FC Barcelonafootballla ligala liga 2019-20 First Published: November 2, 2019, 11:50 PM IST Valencia: Lionel Messi scored again but was helpless to prevent Barcelona conceding three goals in seven minutes on Saturday as Levante stormed to a surprise 3-1 victory in La Liga.Messi converted a first-half penalty at the City of Valencia Stadium for his sixth goal in five games only for Levante to stun the defending champions with an incredible treble shortly after the hour. Jose Campana and Borja Mayoral scored in the 61st and 63rd minutes before Nemanja Radoja added a third in the 68th to finish Barca off and give Real Madrid the chance to move top of the table later on Saturday. Levante climb to eighth.”Everything unravelled,” said Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde. “We didn’t start the second half well, we weren’t creating chances and although they weren’t either they suddenly scored two goals. The third one hurt us a lot.”After seven consecutive wins in all competitions, Barcelona arrived in Valencia as overwhelming favourites to cement their place at the summit, particularly given the irresistable form of Messi.His goal here was the 500th of his career with his left foot and it looked likely to give Valverde’s team another three points until bedlam ensued in the second half.”Opponents always play us like it is one of the biggest games of the year,” Valverde added. “You have to have an answer.”After any Barcelona defeat, Valverde’s future is always a topic for discussion. Asked if he was surprised by his players or might consider resignation, he said: “No, to both questions.”To make matters worse, Luis Suarez was forced off in the 41st minute with an injury to his right calf and would now appear to be a doubt for Tuesday’s Champions League game at home to Slavia Prague.Levante started well and Barcelona were fortunate to escape a ragged few minutes that included Suarez being booked for a foul committed by Arthur Melo. Referee Hernandez Hernandez corrected his error after being made aware by VAR.Barcelona settled, long periods of possession finding a successful outlet down the left where Nelson Semedo twice slipped Antoine Griezmann in behind right-back Jorge Miramon, who then conceded the penalty.This time it was Semedo who broke clear and Miramon clipped the defender’s heal, allowing Messi to sweep the spot-kick high into the corner, even if replays suggested Griezmann had been offside.SEVEN-MINUTE BLITZ FLOORS BARCASuarez’s unfortunate half continued as he was replaced by Carles Perez and Messi might have made it two before half-time only for Miramon to restore some credit by clearing the finish off the line.Levante began the second half on the front foot but nobody could have predicted what was to follow as three goals turned the game on its head.First, Pique’s under-hit clearance came straight back, as Mayoral and Jose Luis Morales shifted the ball quickly inside to Campana, who struck hard into the corner.Then a loose Perez header allowed Mayoral space and he did brilliantly to curl past the outstretched right hand of Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.With the home fans still celebrating, Radoja made it three. Barcelona again failed to clear and Radoja’s effort might have been saved had Sergio Busquets, on as a substitute, not shot out his right leg and caused a cruel deflection.Messi thought he had launched a comeback when he bundled through and scored but the goal was ruled out after Griezmann was spotted to have been offside.That seemed to kill Barca’s belief and, if anything, Levante should have made it four late on. Gonzalo Melero had only Ter Stegen to beat but he shot wide. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
Manchester United are paying the price for “constant disruptions”, says Rene Meulensteen, with Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba needing to “close ranks” rather than air their grievances in public.The Red Devils have made as many headlines off the field this season as they have on it, with supposed rifts within the camp contributing to an inconsistent opening to 2018-19.Talk of a feud between Mourinho and Pogba refuses to go away, with the latest instalment of that unfortunate episode seeing the pair involved in a training ground argument. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! At a time when United should be focusing all of their efforts on the pursuit of positive results across multiple competitions, unwelcome distractions are doing their cause few favours.Meulensteen says it is imperative that these issues are ironed out quickly, with those at Old Trafford needing to get their house in order if they are to avoid seeing “difficult times” destroy their season.The former Red Devils assistant manager, who saw how business should be conducted during a spell alongside Sir Alex Ferguson, told talkSPORT: “There are too many things coming out, whether from Mourinho or the players, and that causes constant disruptions inside and outside the club.“Obviously there is a problem because there are certain things as a manager between your players you want to keep between the walls of the dressing room.“That is part of the strength of the squad and that’s what you need when you are getting into difficult times, like Man United are in at the moment.“That’s when you need to pull together and close the ranks, rather than throw something out that again opens up the speculation and causes a lot of disruption.”United’s last two outings have seen their manager and several leading players fall back under microscope.A 1-1 Premier League draw with Wolves was followed by a penalty shoot-out defeat to Championship side Derby in the Carabao Cup third round on Tuesday.Those results mean that an opening weekend victory over Leicester remains the Red Devils’ only success on home soil this season, with their next fixture set to take them back out on the road as they prepare to travel to West Ham on Saturday.
Virat Kohli had asked his batsmen to look at the mirror after India failed to chase down 194 at Edgbaston. Clearly, the batsmen did not pay heed to their captain’s words. A week after that heartbreak in Birmingham, India were humiliated at Lord’s, inside three days.England will look back at this innings and 159-run win with a lot of fondness. Two of their oldest players – James Anderson and Stuart Broad- starred with heroic spells. Chris Woakes, returning to the Test side, showed his worth as a world-class all-rounder and Jonny Bairstow continued his rein as one of world cricket’s most accomplished batsmen.And before India knew what hit them, England had gone 2-0 up in the five-Test series.The first day of the second Test was washed out due to rain. Play could begin only on the second day and luckily for England, conditions were just right for James Anderson to rip apart the Indian batting line-up. Chris Woakes, who replaced Ben Stokes for the second Test, picked up a couple of crucial wickets (before slamming his maiden hundred).(DAY 4 HIGHLIGHTS | PHOTOS)After managing 107 in the first innings and giving away a 289-run lead, there was no chance India were going to win this one. There was a remote possibility of a draw given the weather conditions but for that, India’s batsmen had to show some kind of application, some fight.There was none.WE TAKE A 2-0 SERIES LEAD!!Scorecard/Clips: https://t.co/rPi8Lk7eCR#ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/olJqFYluQgadvertisementEngland Cricket (@englandcricket) August 12, 2018Murali Vijay and KL Rahul continued to disappoint. Ajinkya Rahane poked at a delivery he should have left alone while Cheteshwar Pujara showed he had learnt nothing about scoring runs in England.Also read – James Anderson first bowler to take 100 wickets at Lord’sUnlike Edgbaston, there were no Kohli heroics. He scored 23 in the first innings and walked out to bat with a stiff back in the second innings. He grimaced and struggled everytime he put bat to ball. But Kohli was still the most confident of India’s batsmen.And when Kohli was eventually dismissed by Stuart Broad after a few dramatic moments of the DRS, the writing was on the wall for India. Broad struck again off the very next ball to remove Dinesh Karthik for a duck, bringing together Hardik Pandya and R Ashwin to battle the elements and the English pace attack at Lord’s.Unless relentless rain came to India’s rescue, there was only one result possible from thereon. There was a brief respite for India when the umpires decided to stop play shortly after Broad’s blows, but another defeat was inevitable.Pandya and Ashwin stayed together for a while and even played a couple of delightful shots. But that partnership was never going to do anything for India, not after the top-order batsmen had embarrassed themselves once again in an overseas Test.Woakes got rid of Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav fell to James Anderson shortly after. Mohammed Shami became Anderson’s ninth wicket as England sensed victory with over a day to spare.Fittingly perhaps, Woakes got the last wicket to seal England’s victory when he had Ishant Sharma caught by debutant Oliver Pope.Ashwin was India’s top scorer in the first innings and he too scored in the second innings too as he remained not out on 33. It was a shame none of the regular batsmen up the order could learn more about application and courage from Ashwin, who would have felt lonely battling it out against England’s top-quality seamers.There is not much time now for the third Test. There is no time for India to pull up their socks and salvage some self respect. The visitors have hardly played like the world’s number one Test team. Terming this defeat humiliating would be an understatement for a team which chose to spend time vacationing in England instead of playing more warm-up matches to prepare for the high-profile Test series.
Michy Batshuayi scored a brace while Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard found their names in the scoresheet as Belgium thrashed Scotland 4-0 in an international friendly in Glasgow on Friday.Scotland, who looked hapless throughout the game, were handed their biggest home defeat in over 45 years at Hampden Park.Lukaku and Hazard had put the visitors on top in the Nations League warm-up as the Scots suffered their heaviest home reverse since February 1973, when they lost 5-0 to England.World Cup semi-finalists Belgium dominated the match with Lukaku putting them ahead just before the half-hour mark after a defensive mix-up before they ran riot after the break.0-4! What a great night in Glasgow Ready to start the #NationsLeague next Tuesday 11/9 Iceland in Reykjavik.Thanks again @fanclub1895 for making Hampden Park feel like home #REDTOGETHER #SCOBEL pic.twitter.com/RpPQYBBAtjBelgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) September 7, 2018Scotland gifted the visitors the first goal when goalkeeper Craig Gordon rolled the ball to John McGinn who was dispossessed by Mousa Dembele before Dries Mertens set up Lukaku to score.Hazard made it 2-0 with some trickery and a fierce drive in Belgium’s first second-half foray before he set up Batshuayi for the third after Charlie Mulgrew gave the ball away.Batshuayi netted his second from the edge of the area with Ryan Jack to blame after he lost possession in midfield.Our fans have chosen the #DeviloftheMatch. And the winner is… @hazardeden10!#REDTOGETHER #SCOBEL pic.twitter.com/reSqnAvcv8Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) September 7, 2018The gulf in class was shown by the fact that Scotland only earned their first corner in the 84th minute against Roberto Martinez’s experienced side, who came third at the World Cup.advertisementIt was Scotland’s fourth defeat in five matches under Alex McLeish, who took over when Gordon Strachan stood down after they failed to qualify for the World Cup.Belgium open their Nations league campaign away to Iceland on Tuesday, while Scotland start at home to Albania on Monday.(With inputs from Reuters)
French Open: Roger Federer becomes oldest man to reach 4th round at Roland GarrosRoger Federer also became the first player to contest 400 Grand Slam matches, marking the occasion in style with a straight-sets victory over Casper Ruud to reach the last 16 at Roland Garros.advertisement Next Reuters ParisMay 31, 2019UPDATED: May 31, 2019 22:06 IST Roger Federer celebrates winning his third round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Casper Ruud. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSFederer had defeated Sonego and Oscar in the first two roundsFederer had made an exit in the first round itself in 1999 French Open as he lost to Pat RafterFederer is vying for his second French Open title 10 yearsRoger Federer eased past Norway’s Casper Ruud 6-3 6-1 7-6(10-8) on Friday to become the oldest male player to reach the fourth round at the French Open.Playing in his 400th Grand Slam match, the 37-year-old showed little mercy to his 20-year-old Norwegian opponent, whose father Christian reached the third round when Federer first played on the ‘terre battue’ of Roland Garros as a wild card entrant in 1999.Federer needed little more than an hour to pick up the first two sets, but a rare lapse in the Federer concentration allowed Ruud, ranked 63 in the world, to pick up an early break in the third set.The Swiss reeled the youngster back in, forcing the game to a tie-break where he squandered three match points before winning 10-8.As he signed autographs at the end, a female fan said: “Roger, I’ve never seen you sweat before, this is crazy.” Federer quipped back: “I know, I don’t know what’s going on, I must be getting old!”Federer was making his first appearance at Roland Garros since he reached the quarter-finals in 2015. He withdrew from the event in 2016 and missed the entire clay court season in 2017 and 2018 to focus on grass.Sounding relaxed in a post-match interview, Federer, one of tennis’ most elegant playmakers, praised his opponent’s tenacity – and his grunt-free ball-hitting.”He doesn’t make any noise. I love that,” he said.Federer is vying for his second French Open title 10 years after his first in 2009 and to set a record for the longest gap between winning a second title at a Grand Slam in the Open era. He will meet either French wild card Nicolas Mahut or Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer in the fourth round.advertisementAlso Read | French Open: Petra Martic knocks out 2nd seed Karolina PliskovaAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow French OpenFollow Roland GarrosFollow Roger Federer
MONTREAL – Montreal’s La Presse has published its final print edition after more than 133 years.The French-language newspaper will continue to publish content on its digital platforms.La Presse had already ceased publishing a daily print product on Jan. 1, 2016, and announced in June that the Dec. 30 Saturday paper would be its last.The company said at the time that the move to a fully digital platform meant that 49 full- and part-time jobs would be eliminated.La Presse’s president writes in the final edition that the decision was inevitable given the public’s adoption of new forms of communication and the shift of advertising dollars to digital platforms.Pierre-Elliott Levasseur says the end of the print era is part of a gradual shift to digital that began several years ago.“Today, the information sector is evolving at an accelerated rhythm and the emergence of social media giants brings us face to face with a completely different form of competition,” he wrote in Saturday’s paper.“Given this new reality, the transition towards digital had become as necessary as it was inevitable.”Torstar and the parent company of La Presse hold investments in The Canadian Press as part of a joint agreement with a subsidiary of the Globe and Mail.
On October 18, 2015, “Glee” star Max Adler will host the Ghostly Gala to Vanish FSHD at the historic and elegant Cicada Club in downtown Los Angeles.Video: Ghostly Gala to Vanish FSH muscular dystrophyThe event is open to the public and all net proceeds benefit research and education programs at the FSH Society, an award-winning non-profit and global leader in the quest to treat and cure Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSHD).The Halloween costume ball will feature dinner, big band music, magic, a live auction, and a costume contest judged by Adler and friends. Costumes are optional, but cocktail or vintage attire is requested. Adler, whose family has been directly affected by FSHD, appears in a public service announcement to promote the Ghostly Gala.FSHD, one of the most prevalent types of muscular dystrophy, is a degenerative muscle disease that causes progressive weakness, and may render its sufferers unable to pursue their livelihoods, smile, blink, or even hug their kids.Adler’s mother and grandmother were among the close to one million men, women, and children who battle the disease. The condition is hereditary and patients face a fifty percent chance of passing it on to each child. “I watched my family try to cope with FSH Muscular Dystrophy, and it broke my heart to see how it changed their lives and the lives of everyone who loved them,” Adler says.“There are thousands of people in southern California who are affected by FSHD and we’re so grateful to Max and our other advocates in the entertainment industry for using their celebrity to raise awareness” says June Kinoshita, Executive Director of the FSH Society. “This is a watershed moment, when we are embarking on the era of drug discovery. Much greater public visibility and resources are needed now that we are so close to having the first effective treatments for FSHD.”Ghostly Gala Event Details: • What: FSH Society’s Halloween Costume Ball hosted by Max Adler of “Glee” • When: Sunday, October 18, 2015; Doors open at 5:00 p.m. • Where: The Cicada Club at the Historic Oviatt Building, 617 South Olive Street, Los Angeles, California 90014 • For Tickets: Visit this link, call (781)-301-6651, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
TORONTO – WestJet Airlines Ltd. is teaming up with the Royal Bank of Canada to create a new loyalty program that aims to attract a “very substantial” group of “very unhappy” customers from the Aeroplan program, which its rival Air Canada is preparing to replace in 2020.WestJet and RBC said Wednesday that they will launch the Ampli loyalty platform with offers and rewards for customers by the end of the year.The venture is an opportunity for the airline to take advantage of uncertainty about Air Canada’s decision to ditch the Aimia-backed Aeroplan loyalty program, said WestJet chief executive Ed Sims.When the decision was announced last year, it upset some customers who had collected points under the program for years and questioned how Air Canada’s new program would work.“There are people who know what is happening and don’t care and will stick with that scheme. There are those who know what is happening, but think it’s two years away and aren’t going to do anything about it and the third camp are very unhappy about the uncertainty that that situation is creating and are actively looking at other schemes and alternatives,” said Sims. “It is that third group that we believe are going to be highly attracted to our new proposition.”In marketing to that group, Sims said WestJet will highlight that the airline does not overbook flights or have blackouts when loyalty points can’t be redeemed.He also said the RBC partnership will help remind consumers about the airline more often, since most people use banking services more often than they fly.The Ampli loyalty program will operate through a mobile app that gives guests instant access to updates about their balance, and also offers WestJet and RBC quick insight into user habits.The platform will build on RBC and WestJet’s existing relationship, which includes a WestJet branded RBC MasterCard.In recent years, RBC has increased its focus on partnerships, signing deals with Indigo, Tire Butler, Shopify and others.On Wednesday at its Investor Day event in Toronto, the bank further indicated its interest in using creative ways to lure customers, when it revealed it had formed a division for such offerings called RBC Ventures.Companies in this story: (TSX:RY, TSX:WJA, TSX:AIM, TSX:AC)
New Delhi: A 25-year-old female doctor was found dead with her throat slit in Central Delhi’s Ranjit Nagar area on Tuesday.Police said they suspect the role of another doctor, who is also deceased’s neighbour, missing from his room after the incident. Police identified the deceased as Garima Mishra who is the native of Uttar Pradesh and had shifted to a rented accommodation in street number-2 in Ranjeet Nagar area. She was preparing for her Doctor of Medicine (MD) after completing her MBBS. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesDeputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Mandeep Singh Randhawa said that her throat was slit with a sharp object. “We suspect the role of his neighbour who was living in another room,” said DCP Central. He further stated that he is currently questioning the suspect’s roommate who claimed that he did not know about the incident. He works at a hospital in the city. He further said, “Once we catch the suspect, many things will be disclosed. Currently, raids are going on in different areas. The case is being probed from different angles.” Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe investigating agency is yet to recover the weapon of offence. A case under the appropriate section of IPC registered in Ranjit Nagar police station. Landlord’s son witnessed the horrific scene: Speaking to Millennium Post, landlord’s son Gautam Khurana said that at around 11:20 pm on Tuesday, the deceased’s cousin brother came to the house and told us that Garima is missing. “He was frightened. My mother told me to check the girl. I checked outside she was not there so I went up to the third floor where deceased was living,” said Gautam. He further said,”Cousin told me to broke the lock when I asked why, he said that Garima had to board a bus around 8 pm for her home town and she was not picking the phone.” Before breaking the lock, cousin checked through the window pane and told me that she was lying in the room and the fan was running. The lock was broken. “We saw that there was a pool of blood on the neck of Garima. I informed the police and later ambulance also came,” said Gautam adding that the cops took them to the police station for taking their statements. The deceased’s room was locked from inside. In January suspect and deceased took rooms on rent Gautam further revealed that the suspect was known to her. In January, both of them took separate rooms on rent. “After taking the possession of the room, the girl started living after 15 days. Both of them had worked in a Central Delhi’s hospital. “When we reach the third-floor, suspect’s roommate was available in his room,” said Gautam adding that they saw the suspect leaving the house in the evening. Investigation Police probing different angles in the case including love. It is also being suspected that there is a possibility that deceased might have resisted the attack. After the murder, all the senior officers of the Central district reached the spot and questioned many people to get the further clue in the case.
North American markets bounce back as energy stocks recover slightly TORONTO – Energy stocks recovered slightly on Thursday, pushing North American equity markets higher despite a further slide in the price of oil.The S&P/TSX composite index rose 79 points to close at 13,016.59, adding to a meagre 15-point gain on Wednesday after Canada’s main index tumbled more than 430 points earlier in the week.The energy subsector added nearly 1.2 per cent despite a further slide in the price of oil, rebounding from huge losses on Monday and Tuesday that dragged down the TSX and caused the loonie to fall to levels not seen in more than a decade.Andrew Pyle, senior adviser and portfolio manager at Scotia Wealth Management, said the pummelling oil stocks took earlier this week was disproportionate to the actual risk in the sector after OPEC said on Friday that it would no longer set an upper limit on production despite a worldwide oversupply.“OPEC has been producing beyond their quota for a year and a half,” he said. “There was nothing new about last Friday compared to what we already knew was going on.”Despite the recovery in energy stocks, the oil-sensitive Canadian dollar fell 0.36 of a cent to 73.36 cents U.S.The Canadian dollar has lost more than a cent and a half against the greenback since the American Thanksgiving break, when oil traded above $43.On Thursday, the January contract for benchmark oil lost 40 cents to US$36.76 a barrel. The price of oil has fallen from a high above $110 in July 2014 as the thirsty Chinese economy has slowed and OPEC has maintained production levels well above daily demand.Pyle said the weakness in crude may be reaching a bottom as oil-producing countries begin to face deficits, low prices boost demand and supply falls as uneconomical sources of oil are taken off the market.Unlike many analysts, Pyle says the oil price could begin to rebound in the near term if the American dollar loses some of its recent strength when the U.S. Federal Reserve decides to raise interest rates, as it is expected to do this month.“Historically, when interest rates have risen the U.S. dollar has weakened,” he said. “If we have the U.S. dollar fall, maybe crude oil can find a floor in this neighbourhood.”New York indexes also rose, following a three-day losing streak.The Dow Jones added 82.45 points to close at 17,574.75, while the S&P 500 climbed 4.61 points to 2,052.23 and the Nasdaq rose 22.30 points to 5,045.17.In other commodities, January natural gas gave back almost five cents to settle at US$2.015 per mmBtu and February gold fell $4.50 to US$1,072.00 an ounce. by Peter Henderson, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 10, 2015 7:06 am MDT Last Updated Dec 10, 2015 at 3:45 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Stay on target The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Kick Some Serious Shell in Injustice 2Game of the Year: Jordan Minor’s Actual Games of the Year (2017) I don’t think Injustice 2, the latest DC fighting game from the Mortal Kombat sadists at NetherRealm Studios, is a perfect game. I’ve already gone over how I think the gear system adds questionable aesthetics and unwanted microtransaction RPG elements that threaten to unbalance the game. And in a post-Batman v Superman world, the game just has too much dickish Superman for me to handle. The Justice Lords episode of Justice League is still evil Superman story to beat.But now that I’ve been playing the full game for a while, I do think Injustice 2 is a great game. The fighting has never been more fluid, rewarding, or entertaining. The roster, while filled with strange omissions, has some awesome picks like Swamp Thing, Black Canary, Gorilla Grodd, Darkseid, and famous Get Out victim Firestorm. It’s a beautiful game, too, full of moody lighting and exquisite facial animation. And of course, the spectacle of the super moves more than makes up for the game’s inability to show severed limbs or blood erupting from neck stumps like its cousin franchise’s fatalities.However, the most impressive part of this latest NetherRealm game is that the studio has somehow managed to top itself again when it comes to fighting game single-player options. Injustice 2’s playable tale of warring superheroes and supercomputers sets the standard for fighting game story modes, and frankly, it’s a farce more competitors aren’t following its lead.For a long time Mortal Kombat games followed the traditional fighting game arcade model of playing a character in a series of fights, toppling a boss, and getting a brief character ending. Weird side modes like the Konquest action RPGs tried to add more depth, but they were mostly ignored. Things started to change, though, with 2008’s Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe. Along with planting the seeds for NetherRealm’s later work with DC characters, this inexplicable crossover presented us with the first real version of a new model for how to tell the kind of crazy stories previous fighting games relegated to background lore. And it was better than it had any right to be.Players picked either the DC or Mortal Kombat faction and played a campaign that let them try out a handful of characters in succession. Along with providing a range of perspectives for telling the broad and ludicrous story, these sections acted as stealth tutorials letting you figure out the ins and outs of a new character before moving on. It’s like how most campaigns in first-person shooters like Call of Duty are really just for preparing you for the online multiplayer that’s the real point of the package.These campaigns are far from throwaway, though. Over the years and across games like the Mortal Kombat 2011 reboot, Injustice 1, and Mortal Kombat X, we’ve seen NetherRealm continue to refine and build on the formula. The writing gets better. The visuals improve. The setpieces become more elaborate. Players have more choice over where to take the story. The transition between cutscene and gameplay is now so seamless it blends together into one beautiful interactive narrative about shooting intelligent apes with arrows. This is how to treat a fighting game as something on par with any other AAA release. That Warner Bros. budget certainly helps.So why is everyone else still struggling to catch up? Why isn’t literally every other fighting game using this terrific template? Super Smash Bros. Melee tried something similar with its adventure mode, and Nintendo expanded it in Super Smash Bros. Brawl with the ambitious and cinematic, if polarizing, Subspace Emissary mode. But the most recent Smash games have significantly pared down their single-player offerings.Street Fighter V added a story mode after launch very much in the NetherRealm mold. But between long load times and random playable characters breaking up the flow, along with character models that simply don’t look good at all outside of the fighting, it just made me appreciate NetherRealm’s polish even more. The upcoming Tekken 7 seems to have a more fleshed-out story mode, and if any series has lore crazy and amoral enough to rival Mortal Kombat it’s Tekken, but we’ll see if it’s any good. The same goes for Injustice’s comic book fighting game counterpart Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite.But seriously, all fighting games should be taking inspiration from this. Arms should explore its lore this way. PlayStation All-Stars could have left an actual impression with a deeper campaign. Dead or Alive has a character named Fame Douglas. Where’s the story mode explaining his whole deal?Honestly, any game that’s primarily about multiplayer but features lore could probably make good use of this formula. Just weave a campaign by stitching a few dozen matches together with cutscenes as transitions. Imagine a Dota or Overwatch campaign that worked this way, that actually taught you how to play the characters in crafted scenarios while presenting the plot in a way most players can easily see without reading some wiki or erotic fan fiction.Like I said, I have some issues with Injustice 2. The perfect DC fighting game would combine some elements of it and its predecessor while dropping others. But overall I’ve been very impressed. And the game’s most impressive attribute is its single-player campaign that one has managed to surpass. No one even comes close.Now that it’s finished, though, it’s time for NetherRealm to apply their talents to a new franchise, and there’s only I can think of that would benefit for their patented mix of slick fighting, bombastic storytelling, and love of the absurd: Def Jam.Purchase Injustice 2
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A Lyft driver faced a judge, Friday, after being accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy.According to Davie Police, 43-year-old Julio Perez was arrested, Wednesday evening, after picking up a 16-year-old boy, bringing him to his house and forcing him to perform oral sex.Police said Perez offered to pick up the victim once again, but the victim declined.Perez admitted to the crime, police said, and confessed that he thought the victim was younger.Perez faced a judge, Friday, and was denied bond.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
In Anchorage today, state House and Senate Judiciary Committee members listened to recommendations from the authors of a Department of Corrections administrative review.Download AudioThe independent review, released in November, was conducted at the request of Gov. Bill Walker. It focuses on the failure of state prison policies. A spate of prisoner deaths within Alaska prisons over the past two years spurred the review.Dean Williams, a special assistant to the governor and one of the review authors, said some DOC policies had not been revised since the 1980s.“Certainly by what we found, there is a public trust issue here,” Williams says. “We have a ways to go on this.”Williams said failures of prison policies are system-wide and range from lack of training, or no training at all, for corrections officers to the widespread disparity in interpretation of Title 47 alcohol statutes, which define the parameters for incarceration for alcohol abuse.Williams’ testimony focused on four cases of inmate deaths which could have been avoided, had prison staff been better trained.Devon Mosely’s fiancee and mother of his three children Vernicia with their youngest child, Justice Devon. The family is now pushing the Legislature to change the framework by which Mosely was incarcerated. They hope to call it Devon’s Law. Photo: Ellen Lockyer/KSKA.About two years ago, Devon Mosely, a young man who was not charged with a crime but was taken into protective custody on a welfare check, died in a solitary cell after going days without needed medication. Through a series of graphic photos taken from prison video, Williams shows the physical deterioration of Mosely, who died of internal bleeding, without medical attention.Sen. Lesil McGuire who chaired the hearing, said the legislature will consider an omnibus bill addressing judicial reform, including a comprehensive look at Title 47. She said many people now incarcerated in Alaska prisons have mental health issues.“It’s been an evolution, it didn’t happen overnight,” McGuire says. “My belief is it is a combination of factors, but certainly the cuts to the community health system have left the mentally ill of Alaska without a home, without a place. At least two of these cases were those who were either had the disease of alcoholism or had a mental illness, and in both cases, neither had been charged with a crime.”McGuire says at this time there is no indication of a criminal investigation.“I haven’t seen anything that I have looked at that to me shows and intentional murder. What I think you have is a systematic breakdown. You have lack of training, you have the timing of the training versus when the individual is asked to take the job, you have rules and policies that are arguably not being followed in the best interest of safety.”She says Devon Mosely’s financee and father of this three children, has requested the legislative package to be named Devon’s Law.
The number of Australians visiting Hawai’i for business events increased by 44 percent in 2015, indicating that the destination is high on the list of the world’s most desirable business destinations.Hawai’i Tourism Oceania (HTO) Country Manager Australia, Kerri Anderson said: “We were thrilled to see this huge growth in arrivals from the meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) market, in addition to an overall increase in visitors from Australia of 7.8 percent.”Ms Anderson attributed growth in MICE business to a combination of Hawai’i’s world-class business event facilities, additional airlift from both Brisbane and Sydney and upgrading of aircrafts on the route.“As a result of this, airfares were very competitively priced in 2015,” she said.“The inventory on the route with Jetstar and Hawaiian flying directly from Brisbane; Hawaiian Airlines, Qantas and Jetstar from Sydney; and Jetstar from Melbourne, presents a great opportunity in the year ahead to secure not only more groups but larger MICE group business from the Oceania region.“Of course, the destination itself is an enormous drawcard and is always high on the wish-list for its climate, experiences and proximity to Australia“With record numbers of Australians travelling to Hawai’i on holiday, awareness of what the destination has to offer is quite high.”Ms Anderson said that HTO wanted to capitalise on the interest and awareness of Hawaii’s unique attributes and in turn show that this is why Hawaii was a value-for-money destination for groups.“While most visitors have been to Oahu, the neighbour islands are becoming more and more popular, particularly with incentive groups where they can participate in some ‘outside the box’ type experiences,” she said.“Visitors can do everything and anything – from hiking the crater rim trail that circles the summit of Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes on Hawai’i, the Big Island; to taking a helicopter flight to see the spectacular waterfalls, forests and canyons on Kauai Island; experiencing sunrise in the clouds at the top of Haleakala crater on Maui or swimming with resident wild dolphins off the coast on the island of Lanai.“We have just recorded our third consecutive record-breaking year of visitor growth and Australia is Hawai’i’s third largest international market so our aim is to keep these numbers growing, for both first time and repeat visitors and the MICE sector is an essential part of our strategy to achieve this.”HTO is inviting attendees to visit their stand at AIME 2016 (#4200), to find out more about the Hawaiian Islands and the diverse offering the destination has for meetings and events and of all sizes.O’ahu Visitors Bureau and Hawai’i Convention Center will also be exhibiting on our stand. Visitors to the stand could be in the running to win a pair of Maui Jim Sunglasses. Visit HawaiiSource = Hawai’i Tourism Oceania
Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, journal How Do Closing Costs Differ Across the Country? ClosingCorp, a provider in residential real estate closing cost data and technology for mortgage and real estate service industries released its newest closing data Tuesday. National average closing costs totaled at $4,876 and the top five states with the highest closing costs were District of Columbia at $12,573, New York at $9,341, Delaware at $8,663, Maryland at $7,211, and Vermont at $6,839.By using 20,000 real estate service providers in ClosingCorp’s Network, the data can be compiled using real rates and fees throughout the country. “Closing costs can vary significantly, depending on the state or county a homebuyer lives in. For example, five counties in New York—Kings, Queens, Bronx, Richmond and Suffolk—had the highest closing costs, going well above the national and state average, due to having some of the highest transfer taxes in the country,” said Bob Jennings, chief executive officer of ClosingCorp.The data represents the average closing costs at the national level, which includes the lender’s title, owner’s title, settlement appraisal, transfer taxes, and recording fees. It also includes costs outside of closing, including services that inspect the home, roof and property for pests and land surveys. “Of course, many homebuyers are still surprised closing costs are even required—making it vital for our company to keep educating borrowers and helping lenders improve the accuracy of their loan estimates in order to eliminate any surprises” Jennings said.The CBSA with the highest average closing costs was New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA at $9,046 while the CBSA with the lowest average closing cost was Muncie, Indiana at $2,785.MethodologyThe median fees from ClosingCorp are derived by running preconfigured loan scenarios against the verified rates and fees data it maintains for service providers and tax authorities with coverage in every county nationwide.These scenarios are based on different loan types, purposes, and amounts in $25,000 increments up to $100,000, then $100,000 up to $20,000,000. October 24, 2017 641 Views Bob Jennings Closing ClosingCorp Costs residential real estate 2017-10-24 Dean Terrell
Aurora Expeditions is expanding its portfolio of Antarctic activities for the 2017/18 season with the introduction of ski touring and snowshoeing across the pristine landscapes of the White Continent.Fuelled by a passion for thrilling new wilderness experiences, these unique skiing and snowshoeing activities will take intrepid travellers to sights of unimaginable beauty in the most exhilarating way possible.Antarctic Ski Touring will offer the experienced and the bold an incredible opportunity to ski near-virgin glacial slopes, traverse remote areas to iceberg-studded bays rarely seen by human eyes, gaze at penguin rookeries and breaching whales in hard to access locations, or even follow in Shackleton’s footsteps across South Georgia. Snow conditions are unpredictable while terrain varies from gentle slopes to crevassed glaciers and alpine bowls, often including areas where no man or woman has ever skied before.Travelling in small groups with highly experienced mountain ski guides, expeditioners will learn lifelong mountaineering and ski touring skills such as ice axe and crampon use, roped glacier travel, avalanche procedures and emergency shelter construction. Antarctic ski touring is undoubtedly challenging, but for those with appropriate experience, it’s also an adrenaline-pumping high for those with a lionhearted spirit of adventure.A gentler option physically, but no less rewarding in terms of the experience or the awe-inspiring sights on offer, is the ancient, practical and simple sport of Snowshoeing. The most efficient way to travel across the snow, it’s straightforward to learn and far easier than walking in boots. After just half-an-hour’s training by Aurora Expedition’s expert guides some of the most pristine and uplifting scenery on the globe comes within easy reach. Expeditions to spectacular vantage points last for up to three hours, so a reasonable level of fitness is necessary and, as with ski touring, the aim is for six excursions or more per voyage, depending on weather and landing sites.The two new activities are available on selected 2017/18 itineraries, including the In-depth South Georgia & Antarctica and Spirit of Antarctica expeditions departing 27 November 2017 and 16 December 2017, respectively. Expedition fares starts from US$8900 per person, with ski touring starting from an additional US$900 per person and snowshoeing from an additional US$250 per person.To celebrate the launch of these two new activities, Aurora Expeditions has also released its brand-new Active Antarctica Guide, featuring detailed information on the entire range of optional Antarctic activities such as polar snorkelling and diving, sea kayaking, camping and mountaineering.
LOS ANGELES — The most tumultuous Oscar season in memory might pale in comparison to the aftermath.The best picture race to Sunday’s 91st Academy Awards remains unpredictable, but odds makers peg Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” as the film most likely to triumph at the end of the night. That would hand Netflix, the insurgent steaming service, the most prestigious honour in a movie business it has thoroughly disrupted.Change is everywhere at this year’s Academy Awards, from the nominees to the show, itself. For the second time in 30 years, there will be no host at Sunday’s show, which begins airing live on ABC at 8 p.m. EST. The lead-up to the Oscars has been dominated by dispute over the academy’s own attempts at innovation to counter last year’s record-low ratings. But after uproar from academy members, those plans — not showing some awards live, introducing a “best popular film” category — were all abandoned.But even if the Oscars end up proceeding more conventionally, the winners promise to be untraditional. Marvel stands to win its first Oscar for either “Black Panther” (up for six Oscars including best picture) or the animated favourite, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse.” Spike Lee, aiming for his first competitive Oscar, could become the first black filmmaker to win best director.“Roma,” which comes in with a co-leading 10 nominations, is favoured to win best picture, best director, best cinematography and best foreign language film. If “Roma” won best picture, it would be the first foreign language movie ever to do so.For Hollywood, the most significant milestone would be Netflix triumphing at the Academy Awards, an achievement the streaming giant has fervently sought. Netflix, which has previously only won one feature-length film Oscar (in 2018 for the documentary “Icarus”), has spent more than $25 million on a lavish campaign to propel “Roma.” It hired veteran Oscar campaign strategist Lisa Taback. It even purchased a Los Angeles billboard company to help promote its many films and series, including “for your consideration” ads along the Sunset Strip for “Roma.”“I’m very grateful for Netflix,” Cuaron said in an interview ahead of the Oscars. “On paper, this is a film that wouldn’t have this life. It’s a Mexican film in Spanish and Mixtec with no recognizable actors when it was done. Black and white. A drama. What I’m so appreciative is that they saw through all those filters to the core of what the film was about and they saw the potential and they really believed in the film.”Cuaron noted that “Roma” has played for months in theatres, longer than it might otherwise have done. Major theatre chains, however, have refused to screen Netflix releases since the company won’t adhere to the traditional 90-day theatrical exclusivity window. Netflix altered its own policies for “Roma,” playing it exclusively in theatres in limited release for three weeks before streaming it. The company declined to release box-office results.“Roma” would be the first best picture winner ever to be primarily streamed, something some in Hollywood vehemently oppose. Steven Spielberg has said Netflix movies are really “TV movies” that should be eligible for Emmys, not Oscars.After “Roma” won best picture at the British Academy Film Awards, J. Timothy Richards, the founder and chief executive of Vue, one of Europe’s largest theatre chains, criticized the British film academy for “choosing to endorse and promote a ‘made for TV’ film.” France’s Cannes Film Festival, where “Roma” was set to make its world premiere, also refused to enter any film without theatrical distribution into competition, causing Netflix to pull “Roma” from the festival.“I think this kind of exclusivity for the theatre and theatrical experience is actually disconnecting people from movies, in a way,” Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer said in December. “I have not found it to be very consumer-friendly that consumers who live nowhere near a theatre are waiting … to see a movie so that the theatre can have it exclusively for a period of time — a movie that they paid to produce with their subscription money.”Winning best picture would prove to the filmmakers Netflix is trying to attract that their releases can garner just as much respect as traditional ones. Netflix, which last year spent $12 billion on original content for its 139 million subscribers, will this year release (among many other films) Martin Scorsese’s much-anticipated “The Irishman.”Oscar producers, though, are looking to emphasize box-office hits like “Black Panther” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The show will start with a performance by Queen and Adam Lambert.“(The nominations) kind of go to the heart of what we were trying to do with this show, which was put a spotlight on films with worldwide success that have had a cultural impact,” Oscars co-producer Donna Gigliotti said Thursday, citing best-picture nominees “Black Panther,” ”Bohemian Rhapsody,” ”BlacKkKlansman” and “Green Book.”More streaming services are coming. Disney, WarnerMedia and Apple are all set to launch their own streaming platforms this year. In some ways, Netflix has already been welcomed into the fold. On the same day of Oscar nominations, Netflix became the first streaming service to join the industry lobbying group the Motion Picture Association of America. The only other members of the MPAA are the six major studios, soon to be five when Disney absorbs 20th Century Fox.“The platforms are part of our conversation but soon they’re not going to be part of the conversation,” said Cuaron, “because it’s going to be the norm.”___AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr contributed to this report.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP___For full coverage of the Oscars, visit: https://apnews.com/AcademyAwardsJake Coyle, The Associated Press A bumpy road to the Oscars could end in triumph for Netflix by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Feb 22, 2019 1:22 pm PDT Last Updated Feb 22, 2019 at 8:26 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
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