Christian Pulisic is back with the U.S. national team, and after almost a full year away, so is Michael Bradley.The U.S. national team captain, who last appeared for the USMNT in its devastating World Cup qualifying loss to Trinidad and Tobago, has been called into U.S. national team camp ahead of upcoming friendlies against Colombia and Peru.Bradley and Brad Guzan represent members of a generation of older players who had been away from the national team in the year since the team’s failure to qualify for the World Cup, but interim coach Dave Sarachan made the decision to call them back in to help both pass on knowledge to the new generation, as well as compete with them for playing time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “When you are building a team, at some point there has to be the proper blend of youth and experience,” Sarachan said. “As we head into these last four friendlies of the year, I felt the timing was right to begin that transition. I think it’s important to do it earlier than a week before the Gold Cup or a World Cup Qualifier.”Bringing in players like Michael and Brad, who have a vast amount of experience and can be a great resource for our younger players – both on and off the field – is an important step for us at this point in time,” Sarachan added. “We’ve begun to develop a deeper pool across the board. As we continue to offer opportunities, it will strengthen us even more. At the same time, players need to understand that there is going to be competition for spots and for playing time, and that is part of the next stage of development for many of these young guys. I think we’re going to see that competition more and more as we move forward.”Pulisic is back with the team after missing the September friendlies against Brazil and Mexico with a minor injury. He has only played in one match with the USMNT since last year’s World Cup qualifying elimination.Sarachan has also called in some new faces, led by FC Dallas right back Reggie Cannon and U.S. Under-20 winger Jonathan Amon. They, along with New York City FC Ben Sweat, represent the group of players ready to take part in their first senior national team camp.Both Tyler Adams and Weston McKennie have also been called in despite recent injury issues, while Kenny Saief is also back in with the team after having his previous call-ups negated by injury.Another player returning to the squad is 18-year-old forward Josh Sargent. The Werder Bremen striker made his national team debut in May, but missed the September friendlies due to Sarachan’s decision to leave him with Werder Bremen, where he is playing well for the U-23 team, but still looking for his senior team debut.”With Tim (Weah) and Josh, we’re still taking the long view,” Sarachan said. “We know that at both PSG and Werder Bremen, the competition for playing time is extremely difficult, yet both are gaining valuable experience at their clubs and their fitness and form are still at a good level. We feel it’s important to continue offering these players opportunities right now, knowing that it will pay dividends down the road.”The USMNT will convene in Tampa on Sunday before facing Colombia on October 11 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. They will then play Peru at Pratt & Whitney Stadium in East Hartford, Connecticut on Oct. 16.Here is the full USMNT squad called in for the camp:GOALKEEPERS: Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC; 58/0), Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge/BEL; 2/0), Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew SC; 6/0)DEFENDERS: John Brooks (Wolfsburg/GER; 34/3), Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas; 0/0), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City/WAL; 5/0), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 0/0), Matt Miazga (Nantes/FRA; 9/1), Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic/ENG; 4/0), Ben Sweat (New York City FC; 0/0), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United/ENG; 54/0)MIDFIELDERS: Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids; 19/1), Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls; 7/1), Jonathan Amon (Nordsjælland/DEN; 0/0), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN; 140/17), Julian Green (Greuther Fürth/GER; 12/4), Weston McKennie (Schalke/GER; 6/1),Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund/GER; 21/9), Kenny Saief (Anderlecht/BEL; 2/0), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 8/0), Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain; 5/1)FORWARDS: Andrija Novakovich (Fortuna Sittard/NED; 2/0), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen/GER; 3/1), Bobby Wood (Hannover 96/GER; 41/12)
Lenovo is reportedly working on several Motorola handsets which are rumoured to be launched by the end of this year. However, the company is yet to confirm on the same. The most awaited of all the devices are the upcoming Moto E series smartphones which are – Moto E4 and E4 Plus. Ahead of the launch, complete specifications, price, images of the upcoming Moto E4 and E4 Plus devices leak.As far as the rumours are concerned, Moto E4 with no doubt is going to be the successor of the Moto E3, which was launched last year. While on the other hand, the Moto E4 will succeed the last year’s Moto E3 Power. Moto E4 full specifications leakIn terms of the specifications, the upcoming Moto E4 will sport a 5-inch HD LCD display and will be further powered by a MediaTek MT6737M quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz. The smartphone will come packed with 2GB of RAM coupled with 16GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded via an external microSD card.On the optics front, Moto E4 is expected to feature an 8-megapixel camera set up on the rear panel, while fits a 5-megapixel selfie snapper at the front. Furthermore, the previously the smartphone was said to clear FCC. As per the FCC listing, the Moto E4 will be backed by a 2,800mAh battery and run on the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat. On the connectivity front, the smartphone comes in with a range of options including — 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11n, GPS and NFC. As far as the rumours are concerned, the upcoming Moto E4 will be launched in several colour variants — gray, gold and blue. advertisementMoto E4 Plus full specifications leakMoto E4 Plus is allegedly going to be the premium variant of the Moto E4, hence will be a higher cost as well. In terms of specifications, the upcoming Moto E4 Plus will come packed with a 5.5-inch HD IPS display and will also be powered by a MediaTek MT6737M quad-core processor. The smartphone will also like the Moto E4 run on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Further, the smartphone will feature with 3GB of RAM coupled with 16GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded via an external microSD card. Most of the specs of the Moto E4 Plus are similar to E4 but differ in a few aspects.On the optics front, the Moto E4 Plus will sport a 13-megapixel camera at both front and rear panel. The smartphone further comes with an excellent power back up and features a massive 5,000mAh battery. Moto E4 Plus will be announced in two colour variants — gray and gold. Moto E4 and E4 Plus’ price leaksAlthough Lenovo is yet to confirm on the making of Moto E4 and E4 Plus, the leaked specifications give us a rough picture of the smartphone. A new leak now reveals the price that both the Motorola smartphones are expected to come with. If the rumours are to be believed, Moto E4 is said to be priced around 150 Euros (Rs 10,500 roughly), while Moto E4 Plus will be priced around 190 Euros which accounts for Rs 13,300 approx. As of now, there are no words on the launch of the smartphones.Moto E4 and E4 Plus images leakThis is probably not the first time that image renders of the upcoming Motorola E series phones have been making rounds on the web. A set of new images of the Moto E4 has been leaked now, which looks pretty much similar to the previous ones. The leaked pictures reveal almost complete details about both front and rear panel of the smartphone. The images have been spotted by a German website called — Winfuture.As per the image renders, the smartphone on the front with come packed with selfie snapper, next to which will is the Motorola logo, exactly above the display. While the bottom edge of the front panel fits a rectangular shaped home button, underneath this will be the fingerprint sensor. Well, as per the rumours both Moto E4 and E4 Plus will come with a fingerprint sensor. Moto C, Z2 series phones in the pipelineAlongside Moto E4 and E4 Plus, Lenovo is also working rigorously on other Motorola devices, which are reportedly going to be the Moto C and Z2 models. Like the Moto E-series handsets, there have been a lot of speculations about these smartphones making rounds on the web. However, the smartphone maker is yet to confirm on the making of the smartphones.advertisement
Read more Share on WhatsApp California Topics Share on Messenger “It’s going to change college sports for the better by having now the interest, finally, of the athletes on par with the interests of the institutions,” California’s governor, Gavin Newsom, said on a show hosted by NBA superstar LeBron James. “Now we’re rebalancing that power arrangement.” He predicted other states will introduce similar legislation. … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. California has defied US college sports’ governing body, the NCAA, after the state’s governor signed a law on Monday that will let college athletes hire agents and make money from endorsements. The move could upend amateur sports in America and trigger a legal challenge.Under the law, which takes effect in 2023, students at public and private universities in the state will be allowed to sign deals with sportswear firms, soft-drink makers or other businesses and profit from their images, names or likenesses, as professional athletes do. Will a California bill give players a slice of college sports’ $14bn pie? NCAA College sports Share on Pinterest Share via Email Share on Twitter Since you’re here… US sports Reuse this content LeBron James LeBron James (@KingJames)I’m so incredibly proud to share this moment with all of you. @gavinnewsom came to The Shop to do something that will change the lives for countless athletes who deserve it! @uninterrupted hosted the formal signing for SB 206 allowing college athletes to responsibly get paid. pic.twitter.com/NZQGg6PY9dSeptember 30, 2019 Share on Facebook news Share on LinkedIn Support The Guardian The new law bans colleges from kicking athletes off the team if they get paid. It does not apply to community colleges and bars athletes from accepting endorsement deals that conflict with their schools’ existing contracts.The NCAA had asked Newsom to veto the bill, saying it “would erase the critical distinction between college and professional athletes.” The board also warned that the law would give California universities an unfair recruiting advantage, which could prompt the NCAA to bar them from competition. Powerhouse programs with rich sporting histories such as the University of Southern California, the University of California, Los Angeles, Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, could find themselves barred. But while the NCAA is the top governing body for college sports, membership is voluntary. If the California schools are forced out, they could form a new league.Professional athletes have endorsed the law, including NBA superstar James, whose 14-year-old son is a closely watched basketball prospect in Los Angeles and will be 18 when the measure takes effect.On social media, James celebrated the signing of the law, saying it will “change the lives for countless athletes who deserve it!” He added: “NCAA, you got the next move. We can solve this for everyone!California senator Nancy Skinner, the bill’s author, said the measure lets athletes share in the wealth they create. “For decades, college sports has generated billions for all involved except the very people most responsible for creating the wealth. That’s wrong,” she said.The NCAA has steadfastly refused to pay players in most cases. But a committee is studying other ways players could make money. Its report is expected in October.The NCAA does let some athletes accept money in some instances. Tennis players can accept up to $10,000 in prize money per year, and Olympians can accept winnings from their competitions. Plus, schools in the big “Power 5” conferences can paplayers yearly cost-of-living stipends of between $2,000 and $4,000.The NCAA reported $1.1bn in revenue in 2017.
14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Koy Gear Aims to Revolutionize Men’s Everyday Apparel Editors’ Recommendations On Your Feet is all about that new shoe feeling- from the first time you open the box until they’re worn into the ground. Sometimes we’ll sift through the constant Air Jordan releases to bring you the gems other people will leave on the shelves, and sometimes we’ll slide on reclaimed leather loafers from Prague, but we’ll always focus on comfortable shoes with appealing and creative aesthetic. So lace up your new kicks and stand on the precipice of adventure, where will we go together?If there’s one thing Kanye West does well, it’s making a lot of noise, and that’s just what he’s done by pairing up with the rocket ship that is Adidas Originals. While the first sneaker launch in their collection together, the Yeezy Boost 750 (the grey pair in the back of the picture below), made waves by being limited, the second launch is trying something different – releasing in greater numbers.Let’s be clear, these shoes are going to sell out, and they’re going to sell out fast – like Watch the Throne tour tickets fast. While Adidas is no stranger to limited releases, or collaborations with musicians, the sheer magnitude of this release is a change from the norm for the sportswear brand. It’s normally easy to walk into an Adidas store and pick up any of the new releases, or re-released classic kicks and clothing.The Yeezy Boost 350 is a low top shoe with a simple silhouette. The upper is composed of a single piece of textured, black and white graphic pattern, with matching patterned laces. A suede arch bears the YZY branding that’s now become a trademark of the collaboration with ‘Ye, and the outsole provides the Boost portion of the name, with a special ridged pattern on the outside edge and bottoms.Whether or not your opinion of the Yeezy Boost 350 is affected by your love (or hatred) of Kanye, the Boost outsole is no gimmick. It feels like no other shoe you’ve owned, with a springy, spongy feel that’s designed for running, but is comfortable and supportive even in casual settings.If you’re interested in picking up a pair of these coveted kicks, you can try one of the shops below which are all confirmed to be receiving an unknown number of pairs, as confirmed by sneakernews. You should know if you do try to pursue the release that many stores will be running raffles to keep things fair, so check ahead of time to make sure you can get in on the action.Adidas Flagship (NYC, Chicago, Los Angeles)ACD GalleryAddict MiamiAntennaAthliesureBaitBBCBlends/CarveBows And ArrowsBurn RubberConceptsChamps SportsCity GearClicksCreamCrossoverDTLREastbayEast Dane/Shop BopEblensEpitomeExtra ButterFoot LockerFinish LineJimmy JazzJ2 / SneakerBox (Vancouver, Canada)Kicks USAKick Sole ProviderKITH NYCLeadersLivestock CanadaLESS 17 (Calgary, Canada)MACHUSMajor DCMoe’s Sneaker SpotNice KicksNotreOnenessOpening CeremonyPac SunPacker ShoesPoliticsPremierPrivatePuffer RedsRoc n SoleRoden GreyRSVP GalleryShelmar/The VaultShiekh ShoesShoe CityShoe GalleryShoe PalaceSneaker JunkiesSocial StatusSuccezzUBIQUptown MiamiVillaWaltersXhibition Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Men How Often Should You Wash Your Hair? We Asked the Experts
Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the sector is on course for “record -breaking growth” this year.He said that revenue earnings for the first half of the year is estimated at US$1.84 billion, which is an increase of over eight per cent compared to the first six months of 2016.The Minister was addressing Wednesday’s (July 26) session of the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston.The country welcomed 2,165,330 visitors up to the end of June this year, which is 3.9 per cent higher than the corresponding period last year.For the first two weeks of July there were 104,098 stop over visitors – a massive 14.9 per cent increase over the same period in 2016.The strong sector performance since the start of the year builds on the successes of 2016, when the sector expanded by an unprecedented four per cent, and welcomed over 3.84 million visitors in total.Gross Foreign Exchange Earnings for the period amounted to US$2.55 billion up 6.2 per cent, with stopover arrival earnings of US$2.4 billion, representing a 6.1 per cent increase; and cruise passenger earnings of US$148.6 million, up eight per cent.In spite of these prolific numbers, Mr. Bartlett said the Ministry, its agencies and other key stakeholders are never complacent and “we continue to revamp and intensify our strategies to identify key drivers of competitiveness and sustainable tourism development in Jamaica.”Minister Bartlett noted that tourism remains one of the few labour-intensive sectors and directly employs over 106,000 Jamaicans, and another 250, 000 indirectly, through linkages with agriculture, the creative and cultural industries, entertainment, manufacturing, transportation, finance and other services.Over the last 10 years, tourism has expanded by 36 per cent.Direct contribution of tourism to GDP is estimated at 8.4 per cent while total contribution is estimated at 27.2 per cent of GDP.
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Rabat- Casablanca’s judiciary police have arrested seven individuals suspected of fraud, including three brothers selling forged Hajj visas to pilgrims.According to the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN), the suspects were involved with a criminal ring specializing in fraud and manipulation. They were arrested on August 17 and 18 in Casablanca; Inezgane, near Agadir; and Oualidia village, south of Casablanca near El Jadida.The ring is allegedly engaged in criminal activities: hacking into systems and accessing personal data, such as bank accounts from European countries, to transfer money. In the homes of the suspects, the police found technological equipment and items such as victims’ bank receipts and SIM cards the group used to carry out fraudulent phone calls.The three brothers, Zakaria, Abdelkarim, and Yassir Asenghour, have allegedly distributed fake moujamala (Hajj visas) and fake plane tickets for pilgrims heading to Saudi Arabia.Abdelkarim allegedly produced a total of 200 falsified visas for the fake passports provided to him by another accomplice, Mohamed Ouchen. The visa forger and passport forger allegedly received MAD 1.3 million and 1.4 million in exchange for their forgeries.The DGSN reports that on the eve of Ramadan, Abdelkarim sold plane tickets to Ouchen for umrah (the pilgrimage to Mecca performed at any time of the year). However since some of the tickets were cancelled, Abdelkarim promised to compensate Ouchen for the loss by making fake moujamala visas.The suspects were all placed in custody under the supervision of the public prosecutor for further investigation.
Cheick Sidi Diarra, the UN High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS), told the opening of a regional review meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, that there was no fundamental change in the position of the poorest countries. “Although they represent about 15 per cent of the community of States, their share of world exports has remained well below 1 per cent,” Mr. Diarra said. “Their unsustainable external debt continues to mount due to a combination of low productivity, low return on investment and slow export growth.” Dozens of experts in transport, planning, infrastructure development and customs organizations are attending the Addis Ababa meeting, held to chart the progress so far towards the Almaty Programme of Action, a 2003 plan spelling out specific measures to help landlocked and transit developing countries overcome their geographical handicap. Mr. Diarra, who is also the UN Special Adviser on Africa, told the meeting that continent’s landlocked countries were in a particularly dire situation. Transport costs are especially high, with less than a third of all roads being paved and road density only half that of Latin America. Increased investment in transport, storage and communication is needed in landlocked and transit countries, he stressed, as many such States are unlikely to meet the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the due date of 2015. Abdoulie Janneh, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), warned that soaring fuel prices were exacerbating the problems faced by many businesses on the continent. “High transaction costs arising from numerous checkpoints, inefficient payment systems and insurance mechanisms, excessive paperwork and obsolete systems further compound this situation,” he said. 18 June 2008Landlocked developing countries remain marginalized in the global economy, despite increased development aid, debt relief and greater access to international markets, the United Nations envoy for the world’s poorest nations said today.
Norfolk County’s latest round of Community Improvement grants includes $20,000 for the installation of an elevator at the new location of The Good Bread Company in Vittoria.The Good Bread Company is renovating the former Baptist Church at 13 Lamport Street as part of a pending expansion. The total value of the elevator project is $77,000.Six other local businesses have qualified for funding under the Community Improvement Plan. They are:Black Creek Music: Black Creek Music at 1562 Old Brock Street in Vittoria will receive a building façade improvement grant worth up to $4,585. The total value of the project is estimated at $35,000. Lanny’s Fine Art Gallery in Simcoe: The business on Kent Street South in Simcoe will receive a grant of up to $5,100 under the building façade program. Total value of the project is estimated at $22,120. 2100055 Ontario Inc. (Adam Choi): The Ontario numbered company will receive a building façade grant of up to $3,940 to improve the entryway at 16-20 Robinson St. in Simcoe. Total value of the project is estimated at $7,800. Delhi Radio on Church Street West in Delhi will receive a landscaping, signage and property improvement grant of $1,335 for sign improvement. Total value of the project is estimated at $3,020. McKay Holdings in Simcoe will receive a landscaping, signage and property improvement grant of up to $250 for an accessible ramp on property located at 23 Peel Street. Total value of the project is estimated at $500. Dover 13 Wines & Spirits will receive a structural improvement grant of up to $15,000 for an on-farm diversified use. This one involves converting a barn into a winery on property located at 455 Radical Road, Simcoe. Total value of the project is estimated at $69,100. The $50,206 in grants to be disbursed in 2019 is projected to leverage additional private investments totaling $214,537. This represents a multiplier effect of 400 per cent, Norfolk County said this week in a news release.The remaining funds in the $95,000 budget are allocated as tax increment grants to Van Amerongen & Son for $34,273 and 2364112 Ontario Ltd. (Greenfield Dental Centre) for $7,147. Both businesses are located in Simcoe.CIP incentives have proven popular with small businesses in Norfolk County. Several applicants were not funded from the latest allocation because the budget was depleted.Subject to funding from Norfolk County, grants are available for architectural design, environmental remediation, structural improvements, building facades, agricultural building and facilities, residential conversions and rehabilitation, landscaping, signage and property improvement, building permit fees and planning application fees.Depending on the program, non-residential projects are eligible for incentives that apply to properties in urban, hamlet, lakeshore and agricultural areas.Community Improvement Plans target areas in transition or in need of repair, rehabilitation and redevelopment. They stimulate private sector investment through municipal incentive-based programs.The CIP in Norfolk is a key component of the county’s strategy to revitalize its downtown cores.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com
Penn State freshman punter Blake Gillikin (93) and OSU redshirt sophomore wide receiver Terry McLaurin (83) rush towards the ball after a blocked punt in the second half of the Buckeyes game on Oct. 22. The Buckeyes lost 24-21. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — For weeks, much of the talk for the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl has been about the offensive and defensive capabilities of both No. 3 Ohio State and No. 2 Clemson. However, there has been little discussed in terms of special teams, the unit that the Buckeyes take extremely seriously. Kerry Coombs, the secondary and special teams coach for the Buckeyes, has a knack for coaching some of the best special teamers in the nation year after year. According to him, the effort of his gunners and kick coverage unit could make the difference in a game as evenly matched as OSU versus Clemson.“I think they’re very, very good just like I think we’re very, very good,” he said. “I think there’s going to be a couple of areas in the game … I know that their national championship game last year hinged on some big special teams plays. I think that our kids are extremely well prepared, and I know that there’s are too. So, it’s going to be a lot of fun. I think it will be a factor in the game.”One of the biggest weapons on Coombs’ special teams unit is senior punter Cameron Johnston. Johnston, a native of Melbourne, Australia, who has been punting for the Buckeyes for four years now, and is in his fifth year with the team.Averaging a career-best 46.2 yards per punt in 2016, the Australian born punter has a few goals in mind against Clemson. The most prominent of those goals is limiting the returning ability of the Tigers’ returners.“You never know how many times you’re going to punt, but when you do, you got to make sure it’s in the right area,” Johnston said. “If you get zero return yards for the day, you’ve had a good day.”While netting zero return yards on punts has a lot to do with how the ball is kicked and the trajectory it takes before striking the turf the proper way, having help from teammates is necessary to limiting return yardage. Wide receivers like redshirt sophomore Parris Campbell and Terry McLaurin have been instrumental on kick coverage success, playing predominantly at the outside coverage positions.The players at those positions, known predominately as “gunners,” are known for their speed and athleticism, as well as the ability to hunt down the ball and bring down the returner quickly, or forcing him towards the middle of the field. For McLaurin, the chance to cut his teeth as a special teamer has resulted in his development as a well-rounded player.“You kind of get your feet wet playing special teams,” he said. “Once you start making plays on special teams, you’re going to be making plays on offense. You see it all the time with guys coming through this program. That’s what we preach about competitive excellence.”Although the Buckeyes have yet to score on a punt return this year, it is worth noting OSU has not given up a touchdown on a punt either this season. Part of that statistic has to do with McLaurin’s ability, while another part comes down to how well Johnston has played.With a punter like Johnston who is a master at hang-time on punts, as well as a speedy player on the outside to get to the returner quickly, OSU might very well dictate the game. Pinning an offense deep in its own territory is something that Coombs feels could be the difference maker come Saturday.“All the difference,” he said. “And not just big (plays), but just the innate field position difference. If we can gain yards with special forces throughout the game, which is our objective, it doesn’t show up as a big play. But it makes a dent in the scoreboard.”OSU squares off against Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the University of Phoenix Stadium.
Aww. Is there any better way to show your love to that WoWplayer in your life than with a stuffed bi-pedal amphibious beasts? Taverncraft Stein Collection, $39.99 to $189.99 Cataclysm MMO Gaming Mouse, $99.99 What better way to spend the holidays than sipping some nog outof one of these beauties? Choose from the Tankard, the Murloc, the Alliance,the Horde, the Dragon, or the Lich King. Personally, I’d recommend one with atop, so as to avoid spilling beverage on the old keyboard during a WoW drinkinggame. FigurePrints Busts, $69.95 These limited-edition headsets are designed with WoW playersin mind (though they’ll function for non-WoW gaming, as well). They feature anoise-canceling Microsoft, customizable lenses that “can be used to declareyour allegiance to your faction.” The coolest feature of all is the built-in VoiceFXtechnology, which let’s you change your voice to sound like various WoW characters. Talking Murloc Plush Toy, $39.99 Odds are that the WoW player in your life spends a lot ofher time with a hand on her mouse. This mouse from Steel Series borrows adesign scheme from Deathwing the Destroyer — right down to the spiked buttons onthe side. The mouse works with PC or Mac, has 14 buttons, and four levels ofpulsation. You can customize it to your heart’s content. Creative Sound Blaster Headsets, $119.99 If you really want to wow a WoW fan, check out thesecustomized character busts. FigurePrints takes players’ character data andcreates a customized five-inch 3D bust made out of plaster. T-Shirts $5-$24.99 Is there a World of Warcraft player in your life, but you don’t know the difference between a Mage and Druid? There’s no need to panic as the holiday season swiftly approaches. We’ve got a handful of surefire holiday hits after the jump. Jinx lets players wear their WoW devotion (and class) ontheir sleeves with a huge line of Warcraft shirts, from the serious (World ofWarcraft Horde Spray), to the humorous (World of Warcraft Dalaran UniversityT-Shirt), to the downright artistic (World of WarCraft Murhol Pop Art T-Shirt).
Click here to take the quick Face Up poll for a chance to win an iPod Shuffle. Good got some bad reviews on its December cover from panelists in this month’s FOLIO: Face Up, but let’s not ignore the positives: Laura Wall says it is “contemporary and compositionally interesting.” Unlike Paul Lee, who doesn’t get the monochromatic look, Anthony Ficke thinks the use of a limited color palette “gives the image a chance to stand on its own.” Ficke also likes the profile shot and thinks the use of the equation is a “creative use of text combined with design.” On the negative side, Wall says at first glance she couldn’t even understand what the magazine was about—“a real problem if you are trying to attract a newsstand readership.” It could be. But it took time for Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, the game theorist featured on the cover who uses math to predict the future, to gain respect from much of anyone. Now, his work has been used by the CIA, Fortune 500 companies and the U.S. Department of Defense, according to Good’s article. Maybe, in a way, it’s just harmony of subject and form. What do you think?
14 Photos 0 Facebook Internet Services Tech Industry Post a comment Smart displays let Amazon, Facebook, Google show you answers to your questions Facebook lets you search for ads by page now instead of just keywords. Screenshot by Queenie Wong/CNET Facebook wants to make it easier for you to learn about the ads that flow through the world’s largest social network. On Thursday, the tech giant said it is expanding a public database that will allow people to search for and find information about political ads or those related to issues of national importance in certain countries. Now that database, which is changing its name from the Ad Archive in the US to the Ad Library, will also show all active ads that run on specific Facebook pages. Facebook pages, which look similar to but are separate from individuals’ profiles, are how businesses, groups and public figures set themselves up on the social network. Previously, Facebook users had to visit a page’s “info and ads” section to find the advertisements run by that page. Now people who visit the Ad Library can search for ads by page instead of just keywords. They’ll also be able to report an ad within the Ad Library for violating the social network’s rules. “Shining a brighter light on advertising and Pages on Facebook holds us and advertisers more accountable, which is good for people and businesses,” Satwik Shukla, Facebook’s product manager, said in a blog post. Facebook launched new ad transparency tools last year after facing criticism that the company did little to stop foreign entities from meddling in the 2016 US presidential election. The social network discovered that Russian trolls purchased more than 3,000 ads between 2015 to 2017 to sow discord before and after the election. Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: What’s your relationship… 5:14 Tags Since then, Facebook has been beefing up its efforts to give people more information about ads shown on its site. People who search for political ads are able to see who paid for an ad, how much money an organization spent on an ad, who saw the ad and how many views the ad received. But Facebook’s ad transparency efforts also ran into road bumps. In May, the company kicked in new rules for political and issue ads, requiring advertisers who run those ads to verify their identity and addresses.Some businesses have complained that Facebook has misclassified their ads as political or related to an issue of national importance. Media outlets such as Vice News and Business Insider also found loopholes, showing how the tool could be abused. The publications got approval to publish ads they identified as having been paid for by parties such as Vice President Mike Pence, Cambridge Analytica, the Islamic State and all 100 US senators. Lawmakers then called on Facebook to fix their ad transparency tool. Facebook announced other changes to increase ad transparency.People who visit the Ad Library will be able to check when a Facebook page was created, if it merged with other pages or changed its name. If the Facebook page with a large audience runs political or issues ads in countries where the transparency tool is available, you’ll also see the page manager’s location. This information will also be available in a new section called “page transparency” within Facebook pages.The company is also expanding access to data from the Ad Library so others can analyze political or issues ads. The social network no longer requires certain news publishers to verify their identities or label their ads as political or related to an issue of national importance. In mid-May, Facebook will also be updating a report about political and issue ads on a daily basis instead of weekly. Facebook’s political ad transparency tools first launched in the US, but rolled out to other countries including the UK, Brazil, India, Ukraine and Israel. Facebook also plans to introduce these tools in the EU ahead of the European Parliament election in May. By the end of June, Facebook said it will launch these tools globally.
education minister Nurul Islam NahidUrging the private university vice-chancellors (VCs) to keep their students away from any kind of movement, education minister Nurul Islam Nahid on Wednesday said they should be held accountable for the activities of the students, reports UNB.He made the call while addressing an emergency views exchange meeting with the VCs and pro-vice-chancellors of all private universities at the International Mother Language Institute in the capital.Claiming that the government has already accepted all the nine demands of the students which will be met gradually, Nahid expressed his wonder as to why the private university students staged demonstrations on Monday.”After my meeting with the heads of all educational institutions on Sunday (5 August), students went back to classes. It’s a wonder why students of some private universities staged demonstrations on Monday (6 August). I can’t understand the reason behind their grievances,” he said.The education minister expressed doubt whether the students demonstrated after being instigated by some evil forces.As per the demand of the students, he said, prime minister Sheikh Hasina would soon open work on constructing underpasses in front educational institutions in crowded areas in the city. “Their other demands will also be fulfilled gradually.”Nahid urged the heads of the private universities to make the students understand not to pay heed to any rumour.As the VCs demand unconditional release of students arrested during Monday’s demonstrations, he said actions will be taken as per law against those committed crimes.The education minister, however, said no innocent student will be punished.University Grants Commission (UGC) chairman professor Abdul Mannan chaired the programme jointly organised by the education ministry and UGC.
Who would ever have thought that the golden years of Sam Raimi’s splatstick trilogy would be this busy? We may not have gotten Evil Dead 4 but Bruce Campbell still reigns in the ongoing Ash vs. Evil Dead TV show, and now a tabletop version of what’s (in)arguably the best installment of the series is on the way.Evil Dead 2: The Board Game comes to us from Space Goat Productions, who are known for their line of Evil Dead 2 comics and are seeking to create a tile-based game that’s full of plastic miniatures. The game will offer an experience for 1-6 players that sees them trying to survive a night in the cabin surrounded by ever-changing woods and enemies, offering a different experience every time. The Kickstarter campaign was funded less than eight hours after launching and has now raised over $400k on a $70k goal, showing you just how beloved the series still is. But what made Space Goat think they could handle the intricacies of publishing a tabletop game in the first place?“Comics are all we’ve published so far, but we’ve been a service provider behind the scenes on all sorts of games—online and analog—so from a production standpoint, it’s all very familiar to us,” said game designer Taylor Smith. “Gaming, personally, has always been my first love. I’ve been making and running games since grade school and have self-published a couple online. Having Space Goat’s resources to work with on Evil Dead 2 has been a dream.”Everyone’s favorite hero Ash is playable in little plastic miniature form, but there are five other characters to choose from- including no one’s favorite, Jake. Who really wants to play as anyone else but Ash, anyway?“Most of us making the game have played it so many times now, it doesn’t matter who we play as—blasphemy, I know!” says Taylor. “Hopefully players have the same problem though. Each character is balanced with their abilities and stats and all that, so there are some pretty fun experiences to be had no matter who you pick.”Due to the license Evil Dead 2: The Board Game will focus solely on the characters and events of the second movie, which sadly means that no Deathcoaster or mini-Ash figures will be included. You will work with the other players to find the pages of the series’ infamous Necronomicon Ex-Mortis to end the horror, but as players’ health or virtue is drained they will turn into Deadites, the possessed demons of the series, giving this co-op game a neat traitor mechanic.Ash’s ability is different than anyone else’s. As shown in the movie, he can turn back to human after becoming a Deadite, allowing him to switch back and forth on unlucky rolls of “1” on the die.“[I] may have been a little tricky making Ash turn back and forth between human and Deadite more easily than everyone else,” says Taylor. “Playing as Ash is almost like playing on hard mode. But, I mean, it’s worth it.”GIMMIE BACK MY HAND!Everything you love about the film will be represented here. You’ve got a fruit cellar to explore, mounted deer heads to laugh along with, and in what’s my personal favorite nod to the film, severed hands to fight. Yes, your character’s hand can get possessed, forcing you to hack it off and reveal an unkillable demonic hand, much like Ash’s in the film.“There’s no penalties once you lose your hand because I figured if Ash can dual wield a chainsaw and a shotgun with one hand, it was okay to be a little generous,” says Taylor.You can’t lose both hands but some hilarity can certainly occur if each of the players stumbles upon the event and thus unleashes a horde of pissed-off hands. A call to arms, indeed.But with Bruce Campbell showing up in the game, will there be any references to his other famed movie appearances?“There’s no Sky High or Herbie the Love Bug nods, if that’s what you’re looking for,” laughs Taylor. “We keep pretty focused on .”Bummer. They are promising lots of fun references, though, including some Easter eggs referring to production snafus and the original script. They even will feature some new ones from their comics, including a mini-expansion that sees Ash fighting a Deadite Hitler. Never before has a chainsaw been put to better use.Open It. Quickly.Fans are understandably excited about getting their hands on the game, but there’s already been a delay. The campaign was aiming for a November 2016 release date but over the course of the Kickstarter they realized it was unattainable and pushed it back to Spring of 2017.“Our relationship with the licensor and Studiocanal continues to be really great. The delays came in as they were backed up with a number of their different properties. When we came up with a new date, we wanted a safe range that would account for any additional delays that may come along.”“The happy side effect is that we can use this time to get really picky with the manufacturer as well. We’re very confident in the current release date, but everyone that’s ever made anything knows that delays can come from any unforeseen direction.”Kickstarter backers know that better than most, but we can hope that this stays relatively on time.Dead by dawn! Dead by Dawn!If there’s one thing that the Evil Dead series has taught us, it’s that you can’t stop the Deadites, especially if your hero is as dumb as Ash is. The designers acknowledge this by making it a bit tougher on the humans, who can easily be swarmed by demons, including possessed animals and the living woods itself. It’s going to be hard to win but that much more satisfying when you do because of it.“Winning as Deadites is like getting the evil ending in a video game—it’s still an ending, but it makes you want to dive back in and win it for the humans,” says Taylor. “And, yeah, Deadites winning mean the humans are totally doomed. They win by opening the portal completely and unleashing ultimate evil upon the world, so that’s pretty much the apocalypse.”Just as bleak as Raimi would have hoped.Evil Dead 2: The Board Game is still seeking funding on Kickstarter.
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