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Brandon Sheperd doing some work (USATSI)Oklahoma State jumped to No. 16 in the AP Poll on Sunday, one spot behind the other OSU (in Ohio) and one spot ahead of Kansas State.It’s the seventh straight year OSU has been ranked inside the AP top 20 (it was No. 21 last week).Here’s a look at the high mark every year since Gundy took over (lower on the chart is better):The Pokes should have a chance to sneak inside the top 15 by the time the easy portion of the schedule is over with and it heads to TCU in two weeks. Who knows, that might be a matchup of top 10 teams at that point.Also, OU is ahead of TCU in the Coaches Poll because…If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Liverpool will aim to cap a fine end to 2018 with victory over Arsenal which will temporarily extend their lead over reigning champions Manchester City in the Premier League to a further nine points.With Pep Guardiola’s men not facing Southampton until Sunday, Jurgen Klopp’s side can take a further grip on the title race if they can overcome the Gunners.After a 22-game unbeaten run, Arsenal have struggled in recent weeks and were held to a disappointing draw by Brighton on Boxing Day . Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Unai Emery’s team are winless at Anfield in their last five visits and have shipped at least twice in each of those failures. Game Liverpool vs Arsenal Date Saturday, December 29 Time 5:30pm GMT / 12:30pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be televised live on BT Sport 1 and available to be livestreamed online with BT Sport Live. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 1 BT Sport Live Squads & Team News Position Liverpool players Goalkeepers Alisson, Mignolet, Grabara Defenders Clyne, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Lovren, Gomez, Robertson, Matip Midfielders Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Keita, Henderson, Lallana, Camacho, Jones Forwards Mane, Salah, Firmino, Sturridge, Shaqiri, Origi Jurgen Klopp has made just one change to the side that beat Newcastle 4-0, as Fabinho replaces Jordan Henderson in the middle of the park.The Reds skipper had started the last two games, but given the busy festive schdule Jurgen Klopp has selected to rotate his midfield and introduce Fabinho.James Milner has been ruled out of the clash on Saturday, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Rhian Brewster remain long-term injury absentees.Confirmed Liverpool XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Lovren, Robertson; Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Shaqiri, Salah, Firmino, Mane Position Arsenal players Goalkeepers Leno, Cech, Martinez Defenders Bellerin, Lichtsteiner, Koscielny, Monreal, Kolasinac, Jenkinson, Mustafi, Sokratis Midfielders Mkhitaryan, Torreira, Xhaka, Iwobi, Guendouzi, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Ozil Forwards Aubameyang, Smith Rowe, Nketiah, Lacazette Alexandre Lacazette has been dropped for the trip to Anfield and Aaron Ramsey has been selected to start for the visitors.Mesut Ozil was hauled off at half-time at Brighton and was absent from the Gunners’ travelling squad as they arrived in Liverpool.Shkodran Mustafi has been passed fit for the game, but Hector Bellerin (left calf) is missing.Confirmed Arsenal XI: Leno; Lichtsteiner, Mustafi, Sokratis, Maitland-Niles, Kolasinac; Torreira, Xhaka; Ramsey, Iwobi AubameyangBetting & Match Odds Liverpool are the favourites at 1/2, with Arsenal priced at 6/1 to emerge from the game victorius, according to bet 365 . A draw is rated at 15/4.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Saturday evening’s clash at Anfield will see the Premier League’s two leading goalscorers face off against each other, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang edging out Mohamed Salah by just one strike – topping the charts with 13 goals for the season so far.Liverpool have managed to extend their league at the top of the table to six points following their 4-0 Boxing Day win over Newcastle, in tandem with Man City’s shock back-to-back defeats to Crystal Palace and Leicester.The Gunners will be aiming to put pressure on the top four as they sit just two points behind Chelsea in fourth-place, though come off the backs of a disappointing Boxing Day win to league struggles Brighton.Klopp has dismissed suggestions that his side remain in strong contention to lift their first league title since 1990, reminding reporters that the Reds still have to face both Arsenal and Man City in their next two Premier League fixtures.“That means nothing,” admitted Klopp earlier in the week. “We play Arsenal and City. Good that we have six points more than other teams but that is pretty much what we wanted to do all the time, create a basis for the rest of the season. “Now the first part of the season is over. We want to create our own history so the first time in the Premier League unbeaten, we conceded seven goals, that is good. “Numbers good, good situation, but 19 games to go.”The year prior to Liverpool’s last title victory provided the greatest end to a top-flight season in recent memory, when Arsenal won 2-0 at Anfield to claim the First Division title .While Emery’s side do not arrive on Merseyside in the type of rude health enjoyed by George Graham’s side nearly 30 years ago, they have the tools to cause an upset even if their early season form has not been sustained.”It is a very big match for us and them. They are unbeaten this season and will be confident,” said the Spaniard ahead of the clash.”For us it is a big challenge and a good test, of who we are and the difference between them and us.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Chennai: Chennai Super Kings batsman Sam Billings on Tuesday said collective effort was behind the team’s triumph in the 2018 edition of IPL as different players stepped up at various occasions. “What stood out for me was that ours was a collective effort,” the England cricketer, who made his debut for CSK last season, was quoted as saying on chennaisuperkings.com. “Of course, there were a couple of standout performances like (Ambati) Rayudu’s consistency and (Shane) Watson’s brilliance. Although, actually, if you look at the different games that we won, it was different players at different times stepping up,” Billings said. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhHe said it was phenomenal team effort last year and hoped for more of the same this year. “It was phenomenal how much of a team effort it was. Hopefully, more of the same this year,” he added. Billings is training with the rest of the squad at the M A Chidambaram stadium here ahead of the IPL-12 opener between CSK and Royal Challengers Bangalore on March 23. The dashing England batsman said continuity helped, adding one grows in confidence knowing that people back you, referring to the CSK’s decision to retain 23 members from the pervious season. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”Continuity helps immensely, certainly as individual players, but also as a group, you grow in confidence knowing that people ultimately back you. It allows you to play with freedom and enjoy it,” he added. Billings also spoke about captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s calming influence on the team and said his clarity of thought the whole time is astonishing. “His clarity of thought the whole time is astonishing, knowing what you need to do at that very moment and not get ahead of yourself. It feeds off to other players,” he said. Meanwhile, CSK players sweated it out at training on Tuesday. Dhoni batted at the nets and went for big shots while coach Stephen Fleming kept a watch on proceedings. Australia all-rounder Shane Watson, who shone in the recently concluded Pakistan Super League (PSL) and West Indies veteran Dwayne Bravo, who linked up with the squad on Monday, took part in the training session.
Madrid – Some 35 Moroccan nationals were injured in a bus accident that occurred Sunday on a highway close to the town of Montoro in the province of Córdoba (Southern Spain), Morocco’s Consulate General in Seville said.A Moroccan national is seriously injured, while the others suffer minor injuries, the consulate pointed out.Two people were killed and 49 others were injured in this accident which occurred when a bus, linking between Algeciras and Madrid, collided with a disabled truck parked on the highway. The killed people, including the bus driver, are of Spanish nationality.
Titled “Mongolia and the e-world,” the report covers the spread of information and communications technology in the Central Asian country. It was produced by UNTV for the CNN World Report, a programme shown daily on CNN International and weekly on CNN in the United States. The Conference, held from 28 May to 1 June, brought together over 200 international journalists and broadcast executives. It culminated in the Awards Ceremony, which honoured the best features in 10 categories produced for CNN World Report in 2000.Over the years, UNTV has been honoured nine times by the Conference. Previous awards have been granted for programmes that covered current affairs, environmental issues and financial issues.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — An official scoring change in Ohio State’s 62-39 victory over Michigan has credited Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins with a sixth touchdown pass in the game.Parris Campbell was originally credited with a 78-yard rushing TD on a play in which he crossed in front of Haskins, took the ball and raced for a score. After the game, coaches and players said the ball was flipped from Haskins to Campbell, which makes it a forward pass. There were no video replays from game coverage confirming the ball was tossed forward and not handed off, so the initial ruling of a rush stood.Ohio State announced Sunday after receiving visual evidence that confirmed the flip that Haskins would be credited with a touchdown pass and additional passing yards.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25The Associated Press
Like the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame (im-halloffame.com), the AEM Hall celebrates equipment industry innovators and leaders; a legacy for continued industry growth & achievement. AEM focuses in off-road equipment and two of the 2013 inductees have had influence on equipment used in mining: Ray O’Connor, Topcon Positioning Group and Friedrich W. Schwing, Sr., Schwing GmbH. These inductees have been evaluated by an independent panel of industry experts on five criteria that are vital to the health of the off-road equipment manufacturing industry: 1) innovation, 2) industry contributions, 3) leadership, 4) corporate citizenship/social responsibility and 5) sustainability.Friedrich Schwing, Sr., founder of Schwing, has more than 1,200 patents relating to innovations in material handling and construction equipment. Most notably, the Schwing all-hydraulic, twin-cylinder concrete pump design powers the majority of modern concrete pumps. This invention established a new method for moving concrete through a pipeline resulting in structures that could not have been built prior to the modern concrete pump. His invention resulted in efficiency without the manual labour and with extraordinary speed of placement never before achieved by other methods.His engineering expertise was not only aimed at product performance but also operator safety. Schwing helped establish the American Concrete Pumping Association (ACPA), which has safety as a key focus. Schwing’s corporate policy directed resources towards safety guidelines, safety seminars, safety materials and hundreds of hours of donated employee time on industry committees and boards.Schwing led by example with a work ethic and modesty that meant he wore the oldest suit and drove a 20-year-old car. His leadership style was to delegate functions better left to his employees, so he could pursue solutions through engineering. Schwing also had a penchant for sustainability before it was popular. Another of his innovations was a ready-mix reclaimer introduced in the 1980s to convert returned concrete to its components of sand, aggregate, cement and water. This system provides 100% recycling of these materials for economic and environmental benefits, especially less water use and excess concrete dumping.Ray O’Connor joined Topcon in 1993 as the only employee dedicated to laser products. O’Connor had one goal: automate the construction industry. Today, with the joining of imaging, GNSS, scanning, and software technology, there are few construction sites that do not use automated positioning. To meet the global requirement of positioning automation, he developed a ring of technology centres where the brightest geospatial engineers in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia create the next generation of products.O’Connor mandates that every product for every market segment supports the theme of “time”: saving it by increasing productivity, minimising the disruptive footprint of a project and reducing use of renewable and non-renewable resources. www.aem.org/HallofFameRecognising the importance of educating future generations of end users, O’Connor helped implement the Topcon Educational Partnership Program, which provides a full range of educational tools to more than 500 universities and associations worldwide.O’Connor is the 2006 recipient of Toshiba Corp’s Business Performance Award (the first recipient of non-Japanese descent) for “his superior leadership and performance.” In 2012, Pompeii, Italy honoured him for supporting “preservation and renovation” of the landmark city; the University of Naples awarded him an honorary doctorate degree for his efforts. O’Connor also received an honorary doctorate from The Dublin Institute of Technology for his “global leadership in precision measurement technology.” Geospatial World magazine named him Business Leader of the Year in 2013.Nominations for the next AEM Hall of Fame will open in spring 2014.
Friday 10 May 2019, 10:05 PM Body of homeless man discovered in Co Wicklow The discovery was made in Bray at around 12pm yesterday. https://jrnl.ie/4629613 Image: PA Images Short URL 34,735 Views May 10th 2019, 10:05 PM THE BODY OF a homeless man has been discovered in Co Wicklow.The 33 year-old’s body was found at Ravenswell on the Dublin Road in Bray just before 12pm yesterday.Gardaí were subsequently notified about the discovery, and a spokesman said the man’s death was not being treated as suspicious.Speaking this evening, Anthony Flynn of the Inner City Helping Homeless charity expressed his condolences to the family and friends of the man.He added that access to homeless beds were “seriously limited”, and that deaths within services were avoidable and that extra supports were essential.A report into the man’s death will be forwarded to the local coroner. By Stephen McDermott Image: PA Images Share21 Tweet Email1 23 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Under new laws, dual nationals in Australia considered to be terrorists will be stripped of their Australian citizenship. The proposed Allegiance to Australia laws are being presented to parliament, with indications the bill is being back by Labor on the condition that recommended changes be made. If the law is passed, citizenship will be cancelled if a person is discovered to be engaging in terrorist activity, along with those convicted of a terrorist offence.Cross-party committee member, Dan Tehan didn’t shy away from clarifying the purpose of the bill.“For people who are dual citizens, do not carry out terrorist acts. Understand that, if you do, then you are revoking your Australian citizenship. And that’s a point that the Government feels very firmly about,” said Mr Tehan. If passed, the Government is also looking to apply the laws to those already convicted of jail sentences of 10 years or more and in Australian jails. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, says the bill acknowledges serious threats to Australia’s national security.“The fact is that we have foreign fighters, people who have left our shores…We’re not talking about rendering people stateless, but, if people have been involved in terrorism, then there is a consequence to pay for their own conduct,” said Mr Dutton.Though Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has recognised the proposal could face challenges in the High Court, he believes it has “gone through a proper process now”.“We are confident that it would survive a High Court challenge, but only time will tell,” said Mr Turnbull. Though problematic aspects of the bill have been improved thanks to committee recommendations, constitutional expert Kim Rubenstein says it hasn’t yet been determined whether the parliament will in fact have the power to strip people of their citizenship. While implementing a law that only affects a portion of Australian society could be problematic says the Professor. “So it is only dual citizens who become vulnerable under this bill, and those are really key issues in terms of a democratic, multicultural Australia that come to the key of citizenship in our democratic society today and will necessarily be matters that a court, a High Court, will take into account, in terms of the breadth and capacity of a parliament under the constitution to do something as dramatic as take away someone’s citizenship,” said Professor Rubenstein. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
By now you’re likely acutely aware that you can make several awesome projects with the Raspberry Pi, including things you may not have thought were possible to accomplish as an individual. The SunFounder Raspberry Pi Robot Kit is a set that will help you make your own racing robot car by using the Pi himself. You can actually do it, all you need to do is believe in yourself. And follow directions.The kit offers a Raspberry Pi 3 board, USB webcam, and three circuit boards with which you can create the racer. After that, you’ll be able to control it on your phone, tablet, or even your PC if that’s what you prefer. It doesn’t ask much of you by way of coding or wiring, and it uses Python. So even if you’ve never built a robot or anything tech-related at all, you should be able to figure it out all while learning Python. Python can then obviously be applied elsewhere when it comes to tech.You can use the robot car to take video and pictures as you race it around once it’s done too, so if you need to use it as some sort of stealth operation to spy on what your neighbors are doing or drive it over to a friend to say hey, you can totally do that. Hey, it’s your robot. We’re not judging.The SunFounder Raspberry Pi Robot Kit is going for $91.59, but if you already have the Raspberry Pi 3 board you can pick up the kit for $109.99. But you may as well get the extra Raspberry Pi board. You can use them for so many things, after all.’Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Lyra Is a Handheld Gaming System Powered by a Raspberry PiRaspberry Pi Used to Steal 500 MB of NASA Data Stay on target
Smartphone adoption continues to increase, with users now topping 107 million, according to a new study from the Online Publishers Association, which released the results of its March 2012 online survey Monday. The number of mobile smartphone users jumped by about 33.8 million in 2012, up from a total of 73.2 million users in 2011, representing a 44 percent year-over-year increase.The study, which reached 2,540 Internet users ages 8 to 64, shows that Android phones lead the pack in the smartphone race, claiming 46 percent of users, with Apple’s iPhone taking second with 35 percent of the market. Research In Motion’s (RIM) Blackberry holds about 16 percent of the market, and Windows Mobile Phone takes 7 percent, trailed by Nokia, Palm and others.The number of Android users increased from 38 percent to 46 percent from 2011 to 2012, with the number of iPhone users increasing by almost 10 percent, from 26 to 35 percent during the same time span. The number of RIM Blackberry users decreased by about 10 percent, going from 25 to 16 percent. According to the OPA, the smartphone user’s demand for quick, available content and information is a benefit to publishers who can use these expectations to advance their mobile sites and apps. Excluding phone calls, 93 percent of the smartphone users surveyed say they use their devices to access information and content most when compared to any other activity.Over half of smartphone owners access information and content everyday. Accessing the Internet and checking e-mail follow as the second and third most used smartphone features after content and information activity, with 59 percent and 58 percent of users using these features, respectively. Weather, news and sports come in as the top three most popular content types accessed. Results show that smartphone users are more willing to pay for content, with 24 percent of users saying that they have bought some type of content for viewing on their smartphones. About 14 percent of all downloaded smartphone apps this year were paid apps, but almost all (96 percent) smartphone content consumers downloaded apps in the past year, averaging to 36 apps individually. iPhone content consumers, the study found, spend more on apps when compared to those who use Android phones.The OPA study also reveals that 79 percent of content buyers took action after they saw a smartphone advertisement in the last six months. Overall, people who paid for smartphone content proved to be a more active audience, with 31 percent clicking through an ad, 30 percent using a special offer or coupon, 27 percent making a purchase on a PC and 24 percent buying at a store due to an ad. Generally, smartphone owners come from higher income households, with 53 percent earning a household income of $50,000 or more.According to the OPA, the number of smartphone users is expected rise to by 13 percent to 57 percent in 2013 to an estimated 142.3 million users.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Officials from the Army and Alabama Power held a groundbreaking ceremony last week for a 10-megawatt solar array at Fort Rucker.The 10-megawatt project is located on about 90 acres of land at the post in southeast Alabama and is scheduled to be operational later this year. The photovoltaic solar plant is expected to generate enough energy to power about 1,600 homes annually.Russel Hall, deputy to the commanding general at Fort Rucker, told the gathering he was pleased to be working with Alabama Power on the project, which is creating between 60 and 80 temporary construction jobs, according to a press release from the utility. “Increasing our energy choices is important to Fort Rucker,” Hall said.The energy generated by the plant will flow back into the Alabama Power grid as part of the company’s generation portfolio. Alabama Power also will retain the rights to the renewable energy credits from the project to serve its customers with renewable energy. The Army will continue to purchase electricity from Alabama Power under an existing electric service agreement.“There isn’t a place I’d rather be today than here at Fort Rucker,” said Michael McGhee, executive director of the Army Office of Energy Initiatives.The Fort Rucker project is the second major solar facility to break ground at an Alabama Army installation. Earlier this year, the utility began construction on a 10-megawatt facility at Anniston Army Depot.
Aug 28 • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer, gameplay footage and everything we know Now playing: Watch this: E3 2019 2:33 Aug 3 • E3 journalists see their personal info exposed by security flaw Post a comment • Video Games Digital Media TV and Movies E3 2019 Share your voice Aug 19 • Borderlands 3: FL4K, new endgame content and everything else we know See All Stranger Things season 3: Everything to know 0 reading • Netflix’s Stranger Things is officially coming to Fortnite… somehow Tags Jul 26 • Doom Eternal: QuakeCon ‘Year of Doom’ keynote shows more ‘Battlemode’ action Stranger Things’ third season premieres on July 4. Netflix Netflix’s Stranger Things will be coming to Fortnite in some manner later this year. Eagle-eyed fans may have already noticed an Easter egg in Fortnite a few weeks ago, which showed the Scoops Ahoy ice cream shop where Stranger Things character Steve Harrington works in the coming third season. “There’s a bit more behind that in a few weeks,” Chris Lee, director of interactive games at Netflix, said at a panel at the E3 gaming conference Wednesday, confirming there would be more Stranger Things to come to Fortnite, without specifying any further. The third season of the retro sci-fi TV series will premiere on July 4. In addition to Fortnite, Netflix is extending characters and worlds of its original productions into existing games from other partners like Roblox, Ubisoft and Behaviour Interactive later this year.Also at E3 Wednesday, Netflix announced that a new Stranger Things mobile game is planned for release next year. Netflix and video games have cross-pollinated before. On its own service, Netflix introduced an interactive video format in 2017 that gives viewers “choose your own adventure” A-or-B story options, such as its programs Black Mirror: Bandersnatch and survival reality show You vs. Wild. And the company has partnered with dedicated gaming companies too: Telltale Games brought an interactive Minecraft: Story Mode series to to Netflix in November, and indie game developer BonusXP released one Stranger Things game in 2017 and another is planned this year tied to season three. The E3 conference earlier unveiled a Nintendo Switch game based on Dark Crystal, a prequel series Netflix is releasing this summer. Netflix
The S&P BSE Sensex soared over 500 points – its biggest single day gain in the past seven months – on Friday, on receding fears over yuan devaluation and rising prospects of a rate cut by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The Sensex closed at 28,067, up 518 points from its previous close, while the 50-scrip Nifty gained 163 points to close at 8,519.The rally was mainly driven by metal stocks, which were under heavy selling pressure earlier this week. The Chinese central bank said it saw “no reason” for the yuan to depreciate further, which calmed down fears of volatility in currency markets worldwide. While the Vedanta stock rose 3.73% to close at Rs 107.20 on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), Hindalco gained 2.64% to end at Rs 93.30.The rupee, which traded at two-year lows in the past three trading sessions, also stabilised following the Chinese central bank comment. Another major support for the markets came from the declining inflation rate in the country. Data showed that the wholesale price inflation (WPI) fell to a decade low of 4.06% in July, strengthening expectations for an interest rate cut by the RBI next month. “Looking ahead, the WPI rate should remain low by past standards. There is still evidence of spare capacity in the economy, which should keep a lid on core price pressures,” said Capital Economics in a note.Bank stocks rose sharply on the possibility of a rate cut. Punjab National Bank was the biggest gainer, with its share prices soaring over 8% on the BSE to end at Rs 166.25.Stocks prices of ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, SBI and Kotak Mahindra Bank rose in the range of 2-3%. Markets started pricing in a rate cut by the RBI in September, following a sharp decline in retail inflation, reported earlier on Wednesday.Retail inflation (CPI) dropped to a nine-month low of 3.8% in July due to lower food prices and high base effect. The inflation rate stood at 5.4% in June.”While the RBI has rightly reiterated that its policy action will remain data dependent, a 25bp repo rate cut in September is our baseline scenario,” said Barclays Capital in a note.The RBI governor Raghurajan Rajan had kept repo rate unchanged at 7.25% at the 4 August meeting. “Coupled with continuous negative prints in WPI, we think the recent drop in CPI inflation will assuage the inflationary concerns of the central bank,” Barclays said.
The Entertainment Software Association just announced the big three video game hardware makers Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony will now force publishers to reveal odds for loot boxes in games that appear on their consoles starting in 2020. Apple and Google recently implemented a similar policy with their mobile game stores, where free-to-play gambling tactics are even more prevalent, so it’s nice to see the industry get on the same page when it comes to this issue. But it’s not enough. Loot boxes cannot be made more ethical. They need to be banned.Considering the ESA’s sole function is to lobby for the video game industry (and leak personal information of people who go to E3) it makes sense they would endorse this half-step towards self-regulating. Following debacles like Star Wars Battlefront II’s loot boxes being borderline illegal, the threat of government interference looms ever larger with senators introducing explicitly anti-loot box legislation. Meanwhile, pressure from pro-union employees is finally offering us hope that game executives, overpaid through exploitation of workers and consumers alike, may finally be held accountable for their actions.Disclosing loot box odds isn’t entirely meaningless. It puts more power into players’ hands so they can make smarter choices about how much money to flush into these free games. Real casinos wouldn’t give you this kind of information. And with this extra transparency, publishers may be more inclined to tip the odds in your favor to get that fancy outfit. It’s all so greedy and frustratingly arbitrary anyway. There’s no real reason for entirely virtual items to be “rare.”Plus, the last time the industry tried to clean up its act before the government did we got the ESRB. A ratings board, while not perfect, was absolutely necessary. It’s kind of crazy that the industry went so long without one. Violent video games shouldn’t be banned, but also maybe little kids shouldn’t play them.But simply disclosing loot box odds just puts a bandage over a gaping wound. Random loot boxes are simply the latest, grossest permutation of “free-to-play” mechanics that in fact encourage players to spend an infinite amount of money on a game instead of $60. It’s inherently predatory and fundamentally damages game design, even when you know the odds.When explaining their support for this ESA initiative, Sony and Nintendo talked specifically about how it ties in with their parental control apps, implying that loot boxes target and harm children most of all. That doesn’t sound like something in need of a reform. It sounds like something that should be banned.The drama over loot boxes is just one part of why the video game industry, the tech industry, and the idea of industry itself these days is in desperate need of regulation, from the inside or the outside if need be. This new loot box rule is a baby step in the right direction, but we need a full push.More on Geek.com:The Creepiest Video Game CultsThese Are the Games You Should Play in August 2019Superstar Streamer Ninja Leaves Twitch For Microsoft’s Mixer Stay on target Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits
0 Comments Share The Cardinals may have had trouble performing well as a team at times last season, but there were multiple individual players whose performances were worthy of recognition.For this reason, only four teams had more players make Pro Football Focus’s annual top 101 list than the Cardinals’ five. The Seattle Seahawks led the league with eight members, while the Green Bay Packers, New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys all contributed six. No P2? https://t.co/rB6hpY73SJ— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) February 8, 2017Peterson, however, seems to be taking the snub in stride and is using it as motivation: The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) runs for a touchdown as Washington Redskins cornerback Kendall Fuller (38) defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) I love it. Really can’t wait till the 17 season now!!!!— Patrick Peterson /P2 (@P2) February 8, 2017 That list features running back David Johnson, defensive end Calais Campbell, outside linebacker Chandler Jones, strong safety Tony Jefferson and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.Johnson led the way for the Cards, coming in at No. 23.David Johnson was the only player in the league to top 2,000 yards from scrimmage this season, adding 879 receiving yards to go along with his 1,243 rushing yards. Johnson caught 80 passes as a receiver this season, and they weren’t mere extensions of the same kinds of passes any other running back catches. Johnson’s versatility in that area is so impressive that the Cardinals would split him out as a receiver and expect him to run legitimate WR routes — and win, which he routinely did. Few players are better at making people miss in space, and Johnson forced six more missed tackles as a receiver than any other back.The second-year pro was the second-best running back in the league, according to PFF, falling just shy of Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys, who was ranked 22nd.He also was named the best receiver in the league this season by PFF. The closest running back to Johnson in receiving yards last season was Le’Veon Bell of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who finished with 616. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Campbell directly followed Johnson, capturing the No. 24 ranking.Calais Campbell’s career has been spent in the shadow of players like J.J. Watt and Aaron Donald as an interior threat, but this season, he took a significant step towards their level with the best year of his career. Campbell’s overall grade of 90.4 represents the first time he has broken the 90.0-barrier in his career, and if anything, he ended the season stronger than he began it, with six sacks in his last five games.Like Johnson, Campbell ranks second at his position, as the only interior defender who ranks higher is Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams (No. 2 on the list overall).The veteran defensive end made 53 tackles and collected eight sacks last season, while adding six passes defensed.Campbell is one of the Cardinals’ many free agents this offseason and re-signing him could be challenging. Only Fitzgerald has been with the team for a longer period of time than Campbell’s nine years.Joining Campbell on the list is another defensive player who could become a free agent this offseason, as Jones makes it at 62.Chandler Jones proved to be an excellent pickup for the Arizona Cardinals, and he formed a formidable pass-rushing duo with Markus Golden. Jones totaled 66 QB pressures over the season and ended the year with back-to-back two-sack games. He was a consistent force as a pass-rusher, despite playing 938 snaps, or 87.1 percent of the team’s defensive plays.Jones was pried away from the New England Patriots last offseason in exchange for a second-round pick and guard Jonathan Cooper. The move payed off, as Jones finished the season with 49 tackles, 11 sacks and four forced fumbles. I think cause I don’t do enough or make enough splash plays. But I can help my don’t show on the stat sheet often. #justdoingmyjob😂😂— Patrick Peterson /P2 (@P2) February 8, 2017 So does that mean these “experts” will be releasing a Top 100 “Not Targeted” List? 🤔Nope. #NotLosingAnySleepthough #DontKnowRealBall https://t.co/GegcBC2Hpy— Patrick Peterson /P2 (@P2) February 8, 2017 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The young safety is followed five spots later by one of the eldest wide receivers in the league in Fitzgerald.Larry Fitzgerald was another receiver to suffer through significant ups and downs from his quarterback, Carson Palmer, but despite that, he continued to excel, notching 107 receptions and topping 1,000 receiving yards. Fitzgerald was also one of the best blocking receivers in the game, putting the team before himself and doing the ugly work when others won’t. Fitzgerald is now more of a possession receiver than in years past, but he is still an excellent one.Fitzgerald was the only Cardinal to make the list both this season and last season, falling 46 spots from his No. 43 rank for 2015. The 33-year-old was the eighth-highest ranked wide receiver on the list after being the sixth-highest last season.The ageless wonder proved last year that he still has fuel left in the tank and will be returning to play at least one more season with the team.One notable absence from the list is cornerback Patrick Peterson, whose omission turned some heads: He was the 10th-highest ranked edge rusher (3-4 outside linebacker or 4-3 defensive end) on the list.The pass rusher’s contract is expiring, but head coach Bruce Arians has stated that Jones will be staying in Arizona next season — whether it is under a long-term deal or the franchise tag.Yet another defensive free agent in Jefferson comes in at No. 84.The Top 101 list this season has a lot of undrafted success stories in it, and Tony Jefferson is the latest one. The former undrafted free agent was excellent for the Cardinals this season as their strong safety, posting a run-defense grade of 98.0 and notching 35 defensive stops on the season (third among safeties). Jefferson was a rock-solid tackler, missing only five of 98 attempts all year. He didn’t record an interception, but did break up five passes and allowed just 7.1 yards per reception when he was the primary coverage defender.The 25-year-old broke out this season, becoming one of the team’s unsung heroes and finishing fifth among safeties with 96 tackles on the year.His tenacious run defense and solid coverage skills helped the Cardinals defense finish second in the league by allowing only 305.2 yards per game and are a big reason he’s the sixth-ranked safety on this list. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories
by The Associated Press Posted Feb 8, 2019 10:51 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Actors who helped shape Broadway hits get share in profits NEW YORK — Performers who help develop successful Broadway shows will share in the profits under a landmark agreement between theatre producers and the union representing actors.The New York Times reports that the deal reached Friday by the Broadway League and Actors’ Equity will let actors and stage managers who took part in a show’s development split 1 per cent of the profits.The issue came to a head when “Hamilton” became wildly successful. The actors who had helped shape the hit musical about founding father Alexander Hamilton in its early stages complained that they would not share in the profits.“Hamilton” producers agreed to a profit-sharing deal with the actors. Under the deal reached Friday, performers who take part in developing the next megahit will be guaranteed a share in the profits.The Associated Press
By Bejay BrowneA BRITISH mother living in Paphos, another victim of the Swiss francs mortgage mis-selling scandal, has issued a desperate plea for help after being swamped by a mountain of debt caused by a property purchase under the scheme.Laura (not her real name) contacted the Sunday Mail as she felt she has nowhere else to turn and her current situation has left her feeling hopeless.“I feel like I’m drowning and I shake uncontrollably when I think of the mess we are in,” she said.Thousands of British buyers were caught up in the Swiss franc mortgage fallout and in January 2017, Another victim, Philip Davies, last year tragically took his own life, just hours after receiving notification that Alpha Bank had re-opened legal proceedings in Cyprus for a Swiss-franc loan he had taken out and could not keep up with.Many foreign buyers, including Davies and his wife, and ‘Laura’, couldn’t have imagined their dream to own a property in Cyprus could result in the nightmare it did.“People like me were sold a dream home in a beautiful country with supposed manageable monthly mortgage instalments. My repayments nearly quadrupled,” Laura said.Laura bought a property in Cyprus with her now ex-partner from a large developer where she worked at the time. They guided the couple to use Alpha Bank and take out a Swiss-franc interest-only mortgage for five years, she said. The developer also helped the couple by standing as a guarantor.The couple had a child but later separated, the Swiss franc collapsed and the pair’s repayments shot up from €400 to €1,400 euros a month. Laura’s employers made her redundant leaving her, now a single mum, unemployed with a huge mortgage she could no longer pay, she said.Wanting to tackle matters head-on, she met with the bank and explained her situation. It was agreed that she would pay only the interest on the mortgage until she was back on her feet. This amounted to €800 a month.“To implement this, the guarantors needed to sign, as well as my ex as his name was on the mortgage. They could continue this agreement yearly only if the other parties continued to sign the mortgage re-structure,” she said.Communication between the couple soon broke down and her ex refused to sign any further mortgage restructurings. Instead, he informed Laura that he wanted nothing more to do with the property as he had simply “moved on”.The debts began to build up, and Laura, as a single mother, was not earning enough to cover the huge cost of the property, which included common expenses. She had remained living in the house with her child, she said.Subsequently, Alpha Bank threatened legal action and Laura’s ex requested that she and his child move out as he was going to sell the property – there were no title deeds available either – or rent it out.Laura moved out and rented a new place “and had a small period of happiness until we received a summons to court from the bank stating that the common expenses project committee were taking us to court,” she said.These two cases have been ongoing for around four years.The mum of three is currently living in a Paphos village with her new partner who is only earning a minimal monthly wage and along with her child-welfare payments, she said the amount is just not enough to cover what has to be paid out every month. A large chunk of money has to be set aside for lawyers’ fees and car payments, she said.“We basically rob Peter to feed Paul.”Despite forking out thousands of euros in lawyers’ fees the case has still to get underway in court, as Alpha Bank have continued to change their lawyers and the developer has changed its name, she said.A separate court case concerning unpaid common expenses, which has accumulated into thousands of euros, is also proving both lengthy and costly, and although Laura has offered to try to clear the outstanding debt with monthly payments, she said this was rejected.“I was informed that the residents committee want to use me as an example and want payment in full which I really don’t have. I have no assets, I literally have the clothes on my back which they are welcome to if this will help see an end to all this misery,” she said.The expat is now painfully thin and said she had reached rock bottom. Laura is well respected in the community and as a volunteer is always helping others, and despite her predicament, continues to do so, however, she has kept her dire situation from most, ashamed of the tangle she is trapped in.“Our rent is €400, an old car loan is €200 a month and lawyers are costing €300 a month. I can’t get the children to and from school without a car and a judgment will be taken against me in court if the lawyers aren’t paid, due to the problem with the mortgage.”Some weeks things are so bad that Laura is unable to buy kerosene for her heater so the family is at home wrapped up in layers of clothes. She manages to eke out what little food they have to last as long as possible and often foregoes eating properly herself in order to feed her children.Laura said she is suffering extreme levels of stress and her ‘heart stops’ every time the phone rings. She has even made enquiries about declaring bankruptcy but was informed it would cost around €3,000 euros and even then she might be refused.“I really need some proper legal advice and some help as I struggle to feed my children every month. I feel like I am alone and constantly hitting my head against a brick wall, surrounded by people that all want money from me which I simply don’t have.”Laura is also currently struggling to clear an unpaid electricity bill, and the EAC has threatened to cut power unless the outstanding €200 bill is paid. 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The chairman of the House finance committee Averof Neophytou said that he is optimistic that political parties will support a government bill to establish a junior ministry for tourism replacing the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO), the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) reported on Monday.Neophytou, who is also the president of Disy, the only parliamentary party supporting Nicos Anastasiades’s government, said he was optimistic that a subsequent party majority in the plenary would pass the bill, the CNA reported after the committee debated on the bill on Monday.He added that the government had made its final position clear that with the establishment of the junior ministry, the CTO, a government-sponsored body tasked with advertising Cyprus as a destination and licencing and supervising Cyprus’s tourism industry, would cease to operate in its current form.Neophytou said, according to the CNA, that all but one participants at the meeting, extended their support to the bill.Earlier, Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides, who in his previous capacity of Undersecretary to the President, oversaw the creation of the current draft bill, part of a reform agenda, said that tourism could not be one of the four areas currently under the ministry of energy, commerce, industry and tourism.Directly or indirectly, tourism accounts for roughly a quarter of Cyprus’s economy, which in 2017, four years after the twin banking and fiscal crisis, expanded 3.9 per cent. Tourist arrivals rose last year 15 per cent to almost 3.7m against a 12 per cent increase in revenue to €2.6bn, which was in both cases an all-time record.Petrides said that the establishment of the junior ministry would allow more effective policymaking via improved coordination and the implementation of a horizontal strategy as its head will participate in the meetings of the council of ministers and will be accountable directly to the president.The head of government-sponsored organisations such as the CTO, cannot do so, he added.“It is inconceivable to be the only tourist country in the EU which has neither a ministry nor a junior ministry for tourism, no clear political chief participating in cabinet meetings with accountability while the fate of tourism is regulated by the operation of a nine-member board of directors lacking the authority to implement a single horizontal tourism strategy,” Petrides said according to the CNA.The enactment of the proposed government bill will allow the operation of a specialised tourist police and an inspection body that will address the lawlessness and disorder in the sector, he continued. Local administration and the police cannot oversee the operation of recreation establishments, safety, working hours and more.SIDIKEK-PEO, a branch of the Akel affiliated umbrella union representing workers in the tourism area, said that it disagreed with the government’s bill as by scrapping CTO, it places all powers in the hands of a single person. The junior ministry will as a result lack the independence, flexibility and collectiveness in its decision making, SIDIKEK-PEO said in a statement.On the other hand, EYKOT OIO-SEK, which represents CTO workers, said that it supported the bill.In November last year, nine months after the government and the unions reached an agreement regulating labour issues that would arose from the transformation of the CTO into a junior ministry, the government signalled that it could incorporate changes in the bill proposed by Akel. They included the preservation of CTO under the junior ministry’s umbrella.You May LikeAngelino'sAngelino’s Saves You Money On Keurig K-Cup CoffeeAngelino’sUndoEditorChoice.comLove This Healthy Snack? Make Sure You Check Out These Chemical Elements Before Buying ItEditorChoice.comUndoThe Review ExpertsOwn A Computer In Rowland Heights? You Can Get #1 Antivirus Free Today.The Review ExpertsUndo Data is the new oil so watch out for mass mining – Netflix filmUndoHeroes’ welcome for Israeli teens after woman detained for false rape claim (Update 2)UndoFresh case of Blue Nile virus in northUndoby Taboolaby Taboola