Sunil Chhetri extends Bengaluru FC contract till 2021

first_imgBengaluru FC captain Sunil Chhetri put pen to paper on a fresh one-year deal at the Indian Super League (ISL) club, the club announced on Tuesday.The deal, which adds to his current contract at the club, will see the AIFF ‘Player of the Year’ be a part of the JSW Group-owned side until the end of the 2020-2021 season.The 33-year-old Chhetri had earlier signed a three-year deal with the Blues ahead of their move to the ISL last season. Chhetri, who is the longest serving player at the club, spoke of his delight at the extension.”I have always said that this club and these fans have been the most fantastic experience of my life and signing a new deal here is only a way of giving back to a club that has given so much to me. I’ve made some fantastic memories here and I believe there are many more to make,” he said.BOOM! He’s not waiting to let it run out, and skipper @chetrisunil11 has signed an extension to his current contract, keeping him in Bengaluru blue for three more seasons! #Chhetri2021 FC (@bengalurufc) July 24, 2018Having won the club’s ‘Top Scorer of the Year’ award for five consecutive seasons, Chhetri is Bengaluru’s highest goal scorer, with 71 goals in 144 appearances.”It’s special to have Sunil Chhetri play for us. He is, by far, the fittest player around and he has proven so many times that age is just a number,” said Parth Jindal, CEO of Bengaluru FC.advertisement”We are excited to have Sunil the player, more excited to have Sunil the leader and most excited to have Sunil the enigma. His hunger, desire and passion is immense and he is the torchbearer of Indian football.””For us, the club was built around Sunil and continues to do so. We hope he stays for as long as possible at BFC in the capacity of a player and beyond,” he added.Bengaluru FC are currently in pre-season training at their residential facilities in Bellary, following which they will fly out to Spain for a pre-season camp.The Blues’ first competitive match of the season kicks off in less than a month, when they take on Turkmenistan’s Altyn Asyr FK in a two-legged Inter-Zone semi-final of the AFC Cup, on August 22 and 29.last_img read more


first_imgBell ringers manned their posts for the start of the annual Siouxland Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign on Friday.This year’s effort runs now through December 24th.The bell ringers are collecting funds to be used to help Siouxland families in need during the Holidays and year round.The campaign goal has increased this year as the need for services grows.Income from the red kettles make up half of the overall goal of $340,000.The Campaign also includes gifts received from individuals, businesses and organizations.The Salvation Army is in need need of volunteer bell-ringers to fill the 37 area Siouxland retail locations.Individuals and groups are encouraged to sign up to bell ring by going to or by calling 712-255-8836.last_img read more

5pm deadline for Sydney 2009 World Masters Games registrations

first_imgToday is your last chance to sign up for the Sydney 2009 World Masters Games, with registrations for the world’s largest multi-sport event closing at 5.00pm tonight.“We’re ringing the bell for the final lap of the Games registration marathon,” Games Chair Margy Osmond said. “You may have left your run late but there’s still time to grasp the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity the Games provide all sport-crazy adults.“The Games represent an unprecedented chance for everyday people, regardless of their ability in their selected sport, to have the extraordinary experience of taking part in an Olympic-style event in the city responsible for the best-ever Olympics.“To enter the Games people only need to meet the minimum age requirement for their chosen sport, which is as low as 25 years for swimming and diving and no higher than 35 for any of the 28 popular sports on the competition program.“It doesn’t matter how good you are. All that matters is your desire to celebrate being fit, fun and forever young this October with the many thousands of local, national and international sportspeople who’ve signed up for the Games already.”The standard Games competitor registration fee is $220 and includes entry into a sports competition, public transport for two weeks and the opportunity to take part in the largest athletes’ parade ever during the Opening Ceremony at ANZ Stadium.“Not everyone gets to go to the Olympics but everyone aged 25 plus can put up their hands for the next best thing, this year’s Games in Sydney,” Ms Osmond said.“Don’t let the Games begin without you! Register before it’s too late and be part of what’ll be the next unforgettable international sports event in Sydney.”Games registrations are open at Filesdeadline-pdflast_img read more

Panama Canal Reclaims USEC Container Volume Lead

first_imgzoom The Panama Canal this month regained the majority share in terms of overall container transport capacity on all-water routes between the Far East and the US East Coast, according to Alphaliner.Following the completion of the USD 5.25 billion expansion project in late June, the Panama Canal has successfully pushed back the Suez Canal’s incursion into this trade.Now that the old Panama locks’ restrictions have been lifted, the canal is making a strong comeback, regaining much of the all-water market share that was lost to the Suez Canal.The overall all-water weekly capacity stands at 145,600 TEU as at July 2016, for a year-on-year growth of 1.7%. After the launch of the new locks, the Panama Canal’s share of the trade now reaches 57%, compared to 48% at the start of this year.It is expected to increase further over the coming months, as some carriers have yet to up-size their Panama services with Neopanamax and LCS tonnage, while also shifting some of their current trans-Suez services to Panama.In the past few years the route via Egypt had grabbed a substantial market share of Far East – USEC services, as economies of scale and vessel cascading led carriers to deploy 5,500-10,000 TEU ships via the Suez Canal, rather than continuing with classic Panamax units of 4,000-5,000 TEU on the shorter Panama route, Alphaliner said.Despite the increased distances for some China – USEC port pairs, the Suez route made economic sense, as the scale advantages of lager vessels often outweighed the disadvantages of the longer steaming distance.last_img read more

Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation To Match RED Donations To Global Fund

first_imgAt the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland last week, (RED) – the AIDS organization founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver – marked ten years since its 2006 inception at the same location.Founded to create a sustainable flow of private sector money for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and heat around the AIDS issue, (RED)‘s partners, special events and many extraordinary collaborators have generated $350 million for the AIDS fight since 2006. To mark the anniversary and doubling (RED)’s impact, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced that it will match every dollar generated by (RED) for the Global Fund in 2016, up to $50 million.With UNAIDS data showing that mother-to-child transmission of HIV could be effectively ended as early as 2020, América Móvil, Apple, Bank of America, Belvedere, GAP, SAP, Starbucks and The Coca-Cola Company have renewed their partnerships with (RED) in support of reaching this goal, with NetJets, Salesforce and Tradeshift also announcing new partnerships with (RED) to fight AIDS.As the world reaches a critical point in the fight, the impact of (RED) partner money has never been clearer. The $350 million raised by (RED) has impacted the lives of 60 million people with prevention, treatment, counseling, HIV testing and care services. Life-saving ARV medication now costs as little as 30 cents a day in sub-Saharan Africa; it not only saves the lives of mothers living with HIV, but also prevents transmission of the virus to their unborn babies. By getting the medicine to those who need it most, an AIDS-Free Generation can become a reality in as few as five years.“The $350 million (RED) has raised is important — particularly to the people who are alive because of it — but (RED) isn’t just about cold cash, it’s about political heat,” said Bono, cofounder of (RED). “When Bobby Shriver and I started (RED), people said we were mad. We were mad, we were outraged that where you lived would decide whether you lived – and that’s exactly what was happening with the AIDS crisis. But this isn’t a last decade fight, it’s the next decade where we really need to show up and see this off. I’m really touched that in this next year what we raise will be matched by the Gates Foundation. Let’s make sure we get to $100 million.”“Over the past decade, (RED) has enrolled millions of people and dozens of brands in the global fight against AIDS,” said Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “Today’s match will provide the Global Fund with up to $100 million to help save 60,000 lives, prevent 2.3 million new infections and generate more than $2 billion in economic gains for developing countries. That’s an amazing return on investment.”last_img read more

Twitter introduces 360degree video live streaming

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Login/Register With: Twitter is taking another step into getting into live video by introducing 360-degree live streams through Periscope.Anyone on Twitter and Periscope can watch 360-degree live video, though currently only select partners can go live in 360 via Periscope, the company announced in a blog post. While it’s only available for a limited number of partners for now, it makes sense that Twitter would start rolling out a tool like this as live streaming becomes increasingly popular on platforms like Facebook.So, Twitter is trying to release yet another new product as it continues to try to find a new future for itself in 2017. This was a very challenging year for Twitter, which saw itself as the subject of a potential major acquisition before those talks fell apart. Since then, Twitter has struggled to figure out new ways to grow and has only incrementally added new products and features. Advertisementlast_img read more

Head of Iran sanctions monitoring group reports to Security Council

13 June 2008The chairman of the Security Council committee monitoring sanctions imposed against Iran today updated the 15-member body on the number of countries which have reported on their implementation of these measures, and the work carried out by the panel during the past three months. Ambassador Jan Grauls of Belgium told an open meeting of the Council that “to date, the reporting figures are: 89 reports under resolution 1737, 76 reports under resolution 1747, and 51 reports under resolution 1803.”Resolution 1737 of December 2006 banned trade with Iran in all items, materials, equipment, goods and technology which could contribute to the country’s enrichment-related, reprocessing or heavy water-related activities, or to the development of nuclear-weapon delivery systems.In March 2007 the Council adopted resolution 1747, further tightening the sanctions by imposing a ban on arms sales and expanding the freeze on assets.The 15-member body imposed further sanctions against Iran in resolution 1803, adopted in March of this year. These included the inspection of cargo suspected of carrying prohibited goods, the tighter monitoring of financial institutions and the extension of travel bans and asset freezes, over its nuclear programme.Mr. Grauls also reported that the committee now had revised guidelines for its work that incorporated the relevant provisions of the three separate resolutions. In addition, the group consolidated the annexes to the three texts – containing the names of individuals and entities subject to the travel ban, travel notification or assets freeze – into a single list.By resolution 1737 the committee is also tasked with seeking information from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on actions it has taken to implement measures imposed by the resolution, defining the scope of the technical cooperation provided to Iran.In this regard, Mr. Grauls said that the IAEA had informed the committee that no projects had been added to its technical cooperation programme with Iran since the Agency’s February 2007 report, which was updated the following August.Iran’s nuclear programme – which its officials have stated is for peaceful purposes, but some other countries contend is driven by military ambitions – has been a matter of international concern since the discovery in 2003 that the country had concealed its nuclear activities for 18 years in breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). read more

AWS Targets Easier IoT Deployments

IoT is an important component of digital transformation, but it’s certainly not easy. The new IoT-focused services lets customers home in more on process than on creating a whole bunch of code.Tags:News & ViewsAmazon Web ServicesIoTIoT servicestroubleshootingre:InventInternet of ThingsAnalyst InsightCloud CommunicationsDigital TransformationVendor NewsVendor Strategy Articles You Might Like This week at its re:Invent user event in Las Vegas, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced four new services designed to make it easier for businesses to build Internet of Things (IoT) applications and take action on the data generated at the edge. The new capabilities announced at re:Invent 2018 are focused specifically on simplifying the steps required to build rich IoT applications. The services AWS rolled out can be thought of as abstraction tools that mask the complexity of performing those tasks. Specifically, AWS announced the following four services: These new services show a marked difference in AWS thinking. Historically, the company has excelled in making cloud-based tools that hardcore developers can use to build things quickly. While this will always be its core mission, these new services show an understanding that making it easier for customers to use its tools and connect them to other AWS services and third parties can accelerate usage. Nyansa Delivers IoT Operational Assurance Zeus Kerravala April 15, 2019 The IoT era is here and it’s going to take cybersecurity complexity to an entirely new level. Is Your Network Ready for IoT? Gary Audin September 13, 2019 IoT devices come in all shapes and sizes, with varied network requirements. AWS already has a bevy of IoT services, including an operating system, security tools, audit protection, analytics, and others. I’ve talked to a number of customers that use some or all of the IoT services, and the general feedback is that they are good building blocks but there’s still a lot of heavy lifting required to deploy IoT apps. Data ingestion, troubleshooting, analytics, and lots and lots of coding are often required. Aruba Simplifies IoT Adoption with ML Infusion Zeus Kerravala April 03, 2019 New Wi-Fi 6 access points and machine learning-powered device management capabilities to create more manageable and secure deployments. Do Your IoT Efforts Match Up to Successful Initiatives? Gary Audin July 26, 2019 A focus on corporate buy-in and enterprise vision, rather than technology only, is a key success factor. AWS IoT Events is an event/response service that complements SiteWise. It collects data from IoT applications and sensors and looks for anomalies such as a conveyor belt being stuck. Building this functionality in-house requires custom application development, data collection, and the decision logic to trigger actions. AWS IoT Events is a managed service making it easy to detect events across tens of thousands of IoT sensors to measure the state of anything such as humidity, speed, and temperature. For example, if temperature inside a cooler spiked, it could indicate a problem with the door and a message could be sent to a technician to investigate. IoT Events integrates with other AWS services such as IoT Core and IoT Analytics to enable early detection. I mentioned how SiteWise and Events are complementary. The former is focused on understanding the performance of industrial operations, whereas Events monitors equipment changes that trigger alerts to generate an actionable response. AWS IoT SiteWise collects data from sensors on industrial equipment and structures data so it can be used to create real-time key performance indicators (KPIs). Customers can use the data to monitor operations across facilities, simplifying the task of managing industrial IoT equipment at scale. The KPIs greatly simplify the task of monitoring equipment to identify areas that lead to waste, such as the breakdown of equipment, process inefficiencies, and product defects. Doing this manually is difficult, as data lives in silos, requiring a specialist to extract the data and put it in a usable format. IoT SiteWise leverages software on an IoT gateway such as the AWS Snowball Edge gateway or other third-party gateways. IoT SiteWise is offered as a managed service and is currently available in limited preview. Kerravala_AWSIoT_774.png See All in Internet of Things » AWS IoT Things Graph is a service that simplifies the process of building IoT applications. Through a slick drag-and-drop interface, developers can connect different devices and Web services. For example, the below image shows how a hotel could personalize a hotel room when a guest walks through the door. The IoT world is a bit of the wild west today, as there aren’t many widely adopted standards, so getting things from different manufacturers to work together requires lots of custom code. AWS has masked much of that complexity for its customers. The other interesting aspect of this is that businesses can now create IoT applications without requiring a highly skilled developer. The graphical interface enables less technical people that might have a better understanding of business logic to create IoT applications. AWS IoT Greengrass Connectors is a new feature to the AWS IoT Greengrass service. Launched in 2016, Greengrass brings IoT-related services such as compute, machine learning, messaging, and others to edge devices. As the name suggests, the Connectors feature enables Greengrass devices to connect to a wide range of third-party applications such as ServiceNow, Splunk, and Twilio, while securely managing access control and credentials. As an example, a hotel that notices a problem with its HVAC system could connect to Twilio to send a message to ServiceNow that would trigger an alarm and notify a service technician. AWS IoT Greengrass Connectors simplifies the task of connecting to cloud and on-premises applications for logging, diagnostics, maintenance, logistics, and more. IoT_774.png Talking IoT Standards With the Open Connectivity Foundation Gary Audin September 06, 2019 Without standards, interoperability among vendor products and services can limit IoT’s growth. Log in or register to post comments read more

Video Business report with Mike Eppel – Feb 21 2014

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Video: Business report with Mike Eppel – Feb. 21, 2014 business report|Canadian dollar by News Staff Posted Feb 21, 2014 5:54 am MDT The Canadian dollar has hit a four-year low, senior business editor Mike Eppel explains.

Calgary Transit weighs lowincome seniors pass against discount fare

Calgary Transit weighs low-income seniors pass against discount fare Calgary Transit is looking to move towards income based fares that would means low-income seniors could pay quite a bit more to take the bus or train. The service has identified a need to gain $10-million a year in fare revenue to pay for planed service expansion. Under the proposal, low income seniors would see their $15-a-year pass unavailable to any new applicants, allowing instead the 50 per cent discount offered to all low income users of any age. That works out to about $44 per month under today’s pricing.The service would continue for anyone already in the program for as long as they lived in Calgary. The change is part of Calgary Transit’s Strategy and Structure proposal to be discussed with the City’s Standing Policy Committee on Wednesday. The report finds the city’s seniors demographic will more than double its makeup of Calgary’s population over the next 30 years, which would render the very low yearly discount rate unsustainable.The reports also notes, Calgary’s $15-a-year pass offered to low income seniors is the lowest among cities across the country.While all fare rates are expected to rise, the tax-subsidized discount for regular adult fares is expected to remain unchanged.A copy of the Transportation Report can be found here. by News Staff Posted Jun 14, 2014 7:46 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Farmers Market returning to Jubilee Court

Sunshine, fresh produce and the smell of barbecue wafting through the air will all soon return as a weekly lunch hour staple at Brock University.The annual Brock Farmers Market is returning to Jubilee Court beginning Thursday, May 25.The popular event will transform the green space every Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. until September.The market is intended to draw students, staff and faculty out on their lunch break to enjoy some fresh air, good food and the company of the Brock community.Bring a lunch or buy one fresh off the grill.The weekly event will include a barbecue, as well as a handful of vendors selling fruits and vegetables, fresh baked goods and handcrafted items.Live music will fill Jubilee Court each week from noon to 1 p.m., and there will be a variety of outdoor games, including bean bag toss, ladder ball and bocce ball, available for people to play.“The whole idea is to get out of your office for lunch. We’re bringing a backyard barbecue feel to the lunch hour,” said Will Parent, Interim Manager, Conference Services.“It’s a lot nicer having lunch with a live musician, playing some games and socializing instead of sitting in an office,” he said lightheartedly. read more

Mens basketball CJ Jackson 3pointer lifts No 16 Ohio State over Indiana

Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing Editor for ContentBLOOMINGTON, Ind. — As memorable as a season the Ohio State men’s basketball team has had, this one game won’t be soon forgotten.Indiana forward Juwan Morgan made a layup against the potential Big Ten Player of the Year, forward Keita Bates-Diop, with 7.4 seconds left in double overtime, seemingly ending Ohio State’s chances of winning a share of the Big Ten regular-season championship.C.J. Jackson had something to say about that.Taking the ball from the opposite baseline, the junior guard drove down the court and pulled up from 24 feet, released a clean look and hit nothing but net to give Ohio State (24-7, 15-3 Big Ten) an 80-78 lead with 1.6 seconds remaining in overtime to silence the packed crimson-and-cream crowd inside Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.The last desperation attempt from the Hoosiers (16-14, 9-9 Big Ten) fell well short and the No. 16 Buckeyes escaped with a victory in the regular-season finale to preserve their chance at a share of the Big Ten regular-season championship.“It’s been an unbelievable way to cap an unbelievable regular season,” head coach Chris Holtmann said.Jackson finished the game with 13 points. Bates-Diop had 24 points with 14 rebounds and redshirt senior guard Kam Williams scored 15. Senior Jae’Sean Tate and freshman Kaleb Wesson also were in double figures.Morgan had a team-high 18 points for Indiana. Senior guard Robert Johnson and freshman forward Justin Smith had 17 and 16, respectively.It was only fitting that Ohio State’s improbable season and prospects of winning a share of the Big Ten regular-season championship would come down to an overtime game in one of college basketball’s most historic venues against one of its most historic programs.It was ludicrous to think it would come down to two.There were a total of 16 lead changes and 14 ties, including nine lead changes in the final overtime that ended with Jackson shot to seal Ohio State’s first win at Indiana in five years.“We knew they weren’t going to go away,” Jackson said. “Senior Night, home night, they were going to have a lot of energy. We just had to match it.”In the past two road games, Ohio State struggled to match the energy of the opponent, which resulted in double-digit losses. Now, the Buckeyes were much better on the glass than they were against Penn State and Michigan last week, outrebounding Indiana 41-35, but to continually respond bucket after bucket in multiple do-or-die situations left Holtmann and the team with an added confidence heading into postseason play.“This team does have a grit to it that is necessary in a game like this, particularly on the road,” Holtmann said. “I think at the end of the day, that’s what you’re trying to preach from Day 1 and that’s what you hope to have guys that have that to them. To have that stuff inside them that we all look at and can identify as resiliency and grit and able to stay with it and not let one play affect the other. And they did that.”Bates-Diop scored 20-plus points for the first time since he scored a career-high 35 against Illinois on Feb. 4. He shot 9-of-24 from the field, but came away with some needed baskets in the final minutes of regulation.“I’ve been struggling the last few games, but tonight I got back into a rhythm,” he said.Ohio State shot 48 percent from the field and recorded 16 assists on 33 made field goals.With the win, Ohio State remains one game behind Michigan State for first place in the Big Ten. The Spartans have already clinched at least a share of the conference title and can win it outright with a win at Wisconsin on Sunday. If the Spartans lose, Ohio State will earn a share of the title and be the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament next week.Up NextOhio State will play Friday in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament in New York. Its opponent will be determined when the conference season officially ends Sunday. read more

Fantastic Koper still dreaming – Atletico Madrid with 3

← Previous Story EHF CL (1/4 Final): Fuchse humbled by brilliant Ademar Leon! Next Story → THW Kiel survived Zagreb – No winner in “Arena” Third team in Slovenian championship, Cimos Koper still have chances to play at F4 in Cologne after +3 win over famous Atletico Madrid 26:23 (13:12) in front of 3.500 fans in “Bonifika”. Man of the Match was Slovenian goalkeeper, Gorazd Skof with 17 saves.Cimos Koper: Škof (17 saves), Vran, Skoko2 , Dobelšek, Brumen 5 (1), Čemas, Bombač 2, Poklar, Džono, Krivokapić 5, Skube 5, Mlakar 1, Konečnik 1, Rapotec 5, Bundalo, Osmajić.Atletico Madrid: Hombrados (7 saves), Šterbik (8 saves), Fernandez 4, Guardiola 1, Markussen 1, Aginagalde 3, Davis 3, Abalo 4, Chema Rodriguez 2, Canellas, Jurkewicz 1, Entrerrios, Dinart 1, Lazarov 3 (1). atletico madridCimos Koper read more

Slovenia beat Croatia in Koper

Handball in CroatiaHandball in Rio 2016handball in Sloveniario 2016 handballSlovenia handball ← Previous Story Domagoj Pavlovic to miss Rio 2016 Next Story → Dutch girls smash Montenegro to win the trophy Two Balkan teams prepare for Rio. In their first friendly clash on Adriatic coast, Slovenia beat Croatia 27:25 (13:9). Over 3.000 spectators at “Bonifika” in Koper had a chance to see an interesting match in which Slovenia had +4 few times, while Croatia only led 8:7 in the first half.Slovenia: Skok, Škof (10 saves), Lesjak (3 saves); Blagotinšek 4, Henigman 1, Marguč 3, Kavtičnik 2, Janc 1, Dolenec 2, Cingesar 1, Skube, Poteko 1, Miklavčič, Gaber 2, Zorman, Bezjak 4, Razgor, Zarabec 3 (1), Bombač 3.Croatia: Stevanović, Pešić (3 saves – 1 x 7-m), Ivić (5 saves); Mihić 3, Duvnjak 1, Kopljar 6, Gojun, Matulić,  Karačić 3, Kontrec, Štrlek 3, Čupić 2 (1), Slišković 5, Cindrić 1, Brozović 1.The second match will be played on July 26 in Opatija, Croatia.ZORMAN IS NEW RECORD HOLDERThe 36-years old playmaker of Slovenian national team, Uroš Zorman, is new record holder in number of the matches played in national jersey. Match against Croatia was his 218th for Slovenia. He has one more than ex-record holder, left wing Luka Zvizej.PHOTO: Slavko Kolar read more

PS Vita gets dayanddate digital releases and freetoplay games

first_imgSCEA’s Chris Norden confirmed today that all PS Vita games released at retail will also be available as downloads on the PlayStation Network on the same release date. Also, flexible online-centric business models including free-to-play will be supported, and all of these features will launch with the system.PSN is supported “right out of the box at launch,” Norden explained at the GDC Online games development conference in Austin, TX. The system of providing digital downloads has been simplified for both developers and users. For users, the PSN Store on Vita looks much like the one on the PlayStation 3 and shares common login credentials. For developers, games can be provided to Sony in a single file for release across formats, retail, and digital alike. This is an improvement over the existing system in place on the PS3 and PSP.This makes it possible to “just leave everything on the Vita,” meaning that the device itself will be fully functional provided simple network connectivity is available.Norden also explained that the free-to-play business model will be supported out of the box. This means that Sony will be allowing free downloads of fully-functioning games to players while developers can expect microtransactions for additional items or content to drive the game’s profits. Norden also conceded that within reason, and pending approval from Sony, any business model is acceptable.The Sony engineer also chimed in on the minor Internet controversy about the Vita’s hardware power. Some have expressed disappointment at not running at 1.5 GHz clock speeds, as some modern mobile devices do. Norden dismissed those complaints, saying that the devices in question don’t constantly run at that speed and that the Vita is subject to the same heat constraints as the others. All modern processors, he continued, change clock speed “at sub-second intervals” to balance performance and heat requirements.Lastly, Norden explained that the Vita’s Party functionality will work like that of Xbox Live, where voice and/or text chat between friends will work across games. “We know everybody wants it,” he remarked.The PS Vita is expected to launch in the US in February 2012.Read more at GamasutraBlake’s OpinionWhile there has been much fear over the fate of the PS Vita following the less-than-stellar launch of Nintendo’s rival 3DS handheld, I think there’s reason for optimism for the Vita given how Sony is handling the hardware launch. Three reasons may turn skeptics into believers:1. Sony has learned from the online mistakes of the PS3. From the stuff easily copied from Xbox Live (Party, voice chat, a well-curated store) to the real innovations on the platform (universal digital releases, cloud support), the PlayStation Network of the future looks to be a more solid product than in the past. Smartphones have taught us that a good online platform is critical to a modern mobile device.2. Allowing different business plans is forward-thinking. The mobile apps world moves incredibly fast. It only took about a year from the App Store’s creation until the free-to-play model came to dominate the Store. It’s currently revolutionizing PC gaming, as business cases show over and over again when MMOs change business models. It’s not too much of a stretch to argue that it will affect console and handheld gaming very soon. Compared to Microsoft, which appears to be stodgy about changing its pricing practices for its Xbox Live business, Sony is taking a step forward by acknowledging that it can’t curate pricing.3. Sony designs hardware for the long term. The PlayStation 2 and PS3 both aged very well. While the hardware was commonly called “too much” or “too powerful for developers to actually use” at launch, several years later the systems have sustained sales when other platforms started to lag. Among features that launched with the original PS3 and were only added to revised Xbox 360s were HDMI, 1080p visuals, wireless networking, and high-definition movie discs – all features that are very relevant here in 2011.last_img read more

Blackberry PlayBook will be 200 on Black Friday

first_imgThe latest tablet to join the ranks of the defeated devices lying in the wake of the iPad has finally had its price cut dramatically. Selling only 200,000 units, the BlackBerry PlayBook has fallen well short of expectations, forcing the company to cut its losses and give consumers a deep discount in an effort to move units. If you have about $200 to spare this upcoming Black Friday, you can get your hands on a 16GB version of the device. That price is reasonable as the PlayBook is a decent tablet device… but it’s also the same amount as the Kindle Fire.Initially hailed as the savior of RIM, the PlayBook launched with impressive hardware specs, but with glaring omissions in its OS that doomed the device to mediocrity. Users were stunned to find out that there was no native email or calendar software included with the tablet, which are linchpins of the BlackBerry culture. Consumers could not justify spending $499 for a device that had to be paired via Bluetooth to check email. The unit just could not compete in the same space as the iPad after the crackberry faithful abandoned ship.RIM’s loss is your gain however, as Staples stores in both Canada and the US will be slashing prices this holiday season. Canadian Geeks can pick up the $199 16GB PlayBook starting December 18th, with the American sale starting on Black Friday.  If you need a device with more storage space, there are deals to be had as well with Staples wanting  $299 for the 32GB model and $399 for the 64GB device. Still a significant savings. Not a bad gift to pick up for yourself or a loved one.via Cult of Maclast_img read more

Mediterranean approach to alcohol not enough

first_imgIntroducing drinking with food, as part of a Mediterranean family culture, doesn’t actually protect teenagers from the harmful effects of alcohol, according to a new campaign.DrinkWise CEO, Cath Peachey, acknowledged parents want to teach messages of moderation and respect for alcohol, but said emerging science showed drinking can do significant damage to the teenage brain.“Traditionally, it was thought that the brain had finished developing before you got to the teenage years,” she said.But she said medical imaging had shown that the frontal lobes of the brain are going through critical development after puberty, right up until around 24 years old. “And it’s the frontal lobes that are responsible for things like judgement, decision-making, emotional stability, learning and memory,” she said.“So if you introduce alcohol, which is a toxin, during that time, you’ll interrupt that development process.” As part of a new campaign targeting families of non-English speaking backgrounds, DrinkWise is providing tips for parents on how to talk to their children about alcohol in ten different languages, including Greek. “It doesn’t matter what your cultural background is, your kids are still growing up in Australia and they’re engaging in the culture that’s around them,” she said. “What we’re trying to do is provide information to parents and the community about this new science.”For more information go to Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Albiol insists Napoli have to score against Liverpool

first_imgNapoli defender Raul Albiol insists the team have to score if they’re to qualify for the second round of this season’s UEFA Champions League.The Partenopei can qualify for the next round, with a draw enough to take them through but Albiol insists the team must be compact and must score to achieve that aim.“We know that tomorrow will be a tough game, hard to play,” Albiol admitted in the pre-match Press conference, as quoted by Football Italia.“We have to be quick, because they’ll be aggressive from the start. We need to be attentive in every minute of the game and stay calm.”“Knowing how to defend deep is important, we need to be compact because we know they’re a strong team in the spaces, with quick forwards.”Sergio Ramos, Champions League, Real MadridSergio Ramos would love a fifth Champions League trophy Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, winning a fifth European trophy with his club would be crazy, but he wants to do it before retiring.“The most important thing is our mentality, we have to be able to score.”“We’ve worked hard to get to this game, we need to do everything we can to win it and go to the next round.”last_img read more

Stepney believed Gordon Banks was a gentleman

first_imgThe former England national team player talked how he missed Banks in the 1970 World Cup last match and the kind of person he was.The England national team was knocked out of the 1970 FIFA World Cup in Mexico by West Germany.That day, goalkeeper Gordon Banks did not play as he was sick in his hotel room.“The day of the quarter-final we went for breakfast, then for a walk. The game was at midday, it was 100 degrees, it was the turn of Peter Bonetti [Chelsea goalkeeper] to be the substitute goalkeeper, not mine, and when Alf [Ramsey] named the team he named Gordon and that seemed to be it,” former Three Lions footballer Alex Stepney told The Guardian.“The FIFA rules of those times were that if you weren’t involved you had to go and sit in the stand. So I went back to my room to get my camera and that’s when I found that Gordon was bad and being sick in the toilet.”“I became a sub, Peter Bonetti was now selected. Yet when I went back to my room after the match Gordon thought we’d won because we were 2-0 up [Banks was watching a delayed television broadcast],” he explained.“I had to tell him the bad news. I held up my fingers to indicate the score [2-3] and he just couldn’t believe it. I think it made him worse!”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“Don’t forget in those days we didn’t have goalkeeper coaches,” he remembered.“Basically what you did you did for yourself and when I worked with him we expressed ideas between us – that’s what it was all about.”“He inspired me so much regarding how I played: I’d like to think I wasn’t a flashy keeper, either. I learned a lot from him, working and playing against him,” Stepney continued.“Gordon was such a gentleman and an absolute one-off. His death is a very sad loss to the game.”“He is England’s best-ever goalkeeper – he won the World Cup, as simple as that, and 53 years on he’s still the only keeper who has done that,” he said.“At the end of the day I had Gordon Banks in front of me regarding England and you cannot argue with that.”last_img read more

Bengaluru to host Ubers biggest hub

first_imgReutersUber has plans of setting up its biggest hub in Bengaluru. The American transportation company is planning to lease 7 lakh square feet of office space in the garden city of India.The transportation company will be largely investing in office space with the aim of using the hub to expand its products. It plans on using it as an engineering centre and a map department to find solutions for transportation in the city. As per an Economic Times report, Uber India Systems, the marketing head for the cab aggregators, will be closing the deal within 2-3 months.The hub in Bengaluru is planned to work with Uber’s engineering centre, set up in 2016. The process of leasing has been going on for the last two years and Uber has successfully taken about 3,00,000 square feet of land under its lease in the Outer Ring Road of Bengaluru.Economic Times reported a promising growth of its tech team, which has a strength of 500 employees, in Hyderabad and Bengaluru. UBERUber has been facing problems with its global losses and is looking forward to expanding in India because of market potential. “India is extremely important as it is very diverse when it comes to the adoption of technology,” reported ET. Uber has been observing the Indian market and is trying to step into the food delivery business through UberEats, corporate and rental business and online bike rental businesses in India.The data from commercial real estate consultants Cushman & Wakefield India states that the first quarter of 2019 saw a tremendous leap in the land leasing pattern of India. The country’s gross leasing volume was about 13 million square foot in the first quarter and grew about 1.45 times than the last quarter of 2018.With the rising number of foreign industries and companies flooding into the India market, the demand for commercial real estate is increasing. This, in turn, is increasing the occupancy in the market and the forthcoming growth corridors.last_img read more