first_imgMumbai, Aug 26 (PTI) Season-3 of the Indian Super League football would be held from October 1 to December 18, with the opening game scheduled in Guwahati and the venues of the two-legged semi finals to be decided later. Leagues promoters, Football Sports Development Ltd, today announced the ISL fixtures featuring 61 games spread across 79 days played in a home-away league format, to be followed by the semi-finals and the final. All the matches will kick off at 7 pm. For the third year running John Abraham-owned club North East United FC would take on Sachin Tendulkar owned Kerala Blasters FC in the season opener, to be held at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati. The first leg of the semi finals are scheduled on December 10 and 11 followed by the second leg on December 13 and 14 leading up to the final on December 18. PTI SSR DK DK BS RDSlast_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK — CC Sabathia pitched six sharp innings before being ejected for arguing balls and strikes, Brett Gardner hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer June 7 and the New York Yankees won their season-high sixth straight game, 6-2 over the Los Angeles Angels.Jose Pirela hit his first big league homer and Chris Young also connected off C.J. Wilson (3-5) for New York, which came back to win after building big leads in the first two games of the series. The Yankees swept the Angels, losers of five in a row, in a series of at least three games for the first time since 2003.Sabathia (3-7) gave up back-to-back homers to Mike Trout and Albert Pujols in the first inning but then breezed through a struggling Angles lineup the rest of the way, notching his 2,500th career strikeout in the fifth.Pujols’ homer was his 535th, breaking a tie with Jimmie Foxx for 17th place on the career list.After getting Kole Calhoun to end the sixth with a double-play grounder, Sabathia indicated his displeasure with the strike zone as he walked off the field, pointing to the ground and shouting at plate umpire Dan Bellino.Bellino tossed the big lefty as he crossed the first base line, and Manager Joe Girardi jumped the dugout railing and raced toward home plate. He was quickly ejected, too. Sabathia, meanwhile, changed his path and hustled toward home. He was physically restrained by a teammate as he yelled at Bellino.It was the second consecutive solid start for Sabathia in a trying season. He followed up a two-run, three-hit outing in Seattle by giving up five hits and two runs with a walk and seven strikeouts.On regular rest, Sabathia was pitching in place of Michael Pineda, who had his turn skipped as the Yankees manage the innings workload for the injury-prone righty.Wilson worked neatly into the fifth, allowing only Didi Gregorius’ RBI grounder. But Young led off the inning with his first homer since May 2 before John Ryan Murphy and Gregorius singled. Gardner then lined a shot to the short right-field porch for a 5-2 lead.Pirela homered off Wilson to start the seventh. Wilson gave up seven hits and six runs in seven innings.The Angels ran themselves out of a run in the third. Erick Aybar, jogging home on David Freese’s fly to the corner in right, failed to cross the plate before Trout was nabbed at second for a double play on a strong throw by Carlos Beltran.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Baseball Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgzoom Dynagas LNG Partners is looking into the opportunity of acquiring five LNG carriers currently owned by the company’s sponsor, Dynagas Holding Ltd.Namely, the tanker owner, which has increased the size of its fleet by approximately 69% on a cubic meter capacity basis in 2014, said it was continuing its focus on further fleet growth.“The fleet of five LNG carriers (the ‘optional vessels’) currently owned by our sponsor, which we have the right to acquire, provides us with an identified opportunity for growth. I look forward to working with our team towards meeting our goals, which we believe will benefit our unitholders,” the company said.The company reported net income of USD 14.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2015, compared to USD 11 million in the corresponding period of 2014, an increase of 34.9%.Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2015 was USD 28.1 million, compared to USD 16.5 million in the corresponding period of 2014, which represents an increase of 70.3%.“The results show an improvement compared to the same period in 2014, which is primarily due to the increase in the number of vessels in our fleet in line with our growth strategy,” the company said in a comment on its quarter results.“During this past quarter, we had 100% fleet utilization, which positively affected our financial results and which we believe reflects to the quality of our vessels and our manager’s operational ability,” the comment further read.The LNG carrier owner and operator said that its fleet was fully contracted through 2016 and 80% contracted through 2017.last_img read more

Rabat – In collaboration with Moroccan authorities, the Spanish Civil Guard officers arrested on Friday in Melilla Moroccan man suspected of being in contact with terrorist organizations including ISIS and Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).The person who has alleged connections with terrorist organizations is a 40-year-old man of Moroccan origin and Danish nationality, explained the Spanish interior ministry in a statement, noting that the investigation leading to his arrest was carried out through“close collaboration”between the Spanish Civil Guard, Danish security services, Moroccan authorities, and Europol.The statement explained that a total of 24 Danish companies have so far been identified as part of an international jihadist recruitment organizations responsible for sending at least 10 people of different nationalities including Danes, Germans, and Spaniards to conflict zones. Investigators are now trying to determine the extent of the network. Investigations are being conducted to gather evidence of involvement of the individual arrested in internet recruitment activity for the benefit of terrorist organizations, the ministry said, adding that the cooperation of authorities from other countries will be solicited in the course of the investigation.The ministry said that Spanish security forces had carried out or collaborated in the arrest of 218 suspected jihadist terrorists in operations carried out in Spain or abroad since early 2015. read more

Reports further quoted the families as saying that they were told they will not get any form of assistance if they attempt to remain in the camp. Tamil media reports said that the families remaining at the Menik Farm camp have been told to leave as the camp will be closed by tomorrow. Vavuniya Government Agent Bandula Harischandra said that the temporary shelters that collectively formed Menik Farm are currently being dismantled and the entire camp area is being cleared and it will be used for public purposes in the future.  He said that however, several schools and hospitals established within Menik Farm will remain. (Colombo Gazette) The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has raised concerns over the sudden closure of the Menik Farm displacement camp, saying it is a move to mislead the government.TNA MP Suresh Premachandran told the Colombo Gazette that the remaining war displaced people in the camp are to be shifted to another camp in Mullaitivu instead of being resettled in their original homes. Premachandran said that the government is attempting to show the world that three years after the war it has completed the resettlement process and that the main IDP camp is also closed.Minister of Resettlement Gunaratne Weerakoon has said that by 30 September the camp will be empty, and the final group of 1,185 IDPs would be resettled in their places of origin next week. read more

Four members of Ohio State’s wrestling team were named All-Americans last season. The return of one Olympic-trial tested grappler brings the number to five. After a two-year hiatus from collegiate wrestling, senior 125-pounder and 2010 All-American Nikko Triggas is back for the 2012-2013 season. From the 2007-2008 season to the 2009-2010 season, Triggas competed for OSU in collegiate, or folkstyle, wrestling. While he was away from Columbus, Triggas trained to compete for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team in the Greco-Roman style. “(In) Greco-Roman you don’t touch the legs. So, in college wrestling it’s all about touching the legs, getting to the legs,” said OSU coach Tom Ryan. “I think it’ll take some time for him to get his reactions back where they need to be.” In his Greco-Roman career, Triggas has won five gold medals between the 2007 and 2008 Pan American Championships, 2009 University National Championships and the 2010 University and Junior Team Trials. In 2010, he began the application process for an Olympic redshirt. To be awarded the redshirt, Triggas had to place in the 2008 and 2010 World Team Trials. Triggas said he talked to both U.S. coaches and his coaches at OSU and sent in an application. “We thought it was going to be the best thing for me, get bigger, get stronger, get older, get some maturity in me, and get the technique down,” Triggas said. “Come back to the team as a role model, as older and stronger, be able to compete for the Buckeyes.” Once his application to the Olympic training center was accepted, Triggas said he worked with OSU to send paperwork to the NCAA confirming he was not breaking any rules that would endanger his eligibility with the Buckeyes. After training for two years, Triggas competed at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials in Iowa City, Iowa, April 20-21 and finished in fourth place. Knowing he would not be competing in the 2012 Olympics, preparation had to begin in order to wrestle in folkstyle for OSU again. “Going from folkstyle to Greco is very different,” Triggas said. “Coming back into the collegiate world, I came to campus about two months early.” Triggas first came to OSU for the 2007-08 season from Moraga, Calif., and over the next three years he amassed a 72-54 record. As a freshman, he qualified for NCAA championships and placed sixth at the Big Ten Championships. With a 19-17 record, he amassed 8 pins and 74 team points for OSU that season. During the 2008-2009 season, Triggas improved his record to 22-17 with 14 pins and 109 team points, but he did not place in the Big Ten tournament. He qualified for the NCAA Championships, but did not place there either. In his junior year, Triggas recorded career highs in wins and pins with 31 and 15, respectively. He also had his best placement at the Big Ten championships, finishing fifth, and at the NCAA championships, placing eighth. With that finish, he made it onto the podium and was named a 2010 All-American. “It’s awesome to have him back,” said redshirt senior 184-pounder C.J. Magrum. “He’s going to score a lot of points for us this year and hopefully he will get on the podium again.” Triggas said his goal is not only to get back on the podium, but to reach the top step this year. “Going into the wrestling season, the goal is always to be national champion,” Triggas said. “I know I have a long road ahead of me, but that’s the goal and that’s the main focus.” read more

first_imgThe local coastguard have also warned the public to keep clear of the area, but locals have still been seen taking pictures near the sea edge. Tidal surges in 2013 saw three homes in the area fall into the sea and a further seven homes badly damaged.Despite a bid for £2.3m for government funded flood defences, residents failed to secure funding. But in 2015 residents raised enough money for partial sea defences of honeycombed concrete blokes were installed in sand dunes. Meanwhile in Minehead, Somerset, a worried family are concerned their 16th century hotel may collapse into the sea at any moment after huge cracks appeared just metres from their door in the wake of Storm Emma which swept through the country.  “I’m just in total shock. Watching people taking my house apart. I don’t think I’ll be here tomorrow.”Paul Ray and other residents were forced to flee their homes overnight as five properties are considered to be of the highest risk with one “teetering on the edge”, the local inshore lifeboat rescue service have said. He said it was “not safe to live there at all” and added: “You can’t go round the back, if you did you’d go straight to the beach. Great Yarmouth Borough Council are working with the Environment Agency to decide which residents can return to their homes.  A clifftop street began to crumble into the sea last night as Britain’s coastline was battered by wild weather.One home-owner described feeling a sudden tremble like an “earthquake” at the weekend as the cliff gave way. A garden shed and an oil tank plummeted into the sea after days of high winds and waves eroded the sandstone. It came as the so-called ‘mini Beast from the East’ cloaked much of Britain in a blanket of snow over the weekend amid warnings that rural communities could be cut off. The area in Hemsby, Norfolk, has been deemed “too dangerous” for the residents of 13 chalets who have been evacuated and may lose their homes, according to police who say there is a “very good chance” six of the properties will collapse into the sea. Homeowner Stephen Chadwick described the cliff falling in an “earthquake” at around 7.30am on Saturday morning as he enjoyed his morning coffee.  Winds have battered the cliffsCredit:Mike Page  But hotelier Cara Strom, 42, and her partner Marcus Kravis, 49, have refused to give up serving food and drink despite having been forced to cancel overnight stays.  “I bought it for sea views, beautiful sea views, and now the sea’s taking it away,” he told the BBC.”I woke up this morning, had a cup of coffee at half past seven, the back door, and I felt … it was like an earthquake, and the cliff just went. It is feared the cracks could become worse as the south west has been issued with a yellow warning for snow and ice and forecasters warn strong winds will batter the coastline. The family, who took over the hotel 18 months ago, said they knew coastal erosion was a risk, but had no idea they’d lose ground so quickly.Cara said: “I have never seen anything like this. Nobody would be able to give a time estimate. They do think it is very concerning.”Once that land does slip away, we won’t be too far behind.”The building will follow suit. I can’t afford to move anywhere else.”It is my livelihood, job, home and my family’s home.”As the ‘mini Beast from the East’ arrived, South West England bore the brunt of the weekend’s weather and villages in Dartmoor and Exmoor were warned residents may be unable to travel to due to inaccessible country roads. Forecasters said temperatures would feel as low as -10c across the entire country for the start of the week and said villages in Devon and Cornwall may find themselves facing burst pipes and power outages.    The rest for the country will see an icy start but high pressure is expected to pick up and clear away the snow as temperatures pick up to around 5c.center_img Building control surveyors on Hemsby beach in front of houses that have been evacuated Tidal surges in 2013 saw three homes in the area fall into the sea and a further seven homes badly damaged. Tidal surges in 2013 saw three homes in the area fall into the sea Credit:Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty  Clifftop homes  Building control surveyors on Hemsby beach in front of houses that have been evacuated Credit:Chris J Ratcliffe /Getty Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

“UK Power has told us that the cut affects properties outside the resort as well as ourselves.”As a result we have re-validated all the tickets of those in the park so that they can re-visit on another day between now and July 31,” the spokesman added.Chessington’s operator Merlin Entertainments saw a fall in visitor numbers in 2015 at Alton Towers after a crash on the Smiler ride at the Staffordshire park. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Merlin was fined £5m over incident in which two carriages on the rollercoaster collided, leaving five people severely injured – including two teenage girls who needed leg amputations.UK Power Networks said power was interrupted to 272 customers in North Chessington at about 14:50 BST following a fault with a piece of electrical equipment.A company spokesman said engineers restored supplies to most customers by 15:20 BST, adding: “We apologise for any inconvenience caused.” A powercut at Chessington World of Adventures left people stranded on rides on Friday afternoon.Thousands of parents and children had to leave the resort when the outage saw displays and rides grind to a halt.Staff at the site had to carry out several high-level rescues from some of the rides where people and children had been trapped when they stopped in midair.No-one was injured and everyone was led down ladders to safety. A total of 16 people were rescued from rollercoasters.The outtage, which affected a wide area of the village of Chessington, Surrey, including residential homes, was believed to have been caused by an underground cable fault.A spokesman for Chessington World of Adventures said: “We can confirm that several high level evacuations had to be carried out. We have a well rehearsed procedure for such events.  People are rescued from a ride at Chessington World of Adventure after a power cutCredit:twitter.com/MakeItBritish People are rescued from a ride at Chessington World of Adventure after a power cut read more

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. #UpperClapton Latest: The London Fire Brigade currently have 80 firefighters at the scene. A drone is being used to survey the incident providing imagery from an aerial view. pic.twitter.com/snRVvENEsl— London 999 Feed (@999London) September 16, 2019 Crews from Stoke Newington, Homerton, Bethnal Green, Islington, Holloway, Shoreditch and surrounding fire stations were at the scene. Firefighters will be on scene at the #Hackney fire throughout the night. Part of the roof of the building remains alight. Crews led one woman to safety from the first floor and there are no reports of any injuries at this stage https://t.co/j58L0yv7qA pic.twitter.com/Bg1O1qShpQ— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) September 16, 2019 Around 80 firefighters have been called to a major blaze in east London after a block of flats went up in flames.London Fire Brigade (LFB) said 12 engines were called to Harry Zeital Way in Clapton at around 10.40pm on Monday.Images posted on social media appeared to show a fire burning at a multi-storey apartment block.Part of an external balcony from the ground to the fifth floor was alight at a block of flats, LFB said, with more than 65 emergency calls received about the fire.The cause of the blaze is not yet known. LFB said they were making “steady progress” in tackling the fire.One woman was led to safety by firefighters but there are no reports of injuries , LFB said.Crews are expected to be at the scene throughout the night. read more

first_imgTHE DANGERS OF leaving hair straighteners where children can access them are being highlighted in a new campaign.The campaign has been launched today  in Northern Ireland to raise awareness of the dangers hair straighteners can pose to children, including causing burns which can require hospital admission and surgical intervention, such as plastic surgery.The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and Home Accident Prevention Northern Ireland (HAPNI) are working in partnership with the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust on the Too Hot to Handle campaign, following a rise in the number of children attending A&E at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children with hair straightener burns.HospitalThe campaign, which is funded with £5,000 from the Electrical Safety Council (ESC), was officially launched by RoSPA’s chief executive Tom Mullarkey.Figures from the Children’s Hospital show that:There were 17 children aged between three months and nine years who attended A&E at the hospital in 2009-10 with hair straightener burns.This represented nine per cent of the 187 children who attended with “thermal injuries” during that year. The average age of the children admitted with hair straightener burns was 18 months.Hair straighteners can reach temperatures in excess of 200 degrees, which is hot enough to fry an egg, and can take as long as 40 minutes to cool down.According to the campaign, horrific burn injuries can occur very quickly to children because their skin can be 15 times thinner than adults.The most common location for a child to sustain a serious hair straightener burn is on their hand, but injuries have also been sustained to the head, arm and foot.SafetyRoSPA, the Trust and the ESC say these burns they can be prevented by following a simple safety code: Switching hair straighteners offUnplugging them straight awayThen sliding them into a heat resistant bagFinally, storing them out of the sight and reach of children.The campaign will run until March 2013. Ita McErlean, RoSPA’s home safety manager in Northern Ireland, said:It doesn’t always take a flame to burn and it is easy to forget that hair straighteners remain hot for a good period of time, even after use. Turning hair straighteners off and storing them in a heat resistant bag out of the sight and reach of inquisitive children, is a simple way to ensure that the risk of receiving a nasty burn is reduced.last_img read more

first_imgOur knowledge of dinosaurs is gathered almost entirely from fossil evidence, but a few of those fossils are quite special. Some of the most rare are dinosaur skin fossils, of which only three have ever been found. One of those is in the possession of physicist Mauricio Barbi at the University of Regina, and he’s going to use it to determine the real skin color of the hadrosaur duck-billed dinosaur.The hadrosaur is a herbivore from the Upper Cretaceous Period and lived around 100-65 million years ago. Look at any drawing of the hadrosaur and its skin is depicted as green, brown, or gray, but we don’t actually know what color it was. Now that could change with the help of a synchrotron at the Canadian Light Source research facility.A synchrotron is used to look at materials at the molecular level so as to determine their structural and chemical properties. It does this using a very bright light produced from electro-magnets and radio frequency waves that accelerate electrons. Infrared, Ultraviolet, and X-rays can all be used to study a particular material in detail.In the case of this 70 million year old hadrosaur skin sample, the synchrotron will be used to find melanosome structures, which contain the pigment of the dinosaur’s skin. If found, we will be able to state for the first time what the true color of the hadrosaur’s skin was. The synchrotron will also pick up other elements within the skin that should help us better understand what the hadrosaur’s diet consisted of.The dinosaur skin fossil in Barbi’s possession is incredibly well preserved, but the reason why also remains a mystery. It was discovered near a river bed at the Grande Prairie in Alberta. Barbi hopes that the synchrotron will also help him understand why the sample is preserved so well.last_img read more

first_imgMet Éireann extends warning about ‘exceptionally cold weather’ next week There will be snow showers throughout the week and significant accumulations in some areas. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 25th 2018, 12:30 PM Share152 Tweet Email3 http://jrnl.ie/3871185 80 Comments Sunday 25 Feb 2018, 12:30 PM MET ÉIREANN HAS extended its national weather warning as it forecasts “exceptionally cold weather” this week.Air and ground temperatures will be five to 10 degrees below normal with significant wind chill and “penetrating severe frosts”, it said.Snow showers will mainly affect eastern areas on Tuesday, but will become more widespread and heavier through the middle of the week with significant and disruptive accumulations.The national warning, which was originally in place until Friday, has now been extended to Saturday evening.The forecaster is advising people to consult the government’s Be Winter Ready website for information and advice on how to deal with the cold weather and everything it brings with it.Read: Warning issued for ‘significant wind chill and disruptive snow’ next week>Read: ‘Unacceptable’: Kilkee Coast Guard could struggle with the influx of tourists, Dáil told> Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland By Michelle Hennessy Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland 80,503 Views last_img read more

first_imgChrys Kefalas, a 37-year-old communications executive and political figure married his 31-year-old partner and host of 94.7 Fresh FM’s “The Tommy Show,” Tommy McFly, last Saturday at the Sagamore Pendry Baltimore.About 190 guests attended the gay couple’s wedding, including notable Washingtonians such as socialite Susanna Quinn, veteran TV producer Tammy Haddad and Ellie Schafer, director of the White House Visitors Office for the administration of Barack Obama, the Washington Post reports.Erin Willett, a former contestant on “The Voice,” and Marissa Regni, the National Symphony Orchestra’s principal second violinist, performed the music for the ceremony. Meanwhile, McFly’s radio co-hosts Kelly Collis and Jen Richer, and Kefalas’s best friends Zoe Shyn and Samuel Ashner made up the wedding party. All the women in the wedding wore white, including the flower girls, who donned Oscar de la Renta gowns, while Kefalas rocked a custom Trunk Club suit and McFly sported a John Varvatos suit styled by the designer himself.Kafalas and McFly plan to honeymoon in Greece in August, with a possible stop in Paris on the way home.Photo: Erica Nizborski Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgDid you know that the TARDIS from Doctor Who shows up in the first Fallout? How about the fact that Saints Row was originally a PlayStation 2 game called Bling Bling? And can you believe that Rockstar almost made a Kirby game for the Super Nintendo?The internet is a treasure of uncovered video game knowledge. From trivia on famous games to details on cancelled games to differences between translated games, there is a wealth of hidden knowledge to learn that publishers would rather keep secret. But how are those secrets found?There’s a thriving community of gaming fans dedicated to preserving and providing the medium’s secrets online, and I talked with some of its members. It can be a tough hobby. A reporter can investigate for years to dig up a minor fact on a game that never came out and no one cares about. But beyond presenting entertaining trivia, the secret world of video game secrets helps save gaming’s history.“Finding the information can either be straightforward and quick, or troublesome and sluggish,” said Shane Gill of Did You Know Gaming, a website and popular YouTube series offering new batches of gaming trivia every week. Old trailers, screenshots, and gameplay footage from conventions are good resources to start with, but Gill says researchers also need to think outside the box. “A few techniques I personally use are timeframe specific searches for interviews, getting in touch with game developers on LinkedIn, and using targeted keywords with quotation marks.”As any journalist can tell you, just because you heard something doesn’t mean it’s true. Gaming trivia sites tend to rely on their passionate users to accumulate data, but verifying that data takes a more personal touch.“The best way to verify game secrets is by having some form of direct contact with the developer themselves,” said Yuri of Wind, another YouTuber with a channel rich in gaming secrets. “Although they aren’t necessarily the easiest people to get into contact with unless you have connections.”Cancelled games and cut material are particular touchy topics for developers. Developers don’t want to make their failures public, or they want to be able to secretly reuse ideas from cancelled games in future projects. So for wikis like The Cutting Room Floor or sites like Unseen64, which specializes in cancelled games, uncovering info takes even more patience and perseverance.“An important part of this process is the trust that we collected during all these years of archiving beta and cancelled games,” said site founder Luca Taborelli, whose partner Liam Robertson also produces videos for Did You Know Gaming’s channel. “We respect the privacy of developers and they can remain anonymous, just in case that there could still be some copyright issues by sharing memories or documents from those lost games.”Contracts can keep a developer from talking about a game until a decade or longer after it was cancelled, even some obscure and forgotten footnote like a gritty Kid Icarus reboot or Project H.A.M.M.E.R. So dealing with time spans like that takes real gaming trivia enthusiasts, emphasis on enthusiasm.When asked about his methodology, Legends of Localization site operator Clyde Mandelin said, “A lot of it comes from personal curiosity, trying to answer questions I’ve always had about games since I first played them.”Just as video games are a fairly new art form, the process for collecting their secrets is still maturing. Out of the six sites we talked to, half were created within the last five years. YouTube and social media has made it much easier for gaming trivia to go viral. Older websites and channels have definitely refined their tactics over the years, but they still have strong roots in the Wild West of the early internet.“For us it all started in late nineties when we were waiting for Nintendo 64 games that were never coming out. I did not have much money to buy games at the time, but on the N64 my most wanted games kept getting postponed or cancelled anyway,” said Taborelli. Frustrated, Taborelli and friends realized how even when games did come out they could look completely different than in early screenshots. “Fast forward a couple of years, and I had already amassed a big collection of screens and videos from beta and cancelled Nintendo 64 games. But it was nothing more than a chaotic directory in my PC.”Inspired by an “Unseen Zelda” section in a Zelda fansite, Taborelli and the team created an “Unseen64” section in their Perfect Dark fansite. But their ambitions grew bigger. “It became clear that it was time to organize all that mess into a single, dedicated website. That’s when the current version of ‘Unseen64’ was born… as an ugly series of pages made in HTML with Office Front-Page.”However, a lot has changed since the days of scanning magazines for Mortal Kombat fatalities and picking up misinformation on the playground (what do you mean Donkey Kong isn’t playable in Diddy Kong Racing? I wasted all that time racing that pig and that talking clock for nothing!?!). Most folks we talked to believe the internet has made it easier to gather gaming trivia.“The internet has unquestionably made researching games easier,” said Gill. “I wish more print media was written up and stored online. It would make my job more interesting for sure. I think the natural lure of the internet for gamers has played a huge part in helping document games on the Web. This mass congregation has led to information being shared on a scale not seen before the internet.”Others weren’t as sure.“I think the internet has made it both easier and harder to uncover the secrets of gaming,” said Yuri of Wind. “On one hand you have a ton of people who can post their findings for the whole world to see and learn about. On the flip side, companies tend to be more secretive these days.”Yuri cited Nintendo’s new tendency to keep development secret and marketing cycles shorter. After all, we still know very little about the company’s console coming in six months.“Look at early footage of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for example. It’s essentially a completely different game that we got to publicly see change over the years,” Yuri said. “But these days, Nintendo especially has a tendency to wait for more finalized builds of their games to be completed before they show anything. Breath of the Wild had all of one bit of gameplay released prior to its E3 announcement.”We also shouldn’t let our thirst for gaming secrets keep us for realizing how leaks can impact developers. If the internet makes it easier for us to learn secrets, logically that means it’s also now harder for developers to keep secrets. But is secrecy all that important?“I think developers are more secretive than needed when it comes to disclosing the origin of characters and key elements in games,” said Gill. He recognizes secrecy is understandable to a point. Revealing unpolished products and ideas could harm brands and future sales. Secrecy is just a responsible business practice, even if the hidden info is fascinating for fans. However, “Some of the silence is definitely due to unnecessary bureaucracy.”Andrew of YouTube channel Beta64 had a different opinion.“They [game developers] are very secretive, but not as much as they used to be,” said Andrew. “Remember when Super Smash Bros. 4 had a new in-development screenshot shown every day? I mean, even the creators of LittleBigPlanet brought their early builds of the game to a small meet up of fans just to show them how it changed.” The rise of crowdfunding games, for good or ill, has also made game development more transparent than ever.“For those who are going into game development as I am, learning these secrets is invaluable,” said Andrew. “And even for those who aren’t, there’s something really cool about learning how these games were created. They didn’t just appear one day. There were many distinct steps the game went through, and that’s what I’m trying to show.”An intriguing, if depressing, response I got from my question on secrecy came from Alex Highsmith of translation site Shmuplations.“My research involves games that are 15-30 years old now. The problem I face more often than secrecy is simply memory,” said Highsmith. “It’s very hard for developers to remember specific details about projects they did 20 years ago.” This problem will only get worse as games and their developers age.“I recently finished some translation for a Final Fantasy VII interview, and the interviewer had great questions, but Hironobu Sakaguchi couldn’t remember enough details to give very good answers to a lot of these questions, particularly ones involving timelines and other trivia,” said Highsmith. “FF7 isn’t even that old of a game, comparatively speaking. You can imagine the problem with 8-bit and 16-bit titles.”Between language barriers and the fact that games can be very different in different regions (such as how they display religious symbols or how angry Kirby is), translation work is a vital part of the gaming trivia world.“A lot of the information I research hasn’t been documented before,” said Mandelin. “It’s often much harder to find such resources made by Japanese fans. In many cases, I’ll also buy relevant materials to check and verify things for myself, since online information is rarely 100% reliable.”All this to say that more than giving us tidbits for funny YouTube videos or screenshots for Reddit posts, the real value of collecting gaming secrets is that we’re also saving gaming’s history, a crisis the industry has shamefully turned a blind eye toward.“I feel some kind of ‘duty’ to save documents from lost games, because in some cases if we don’t preserve them right now, those files and info will be lost and forgot forever,” said Taborelli. Thanks to fan funding, Unseen64 has now released its first book full of new details, images, and interviews about unknown games because if not them who?Everyone else we talked to echoed this sentiment.“There’s a ton of value in preserving this stuff. All the design insights and stories really enrich one’s enjoyment of these old games,” said Highsmith. “I don’t just mean on an academic level, either. I think it’s simply fun to know all that context around a game. Otherwise, I think the historical value is obvious and needs no defense. It’s literally how these games were made.”Games are art. Art history is important. Therefore games history is important. But games are unique, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that games history has taken the unique form as the secret world of gaming secrets and trivia.“It’s difficult to paint the industry with one broad brush stroke, plus I think you’ll find that every industry has its own sort of unshared, inside knowledge that’s waiting to be excavated,” said Mandelin, who has also written a book on gaming localization. “But I feel that for some people, finding and documenting little-known information about games and game development is a natural extension of being a gamer.”The joy of uncovering video game secrets is the joy of playing video games themselves.“There’s a unique enjoyment to be had in discovering something, sharing it, and having a common ‘wow, that’s cool’ experience with other fans.” All our of interviewees have read countless pieces of gaming trivia, so of course we asked them what their favorite secrets were. Check out their responses below and tell us your favorite gaming secrets in the comments! Snake Venom- Shane Gill (Did You Know Gaming)1/6In Metal Gear Solid 3, the Cobra Unit member ‘The Fear’ uses a crossbow in battle, the bolts of which are coated in the venom of the Brazilian Wandering Spider. Snake is hit with a bolt, and The Fear describes the effects of the venom to Snake. However, one symptom is left out of the game: as well as causing intense pain, the venom has similar properties to Viagra and leaves the victim with an erection.<><>last_img read more

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 3, 2017 – Grand Bahama – Executives from The Bahamas National Trust paid a courtesy call on Minister of State for Grand Bahama, in the Office of The Prime Minister, Senator Kwasi Thompson, on Thursday, November, 2, 2017.   The courtesy call preceded a guest speaking engagement at Freeport Rotary Club by Deputy President of the Bahamas National Trust, Geoff Andrews, who flew in from Nassau for the special meeting and speaking engagement.Making a courtesy call on the Minister of State for Grand Bahama were (from left) Eric Carey, Executive Director of The Bahamas National Trust; Geoff Andrews, Deputy President (BNT); Minister Thompson; Lakeshia Anderson, BNT Director of Parks; and Ellsworth Weir, Grand Bahama Parks (BNT).  (BIS Photo/Andrew Miller) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgThe Air and Sea show will honor those who served in the military.A concert is also expected to take place Saturday evening.Organizers said the show may be delayed depending on the weather.“Memorial Day, obviously is the day we honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom,” said U.S. Air Force Capt. Andrew Olson, “to protect the ideals we hold dear in America.”Broward County will also be busy with the Great American Beach Party in Fort Lauderdale.It will all kick off Saturday morning along State Road A1A and Las Olas Boulevard, weather permitting.Country music icon Lee Greenwood is scheduled to perform around 5 p.m. MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Large crowds are expected to show up in Miami Beach for the Memorial Day weekend, despite chances of rain.Thousands are set to head to South Beach to celebrate the holiday, and police officers said they are ready for anything. However, one thing that can’t be controlled is the weather, and it may put a damper on the festivities.The upcoming weekend will be one of the busiest for Miami Beach for Memorial Day, this coming Monday.“Come here, have a good time. Enjoy yourself responsibly,” said Miami Beach Police spokesperson Ernesto Rodriguez.Those planning to drive to the beach should expect delays and detours. Ocean Drive will be blocked from Friday morning until Tuesday. A loop will be initiated on Saturday and Sunday from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. It will take cars north on Collins from Fifth to 16th streets. It will then take motorists south on Washington Avenue.“If you’re coming to Miami Beach in the evening, we ask you to pack some extra patience,” Rodriguez said. “It goes from 10 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. There’s going to be live music and other events and activities for our families to participate in,” said Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Rick Maglione.However, if the weather forecast remains as is, it may be a better idea to stay home.Police said they will be out in full-force either way. “It’s all hands on deck to ensure everyone has a great time,” Rodriguez said.Traffic will return to normal Tuesday morning.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_img(WSVN) – A Florida woman thought her daughter died at birth, but almost 70 years later they have finally found their way back to each other.For most of her life, Genevieve Purtion thought she had no one. The 88-year-old lives at an assisted living center in North Tampa.Her eight brothers and sisters have all passed away, and she never had any kids of her own. That is, after she gave birth once, back in 1949.Genevieve was 18 years old when she had her one and only child at a hospital in Indiana, but that day was overcome with tragedy.“When I said I wanted to see the baby, they told me she died,” Genevieve recalled to Fox 13.“Because she was an unwed mother, she was told that I had died. She continued with her life not knowing I was still alive,” Connie Moultroup told CNN.It was not an uncommon practice at the time to separate single women from their babies, according to a report by Yahoo! News. Young mothers were either coerced into put their children up for adoption, or in some cases lied to by hospital staff, telling them their babies had passed away. There’s a lot to catch up on after having been split up for 69 years, but for this mother and daughter it all begins with a simple hug.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Genevieve never got to see or hold her baby girl, which is why she could hardly believe her eyes when her daughter walked through the door 69 years later.Connie, Genevieve’s long lost daughter, was sent to an orphanage and adopted as a newborn by a family in California. She said it’s been her life-long dream to find her birth mother.Upon meeting for the first time, they shared a hug to make up for lost time. “It’s been a lifetime of wanting this,” said Connie. “I remember being 5 years old and wishing that I could find my mother.”Connie got an Ancestry DNA kit for Christmas last year, which led her to a cousin. The two began speaking, and Connie told the woman all she knew about her birth mother: her name.“And I said, ‘Here’s my mother’s given name,’ and she said, ‘Oh, that’s my aunt. Oh, by the way, she’s still alive.’ [I was] like ‘Oh, my God,’” said Connie, holding back tears.Now, Genevieve, who thought she had no one left in her life, and Connie are sharing nothing but tears of joy.Not only does she have a daughter, but Genevieve also has grandchildren and two great-grand children who are currently in college. last_img read more

first_imgHealth Commissioner Valerie Nurr’araaluk Davidson speaks during a discussion on Medicaid in February 2016. Medicaid costs are $92 million more than budgeted this year. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Gov. Bill Walker’s administration provided a final number on the amount of extra money it plans to spend this year beyond what the Legislature budgeted: $178 million.Listen nowMost of this cost — $92 million — is from Medicaid. Roughly a third of that cost is due to the Legislature funding Medicaid at a lower level than state officials projected costs would run. On top of that, those projections were too low. Officials say more people enrolled in Medicaid due to the recession.Health Commissioner Valerie Nurr’araaluk Davidson described this in a recent Senate Finance Committee meeting.“These are unprecedented times for our state,” Davidson said. “The downturn in the economy has resulted in more folks enrolling in Medicaid than we anticipated. “Eagle River Republican Sen. Anna MacKinnon told her that lawmakers are concerned about the spending.“I’ve heard conversations in the halls of the Legislature that this administration, not specific to your department but including your department, is ignoring the Legislature’s intent to try to control costs and hold down the operating budget,” MacKinnon said.Davidson said the costs couldn’t be avoided.“I certainly haven’t been provided a directive or a nod and a wink from anyone in the Walker administration that it is OK not to control our costs,” Davidson said. “We certainly have those conversations about efficiencies. They are an agenda item in every cabinet meeting we have with the governor.”Some lawmakers raised the possibility of narrowing Medicaid eligibility.One potential approach is to require recipients to be employed.State officials said three-quarters already work.And many of those who don’t must look for work to receive other public benefits.last_img read more

first_img-The government has constituted a committee for smooth coordination of the services and development activities of Dhaka North City Corporation and Dhaka South City Corporation as well as other organisations and institutions.”Prime minister’s principal secretary Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury and director general (administration) of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Kabir Bin Anwar will act as the convenor and member secretary respectively of the 19-member body,” a PMO source told BSS on Tuesday.Other members of the committee are: the senior secretary of the water resources ministry, the inspector general of police (IGP), the senior secretary of the Bridges Division, the secretary of the housing and public works ministry, the secretary of the Local Government Division, the secretary of the Power Division, the secretary of the Information and Communication Technology Division, the secretary of the Post and Telecommunication Division, the secretary of the Road Transport and Highways Division, the chairman of Dhaka WASA, the representative of Dhaka North City Corporation mayor, the representative of Dhaka South City Corporation mayor, the executive director of Dhaka Transportation Coordination Authority, the chief engineer of the Department of Public Health Engineering (DPHE), the managing director of Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd, the vice-chancellor of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) and the deputy commissioner of Dhaka.The committee will coordinate the work of the service providing agencies and all related organisations for smoothly implementing the development plans taken in Dhaka city by the government.It will also coordinate the activities related to easing traffic jam, water-logging and sewerage water as well as management of water and power supply in the city, the source said.last_img read more