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOBefore the arrival of Ireland’s Call in 1995, Amhrán na bhFiann was the sole anthem that preceded Ireland’s rugby matches. Glennon recalls watching the Ulster contingent of the team standing diligently for a song which wasn’t the natural identifier of their homeland.“They stood for Amhrán na bhFiann which, to a certain element up north, was absolute anathema. At that time, no other anthems were played at Lansdowne Road. The visiting anthem wasn’t played and it’s only in the last 12 or 15 years since the visiting anthem was played again in Lansdowne Road.”The euphemistically-termed ’Troubles’ caused violent division throughout the island, but never penetrated the Irish rugby fraternity.There was one occasion when it could have.A few weeks before the 1987 World Cup, some of the Irish players were driving across the border to a training session in Dublin when a bomb exploded. The IRA had planted the bomb, with the intention of targeting Lord Justice Maurice Gibson, but the Irish players were caught in the blast.Nigel Carr along with his teammates Philip Rainey and David Irwin survived the incident, but Carr’s injuries prevented him from ever playing rugby again.On account of that tragic event, Amhrán na bhFiann was deemed an inappropriate choice of song for the World Cup. The Rose of Tralee was picked as the alternative track, which the players discovered when the music started playing ahead of their opening game against Wales.It wasn’t a popular choice, and ultimately led to Phil Coulter writing Ireland’s Call in 1995.Watching the documentary that night, Glennon relived the events which ended Carr’s rugby career, though this time with a different perspective.“It really didn’t make a huge impact on us (at the time). We were totally focused on going to a World Cup four weeks later. Nigel never played again, which was a huge loss to the team and to Irish rugby.“He was an outstanding rugby player and a crucial member of that team. We were a different team without him. Looking at it now, on more mature reflection, we took so much for granted down here as to what our colleagues were going through up there to play rugby.“It was looking at the lads and how close they had come to death on that documentary and I think a lot, if not all, of my southern colleagues had missed (that) back in ’87.”Ringland’s rugby career produced conflicting outcomes when it came to the Troubles. When he scored a try against England in Twickenham in the mid-80s, both wings of the Maze Prison cheered. A few years later, people from both nations called for him to be dropped after letting an English winger score a try.Standing for Amhrán na bhFiann before rugby matches created similar problems for him.“We stood out of respect and I learned very quickly that you never can get these things right,” he says.“One person said to my mother after my first match that she should be very proud of me playing for Ireland and all that, but that I didn’t stand too straight for that song. Then walking down the street, another person said to tell me that I stood far too straight for the song. You realise that you can’t please everybody.”Ringland grew up in west Belfast. His father was a member of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) who was later transferred to “The Glens of Antrim,” where he was appointed a sergeant.Accounting for the threat coming from both sides of the border, his family routinely checked the underside of his car for traces of any explosives, and his parents kept a gun under their bed in the family quarters of the police station where they lived. Jim Glennon. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOBut despite carrying out those cautious measures, civil strife still found a way to interfere with their lives.“There was one night when he was leaving the police station in North Belfast and came under attack by the IRA and he had to dive under the car,” he says. “He eventually made it back into the police station but he was stuck there with a two-hour gun battle between the IRA and the security forces.“Meanwhile, my mother got a phone call from the local police station saying that loyalists were burning the policemen out of their houses. It just shows you sometimes the difficult position they were in.”Ringland was aware of the fractured relations between Ireland and England, but rugby offered him a sanctuary from the ongoing conflict. It was through fostering relationships with players from all four provinces on the island, that he developed a hopeful vision for the future.“The most dangerous place in the world in the 80s for a police officer was Northern Ireland. And yet, I found myself on an all-Ireland rugby team playing with people who I liked and enjoyed.“We were good friends and there was a good atmosphere that was able to respect the British and Irishness of the whole island. There was an atmosphere of friendship and as we look to the future, I think that’s the dynamic that we have to make sure comes through rather than the dynamic of the past.”Ireland’s Call provoked criticism from many when it was first introduced and the detractors still exist today. Glennon believes that the song is “a worthy reflection” of what “Irish rugby has contributed to the wider Irish society.”For Ringland, it’s an appropriate tribute to those who suffered directly as a result of the Troubles.“I think that people need to understand what it actually achieves. It is a song that people across the whole island can embrace and enjoy. It’s something that creates a sense of inclusion and respect for the new traditions across this island.“That is something that should never in any way be played down or underestimated.“When you think of those who lost loved ones during the Troubles — is it too much to ask that we allow some symbol like Ireland’s Call come through that actually builds relationships?“Is that not the least we can do for those families who suffered so much, that we could at least start doing things a bit differently to the way that we’ve done in the past?“We’ve tried the hate route, so why not try friendship? That’s a lot of what people who criticise Ireland’s Call don’t get.”Subscribe to The42 Rugby Show podcast here: 121 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Shoulder to shoulder: why Ireland’s Call became the anthem for rugby’s new era Trevor Ringland and Jim Glennon discuss what the anthem means to them. Wednesday 1 Feb 2017, 5:00 PM By Sinead Farrell Androidcenter_img From 200 diehards to 11,000 season-ticket holders: how Leinster compete in the professional gameWeights, nutrition and psychology: What makes the modern rugby player? iTunes Short URL Share Tweet Email1 23,338 Views last_img read more

Eight people deported as gardaí mount immigration operation in Louth

first_img Short URL An Immigration Operation occurred at Dundalk, Co. Louth on the 6th Feb, where 8 persons were found to be in breach of immigration offences.— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) February 10, 2017 Saturday 11 Feb 2017, 7:43 AM 32,441 Views Share309 Tweet Email By Garreth MacNamee AN IMMIGRATION OPERATION designed to catch people illegally staying in Ireland resulted in eight people being deported.A garda checkpoint was put in place in Dundalk, Louth, near the border with the North where documents of those suspected of being here illegally were checked. The operation was carried out last week.The eight people had travelled from Britain to Northern Ireland and were attempting to come to the Republic. 97 Comments center_img Feb 11th 2017, 7:43 AM Source: An Garda Síochána/Twitter Eight people deported as gardaí mount immigration operation in Louth All eight have been repatriated since the incident last week. Gardai confirmed that the incident took place and said the eight people had been repatriated to their country of origin.Read: Elderly man in shock after raiders with screwdrivers break into his home >Read: Swimmers defy shark ban and form human chain to save 200 whales > Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Uncharted 4 is Finally Getting a Coop Mode Next Month

first_img Co-op has been a standard feature of the Uncharted series ever since the second game. However, it was noticeably missing in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. Naughty Dog promised that a co-op mode would eventually be added to the game and the developer is making good on that just before the end of the year.Similar to Co-op Arena from Uncharted 2 and Uncharted 3, Survival is a wave-based co-op mode where players must face 50 waves of enemies and challenges. As you would expect, each successive wave will be more difficult than the last. Players will also be expected to contend with specific objectives such as defending a single area, collecting treasures within a time limit, or taking out marked enemies.There will even be random modifiers that make it so you can only use pistols or can only dispatch foes with headshots. Players can choose from multiple difficulties and can unlock Crushing Mode (the hardest difficulty) after completing Survival on Hard Mode. Enemies will come in the form of Brutes, Snipers, and Hunters. After every ten waves, players will have to face a Pirate Warlord boss — one of which is a Djinn-wielding version of Henry Avery.Survival has its own dedicated progression system, relic challenges, and load outs that are independent of the regular multiplayer. As players increase in rank, they’ll earn upgrades for weapons and Survival-exclusive boosters. There are also vanity items that can only be earned by playing Survival. These items can be worn in both Survival and Multiplayer.Uncharted 4: Survival will launch sometime in December. Folks who are in Anaheim next week for the annual PlayStation Experience event will have a chance to be among the first to play this mode. Stay on target Hands-On: ‘Stranded Sails’ Is a Relaxing Farm Sim AdventureHere’s an Hour of Incomprehensible ‘Death Stranding’ Gameplay last_img read more

HandsOn Dr Mario World Is Nintendos Mobile Drug

first_imgStay on target Ever since announcing its partnership with DeNA a few years ago to produce mobile games, Nintendo has already brought some of its biggest franchises to iOS and Android devices. Super Mario, Fire Emblem, Animal Crossing, and soon Mario Kart are all on the most ubiquitous pieces of tech out there. However, some true heavy hitters like Zelda and Metroid and Smash Bros. are still missing. That’s why I was surprised to learn that Nintendo’s next mobile is based on the fun and catchy but relatively B-tier puzzle game Dr. Mario.However, after playing Dr. Mario World myself I totally get it. Nintendo wants to be the ones who give you the next Candy Crush Saga and reap in that kind of success. I don’t know if this will do that, but if nothing else Dr. Mario World is a clever little mobile puzzle game.Whereas most falling block puzzle game are about creating and clearing huge solid masses of blocks, Dr. Mario has players creating lines to target specific colorful viruses. And that’s still the case in Dr. Mario World. But while that general concept remains, this mobile game plays surprisingly different from the NES original.For starters, instead of dropping pills down, in Dr. Mario World you drag them up from the bottom. Nintendo says this helps visibility with one-handed touch screen play, but you do need to rethink your whole puzzle approach. You can drag pills side to side as they float up but you can’t pull them back down. My best combos came from quickly dragging and T-spinning pieces of used pills over to new strategic locations before they floated out of the window. The game calls for a different kind of quick-thinking puzzle game reflex.My demo also showcased several twists players can expect in the 200 levels. The limited number of randomized pills turns each around into a larger puzzle in and of itself. Trigger bombs or bouncing koopa shells to take out whole clusters of viruses. Clear as many viruses as possible with unlimited blocks like in the original game. It stays surprisingly fresh. And that’s before you get into power-ups like stem cell-esque miracle pills that clear viruses of all colors or the special abilities of the different doctor and helper versions of Mario characters I can’t quite reveal yet.Unfortunately, Dr. Mario World is still a free-to-play mobile game. There’s a multiplayer mode that might tear me away from Tetris 99 but it requires a pointless internet connection even in single-player. There are inconvenient, flow-halting hearts and stamina bars to worry about. And running out of medicine forces you to spend real money or wait to die, just like America’s actual health care system. But it’s not exactly Nintendo’s fault the mobile game scene is the way it is. You people wouldn’t even spend ten dollars on a pretty good Mario runner game.Dr. Mario World is available on iOS and Android right now. For more on Nintendo check out these cool Nintendo Switch games. ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Ring Fit Adventure’ Is a Nintendo Switch Exercise RPG last_img read more

Radian boosts staff engagement

first_imgHousing association Radian has seen its employee engagement levels increase from 58% in 2010 to 84% this year, according to ratings calculated by business performance firm ORC International.Radian achieved the highest employee engagement rating of all the UK housing associations analysed by ORC International. The average housing association rating is 74%, and an average of 65% across the public sector.The results of an engagement survey, which received responses from three-quarters of the housing association’s 1,400 employees, found 88% said they would recommend Radian as a place to work. In addition, 86% of respondents said they are proud to work for the organisation.Lindsay Todd, chief executive at Radian, said: “We focus on staff engagement because we know it delivers business improvement like nothing else. We’ve saved costs, increased value for money and innovation, reduced staff sickness and turnover and, most importantly, improved customer satisfaction.“There is always room to improve, however, and we’ve got our sights on reaching the sort of engagement attained by employees of the very best organisations, of any sort, in the country. We want to be among the best places both to work and be a customer [of].”last_img read more

Aduris employer gets life term

first_img11-year-old domestic help Aduri was brutally tortured by her employer. Photo: Prothom AloA tribunal on Tuesday sentenced a female employer to life term imprisonment in a much-talked-about case filed over the brutal torture of house maid Aduri at a house in the capital’s Mirpur.The convicted employer was Nourin Jahan Nodi. Judge Joyoshree Samaddar of Dhaka Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-3 handed down the verdict acquitting Aduri’s mother Israt Jahan. The court also fined Tk 100 thousand to Nodi. According to the case statement, on 23 September  2013, the 11-year-old domestic help Aduri was found unconscious in a heap of garbage at the capital’s Pallabi with severe wounds inflicted by physical abuses. Later, Aduri’s maternal uncle Nazrul Chowdhury filed a case with Pallabi police station accusing four people including Nodi and her mother Israt Jahan. After almost two months treatment at the DMCH, Aduri returned to her village in Patuakhali on 17 November 2013. After the incident, Aduri’s employer Nourin Jahan Nodi and her mother Ishrat Jahan were arrested on charges of abuse the domestic help. On 10 October of the same year, sub inspector Queen Akhter, investigation officer (IO) of the case, submitted the charge sheet against the two accused in the case. The charge was framed against them on 6 June 2014. A total of 14 prosecution witnesses gave testimonies before the court during trial proceedings since the trial started against Nodi and her mother Ishrat Jahan on 6 June 2014. On completion of arguments hearing in the case, the court, on 9 July this year, fixed 18 July to deliver its verdict.last_img read more

Charm Citys Charmers Share Their Valentines Day Plans Perry Hopkins is lighting a fuse and seeing what happens this Valentine’s Day he tells the AFRO.Whether you’ve been planning for weeks or just remembering now that you saw the headline (oh man, you’re in trouble), Valentine’s Day is upon us… a day to celebrate love in all its forms.  Baltimoreans the city over have made their preparations and a number of them have shared those plans with the AFRO.Melissa is heading off to the Royal Farms Arena to see Katt Williams this Valentine’s Day weekend.Perry Hopkins says that he will be meeting with an old friend for “some soft conversation [and] a hot meal at an all you can eat place.”Hopkins says that he has known this particular friend for six years. “We’re getting reacquainted,” he said. “Light thefuse and see what happens.”One young woman who gave the name “Melissa” says she will be off to the Royal Farms Arena this weekend. “I’m supposed to go see the Katt Williams show,” said the coy Melissa, who added she would be attending with her “significant other.”Jaylan Jennings has set his eyes on some NBA All-Star festivities this weekend in New York.Jaylan Jennings set his sights pretty high, telling the AFRO he is heading with his girlfriend and mother of his child to New York for the NBA All-Star Weekend.  “She’s happy,” said a grinning Jennings.Not everyone will be spending Valentine’s with a certain somebody, but that does not mean that there is no room to dosomething special.Peaches Lloyd is taking the occasion to treat herself this Valentine’s Day.“I’m treating myself for Valentine’s day,” said Peaches Lloyd.  “I’m getting my hair done, making myself look pretty and I’m going to the movies . . . because I want to love on me; I just want to love me tomorrow.”last_img read more

China now lets parents control kids access to online games

first_imgWhile most of us enjoy playing games regularly, we know when to stop and go do something else. That’s a bit harder to do when you’re playing online games when there’s always something you can be doing and your party needs you there.In China, online gaming is huge and it can lead to a lot of gamers spending every waking minute online, therefore neglecting their education, jobs, and in some cases even their health. This addiction is a growing problem, and the Chinese government is trying to figure out ways to control it.For younger gamers, the responsibility is now being placed on the parents to monitor their time playing games. To support this the Ministry of Public Security has issued new rules that come into being on March 1.These rules state that a parent should be able to monitor and control their child’s gaming wherever they choose to play. So a parent can put in place time limits and spending limits on a per weekly or monthly basis.The problem with this is anyone operating a gaming establishment has to support the system, which requires logging the identity of the child gamer and associating it with registered parents or guardians. That gamer’s time and spending then needs to monitored and limited when appropriate. All that additional work will cost money and staff time which the companies running these places will have to pick up.For young gamers who spend double-digit hours a week playing games, it’s going to come as a shock. The guidelines from the Chinese government are that anyone classed as a child shouldn’t be playing more than two hours a week online, or spending more than 10 yuan ($1.50) a month.Read more at AFP, image courtesy of The TelegraphMatthew’s OpinionIf you are a family in China who already has a child spending too much time at the local online gaming establishment, this is going to be a welcome new system. Sure, it will make the kid very angry when they get cut off automatically, but if it helps get their attention back on school, sports, and remaining healthy, it’s worth it.For others, it will seem like yet more restrictions in a country already heavy regulated and controlled by the government. This is a parental control rather than government led, but this new set of data that needs to be stored per person could be used by the government too.Gaming establishments have no choice but to accept the new rules or most likely get shutdown. It will be a rush to get the system implemented before March 1, and in doing so they may see a big decline in revenue as they are forced to cut access to some of their most profitable young gamers.last_img read more

LulzSec offers revenge against Sega Pass hackers

first_imgDetails on last week’s hack of Sega Pass have been scarce, and while Sega does say that no sensitive personal information was stolen during the attack, we do know now that over 1.29 million usernames, passwords, e-mail addresses, and birth dates were stolen. Now, an unexpected organization has stepped forward to offer Sega their help in identifying and taking revenge against the hackers: LulzSec.The recent series of attacks targeting gaming companies have largely been blamed on LulzSec, even though the group hasn’t taken credit for a number of them. The BioWare forum hack last week and the Sega Pass hack late last week were both largely assumed to be LulzSec at work, but they say that’s not the case. Now the group is stepping up to offer Sega their help in tracking down the people responsible.LulzSec tweeted their outrage over the hack, telling Sega to contact them and that they want to “help you destroy the hackers that attacked you.” They expressed their love for the Dreamcast, and said those responsible for the breach are “going down.”The real question is whether or not LulzSec is being sincere in their desire to bring the Sega Pass hackers to justice, or if they’re simply using their podium to throw others off their trail. It’s very possible – even likely – that someone else is responsible for the Sega Pass hack, as well as some of the other hacks that have been pinned on LulzSec.Regardless, Sega is likely already working with law enforcement agencies to determine the real culprits behind the hack. They, like other gaming companies, are also likely working to plug the holes in their network security. Still, the fact that LulzSec has stepped up as an avenging enforcer on Sega’s behalf certainly adds to the drama around this month’s hacking spree.Read more at Yahoo! Newslast_img read more

Two adults two minors arrested in Cancun taxi shooting

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — Four people have been arrested in the shooting deaths of two inside a Cancun taxi earlier this week. La Fiscalía General de Quintana Roo says shortly after the attack, they arrested the four, two of which have been identified as Luis N and Juan Carlos N along with two minors. Guns were found at the time of the arrests. Police say their investigation continues. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) In a press release, the Attorney General of the State of Quintana Roo says that an investigation into the drive-by shooting that left two dead and three injured has resulted in the arrest of four people. Of those arrested, they report two are adults and two, minors. The shooting took place at Hacienda La Ventilla Avenue in SM 201 of Cancun when witnesses called Emergency 911 after people on motorcycles began a targeted attack on those inside the taxi. Two people were killed and two injured inside the car, while a third man, a passing combi driver, was hit by a stray bullet in the leg. last_img read more