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H-DNL baseball, softball awards: Mack, St. Bernard’s claim majority of MVP winners

first_imgThe 2018-19 baseball and softball Humboldt-Del Norte League All-County selections are in and with them, one last chance to salute the student-athletes who put together memorable seasons.The Big 5 Conference saw all four of its MVP nods go to McKinleyville High while St. Bernard’s landed three of the four Little 4 Conference MVP winners.Baseball — Big 5 MVPs2019 saw the McKinleyville High baseball team win its first Big 5 title since 1996 and the shutdown pitching of Cameron Saso combined …last_img read more

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Study finds South Africans are proud and patriotic ahead of Freedom Month

first_imgJohannesburg, Thursday 31 March 2016 – Coming ahead of the country’s annual commemoration of Freedom Month, Brand South Africa’s Domestic Perceptions Research shows that being South African is a significant element of individual and national identity. Over 80% of 2 536 respondents say they are extremely proud to be South African.Read: Brand South Africa’s 2016 Domestic Perceptions Research updateGiving further expression to the strength of the country’s citizenry, Brand South Africa’s research also shows that social cohesion levels stand at 76% and active citizenship levels stand at 61%.Brand South Africa’s CEO Mr Kingsley Makhubela said, “These findings are significant in light of perceptions that South Africa is a fragmented society. Our research indicates that South Africans on the whole are extremely proud of the country and its achievements. The term ‘I am South African’ found resonance amongst participants in the study with many strongly identifying with this.”In order to gain insights on how South Africans describe themselves, an open ended question was posed to respondents who were asked to describe themselves in five words. An analysis of the responses indicated that respondents see themselves in a positive light – focusing on character and personality traits like loving, friendly, hardworking, respectful and honest.Mr Makhubela added: “Coincidentally, these self-descriptions resonate with findings from, for example, the Nation Brand Index, and City Brand Index that shows international respondents also describe South Africans as hardworking, open, and friendly people.”“That we have a social cohesion level of 76% and an active citizenship level of 61% also bodes very well for the strength and robustness of our democracy. A nation’s strongest asset is its citizenry. The results of this study tells us that South Africans are earnestly engaged in the nation building exercise.”“You cannot sell the brand of the country and ensure it is positively positioned without buy-in of its people, and these results attest to the fact that citizens are firmly on the side of the nation brand. Looking towards Freedom Month 2016 and with 80% of its population behind the nation brand, South Africa is in a good place to build on successes of the past and strengthen future gains.“It is in the spirit of this shared future, a path that is clearly articulated in the National Development Plan, Vision 2030, that Brand South Africa calls on citizens to collectively respond positively to the challenges the country faces,” concluded Mr Makhubela.Follow the conversation on @Brand_SA #FreedomMonth2016last_img read more

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Is BioShock Infinite The Last Gasp For The Triple-A “Art Game”?

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… When it comes to video games, the death knell is rung loudly and frequently. In an industry so intrinsically tied to technological innovation, we won’t stop hearing any time soon about what former trend or gaming mainstay has its head on the chopping block. The most recent forecast from worried gaming circles: original, story-driven, triple-A games are too bloated and risky to survive in a cheaper, stripped-down and more mobile world. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of evidence backing this claim up. Case in point: BioShock Infinite, which hit shelves on March 26 to universal acclaim. An artistic endeavor that cost anywhere between $100 to $200 million (developer Irrational Games won’t confirm) to make and market on top of almost five years of development to fine tune it to near perfection, it’s the second original installment in the BioShock series.But it’s not a sequel. A game unto itself, it continues the trend of creator and writer Ken Levine’s visions of thought-provoking period pieces. This one happens to mash a 1912 setting with pop-culture aesthetics, sensitive American history (like racism and eugenics) and moral philosophy into what is being called easily one of the greatest games ever made. In other words, while the first BioShock was a coming-of-age moment for video games as an art form back in 2007, Infinite can be viewed as the epitome of the modern, blockbuster “art game,” a term usually reserved for offbeat indie titles but one that aptly fits the murky, morality-infused waters that only BioShock treads.Despite all the accolades, BioShock Infinite might be the last of its kind. A number of factors are contributing to this outcome, but principally the struggle is between the money that can be made versus the amount of time, effort and studio dollars invested. Early sales reports from the United Kingdom say that despite the fever pitch engulfing the gaming community, BioShock Infinite still didn’t outsell the new Tomb Raider at launch.The gaming landscape is allowing independent developers to gain recognition easier and faster than ever before, mobile and Facebook games are generating more and more revenue, and a $99 console has Kickstarted its way into the hands of consumers. So there might not be a place for an artistically grand game with a $100 million plus budget, a $60 consumer price tag and a narrower target audience. Well, at least one that doesn’t have a number tagged on the end of its name. In The Next Console Generation, Sequels Will SellOf course, a handful of big-budget, triple-A games are slated for the end of the current generation of consoles this year. And 2014 and 2015 hold the promise of a slew of new games for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox ‘Durango,’ as its called at the moment. But a lot of these titles – and a healthy chunk of what Sony debuted at its PS4 event in February – were sequels within established franchises that are only confirmed and shown off because publishers know they will sell. After all, your annual Call of Duty or Assassin’s Creed take an international team of developers only a year to churn out and still make hundreds of millions of dollars in sales (Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 made $500 million in its first day, making it the largest entertainment launch ever).These games still cost tens of millions of dollars to make, but are offering increasingly less innovation with each iteration so the developers can put them on shelves every fall and keep turning those profits. However, to call BioShock a franchise – and Infinite a sequel – is to ignore its studio Irrational Games’ mission, which is delivering unique, orginal, epic stories that constantly push the medium. Given the rave reviews, the game pulls that off well. So it’s not quite the case that BioShock Infinite will be the last “art game” as it is likely that it could be the last big-budget one. As the money begins to move away from console games in general, what’s left for triple-A titles will naturally funnel to profitable franchises and not to unique, original gambles like BioShock.BioShock was such a gamble in fact that Levine, just to get the series off the ground last decade, had to pitch the original for three years before getting a publisher, Take-Two Interactive, to put some money behind it. That kind of attitude will become less and less common as the financial jaws begin to close in on console game publishing. Follow The Money: Facebook And Mobile Hardcore gamers scoff at the shallowness of Angry Birds, the manipulative tactics of Facebook games, and the move towards a mobile-dominated industry offering smaller satisfactions. But the sad truth is that that’s where the money is. Console sales are tanking. NPD Group reported last month that console sales fell 36% in February from the same time last year (though you could attribute some of that to consumers holding out for Sony and Microsoft’s next generation), and Nintendo’s Wii U has been hurting of late. As for game sales, those fell 25%. (See also: Game Consoles Are Already Dead, And Developers Know It)Compare that to how Facebook game developers have been doing and you can start to see the shift. Makers of Facebook games like Candy Crush generated a total of $2.8 billion in 2012 alone. These are free games developed with the sole purpose of making you spend more time on Facebook and driving you, through addiction, to pony up more money than any traditional console game could ever milk out of you.As for mobile games, they generated $2.1 billion last year and will keep growing alongside digitally sold titles and downloadable content. These are the new money makers, typically using a free model that sucks players dry like for instance Real Racing 3, described as “F1 meets Farmville” because of its microtransaction system that forces you to pay every 30 minutes to keep playing. The final frontier to collapse into the gaming chasm is the indie community, which has undergone a bit of a transformation ever since the big hardware companies gained the ability to sell independently developed titles over their online marketplaces at prices as cheap as $5 and $10.The robust new market for quirky, well-designed games from small teams raises an interesting question: if indie games can provide a thought-provoking, philosophical and emotional interactive experience, what are we to lose in chopping off the triple-A limb if not simply scale and scope?The Indie Game Revolution  At this year’s Game Developer’s Conference that took place in San Francisco last week, downloadable game Journey became the first independent title to win the Game of the Year award. That would be on top of the game’s other multiple game of the year awards and its Best Soundtrack Grammy nomination, a first for the medium. Journey has been hailed as one of the greatest, most emotional storytelling experiences in modern gaming, and yet it clocks in at about three hours of playtime and only costs $15 to download to your PS3. The concept is simple: play as an unnamed, cloaked figure that must travel to the peak of mountain. Yet it has a unique mechanism, as most indie games do, that allows you to join up with an anonymous player from anywhere in the world who can serendipitously enter your game at any time.This kind of thought-provoking take on gaming concepts is part of the canon of “art games,” a genre getting more and more recognition from mainstream markets. These titles are also fulfilling a need for deep, meaningful games in a world where the next BioShock Infinite is looking less and less likely. They’re just doing it on a smaller scale and for less money. “Like it or not, we’re not the Clash anymore. We’re Green Day,” said Andy Schatz, an indie game designer, in an interview with The New York Times’ Chris Sullentrop. A clever analogy and one that accurately describes the indie game market as it’s evolved from fighting the traditional system to being embraced by it. This trend bodes well for the future of what was once a peripheral community that could barely get its creations on the market, but is also yet another reason why the industry may not sustain projects as bold and expensive as BioShock in the future.The Ground Is ShiftingTo deny there are artistic, big-budget games on the horizon would be to ignore the work of a handful of forward-thinking studios. Naughty Dog is producing The Last of Us, a post-apocalyptic game that puts you in the role of protecting a young girl amid vicious survival combat, and French studio Quantic Dream is making Beyond Two Souls, the first ever title to use full motion capture to transform an actress (Ellen Page, in this case) into a video game character while keeping real-world likeness completely intact. These games are doing what BioShock Infinite did: building off a previous success (Naughty Dog with its Uncharted series and Quantic Dream with Heavy Rain) and trying something new and envelope pushing. But in many ways they are also maneuvering the line between a bold step forward for the medium and something that still resembles a marketable blockbuster-style psychological thriller.BioShock’s appeal comes primarily from the way it feels like a complete realization of artistic vision, one painstakingly crafted over many years fraught with uncertainty, revision and a number of high-profile employee departures. It’s a mix of ideas screaming to be translated into film, but likely will never get there because of how impossible it would be. “For all I know, I’ll never get to work on another big $60 title – or the equivalent of that. Maybe there will be no economy for that. Who knows?” Levine says to nonfiction author and game critic Tom Bissell in a Grantland interview. “…I’m pretty confident that talented people will be able to work on quality products. I just don’t know exactly how.” Admitting it’s the ‘how’ that’s up in the air is the first step. Figuring out what to do next is the important part. For those who have their hands on BioShock Infinite, and to the many who may likely pick it up in the near future, savor the game’s moments and all that went into creating its floating city environment and the one-of-a-kind feel it evokes. It could be the last sign of a dying breed. Image courtesy of Irrational Games; second image courtesy of Google Play; third image courtesy of thatgamecompany. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutcenter_img Tags:#gaming nick statt 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Applast_img read more

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Madhya Pradesh farmers’ protest: Rahul, other leaders released

first_img| Photo Credit: Vijay Soneji  Congress politicising farmers’ stir: NaiduUnion Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu accused the Congress of instigating and politicising the farmers’ stir in Madhya Pradesh and termed Mr. Gandhi’s planned visit to the violence-hit Mandsaur “another photo opportunity.”“The Congress is instigating and politicising the issue. It should stop doing that and behave as a responsible political party to help restore normalcy there,” he said.Speaking to reporters in New Delhi, Mr. Naidu also dismissed the Congress’ demand that Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan step down from his post in view of the killing of five protesting farmers in police firing.Mr. Naidu recalled an incident in the State’s Betul district on January 12, 1998, where 24 farmers died allegedly in police firing ordered by Mr. Digvijaya Singh.“Did they seek resignation of [Digvijaya] Singh when the 24 farmers were killed? Did the Congress vice president visit the victim farmers then?” Mr. Naidu asked.Two toll plazas vandalisedTwo toll plazas were vandalised and a warehouse was set on fire in Neemuch. Sixty-two people have been detained, say police.State Home Minister Bhupendra Singh said the death of five farmers was due to police firing.It may be noted that the State government had denied that police firing killed them.Mr. Singh said the District Collector and the Superintendent of Police failed to control the situation and deal with the agitating farmers.Read more  Collector, SP transferredAs protests spread to other districts, the government transferred Mandsaur District Collector Swatantra Kumar Singh. He was posted as deputy secretary, Mantralaya. He was replaced by O.P. Shrivastava, official sources said.The government also transferred Superintendent of Police O.P. Tripathi and posted Manoj Kumar Singh in his place, the sources added.Section 144 has been imposed in Neemuch. Mobile-based Internet services were suspended in Mandsaur, Neemuch and Ratlam. All roads are blocked and outsiders are not allowed.Rahul Gandhi heading towards MandsaurCongress vice president Rahul Gandhi was expected to reach Neemuch before heading to the violence-hit Mandsaur. He left Delhi on Thursday, even as the local police made it clear that he will not be allowed to enter the district.JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav is accompanying Mr. Gandhi, besides senior Congress leaders Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia.Read more The police have blocked all roads and highways near Mandsaur. Watch: Farmer agitation turns violent Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh continues to be on the boil even two days after five agitating farmers were killed in a police firing. Prohibitory orders continued in many parts of western Madhya Pradesh.Here are the Latest updates by our correspondent Mahesh Langa from Mandsaur:Rahul releasedCongress leaders including Rahul Gandhi have been released by the M.P. Police. They, along with JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, were taken into preventive custody earlier in the day. Open for dialogueThe government is open for dialogue with the agitating farmers, says Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. He said the state government was open for a dialogue to iron out the differences and once again appealed them to maintain peace.“The state government is always ready for talks with farmers. I appeal to the farmers to maintain calm. Only talks can end the differences. The state government is of farmers and public. I will continue to work for them. We (state government) are going to start buying Tur and Urad pulses from farmers at MSP from June 10. I appeal to the farmers to join hands to work for the state’s development,” he said.Curfew to be relaxed for women, childrenCurfew would be relaxed for women and children up to the age of 10 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Mandsaur and and Pipliamandi, Mandsaur SDM N S Rajawat said.Earlier, Divisional Commissioner M B Ojha said Internet services might also be restored.“For the last two to three days, farmers were stopping vehicles and setting them on fire. No such incident has been reported today. The situation is almost normal,” he said.Congress leaders detainedCongress vice president Rahul Gandhi and other Congress others were detained at Nayagaon village, near Madhya Pradesh-Rajasthan border. Party leaders Kamal Nath, Sachin Pilot, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Digvijaya Singh, and JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav were taken into preventive custody.Television channels showed Mr. Gandhi arguing with police personnel as his convoy was blocked at the border.Speaking to the reporters, Mr. Gandhi blamed the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh and Centre for the farmers’ crisis. “Farmers are agitating across the country. They [NDA government] haven’t fulfilled the promises they made. This is an anti-farmer government both at the State and Central level,” he said before being detained.While being taken into police custody, Mr. Yadav said, “Demonetisation and anti-farmers’ policies of the NDA government have ruined farmers across the country. Farmers are forced to sell onion at Rs 2 a kg. No MSP offered by the Madhya Pradesh government.”Congress VP #RahulGandhi being stopped by police from entering #Mandsaur The police fired at farmers who were protesting, 6 people died pic.twitter.com/mttx58GcE0— INC India (@INCIndia) June 8, 2017 Story so farFive farmers were killed and two critically injured in Mandsaur when the police opened fire during a violent protest on Tuesday.The farmers have been agitating since June 1, demanding better prices for their produce and loan waiver.(With inputs from Agencies)last_img read more

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Injured Chiellini out of Spain game

first_imgItaly Chiellini out of Spain, Israel clashes with ankle injury Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 20:35 9/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) giorgio chiellini - cropped Getty Images Italy Juventus Italy v Israel Spain v Italy Spain Israel Serie A WC Qualification Europe The Italy defender will miss the nation’s next two matches after being sent back to Juventus for treatment on an ankle injury Giorgio Chiellini has been ruled out of Italy’s World Cup qualifiers with Spain and Israel due to an ankle injury.Spain win O2.5 goals 9/4The Juventus defender picked up the problem during training and has returned to Turin for treatment. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina “Giorgio Chiellini will not be available to head coach [Gian Piero] Ventura for the next two Azzurri matches with Spain and Israel,” Italy confirmed on Friday.”The Juventus defender sustained a right ankle injury and, following medical checks and diagnosis, left Coverciano to return to Turin for treatment.”It is unknown whether Chiellini could be at risk of missing Juve’s Serie A clash with Chievo on September 9 or the Champions League trip to Barcelona on the following Tuesday.Italy are second in Group G after six matches, level on points with leaders Spain, ahead of the showdown at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.last_img read more

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first_imgTagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​Tottenham boss Pochettino backs Arsenal over bottle throwing incidentby Ian Ferris10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino said he did not think Arsenal should be punished over the Dele Alli incident in which a bottle was thrown from the crowd and hit the England international on the head.”It’s not fair for Arsenal, the club, the fans to pay for one…what word can I use? I don’t want to be wrong but I think everyone realises! You cannot pay (the price) for one.”One person cannot create a mess in a club like Arsenal. Arsenal is going to take a big decision, with responsibility to fix. People have to behave and celebrate, and support your team but in the right way.”It’s such a dangerous thing, if the bottle hit him on his head or his eyes we’re then talking about a very bad thing. There’s no point when you go to enjoy a game and that happens.” last_img read more

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9 months agoGirona striker Cristhian Stuani tightlipped on Barcelona interest

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Girona striker Cristhian Stuani tightlipped on Barcelona interestby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGirona striker Cristhian Stuani is tightlipped on interest from Barcelona.Stuani is currently preparing for Girona’s Copa del Rey second leg against Atletico Madrid and didn’t want to speak about the rumours on Tuesday.”I can’t say anything,” the Uruguayan told a group of reporters who followed him to his car after training.Stuani’s release clause is set at €15m. last_img read more

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GranEnergia Welcomes CSS ‘Olympia’

first_imgzoom GranEnergia took delivery of the Compact Semi-Submersible (CSS) Olympia from MAC Offshore. STXM and partners in CSS Designs Ltd. developed the innovative, ground breaking CSS design over the past five years and this successful delivery, will change the long term landscape of the Offshore Vessel market.Built by Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding in Fujian Province, China, the CSS Olympia has a length of 84.25m. with an overall capacity of 500 people. The primary function of the Olympia is to act as a floating accommodation unit for rig personnel. The vessel has a DP-3 rating and will remain connected to an offshore facility via a telescopic gangway system. Other features include a 12.8 tonne rated helideck and a 150MT telescopic boom crane.There are currently six more CSS vessels under contract with deliveries planned over the next 2 years.STX Marine, January 27, 2014last_img read more

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Province to Purchase Ten P3 Schools

first_img In 1998, the province signed agreements with four developers committing to long-term leases for 39 P3 schools. The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development consulted with individual school boards to determine their infrastructure needs and to discuss their long-term plans. The province accepted all recommendations made by the school boards, in terms of purchasing, leasing or returning properties to the developer. Through a review process, boards confirmed that 37 of the 39 schools were still required to serve future student needs. The purchases announced today, July 19, bring this partnership to its conclusion, with 37 schools purchased and two surrendered or returned to the developer. The total cost of purchasing the 37 schools is $215.9 million. This will assist the department to provide quality educational programming for students in schools that are well-equipped to meet their learning needs. Antigonish Education Centre, Antigonish Bayview Education Centre, Port Hood, Inverness Co. Dalbrae Academy, Mabou, Inverness Co. The seven schools that will be purchased from Nova Learning for a total price of $33.2 million are: Maple Ridge Elementary School, Lantz, Hants Co. Meadowfields Community School, Yarmouth Champlain Elementary School, Granville Ferry, Annapolis Co. Forest Ridge Academy, Barrington, Shelburne Co. Bayview Community School, Mahone Bay, Lunenburg Co. Pine Ridge Middle School, Kingston, Kings Co. Northeast Kings Education Centre, Canning, Kings Co. Government is exercising its contractual right to buy 10 P-3 schools from developers Nova Learning and Ashford Investment. The price for the schools is $49.3 million and this purchase represents the best value for Nova Scotia taxpayers. It is estimated that purchasing the schools will result in substantial savings when compared with renewing the leases for the next 30 years. The schools were developed in partnership with Nova Learning and Ashford Investments. Compared with estimates of leasing costs over 30 years, purchasing the three Ashford schools will save $21.5 million and purchasing the seven Nova Learning schools will save $34.9 million. These partners will be notified according to the requirements of the public-private agreements. The following three schools will be purchased from Ashford Investments for a total price of $16 million: last_img read more

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Eid lucky for Salman again Bharat earns Rs 42 cr

first_imgMumbai: Superstar Salman Khan-starrer “Bharat” raked in over Rs 42 crore on the first day of its release on Eid. His previous movies like “Sultan” that hit the screens on Eid also created fireworks at the box office. According to trade analyst Taran Adarsh, “Bharat”, which also stars actress Katrina Kaif, is Salman’s biggest Eid opener. “‘Bharat’ storms the box office. Proves yet again Salman Khan is the biggest crowd puller. ‘Bharat’ opens much bigger than Salman and Ali Abbas Zafar’s ‘Tiger Zinda Hai (Rs 34.10 crore) and ‘Sultan’ (Rs 36.54 crore). ‘Bharat’ – Wednesday (Rs 42.30 crore) India business,” Taran tweeted on Thursday. Also Read – ‘Will be acting till I die’ “Bharat”, directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, is an official remake of the Korean film “An Ode To My Father”. The Bollywood film depicts the history of India through the life of an ordinary man. After receiving positive responses from the audience, Zafar said in a statement: “It is humbling to be showered this kind of love by audiences. I have tried to present Salman Khan in a totally new light and as a totally new hero with ‘Bharat’. “I’m ecstatic that audiences have liked our attempt to make ‘Bharat’ a thoroughly entertaining joyride that also has its soul in the right place.” The film also features Sunil Grover, Jackie Shroff, Tabu, Satish Kaushik and Disha Patani.last_img read more

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