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Netflixs subscriber growth droops in 2Q stock tumbles

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Netflix’s video streaming service suffered a dramatic slowdown in growth during its traditionally sluggish spring season, a drop-off coming as it girds for challenges from a star-studded cast of entertainment and technology companies.The service picked up 2.7 million worldwide subscribers for the April-June period. That’s far below the 5 million subscribers forecast by Netflix. The second-quarter letdown announced Wednesday comes after Netflix attracted nearly 10 million subscribers during the first three months of the year .Netflix ended June with 151.6 million worldwide subscribers, far more than a current crop of video streaming rivals such as Amazon and Hulu.But stiffer competition looms this fall when Walt Disney Co. and Apple plan to launch their own streaming channels.Netflix’s stock tumbled by more than 10% in extended trading.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Liev Schreiber Attends The Actors Fund Edwin Forrest Day Event

first_imgOn Sunday, May 15, The Actors Fund gathered at the home of Western Council member Ilyanne Morden Kichaven and her husband Mike for their annual west coast celebration of Edwin Forrest Day and Shakespeare’s birthday.Liev Schreiber at The Actors Fund Edwin Forrest Day and Shakespeare’s birthday eventCredit/Copyright: Nina Prommer/The Actors FundThe Actors Fund was honored to have acclaimed star of stage and screen Liev Schreiber as their special guest for the afternoon. Mr. Schreiber delighted guests with a presentation entitled “Shakespeare’s Bad Boys: Duality and Action,” in which he gave the rapt audience an in-depth perspective into the minds and motivations of a few of Shakespeare’s most notorious villains. In addition to insightful textual analysis, he also favored the crowd with readings from speeches of the villains themselves: Iago (Othello), Shylock (The Merchant of Venice), and Macbeth.Celebrity guests in attendance included Patrick Fabian (“Better Call Saul”), James Karen, Ilene Graff, Jane Johnston Shearing, Patricia Morison and Blair Tindall (author, “Mozart In The Jungle”).The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that helps everyone — performers and those behind the scenes — who works in performing arts and entertainment. Serving professionals in film, theatre, television, music, opera, radio and dance, The Fund’s programs include social services and emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance counseling, housing, and employment and training services. With offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, The Actors Fund is a safety net for those in need, crisis or transition. The Actors Fund established the Edwin Forrest Society to give special recognition to those selfless individuals who have made provisions for estate gifts to The Actors Fund. For more information, please visit read more

Irish border riddle still confounds the Brexit experts

BRUSSELS — In announcing Monday that he hopes to break the Brexit deadlock by next month, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is seeking to solve in a matter of weeks a puzzle that has troubled European and British specialists for more than two years.Before negotiations on Britain’s departure from the European Union even began in 2017, the vexing issue of how to keep goods flowing seamlessly between EU member Ireland and Northern Ireland when it leaves along with the rest of the U.K. — without time-consuming border checks — was identified as an obstacle that could derail the entire process.A team of experts has focused solely on ways to tackle the conundrum. But with Britain set to depart on Oct. 31 and a costly no-deal withdrawal a possible outcome, even the experts do not appear to know exactly what will happen at the border on Brexit day. If they do know, they are not saying.“The objective is to have all the checks and controls performed. How and exactly where they will be performed is something we are still working on,” one of them responded when asked by The Associated Press whether vehicles would be stopped at the sinuous Irish land border on Nov. 1.“There will be disruptions. Where they exactly will be beyond the island of Ireland is something I cannot tell you,” the EU official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the ongoing Brexit talks.It’s not simply a technical issue about customs controls over goods, produce and livestock. The challenge of keeping trade and business running smoothly is deeply entangled with unique questions of identity: what it means to be from Northern Ireland, to have the right to Irish or British citizenship, or both.Northern Ireland’s Catholic and Protestant communities remain deeply divided two decades after a conflict that claimed around 3,700 lives. The peace agreement that ended 30 years of sectarian “troubles” helped bring the border down. The last thing people want is a return to those times.It’s the reason why Britain’s 27 EU partners are insisting on the so-called “backstop:” a fail-safe guarantee to ensure that no hard border with customs outposts and infrastructure will be erected on Oct. 31.“The backstop continues to be a critical component of the withdrawal agreement unless and until alternatives are found,” Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar told Johnson on Monday. “We are open to alternatives but they must be realistic, legally binding and workable, and we haven’t received such proposals to date.”Beyond stressing that some delays might happen at unidentified points on the land border, Ireland’s no-deal Brexit planning focuses on potential chokepoints at ports and airports, like those in Dublin and the Rosslare Europort. Additional warehouses, inspection bays, offices and parking facilities have been put in place, with increased capacity for document and food safety checks. Scores of new staff have been hired and temporary accommodation set up.Lots of delays could be caused by animal and plant health controls. On average, commercial vehicles cross the Irish border 13,000 times a day. Of those movements, about 3,000 loads of beef, lamb, pork, poultry, eggs and dairy products would have to be stopped somewhere on their journey, with each check taking about 10 minutes to complete. That’s if all goes well.Beyond the technical considerations of daily trade and business, concern is mounting about smuggling; the illicit trade in fuel, alcohol and tobacco that could be super-charged by the difference in customs duties on either side of the border as well as the predicted fall in the British pound after Brexit.At some point, police will have to tackle the problem, and it’s likely they will be obliged to do so around the border.“The people of this island — north and south — need to know that their livelihoods, their security and their sense of identity will not be put at risk as a consequence of Brexit. So the stakes are high,” Varadkar said, before he and Johnson retired to discuss possible alternatives with only seven weeks to go.Lorne Cook, The Associated Press read more

Côte dIvoire must address profound political fragmentation – UN expert

In spite of recent social and economic progress, Côte d’Ivoire needs to address its “profound political fragmentation,” a United Nations independent expert said today, stressing that political dialogue is fundamental for effective reconciliation.“Although the basis of the democratic reconstruction in Côte d’Ivoire is in place and the social and economic recovery is under way, the country is facing a profound political fragmentation,” the Independent Expert on the human rights situation in the country, Doudou Diène, told the Geneva-based Human Rights Council.“The political dialogue remains the fundamental condition of the economic and social recovery of Côte d’Ivoire,” Mr. Diène said. “The ultimate challenge is to consider the national democratic framework as the only credible ground for the political debate, able to delegitimize the recourse to violence and to reinforce a culture of peace.”The West African country was split by civil war in 2002. A 2010 presidential election, meant to be a culminating point in the peace process, resulted in months of violence when former President Laurent Gbagbo refused to step down after losing to Alassane Ouattara, who finally took office in May 2011. Last year saw a resurgence of violence over several months, with a spate of attacks targeting national security forces in and around Abidjan and along the borders with Ghana and Liberia.Mr. Diène underlined that building an inclusive democracy supported by equitable justice remained one of the major challenges for a sustainable way out of the crisis. “Justice is at the centre of both democratic reconstruction and of national reconciliation. It is an essential element for the return of the rule of law and for the return of the confidence of the Ivorian population,” he said, acknowledging the efforts by the Ivorian authorities to reinforce the justice system. In his report to the Council, Mr. Diène also noted the “urgent necessity for Côte d’Ivoire to work towards social peace and stability to foster a climate favourable to investment and the economic and social progress necessary to satisfy the basic needs of the population.”On the subject of reconciliation, Mr. Diène suggested that the mandate of the National Dialogue, Truth and Reconciliation Commission be extended beyond its term in September 2013 to enable the body to finalize the activities scheduled in its terms of reference. In addition, the Independent Expert reiterated his call for the arms embargo on Côte d’Ivoire to be lifted. In April, the Security Council extended its arms embargo on the grounds that the country is still vulnerable to instability fuelled by available weapons.“Lifting the arms embargo on Côte d’Ivoire needs to be addressed urgently in order to reinforce internal security and face the risk of destabilization inherent to the crisis in the Sahelo-Saharian region,” he said.Mr. Diène’s report was drafted following the international conference on impunity and equitable justice, held in February in the capital, Yamoussoukro, and his recent visit to the country in April during which he met with Government officials, political parties, civil society, diplomatic corps and development partners.Independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes. read more

Nissans Sunderland plant to recruit up to 200 Specialists

The Nissan Sunderland Plant, which produces more than one in three UK-built cars, is now looking for up to 200 talented and specialist staff in areas including Production Management, Engineering, Maintenance, Information Systems and Logistics. The plant will host a Specialist recruitment day this Saturday, as it gears up for the busiest period in its 26-year history.Preparations are well under way for the introduction of four new models recently announced for production in the UK, including the 100% electric Nissan LEAF. Also confirmed for the plant are the next generation Nissan Qashqai, a new B-segment car based on the INVITATION concept and a new C-segment hatchback.These exciting new cars will join the Nissan Juke at Sunderland, with investment in this new model line up topping £921 million. The latest member of the Juke family – the Juke Nismo – was unveiled last week and will take Nismo’s legendary performance DNA from racetrack to road from next year.Kevin Fitzpatrick, Nissan’s Vice President for Manufacturing in the UK, said, “The popularity of the Nissan Qashqai and the Nissan Juke has meant our Sunderland Plant has achieved record production in each of the last two years, both of which were UK industry records.“Four new models have now been announced for the plant. As a result we are recruiting for up to 200 specialist staff. I would encourage anyone interested in furthering their career at the UK’s biggest car plant to attend this Specialist recruitment day or to visit our website for all current vacancies.”Recent model announcements at Nissan Sunderland Plant will result in more than 3,000 new jobs being created in the UK automotive sector within the next two years – 625 at Nissan and the remainder across the supply base.Once recruitment for both models is complete, the Sunderland Plant workforce will stand at a record 6,225 supporting an overall annual plant volume of more than 550,000 units and triggering the need for Sunderland Plant to implement an additional shift. This will see both production lines operating ‘around the clock’ for the first time in the plant’s 26-year history.For more information and to see all current vacancies visit to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Mens Basketball No 8 Ohio State eyeing revenge against Penn State in

Ohio State senior guard Kam Williams (15) looks to drive in the first half of the game against Penn State on Jan. 25 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe No. 8 Ohio State men’s basketball team suffered its first and only Big Ten loss of the season to Penn State on Jan. 25 at home, when sophomore guard Tony Carr drilled a shot near half court at the buzzer to end the game.Now the Buckeyes (22-5, 13-1 Big Ten) are traveling to the Bryce Jordan Center to face Penn State (18-9, 8-6 Big Ten) for a chance at redemption at 8 p.m. Thursday.Penn State is coming off a 22-point road win against Illinois. The Nittany Lions have won their past three games, with the most recent loss at No. 2 Michigan State on Feb. 10. The Buckeyes are entering with a blowout win of their own against Iowa.Projected Starters Penn StateF— Lamar Stevens — Sophomore, 6-foot-8, 226 lbs, 15.5 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.9 apgG— Tony Carr — Sophomore, 6-foot-5, 204 lbs, 19.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 4.9 apgG— Shep Garner — Senior, 6-foot-2, 196 lbs, 10.2 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.4 apgG— Josh Reaves — Junior, 6-foot-4, 210 lbs, 10.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.2 apgF— Mike Watkins — Redshirt sophomore, 6-foot-9, 254 lbs, 12.9 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 0.7 apgOhio StateF— Jae’Sean Tate — Senior, 6-foot-4, 230 lbs, 12.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.9 apgF— Keita Bates-Diop — Redshirt junior, 6-foot-7, 235 lbs, 19.9 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 1.6 apgF— Kaleb Wesson — Freshman, 6-foot-9, 270 lbs, 11.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.0 apgG— C.J. Jackson — Junior, 6-foot-1, 175 lbs, 12.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 4.2 apgF— Andre Wesson — Sophomore, 6-foot-6, 220 lbs, 2.6 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.1 apgScouting Penn StateOhio State has been consistent defensively and ranks second in the Big Ten with a plus-5.9 rebounding margin. But the Buckeyes had a difficult time defending Penn State in their previous matchup.“They’re a difficult matchup for us because of their personnel and they’ve got great size. They really play well together, too,” head coach Chris Holtmann said. “We have more matchup issues with Penn State than anyone in the league.”Holtmann said his team needs to have a stronger defensive attack Thursday night because Penn State can “really shoot the ball.” As a team, Penn State’s 47.3 percent field-goal rate is seventh in the Big Ten, while its 37.5 percent 3-point rate ranks fifth in the conference.Carr is shooting 46 percent from 3 for the Nittany Lions this season, and ranks second in the Big Ten in points per game with 19.2. In Penn State’s first game against the Buckeyes, Carr scored 28 points on 10-of-14 shooting.The focus for Ohio State this time around is preventing the Nittany Lions from establishing a  scoring rhythm like they did last time. Penn State made their first five 3s to begin the last meeting between the two teams.“They like to play a lot of one-on-one, and obviously, they have a lot of real good players so you’re going to get beat sometimes,” sophomore forward Andre Wesson said. “But we have to focus more on not wanting to get scored on.” Kam Williams ReturnsOhio State head coach Chris Holtmann announced Wednesday he expects redshirt senior guard Kam Williams to return from his suspension and play at Penn State.Wesson filled Williams’ spot in the starting lineup for the three games he missed, and Holtmann said he anticipates keeping Wesson in the starting role. He said Williams has to earn his way back.In Ohio State’s loss to Penn State, Williams had 10 points and shot 4-for-6 from the field. read more

Ohio State mens tennis earns outright Big Ten title with win against

The No. 4 Ohio State men’s tennis team beat No. 63 Purdue, 7-0, in its last match of the season, giving the Buckeyes their sixth consecutive Big Ten title. The Buckeyes technically clinched the title Friday when they beat Indiana, 5-2, but the victory against Purdue allowed the team to claim the title outright. “It was a good match,” coach Ty Tucker said afterward. “We played very well today. They knew Purdue was a dangerous team.” The afternoon began with doubles, and OSU was able to win all three of the matches, earning it the doubles point and its first point of the match. Junior Chase Buchanan and freshman Blaz Rola, the No. 11 doubles pair in the nation, won their match, 8-4, while teammates senior Balazs Novak and freshman Ille Van Engelen went on to win their match, 8-2. Seniors Matt Allare and Shuhei Uzawa also contributed to the Buckeyes’ doubles success by beating their Purdue opponents, 8-3. “I think I did pretty well today,” Uzawa said of his last regular-season match as a Buckeye. “I was happy to play with my teammates, and I’m going to miss the tennis team.” After the doubles matches, the two teams moved on to singles, in which the Buckeyes were able to continue their shutout of the Boilermakers. Buchanan was the first to finish his match, quickly winning both of his sets, 6-2, 6-1. Following close behind was Allare, who gave the Buckeyes another point with his match win of 6-2, 6-3. Also earning points for OSU were Novak, who beat his opponent, 6-3, 6-3; Rola, who won, 6-0, 6-1; and redshirt sophomore Devin McCarthy, who won, 6-2, 6-1. The longest match of the day was Van Engelen’s, which was the only singles match to go into a third-set tiebreaker. Van Engelen had a slow start, losing his first set, 6-3. He came back in the second to shut out his opponent, 6-0, and win the third set, 10-6. The Buckeyes will compete in the Big Ten Championships beginning April 28, and will then move on to the NCAA Championships two weeks later on May 14 and 15. read more

Dracula to be hero of his own story say makers of new

Ever since Bram Stoker penned his ever popular Gothic horror novel, Dracula has been one of the genre’s most enduring villains – his exploits terrifying generations of readers and cinema goers alike.Traditionally, little is known about the vampire himself, an obscure figure who remains in the shadows, emerging only to suck the blood of his innocent victims and spread his curse of the undead.But the latest adaptation of the legend now promises to shed new light on Count Dracula, the Transylvanian nobleman whose arrival at the north east port of Whitby sets off a train of grisly events.Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, the writers behind BBC One’s Sherlock, have promised to make Dracula “the hero of his own story” in their forthcoming TV adaptation of the novel.In Stoker’s original novel, published in 1897, Dracula is only ever seen through the eyes of his victims of those trying to vanquish him.Crucially, however, Moffat and Gariss intend to tell the story of the vampire from his own perspective. Old Castle, Banska Stiavnica, Slovakia, where the new Dracula is being filmed Gatiss, who has also written several episodes of Doctor Who – including The Unquiet Dead – told The Radio Times: “We sort of made a promise to ourselves and the people who are making it, paying for it, that we’d make Dracula the hero of his own story, and less of a shadowy presence. And that’s a really clever idea, but we had to make good on it!”Moffat, whose writing credits include doctor Who and Jeckyll, BBC One’s adaptation of   Robert Louis Stevenson’s gothic novella The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, added: “There’s lots of things that are challenging about Dracula. Having an evil lead character is actually really difficult.“That’s been the main challenge I think. But how we’ve handled, that you’ll have to wait and see. We quickly found out why he’s often kept a shadowy presence. So it’s hard work, but I think it’s worked. It’s worked well I think, so far.”In a joint statement the pair said: “There have always been stories about great evil. What’s special about Dracula, is that Bram Stoker gave evil its own hero.”Filming on the three-part mini series, jointly produced by the BBC and Netflix, started earlier this month, with the Danish actor Claes Bang starring as Count Dracula. Steven Moffat (left) and Mark Gatiss on the set of DraculaCredit:Steven Moffat/Instagram The writers described their star as “tall, dark and gruesome all at once”, saying Bang is the perfect choice to  “re-introduce the world to Dracula, the vampire who made evil sexy”.Bang, best known for his roles in The Girl in the Spider’s Web, The Affair and Borgen, said last November after being cast for the part: “I’m so excited that I get to dig in to this iconic and super-interesting character. Yes he’s evil, but there’s also so much more to him, he’s charismatic, intelligent, witty and sexy.“I realise that there’s a lot to live up to with all the amazing people that have played him over the years, but I feel so privileged to be taking on this incredible character.”Some of the scenes for the feature-length episodes have been reportedly filmed at the Slovakian city of Banská Štiavnica, where the turreted Old Castle has been used as the backdrop for Count Dracula’s Transylvanian lair.Moffat has said that while they intended to give Dracula the Sherlock make-over he reassured fans of the Victorian setting of Stoker’s novel that he and Gatiss would not be modernising the story.Earlier this month Moffat posted a photograph on Instagram of some of the cast and crew on set, with the caption: “Night has fallen … it’s a new dawn.”Dracula, which will also star John Heffernan (Collateral, The Crown), Joanna Scanlan (Hold The Sunset, No Offence) and Dolly Wells (Can You Ever Forgive Me), is expected to premiere  later this year or early 2020 on BBC One in the UK and on Netflix in the rest of the world. The set of BBC and Netflix's new version of Dracula The set of BBC and Netflix’s new version of DraculaCredit:Steven Moffat/Instagram Steven Moffat (left) and Mark Gatiss on the set of Dracula Old Castle, Banska Stiavnica, Slovakia, where the new Dracula is being filmedCredit:De Agostini Editorial Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Quinn on ESB strike threat Were acutely aware of the seriousness of

first_imgEDUCATION MINISTER RUAIRÍ Quinn has said that the government will considering intervening in the ESB dispute if management and unions fail to reach a solution and strike action goes ahead in just over a week.The ESB Group of Unions has given notice of strike action on Monday, 16 December in a dispute over the utility company’s pension fund with the high risk of power cuts across the country.Speaking at Leaders’ Questions this morning, Quinn said that “there is ongoing dialogue between the parties” and that it would be “inappropriate” to comment while that process is ongoing.“The government is acutely aware of the seriousness of the situation,” he said adding that the ESB, in cooperation with Eirgrid, has a “robust contingency plan” in the event of strike action.Fianna Fáil’s Dara Calleary said that people “need to know where they stand” and called for certainty, saying that any contingency plan “cannot guarantee there will not be a power outage”. Quinn said: “The government has at its disposal an array of instruments, an array of institutions that can be mobilised at the appropriate time.”‘They face eviction’He said that if an intervention in the dispute is required “then that will be considered in due course” saying that every member of the Oireachtas shared the concerns about possible strike action.Sinn Féin’s finance spokesperson raised the resignation of the Irish Lanaguage Commissioner and his criticism of the government’s approach to the language.Quinn said that the government did not accept the criticism and agreed there should be a debate on the issue.Separately, the United Left TD Joan Collins said there were up to 30,000 people who do not have sufficient income to pay for their mortgages, cannot reach an agreement with their bank and do not qualify for the new insolvency regime.“Up to 30,000 families are in this situation, they face eviction,” she said.Quinn said that if Collins would give him the details of those cases he would get a “comprehensive and detailed response” and said that the government’s actions so far will “help the vast majority of people in those situations”.Read: Fergal Quinn proposes law to make strike action by utility companies illegalRead: Language Commissioner quits, tells TDs Irish is being marginalisedlast_img read more

Coroner finds George Michael died of natural causes

first_img Mar 7th 2017, 1:07 PM Tuesday 7 Mar 2017, 1:07 PM Share232 Tweet Email POP ICON GEORGE Michael, who was found dead at his home on Christmas Day, died of natural causes, a coroner has announced.The cause of death was dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver, according to Darren Salter, senior coroner for Oxfordshire, west of London.The investigation is now closed with no need for an inquest, he added.An initial post-mortem examination on the 53-year-old, who enjoyed a 35-year career punctuated by years of drug-taking, proved “inconclusive” pending further tests.Dilated cardiomyopathy, which can be caused by substance abuse, affects the heart’s ability to pump blood due to the muscle becoming enlarged and weakened. Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart wall.Michael’s partner Fadi Fawaz said he had found the star “lying peacefully” in bed at his home in the village of Goring on the River Thames west of London.The singer’s funeral can now take place after three months of tests.Michael’s publicist had been keen to quell reports of foul play, saying “there were no suspicious circumstances”.Born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou to a Greek Cypriot father and English mother in north London in 1963, Michael shot to fame with the band Wham! and sold more than 100 million records in his career.He met Andrew Ridgeley at high school and the pair went on to form Wham! in 1981.- © AFP, 2017Read: Fury in France over ‘degrading’ Saint Laurent ad campaign> 22,427 Views Image: PA Wire/PA Images Image: PA Wire/PA Images By AFP Coroner finds George Michael died of natural causes The coroner said there is no need for an inquest or any further enquiries. Short URL 29 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Sine Mora EX is Sad Mature Star Fox

first_img If you have a Nintendo Switch, chances are you also have The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The new Zelda is a massive, phenomenal game that you can and should play for dozens of hours. But eventually, you’re going to want to play something new on your Nintendo console/handheld hybrid. Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda is a new column highlighting cool, smaller Switch games to check out once you’ve saved Hyrule.When you think of a video game starring talking adult animals shooting each other in space ships, chances are you’re thinking about Nintendo’s Star Fox series. But that also applies to Sine Mora EX, an extended version of the 2012 shoot ‘em up by Suda51’s Grasshopper Manufacture, now available on Nintendo’s own Switch console/handheld hybrid. However, despite these funny similarities, Sine Mora EX has its own fascinating and almost depressing original ideas helping stand out in the furry space shooter subgenre.Shoot ‘em ups, maybe more so than any other arcade genre, value intense twitch action and sheer speed. They’re short bursts of pure skill, moving and shooting with your hands faster than your eyes and brain can react. So you wouldn’t think they’d be fond of ponderous storylines.And yet Sine Mora EX wants you to know all about its deadly serious dieselpunk world full of sad gazelle ladies and alligator men cursing the empire (literally, this game is rated M) that continues to slaughter their children for endless war. Stages are bookended with somber voiced monologues, and even if I never really cared about what they were saying, I was charmed by the straight-faced ridiculous of the presentation.Like a true gritty Christopher Nolan military movie, Sine Mora EX is also obsessed with the passage of time. The plot spans two different timelines, the lore involves prophets who manipulate time, and the signature gameplay mechanic is time control. That’s where the game gets interesting beyond its surface absurdity.Sine Mora basically plays like a classic 2D shmup such as R-Type or Gradius, not a 3D one like Star Fox. You (or you and a friend) steer the ship around the screen shooting and trying not to get shot by waves of enemies big and small with brutal patterns to memorize.However, along with shooter staples like upgradeable guns and limited special attacks like bombs and wide-reaching lasers, with a push of a button you can also stop time. This lets you easily weave between walls of screen-filling projectiles that define these “bullet hell” games. You can’t do this forever, though, so be smart with your resources.Time itself is also a resource to manage, in that time is your health. You start each mission with a certain amount of time to complete it. Killing enemies extends your time while getting shot shortens it. And checkpoints “stabilize your time mass” to make sure you aren’t took weak or too strong going into a new area. It’s like the Justin Timberlake movie In Time.Time also changes how you approach situation is a really cool way. If you play too safe, you’ll actually hurt yourself by wasting more time than you save. But rushed, sloppy play also wastes time for the opposite reasons. So you constantly have to gauge that pressure and find the balance. Resist punishing negative feedback loops. Know when to chase that extra power-up or just let it bounce away. The best levels find creative ways to mess with your pacing, challenging you to stay concealed in floating garbage or consider the timing of flaming pillars.These time mechanics are layered on top of a well-produced modern shoot ‘em up. The perspective is 2D but the realistic graphics are all fully polygonal with pleasing depth-of-field effects separating the clean and lovely backgrounds from the fast foreground action. The camera smoothly loops around colorful industrial environments, and the bizarre bosses are all appropriately towering and terrifying.As for other modes, after you encounter a boss in the campaign, even if you don’t beat it, you can practice learning its patterns in a separate mode, which is a nice quality of life feature. You can also replay any mission you’ve already completed, and they’re short enough to be digestible for portable Switch play. Challenge mode has you tackling parts of the campaign with specific requirements, and there’s even a little somewhat throwaway competitive multiplayer mode where you try to blast your friend in a tight arenaFairly or not, shmups are seen as smaller experiences with arcade roots too old to be taken seriously as full priced current AAA games. But Sine Mora EX’s presentation and new gameplay ideas, however strange, feel modern for a genre whose last biggest innovation was Ikaruga’s color-swapping 15 years ago. So if you’re interested in a 2D Star Fox for adults (no, not those kinds of adults), then give Sine Mora EX a shot.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesView as: One Page Slides1/51. Sine Mora EX is a 2D shoot ’em up by Grasshopper Manufacture.2. There’s a somber storyline about anthropomorphic animals the game takes surprisingly seriously.3. Freeze time to weave between bullets and damage towering bosses. 4. Time is also your health. You lose it when shot and regain it when you shoot others.5. Despite its retro gameplay, Sine Mora EX has a lovely modern presentation.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball FormSNES Games Officially Come to Nintendo Switch Stay on targetlast_img read more

De Jong explains how he plays on the field

first_imgThe Dutch wonderkid loves playing football and he has taken his time to explain why he’s in love with the beautiful gameFrenki de Jong is making big headlines for AFC Ajax and the Netherlands national team.The young footballer loves the sport, and he shows this passion on the field.“When I am on the pitch I play on intuition but I think a lot about the game as well,” he told The Guardian.edwin van der sarReport: Van der Sar staying at Ajax for now George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Edwin van der Sar will not be leaving Ajax to take up a job at Manchester United.In the last few days, one bookmaker suspended…“With my intuition, it is not just that I receive the ball and always think ‘I’m going to do this’ straight away, even though it just happens that way sometimes.”“Most good players play on intuition. Everyone has a little but I don’t know if you can learn it,” he explained.“Sometimes I’m planning. I’m always searching for the pass. I’m always looking to see my teammate. ‘Is he free?’ Then you already know what to do.”“But sometimes the situation can change. Then you have to react and use your intuition. I try to have a picture when I receive the ball and know where everyone is. That’s one of the most important things for a midfielder,” he added.last_img read more

New library wows crowd

first_imgAn estimated 5,000 people flowed through the spacious and elegant Vancouver Community Library on Sunday, lavishing praise on the five-story building that will become a destination spot in downtown.Entertainment was provided by the Hough Youth Escola de Samba percussion group. Actors from the Christian Youth Theater portrayed literary figures during the opening day.Dignitaries at the ribbon-cutting included former head librarians Ruth Watson and Sharon Hammer. Among the dignitaries were Secretary of State Sam Reed and longtime library board member Merle Koplan.Additional concrete and rebar mean the library weighs the equivalent of a 30-story condominium.The building is projected to use 33 percent less energy than required by code.Approximately 250 workers spent about 160,000 person-hours building the library.The Columbia Room on the first floor can seat 135 people and features a full Clark-Vancouver TV (CVTV) control room.The new library is expected to attract a million visitors per year.The building exterior features terra cotta to mimic the look of the historic Academy across the street.The fifth-floor reading room honors Vancouver’s sister city relationship with Joyo, Japan, and features display cases holding gifts the city has received from Joyo.There are 115 parking spaces in a lot and on-street parking around the building. Plans call for an underground garage in the future.There are 69 computers; the former library had 16.This library has 83,000 square feet; the former has 36,000.The capacity of the collection is 385,000. That’s nearly 2 miles of materials. The former library had room for 285,000.A mechanical book sorter will speed books back to shelves faster, officials say.Sources: Library officialsAddress: 901 C Street, at the southeast corner of the intersection of C Street and E. Evergreen Blvd. in downtown VancouverHours:9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Monday-Thursday10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday – SundayOn the Web: www.fvrl.orgRain pelted many who waited through 45 minutes of speeches by dignitaries before the doors opened for self-guided tours.The $38 million structure at Evergreen Boulevard and C Street is sure to impress many, visitors said. It is the main library in the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District that stretches from Woodland to Goldendale.last_img read more

Israeli leader declares victory in Gaza war

first_imgJERUSALEM — Israel’s prime minister declared victory Wednesday in the recent war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, saying the military campaign had dealt a heavy blow and a cease-fire deal gave no concessions to the Islamic militant group.Benjamin Netanyahu’s comments, delivered in a prime-time address on national television, appeared aimed at countering critics of the seven-week war that killed more than 2,200 people.Both hard-liners in his governing coalition, as well as residents of rocket-scarred southern Israel, have said the war was a failure because it did not halt Hamas’ rocket attacks or oust the group from power.“Hamas was hit hard,” Netanyahu said, adding that Israel “didn’t agree to accept any of Hamas’ demands” under the Egyptian-brokered cease-fire deal.The ambiguous cease-fire delivered an immediate halt in the fighting and has promised an easing of Israel’s blockade of Gaza to allow humanitarian aid and construction goods to enter for the rebuilding of the territory. All goods are to go in under international supervision.But Hamas’ key demands are only to be addressed in a future round of talks expected next month in Cairo. Hamas is seeking an end to the Israeli blockade, including the reopening of Gaza’s sea and airport. It also wants Egypt to reopen its Rafah border crossing, the territory’s main gateway to the outside world. Israel, meanwhile, wants Hamas to be disarmed.last_img read more

Diesel supplement in company car tax to increase by 1

first_imgAutumn Budget 2017: The government has announced that the existing company car tax diesel supplement will increase from 3% to 4% in April 2018.This will only apply to diesel cars that do not meet the latest emissions limits.In the Autumn Budget 2017, Chancellor Philip Hammond also announced that, from April 2018, the first year vehicle excise duty (VED) rate for diesel cars will go up by one band.This will not apply to diesel cars that meet the emissions limits.These measures will help fund the new £220 million Clean Air Fund, announced in today’s budget, that will help to improve air quality around the UK.In addition, the government has announced that the fuel benefit charge and the van benefit charge for company cars will both increase in line with the retail prices index (RPI) from 6 April 2018.Claire Evans, head of fleet consultancy at Zenith said: “The diesel [benefit-in-kind] BIK supplement will increase by 1% from April 2018. It is disappointing news for drivers in existing diesel cars who will be subject to the rise and not given time to move into cleaner technology.“The move will encourage fleet providers into the cleanest diesel engines alongside petrol and [ultra-low emission vehicles] ULEV vehicles in the long-term. And give fleets more clarity to enable better planning on policy choices.”last_img read more

Mondo Cozmo Shines At Lollapalooza Drops Plastic Soul Album

first_imgAs for the song that propelled the album?”As soon as I finished the vocal on [“Shine”], I knew it was special. It was one of those moments — it’s like once in a lifetime.” With a new album out today and a performance at Lollapalooza, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime day for Ostrander.More Lollapalooza: Atlas Genius Talk Touring, “63 Days” SingleRead more Mondo Cozmo Shines At Lollapalooza, Drops ‘Plastic Soul’ Album If writing and recording the project weren’t enough, Ostrander had to learn new instruments he never played prior to recording his album, all in a span of two weeks. “I had to play all of the instruments and I don’t know how to play all of the instruments, I had to figure it out and be creative and think outside the box and use what I had,” he said. “Honestly, I think it sounds really unique and I think that’s because I’m not really good at playing instruments.”I tried to play some trumpet and stuff so I had to figure that out. I record everything in my house. I’ve got to give my neighbors a bottle of wine or something because I was just screaming into microphones and learning how to play instruments and it was a lesson in patience for them, I believe.”Besides creating the perfect songs for his debut, Ostrander had to set the perfect order, but all it took was one try.”My track listing is kind of cool because I really wanted the record from front to back to really be like a wave almost,” said Ostrander. “I sent the running order to my label and I was like, ‘This is what I want to do.’ And they were like, ‘This isn’t right.’ Forty-five minutes later they were like, ‘This is great.’ It’s really nice it starts out great and it just moves so well. I’m so proud of it.” News Email NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Aug 4, 2017 – 2:50 pm Mondo Cozmo: Inside The Making Of His Debut Album Go Inside The Making Of Mondo Cozmo’s Debut Album mondo-cozmo-shines-lollapalooza-drops-plastic-soul-album Facebook Twitter Plastic Soul Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter reveals the “outside-of-the-box” approach he took with his debut solo projectJacklyn KrolGRAMMYs Aug 4, 2017 – 2:47 pm GRAMMY.comIt’s not every day that you play Lollapalooza let alone drop your debut full-length album, but for Josh Ostrander — who records under the moniker Mondo Cozmo — that’s exactly what’s happening.The Philadelphia native took the Lollapalooza after-party stage at Schubas Tavern in Chicago for a sold-out crowd on Aug. 2 in advance of his festival performance on Aug. 4. In between this Lolla whirlwind, Ostrander is understandably excited for the release of Plastic Soul.”Recording this record was special because it was the first time, I’ve come from a long line of being in a band and being in that brotherhood of recording with people, and this was the first time where I was by myself and I had to figure everything out,” said Ostrander. last_img read more

US deploys F22 stealth fighters to Qatar amid Iran tensions

first_imgWASHINGTON: The US has deployed F-22 stealth fighters to Qatar for the first time, its military said Friday, adding to a buildup of US forces in the Gulf amid tensions with Iran. The Air Force F-22 Raptor stealth fighters have been deployed “to defend American forces and interests,” the US Air Forces Central Military Command said in a statement that did not specify how many of the hi-tech planes had been sent. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us A photo handout showed five of the jets flying above the Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar. Tehran and Washington have been locked in an escalating standoff since US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from a multi-party 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and reimposed sanctions on the Islamic republic. Tensions spiked last week when Iran shot down a US drone over sensitive Gulf waters following a series of tanker attacks that Washington blamed on Tehran, which has denied involvement. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us Since then the arch-foes have been locked in a war of words, which escalated this week when Trump announced new sanctions against Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Iran has threatened to abandon some of its commitments under the nuclear deal unless the remaining partners — Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia — help it circumvent US sanctions and especially sell its oil. In May, the US Air Force deployed several nuclear-capable B-52 Stratofortress bombers to the Gulf in response to what the Defense Department described as a possible plan by Iran to attack American forces in the region, as well as an aircraft carrier task force.last_img read more

Flood abates in Godavari normalcy likely in 2 days

first_imgRajamahendravaram: Flood water in River Godavari is receding from Sunday morning due to abatement of rains in its catchment areas as also inflows from its tributories Indravati, Pranahitha and Sabari. The first warning was withdrawn at 11 feet water level at Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage at Dowleswaaram and 9.10 lakh cusecs of water is being let off into sea. Also Read – AP Cabinet to meet on September 4 Advertise With Us Though the floodwater level is coming down, many island areas in the mandals of I Polavaram, Mummidivaram, Allavaram, Razole, P Gannavaram, etc., in Konaseema are still under flood waters which takes three more days for return of normalcy. Flood water in Vasista, Vyneteya and Gowthami receding slowly into the sea. Sri Venkateswara Swamy temple in Appanapalli village was flooded. Police were appointed at causeways to stop traffic movement over them in view of safety. Because of cofferdam at Polavaram project site, 30 tribal habitations are still reeling under flood and the tribals are staying in the relief camps in Devipatnam mandal where normalcy is expected in two days. Godavari Head Works executive engineer M Mohan Rao said that first warning was withdrawn and the barrage gates were set at normal position. “However, officials concerned will check the water level from time to time,” he added.last_img read more

Batman Arkham Knight locked at 30fps constantly stutters on PC

first_imgThinking of purchasing the newly released Batman: Arkham Knight on PC? Don’t. That’s the advice I’d give right now based on the near 700 negative reviews of the game listed on Steam right now.Having been developed by Rocksteady Studios and using the very capable Unreal Engine 3, you’d expect Arkham Knight to hit the ground running. But that is certainly not the case with the PC version. The first big negative is the fact Rocksteady has decided to lock the frame rate at 30fps. So regardless of the rig you have under your desk, there’s no chance of a silky smooth 60fps experience.It is possible to start messing around in the config files and remove the lock, but that won’t resolve the other big issues with the game. There’s multiple reports of the game flickering and stuttering during play and the frame rate regularly dropping as low as 10fps regardless of the graphics card(s) you are using. Even the menu system is suffering from “huge slow down.” It sounds as if the final game optimization phase didn’t happen, or is yet to happen in the form of the inevitable multi-gigabyte patch.I think this screenshot of Steam reviews sums up the general feelings about this game on launch day (click to see full size):Anyone paying full price to get this game on launch day is right to be angry, and even more so if they also paid the extra $40 for the Season Pass.Steam has refunds now, so you could always use that option. Alternatively, you could do what is increasingly becoming a common task: wait for Rocksteady to respond to the complaints, promise a patch, wait for the patch, hope it fixes all the problems, and then play the game in the state it should have been released in. It’s anyone’s guess how many days or even weeks that will take.If you’ve picked up the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight let us know how you’re getting on. I’m also interested to hear if similar problems are being experienced with the PS4 and Xbox One versions.last_img read more