Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan , who was called into the Gujarat Lions squad as a replacement for injured Dwayne Bravo for the remainder of the ongoing Indian Premier League season, has insisted that with four games remaining, his IPL team still hold an ‘outside chance’ to come closer to the title.The Gujarat Lions are currently languishing down to the seventh spot, having clinched just three wins from 10 games they have played so far.However, Pathan still remains hopeful that his team can come close to the IPL title by gaining maximum points from the remaining matches.”We are still left with four matches. We have an ‘outside chance’ to come close to the title, if we win all the remaining matches and maintain a good run rate. We are completely focussing on our remaining matches,” Pathan said, in an exclusive conversation with ANI.After spending almost three weeks watching IPL 10 at home, Pathan was thrown into the deep end straight away when he was asked to bowl in the final over by skipper Suresh Raina during the tied match against the Mumbai Indians on Saturday.Pathan, however, showed his class and proved why he was once India’s premier all-rounder as not only did he defend 11 runs of the final six balls, but also managed to tie the game and take it to a Super Over.Irfan admitted that although he was not doing much of bowling after going unsold during the IPL auction, he came out with a pretty good performance in his first game.advertisement”My ball was getting a continuous swing in all matches I played before this season. And because of the swing, I was also getting good number of wickets. When I was ignored in the IPL auction, I got a small break from cricket. Although I was training, my bowling was less. It obviously takes time to retain the rhythm when a bowler is not engaging in bowling as much as he should. The good thing is that I was ready for the challenge in the IPL match in Rajkot, despite not playing much of cricket before that. Had we won that match then the situation would have been entirely different,” Pathan said.Irfan, however, was dropped for the side’s last IPL clash against the Rising Pune Supergiants at the expense of Pradeep Sangwan.The Indian all-rounder said that he would try to work on his game and look to put his best foot forward in the remaining matches.”Hopefully, I will try to improve on my game in upcoming four matches. I have worked a lot on my fitness…I think if you want to take wickets, then the bowling should be attacking. The mindset of a bowler should always be attacking. I think this is the best way to work,” he said.Pathan also expressed his views on the upcoming Champions Trophy, beginning June 1 at England and Wales.The 32-year-old expressed hope that defending champions India would repeat the kind of performance they displayed in the previous edition.”I wish the Indian team for a good performance in the Champions Trophy. I hope whoever gets selected for the tournament performs well. It is good that the players are heading into the Champions Trophy after the IPL. I am sure they will be benefitted from this and would perform in the same way they did in the last edition,” Pathan concluded.
Andile Phehlukwayo delivered a superb final over as South Africa beat England by three runs in a thrilling Twenty20 international at Taunton on Friday. (Scorecard)South Africa made 174 for eight with JJ Smuts contributing 45 and skipper AB de Villiers striking 46 from 30 balls.England will feel they should have won after being well placed but they struggled in the closing overs.England opener Jason Roy, who had been struggling for form, led the run chase with a fine 67 before he was given out for obstructing the field.Roy shared a 110-run second wicket partnership with Jonny Bairstow (47) but with 29 needed to win off the final three overs, England fell short.The hosts required 12 from the final over but Phehlukwayo, bowling yorker length outside the off stump, restricted England to singles off the first three balls and debutant Liam Livingstone was run out after confusion over a second run.Liam Dawson smashed the penultimate ball for a one-bounce four but the final delivery from the South African seamer beat Dawson and the tourists levelled the three-match series at 1-1.The deciding match will be played at Cardiff on Sunday.
Xiaomi India is holding a four-day’s Independence Day sale on its website starting today. The sale that is already live on Mi.com will run till August 12. Some of the top deals during the sale are on Mi Mix 2, Mi Max 2, Mi Band 2 and more.There is a discount of Rs 5000 on the Mi Mix 2. The phone sells at Rs 24,999 and the company is giving a price cut of Rs 5000 which means the effective price becomes Rs 19,999. There is a discount of Rs 1000 on Mi Max 2 and Rs 200 off on Mi Band 2.Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 was launched in 2017. The phone sports a 5.99-inch display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 2160 . It is powered by an octa-core processor and comes with 6GB of RAM. The smartphone packs non-exapandable 128GB of internal storage and is backed by a a 3400mAh non removable battery. The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 packs a 12-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel front shooter for selfies.Mi Max 2 is also a decent deal during the sale. Launched in 2017, Xiaomi Mi Max 2 features a 6.44-inch display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels and its India price starts at Rs 13,999. It is powered by 2GHz octa-core processor and comes with 4GB RAM. The smartphone has 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 128GB using a microSD card. The Xiaomi Mi Max 2 packs a 12MP primary camera on the rear and a 5mp front camera.Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and Mi LED TVs are also available in an open sale during the Xiaomi Independence Day sale. Open sale means that the devices will be available in stock for the entire day. Xiaomi devices are sold via flash sale model and quickly out of stock. Xiaomi Independence Day sale is a favourable time for those who are planning to buy the Redmi Note 5 Pro or Xiaomi televisions.advertisementXiaomi Mi A2 that launched in India on August 8 is also available for pre-orders on Amazon India and Mi.com from today. The sale will happen on August 16 on both the websites. The smartphone is priced at Rs 16,999 for the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage model.
Senior Sri Lanka cricketer Angelo Mathews on Monday lashed out at the national selectors after he was removed from the captain’s post with immediate effect.Mathews was asked to vacate the post after Sri Lanka’s disastrous campaign at the ongoing Asia Cup 2018. The islanders suffered heavy defeats against Bangladesh and Afghanistan to crash out of the tournament in the group stage.Test captain Dinesh Chandimal has now been installed as captain across all three formats.Sri Lanka axe Mathews as ODI, T20I captain after Asia Cup disaster, Chandimal takes over”I was initially surprised, it was immediately felt that I have been made the scapegoat in this entire saga of Sri Lanka’s dismal performances against Bangladesh and Afghanistan in the Asia Cup.”I’m willing to take part of the blame but at the same time, feel betrayed and let down if the blame is solely put on me,” Mathews wrote in his letter to Sri Lanka Cricket CEO Ashley de Silva.Mathews was appointed as the ODI captain in 2013 and after serving the team till mid-2017, he resigned from the position following their poor performances in a home series against Zimbabwe.Less than six months after he stepped down, Mathews was once again handed over the leadership role in January 2018 after Chandika Hathurusingha took over as the new coach of the team.”I wish to put it on record that though Sri Lanka suffered these heavy defeats in the Asia Cup, which is shocking to say the least, especially in the backdrop where we had a reasonable series against South Africa, I had no intention to quitting and running way from the issues at hand especially owing to the World Cup being only a dozen games away,” Mathews wrote.advertisementAfter resuming leadership, Mathews had managed to guide Sri Lanka to just two ODIs wins out of a total of eight one-day internationals the team has played so far.The all-rounder further went on to add that he would contemplate retiring from the limited-overs cricket if the selectors and coach deem him unfit.”I also believe that if the selectors and coach are of the view that I am unfit to play ODI and T20 cricket and thus not entitled for my place in the team, I would also consider retiring from the ODI and T20 formats as I never want to be a burden to the team,” Mathews wrote.Sri Lanka’s next one-day assignment is against England as they are slated to play a five-match ODI series against the visiting side from October 10 to October 23.(With ANI inputs)
“I think that we need to give the offensive staff and Coach Yurcich some credit,” said Mike Gundy on Monday. “It’s not easy to game plan and to be as diverse as we are at times. You guys follow football. You know that, if you do too much, then you’re not any good at anything.”I … sort of agree with the first half of Mike & Mike in this instance? Mike Yurcich has been roasted during his time in Stillwater, but that was probably always going to happen to the OC in charge when Gundy transitioned from the air raid to, uh, not the air raid. It just so happened that it was Yurcich.What if I told you OSU was one of seven Power 5 conference teams averaging 40 points a game? What if I told you OSU ranks 18th in the country in points per drive.[1. This takes out the garbage time drives against teams like UTSA and Kansas, too.] Not elite, but certainly good enough to matter when you have the defense it has.The crazy part is that of the six Power 5 teams ahead of OSU in points scored per game, OSU has four of them (!) still left on its schedule.Baylor: 61.1 PPGTCU: 50.1Texas Tech: 46.6OU: 43.3OSU: 40.3November gonna be any fun or nah?So now the question stands — is OSU’s offense good enough to win the Big 12 when its defense clearly is? The most prognosticative statistic over the last near decade in determining a Big 12 champ has been turnover margin.Baylor is out in front there, followed closely by Texas and Oklahoma State. Texas ain’t winning the Big 12. Is it going to come down to that November 21 game between the Bears and Pokes in Stillwater?I sure hope so.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
DURHAM, NC – OCTOBER 21: Daniel Jones #17 of the Duke Blue Devils drops back to pass against the Pittsburgh Panthers during their game at Wallace Wade Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The NFL Draft is still four months away, but there is already plenty of hype regarding which quarterbacks could be the first to come off the board. One player whose stock is rising – at least right now – is Duke signal-caller Daniel Jones.Jones, a junior, had an incredible game against Temple in the Independence Bowl on Thursday night. Jones finished the game 30-of-41 for 423 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions. He also rushed for a touchdown in the team’s 56-27 victory.There aren’t a ton of top-tier talents at quarterbacks who are coming out this year – especially after Oregon signal-caller Justin Herbert announced he’d be returning to the Ducks. Some are thinking that Jones could be a first round pick.WalterFootball has Jones as the third-best prospect, behind only Drew Lock of Missouri and Dwayne Haskins of Ohio State. They aren’t alone in their thinking.Duke QB Daniel Jones has set the Independence Bowl record with 5 Pass TD. Jones has 6 TD responsible for today, tying Tajh Boyd in the 2014 Orange Bowl for most by an ACC player in a bowl game. Duke’s 56 points are also a school record for a bowl game. pic.twitter.com/s84qhVvw1S— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 27, 2018Daniel Jones looks like an NFL quarterback. #Duke— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) December 27, 2018I have talked with several teams who have a preliminary “1st” on Duke’s Daniel Jones if he declares.Dwayne Haskins, Drew Lock and Jones are the favorites to be the first three QBs drafted. https://t.co/JFzfPbn2Nh— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) December 26, 2018Duke, with the victory, finishes the season with an 8-5 record.Of course, there are a lot of steps to be taken for Jones here. He still has the NFL Combine, his pro day, and his interviews – assuming he comes out.This year’s NFL Draft will take place on April 25, 26 and 27.
And yet, according to the team’s numbers, he is exactly that.Drew Hartlaub reportedly runs a 4.25 40-yard dash, making him the fastest player on Penn State’s football roster.From the York Daily Record:Hartlaub, a redshirt sophomore this fall, owns the top 40-yard time on the team at 4.25 seconds.That’s faster than receiver KJ Hamler, who outran the Ohio State defense on a 90-yard touchdown and is on the verge of becoming a national star.Faster than tailback Journey Brown, who won back-to-back PIAA 100 meter sprint titles — and broke Olympian Leroy Burrell’s high school record.Faster than receiver Dan Chisena, who ran a leg on Penn State’s school-record 400 meter relay team.He’s faster, they say, than anyone on the team.Which, unofficially, makes him one of the fastest football players in America.Now, those who follow the NFL Draft combine know that guys who reportedly run those types of times don’t generally translate directly when the official numbers come out. Per the officially NFL numbers, just 14 players have broken a 4.3 at the Combine, topped by John Ross’ 4.22 in 2017.Still, even if you only add .05 seconds, that gives Drew Hartlaub truly elite speed that doesn’t come around too often, and could make him a real weapon on special teams.[York Daily Record] GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 30: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions leads his team onto the field prior to the start of a game against the Washington Huskies during the Playstation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)A member of Penn State’s football team reportedly runs a 40-yard dash under 4.3. It probably isn’t a player many outside of Nittany Lions diehards are very aware of.Safety Drew Hartlaub is a walk-on out of Hanover, Penn. entering his redshirt sophomore season in blue and white.Last year, he appeared in 10 games for Penn State, playing as the gunner on the punt unit. He was the Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Year and recorded three tackles on the season.Penn State coaches compliment his hustle and hard work on special teams, but most wouldn’t peg him as one of the fastest players in all of FBS.
Indo-Asian News Service KolkataMarch 14, 2019UPDATED: March 14, 2019 21:47 IST KKR have crashed out at the playoff stage in the last three years (BCCI Photo)Consistency has been their forte, but former champions Kolkata Knight Riders will aim for nothing less than a third title when they renew acquaintances in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).KKR are two-time champions, having won the coveted trophy in 2012 and 2014. However, for the past three campaigns they have crashed out at the playoff stage and failed to reach the summit clash.Dinesh Karthik took over from Gautam Gambhir as the captain last season and it was no secret that the stumper-batsman had big shoes to fill from ball one.Gambhir not only led KKR to both the titles, but is their all-time leading run getter with 4217 to his name at an average of 31.Karthik, to his credit, led from the front in his debut season, amassing 498 runs and finishing as the team’s highest scorer. But the Shah Rukh Khan co-owned franchise lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad in Qualifier 2 last season.”We have realised what we lacked last year and we have added resources accordingly. Thus, we are a more well-rounded team this year,” Karthik, 33, had said during a promotional event at Eden Gardens a few days back.KKR shelled out Rs 5 crore for the services of West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite and a further Rs 1.6 crore for New Zealand pacer Lockie Ferguson.They are additions to an already stacked side that has the likes of Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Karthik and Kuldeep Yadav.The city-based team also boasts of the best young talents on their roster. Shubman Gill will be the one to watch out for as the hugely talented top-order batsman not only impressed last term but also made his international debut for India during the one-day international series against New Zealand.advertisementTalking of experience, KKR will look to vice-captain Robin Uthappa for inspiration. A veteran of 165 IPL matches, Uthappa is a seasoned hand in the shortest format of the game, having amassed over 4000 runs at a commendable strike rate of 131.84.Needless to say, India’s top-draw chinaman bowler Kuldeep will also be an important cog in KKR’s wheel. He was a key player during India’s recent tours of Australia and New Zealand and the Knight Riders can bank on his heroics when the going gets tough.Among the foreign recruits, Lynn is one of the best power hitters in the game and was the second-highest run-getter for KKR last term as he amassed 491 runs from his 16 innings.Andre Russell, buoyed by the call-up to the West Indies team, is always an explosive option with bat and ball. He contributed 316 runs at a phenomenal strike rate of 184.79 and chipped in with 13 wickets.Russell’s international teammate, Sunil Narine, has been KKR’s strike bowler for a long time. He grabbed 17 wickets from his 16 matches that came with a fantastic economy rate of 7.65. On top of it, Narine retains his ability to strike big at the top of the order.Talking about the big new recruits, Ferguson is one to look out for. The Kiwi bowler has express pace and has troubled the Indian batsmen with accurate bowling during their recent tour of New Zealand. Ferguson will be playing only his second IPL season – having turned out for Rising Pune Supergiants in 2017 – and will want to justify the Rs 1.6 crore fee KKR shelled out for his services.Overall, KKR have a good mix of established hands and young guns and should mount a serious title challenge.KKR will start their campaign at home against Sunrisers Hyderabad on March 24.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 Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Kolkata Knight RidersFollow KKRFollow Indian Premier League Kolkata Knight Riders look to win third title in IPL 2019IPL 2019: Kolkata Knight Riders, who have won the Indian Premier League trophy in 2012 and 2014, will be hoping to win the coveted title for the third time.advertisement
The Fundy Geological Museum in Parrsboro, Cumberland Co., is only days away from its next significant discovery — the 250,000th visitor to see first-hand some of the oldest dinosaur bones in the world. Almost one-quarter million people have discovered Nova Scotia’s rich geological history during a visit to the Fundy Geological Museum on the province’s world-famous Fundy shore. Since opening in 1993, the Fundy Geological Museum has welcomed about 24,000 visitors each year. This weekend, the museum will celebrate its 250,000th visitor. “The excitement is building as we near this significant milestone,” said Ken Adams, director/curator of the museum. “We hope a lot of people drop by the museum this weekend, as one visitor will become part of the museum’s living history.” The Fundy Geological Museum attracts visitors from around the world to the picturesque town of Parrsboro. Visitors enjoy spending time in the coastal town, known for the striking spirit and pride of its people. As a result of their experience, visitors often extend their visit to the area or return again, lured by the sea and memories of the past. This summer brings many exciting events to the Fundy Geological Museum, including the 40th anniversary celebration of the Nova Scotia Gem and Mineral Show, formerly known as the Rockhound Round-Up. This event showcases gem and mineral dealers from across Canada and the United States. Visitors can take part in popular programs such as Dino Daze on Sunday, July 17. Daily tours and packaging options are also available. For more information call 1-866-856-DINO or visit the museum website at museum.gov.ns.ca/fgm .
Rabat- Moroccan National beat Libya 1-0 on the first match of the African Cup of Nations qualifiers. The match, which was played in Adrar stadium in Agadir, was the first official appearance of the Moroccan team since September 2013.After a disappointing first half of the match where the Moroccan players failed to display their skills and dominate their Libyan, the Atlas Lions managed to retake control of the match at the beginning of the second half. The first and unique goal was scored at the 49th minute by Omar El Kadori after he received a pass from Malaga’s forward, Noureddine Amrabet.One of the highlights of the match was when A.C. Milan player, Hachim Mastour made his first appearance with the Moroccan team at the 89th minute.
21 April 2011Twenty-five years after the deadly accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the region around it is moving forward and residents are rebuilding their lives, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador and tennis star Maria Sharapova said today. In a video message marking the 25th anniversary of the accident, which occurred on 26 April 1986, Ms. Sharapova noted that “while the anniversary is filled with sadness, we also acknowledge that this is a time for hope as we move forward in building a better future for all those whose lives have been changed by this tragedy.” Ms. Sharapova, 24, stressed the need for solidarity with people still affected by the tragedy.“There’s still a long way to go to achieve the full recovery of the territories affected by Chernobyl,” she said. “Affected communities in Belarus, the Russian Federation and Ukraine continue rebuilding their self-reliance.”Ms. Sharapova’s family left the area around Gomel in what is now Belarus in the wake of the accident, although her grandmother still lives there today.“The area around Gomel is very close to my heart… It is an area that has suffered a lot, but I know it has a great potential.”The tennis star, who has won three Grand Slam singles titles during her career and was once the top-ranked player in the world, travelled to Belarus last July to visit post-Chernobyl projects supported by UNDP and her own charitable foundation.Her message today follows the visit to the Chernobyl site earlier this week by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon – the first time a UN chief has travelled to the disaster zone.Mr. Ban paid tribute to the many victims of the disaster and called for a “new chapter” in the areas still affected.“Science has shown that normal life is fully possible for most people living in area affected by the Chernobyl disaster,” he said. “What these areas need most is recovery and development: new jobs, fresh investment, the restoration of a sense of community.”
Assistant Secretary-General Angela King told the General Assembly’s Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee, “Trafficking in women and girls is a particularly hideous form of violence.”An estimated 700,000 persons were trafficked across international borders annually and most of them were women and girls in their teens and early twenties, she said.HIV/AIDS was spreading faster among women and girls and was inextricably linked to violence, abuse and their low status in society, she added. The efforts of the international community to reverse the rate of spread of HIV/AIDS was largely unsuccessful, with only 300,000 infected men and women out of 42 million having received aid.The Executive Director of the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), Noeleen Heyzer, told the Committee that the proportion of women with HIV had risen to 50 per cent of the persons infected in 2002 from 41 per cent five years before.UNIFEM worked to empower women by means that included strengthening women’s economic security and supporting women’s leadership roles in governance and peace-building. In that connection, the programme continued to manage the Inter-Agency Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women, Ms. Heyzer said.
Goodman School of Business student Johnathan Holland has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Deborah E. Rosati Entrepreneurship Co-op Fund Award. It has been a busy year for Goodman School of Business student Johnathan Holland. The third-year bachelor of business administration co-op student has already pitched his business plan to the stars of CBC’s Dragons Den at the Monster Pitch competition, attended eight student competitions and debated Chancellor Ned Goodman at the annual Goodman Alumni event.Now he is starting his own company with the help of an alumna’s generous donation.Holland has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Deborah E. Rosati Entrepreneurship Co-op Fund Award. Thanks to the award, the young entrepreneur will spend his four-month co-op term turning his winning Monster Pitch idea for “The $tudent Currency Exchange” into a successful start-up. The new company’s goal is to negotiate better currency exchange rates for international students studying in Canada.Earlier this year, Rosati (BAdmin ‘84) created the fund with a generous donation of $100,000. Recognizing the impact of her own co-op education on her career, Rosati was motivated to develop a co-op award to help support student entrepreneurial ventures and start-ups. The fund helps co-op students turn their business ideas into reality by providing financial support and access to business development resources. Recipients of the award will spend four months working with BioLinc, the Goodman School of Business’s on-campus business incubation facility. BioLinc will provide the co-op student with business development support and mentorship and an office space in the Cairns Complex.Rosati’s contribution to building Goodman’s entrepreneurship culture included a spot on the Monster Pitch judging panel. She is thrilled that the first recipient of her scholarship was also the winner of the student-run competition.“The essence of this award is to help develop the next generation of entrepreneurs,” said Rosati. “Johnathan is a great example of that. He has the passion that an entrepreneur (needs).”Don Cyr, dean of the Goodman School of Business, considers the co-op fund an important example of Goodman’s spirit for entrepreneurship.“We believe in investing in the success of our students,” he said. “The fund, along with easy access to resources like BioLinc, our business pitch competitions, our entrepreneurship club and our entrepreneurship concentration, are what make a difference to ambitious students.”Holland is in the first week of his co-op work term and has already developed a detailed work plan to build his business. He is looking forward to a summer of innovation and collaboration.“The services that the award provides are an asset. Plus, I’m surrounded by like-minded individuals at BioLinc,” said Holland. “I couldn’t have done this without Deborah.”
No. 6 overall draft pick Cleveland Browns rookie linebacker Barkevious Mingo has been hospitalized after suffering a bruised lung.Mingo, who was drafted from Louisiana State University in the first round in April, was injured in the first half of Cleveland’s 24-6 victory over Detroit on Thursday.The initial diagnosis was that Mingo had a rib injury, but following the game he was taken to the hospital for further examination. Coach Rob Chudzinski said Mingo would be kept overnight.The details on how Mingo was hurt are unclear. The 6-foot-4-inch, 240-pound player jogged to the tunnel with a trainer for treatment after he was injured.And more bad news hit the Browns when running back Dion Lewis broke his leg and is likely done for the season. Cleveland also lost offensive guard Jason Pinkston, who suffered a severely sprained ankle. He left the stadium in a walking boot and on crutches.
Publishers are desperate to counteract the used games market and the supposed additional game sales they are missing out on. That’s why EA introduced Project Ten Dollar that required a gamer pay $10 for access to multiplayer on a used copy of a game.It looks like that was only the beginning though, and the multiplayer tax associated with buying a used game is escalating. The first example of this comes in the form of SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs.Unlike EA’s multiplayer ban without payment, SOCOM 4 does allow access to the multiplayer aspect of the game for free. But there’s a new feature called SOCOM Pro available with new copies of the game that gets blocked on re-sale.The Pro feature offers custom ranked game queues and custom game types including Community Day Classic, Last Defense Run ‘n Gun, SCRUM, and Sniper Alley. There’s also an exclusive pair of weapons to use, exclusive access to multiplayer maps, ongoing co-op updates, and dedicated leaderboards. It’s also promised that Pro will be updated regularly with new content.Any SOCOM 4 player will want access to these features, and if you buy the game new it all comes as part of the retail price. But pick this game up used and publisher Sony and developer Zipper Interactive won’t let you access the Pro features until you pay $14.99.So keep that in mind if you see this game used in store. Whatever price the retailer wants, you need to add $15 before you gain access to the full game.Read more at PlayStation.Blog, via TechnologizerMatthew’s OpinionIt’s worrying that the pricing of these used game taxes is already going up along with the amount of content being blocked. If this works for SOCOM 4, then how long before we see a $20 price tag, or even higher?I can understand developers wanting to make money on additional sales of their games, but it shouldn’t be the gamers who are punished for buying a game legitimately. It’s the retailers pushing the used games that are making all the additional profits here.There is no easy solution to this problem, and it’s now up to the retailers to take responsibility when selling games that carry these additional charges. A retailer cannot in good faith sell a used copy of a $60 game for $45 knowing a $15 charge is required to unlock all its content. Will retailers take that into account? I doubt it, and it therefore falls to the gamer to research before purchasing.
Maureen Andrade Montague and her kids were being watched.Unblinking eyes — etched in stone, actually — were peeking at them through the shrubbery.“I was captivated by her, and I began painting her,” Montague said.Now her interpretations of those eyes are bringing more focus to an iconic image of the Columbia River region.One of Montague’s versions of “She Who Watches” will be part of the exhibit Saturday when she leads an art talk at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Visitor Center.The exhibit features 10 works from seven artists inspired by Fort Vancouver; it was curated by Montague to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.Other artists represented are Cynthia Heise, Erin Dengerink, Christine Eagon, Pepper Toelle Kim, Sharri LaPierre and Tom Relth. Several of the artists are expected to be on hand to discuss their creations.Her exhibit version — “She Who Watches is Waiting” — was inspired by the pictograph, Montague said. She has never visited the original version (also known as “Tsagaglalal”) at Columbia Hills State Park, near Dallesport. But Montague came across a copy near Vancouver Barracks.“I first became acquainted with the image when I was a young mother living in the Hudson’s Bay neighborhood. I would walk my babies in a stroller,” she said.
The world’s governing football body, FIFA has announced a list of official logos for each of 32 participating teams in the 2018 World Cup having Russia lead with the slogan “Play With an Open Heart”“The votes have been counted. The fans have spoken,” FIFA said in a statement according to Tass“We now have the 32 slogans that captured the hearts, and votes, of the global FIFA Club community!”Fan dies after setting herself on fire protesting Iran’s ban on women spectators Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 A young woman from Iran set, only publicly known as The Blue Girl for the color of her favorite club Esteghlal, has died from her injuries after protesting Iran’s ban on female fans.Before “Play With an Open Heart” was approved in the course of the voting the other two variants in the previous top-three had suggestions of “The Russian Bears Stride to Victory” and “With a Full Heart the Entire Nation is Pursuing the Dream.”“The winning slogans will be displayed on the 32 team buses at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia,” the statement from FIFA said adding that each lucky slogan creator will be awarded a trip to Russia for the world football championship.Reigning World Champions Germany will have the logo saying “Let’s Write History Together, while the 2016 UEFA Euro Cup Champions Portugal may be recognized in Russia during the World Cup under their official logo “The Past Is Glory, The Present Is History”.
Former Leicester City defender Robert Huth has announced his retirement from football after reports linking him with a move to Derby County.While responding to claims that he’s set to join Frank Lampard’s Derby County on an 18-month deal, Huth also revealed that has retired from playing football.Three-time Premier League winner 🏆@robert_huth has announced his retirement from football.More: https://t.co/4jMeUvdmLO pic.twitter.com/Q3l66opxGO— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 11, 2019Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.According to Sky Sports, the 34-year-old replied to the Twitter report saying: “This literally couldn’t be less true,” Huth said. “I’ve retired! (I just haven’t done an interview and cried about it).”Huth had quite a successful career playing only in England, as he represented Chelsea, Middlesbrough, Stoke, and Leicester.The defender came up through the Youth system at Chelsea and won two Premier League titles at Stamford Bridge during Jose Mourinho’s first spell in charge.He made 42 appearances for Chelsea and scored no goals, and left in 2016 to join Middlesbrough.The German center back would later Stoke City after three years at the Riverside Stadium and was part of Leicester’s squad that won the Premier League title against all odds in 2016.