Vikas confident of winning a medal in new weight category

first_imgVikas Krishan Yadav is confident that he will return with a medal from the South Korean cityJust at the age of 19, boxer Vikas Krishan Yadav emerged as a surprise winner at the 2010 Asian Games. He won the title in the 60kg category and gave the nation one of the two boxing gold medals in the continental event after a gap of 12 years.A bronze medal at the 2011 World Championships, only second for India, was another testimony of his growing stature. A controversial defeat in the last 16 round of the 2012 Olympics, where judges reversed the decision after he was declared the winner, was a real heartbreak for him.At a time, when he could have achieved more laurels in boxing, he focused on his ‘future’ and joined the training of deputy superintendent of police with Haryana Police. It kept him off the ring for one-and-ahalf years, and he joined the national camp as late as January this year.His attempt to make a comeback to the national team failed when he suffered a cut on eye during the trials of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and was ruled out. In Incheon, a short-on-competition Vikas will compete in a new weight category – 75kg.He is not sure of repeating his 2010 Asiad performance, but he is confident that he will return with a medal from the South Korean city.”In the last two years, I got married, had a child and completed my police training. All these things kept me busy. My intense boxing training began only after I joined the national camp. “In Incheon, I will try my level best, and I am sure I will return with a medal,” he told MAIL TODAY.advertisementThough he has been away from boxing, expectations of fans will be high since he has proved his mettle and playing in a weight category, in which ace boxer Vijender Kumar achieved most of his success. The likes of Zhanibek Alimkhanuly, the 2013 Asian and the World champion from Kazakhstan, may be his biggest roadblocks on path to a medal in Incheon.”Asian Games are always tough, but I still won gold last time. There will be some of world’s finest boxers to beat me over there. But if I think too much about them, I may get overawed and put pressure on me. Focusing only on training and bouts can take me to my aim,” he said.The Bhiwani boxer added: “I have watched some of the bouts of my potential opponents, but then again, it’s better to sweat it out in the ring than be obsessed with the power of your opponents. A lot will depend on the draw also,” he said. Vikas has often drawn criticism for being too defensive during his bouts including the 2010 Asiad final triumph. If the current lot of boxers, and coaches are to be believed, the scoring system favours the attacking boxers.But Vikas is determined to stick to defensive mode and says it’s the skill, not the style, which wins one a bout.”Defence is my natural style and I can’t give it up. I believe it’s always the power of your punch, and not the style, that wins you a bout. I will stick to my natural style in Incheon also,” he said.Vikas also supported his good friend Manoj Kumar, who was ignored by the ministry for Arjuna award in boxing. “I strongly believe Manoj was the most deserving boxer for Arjuna award this year. Since the High Court has directed the awards committee to reconsider Manoj’s case, I pray he gets the award,” said the boxer.shaghil.bilali@mailtoday.inlast_img read more

Symbiosis Centre for Media and Communication understands the ‘demand of the day’ and hence is the best

first_imgLast year, the Symbiosis Centre for Media and Communication (SCMC) organised online contest Mad Hat for applicants to its entrance test. Eight students won a three-day sponsored trip to the institute, where they could live on the campus and experience the place first-hand. And this was before the entrance test,Last year, the Symbiosis Centre for Media and Communication (SCMC) organised online contest Mad Hat for applicants to its entrance test. Eight students won a three-day sponsored trip to the institute, where they could live on the campus and experience the place first-hand. And this was before the entrance test results were even announced!A few months later, the institute sent six of its students to the International Advertising Association. Here, they had a chance to meet social media expert Simon Kemp, Cindy Gallop of the famous TED talk MakeLoveNotPorn, NITI Aayog’s Amitabh Kant, Sachin Tendulkar and Shah Rukh Khan.India’s Best Colleges 2016 Little wonder then that SCMC sits pretty as the best college in its stream for the fourth year in a row. Located in Symbiosis’s Viman Nagar campus in Pune, it scored high in criteria such as college reputation, quality of academic instruction, student care and infrastructure.  SCMC takes that old adage ‘all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’ pretty seriously. Extra-curricular activities are accorded as much priority as academics. Annual festival Maadhyam has become a medium for inter-batch literary and debating duels. Winners represent the college in various youth festivals. There are also the cultural contest Vaividhya, sports event In True Spirit, annual student short film festival The East Side Story and Paparazzi, a photography competition. Photo: Jignesh Mistry “The challenge,”in the words of SCMC director Anupam Siddhartha, “is to engage them in a gainful environment over three years, to initiate them into quality learning which is interesting. Over the years, the centre has evolved an innovative androgogy coupled with meaningful evaluation.” Co-curricular activities and educational trips, therefore, are part of regular syllabus at SCMC. Cinema is offered as a stream of specialisation, and the institute celebrates Cinema Day every year, where students dress up as their favourite character from their favourite movie and participate in sundry competitions. Over the past two-and-a-half years, Viman Talkies, a platform under SCMC, has shown several films of Indian directors, be it Avinash Arun’s Killa, Amit Masurkar’s Sulemani Keeda, Shonali Bose’s Margarita with a Straw, Q’s Gandu or Umesh Kulkarni’s Highway.advertisementSCMC’s education tours comprise destinations and experiences as diverse as visits to the Kaas Plateau in the Sahaydris, the sets of Aaj Ki Raat Hai Zindagi, the Kadus tribal e-learning centre and Gowardhan Dairy. “We produce students who not only excel academically but also respond swiftly to professional challenges,” says Prof Siddhartha. The institute has bid farewell to six batches.Digital journalism is the consequence of an era where consumers have ceased to be passive recipients of content. Media today is often driven by audiences, in contrast to its earlier avatar, which sought to influence opinion.  The demand for digital journalism is growing. Internet penetration and easy smartphone availability/affordability is affecting the growth of vernacular journalism. But, while demand and need expand, there is no certainty about the market. News gathering is a costly business and digital journalism will have to find a way to cover those costs, which cannot be met by advertising alone.One of the toughest challenges is monetisation. Digital advertising standards were set by non-newsy products, and now news will have to adapt to that format. The last time such adaptation was called for was when journalism went on TV. However, TV had a captive audience and entry barriers for new players were high, so businesses survived. Yet, several news channels were forced to shut shop. The same challenges-monetisation and content strategy-will haunt journalism now that it has moved to the world wide web. As far as content strategy is concerned, a discerning and increasingly empowered audience seems to be driving journalism. Television channels were limited while the internet is practically endless. Retaining audiences and staying ahead of new competitors won’t be that easy anymore. To survive, the industry has to innovate and find new models. Digital publishers will need to put their thinking caps on. I have a few ideas myself but I’m saving those for boardroom discussions. Print is already feeling the pressure in the West though it is relatively secure in India due to limited access of high-speed internet. It seems that eventually both print and TV will be felled by digital journalism. When high-speed internet becomes available, digital videos will be preferred over TV. I know people who don’t buy newspapers anymore; their news consumption happens entirely online. But it’s not an overnight transformation, it will need behavioural change, and maybe even generational changeTThere is no doubt that social media is dominating news agenda. Overlooking the negatives, social media happens to be a place where good content is created, which is picked up by mainstream media.advertisement  Of course, criticism is levelled on grounds of accuracy, but even mainstream media gets it wrong sometimes. Silliness and rumour-mongering pass for news on social media, but as a user matures, he or she learns what to trust and how to verify. Social media is a system that can be used to one’s advantage.A person with access to internet can only be an opinion-maker, not a journalist. The utility of good old objective reporting will always be appreciated, thanks to this growth of social media. Blatant editorialising has indirectly provided an impetus to old media to revive itself. Earlier, anyone with a microphone and camera or someone with connections to an editor could become a journalist. That’s why I won’t berate the Internet much. That people are contemplating what journalism should be, is a positive trend.Listen to your audience. Journalism can’t afford to take “letters to the editor” as a token feedback mechanism anymore. Feedback has become crucial.EXPERT COMMENTIn with the New, but keep the OldDigital journalism is the consequence of an era where consumers have ceased to be passive recipients of content. Media today is often driven by audiences, in contrast to its earlier avatar, which sought to influence opinion. The demand for digital journalism is growing. Internet penetration and easy smartphone availability/affordability is affecting the growth of vernacular journalism. But, while demand and need expand, there is no certainty about the market. News gathering is a costly business and digital journalism will have to find a way to cover those costs, which cannot be met by advertising alone.Rahul RoushanOne of the toughest challenges is monetisation. Digital advertising standards were set by non-newsy products, and now news will have to adapt to that format. The last time such adaptation was called for was when journalism went on TV. However, TV had a captive audience and entry barriers for new players were high, so businesses survived. Yet, several news channels were forced to shut shop. The same challenges-monetisation and content strategy-will haunt journalism now that it has moved to the world wide web. As far as content strategy is concerned, a discerning and increasingly empowered audience seems to be driving journalism. Television channels were limited while the internet is practically endless. Retaining audiences and staying ahead of new competitors won’t be that easy anymore.To survive, the industry has to innovate and find new models. Digital publishers will need to put their thinking caps on. I have a few ideas myself but I’m saving those for boardroom discussions. Print is already feeling the pressure in the West though it is relatively secure in India due to limited access of high-speed internet. It seems that eventually both print and TV will be felled by digital journalism. When high-speed internet becomes available, digital videos will be preferred over TV. I know people who don’t buy newspapers anymore; their news consumption happens entirely online. But it’s not an overnight transformation, it will need behavioural change, and maybe even generational change.advertisementThere is no doubt that social media is dominating news agenda. Overlooking the negatives, social media happens to be a place where good content is created, which is picked up by mainstream media.Of course, criticism is levelled on grounds of accuracy, but even mainstream media gets it wrong sometimes. Silliness and rumourmongering pass for news on social media, but as a user matures, he or she learns what to trust and how to verify. Social media is a system that can be used to one’s advantage.A person with access to internet can only be an opinion-maker, not a journalist. The utility of good old objective reporting will always be appreciated, thanks to this growth of social media. Blatant editorialising has indirectly provided an impetus to old media to revive itself. Earlier, anyone with a microphone and camera or someone with connections to an editor could become a journalist. That’s why I won’t berate the Internet much. That people are contemplating what journalism should be, is a positive trend.Listen to your audience. Journalism can’t afford to take “letters to the editor” as a token feedback mechanism anymore. Feedback has become crucial.By Rahul Roushan, founder of Faking Newslast_img read more

LOCAL STUDENTS TAKE PART IN WALKOUT FOR GUN VIOLENCE AWARENESS

first_imgAudio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/WALKOUTSSC2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….really tragic happened. :09South Sioux City School Superintendent Todd Strom says students were also allowed to walk outside the building and sit for 17 minutes or stay in class and discuss the issue with their teacher and classmates:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/WALKOUTSSC3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..great conversations. :21Strom and High School Principal Odell Santos were both proud of the leadership shown by the students in organizing their fellow classmates:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/WALKOUTSSC4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..excited for them. ;14Sergeant Bluff and Le Mars High Schools and Sioux City High Schools and Middle Schools also had students participate in the national walkout. Students at several Siouxland area schools joined others around the country Wednesday in staging walkouts to protest gun violence.The nationwide walkouts are the biggest demonstration of student activism that has emerged following the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14th in Parkland, Florida.South Sioux City High School gave students different options to participate.Sophomore Julissa Cancino serves on the schools’s student council, and helped organize a memorial tribute and balloon release to the 17 people who died in the Florida shootings:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/WALKOUTSSC.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……… our student body. :15Sophomore Emilia Perez also helped put the event together, which included a brief reading about the life of each of the 17 victims:last_img read more

Wenger to persist with line-up rotation

first_imgArsenal Wenger to persist with Arsenal rotation policy after ‘fair’ draw Tom Webber Last updated 2 years ago 07:48 11/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) ArseneWenger - cropped Getty Images Arsenal Arsenal v Crvena Zvezda UEFA Europa League Crvena Zvezda Arsène Wenger After making 11 changes to his line-up for a Europa League draw with Red Star Belgrade, the Gunners boss will persist with a rotation Arsene Wenger had no complaints after Arsenal were held to a 0-0 draw by Red Star Belgrade and insisted he will continue with his rotation policy.The Gunners secured their passage into the last 32 of the Europa League despite failing to win for the first time in Group H.Arsenal 6/1 to win Europa League Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Wenger made 11 changes from the side that defeated Swansea City in the Premier League at the weekend, goalkeeper Matt Macey handed a first European start as a replacement for Petr Cech in a largely inexperienced line-up.Macey helped secure the point by tipping Vujadin Savic’s first-half header onto the crossbar, while Jack Wilshere had a shot cleared off the line by Damien Le Tallec in the second period.Wenger did not feel his side deserved more than a point and hopes his less experienced players can use the match as a lesson.”They started stronger than us. They played well tonight, at a high pace and were dangerous on the break. They defended very well,” said the Frenchman.Secure qualification from Group HNow let’s complete the job and make sure we finish top #AFCvRSB pic.twitter.com/CscEVWl0hJ — Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) November 2, 2017 “We dominated possession in the second half, played more in their half, but lacked a bit of quality in the final ball. I’d say it is a fair 0-0.”In the end, we didn’t see goals and people aren’t used to not seeing goals here. It’s frustrating when you don’t score, but we have understanding with many young players in the team. That’s part of the learning process, to play these types of games.”Red Star can be very proud of their performance tonight – not many teams come here and don’t concede goals.”You could see tonight was a very intense game. With the number of games we play, I’ll continue [with the rotation policy] at the moment.”Wilshere has only made one appearance in the Premier League this season but produced another solid display in the Europa League.Wenger expressed his belief the 25-year-old deserved a spot in the England squad prior to him being overlooked by Gareth Southgate on Thursday, and he reiterated that confidence following his snub.”What Jack needs it to be injury free for a long period, until the end of the season, and to get games like that. Maybe next time [he will make the England squad],” added the Gunners boss.last_img read more

Zidane: I don’t know what I’m going to do

first_imgReal Madrid ‘I don’t know what I’m going to do’ – Zidane enjoying rest after Real Madrid exit Chris Burton 04:20 6/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Zinedine Zidane Real Madrid Liverpool UCL Getty Real Madrid Zinédine Zidane Primera División The Frenchman has no plans to return to management any time soon, with a welcome break being taken after leaving the Santiago Bernabeu Zinedine Zidane has no immediate plans to get back into management, with the Frenchman enjoying a break after leaving Real Madrid.The 45-year-old stunned the football world when announcing his departure from the Santiago Bernabeu a matter of days after guiding his side to a third successive Champions League crown.His roll of honour in the Spanish capital also included a Liga title and two Club World Cup triumphs, with nine trophies collected in all. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Zidane opted to walk away on a high, with legendary status established in his playing days having been enhanced in coaching circles, and he will not be rushing into another post.Quizzed on his future plans at a promotional event in Paris, the World Cup winner said: “I’ve got my feet up and am feeling good.”I don’t know what I’m going to do.”The most important thing is the decision I’ve taken, the rest we’ll see.”Zidane has already been billed as a future manager of France, with current Les Blues boss Didier Deschamps among those expecting such a role to be filled at some point.He said: “I don’t know what he [Zidane] decided. I think for now, he wants to enjoy the rest, his family and loved ones.”And then after, and as I said, he will definitely be a coach of the French team someday.”When? I cannot say. But it seems logical. It will happen when it happens.”Zinedine Zidane no plansZidane has also been told by former France team-mate Robert Pires that he would have little trouble finding a job in England if he wants to take on another challenge in club football.He told Sky Sports: “He’s competitive and I think he can find a good solution, and he can find a new [type of] football, because you know the Premier League and La Liga is not the same football.”If he wants to try the Premier League he will find a new club, no problem for him.”For now, though, Zidane is preparing to watch the 2018 World Cup finals as a fan.Once the action in Russia is over, his attention may then turn to a possible post for the 2018-19 campaign.last_img read more

Alpha Boys’ School To Benefit From Sale Of Posters

first_img The IRPC 2013 exhibition, which will run for one week at the Embassy of Jamaica in Washington, D.C., was officially opened to the public on November 14. The Alpha Boys’ School music department will benefit from the sale of posters that were entered in the second International Reggae Poster Contest (IRPC). The International Reggae Poster Contest was established as a global platform to shine a powerful beam on the positive impact of reggae music and to present a bold vision. Story Highlights The Alpha Boys’ School music department will benefit from the sale of posters that were entered in the second International Reggae Poster Contest (IRPC).The IRPC 2013  exhibition, which will run for one week at the Embassy of Jamaica in Washington, D.C., was officially opened to the public on  November 14.Founder of the IRPC, Mr. Michael Thompson said that Alpha Boys’ School is a Jamaican success story which has contributed significantly to Jamaica’s musical legacy.“This academy for underprivileged youth, located in the heart of Kingston and founded in 1880 by the Sisters of Mercy Order, has produced some of the most notable legends in the history of Jamaican music.  Some of these legends include Don Drummond of the Skatalites, top Rocksteady singer, Desmond Dekker and Yellowman, one of dancehall’s first superstars,” he said.Mr. Thompson noted that this year’s competition received 1,100 submissions from 78 countries worldwide.  He said this  has  exceeded expectations and shows that Reggae music has touched the hearts and minds of music lovers the world over.  Poster winners were selected from among 363 finalists.The International Reggae Poster Contest was established as a global platform to shine a powerful beam on the positive impact of reggae music and to present a bold vision.Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Stephen Vasciannie, in declaring the exhibition open, lauded the founders of the IRPC.  The competition, he said, gives participants from around the world the opportunity to infuse art with Reggae music.He said the exhibition now on display at the embassy brings to the forefront how far Reggae music has gone around the world and highlights the reason why  “we are proud of our culture.”The Ambassador also commended the IRPC for dedicating proceeds from the exhibition to the Alpha Boys’ School music department, which he said, will go far to help nurture and produce more outstanding musicians.last_img read more

Canada far from willing to ban circumcision say observers

first_imgTORONTO – A campaign to ban circumcision for infants and children has taken hold in Iceland and Denmark but is far too radical a notion for Canada to consider, say observers here.Despite declining rates of circumcision, many Canadians remain ardent advocates of the right to snip — and not just for religious reasons, notes York University human rights Prof. Minoo Derayeh.The academic, a specialist on world religions, notes that Canada’s significantly more racially diverse population makes the politicized issue tougher to reconcile with a national identity rooted in tolerance and liberalism.“Our immigration law is more towards multiculturalism so we are all a part of the mosaic and it’s a part of the identity of people,” says Derayeh, noting it would be hard for a Jewish or Muslim person to not see this as an affront to tenets of their faith.A Canadian Jewish human rights group condemned the Nordic movement this week, insisting “there can be no Jewish community without circumcision.”“Although it’s proposed using human rights language, this is rather the denial of rights — it’s the denial of religious rights,” Michael Mostyn, chief executive officer of B’nai Brith Canada, adds in an interview.“Should this proposal pass, these communities will no longer be able to exist as viable communities in Iceland. Circumcision is not discretionary but it is rather central in Jewish life and practice throughout history.”Iceland’s parliament proposed a controversial age-restricted bill last month that would make it a crime to circumcise a baby for non-medical reasons, arguing that boys are unable to “give informed consent to an irreversible physical intervention.”At least 400 doctors have backed the bill, but religious groups around the world are pushing back, fearing its success could empower politicians elsewhere to bring in their own restrictions.And a broader movement to ban circumcision — the act of removing the foreskin of the penis, usually when the child is a newborn — does appear to be gaining steam.Anti-circumcision activists in Denmark are circulating a petition to force their government to consider a similar law. They’ve reportedly collected nearly half of the 50,000 signatures they need to create a bill that would set 18 years as the minimum age for the procedure.The founder of the Canadian Foreskin Awareness Project says he wouldn’t be surprised if one of those proposals succeed, noting that circumcision is not as deeply embedded in European culture as it is in North America.“Somebody does have to go first, and Scandinavia is a place where a lot of socially progressive politics have emerged,” says Glen Callender, noting that the first same sex marriage was in the Netherlands.Still, he notes that several things would need to happen before such a movement takes hold in North America, where he finds “the vast majority of circumcisions are not religiously based.”“I’ve had reports from women saying: ‘My husband was literally sobbing in the fetal position in the corner when I refused to let my son be circumcised.’ I know people who divorced over this. And it’s always presented like the boy will feel different if he’s different from his dad,” says Callender, noting how entrenched the practice is, among even secular parents.“But the truth of it is the father is threatened by the son’s foreskin. Because if the boy isn’t circumcised that suggests that maybe something isn’t right about daddy’s penis.”He believes the practice will be phased out eventually, but not through legislation.“We are at least 10 to 20 years behind,” says Callender, who nevertheless believes the winds of change are well underway.Circumcision rates have been falling for decades in Canada, with the most recent data cited by the Canadian Paediatric Society pegging it at about 32 per cent in 2009.The society has long said the risk of undergoing circumcision for non-medical reasons — notably the possibility of complications including infection, bleeding and pain — outweighs its benefits. Some families have also found the experience traumatizing for the child and the parents.But the group revisited the issue in September 2015 with an updated position statement that acknowledged there can be good reasons for it, in certain cases.It cited evidence that circumcision can reduce the risk of HIV infection, as well as the incidence of urinary tract infections in young boys. It can also reduce the risk of contracting sexually transmitted pathogens like herpes simplex virus and human papillomavirus in older boys and adult males, while protecting against penile cancer.But it also said the risk-to-benefit ratio is closely balanced and that routine circumcision of every newborn is not recommended.Derayeh says it was actually medical concerns that precipitated the practice 5,000 years ago in Egypt and 3,000 years ago in the Middle East, as a bid to avoid infection and protect against disease in hot regions of the world.She says Christians, too, incorporated the practice, but abandoned circumcision as missionaries increasingly encountered non-Jewish populations opposed to it.And while many Muslims have also abandoned the practice, it’s still prevalent in Arab countries and notably in Turkey where it remains a celebrated rite of passage for a boy.Derayeh sees a legal ban impossible to enforce, and believes it ultimately has to remain a private choice.“I hope they would leave it to families to make this decision.”last_img read more

Protesters in US cities to gather against Trumps emergency border tactics

first_imgWASHINGTON — Protesters are gathering today in downtown Washington and other cities across the United States to denounce President Donald Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency at the southern border with Mexico.Trump made the declaration Friday as an end-run around Congress, which has provided $1.4 billion in border-security money — well short of his demand for $5.7 billion for a physical barrier along the border with Mexico to keep out illegal immigrants, drugs and crime.Democrats and some Republicans insist the tactic, which gives the president access to nearly $7 billion in additional funding, is a violation of the constitution and a flagrant abuse of executive power.The non-profit advocacy group MoveOn.org says more than 10,000 protesters are expected at 250 events in cities and towns across the country, including Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Houston.The American Civil Liberties Union, the government of California and others have already promised swift legal action to fight Trump’s decision, while lawmakers on Capitol Hill are preparing to introduce a resolution to repeal it.Trump, who acknowledged that the declaration will likely end up before the U.S. Supreme Court, appeared to undercut the sense of urgency by admitting he could take more time to build the wall — comments the White House says have been misconstrued.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Top UN official in DR Congo deplores recent fighting in North Kivu

The clashes that broke out in North Kivu in the early hours of 28 August between the DRC Armed Forces (FARDC) and the National Congress for People’s Defense, known by its French acronym CNDP, was the first major incident since a peace agreement was signed between the parties in January.Alan Doss, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC (MONUC), condemned the fighting “in the strongest terms,” stressing that any military action by the signatories of the Actes d’engagement reached in January constitutes a violation of the ceasefire.“MONUC calls on the parties to exercise restraint, return to their original positions and avoid any action that could lead to a further escalation of violence,” the mission said in a statement.The mission has dispatched patrols to the area and has been in touch with officials on both sides since the incident. Meanwhile, officials from the UN, European Union and Rwanda met on Wednesday in Kigali in preparation for a meeting of the Joint Monitoring Group – through which DRC and Rwanda review efforts to tackle threats to peace and stability in their region, as agreed in a communiqué issued last November.They discussed a number of issues, including disarmament and repatriation of the DRC-based armed group FDLR (Forces Démocratiques de Libération du Rwanda), ahead of the meeting which will take place on Monday in the Congolese capital, Kinshasa. 29 August 2008The top United Nations official in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has strongly condemned the recent fighting between the Congolese army and rebels in the country’s east, stressing that it goes against the ceasefire signed earlier this year. read more

First Nation concerned about six leaks at oil sands project

This is a corrected story. The previous version said there were six bitumen leaks.COLD LAKE, Alta. — A First Nation says it is concerned about two other leaks at an oil sands project in northeastern Alberta, bringing the total in recent months to six.Chief Bernice Martial of Cold Lake First Nation said Monday that she is worried about the safety of drinking water, animals and vegetation in her region.In July, Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. said a mechanical failure at an old well was behind ongoing bitumen seepage at its oilsands project on the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range.About 1.5 million litres of bitumen has since been recovered from bush and muskeg in the area.The band said in a news release that it recently learned of two additional leaks of bitumen, but the Alberta Energy Regulator says they both involved produced water back in May and June.Spokeswoman Cara Tobin said the waste water from the two sites, about 8,000 litres in total, has since been cleaned up.Company spokeswoman Zoe Addington confirmed there have been no further bitumen discoveries.“Each location has been secured and cleanup of bitumen at the four other sites is ongoing,” she said in an email.The last report posted by the regulator tallies dead wildlife from the leak at two beavers, 46 small mammals, 49 birds and 105 amphibians.“Our future generations will not be able to enjoy what once was pristine Denesuline territory,” Martial said in a news release.“Animals such as wolves and bears are now migrating through our community, which is a safety risk and precaution. The environment is changing and definitely not for the positive.”CNRL has been ordered to limit the amount of steam it pumps into the reservoir while the regulator investigates.Gerry Protti, chairman of the regulator, said that the spill has significantly affected the company’s finances.“We’re working extremely hard to come up with the cause of the issue and resolution around it. But when you’re taking 40,000-plus barrels of production out of their cash flow, that has a direct impact,” he said Monday in Calgary.“But that shows the importance that the province is attaching to development occurring with the minimum environmental impact.”Last month, company president Steve Laut said he didn’t expect the ongoing spill would have a long-term impact on production.He said he’s confident the company can either repair problematic wellbores or adjust its steaming strategy to work around them. read more

Leaders from fragile countries stress need for development cooperation

Noting the troubling fact that many countries, particularly fragile and conflict-affected States, may not meet the 2015 deadline for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Taur Matan Ruak, President of Timor-Leste underscored the inextricable links between peace and development and the attendant necessity of creating inclusive and responsive institutions.This was the message of the member States of the so-called g7+, which Timor-Leste currently chairs. Mr. Ruak said the 18-member voluntary coalition believed that the international community as a whole must draw lessons from this as it planned for the future. Along with Timor-Leste, Chad, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) whose leaders addressed the Assembly separately today on a range of development issues, the g7+ comprises Afghanistan, Burundi, Central African Republic, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Liberia, Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan and Togo.Specifically on Timor-Leste, Mr. Ruak said that at the regional level, his country has established friendly relations with neighbouring countries in South-East Asia and the Pacific, in particular with Australia and Indonesia, “our closest neighbours, with whom we maintain intense cooperation.”“The process of reconciliation between Timor-Leste and Indonesia, and the excellent relations that our two countries have developed represent a model containing lessons that are useful and relevant beyond our borders and outside our region,” he said. Idriss Deby Itno, President of the Republic of Chad. UN Photo/Evan SchneiderIn his statement, Idriss Déby, President of Chad, also weighed in on the theme of the session – achieving the MDGs and identifying a coherent set of successor goals. He said the 2015 “will soon be upon us” and, sadly, it appears that a number of countries, particularly those that were fragile, will not meet the targets. That was largely due to lagging commitments in official development assistance (ODA) and other forms of assistance aimed at eradicating poverty. As that was the case, he said the African countries planned to adopt its own strategic development plan to achieve the aims of the MDGs. He said that Africa is dealing with wars, terrorism and other ills. He said that his Government hoped to see long awaited reform of the United Nations, particularly the Security Council. Keeping African countries outside the Council seemed shocking in this day and age. Indeed, Africa’s indispensible contribution to preventing and ending conflict meant that the continent can no longer be sidelined. Speaking later in the day, Ikililou Dhoinune, another member of the g7+, said that the United Nations had been set up to address the terrible scourges that were still plaguing the world today, terrorism, poverty and hunger among them. Yet, 68 years after the adoption of the UN Charter continued to exist under a state of domination by France, a permanent member of the UN Security Council. He citied many relevant resolutions reaffirming the independence of the Comoros and expressed frustration at the ongoing situation. Ikililou Dhoinine, President of the Union of the Comoros. UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeHe said that since 6 July 1975 when the country had received its independence Comoros had continuously called simply for the application of international law. He said that when he had become President, he had sought to change the situation and had met with President Françoise Hollande on the matter and looked forward to those negotiations going forward. He requested the Secretary-General to provide his backing to the bilateral path that Comoros and France were undertaking in dealing with Mayotte. During the negotiations, Comoros will call on other international organization to which it is affiliated to provide it with full support. These leaders are among a number senior Government officials to speak at the annual General Assembly session at which heads of State and Government and other high-level officials will present their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance. read more

Heres Another Story About How Great LeBron James Is

Hakeem Olajuwon199514.812.910.213.7✔✔ Does it get any better than this? The best player in the world, under pressure that would break lesser men, appears to be using it somehow to make himself even better. LeBron James’s NBA Finals performance so far is the kind of thing we like to dream great athletes can do.Unfortunately, he’s probably going to lose.Monday on FiveThirtyEight, my colleague Neil Paine discussed how both James’s basic and advanced stats point to his being one of the all-time great finals series. On the mothersite, Kevin Pelton argues that James should win the MVP based on WARP (wins above replacement player), and it seems that the idea that James should win the MVP even if the Cavs lose is getting popular.So I’d like to look at James’s production from a slightly different angle. Rather than just look at how James’s production stands on its own right, let’s see how much impact James has had on the series relative to everyone else — combined.Through the first five games, James has gathered an incredible 18 percent of all the points scored, assists dished and rebounds collected by anyone in this series. If that stands, it will be 1.1 percentage points higher than the next highest over the past 46 years (since they started having a finals MVP in 1969). Here are the top 20, plus James: Kobe Bryant200916.97.121.314.9✔✔ Tim Duncan200314.219.215.315.9✔✔ Shaquille O’Neal200117.018.011.616.6✔✔ LeBron James201519.0%13.6%23.0%18.0%–– Shaquille O’Neal200217.914.88.415.8✔✔ PLAYERSEASONPTS.REBS.ASST.ALLWONMVP Tim Duncan199916.617.87.015.8✔✔ Michael Jordan199217.96.113.614.4✔✔ Shaquille O’Neal200018.020.25.416.9✔✔ Michael Jordan199116.28.824.315.6✔✔ Michael Jordan199819.95.35.914.1✔✔ The player closest to James who didn’t win the MVP was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who had a 15.5 percent share in the 1974 finals. Abdul-Jabbar and the Milwaukee Bucks lost the finals that year to the Boston Celtics, and the MVP went to John Havlicek. The only person to win the finals MVP in a losing effort was Jerry West in 1969, and he happens to be right around the fringe where players any more dominant almost always get the MVP trophy.Meanwhile, regular-season MVP Stephen Curry — the most likely candidate to deny James (again) — presently has the second-highest share in the finals with 11.5 percent of all points, rebounds and assists. If it holds, this 6.5 percentage point gap between first and second would be the second-largest ever (since 1969):The only player with a greater than 4 percentage point gap who didn’t win the MVP was James last year, when the winner was Spurs breakout star and current Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard.In other words, not only has James been the most dominant player in these finals, he has also been one of the most dominant “most dominant” players in finals history.Of course dominating production isn’t necessarily the same as “value,” and I’ve dabbled in esoteric theories of value myself (like, say, how Dennis Rodman might have been more valuable than Michael Jordan).Still, this gap between James and most other finals MVPs — barring any substantial changes — is so wide that unless you rule out the defeated on principle, it will be hard to argue that he doesn’t belong in their company. LeBron James201214.313.021.914.8✔✔ Michael Jordan199718.58.615.115.3✔✔ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar197113.518.66.614.1✔✔ Kobe Bryant201016.110.011.313.8✔✔ Dwyane Wade200618.89.111.815.3✔✔ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar197417.314.111.315.5 LeBron James201313.013.317.713.7✔✔ Michael Jordan199319.29.812.816.0✔✔ Jerry West196917.84.118.213.5✔ Wilt Chamberlain197010.423.67.413.5 read more

Tuesday Take Loaded cornerback class expected to step in immediately

OSU redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley (8) and OSU redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore (2) celebrate Conley’s first half interception during the Buckeyes game against the Badgers on Oct. 15. The Buckeyes won 30-23 in overtime. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOhio State’s inexperienced secondary exceeded all expectations during the 2016 football season. All one has to do is look at the success in pass defense — in terms of interceptions, passes defended and passing yards allowed — to understand why OSU has both starting cornerbacks and its best overall player at safety projected as possible first-round picks.Dominance from cornerback Gareon Conley was seen as a possibility before the season. But the emergence of Marshon Lattimore opposite Conley was not as anticipated. Now, both are gone and the Buckeyes will have to reload.They certainly have the class to do that.OSU coach Urban Meyer snagged the top two cornerbacks in the 2017 recruiting class, according to recruiting site 247Sports, in freshmen Jeffrey Okudah and Shaun Wade who have already enrolled.To add to that, Alabama transfer and the No. 1 junior college cornerback Kendall Sheffield will also join the Buckeyes in 2017. Okudah, Wade and Sheffield are all in contention to start at cornerback next year, and all will participate in spring practice which begins March 7. Sheffield is expected to join the program that month.“When me and Jeff (Okudah) talked, we said we are going to push each other no matter who starts or who plays over each other, we are going to push each other,” Wade said on National Signing Day. “That’s really the only thing we were talking about.”The OSU secondary intercepted 21 passes and returned a school-record seven for touchdowns. Conley and Lattimore each had four interceptions while safety Malik Hooker reeled in seven, including three touchdowns. The first-year starting safety was the most athletic of the bunch and will be difficult to replace.It’s probably too much to ask of the four freshmen cornerbacks in the 2017 class — which includes four-star, early-enrollee Marcus Williamson — or the current cornerbacks, junior Denzel Ward and redshirt sophomore Damon Arnette, to duplicate the numbers that Lattimore and Conley produced. But that’s not saying that expectation isn’t there.“We’ve only been here for a month, so we haven’t gotten a chance to feel the expectations but we know what the expectations are,” Okudah said. “With the class like the one we brought in, it’s the highest expectation and that’s to win a national championship.”For beginners, Okudah, Wade and Sheffield — all of which were former five-star recruits — possess the size of Conley, Lattimore and former OSU and New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple. Standing at 6-foot or taller, each of the three already fit into that mold that has become a breeding ground for NFL cornerbacks. That being said, Conley, Lattimore and Apple all redshirted their first seasons in Columbus. It’s not unprecedented for freshman to start at OSU, but to have an opportunity to play immediately for not one, but three players at one position — a chance that often isn’t presented to even the most heralded OSU recruits — is a rarity. However, that’s an even greater tribute to the talent, confidence and maturity the newcomers have before being with the program for a full month.Meyer said that immediate assistance will come in the defensive backfield.“I see those guys (helping),” he said. “We targeted those guys from day one, and we got the three primary guys.” read more

Weah criticized for plan to honor Wenger

first_imgThe Liberian president has been attacked by an opposition politician who believes this is not how things should be doneAfter news broke out about the plan by Liberian president and former football star George Weah to award Arsene Wenger, some critics started speaking out.Weah wants to give his country’s highest honor to the ex-Arsenal manager and French football coach Claude Le Roy on Friday.Arsene Wenger, Arsenal, Premier League, Per MertesackerMertesacker says Arsenal lacked consistency to win the EPL under Wenger Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to the former Gunners footballer, Per Mertesacker, the team played well but lacked something special to be crowned champions.But an opposition politician has criticized the plans.Darius Dillon said on Wednesday that the president is only recognizing people who played a role in “his personal life”, according to an article by the Associated Press.“It only tells the publicity stunt, the political stunt that the president wanted to gain out of today didn’t happen,” Dillon said a few days ago after storming out of a meeting with Weah.last_img read more

Solskjaer says he cannot take credit for Uniteds progress

first_imgAccording to the Red Devils manager, the team is responsible for resurging after the bad start of the 2018-2019 season.When Jose Mourinho was in charge of Manchester United at the start of the 2018-2019 English Premier League season things were not good.The Red Devils had many problems at the start of the season and there were a lot of rumors about fights and other kinds of discussions.But after Mourinho was let go, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took the team’s helm and has renewed the confidence of United.“I’m not here to talk about myself,” Ole said according to the team’s official website.“It’s about how you work with the players, how you work for the club, so you’ve got to manage for the club. It’s not about me at all.”“Sir Alex [Ferguson] has been to the training ground a couple of times,” Solskjaer added.“I always make sure I go and visit him after every game in his lounge at Old Trafford and it’s great to see him at the games because he’s well, he’s healthy.””It’s just great to have a little football chat with him and his friends after every game. We don’t speak every week on the phone, of course, but we keep bumping into each other at the stadium,” he explained.“Of course, my job is to make them [the players] perform better and my management with them is to get the team playing better.”“I’ve got Mike, Kieran, Michael, Demps [Mark Dempsey] and Emilio [Alvarez] with the keepers – fantastic staff,” he commented.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“Of course, if we work together as a team and the players respond to that, the results are coming and the playing style is coming, that is a big plus for us as a club, but I don’t think about it away. This has never been about me at all.”“It’s the staff, us together with the players and with the crowd,” Ole said about who was in charge of the resurgence.“So, in the last 10 minutes against Burnley, that was the crowd lifting the players. That was the players then responding to that. It’s not about me as a manager if I put in this system or that system.””It’s how we work together and that for me is more of a testament to the club than it is to me and what we’ve done so far,” he continued.“I had to come in and talk to the players. Talk about their performances, how we perform, what we expect from the playing style.”“If we can get the playing style right, I’m sure we’ll get enough points to be in with a shout towards the end of the season,” he concluded.📢 Voting has opened for #MUFC’s January Goal of the Month!Does @MarcusRashford’s fine finish v Spurs get your pick? 🎯— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 1, 2019last_img read more

Oregon agency rejects coal terminal on Columbia River

first_imgMillennium Bulk Terminals-Longview, owned by Ambre Energy and Arch Coal Inc., wants to export up to 44 million metric tons of coal annually to Asia.In a statement emailed Monday to The Columbian, Wendy Hutchinson, vice president of public affairs for Millennium, said the decision by Oregon’s Department of State Lands to deny Ambre’s proposed coal-export operation in that state does not “have any impact on our permitting process here in Washington.” She also said the environmental review of Millennium’s proposal is moving forward and that “we expect a draft environmental impact statement around this time next year.”PORTLAND, — Oregon state regulators rejected a proposal for a coal terminal on the Columbia River that would be a conduit for exporting millions of tons of American coal a year to Asia.The decision is a victory for tribal groups that said the terminal threatened their fishing and environmentalists opposed to sending what they call “dirty coal” abroad.In denying an important permit, the Department of State Lands said Monday that the terminal would interfere with what regulators called “a small but important and long-standing fishery in the state’s waters.”last_img read more

SENIOR CENTER SPOTLIGHT Senior Center To Offer SHINE Counselors During Medicare Open Enrollment

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — If you have a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan or a Medicare Advantage Plan (HMO, PPO), you should have received information from your plan regarding open enrollment. This information explains changes in your plan for 2018.During Medicare Open Enrollment (October 15 to December 7), you will have a chance to CHANGE your plan for next year.SHINE Counselors can help you understand your plan, changes and options you may have. Trained SHINE counselors offer free, confidential counseling on all aspects of Medicare and related health insurance programs.To schedule a SHINE appointment, call the Buzzell Senior Center at 978-657-7595.  It is important to bring your Medicare and insurance cards along with a complete list of your medications. Call early to get a SHINE appointment during Open Enrollment.There will be a group presentation on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 1pm at the Wilmington Senior Center.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Senior Center To Offer SHINE Counselors During Upcoming Medicare Open EnrollmentIn “Government”SENIOR CENTER SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington Senior Center Issues Scam AlertsIn “Community”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s September NewsletterIn “Community”last_img read more

Pokemon Sword and Shield Release date rivals and everything else we know

first_img Comments The 17 most anticipated video games of 2019 5:26 17 Photos Every Pokemon is someone’s favourite #BringBackTheNationaldex #DelaySwordandShield pic.twitter.com/NiSCoNFL5B— NoplS #JoyConBoyz (@NoplSssbm) June 23, 2019 This likely means a harder experience than that found in the Let’s Go games, which, while a delight to play, presented almost no challenge whatsoever to the PokeMasters among us.Another Let’s Go feature noticeably absent from the Sword and Shield trailer is rideable Pokemon, which replaced bikes and flight skills (known in the games as HMs). Bikes make a return in this game, and at one point we even see our Pokemon trainer bike across a body of water, suggesting a new bike model will replace the Surf HM. Welcome to GalargelarThe latest game’s region is loosely based on the UK. Nintendo Sword and Shield take place in a region of the Pokemon world known as Galar. Based on official Nintendo art, Galar looks absolutely huge, and what we’ve seen in trailers presumably only gives us a taste of what wondrous sights are within.What we do know, though, is that the region is loosely based on the UK. Each of the seven preceding Pokemon regions have been based on actual cities and areas. While Kanto, Johto, Hoenn and Sinnohh (Gen 1 to Gen 4 regions) are all inspired by different parts of Japan, the Pokemon team has looked at international regions to base newer games on. Unova (Pokemon Black and White) had a New York City vibe to it, while Kalos (Pokemon X and Y) took on France and Alola (Pokemon Sun and Moon) was a clear take on Hawaii.The launch trailer depicts scenes that certainly look British, with fields reminiscent of England’s countryside and buildings that look like English manors.Plus, the northernmost city in the aforementioned region artwork has a clocktower, a ferris wheel and a bisecting, Thames-like river. We’re assuming the housing market in the city is appropriately unaffordable. Jump back into the world of Pokemon with Pokemon Shield and Sword. Nintendo November 15. That’s the date that Pokemon Sword and Shield, known to fans as “Gen 8” for being the eighth generation of games in the main franchise, will hit store shelves. Until now, each new generation of Pokemon game has been released on a Nintendo handheld, from the Game Boy to the 3DS. Sword and Shield are exciting because they’re developed from the ground up for the Nintendo Switch.  We found out a lot about the games in June, including the aforementioned release date, what Sword and Shield’s legendary Pokemon look like and, enraging many fans, the fact that not every Pokemon ever will be in the game. Most recently, Nintendo dropped a trailer on August 7 which showed us who the Team Rocket-esque bad guys of Sword and Shield are. We’re sure to learn much more about Gen 8 as November 15 draws closer. Here’s everything we know so far. Hype for new Pokemon! That bridge in #pokemonswordshield is located in Manchester (in Castlefield), which makes me think that this city isn’t London at all (except for Big Ben, a hybrid maybe?). Here’s a photo I just took of the real bridge! Is a similar one in London? pic.twitter.com/D7W37IVmxy— Yasmin Down (@Gashu_Monsata) February 27, 2019 A new startPokemon has changed a lot since 1996’s Red and Blue, but one component hasn’t: You still choose between a fire-, grass- or water-type starter Pokemon.Sobble, Scorbunny and Grookey are your three options here. Each was profiled briefly in the Sword and Shield reveal trailer.Scorbunny is a bipedal white rabbit with red-tipped ears and feet. It harbors the power of fire within, but also looks like it could evolve into a fighting type, like Gen 3’s Blaziken. Then there’s Sobble, a stealthy water-type Pokemon that has the ability to camouflage itself. The little guy doesn’t look very confident in itself, but in the Pokemon universe that often means a fierce evolution looms.Finally there’s the grass-type, which is usually kind of lame. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but in Gen 8 the grass-type Pokemon actually looks the coolest. It’s Grookey, a green primate fellow who scares off Sobble in the trailer by beating his stick into a rock like a cheeky monkey warrior bashing a war drum.screen-shot-2019-05-10-at-5-13-27-pmScorbunny, the fire type. Nintendo screen-shot-2019-05-10-at-5-14-05-pmSobble, the water type. Nintendo screen-shot-2019-05-10-at-5-14-23-pmGrookey, the grass type.  Nintendo Nintendo has steadily drip-fed us information on other Pokemon since the launch trailer. There are some run-of-the-mill types, like Wooloo, that you don’t need to fuss over. But there are also already some standouts, like Corviknight, a raven Pokemon that doubles as a transportation service, Duraludon, steel/dragon-type Pokemon, and Yamper, who appears to be an electric Corgi, if you’re into that type of thing.Then, of course, there are Zacian and Zamazenta, the legendary wolves of Sword and Shield. You can tell which Pokemon is exclusive to which game by the fact that one carries a sword in its mouth and the other is basically half wolf and half shield.screen-shot-2019-07-09-at-2-54-45-pmCorviknight. Nintendo screen-shot-2019-07-09-at-2-55-07-pmDuraludon Nintendo main-art-1280-x-720Zacian and Zamazenta, Sword and Shield’s legendary wolves.  Nintendo Following a feature introduced in Pokemon Sun and Moon, the Gelar region will have it’s own variations of generations-old Pokemon. Weezing, for instance, is now a 1920s fat cat, and will be a Fairy/Poison type rather than the usual Poison type. Galarian Zigzagoon and Linoone add Dark typing to the standard version’s Normal, and they’ll have a new evolutionary stage, Obstagoon, exclusive to Gelar. August’s trailer also introduced Morpeko, a new form-changing creature who looks a bit like Pikachu. This Pokemon switches between two forms that are apparently related to how hungry it is: “full belly mode” is its happy one, but it also has a “hangry”mode.screen-shot-2019-08-09-at-12-12-13-pm Nintendo p06-02Hangry guy.  The Pokemon Company #BringBackNationalDex outrageThough June brought plenty of Pokemon news, not all of it was pleasing to fans. At E3 some fans were crestfallen to hear that Sword and Shield won’t include every Pokemon in the franchise’s history.At the beginning of each Pokemon game you’re given a Pokedex which contains information on all the Pokemon native to that region. After you beat the main game, you’ll usually get upgraded to a National Pokedex, which enables you to use every Pokemon from previous games. At E3 Junichi Musada, Sword and Shield’s producer, revealed these games will feature no such upgrade, and that only Pokemon in the Galar Pokedex can be used in the games. In other words, players can only use Pokemon that developers decide are native to the world of Sword and Shield. Neither GameFreak, the studio developing the games, or Nintendo have said how many of the 807 existing Pokemon will be included, or how many new ones will be introduced. Musada told Japanese publication Famitsu the decision to curtail the amount of Pokemon within the game mainly came down to gameplay balance and making each Pokemon feels visually unique. However, many hardcore fans are accusing the team of being too lazy to include all Pokemon, leading to the #BringBackTheNationalDex hashtag. “I’ve read all your comments and appreciate your love and passion for Pokemon,” Musada said in a statement addressing the fan outrage. “After so many years of developing the Pokémon video games, this was a very difficult decision for me. I’d like to make one thing clear: even if a specific Pokemon is not available in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield, that does not mean it will not appear in future games.””We are pouring our hearts into these games, and we hope you will look forward to joining us on this new journey.” You can read the full statement here.Bigger is betterPokemon X and Y introduced Mega Evolutions of certain Pokemon, and now Sword and Shield are taking that to another level with two features: Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing. They don’t exactly roll off the tongue, but do look to add an extra layer of depth to combat.Specific details have yet to be released, but Dynamaxing appears to super size your Pokemon, like they just ate a super mushroom from a Super Mario game. Gigantamaxing, meanwhile, not only makes your Pokemon XXL, it also changes their appearance. screen-shot-2019-07-09-at-2-39-24-pmRegular Alcremie.  Nintendo screen-shot-2019-07-09-at-2-39-16-pmGigantamax Alcremie.  Nintendo Take Alcremie as an example. Alcremie is a whipped-cream Pokemon. Dynamax Alcremie is a very large whipped-cream Pokemon. Gigantamax Alcremie, however, appears atop several pillars of cake, thus making it more fearsome. Dynamax Pokemon are bigger and more powerful than average, while Gigantamax Pokemon are bigger, more powerful and can use a special G-Max Move.According to Sword and Shield’s website, only certain Pokemon with certain attributes will be able to Gigantamax. Dynamaxing is “common to the Pokemon from Galar,” which likely means all Pokemon, or at least a lot of them, will be able to eat the proverbial super mushroom. Exclusive Gyms All mainline Pokemon games have had exclusive monsters. Sword and Shield continues this tradition and expands it to gym leaders. The same towns will have different gym leaders depending on which game you’re playing. For instance, one town in the game will have Bea, a fighting-type Gym Leader, in Sword, but Allister, a ghost-type Leader, in Shield.Other known gym leaders are Milo and Nessa, who use grass- and water-type Pokemon, respectively. screen-shot-2019-07-17-at-4-33-28-pmEnlarge ImageGyms change depending on what game you play. Nintendo As with old games, the main story takes you from a small-town kid to regional hero. You’ll compete against Gelar’s eight gym leaders and eventually enter the Champion’s Cup, which is presumably like the Elite 4 from earlier Pokemon titles. The current Champion in Leon, who battles alongside his trust Charizard. (That’s so 1998.) You’ll also regularly run into Leon’s brother, Hop, who acts as your Gary Oak-esque rival throughout the game. New and old Pokemon will be exclusive to both games, too, as Nintendo have already said that Deino is exclusive to Sword, while you can only find Larvitar in Shield. (Both Pokemon eventually level up to incredibly powerful Pokemon in Hydreigon and Tyrannitar, respectively.)More rivals more problemsYou’re not the only one who wants to become Galar’s Pokemon Champion, and Hop is not your only competition. In August Nintendo unveiled two more rivals you’ll have to deal with: Marnie and Bede.Bede looks like an ominous dude. He wants to become Champion but also, according to his official bio, “seems to have other objectives as well.” Let’s keep an eye on him. Demanding more attention is Marnie, another trainer gunning for status of Galar Champion.p08-02-enSuch calm, so style.  The Pokemon Company screen-shot-2019-08-09-at-11-57-37-amSay hello to Team Yell.  Nintendo She has her own fan club, and they’re apparently very aggressive. August’s trailer shows Team Yell, comprised of Marnie’s fans, as a gang of trainers you’ll regularly have to battle, similar to Red and Blue’s Team Rocket. “She has many passionate fans, thanks to her sense of style and calm, calculated battle strategies,” Nintendo says. Cool. Everything elseThe Game Boy experience: While you can play these games on your TV, they’ve been designed to cater more to the handheld Switch experience. That’s according to Shuntaro Furukawa, president of Nintendo.”Pokemon Let’s Go: Pikachu! and Pokemon Let’s Go: Eevee! … are designed to highlight the fun of Nintendo Switch in TV mode,” he said during Nintendo’s Q1 2019 fiscal results briefing, while “Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield are being developed to emphasize the fun of playing Nintendo Switch in handheld mode.”Poke Jobs: You’ll be able to send your Pokemon away to help out at various workplaces and universities around Gelar. Not only will they become productive members of society, they’ll also gain experience and, if you send them away for long enough, earn you rare items. Tradition is tradition: All the way back to Kanto’s Professor Oak, the main character’s mentor is always named after greenery of some description, mostly trees. That stays true here: In Sword and Shield it’s Professor Magnolia who will give you your Pokedex.Two types of training: The trailer for Sword and Shield reveals several glimpses of trains. This could just be a background aesthetic ode to Britain, where railway transport was invented, but some fans are speculating these trains could provide either fast transport or a post-game link to another region.Stuff of legends: Another visual nod to Britain comes in the form of a geoglyph, seen below. It could be a random anthropomorphic shape, but it’s unlikely to mean nothing. I’m guessing it has something to do with the legendary Pokemon in Sword and Shield. Originally published May 15.Update, July 8: Includes new information from June, E3 and July trailer.Update, July 16: Adds information on exclusive gyms, Champion’s Cup and more.  Update, August 8: Adds information on new rivals, Gelar-form Pokemon.screen-shot-2019-05-10-at-6-02-16-pmWhatever that thing depicts, it could probably wield both a sword and a shield. Think about it. Nintendo Reminder that Masuda was hospitalized by the workload he took on to ‘save Pokémon’ with Gen III. That Ohmori has tweeted that he’s been working on and thinking about Galar so much that he goes home and still dreams about it. You can argue about priorities, but they are not lazy.— ⚔️ PLDH 🛡 (@PLDHnet) June 28, 2019center_img Nintendo unveils sleep tracker, Pokemon Go Plus Plus Gaming Share your voice Passing GoSword and Shield aren’t the first Pokemon games developed specifically for the Switch. They follow Pokemon Let’s Go: Pikachu and Let’s Go: Eevee, reimagined versions of 1998’s well-regarded Pokemon Yellow.The Let’s Go games were fun, but unlike the main-line Pokemon games in a few ways. There were no random encounters, with Pokemon scuttling about in front of you instead of hiding in the tall grass. You couldn’t battle wild Pokemon, only other trainer’s Pokemon, and instead gained experience by catching Pokemon repeatedly a la Pokemon Go.As you probably guessed, Pokemon Sword and Shield reverts to the playing style of old. The first Sword and Shield trailer shows our intrepid Pokemon trainer getting into a random encounter-style confrontation with a Pikachu, with no Go-style catching depicted. Tags 2 Now playing: Watch this: Okay so the more I look at the Galar region the more it looks UK based as opposed to Germanic, mainly bc of the hill figures, which are things you find on hills in England pic.twitter.com/snr8itN2SP— ✨Chiibe✨ (@ItsChiibe) February 27, 2019 Pokemon Go Nintendolast_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Monday July 24 2017

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowLawmakers to meet in Juneau this week to vote on capital budgetAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe Legislature will return to Juneau on Thursday to vote on a capital budget that senators and House members have agreed to.Washington man pleads not guilty to murder, theft in Ketchikan doctor’s deathLeila Kheiry, KRBD – KetchikanA 32-year-old Washington state man pleaded not guilty Monday to first- and second-degree murder charges related to the March 16 death of Ketchikan surgeon Dr. Eric Garcia.Strong winds sweep through InteriorDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksHigh winds swept across the Interior late yesterday, causing downed trees and numerous power outages.Two separate deaths on road system over the weekendAssociated PressThere were two unrelated fatalities this weekend weekend along the road system.Trump nominates Alaska US attorneyCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageVeteran federal prosecutor Bryan Schroder was nominated Friday by President Donald Trump to be the next U.S. Attorney for the District of Alaska.Marine debris won’t stop, but neither will those cleaning it upAaron Bolton, Alaska’s Energy Desk – HomerOn many Alaska beaches, plastic washes up faster than it can be picked up. The remote locations and mountains of plastic make Chris Pallister’s clean up work incredibly expensive.2 Haines food entrepreneurs are finalists in Southeast business contestEmily Files, KHNS – HainesTwo Haines entrepreneurs are finalists in a regional business competition. The Path to Prosperity program offers support to small businesses and startups in Southeast Alaska.Personal use king crab fishery in Juneau area to open for 5 daysQuinton Chandler, KTOO – JuneauThe Alaska Department of Fish and Game will allow each household to take two male crab total for the five-day summer season. It’s been years since any personal use king crab could be taken.‘Mayor’ Stubbs the Cat passes away at 20Phillip Manning, KTNA – TalkeetnaStubbs the cat passed away in the overnight hours between Thursday and Friday, according to his owners.Behind the scenes of Wild Alaska LiveMikko Wilson, KTOO – JuneauThe BBC and PBS are teaming up on a special series of live, prime-time nature programs showcasing Alaska’s wildlife to tens of millions of people around the world. The first Wild Alaska Live show premiered Sunday.last_img read more