Former Georgia Great Jarvis Jones Joins Coaching Staff

first_img Georgia’s media guide has revealed that Jones and former linebacker Juwan Taylor are student assistants for the upcoming season.They’ll add years of in-game experience to the coaching staff.“Coach Jarvis Jones” will be in Athens this season, as listed in the 2019 UGA Football Media Guide. 💥 💥 💥 pic.twitter.com/2v5EAjhoi0— 960 The Ref (@960theref) July 11, 2019The Bulldogs enter next season with high expectations, which has been the case with Smart at the helm.Although Georgia lost a plethora of playmakers on offense to the NFL Draft, but the team still has plenty of talent heading into this fall.We’ll see if Jones and Taylor can help the Bulldogs in their quest for a national title. Jarvis Jones rushes the passer for Georgia.ORLANDO, FL – JANUARY 1: Jarvis Jones #29 of the Georgia Bulldogs rushes the passer against the Nebraska Cornhuskers during the Capital One Bowl at the Citrus Bowl on January 1, 2013 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Kirby Smart has proven over the past few seasons that he’s one of the best coaches in the country. In an effort to get Georgia over the hump and win a championship, he’s adding a former program great to his staff.Former Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones is joining the team’s coaching staff as a student assistant for the defense.Jones began his collegiate career at USC before transferring to Georgia. In 2012, he put together an outstanding season with the Bulldogs, winning the Jack Lambert Trophy and SEC Defensive Player of the Year.Following his breakout season with the Bulldogs, Jones entered the NFL Draft. His departure from the program was bittersweet for fans, but now he is officially back in Athens.last_img read more

NCEL and UNICEF Partner to Create More Child-Friendly Schools

first_imgStory Highlights The National College for Education Leadership (NCEL) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for development of digital content to support online leadership training aimed at creating more child-friendly schools. Director/Principal of the NCEL, Dr. Taneisha Ingleton, said the signing solidifies the entity’s commitment to ensuring that schools provide stimulating learning environments and are safe places where children are nurtured and feel a sense of belonging.She said that the digital content will promote inclusion, facilitate high standards of learning and enhance the quality of instructional delivery.Country Representative, UNICF, Mariko Kagoshima, in her remarks at the signing, noted that the partnership with the NCEL will better equip school leaders to prepare every child with the knowledge and skills they need to thrive.She said that the training is timely, in light of the Chief Inspector’s 2015 Baseline Study, which found that in close to 50 per cent of schools inspected, the teaching methodology used was unsatisfactory or in need of immediate intervention.She said that the study further revealed that while 12 per cent of schools enjoy high and good leadership, 38 per cent did not attain the minimum acceptable standards of leadership.A further three per cent were recorded as “seriously lagging behind” in this area and rated as schools in need of immediate support.Kagoshima said that the readings and video material provided will strengthen the quality of instructional methodology, facilitate wide geographical reach, promote inclusion, and encourage high standards of learning.Chief Education Officer, Winnie Berry, for her part, said the partnership is a significant step towards creating and fostering a creative and inclusive approach to education.“This agreement is a milestone in our ongoing improvement in educational offerings,” she added. Under the $6-million agreement, which was signed at the Ministry’s Heroes Circle headquarters in Kingston on June 4, the course material content will be made available to school leaders free of cost.center_img The content, which will be implemented in at least 10 schools initially by year end, will be crafted in collaboration with the Curriculum and Support Services Unit and the Media Services Unit in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Culture. The National College for Education Leadership (NCEL) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for development of digital content to support online leadership training aimed at creating more child-friendly schools.The content, which will be implemented in at least 10 schools initially by year end, will be crafted in collaboration with the Curriculum and Support Services Unit and the Media Services Unit in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Culture.Under the $6-million agreement, which was signed at the Ministry’s Heroes Circle headquarters in Kingston on June 4, the course material content will be made available to school leaders free of cost.It is in support of a drive by the NCEL to strengthen school leadership and management for the creation of more child-friendly spaces.These are institutions that promote inclusive access and equal rights of every child; provide healthy, clean, secure and enabling environments; and produce literate, confident and critical thinkers who are more aware of healthy lifestyle choices and more resilient in the face of emergencies.Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Dr. Grace McLean (right), in discussion with Country Representative, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Mariko Kagoshima during the official signing of a memorandum of understanding between the National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL) and UNICEF at the Ministry’s Heroes Circle headquarters in Kingston on June 4.last_img read more

MacGregor Secures Subsea Crane Order

first_imgzoom MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured a new subsea crane contract that will see the load handling specialist deliver a package of three cranes to a new offshore accommodation & construction vessel being built at Chantier Davie Canada.MacGregor has won a contract to deliver a comprehensive set of cranes to a new vessel under construction at the long-established Canadian shipyard, Chantier Davie Canada Inc. The vessel is scheduled for delivery by the end of Spring 2015.The vessel is the first in a series of dynamically positioned offshore accommodation and construction vessels, sleeping up to 400 passengers in a high-quality live/work environment. With that large accommodation, active heave compensated gangway and a variety of subsea and topside construction equipment, the vessel’s multi-functionality allows it to be deployed globally to perform a broad range of tasks offshore.The MacGregor package comprises three cranes: a 250-tonne SWL active heave-compensated (AHC) subsea crane; a 20-tonne SWL offshore crane; and a 5-tonne SWL shipboard crane. “Together they will deliver an advanced, flexible package that will give the operator enhanced capabilities in the offshore construction market,” says Frode Grøvan, Director, Sales and Marketing for Advanced Load Handling.Chantier Davie is one of the largest shipbuilders in North America and has delivered over 700 vessels and mobile offshore drilling units to clients globally.Cargotec, November 27, 2013last_img read more

Province Announces Jobs and Building Plan

first_imgThe province is investing $610 million in more than 150 projects that will generate direct employment equal to 4,500 full-time jobs in communities across the province. Graham Steele, Minister of Finance, today, Dec. 9, released the province’s Jobs and Building Plan. The plan outlines capital expenditures for the province for the 2012-13 fiscal year and focuses on creating good jobs and growing the economy, improving health care, and making life better for families across the province. “The Jobs and Building Plan invests in projects that are most important to Nova Scotians like emergency rooms, schools, roads, and hospital equipment, while providing good jobs in communities from one end of the province to the other,” said Mr. Steele. “Nova Scotians want their government to respond flexibly to economic conditions and that is why this year’s capital investments are clearly focused on job creation and infrastructure.” Spin offs resulting from the Jobs and Building Plan are expected to employ a further 3,100 Nova Scotians. The Jobs and Building Plan will invest: $281 million in highways $158 million in buildings $57.2million in information technology projects $13.1million in vehicles and equipment $ 87.9 million in capital grants $12.8 million in land purchases This is the only the second time in the province’s history, the government is announcing the details of capital expenditures before the spring budget. This sends a clear signal of what the province intends to do in the year ahead and gives the private sector greater opportunity to prepare for upcoming projects, resulting in efficiencies and cost savings for the province. For a copy of the Jobs and Building Plan visit www.gov.ns.ca/treasuryboard/ . $1.5-million for renovations at the South Shore Regional Hospital that will reduce overcrowding and improve patient flow $2.25-million to repair to the exterior of the Dominion Building, current home of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, to preserve a landmark pre-Confederation building in downtown Halifax. $79 million to construct, upgrade and modernize Nova Scotia’s aging schools in dozens of communities like Glace Bay, Baddeck, Weymouth, Dartmouth, New Glasgow and Liverpool. More than $2 million to make courthouses and justice centres safer in Amherst, Antigonish, Bridgewater, Digby, Halifax, Kentville, Port Hawkesbury, Sydney, Truro and Yarmouth. $6.8 million to fund infrastructure upgrades to hospitals to be able to establish collaborative emergency centres in more communities throughout Nova Scotia like Annapolis Royal. “For the last three weeks, my colleagues have traveled the province to share the details of the Jobs and Building Plan with the people of the province,” said Mr. Steele. “Nova Scotians learned first-hand that their government was investing in projects that are smart and strategic and will allow even more Nova Scotians to stay and build a life here.” Jobs and Building Plan details already announced include:last_img read more

Tunisia UN human rights team lays out path for transition to democracy

“We witnessed the beginning of a remarkable new era in Tunisia,” four top experts from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said in a report on their week-long mission that ended earlier this month. “There are clear indications of a willingness to put in place the necessary mechanisms to ensure a clear break with past injustices and to elaborate a vision for the new Tunisia. “Moves in this direction need to be reinforced and enshrined in law to ensure they become a permanent feature of Tunisian society,” they added, stressing the need for a fully participatory political system, freedom of speech, an end to impunity for abuses, and a bridging of the gulf between rich and poor, including in jobs, health care and education, for which technical, political and financial support from the international community is needed.The experts, who were dispatched by High Commissioner Navi Pillay after president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country amid mass protests over rising prices of essential commodities, lack of jobs, corruption and curbs on fundamental rights, highlighted “the denial of dignity” as the key phrase that they heard throughout their visit as the underlying cause of the uprising.“At the core of restoring that dignity will be redefining the relationship between the state and its people,” they said. “The relationship must now be built on the rule of law and respect for human rights and it must place the state at the service of all its people. The quest for dignity, the attainment of human rights, and the pursuit of justice are all interlinked.”The Tunisian authorities have asked OHCHR to set up an office in the country to support the transformation, and an advance team will soon be on the ground to ensure that human rights remain at the core of the transitional phase.“During our mission, we heard loud and clear the desire for human rights to remain at the foundation of Tunisia’s rebirth,” the team noted. “We are at a critical juncture and we have got to keep the momentum going. The work has only just begun.” In their recommendations, the experts highlighted 10 areas that “require the attention of national and international actors,” including the establishment of governing structures and decision-making processes that are fully representative of the whole political spectrum and all segments of society, including youth and women.Other fields include ensuring that all institutions are in line with international human rights standards; guaranteeing freedom of expression and association; accountability for all human rights violations with immediate judicial investigations into all credible allegations; and immediate steps to redress disparities in living standards and access to quality health care, education, jobs and social support for women, children, youth and marginalized communities. 24 February 2011The clear separation of powers between the executive, legislative and judicial branches in Tunisia after the ouster of its long-time ruler is vital for the North African country’s future, with human rights and dignity at its core, a United Nations mission reported today. read more

World metal recycling discouragingly low says new UN report

26 May 2011Despite the obvious benefits to the environment, industry and consumers themselves, metal recycling rates worldwide are discouragingly low, according to a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The “Recycling Rates of Metals: A Status Report” says that fewer than one third of some 60 metals studied have a recycling rate above 50 per cent and 34 elements are below 1 per cent, yet many of them are crucial to clean technologies such as batteries for hybrid cars and the magnets in wind turbines. “In spite of significant efforts in a number of countries and regions, many metal recycling rates are discouragingly low, and a ‘recycling society’ appears no more than a distant hope,” it says. The weak performance is especially frustrating because, unlike some other resources, metals are “inherently recyclable,” the report adds. Achim Steiner, UNEP’s Executive Director, said during the report’s launch in Brussels that “in theory, metals can be used over and over again, minimizing the need to mine and process virgin materials and thus saving substantial amounts of energy and water while minimizing environmental degradation. “Raising levels of recycling worldwide can therefore contribute to a transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient Green Economy while assisting to generate ‘green jobs’,” he stated. The report cites evidence that the era of cheap and easily accessible ores is running out. For example, about three times more material needs to be moved for the same ore extraction than a century ago, with corresponding increases in land disruption, water impacts and energy use. Among the report’s recommendations is the better design of metal-using products to make disassembly and recycling easier and improved waste management in developing countries. It also encourages people in richer countries to stop squirreling away old phones and chargers that will probably never be used and wind up in a dustbin never to be recycled. “I am as guilty as anyone here,” says Nick Nuttall, spokesperson for the Nairobi-based UNEP. “Like a squirrel or a magpie, my home and office drawers and cupboards are packed with old mobile phone chargers, USB cables, defunct laptops and the like. “I somehow imagine that they might come in useful one day – but of course they never do as they have been superseded by the latest model.” read more

UN agency begins process to enhance safety working conditions for fishers

A committee of the International Labour Organization (ILO) on fishing, meeting in Geneva during the organization’s annual conference, completed preliminary discussions about introducing new instruments that would revise and enhance seven existing standards for protecting fishers. If the proposed standards are adopted next year after further debate, they will extend the coverage to more than 90 per cent of the world’s fishers – compared to the roughly 10 per cent who are protected now. ILO Director-General Juan Somavia said the proposed revisions will enable millions of fishers to earn their living – collectively, fishing is estimated to contribute $50 billion a year to the world economy – in decent, safe conditions. Most fishers live in the developing world, with more than four out of every five people employed coming from Asia. Fishing is regarded as one of the most dangerous occupations in the world, with ILO studies showing that the fatality rates for fishing is higher in some countries than those of police or fire-fighters. In some countries, the death rate is estimated to be between 150 and 180 per 100,000 workers. The revised standards would extend coverage by including the self-employed and those fishers paid on the share of the catch. It would also toughen health and safety provisions and take account of fishers working both on the open seas and on small vessels in coastal waters. read more

State of emergency declared in Liberia over deadly Ebola outbreak

first_imgA banner reading ‘Ebola is real, Protect yourself and your family’, warns people of the Ebola virus in Monrovia, Liberia Source: AP/Press Association ImagesLIBERIA HAS DECLARED A state of emergency due to the deadly Ebola outbreak as US President Barack Obama said it was premature to send experimental drugs to victims in Africa.Declaring the state of emergency overnight President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf warned that the extraordinary measures were needed “for the very survival of our state”.The Liberian parliament will meet Thursday to ratify the move, while its Sierra Leone counterpart does the same following a state-of-emergency declaration there last week.Speaking of “a clear and present danger” from the virus which has claimed almost 1,000 lives in West Africa, Sirleaf announced that the state of emergency should last for a minimum of 90 days.“The scope and scale of the epidemic, the virulence and deadliness of the virus now exceed the capacity and statutory responsibility of any one government agency or ministry,” she said. According to local reports the sale of water buckets has increased dramatically, because they are used to fill with disinfectant and to wash hands to prevent the spread of the Ebola Source: AP/Press Association ImagesAmid growing call for international help, Obama said it was too early to dispatch experimental drugs to Ebola victims in AfricaTwo Americans who worked for Christian aid agencies in Liberia were brought back to the United States for treatment in recent days.They are being given an experimental drug known as ZMapp, which is hard to produce on a large scale and have been showing signs of improvement.The latest official toll across west Africa hit 932 deaths since the start of the year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said, with 1,711 confirmed cases, mostly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.Fears are growing that the disease is also taking hold in Nigeria. A woman prays with others from different religious groups against the spread of the Ebola virus, in Monrovia Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThe death of a nurse in Lagos, a megacity of more than 20 million, came as 45 deaths were confirmed across west Africa between Saturday and Monday, with aid agencies, including Doctors Without Borders, saying the terrifying tropical disease is out of control.Nigeria’s Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu told reporters he was in contact with the US Center for Disease Control on the possibility of getting drugs from them.“I said we are getting reports that this experimental drug seems to be useful. Is it also possible that we can have access for our people presently being treated and under incubation,” he said.However Obama said affected countries should focus on building a “strong public infrastructure,” adding: “I don’t think all the information is in on whether this drug is helpful.”Chukwu said all seven confirmed cases in his country had “primary contact” with Patrick Sawyer, a Liberian finance ministry employee who brought the virus to Lagos on July 20 and died later in hospital.WHO emergency session A employee of the Monrovia City Corporation spray disinfectant on a street in front of a building in a bid to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThe spread of the disease comes as the WHO met in an emergency session in Geneva to decide whether to declare an international crisis.The closed-door WHO meeting was not expected to make a decision until Friday. But the session itself underscored the severity of the threat posed by the disease, which causes severe fever and unstoppable bleeding.In Liberia’s capital Monrovia the dead have been left unburied on the streets or abandoned in their homes.And in Sierra Leone, which has the most confirmed infections, 800 troops including 50 military nurses were sent to guard hospitals and clinics treating Ebola patients, an army spokesman said.The soldiers’ colleagues coming to the end of a tour with the African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia were ordered Wednesday to remain in the war-torn country rather than risk returning home because of Ebola.Also Wednesday, a Spanish air force plane left for Liberia to bring an infected Spanish missionary priest home for treatment.The US disease control and prevention body on Wednesday issued its highest alert for an all-hands on deck response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa.Level 1 is the highest on a 1-6 scale and signals that increased staff and resources will be devoted to the outbreak.Possible Saudi case Source: AP/Press Association ImagesMeanwhile a Saudi Arabian who had travelled to Sierra Leone and developed Ebola-like symptoms died yesterday of a heart attack, the health ministry said.Officials did not disclose the results of the Ebola tests conducted abroad, but said he would be buried in an Islamic manner under precautions laid down by world health authorities.The new global head of the Red Cross warned that Ebola will be contained only if the public is won over, saying “stigma and discrimination often kill as much as viruses”.Elhadj As Sy said lessons had to be learned from the fight against AIDS and that dishing out blame does not help. It’s very difficult in a west African cultural setting to tell people not to engage with their loved ones who are sick. But in this current situation they will have to do so.In addition, people must shun time-honoured burial rites that require relatives to wash the body of the dead, as Ebola victims remain contagious after death.First discovered in 1976 and named after a river in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ebola spreads through contact with bodily fluids such as blood, saliva and sweat.It has killed around two-thirds of those it has infected over the last four decades, with two outbreaks registering fatality rates approaching 90 percent. The latest outbreak has a fatality rate of around 55 percent.Read: Ireland pledges €120,000 to help contain Ebola outbreak>last_img read more

A number of vacuum cleaners stolen from ransacked Armagh church

first_img St Michael’s Church, Newtownhamilton, County Armagh. Image: Google Maps By Adam Daly 17,634 Views Apr 13th 2019, 2:20 PM POLICE IN NORTHERN Ireland are appealing for information after a church in Co Armagh was ransacked overnight. A number of vacuum cleaners were stolen and a stained glass window was smashed during the incident at St Michael’s Church on the Dundalk Road area of Newtownhamilton.The PSNI believe that entry was gained to the property sometime between 8.30pm last night and 9am this morning. Constable Tim Coombs has made an appeal to anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area, or anyone who may have seen someone walking near the church carrying tools or the stolen vacuum cleaners to contact police in Newtownhamilton.“The church was ransacked and a number of vacuum cleaners were taken. A stained glass window was also smashed during the incident.“We would also be interested in any dashcam footage showing vehicles parked in the layby close to the church on the Dundalk Road,” Coombs said in a statement.  Image: Google Maps A number of vacuum cleaners stolen from ‘ransacked’ Armagh church A stained glass window was also smashed during last night’s burglary. 33 Comments center_img https://jrnl.ie/4590594 Saturday 13 Apr 2019, 2:20 PM St Michael’s Church, Newtownhamilton, County Armagh. Short URL Share182 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Grâce à des nanoparticules un Français devient linventeur européen de lannée

first_imgGrâce à des nanoparticules, un Français devient l’inventeur européen de l’annéeMardi, le Français Patrick Couvreur a été récompensé par l’Office européen des Brevets à Amsterdam dans la catégorie “recherche” pour ses travaux dans la technologie des nanoparticules. Le biopharmacien, professeur à l’université de Paris-Sud devrait bientôt commercialiser son œuvre pour le moment en essais cliniques. Pas moins de 258.000, c’est le nombre de demandes de brevets qu’a reçu en 2012 l’Office européen des Brevets (OEB). Un chiffre supérieur de 5,7% à celui de 2011 qui en dit long sur le nombre d’inventions imaginées chaque année par des Européens. Pour saluer cette ingéniosité et félicité les meilleurs inventions, l’OEB organise tous les ans une grande cérémonie qui décerne notamment le prix de l’inventeur européen. Et pour cette édition 2013, c’est à un Français qu’il a été attribué, Patrick Couvreur, un biopharmacien d’origine belge.Récompensé devant 500 personnes, ce professeur à l’université de Paris-Sud a déjà déposé cinquante brevets mais a été félicité mardi pour ses travaux sur de remarquables nanoparticules. 70 fois plus petites que des globules rouges, celles-ci seraient capables de délivrer un médicament à haute dose une fois introduit dans l’organisme et pourraient cibler plus facilement les cellules malades (dans le cas d’un cancer) afin de les soigner sans endommager les tissus sains autour, évitant de ce fait les effets secondaires que peut avoir la chimiothérapie. Ces capsules sont par ailleurs biodégradables et se dissolvent dans le sang une fois la mission effectuée. “C’est comme mettre un message dans une bouteille à la mer. Le message est protégé sauf que la bouteille disparaît une fois son but atteint” explique le scientifique à l’AFP. Selon ce dernier, cette technologie pourrait réduire 70% des métastases d’un cancer du foie. Aidé de l’université de Paris-Sud et le CNRS pour ce projet, Patrick Couvreur a monté récemment une start-up (Medsqual) qui développe aujourd’hui les nanomédicaments. Il avait déjà en 1997 créé une entreprise Bioalliance Pharma. Les premières autorisations de mise en marché sont attendues pour 2016.D’autres récompenses Le jury de l’OEB composé de spécialistes en matière d’économie, de recherche, de média ou encore de politique a établi son choix parmi quinze finalistes dans cinq catégories. Mais d’autres chercheurs ont également été récompensés. Le Suisse Martin Schadt, notamment, considéré comme le “père du pixel” pour sa technologie du Liquid Crystal Displays (écran LCD) datant de 1970 a vu sa carrière saluée. En 2012, les ventes qui en découlent ont atteint 120 milliards de dollars selon l’OEB. Le président de l’OEB, Benoit Battistelli a expliqué que le LCD “illustrait bien l’importance de la patience, la circonspection et l’investissement sur le long terme pour le développement de technologies de pointe”. Dans la catégorie “industrie”, ce sont les Autrichiens Claus Haemmerle et Klaus Bruestle qui ont été récompensés pour leur système permettant aux tiroirs et armoires de s’ouvrir et se fermer sans aucun bruit. Le Suédois Pal Nyrén a lui reçu une récompense pour son pyroséquençage de l’ADN rendant le génome accessible pour moins de 8.000 dollars. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Enfin, dans la catégorie des pays non-européens, le chercheur indien Ajay Bhatt a reçu un prix pour avoir dirigé l’équipe à l’origine du développement chez Intel de la technologie du port USB.(crédits photo : European Patent Office) Le 29 mai 2013 à 18:54 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

In The Fractured But Whole South Park is No Match For Ubisoft

first_imgStay on target Despite its deeply, deeply lame centrist politics, I enjoyed quite a few episodes of South Park during its impressive 21-years-and-counting run on Comedy Central. Who can deny the pleasure of watching crude cardboard cut-out little boys dunk on Scientology or hang out with a towel that gets high? So while I never played much of 2014’s South Park: The Stick of Truth, I was glad it seemed to finally be the high quality, ambitious, faithful, loving, crass, creative, reverently irreverent AAA video game South Park always deserved.But the road to Stick of Truth wasn’t easy. Not only did it suffer numerous delays but the South Park team and their development partners at Obsidian had to keep the role-playing game alive even as the original publisher THQ imploded. Ubisoft finally carried the game over the finish line. So I’m as shocked as anyone that three years later we now have a sequel, South Park: The Fractured But Whole. Yes, they’re talking about buttholes.However, after playing the latest epic South Park game, I think I understand why it exists. This is a game about superheroes, but Cartman’s Coon and Friends are no match for the publisher whims of Ubisoft.South Park: The Fractured But Whole trades the fantasy setting of its predecessor for a comic book theme. Wizards and elves and whatnot maybe lend themselves a little better to classic RPG mechanics. But I preferred the more imaginative powers of the different dual-spec superhero classes like “Cyborg” and “Brutalist.”The new theme also presents plenty of new opportunities for comedy. The game can make fun of the cynical superhero movie boom, planning out sequels and spin-offs and Netflix shows and civil wars on cold spreadsheets. But it also lets the boys act like genuine little boys, putting on costumes and imagining operatic battles surrounded by Lego-block lava before pausing to avoid a car. South Park the show operates on those different levels all the time, but putting them in a game gives The Fractured But Whole (like The Stick of Truth before it) an almost EarthBound quality.As befitting superheroes, the combat this time is also much more dynamic. Instead of just sticking to your lane, combatants move across a small grid during the turn-based battles. Different attacks have different range options. With the right Mario RPG timing, My blaster character could shoot a fireball a few squares away whereas Captain Diabetes’ headbutt charge would deal loads of direct damage and push him forward. There are a fair amount of tactics to consider, and that’s before you get into status effects like “burning” or “grossed out.” Soon enough you’ll also learn your most powerful skill, the ability to fart through time and nullify enemy turns, taught to you by taco entrepreneur Morgan Freeman.If The Fractured But Whole had just stopped here, it would’ve been cool. It would’ve been a fine light RPG with a nifty combat system giving you just enough interactivity within what’s essentially a giant episode of South Park. But it doesn’t stop. Every choice to puff up The Fractured But Whole into more of a Video Game TM, choices I have to believe came from the Kings of Content Colonies at Ubisoft, makes it more tedious to actually play. It makes me just want to watch the prequel episode of the show that leads into this along with some cutscenes on YouTube.The game is loaded with all of these slow systems and sub-systems and mechanics and menus you access with your in-game smartphone. I think the goal was to give the game the depth you’d expect from a big RPG, but it distracts from what’s actually enjoyable about inhabiting the South Park world so expertly recreated here in video game form. I don’t want to gather scrap metal and craft different fidget spinner artifacts to buff my character. I don’t want to cook consumable meals to stay healthy. I don’t want to expand my social network through selfies.These systems have a thick and entertaining enough South Park wrapper to help them go down easy. The gags aren’t always fantastic, but they come in fast and frequently. One of your summons is Moses from Super Best Friends. There’s a recurring minigame about pooping in every toilet you find. The fast travel system is powered by Jimmy Valmer. Filling out your character sheet with different background details is actually relatively sensitive about racial and gender identity (potentially more so than Ubisoft’s own Far Cry 5). And achievements never let you forget that the foes you’re vanquishing are just sixth graders, pervert priests, and creepy child waitresses at a Hooters knock-off.But all of this charm can’t distract players from the incessant padding. The Fractured But Whole is like twice as long as The Stick of Truth for no real reason. The pacing isn’t too bad. The game is split between daytime free-roaming puzzle sections around town and nighttime linear gauntlets at locations like a strip club complete with thicc boss fights. And the game never misses a chance to mock its own questionable gameplay conventions. This is the same show that put out a brainless free-to-play mobile game called Phone Destroyer. However, preemptively acknowledging that gameplay may be bloated and boring doesn’t actually make up for that bloat and boredom. The expansion feels cheap and artificial, not earned with meaningful gameplay enhancements. Sometimes less is more anyway. A show that produces new episodes in seven days should know the value of working fast and with discipline.So why is the game like this? We can’t know for sure, but my guess is that realizing the game could never be as fresh as the original, Ubisoft instead took the steps needed to mold the franchise’s formula into something the publisher could continue to consistently make for potentially years going forward. Even the fact that the game largely uses the same open, adventure game-ish South Park world of Stick of Truth makes it feel like sequels in other Ubisoft products like Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, and Watch_Dogs. Also, while the game of course features the voice talents and creative input of South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the game was developed internally at Ubisoft San Francisco. This time, someone else took a sequel from Obsidian and not the other way around.I’m the guy who kind of wishes South Park the show would end soon, so I’m not really looking forward to the idea of annualized South Park video games from Ubisoft. South Park: The Stick of Truth was a legitimately cool surprise licensed game success, and while South Park: The Fractured But Whole is a fine follow-up, I’d hate to see such a strong debut slowly drained of life and turned into a never-ending AAA walking corpse. Just call it “Batman: Arkham Syndrome.”View as: One Page Slides1/51. South Park: The Fractured But Whole is the superhero-themed sequel to South Park: The Stick of Truth, the acclaimed RPG based on the hit Comedy Central cartoon.2. The new combat system lets players strategically position themselves on a grid.3. Try out new superhero classes like “Cyborg” and “Brutalist.”4. While the South Park world is funny and charming enough, the gameplay in The Fractured But Whole is saddled with too many tedious sub-systems and mechanics you access with your in-game smartphone.5. Overall, we’re not convinced South Park RPGs needs to be Ubisoft’s next big annualized franchise.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. 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Hazard Chelsea playing best football under Sarri

first_imgEden Hazard claims that Chelsea are playing the best ever football he has ever experienced under manager Maurizio SarriThe Italian is the sixth coach Hazard has had in his six years at Chelsea after Roberto Di Matteo, Rafael Benitez, Jose Mourinho, Guus Hiddink and Antonio Conte.Sarri has made a bright start to life at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea level on points with Manchester City and Liverpool at the top of the Premier League, while also unbeaten.But, for Hazard, it’s Sarri’s unique playing style that makes him the best coach.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“We had some great results in the past so I can’t say the ­managers before weren’t good,” Hazard said on the Evening Standard. “But in terms of how we are playing, this is the best football.“It is similar to how we played in France with (my former club) Lille. A lot of pass and move. We have good players, so that’s why we are playing this great football.”Hazard has managed eight goals and three assists in just 10 appearances across all competitions under Sarri this season at Chelsea.last_img read more

Galaxy takes ownership of shares as Wynn Resorts pays Universal settlement agreement

first_img JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Wynn Resorts has announced the completion of its registered public offering of 5.3 million shares to Galaxy Entertainment Group (GEG), with the Macau casino operator officially taking control of a 4.9% stake in the global gaming giant.In an announcement released early Wednesday morning local time, Wynn also revealed that it has repaid in full the US$2 billion settlement agreement with Japan’s Universal Entertainment Corporation and Aruze USA, Inc as of 30 March 2018. Wynn Resorts shares favored over Wynn Macau: analysts Wynn Resorts to undergo internal restructure as part of refinancing plan Load More RelatedPosts The company said it had used net proceeds from a US$800 million Bridge Facility loan, cash on hand and US$250 million of US credit facilities to settle with Universal and Aruze USA.Wynn subsequently used US$915.8 million from the sale of shares to GEG to repay the Bridge Facility.Wynn Resorts revealed in early March that it had reached a settlement agreement with Universal and its subsidiary Aruze USA, Inc to pay a settlement of almost US$2.5 billion, comprising US$2 billion in promissory notes and around US$464 million in interest. The agreement related to the forced redemption by Wynn in 2012 of shares owned by former board member Kazuo Okada and Aruze USA worth almost US$2.8 billion. Wynn claimed at the time that Okada had put Wynn’s gaming license in jeopardy amid allegations he provided improper hospitality at Wynn properties to Philippine gaming officials to the tune of US$110,000.Last month, GEG emerged as a shock investor in Wynn Resorts, announcing that it had agreed to purchase 5.3 million primary Wynn Resorts shares for a total of US$927.5 million. It was revealed at the same time that Wynn Resorts founder Steve Wynn had agreed to see his entire remaining stake in the company to two current long-term institutional investors.Universal using funds to reduce debtHaving received its own proceeds from the settlement agreement reached with Wynn Resorts, Japan’s Universal Entertainment has announced plans to repurchase Offshore Private Notes totaling a combined US$1.33 billion.In a Tuesday release, Universal said that it had received the agreed settlement proceeds on 30 March 2018 and that “in order to lighten interest burden through the debt reduction, the company commenced a process to repurchase the target notes.”The offer relates to US$600 million in notes issued to buyers on 24 August 2015 and another US$600 million issued on 14 October and 1 December 2016. The outstanding amount including capitalized interest comes to around US$1.33 billion.Universal said it expects to settle the repurchase proceeds between 11 and 14 May 2018.last_img read more

Borough To Present KPB Comprehensive Plan At Meeting On Thursday

first_imgThe draft was released on December 15, 2017, and is the first draft of the updated KPB comprehensive plan. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough will be presenting the draft of the 2018 Kenai Peninsula Borough Comprehensive Plan at the Soldotna Planning Commission Meeting, on March 1. According to the text in the draft, based on the many hundreds of conversations that went into the creation of this draft plan, there is a strong sense that borough residents are ready to move energetically and collaboratively into the next chapter of borough history. Download the Full Public Review Draft at:http://kpbcompplan.com/…/…/2017/04/draft-2018kpbcompplan.pdf A comprehensive plan is a policy document created by a community, with combination of big vision goals and practical short-term strategies. The new Borough Comprehensive Plan is an update to the 2005 comprehensive plan. Visit the KPB Comprehensive Plan webpage to share your feedback with us. Public comment is open through March 31.  The borough invites all residents to attend the meeting at 5:30 p.m., at Soldotna City Hall, on Thursday, March 1. Download the Executive Summary of the Public Review Draft at:http://kpbcompplan.com/…/…/draft-execsum-2018kpbcompplan.pdf Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-comp-plan-meeting.mp3VmJennifer-on-comp-plan-meeting.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

Senate Looks Toward Disaster Relief Vote Next Week

first_img ADC AUTHOR The Senate is looking toward a vote next week on a disaster aid package, according to a Tuesday CQ report.The multibillion-dollar bill has not been finalized, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he still has hopes for a disaster relief package by the Memorial Day recess.“We’re going to have a vote next week,” McConnell said. “I hope it’s a vote on a deal that has been reached with both sides of the aisle and the White House.”A key difference has been between President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats on how much aid should go to Puerto Rico, which was hit by two hurricanes in 2017.“There is some good news,” Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on the Senate floor Tuesday. “I’m encouraged that Republicans have moved in our direction when it comes to Puerto Rico. I hope we can find agreement and put this totally unnecessary political fight behind us and finally deliver relief to disaster-stricken Americans — wherever they may be.”Other obstacles have been the administration’s request for $4.5 billion in funding to handle a surge of migrants arriving at the southern border, and a request last week by Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ark.) to include harbor maintenance funding.The relief package includes badly-needed installation funding for recent disaster-related damages, as On Base has reported.Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tia Dufourlast_img read more

MD Anderson Cancer Center Announces Major Layoffs

first_img X Listen 00:00 /01:04 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Florian MartinMD Anderson physician-in-chief Tom Buchholz, CFO Dan Fontaine and President Ronald DePinho (from left) announce the layoffs during a news conference Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017.The MD Anderson Cancer Center is laying off between 800 and 900 of its 20,000 employees – mostly in administrative roles, including executive and manager positions.No doctors will be let go. “We’ve primarily focused on those areas where we could make some staff reductions, re-engineer some of the administrative support for the institution and obviously not affect the quality of the patient care and certainly the frontline providers,” Dan Fontaine, MD Anderson’s chief financial officer, said.The layoffs became necessary because of a continuing budget deficit, he said, in part due to the hospital’s new electronic health record system.MD Anderson president Ronald DePinho said they accepted fewer patients and hired more staff to implement the system, “so the decreased revenue from the decreased productivity plus the increased expenses add up to the delta that we have to correct.”He said the hospital’s long-term financial health is strong.The hope is to achieve some of the staff reductions through voluntary retirements.It will save MD Anderson $120 million a year. Sharelast_img read more

Xbox One price drops to 299 for Black Friday

first_imgMicrosoft was promising a big Black Friday sale for the Xbox One, and it looks as though they have delivered. They’ve delivered 12 times, in fact, by way of a dozen console bundles. The best news for anyone in the market for an Xbox One is that you will be able to pick one up for under $300, and with a game no less!The 12 bundles range in price from $299 up to $449. Here they all are in price order:Xbox One The Lego Movie Videogame Bundle $299Xbox One Special Edition Gears of War Bundle $299Xbox One Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Bundle $299Xbox One 1TB Holiday Bundle $349Xbox One Rise of the Tomb Raider Bundle $349Xbox One with Kinect Bundle $349Xbox One Fallout 4 Bundle $349Xbox One Limited Edition Forza Motorsport 6 Console $349Xbox One Madden NFL 16 Bundle $349Xbox One FIFA 16 1TB Bundle $349Xbox One Elite Bundle $449Xbox One Limited Edition Halo 5: Guardians Bundle $449So that’s a 500GB console, controller, Lego or Gears of War game, and the recently introduced Backwards Compatibility feature for $299. Spend another $50 and you’ll get a 1TB hard drive, more game choices, or even a Kinect if you still want one. The Elite and Halo 5 bundles remains expensive, though, even if they do save you some cash over buying everything separately.All the bundles will become available to buy on November 26 and will remain at the lower pricing until November 30 in the US. Demand will be high for sure, but I doubt Microsoft will run out of stock (maybe the Forza 6 bundle will). They need a big sale to bolster the installed user base and help them hit the ground running in 2016.last_img read more

Throwback Thursday 4 world crowns in 40 years

first_imgThe three former Miss Worlds attended the crowning of Miss SA at Sun City last year. For Anneline Kriel, it was familiar territory – she was a familiar face at the casino resort in the 80s when she was married to Casino mogul, Sol Kerzner. She now lives in Mauritius. Penny Coelen, Anneline Kriel and Rolene Strauss wore the Miss World Crown and Margaret Gardiner the Miss Universe Crown.In 1958, Penny Coelen was crowned Miss South Africa and then Miss World. Anneline Kriel became Miss World in 1974 and Margaret Gardiner won the Miss Universe title in 1978. More recently, in 2014, with a gap of more than 40 years, Rolene Strauss became Miss World. Penny Coelen Anneline Kriel Margaret Gardiner was the first African woman to win the Miss Universe title. She was 18 years old when she won. She won the pageant after answering the final question.She is now working as a print and television journalist in Los Angeles. She is married to Andre Nel, a professor at UCLA.center_img Rolene StraussRolene Strauss was a medical student at the University of the Free State. Margaret Gardiner WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

Iberia to increase seats in flights to Costa Rica

first_imgSpain’s Iberia airlines this year will increase the number of seats on flights to Costa Rica by 6 percent, to reach 250,000 spaces on flights between Madrid and San José, the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) said on Thursday.“The growth in the operations of Iberia allows us to link up with our major tourism markets and largest generators of foreign exchange from Europe: Spain, France and Germany,” Tourism Minister Allan Flores said.The airline operates a daily flight between San José and Madrid, and transported a total of 194,000 passengers – an occupancy rate of 84 percent – in 2012, according to ICT figures.Flores added that along with the increase in seats the ICT also is developing a cooperative ad campaign with Iberia to promote Costa Rica destinations. Facebook Comments Related posts:Delta airlines announces new daily L.A.-San José flight Copa Airlines expands destinations Flights increase between Mexico – Costa Rica Frontier Airlines to fly direct between Liberia, Costa Rica, and Denver, Coloradolast_img read more

Costa Ricas Grupo Nación closes three publications lays off 100 workers

first_imgCosta Rica’s daily La Nación on Thursday reported onits website a “restructuring of the business model of its parent corporation Grupo Nación (GN), which includes the closure of two daily newspapers and one magazine, and the dismissal of 100 employees.”Its new daily print newspaper Ahora, which was launched just four months ago, will publish its last edition on Saturday, Nov.15. The sports daily Al Día will print its final issue on Nov. 30. The last edition of architecture and urbanism magazine Su Casa will circulate in December, Grupo Nación confirmed in a press release on its corporate website.The news was disclosed shortly after Grupo Nación announced it had reached an agreement with government officials to end an investigation into alleged tax fraud involving the sale of two printing presses.The agreement already has been registered in the records of the General Superintendency of Securities and indicates that Grupo Nación on Wednesday paid ₡1.3 billion ($2.4 million) in back taxes, which adds to the ₡904 million ($1.7 million) the group paid in 2005, for a total payment of ₡2.2 billion ($4.1 million).Grupo Nación expects a criminal court in Goicoechea to “dismiss all criminal actions under investigation for alleged tax dodging,” La Nación reported on Thursday evening.Grupo Nación attorney Carlos Tiffer told the daily that he is satisfied with the conclusion of the legal process, “especially because no crime was attributed, which is what we have been arguing from the beginning.”The investigation against Costa Rica’s largest media group began in 2004 following allegations that La Nación S.A. – represented by Grupo Nación CEO Manuel Francisco Jiménez – had falsified a $2 million sale of two old and depreciated printing presses to Capital Leasing Corporation, a business group owned by Jiménez’s cousin Carlos González Jiménez.Jiménez said Grupo Nación “has always been a responsible corporate citizen, regarded throughout history as one of the major tax contributors in the country; and it always will remain within that tradition.”“Moving forward we will focus on the multimedia development of our newspapers La Nación, El Financiero and La Teja, our magazines Perfil and Sabores, and our radio and printing businesses,” the press release stated. The corporation currently employs 1,294 workers in several companies, according to the group’s website.Earlier this year, Grupo Nación announced the acquisition of La Guácima speedway, a project scheduled to open next March as an events and entertainment complex. Facebook Comments Related posts:Grupo Nación begins charging for online content Government backpedals on media reform bill amid outcry News Milestone: The New York Times tops 1 million digital subscribers Al Jazeera America news channel to close up shoplast_img read more