Experts Selected to Review Inclusive Education

first_imgNOTE TO EDITORS: Zach Churchill, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development will be available to speak with media today, May 15, at 12:30 p.m. The minister will be joined by the evaluators, Andy Hargreaves and Jessica Whitley. The availability will be at the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, 2021 Brunswick St., Halifax. Two professors from the University of Ottawa will lead an evaluation into the implementation of inclusive education in Nova Scotia. Their goal is to gain a deeper understanding of what is working and what may need to be adjusted to better support students. In May 2019, government announced its second of a five-year rollout for changes to inclusive education. In 2018-19, 191 positions were added to schools. This year, new supports bring the total to 364 new inclusive education positions. “We are committed to improving inclusive education in Nova Scotia and we want to ensure our investments and improvements are making a difference for students,” said Zach Churchill, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. “Evaluating the implementation of changes to inclusive education in our province was a recommendation in the Commission on Inclusive Education’s report, Student’s First. As we implement year two of a five-year rollout, now is the time to move forward with this evaluation.” Jessica Whitley, associate professor of inclusive education, in partnership with visiting professor Andy Hargreaves, who is also a research professor in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College, will lead the development and implementation of the evaluation. “We are honoured to help develop an inspiring and effective inclusive education strategy that will enable all young people in the province to have the best start in life,” said Ms. Whitley. “We bring combined skills and experience of working as researchers and educators in inclusive education and educationalchange with governments, communities and professional associations across Canada and around the world.” Ms. Whitley has a background in educational psychology and special education, with extensive experience working with students, teachers and families with diverse needs. She has specific experience in developing and analyzing complex evaluations. “We have spent most of our careers working to develop effective strategies that can and will address every young person’s opportunity to be successful and feel they belong in school, whatever their circumstances, strengths and needs,” said Mr. Hargreaves. “We are looking forward to this unique opportunity to collaborate with Nova Scotia educators in gathering and using evidence to inform positive change that will benefit all students and help the province to become a world leader in inclusive education.” Mr. Hargreaves is a world-renowned leader in educational policy with significant experience working on inclusion and diversity. He co-founded the International Center for Educational Change, has been an adviser in education to the First Minister of Scotland and from 2016 to 2018, an adviser in education to the premier of Ontario. The three-year contract with the University of Ottawa team will cost $457,908. The evaluators will begin their work immediately.The evaluators will work with Education and Early Childhood Education staff, Regional Centres for Education and the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial, and will consult with teachers, inclusive education staff, families and students. For more information on investments and changes to inclusive education in Nova Scotia, visit: ednet.ns.ca/inclusiveeducation.last_img read more


Two men charged in Ivory Coast for trying to blackmail MP Tony

first_imgOTTAWA — Two men in Africa’s Ivory Coast have been charged for attempting to blackmail Canadian MP Tony Clement by posing as a woman online and demanding money after Clement shared explicit sexual images with them.RCMP have confirmed the two men arrested by the Ivory Coast’s cyber-crimes unit recently were charged in connection with Clement’s case.In November, Clement asked the RCMP to investigate after he admitted to sending sexually explicit images to what he believed was a “consenting female,” but later learned was an online account being run by “foreign actors” trying to extort him for 50,000 euros.Clement was booted from the Conservative caucus in November after admitting to having had inappropriate online relationships with more than one woman.The suspects in the extortion case against Clement and one other alleged victim are being identified by Ivory Coast officials only by the initials CH and DML.Information published by the African police agency says the two suspects have been questioned, and the RCMP says it continues to work with international partners on the case.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


QuickSketch Dennis King the apparent next premier of Prince Edward Island

first_imgCHARLOTTETOWN — A look at Dennis King, leader of the P.E.I. Progressive Conservatives and the Island’s apparent next premier.Age: 47.Early years: Grew up in Georgetown, P.E.I.Education: Graduated from Montague Regional High School in 1990. Studied journalism in Ontario.Career: King worked for P.E.I. media outlets including the Eastern Graphic and the Guardian. He worked as a communications officer for the P.E.I. departments of Transportation and Development and Technology, and later served as director of communications to Premier Pat Binns. In 2007 he became director of communications and business development with the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of Prince Edward Island. In 2013, he started his own public relations and communications consulting business.Family: Married to Jana Hemphill. They have three children – Jacob, Camdyn and Callum. They operate Storybrook Stables, a horse farm in Brookfield, P.E.I.Quote: “Our job now is to come together for Islanders and offer a strong, viable, principled party for change in a political climate, ladies and gentlemen, that is ripe for change.” – After being chosen as party leader on Feb. 9, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


FBI concerned by money mules roped into fraud schemes

first_imgWASHINGTON — The email caught the executive at a small Connecticut company by surprise one morning in 2016. The company’s owner, or so he thought, was requesting a money transfer to pay for supplies from a new vendor.It wasn’t until that night when the executive, hours after the money had been wired and still puzzled by the out-of-the-blue demand, texted the owner to make sure he’d heard the request correctly.The befuddled reply was disheartening: “I just saw your message about a wire transfer today. What is this about?”It was a fraud scam that targeted companies in Connecticut and elsewhere in the United States and that resulted this month in a 45-month prison sentence for one of the culprits. The case is part of a seemingly endless cycle of money laundering schemes that law enforcement officials say they’re scrambling to slow through a combination of prosecution and public awareness. Beyond the run-of-the-mill plots, officials say, is a particularly concerning trend involving “money mules” — people who, unwittingly or not, use their own bank accounts to move money for criminals for purposes they think are legitimate or even noble.The “mule” concept has attracted renewed attention with this month’s release of Clint Eastwood’s “The Mule,” a real-life tale of an elderly horticulturist who smuggled cocaine for a Mexican cartel. But the modern-day mules of most concern to the FBI are people who get themselves entangled in complicated, international money laundering schemes that cause millions of dollars in losses and show no signs of stopping.“They trial and error this stuff and they see what works and they see what doesn’t,” FBI supervisory special agent James Abbott said in an interview. “It’s a much higher success rate when you have a lot of money using somebody else’s account going through there instead of trying to cross the border with a physical transportation of cash.”The FBI and international law enforcement agencies have stepped up efforts against the fraud and say they’re building bigger cases than before. Europol said this month it had identified 1,504 money mules, arresting 168, in a continent-wide bust. The FBI in June announced the arrests of 74 people, including 29 in Nigeria, for schemes targeting businesses and the elderly, and this month launched a publicity campaign called “Don’t Be a Mule.”The money mule cases are an offshoot of more generic frauds encountered by the FBI, including schemes that dupe people into thinking they’ve won the lottery and can claim their prizes by wiring an advance payment, or that trick the unsuspecting into believing a relative has been arrested and needs urgent bail money or that a supposed paramour they’ve met online requires cash. In cases like the Connecticut one, fraudsters assume identities of executives and scam employees into wiring cash.That’s what happened in 2016 at Beacon Systems, a Texas company where a new employee received an email from someone she thought was the chief executive officer instructing her to transfer nearly $100,000 for a vendor-related payment. Several weeks later, Kerry Williams, the CEO whose identity was impersonated, was on her way to the airport when an FBI official contacted her and explained how the company had been victimized as part of a much broader swindle. A dual Nigerian-U.S. citizen was ultimately sentenced to four years in prison in connection with the scheme.“It makes you kind of paranoid,” Williams said, describing how the experience made the SAP consulting firm more vigilant. “Even to this day, we’re overly cautious about everything. I think you kind of go to that extreme.”As for money mules, they’re persuaded, sometimes with the incentive of keeping a cut of the funds, into allowing money transfers to their own bank accounts at the direction of a fraudster they may mistake for an online friend or romantic partner, a military officer overseas or an employer. They’re then instructed to transfer those funds elsewhere, into accounts controlled by criminals.In one case, the FBI says, a fraudster posing as an Army captain stationed overseas recruited a man he met online to be a money mule, saying he was making arrangements to travel home and needed the man’s help receiving and sending some funds. The FBI says $10,000 was wired into the man’s account. He was instructed to withdraw it in small increments and send it to someone else in Texas.The mules are sometimes witting conspirators. Other times, they’re often elderly, lonely or confused. In those cases, they’re questioned by the FBI and given warnings but generally avoid prosecution. The FBI says it’s interviewed more than 300 people suspected of acting as money mules.“When we approach them and talk to them and explain to them what they’ve been doing, a lot of times, the horror is there, said Steven D’Antuono, an FBI section chief specializing in financial crimes. “It’s all walks of life, all educational levels. Anyone can fall victim to this.”In the Connecticut case, the executive explained those horrors in a letter to the judge before the sentencing this month of the defendant, Adeyemi Odufuye.The executive, whose name and company are redacted in the letter, described feeling initially apprehensive about the money transfer instructions and advising the company owner that it was a “lot of money for supplies.”That night, he described the interactions to his wife, who asked if he was really certain the emails were legitimate. He suddenly wasn’t so sure, realizing for the first time he may have been duped.“Because of crimes like these,” he wrote, “our society is losing much of the trust and openness that we once experienced.”Eric Tucker And Michael Balsamo, The Associated Presslast_img read more


UN panel pays out nearly 12 billion in reparations for Iraqs invasion

With today’s payment, the Commission has disbursed $46.7 billion, leaving approximately $5.7 billion remaining to be directed to the only outstanding claim, stated a news release issued by the Geneva-based Commission.This category E claim was submitted by the Government of Kuwait on behalf of the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation and awarded $14.7 billion in 2000 for oil production and sales losses as a result of damages to Kuwait’s oil field assets. It represents the largest award by the Commission.Successful claims are paid with funds drawn from the UN Compensation Fund, which receives five per cent of the proceeds generated by the export sales of Iraqi petroleum and petroleum products.The Commission was established in 1991 as a subsidiary organ of the UN Security Council. It has received nearly three million claims, including from nearly 100 governments for themselves, their nationals or their corporations for losses and damages incurred as a direct result of Iraq’s invasion and occupation of Kuwait from 2 August 1990 to 2 March 1991. read more


Vanderbilt tight end Turner Cockrell dies of cancer at 21

NASHVILLE — Vanderbilt tight end Turner Cockrell died Thursday at home after battling cancer for more than a year. He was 21.Cockrell was surrounded by family in Acworth, Georgia, when he died. The Commodores were told of Cockrell’s death at a team meeting Thursday afternoon, Vanderbilt spokesman Larry Leathers said.The tight end noticed two lumps on the right side of his neck last fall and was diagnosed with melanoma in November. He had surgery in December to remove cancerous lymph nodes from his neck and later had radiation therapy. After a full-body scan showed unusual growths in Cockrell’s lungs, doctors said in July that his cancer had spread.He received treatment at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Cockrell watched Vanderbilt’s season-opening 35-7 victory over Middle Tennessee last week from the coach’s suite in the press box. He received the game ball afterward. The Commodores also wore stickers with Cockrell’s No. 82 this season on their helmets.“My heart is broken for Randy, Noelle and the Cockrell family, for all of Turner’s teammates, and for all who came in contact with Turner,” Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason said in a statement. “Turner had a wonderful spirit and fought an incredible fight. He was a Vanderbilt Man through and through, and he will always be remembered here.”Cockrell is survived by his parents, Randy and Noelle, and a brother and sister.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25The Associated Press read more


John Joes American dream I want to be world champion — and

first_imgBarnes and Ward book places in quarter-finals, McComb bows out in Kazakhstan JOHN JOE NEVIN has revealed his dream to defend a world title in front of 80,000 boxing fans in Croke Park.That’s why he is following in the footsteps of his childhood hero — Rocky Balboa.Nevin, 24, was in Dublin today to announce details of a new professional management deal with Greenblood Boxing.The move will see Nevin relocate to Philadelphia, home of the iconic Rocky movies, to join a small training team that already includes Irish fighters Anthony Cacace, Tyrone McKenna and Ray Ginley.Greenblood, managed by Tom Moran, are currently in preliminary discussions with potential promoters about a deal that will allow Nevin to build up a profile in America’s Irish markets as well as return home for regular fights in Ireland.The dream, Nevin said, is to add a pro world title to his glittering amateur haul which includes an Olympic silver medal, two World Championship bronze medals and European and EU titles.Then he wants to defend the belt against his Olympic conquerer Luke Campbell and follow Muhammad Ali’s lead by fighting in front of a packed Croke Park.“It’s the next step for me. I’ve done everything in the amateur business, all I wanted to do. I suppose if I could change the colour of the Olympic medal, I’d change it but that’s done. I have the silver, I have to settle with it.He added: “If I get to be a world champion, there would be nothing better than to bring the golden boy of England Luke Campbell back here and show him what I can do over 12 rounds.“I think there was only one fight ever in Croke Park and Muhammad Ali was involved in it so I want to be the second to do it.“It would mean the world to me because what I did in the amateur business, winning all the medals, it was special but the goal in the amateur business was to win the amateur medal. Then I got greedy and went for the full package.To win a world title has been a dream of mine since I was watching the Rocky movies at seven-years-old. Looking up to Rocky Balboa, a movie, it was a bit childish but I wanted to be a world champion watching the Rocky movies.It’s come on since then and seeing Bernard Dunne win a world title in Dublin makes me want it even more.last_img read more


Souness insists Spurs are standing still

first_imgFormer Newcastle United manager Graeme Souness insists Tottenham Hotspur are standing still after their 2-1 home loss to Liverpool on Saturday.Mauricio Pochettino’s side have lost their last two Premier League games and Souness believes a lack of investment in the summer will hamper their progress this season.“He’s frustrated,” the former Liverpool captain said on Sky Sports about the Spurs manager. “He would have wanted four or five players in the summer, but it was obvious he wasn’t going to get them.“They have the excuse of the new stadium, but to his credit he has toed the party line and said we don’t need players, we have a great squad. They do, but they are going to come up short again. They needed two or three quality players to come in and reinvigorate the squad.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“When you are a player in a squad and a big player comes in you get excited because you think he will make you better. You find another yard in training and want to impress. That invigorates the squad, and Tottenham didn’t have that this year. If you are not buying anyone you are standing still in football terms.”“Everybody you are playing against will have gone out and spent. They have taken a chance to be better and you’re not. That interview was borne out of frustration. He knows he is short and it’s another ‘Groundhog Day’ season.”“It will be like last season and the one before. They will play some really fabulous football, get beaten by the better teams when push comes to shove, and miss out again.”last_img read more


Irans coach hopes Jahanbakhsh will be fit for Asian Cup

first_imgThe Brighton and Hove Albion winger has been having a hard time with injuries, but for Carlos Queiroz, he might be available for the continental tournamentThe 2019 AFC Asian Cup kicks off this weekend, and Iran’s Alireza Jahanbakhsh might be fit for those first matches.This is according to Iran’s coach Carlos Queiroz, who spoke to Reuters today.“From a medical and technical point of view, we have a strong belief that he will be able to recover for the competition, although possibly not for the first stage,” the Portuguese coach told Reuters.Cristiano Ronaldo, PortugalAli Daei wouldn’t be upset if Ronaldo breaks his scoring record Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Iranian legend Ali Daei wouldn’t be upset to lose his record as international football’s all-time record scorer to the “great” Cristiano Ronaldo.“After the World Cup, we were living a good moment with our performances and the opportunities that most of our players got to live and play in good teams in Europe.”“But unfortunately we have been hit by a wave of injuries since September,” he added.“We have a settled group with good foundations and good knowledge between all of them and we just need to turn these difficulties into belief and hope. We’re going to try.”last_img read more


23yearold tries extreme yoga falls of balcony

first_imgAs per sources, on Saturday in San Pedro, Alexa Terraza who was practising an extreme yoga pose over the edge of her sixth-floor apartment balcony lost her balance and fell. An image of the 23-year-old hanging upside-down while performing the pose is being shared online. Sources have said, the photo was taken by her friend right before she slipped and hit the driveway at around 1:10 PM. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us Reports have stated that she may not be able to walk for three years as her knees and ankles had to be reconstructed. She also reportedly broke 110 bones in the horrific fall, with fractures to both of her legs and arms, as well as her hips and head.last_img read more


FIFA writes to AIFF after Gokulam Kerala FC and 5 other clubs

first_imgFIFA President Gianni Infantino with AIFF President Praful Patel.TwitterAs a response to the letter sent to FIFA President Gianni Infantino earlier this week by Gokulam Kerala FC and 5 other clubs, FIFA has written to the All India Football Federation seeking an update to the degree of implementation of the joint FIFA and AFC report that was prepared in 2018.This report was made by conclusive research by a combined team of FIFA and AFC delegates taking personal interviews with every major stakeholder in Indian Football. Official delegates like Mr Nick Crawford and Mr Alex Philips from FIFA were specially flown to India to conduct intensive interviews with the major clubs in India to discuss on each and every issue the owners had in Indian Football.The purpose of this report back in 2018 was to provide the AIFF with external expertise, a clear roadmap to establish a unified league and implement a widely-supported strategy for the development of football in India. This report was addressed to the stakeholders and not just AIFF who have kept this report with them for the past one year. This shows or rather proves that the report has solutions which do not coincide with the idea of AIFF or FSDL (the marketing partners of AIFF).In this letter, FIFA CMAO Joyce Cook also confirms that they have been recently contacted by various top-level football clubs from India in view of the ongoing fiasco in Indian Football and seeks acknowledgement on the development on the potentially unified “Indian Football League”.This was after Gokulam Kerala FC along with 5 other I-League clubs had written to FIFA president Gianni Infantino earlier this week requesting intervention on the deal that the AIFF made with FSDL. The letter also contained the sensitive MRA and up to 35 points explaining how the AIFF, through this deal, managed to ruin the already ill-treated clubs and further disrupt the future of the top league in India.Gokulam Kerala FC and all other I-League Clubs ask Kushal Das and AIFF for the umpteenth time to release the report which consists of a clear road for the development of Indian Football which was sent by FIFA in 2018.last_img read more


H Street Comedy Night

first_imgWashington D.C.’s funniest comics descend on H Street Comedy Night, located at Driftwood Kitchen, 400 H Street, NE, for a night of laughs on Oct. 21 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. There are no cover charges, as participants are encouraged to enjoy a night from some of the community’s favorite local comedians. Hosted by Elena Torres, drinks and food will be available for purchase. For more information, visit capitallaughs.comlast_img


Raze Pacts With Turner Latin America for Inaugural Raze Awards

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Raze (raze.tv) is currently in talks with potential U.S. distribution partners for all platforms, including live streaming simultaneously with the Latin American live broadcast. The company announced the deal with Turner at Mipcom 2018.In addition to the main event, Raze and Turner Latin America will plans to create local events where digital celebrities from each country will be recognized.“This project was born out of necessity because after listening to our digital stars and their fans, we realized that the community wants to celebrate their idols in ways beyond just their popularity,” Mari Urdaneta, Raze’s chief content officer, said in a statement. “They also want to recognize them as content creators and storytellers. The Raze Awards is truly the first awards show co-created for creators, by creators.”Turner’s aim is to “give visibility to those digital content celebrities who represent millions of fans, by showing not only who they are, but also all of their talent,” commented Tomás Yankelevich, EVP and chief content officer, general entertainment, for Turner Latin America.Raze was founded in 2016 by Calemzuk, former CEO of Fox Television Studios, along with Vergara and Luis Balaguer from Latin World Entertainment. Investors in the Culver City, Calif.-based startup include UTA, Greycroft Partners and Raine Ventures. Popular on Variety center_img Hispanic media startup Raze has struck a deal with WarnerMedia’s Turner Latin America to coproduce and finance the first Raze Awards, aimed at celebrating Latino digital creators.The first edition of the Raze Awards, scheduled for September 2019, will feature entertainers from across the globe in a one-hour event that will be televised throughout Latin America on TNTLA.Raze — co-founded by Emiliano Calemzuk, actress Sofia Vergara (“Modern Family”), and Vergara’s longtime business partner Luis Balaguer — is hoping to build a new awards franchise to reach young millennial Hispanic audiences. The Raze Awards are patterned on other kudocasts like the MTV Music Awards or, perhaps more on point, MTV Latin America’s MTV MIAW awards (originally called the MTV Millennial Awards). The Raze Awards will be selected by fans, a committee of creators and a judges’ panel of industry execs. The list of hosts, performers and special guests for the first Raze Awards have yet to be announced.last_img read more


Splatoon 2 is a Modern Video Game Sequel

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.Splatoon 2 is arguably the biggest Nintendo Switch Game That Isn’t Zelda so far, at least from Nintendo. It’s not a port like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, but it’s also not an unproven property like Arms. In fact, similar to how Breath of the Wild put a Nintendo-quality spin on contemporary AAA open-world game design, Splatoon 2 feels like Nintendo’s take on the modern AAA shooter sequel. It’s the kind of game you make two years after the first one, not a whole console generation later. Considering that the Splatoon team is largely made up of younger Nintendo developers, that modernity is to be expected. But whether or not that’s a good thing is up for debate.I want to say Splatoon 2 is worth it just to experience more of its anime SpongeBob lore and listen to its banging music (now even better thanks to the new rhythm minigame), but there’s a whole rest of a game here that’s probably worth discussing, too. Not since Super Mario Galaxy 2 has Nintendo made a franchise game this big that focuses this much more on refinement than radical reinvention. However, also like Super Mario Galaxy 2, the gameplay being refined is still so unlike anything else that the experience remains fresh.AdChoices广告Splatoon 2 is a team-based shooter where teams compete to cover as much turf as possible in their own squid ink and turn the map into a Nickelodeon commercial. Ink also lets you harm your opponents and provides lanes for you to travel faster or swim up walls while passively reloading. It’s such an elegant idea that ties together shooter mechanics that otherwise seem disparate. Beyond the standard Turf Wars, more competitive players can compete in modes where they deliver payloads, capture the flag, or fight to control specific territories. Splatoon 2 moves the franchise even more in the eSports direction with ranked and league battles.Outside of matches players can focus on character progression. The emphasis on gear reflects the game’s culture of being stylish. New outfits provide new buffs as they level up. Food truck meals help you improve faster. Players gain access to weapons like standard guns, speedy dual pistols, and massive paint rollers with curling stone bombs. Each weapon also comes with its own new special ability, like the power to summon an ink rain cloud or shoot homing missiles. I never got super into competitive Splatoon, but the consensus seems to be the specials are more balanced this time around.With its collection of new and returning weapons and maps, Splatoon 2 already feels like a more complete game than the infamously thin Splatoon did at launch. However, Nintendo is still sticking with that game’s model of steadily releasing new content over time. You can already look forward to new maps like a cruise ship-themed level and new weapons like the shotgun-and-shield combo Splat Brella.While free DLC is great, I wish Nintendo would abandon this model and just put more content in the game upfront. Regardless of how true it is, this strategy makes the game feel purposefully unfinished at launch. This was more acceptable with the unproven first game. It even kind of made the world feel more alive. But what excuse does Splatoon 2 have for this appearance of being rushed?It’s an arbitrary restriction in a game unfortunately full of them, from maps that still rotate on a schedule to an entire awesome co-op Salmon Run horde mode inexplicably limited to certain hours of the week for online play. It’s like they are afraid not enough people will play unless they are funneled in specific directions. Splatoon 2’s fundamentals are so fun I enjoy playing whatever it allows me to play, but I can’t help but slightly resent it for limiting me in the first place.Speaking of limitations, Splatoon 2 is also the first game to use Nintendo’s voice chat app. The app is bad, but thankfully unnecessary. You can play with friends within the game itself, and from there just hop on Discord or something. Besides, one of the brilliant things about Splatoon’s design is that everything about the flow of battle can be communicated through vibrant visuals. You can see where you should paint or jump to an ally in a heated battle. Even if you’re just painting by yourself, you’re still contributing. You don’t need to talk.Another area in which Splatoon 2 feels like Super Mario Galaxy 2 (and Titanfall 2 for that matter) is in its single-player campaign. It’s not too different from before. You still hop between bite-sized levels blasting octopus goons and solving Nintendo-style puzzles with your ink abilities. But it’s a ton of fun. Seeing what the addition of a gun does to Nintendo’s well-worn 3D platform design is fascinating. The single-player also shows off just how much sharper and better Splatoon 2 looks compared to its predecessor. The ink now has bits of shiny reflective material along with noticeably wetter textures that are gloopy and gross in such a great way.Levels this time around are also primarily built for certain weapons, so expect to overwhelm shielded enemies with a Gatling gun, drive-by blast with dual pistols while grinding on ink rails, or snipe a boss’s support chains out of the air while steadying your aim with the vital motion controls. Replaying old levels with new weapons also provides a fun challenge. But even still the campaign won’t last you very long. They should’ve just thrown in the similarly short campaign from the first game, too. It would have provided some context for the light storyline featuring revolving around the family drama of the previously established Squid Sisters.Splatoon 2 is a lot of like Splatoon 1. It even found a way to bring back Miiverse. But that’s okay, and not just because this is how every other gaming franchise works these days. It’s just great to have Splatoon on the Nintendo Switch. It’s a fantastic portable game. Local wireless play makes multiplayer even easier. And the console has some momentum behind it, not the looming specter of death. The first Splatoon found an impressively large audience even as the Wii U was basically over, so the franchise’s appeal now has more potential than ever. Splatoon 2 is a Switch Game That Isn’t Zelda. It’s a kid now; it’s a squid now, it’s its own Nintendo franchise nowWant to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WindNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesView as: One Page Slides1/51. Splatoon 2 is the kind of sequel you release two years after the first game.2. The game’s sense of style and character remains on point.3. The new co-op horde mode Salmon Run is great, but inexplicably limited to certain times of day online.4. New weapons and maps will be released for free over time, but I wish more of them were in the game from the start.5. Don’t bother with Nintendo’s cumbersome voice chat solution. Just join up with friends in the game and chat on Discord.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on SwitchPlay These Nintendo Switch Games Before ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield&… last_img read more


Humans need more rest for better wellbeing

first_imgWhat will you do to find yourself at complete rest: Reading, being with nature, being on your own, listening to music or doing nothing in particular? Better choose one fast for your own well-being as you grow old.According to the world’s largest survey of more than 18,000 people from 134 different countries on this topic, over two thirds (68 per cent) of the public would like more rest.Nearly a third (32 per cent) of respondents said they need more rest than the average person, while 10 per cent think they need less. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf“The survey shows that people’s ability to take rest, and their levels of well-being, are related. These findings combat a common, moralising connection between rest and laziness,” said lead researcher Felicity Callard, social scientist at Durham University in Britain. Rest – a much broader category than sleep – has physical, mental and spiritual components, the study said. The online survey – rest test – found that those who felt they needed more rest scored lower in terms of well-being.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSimilarly, those who responded saying they think they get more rest than average or do not feel the need for more rest, had well-being scores twice as high as those who wanted more rest. This suggests that the perception of rest matters, as well as the reality, the researchers observed.In addition, people found reading (58 per cent), being in the natural environment (53.1 per cent), being on their own (52.1 per cent), listening to music (40.6 per cent), doing nothing in particular (40 per cent) as the top five most restful activities that is often done alone. “It’s intriguing that the top activities considered restful are frequently done on one’s own,” Callard said.“Perhaps it’s not only the total hours resting or working that we need to consider, but the rhythms of our work, rest and time with and without others,” he added. The survey asked respondents to state how many hours of rest they had within the last 24 hours. On average, being younger and having a higher household income was associated with having fewer hours of rest. Further, those with caring responsibilities or in shift work which included nights also reported fewer hours of rest.“This survey shows just how crucial it is to our well-being to ensure people do have time to rest. We can begin to try to work out what the optimum amount of rest might be and how we should go about resting,” explained Claudia Hammond, presenter of Radio 4’s All in the Mind and associate director of Hubbub – an international team of scientists, humanists, artists and broadcasters in London. The survey was presented during BBC Radio 4’s programme –The Anatomy of Rest.last_img read more


Regulators Are Investigating Exploding Hoverboards

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced that it’s launching a large-scale enquiry into the safety of self-balancing skateboards. The devices’ propensity to spontaneously combust, notorious enough for even Saturday Night Live to have produced a sketch parodying it, is something of a safety risk. The bureau has designated the problem a “priority investigation” and has allocated plenty of time and resources to find the “root cause of the fires.” Although we’re not sure they need to, since we all know the problem is their shitty, knock-off lithium ion batteries made by dodgy factories in China.The CPSC has also posted a list of companies that are currently under scrutiny, including Swagway, UWheels and Hover-way. In an accompanying statement from agency chairman Elliot F. Kate, users are warned not to trust a UL-mark that could be on the packaging — saying that they could have been faked. In addition, Kaye feels that the devices may not be capable of adequately supporting most people’s weight, so the next time your grandpa falls off of one, it might not be because he’s got no swag. In addition, the official urges anyone who can to take advantage of Amazon’s refund program to do so and get these things out of their homes.If, however, you’re one of those awful Vine kids who believes that terrible things happen to other people, the CPSC also offers guidance if you wanna keep yours. For instance, users are advised to charge them in an “open area” away from combustible materials and keep a fire extinguisher nearby at all times. Riders should also keep away from the highway and wear skateboard-appropriate safety gear (helmet, knee pads, wrist guards) at all times.Here’s the list of companies being investigated (and considered potentially unsafe) by the CPSC:Smart Balance Wheel/One Stop Electronic Inc.Smart Balance Wheel Scooter/Glide BoardsHover-way Hands-Free Electric/Digital Gadgets LLCSwagway Hands-Free Smart Board/Swagway LLCSmart Balance Board/I Lean HoverboardsE-Rover-Mini Smart Balance Scooter/LeCam TechnologySmart Balance Wheels/KateeskittyHoverboard360.comiMOTO/Keenford LimitedYOOLIKEDSmart Balance Wheel/Luxiyan andUwheelsE-Rover Smart Balance Wheel Register Now » January 21, 2016 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals This story originally appeared on Engadgetlast_img read more


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first_img 14 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires But buying into the possibility that Rosen could steal the starting gig from Bradford, who agreed to a two-year contract with $15 million guaranteed this offseason, is former Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians.One reason why: Rosen’s actually got a chance to perform.Related Links’Mindset of a vet’: Cardinals rookie QB Rosen is no long shot to be starterCardinals QB Mike Glennon will enter season with eyes wide openCarson Palmer on Josh Rosen: ‘His college film was phenomenal’Cardinals won’t rush Sam Bradford, Steve Wilks makes 4-3 argument“He’s gotten the opportunity that a lot of rookies don’t get. With him getting first-team reps with Sam sitting out, that’s his opportunity to show that he can beat him out,” Arians told Doug & Wolf on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.“I think he’s probably the most-ready guy in the draft, you know? He played in a really good offense, he’s a bright guy. I would say, ‘Hey, just let your football do the talking and just blend in.’”Rosen has gotten that chance to run with the first team because of Bradford’s knee injury that cost him all but two games of the 2017 season.The Cardinals began the offseason exercising caution by limited Bradford’s participating.“The biggest thing that we’re going to do with Sam is to make sure that he’s ready to play 16-plus games,” Wilks told reporters in April. “I’ve seen what he can do over the years. I’m not concerned about trying to get him out there as quick as possible to be able to throw the ball. We’re going to make sure that we’re giving Sam everything that he needs to be successful.” Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks said it wasn’t a long shot.While veteran Sam Bradford is Arizona’s expected starting quarterback for the 2018 season, the job, like any other, is an open competition. Rookie quarterback Josh Rosen could theoretically win it, as could backup Mike Glennon.While most Cardinals players and coaches have expressed a positive first impression when it came to Rosen’s confidence, command and smarts, the rookie’s readiness won’t be accurately examined until Arizona puts the pads on. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians watches his team during the first day of the team’s NFL football training camp, Saturday, July 22, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)center_img Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arians, who is preparing for his new job as an in-game analyst for CBS Sports, said a quarterback in Rosen’s mold could be ready to play immediately considering Arizona’s situation around him.“I don’t think it’s hard at all. It’s the cast around you,” the former coach said. “You got Larry Fitzgerald, you got veteran offensive linemen. You just do your job. With that defense, don’t try to do too much. Don’t try to be nobody you’re not, and the guys will accept you.“I think like all young quarterbacks, it’s winning over your locker room,” Arians added. “I did a show the other day about (Philadelphia Eagles quarterback) Carson Wentz and did he need to change the way he plays the game, and he probably can now because he’s won over his locker room. They know he’s tough. They know he’s all-in. For a young quarterback, a lot of times that’s the hardest thing, just letting them know that, ‘I’m all-in.’” – / 34 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more


Anastasiades security and guarantees must come first Update 2

first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades confirmed on Monday that he had proposed that any conference on Cyprus should focus on security and guarantees first, and only if these were agreed would the remaining issues be discussed.In his address to the people on the proposal he had made last week to Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci at the negotiation table, the president said that his aim was not to engage in a blame game nor to comment on what was being attributed to him from both sides of the divide.After giving a brief account of what has taken place so far in this round of talks, Anastasiades said that during their last meeting on Wednesday, Akinci, citing the lack of progress in the talks, had proposed for a new conference in Geneva where the two sides would each present their main goals in an attempt to make progress through a ‘give and take’ procedure.At the same time, the president said, Akinci had demanded that the Republic halt its energy plans.“Feeling how critical the moments are, and with the sole aim of preventing a protracted stalemate, and having rejected the claim for suspending our energy plans and perfectly consistent with what was agreed on January 12 in Geneva and on February 1 in Cyprus, I proposed an immediate transition to Geneva in order to have tangible results,” Anastasiades said.He added that his counterproposal was to first, “convene the Conference on Cyprus to conclude and end the debate on the issues of security and guarantee, and secondly, if and when we reach an agreement, to proceed immediately to the discussion and resolution of the issue of territory”.The third step, he said, would be to remain in Geneva “for as long as it is necessary to achieve not only substantial progress, but even a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem”.The president said that he has been consistent in terms of everything that had been agreed so far with Akinci.“My goal is to restore the truth to a proposal, the adoption of which will create valid prospects so we can look optimistically to a positive outcome as soon as possible,” he said.Despite the progress made in the five chapters of governance, economy, property, European Union, and territory, there are disagreements or even backtracking on what had been agreed, he said.Defending his proposal against claims from the Turkish Cypriot side, “but unfortunately also by circles within the Greek Cypriot community” that it focused on procedural issues, he said it was perfectly consistent with what had been agreed with the Turkish Cypriot leader, as recorded in the United Nations Communiqués of December 1, 2016, January 12, 2017 and February 1, 2017.His aim, he said, was not to simply achieve progress, but to create conditions that would allow the discussion of those issues to reach results.Following his address, the president answered to questions of members of the press.Responding to a question, Anastasiades said that he will not accept procedures that led nowhere.This, he said, would be the result of the “obsession to go to a conference in June without being ready, and reach a dead-end at the give and take procedure”.The Conference on Cyprus, launched in Geneva in January to discuss security and guarantees, ended without a deal but with a decision on January 12 to continue discussions at a technical level, before re-convening at a political level again. The two leaders asked the UN on February 1 to prepare the ground for the continuation of the conference on Cyprus at political level with the participation of the guarantor powers, Greece, Turkey and the UK.The president had said last week that, if his proposal is accepted by the Turkish Cypriot leader, a solution could be found before the presidential elections in February. The proposal has been deemed a list of “unacceptable preconditions” by the Turkish side.The two leaders failed to agree to a way forward in their meeting last Wednesday which led to UN Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide into a bout of shuttle diplomacy in the hopes of arranging a new more substantial leaders’ meeting.As UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was telling reporters in Strasbourg that the UN was ready to convene a new conference in Geneva if the two sides thought that would be a positive step, the leaders left a crunch five-hour meeting that produced no clear direction.The meeting was the last of four since talks resumed after stalling for two months in mid-February, and was to supposed to determine the way ahead. You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? 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