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Manhattan Skyline: Computer On Module with NXP i.MX 7ULP

first_imgThe first member of the new and compact PicoCore COM product family by F&S Elektronik Systeme is offered with the NXP i.MX 7ULP ARM® based Applications Processor. Further pin compatible PicoCore COMs will follow. The module is based on an i.MX 7ULP Applications Processor implementing the Heterogeneous Multicore Processing architecture with ARM Cortex-A7 core and ARM Cortex-M4 core. NXP enables its heterogeneous concept with Linux running on the ARM Cortex-A7 core and FreeRTOS running on the ARM Cortex-M4 core. The AP offers OpenGL ES 2.0, OpenVG 1.1 3D and 2D Graphics Accelerator for media applications.Another option is an onboard WLAN/BT4.1 module (precertified). The PicoCore standard uses two plug connectors (Hirose DF40C) with 80 pins each. This enables a compact shape and short board-to-board distance. The available operating system is Linux (kernel 4.1.15, Yocto); it has already been ported by the experienced software team of F&S Elektronik Systeme. Bootloader, customized interface drivers and all tools needed for development are ready to download.Several security functions were made available by F&S‘ customized Linux OS. PicoCOREMX7ULP will be available until minimum 2028.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Digi-Key: compact power measurement tool for IoT applications from QoitechNext Parasoft: support for microservice-specific protocols and message formatslast_img read more

Report: Eibar 0 Barcelona 2

first_imgEIbar 0 Barcelona 2: Suarez and Alba seal points as Orellana sees red Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 01:08 2/18/18 LuisSuarez - cropped Getty Images Barcelona were made to fight at 10-man Eibar, where Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba scored the goals and Fabian Orellana was sent off. Luis Suarez’s 17th LaLiga goal of the season helped Barcelona return to winning ways with a hard-earned 2-0 win at 10-man Eibar.On the back of consecutive league draws against Espanyol and Getafe, Barca boss Ernesto Valverde resisted the urge to shuffle his pack and named an XI it would be no surprise to see line up for Tuesday’s Champions League match at Chelsea.It was just as well, with Barca forced to repel wave after wave of attacks from Jose Luis Mendilibar’s relentlessly high-pressing side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Respite arrived courtesy of Suarez’s well-taken 16th-minute goal, which was beautifully created by Lionel Messi’s left boot.Messi hit the post after Eibar’s Fabian Orellana struck an effort against the crossbar, although the gifted but temperamental Chilean right-winger undermined the hosts’ efforts by receiving his third red card in 12 appearances against Barca midway through the second half.Remarkably, that did not check Eibar’s ambition but Jordi Alba was able to seal the points two minutes from time.Valverde’s team have now equalled a club record by going 31 LaLiga games unbeaten and enjoy a 10-point lead at the summit, at least until Atletico Madrid host Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.Half-time in Ipurua!#EibarBarça (0-1) @LuisSuarez9 #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/TToQDgOxpu— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) February 17, 2018Eibar went straight for Barcelona from kick-off, with Jose Angel heading over from Ruben Pena’s cross inside the first minute.The hosts’ bold approach left room for the league leaders at the other end and Alba had a shot blocked after Suarez rounded goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic.There was still no escaping the fact Mendilibar’s men were making the sharper start, with Orellana and Kike Garcia finding room in behind left-back Alba to fire goalwards in quick succession.It meant the opening goal came both against the run of play and with a touch of genius, as Messi’s sumptuous throughball left centre-back Anaitz Arbilla splayed on the turf and Suarez skipped past Dmitrovic more effectively on this occasion to finish.Eibar were not cowed and lively right winger Orellana unleashed a dipping effort against the bar before Joan Jordan dragged wastefully wide from the edge of the box.To repeat the theme of his afternoon, the wandering Dmitrovic found himself rounded by Suarez again in the 36th minute and cut the ball back for Messi to rattle the far post.A deft flick from Pape Diop sent Orellana into space down the right in the 55th minute and Takashi Inui lashed wide from his cutback.Barcelona were struggling to halt Eibar’s rumbling momentum, only for Orellana to foolishly do it for them.The 32-year-old previously received red cards versus Barca while playing for Xerez and Celta Vigo and, having made a rash lunge on Andres Iniesta inside the opposition penalty area, he punched the ball away in frustration when Diop was punished for a 66th-minute foul on Sergio Busquets and received a second booking for dissent.Mendilibar was furious, initially it seemed with his player, and continued haranguing the officials before being sent to the stand himself.His players continued to push in vain despite the deck being stacked against them, ambition that contributed to a game-sealing second.Philippe Coutinho – who will be cup-tied in midweek – picked out fellow substitute Aleix Vidal with a superb cross-field ball and, although Dmitrovic denied Messi from a cushioned pass into the box, Alba was on hand to slot home. KEY OPTA STATS- Luis Suárez has scored in his last five games against Eibar in La Liga (seven goals)- Lionel Messi is Luis Suárez’s  top assistant in all competitions for Barcelona (25 assists)- Jordi Alba has been involved in eight goals in La Liga this season, the most for a defender in the competition (two goals & six assists). – Barcelona have won their eight La Liga games against Eibar (3.5 goals per game), the only side which have won all their games in La Liga against Eibar alongside Atletico (seven). – Barcelona have kept 26 clean sheets in 40 games in all competitions this season (65%). read morelast_img read more

Freight Rates Pulling Hapag-Lloyd Down

first_imgzoom Hapag-Lloyd, Germany’s shipping powerhouse, has posted results for the first six months of 2014. The company reports a decrease in revenue compared to 2013, even though more cargo was shipped than in the first six months of 2013.At around 2.9 million TEU, 5.8% more cargo was shipped compared to the last year’s 1H results. In contrast, the average freight rate developed negatively as a result of persistently tough competition across the market.The average freight rate in the first half of 2014 fell by 98 USD/TEU year on year to 1,424 USD/TEU.Revenue in the first six months amounted to USD 4.28 billion – USD 192.4 million lower than the prior year period, due to the poor freight rate development and the much weaker US dollar.The company’s net result of USD -231.5 million (prior year period: USD -97.1million) includes one-off costs relating to the CSAV transaction.‘The fact that we ended up with this unsatisfactory result despite clear efforts to cut costs is down to the disappointing development of freight rates across all trades,’ said Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd.‘We expect, however, to see a better result in the second half of the year even though the environment remains tough. We’ll continue to cut costs, and our merger with CSAV will enable us to realize synergies worth at least USD 300 million per annum in the future.’ The negative trend might be further increased by Russia’s sanctions on agricultural and alimentary products originating from the USA, the EU, Australia, Canada and Norway.Hapag-Lloyd issued an advisory note to its clients stating that in view of the ban they are stopping the acceptance of only these commodities originating from the EU countries, the USA, Canada, Australia, as well as Norway with immediate effect and until further notice.The company will continue to accept all other commodities and origins that are not banned by the Russian government.Containers that have already been loaded on the company’s vessels towards Russia and which fall in the definition scope of this ban, will be returned to/discharged at the respective transshipment port, awaiting further instructions.Affected containers that have already been returned full to the respective loading terminal shall not be loaded to the scheduled vessel but remain at the terminal awaiting clients’ further instructions.All costs associated with either of the above two scenarios will be for account of the shipper/consignee. Press Release, August 13, 2014last_img read more

CADC extends technological aids to boost economic devp of SHGs

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Comprehensive Area Development Corporation (CADC) has started making new technological interventions with an aim of economic development of the farmers and the self-help groups (SHGs) in the state.”A lot of production of the farmers and various packaged products of SHG like fruits, vegetables and fishes remain unutilised as they are wasted due to lack of storage infrastructure. This is where we are chipping in. We are installing solar dehydration machine at five places in the state to preserve and extend the shelf life of various foods,” a senior official of CADC said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSuch machines are being installed at Tamluk in East Midnapore, Debra in West Midnapore, Ayodha Hills in Purulia, Haringhata in Nadia and Siliguri. According to sources, mushroom cultivation by the self-help groups in Debra and parts of Jhargram during winter season has been yielding good results. The storage facilities will help the SHGs to ramp up production. Similarly, dry fishes in Tamluk and tomato cultivation in Ayodha Hills are also expected to get a boost. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe famers are successfully cultivating millets in Kalimpong and are planning to extend the same to Siliguri with the technological intervention. Orchids that are cultivated in the Hills can also be stored in the infrastructure. The capacity of the dehydrators depend on the product but on an average, each machine has a capacity to store around 120 kg. The machines are priced at Rs 2.33 lakh each. Explaining the technology, the official said that a dehydrator uses a heat source and air flow to reduce the water content of foods. The water content of food is usually very high, typically 80–95 percent for various fruits and vegetables and 50–75 percent for various meats. Removing moisture from food restrains various bacteria from growing and spoiling food. CADC is also installing ice plant machines at four places in the state, like Haringhata, Tamluk, Siliguri and Kaliaganj in North Dinajpur, mainly for the purpose of storing small fishes. “Huge investment is involved for setting up big ice mills. But the ice plant machines come at around Rs 2.40 lakh each,” the official added. The technology by CADC has been adopted from National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD) Hyderabad. Minor interventions are also being made by CADC that come under the aegis of the state Panchayat and Rural Development department in developing infrastructure of live fish vending machines at Tamluk. The machines, fitted at the backside of e-rickshaws, are helping people vend live fishes.last_img read more

UN to embark on humanitarian assessment in postconflict Gaza

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and John Holmes will lead a humanitarian needs assessment team into Gaza tomorrow, together with the UN’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry.During his four-day mission, Mr. Holmes is scheduled to meet with UN staff in Jerusalem and Gaza, as well as representatives of aid agencies, civil society and donors.“Mr. Holmes plans to stress the need to facilitate quick delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a news release.The 22-day offensive, which Israel launched on 27 December with the stated aim of ending Hamas rocket attacks, claimed over 1,300 lives, 412 of them children, and wounded more than 5,450, 1,855 of them children, as well as causing widespread destruction and suffering.The bombing and shelling caused extensive damage to civilian facilities throughout the Strip, and supplies of basic food and fuel, and the provision of electricity, water and sanitation services remain critical.Mr. Holmes, who is also UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, will examine the damage wrought to buildings and infrastructure, including UN properties, by the violence. He will also visit the facilities of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), where tens of thousands of civilians sought shelter after fleeing their homes during the military operation.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had announced he would dispatch an assessment team after Israel declared its unilateral cessation of hostilities on Saturday. Mr. Ban was able to see the devastation first-hand when he visited Gaza on Monday, the culmination of a diplomatic mission that took him to several capitals in the region.“This is shocking and alarming. These are heartbreaking scenes. I am deeply grieved by what I have seen today,” the Secretary-General said as he surveyed the aftermath.Meanwhile, OCHA reported today that Gazans displaced during the military operation continue to make their way home, but many of them are now homeless due to the extensive destruction of homes. As a result, they remain with host families or in UNRWA-run shelters. There were more than 18,000 people remaining in 30 shelters as of yesterday.OCHA also reported that the Gaza crossings at Erez, Karni, Nahal Oz, Kerem Shalom and Rafah were all open today. However, the majority of mills and bakeries in Gaza remain closed due to a shortage of wheat flour and cooking gas, resulting in an acute shortage of bread.The World Food Programme (WFP) is trying to help by delivering flour to bakeries, and WFP-contracted bakeries are now working to produce 5,000 three-kilogramme bread parcels per day. WFP also reports that a first shipment of 10 tons of nutritious date bars – supplied by Egypt under WFP’s Operation Lifeline Gaza – made it into the Strip yesterday.At the same time, the agency remains concerned by security constraints, which are limiting access to its warehouses. It does not have access currently to some 520 tons of food – or 12 per cent of WFP’s current stocks in Gaza.Meanwhile, a vaccine storage facility in Gaza is now functional, and routine vaccines will be available until March, thanks to support from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). In addition, two UNICEF-supported therapeutic centres are working at full capacity to provide services for 120 malnourished children per day. UNICEF also managed to deliver six trucks of family hygiene kits to needy Gazans yesterday, and get more than 1,300 water purification tablets into Gaza – enough to purify drinking water for 30,000 people for the next three months. In an attempt to get schools up and running again as soon as possible, UNICEF is working to repair windows, desks and chairs at schools, as well as to provide clean sanitation facilities for girls. It is also providing a first wave of 40,000 students with school supplies.The UN Population Fund (UNFPA), for its part, will be working on two main fronts during the early recovery phase – restoring reproductive health care, including maternal and neonatal services, and providing psychosocial support to traumatized survivors.UNFPA will focus on rehabilitating and restoring reproductive health infrastructure and services, including emergency obstetric and newborn care units. Some 3,700 women went into labour during the 22-day conflict, according to the agency. A number of them suffered death and delivery-related injuries due to lack of services to fully support them.The Fund added that the entire population of Gaza, including health professionals, is at risk of post-traumatic stress in varying degrees. It will deploy social workers, counsellors and other trained professionals to work with those affected.OCHA added that only $63 million of the $117 million needed for priority projects in Gaza has been committed or pledged so far. 21 January 2009The top United Nations humanitarian official arrived in Jerusalem today to begin an assessment of the needs on the ground in the Gaza Strip following the three-week Israeli military offensive that came to a halt just a few days ago. read more

UN and Red Cross chiefs appeal for end to use of explosive

António Guterres and Peter Maurer have issued a joint appeal which calls on countries and warring parties to avoid the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.When cities are bombed.When cities are shelled.When cities are hit by airstrikes, rockets or artillery fire.It’s the civilians who suffer. When wars are fought in cities, an estimated 90% of casualties are civilians.Heavy explosive weapons shouldn’t be used in cities. pic.twitter.com/y6GlJbsbJk— ICRC (@ICRC) September 18, 2019 “When cities are bombed and shelled – whether by airstrikes, rockets, artillery or improvised explosive devices – civilians overwhelmingly bear the brunt,” they said.“In fact, the large majority of casualties – over 90 per cent, according to one estimate – are civilians. The harrowing images from population centres in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Ukraine – to name but a few – show a pattern of grave civilian harm impossible to ignore, yet too often forgotten.”Armed conflict in cities also damages and destroys hospitals, electric power plants and other infrastructure required for the functioning of basic services, thus adding to the suffering experienced by civilians. Those who survive find that life becomes unbearable and they are often forced to flee, such as the approximately 100,000 people displaced by heavy bombing and shelling in fighting around Tripoli, Libya, which began in April.Destruction of development gainsFurthermore, massive destruction also threatens development gains. “For example, after the first four years of the armed conflict in Yemen, human development indicators dropped to their index of 20 years ago. This is a major setback to the achievement of many of the Sustainable Development Goals. Progress gained over decades can be quickly reversed as once lively and prospering population centres turn into ghost towns”, they said.The UN and Red Cross chiefs encourage countries to identify and share good practices for mitigating the risk of civilian harm in urban armed conflict, such as restrictions on the use of heavy explosive weapons in populated areas.Warring parties are urged to employ strategies and tactics that reduce urban fighting while also allowing civilians to leave besieged areas.The appeal points out that Idlib, in Syria, as well as Tripoli, are currently enduring “untold suffering and destruction from a hail of bombs and shells”, but they are among a long list of other affected cities such as Mosul, Aleppo, Raqqa, Taiz, Donetsk, Fallujah and Sana’a.“They rarely make the top headlines, but they should,” the two leaders said. “War in cities cannot be back-page news.” read more

Chancellors Chair award winners named for 2018

Innovative teaching and learning projects will be pursued by the recently announced 2018 Chancellor’s Chair for Teaching Excellence award winners.The recipients — Professor Martin Danahay, English Language and Literature; Associate Professor Jenn Salfi, Nursing; and Assistant Professor Nicola Simmons, Educational Studies — share a commitment to advance teaching and learning scholarship and practice for colleagues at Brock and beyond.As chair holders, Danahay, Salfi and Simmons will receive funding of $5,000 a year for three years to pursue innovative projects that include research into 3D pedagogy, interprofessional collaborative education and graduate degree level outcomes.Administered by the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation (CPI) since 2005, the awards recognize and celebrate teaching excellence at Brock.CPI Director Jill Grose says the projects are at the forefront of innovative teaching and learning.“From within their discipline-specific interests, the award recipients have developed projects that will take the broader teaching and learning community in exciting new directions,” says Grose. “These projects lead the way in developing immersive ways of learning that embrace the best of new technology, and in creating course models and assignments which promote professional and collaborative skills at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.”Chancellor’s Chair for Teaching Excellence projects include:Martin Danahay — Bodily Presence in 3D Pedagogical SpacesDanahay is using cutting-edge 3D virtual reality hardware and software to identify best practices for online discussion-based courses in a 3D environment. The study will evaluate the impact of 3D technology in creating bodily presence on teacher and student interactions. It will also focus on participants’ evaluation of 3D space learning outcomes in contrast to interactions in Sakai forums.Danahay, who was Director of the Centre for Digital Humanities from 2009 to 2012, says the project is inspired by his desire to create a sense of community in courses, whether in real-time in a classroom or online.“The technology promises to enhance online teaching presence which has proven crucial in online education,” he says. “The ability to represent bodily image in 3D environments is evolving rapidly, largely thanks to developments in online gaming.”Jenn Salfi — The ‘I’ in Teams: The Development & Evaluation of an Interprofessional Course on Collaboration and TeamworkSince joining the Department of Nursing in 2013, Salfi has looked to “interprofessional collaborative education” as a means of providing students with experiences to gain much needed ‘soft skills,’ such as problem solving, communication, teamwork, leadership and collaboration.Salfi is creating an innovative foundational course that will help prepare students to take their place within collaborative and team-oriented environments in the health-care field. It will be the first course in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences that will be open to students from all five departments.“The purpose of this course is to bridge the skills gap of our soon-to-be-graduates through some in-class instruction and a variety of meaningful experiential opportunities,” Salfi says.Nicola Simmons — Wikipedia Assignment: Developing Graduate Student Outcomes and Employability SkillsSimmons continues to research the impact of a Wikipedia assignment that she created several years ago for the Master of Education entry course. In this next phase, she will focus on the assignment’s value in contributing to overall graduate degree level outcomes.Simmons created the Wikipedia assignment as a way to explore graduate students’ perceptions about engaging in Wikipedia.“Students responded to the assignment’s effect on their thinking, finding it developed critical thinking and literacy skills and contributed to their sense of becoming scholars,” she says. “These and other themes suggested that this simple assignment might be contributing more to graduate student outcomes than I anticipated.”Read more about the 2018 Chancellor’s Chair for Teaching Excellence projects on the CPI website. read more

Opinion Despite World Cup exit American soccer gaining momentum respect

Justen Woody, left, and Robert Driskill both of Fort Worth, Texas, cheer at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, as soccer fans watch the World Cup soccer match between the USA and Belgium on July 1. Belgium advanced, 2-1, in extra time.Credit: Courtesy of MCTSeldom does a defeat in international sport command the “respect” of a victorious opponent.“Two words.. TIM HOWARD#Respect#BelUSA,” Belgian captain Vincent Kompany tweeted less than an hour after his national team secured a Round of 16 World Cup win against the United States, 2-1, in extra time Tuesday.Kompany wasn’t just being a gracious winner, though.Howard, the U.S. goalkeeper, notched a World Cup record 16 saves in the contest against Belgium.FIFA only started officially recording saves statistically in 1966, but I think we can still revel in the fact that an American is on top of the record books in at least one category in soccer.An American record in international soccer, a sport that doesn’t even get a place on the podium of our national sports.Far more will come from the tournament run the U.S. just engineered than simply one memory of a titanic performance between the posts.A defeat that marked the second-straight Cup where Team USA has been knocked out of contention after getting to the elimination stage — an achievement by itself — may seem indicative to many that soccer just isn’t our thing.We can’t win the big one, right? Just like poor old Marty Schottenheimer when the NFL playoffs used to roll around for him. To those underwhelmed by and uninvolved in supporting the sport of soccer stateside, the loss to Belgium probably triggered eyerolls and shrugs of indifference.“The U.S. got just as far as it did in 2010 and fell flat on its face again? Not surprised,” says John Q. Indifferent.What the average soccer detractor doesn’t realize is the American squad showed in defeat that, while Europe’s elite teams may still be able to get the best of them, they’re just barely getting away with it in 2014.Even judging purely from this four-game World Cup résumé, the U.S. has shown it can hang with some of the greatest teams in the world for 90 minutes. Maybe even for 120 minutes, if need be, as was the case Tuesday at the Arena Fonte Nova.By managing to emerge from what was colloquially billed the “Group of Death” when FIFA announced the 32-team draw, Team USA defied both expectation and superstition.Experts widely predicted the U.S. to flounder against titans of the beautiful game and finish fourth out of four.Instead of wilting at the prospect of taking on nemesis Ghana, fourth-ranked Portugal and second-ranked Germany, the U.S. stepped up to the challenge and advanced as group G’s runner-up.They’d beaten a Ghana team that outplayed them for 85 minutes by a tally of 2-1. The win was worth far more to U.S. Soccer than just the three points it afforded them in the standings, though.Vanquishing the Black Stars — the team to send the U.S. home in 2006 and 2010 — eradicated talk of a curse of ineptitude, of an inability to win high-stakes matches.Fittingly, the unlikeliest of heroes won the day.Defender John Brooks, just 21 years old, unexpectedly saw playing time as a substitute at halftime because of an injury to defender Matt Besler. Brooks was making his fifth Team USA appearance when he took the field.For context, the Ghana game was captain Clint Dempsey’s 105th cap for the red, white and blue.Spotlight jitters? Please. Brooks scored the game-winner — his first international goal — in the 86th minute and put away the talented African opposition.The U.S. tied a stacked Portugal side that’s led by one of the world’s premier athletes in forward Cristiano Ronaldo, whom the defense stifled for most of the game.Let me say that again.When supposedly second-rate USA can restrict one of the best footballers on the planet to seven shots, 20 passes and one assist on the biggest of stages of international athletic competition, well, that doesn’t sound very second rate to me.In fact, the U.S. had a win nearly in hand. Portuguese midfielder Silvestre Varela’s goal off an admittedly impeccable cross by Ronaldo in the 95th minute for the tying score broke American hearts. Fans were devastated because advancement out of the group stage of the cup had been guaranteed with a win that proved suddenly elusive with 30 seconds left to play.But that’s the point. People cared. Finally, people cared and had a vested interest in how this soccer team, their soccer team, was faring.I took in the Portugal game at Fado Irish Pub in Columbus’ Easton Town Center, and what had been a joyous scene in the waning moments became a maudlin and crestfallen one when the Varela goal went in.The joy got sapped out of the room and I saw hands clutch heads and jaws drop.Disbelieving sighs and bewildered profanities showed me that people had taken ownership of this U.S. team with their full being.But I can tell you that people being absolutely crushed by a draw against one of the world’s football powers is an impressive and telling statement about how far this sport has come.Better yet, that we legitimately expect to win against one of the world’s football powers — and get vocally and visibly upset when we don’t — is proof that American soccer is on the upswing.As former national team star and ESPN analyst Alexi Lalas said moments after the Belgium game, “This loss, it’s gonna hurt. But tomorrow morning we’ll wake up, and I think that this team has provided a glimpse of the fact that there is a soccer culture in the United States. And it’s vibrant and it’s passionate, and ultimately, it will lead us to win a World Cup.”It’s a bold statement to end on. But millions of fans going nuts in parks, plazas and stadiums across the country while watching the U.S. on jumbotrons and projection screens are inclined to agree with Lalas.“I believe that we will win,” they chanted vibrantly, passionately. Even when it didn’t come true against Belgium, they still believed.Ultimately, the point to take away from this U.S. World Cup run and the years of progress that led up to it is linked to what Vincent Kompany earnestly told his Twitter followers Tuesday night.American soccer is alive and well, and it deserves your respect. read more

GDF Captain accused of murder further remanded

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEx-GDF Captain ready to proceed with prosecution, further remandedMay 31, 2018In “Court”Interdicted GDF Captain accused of murdering lover further remandedApril 24, 2018In “Court”GDF Captain remanded for murdering loverApril 6, 2018In “Court” …as lawyer seeks independent psychiatric evaluationThe report on the psychiatric evaluation done, by Dr Bhrio Harry, on interdicted Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Captain Orwain Sandy, who is accused of murdering his lover Reona Payne, was today presented in court.City Magistrate, Judy Latchman had ordered a psychiatric evaluation be done.Appearing at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday before Magistrate Latchman, Prosecutor, Shawn Gonsalves delivered the report to the court.Sandy’s lawyer however, requested more time for an independent psychiatric evaluation be conducted on his client.Accused: Orwain SandyHis request was granted by the Magistrate and as such, the case was adjourned to May 24 with Sandy being further remanded until then.INews had reported that March 31, 2018, Sandy allegedly killed Payne by shooting her about her body 14 times.The couple were in their car proceeding along First Street, Alexander Village when a heated argument reportedly ensued.As such, Payne reportedly exited the vehicle after which Sandy followed, carrying a loaded firearm.He allegedly shot the woman once, resulting in her dropping to the ground, then stood over her and emptied the entire magazine.The Captain then fled the scene and turned himself over at the Ruimveldt Police Station, where he reported the matter.The police were also summoned by residents who heard the gunshots.Following the incident, Sandy was ‘was immediately interdicted from his duties,’ a statement from GDF had said.This online publication understands that Payne and Sandy had been together for quite some time. However, a few years back, the duo split and married different people.After a while, they both reportedly gave up on their marriages and made their way back to each other. read more

ICMM provides advice on HIA for mining companies and unveils partnership map

first_imgICMM has revealed two publications available for immediate download, a summary version of ICMM’s Good Practice Guidance on Health Impact Assessment, which provides essential HIA information for mining companies, and a Spanish language version of ICMM’s mapping in country partnerships, which lays the groundwork for Mining: Partnerships for Development. and unveils a solid base of existing partnerships to encourage companies, and others, to replicate and scale up these partnerships across their operations and across mining regions.The Good Practice Guidance on Health Impact Assessment presents the concept of health impact assessment (HIA) and provides an introduction to how mining companies can evaluate the health and well-being effects mining operations have on the local communities in which they operate. It gives an overview of the steps taken during the HIA process, including the integration of environmental and social impact assessments.Mapping in country partnerships highlights the range of multi-stakeholder partnerships that already exist amongst ICMM members. It maps partnerships across the six priority partnership themes of the Mining: Partnerships for Development initiative: poverty reduction; revenue management; regional development planning; local content; social investment; and dispute resolution.last_img read more

Oneyearolds are most at risk of getting burns or scalds

first_imgRESEARCHERS HAVE FOUND that one-year-olds are most at risk of getting burns or scalds.Hot drinks, hair straighteners and irons cause the most burns.The study was carried out by researchers at Cardiff University. They examined 1,215 children’s cases and found that 72 per cent were younger than five.Among the under-fives, hot drinks were responsible for 35 per cent (878) of the burns while 57 of the children suffered injuries from touching hair straighteners.The report found that children made up half of all burns and scald cases in hospitals, with one-year-olds 10 times more likely as other children to get burned.The HSE have outlined a list of potential burn risks for children. They advise parents to run cool or lukewarm water on burns and scalds for at least 15 minutes afterwards.They also warn how: Devastating injuries are caused every year in Ireland as a result of burns and scalds. The lasting effects, both physical and emotional, of these childhood injuries can be very difficult to overcome.Children’s skin is a lot thinner then adults so they suffer deep burns quicker.The European Child Safety Alliance report that “burns and scalds are the fourth leading cause of death in the European Union for children”.Campaign highlights dangers of hair straighteners to children>last_img read more

Taoiseach says he will raise the new travel ban with Trump when

first_img Short URL By Christina Finn Wednesday 8 Mar 2017, 1:31 PM TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has said he will raise the issue of Donald Trump’s new travel ban with the US president when he is in Washington next week.Trump’s revised travel ban will come into effect on 16 March, the same day Kenny is scheduled to meet Trump in the White House.The US President signed a revised executive order on Monday banning entry visas from six Muslim-majority countries: Libya, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.When asked by TheJournal.ie if he would be raising it as a matter of concern, he replied:Obviously I will speak to both the president and vice president about that when I am there next week.Revised banThe US president initially introduced the wide-ranging travel ban on 27 January for the six countries plus Iraq, but the order was blocked by judges within weeks.The revised ban says that the six countries were targeted because their screening and information capabilities could not meet US security requirements.The previous ban was enforced immediately and it caused travel chaos at US airport and numerous travellers being stuck in limbo.Kenny made the comments this morning at the launch of the government’s new trade strategy at Dublin Port.Cabinet reshuffleAt the same press conference, Minister for Transport Shane Ross, who is one of the only members of government not travelling abroad for the St Patrick’s Day festivities, said he will miss his Cabinet colleagues while they are away on their “very important” trips.Ross joked that he planned to make some changes while the Taoiseach is out-of-town.Top of his list is a Cabinet reshuffle, he said, where he plans to put Junior Minister John Halligan into Health.Joking aside, the Taoiseach spoke about the possible policy changes by the US administration and their impact on Irish trade.He said the US bilateral agreement on trade is a “top priority” for the country, but said the government had to be cognisant of any changes introduced by President Trump.Tax rate The Taoiseach said Ireland’s corporate tax rate is a matter for the Irish government, just as the US rate is a matter for their own administration.Last week, during his first Congressional address, Trump indicated there would be a large cut in its corporate tax rate.Kenny said there is no threat to US companies pulling out of Ireland, despite Trump threatening to impose heavy taxes on American companies that move jobs overseas.“Speaking to one chief executive last week, who is planning a major expansion here, when I asked him what is the president’s view about this, he said, ‘well, he mightn’t be too pleased about it, but we are investing heavily in the United States too.”As well as visiting Washington, Kenny is scheduled to visit Philadelphia, Boston, New York and Rhode Island next week.Read: Enda Kenny will meet Donald Trump on the day the new travel ban comes in>Read: Enda is off to Washington, but only a few ministers will get a Paddy’s Day trip > Share165 Tweet Email 8,909 Views Image: Carolyn Kaster 74 Comments Image: Carolyn Kaster Mar 8th 2017, 1:31 PM Taoiseach says he will raise the new travel ban with Trump when he visits the White House Trump’s revised travel ban will come into effect on 16 March, the same day Kenny is scheduled to meet Trump in the White House. http://jrnl.ie/3276643 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Man who posed as Justin Bieber online charged with over 900 child

first_img Share9 Tweet Email1 By AFP 9 Comments A MAN POSING online as popstar Justin Bieber has been charged with more than 900 child sex offences in Australia after enticing young fans to send him explicit images, police said today.The 42-year-old used online platforms including Facebook and Skype to impersonate the chart-topping Canadian singer, with his alleged offending dating back to 2007.“Detectives had been investigating a man who allegedly posed as Justin online in order to solicit explicit images from young children,” Queensland state police said in a statement.“As part of the investigation, a 42-year-old man had earlier been charged with a number of child sex offences including possessing child exploitation material and using a carriage service to groom persons under 16.“After a thorough examination of the man’s computer, he has been further charged with another 931 child sex offences.”The charges include rape, indecent treatment of children, making child exploitation material, using a carriage service to procure people under 16, and using a carriage service for child pornography material.BeliebersBieber, who once enjoyed a squeaky clean image but has recently had frequent run-ins with the law, has a large group of fans dubbed Beliebers.Detective Inspector Jon Rouse described the breadth of offences as “horrendous” and urged fans to be extra vigilant when using the internet. Justin Bieber Image: Lionel Cironneau AP/Press Association Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Lionel Cironneau AP/Press Association Images https://jrnl.ie/3278637 Man who posed as Justin Bieber online charged with over 900 child sex offences The charges include rape, indecent treatment of children and making child exploitation material. Short URL Mar 9th 2017, 11:54 AM Justin Bieber This investigation demonstrates both the vulnerability of children that are utilising social media and communication applications and the global reach and skill that child sex offenders have to groom and seduce victims.“The fact that so many children could believe that they were communicating with this particular celebrity highlights the need for a serious rethink about the way that we as a society educate our children about online safety.”- © AFP 2017Read: “Heartbreaking”: Malta’s iconic Azure Window arch has collapsed after a stormRead: At least 22 girls dead as fire ravages youth shelter in Guatemala 14,441 Views Thursday 9 Mar 2017, 11:54 AMlast_img read more

Public sector talks seen as key to deal with troika

first_imgThe troika will meet Administrative Reform Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis for a third time on Thursday in a bid to reach an agreement over civil service sackings so Greece has a chance of seeing its next bailout tranche of 8.1 billion euros being approved by eurozone finance ministers when they meet on Monday.Negotiations between the two sides have so far foundered on public sector dismissals and the labor mobility scheme for 12,500 civil servants. Sources at the Administrative Reform Ministry told Kathimerini on Wednesday that “the basis for reaching an agreement is in place.”One of the key problems is that the visiting inspectors refuse to recognize the 2,600 sackings at public broadcaster ERT as permanent dismissals. Until they are given detailed plans of how the new broadcaster will operate and how many employees it will take on, the officials will not accept that the government has carried out any firings. The two-party coalition aims to create a new TV and radio service with about 1,000 staff members, helping it reach its target of reducing civil servant numbers by 4,000 this year.There is also troika skepticism over the mobility scheme for public sector workers. Speaking to Skai TV late on Tuesday, Mitsotakis admitted that the program was not ready and he would like three to five months more to complete it. It appears, though, that there could be room for compromise on this matter as some alternatives have been discussed by Athens and its lenders. A possible solution is for the troika to accept that civil servants who have already been transferred to different jobs could be counted among those inducted into the mobility scheme. In return, though, the troika wants the program to last for six months rather than 12.Greece is under pressure to complete negotiations on Thursday to allow the Euro Working Group enough time to prepare its recommendations on the bailout installment, which is likely to be divided into sub-tranches, for Monday’s Eurogroup.A European Union official speaking on condition of anonymity to reporters in Brussels said a failure to agree now would lead to Greece’s tranche being delayed. “If we don‘t conclude this review, I don‘t see any disbursement for the next three months,” the official said. “It is not a course I find advisable.”If there is no agreement now, Greece could have to wait until the next Eurogroup in September for a disbursement, by which time the International Monetary Fund might have stopped providing funds for the bailout. “Is it a disaster? No. Is it uncomfortable? Yes,” said the EU official. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Want to know when youre at risk of heat stroke Theres a

first_imgWith summer at its peak in Europe, and temperatures soaring well above 30°C in Athens, a new smartphone app by Extrema couldn’t be more timely.Developed with the National Observatory of Athens and the municipality of Athens to cater to locals and visitors in the Greek capital, Extrema Athens allows users to be sent personalised warnings about the weather, and most importantly during the summer months, when the city is experiencing a heat wave.According to the developers, they have ensured its efficacy by designing it to “use real-time satellite data, along with other model and city-specific data to estimate the temperature, humidity and discomfort index for every square kilometre in the city”, delivering immediate, science-based information that is updated every five minutes.Users are able to create a warning system that is personalised for when they themselves, or someone they know – particularly useful for the elderly or young children – are at risk of experiencing heat stroke.A look at Extrema Athens in action. Photo: iTunesThe technology by Extrema, which can be downloaded from the Apple Store and Google Play, is already being used effectively in other European cities such as Paris and Rotterdam. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Google Earth publie une carte sur limpact du changement climatique

first_imgGoogle Earth publie une carte sur l’impact du changement climatiqueGrande-Bretagne – Jeudi 15 juillet, la Grande-Bretagne a publié une nouvelle carte sur Google Earth. Cette dernière vise à montrer quel impact pourrait avoir, sur la Terre, une augmentation de la température globale de 4°C.Afin de sensibiliser les internautes aux enjeux de la lutte contre le réchauffement climatique, et pour leur permettre d’appréhender certaines des conséquences que pourrait avoir une telle augmentation des températures, Google a mis au point une nouvelle carte interactive publiée aujourd’hui sur son service Google Earth. Un projet lancé en collaboration avec le gouvernement britannique.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Grâce à cette carte interactive, chacun pourra visualiser les changements qui pourraient affecter la Terre si aucune action adaptée n’est mise en place pour limiter les émissions de gaz à effet de serre. La carte a été réalisée à partir de plusieurs études scientifiques, et de données du centre climatologique d’Hadley, qui renseigne les gouvernements au sujet du changement climatique.Lorsqu’il a dévoilé la carte (à découvrir à l’adresse http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/global-issues/climate-change/priorities/science/) Henry Bellingham, secrétaire d’État au Foreign Office, a assuré que son gouvernement s’était engagé à devenir le plus vert qui soit. “Cette carte renforce notre détermination à agir contre le dangereux changement climatique créé par l’Homme” a à son tour souligné Greg Barker, ministre britannique de l’Énergie et du Changement climatique.Le 17 juillet 2010 à 10:08 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

CO2 les émissions devraient augmenter de 20 dici à 2035

first_imgCO2 : les émissions devraient augmenter de 20% d’ici à 2035D’ici à 2035, les émissions de dioxyde de carbone (CO2) mondiales pourraient augmenter de 20%, engendrant alors une augmentation de la température de plus de 3,5°C, quand les experts recommandaient de ne pas dépasser une limite de 2°C. Tel est l’inquiétant bilan publié ce mercredi 9 novembre dans le rapport annuel de l’Agence internationale de l’énergie (AIE).L’AIE a publié ce mercredi un rapport annuel alarmant. Elle y affirme s’attendre à une augmentation des émissions de CO2 de 20% à l’horizon 2035, qui engendrerait une hausse de la température moyenne de la planète de 3,5°C, quand l’objectif de la communauté internationale était de le limiter à 2°C. Une ambition qu’il n’est désormais plus envisageable, ont alerté des chercheurs dans une récente étude (voir notre article). À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?L’AIE se montre elle aussi très pessimiste, estimant que “la porte des deux degrés est fermée” si les gouvernements ne mettent pas en place de nouvelles actions avant 2017. Et si les Etats venaient à renoncer à leurs engagements déjà pris, c’est une hausse de la température de 6°C qui pourrait être enregistrée.Avec une augmentation de 20%, les émissions de CO2 atteindront en 2035 quelque 36,5 gigatonnes. Les émissions rejetées entre 2010 et 2035 représenteront alors les trois quarts des émissions des 110 dernières années, souligne l’AIE. L’agence enjoint alors aux gouvernements d’investir au maximum, et le plus vite possible, dans le développement des technologies “propres”, comme le captage et le stockage de CO2 notamment.Une pollution qu’aggraverait une sortie du nucléaireLe rapport s’inquiète en outre de l’arrêt de nombreuses centrales nucléaires, et de la volonté de plusieurs pays d’abandonner cette énergie suite à la catastrophe de Fukushima. En 2035, les capacités nucléaires pourraient avoir diminué de 15%, et rendre la lutte contre le réchauffement climatique encore “plus difficile et plus coûteuse”, alerte l’agence. Une telle diminution de la part du nucléaire dans la production énergétique devra être compensée, et les Etats pourraient alors se tourner vers le charbon ou le gaz, des énergies très polluantes.Le 9 novembre 2011 à 19:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Antarctique la bactérie inconnue du lac Vostok provenait dune contamination

first_imgAntarctique : la bactérie inconnue du lac Vostok provenait d’une contaminationCe week-end, des scientifiques russes ont annoncé que la bactérie inconnue découverte dans les échantillons issus du lac Vostok en Antarctique n’était en vérité que des contaminants.Il n’a pas fallu longtemps avant que tout espoir ne soit définitivement douché. Un jour à peine après que des chercheurs russes ont annoncé la découverte d’une bactérie inconnue dans des échantillons du lac Vostok, celle-ci a d’ores et déjà été démentie. Vendredi, Sergei Bulat de l’Institut de Physique nucléaire de Saint-Pétersbourg et ses collègues avaient en effet annoncé qu’une des bactéries présentes dans les prélèvements du lac subglacaire n’avait correspondu avec aucune actuellement connue.Ceci les avait alors poussés à qualifier cette forme de vie de “non-classifiée” et “non-identifiée” après “avoir écarté tous les éléments possibles de contamination”. Toutefois, il semblerait que ceci n’était en réalité pas le cas puisque la fameuse bactérie serait effectivement des contaminants. “Nous avons trouvé certains spécimens, bien que peu. Tous étaient des contaminants”, apportés au laboratoire au cours de la recherche, a expliqué Vladimir Korolyov à l’agence Interfax. Une annonce prématurée Comme il le relève, c’est pour cette raison que les chercheurs auraient évité d’annoncer que la bactérie trouvée était “inconnue”, préférant plutôt des termes tels que “non-classifiée”. Mais à peine dévoilée, leur conclusion s’est répandue comme une trainée de poudre, aboutissant vers la fameuse annonce de la découverte d’une bactérie inconnue. Une annonce qui avait d’ailleurs laissé perplexes plusieurs spécialistes, à raison il semblerait donc. La question est désormais de savoir pourquoi les scientifiques ont révélé leur découverte avant d’avoir fait toutes les vérifications nécessaires. Selon le site Gawker.com, la réponse est sûrement à chercher dans la pression que subissent les chercheurs russes. En effet, la quête des mystérieux lacs subglaciaires motivent plusieurs pays et ce, depuis de nombreuses années. Tous espèrent y découvrir un monde très particulier car préservé sous les glaces depuis des millénaires. Une course à la vie inconnueAussi, la découverte d’une bactérie inconnue dans le lac Vostok aurait fait grand bruit parmi les scientifiques alors même que des explorateurs américains ont annoncé il y a peu, être parvenus à prélever des échantillons dans un autre lac de l’Antarctique, le lac Whillans. Néanmoins, ce n’est pas la première fois que les équipes sont confrontées à ce risque omniprésent de contamination. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Il y a un an, d’autres échantillons provenant du lac Vostok avaient déjà été contaminés, bien qu’aujourd’hui l’identité des fameux contaminants n’ait pas été précisée. Mais réaliser des prélèvements dans des environnements très particuliers n’est aisé pour personne. Il y a deux ans, des scientifiques de la NASA avaient de même indiqué avoir découvert une bactérie capable de survivre dans l’arsenic dans le lac Mono. Un cours d’eau situé au milieu d’une vaste et ancienne caldeira en Californie. Après des travaux supplémentaires, celle-ci s’est toutefois révélée ne pas être si particulière que ce que les scientifiques pensaient au départ. Pour l’heure, l’étude du lac Vostok n’a donc révélé rien d’extraordinaire et les échantillons prélevés continuent de décevoir. Mais les chercheurs ne comptent pas en rester là pour autant. Plusieurs autres prélèvements sont même d’ores et déjà programmés pour les prochains mois.Le 11 mars 2013 à 15:38 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Politicians can fix crime announces coming of dynamic plan to save young

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 28, 2017 – Nassau – The Prime Minister disagrees with those who say politicians cannot fix the crime problem, because he believes the FNM can present a slate of leaders who are admired for integrity and inspire honesty.    In addressing the vexing crime situation in the country, where The Bahamas is up to 80 murders so far for 2017, the country’s leader during that national address explained that the our unguided young men is the most dangerous force working against the country, against any country.Dr. Minnis reflected on who inspired him as a boy growing up in Nassau and said the trend has to be changed and promised that honesty will begin in Government from now on.   The PM said all Bahamians must follow the law and that a dynamic partnership and serious resource investment will undo, what the drug culture of the past has done to our youth.Social interventions are coming, he promised and said that those open to being helped will be… those who resist and opt for a life a crime will feel the full weight of the law.  The country leader ask for the help of every resident, announcing that we are into a new era of reform and transformation as The Bahamas nears its golden jubilee as an independent nation.#MagneticMediaNews#dynamicplantosaveyoungmen#politicianscanfixcrimePhoto Credit: BBC News Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#dynamicplantosaveyoungmen, #magneticmedianews, #politicianscanfixcrimelast_img read more

Sekiro and difficulty Ignore the gatekeeping anyone can play this gem

first_img Tags 7 Comments Activision I’m currently playing a video game called Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. It’s an action game in which you’re a shinobi trying to rescue your young kidnapped lord from formidable foes. You may have heard that it’s a hard game. I’m probably less than a quarter of the way through, but I’ve already lost track of how many times I’ve died — without exaggeration, the number is probably in the 40 to 50 range. Both in spite of and because of that difficulty, I’m having a great time. It’s an awesome game. Admittedly, I’m a fan of developer From Software. I’ve written in the past about the positive impact that Dark Souls, one of its previous games, had on my life. Overcoming the challenges of that game led me to some important life lessons. Sekiro might be the most difficult game this company has made and it has a reputation for making hard games. This has led to an intense online debate about whether or not Sekiro should have an “easy mode.” In a lot of video games, you can choose if you want to play on easy, medium or hard. Sekiro doesn’t offer that choice. One compelling article on Kotaku argued for the need for accessibility options in Sekiro so gamers with disabilities can play too. I firmly believe Sekiro is a better game without an easy mode, and I don’t say that because I want to belong to an exclusive club of people who can play it. To me, the ideas of difficulty and accessibility should not be conflated. While some gamers with disabilities have already come forth in defense of the game, Sekiro and all video games should have readily available accessibility options so that anyone who wants to can play them. Having accessibility options — perhaps similar to those outlined on Twitter by the creator of Celeste, another difficult game — is not the same as offering an easy mode. Accessibility options should include specific tweaks to gameplay in a specialized menu you can access if you need them — such as tweaking the game’s speed — but should stay out of sight if you don’t need them. An easy mode typically means a choice presented to all players right at the start of the experience that changes many aspects of the balance of the game. A lot of the value of the experience of Sekiro comes from overcoming the challenges and improving at the game. Playing Sekiro can be an incredible experience for anyone with the patience and perseverance to see it through, and in a lot of ways, Sekiro is a better game for gamers that kinda suck.Opening the gatesA big misconception about Sekiro and Dark Souls is they are only for “elite” gamers. That’s not the case at all, and those who argue against an easy mode because they want to use these titles for a kind of artificial gatekeeping, that keeps gaming exclusively for “real gamers,” are missing the whole point.They’re meant to be teaching exercises. They’re meant to provide a feeling of hard-won accomplishment not found in other games. Sekiro is designed for those willing to put in the effort. Period. That’s what makes it beautiful. The difficulty in Sekiro makes you pay attention and take in every detail of the environment. The difficulty is what makes the back-and-forth samurai swordplay so enthralling. You have to know when to attack and when to defend and each decision you make in each split second could lead to victory or defeat.All games should be playable by all gamers, but Sekiro is not walled off for only the elite. It takes humility. You will certainly die, and if you get mad at the game and stop, you won’t get better. If you let your deaths teach you how to improve, you’ll eventually be able to conquer everything the game throws at you. It’s a cool feeling when that happens, and a unique one in gaming, and there should be room in the gaming world for all manner of unique experiences.sekiro-gamescom01Combat in Sekiro is demanding and awesome. Activision Stumbling to victoryAs painful as it is for me to admit this, I’m not a particularly skilled gamer. I enjoy video games, but I tend to struggle my way through them, especially ones that are supposed to be hard. Another recent action game called God of War offers four different difficulty modes. In order from easiest to hardest, they were called “give me a story,” “give me a balanced experience,” “give me a challenge” and “give me God of War.” The game was lauded for letting people choose their own experience without being made to feel guilty if they wanted something easier. That was part of the artistic vision of the designers and there’s nothing wrong with that. God of War is an awesome game. I ended up playing the balanced experience option after trying and failing at the next level up. Even the normal difficulty proved challenging enough to kill me several times, but I never felt stuck. That wasn’t the point of God of War. That difficulty was perfect for me and perfectly described. Sekiro doesn’t have that. It has a narrower focus. God of War is about many things. At the forefront is a story about a father trying to reconnect with his son over the course of a harrowing journey. Sekiro has a story too, but it’s primarily about overcoming the steep challenges presented through patience and perseverance. In a lot of games, you make your character more powerful as you play. You do that in Sekiro too, but you also get significantly better at the game and as a gamer. The game teaches you how to win as long as you’re willing to learn. You’re naturally going to improve at almost any game as you play it, but I’ve never experienced anything similar to the curve of a From Software game.After beating Dark Souls for the first time, I started a new game with a fresh character to try my hand at some of the early bosses again. These bosses had all killed me numerous times on my first playthrough — approaching 10 to 20 times each. On that second playthrough, I killed the first three bosses without getting hit. Again, I’d started fresh, so it wasn’t my character that was more powerful. It was me — I was much more powerful. That’s an amazing feeling. Like Dark Souls before it, Sekiro is incredible in that regard. It’s collaborative art at its most interactive, because it requires your dedication to see it through to the end. Your journey mirrors the protagonist’s more than in any other game I’ve played. As your character faces tough challenges and grows and learns, so do you. Compromising on that vision with an easy mode would lessen that quality. It would take away from its singular artistic focus.Why do we fall? sekiro-1Defeating your enemies in Sekiro after a hard-fought battle feels amazing.  Activision I’m still early in Sekiro. Just last night, a midlevel boss killed me five times, but I eventually beat him. Most enemies in the game are stronger than your character, but that’s OK, because every time you get knocked down, you can get back up and try again. To beat him, I couldn’t worry about the fact that I’m inevitably going to face much more challenging bosses. My job at that moment was to overcome that one task, and trust that this challenge would teach me to face the next one. Like the other From Software games I’ve played, Sekiro teaches a few life lessons about learning through failure and facing the task in front of you. Working through it is a remarkable experience that any gamer with patience and a willingness to learn can have. An easy mode would take away some of the qualities that make this game so wonderful. Not wanting to be frustrated with a video game is understandable, but not every video game needs to appeal to every taste. I sometimes like playing video games to relax as well. That’s not Sekiro, and it’s better for it. It’s unique and demanding and it’s meant for everyone who can appreciate those qualities in a game. Nintendo Labo VR, reviewed: a box of magic tricks 28 Photos The 28 best games on PlayStation 4center_img Video Games Now playing: Watch this: 3:03 Share your voice Originally published on April 14. last_img read more