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Giving Up More Than You Believe You Are Giving Up

first_imgThe fact that you can send an email has caused you to give up on using the telephone. Choosing an inferior communication medium simply because it is more convenient is laziness or fear, neither of which are a justification.The fact that you can view a profile on LinkedIn has caused you to do less research, and mostly the wrong kind. The insights you need aren’t going to be found in a single location, and deep insights are going to require a wider, deeper approach.The fact that you can automate communications with your dream clients has eliminated the effort of nurturing relationships. Without meaning to, you have given up caring and absolved yourself of the responsibility to be known for something.Because you acquire inbound leads, you have dropped all outbound prospecting. You have traded one method of acquiring leads for all of the other methods for creating opportunities. Read this sentence again to take in the full meaning here.Now that a lot of communication is electronic, you pay less attention to the person sitting in front of you, whether it’s a peer or a client. You have traded intimacy for the distractions of the open laptop lid and the tiny screen of infinite distractions. The technology that allows you to communicate without having a physical presence has reduced your face to face visits. You have given up depth in exchange for something less.The SMEs that accompany you on calls have caused you to abandon the efforts you need to develop real business acumen. You have given up your role as trusted advisor, trading it for the role of passenger in critical conversations, observing, but offering nothing of substance.Because you can generate reports without having the person report their own effort and results, you have given up accountability at all levels. You have also given up the best performance your people are capable of.The discounts that you routinely agree to have prevented your team from learning to defend your pricing and justify the delta between your price and your competitors. You have given up capturing part of the value you create to make selling easy.Most of the time, taking the easy way also means giving up the greater, long-term results that accrue to those who make a better choice, a choice that you are unwilling to make, but perfectly capable of. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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Boxing: Eddie Hunt continues to hunt for bigger names for DAZN

first_imgAdvertisementEddie Hearn has been a busy man as of late, trying to get his Matchroom Boxing USA off the ground and of course, there’s the billion dollar deal with DAZN. With DAZN set to make its American debut in the near future, Hearn has been scrambling trying to get fighters to either sign with him or fight on DAZN.Earlier in the week, he mentioned that he has signed light heavyweight titlist Dmitry Bivol. However, Bivol’s manager has refuted those reports, today Hearn has stated after Bivol fights on August 4th they will revisit the situation. This perhaps sounds like a case of Bivol fighting exclusively fighting on DAZN, instead of signing with Matchroom.He has courted Mikey Garcia, meeting with the WBC lightweight champion on several occasions. Talks that Garcia has described as very productive, as things begin to look very optimistic between Garcia and Hearn. Today Hearn stated that after Garcia meets Robert Easter Jr in a unification bout, the hope is to have him on DAZN in November. It could be huge for Hearn if he is able to land a name like Garcia and judging from the way he is talking it sounds like that’s the case.He has also been in talks with Mayweather Promotions in hopes that they can work together. The plan there is he wants to co-promote Gervonta “Tank” Davis and have the young champion fight exclusively on DAZN. Hearn has been very vocal about wanting to sign the Charlo brothers as well. Both fighters have stated that they are willing to listen.Today, Hearn has revealed that he is in talks with unified junior middleweight titlist Jarrett Hurd. Now, that would be an unexpected splash as Hurd has made a name for himself stopping a tough opponent in Austin Trout and earning a decision over Erislandy Lara.Hearn has also stated that DAZN will have a major announcement tomorrow. Now, it’s not for sure as of yet but it looks like they will be having the rights to show the WBSS Tournament in America. DAZN, for a new streaming service that hasn’t even launched in America, is making a lot of noise.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Valverde praises Messi-Dembele partnership

first_imgErnesto Valverde praised the understanding between Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele after the pair helped Barcelona overcome Ajax in the Champions League.Messi became the most prolific goalscorer for a single club in the competition as he scored one and assisted the other in a 2-1 victory that confirmed Barca as Group B winners.The skipper’s opener was a moment of inspiration in the penalty box, weaving away from multiple markers to manufacture space for a predatory finish past Jeroen Zoet, making it a record 106 Champions League goals for the Argentina forward. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Young winger Dembele supplied the pass in the build-up in a continuation of his recent renaissance.Goal reported earlier this week that Dembele has asked Barcelona to allow him to leave the club in the January, but the 21-year-old was on target in the weekend draw with Atletico Madrid and impressed in Eindhoven.”I’m not entirely sure how Messi scored that goal,” said Valverde.”But he and Dembele combined really well down the right. Between them you could count on them producing a shot on goal from almost any situation.”My team created lots of dangerous chances too, but it was a game which was too open.”Barca were thankful to Messi for stirring them after a below-par hour of play in which they could have been punished by the hosts.He delivered the free-kick from which Gerard Pique doubled the advantage, ensuring Luuk de Jong’s late header proved only a consolation.”We had problems in the first 20 minutes,” admitted Valverde.”There are certain moments in which you have to know how to suffer. They were encouraged and it was a difficult match, but we secured first in the group. We’re happy.”last_img read more

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Landmark Case: Greek Police Win Damages Over Fan Violence

first_imgTHESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — A court in northern Greece has ordered top-flight club PAOK to pay two police officers damages after they were injured due to fan violence at a soccer game two years ago.The officers were hit by a bottle and a petrol bomb at a Greek Cup match in 2016 between PAOK and Olympiakos. The officers were awarded 12,900 and 6,000 euros ($16,000 and $7,500).Scores of fans ran onto the pitch and attacked police after PAOK was denied a late penalty. The match was called off and PAOK was later punished by the Greek Football Association.The case was brought to court by the city’s police officers’ association, which welcomed the court decision on Thursday, and said it was likely to be followed by additional claims for match-related compensation.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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PM Modi, Rahul have no one at home, so go around hugging people: Owaisi

first_imgNearly three weeks after Rahul Gandhi’s impromptu hug to PM Narendra Modi during the no-confidence motion in Parliament, AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi called the incident a “farce”.Owaisi also advised Rahul Gandhi to get married as he has no one at home to hug him.”As both PM Modi and Rahul Gandhi are single and have no one to hug them at their homes, they are going around hugging people outside,” said Owaisi amid bursts of laughter from the crowd.Speaking on Sunday, Owaisi said that Hitler also hugged the Jews before executing them.”10-12 lakh Jews had embraced Hitler but despite that they were killed in gas chambers. Rahul Gandhi hugging Modi was like an episode of a Hindi TV serial. On one hand our ‘Shariyat’ is getting targetted, we are getting lynched in the name of cow and we are fighting against Modi and what you are doing? Hugging him,” asked Owaisi.Owaisi also came down heavily on the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue of National Register of Citizens (NRC) of Assam.The Hyderabad MP, on Sunday, said that since the ruling party failed to perform so they came out with the NRC.”When people asked about the 15 Lakh, Modi and Shah said take 40 lakh from Assam instead. It’s unfortunate that the President of the ruling party is calling these 40 lakh people ‘intruders’. Whether Amit Shah is so illiterate that he is unaware about the fact the Apex court never called them ‘intruders’, and if they are ‘intruders’ then conduct an NRC in Tripura and Jammu too.”advertisementThe AIMIM chief also alleged that the BJP-led central government is trying to intimidate people with NRC and only fanning the issue for political mileage.Owaisi expressed grief over the continuous attacks on Muslim community in the country and said that the lynchings are weakening India.”Killing us in the name of cow, cutting our beard will not deter us to follow our religion. It’s our constitutional right to follow our religion, sport whatever look we want. Who are they to stop us. We will grow an even longer beard now and with our peace and honesty attract more people to embrace Islam,” said Owaisi while mentioning the incident of a youth who was forced to shave off his beard in Haryana.The three-time MP from Hyderabad Owaisi also challenged the BJP to defeat him in the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha election.last_img read more

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Anne Frank diary to be read at Serie A games after Lazio fans’ antisemitism

first_imgShare on Twitter Share on Facebook Read more Europe The Fiver: the Guardian’s take on the world of football An image of Frank will be put on Lazio’s shirts for Wednesday’s game at Bologna, the club said, to demonstrate their fight against “all forms of racism and antisemitism”. The FIGC also said a minute of silence will be observed before Serie A, B and C matches this week, plus amateur and youth games over the weekend, with a passage from Frank’s diary entry on 15 July, 1944 being read out over loudspeakers.It reads: “I see the world being slowly transformed into a wilderness, I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too, I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that everything will change for the better, that this cruelty too shall end, that peace and tranquillity will return once more.”A statement from Anne Frank House, one of Amsterdam’s most visited tourist sites, condemned the Lazio supporters’ attitudes but welcomed the response since Sunday’s match.“We are shocked by these anti-Jewish expressions, which are extremely painful to those who have experienced the consequences of the Jewish persecution,” they said in a statement. Fighting football-related antisemitism is part of our educational activities. We are pleased to see that others, including Italian football clubs, have expressed their indignation about this action.”The head of the European Parliament has also denounced Lazio fans’ behaviour. Antonio Tajani, who is also Italian, told the European Parliament in Strasbourg that “using the image of Anne Frank as an insult against others is a very grave matter”.The Italian prime minister, Paolo Gentiloni, said the stickers were “unbelievable, unacceptable and to not be minimised”. Topics The Italian football federation (FICG) has announced plans to read out a passage from Anne Frank’s diary before matches this week in response to acts of antisemitism by Lazio fans.During Sunday’s league game against Cagliari, supporters of the club defaced their Stadio Olimpico home in Rome with antisemitic graffiti and stickers showing images of Frank, the teenager who was killed at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945, wearing a jersey of their rivals Roma. Their actions have been widely condemned, with Lazio’s president, Claudio Lotito paying a visit to Rome’s main synagogue on Tuesday to lay a wreath to remember victims of the Holocaust.He also promised a new education campaign culminating in an annual trip to Auschwitz with 200 young fans at a club which has a history of antisemitic behaviour, including a Lazio banner in the city derby nearly 20 years ago aimed at Roma supporters that read: “Auschwitz Is Your Homeland; The Ovens Are Your Homes.” Lazio Read more A statement on Lazio’s website outlined the plans to place Frank’s image on the club’s shirts.“The president of SS Lazio, Claudio Lotito, has decided that tomorrow the team will be coming to the stadium at Renato Dall’Ara Stadium in Bologna with an image of Anne Frank on the Biancoceleste shirt, demonstrating the club’s commitment to fighting all forms of racism and anti-Semitism,” it said.Lotito announced the Auschwitz trip initiative in comments reported by Gazzetta dello Sport: “Today, I can officially announce that Lazio will partake in a new initiative, organising an annual trip to Auschwitz for 200 Lazio fans to educate and make sure we don’t forget certain episodes, so that these lads can know what it is we’re talking about.“You can’t play around with these facts, we condemn all forms of racism. Lazio will launch this initiative.” Italy Serie A Share on Messenger Lazio forced to appeal for fans to stop racist chants during derby win Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp European club football Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Crown Attorney Appointed in Yarmouth

first_imgColleen Hepburn has been appointed a Crown attorney in Yarmouth. Martin Herschorn, director of public prosecutions, announced the appointment today, Nov. 1. “Ms. Hepburn’s solid background in criminal law and her years of prosecutorial experience make her a valuable addition to our team of Crown attorneys,” said Mr. Herschorn. A native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Ms. Hepburn graduated from Laurentian University in Sudbury in 1987 with an honours bachelor of arts in English and from the University of Guelph in 1988 with a master of arts in English. She taught English in various post-secondary schools before entering Dalhousie Law School in Halifax. Ms. Hepburn graduated in 1998 and articled with the criminal section of the Crown Law Office in Toronto. Ms. Hepburn was appointed an assistant Crown attorney in Toronto in 2000 where she concentrated on the prosecution of child abuse offences. Later, as Crown counsel, she argued appeals before the Ontario Court of Appeal and worked on Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty matters. In 2010 Ms. Hepburn accepted a secondment as a Crown prosecutor in Peace River, Alta. She later returned to Ontario as an assistant Crown attorney in the Sudbury area. Ms. Hepburn is a contributing author of Crimes Against Children: Prosecution and Defence. She has presented to the Toronto Police Service on a variety of topics, was a lecturer at Toronto John School and was a demonstrator in the trial advocacy course at Ontario Crown School.last_img read more

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Black Watch Snipers Must See TV

first_img Facebook The best way to observe Remembrance Day ? Reserve time to watch the brilliant new documentary Black Watch Snipers which premieres Friday night at 9 on History..Look, I thought I knew a fair bit about Canada’s role in World War II But Black Watch Snipers opens up a whole new perspective..It’s a docudrama finely directed by Robin Bicknell (for Yap Films) that profiles four young Canadians from Montreal’s Black Watch regiment who operated behind German lines. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The four survivors interviewed here are Jimmy Bennett, Jim”Hook” Wilkinson, Russell “Sandy” Sanderson and Mike Brunner.“They were very young men then,” Bicknell says. “And now they are very aged, at the ends of their lives. And the stories just came pouring out, Many of these harrowing details they had never even told to their families.”The story has texture and substance through their shared experiences of working under a charismatic leader –Ontario’s Dale Sharpe and I’m not giving anything away by saying he died in battle aged just 27.Says Bicknell :”His family never knew much of this story, they never knew his truly heroic characteristics. He led his men brilliantly.” Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

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CREATING A LIFELINE FOR TORONTO ARTISTS IN THE ANNEX

first_imgMichael Vickers and Oliver Pauk from the Akin Collective Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Facebookcenter_img One of these properties is 888 Dupont St. It is a green and weathered four-storey industrial building at Dupont and Ossington Avenue that was purchased by real estate development company TAS around six months ago. At the time, it was inhabited by a number of illegal residents, including artists who were using the space as studios, and one art gallery. Login/Register With: Advertisement The landscape is changing on a formerly industrial stretch of Dupont Street, between Christie Street and Keele Street. It’s an area that is in the process of undergoing large-scale revitalization and is the site of several future condos, with at least seven development proposals in the works. But as Dupont increasingly becomes gentrified, a community of artists who called the street home are now facing the prospect of having to relocate.“As of two years ago or three years ago, on Dupont between, say, Dufferin and Keele, there were a number of [studio] spaces,” said Oliver Pauk, co-director of an arts collective called Akin.Through Akin, Pauk and his partner Michael Vickers negotiate short-term lease agreements, also known as “meanwhile leases,” with developers to rent studio spaces as buildings await demolition. Currently, the team has eight studios across the city, including two on Dupont.last_img read more

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State studies Juneau air for possible effects from ships

JUNEAU, Alaska — State environmental officials have launched the first ambient air quality study in Alaska’s capital in more than a decade to determine if air is being affected by cruise ships or other sources.The state will collect data from 21 monitors installed in late April around downtown Juneau, the Juneau Empire reported . The devices use lasers to measure particulate and report online in near-real time. They will remain in place through October.Monitors measuring sulfur dioxide also were installed but don’t provide information in real time.Anna Breuninger, an environmental specialist for the state Division of Air Quality and the co-ordinator for the study, said officials have not drawn early conclusions.“We’re watching the data come in very closely, but we are not doing analysis yet because it doesn’t make sense because we don’t have a lot of data,” she said.Fine particulate is tiny particles that can be inhaled. Fine particulate at high levels can cause health problems including respiratory illness, aggravated asthma, heart attacks and premature death.In the Fairbanks North Star Borough, where people burn wood as an alternative to expensive fuel oil, fine particulate is a perennial winter problem.Early numbers in Juneau have not jumped out as remarkable.“They’ve been low for the most part, which is what we expect because we have not had many ships yet,” Breuninger said.Some sensors have shown short spikes in particulate that would be dangerous if sustained over 24 hours. The brief spikes do not indicate a public health risk, Breuninger said.If the monitors report dangerous levels of air pollution over the summer, Breuninger said, that still may not indicate an actual health risk. The monitors being used are relatively inexpensive at about $250 each and are not certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.“With the funding in the state, we just do not have the money to put a (more expensive) monitor out,” Breuninger said.However, they will allow researchers to observe changes over time at different locations.If data collected suggests air pollution in Juneau poses a risk, Breuninger said, the next step would be to secure funding for EPA-certified devices.The Associated Press read more

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Irans new nuclear proposal could be a confidencebuilding measure – Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said an Iranian proposal on its nuclear programme presented today to the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will be assessed by all concerned parties and, if accepted, could serve as an important confidence-building measure and pave the way for a negotiated solution to the dispute.Earlier, the IAEA spokesperson said the agency’s Director General Yukiya Amano had received the representatives of Iran, Brazil and Turkey, who delivered a letter signed by the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi.The letter follows the joint declaration signed by the three countries in Tehran on 17 May, regarding fuel supply for the Tehran research nuclear reactor. Mr. Amano will convey the letter to the United States, France and Russia for their consideration, according to the IAEA spokesman.Under the initiative brokered by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, Iran would ship its low-enriched uranium out of the country in exchange for high-enriched uranium for use at a civilian nuclear research site in Tehran.Mr. Ban welcomed the diplomatic efforts by Turkey and Brazil to resolve the resolve international tensions related to Iran’s nuclear programme, and reiterated his call to Tehran to show greater transparence on the issue.“I have stated repeatedly that Iran should show greater transparency about its nuclear programme,” the Secretary-General told reporters in New York. “Let me stress once again the importance of Iran’s full cooperation with the IAEA and full compliance with Security Council resolutions,” he added.Asked if he would consider calling for a pause on Security Council consultations that could result in fresh sanctions against Iran because of the new initiative, Mr. Ban said he was not in a position to take a particular stand, stressing once again that the Turkish-Brazilian proposal was a “very positive step towards a negotiated settlement if followed up with further engagement of the IAEA and the international community”.“There is clearly a difference of approach where we have confidence-building area [on the one hand] and permanent resolution of this issue [on the other]. How to strike a balance between all these will require political will and very professional technical review of the Turkish deal, and also some flexibility,” the Secretary-General said.Mr. Ban said that lack of confidence was the main hindrance to efforts to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue. The announcement by Iran that it would continue its enrichment of uranium to 20 per cent purity even under the Turkish-Brazilian arrangement had caused concern to the international community.“I myself have expressed my concern on that particular point,” he said. “How to address all these detailed issues will have to be left in the hands of continuing consultations or negotiations. For me as the Secretary-General, where there is some framework of negotiation or mediation then it is better to leave it to them,” Mr. Ban added.Iranian authorities have stated that the country’s nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes, while some nations contend Tehran is driven by military ambitions. In 2003 it was discovered that Iran had concealed its nuclear activities for 18 years in breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).The IAEA has repeatedly stated that it cannot confirm that all Iran’s nuclear material is for peaceful activities because the country has not cooperated fully with international efforts to verify that its nuclear programme was indeed meant for civilian purposes. 24 May 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said an Iranian proposal on its nuclear programme presented today to the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will be assessed by all concerned parties and, if accepted, could serve as an important confidence-building measure and pave the way for a negotiated solution to the dispute. read more

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Former UN force commander testifies at Rwanda genocide trial

TThe retired Lt. Gen. Romeo Dallaire, who was Force Commander of the UN Assistance Mission in Rwanda (UNAMIR) from October 1993 until August 1994, testified about his encounters during that period with Col. Theoneste Bagosora, the Rwandan Defence Ministry’s former Director of Cabinet.General Dallaire told the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), which is hearing the case in Arusha, Tanzania, that Colonel Bagosora attended all important government meetings during the period of the genocide and always spoke on behalf of the Government.The former Force Commander also told the court that Colonel Bagosora threatened his life twice over the issue of evacuating orphaned children.Colonel Bagosora, Lt. Gen. Anatole Nsengiyumva, Maj. Aloys Ntabakuze and Brigadier Gratien Kabiligi – all former members of the Rwandan military – face charges of genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide, complicity in genocide, incitement to genocide, murder, extermination, rape and persecution.The trial, which began in April 2002, is being heard before Presiding Judge Erik Møse from Norway, Judge Serguei Aleckseievich Egorov from the Russian Federation and Judge Jai Ram Reddy of Fiji.Some 800,000 Rwandans were killed between April and July of 1994 in a systematic campaign of slaughter, which decimated the country’s Tutsi population while also targeting moderate Hutus. The Security Council, determined to put an end to such crimes and to bring those responsible to justice, created the Tribunal later that year. read more

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Sundays Games

Sunday’s GamesNFLJacksonville 6 Indianapolis 0Tampa Bay 24 Carolina 17Houston 29 Cleveland 13Baltimore 26 Atlanta 16Arizona 20 Green Bay 17Miami 21 Buffalo 17Denver 24 Cincinnati 10L.A. Rams 30 Detroit 16N.Y. Giants 30 Chicago 27 (OT)Tennessee 26 N.Y. Jets 22Kansas City 40 Oakland 33New England 24 Minnesota 10Seattle 43 San Francisco 16L.A. Chargers 33 Pittsburgh 30—NHLAnaheim 6 Washington 5Winnipeg 4 N.Y. Rangers 3 (SO)San Jose 3 Montreal 1Colorado 2 Detroit 0Calgary 3 Chicago 2Los Angeles 2 Carolina 0—AHLCharlotte 3 Providence 2 (OT)Bridgeport 5 Springfield 4 (OT)Lehigh Valley 5 Toronto 2Hershey 6 Binghamton 3Texas 7 Chicago 4Rockford 3 San Antonio 2 (OT)Ontario 5 Tucson 4 (OT)—NBAL.A. Lakers 120 Phoenix 96New Orleans 119 Charlotte 109Miami 102 Utah 100Philadelphia 103 Memphis 95Dallas 114 L.A. Clippers 110San Antonio 131 Portland 118—The Canadian Press read more

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Its Never Too Early For Gregg Popovich To Call A Timeout

No other team is closeMost total timeouts within the first two minutes of a game, 2009-18 Chicago Bulls17 San Antonio Spurs30 In a way, the numbers highlight the degree to which this has been an unusually trying year for a Spurs club that’s widely considered the gold standard for consistency in pro sports. San Antonio has reached the playoffs in 20 consecutive seasons — a span in which it won five NBA titles — largely because of its unparalleled injury prevention and perhaps also its ability to enjoy peace and quiet from the drama that threatens so many other franchises.But that hasn’t been the case this year — particularly with injuries. It’s no coincidence that San Antonio, after a rough 6-11 patch over the past 17 games, finds itself in an unfamiliar battle for one of the West’s last playoff spots.4As of Monday morning, FiveThirtyEight’s NBA projection model gave the Spurs — who are on a three-game win streak — a 78 percent probability of reaching the postseason, a vastly improved position from just a week earlier, when the model gave them a 54 percent chance. All this while being unsure of when and whether franchise cornerstone and two-time Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard will come back from a troubling quad injury that’s kept him out nearly the entire season.“If you have different lineups every night and different players, it’s going to be more challenging,” said Popovich, whose team still boasts the third-best defense in the NBA this season. “But you know, quit your crying and just play. And that’s what we’ve done. No one’s crying. No one’s making any excuses. Everybody has problems they have to overcome with their teams.“With us, it’s been the injuries. And it’s very disappointing because we wanted to pick up where we left off last year after 61 wins and going to the conference finals. We had really high hopes. Even without Tony and Kawhi to start, we did very well. Then we kind of hit a wall.”Popovich attributes some of that stagnation to “running out of fuel,” a nod to the less-experienced players he’s had to lean on more than he expected to heading into the season.The surplus of youngsters — and the challenging nature of the season — may explain why Pop has been so quick to call timeouts this season compared with others. Aside from having a military-like focus on the details, he has seemingly felt more of a need to point out veteran players’ miscues so they aren’t repeated by reserves who could someday replace them as the team’s leaders.“He expects us, as veterans who’ve been here long enough, to know these things. To lead more, and to do more,” Green said. “Our leash is exactly the same as everyone else’s. Maybe even shorter. So it’s on us to get those (younger) guys in gear as well. The timeouts are kind of designed to say, ‘If these (starters) can fall in line and take the criticism, you better fall in line, too.’”Popovich said there was no true rhyme or reason to the nature of his timeout calls, other than something looking out of place. “It’s just by the seat of my pants,” he told me. “If I see something that’s particularly egregious based on what our game plan was supposed to be, then I try to do something to get them focused a little bit quicker. It mostly depends on the level of execution deficit, I suppose.”5In fairness to Popovich, while the timeout against the Cavs might have seemed a tad quick, it is unusual for a team to hit a three in the game’s first 10 seconds. Crowder’s three against the Spurs is the only such play in the NBA this season, per Basketball-Reference.com’s Play Index.Popovich’s dedication to precision and his highly choreographed style haven’t always gone over perfectly with his players, of course. Creative playmakers Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, both of whom figure to reach the Hall of Fame someday, have said it took time for them to adjust to Popovich.But the 69-year-old has never been shy about deviating from established coaching norms — sometimes in ways that aren’t immediately recognizable. In the past, Popovich would call timeouts a minute or two ahead of first-quarter commercial breaks that were scheduled to happen anyway — a practice that allowed him to sit his starters and buy them a little bit of extra rest. He’d then bring those players back much earlier in the second quarter than most opponents would, often allowing the Spurs to dominate second periods as a result. (Something easier to recognize: He isn’t afraid to sub all five of his starters out at once if he’s unhappy with effort or execution.)Popovich also doesn’t hesitate to let his players do some of the coaching from time to time. He allowed Parker to walk into the coaches’ huddle during a timeout, then sent Parker to relay the plan to his teammates on the bench — an occurrence that wouldn’t have been that unusual had it not been during the NBA Finals.6Popovich also gives his players quizzes about current events and world history in hopes of having them connect with one another better. TeamQuick timeouts Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/pop_new.mp400:0000:0000:54Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“You want the clean version or the unedited version of what he’s telling us?” a smiling Green asked me after a recent practice. “In a nutshell, when he calls us over that quickly, it’s to say: ‘Wake up — get your head out of your butt. This is a big game. You can’t fall asleep on defense and fail to execute on the very first play of the game.’ He uses language that’s a little stronger than that, but if he has to call timeout that early, it’s pretty much to chew you out for not really being in the game mentally yet.”Popovich, the longest-tenured coach in American professional sports, has never been shy about burning an early timeout to get his point across. In fact, the Spurs have called 50 percent more timeouts during the first two minutes of games than the next closest team over the past 10 regular seasons, according to analysts Vincent Johnson and Ken Woolums of ESPN Stats & Info. Popovich has called an NBA-high five timeouts within the first two minutes of a game this season — an eye-popping number given that more than a third of the teams in the league haven’t used even one such timeout — and is currently on pace to call more than he ever has in a single season.3As of Monday morning, the Spurs had 12 games left in their season. Golden State Warriors18 Philadelphia 76ers18 SAN ANTONIO — The game against the Cleveland Cavaliers had tipped off only 10 seconds earlier, but as soon as Jae Crowder’s 3-pointer fell through the basket, San Antonio guard Danny Green knew what was coming. The Spurs hadn’t even run an offensive play yet, but as soon as he crossed half-court, Green began walking toward the bench, knowing that his coach would call a timeout.To most watching that nationally televised game in January, the stoppage 14 seconds in seemed out of place. It marked the quickest timeout in an NBA game in almost three years,1Interestingly, Cleveland was the last team to call a timeout this quickly. In March 2015, during a matchup with the Brooklyn Nets, the David Blatt-led Cavs called a timeout just 11 seconds after the game started, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group. according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group. But to Green, it was nothing new. He’s come to expect this sort of thing from Gregg Popovich, who’s called more abrupt timeouts than anyone in recent years — in some cases to shout at Green specifically.2The Spurs’ timeout in January marked the fastest Popovich has called for time in the 21 full seasons he’s been on the job. Prior to this one, you’d have to go back to the 2011-12 season, in which he called a timeout 18 seconds into the action to yank DeJuan Blair, who committed a bad defensive foul after being out of position. Dallas Mavericks20 Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Popovich’s tinkering this season may have been for naught if Leonard doesn’t return. The Spurs have begun to look like a car that had just enough gas to get home but then had to make a run to the store while still on fumes. Similar to last season, Leonard was the difference between San Antonio potentially contending in the playoffs and simply being another solid NBA team.But regardless of whether the Spurs make the playoffs, one thing is clear: Popovich will always get his points about precision across to his players — even if it means calling a timeout 14 seconds into a game to do so.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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Heart diseases account for 32 of deaths caused in Guyana Health

Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence during a presentation on Thursday on the importance of cardiac health revealed that Guyana’s population is currently being faced with an alarming amount of cases of cardiac (heart) diseases.The Public Health Ministry has collaborated with the Canadian High Commission and the Guyana Programme for Advance Cardiac Care (GPACC) to educate the population on cardiac (heart) diseasesThe Minister noted that despite the fact that Guyana is a small country, there are a substantial number of cases and deaths being recorded as a result of cardiac diseases, which is being listed as one of the leading causes of deaths among its citizens.“For us in the health sector, cardiac disease is one of the challenges and today the statistics are very alarming for such a small populated country. We have noted that cardiovascular deaths account for some 32 per cent nationally and an estimated 22 per cent is living with cardiovascular diseases,” the Minster stated.She highlighted that this arises from the fact that Guyanese tend to pay very little attention to their symptoms and other health related issues.“The general tendency of Guyana is not to pay much attention to [the] health aspect unless someone close to us is affected. On the other hand also, we take too much for granted” she said.However, the Health Minister noted that regular checks must be made which could result in the prevention of heart attacks.In addressing the issue, the Public Health Ministry has collaborated with the Canadian High Commission and the Guyana Programme for Advance Cardiac Care (GPACC) to educate the population through public service announcements.Seven short videos were produced by representatives of GPACC which targets a different aspect of addressing cardiac arrest.“The release of these videos will greatly assist us in supporting this campaign of heightening awareness at all levels in every region so that measures can be put in place to help decrease the mobility and mortality of coronary heart diseases in Guyana,” the Minister explained.With these implementations, the Ministry and its collaborators are hoping that Guyanese will make greater strides to seek medical attention when the need arises. This will assist in decreasing the high rates of cardiovascular deaths. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGPHC commissions Cardiac Intensive Care UnitDecember 3, 2016In “Health”Cancer 2nd leading cause of death in BarbadosApril 25, 2015In “Health”Guyana moving to reduce stigma attached to LeprosyJanuary 30, 2017In “Health”,Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence during a presentation on Thursday on the importance of cardiac health revealed that Guyana’s population is currently being faced with an alarming amount of cases of cardiac (heart) diseases.The Public Health Ministry has collaborated with the Canadian High Commission and the Guyana Programme for Advance Cardiac Care (GPACC) to educate the population on cardiac (heart) diseasesThe Minister noted that despite the fact that Guyana is a small country, there are a substantial number of cases and deaths being recorded as a result of cardiac diseases, which is being listed as one of the leading causes of deaths among its citizens.“For us in the health sector, cardiac disease is one of the challenges and today the statistics are very alarming for such a small populated country. We have noted that cardiovascular deaths account for some 32 per cent nationally and an estimated 22 per cent is living with cardiovascular diseases,” the Minster stated.She highlighted that this arises from the fact that Guyanese tend to pay very little attention to their symptoms and other health related issues.“The general tendency of Guyana is not to pay much attention to [the] health aspect unless someone close to us is affected. On the other hand also, we take too much for granted” she said.However, the Health Minister noted that regular checks must be made which could result in the prevention of heart attacks.In addressing the issue, the Public Health Ministry has collaborated with the Canadian High Commission and the Guyana Programme for Advance Cardiac Care (GPACC) to educate the population through public service announcements.Seven short videos were produced by representatives of GPACC which targets a different aspect of addressing cardiac arrest.“The release of these videos will greatly assist us in supporting this campaign of heightening awareness at all levels in every region so that measures can be put in place to help decrease the mobility and mortality of coronary heart diseases in Guyana,” the Minister explained.With these implementations, the Ministry and its collaborators are hoping that Guyanese will make greater strides to seek medical attention when the need arises. This will assist in decreasing the high rates of cardiovascular deaths. read more

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Mintec opening UK office for Europe North Africa and Central Asia

first_imgArizona-based Mintec will broaden the global reach of its MineSight software by opening a London office October 1. Five technical staff will support and train Mintec’s clients in Europe, North Africa, and Central Asia. They will be led by Paul Griffin, who brings 35 years of mining experience to the team based in Hammersmith, west London. “It has been a bit of a whirlwind, but the new office will be up and running and we’re excited about the future,” said Griffin. When he wasn’t at Mintec’s headquarters in Tucson, Griffin was readying Kennedy House, the company’s newest branch office located near London’s Heathrow Airport. Soon he will pack his bags for Turkey and the World Mining Congress and Expo in Istanbul, September 11-16. He will also attend Mines and Money in London. “Both these conferences offer excellent opportunities to meet with our existing and potential clients, and to show them what the new team can offer,” said Griffin.“Mintec has always considered technical support to be the most important issue with clients,” said Griffin. “The new office extends that philosophy to a new and exciting part of the world.”Griffin has established businesses in South America, South Africa, India, and Europe. He has spent the last 18 years working exclusively in mining software and holds degrees in Mining and Law, and has an MBA.It’s a fitting resume for Mintec, which is now in its fifth decade of developing end-to-end mining software. After its Tucson headquarters, Mintec now has six branch offices, as well as representatives in Brazil, China, and Thailand. The company has grown from a one-room office started by chairman Fred Banfield in 1970 to an industry leader with more than 180 employees around the world. Close to half of these staff are dedicated to supporting clients worldwide.Mintec is a global software and service provider for the mining industry. Its pioneering End To End software system, MineSight, comprises powerful analytical, planning, and design tools. Hundreds of sites and thousands of users manage their mining lifecycles with MineSight.last_img read more

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Charleton Tribunal will examine allegations of inappropriate contacts between gardaí and Tusla

first_imgCharleton Tribunal will examine allegations of ‘inappropriate contacts’ between gardaí and Tusla Keith Harrison, as well as David Taylor and Maurice McCabe, is mentioned explicitly in the just-published terms of reference. By Paul Hosford Thursday 16 Feb 2017, 11:03 AM Short URL https://jrnl.ie/3242630 54 Comments Maurice McCabe. Image: Laura Hutton/RollingNews.ie 15,008 Views Share Tweet Email3 Maurice McCabe. Image: Laura Hutton/RollingNews.ie THE GOVERNMENT HAS agreed the terms of reference for a tribunal into the Maurice McCabe scandal.The resolution will have to pass the Dáil and Seanad before the tribunal is established under the chairmanship of Supreme Court Justice Peter Charleton.The Dáil resolution (which can be read here) says that the tribunal will investigate:“Allegations that senior members of An Garda Síochána sought to discredit Sergeant Maurice McCabe because of complaints he made about the performance of An Garda Síochána.”It goes on to say the tribunal will investigate the protected disclosure by former head of the Garda Press Office David Taylor. Taylor alleged he was told to discredit McCabe by “spreading rumours about his professional and personal life”.The tribunal will look at the creation of a Tusla file which contained false allegations of sexual abuse against McCabe and whether the allegation or file was created by members of the force. It will investigate whether the allegations were used by Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan to discredit McCabe and whether gardaí tried to entrap the whistleblower.In total, 16 things will be investigated.Another whistleblower, Keith Harrison, who demanded his case also be included in any Tribunal is named explicitly twice within the terms of reference. Justice Charleton has tasked with investigating contacts between members of An Garda Síochána and Tusla in relation to him, as well as: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 16th 2017, 11:03 AM …bearing in mind allegations that there may have been inappropriate contacts between An Garda Síochána and TUSLA in relation to Sgt McCabe, Garda Keith Harrison and concerns that such contacts may have also taken place in relation to other members of An Garda Síochána who had made allegations of wrongdoing within An Garda SíochánaHe will investigate whether there is any pattern of Tusla files being created in relation to whistleblowers, and them subsequently being used to discredit those members.As well as Tusla, garda contacts with the HSE, media, members of the government and state bodies will be looked at, as will telephone and text message contacts between David Taylor and former Commissioner Martin Callinan and his successor, O’Sullivan.All electronic and paper files held by gardaí on McCabe will be investigated, as will whether O’Sullivan:“Using briefing material prepared in Garda Headquarters, influenced or attempted to influence broadcasts on RTE on the 9th of May 2016, purporting to be a leaked account of the unpublished O’Higgins Commission Report, in which Sergeant McCabe was branded a liar and irresponsible.”Charleton has also been asked to investigate whether a meeting took place between Callinan and former Fianna Fáil’s John McGuinness, on 24 January 2014 in a hotel carpark in Dublin. The Deputy claims this happened ahead of a mooted appearance by McCabe at the Public Accounts Committee of which he was chair. The judge will probe the “purpose of such meeting and matters discussed”.The tribunal is due to issue an interim report to the Justice Minister three months after it is established. Twenty days into witness testimony, Charleton will also inform the minister on its progress, its likely duration, the number of parties represented so far and any other matters that the Houses of the Oireachtas should be aware.Speaking at a Finance Committee in Leinster House today, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the chair believes the Tribunal could wrap up within nine months.He told the committee that Judge Charleton believes he can meet this timeframe barring any legal issues arising.However, he added that such challenges could not be ruled out.Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald told the Dáil this afternoon that on the advice of the Attorney General, the secretary general of her department has written to Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan seeking information regarding six questions put forward by Maurice McCabe in a statement at the beginning of this week.She said may need to consult further with the Attorney General on the issue, depending on the reply she receives from O’Sullivan.Fitzgerald said Judge Charleton will be able to consult with her if another judge is needed to deal with the second module, dealing with other whistleblower complaints.A government statement says:“The Terms of Reference for the Tribunal of Inquiry are comprehensive and clear in their focus. The Tánaiste believes that what is now proposed reflects the will of the Oireachtas. Mr Justice Charleton will chair the Tribunal and is available to begin work this week. The Tánaiste has thanked him for agreeing to take on this role.”With reporting by Sinéad O’Carroll and Christina Finn Read: Theresa May didn’t look too impressed with a student’s Lego robotRead: Kenny on the ropes as Fine Gael hopefuls line up to challenge himlast_img read more

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Nouvelle gestion des roots pour Cyanogen Mod

first_imgNouvelle gestion des “roots” pour Cyanogen ModLa version 9 de Cyanogen offre plus de libertés, de possibilités sur les droits “roots” (fichiers racines), laissant libre cours à l’utilisateur pour l’activation ou la désactivation de ceux-ci.Rappelons que CyanogenMod est un système d’exploitation se basant sur Android, destiné aux smartphones et aux tablettes, ayant pour but d’être plus rapide et en ne gardant que des logiciels libres. La nouvelle version, comme expliqué sur le site de Cyanogenmod (lien non disponible), supprimera la configuration par défaut et permettra d’activer, de désactiver les droits “roots” à différents niveaux (applications ,jeux, fonctions précises du smartphone…) et l’activation des “roots” pour les fonctionnalités d’ADB. Cela permettra plus de sécurité…si toutefois vous savez gérer la chose. Le cas contraire pourrait également laisser la porte ouverte à des applications malveillantes.CyanogenMod est sans doute le ROM Custom Android (personnalisable) le plus connu, avec 1,5 millions d’appareils l’utilisant. Sa logique Open Source est donc très alléchante mais prenez soin de vous intéresser aux points que nous venons d’évoquer, pour plus de sécurité.Le 23 mars 2012 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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How River City Girls Makes a Retro Franchise Fresh and New

first_img When you look back at the NES catalog, there are a few dozen titles that float to the top. The vast majority of them are first-party Nintendo classics, with a few other publishers represented. And then, sticking out like a sore thumb, is what might be the first true cult game of the 8-bit era: River City Ransom. Developed by Technos, it was the third game in that company’s long-running Kunio-Kun series that would go on to reach nearly fifty installments and spin-offs. And now, American indie developer WayForward is giving it a candy-colored twist with this week’s release of River City Girls.If you’ve never played River City Ransom, here’s the basics: you play high school student Alex (with a second player joining in as his friend Ryan) as they travel through River City to face off with a gang leader called Slick. The structure is reminiscent of hit games like Double Dragon at first glance — you move on a side-scrolling plane and batter foes with punches and kicks, eventually knocking them unconscious and moving on your way. But RCR transcended the genre’s arcade roots in ways that would influence action games for generations.Grand SlamTraditional beat-em-ups were extremely linear affairs, with the screen scrolling from left to right as you progress towards a boss encounter and the next stage. River City Ransom threw that out the window, instead giving you a city to explore freely. Sure, you can make a beeline for Slick, but he’ll probably whip your butt if you do. And that’s where the second innovation comes in: RPG elements.Brawlers of the past kept your player character totally static from the first screen to the last. You had the same arsenal of moves at the same strength, and the game was how you used them. Inspired by the success of action-RPGs like The Legend of Zelda, Alex and Ryan could spend money collected from defeated foes to purchase items. These included books you could read to learn new moves, food and beverages to boost your stats and even a sauna. Throw in lots of quips from enemies and you have a significantly richer experience than anything else on the market at the time.Many elements of River City Ransom were ahead of their time. Instead of giving the player a limited number of lives, the game predated Grand Theft Auto and just revived you in a neutral location minus half of your money when you got beaten down to zero stamina.Unfortunately, America wasn’t really ready for River City Ransom in 1989. The game’s blocky, sparsely-colored graphics didn’t stand out in an incredibly crowded marketplace, and it failed to find an audience. The era of the beat-em-up was also coming to a close, with one-on-one fighters like Street Fighter II poised to dominate arcades. That said, the game’s DNA still lives on in modern titles like Sega’s Yakuza franchise, which also blends street brawling with improvised weapons, traversing an open-ended world and spending money for new moves, stat buffs and health regeneration. The well-received Scott Pilgrim movie tie-in game was also heavily influenced by River City Ransom. And now, an American studio is trying to capture the magic in a new style.Suburban SprawlEven though River City Ransom didn’t take off in the States, the Kunio-Kun series (named after the main character) rolled merrily along in Japan across multiple console generations. The main series are all brawlers of varying complexity, but there are tons of spin-offs as well. Kunio plays dodgeball, leading his team to victory in multiple games, as well as soccer and hockey. 1992 saw Crash ‘n’ The Boys Street Challenge come to America on the NES, with Kunio renamed “Crash Cooney” and forced to compete in a variety of track and field and other Olympic-style sporting events.Technos was an oddball company that lucked into success. Founded by a trio of former employees of Data East, they originally operated out of a small apartment. They started with B-tier arcade games like Minky Monkey and Eggs, but had their first hit with 1984’s Karate Champ. In 1986, the first Kunio game was localized by Taito as Renegade, and the next year would see Double Dragon, the game that would pave the company’s future path.Featuring colorful, detailed graphics and two player co-op action, Double Dragon was a massive hit in arcades with players and operators alike. The ability to pick up weapons dropped by enemies and the complex playfields with environmental hazards and platforms made it a thrilling adventure that sucked quarters like crazy. Sequels and ports followed for nearly every console and computer system of the day.Unfortunately, Technos couldn’t catch lightning in a bottle, and none of their follow-up games reached the same level of success. Technos Japan went out of business in 1996, and the Kunio intellectual property was purchased by a holding company before winding up with Arc System Works, best known for fighting games like Guilty Gear. When they made the acquisition in 2015, they announced that they would pair with developers to revive some of Technos’ popular franchises, starting with 2017’s Kickstarter-funded River City Ransom: Underground and Double Dragon IV, which Arc developed in-house.Sisters Doin’ It For ThemselvesRiver City Girls takes the formula of the original game and inverts it — lead characters Misako and Kyoko get a phone call telling them that their boyfriends Riki and Kunio have disappeared, and they have to brawl their way through the streets to find them.The basic bones of a Kunio-kun game are simple: you fight, you get money, you spend it and get stronger. So the magic is all in the implementation. River City Ransom had to work around the two buttons and a D-pad of the original NES and still managed to pack in a solid number of moves, and this gender-swapped update brings it into the 21st century ably. You start out with a quick attack, a strong attack, a running charge and a jump attack and grow as you get new moves, throwing in air juggling, wall bouncing and more. Misako can even learn some dope WWE-style wrestling attacks, while Kiyoko has longer combos and a deadly dab.Unlike the original game, River City Girls‘ two playable characters have slightly different movesets. After completion, you can replay in a New Game+ mode, keeping your stats and items, and the developers have been vocally telling players that it’s very worthwhile to do so.It’s the new elements that make us interested in River City Girls. Like the original game, enemies are divided into different types. If you can knock out every enemy but one in an area and beat the last one down to low health, there’s a chance that they’ll plead for mercy, sort of like in the Persona series. That lets you request them as a special attack assist character, with each of the twelve groups having one. These assists add even more flexibility to the game’s already robust combo system.The items you buy now work in an RPG-style inventory system, where you can have two equipped at a time. Each item has a different special ability, and these vary wildly. Some give you a tiny chance of killing any enemy with one hit, others increase defense or weapon durability. Switching equipment can give you the edge you need to battle through a particularly tough boss.River City Girls also splits character progression into two tracks. Instead of cash ruling everything around you, Misako and Kyoko also gain XP from defeating enemies that boosts their stats, while money is used for items and teaching you new moves at the dojo.While most updates of retro games go no further than putting a coat of paint on crusty old mechanics, WayForward worked to take what made River City Ransom a cult classic and put on layers of modern frosting to make a game that lives up to its legacy and moves it into the future.River City Girls releases on September 5 on PS4, PC, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.More on Geek.com:How ‘Mortal Kombat’ Came Under Government ScrutinyHow ‘Final Fantasy VI’ Made Role-Playing a Hot Property in America‘Street Fighter’ and How SNK Started the Fighting Game Wars Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Trial set for woman accused of attempted baby sale

first_imgTrial was set for Sept. 14 for a woman accused of trying to sell her baby at Taco Bell.Heidi Knowles, 36, also known as Heidi Gasaway, is charged with attempted selling of a child, a gross misdemeanor. She appeared this morning in Clark County District Court to set a trial date.A readiness hearing of Sept. 7 also was scheduled in preparation for trial.Knowles is accused of approaching a woman at the Hazel Dell Taco Bell restaurant to try and sell her 3-day-old son. The woman notified police, who responded and questioned Knowles.The baby was placed in the care of Child Protective Services.Police said Knowles appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.last_img read more

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