TEST OF NERVES

first_imgFor a long time now, Test cricket has been limited to sparse bilateral series. It has turned boring, without context or purpose, and has been constantly criticised for its dragged five-day format. Questions were raised on why one should wait for five long days when other formats like Twenty-20 throw up results for fans in just three hours. The traditional form of cricket, which is far more involved, rests on unfolding drama and uncertainty – yet, it is unable to pull crowds. Test cricket is all about changing tactics that test the skill-set of a player. Only old fans of cricket can cherish the satisfaction that a player derives in the constant battle between ball and bat, only found in Tests. Yet, the charm among fans is dissipating as most stadiums go empty for even the most testing games. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhICC World Test Championship Like world cups in other formats, ICC has introduced the World Test Championship (WTC) to revitalise the popularity of Test cricket. ICC hopes that WTC will push teams to play for something beyond a series result – even the dead rubber matches will gain relevance now. Recently, in an interview, Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli rightly said, “We are awaiting the ICC World Test Championship with great enthusiasm as it adds context to the longest format of the game. Test cricket is very challenging and coming out on top in the traditional form is always highly satisfying.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterICC first came up with the idea in 2009 and the championship was approved in 2010, with plans of hosting the first edition in 2013. But it was postponed to 2017 and later stood cancelled. Finally, the Ashes Series, which started on August 1 between Test cricket’s oldest rivals Australia and England, marked the beginning of WTC. ICC has made some changes in the format to make Tests exciting with this world championship running across two years. The loopy format The top nine teams of ICC Test ranking are participating in WTC. During the two years, a total of 27 series will be organised, where 71 matches will be played. Each team will play in six series of which three will be organised on foreign soil while three will be at home. The top-two teams will play the final at the Mecca of Cricket, Lords cricket ground, in June 2021. However, when we look at the WTC format, it raises some questions. Unlike the recently-concluded ICC ODI World Cup which was played on the round-robin format allowing every team to play equal matches, the number of matches for each team in the Test Championship is different. For example, England will play 22 matches while Pakistan and Sri Lanka will play only 13 matches each. This creates a huge difference while playing to secure a place in the final. Moreover, every team in the championship will bilaterally decide its opponents – indicating a sharp lack of uniformity. India has four of six series against England, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. India’s away series is against Australia and New Zealand, which will not be easy. On the other hand, New Zealand will not have to play teams like England and South Africa, which is a benefit for them. There are many aspects of the World Test Championship, from matches to home-away series and more, that lack uniformity. Though a total of 120 points are up for grabs for each series, match points will differ with the number of Tests being played under one whole series. A series consisting five matches will have 24 points for the winner of each match, whereas a two-match series will have 60 points for the winner. Similarly, points will be evenly distributed in four- and three-match series. Additionally, according to the information given by ICC, both teams will get half the points in case of a tie and on a draw, one-third of the points will be awarded. The maximum number of matches in a series will be five while two will be the least. Moreover, ICC has put the away and home series in the same bracket. Winning a series on foreign soil is considered a mark of quality cricket but in the WTC format, the away victories will be at par with those at home. Suppose Australia beat England 5–0 at their home in the Ashes they will be awarded 120 points. But in the home series to be held next year, Australia may clean sweep Pakistan 2-0, and will still have to be content with 120 points. It means, the team playing more home matches will have the upper-hand. All these issues raise the question of whether Test cricket will be able to really produce an undisputed champion as in the ODI and T20. ICC General Manager Geoff Allardyce, while talking about point sharing, argues, “The general rule of any competition is that every team has to compete for the same number of points. Each team has to play three series at home and three on overseas grounds and we have decided to give equal points for each series.” He also stated that ICC had given another option to participating countries, under which, only the first two matches of any series should be considered a part of WTC and 120 points should be given for these two matches only. But, all countries rejected the second option. New Rules ICC is doing many new things in this World Test Championship to popularise the longest format of cricket. For one, it has made a change in players’ jerseys. According to ICC, now in Test cricket too, numbers along with the players’ names will be written on jerseys. ICC has also made some changes regarding the slow over-rate in games. Until now, there was a rule to cut the captain’s match fees or to prevent him from playing a few matches as a penalty for slow over-rates in a test match. But now, by the new rule, a match fee deduction will apply to all team members. Moreover, two points will be deducted from the team responsible for slow over-rate in matches of WTC. In case the WTC final ends in a draw or tie, both teams will be declared joint winners. However, ICC has also given the option of Reserve Day which will happen only if there is some loss in the total playing time of five days. The total time set for a Test match is 30 hours (six hours daily) in five days. According to ICC, if there has been less than 30 hours of play then that time can be compensated on the sixth day. This rule has been introduced to prevent a repeat of its ODI mistake. If a team cannot play the final simply because its over-rate was slow, then it would be somewhat unfair. That is exactly what happened with New Zealand in the final of the ODI World Cup, when the Kiwis lost simply because they hit fewer fours than England. ICC has also made major amendments in the rule related to a substitute player. According to the new rule, if a player is injured, then another player can be included – who can bowl, bat and keep wickets. Such players will be called ‘Concussion Substitutes’. The decision on substitutes will be made by the medical representative of the team, with the match referee taking the final call. Additionally, the rule says that a new player must be deemed a “like for like” replacement by match officials. For example, if a batsman is injured then only a batsman can replace him and not a bowler. India’s chances India is the leading contender to emerge as the first WTC champion as it is set to launch its bid for the inaugural WTC on August 22 against West Indies in Antigua. India are the number one Test team at the moment. They won their maiden Test series 2-1 Down Under, last December-January, and have been invincible on home turf, not having lost a series since England beat them 2-1 in 2012. But India will have to face a litmus test when they fly to Australia and New Zealand for a four- and two-match series respectively. Turfs Down Under have always posed a challenge for the Indian cricket team. Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav have though lent strength to the Indian pace attack. These will prove to be valuable on the hard and bouncy pitches of Australia and New Zealand. However, India needs to desperately work on its middle-order whose lack of depth has been exposed repeatedly. Other than Virat Kohli, Cheteswar Pujara and Rohit Sharma, no other batsman has yet gained trust. If India aspires to become the first champion, it needs to find a quick and reliable solution to its middle-order jigsaw.last_img read more

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Nova Scotia inmate protest rare and effective national advocate says

first_imgHALIFAX – A national prisoners’ advocate is praising a 20-day peaceful protest by inmates at a Halifax jail as a rare and effective tactic that sets an example for similar efforts at the country’s provincial lockups.Inmates at Nova Scotia Central Correctional Facility, often called the Burnside jail, joined a prisoner strike in the United States on Aug. 21.A group in the prison prepared and circulated their 10-point plan for basic improvements in health care, rehabilitation, exercise, visits, clothing, food, air quality and library access.By the time the legislature resumed sitting on Thursday, the prisoners’ petitions had gained widespread media coverage and political responses as a group of advocates, lawyers and community leaders outside the facility circulated their requests.The protest is set to conclude this weekend.Kassandra Churcher, national executive director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies, says the inmates’ strategy has been noticed nationally as an innovative way for provincial inmates to gain public and political attention for their grievances.“This is unusual. It’s good to see that sense of community, solidarity and focus being prisoner-led,” she said in a telephone interview.“It speaks to their ability to mobilize around their common concerns … It’s powerful,” she said.Emma Halpern, the regional director of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia, said the campaign has resonated because it has made requests ordinary citizens can relate to, such as better access to family visits.The prisoners argue the visits should be possible given that recently purchased body scanners have drastically reduced the risk of contraband smuggling.“I think most people would feel that mothers and children should have regular contact. It’s the best thing for our society and it’s essential for rehabilitation and reintegration,” said Halpern.Justice Minister Mark Furey responded to some of the items on the list on Thursday, and though he made few firm commitments, he told reporters “it’s important we have these discussions and ensure the rights of those incarcerated in our facility are respected.”Asked about family visits, he said the body scanners have improved the security concerns and may open up an avenue for more visits.“The opportunity to revisit the policy and determine what family visits may look like going forward is a real discussion,” he said.He argued some of the prisoners’ complaints, such as the lack of sufficient air circulation amidst the summer heat wave, are being addressed as the facility is modernized to bring in so-called “direct supervision” — where guards work in closer contact with prisoners.“The renovations with the direct supervision will address the air circulation issues that have been brought to our attention,” he said.He disagreed with the prisoners’ criticisms of their food, saying, “the facility follows the Canada Food Guide. We’re providing nutritional meals in that environment.”In addition, he said that there are no plans to agree to allowing a request for prisoners to have their own clothing due to security concerns around the potential of what he called a “micro economy” in the trade of clothing.He said improvements are being considered for exercise facilities, while noting new outdoor “airing courts” for inmates are under construction, and they will include outdoor exercise equipment.Regarding demands for more rehabilitation programs, the province issued a written release saying six new program officer positions have been created for the facility for this year, and that this fall more programs on addictions, emotion management and trauma will be delivered.“Additionally, we are developing incentive-based programs for inmates as well as having conversations regarding the formation of an inmate committee at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility,” said the release.The prisoners have asked for more timely access to their medication and to medical tests, and for better access to specialists and care for chronic conditions.That has also drawn a response, though no formal commitment to change, from the province’s health authority.Kristen Lipscombe, a spokeswoman for the Nova Scotia Health Authority, said in an email that “healthcare services in correctional facilities should be at the same standard/level as those services that are available in the community.”“We will continue to monitor and respond to feedback we receive from individuals who are incarcerated. We will also continue to monitor our wait times and adjust as necessary with changes to an individual’s health status while they are incarcerated.”She said with nurses delivering medications to offenders up to four times per day, one of the issues is the availability of correctional officers.Sheila Wildman, a law professor at Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law, said in an interview the protest’s results remain uncertain.“This was a success in terms of prisoners having managed, against all odds, to voice their concerns in a way that provoked public debate and awareness about the conditions of their confinement, and eventually provoked a formal government response,” said Wildman, who is a member of the advocacy group East Coast Prison Justice Society.“But let’s wait and see what concrete initiatives come out of this before we pronounce on whether or how it was a success.”Senator Kim Pate, who has participated in a national tour of Canadian prisons, says she believes the conditions in provincial jails are generating rising anger among inmates — and will bring similar prisoner actions elsewhere.“Given the frustration of prisoners across the country, we may well see more such protests,” she wrote in an email.— Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.last_img read more

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Globalization must be harnessed in fight to curb hunger UN agency chief

“There should be a ‘food first’ policy,” UN World Food Programme (WFP) Executive-Director James Morris said, addressing the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Italian Chamber of Deputies in Rome yesterday. “We must first deal with hunger to lay the foundation for growth and development.”Highlighting the relationship between globalization, hunger and poverty, Mr. Morris pointed out that with the number of hungry people increasing each year, the problem must be resolved before any development can be effective.Mr. Morris also pointed to the newly released UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) State of Food Insecurity in the World 2006 to demonstrate shortfalls in reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a globally agreed set of antipoverty targets.“We are less than ten years away from the UN Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the proportion of hungry people, but, up to now, no real progress has been made,” Mr. Morris said. “This goal would require 31 million people to be taken off the list each year, whereas it is actually growing by an average of 4 million annually.”The FAO report indicated that while food security improved in China and Southeast Asia, it drastically worsened in sub-Saharan Africa.Mr. Morris also highlighted Italy’s partnership with WFP, applauding the Italian-funded UN Humanitarian Response Depot in Brindisi as being a successful model for similar rapid response bases opening in Latin America, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. read more

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Wozniak calls for open Apple hardware and software

first_imgEver since Steve Jobs convinced his friend Steve Wozniak in 1976 to sell the Apple I board as a product instead of give it away, Apple has been a company with a closed platform. The original Macintosh had anti-tampering screws, Apple refuses to license its desktop OS, and the iOS platform is famously locked down. After backing off on his promotion of openness in recent years, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is again calling on the company to open up.While giving a talk in Sydney, Wozniak said that Apple could continue to develop the innovative end-to-end solutions it has been famous for while giving developers more access. Specifically, Woz argued that providing a programming interface on the iPad would allow the creation of great new technologies that currently only exist at the fringes of the jailbreak community.Steve Jobs was the driving force behind Apple’s integrated approach. He believed that to create an “insanely great” product, you need to control the whole widget. It was only in Steve Jobs’ absence in the early 90s that Apple dabbled in licensing its MacOS software. Perhaps Jobs’ passing in October of last year made it easier for Wozniak to renew his calls for openness.Wozniak pointed to Apple’s tech rivals Google and Facebook, which run open platforms that give developers plenty of access. Apple makes it difficult to even access data without being completely plugged into its hardware and software ecosystem. While Woz is still an experimenter and engineer at heart, he was careful to clarify his feeling that openness should not be allowed to negatively affect the quality of the product.So the question is, could Apple open up its hardware and software while still creating the cohesive products that saved the company a decade ago? Even if it’s possible, Steve Jobs might have infused too much of his DNA in the company’s leadership for anyone to risk it.via IT Newslast_img read more

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The Gifted Season 2 Episode 9 Recap Coming Together and Falling Apart

first_imgStay on target The midseason finale is the perfect time to draw the disparate storylines back to a single focus. That’s something The Gifted needed as it approached its short winter break. It’s going to be taking the next few weeks off, it needed to leave us eager to pick it back up in 2019. It does a pretty good job of it too. A few of the show’s recent episodes have felt a little disjointed. With characters going off in different directions, not every story felt like it had the same momentum behind it. The midseason finale fixed that, leaving the show in an exciting state before taking a short holiday break.Much of the action this episode focuses on Rebecca. We even begin with a peek into her past for the opening flashback. It’s kind of a letdown to return to the flashback-opening-as-present-day-setup formula after last week’s fun time-jumping episode, but this one’s good enough to make up for it. Like any good X-Men story, even the evil mutants aren’t truly bad. They have legitimate reasons for doing what they do. We see Rebecca as a teenager whose parents are so afraid of her, they flinch when she uses her powers to mush up her breakfast. Apparently she almost killed her teacher at school, but the scene makes it sound like an accident. This was before years of torture and imprisonment made her homicidal. Even knowing what she goes on to do, it’s genuinely sad and affecting to watch her parents call Sentinel Services on her. The scene does such a good job communicating her sense of betrayal.Anjelica Bette Fellini and Percy Hynes White (Photo Credit: Annette Brown/FOX)She’s experiencing that betrayal all over again in the present. Reeva re-captured her and now imprisons her in a dark, constantly moving metal box. The people who saved her are torturing her all over again. Even Andy, blinded by angst though he is, sees the hypocrisy here. He’s disgusted by it, and takes the first opportunity to break his girlfriend out. His fantasies of two young lovers running away together are short-lived, though. She’s already been recaptured once, and she’s not going to let it happen again. When Andy mentions the Inner Circle is all in a meeting together, she immediately goes to kill them all. That’s where things cross a line for Andy. He was able to justify her actions at the bank. She was emotional, it was her first mission, that kind of thing. But this is premeditated murder. Andy sees the choice laid out in front of him and he chooses to protect his friends. They’re goals may be questionable, but Andy doesn’t see that yet, and they’ve generally tried to avoid killing innocent people. So they’ve got that going for them.Andy saves the Inner Circle with a blast that sends Rebecca flying across the room… and landing against a corner hard enough to break her neck. Andy screams in horror when he finds out she’s dead, and for some reason, the emotion doesn’t really land in this scene. It feels a little too rushed. The show nailed the hurt and betrayal of the cold open, but Rebecca’s death, while certainly shocking, didn’t quite land the way it should have. What’s more interesting is the sense that Reeva may have planned this whole thing. She needs Andy for her big security firm hit, and Rebecca’s become dangerously close to stealing him away. Before her death, Reeva ominously talks about a part Rebecca still has to play. Did she set this up? Did she know the torture would cause Andy to free her, while making Rebecca mad enough to kill? She may not have planned for Andy to be the one to deliver the blow, but it’s certainly possible she intended to drive them apart one way or the other.Percy Hynes White, guest star Anjelica Bette Fellini and Grace Byers (Photo Credit: Annette Brown/FOX)Either way, it worked. Andy, convinced by Polaris that the world they’re fighting for is worth it, goes through with the attack. He destroys the servers controlling every mutant prison collar currently in use. That was the goal here. To free every imprisoned mutant. And it looks so cool. It’s a powerful image to leave us on for a few weeks. Not only do we get to see Polaris looking exactly like her father (whom the show still won’t name), we get to see a mutant-powered prison break, complete with a spontaneously combusting prison guard. Should I feel guilty for finding that image so satisfying? Probably. But he was a tool of fascism and thems the breaks. Watching a newly freed mutant light a dude on fire is just cool. Not sorry.What makes the midseason finale work so well is how every story builds to its conclusion at the same time. In the case of the Underground, that led to some unecessary filler drama that I just didn’t care about, but that’s basically where this story’s been all season. It’s a lot of fretting about methods, with Blink justifiably worrying that Thunderbird’s recklessness is putting other mutants in danger. It demonstrably is. That leads Thunderbird to accuse Blink of cheating on him with the leader of the Morlocks for… some reason. Yeah, this feels like it was shoehorned in there because the writers wanted the midesason finale to feel like everything was going wrong. In this case, it felt forced. What worked was the Underground finding out exactly what the Inner Circle’s plan was just as they were carrying it out. And just as a militia of Purifiers led by Jace Turner starts bearing down on them. Yeah, Turner is full a full on supremacist now, which makes it incredibly tense when he finally catches up to the Underground in this episode. Thunderbird draws him away long enough for the others to escape, but Turner pins him to a wall with a truck, and captures him. This ending is a downer, but it saved the Underground story for me. I’m so much more interested in where it goes from here than I was at the start of the episode.Coby Bell and Blair Redford (Photo Credit: Annette Brown/FOX)Even the Struckers’ storyline, which is the most divorced from the others, is intriguing and action-packed. Remember all those uneasy feelings we had last week about Dr. Risman’s research? Surprise! They were totally justified. The words “final solution” are even on her literature. Well, it’s not like X-Men has ever been subtle about its allegories. Reed and Caitlin don’t want to believe it at first, but the doctor starts showing a creepy amount of interest in the connection between Lauren and Andy, and how it relates to the Von Strucker twins. When finally confronted with the truth, the Struckers decide to destroy all the research, and I frankly can’t think of a better family bonding activity. Risman isn’t under any illusions about what she’s doing, either. She certainly thinks her goals are noble, but she knows she’s trying to wipe out mutants from the Earth. What she didn’t take into account was how many of her employees, whom she’s “helped,” wouldn’t agree with her solution. Her lab assistant rips off his inhibiting device and his screams bring down the lab while the Struckers escape.Ken Kirby and Natalie Alyn Lind (Photo Credit: Annette Brown/FOX)Not every moment of the episode was great, but each story came together so well, I’m a little sad we have to wait even a month for more episodes. What really made it work was how the episode cut between the climaxes of each story right at the end. Yes, we’ve seen this exact trick used before in countless shows, but it still works when it’s pulled off right. The stories are drawing back towards each other, and they all have momentum behind them now. It’s looking like that’ll carry through into the season’s second half too. With all the imprisoned mutants free, The Inner Circle’s real plan is about to commence. We’re all going to find out what that is in 2019.The Gifted airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on Fox.Previously on The Gifted:The Gifted Season 2 Episode 8 RecapThe Gifted Season 2 Episode 7 RecapThe Gifted Season 2 Episode 6 Recap ‘The Gifted’ S2 Finale Recap: Death, Destruction & Hope for Season 3’The Gifted’ Season 2, Ep 5 Recap: The Reunion We’ve Waited For last_img read more

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Review Astral Chain Is the AntiBayonetta

first_img ACAB. That’s my one word review of Astral Chain, the new cop action game on Nintendo Switch. It’s an acronym that stands for “Astral Chain is the Anti-Bayonetta.” I don’t mean that in terms of quality (although, spoilers, I do think Bayonetta is a better game). Rather both of these Platinum Games titles start at the same source and then diverge in opposing philosophical directions.I praised Bayonetta 2 as a perfect flawless shining diamond of a video game. And it pulled that achievement off by stripping away everything that got in the way of its exquisite raw combat mechanics and ludicrous violent camp aesthetic. But Astral Chain is overflowing with gameplay ideas and chains them all together into a single package. Most of these ideas are good, great even, but the kitchen sink approach results in more awkwardness than I would’ve expected from a developer this famous for polish.In Astral Chain you play as a police officer who fights alongside monsters chained to your arm called Legions. Everything in the game comes down to exploring these conceits to their logical conclusion, obsessing over them with very Nintendo-like passion. Even the anime theme song story, which mostly just made me glad I finally watched Neon Genesis Evangelion and could understand the references, does little more than provide justification and set up an effectively moody urban noir cyberpunk atmosphere. The bump down to 30 FPS lets the game pile even more vibrant visuals effects with its slick cel-shaded art style.Let’s start with the Legions. The combat here is still recognizably Platinum. You do a lot of dodging and quickly switch between different weapons like guns and batons. But your Legion changes your entire approach to fights. They act semi-autonomously, lashing out at nearby foes. But you can also manually guide them. Already the strategic options open up exponentially. Team up against one big foe. Split your attention to control crowds. The chain binding you two together is also a weapon. Clothes-lining or physically wrapping up a monster by spinning the analog stick is the most fun virtual lassoing I’ve done since Red Dead Redemption 2. It also has shades of Platinum’s underrated Wii U game The Wonderful 101.The specifics of each Legion matter, too. Over the course of the campaign you’ll unlock five different varieties to switch between: all-purpose Sword, projectile-based Arrow, strong Arm, wily Beast, and defensive Axe. Along with their own innate strengths and weaknesses you can upgrade legions with accrued currency and teach them new cooldown skills. They’re like action game versions of Xenoblade Chronicles 2’s Blade companions. You can even change their colors and clean them off in your little Resident Evil 2 police HQ. It would be cute if they weren’t so creepy looking.But wait there’s more! Legions come in handy even when you aren’t fighting, and you spend a surprising amount of time in Astral Chain not fighting. The game fully commits to the idea that you’re a cop, drawing influences from the Batman: Arkham games or Ace Attorney or Yakuza. Nier: Automata may also provide some context for this greater shift towards action-adventure RPG from Platinum. However, while the gameplay variety is admirable, it’s in these exploratory phases where the game gets much more inconsistent.A lot of it is fun. Legions have various powers you’ll need to solve various environmental puzzles. Detect and slice through invisible energy currents to sever connections with the Sword legion or have the Beast legion sniff objects to track targets. And again the chain is a useful tool in and of itself. Send your Legion to a faraway platform and pull yourself towards it like a 3D version of Ice Climbers. A lot of the game takes place in an Astral Plane dimension that’s trippy and beautiful but also graphically repetitive. Fortunately, the different ways you’re asked to navigate this realm help it feel fresh.Unfortunately, evenly mixed in throughout the clever ideas are bits that just feel like padding. Investigating the hub levels is weird in a cool way. They’re nifty to look at. You have to obey traffic and can use the toilet. The side quests are also a fine diversion, classic cop tasks like finding lost cats or eavesdropping on perps. But I don’t want to track down and talk to literally every NPC to hear enough clues to solve a logic puzzle that doesn’t actually matter. It kills the pacing.Worse are the sections where the game’s complicated dual-character controls, while fine for combat, just can’t keep up with whatever new thing it wants you to do. After a fantastic boss battle that felt like the end of the game, I suffered through a fiddly precision platforming sequence and a forced stealth section that were among the worst things I’ve played all year. I can’t imagine playing the optional two Joy-Con co-op mode even with highly forgiving adjustable difficulty.It feels like Platinum is trying to address the complaint that their games are too short. But the purity and speed of Bayonetta makes its fun to replay over and over. There are parts though from my 15-hour Astral Chain play session I never want to slog through again.Still, Astral Chain’s failures in a way make it feel like an even more fascinating essential part of the Platinum Games canon. You can’t grow without pain. And I’ll still take anime cops over real cops every time. ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Shoji aware Lukaku is not the only threat in the Belgium

first_imgAhead of the last-16 clash between Japan and Belgium, defender Gen Shoji said he is up for the challenge and is well aware what exactly he needs to be prepared for.Even though Lukaku might be Shoji’s direct opponent in the fixture, he is not Belgium’s only attacking option. Eden Hazard and Dries Mertens are just some other names who could easily find the back of the net of Japan’s goal.“I do feel I will be faced with Lukaku quite a lot. In preparation of the match, I think I have to overcome him mentally,” Shoji said, according to FourFourTwo.“Yes, we are facing Belgium, a formidable foe, but I’d like to be mentally prepared.”Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.Akira Nishino, manager of Japan, said he has already talked with Eiji Kawashima after some not normal mistakes the goalkeeper made in the group stage.“He’s a perfectionist,” Nishino said.“[After] the first and second matches, I actually had a chat with him, personally. His position, his play, we discussed for quite a long time. ”“He’s the only one who’s played as a goalkeeper in Europe. And he self-analysed his play very well.”last_img read more

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The UCL and Real Madrid are inseparable says Solari

first_imgLos Blancos boss Santiago Solari believes the European competition is part of the club’s history and go hand by handReal Madrid and Viktoria Plzen will face off tomorrow night in the UEFA Champions League.And for interim manager Santiago Solari, Los Blancos and the European tournament go together.“It’s always very nice, this competition, which is linked to the history of our club, inseparable,” said Solari according to Goal.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“When we hear the Champions League anthem, we all get excited. It’s fantastic to be back in this competition. This is my third game in this role, so I’m very happy that I get a chance [in the Champions League]. I enjoyed it a lot as a player.”“When you look for a solution to a problem in football, it’s never just one thing, it’s step by step,” he added.“We’ve taken two steps, two games. We had to play well to win them, you don’t win games without doing things well, and they were tough games.”“We did a lot of good things in these two games and we have to do what we did well again, but also improve what we didn’t do well. Every team can always improve,” he commented.last_img read more

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Driver stopped after going wrong way on I95 near NW MiamiDade

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Authorities have stopped a driver who was driving against traffic on Interstate 95 in Northwest Miami-Dade.7Skyforce HD hovered above the scene as Florida Highway Patrol troopers spoke with the driver of a black Mercedes-Benz, Friday afternoon.The motorist was heading south in a northbound HOV lane near Northwest 151st Street.Troopers stopped the vehicle and were able to get the driver to turn around.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Elon Musk says Neuralink plans 2020 human test of braincomputer interface

first_img Sci-Tech Tech Industry Comments 5:10 18:28 Neuralink brings the squishier, immensely complicated realm of biology into Musk’s purview. Human brains are famously hard to understand, though computer scientists at companies like Facebook and Google are progressing rapidly at emulating some of how brains work through technology called neural networks, the most practical and promising foundation for today’s artificial intelligence work. One of the most useful aspects of that research is getting computers to understand humans better by processing human speech.But as with his other projects, Musk sees Neuralink as important to civilization.”Even in a benign AI scenario, we will be left behind. Hopefully it is a benign scenario,” in which superintelligent AIs surpass but don’t wipe out humans, Musk said. “With a high-bandwidth brain-machine interface, I think we can go along for the ride and effectively have the option of merging with AI.”First published July 16 at 8:41 p.m. PT.Update at 11:13 p.m. PT:  Adds details, images and background. Update, July 17: Adds new graphics. Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Elon Musk Elon Musk’s Neuralink wants to hook your brain to a computer… Tags Controlling electronics with your mind! But the long-term goal is to build a “digital superintelligence layer” to link humans with artificial intelligence, a technology he views as an existential threat to humanity.”Ultimately, we can do a full brain-machine interfaces where we can achieve a sort of symbiosis with AI,” Musk said. One goal along the way will be letting people type 40 words per minute just by thinking.Neuralink has the potential to dramatically reshape both computing and humanity — if it and like-minded researchers can persuade regulators and society at large that we should be directly wired to machines. That’s a big if. The challenges are immense when it comes to developing the technology, making it practical and affordable, and convincing people it’s safe and desirable.The startup uses sewing machine-like technology this year to drill small holes into brains and insert super-slender electrodes called threads, steering clear of blood vessels as they go.Neuralink envisions brain-connected chips and accompanying communication wires placed under the skin. A data transfer system would then link to a wearable, removable pod behind the ear that communicates wirelessly with external devices like a phone or computer.Neuralink envisions brain-connected chips and accompanying communication wires placed under the skin. A data transfer system would then link to a wearable, removable pod behind the ear that communicates wirelessly with external devices like a phone or computer. Neuralink; Screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET “We hope to have this, aspirationally, in a human patient by the end of this year. So it’s not far,” Musk said. He acknowledged, though, that approval from the US Food and Drug Administration “is quite difficult.”Brain-machine interface (BMI) technology is active research at competitors and other laboratories. But some worry that Neuralink’s invasive method is risky.Today, some epilepsy patients have dozens of wires inserted to monitor brain activity, said Bin He, head of biomedical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and a researcher who favors noninvasive methods. “In the general population, I could not see how many of such inserted wires into a human’s brain would not cause risks or potentially impair the working of the brain,” He said.Noninvasive methods not only can read brain activity but also stimulate it. That’s easier at the surface, but new breakthroughs show promise for communications with neurons deeper in the brain, He said.Even if Neuralink’s approach works, don’t expect to download the ability to speak French anytime soon. The company’s first goals are dauntingly ambitious, and training the brain to understand the Neuralink signals won’t be easy, either, said Max Hodak, Neuralink’s president and co-founder. “It’s a long process. It’s like learning to touch-type or play piano,” he said.In a research paper — authored by “Elon Musk and Neuralink” but not published in a peer-reviewed journal — Neuralink described progress using its technology with rats. In one case, it laced electrodes into a rat’s brain and fitted it with a USB-C port so the sensor data can be monitored. “This system serves as a state-of-the-art research platform and a first prototype towards a fully implantable human BMI,” the paper says.Thousands of electrodes implanted by robotWith Neuralink’s approach, a robot inserts tiny threads a quarter the width of a human hair. “The threads are about the same size as a neuron,” Musk said. “If you’re going to stick something in your brain, you want it to be tiny — approximately on par with the things that are already there.”On this rat, Neuralink's sensor chip connects to the outside world with a USB-C port. On humans, the plan is to communicate wirelessly so there won't be a cable plugged into your skull.Enlarge ImageOn this rat, Neuralink’s sensor chip connects to the outside world with a USB-C port. On humans, the plan is to communicate wirelessly so there won’t be a cable plugged into your skull. Neuralink A “wisp” of 1,024 threads attach to a small chip, up to 10 of which will be embedded under your skin. Each will connect wirelessly to a wearable, detachable, upgradable “pod” behind your ear that communicates wirelessly with a phone. “The interface to the chip is wireless so you have no wires poking out of your head. It basically Bluetooths to your phone,” Musk said.The installation takes place through holes 2mm wide, temporarily expanded to 8mm, then glued shut, Musk said. Among the company’s challenges are developing electrodes that will last “many decades,” but “getting the right coatings is a tough materials science problem.” The human brain is not a hospitable environment.Electrodes read and write brain dataNeuralink is designing its electrodes not just to “read” from neurons what’s going on in the brain, but also to “write” signals into the brain. “You can use this technology in the brain to restore a sense of touch or vision,” said Neuralink scientist Philip Sabes.Connections to the motor control parts of the brain also could help people with brain disorders, Sabes said.Neuralink's N1 sensor chip, measuring 4x5mm in its present incarnation, can detect spikes of neural activity and send signals back to the brain.Neuralink’s N1 sensor chip, measuring 4x5mm in its present incarnation, can detect spikes of neural activity and send signals back to the brain. Neuralink; Screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET “A person could imagine running, dancing or even kung fu,” Sabes said, with the Neuralink connection controlling their 3D avatar in a digital realm. “Ultimately, if and when technology for spinal cord nerve or muscle stimulation gets far enough, it could be used to restore that individual’s control over their own body.”Neuralink hopes its procedure will be safe and easy enough that people will choose to undergo it. “This should be safe enough that it can be an elective procedure,” said company neurosurgeon Matthew MacDougall.In tests so far, “we’ve been able to rapidly place thousands of electrodes into the brain without any bleeding,” MacDougall said. That’s because the electrodes are small — far smaller than the deep-brain stimulation electrodes that currently come with about a 1-in-100 risk of causing bleeding in the brain, he said.In an era dominated by tech giants that have succeeded through computing hardware, software and services, Musk stands out as an entrepreneur who’s got a knack for other parts of the physical world — things like electricity, rocks and gravity. Musk is pretty busy. He’s got Tesla, which makes electric cars and trucks, massive electric power storage batteries and solar roofs. He’s got SpaceX, which is launching satellites — including its own set for providing internet service — and is working on rockets to get people to orbit, Mars and the other side of Earth. Then there’s the Boring Company, which is trying to create tunnels to relieve automobile congestion on ordinary roads. Neuralink plans to test its brain machine interface technology with four of its N1 chips installed under patients’ skin. Neuralink; Screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET Neuralink, Elon Musk’s startup that’s trying to directly link brains and computers, has developed a system to feed thousands of electrical probes into a brain and hopes to start testing the technology on humans in in 2020, Chief Executive Elon Musk revealed Tuesday. And it’s working already in animal tests. “A monkey has been able to control a computer with his brain,” Musk said at a San Francisco livestreaming the presentation on YouTube Tuesday, revealing even more research results than the company’s scientists expected.Neuralink’s initial goal is to help people deal with brain and spinal cord injuries or congenital defects, Musk said. The technology could help paraplegics who have lost the ability to move or sense because of spinal cord injury — a medical treatment that’s a lot less shocking than radical sci-fi ideas like “consensual telepathy.”  Now playing: Watch this: 23 Photos Every Elon Musk project right now 6last_img read more

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Sullivan Reports Almost 12M In Donations In 2nd Quarter

first_imgIn the U.S. Senate race, it appears Republican candidate Dan Sullivan is sustaining his fundraising momentum.Download AudioHe reports nearly $1.2 million in donations for the second quarter of the year. That makes three straight quarters for him where contributions exceeded $1 million. Incumbent Senator Mark Begich reports raising only slightly more for the quarter. Sullivan’s contributions come primarily from out-of-state, but his campaign says he raised almost $200,000 of his money in-state during the previous three months. Tuesday is the federal deadline for campaign finance reports covering April through June. Republican challengers Joe Miller and Mead Treadwell have not yet announced their totals.last_img read more

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ABVP claims school bandh successful

first_imgLB Nagar: ABVP Secunderabad convener Jeevan said educational institutions bandh was successful in LB Nagar, Secunderabad, Ameerpet and Mehadipatnam on Friday. He said both private and government institutions supported the bandh. Students will have bright future if ABVP demands for academic year 2019-20 are met. He demanded the state government to implement fee regulation act. “Sale of books, uniforms in private schools should be banned. Corporate institutions should have 25 per cent seats reserved for students belonging to weaker sections. There should be full stop for donations in private schools. Vacant posts of HM, principal, MEO and DEO posts should be immediately filled,” he added.last_img read more

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Security guard dies in Nganj UCBL fire

first_imgA branch of United Commercial Bank (UCBL) in Tanbazar area in Narayanganj catches fire early Sunday.A man died in a fire at a branch of United Commercial Bank (UCBL) in Tanbazar area of Narayanganj early Sunday.The deceased, Selim Mia, 43 was a security guard of the bank.Witnesses said, the fire originated from the second floor of UCBL office in Padma City Plaza of Narayanganj at around 4:30am, and immediately engulfed the entire floor.On information, nine units of fire service from Dhaka and Narayanganj rushed to the spot and brought the fire under control after more than two hours of hectic efforts.One of the fire service man, Amirul, 35, was injured during the rescue operation. He was sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital in a critical condition. Fire service units also rescued 30 to 35 people trapped in the rooftop.Narayanganj fire service deputy assistant director Mamunur Rashid confirmed the incident and said short circuit may cause the fire.last_img read more

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This Clever YouTuber Made a Kitchen Knife Out of Pasta

first_img How AMC’s ‘The Terror’ Uses American History to Delive…33 Killed in Suspected Arson Attack on Kyoto Animation Studio in Japan Stay on target Cooking utensils are a dime a dozen, and you can buy some of the very best to prepare fresh meals for you and your family. You can spend a lot of money on them, especially a great set of knives, which are integral to a well-stocked kitchen. But so often, they’re made out of boring things like stainless steel or some other kind of metal, even ceramic. How lame is that? Wouldn’t you rather have a knife that’s made out of something better, maybe even something edible…like pasta?That’s what Japanese YouTuber Attoteki Fushinsha no Kiwami has done, having crafted a pair of pasta knives, which are literally knives made out of delicious pasta. In the video below, you can see his methods, where he take dried pasta, places it into a blender, uses the powder to place into a bowl, and then adds more flour and water. The next step is to roll up the mixture in a flat sheet, vacuum seal it, then form it into a knife shape. The microwave bakes it nicely next, and then it must dry for an entire week.There’s another method to make a similar knife too, which Attoteki Fushinsha no Kiwami also tries out by making a silicon mold shaped like a regular knife and then pour the pasta mixture into the mold. The vacuum sealing, microwaving, and drying is done from there, and it turns out a gorgeous-looking pasta knife.It can cut through a ton of different things, which is pretty crazy when you think about both how it was made and how simple its origins are. When you’re done cutting things with it, you can even eat it, as this YouTube does after slicing up a tomato and stabbing a box.It’s pretty crazy to see a creation like this come to fruition from start to finish, but it’s totally awesome. You could potentially make an entire set of kitchen utensils using this same method! Time to get creative.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Exhibhiting a new beginning

first_imgThe summer is beating down long and hard on the capital of India. Majority of people run off to the mountains to escape summers by taking holidays or gather in evenings and arrange fun things to do.Artz Fine Arts gallery will soon be giving the art lovers in Delhi something to look forward to in this sweltering weather. The gallery brings their unique concepts together in an exhibition titled  Tabula Rasa. The term Tabula Rasa is a term from Latin vocabulary. The term meaning ‘clean slate’ or effectively a ‘new beginning’.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This exhibition is one of the first of its kinds to happen and  will kick off in September with a preview taking place this month. The exhibition has been well  planned to promote the upcoming talents in visual arts.Tabula Rasa will showcase ten shows in ten weeks’ time; every week will have seven different artistes from all over the nation and from across the globe. Regarding the show, the gallery director Manoj Sejwal said, ‘This gallery is entirely a new venture for me, being a Delhi guy and based in Lado Sarai I have always observed different galleries promoting artists and their talents, but somewhere I felt a bleak about those who never got a chance to be a part of it.’  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘My idea of this gallery and this show is to promote and do art for arts’ sake’.‘All ten shows will have curated approaches regarding their display and montage,’ says curator Debabrota Das. Moreover the market is not about branded works, it’s all about good works just like this show.’ he added.The first show of Tabula Rasa is planned in July and the participating artistes in this show are Gazal Alagh, Meena Laisaram, Ritu Singh, Ritu Gupta, Shiv Kiran, Kamal Nath, Shagun Mohindra,Tanushree Singh and Sheetal Gulati. The show will exhibit a variety of art forms such as mediums like paintings, sculptures and photography.To give it a formal start, the gallery has arranged for a wine and cheese evening on 19 July.  The evening will witness  eminent TV actor Ashok Pandey, artists Asit Kumar Patnaik and Jagganath Panda who will open the show. So mark your calenders and head over!last_img read more

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My Mangolicious lunch

first_imgTired of summers and the scorching heat in the month of June, all I wanted was to go back home from work and eat the chilled mangoes which I kept in the fridge before leaving for office.This was my daily routine, all the summers and then one day I was invited by Cafe Knosh in Leela Ambience Convention Hotel, Delhi, to taste their exclusive ‘Mangolicious’ menu. It is then when I realised that there is a lot more scope with mango as an ingredient than just having Its slices. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBefore going to the venue, I was totally unaware of what will be served to me. But trust me, my eyes were wide opened and mouth started watering when I saw the meticulous range of dishes – from appetizers to the main course – covering different kinds of rice and roti preparations to desserts. The welcome drinks varied from a very basic ‘Mangotini’, which was more like a pulpy fruity with slices of mango in it to a very unique amalgamation of coconut and mango in ‘Mango coconut chia cooler’. The mocktail menu was an assemblage of three more drinks besides Mangotini and Chia cooler. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveNow that the body temperature was normalised and we started to talk, a starter was served in front of us – which was Raw mango stuffed aranchi with sweet mango aioli. Maybe, the name is too big and confusing, but the way it was presented was immensely appealing to my eyes.Enlisted in the menu were the other four starter items out of which I liked ‘Ambi pudina ki machhli’ and ‘Aam ke kaliyan waale jhinge’. Personally, I didn’t like the ‘fried chicken’ and ‘Mango chilli potato’ there, as the taste was very basic and boring. The main-course menu out-stood the charts as the chef had very wisely chosen the dishes and balance of taste and presentation were quite visible.You won’t believe me if I tell you that I had ‘Mango Noodles’ as my lunch. Will you? Well, they were amongst the best noodles I have ever had in my life.I am not a big fan of eating fish, but the chef at Cafe Knosh made me fall in love with his second recipe of ‘fish’ when I had the first bite of ‘mango fish curry’ with rice. The fish was so soft and the curry had a perfect balance of spices in it. I would give that curry a perfect 10/10. Also, the Pancha Manga curry, a South Indian mango curry served with nice was okay in taste but the mongo fish curry stole the show.I literally held my tummy and said “I cannot eat anything else. ENOUGH!” when a very subtle and alluring platter of deserts was kept on my table and the chef asked me to try it.I swear that even if the chef had not asked me to eat it, I had already made my mind to dive into the beauty and experience its taste.Now, that I had the mango mousse and cupcake in Cafe Knosh, I would not be able to try any other mango dessert without comparing it with the one I just had!It was so delicious and pleasing to my eyes that in no time I ate the whole palate and wanted to ask for more.Overall, I had a wonderful experience and I would definitely love to experiment with the king of fruits, now that I know that it blends with so many things to make a perfect dish.This festival offering plenty of happiness with mangoes will last until June 25.last_img read more

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Caja to offer emergency care only on Holy Thursday Friday

first_imgHealth and financial services at all 74 facilities of Costa Rica’s Social Security System, orCaja, will operate normally from March 30 to April 1, the first three days of Holy Week, the agency reported on Wednesday.On Holy Thursday and Friday (April 2 and 3) only emergency rooms and hospitalization services will be available.Caja’s Board of Directors asked directors of every health facility in the country to take all measures to ensure that necessary staff will be available to provide health care services during the holy days.Employers scheduled to submit monthly staff insurance reports next week will be able to do so, but only from Monday to Wednesday, as most of Caja’s administrative departments will work only those three days.The same applies for Caja insurance holders needing to collect money from sick leave or licenses.Caja’s administrative officials reminded employers that Holy Thursday and Friday are considered official holidays under Costa Rica’s labor laws, therefore employees required to work during those days must be compensated with appropriate payment or days off. Facebook Comments Related posts:No free dental checkups for self-employed workers who owe the Caja, Sala IV rules Costa Rica’s public hospitals to offer fast HIV screening starting next year Number of obese Ticos has almost quadrupled in four decades Double jeopardy: Costa Rica’s Health Ministry reports 2 people were infected with both dengue and chikungunyalast_img read more

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Chinas finance ministry announced on Monday that

first_img China’s finance ministry announced on Monday that it is raising tariffs on a wide range of U.S. goods in retaliation for President Trump’s decision on Friday to increase duties on US$200 billion of Chinese imports to 25%.The increased tariffs on U.S. imports are set to be implemented on June 1 to allow time for further negotiations.It appears that China is hiking the tariffs on over 4,000 products, according to the finance ministry’s statement. They’re part of US$60 billion worth of US goods that were first targeted last year, when Trump imposed 10% tariffs on US$200 billion of Chinese imports.Some products will be hit with a new tariff of 25%, others will rise to 10% or 20%, while several hundred will be spared, and still only face the current 5% tariff.”On May 9, 2019, the US government announced that since May 10, 2019, the tariff rate imposed on the $200 billion list of goods imported from China has increased from 10% to 25%,” the finance minister said.”The above measures by the United States have led to an escalation of Sino-US economic and trade frictions, contrary to the consensus between China and the United States on resolving trade differences through consultations, jeopardizing the interests of both sides and not meeting the general expectations of the international community.”Meanwhile, China’s Global Times’s editor in chief, Hu Xijin, is reporting that Beijing is considering stopping buying U.S. agricultural products as well. Trump says U.S. will impose tariffs on extra US$30 … Chinese market suffers payment delays, diminishing … Australian table grape season in China “outstandin … You might also be interested incenter_img May 13 , 2019 China may stop purchasing US agricultural products and energy, reduce Boeing orders and restrict US service trade with China. Many Chinese scholars are discussing the possibility of dumping US Treasuries and how to do it specifically.— Hu Xijin 胡锡进 (@HuXijin_GT) May 13, 2019China is also considering slashing orders for new Boeing planes, he adds. If so, that would further ratchet up the trade war.Last year China increased tariffs on a large range of U.S. imports of fresh agricultural products, including cherries, apples, citrus, table grapes and tree nuts.Due to the drastic tariffs spike, the U.S. stock markets opened sharply in the red today, as a wave of selling sweeps through Wall Street.The Dow Jones industrial average has plunged by 480 points as the opening bell rings, a slump of 1.85%. The broader S&P 500 index has lost 1.7% while the technology-focused Nasdaq has lost 2.4% in a nervy start to trading. Canada: With cherry trees in bloom, company foreca … last_img read more

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