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  • Saskatchewan man who attacked woman set her on fire not dangerous offender

    first_imgPRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – A homeless woman who was viciously beaten before being set on fire says she worries her attacker will hurt someone else after a judge ruled Wednesday Leslie Black won’t be designated a dangerous offender.Black pleaded guilty to attempted murder in the beating, burning and sexual assault of Marlene Bird in an alley in Prince Albert, Sask., in 2014. Her injuries were so serious both legs had to be amputated and she lost much of her eyesight.“He’ll do that to somebody else,” said Bird, who is 50, outside court Wednesday. “He’s got to learn not to treat women like that.”She said it was painful to see her attacker but she felt it was important for Black to see her.“He just looked at me and looked down,” Bird said. “Didn’t say sorry.”Judge Stanley Loewen said in his ruling that after the 2014 attack, Black walked to a nearby 7-Eleven and bought candy. Black then walked past Bird, who was still on fire, and ignored her.It was several hours before Bird was discovered and was barely clinging to life with burns so severe they exposed her facial bones.“Her right foot was attached only by a piece of skin,” Loewen said, noting the photos of her wounds were “quite disturbing.”Loewen ruled while Black’s brutal crime warrants a lengthy jail sentence and a long-term supervision order, he felt his risk to reoffend could be managed in the community.The judge will sentence Black on Sept. 22.Bird told court in June she can’t do anything on her own now, including simple things such as picking a blueberry or going to the bathroom.In handwritten letters filed with the court, Bird said she has to wear adult diapers, can’t control her bowels and feels disgusted with herself when she can’t make it to the bathroom in time. Bird said she also fears entering the city because of the attack.At a March court hearing, Black said if he could go back to the night he attacked Bird, he would have taken his father’s advice and stayed home.In a brief statement, which Black read despite a stutter he has had since witnessing his mother’s murder when he was nine years old, Black said he understands that Bird and her family have not forgiven him.“I apologize for what I did,” he said at the time. “I still can’t forgive myself.”Black said he is not a violent person and wants to get the help he needs to succeed in life.“I’m usually a happy-go-lucky guy.”A pyschiatrist told the dangerous offender hearing that Black has at least eight separate conditions, including antisocial personality disorder, childhood attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and suspected fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.Black’s defence lawyer argued his client’s actions were brutal, but said that does not mean Black will violently offend again.One psychologist testified Black is not necessarily at a high risk to reoffend if he gets intensive, long-term therapy. But another psychiatrist testified that officials can’t presume to understand Black and what he’s capable of given what he did to Bird even though he had no history of violence.— With files from CJME, CKBIlast_img read more

  • Joan Collins And Anjelica Huston To Be Honored At Talk Of The

    first_imgAssociates for Breast and Prostate Cancer Studies, (ABCs), hosts its annual, star-studded Talk of the Town black-tie gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016.Gala benefits breast and prostate cancer research at the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center. Award-winning actress, author, producer and entrepreneur Dame Joan Collins will receive the Spirit of Entertainment Award; Academy Award-winning actress, director and author Anjelica Huston will be honored with The Spirit of Hollywood Award and Marcel Loh, chief executive, Providence Saint John’s Health Center and the John Wayne Cancer Institute, will be presented the Spirit of Hope Award. The Bangles will perform. Sheri Rosenblum is gala chair and Beverly Cohen is décor chair. The gala includes a luxury boutique and silent and live auctions.“Each of our honorees have been significantly affected by cancer and are extraordinary role models and dedicated supporters of cancer research,” said ABCs president, Gloria Gebbia. “Each of us is a part of this great community that unites in a common goal to improve the lives of people with cancer and to find a cure. Together we will make a difference.”“The generous, on-going support provided by the ABCs has been instrumental in advancing the Institute’s breast and prostate research,” said Patrick Wayne, chairman of the Board of the John Wayne Cancer Institute and son of the legendary actor John Wayne. “Our physicians and scientists are at the forefront of groundbreaking cancer research, which would not be possible without the ongoing philanthropic efforts of Gloria Gebbia and the ABCs.”Dame Joan Collins will be honored with the Spirit of Entertainment Award. Winner of two Golden Globes and a People’s Choice Award as well as recipient of numerous other awards worldwide, Collins has appeared in more than 60 feature films and dozens of television programs. In the last two decades, she has starred in Decadence; In the Bleak Midwinter, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, These Old Broads, Fetish and her newest feature film, The Time of Their Lives. She has guest starred in some of the most popular television series, such as Star Trek, Starsky & Hutch, Mission Impossible, Will & Grace, Miss Marples and is internationally renowned for her role as Alexis Carrington Colby in Dynasty. Collins has published sixteen books, beginning with her first best-selling autobiography, Past Imperfect, which she followed with The Joan Collins Beauty Book. Her latest novel, The St. Tropez Lonely Hearts Club was recently published by Little, Brown. She is an honorary founding member of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. She has supported several foster children in India for 25 years. In 2015, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II elevated Joan Collins to Dame Commander of the British Empire (D.B.E.) for her lifetime contribution to charity work, after having presented her with The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.) for her services to the arts in 1997.Academy Award-winning actress and director Anjelica Huston continues her family legacy in film. Huston received the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for “Prizzi’s Honor” and a Golden Globe Award for HBO’s “Iron Jawed Angels.” She starred in the Golden Globe-nominated television series “Smash” on NBC. Additional television credits include a recurring role on Showtime’s original series “Huff” and an Emmy-nominated guest-starring role on “Medium.” She currently appears in Season 3 of Amazon’s acclaimed series “Transparent.” Her directorial debut was an adaption of Dorothy Allison’s best-selling memoir, “Bastard Out of Carolina,” which garnered critical acclaim. Huston is a New York Times bestselling author of her two-part memoir “A Story Lately Told” and “Watch Me.” She is a member of the Film Foundation’s Artists Rights Council, a spokesperson for PETA, The Humane Society, Amnesty International and a supporter of the Human Rights Campaign.The Spirit of Hope Award will be presented to Marcel Loh. For 14 years, Loh served in executive roles for Swedish Health Services, a not-for-profit health system in Seattle and an affiliate of Providence Health & Services. Loh holds a master’s in hospital administration from the University of Iowa and a bachelor’s in business administration from the University of North Dakota. In addition to being a past chairman of the Washington State Hospital Association, he is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), past ACHE Regent for Washington state and currently serves as a governor on the national ACHE board. He also serves on the American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board region 9. Loh completed a military career as an Army Officer in the Medical Service Corps and retired from the Army Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel.Individual tickets $500; sponsorship packages available. For further information, contact Grant Associates at (323) 904-4400.last_img read more

  • Security Council should work to formally lift Libya sanctions Annan

    “I think we will need to move ahead and resolve the Libyan issue,” Mr. Annan said when asked to comment on the matter at a press conference Friday in Helsinki. Sanctions were suspended on 5 April 1999 after Libya turned over two suspects, Abdelbasset al-Megrahi and Lamin Khalifa Fhimah, to a Scottish court in the Netherlands. Mr. al-Megrahi was later found guilty, while Mr. Fhimah was acquitted of the charges.Since the suspension, Mr. Annan said, “for all practical purposes the sanctions have not really been effective, and so the formal lifting, I think, is something that the Council should do and I expect it to do.” To a question on Iraq, Mr. Annan said that while the UN has chief responsibility in the humanitarian arena, “we have also been involved in the political process.”He added that talks about an expanded UN role, “including possibly the UN Security Council authorizing a multinational force to help stabilize Iraq,” are still in the early stages.Concerning reconstruction, Mr. Annan stressed that “money is going to be needed even more than ever, because oil is not flowing as one had expected.” In the face of “enormous” demands, he said, “whatever help we can get for the people of Iraq will be greatly appreciated.” On Liberia, the Secretary-General was asked why former President Charles Taylor had been allowed to go into exile without trial. “I think your question really raises the constant issue we are faced with in such situations: there is always that need for justice but also need for peace,” he replied. “I think in this situation I hope we have [stopped] the killing, we are going to be able to take in humanitarian assistance the people of Liberia who have suffered for far too long.””But,” he added, “the long arm of the law will still be at work and the indictment still stands.” read more

  • UN South Sudan Mission condemns killing of civilians in roadside ambush

    A press release issued today by the Mission says that unidentified gunmen reportedly opened fire on a two-car convoy, travelling to Raja from Western Bahr El Ghazal State. The County Commissioner of Raja, James Benjamin, was travelling in the convoy, along with a team of local journalists. The vehicle was attacked in the country’s western region between Sepo and Magaya, according to UNMISS, in the second such roadside ambush to occur in the last two weeks. The Mission calls upon local, state and national authorities to investigate the incident and bring those responsible to justice. read more

  • New York Times appeal for British people to describe their petty crime

    “Someone held the door open for me when I was still ten feet away and then I had to run and pretend I was grateful. I was sweaty and fuming,” said Harriet Marsden.Twitter user Gareth Owen joked: “£6 for a pint. Daylight robbery!” Journalist Josh Barrie responded: “Someone clipped me with their trolley in Waitrose the other day and only apologised once.”Writer Erica Buist added: “All very funny but this is serious: I said ‘after you’ to a woman entering a cafe and instead of saying ‘no no please, my good lady I insist, after YOU’ she went in, ordered exactly what I was going to order for lunch, and got the last one. I almost tutted but I am not an animal.” Many jokes were made about public transport behaviour, with one user writing: “Someone made eye contact with me on the Tube once. The culprit is still at large, despite a massive police operation.” Another said: “Once, on the Northern Line in Clapham a small group of people spontaneously sung a Christmas song – council and police failed to issue ASBOs to any offenders.”  Have you experienced a petty crime in London? Click to tell us your story.(Your submission may be selected for publication.) https://t.co/MRvmXdlYC8— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 13, 2018 £40 cinema tickets at the Odeon in Leicester Square.— Richard HP (@richardhp) December 13, 2018 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. Channel 4’s political editor Faisal Islam bemoaned the Christmas tree outside Number 10, writing: “Massive tree blocking my line of sight to someone important’s front door.”A similar response was received when a critic for the newspaper suggested that the bulk of British restaurants mainly served “porridge and boiled mutton” and that the London food scene has only recently begun to include food from other cultures.Neither the New York Times nor the journalist who made the appeal have responded to the overwhelming number of case studies they have received. I took Champagne to a dinner party. The hosts put it away in their special cupboard. And served Prosecco. Of course, I said it was “fine”.It was 2001 and I am still seething.— Naomi Rovnick 歐蜜 (@naomi_rovnick) December 13, 2018 The New York Times has received a sarcastic response after it asked British people to detail “petty crimes” they had been victims of in London.The newspaper, which has run a series of pieces about austerity and crime in Britain, asked its followers on Twitter: “Have you experienced a petty crime in London? Click to tell us your story.”The article linked to the tweet blames the recent crime increase in the capital on austerity, writing: “A surge in violent crime in London has exacerbated a decade of service cuts under the government’s austerity drive, leaving the city’s Metropolitan Police severely stretched and unable to pursue most suspects involved in minor property crimes.”It then goes on to ask British people if they have been burgled.However, the 3,000 people who replied to the tweet responded with jokes about British life, including manner malfunctions and the price of a pint. read more

  • Amnesty International says time to make death penalty history in Englishspeaking

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — The London-based international human rights organisation, Amnesty International, says while it welcomes a “significant reduction” in the application of the use of the death penalty in the English-speaking Caribbean in recent years, it is urging all regional countries to abolish it.“As the English-speaking Caribbean marks its first decade as an execution-free region, Amnesty International congratulates those governments who have recognised the ultimate cruelty of the death penalty and renews its calls on them and all other states that still retain this punishment to take further steps to abolish it for good,” Amnesty International said in a statement at yearend.It said figures on the use of the death penalty in the English-speaking Caribbean indicate that there has been a significant reduction in the application of this punishment in recent years.According to Amnesty International, only half of the 12 English-speaking Caribbean countries have imposed new death sentences since the last man was executed in St Kitts-Nevis at the end of 2008. It said five countries — Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Jamaica and St Lucia – have commuted their remaining death sentences in in the past five years (2013-2017), reporting empty death rows and leaving a minority of countries to carry the weight of the death penalty in the Americas region, together with the United States.Amnesty International said the United States has remained the only state to carry out executions, but even in the USA figures on death sentences imposed and implemented have reached historical low records.Amnesty International said that as of the end of 2017, over 96 per cent of all those on death row in the English-speaking Caribbean were held in three countries alone, Barbados (13 per cent), Guyana (32 per cent) and Trinidad and Tobago (52 per cent). The three countries retain the mandatory death penalty in their legislation.“International law prohibits the mandatory imposition of the death penalty, as it removes from judges the possibility of considering any mitigating factors at sentencing in relation to the circumstances of the offence and of the offender.”Amnesty International said that the overall decrease in the death sentences in the region fully reflects global trends on the death penalty, noting that in the past decade, 13 countries have repealed the death penalty completely from their national legislation and a further two have become abolitionist for ordinary crimes, such as murder, retaining it only for crimes committed in exceptional circumstances.The international human rights group notes that a recent decision by the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), the highest appellate court for Barbados, shows that the momentum towards abolition is set to continue.It said that in June 27, last year, the CCJ ruled in relation to two cases from Barbados that Section 2 of the Offences Against the Person Act was unconstitutional because it gave judges no choice but to apply the death sentence.“The court recommended resentencing for all cases where a death penalty sentence was initially given for murder under Section 2 of the Act. As the Parliament of Barbados continues its deliberations on draft legislation proposed in 2014, aiming at introducing judicial discretion in murder cases to comply with decisions by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the death penalty in the region was handed another blow,’ Amnesty International added.It said cracks in the wall of capital punishment in the English-speaking Caribbean were also seen at international level in 2018.“For the first time, two countries from the English-speaking Caribbean did not oppose a UN call for the establishment of a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty, in a historic move that further shows that global consensus is building towards ending the use of the death penalty.”Amnesty International said on December 17, the UN General Assembly adopted with record-high support its seventh resolution on the issue.“For the first time, Dominica co-sponsored and voted in favour of the resolution, and Antigua and Barbuda and Guyana abstained at the vote, in an unprecedented move that shows the perception of the death penalty in the region is changing,” Amnesty International said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDeath Penalty in Guyana: President says not in support of executing anyoneJune 20, 2016In “Crime”Int’l rights groups want death penalty removedJuly 21, 2016In “Local News”Death penalty not a FATF requirement, says former AGMay 23, 2016In “Politics” read more

  • Leica iCON grade iGD4SP solution enables more work with one machine with

    first_imgThe highly accurate and efficient iCON grade iGD4SP dozer solution calculates the lift, angle, and tilt of the dozer’s six way blade. It allows operators to angle their blade while iCON grade’s advanced hydraulic control system automatically controls the blade’s lift and tilt. As a result, dozers can now be run at the full extent of their capabilities while constantly maintaining grade, says Leica. Together with SP technology, operators can operate their dozers at full speed while maintaining maximum accuracy reducing operating time and completing projects faster.The Leica iCON grade iGD4SP can lead to optimal performance when handling material in grading operations and eliminates the need to rework areas thus reducing wear and tear on dozers while lowering fuel costs. By using the new dual mast GNSS configuration, operators know the machine’s exact heading and direction and can achieve the desired grade at all times while controlling material properly with less passes. Dozers using the iGD4SP solution can be used in fine grading applications that would normally require motor graders, reducing the need for additional machines saving in operational costs for the contractor.Companies working with Leica iCON grade for dozers can simply expand machine capabilities as projects grow in scope and size. The patented PowerSnap technology lets users easily remove the control panel for safe overnight storage without having to disconnect bulky cables.Leica iCON grade iGD4SP incorporates the latest in GNSS technology available today, the Leica iCON gps 80 GNSS machine receiver, which is specifically built for use in machine control systems and is seamlessly integrated into their iGD4SP system.iCON gps 80 is a compact and rugged GNSS receiver especially developed for a wide range of machine control applications to increase positioning performance on all equipment. It easily and safely fits into any machine cabin, communicates seamlessly with all iCONtrol solutions on site and integrates iCON telematics fleet management software. Flexible communication provides smooth integration with equipment and solutions for OEM partners that require a reliable GNSS position.With the new slim diameter masts and tightly coiled GNSS cables, visibility is greatly improved and operators can focus their attention where it should be: on the working area. Clear visibility of the area around the blade tips eliminates guess work and the resulting errors. This not only helps the operator to work more efficiently, but also increases the site’s safety level.last_img read more

  • Mineral Resources ready to commercialise Bulk Ore Shuttle System

    first_imgMineral Resources Ltd (MRL) is currently developing its innovative Bulk Ore Shuttle System (BOSS™), a low cost mine-to-port transport solution for bulk commodities and freight with possible worldwide applications. BOSS™ is a rail based transport system that utilises many off the shelf rail components thus increasing reliability and decreasing capital cost. The initial proposed system would use a Perth-based control system and it would have full communication redundancy and 75 km/hr average speed travelling over 300 km. The independently powered ore cars which MRL calls shuttle units each have a 120 t payload. The train itself is only 1.8 m high.“BOSS™ employs an elevated below rail structure comprising various designs, dependent on ground clearance requirements to satisfy track geometry, hydrology, topography, geotechnical conditions, and grade separation needs. The benefits of the below rail design is that it not only minimises the cut and fill earthworks activities required during construction, but also results in less disturbance to natural landscapes, such as surface water features and fauna habitat, as well as infrastructure, such as existing road and rail. An added advantage for the BOSS™ below rail structure is it is almost completely re-locatable once a resource/reserve is completely exhausted.”“BOSS™ ore cars are fully automated and autonomous, and have been purposely designed by MRL to allow for continuous movement while loading and discharging. At a fraction of the capital cost of traditional heavy haul rail and road haulage, but maintaining an operating cost that is comparable to heavy rail, BOSS™ is a true low cost haulage solution with the very real potential to open up significant mining assets long considered stranded.”last_img read more

  • Ivan Cupic is back after three months

    ← Previous Story Italian Contested Handball Elections: La Grande Famiglia dell’ Handball is ready! Next Story → EHF Cup: Two draws and +3 for Magdeburg against RN Loewen Croatian right wing and the TOP scorer of Vive Targi Kielce, Ivan Cupic (27) is back at the court after three months break due shoulder injury at the last WCH 2013 bronze medal match in Spain last January. Cupic scored once from 7 meter in the victory of his team in Skopje against Metalurg 27:25 (13:13). He spent about 30 minutes on the court at second-half, but he didn’t shot (only he missed second 7 meter throw). Ivan CupicVive Targi Kielce read more

  • Precious gems from Little Athens

    first_imgI’ve caught Maria Alex, owner of Alex Brothers Jewellers at the end of a busy week. Her business, based in Oakleigh Victoria, is taking its first step into the world of e-commerce. “The night before last I was uploading images [and] last night until two in the morning,” says Maria. “I added some more today and all the prices went haywire. We’ve had a few issues,” she adds with a hint of understatement, “but it should be launched by the end of the day.” Maria is the youngest of three daughters of Peter Alexopoulos, who started Alex Brothers Jewellers back in the 50s, after he brought the family business from Kalamata to Melbourne. “I’ve slowly taken over from my father who’s now 82,” says Maria, who acts as buyer, designer and marketing director. “I do pretty much everything.” Her apprenticeship as a jeweller began as a child in her father’s Lonsdale Street factory learning to join gold chains. For 50 years, Alex Brothers took their place alongside the delis, cobblers and cake shops that in the early days, made Lonsdale Street the focus of the Greek community’s commercial ventures in Melbourne. A second outlet operated in Chapel Street, Prahran, before Maria moved operations to Oakleigh in 2008. With a firmly established local customer-base, the Internet is the next logical step for a business that is known to stock the largest range of christening crosses in Australia. Jewellery for ceremonial occasions represents a major proportion of Maria’s sales. Children’s jewellery is also a big seller. “We used to manufacture a lot of our products, but now we offshore 70 per cent,” says Maria, who designs much of Alex Bros range and then often uses overseas producers from countries as far apart as Greece, Thailand, and China to make up the items. Other pieces to compliment the range are bought in. With some 5000 items in stock at anyone time, Maria says that whilst customers are still buying the same type of jewellery – matakia, crosses and rings and bracelet, one trend, driven by the increasing price of gold, has seen people settle for 14 carat and 9 carat gold, rather than the 18 carat gold they would have splashed out on in the past. If it’s diamonds you’re after, Alex Bros sources its stock from the most famous diamond merchants in the world – De Beers, and Maria knows what a girl’s best friend is all about. “A great diamond is measured by its colour, clarity, the cut of the stone, and its fluorescence,” says Maria, who is a qualified diamond grader. This week’s move into e-commerce will present three hundred pieces on the website to begin with, but expand over time. The site, which uses the latest secure web commerce technology, not only allows customers to view the items, but also to make a purchase and order direct. Whilst the world is now Alex Bros Jewellers’ oyster, Maria’s first priority with the website is to expand sales interstate.“We’re trying to keep up with generational change that is happening around us,” says Maria, “we’re keeping up with the times.” The business that began transforming precious metals and gems into beautiful jewellery in Kalamata has come a long way. Now the journey continues into cyberspace. Virtual customers can access the website at www.alexbrosjewellers.com.au while more traditional types can visit the shop at 43 Portman Street, Oakleigh, Victoria 3166. Tel. (03) 9568 3033 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

  • Pyre is High Fantasy Football

    first_imgStay on target Review: ‘Fantasy Strike’ Is A Fighting Game That Understands…Game of the Year: Jordan Minor’s Best Video Games of 2018 For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com, we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year!Indie studio Supergiant Games makes a particular kind of game a particular kind of way. The setting and characters and gameplay may change, but there are just certain constants you can always expect. The game will have exquisite illustrated art, background lore to uncover, RPG skill trees, soulful music, and Logan Cunningham’s sultry voice acting.But these shared elements don’t mean the games are created equal. Everyone loved the team’s debut game Bastion, but I thought it was just okay. Meanwhile, I adored the follow-up Transistor, but so far that game’s legacy is more muted. For me, Supergiant’s latest game Pyre falls right in the middle. That sounds like qualified praise for a Game of the Year, but if you haven’t figured it out by now, this is all just an excuse to talk about cool games.While they are obviously connected and feed off of each other, you can divide Pyre pretty evenly into “story” sections and “gameplay” sections.As an RPG, Pyre naturally puts a great emphasis on story. In fact, some have compared it to a visual novel in terms of how story-heavy and linear it can get. You technically travel around a map, but aside from some branching pathways for optional resources, you’re just moving from one designated location to the next. Travel becomes even more of a non-issue once your jaunty wagon upgrades into an airship.This isn’t a criticism, just an observation. The linearity helps Pyre keep its story tight, and it’s an affecting story. Much more like Bastion than Transistor aesthetically, Pyre’s world is a folksy take on fantasy, a setting that combines cowboy guitar riffs with sorceresses trapped in crystal balls and tomes about the downfall of ancient demonic emperors. Players are part of a band of exiles trapped in a sort of technicolor Hell, stuck together Hateful 8-style while making a pilgrimage to freedom-by-combat rituals. It’s a haunting, quasi-religious vibe that makes the world of the Downside alluring to just exist in.Meanwhile, the bulk of Pyre’s gameplay consists of the Rites, the rituals the exiles must compete in to earn a chance at freedom. This is where Pyre basically turns into the most pretentious arcade sports game since the Camelot handheld Mario sports RPGs, and that’s a good thing. The goal of each match is to extinguish your opponent’s flame by dunking a glowing orb into it enough times and trigger a gorgeous dunking animation.Each team consists of three players, but you can only move one at a time so proper positioning is crucial. Characters holding the ball are vulnerable to physical and projectile attacks by opponents. Being hit temporarily banishes you while scoring banishing the successful character until someone scores again to keep things balanced. It may not be NBA Jam (or Playgrounds) or Rocket League or eSports, but it is appealingly peculiar, a mix of micro and macro strategy game thinking applied to a familiar snappy sports framework. It’s worth playing even outside of the context of the story in the local multiplayer mode.What unites Pyre’s two halves are the characters and their relationships. Pyre is essentially a sports movie, and your team (The Nightwings) are a group of scrappy heroic underdogs. It’s hard to get more downtrodden than literally being stuck in Hell. You start off with three characters, but eventually, your party expands to around a dozen, and each character features an iconic design and personality to match. Some of my favorites include lovable mustachioed dog Rukey, acerbic harpy Pamitha, and optimistic “moon-touched” girl Bae (that was the name I chose out of several options because of course).The conversations you have with your party (as well as their opponents) endear them to you as people. But their unique, Dota-esque gameplay styles just strengthens the bond you have with them as playable video game characters. Each character has different stats for attributes like strength, speed, and how much fire they can extinguish with one shot. They also have individuals skills you can enhance over time as they level up. The imp Ti’Zo can hover and implode. Swamp witch Bertrude can slither and pounce. Demon Captain Jodariel can bulldoze her way through most opponents. Buying and equipping different talismans can give your characters even more options.Pyre encourages you to mix and match characters to find a playstyle that works for you, until it doesn’t. The game’s cruelest and best trick comes from the Liberation Rites. Along with helping your party earn its freedom, you’re also trying to start a revolution in the unjust illiterate world above that exiled you in the first place. Winning a Liberation Rite frees one character to go help the cause, but then you can’t use them for the rest of the game. And because a character must be strong enough to go free, you’re forced to sacrifice your best characters or improve weaker ones one by one for the greater good. It’s an awesome and agonizing mechanic. Your power balloons until it peaks and then begins to deflate. What a fascinating arc.I constantly struggled against the selfish impulse to keep characters I wanted for gameplay reasons and the selfless impulse to free them for story reasons. Even if you play the game perfectly, not every character will go free. And if you lose a Liberation Rite and free an opponent instead, you’ll face even more difficult choices in the end game since the story moves forward no matter what. The only motivation that rivaled my desire to free my characters was the desire to shut up the condescending, Stanley Parable-esque narrator.With no fail state, so many characters, and so many different ways the story could go depending on who you free, there are a lot of reasons to replay Pyre. I replayed the last match a few times with my final team just to give each one a chance to go free, see what happened to them, and hear the slightly modified end credits song. However, the biggest thing keeping me from a full replay is just how repetitive the game gets.The momentum is pretty good up until the first Liberation Rite, and if the game had ended there, it would have been a very short but not unsatisfying. However, from there the game repeats the cycle several more times. Each new cycle is more streamlined than the last, and the gameplay holds up well enough, but tedium sets in after the false climax. I get that the characters themselves are being forced to suffer a seemingly never-ending series of escalating but virtually identical challenges, and the player is stuck along with them, but it feels like a small team trying to stretch a limited amount of content beyond its breaking point. That’s a shame because the content itself is great.Still, it’s a testament to how good Pyre is that I was willing to put up with its disappointing amount of filler. But Transistor remains my favorite Supergiant game thanks to it’s more varied, strategic, and creative gameplay opportunities and its aesthetically cohesive cyberpunk world. I hope that’s the direction the studio goes back in next. Then we’ll have a real Game of the Year on our hands.Check back next week to read about the next Game of the Year!View as: One Page Slides1/51. Pyre is a combination fantasy RPG/arcade sports game.2. The Rites are 3-on-3 battles where you must plunge a glowing orb into your opponent’s flame.3. Interact with your party full of great characters trying to go free.4. Dunk on your opponents with style.5. Travel across the technicolor Hell of the Downside.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

  • Affordable housing advocates call for support for Proposition 1

    first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Affordable housing advocates, including local and state political leaders, gathered in North Park Tuesday.They say if the state’s affordable housing crisis is to be addressed, it must include voter support for proposition 1:KUSI’s Ed Lenderman has the story. Ed Lenderman Ed Lenderman, Affordable housing advocates call for support for Proposition 1 Posted: September 18, 2018 September 18, 2018 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

  • Major investor liking MelcoCrown reunion as Melco sees shares soar

    first_img RelatedPosts Hong Kong Jockey Club cites “serious integrity concerns” in complaint over Crown Resorts-owned betting exchange Load More Inquiry into Melco Resorts acquisition to determine whether Crown Resorts still suitable to hold NSW gaming license “We always liked Crown’s exposure to Macau through Melco,” he said. “And we’ve always respected Lawrence Ho’s ability to manage casinos and also new builds.”Asked about what benefits Melco would gain from entering the Australian domestic market – with Crown currently operating properties in Melbourne and Perth and set to launch its US$2.2 billion Crown Sydney at Barangaroo, Laurence said, “I think the opening of Barangaroo will really create a huge opportunity for Crown.“We think Lawrence Ho sees that and wants to diversify the group to a mix of growth in Macau, but also with some more stable assets in Australia.”Laurence’s comments come with shares in Melco Resorts having risen 25.4% to US$23.59 and in parent company Melco Development Ltd by 29.6% to HK$19.92 since the start of June, buoyed by the Crown acquisition and a recent easing of US-China trade tensions. ASX-listed investment firm Perpetual has thrown its support behind the recent acquisition of a 19.99% stake in Australian casino operator Crown Resorts by its former Macau business partner Melco Resorts & Entertainment.In an interview with the Australian Financial Review this week, Perpetual fund manager Garry Laurence – whose company holds shares in both Melco and Crown – revealed he was pleased to see the two coming together again due to the considerable opportunities it presents. Evan Winkler appointed President as Melco Resorts implements latest management overhaullast_img read more

  • Quaders meet with CJ stuns worries BNP

    first_imgBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File photoBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir accused the ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) of mounting pressure on the judiciary.Referring to a news report that Quader visited the residence of chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha and had dinner together on Saturday night, Fakhrul said the incident has stunned BNP, and made it anxious as well.Fakhrul was addressing a doa mahfil (prayers session) organised at party’s Naya Paltan headquarters to seek Almighty’s blessings for early recovery of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia from her illness.BNP’s student wing Bangladesh Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal organised the prayers session.The BNP leader came down heavily on the AL leaders for their criticism of the 16th amendment annulment verdict and said the way the government and the AL leaders are speaking against the chief justice and the judiciary doesn’t go with political norms. “It is the language of terrorism.”He alleged further that the AL government has spearheaded a new conspiracy to destroy country’s democracy.He called on the AL to face the BNP politically, shunning its “tactic of putting pressure on the judiciary”.last_img read more

  • 3 children drown in Narsingdi

    first_img.At least three minors including two girls drowned in a pond at Charmandalia village in Monohardi upazila in Narsingdi on Saturday afternoon.The deceased are Rikta Begum, 8, daughter of Aslam Mia, and Shikha Begum, 7, and Mili Begum, 6, both daughters of Basir Mia of the same village.Monohardi police station sub-inspector Azahar said the three minors went to play on the bank of the pond near their houses.They slipped into the water around 5:30pm and met their watery burial, he said.last_img

  • Best External Hard Drive For Xbox One

    first_img SCUF Prestige Falls Short of Being a Must-Have Premium ControllerOrigin PC Ends Console Wars With PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch Combo Case ADATA SE730H External SSDThis ADATA drive is maybe the chicest piece of tech on this whole list. Yeah you’ll only get 512GB of space. But in exchange you’ll get a really stylish drive that’ll frankly make your Xbox One look ugly. And the performance speed USB-C over no slouch either for this, one of the best external hard drives for Xbox One. Read more on PCMag.com. Back in the day video game file sizes were very modest. Sure at the time they took up a lot of space, given hardware restrictions. But now you can collect every NES game ever made in less than a gigabyte of storage. However, as games have grown grander, their worlds bigger, their graphics more detailed, their sounds more lush and clear, files sizes have rapidly ballooned. And limited disc storage, along with customer desire to own all their games digitally, means directly downloading those files onto your console. Do you want to enjoy Red Dead Redemption 2? You better be prepared to wait for nearly 100GB of data to pour in from the internet tubes.Console manufacturers try to help players out by including a healthy amount of storage in the base hardware itself. If you’re paying a couple hundred dollars for these machines the least they can do is give you a terabyte of storage space. But if you’re an avid gamer you’re still quickly going to run out of room. So what are you supposed to do? Deleting games is not an option.If you’re an Xbox One owner you’re in luck because current Xbox Ones support external hard drives for game storage, useful if you’re enjoying lots of titles from an Xbox Game Pass subscription. Sure you can manually swap out the internal drive for a faster solid-state drive or something. But just plugging in an additional drive easily expands your space while keeping read/write speed enough to not saddle gameplay with insufferable load times. And compatibility-wise, it’s all pretty generous. You just need a USB 3.0 port. So from across a variety of brands, here are the best external hard drives for Xbox One. For in-depth reviews of all these hard drives read the extensive reviews on our sister site PCMag.com.Seagate Fast SSDFast is right in the name. And this Seagate drive’s speed is especially impressive considering you can get up to a terabyte of SSD space for an affordable price. Doubling your Xbox One’s space this well this easily for this price makes this one of the best external hard drives for Xbox One. Read more on PCMag.com. CalDigit TuffNot that we expect players to take their Xbox One outside that often, but maybe if you have multiple systems you want to carry games with on an external drive to enjoy wherever you’re gaming. And if that drive broke somehow it would sure suck to download those games all again. Don’t worry about that with the waterproof, dust-proof, drop-proof CalDigit Tuff, the toughest best external hard drive for Xbox One. Read more on PCMag.com. Western Digital My Passport Wireless SSDThis Western Digital drive’s coolest feature, its ability to transmit data wirelessly, might not be exactly useful if you just want to plug it into your Xbox One via USB. But it does make it one of the best external hard drives for Xbox One that you can use in awesome other situations with other tech you might have. Read more on PCMag.com.For more on Xbox check out the best original Xbox games and how to connect an Xbox controller to PC. And for more great hard drive picks, check out the full list of best external hard drives of 2018 on our sister site PCMag.com.Purchase Xbox One X Stay on target Samsung Portable SSD T5This Samsung drive has basically everything you want. Lots of space. All kinds of USB ports. Fast speed. And an attractive compact design that won’t be this ugly gaudy brick next to your sleek Xbox One S/X. The only catch is the higher price but that’s a price worth paying for one of the best external hard drives for Xbox One. Read more on PCMag.com.last_img read more

  • Fussy ants found to improve chances of finding better new nesting sites

    first_img Explore further Rock ants live in cracks between rocks, which puts them at some risk due to weather or other animals destroying their nests. When this occurs, they find a new one. However, the researchers with this new effort found that there was more to the decision-making process than previously thought.To learn more about how the ants go about finding a site for a new nest, the researchers collected specimens of the ants and placed them into an artificial environment where they were kept alone and where possible nest sites were artificially created.In studying the ant behavior, the researchers learned that ants have very particular rules when choosing a nest site—it had to have a ceiling height of approximately 2mm, a gap of 1.5mm at the entrance, low light, and the interior had to be approximately 20 square centimeters in size. To gauge the suitability of nest sites, the ants were given an opportunity to choose among several options, some of which very closely suited their needs and others that did not. In so doing, the researchers found that some ants were content to live in any of the nests they came upon (demonstrated by laying down and spreading pheromones) while others were much more demanding. The ants that were more demanding, the team noted, were the same ants that behaved in ways that suggested they were not happy with a nest once chosen.In the wild, the researchers suggest, it is likely the fussy ants help the colony find a new nest because they would be more likely to visit more locations, ultimately leading to the best possible site. Still unclear, however, is the means by which different behavioral characteristics arise in different ants. The team plans to take a closer look to see if they can find the drivers for it. Desert ants found to have dual navigation systems This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2017 Phys.org Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society Bcenter_img Acacia ants (Pseudomyrmex ferruginea). Credit: Ryan Somma/Wikipedia. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with the University of Bristol has found that differences in behavioral traits among ants help when it comes to finding a new nest—at least with rock ants. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the team describes their study of ant behavior in artificial nests, the differences in behavior they found and how they appeared to help them establish a new nest. Citation: Fussy ants found to improve chances of finding better new nesting sites (2017, February 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-02-fussy-ants-chances-sites.html More information: Thomas A. O’Shea-Wheller et al. Variability in individual assessment behaviour and its implications for collective decision-making, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2017). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2016.2237AbstractSelf-organized systems of collective behaviour have been demonstrated in a number of group-living organisms. There is, however, less research relating to how variation in individual assessments may facilitate group decision-making. Here, we investigate this using the decentralized system of collective nest choice behaviour employed by the ant Temnothorax albipennis, combining experimental results with computational modelling. In experiments, isolated workers of this species were allowed to investigate new nest sites of differing quality, and it was found that for any given nest quality, there was wide variation among individuals in the durations that they spent within each nest site. Additionally, individual workers were consistent in spending more time in nest sites of higher quality, and less time in those of lower quality. Hence, the time spent in a new nest site must have included an assessment of nest quality. As nest site visit durations (henceforth termed assessment durations) are linked to recruitment, it is possible that the variability we observed may influence the collective decision-making process of colonies. Thus, we explored this further using a computational model of nest site selection, and found that heterogeneous nest assessments conferred a number of potential benefits. Furthermore, our experiments showed that nest quality assessments were flexible, being influenced by experience of prior options. Our findings help to elucidate the potential mechanisms underlying group behaviour, and highlight the importance of heterogeneity among individuals, rather than precise calibration, in shaping collective decision-making.last_img read more

  • Whitlock Dont dance on LeBron James grave before hes dead

    first_imgToday, on the maiden voyage of “Speak for Yourself”, Jason and Colin embarked down a long, winding road of disagreement. Some of the topics the guys ran through today included:The Draymond Green suspension and the LeBron confrontation.NBA Finals – Game 5 predictions.LeBron’s legacy if he loses.Aaron Rodgers immunity from criticism.Here’s a rundown of where they stood:Should the Warriors show LeBron more respect? Advertisement Jason: “You don’t dance on LeBron James’ grave before he’s dead. ” Why shake a stick at LeBron? The arrogance is over the top.Colin: The Warriors are cocky, and that’s  what we love about them. They’re cocky. They agitate. Embrace the arrogance.NBA Finals – Game 5 PredictionsJason:  The suburban kids, Golden State, are taking  the city kids, the Cavs, to school. G-State wins.Colin: “This avalanche is already down the hill.” Series is over tonight. 172-35 in 2 seasons. The most skilled offensive team ever. Appreciate history.Did LeBron cross a line by stepping over Draymond Green?Colin: LeBron had a sense of the moment and got under the skin of the emotional Draymond Green. It’s not over the line. Don’t get 5 flagrant fouls before that.Jason: LeBron baited Draymond, and Draymond engaged. Predictable. Tip of the hat to LeBron.What does a loss in the Finals tonight do to LeBron’s legacy?Jason: Potentially the most damaging thing that will ever happen to LeBron’s legacy. His Game 4 performance was lackluster, to be kind. LeBron needs to show up after being called out by two generations of Thompsons and pine rider Mo Speights. After this year’s Finals performance, you can’t put him in the same conversation as Larry and Magic.Colin:  “You can never go home again.” LeBron came back to the team of his choosing, he just picked the wrong one to beat the Warriors. He left Miami so he didn’t have to hear “no” from Pat RIley. He has to have second thoughts about the move.Does Aaron Rodgers get unfairly criticized?Colin:  Elite roster, elite GM, stable franchise, great offensive coach, weak division.  Only one ring. He doesn’t have any recent deep playoff runs. Great quarterback, but It’s okay to point out that he under-performed last season, and his roster isn’t as bad as it’s been advertised.Jason: Rodgers fans say he catches heat for things when Tom Brady gets a pass. He’s Tom Brady, you’re not. Shut up.Do not shake this man’s hand! German men’s coach Joachim Löw got caught dipping into his lederhosen and sniffing his schnitzel sweat. Whitlock didn’t see what the uproar was all about.last_img read more

  • corporate travelTravelport Locomote

    first_imgcorporate travelTravelport Locomote Travelport Locomote has chosen Melbourne-based travel management company, 1000 Mile Travel Group, as one of the first agencies in Australia to access the company’s corporate travel platform.Sandra McLeod, CEO at Travelport Locomote, said: “To join forces with a local TMC such as 1000 Mile is a great opportunity for Travelport Locomote to grow its local customer network, and share our innovative capabilities with more Australian businesses.“It’s great to find a local agency with the same outlook as us when it comes to corporate travel – that simplifying booking processes can only mean savings in both time and money – and we’re looking forward to what this partnership will bring for the future.”The news comes on the back of Travelport Locomote’s recent launch in the UK as part of its global expansion plan for 2017. The Aussie travel tech company has plans to double in size by the end of 2017 to support its ambitious expansion strategy.last_img read more

  • Tobacco smuggling arrests

    first_imgThree men aged 23, 33 and 43 were arrested on Friday evening at the Larnaca airport after more than 64 kilogrammes of tobacco were found in their luggage.According to the police, the tobacco was found in three suitcases by officers at the airport.The three men, who were about to leave the island, were arrested after they told police they could not pay the due tax and fine amounting to €18,550. You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more