CWG construction work may drag on till October 3

first_imgJust 25 days ahead of the Commonwealth Games, deadlines for completion of key projects continue to be pushed further with Delhi Government on Wednesday saying that some works would drag on even till October 3 — the day the mega sporting event begins.Top officials admitted that some of the key projects including the all-important Barapullah Nallah elevated road project linking Games village with Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, the main venue of the event, will not be completed even before the September 15 deadline set by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit late last month.In July, Dikshit had set August 31 as the final deadline for completing all the Games projects but extended it till September 15 following incessant rains.”We will finish everything before commencement of the event,” Principal Secretary to Chief Minister P K Tripathi told a press conference.PWD Principal Secretary K K Sharma said the Barapullah Nallah elevated road will in most likelihood will be completed by September 18 while another key project UP Link road is expected to be over by September 20.”The PWD has taken up 24 projects out of which 16 were completed and eight are in progress,” he said. Sharma said all the projects related to strengthening and resurfacing of roads will be completed by September 25.Asked about persistent delays in completion of projects and extension of deadlines further when the Games are round the corner, Tripathi blamed multiplicity of authorities for the delays and said “valuable time was lost” due to procedural hurdles.”There are so many projects which do not have direct link with the Games. The Games will take place even if they are not completed. We took the opportunity and included them in the list of Games projects so that infrastructure of the city could be improved,” he said.advertisementInterestingly, Sharma said two road over bridges, being built by PWD will only be completed in November, almost a month and half after the event gets over.Holding that some projects were delayed because of court cases and late approval given by Delhi Urban Art Commission, Tripathi said the government was trying its best to complete them.”There are processes in democracy. Every agency has its role. We are completing some of the projects, including the Barapullah Nallah road project in record time. Otherwise in normal course, these projects would have time much longer time,” he said.last_img read more

World Anti-Doping Agency says athlete data stolen by Russian group

first_imgThe World Anti-Doping Agency said on Tuesday that hackers stole confidential medical information about U.S. Olympic athletes and published it on the internet, blaming a Russian group for the attack. (Russian doping controversy: Is the Cold War back again?)The U.S. government is investigating the case because there is evidence that the hackers are linked to the Russian government, though details are still sketchy, according to two sources familiar with the probe who were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter.Russian news agencies quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying any possible Russian government or secret service participation in the hacking was out of the question. (Also Read: Russia stripped of two Beijing Olympic medals for doping)An FBI representative said she had no immediate comment on the release of the medical information, which prompted gymnast Simone Biles to disclose that she has an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD.WADA issued a statement attributing the attack to Tsar Team, a hacking group widely known as APT28 and Fancy Bear by U.S. cyber-security researchers.Fancy Bear is one of two hacking groups accused in June of hacking the Democratic National Committee’s computer network. CrowdStrike, a firm hired by the DNC to respond to those attacks, said in June that Fancy Bear was probably working on behalf of the Russian military.WADA CONDEMNS CYBER-ATTACKS WADA said that law enforcement had told it the attacks originated in Russia. WADA spokeswoman Maggie Durand declined to elaborate or say how the operation had been uncovered.advertisement”WADA condemns these ongoing cyber-attacks that are being carried out in an attempt to undermine WADA and the global anti-doping system,” said Director General Olivier Niggli in a statement.WADA said it believed the hackers gained access to its anti-doping administration and management system (ADAMS) via an IOC-created account for the Rio Games.The doping agency made the accusations as a website, www.fancybear.net, posted what appeared to be data about four U.S. athletes: Simone Biles, Elena Delle Donne, Serena Williams and Venus Williams.That site, which internet registration records said was created on September 1, said it planned disclosing information about athletes from other nations in the future.BILES RESPONDSOn Tuesday it released documents known as Therapeutic Use Exemptions, or TUEs, which are issued by sports federations and national anti-doping organizations to allow athletes to take certain substances.The leak of a TUE with information about Biles prompted her to disclose on Twitter that she has ADHD.”I have ADHD and I have taken medicine for it since I was a kid,” Biles said. “Please know, I believe in clean sport, have always followed the rules, and will continue to do so as fair play is critical to sport and is very important to me.”The International Olympic Committee (IOC), U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), International Tennis Federation (ITF) and USA Gymnastics all issued statements saying that athletes whose data had been released had done nothing wrong.The IOC condemned the leak as an attempt to tarnish the reputation of clean athletes.”The IOC can confirm, however, that the athletes mentioned did not violate any anti-doping rules during the Olympic Games Rio 2016,” the group said in a statement.”In each of the situations, the athlete has done everything right in adhering to the global rules for obtaining permission to use a needed medication,” Travis Tygart, chief executive of USADA, said in a statement.”The cyber-bullying of innocent athletes being engaged by these hackers is cowardly and despicable.”ITF president David Haggerty said all TUEs handed out to tennis players were done so in accordance with WADA rules.USA Gymnastics said that Biles was approved for a TUE exemption and had not broken any rules.WADA’s chief, who apologised for the hack, said that it was “greatly compromising the effort by the global anti-doping community to re-establish trust in Russia”, following release of the McLaren Investigation Report.The independent McLaren report charged that Russians had swapped positive doping samples for clean ones during the Sochi winter Games, with the support of the Russian secret service.WADA revealed last month that Russian whistleblower Yulia Stepanova’s electronic account had been illegally accessed.Stepanova, who is in hiding in North America, helped reveal the biggest state-backed doping program in Russia and was forced to flee the country with her husband for fear of her life.last_img read more

Indonesia Open: Saina Nehwal edges past Ratchanok Intanon to enter second round

first_imgSaina Nehwal came out with a splendid performance against Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon to enter the second round of the Indonesia Open Super Series Premier on Tuesday.Nehwal bounced back from a game down to register a 17-21, 21-18, 21-12 win over the eighth seeded Intanon in a grueling contest that lasted for 57 minutes.The 27-year-old Indian got off to a good start in the first game, taking a 10-4 lead before her Intanon came back strongly and won the game 21-17.However in the second game, Nehwal did not let the advantage go off her hands and leveled the match by winning the second game 21-18.Nehwal, who has been struggling with her fitness and form and had slipped out of the world top 10 for the first time in last seven years, dominated the third game completely and won the game 21-12.Meanwhile, in the mixed doubles event, the Indian pair of B Sumeeth Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa suffered a straight games defeat at the hand of Indonesian duo of Irfan Fadhilah and Weni Anggraini.The Indian pair was defeated 12-21, 9-21 that lasted for just 29 minutes.last_img read more

Big 12 Preview With Q

first_imgQ jumps on the podcast to help me preview the Big 12, talk bowl projections, give our Heisman finalists, and discuss the Johnny Thomas/Michael Harrison situation.You can listen to the podcast below or feel free to subscribe in iTunes HERE.PlayPlay If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment. If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img

Benzema agent quashes Arsenal links

first_imgTransfers Benzema ‘very happy’ at Real Madrid amid Arsenal rumours Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 20:52 10/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) karim benzema - cropped Getty Images Transfers Arsenal Karim Benzema Real Madrid v Eibar Real Madrid Premier League Primera División The France international’s representative has responded to reports suggesting that the Gunners will rekindle their interest in the striker in January Karim Benzema has no desire to leave Real Madrid despite reports of an offer from Arsenal, according to the striker’s agent.Rumours in Spain this week claim the Gunners have launched a bid to sign the 29-year-old in the January transfer window.Benzema 2/1 to score 2+ v Eibar 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 Benzema has only managed two goals this season and missed a clear chance against Tottenham in Tuesday’s 1-1 Champions League draw at the Santiago Bernabeu.His disappointing form has led to speculation he could leave next year, despite having signed a new four-year contract in September, but his representative has made it clear he is content in the Spanish capital.”Karim Benzema is very happy at Real Madrid,” Karim Djaziri told Sky Sports News.”He signed a contract extension last month and has absolutely no intention of leaving the club.”Benzema missed four La Liga games with a hamstring injury but scored on his return to the side in last weekend’s 2-1 win at Getafe.The defending champions host Eibar in their next outing on Sunday.last_img read more

Hoeness: Lewandowski won’t be sold

first_imgTransfers ‘Lewandowski won’t be sold’ – Hoeness rubbishes ‘nonesene’ €200m price tag Dejan Kalinic 08:32 6/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich Bundesliga 2018 Maja Hitij Transfers Bayern München Bundesliga Robert Lewandowski The Bayern Munich president dismissed reports that the Bundesliga giants had put a €200 million price on their star striker Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski will not be sold and reports of a €200 million (£176m/$236m) price tag are nonsense, club president Uli Hoeness said.Lewandowski, 29, is linked with a move away from the Bundesliga giants after his agent said last month the Poland international wanted to leave .Manchester United and Chelsea have emerged as possible destinations, while Real Madrid were initially reported to be interested. 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 Amid reports Bayern wanted at least €200m for Lewandowski, Hoeness rubbished those claims and said the forward was going nowhere.”A €200m price tag is nonsense,” he told Sky .”Robert will not be sold and will play next season with us. Everything has been said about that.”Lewandowski, who is contracted until 2021, has spent the past four seasons at Bayern, scoring 41 goals in 2017-18.The forward will be in action for Poland this summer, with his country one of the favourites in Group H where they will face Colombia, Senegal and Japan.last_img read more

Report Addresses Notre Dame QB Ian Book Suspension Rumor

first_imgIan Book throws a pass for Notre Dame.CHAPEL HILL, NC – OCTOBER 07: Ian Book #12 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish rolls out against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the game at Kenan Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Notre Dame fans riding high off the Irish’s 6-0 start are holding their breath this evening. The reason: an internet rumor claiming starting quarterback Ian Book was set to be suspended soon.According to the rumor, Book, who has looked tremendous in three games since taking over as Notre Dame’s starter, was guilty of some type of academic impropriety. His punishment would be announced in the coming days.Naturally, this set off alarm bells throughout the fan base. Losing Book would be a major blow.Fortunately, it doesn’t appear this rumor has any validity to it, according to one report. Per One Foot Down, the Notre Dame SB Nation site, Book is not under any threat of suspension.Assuming this report is accurate, Irish fans can exhale.According to multiple sources at Notre Dame, Ian Book is not under the threat of suspension.— One Foot Down (@OneFootDown) October 8, 2018However, a subsequent tweet from OFD didn’t exactly rule out that Book may have done something he shouldn’t have.Just to top this off a bit… things happen in school. Sometimes a student messes up. A lot of times that just means that student has to deal with the professor and department. It doesn’t always go THREAT LEVEL DEAD. I have no confirmed details, so take this fwiw.— One Foot Down (@OneFootDown) October 8, 2018Stay tuned for more clarification on this.last_img read more

Australia will play on our strengths in 2019 ICC World Cup: Alex Carey

first_img Asian News International LondonMay 18, 2019UPDATED: May 18, 2019 18:20 IST Alex Carey said Australia are feeling confident going in the 2019 ICC World Cup (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAlex Carey said Australia will play to their own strengths at 2019 World CupCarey said that experience of World Cup in the team management will help themAustralia opne their World Cup 2019 campaign against Afghanistan on June 1Australia wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey stated that his team will focus on playing on their strengths rather than changing their game plans according to the oppositions in the upcoming International Cricket Council (ICC) Men’s Cricket World Cup.”We have got a certain game style which has been successful in the last eight games, against quality opposition. For us, it is playing to our strengths. Every team in the World Cup has got their strengths. We aren’t too much about opposition’s game style. That’s where we get distracted from what we are really good at,” ICC quoted Carey, as saying.”So for us, it’s building on our success in the last few months. David [Warner] and Steve [Smith] come back in. Quality players. Aaron Finch is in really good form. Our quicks [are in good form as well]. We got a lot of exciting players,” he added.Other than having ‘exciting players’, Carey feels confident going in the premier tournament along with the former World Cup winners, Ricky Ponting (Assistant coach) and Brad Haddin (fielding coach), who will be in their support staff.”We’ve got a lot of knowledge. Brad Haddin played in the last World Cup, we’ve got Ricky Ponting coming in, we’ve got a number of players who played in that last World Cup,” he said.”We’ve got lots of knowledge around the group of guys to access. When we get into it, that’s when the high-pressure [experience] comes into it,” Carey added.Australia will face Afghanistan in their first World Cup 2019 clash on June 1.advertisementAlso Read | Stand by: Official 2019 ICC World Cup song releasedAlso Read | World Cup 2019 winners to earn USD 4 millionFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Australia will play on our strengths in 2019 ICC World Cup: Alex CareyAlex Carey said that Australia will be playing to their own strengths at the 2019 ICC World Cup, rather than be pulled into other teams’ gameplans.advertisementlast_img read more

Top Bwood stars pay song tribute to Pulwama martyrs

first_imgMumbai: Bollywood celebrities including Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Tiger Shroff, Kartik Aaryan and Ranbir Kapoor have come together to pay tribute to the CRPF Jawans who died in the terror attack at Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir, in February. These stars have shot for a patriotic song, “Tu Desh Mera”, which is dedicated to the Pulwama martyrs. A day before Independence day, CRPF India unveiled the song’s poster and tweeted: “Official poster of the tribute song for CRPF Martyrs of Pulwama. ‘Tu Desh Mera’. Bollywood comes together to pay homage to the Pulwama Martyrs of CRPF.” In the poster, Big B, SRK, Aishwarya, Tiger, Aamir, Kartik and Ranbir are seen posing and saluting the Jawans. Singers such as Javed Ali, Jubin Nautiyal, Shabab Sabri and Kabir Singh have lent their voices to the track.last_img read more

Fairfax acquires 137 per cent stake in Stelco for 250 million

first_imgTORONTO — Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. says it has bought a 13.7 per cent stake in steel producer Stelco Holdings Inc. for roughly $250 million.The insurance-focused financial services company says it has acquired 12.2 million common shares of the Hamilton-based firm for $20.50 each.That price represents a 4.2 per cent premium to Stelco’s closing price of $19.67 on Friday.Stelco Holdings owner Bedrock Industries says it sold the shares to Fairfax and its subsidiaries via a private share purchase agreement.Bedrock now holds roughly 46.4 per cent of Stelco’s outstanding common shares, down from 60.1 per cent before the sale.Stelco’s chief executive Alan Kestenbaum says Fairfax’s investment “represents a vote of confidence in our future.”The Canadian Presslast_img

UN Afropop Worldwide join forces to enhance radio broadcasts in peacekeeping areas

“We will all benefit from this agreement, as it will allow us to better promote African music in different peacekeeping missions, and make our radio stations more appealing to our listeners,” said Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno. “Music transcends all lines and helps people understand each other. That is one of the many goals that we have as peacekeepers,” he observed.The United States-based Afropop Worldwide currently produces music shows that are broadcast on more that 100 public radio stations in the US, Africa and Europe and while providing on-line services. Under its partnership with the DPKO, Afropop Worldwide will regularly furnish selected UN radio stations in the field with their acclaimed flagship radio programme, Afropop Worldwide. “We are thrilled that this agreement allows us to reach listeners in parts of Africa covered only by UN radio stations,” said Sean Barlow, Executive Producer of Afropop Worldwide. “Our overall goals are to help the world appreciate the fantastic diversity and richness of African culture, and so help to develop the international market for African music and musicians,” he said. “In this, we are delighted to be joining forces with UN peacekeeping in trying to make a positive difference in challenging situations.”Some 70 per cent of the nearly 100,000 total personnel deployed by the UN across 18 peace operations serve in Africa, according to DPKO. read more

Two peacekeepers killed in an attack against UN convoy in Mali

The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, strongly condemned the attack which led to the deaths of two ‘blue helmets’ from Sri Lanka and injured six others.Mr Guterres conveyed his “deep condolences to the Government of Sri Lanka, and the families of the victims”, and wished a speedy recovery to those injured.A peacekeeper from Burkina Faso was also injured in a separate IED attack against another convoy near the same area, on Thursday.“These cowardly acts will not deter MINUSMA’s determination to support the people and Government on Mali in their pursuit of peace and stability”, a statement issued by his spokesman read.Just last Sunday, a terrorist attack against the mission’s camp in Aguelhok, in the Kidal region, killed ten peacekeepers from Chad.Recalling that attacks targeting UN peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law, Mr Guterres called on the Malian authorities to “spare no effort” in identifying the perpetrators of Friday’s attack, so that they can be brought to justice as swiftly as possible.A proliferation of armed groups fighting government forces and their allies in the centre and northern areas of Mali following a failed coup six years ago, have made MINUSMA the most dangerous mission to serve in as a UN ‘blue helmet’. The Malian Government has been seeking to restore stability and rebuild following a series of setbacks, since early 2012.The escalating violence reported by the UN in parts of the Mopti region has led to widespread displacement of a civilian population already vulnerable due to a lack of protection and basic social services provided by the state.A team of human rights officers serving with MINUSMA travelled at the beginning of January to the region to investigate recent armed attacks in the settlement of Koulogon Peul, in which at least 37 civilians were killed, and a number of houses and granaries were deliberately burnt down.Security Council pays tribute to the fallen, calls for swift response from MaliThe members of the Security Council expressed their deepest condolences in a statement released on Friday night, and expressed sympathy to the families of the victims, as well as to Sri Lanka and to MINUSMA.  Council members wished a speedy and full recovery to those injured and  “paid tribute to the peacekeepers who risk their lives.”The 15-member body “called on the Government of Mali to swiftly investigate this attack and bring the perpetrators to justice. They underlined that attacks targeting peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law.”The Council stressed “that involvement in planning, directing, sponsoring or conducting attacks against MINUSMA peacekeepers constitutes a basis for sanctions designations pursuant to United Nations Security Council resolutions.” read more

Water pump thief jailed

A man who stole a water pump among other items was, earlier today (Friday) sentenced to eight weeks imprisonment by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan when he appeared in Court.Krishna Singh who has no fixed place of adobe admitted to stealing the articles.The court heard that the forty-two-year old man, while he was at lot 126 Hadfield Street, Georgetown, stole one water pump valued $10,000, one 50feet water hose valued $5,000 and two tarpaulin valued $10,000, a total value of $27,000 property of Pamela DeSantos.Facts presented to the court stated that on the day in question, the accused forced his way into the virtual complainant’s yard which was secured by a mesh and zinc fence. He later uplifted the above mentioned items before making good his escape.However, he was subsequently arrested after the victim reported the matter to the police. The items were never recovered.Unrepresented by legal counsel, Singh told the court “I went to pick pear leaves at the fence, I don’t know what they talking about” when he tried to defend himself.Nevertheless, he was fined $25,000 or by default he will have to spend eight weeks in prison.Further he told the Magistrate that he doesn’t “have nobody” to post bail. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAlleged handbag thief gets $10,000 bailJanuary 3, 2018In “Court”Alleged goat thief granted bailMay 30, 2015In “Crime”Zinc thief before Court again, jailed for stealing water pumpApril 9, 2018In “Court” read more

Ammtec owned Purity Systems completes first major sale to prove heavy metal

first_imgAmmtec, Australia’s largest metallurgical and minerals testing consultancy, has announced completion of the first major sale by its subsidiary, Purity Systems Inc (PSI). The contract is with an international environmental technology group and is worth A$1.5 million. It includes the treatment of industrial waste, with the first batch of resin due to be delivered by October 2010. Ammtec has progressively acquired its 72% share of US based PSI and has invested heavily into the company to prove up, advance and market the technology, which extracts heavy metals from solutions. Ammtec Executive Director, Ron Grogan, said the first major sale of this technology was significant in terms of driving revenues and profitability. “The contract comes directly off the back of our strategic business development plan to increase our marketing efforts to boost PSI’s commercial prospects – particularly in the treatment of industrial waste streams from existing plants and environmental remediation, said Mr Grogan.“We will use this significant contract as a platform to continue our growth of this highly prospective business.” Ammtec forecasts that the PSI business will be cost neutral in FY11 and profitable thereafter, with an ongoing focus on marketing and business development.last_img read more

PETRA outlines how machine learning AI is entering underground mines

first_imgThe Eastern Australian Ground Control Group recently invited PETRA Data Science Principal and Founding Director, Penny Stewart to contribute her thoughts on machine learning applications in geotechnical engineering. Stewart took the opportunity to demonstrate how machine learning AI enables fully automated ore fragmentation assessment, and into the future could be developed to automate geotechnical inspections using 3D mapping data (digital surveying).“Machine learning algorithms use laser 3d mapping data to automatically assess ore fragmentation in less than a minute. The algorithms have been trained to automatically remove concrete floors and shotcrete from the assessment, and are unaffected by dark, wet, dusty and humid underground mine conditions. Until now, ore fragmentation assessment required an hour of manual processing, off-site processing, and/or very high lighting.”These algorithms can also be trained to carry out geotechnical inspections using 3d mapping data (digital mine surveys). “For example, we expect to be able to train these algorithms to recognise spalling, cracked shotcrete, plate deformation, missing plates and mesh bagging. Whilst these algorithms won’t be as accurate as a professionally trained geotechnical engineer, they have the potential to cover large areas quickly as part of digital mine surveys using LiDAR/laser 3D mapping. Together, 3d mapping and machine learning AI offers an array of exciting opportunities for geotechnical engineering, not just for underground, but also for open pit wall inspections/assessment.”PETRA® says it “enables mining companies to capitalise on their big data assets. We assist companies in moving beyond tracking, reporting and incremental improvement, and into machine learning, big data integration and prediction.” Photo source: http://ugpsrapidmapper.com/UGPSRapidMapperlast_img read more

The Star Wars Games Time Has Forgotten

first_imgThe SUPER Star Wars Series (1992)Probably one of the best side-scrolling film-to-game adaptations to ever hit a home console. Super Star Wars was the talk of the schoolyard for kids with a SNES.This game let you control Luke, Han, and Chewbacca. You could race through Tatooine in a landspeeder, and even take out the Death Star in your X-Wing. I vividly remember hating the Sandcrawler level. You had to scale the entire outside and inside with only a handful of lives! Later games in the series (Super Empire Strikes Back & Super Return of the Jedi) are remembered fondly as well. But the original has stood the test of time.Rebel Assault 2 (1995)With the success of arcade shooters like Area 51 combined with new home consoles Jaguar, 3DO, and the growing in affordability of PCs, the early 90’s quickly adapted. These games were moving towards adding live action film into them. This was cutting edge tech at the time, and of course, LucasArts wanted in. I remember this game looking amazing when it released! The dog fights were spectacular with a joystick. Once you landed and took control of Rebel 1 (our hero) the game got a bit janky. This had a lot to do with the video aspect of taking cover repeatedly. RA2 also came to the Playstation a little after its release.Shadows of the Empire (1996)Shadows of the Empire was a popular novel that took place between the events of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Of course, all your key players were there including some new faces. Dash Rendar, the pilot of The Outrider and Prince Xizor, head of the largest crime syndicate. He was also gunning for Darth Vader’s seat next to the Emperor. This game was my primary reason for wanting a Nintendo 64, as it was one of the first games for the system. In level one, we play out the iconic AT-AT scene out! Sadly, after that the game kind of drags. Jetpack mechanics were off. Clipping happened more so than not. We got to see bounty hunter IG-88 do more than standing around on Cloud City and look pretty. Dash and a droid battle it out on a moving train through a galactic junkyard. Most fans look back at the story of Shadows as somewhat of a travesty. With the Disney camp involved, the story is now no longer canon. But we’ll always have our fond memories of Princess Leia kneeing Xizor in the crotch for getting too close.Masters of the Teras Kasi (1997)This is the game I wanted a Playstation for. I remember having enough money to rent the console and the game. Talk about a bullet dodged! Masters of the Teras Kasi was the first and only Star Wars fighting game, for a good reason! You could pit characters against each other like Chewbacca VS Princess Leia or Random Tuskan Raider VS Random Gamorrean Guard. The hit box system was atrocious and matches with friends lasted maybe 10 minutes out of broken controls. With perfectly good fighting games out at the time for the Playstation, this one was quickly hung upside down for a late night Wompa snack.Racer / Racer Revenge (2002)Ask any Star Wars fan what their favorite part of Episode I is. If they don’t say the Duel of Fates, they’ll probably mention the pod racing. I had a blast playing these games! Whether you played the arcade experience where you hopped in an actual pod racer, obtained it in your N64 bundle for Christmas or jumped on a little late with the Dreamcast version, pod racing was just down right fun! The game had 21 different characters and pods to choose from and a good handful of planets to race through. The game even came to GBA and included a rumble feature. Racer was so successful that it spawned a sequel for the Playstation 2 years later, Racer Revenge. It updated everything that was wrong with the first game and added more of everything else. It quickly became my drug of choice.Rogue Squadron Series / Battle for Naboo (2000)The Rogue Squadron series were the games every X-Wing VS Tie Fighter fan wanted. RS1 was one of the first games to utilize the N64 expansion pack and show off what the system could do with 3D graphic upscaling. Then there was Battle for Naboo, which was released around the same time Episode I hit theaters. It offered a lot of what RS did, just in new ships in new environments. A very solid title for N64 players at the time. RS2 was a Game Cube launch title that pushed the boundaries of the first two games in every way. This includes redoing the famous AT-AT tow cable scene from Empire Strikes Back. RS3 gave us not just dogfights, but we were able to do ground missions outside of the iconic ships. This most definitely paved the way for the popular Battlefront series.Galactic Battlegrounds / Empire at War (2001)Star Wars at this time seemed to have every gaming genre pinned down. All except RTS’s (Real-Time Strategy.) Blizzard ruled the RTS market with their popular Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo series. You know LucasArts needed a piece of that pie. Enter Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds. The game was developed by Ensemble Studios, the developer team behind Age of Empires and Halo Wars. It is exactly what you would expect from a Star Wars RTS, but was so much more fun! Was it just the Star Wars athletic that blinded me? Probably. But in all seriousness, this one was a ton of fun to play with friends from all over to competitions at local science fiction conventions. In 2002, hot on the heels of Attack of the Clones, a Clone campaign was released. Fast forward to 2006, Empire at War was released. Though, not a direct sequel in any means (it was developed by a different publisher.) EaW took place between the events of Episode III & VI. My fondest memory playing Galactic Battlegrounds was sending in Simon…. THE KILLER EWOK. I’ll let you do your own research on that one.Jedi Power Battles (2000)The prequel films as we all know, pushed the envelope quite a bit. There were so many Jedi at the time that a lot of us asked “What were all these Jedi up to before getting killed in the Clone Wars? Well, Jedi Power Battles answer that very question, letting you control all new Jedi including for the first time Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan, Plo Koon, Mace Windu and Adi Gallia. (I’m holding my composure not to go into hysterics about how I could not play as Kitt Fisto, but that is neither here nor there. Jerks…) This was a 1 to 4 player 3D Castlevania-like beat’em up. I played this for the Dreamcast with friends. It quickly became one of my favorite Star Wars games. Even without Kitt Fisto!Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided (2003)I remember hearing people say “This is it! We are finally getting a game where we can exist in the Star Wars Universe!” And for a quick moment, we kinda did? Around this time we were getting burned pretty bad by the prequel films. Sony Online Entertainment was quickly working on building the ultimate Star Wars experience. A massive multiplayer online game where you could pick your race, planet, skill set and even housing. Everquest was all the rage for PC players, so it only felt right that they would be perfect to lead the project. I remember enjoying what I played of the game. Messing around in friend’s homesteads was a lot of fun. Meet ups were great. I just remember the battle system being fairly clunky (though, that could have been my internet at that time.) The game spawned three expansions before hackers started to take over. Sony on the final expansion did an overhaul of the game and players were not pleased. It wasn’t until 2011 when the servers were finally shut down. Apparently, there are a few private servers out there where you can still go in and check the game out during different iterations of its development.Republic Commando (2005)Yes, the prequels brought with it some of the worst written dialogue and characters in the history of cinema. But it also brought with it, clone troopers! These guys were terrible at aiming recruits. They were cut from the same cloth as famous bounty hunter, Jango Fett too! This was a first-person shooter for the Xbox that brought in the dark side of what was going on in the universe at the time. The clones are an elite Delta squad that goes on select missions to help the Republic claim its rights. It reminded me a lot of the later Tom Clancy: Ghost Recon games. The dynamic between the four squad members was solid and entertaining. Each member had a specific skill set and looked them. Enemies ranged from General Grievous guards to full on Wookie battles through the trees of Kashyyyk. To say anything more about the plot would give away some of the best parts. I’d honestly say this was one of the best Star Wars games in the last 20 years.So there you have it! If you haven’t thought of these games in a while, maybe seek some out for a fun gaming night, possibly before The Last Jedi releases! I’m sure someone at your shindig might actually find Masters of the Teras Kasi fun. The Star Wars video game library is insane. LucasArts (previously LucasFilm Games) dates back to 1982 with the release of the original Star Wars Arcade cabinet. Since then we have been dealt some impressive winners, to straight up poopoo. The name “LucasArts” really meant something to gamers in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Not only did they release games from the popular franchises, but they were able to show off their originality in titles like The Secret of Monkey Island and Manic Mansion: Day of the Tentacle. They were a solid company with massive appeal. But you and I both know that the Star Wars franchise was their magnum opus for the last 34 years. That is, until their departure in late 2013 after the Walt Disney Company bought the franchise outright.How many times have you wrapped a tow cable around an AT-AT’s legs at the battle of Hoth? Even though it has been done to death. To die-hard fans, it’s still comforting. With the release of the prequels (1999 to 2005), most fans of the original series had to harken back to older titles since LucasArts was only developing games based on the newer series. I call this the “dark time.” Bombad Racing anyone? The animated Clone Wars followed and took precedence. This pushed the older fans further away.Today the Star Wars game franchise is in the hands of EA, one of the top three gaming companies in the industry. We see some real galaxy building here. Battlefront released in the fourth quarter of 2015 with some mixed, but mostly stellar reviews.But we are not here to talk about the future of Star Wars gaming. Let’s take a look back at some of the forgotten titles that deserve a second chance.last_img read more

Martials agent Very pessimistic about longterm contract with United

first_imgManchester United opted for their option of a one-year extension to prevent Anthony Martial from leaving the club as a free transfer at the end of the 2018/19 season.Anthony Martial, 23, will be with the Red Devils until 2020, but negotiations over a long-term contract are not looking good. Martial’s agent Philippe Lamboley told RMC Sport that he is not satisfied with the terms.In June, Lamboley said his client wanted to leave United. The Red Devils’ move to extend Martial’s stay at Old Trafford is similar to what they did with David de Gea’s contract last month.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“I am very pessimistic about a positive outcome from the discussions,” Lamboley said, according to Goal.“They have already sent us offers that are very far from our wishes. We are far from an agreement for the time being.”Martial is the club’s top scorer in the Premier League this season with seven goals in nine starts. He has a reportedly rough relationship with manager Jose Mourinho and the French forward came off the bench United’s 3-1 loss at rivals Liverpool on Sunday.last_img read more

Denali Commission Money Survives House

first_imgFiscal conservatives are again gunning for the Denali Commission. This week they tried to eliminate the bulk of its funding — $10 million, tucked into a federal appropriations bill for energy and water programs. Ohio Congressman Steve Chabot argued, as others have for years, the Denali Commission is an unnecessary middle man.Download Audio“American taxpayers would be better served if federal funds were distributed directly to the State of Alaska or to Alaskan communities,” Chabot said on the House floor. He has a separate bill to kill the Denali Commission altogether, which is officially called the “Eliminate the Commission to Nowhere Act.”Alaska Congressman Don Young, though, argues the Denali Commission provides more direct service because it cuts government agencies out of the picture.“It’s money well spent,” Young said, arguing against Chabot’s amendment. “If we don’t spend it on this type thing to cut out the middleman — they keep saying there’s other agencies. This is not true! Those agencies do not function!”The Commission is a relic of Alaska’s big money days. Sen. Ted Stevens created it in 1998 to spur rural development, modeling it after the poverty-busting Appalachian Regional Commission. But that commission coordinates projects across 13 states. The Denali Commission serves only Alaska. A slew of auditors and watchdogs have claimed it does administrative work the state could do for itself. Oklahoma Congressman James Lankford picked up those arguments this week.“We as a nation have to find ways to be able to eliminate duplication and this is one of those moments,” he said. “Are we going to listen to the inspector general, the Congressional Budget Office, the GAO, two different presidents’ Office of Management and Budget, or will we ignore all of those?”Young reminded his colleagues that dozens of Alaska villages lack running water and other infrastructure their constituents take for granted. He says the Denali Commission is doing its job.“It’s time we accept the fact that this system works as the other commissions do, for those communities that are less fortunate than those communities that most people live (in) in this body,” Young said.The amendment to cut $10 million from the Denali Commission failed, 243-176. Young was one of 69 Republicans who joined most of the Democrats in voting no. The Denali Commission these days focuses mostly on bulk fuel storage and other energy projects.It expects a total budget of $14 million next year, of which $2.3 million is compensation for its 10 full-time employees.  At its peak in 2006, the commission’s budget was $140 million.last_img read more

This halibut hook is an innovation for the past present and future

first_imgThomas George and his grandson accept an award on behalf of Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian people for the traditional halibut hook. (Photo courtesy of 360 North/Juneau Economic Development Council)The Alaska Innovators Hall of Fame recently inducted its first indigenous tool. Few people still use the hand-carved halibut hook, once popular with Southeast tribes. But there’s a push to make sure the tradition sticks around for future generations.Listen nowStanding on a stage with his grandson at the Juneau Innovation Summit a few weeks ago, Thomas George accepted an award.“I’ve been trying to get help to keep this part of our heritage alive for years or decades,” George said.The Alaska State Committee on Research gives credit to people and inventions which have made a lasting impact in the state.George accepted the honor for a collective achievement: the halibut hook, which has been used by Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people for thousands of years.Even though the technology is old, George says it isn’t a relic.“Over the years everybody thought it was decoration for the wall,” George said. “But my hooks never did hang on the wall. They hung out on the porch.”George only knows of one other person — in all of Southeast Alaska — who fishes with the traditional halibut hook, and he’s a big proponent for bringing them back. He’s taught classes at the Sealaska Heritage Institute on how to make them.Growing up in Klawock, George says carving the hooks was part of his childhood. His grandmother was one of the people who passed on the knowledge, and he remembers some advice she gave him: All of the measurements you need to know are in your own hand.“And if you got small hands you don’t need a big fish,” George said.A traditional halibut hook at Sealaska Heritage Institute. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/Alaska’s Energy Desk)Typically, people jig for halibut on their boat using a metal circle hook. But the traditional design and method is different. The hook itself is shaped like a V, with a more buoyant wood like yellow cedar on one side and a denser wood on the other. This makes it float in a certain direction.George says the best part about this way of fishing is you can set the line in the water and come back later. It’s suspended by floats.“You could go to the beach and build a fire and boil coffee,” George said.Each of his hooks is named after a different girlfriend, which he admits can sometimes be confusing.“It’s getting harder to remember all of my girlfriend’s names, Tlingit names,” George said with a laugh. “Catching less and less fish.”But over the years George says there’s been plenty of fish in sea. Just one hook alone, he estimates, has caught around 800 halibut.George says even though the practice is sustainable and effective, fishing the traditional way hasn’t always been encouraged.Back in the 1970s, before there were subsistence permits, George invited a state trooper to see the halibut hooks’ in action. After about five minutes, he had a halibut on the line.“And we rolled them in, and he pulled up beside us and he said, ‘My god! I was going to confiscate your gear and write you a citation.’ But [the trooper] said, ‘That was truly amazing just to witness,’” George recalled.George begged the state trooper to write him a citation because he wanted to challenge the issue in court. But the trooper was elated. He never bothered him again.In 2000, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council established a subsistence program for halibut. But George thinks there’s still roadblocks to preserving the traditional ways. He says having to obtain a subsistence permit at all creates an additional barrier, and he’d like to see more people use the hand-carved halibut hook.“So that part of our heritage does not die,” George said.George wishes the state legislature would address the issue and take it up with the regional fishery management council.In the meantime, George is doing his part to make sure the next generation knows how to make the traditional hooks. His 14-year-old grandson has already picked up the skill.“Well, he hasn’t said much except ‘let’s go fishing’,” George said.George says the state recognizes the halibut hook is an important innovation. It’s a technology worth keeping around.last_img read more