Autodesk Smoke Power Tip: Edge Blur in ConnectFX

first_imgSmoke and Flame guru Joel Osis shares his workflow for adding edge blur in Smoke’s ConnectFX – great for working with green screen or chroma key.If you’re looking to get clean edges in your chroma key and video compositing projects, this tutorial by Joel Osis has you covered.  Getting a smooth key can be tricky…and adding an edge blur can sometimes produce a very unnatural effect.  In this Autodesk Flame and Smoke tutorial, Joel shows you how to successfully isolate and then add a slight edge blur to your keyed footage in Smoke.  Additionally, you’ll see how adding “regrain” to this blurred edge can help pull off the effect – making it look more organic.This Autodesk Flame and Smoke tutorial is geared toward video pros that are already have experience working with nodes and the ConnectFX effects interface. Adding an edge blur to your composited footage in Smoke is a subtle effect, but an important one for really ‘selling’ the composite.You may also be interested in Joel’s previous Autodesk Smoke tutorial on converting a 2D video image to 3D. Thanks for sharing, Joel!last_img read more

Goa CM seeks people’s blessings

first_imgGoa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who returned to Goa from a U.S. hospital on Thursday, began his day on Friday with a visit to the Shri Mahalaxmi temple in Panaji, his assembly constituency.In a video message, he sought blessings from the people of Goa. “Thanks to your support and prayers, I have returned to work after treatment. I ask for your blessings and I want to assure you that I will work for the development and the good of Goa,” a weak-looking Mr. Parrikar said in the message sent out soon after assuming work at the State Secretariat. Mr. Parrikar was being treated for a pancreas-related ailment.last_img

Kashmir makes hay while the sun shines

first_imgRains lash Bihar Colour purple: Autumn in the Valley is tinged mauve from saffron blossoms Rains lash Bihar Rains lash Bihar What’s a wedding without wazawan in Kashmir Other Slideshows The good doctor of Odisha’s Malkangiri village Colour purple: Autumn in the Valley is tinged mauve from saffron blossoms What’s a wedding without wazawan in Kashmir The good doctor of Odisha’s Malkangiri villagecenter_img Chhath Puja celebrations What’s a wedding without wazawan in Kashmir Chhath Puja celebrations Sacred games | Supreme Court verdict breathes fresh life into Ayodhya Sacred games | Supreme Court verdict breathes fresh life into Ayodhya The good doctor of Odisha’s Malkangiri village Chhath Puja celebrations Sacred games | Supreme Court verdict breathes fresh life into Ayodhyalast_img read more

Goa International Airport resumes operations following MiG-29K incident

first_imgFlight operations at Dabolim International Airport in Goa resumed on Saturday afternoon after it was suspended temporarily, the Indian Navy has stated.Earlier, a detachable fuel tank attached to a MiG-29K fighter aircraft crash-landed on the runway, spilling fuel and causing minor damage to the landing and take-off strip.”FLASH…. Flight operations resumed at aaigoaairport AAI_Official,” the Navy tweeted around 3 p.m. on Saturday.A spokesperson for the Airports Authority of India (AAI) said, “Due to the jettisoned fuel tank on the runway during MiG sortie, the operations are closed for two hours at Goa airport. Please bear with us.”AAI Goa tweeted from its official handle on Saturday afternoon.An official of the Dabolim International Airport said that the Indian Navy personnel were on site, clearing the runway of the fuel that has spilled on it and carrying out minor repairs along the stretch where the fuel tank had fallen.”These are external fuel tanks outfitted to aircraft in order to enable them to cover more distance. One such tank attached to a MiG-29K got jettisoned off the jet during a sortie and landed on the runway,” he told presspersons.As many as seven flights from different parts of the country, which were supposed to land at Goa airport, had been diverted.The Navy operates MiG-29Ks off the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya and the squadron is based at Naval air station, Goa.Three flights diverted to MangaluruThree Goa-bound aircrafts were diverted to Mangaluru International Airport on Saturday.A senior official in the Mangaluru airport told The Hindu that the aircrafts will return to Goa once they get a green signal from the Goa airport. The runway at Goa airport is expected to be opened after 3.30 p.m, the official said.He said that in addition to the aircrafts diverted to Mangaluru, three more aircrafts were diverted to Bengaluru and one to Hyderabad. They will also return to Goa later.(Inputs from K. Raviprasada in Mangaluru)last_img read more

Kohli is correct, need preparation time for SA tour: Ganguly

first_imgKolkata, Nov 24 (PTI) Former India captain Sourav Ganguly today back current skipper Virat Kohli on the issue of cramped scheduling and said that the team needs more time to prepare for tough assignments like the upcoming South Africa tour.Kohli yesterday complained that cramped schedules are getting in the way of proper preparation for big series such as the upcoming tour of South Africa, a criticism that the BCCI promised to address with “utmost seriousness”.Echoing Kohlis concerns, Ganguly said, “He (Kohli) was talking about scheduling of cricket which is so correct. You got to give teams time to prepare when they go to South Africa.”Ganguly was speaking at the India Today Conclave East 2017 here.Ganguly also lavished praise on Kohli who has notched up 50 International century at the Eden Test against Sri Lanka.He said Kohli can challenge Sachin Tendulkars 49 ODI hundreds but the challenge would be to match the Little Masters 51 hundreds in Test.”Virat will get very close to Sachins ODI hundreds which is 49. He is already 32. He will get close to that. He has got to stay fit. When I was playing, from 1996-2003, I had 22 ODI hundreds in 7 years,” Ganguly said.”I see that with Kohli as well. He has got 30 odd in about nine years. It gets tougher with age. It got tougher for Sachin, it got tougher for me, it will get tougher for Virat Kohli,” said Ganguly, who has 22 centuries in 311 ODIs and 16 Test tons in 113 games.”He (Kohli) plays a lot of cricket. I personally feel he will get there to 50 international hundreds with the amount of ODIs that are played. The challenge will be in Test matches to get that far. Its a terrific feeling to have seen Sachin and now you are seeing this boy,” Ganguly added.advertisementAsked to compare Tendulkar and Kohli, Ganguly said they are from different generations. He said Kohli is more expressive and proactive as captain than Tendulkar.”Its not right to compare because these are two cricketers who are from two different generations. I have seen Tendulkar very very closely. An unbelievable cricketer. Some of the runs he has got, match-winning innings he has played is fantastic.”Kohli, a hundred a couple of days ago at Eden Gardens on that pitch, and you could see his expression when he finished. He is a lot more expressive than Tendulkar. He is a lot more proactive than Tendulkar as captain. Tendulkar was different, maybe the generation was different,” he said.Ganguly said hes like the average Bengali man at home but he had to change the attitude of the team he led because some of the players needed to be pushed and develop an aggressive Indian side.”I am a very quiet person off the field, very laidback like a lot of Bengalis. When I became captain, I realised we had to do something different. As Indians, we were very laidback. Sehwag was a fantastic talent but off the field, you would find him asleep and you had to push him. I had to get that atmosphere. It was a strategy to get the team going,” Ganguly said.Ganguly is best remembered for his aggressive captaincy, his success against Australia and that iconic moment when he was seen waiving his shirt at the Lords balcony.There could be mixed reactions to that episode more than 15 years later but one person who is convinced it was a fine act happens to be Gangulys wife, Dona.”It was a fantastic gesture,” said Dona at the India Today Conclave East.However, Ganguly, now a cricket administrator, said he would never do something similar again.”I would never do it now. Every time they would show that footage (on a sports channel), I called the producer and told him I have 20,000 international runs and several hundreds. But he said that is what he want to show,” the 45-year-old said.”It (the shirt-waving) was a lot more out of satisfaction. Do not forget the name on the honours board (for his hundred on Test debut at Lords). That will remain a lot more special.”The world knows Gangulys class as a batsman and his abilities as a leader but how is the great man like at home?There could be nobody better than Dona, his wife, to shed some light on the bhadrolok (gentleman).”He is Sourav at home. He takes control but in a nice, subtle way. He does control the house. He is very busy but when he is there, we respect him and do only what he wants,” Dona said. PTI US TAP PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

Paul Collingwood in line to play for World XI in landmark Pakistan series

first_imgShare via Email West Indies lack time to deal with problems in all departments Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Read more Since you’re here… Pakistan cricket team Share on Pinterest Paul Collingwood is in line to be the English representative in a World XI coached by Andy Flower that will play a three-match series in Pakistan next month as the International Cricket Council brings top-level cricket back to the country.The Guardian understands that Collingwood, England’s World Twenty-20 winning captain, has made himself available for the three Twenty20s in Lahore on 12, 13 and 15 September with the squad, which has previously been tipped to include South Africa’s Hashim Amla and Imran Tahir, due to be named in the coming days. “This is a very big thing,” Sethi told reporters in Pakistan. “September, October and November are big months. It’s a big agenda, we need your prayers and we will open the doors and international teams will come. Pray that we keep our security solid. The Punjab government has given us the signal and preparations are in full swing.”Only Zimbabwe and Afghanistan have played in Pakistan since 2009, whenfollowing a terrorist attack on Sri Lanka’s team bus in Lahore began an eight-year hiatus by the major touring sides and forced Pakistan to play their home internationals at neutral venues.The ICC’s Pakistan task force, led by Giles Clarke, is keen to change this and the World XI tour follows the successful staging of the Pakistan Super League final at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore through a military-style security operation. Dawid Malan, currently in the England Test team, and Chris Jordan were among the eight overseas players to feature. newscenter_img Support The Guardian Share on Facebook Sign up to the Spin – our weekly cricket round-up Paul Collingwood Topics Share on Messenger Read more Cricket The World XI players are set to earn around £75,000 each for the series that will have international status, military-style protection and is hoped will encourage future tours by national teams. Collingwood, if selected for the squad, would be the one English player as Durham do not feature in the round of County Championship fixtures that takes place at the same time.The 41-year-old all-rounder, who led England to the World T20 title in 2010 and is the country’s most capped one-day cricketer, remains an active domestic player and this summer became the oldest man to score a T20 hundred with an unbeaten 108 from 60 balls against Worcestershire at New Road.Collingwood has already agreed to play on for Durham next season but is also planning for his post-retirement career as a coach: this winter he will be part of the England management set-up under the head coach, Trevor Bayliss, that travels to Australia for the defence of the Ashes.Flower, the former England team director, will begin his World XI’s preparation with a training camp in the United Arab Emirates before flying to Pakistan and is also expected to draw on current or recent internationals from West Indies, Australia, South Africa, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Afghanistan. India are unlikely to be represented.Najam Sethi, the Pakistan Cricket Board chairman, confirmed on Monday that, subject to security clearance at the end of this month, the series is due to go ahead in Lahore and added that a one-off Twenty20 against Sri Lanka and a three-match tour by West Indies are also slated to follow in October and November provided the World XI matches pass without incident. Durham … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.last_img read more

Another MLA Expenses Case Referred to RCMP

first_imgAuditor General Jacques Lapointe reported today, June 3, that he has referred an additional case to the RCMP. On May 20, the Speaker’s Office informed the Auditor General that they had come into possession of evidence of possible illegalities in expense claims for a former member of the House of Assembly. The Auditor General’s Office reviewed the information before passing it on to the RCMP for investigation. As with previous cases, Mr. Lapointe is not disclosing the identity of the individual involved. On May 18, files related to expense claims of one current and four former members of the legislative assembly were referred to the RCMP.last_img

Workers fall ill on set of new WWE movie

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Facebook The knockouts were all too real on the set of a wrestling movie filming in the Lower Mainland last month.A worker on WWE Studio’s The Marine 5: Battleground fell unconscious from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning during a shoot in an underground parkade, according to a recent WorkSafeBC incident report.The crew was using a fog machine, two motorcycles and a 1984 Chevy 3500 pickup truck in a Surrey parkade on June 10 when “a significant number of workers reportedly felt unwell.” The parkade’s ventilation system had been turned off to eliminate noise during filming, the WorkSafeBC report notes. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment One worker felt ill and tried to leave the parkade before falling unconscious. Two other workers went to hospital the next day after experiencing “ill health effects.”last_img read more

Maldives Foreign Minister dies

President Dr Mohamed Waheed has said that it was with great sadness that he learned of the passing away of Foreign Minister Dr Abdul Samad Abdulla and that the Maldives has lost a great man. The President said Foreign Minister Dr Abdul Samad Abdulla’s death was a national tragedy and paid tribute to Dr Samad’s services to the country. The Maldives Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Abdul Samad Abdulla passed away today. The Maldives President’s Office said that Minister Abdul Samad passed away while being treated for kidney and heart disease, at Singapore’s Mount Elizabeth Hospital.President Dr Mohamed Waheed has declared that the national flag be flown at half-mast for three days starting Sunday, 25 August 2013 till the end of Tuesday, 27August 2013. He died at the age of 67 and was survived by his wife and three children. Dr Samad was appointed as the Minister of Foreign Affairs on 05th March 2012.A Book of condolences in memory of Foreign Minister Dr Abdul Samad Abdulla will be placed at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Brock celebrates its place in the biosphere with UN flag raising

Brock is one of only a handful of universities in Canada to be distinctly situated within a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.Next Thursday, the University will raise a United Nations flag at its main campus as a symbol of its commitment to innovative and sustainable research, teaching and service.The ceremony is being co-ordinated by the newly established Environmental Sustainability Research Centre (ESRC) and takes place at 11 a.m. at the flagpoles in front of Schmon Tower.The event will be followed by the ESRC’s second annual seminar series at Rodman Hall in St. Catharines from 1 to 4 p.m.This year’s seminar will focus on themes of water. It will include presentations by centre researchers looking at issues such as the changing landscape of water governance in Canada and the Niagara region, and the politics of water in irrigation economies.The session will also include an update on an ESRC initiative known as the Niagara Migrant Children’s Educational Award. The award is a community-based partnership among Niagara’s agricultural workers, the City of St. Catharines, Brock University, Niagara College and the Niagara Community Foundation.These events are free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome to attend. read more

Canadian Bianca Andreescu falls to Julia Goerges in ASB Classic final

Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu came up one set short in an attempt at her first WTA Tour title.Julia Goerges of Germany beat the 18-year-old Andreescu 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 on Sunday to win the ASB Classic for the second year in a row.The match started well for Andreescu, who took the first set in only 30 minutes, unsettling the second-seeded Goerges with the same aggressive return game and mix of strokes which had derailed her earlier opponents.But the tide changed late in the second set as Goerges began to put more first serves in play and gain more depth with her ground strokes, forcing the Mississauga, Ont., native onto the defensive.Georges clinched the second set in 45 minutes with a pivotal break in the 11th game, then took the deciding third set in only 23 minutes as Andreescu tired in her eighth match at the tournament. She broke Andreescu in the first, fifth and seventh games to clinch her seventh WTA Tour singles title.“This meant a lot,” Goerges said. “I don’t know what to say right now because Bianca gave me a hard time today. She played some terrific tennis, different from a lot of players on the tour and I’m sure we’re going to hear a lot more of her.”Andreescu, who entered No. 152 in world rankings and had to go through qualifying just to get in, put together some spectacular upsets on her way to the final in the tune-up event for the Australian Open.Prior to falling to world No. 14 Goerges, she knocked out former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark and American Venus Williams, then cruised past 28th-ranked Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan in the semifinals. Wozniacki is currently the world No. 3 and the reigning Australian Open champion.Goerges ousted Eugenie Bouchard of Westmount, Que., earlier in the week on her way back to the championship match. Andreescu, meanwhile, won seven straight matches including three qualifiers just to face the 30-year-old German in the final.Earlier in the day, Bouchard captured her first career doubles title alongside American partner Sofia Kenin. The duo beat Taylor Townsend and Paige Mary Hourigan 1-6, 6-1, 10-7 in the women’s championship match.The US$250,000 WTA Tour event is a warmup for the first Grand Slam of the season.—With files from The Associated Press BROWSE ASB Classic | Bianca Andreescu | Julia Goerges read more

MICROMINE launches Micromine 2014

first_imgMicromine 2014 is the latest version of the company’s industry leading exploration and mine design solution. This is the 15th version of the application which allows users to capture, manage and interpret critical data, and is relevant to all stages of the mineral extraction process.Micromine provides explorers with an in-depth understanding of their project so prospective regions can be targeted more effectively, increasing the chance of a project’s success. Miners are provided easy-to-use modelling, estimation and design tools to simplify day-to-day production tasks.Commenting on the release, Managing Director, Wally Borovac, said “The Micromine Product Management and Development Teams have worked tirelessly to release Micromine 2014 only a year after the previous version, Micromine 2013, and to ensure that the application and its developments exceed client expectations.“Over 310 new and enhanced features specific to both exploration and mining have been introduced within Micromine 2014 to satisfy all users, from GIS specialists and geologists through to mine engineers. Micromine 2014 also continues the company’s commitment to producing easy-to-use software solutions that are intuitive and allow users to enhance productivities and cost efficiencies.“By re-investing a significant percentage of annual revenue into the company’s Research and Development (R&D) Programme, Micromine ensures its clients benefit from the latest technological advances with frequent, timely releases and updates that reflect their needs.“In addition to the company’s ongoing R&D Programme, which has been supplemented by the largest ever grant awarded to a mining software company by the Australian Government, the Micromine Product Management Team manages an incredibly robust Beta Testing Program.“Based on the feedback of our Beta Testers and the market’s initial reception to this latest product version, I am confident of Micromine 2014’s success”, Borovac concludes.CSA Global’s Principal Resource Geologist and Micromine 2014 Beta Tester, Dmitry Pertel, adds “Micromine consistently releases new software versions which are intuitive, easy-to-learn, and incorporate the most innovative technology. I am very pleased with Micromine 2014 and I believe that all users will benefit from the application’s new and enhanced features.“From a resource estimation perspective, Micromine 2014’s most significant user benefits are achieved through enhanced statistical and geostatistical tools. The tools are now far more interactive and most importantly, they dramatically speed up and simplify the process of creating variograms.“Another highlight is that Micromine now supports rotated block models in the pit optimisation environment. I believe this functionality is unique to Micromine 2014. I’m not aware of any other mining software solution that offers this advanced functionality.Some of the new and enhanced features within Micromine 2014 include:Graphing and statisticsThe most significant enhancement is the major update of statistical functions and the inclusion of new graphing functionality, providing improved visuals and increased user interactivity. New functionality, including box-and-whisker plots and a new semi variogram map, ensure users can easily produce what they need with minimal effort, saving a considerable amount of time. Although all users will benefit from improved workflows, they are most pertinent to exploration and resource geologists who use statistics on a daily basis. Micromine 2014’s stereonet display has also undergone a re-write, and is now more visual and advanced. Through new options it is now easy to summarise structural orientations.64-bit applicationTo ensure the solution adheres to latest technology trends, Micromine 2014 has been converted to a full 64-bit application. This builds on the hybrid 32/64-bit framework of the application’s last few releases, and will allow clients to use all available memory on their computers and work with more data than ever before. Many underlying systems such as wireframes and drillhole databases have also been modified as part of this update.Design enhancementsThere are enhanced pit design tools, new road and switchback options, and new surface road design tools. Other CAD enhancements include new snap modes which allow users to easily create a string that follows a surface wireframe, and a dynamic input mode that allows specific numbers (such as a gradient or distance) to be entered in the middle of a graphical editing session.Vizex and plotting enhancementsThere are new block model display options, including interactive block visibility. Users can now display or hide blocks in the model by dragging sliders on a histogram of data values. These data values can be coloured using the same colour set as Vizex, making it easy to relate visible blocks with the slider positions. Additionally, new drillhole aligned hatches provide more visually appealing results by aligning patterns to the drillhole traces. The application’s Plot Editor functionality has been further enhanced, a process which was initiated a few releases back. Users are offered a more streamlined use of Plot Editor through the ability to easily and quickly edit properties of plot features with a single click, saving time.last_img read more

Wind Powered Car newss Across Australia

first_imgForget electrics and hybrids, the future of sustainable cars might just be in the wind. Two people recently set a number of of world records as they travelled across Australia in a wind-powered car.The car, fittingly called the Wind Explorer, is powered by a combination of turbines and kites, that provide energy for a 8 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The car itself weights just 441 pounds and is made of a lightweight carbon fiber. The cross-continent trip, which lasted 18 days and spanned over 3,000 miles, was both the first time a wind-powered car has crossed a continent and the longest trip ever for such a vehicle.It wasn’t all easy though. The duo, which was consisted of an Australian TV personality and a German engineer, encountered several flat tires along the way and even blew two engines.Via Gizmaglast_img read more

Lingodroids robots that create and communicate in their own language

first_imgThat day when Skynet takes control and decides humans are inconsequential is getting ever closer, but when it happens we may not understand what the robots are talking about. That’s if research being carried out at the University of Queensland continues to see success.Ruth Schulz, researcher in the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering has been attempting to get robots talking and learning from one another. However, instead of supplying them with a primitive language, much like a programming language or basic set of keywords with predetermined meaning, she has instead left them to come up with their own words for the situations they find themselves in. Over time, that will develop into a language the robots understand, but to a human onlooker makes absolutely no sense.AdChoices广告The robots are called Lingodroids, and they are given the capability to create a communication link with other Lingodroids in the area. The single task they have to complete is to build a map of the world they are capable of travelling around on their three wheels. In order to do that they have a camera, range finder and sonar, and audio capabilities for capturing (microphone) and sharing (speaker) information.Whenever a Lingodroid encounters some new area they map it using SLAM (Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping) which involves making it memorable using a grid, landmark, and topological combination that remains unique.Once SLAM has been used to log an area the robot decides on a word to represent it made up from a list of sylabbles it has in memory. That word is then passed along to the other robots. All the robots then use that word to represent a specific place with reinforcement happening through game playing where one robot says a known word and the others navigate to it. That word is linked to the unique SLAM area marker formed by the Lingodroid such as the examples given below:It’s very basic stuff in terms of communication, but it soon develops into a map with keywords the robots can say and the others can decide to travel to, or at least add to their own internal maps. It even extends to areas that cannot be accessed, and the robots can still give those areas a name.The next stage is to increase the spatial intelligence of the robots by allowing them to learn and give directions to specific places. If that works we’ll have robots acting like a GPS, but in a language we don’t understand.More at IEEE Spectrumlast_img read more

Diablo III patch incoming real money market delayed

first_imgIt seems like just about everything that gets released nowadays has a patch of some kind or another that comes out a week or so later. Blizzard’s latest creation, Diablo III, is no exception. The game, while exciting, has had more than its fair share of problems. In an attempt to right the ship and make sure Diablo III continues to be a success, Blizzard has released a statement announcing updates and a future plan for the game.Blizzard Community Manager Nethaera made a post in Blizzard’s forums today addressing the plan moving forward with fixing some of the glitches that have been found in the game. Hotfixes to address a variety of problems, such as the game ending glitch when you give your first NPC a shield, have already been handled. Other glitches, however, such as the disappearance of achievements, have yet to be rectified. We’ve been assured by Nethaera that these problems are being looked into. The hope is that all of these issues will be resolved with the patch that is to released within the next week.The stability of the platform is critical for Blizzard to unveil the next part of the game. Blizzard’s plans to release an Auction House that uses real money to buy and sell items. This simply wouldn’t work in a world where users are reporting game glitches every hour. With real cash in the balance, stability is a must. Since they are still resolving those issues, the real money auction house has been postponed, leaving the only timeframe for its deployment to “soon”.Blizzard has made a lot of promises in this update, but coupled those promises with no actual expectations or timeframes. The news that they are working on a patch is comforting, but with a game this popular the volume of users with potential issues is significant, and the negative thoughts on a platform like this are always the loudest. If Blizzard decides to push a sloppy patch that only solves a handful of issues, the results for the future of the game could be severe.last_img read more

Microsoft confirms Xbox One has 23 launch games

first_imgIf you are located in one of the European countries Microsoft counts as an Xbox One launch region, then you are set to get a download copy of FIFA 14 for free if you pre-order the console. For everyone else, there’s 23 games Microsoft has today confirmed are launch titles for its next gen machine.Those games are as follows:Assassin’s Creed IV Black FlagBattlefield 4Call of Duty: GhostsCrimson DragonDead Rising 3FIFA 14Fighter WithinForza Motorsport 5Just Dance 2014Killer InstinctLEGO Marvel Super HeroesLococycleMadden NFL 25NBA 2K14NBA LIVE 14Need for Speed: RivalsPeggle 2Powerstar GolfRyse: Son of RomeSkylanders: Swap ForceWatch DogsZoo TycoonZumba Fitness: World PartyClearly Microsoft has ensured there’s something for everyone come launch day, and depending on your gaming tastes you are going to be spoiled for choice. Key titles that are sure to do well include Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Dead Rising 3, Forza 5, Ryse: Son of Rome, and Watch Dogs. FIFA 14 will also by default become the top “selling” launch title.I’m guessing that Killer Instinct may get overlooked because no one is really sure how good it is as a fighting game. However, a lot of gamers may get it for free if they pre-ordered a Day One Xbox Live Gold subscription, which is sure to bump up its sales figures.Is there anything that catches your eye on that list? Is there enough there of interest to get you to pick up an Xbox One on launch day? VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Assassin’s Creed 4 Black FlagAssassin’s Creed 4 Black FlagBattlefield 4Call of Duty: Ghostsxbox_one_fifa14_freeForza Motorsport 5Killer InstinctRyse: Son of RomeWatch DogsCrimson DragonLEGO Marvel Superheroes – HulkLEGO Marvel Superheroeslast_img read more

Troika in Athens next week

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Just a few days before representatives of the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund – known collectively as the troika – are due back in Athens, a number of PASOK MPs have added their voices to those who say the emergency loan agreement signed last year is no longer appropriate for Greece. Socialist deputy Mimis Androulakis said that the loan agreement, known as the memorandum, was the “wrong therapy plan” for Greece and argued that the government should seek to restructure the country’s debt, asking investors to accept lower returns on the Greek debt they hold. His colleague, Petros Economou, said the memorandum had “outlived its usefulness” and that it “worsened Greece’s debt problem and that’s why we have to find another solution.” Economou also declared himself against the imminent privatization plan. Another PASOK MP, Odysseas Voudouris, suggested that Finance Ministry officials should attempt to renegotiate the terms of the memorandum when troika representatives are in Athens next week.Lawmaker Costas Kartalis urged the government to develop a policy program that goes “beyond the memorandum”. “There are other things that need to happen [apart from the reforms in the memorandum] in Greece,” he said. The government will unveil three key policies – its privatisation program, its midterm economic goals and any extra austerity measures – on April 15. The issue of privatisations has already stirred discontent within the ruling party and among ministers, forcing Papandreou to say that he would pass a law preventing any government from selling public land without Parliament’s approval. However, following talks with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund, the government has committed to raising 50 billion euros from privatisations by 2015. The government’s midterm fiscal plan, which covers the period 2012 to 2015, will have to set out policies for collecting 22 billion euros on top of another 1.8 billion that must be cut this year. Greece’s target is to bring the deficit down to 1 percent of gross domestic product by 2015. The troika is visting Greece to measure how the Greek economy is progressing and some two weeks before the government submits vital legislation to ParliamentSource: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Nice guy Kante stuns Arsenal fan

first_imgWhat a guy! Shortly after helping Chelsea beat Arsenal 3-2 on Saturday, N’Golo Kante later apologised to a fanThe France international played the full 90 minutes of the five-goal thriller London derby and impressed once more in his more advanced midfield role.Chelsea got off to a strong start at Stamford Bridge by racing into a two-goal lead inside 20 minutes with goals from Pedro and Alvaro Morata.Arsenal levelled the scoreline before the end of half-time thanks to goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi.But Marcos Alonso turned home Eden Hazard’s cross to seal the three points for Chelsea.It meant that Arsenal had lost their first two games of the season for the first time in 26 years.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.And Sharky, a Gunners supporter, approached Kante afterwards and explained to him how sad he felt about the result.“Just met this man. Told him I was an Arsenal fan and I was upset about the game this weekend but he smiled at me and said “sorry”. What a guy,” Sharky wrote.Just met this man. Told him I was an arsenal fan and I was upset about the game this weekend but he smiled at me and said “sorry”. What a guy ?— Sharky (@afcSharky) August 19, 2018last_img read more

Sarri Ive reached the top by joining Chelsea

first_imgChelsea coach Maurizio Sarri revealed how it dawned on him that he has reached the top of football following an exchange with Liverpool counterpart Jurgen KloppFollowing his summer arrival from Napoli, Sarri has enjoyed a record-breaking start at Chelsea this season.The Blues are currently just four points adrift from Premier League leaders Manchester City and unbeaten after 12 games.Now Sarri has described a moment he shared with Klopp on the touchline back in September, where Chelsea had a double-header against Liverpool.“At one point I turned to him [Klopp] and saw that he was smiling,” Sarri told La Gazzetta dello Sport.“I approached and asked him why.“He told me ‘I’m having a good time, you?’ ‘Me too,’ I replied.“Here, when you live these situations, you realise that you have reached the top.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…Klopp is the coach that Sarri respects most in the Premier League due to their shared philosophical point of views.“I feel closer to Klopp from a philosophical point of view,” said Sarri. “The exchange of words between us seems to me to be exemplary.”Although the Italian also holds Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho and Arsenal’s Unai Emery in a high regard.“Mourinho is a man of extraordinary human qualities,” added Sarri.“He made an excellent impression on the day of the Stamford Bridge match when the incident involving one of my assistants occurred.“On a professional level, there is little to say: he has won everything and everywhere.“Emery is a scholar and an excellent professional. The offensive organisation of his football is of the highest level.”Chelsea will travel to Tottenham this Saturday in a Premier League fixture.last_img read more

Hasenhuttl Next few games will be crucial for Southampton

first_imgSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl believes their upcoming matches in the Premier League could have a vital impact on their seasonThe Saints are looking to bounce back from Wednesday’s disappointing FA Cup third-round replay exit at the hands of second division side Derby County.And, with Southampton just a point above the relegation zone in 16th-place, Hasenhuttl is aware of how important it is that they quickly bounce back ahead of clashes with some key rivals.“Every win is very important at the moment,” said Hasenhuttl on the club website.“We showed against Leicester how much we wanted to fight for the three points, because we knew exactly that it could help us to leave the relegation zone.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“The next few weeks are very important and the good thing is, after this Everton game, we have more time to prepare for Crystal Palace and the other games, so that’s important for us.“The next opponents after Saturday – Crystal Palace, Burnley and Cardiff – are teams that are in our zone.“This game on Saturday and then the next ones maybe show us in what direction our development is going – is it going in the upper regions or do we stay there where we are?”Top-scorer Danny Ings has returned after recovering from his hamstring problem ahead of Saturday’s game against Everton with captain Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Charlie Austin and Yan Valery also available.last_img read more