Major League Soccer is headed to St. Louis and Brian McBride is already excited for the prospects of a rivalry between the expansion side and Chicago Fire. The two cities have a long history of sports rivalries, with the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals sharing a division in Major League Baseball, while the Blackhawks and Blues are both members of the National Hockey League’s Central division. That rivalry will now have the chance to extend to the soccer pitch, with St. Louis set to begin play in 2022 after being awarded a team by MLS on Tuesday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? And McBride, who played his college soccer at St. Louis University and made over 100 appearances for the Fire during his professional career, is thrilled by the prospects. “I’m really excited,” former Fulham and Columbus Crew forward McBride said on ESPN. “And not just because St. Louis deserves it, and the history of St. Louis. “But now you’ve got this rivalry between Chicago and St. Louis. [It] is there in all professional sports that they both have sports in. And now you have it with the Fire and the St. Louis team that’s coming in. It’s going to be really special.”The new outfit in St. Louis will be the 28th team in MLS, but the club will be the first in one regard – with a majority female ownership group, the first of it’s kind in league history and a rarity in top-level professional sports. And those new owners are hoping to continue the proud legacy of sports achievement in the city as they add a soccer club to the roster of professional teams. “The most interesting aspect, and one we are very proud of, is the fact that we are the first female majority led ownership group in MLS history, and one of few in all professional sports,” St. Louis owner Carolyn Kindle Betz at Tuesday’s announcement. “This is truly a historic day for St. Louis. “I believe it was just a couple months ago we were celebrating our very first Stanley Cup win. So being awarded this MLS team just continues to add to the positive momentum going on in our city. “We are providing a great opportunity to bring together many different segments of the community, uniting people and their love for the game. As we have stated from the beginning, we did not want to take resources away from the city. Our goal has always been overwhelmingly to privately finance a team and stadium that fuel the region’s continued growth, bringing people together and creating a lasting legacy for this city.”
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Former UCLA football coach Terry Donahue has been diagnosed with cancer, the team said in a statement.According to the statement, Donahue underwent surgery this past Friday at UCSD’s Jacobs Medical Center and was released from the hospital a few days later.He is expected to begin chemotherapy following his recovery from the surgery.“Former head coach Terry Donahue is recovering from surgery following a recent cancer diagnosis. We wish Coach the best in his fight and look forward to seeing him back on the sideline,” the team said in a statement.Former head coach Terry Donahue is recovering from surgery following a recent cancer diagnosis.We wish Coach the best in his fight and look forward to seeing him back on the sideline.https://t.co/0zSeOF6fZR pic.twitter.com/MaJYaYQf9b— UCLA Football (@UCLAFootball) May 21, 2019Donahue is the winningest coach in UCLA football history with a career record of 151-74-8 during his 20 years as the team’s head coach. In those 20 seasons, Donahue led the team to 13 postseason berths and ended with an 8-4-1 record in those bowl games – and an impressive 3-1 record in the Rose Bowl.Donahue finished his career as a two-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year and a five Pac-10 championships. He went on to become the director of player personnel for the San Francisco 49ers before taking over for Bill Walsh as general manager from 2001-05.He was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1997 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000.
zoom Japanese shipping conglomerate Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) reported that its group company Ferry Sunflower Limited is moving ahead with plans to construct two large, roll on/roll off passenger (RoPax) ferries.The new 192 meter ferries will be built by Japan Marine United Corporation and delivered in March and June of 2018 as replacements for the Sunflower Satsuma and Sunflower Kirishima, which serve on the route connecting Osaka Port and Shibushi Port.The ferries will be able to accommodate 709 passengers and 121 trucks each, and will feature private staterooms with toilets, showers, washbasins, and refrigerators.Public space on the new ferries will also be about 2.5 times that of current ferries.
OTTAWA – With the blessing of the federal government, British Columbia is putting three health clinics under the financial microscope amid long-standing concerns about overbilling and the integrity of the country’s public health-care system.Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott said her department reached an agreement with B.C. to audit the three clinics in hopes of rooting out the practice of extra-billing for medically necessary care, a violation of the Canada Health Act.“The audit will determine the extent to which extra-billing and user fees have been a barrier to accessible care for people in British Columbia,” Philpott said in a statement Thursday.Philpott’s newly appointed B.C. counterpart, former NDP leader Adrian Dix, said he strongly supports the audit agreement, which was negotiated under the province’s previous Liberal government.“We have to act to ensure that access to medical care in B.C. is based on need and not on an individual’s ability to pay,” Dix said in an interview with The Canadian Press.“That is the reason the law exists and that is something that has been fundamental to Canada’s health-care system for a long time and is something we strongly support.”Health Canada and the province decided to proceed with the audits in March, he said, noting that a considerable amount of planning has flowed from that decision.“The results of the audit may have consequences … but the audits haven’t been completed yet so commenting on conclusions that haven’t been drawn would be incorrect and unfair,” he said. “We are not assuming the results of the audits.”The Canada Health Act, which imposes conditions on the provinces and territories in exchange for health care funding, prohibits so-called extra billing or user charges for services that are deemed medically necessary.Once extra-billing or user charges are confirmed, a dollar-for-dollar deduction from that region’s federal health transfer payment is required.Some $204,145 was deducted from B.C.’s March 2016 transfer payments as a result of extra-billing and user charges for insured health services that were levied at private clinics in the 2013-14 fiscal year.Extra-billing occurs when a medical practitioner charges an insured patient who receives a covered health service an additional sum over and above what is paid for by a provincial or territorial insurance plan.Questions about the public health-care system in B.C. have also been raised in a high-profile court case involving Dr. Brian Day of the Cambie Surgery Centre in Vancouver.In the lawsuit, launched in 2010, Day is challenging B.C.’s ban on the purchase of private insurance for medically necessary services covered by the public system, arguing it forces patients to endure long wait times that can exacerbate their health problems.The federal government is also engaged in the Cambie case, which it believes could have important implications for public health care across Canada.Dix said “some of the principles” being defended by the government in the case are similar to the questions at play in the audits.“It is what the Medical Services Commission in B.C. and the ministry of health are defending in that case,” he said.Philpott, meanwhile, has also warned other provincial counterparts about extra-billing and user fees, noting Ottawa will not tolerate the practice.She has applauded Quebec for its decision in January to ban user fees, and she has also been in discussions with Saskatchewan officials about upholding the Canada Health Act.And she has been pushing back against a Saskatchewan law that allows private MRI scans if they are ordered by a doctor and if the private clinic does a second scan to someone on the public wait list at no charge.Allowing people to pay for private scans contravenes the act, Philpott insists.—Follow @kkirkup on Twitter
OTTAWA – A report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives recommends that payments to shareholders such as dividends and share buybacks by companies should be limited if their pension plans are underfunded.The report says pension regulations must expand to consider broader financial decisions within companies.It says that in many instances, firms are complying with the minimum required payments under the rules, but they are not making up the shortfalls in the pension plans as fast as they could.Companies with defined-benefit pension plans have been hurt by the financial crisis and low interest rates, which have increased the amount of money they are required to have in their pension plans to pay future benefits.When a pension plan is not fully funded, members face the possibility of seeing their pensions reduced if the plan is forced to wind up.The report noted that the pension plan at Sears Canada has a $267-million shortfall, but the retailer which is in the process of liquidating has paid $1.5 billion in shareholders in dividends and share buybacks since 2010.
TORONTO – Power Financial Corp. reported better-than-expected second-quarter net income, the highest in the company’s history.The Power Corporation of Canada subsidiary reported net earnings of $658 million, and earnings per share of 92 cents, compared to $622 million, or 87 cents per share in the second quarter of 2017.The earnings beat analysts estimates for the quarter of $618 million, or 82 cents per share.Power Financial cited strong performance from subsidiaries Great-West Lifeco, Putnam Investments and IGM Financial, which reported record assets under management of $159.1 billion, up 7.1 per cent from the year prior.The strong results at Power Corp.’s main financial services division were offset by declines in its other divisions including Sagard Investment Funds and China AMC as well as other investments and subsidiaries.Power Corp. reported net earnings of $347 million, or 75 cents per share, largely in line with those in the year-earlier quarter.Companies in this story: (TSX:PWF)
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Traffic-weary baseball fans could someday travel to and from Dodger Stadium on a public transportation system underneath Los Angeles — if Elon Musk’s latest bold plan comes to fruition.The billionaire’s Boring Company tweeted a proposal Wednesday for autonomous, zero-emissions electric sleds that would run through a tunnel between the stadium and a location in the city’s Hollywood area.The company says the so-called Dugout Loop system would be privately funded and not require tax money.Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted that it’s exciting to see innovative ideas aimed at reducing traffic on LA roads.A proposal to build a gondola from Union Station to Dodger Stadium was announced in April.Musk is currently building a test tunnel from his SpaceX rocket plant to a point near Los Angeles International Airport.
Washington: Scientists have developed an electronic tongue that can ‘taste’ spicy foods more accurately than humans. Spicy food wears out taste buds quickly. This can be a problem for people who make and sell spicy food. “At low concentrations, or low spiciness, it’s hard to discriminate between two samples,” said Courtney Schlossareck, a graduate student at Washington State University in the US. “It’s also hard to tell a difference between two samples at high concentrations,” said Schlossareck. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportThe e-tongue’s ability to differentiate between the spiciness of foods could come in handy for industry, according to a study published in the Journal of Food Science. A problem with testing spicy foods is that people can only test a few samples before their taste buds give out. After a few bites, taste buds can not distinguish differences in taste at all. However, the e-tongue can handle as much heat as any scientist can throw at it and maintain accuracy. “This would allow testers to narrow a selection down to two or three samples for a human tasting panel if they start from 20 different formulations,” Schlossareck said. “That would take days to do with people tasting them,” she said. That is because real people need to wait at least five minutes between samples. Even then, only a few samples can be tested because the spiciness lingers and can throw off results, she said.
8 November 2010The head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog today voiced concern over the nuclear programme of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), where inspectors have not been allowed access since April 2009. “The nuclear programme of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea remains a matter of serious concern,” Yukiya Amano told the General Assembly, as he presented his first report as Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The Agency’s inspectors were ordered out of the country in April 2009 after the Security Council condemned a DPRK rocket launch that month, deeming it to be in contravention of resolution 1718, which demanded that the country “not conduct any further nuclear test or launch of a ballistic missile,” following its claims to have conducted a nuclear test in October 2006.In addition, the country has not permitted the IAEA to implement safeguards there since December 2002 and it has not implemented the measures called for in Council resolutions 1718 and 1874. The latter imposed a series of measures on the country, including tougher inspections of cargo suspected of containing banned items and a tighter arms embargo.Mr. Amano called on all parties concerned to make concerted efforts towards resumption of the Six-Party Talks “at an appropriate time.”The Talks, which seek to resolve the crisis over the country’s nuclear programme, involve China, DPRK, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Russia and the United States.On Iran, the Director General noted that the IAEA continues to verify the non-diversion of declared nuclear material.“But Iran has not provided the necessary cooperation to permit the Agency to confirm that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities,” he added. The cooperation needed includes full implementation of relevant resolutions of the Council and the IAEA Board of Governors, he added. In September Mr. Amano voiced regret over Iran’s decision to bar two key nuclear inspectors, saying the move hinders the Agency’s investigation into the country’s nuclear programme.Iran’s nuclear programme – which its officials have stated is for peaceful purposes, but some other countries contend is driven by military ambitions – has been a matter of international concern since the discovery in 2003 that the country had concealed its nuclear activities for 18 years in breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).The Council has imposed several rounds of sanctions against Iran since 2006, the most recent being in June, citing the proliferation risks posed by its nuclear programme and its continued failure to cooperate with the IAEA.
The sale of Nokia’s handset business to Microsoft is set to be finalized today. The closure of the $7.5 billion deal, which was agreed last year, had been delayed pending approvals. Earlier this month both companies won a crucial nod from Chinese regulators. The deal has also received the green light from the U.S. and European Union. The approvals are needed because of the size of the transaction and the companies’ presence in the different markets.Marvin Ryder joined us on News Now Midday today to offer his thoughts.
“While we understand the acute desire of the refugees to return home after 15 years in exile, and their frustration that 15 rounds of bilateral negotiations between Bhutan and Nepal have failed to see a single refugee return, our concern is for their well being and that they are not given false hopes and manipulated,” said Jennifer Pagonis, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva.It appears that some of the 300 refugees who tried to cross the Nepal/India Border were intimidated to take part in the unofficial return and had been falsely told it was organised by UNHCR. They were turned back by Indian security forces and some were pelted with stones by unknown persons, causing light injuries. After becoming stranded at the border, the refugees were returned to the Beldangi refugee camps by the Nepalese authorities.In its information campaign, UNHCR will clarify that it is not organizing repatriations, and that by trying to return on their own, refugees could be exposed to physical harm.The Bhutanese refugee situation is one of the longest running refugee situations in Asia. There are some 105,000 Bhutanese refugees in seven camps in eastern Nepal. UNHCR has always been excluded from the bilateral negotiations on their eventual return to Bhutan, but continues to advocate strongly for a comprehensive solution to the situation, which is almost at the point of seeing second-generation refugee children.
It can leave animals in excruciating pain because they are no longer able to retract or extend their claws, the experts warnedCredit: Motofish Images The centre, based in London, issued their plea to pet owners after a five-year-old tabby called Christina was brought into with red claw covers.Staff were unsure how long the cat had endured the nails, which were firmly fixed to each individual claw. Vets were forced to place her under general anaesthetic whilst they carried out the operation.Lindsey Quinlan, Head of Catteries at Battersea, said it was the first time they had a cat brought in with claw covers but said they were “concerned” the craze is becoming “increasingly popular with pet owners”.”It’s extremely cruel to inflict this sort of thing on your cat as it stops them from displaying their natural behaviour,” she said. “It’s worrying that claw covers for both cats and dogs can be so easily sought from the internet.”Pets are not fashion items. We want to spread the message that claw covers are unnatural for both cats and dogs.” But staff at the centre insisted they should instead use a scratching post. “Scratching is a natural behaviour for a cat as it helps maintain their claws so they can effectively groom themselves by using their nails as a comb,” Ms Quinlan said. “There are alternative ways to keep your cat from scratching your household furniture, for example, providing a suitable scratching post which should be tall enough to allow your cat to fully stretch.”After her claw covers were successfully removed, Christina eventually went on to find a home with her new family. Pet owners should stop giving their cats and dogs “cruel” manicures, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home has pleaded after the trend gained popularity on social media. The craze, which can involve gluing fake nail-style “claw covers” to pets, can leave animals in excruciating pain because the animals are no longer able to retract or extend their claws, experts warned. Most cats have five claws on each of their front paws and four or five claws on their rear paws. They are used for scratching, hunting, self-defence, climbing, and grooming. One suggestion is that pet owners are using the covers to prevent their pet scratching their furniture. It’s extremely cruel to inflict this sort of thing on your catLindsey Quinlan, Head of Catteries at Battersea Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Bucyrus International, a leading manufacturer of ultra-class draglines, offers turnkey solutions for dragline relocations and refurbishments. It states that its “ability to offer a vertically integrated OEM solution of dragline parts, service, and global facilities, coupled with the company’s legacy of engineering expertise, give Bucyrus an edge in the dragline relocation and overhaul space.” A recent example was the successful relocation and refurbishment of two draglines for Luminant, in the state of Texas, USA. Despite the dragline’s unmatched ability to remove overburden at extremely low cost per tonne, the initial capital outlay and time it takes to produce a new dragline can lead mine owners to explore other alternatives. Luminant found itself in such a scenario during the planning phase of the Kosse mine, wanting to use draglines for the overburden removal needs, but looking for less capital intensive alternatives that could also reduce the required manufacturing time to acquire a new dragline. The agreed-upon solution became the purchase of two pre-owned draglines, a Bucyrus 8200 model and a Bucyrus 1570W model, requiring substantial refurbishment and the relocation of both machines to Kosse in Texas. Wanting to ensure that both machines would again operate as reliably and productively as they did upon their original commissioning in the 1970s, Luminant solicited the expertise of the draglines’ original equipment manufacturer, Bucyrus, to manage the complex project.The complexity of the legacy dragline relocations and refurbishments for Luminant required Bucyrus Field Services to co-ordinate a cross-regional effort, entailing experienced project leadership by the Bucyrus team, as well as open lines of communication between the Bucyrus regional groups. Addressing these unique challenges helped to facilitate the completion of this extensive project, and serve to substantiate the project management aptitude of Bucyrus as it pertains to major dragline relocations and refurbishments. Jimmy Derry, the Bucyrus Construction Superintendent leading the project from the Bucyrus side affirmed, “Our experienced team of Bucyrus Tradesmen and Supervisors, working in-step with Henry Postell, Luminant’s Heavy Equipment Project Manager, and his team, were able to accomplish these dragline moves and upgrades in a safe, timely, and cost efficient manner; a feat everyone involved can be proud of.”“The benefit of using the OEM is that it is one-stop shopping for the customer,” says Jason Scott, a Bucyrus Project Manager. “Bucyrus has a knowledgeable and experienced service group to plan and execute a relocation, a dedicated sales team to ensure the customer has all necessary replacement parts and materials, and first-hand engineering support to offer not only solutions to existing concerns, but also to offer upgrades to enhance the performance and longevity of the machines.”While Bucyrus has established a strong legacy as a high-quality manufacturer of ultra-class draglines, rope shovels, and rotary blasthole drills, performing top-notch overhaul and relocation services for mining equipment, as exemplified by the work performed on the dragline moves for Luminant, are fundamental pieces of the Bucyrus portfolio. In fact, the ability to offer a vertically integrated solution of dragline parts, service, and local facility, coupled with the company’s legacy of engineering expertise, were important factors in Luminant’s decision to partner with Bucyrus on the 8200 and 1570W dragline projects. “Bucyrus not only provided us a cost-effective mining solution, they saw it through from beginning to end,” said George Boudreau, Director of Maintenance Support Services with Luminant. “We’re pleased with the end result and look forward to many years of productive mining at our Kosse mine.”“OEM expertise does not only apply to the manufacturing of new machines, but it can provide value in every facet of the services and support Bucyrus provides to its customers,” states Mike Lisowski, General Manager of Projects at Bucyrus. “Bucyrus has the resources and the contacts to offer and coordinate projects of the complexity and scope of dragline moves and overhauls, and the company looks to continue providing these top-notch services to our customers for the foreseeable future.”
LEPROSY IS OFTEN associated with Bible stories, a historic disease that has no place in the modern world.However, leprosy is still a major problem, especially for the world’s poorest countries.The chronic infection is transmitted most effectively in overcrowded conditions with poor sanitation. This means that it afflicts “the poorest” and “most vulnerable” in the world, says Dr Charles Kinkpe, chief medical officer at the Hospital of the Order of Malta (HOM) in Dakar, Senegal. The facility in the capital is at the forefront of the treatment of the disease and provides free care for those who can’t afford it.Although considerable progress has been made in the fight against leprosy, it remains devastatingly present in more than 100 countries in Africa, America, Asia and the Pacific.This weekend marks World Leprosy Day (held over 72 hours) which aims to raise awareness of the disease. Organisers hope to put out the message that leprosy, of which there were about 200,000 new cases in 2012, can be eradicated completely.Organisations dealing with leprosy combat prejudice through education, hammering home the message that leprosy is not hereditary, nor a sign of a divine curse.They point out that 95 per cent of humans are actually naturally immune to what campaigners call the world’s “least contagious communicable disease”.Losing limbsMulti-drug therapy (MDT), available free of charge through the World Health Organisation since the 1980s, consists of three antibiotics which together can cure patients in a few months.But often those afflicted with leprosy do not know how to spot the signs early on and the disease takes an insidious hold, attacking nerve endings, destroying the ability to feel pain and injury.“They burn themselves holding a hot pan or injure their feet walking on glass, for example, and do not realise,” Kinkpe told AFP.Unable to sense these injuries, patients are susceptible to sores and infections which can eventually lead to the loss of fingers, hands, toes and feet, blindness and facial disfigurement.“They often wait until the last minute to be seen,” laments the orthopaedic surgeon. Yet the bacterial illness can be easily cured before it causes serious damage.“People with leprosy are isolated, kept remote – people don’t touch them. People say they are cursed,” says Diemg Mas, a 33-year-old teacher who has been receiving treatment for nearly two years.Women sometimes hide the illness for fear of being rejected by their husbands.Treated in 1976 and cured permanently, 60-year-old Moustapha Seck stayed at HOM and now manufactures orthopaedic shoes for those crippled by leprosy.“When they put them on, first they walk, then they dance with joy,” he says proudly.Image: Wong Maye-E/AP/Press Association ImagesAnother patient in the Senegal hospital is Modou Gaye. His right leg has been amputated below the knee.Afflicted by recurrent yet mysterious sores, he had done the rounds of traditional practitioners and physicians who prescribed him various plants and potions but were unable to tell him he had leprosy.“I didn’t know anything about the disease,” the 32-year-old street peddler from central Senegal tells AFP in his native language, Wolof.Gaye’s story typifies the experience of many patients who one day notice an innocuous, painless blemish on the skin, and later discover they have leprosy, a condition which is easy to combat yet which continues to cripple and exclude millions worldwide.But it was too late to save his right leg, the bone already too badly damaged.In IrelandThere were two cases of leprosy reported in Ireland last year. In June 2013, the HSE confirmed the first known case for several decades. The sufferer was a man in his 30s, originally from South America. He did not contract the disease in the country but it was a recurrence of the condition he had in the past.The HSE said the man had been treated in hospital in Dublin, and that there was no cause for public concern, as the condition is not highly contagious.The bacterium that causes the condition multiplies so slowly that the first symptoms can often only appear around five years – and sometimes up to 20 years – after a person first comes into contact with it.The second case, confirmed just a couple of months later, occurred in the north-east of the country. Again, it was a male foreign national who had contracted the infection abroad.Additional reporting by Sinéad O’CarrollRelated: Second case of leprosy reported in IrelandMore: Ireland records first known case of leprosy in decades
Logitech lance la BCC950lundi 26 mars, à Fremont aux USA, Logitech vient de présenter sa ConferenceCam, une solution audio et vidéo tout-en-un.Cette nouvelle catégorie de produit pour communications unifiées ou web-conférences associe une webcam Full HD (à panoramique, inclinaison et zoom motorisés,) à un système mains libres “full duplex omnidirectionnel de qualité professionnelle”. Selon le communiqué de presse de la firme, un seul périphérique USB permettra des conférences en petits groupes, laissant apparaître sans difficulté chaque participant.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Réglages (volume sonore, couper le micro) et fonctions habituelles (décrocher, raccrocher…) s’effectuent grâce à une télécommande ou alors sur le socle de la BCC950. En terme de vidéo, la ConferenceCam possède un angle de vue de 78 degrés avec une panoramique de 180 degrés, une résolution HD 1080p (30 images/s) et prend les vidéos au format H.264. La prise voix est parfaitement audible jusqu’à 2,5 mètres de diamètre.Avec ses 600 grammes, le nouveau produit de Logitech est optimisé pour Microsoft Lync et Skype Certified mais fonctionne aussi avec la majorité des plateformes de communications unifiées et vidéo. Fonctionnant avec le Plug & Play (norme UVC), cet outil de communication est d’une utilisation simplissime. La ConferenceCam sera disponible pour 249,99 euros dès le début du mois de mai prochain dans les réseaux spécialisés (et non grand public).Le 27 mars 2012 à 15:45 • Maxime Lambert
Stay on target The Best Killer Families in Movie HistoryShudder Is the Horror Streaming Service Fans Were Waiting For We are in full swing of one of the best horror renaissance since the 1980s. In 2017, Jordan Peele’s release of Get Out set the precedent for how horror can send an important message (without rubbing our face in it). That year also brought us a retelling of Stephen King’s classic IT: Chapter One. Last year, writer and director Ari Aster made us feel unsettled with Hereditary. 2018 also brought us the return of not only Michael Myers, but our favorite scream queen, Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode in Halloween (2019). These are just four of the biggest box office hits that horror has had in sometime. What does this mean for the genre in 2019? Well studios are finally seriously looking at horror again (and not in a Sharknado sort of way.) We’re talking about really good scripts that have been laying dormant or have been tossed around the rewrite circuit. Every spectrum of the genre is hitting hard — from classic slashers making a return to Hollywood finally shining some light on important medical conditions that have plagued humanity since the dawn of time — to scare us in all-new ways.Here are the movies that will keep us checking under our beds in 2019.Us (March 15)What happens when an ordinary family takes a summer trip, only to find out they are being replaced by deranged doppelgänger? This is the simple premise of Jordan Peele’s next stab at the horror genre, Us. Though, if it is anything like Peele’s first film Get Out, there may lie many layers and fans cannot wait to unravel them. This one stars Black Panther‘s Winston Duke and Lupita Nyong’o. (Side Note: Peele is hosting the new Twilight Zone revival for CBS coming later this year. From the looks of this film along with Get Out, he’s becoming our modern age Rod Serling.)Pet Sematary (April 5)The original 1989 adaptation of Stephen King’s terrifying tale is unsettling in all the right ways, especially thanks to Miko Hughes’ sinister child performance; but it does come with its problems. That’s why I’m chomping at the bit to see Starry Eyes directors Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer have a go at one of King’s top stories. Pet Sematary (2019) follows The Creed family as they move into their new home away from the city. Only this rural home lies between a busy interstate and a small cemetery where disturbing goings-ons are afoot.BrightBurn (May 24)Guardians of the Galaxy writer and director James Gunn has always been a horror guy. He started out in Troma films after all; Disney was just late to the game. Well Disney’s loss is Sony’s gain as Gunn and co-writers Brian Gunn and Mark Gunn ask the question “What if Superman came to earth and didn’t take to the human ways of living and simply started killing?” That’s the premise of BrightBurn starring Elizabeth Banks and The Office’s David Danman. If this is just one more way to help us with superhero fatigue, we’re completely fine with it.Godzilla: King of the Monsters (May 31)It is here. It is time. We saw Gareth Edwards’ king of all monsters bond with a boy in the military. We then saw Kong throw down with some wicked creatures on Skull Island from Jordan Vogt-Roberts. Now Michael Dougherty, the mind behind horror hits like Trick r’ Treat and Krampus brings us the Toho throwdown with a major studio budget. Godzilla: King of the Monsters is finally coming. Mothra, Rodan, and King Gidorah have all been teased for this very film. The supporting cast includes Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Sally Hawkins, and more. We think this will be the one we’ll be talking about for a long time.Child’s Play (June 21)Chucky is back and fans are pissed! Let me just address the elephant in the room. This film is a full-on reboot of Tom Holland and Don Mancini’s classic by the folks at Orion. Which is kind of confusing since Mancini has been at the helm of the Child’s Play films for a while now and is currently in production on the television series with all the original talent. This new version of the Good Guy doll (now called Buddi) is high-tech and ready to sync up with all your devices. The film stars Aubrey Plaza who gifts her son the doll for his birthday. Sorry, but if you take the Charles Lee Ray out of the franchise, we’re not sure we really want it.The New Mutants (August 2)Here is a film that made some dark choices when creating its trailer. Comic fans and horror fans alike were excited to see a different take on mutants. One that looked like a horror film! Well, when word got back to the set and the big wigs upstairs, production came to a screeching halt because The New Mutants was never supposed to be a horror film to begin with. Well the good thing is money talks and it is one now! An entirely new character has been added to the story to really kick up the fear. Will this doom New Mutants or make it the perfect film for fans with superhero fatigue? We’ll find out later this Fall.Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (August 9)Those books that stopped you dead in your tracks at the library are making their way to the big screen. Author Alvin Schwartz’s writing paired so well with Stephen Gammell’s haunting illustrations that it has forever stuck in our gray matter. That is why creator Guillermo del Toro has jumped on as producer and is helping bring André Øvredal’s adaptation to life for CBS Films and Lionsgate. We’ve only seen one sneak peek so far from Fandango, but it looks like the right atmosphere is there.IT: Chapter 2 (September 6)Fans new and old to Stephen King’s classic are foaming at the mouth to check this one out. IT: Chapter 2 takes place 27 years after the events from the first film. We’ll see flashbacks of the original Looser’s club members, along with their adult counterparts. Sure the gang has moved away from Derry, but IT still follows each and every member. Bill Skarsgård will of course reprise his role as Pennywise while James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Jessica Chastain, Isaih Mustafa, Andy Bean, James Ransone, and Jay Ryan will play the adult Looser members.Are You Afraid of the Dark? (October 11)Fans of the 90’s Nickelodeon television series can jump for joy knowing that The Midnight Society is back (well, in their own way that is), Gary Dauberman (Annabelle) worked on a treatment and it looks like D.J. Caruso (Disturbia) will direct. What we do know so far is that the film will be book ended by the Midnight Society telling a tale or two, but what those stories are about, we still do not know. The Midnight Society members themselves will be new, but we’d keep an eye out for cameo or two.Zombieland 2 (October 11)You know what’s better than that Zombieland television series by Amazon? Literally anything! Thank the Twinkie Gods that show was canned and the franchise was saved for a later film reuniting Tallahassee, Wichita, Little Rock, and Columbus! Director Ruben Fleischer is back to direct and we may see the gang deal with new types of undead and Little Rock as an adult. We’d also love to see Bill Murray’s head just be carried around the entire film.3 From Hell (Release Date TBA)Musician and director Rob Zombie shocked us all when he announced that not only was The Devil’s Rejects getting a sequel, but that the film was already in pre-production (and is now in the editing process). How the hell did the surviving members of the Firefly family even survive that shoot out? Maybe the Devil rejected them? In any case, fans love Captain Spaulding and the gang and cannot wait to see their wicked foul-mouthed return!Depraved (Release Date TBA)The fine folks out at Glass Eye Pix have another nail biter for us. This time it looks to be writer and director Larry Fessenden’s stab at a Frankenstein-type tale. All we know so far is that our field surgeon lead is suffering from PTSD and starts making a creation out of human body parts and brings them to life. Fans of Supermassive Games Until Dawn starring Rami Malek may remember creator Fessenden as the games co-writer and Ahab character who attempts to save the surviving teens.More on Geek.com:This Horror Movie Is About a Possessed Killer Drone11 Greatest Scream Queens of All Time11 Scariest Religious Horror Movies
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says it’s a “gift” for his team to play at Wembley after their extended stay at the stadium.The North London club has had issues with their new stadium, meaning they have to play at Wembley longer than they anticipated, and Pochettino has praised the England national stadium and says it’s an ‘honor’ to be playing there.“Everyone who is there is entitled to give their opinion. If you ask me, I am so, so happy to play at Wembley,” Pochettino told Sky Sports.“When I was born in Argentina and heard about England for the first time, it was with all the problems with the Falklands – it was very sad news when I heard it for the first time when I was in Argentina in my hometown.“Then when I arrived in Europe and when I played the World Cup against England (in 1998), and then after when I arrived at Southampton six years ago, I changed my mind completely in the way I see this country.“For me, it’s an honor to be here and a pleasure to be here. I have discovered amazing people and an amazing country – very close to us.Pochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“We are always comparing Argentina with Spain and Italy, but we have more [similarities] with English people than maybe Spain or Italy.“When you, like we, love football, always you hear about Wembley. It was always a dream to play at Wembley. I played with the national team in 2000 at the old Wembley. It was a dream come true.“Now every week or two weeks we have the possibility to play at Wembley. For me, it’s a gift.“When I take the north circular when I look and see the [arch], I say thank you because every game I play at Wembley is a gift.“We always say, one game more, how lucky we are. For me, it’s the best place in the world to play football, and of course, after that will be shared with our new stadium as the best place to play.“Of course, the disappointment from our fans, I understand. But for me, I take it as a positive to play there and a gift that I want to enjoy every time I’m there.”
One of the most intriguing exclusives from last year’s The Game Awards (aka the Geoff Keighley show) was the debut trailer for Where the Water Tastes Like Wine. The moody music video gave us our first real glimpse at the “fantastical, psychedelic, surreal, and creepy’” journey through America, as told through the stories and folktales of unique characters.But since then the story has gone quiet, until now. I recently got to talk with several of the folks behind Where the Water Tastes Like Wine about their personal connection to the game, as well as my own.“Where the Water Tastes Like Wine is a narrative game, a ‘bleak American folktale.’ Unlike other narrative games, though, this is more like a collection of short stories than a novel,” said creator Johnnemann Nordhagen. Players wander across the country hearing and trading stories with fellow travelers they meet along the way. “The main inspiration was American folk culture and the tradition of the American road story – from Huck Finn through On the Road and Grapes of Wrath to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, there are a lot of great stories about travelers, mostly on the fringes of society, across this country.”Where the Water Tastes Like Wine is the first game from Nordhagen’s new studio Dim Bulb Games. Nordhagen previously worked at Fullbright on 2013’s indie darling narrative game Gone Home, and teachings from that experience carried over into WTWTLW.“Gone Home was an amazing lesson in creating a meaningful game with a small team and few resources,” said Nordhagen. “While the two are far from the same genre, they’re both narrative experiences and I hope we can create some of the same emotional impact that Gone Home did with our stories.”To help ensure that emotional impact, Where the Water Tastes Like Wine places a heavy emphasis on its evocative art, a slick combination of hand-drawn 2D paintings and a stylish 3D overworld.Take a look at these new screenshots! Take a look at that big ole skeleton hobo! <> “One day we want to have an art show with all of the actual physical art,” said Kellan Jett, the artist responsible for the 2D work and user interface. Jett and Nordhagen met at indie games festival IndieCade. When Nordhagen pitched Jett on WTWTLW, Jett was eager to join the ambitious project. “I was really interested in the subject matter. I think a lot of that was because I grew up reading Davy Crockett and American folk tale stuff. I’m from the South, my dad is into stories and so are his parents.”However, while figuring out the game’s 2D style was relatively painless, coming up with a complementary 3D style proved to be trickier. The team tried working with several 3D artists who didn’t pan out. Fortunately, they eventually found the right choice.“We brought on a new 3D artist, Lauren Cason, to entirely redo the art,” said Nordhagen. Cason was a classmate of Jett, and their styles easily blended together. “It was a big delay, and the game was all just gray boxes for a while, but it was worth it.”Of course, a game about storytelling also needs stories and tellers. Nordhagen modeled his characters after numerous figures from American history, but to really bring them to life, he knew he needed help.“The stories I wanted to tell in the game are stories of people from a lot of different backgrounds,” Nordhagen said, “I think it’s important to get people who have a wide variety of backgrounds themselves to write those characters.”So Nordhagen reached out to others writers to script the characters, writers such freelance journalist Gita Jackson.“Someone told me they were looking for Black writers for the game and I recommended a few but it turns out no one was available. So I said I’d do it,” said Jackson. “That was a very serendipitous thing to happen to me.”Jackson was recruited early in the project and was drawn in by the “Americana,” the “hitchhiking,” and the idea of “deconstructing the American Dream as this weird dream.” However, the reality was a little more difficult.“My first draft for the first character I wrote was… bad. I had no idea what we were supposed to be doing for the written portion,” said Jackson. She eventually wrote two characters: a 1900s sharecropper and a Blues singer. “It was exciting though, to watch things develop as time went on. They made a writing model after I did exactly the wrong thing. That was my one big contribution.”While she had a creative writing background, Jackson had never written for a video game before, and the medium presented some interesting obstacles.“It’s hard to write something where the character is literally talking to someone and that’s where you have to show everything about the character,” Jackson said. “You can’t describe their gestures or the look in their eyes or the clothes they are wearing. Everything has to be delivered through speech.”However, restrictions like these, when navigated correctly, can deliver even more emotional impact. Jackson cited an example from Catcher in the Rye in which the normally talkative Holden Caulfield sums up his traumatic day in New York City with “I don’t really want to talk about it.”“The things these characters don’t say reveal as much as the things they do. That was what I was trying to balance,” Jackson said. “That was harder than I expected it to be. But I liked that challenge.”When it came to writing these specific characters, the stories demanded more than just making sure they were historically accurate.“I tried to create a story from the arc of the life of a person’s life who has been betrayed by the idea of American Exceptionalism, that working hard will always get you everything you want,” Jackson said. It was an effective way to sum pretty up the entire lifespan of a character in a fairly short amount of time. “I had to figure out what was the moment they figured out they were betrayed by America. Then you just build their lives around that.”“What was the moment they figured out they were betrayed by America?” Jackson isn’t the only writer working on Where the Water Tastes Like Wine, though, and we can now reveal one more. Me. Early this year Nordhagen asked me to write a character for the game and I accepted. So while my role has been finished for months and I don’t have any financial investment in the game, hopefully you’ll understand why I have a personal investment. I won’t say too much about my contributions except that they involve a lot of trains and apathy towards white people. So look forward to that.That’s the good news. However, we can now also confirm the 3D art reboot will most likely prevent Where the Water Tastes like Wine from hitting its original 2016 release date. So you’ll have to wait a little longer for these digital folk tales, this interactive end of the American Dream. Meanwhile, the team is back to work.“I’ve had a lot of freedom to put my stamp on the art. It’s exhilarating,” Jett said. “We have to flesh out the world, which takes a lot of time. It’ll be tough but it’s going to be fucking awesome.”
When I visited the Valve office two years to get briefed on Steam Machines (remember those?) the first thing that struck me was how much Dota merchandise there was everywhere. This was the company behind original PC gaming masterpieces like Half-Life and Portal and Counter-Strike, shooters that changed the medium forever through gameplay and narrative innovations. And here they were focusing all their attention on a sequel to a mod of someone else’s game.But that sequel to a mod continues to make all the money in the world. Between Dota, VR headsets, and being a de facto monopoly for digital PC gaming distribution, there’s no need for Valve to ever make another new real video game again aside from Dota-themed Hearthstone rip-offs (to continue the theme of cribbing from Blizzard). We’ve all known for a long time in our hearts that Half-Life 3 is never coming, but now we can find peace and move on by reading what the plot of Half-Life 2: Episode 3 would have been.This leak comes from Marc Laidlaw, a writer who used to work at Valve drafting scripts for the Half-Life series. In January 2016 Laidlaw left the developer due to his “age” and desire to write original material. But we suspect he, along with Valve’s other recently departed writers, really just saw the writing on the wall that Valve just had no more use for his storytelling talents.AdChoices广告In a post called “Epistle3,” referencing Valve’s forbidden number as well as the Biblical nature of this reveal for long-suffering Half-Life fans, we finally learn the next chapter in Gordon Freeman’s battle against in the Combine after the cliffhanger of Half-Life 2: Episode 2 in 2007. In fact, the post is written in-character as Dr. Freeman himself, famous for never actually speaking in the series. There are also plenty of meta references to the current halted state of the series and Laidlaw’s role in it.Here’s an excerpt:“Dearest Player,I hope this letter finds you well. I can hear your complaint already, “Gordon Freeman, we have not heard from you in ages!” Well, if you care to hear excuses, I have plenty, the greatest of them being I’ve been in other dimensions and whatnot, unable to reach you by the usual means. This was the case until eighteen months ago, when I experienced a critical change in my circumstances, and was redeposited on these shores. In the time since, I have been able to think occasionally about how best to describe the intervening years, my years of silence. I do first apologize for the wait, and that done, hasten to finally explain (albeit briefly, quickly, and in very little detail) events following those described in my previous letter (referred to herewith as Episode 2).” We won’t spoil more here but rest assured, if you’ve spent the past decade wondering about what happened to Gordon, Alyx, Eli Vance, Dr. Mossman, and The G-Man, this is (some of) the closure you need. Or rather, it is until Valve announces an official, HTC Vive-exclusive Half-Life 3 that renders this all moot. Because that’s totally going to happen.But for real, it’s been disheartening to see Valve jerk around fans of this series for years as the company clearly pivots to a different, lamer video game business model. So kudos to Laidlaw for using his knowledge and freedom give fans the peace Valve refused to. There’s a reason Heaven is better than Limbo, even if they both involve the death of a loved one. It happened. At last, Half-Life 3 confirmed.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Valve Steam Link App Brings Your PC Games to MobileValve Index Is a Powerful VR Headset, Even Without ‘Half-Life’
Here are Colin’s Week 8 Blazin’ 5 plays:Packers at Falcons (-2.5) Seahawks at Saints (+3)Chiefs at Colts (+2.5)Cardinals (+2.5) at PanthersEagles at Cowboys (-4.5)The Blazin’ 5 Prediction Podcast is available every Saturday through the end of the football season. Download and subscribe to it exclusively at TheHerdNow.com, iHeart Radio, Google Play, or iTunes. Don’t be a mark! It’s time for Colin’s Blazin’ 5 Prediction Podcast, and his weekly sit down with RJ Bell from Pregame.com to see where there’s agreement and disagreement from the Vegas wiseguys on his NFL Week 8 Blazin’ 5 picks.Colin is coming of his second 4-1 Blazin’ 5 in the last 3 weeks, and is an impressive 21-14 (66.7%) on the year. This week, he’s ready to take out the House like it was a recurring character from the season premiere of the Walking Dead.In Week 8, Colin likes the Falcons as a slight home favorite over Green Bay. The Saints and Indy getting points, at home in their domes. Road dog Arizona heading east to struggling Carolina. And, he’s finally a believer in Dallas, even giving 4.5 in the Sunday night game of the week against Philly. In Dak he trusts.So, what do the wiseguys say? Advertisement