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first_imgWomen who cover sports no longer have to contend with the overt hostility they faced some 40 years ago, but a condescending comment this week by an NFL quarterback to a female reporter is a sign that sexism is still a problem in the industry, says a Concordia University journalism professor who broke the gender barrier in the 1970s.Linda Kay, who was the first female sports reporter at the San Diego Evening Tribune, says conditions have improved significantly for women in sports media since she cut her teeth, which is why she was surprised to hear Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers mock a female reporter when she asked a question about the routes taken by receiver Devin Funchess.“It’s funny to hear a female talk about…routes,” Newton said during a news conference Wednesday. “It’s funny.”Reporter Jourdan Rodrigue said in a statement she was “dismayed by his response, which not only belittled me but countless other women before me and beside me who work in similar jobs.”“It’s always one step forward, two steps back,” Kay said in a phone interview Thursday. “I started in the late 70s, early 80s, and that’s the kind of reaction I got then.”Kay said the culture of sports reporting can be less welcoming to women than other fields.“When I was a general assignment reporter, I was very well accepted by everyone in the newsroom,” she said. “But when I went into sports, there were men who would not speak to me.”She recalled the paper’s sports department as a hostile and antagonistic environment where she had little or no support from her colleagues.“The first few years when women entered the field … it was almost a sabotage situation,” she said. “They didn’t want you to succeed.”In the 1980s, Kay moved to the Chicago Tribune, where she was also the first woman in the newsroom to cover sports. Her colleagues there were much more supportive, she said, but that attitude didn’t always extend to the athletes she covered.“The male athletes, at the beginning, were like Cam Newton,” she said of the dismissive attitudes she often encountered at work. “They felt that you were a groupie who had found a professional outlet.”Jane O’Hara, who became the first female sports editor at major Canadian daily when she took the helm at the Ottawa Sun, said she was encouraged by the fact that no one laughed along with Newton at Wednesday’s news conference.“(Newton’s) sly little comment was meant to demean Jourdan, as though the word, the concept, the understanding of ‘routes’ was so far above her, so above what women could possibly understand it was amusing to him,” O’Hara said via email. “What a fool.”The behaviour of its players does reflect on the team and the NFL, said Laurel Walzak, assistant professor of Sport Media at Ryerson University. She would like to see Newton make a public apology — which he did on Thursday night in a video posted to his Twitter account after losing a major sponsor, who called the comments “sexist and disparaging.”But Walzak also said both the Panthers and the NFL bear some responsibility for allowing a culture where his attitude is tolerated.The NFL did call Newton’s comments “just plain wrong and disrespectful to the exceptional female reporters and all journalists who cover our league,” adding that they don’t reflect the thinking of the league.The Panthers, who retweeted Newton’s video, have been less emphatic in their response, with coach Ron Rivera addressing the situation briefly during his press conference Thursday, saying he thought Newton “made a mistake.” A team spokesman said Wednesday that the Panthers “strive as a department to make the environment for media comfortable for everyone covering the team.”Walzak also expressed frustration over reports that categorize Newton’s comments as immature, pointing out that it took maturity for him to join fellow NFL players in protesting racial injustice during Sunday’s games.“Those that are saying, ‘Oh, he’s just being immature’ are grossly understating it,” Walzak said. “I would argue that it’s less about maturity than it is about a systemic discrimination that females face in sport.”Mike O’Shea, head coach of the CFL’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers, called Newton’s comments “baffling.”“Obviously, we don’t agree with his comments,” he said. “There’s no place for that in sport anymore.”Bombers quarterback Matt Nichols agreed.“My wife (Ali) knows probably more about football than most men do and she critiques me all the time, and so that’s not something that would even pop in my head to question, especially with the amount of women that are in sports these days,” he said.Kay says what she wanted most when she was a sports reporter was the freedom to do her job without constant reminders of her gender.“It got boring after a while, being singled out as a female sports writer,” she said. “You just wanted to be a sports writer.”— With files from Judy Owen in Winnipeglast_img read more


first_imgThanks to their foresighted parents and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie, 350 Afghan girls recently accomplished what not every girl in Afghanistan gets to – complete a year of schooling and advance to a new school year in a public graduation ceremony.The ceremony on the outskirts of Kabul also symbolized a rise from the ashes for a village almost totally destroyed by decades of conflict that tore apart Afghanistan from the 1970s until the early years of this century.On a visit to the country two years ago, Jolie was moved by the desire of Afghan girls for education. She offered a donation for UNHCR to build a school for girls in Qalai Gudar which lies north of Kabul.To read the full story, click here.last_img


first_imgMONTREAL – Canada’s aerospace industry has appointed former Quebec premier Jean Charest to chart a new course for the sector.The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada is putting Charest in the cockpit to coax funding commitments and a long-term plan from the federal government amid fears the country’s star is fading.“The industry has come to the conclusion that we sort of need a reset in terms of what the future of the industry is in Canada,” Charest said in a phone interview from Paris.“There is a sense that we’re in a world where there’s much more competition. And it’s not that we’re doing badly, but the world is really moving fast.”Charest, a former federal minister who served as premier of Quebec from 2003 to 2012, highlighted government’s “very critical role” in funding, research and training for civil and defence aviation.“The Trump administration has decided to create a new division for space,” he noted, referring to a newly announced military branch the U.S. president has dubbed Space Force.“We can’t stand still,” Charest said.Jim Quick, president of the aerospace industry group, said Canada is “not keeping up” with the sector growth and innovation of countries such as France, Germany and the United States, which have long-term strategies in place.Britain is targeting 10 per cent of the global space market within 12 years, he pointed out. Luxembourg aims to dig into space mining such as harvesting asteroid’s for rare and precious metals.Quick said the new initiative, called Vision 2025, will push Ottawa to include a long-term space plan in its budget next year, alongside a commitment to help provide advanced robotics for the Lunar Gateway — described as a third-generation Canadarm.Charest, a partner at the McCarthy Tetrault law firm, will lead discussions with government and industry officials in several cities, including Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Halifax, culminating in a report on aerospace priorities.Aerospace leads Canada’s manufacturing sector in innovation-related investment, spending over $1.8 billion on research and development in 2017 — nearly one-quarter of total manufacturing research expenditures, according to the association.Nonetheless, Ottawa’s investments in space as a percentage of GDP have dropped to 18th globally from eighth place in 1992, according to the association. The sector’s manufacturing employment has fallen by five per cent since 2012.Canada hosts the world’s fifth-largest aerospace industry, contributing nearly $25 billion to Canada’s economy and almost 190,000 jobs in 2017, the association said.last_img read more


The 2012 CCOVI Lecture Series will wrap up its season this week with a free talk on the cost-benefits of vineyard operations in Niagara.Don Cyr, Interim Dean, Faculty of Business at Brock, will deliver a talk, entitled “A cost-benefit analysis of entering and exiting vineyard operations in Niagara: 1997-2010.”This presentation was co-authored by Chris Simes as part of an undergraduate thesis in the Oenology and Viticulture (OEVI) program at Brock.This lecture takes place Wednesday, April 25 at 3 p.m. in IH313. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.The lecture will also be available via live webcast.


Halton Police officer told CHCH News, the active scene on Plains Rd East in Burlington, is an attempted murder suicide.  Police got a call at 12:05 pm today for a double shooting at Mejilla Family Chiropractic.  Media officer, Barry Malciw, tells us that two men were rushed to Hamilton General Hospital and their conditions are unknown.   Police are not looking for a suspect and say there is no ongoing threat to public safety at this time.A viewer sent us this video showing emergency crews on scene.


Variety to host diversity conference, Pharrell to speak FILE – In this Feb. 28, 2016 file photo, singer Pharrell Williams arrives at the Oscars in Los Angeles. Williams will speak at a conference hosted by Variety on Nov. 1, to discuss solutions to Hollywood’s lagging record in diversity. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, File) by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Sep 26, 2016 9:46 am MDT Last Updated Sep 26, 2016 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Variety will host a conference of film executives and stars to discuss solutions to Hollywood’s lagging record in diversity.The conference, which Variety is to announce Monday, will include keynote conversations with Donna Langley, chairman of Universal Studios, and Pharrell Williams. The singer-producer is co-composing the score for the upcoming “Hidden Figures,” a film about African-American mathematicians working for NASA in the early 1960s.Dubbed “Inclusion,” the conference is to be held Nov. 1 in Beverly Hills, California. It will include a number of panels focused on finding ways to support underrepresented groups in film and television.“There is no issue in Hollywood more important and relevant than diversity and inclusion,” Michelle Sobrino-Stearns, group publisher of Variety, said in a statement.Age discrimination is also a planned discussion topic at the conference, co-sponsored by AARP. As a way to combat age discrimination, California Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed legislation to require websites like IMDb to remove an actor’s age upon request.“We hope the dialogue at the Variety conference will lead not only to greater awareness of the issue, but to more and better opportunities for talented actors, producers, directors and others in the creative community — whatever their age,” said Jo Ann Jenkins, AARP chief executive. read more


4.Nantes310294:912 The German champions SG Flensburg Handewitt lost second match against teams from Balkan in only seven days at VELUX EHF Champions League!After shocking home defeat against RK PPD Zagreb, team of Maik Machulla suffered surprising lost in Slovenian Celje, where domestic team had a good shocking therapy after departure of coach Branko Tamse – 23:20 (10:11).Celje’s playmaker Jaka Malus was TOP scorer with five goals, while Lauge and Glandorf netted four each for defeated team.STANDINGS: RK Celje Pivovarna LaskoSG Flensburg Handewitt 6.PPD Zagreb310275:852 8.Motor Zaporozhye300393:1040 5.Flensburg-H.310283:852 3.Skjern320191:944 2.Szeged330086:826 ← Previous Story VIDEO: RK Vardar clean Veszprem Arena Next Story → ALEX DUJSHEBAEV’S NIGHT: PGE Vive Kielce win in Montpellier! PHOTO: RK Celje PL 7.Celje310270:802 1.Paris SG3300100:716 read more


first_imgDublin firefighters have rescued a cat from the Liffey The “feisty feline” has been passed over to the care of DSCPA. Short URL Share957 Tweet Email5 Mar 21st 2017, 7:57 PM 15,015 Views By Gráinne Ní Aodha We were able to assist @DublinSPCA this morning on the #Liffey with the retrieval of a stranded cat at Burgh Quay. Tara St firefighters..1/2 pic.twitter.com/xiC3uxZgpC— Dublin Fire Brigade (@DubFireBrigade) March 21, 2017 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img https://jrnl.ie/3299749 30 Comments Source: Twitter/@DubFireBrigadeDUBLIN FIREFIGHTERS HAVE rescued a cat from drowning after it got into difficulty on the banks of the Liffey this afternoon.Members of the Dublin Fire Brigade trained as rescue swimmers went out on a boat to save the cat, who was stranded out near Burgh Quay.You can watch filmed footage of the rescue here: Source: Dublin Fire Brigade/Twitter The Tara Street firefighters were able to place what they called “the soggy moggy” into a pet carrier and pass the “feisty feline” over to the care of DSCPA. Source: Twitter/@DubFireBrigadeThe black and white beauty doesn’t look too happy, but what cat would be after being submerged in water?Good thing the well-known cat-rescuers, aka firefighters, were on hand to pluck the cat from harm’s way (although this time it wasn’t from a tree).Read: Four ‘designer pups’ seized at Dublin Port after being discovered in carry on luggageRead: John Paul the rabbit needs a home after being abandoned near the Papal Cross Tuesday 21 Mar 2017, 7:57 PMlast_img read more


first_imgLa première liseuse électronique à encre couleur bientôt sur le marchéLa première liseuse à utiliser l’encre couleur vient d’être présentée au grand public. Son fabricant chinois, Hanvon, a ajouté des filtres à la dalle noir et blanc.La liseuse couleur fera prochainement son apparition dans nos rayons. Pour obtenir une encre couleur, Hanvon n’a pas utilisé la même technique que pour l’iPad ou le Nook. Le fabricant chinois a apposé des filtres couleurs sur la dalle noir et blanc, une technologie conçue par la société e-Ink.Le rendu en terme de qualité est moindre que sur les smartphones mais, étant utilisé en tant que livre, ce défaut n’est pas réellement gênant. L’avantage de cette technique est l’économie d’énergie dont bénéficie le terminal. La lisibilité au soleil est aussi un plus, car celle-ci pose problème sur les e-books à écran LCD. Moins cher que l’iPad, la liseuse d’Hanvon sera d’abord commercialisée en Chine avant de s’implanter dans les paysages américain et européen.Le 9 novembre 2010 à 11:56 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


first_imgRIDGEFIELD — About a week after Lela Garcia was born, her parents began to fear for her life.Lela, who’s now 6 weeks old, accompanied her 16-year-old mom, Lisa Steele, in mid-January when she visited the PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center emergency room for a problem. Later, they found out the day and time Steele and Lela visited the ER was during a possible measles exposure. Any spot or possible rash freaked Steele out.“I was stressed,” Steele said from her house in Ridgefield.“I was worried and scared, because I heard the baby could die,” said her boyfriend, Kevin Garcia, 18.Clark County Public Health contacted the parents and gave Lela immunoglobulin, an antibody that can protect against measles. That was the start of how Steele, Garcia and Lela have been intertwined in the county’s measles outbreak, which so far has tallied more than 60 confirmed cases, caused more than 750 pupils to miss school and cost the county more than $500,000 to fight. The total cost across the state has surpassed $1 million, according to The Seattle Times.Those are the quantifiable costs of the outbreak, but Steele, Garcia and Lela are now encountering the intangible costs.They participate in Clark County Public Health’s Nurse-Family Partnership, which pairs parents and children with a nurse through the first two years of the child’s life. The program helps low-income first-time parents navigate parenthood. But right now the four NFP nurses have been shifted from their normal roles to help with outbreak response.Last week, Anne Johnston, the NFP nurse paired with the family, visited for the first time in nine days. Johnston generally tries to see newborns once a week, but since the outbreak she has only a day or a day and a half per week to see clients. Some clients she can see in person only on a biweekly basis now.Since the outbreak started in January, Johnston has also had seven clients deliver babies.“You have to make choices about which clients you can see in person,” Johnston says. “You always worry if you don’t see them on a regular basis, will you lose track of them? Will they still stay engaged with you in the future? Lives are busy, and if you get out of your routine sometimes it’s hard to get back to it.”last_img read more


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Baptist Union President Makes Recommendation on Status and Immigration Bills Related Items:donhue gardiner, Ebola, Portia stubbs smith, premier rufis ewing Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 20 Oct 2014 – Body temperature screening of all arriving passengers at the Providenciales International Airport began since yesterday; a strong measure now in place by the TCI Government to ward off the EVD, or the Ebola Virus Disease. Photos showing screening of Ebola on the Office of the Premier’s FB page reveal leaders were present for the demonstration last week including the Premier, the Health Minister, Deputy Governor and the Border Control Minister. Over the weekend there were test drills and simulations of what a triage set up at the Provo International might look like and how it would effectively function in the event of a suspected Ebola case. Not only were supplies reportedly assessed, but protective gear was tried on and the full scale non-contact infrared laser thermometers to check body temperature of all arriving passengers, are operational. Many Caribbean countries, including the TCI have enacted travel bans from Ebola affected countries. Nearly 1000 Participate in Immigration Bill Consultations PDM Chairman says North & Middle Caicos MP ignorant of law, fails to remove voterslast_img read more


first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comFor a person of color in the workforce, more often than not, it might seem hard to get a position that offers a seat at the decision making table, and once there, maintaining a confident, strong voice can be hard.  Director of Publicity and Promotion at Allied Global Marketing Gloria Jones, went from a 1999 Bowie State University graduate to television and film industry public relations guru, and while it was trying, she said her success has been rooted in her constant hard-work, hunger and assurance that she deserved a seat at every table.“It can be overwhelming.  It can be daunting, but it’s definitely doable.  You sort of always have to know that you belong in that room and you belong at that table,” Jones told the AFRO.  “And sometimes when you’re at the table, and when you’re the only person of color at that table, even more reason for you to be verbal, for you to vocalize your thoughts, for you to know that there’s a value that you bring.  And not necessarily questioning why you’re at that table, but knowing there’s a reason why you’re at that table.”Gloria Jones is Director of Publicity and Promotion at Allied Global Marketing in Washington, D.C. (Courtesy Photo)As director of Publicity and Promotion at Allied Global Marketing, Jones has a major seat at the table, yet her trajectory has been long.  Prior to starting at Allied in 2007, Jones worked in television for companies including the Warner Bros. station in Washington, D.C. and MTV in New York.  She’s also worked her way up to the director level from where she started at Allied over 11 years ago.While the world of public relations is large, she explained what she’s currently doing at Allied- which is a company that works in conjunction with major film studios for promotions, tours, screenings and the like.“A lot of what we do, because we do handle major studios, is basically being the eyes and ears and the feet on the ground for those studios,” she said.As director, Jones’ job gets a bit more complicated.“[Directors] oversee the entire Washington, D.C. office,” Jones explained.  “So no longer was it just exclusively the film industry that I was working on. I’m now in charge of managing and overseeing a team of 16-17 publicists, junior publicists, coordinators and all that good stuff. That means maintaining our clients on both a local and national level.  We oversee all things productions.”The publicity expert explained that it’s not just what she knew, but who she knew that has kept her in the business and helped her fine tune her ultimate goals in the large industry.“Listen, you can do PR for Staples, McDonalds or Warner Bros. Pictures.  You have to figure out PR, in that huge spectrum, because it is a big umbrella, what it means for you.  And I was the person who started to latch myself on to people, even in my sophomore year, in my junior year, in my senior year, knowing that relationships are basically what counts, because once you graduate it’s going to be you and about 5,000 people out there looking for a job.  So the idea is, ‘What separates you?’  What truly separates you out there is relationships. Every job that I’ve had was based on some sort of a relationship.The 41-year-old explained that throughout college she attended conferences, sometimes the only young person in the room, and latched herself to those who were already in the public relations field.She suggests that young people hoping to emerge in the public relations field formulate relationships, and moreover remember the value of hard work.“You got to be honestly really hungry and you can’t be lackluster about what it’s going to take to make it,” she told the AFRO. “It’s not going to come to you.  You literally have to fight for it.”As someone who makes large events and campaigns happen all the time, Jones knows her value and major contribution to the industry.  She encourages those who have big dreams in the entertainment world to consider the possible positions beyond simply being the star.“You don’t always have to be Beyoncé. There’s a lot of great people behind Beyoncé that are killing the game,” Jones said.The people behind the scenes such as the publicists, planners and coordinators, are just as important as the star, Jones explained.“Who gets her [Beyoncé] here? Who’s making sure that she’s got her schedule together?  Who’s actually putting the plans on what interviews she’s doing? Those are people too. And it is a machine.  And that machine requires a lot of amazing people that are wallpaper- that are in the background- but you don’t know how much they do to make Beyoncé, Beyoncé.”last_img read more


first_img“Kingdom,” one of Netflix’s first original series in South Korea, has been renewed for a second season even before the first season’s shows are completed.“Kim Eun-hee, the writer of the series, is currently working on the new season, aiming to go into production in February, 2019. The plan is to renew the series annually,” said Kim Seong-hun, director of hit film “Tunnel.” “As director of the first season, I might have an advisory role, but will not direct it myself.” Kim was speaking at the Bucheon International Film Festival’s industry program on Sunday.The series is set in Korea’s medieval Joseon dynasty, where a crown prince is sent on a suicide mission to investigate an outbreak caused by a zombie virus. Comprising six 50-minute episodes, the series’ first season recently entered post-production and is due to premiere in December. “Netflix had contacted Kim [Eun-hee] first, as Netflix considers writers more important [than directors] to make original series. Then she suggested me to direct it because she wanted to make a story that she cannot do for Korean TV broadcasters,” said Kim. His “Tunnel” was a disaster flick with political metaphors and was a summer box office hit in 2016.“Netflix gave me more freedom than any Korean company I have worked with. Netflix gave me minimal feedback on the script, and did not oblige me to incorporate their notes,” Kim said. The only condition was that the director could not control the budget.“Initially, ‘Kingdom’ was intended as an eight-episode series and production was supposed to be completed in four months. In the end, however, we took about six months on production and overspent the budget, for which we had to pay a penalty.” Kim said that each episode cost more than $1.78 million (KRW2 billion).“When I first started working with Netflix, it was just making an appearance in Korea. The industry was not sure how big or influential it might be. Some even predicted that [Netflix originals] might be a storm in a teacup,” the director said. “Now that its presence [in Korea] has grown this significant, I think we shouldn’t judge rashly.”Netflix’s first Korean series, “Love Alarm,” premiered earlier this year. The company’s previously backed Bong Joon-ho’s feature “Okja,” which premiered at Cannes in 2017. Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more


first_imgBookended by two very different kinds of zombie projects, this week’s entertainment options also include talent-heavy casts trying their hands at R-rated comedies and family friendly animation!CellIt’s just like your grandma always said, the whole world goes to hell with too much technology! That’s a super-basic version of what goes on in Cell, a Stephen King adaptation by director Tod Williams starring John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, and Isabelle Fuhrman.More specifically, the leads find themselves trying to survive in a world now filled with zombie-like people after a mysterious phenomenon transmitted something into peoples’ brains by way of their phones. The movie debuted on On Demand last month, but will have a limited theatrical release starting tomorrow!Mike and Dave Need Wedding DatesAdam Devine and Zac Efron star as the title brothers in Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. Their folks demand they bring female companions to their sister’s wedding in Hawaii in hopes of calming them down. Instead, the women — played by the hilarious Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza — turn out to be even wilder than the fellas leading to all kinds of shenanigans. This marks director Jake Szymanski’s first feature, but he’s got plenty of experience in comedy having created video shorts for Funny or Die and helming Saturday Night Live.The Secret Life of PetsLooking at the actors involved in The Secret Life of Pets is like a who’s who of the funniest people around right now. Sure, it’s an animated film about animals living in a Manhattan apartment building, but here are just a few of the talents involved: Louis CK, Hannibal Buress, Lake Bell, Ellie Kemper, Albert Brooks, Kevin Hart, Steve Coogan, Eric Stonestreet, Tara Strong, and Bobby Moynihan! As if that wasn’t enough of an incentive to check this film out, it also comes from the brains behind the always entertaining Despicable Me flicks!Dead Rising EndgameFinally, the undead world of Dead Rising continues to invade Crackle. The free online streaming site recently launched a new film called Dead Rising: Endgame that’s a follow-up to the previous entry Watchtower. Returning stars Jesse Metcalfe, Keegan Connor Tracy, and Dennis Haysbert are joined by newcomers like Billy Zane as the heroes attempt to reveal what’s really going on with the zombie apocalypse, and come up with rad weapons to keep themselves safe!What are you watching or looking forward to checking out? Let us know in the comments!last_img read more


first_img Conquer Westeros On Your Phone With Game of Thrones: Conquest Stay on target Back in October of last year, I got to go hands-on with Game of Thrones: Conquest. Though I’m not a fan of mobile gaming, I found this MMO Strategy RPG quite intriguing because it’s based on a property I love. Since then, the developers at WB Games Boston have delivered a wealth of new content and updates to keep fans happy. Today, they’re giving users one of the most requested features: dragons. These powerful creatures not only make the game feel more like Game of Thrones, but they also give players new strategies to employ in combat.Every player receives a dragon egg when they reach Keep Level 4. When this happens, the mountain next to their keep opens up to reveal a dragon pit. This is where users can hatch their dragon egg by burning wood and timber. The dragon grows from hatchling to welp to adolescent. At launch, dragons grow into adolescence over forty levels. The dragon pit is a fully 3D environment, as is the dragon within. In order to make one’s dragon grow, you have to feed it fish or livestock obtained during the normal course of play. Adult dragons won’t come at launch, but they will arrive later this year.Dragons aren’t just another troop class. The update comes with additional features and enhancements. Talents is a new system where you unlock skills to upgrade combat, defense, and mobility. Different battles call for different strategies. Thankfully, you can reset skills at any time to suit your needs. For example, if you’re going up against a player with a lot of archers, you may want to reallocate skills to make your dragon better at long-range combat.Research is an existing system within the game. It has four new research trees that allow players to customize their dragon’s offensive and defensive capabilities. These upgrades are permanent and define what dragons can do. Dragons deliver certain buffs during combat which impact the entire army.Speaking of buffs, you get these as soon as you obtain your dragon egg. You’ll go from having a dragon that protects your keep, to one that collects resources, and eventually to a creature that fights against PvE monsters. These battles will of course make your dragon stronger and prepare them to take on other players. When adult dragons arrive, users can rally with up to six others against a Seat of Power. You’ll see dragons fly overhead, swoop down, and blast fire at the enemy. This makes combat feel even more chaotic than normal.Similar titles have dragons as nothing more than a powerful troop type. The developers wanted dragons to impact multiple levels of the game and to augment combat strategy. To that end, there are two new types of attacks. One is a preemptive strike that helps defend your keep. If a player marches toward your keep, you can use Repel Strike and have your dragon go out and annihilate some of their troops before they arrive. This automatic process makes enemy troops significantly weaker. The other attack is Fire Breath. When sending your dragon on a march against another player, you can use Fire Breath to whittle down their troops before you arrive. Both attacks are incredibly effective and change up combat in a meaningful way.Dragons cannot die but they can be wounded to the point where they’re no longer able to fight. If a dragon’s HP reaches 0, players must wait a certain amount of time before they can use them again. During this period, all buffs granted by the dragon disappear, which forces users to rethink their strategy. The devs are currently working on ways to give players without dragons a way to defend against attacks from these creatures. One possible weapon is the Scorpion seen in the last season of Game of Thrones. Players without dragons will likely be lower-level, which means higher-level users won’t attack them because it’ll be a waste of their resources. At the moment, there are no dragon vs dragon battles.While dragons are certainly a powerful new element, they are not a disruptive force. The fundamentals of Game of Thrones: Conquest don’t change, they’re simply enhanced. Dragons add layers on top of the choices players can already make. They will also introduce new events and augment existing ones. At launch, dragons are accessible to everyone.Players can customize the look of dragons to make them their own. The team worked with HBO to see what color profiles work best for the creatures. After all, having a pink polka dot dragon wouldn’t exactly fit with the world’s naturalistic aesthetic. At launch, dragons will bear the same color schemes of a player’s sigil and banner. After launch, players can expect more customization options.Game of Thrones: Conquest has actually been building up hype for dragons during most of October. Things like the splash screen have given players a hint of what’s to come. One screen shows a red comet, which is a sign of dragons returning. Dragon silhouettes have also been seen flying over cities and maps. There have even been certain dragon artifacts popping up throughout the game. The in-game board had dragon skulls and three missing dragon eggs. The splash screen also illustrated the history of dragons. This was definitely a cool way to build momentum for the update and get players excited.Game of Thrones: Conquest was already a pretty great mobile game so it’s awesome to see it receive a substantial update like this. As I said up top, it makes the whole thing feel more authentic and closer to the source material. The best part is that this is just the beginning. Things will certainly get more interesting later this year with the introduction of adult dragons. With the final season of Game of Thrones still many months away, playing Game of Thrones: Conquest is a nice way to get your A Song of Ice and Fire fix before the show’s epic conclusion begins.You can download Game of Thrones: Conquest from the Apple or Google Play stores.More on Geek.com:‘The Walking Dead: Our World’ is ‘Pokemon Go’ with ZombiesAfter ‘Day’s Gone’ What’s the Next Early 2019 Gaming CasualtyBest GBA Gameslast_img read more


first_imgKolkata: The city’s air quality index became ‘severe’ on the New Year’s Day morning, 10 hours after the state pollution control board’s computerised monitors showed it to be ‘very poor’ at midnight. A West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) official on Tuesday said one of the key factors for the change in pollution level within 10 hours is bursting of firecrackers to celebrate the new year. At midnight when the celebrations began, the air quality index (AQI) read 374 PM 2.5 at the air monitoring station of WBPCB at Rabindra Bharati University, one of the two automated air monitoring stations of WBPCB in the city, a WBPCB official said Tuesday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe AQI at the university read 400 PM 2.5 at 10 AM Tuesday and remained the same at 11 AM, the official said. The AQI is an indicator of air pollution caused by three pollutants — NO2, PM 10 and PM 2.5. The index indicates air quality as ‘good’ for values of 0-100, ‘moderate’ for 101 -200 and ‘poor’ for 201-300. Particles less than 2.5 PM (micrometres) are called PM 2.5. They are approximately 1/30th of the average width of human hair and is generally described as fine particles. PM 10, on the other hand, is particulate matter 10 micrometres or less in diameter, an official explained. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe AQI between 301-399 is called ‘very poor’ and it causes respiratory illness on prolonged exposure, the WBPCB official said adding that it causes respiratory illness on prolonged exposure. The reading at 400 was marked as ‘severe’, a notch above the very poor and such conditions affect even healthy people, he said. The AQI at the second computerised air monitoring station of WBPCB in the Victoria Memorial, located in the city’s green belt Maidan, read at 365 PM 2.5 at 10 PM on Monday. It was also termed as ‘very poor’, the official said. The reading came down to 333 PM 2.5 at 11 AM, but still it remained in the ‘very poor’ category. The AQI remained ‘very poor’ for most of the days in December and November. In November, the air pollution level was “poor” or “very poor” in 21 of the 30 days, which was unprecedented by any standard, Ajay Mittal of the ‘Kolkata Clean Air’, an environmental NGO, had said. WBPCB Chairman Kalyan Rudra said the reading of one air monitoring station at certain point of time did not project the entire situation and particles also hung heavily in air due to typical weather situations during the winter. Environmentalist S M Ghosh said the air pollution in the city reached alarming level since the past few months and installing more automatic air monitoring stations across the city will project how alarming the entire situation has turned into.last_img read more


first_img Share Tweet Submit Happy fourth of July everyone. How about we celebrate it together with some generous discounts from Anker on Roav and a pair of headphones?Anker Discounts Roav DashCam A1, SmartCharge FM Transmitter and More for Independence DayIn its list of discounts today, Anker is kicking things off with a price drop on its brand new Roav F0 SmartCharge FM Transmitter. It’s priced at $25.99 and once you use the code ANKERSDD, the price comes down to just $18.99. It’s a pretty solid deal considering what the product is capable of doing. It features multiple PowerIQ ports for fast charging your devices, and has a noise cancelling microphone for crisp and clear calls.Anker’s famous Roav DashCam A1 is discounted too today. On a regular day it retails for $57.99, but with the code A1BDDEAL at checkout, the price comes down to an even more reasonable $42.99. It has a built-in display, features 1080p recording, and a high-quality lens to record everything in the best possible quality.If you’re looking for something a tad bit more high-end then you will be delighted to learn that the Roav DashCam C1 Pro with 32GB micro SD card is discounted from $105.99 to $79.99 with the code CAMERA01. Compared to the A1, the C1 Pro features far better optics, performance upgrades and comes in a better package with an included micro SD card and even a car charger.Last but not the least in any way, the SoundCore Arc Wireless Sport Earphones are discounted too today. The price is down to just $32.99 from $39.88 once you apply the code SDCORE63 at checkout. Not only these look great but they sound great too.last_img read more


first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. President Donald Trump reportedly lashed out in a Thursday meeting with lawmakers about immigration reform, demanding to know why the U.S. should accept citizens from what he called “shithole” countries.Trump sat down with senators and congressmen at the White House to discuss a proposed bipartisan deal that would limit immigrants from bringing family members into the country and restrict the green card visa lottery in exchange for shielding hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation.“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump said, according to people briefed on the meeting who spoke with The Washington Post.The New York Times later reported the same comment, citing unnamed people with direct knowledge of the meeting.According to both newspapers, the president was referring to El Salvador, Haiti and several African countries. He then suggested the United States should welcome immigrants from places like Norway, whose prime minister met with Trump on Wednesday.U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador Jean Manes was quick to respond, albeit indirectly, on Twitter. The diplomat, appointed in 2015 by then-President Barack Obama, wrote: “The United States values its friendship and relationship with the Salvadoran people. I’ve had the privilege of traveling around this beautiful country and meeting thousands of Salvadorans. It’s an honor to live and work here. We’ll continue 100% committed.” Via TwitterSalvadoran presidential candidate Carlos Calleja wrote, “We should feel proud to be Salvadorans. Every offense, no matter where it comes from, should strengthen and unify us as a nation. Our relationship of respect with the North American people will continue to be a reality today, tomorrow and always.” Via TwitterThe comments reportedly alarmed and mystified the people attending the meeting. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and Democratic Senator Dick Durbin came to the White House to outline their bipartisan compromise, but found themselves in the room with several Republican immigration hardliners.Graham and Durbin are leading efforts to codify protections for so-called “dreamers,” immigrants who came to the United States illegally as children.In exchange, the deal would end extended family chain migration.It also reportedly would cut the visa lottery program by half and prioritize certain countries in the system, instead of scrapping it altogether as several Republicans have suggested as part of an agreement.The president and lawmakers are in the midst of intense negotiations about how to shield nearly 800,000 “dreamers” from deportation.Last year, Trump scrapped the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that protected the immigrants, and set a deadline of March 5 for Congress to legislate a fix.The White House did not deny the account of Trump’s use of language, but instead suggested the president was “fighting for permanent solutions” that strengthen the nation, in part through the use of a merit-based immigration system.“Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people,” White House spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement.“He will always reject temporary, weak and dangerous stopgap measures that threaten the lives of hardworking Americans, and undercut immigrants who seek a better life in the United States through a legal pathway.”Some Democrats seized on Trump’s slur.“We always knew that President Trump doesn’t like people from certain countries or people or certain colors,” Congressman Luis Gutierrez said. “We can now we say with 100% confidence that the president is a racist who does not share the values enshrined in our Constitution.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Central American reactions continue following Trump’s ‘shithole countries’ remark U.S. ends protected status for 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants US lawmakers, First Lady criticize family separation at border Trump warns Honduran president to stop migrants en route to U.S.last_img read more


first_img Top holiday drink recipes The outcome is a major reversal for Areva, whose ex-CEO Anne Lauvergeon fought off attempts to marry her company and EDF for years.Areva lost nearly 5 billion euros ($5.6 billion) last year after taking a massive loss on new reactor projects in France and Finland.Both companies are run by CEOs who’ve been at the helm for less than a year – Areva by Philippe Knoche and EDF by Jean-Bernard Levy. Late last year Areva chairman Philippe Varin also took a board seat at EDF in a move widely seen as paving the way for closer ties between the long-time atomic rivals.Last month Areva announced a 1-billion-euro cost-cutting plan, which included the removal of up to 6,000 jobs.Only five years ago Areva was seen as a French success story, led by swashbuckling CEO Lauvergeon as it rode the wave of the so-called “nuclear renaissance.”The company’s fortunes collapsed after a series of failures, including massive cost-overruns and technical failings with its new generation reactor; a disastrous investment in a Nigerien uranium mine; and the aftereffects of a global rejection of nuclear power after Japan’s Fukushima reactor meltdown.___Online: http://www.areva.com ___Associated Press Writer Sylvie Corbet contributed to this report.___Follow Greg Keller on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Greg_KellerCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober PARIS (AP) — French nuclear giants Areva and EDF will merge their reactor businesses in a joint venture controlled by EDF — a wide-ranging reshuffle of the country’s state-owned atomic energy industry.French President Francois Hollande’s office announced the deal’s broad outlines Wednesday, saying final details would be negotiated by the two companies within a month.The French government, which controls over 80 percent of both companies, will inject new capital “of the necessary amount” in Areva as part of the deal. Top Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more


first_imgGo back to the enewsletterBritish Airways has revealed The White Company will be available to customers flying in Club World Business Class between London Heathrow and Sydney from next week. The new product will be introduced on flights departing London on 24 May and from Sydney on 26 May. The partnership will give customers travelling in Club World a great night’s sleep in the sky with a range of quality bedding.The announcement forms part of the airline’s investment plan of more than $1 billion in Club World Business class which includes the arrival of a new restaurant-style premium dining service, with display trolleys allowing customers to select dishes from a choice of freshly prepared starters and desserts, served on beautiful new table settings.Through BA’s partnership with The White Company, the British retailer is supplying bedding and amenity kits in the airline’s Club World Business class cabin. The new bedding includes a luxuriously soft, large pillow and white cotton pillowcase to enhance customers’ comfort and help them sleep better in the sky. Customers will also receive a super-soft woven blanket with satin trim, a luxury duvet and a padded mattress cover to provide them with an extra layer of comfort and improve their quality of sleep.The new Club World Business class amenity kits come in an elegantly designed bag from The White Company and contain products from the retailer’s ‘Restore & Relax Spa Collection’, as well as a super-soft jersey eye-mask, offering a further touch of luxury in the sky.Nicole Backo, British Airways’ regional GM, South West Pacific, said she was pleased to be able to roll out The White Company bedding on the route between London and Sydney.“The much-anticipated arrival of this bespoke bedding will give our Club World customers a better night’s sleep in the sky. The White Company is renowned for quality and style and is the perfect partner for British Airways. This partnership will hold particular appeal for any business travellers who rely on being able to get a good night’s sleep before arriving ready for a busy day,” Backo commented.All flights from Australia land at British Airways’ award-winning home at London Heathrow Terminal 5. All Premium customers can enjoy the facilities at the Arrivals lounge, which includes showers, breakfast and complimentary Elemis spa treatments. Customers can also enjoy bubbling champagne at the exclusive Galleries Club lounges on their departure.The oneworld carrier is investing £4.5 billion for customers over the next five years, covering the installation of the best quality Wi-Fi and power in every seat, fitting 128 long-haul aircraft with new interiors and taking delivery of 72 new aircraft. In January, the airline rolled out a multi-million-pound investment in its World Traveller Economy class catering, introducing an exciting and expanded new menu, which provides more quantity and quality to both meals and great snacking options throughout the flight.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more