David Moyes open to returning to Evertonby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveDavid Moyes is open to returning to Everton as manager.Struggling boss Marco Silva is coming under increasing pressure at Goodison Park.Moyes, who left Everton for Manchester United in 2013 after 11 years at Goodison Park, is now the bookies’ favourite to succeed Silva, should the Portuguese get the sack.The Mirror says Moyes wants a return to the Premier League, after turning down the offer of jobs in the Championship and League One in recent weeks.Moyes, who lasted just 10 months at United, is currently out of work after leaving West Ham in 2018, after six months in charge.But the 56-year-old, who also managed Real Sociedad and Sunderland post-United, is now the heavy favourite to become the next Toffees boss – for the second time. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
CHURCHILL, Man. – The federal government has announced millions of dollars in economic diversification and research money for a northern Manitoba town that lost its rail service this year.Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr says the money will be used to help create jobs in Churchill, which is dealing with higher shipping costs and a drop in the vital tourism industry.The town of 900 people on Hudson Bay lost its only land connection to the south last spring, when railway owner Omnitrax announced it would not repair severe flood damage to the region’s rail line.Since then, goods and people have had to be flown in at much higher cost.The federal government has filed a lawsuit against Omnitrax and is trying to help transfer ownership of the rail line to a consortium of northern Manitoba communities.Carr says progress on that front is being made, and everyone is anxious to see the rail line under new ownership and fixed.“Certainly we’re very hopeful that this will be completed in time for the transportation season,” Carr said in an interview Friday.Churchill Mayor Mike Spence said he was glad to hear about the federal funding, which will be used for projects ranging from fresh-food gardens to new research jobs at the Churchill Marine Observatory.“It’s additional funding so that we can go through a very challenging and difficult time that we have here.”Spence said the main focus is on restoring rail service and he hopes a deal will be reached, although he would not go into detail.“We have a target that we need to meet and we’re moving along,” he said.“There’s certain things that need to be done. You know, we’re hoping to sit across the table — so to speak — shortly after the new year sometime.”— by Steve Lambert in Winnipeg
Mumbai, Mar 12 (PTI) PM Narendra Modi told young members of the film industry that they should choose content propagating the idea of “inclusive India and unity” when he met them earlier this year, says actor Ranveer Singh. Ranveer had met the Prime Minister, along with Alia Bhatt, Ranbir Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal, Ayushmann Khurrana and others, in January this year. “I met the Prime Minister recently, we had a very pleasant meeting. We apprised him what we as young members of the film fraternity are doing. “He had something to say to us, which was, that if possible, we should choose content that has in it a message of inclusive India and unity,” Ranveer told reporters. The actor was speaking at the announcement of 64th Vimal Filmfare Awards on Monday. Ranveer said his upcoming “83”, which chronicles India’s first cricket world cup victory, is a film which will make the country proud. “I was very happy to report to him that my next film ’83’ is one such film where it’s truly team India. You have gentlemen from all across the country coming together to make the nation proud. It’s also an extraordinary underdog story that I’m very happy and proud to be a part of.” The actor said his purpose in life is to entertain people and he will do his best towards that goal. “I believe my calling in life is to be an entertainer. So the best thing I can do is to fulfil what I believe is my purpose in life, that is to do my best to entertain people. When it comes to being a responsible citizen, I think I am,” Ranveer said.
Every NBA game between the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers is a contrast in styles. While the Pacers rely heavily on a starting lineup featuring two traditional big men, the Heat employ a multitude of flexible lineups favoring speed and shooting. This contrast presents advantages and disadvantages for both teams; each game, each team has to either make the other team adjust or adjust themselves.Through the first three games of Eastern Conference finals, the Heat were making the adjustment, using lineups with two traditional big men far more often than they did during the regular season. And though the Heat won two of the first three games, it didn’t work too well.Miami Heat Minutes Played And Point Differentials, By LineupThe Heat regularly use just three players who could reasonably be categorized as bigs: Chris Andersen, Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem. With Andersen unavailable in Game 4 because of a calf injury, the Heat were forced to stay small. They used the combination of Haslem and Bosh for just six minutes together about 13 percent of the game, a single stretch in which they outscored the Pacers by one point. Over the remaining 42 minutes, the Heat’s smaller lineups outscored the Pacers by 11 points. The Heat beat the Pacers 102-90 and lead the series 3-1.For the most part, the Pacers have outscored the Heat when Miami has two big men on the floor; the less Miami does that, the better off it is.Playing these small lineups helps spread the floor, opening driving lanes for the Heat’s ball handlers and stretching the Pacers’ defense. In Game 4, that stretch effect (and the open lanes that resulted) were one of the main factors in the Heat’s series-high 34 free-throw attempts. The Pacers complained about the officiating, but the Heat’s free-throw rate in Game 4 was roughly as far above their season average against the Pacers as their free-throw rate in Games 1 and 2 was below it.The Heat’s small lineups also coincided with the best game in the series from Bosh — 25 points on a 76.2 true shooting percentage. This development shouldn’t have been unexpected. Across the season, Bosh’s true shooting percentage was about 8 percentage points higher when he played without either Andersen or Haslem as compared with when he played alongside one of them.Game 4 gave the Heat firm control over the Pacers and the rest of the series, but it also provided an emphatic reminder: The Heat are at their best with a small lineup on the floor, even with its inherent drawbacks.
The 41,911 fans who filed into AT&T Park on June 8 got lucky. It was a perfect, 74-degree Sunday afternoon (instead of the notoriously fickle San Francisco weather), and the sky was filled with glorious sunshine. Those in attendance got a taste of baseball glory, too. The Giants beat the Mets 6-4 that day, making it five wins in a row for Los Gigantes. With that win, they improved to 42-21. A year after stumbling to a 76-86 record, the Giants owned the best record in baseball.They’ve been terrible ever since. San Francisco has lost 16 of its last 21 games, the worst record for any major league team during that time. After owning a 9.5-game lead in the NL West on June 8, the Giants have given most of it up, clinging to a half-game lead on the Dodgers. You can find all kinds of reasons for that swoon. Injuries forced journeyman Tyler Colvin and light-hitting rookie Joe Panik to take on regular playing time, with predictably bad results. Mike Morse, an early-season terror at the plate, hasn’t hit a lick for the past month. And closer Sergio Romo turned into a piñata, becoming former closer Sergio Romo in the process.Few could have predicted such a sharp and sudden drop. But one indicator did suggest that regression was coming, sooner or later: cluster luck.In a late-May Grantland column, I wrote about the concept of cluster luck as a way to explain how a series of good (or bad) events coming one after another can propel or punish a team:Joe Peta, a former Wall Street trader, presented cluster luck in his book, Trading Bases. Essentially, the concept boils down to this: When a team’s batters cluster hits together to score more runs and a team’s pitchers spread hits apart to allow fewer runs, that’s cluster luck. Say a team tallies nine singles in one game. If all of those singles occur in the same inning, the team would likely score seven runs; if each single occurs in a different inning, however, it’d likely mean a shutout.You’ll sometimes hear a broadcaster talk about a team that scores in bunches, or a pitcher who knows how to scatter hits. But those streaks don’t tend to last very long, since these aren’t sustainable skills for most teams, or players. So when a team has high cluster luck numbers, it usually means its luck isn’t going to last long. Losses are likely around the corner.Sports analyst Ed Feng, proprietor of ThePowerRank.com, calculates cluster luck by using the Base Runs formula to compare actual runs scored and runs allowed to expected runs scored and runs allowed. When that Grantland article ran just over a month ago, Feng had found that the 32-19 Giants ranked second in the majors in cluster luck. And while Giants hitters had bunched hits together about as well as an average team’s hitters would, their pitchers had been astoundingly fortunate, giving up 22 fewer runs than you’d expect over their first 51 games.1Three days after my Grantland article ran, the excellent Colorado Rockies blog Purple Row published an article that noted how the Giants had put up better numbers than any other team both in high-leverage pitching and hitting situations. So cluster luck wasn’t the only factor at work, nor the only one likely to regress.On Wednesday, Feng updated his cluster luck rankings. Below is the ranking of the 30 teams from luckiest to unluckiest:Whatever luck the Giants had earlier in the season, these latest numbers show that their good fortune has almost completely evaporated. A lot of that pullback falls on Romo. From May 29 to June 28, the team’s erstwhile closer allowed 12 hits in nine and two-thirds innings — subpar numbers for a closer, but not necessarily fatal ones, assuming those hits were spread out. They were not. Romo worked four straight perfect innings from June 4 through June 12, with all 12 of those hits coming in just six appearances. All told, opponents blasted him for 10 runs in those six appearances, netting a 16.88 ERA. The biggest beating came on June 13, when the Colorado Rockies clobbered him for four hits, drew a walk and tallied five runs in just one-third of an inning.2The Rockies have been a house of horrors for Romo this year. His past four outings against them netted this line: three innings pitched, 11 hits, 11 runs.The Giants are a talented team, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see them contend for the NL West title, and maybe even make a run at the World Series. They have a young ace in Madison Bumgarner, Tim Hudson enjoying a late-career revival, Tim Lincecum suddenly pitching masterfully, All-Stars Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval heating up after lousy starts, excellent first baseman Brandon Belt due back soon after a long stint on the disabled list, and a general manager who’s made lots of aggressive trades in his 18 years at the helm. The cluster luck regression has come, yet they’re still hanging onto first place.We could see more teams experience cluster luck pullbacks, starting with Seattle. The Mariners boast plenty of front-line talent themselves, with Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma at the top of the rotation. Robinson Cano is performing about as well as a guy with six home runs can, and 23-year-old Mike Zunino is emerging as a top defensive catcher and dangerous power hitter. Underrated third baseman Kyle Seager is putting up career-best numbers, and the bullpen is leading the American League both in ERA and in fielding-independent metrics. This is also a team with lots of holes, one that has 36-year-old banjo hitter Endy Chavez leading off every day, to name only the most glaring problem. Yet the Mariners are on fire, having won four in a row, 10 of their last 12, and 27 of their last 43 games.That’s what happens when your hitters bunch together hits better than any other team. Through Tuesday, the Mariners had scored 31 more runs than you’d expect from a club with average hit distribution. That Tuesday game offered a Ph.D.-level course in what happens when your hitters click at the same time. Coming into the sixth inning, Seattle clung to a narrow 3-1 lead. The first two batters of the inning reached on a walk and an infield single, followed by two straight groundouts by the lineup’s 1-2 hitters. Then, an outburst. Cano doubled. Seager doubled. Logan Morrison doubled. Zunino doubled. Michael Saunders singled. Finally, Ackley capped the monster inning with a sixth straight Mariners hit, this one an RBI single. All told, Seattle scored seven runs on seven hits in the sixth, an incredibly tough feat to pull off without the benefit of a single homer.None of this is meant to suggest that the Mariners will fall into an immediate slump, the way the Giants did.3Or that teams with poor cluster luck numbers like the Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels and Pittsburgh Pirates will suddenly go on monstrous winning streaks and steamroll the rest of the league. There are good reasons to like the chances of all three of those teams, to varying degrees. They have the best pitcher in the American League, and a supporting cast that’s getting increasing contributions from younger players. After sweeping the lowly Astros, they now play seven straight against the struggling White Sox and Twins. And they recently called up top pitching prospect Taijuan Walker from the minors, a far better fifth starter than Erasmo Ramirez, Brandon Maurer or others Seattle might have considered.Still, the Ms probably shouldn’t settle for the roster they have now. They already opened the vault for Robinson Cano last winter, and they’ve got the ample TV revenue they’ll need to go after other big talents. The cluster luck beast is lurking in the shadows, and the trade deadline is coming up. Might as well try to fight back.
Members of the OSU women’s volleyball team during a game against Michigan on Nov. 14 at St. John Arena. OSU lost 3-0. Credit: Giustino Bovenzi | Lantern photographerInjuries and illness have taken a toll on the Ohio State women’s volleyball team as the season has worn on, as it has lost five of its last eight matches.This week has been no different for coach Geoff Carlston’s team, as an illness has made its way around the roster. Nonetheless, the No. 16 Buckeyes (21-7, 10-6) will try to get back on track when they travel west to battle with Iowa (12-17, 2-14) on Wednesday at 8 p.m.“We’ve been trying to back off a lot,” Carlston said. “It’s hard to sharpen the blade when you can’t do it. As a staff, we’re trying to find a balance between trying to keep us healthy, but it hasn’t seemed to work.”Freshman setter Taylor Hughes has been in and out of the lineup since suffering an elbow injury on Oct. 21, while senior outside hitter Katie Mitchell has missed the last two games with an illness.To rediscover its form on the court after an ugly loss to Michigan on Saturday, Carlston said OSU just needs to get back to believing in itself.“I think we just have to remind ourselves that we’re a pretty good team and we’ve had a really good journey so far,” Carlston said.Much of the Buckeyes’ early-season success was fueled by the team playing with a chip on its shoulder. Senior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell said “getting back to that underdog mentality” is crucial to get back to the winning ways. “We just need to get back to our fundamentals, stay focused,” junior outside hitter Kylie Randall said. “We still have a lot of games left … we still definitely have a chance to improve.”In the first meeting of the season between OSU and Iowa, the Buckeyes came out victorious in four sets, marking their 13th straight victory against the Hawkeyes.After posting a 10-3 record in nonconference play and garnering national attention in the form of votes in the coaches poll, the going started to get tough for Iowa in conference play, winning just two games against Big Ten foes.However, OSU has seen that records don’t mean much, evidenced by its Nov. 6 loss against a Maryland team that entered the game with a 2-11 conference record.“Especially if we’re kicking and scratching with our health, it’s a tough match,” Carlston said of the upcoming tilt against the Hawkeyes. “They run a very fast offense (and) they’ve given a lot of teams problems.”Iowa picked up its only two conference wins recently against Rutgers on Oct. 31 and Indiana on Nov. 4. Then, on Nov. 7, the Hawkeyes took then-No. 16 Purdue to five sets before falling.Campbell said she believes OSU will have its work cut out for it in defending the quick-paced attack of Iowa.“They have a pretty distributed, fast offense, so just being ready defensively in our blocking game to be up fast and challenge their tempos,” she said.The Hawkeyes currently rank third in the conference in service aces per set with 1.20. To combat that strength and bring home the win, Campbell said the Buckeyes are prepared to be “challenging the passing lanes” all match long. What’s next?A big rematch is set to be on tap for OSU on Saturday, when it is set to travel to Madison looking to complete another season sweep against Wisconsin. Back on Sept. 27, the Buckeyes defeated the Badgers in Columbus in five sets. The first serve is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Who Are They?Kitana is the good and fair Princess of Edenia. Or rather she was until the fantasy realm was violently conquered by the villainous forces of Outworld. She then spent much of her life as the unwittingly “adopted” desert assassin daughter of the brutal emperor Shao Kahn, where her DNA was even stolen to create a monster clone “sister” Mileena. But Outworld’s struggle against Earthrealm in Mortal Kombat gives Kitana an opportunity for revenge against her “father.”Kombat KhronologyKitana was one of the major new characters in Mortal Kombat 2, giving the game more female representation beyond just Sonya Blade. And since then she’s remained one of the game’s most prominent female characters, the mold other fantasy women characters diverge from. She’s also become a bit of a love interest for Liu Kang in later games, with Mortal Kombat 11 especially playing up their bond both in the past and in the present as evil zombies.Koolest KustomizationsKitana’s face gets one of the better upgrades thanks to Mortal Kombat 11 now rendering the characters more like real people. So I go with her human form versus her rotting corpse form. As for moves, Kitana’s main gimmick is slicing foes with razor sharp fan blades. So I go for death by a thousand cuts with moves that increase how many fans I can throw out at once or summon around myself for a protective barrier.How Gross Is The Fatality?Kitana’s regal grace doesn’t make her fatality any less gruesome. She just doesn’t get her own hands dirty. Instead, she cut you open and uses her fans to summon a tornado that pulls your entrails out like a gory force of nature. Takes my breath (and everything else) away. Mortal Kombat 11 is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. For more, read our spine-ripping impressions of the game as a whole, learn more about Mortal Kombat’s history with the government, and check out our character guide for the much less violent fighting game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.View as: One Page Slides1/271. Read Our Full Mortal Kombat 11 ReviewRead Johnny Cage’s Guide2. Read Sub-Zero’s Guide3. Read Erron Black’s Guide4. Read Scorpion’s Guide5. Read Liu Kang’s Guide6. Read Raiden Guide7. Read Kitana’s Guide8. Read Kung Lao’s Guide9. Read Cetrion’s Guide10. Read Jade’s Guide11. Read Kotal Kahn’s Guide12. Read Skarlet’s Guide13. Read Noob Saibot’s Guide14. Read Geras’ Guide15. Read Baraka’s Guide16. Read Jax’s Guide17. Read Jacqui Briggs’ Guide18. Read Frost’s Guide19. Read D’Vorah’s Guide20. Read Kabal’s Guide21. Read Kano’s Guide22. Read Cassie Cage’s Guide23. Read Shao Kahn’s Guide24. Read Kollector’s Guide25. Read Sonya Blade’s Guide26. Read Shang Tsung’s Guide27. Read Nightwolf’s Guide Stay on target There have been eleven main Mortal Kombat games. Can you believe it? The 90s were that long ago. Since then the fighting game has become a gory institution as colorful ninjas and sorcerers and special forces agents collide to rip each others’ guts out in wacky martial arts tournaments.But in the past decade Mortal Kombat has gone from just a recognizable violent fighting game to a really good recognizable violent fighting game. And the recently released Mortal Kombat 11 brings the reboot trilogy home with a story mode stretching across all of history and new ways for customizing characters to your liking, with different skills and gear to make the accessible mechanics even more varied and deep.Expensive cutscenes and ancillary (arguably exploitative) side content aren’t worth anything though if your fighting game doesn’t have a solid roster. Fortunately, Mortal Kombat 11 gives you a diverse cast of kombatants on which to unleash your bloodlust. And we’re taking a look at every single one of them. Today’s fighter: Kitana. Joker and The Terminator Cross Over Into ‘Mortal Kombat 11’‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Kharacter Guide: Nightwolf
“As a reminder, feeding the animals at Bays Mountain Park is strictly prohibited for exactly this reason. Human food is often intolerable and, in this case, even harmful to our animals,” Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium wrote on Facebook. “Please follow all posted park rules, including the signs that say not to feed the animals.” Stay on target Otto, an orphaned otter, has died after guests threw human food into his enclosure at a Tennessee park.On Thursday, Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium in Kingsport, Tennessee, announced that it was transporting Otto to an animal hospital after he accidentally ate food that was thrown into his enclosure, USA Today reported. According to Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium’s Facebook post, Otto’s body couldn’t digest the food the guests gave him and unfortunately, he fell ill and passed away from the incident. Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ In 2017, Otto first joined the park as a 9-month-old baby after he stayed at a rehabilitation facility in North Carolina. The North Carolina-based center looked after Otto and his sister after their parents died in a flood.“Otto was beloved by park staff and guests alike,” Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium said in the post. “A cheerful creature, he could often be found swimming or playing with toys in his pool, even when it was snowing outside.”More on Geek.com:Charlie, the Oldest Living Southern Sea Otter, Dies at Age 22Massive, 11-Foot Alligator ‘Breaks Into Home’ at 3 A.M. in FloridaRare, Venomous Snake Hitches a Ride on Couple’s Kayak Paddle
Stay on target “Bloody hell, I am one very lucky lady to have such kind, generous, shining spirited fans who are raising money for my charity @sameyouorg. Elle Elaria and your Reddit page where you have raised almost £38,000 [approximately $48,000] has made my day, week, month, year, decade, and I couldn’t think of a more beautiful way to wave goodbye to the mother of dragons than with this step towards making brain injury sufferers feel less alone,” Clarke wrote on Instagram. “YOU ARE MY HEROS. I am the one who should be bending the knee to you.”The Redditor also spoke with BuzzFeed after she found Clarke’s personal thank you to her and the subreddit page: “She didn’t need to do that. She could have just casually reposted it with a quick written comment, but she took the time to film a heartfelt thank you,” she said. “Iconic. My only regret is not having a more embarrassing username for her to shout out.”More on Geek.com:Sophie Turner Shocked By ‘Game of Thrones’ Spoiler in Season 1 Poster‘Game of Thrones’ Star Says Twist Ending Was George R.R. Martin’s Idea ‘Game of Thrones: Beyond the Wall’ Is a VR Westeros Adventure After Game of Thrones’ series finale aired on May 19, fans have donated more than $125,000 to charities to thank the series’ beloved cast, including Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington.Over the past nine days, a fundraising campaign created to honor Clarke, who played Daenerys Targaryen on the show, has raised more than $101,000 for her charity SameYou, BuzzFeed News reported. On Friday, another campaign made for Harington (Jon Snow), generated more than $25,000 for Mencap, a charity that he is an ambassador for, in less than 24 hours.Photo Credit: r/freefolk / RedditThe charity donation idea stemmed from r/freefolk, an active community of Game of Thrones fanatics which was also the source for the viral petition to re-do Season 8. Three days after Game of Thrones’ last episode premiered on HBO, Redditor elle_elaria shared a link to SameYou, a brain injury rehabilitation charity founded by Clarke, that she started raising money for.According to the campaign’s description, it was “a gesture of love and support from the fandom to the entire cast & crew — but also particularly to the woman who poured her very soul into her character, who delivered passionate speeches in High Valyrian and Dothraki in between questioning her very mortality and inspired so many of us with her resilience.”Clarke caught wind of the campaign on Thursday, which raised approximately $48,000 at that time. In a sweet Instagram post, Clarke thanked the Redditor personally and the other members of the subreddit for donating to SameYou. ‘Game of Thrones’ Targaryen Prequel Series Is Reportedly Coming to HBO‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#…
Stay on target Watch: 13-Foot ‘Queen of the Pythons’ Lays Massive Clutch of…200-Pound Python Named ‘Ginormica’ Could Reach World-Record Size A couple sleeping on the ground escaped what could have been a very dangerous situation when a quick-thinking Tennessee deputy got them out of the path of a rattlesnake.Maury County Sheriff Rowland said the deputy was responding to a suspicious persons call when he found a couple sleeping next to a rattlesnake. The deputy noticed the snake immediately. The deputy “started to approach, he sees that it is a rather large rattlesnake. And of course, he stays very calm and as he approaches the folks, the snake is kind of slithering away,” Rowland said.Before the situation escalated, the deputy was able to direct the couple to safety.In a video shared Friday on the Maury County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page, the deputy can be heard waking the couple and then giving careful instructions. “Don’t move… Roll toward me,” the deputy instructed the couple.The man stood up didn’t exactly “roll,” though. He stood up and bolted.Fortunately, the rattlesnake didn’t strike.“So many life lessons to be learned in this video,” the Maury County Sheriff’s Department said on the Facebook post.“They didn’t follow it just exactly right, but fortunately it worked out,” said Rowland.Rattlesnakes are common in Tennessee. Of Tennessee’s 32 snakes, only four are venomous. The Timber Rattlesnake is is the largest, and the most dangerous, of the four venomous snakes in Tennessee, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Timber rattlesnakes, which occur across the state, kill prey by a venomous bite, in which the venom is injected by fangs located in the snake mouth.More on Geek.com:Rare, Venomous Snake Hitches a Ride on Kayak Paddle in MichiganSnake Pops Out of Toilet, Bites Florida Man (On the Arm)Anaconda Gets Pregnant Without a Male, Has ‘Virgin Birth’ at Aquarium
The U.S. State Department now requires most visa applicants to submit their social media usernames, previous email addresses, and phone numbers.As reported by the Associated Press, this change is a “vast” expansion of President Trump’s enhanced screening of potential immigrants and visitors.It will affect some 15 million foreigners applying for entry to the US each year.“National security is our top priority when adjudicating visa applications,” according to a government statement published by the AP.“Every prospective traveler and immigrant to the United States undergoes extensive security screening,” the State Department continued. “We are constantly working to find mechanisms to improve our screening process to protect U.S. citizens, while supporting legitimate travel to the United States.”Previously, so-called “social media identifiers” were sought only from a handful of people IDed as a potential threat—folks who traveled to areas controlled by terrorist organizations, for instance.Now, virtually all applicants for immigrant and nonimmigrant visas must provide their personal details, allowing the U.S. government to snoop into their past in the name of justice.Collecting additional information “will strengthen our process for vetting these applicants and confirming their identity,” the AP reported.First proposed in March 2018, the new rules are estimated to impact millions of applicants, including those who want to come to the US for business or education.Fresh forms list a number of social media platforms and require candidates to provide any account names they’ve had on them over the last five years; applicants can also volunteer information about social networks not listed.Visa hopefuls are also being asked for five years of telephone numbers, email addresses, and international travel and deportation status, as well as whether any family members have been involved in terrorist activities.Only those applying for certain diplomatic and official visa types are exempt from these conditions, the AP said.The American Civil Liberties Union in January sued the federal government to gain information on its social media surveillance—specifically Trump’s controversial “extreme vetting” immigration policy.More on Geek.com:Sri Lanka Temporarily Blocks Social Media Following Terror AttacksUK Proposes Stricter Child Safety Rules for Social MediaStudy: Social Media Sites Can Predict Behavior Even If You Don’t Use Them Stay on target 11-Year-Old Gets ‘Scammed’ Into Paying $4K for TikTok InfluencerFacebook Reportedly Considers Hiding ‘Like’ Counts
Launchpad Blaze Postpones JAXA’s Cargo Ship Launch to ISSISS Astronauts Study What Happens to Concrete Mixed in Space Stay on target A lack of gravity could cause objects to act funky in space, and a recent video from Canadian Space Agency (CSA) cosmonaut David Saint-Jacques demonstrates how bubbles and water can behave differently when they are away from Earth.Shaking a plastic bag filled with water will generate a couple of tiny air bubbles, which head to the top of the bag, but if you do the same task in space, these bubbles act weird. Saint-Jacques’ footage captured different-sized air bubbles moving and gurgling around a bag with a gel-like substance, which is actually some H20, Space.com reported. With the air bubbles, scientists can better understand how items could change in zero gravity environments.“Odd behaviour of air bubbles in water in the absence of the effects of gravity.” – @Astro_DavidS#DareToExploreVideo: CSA/NASA pic.twitter.com/p3g1myuIua— CanadianSpaceAgency (@csa_asc) June 1, 2019Water has this bizarre “disguise” in space due to a lack of gravity. On our planet, air doesn’t weigh as much as water and this causes it to rise upward and break apart through water droplets. At the Space Station though, these air bubbles like to “hang out” in water because there isn’t a force holding the water below them.Saint-Jacques is scheduled to return to Earth on June 24, until then, he will take part in a couple of other experiments, including setting up the Bio-Analyzer, a Canadian technology that can quickly test blood, saliva, urine, and other body fluids, and finalizing the Bio-Monitor, a Canadian smart shirt system that can easily measure astronauts’ vital signs at the Space Station.More on Geek.com:Growing ‘Alien’ Exoplanets Circle Distant Star in New Astronomy Image‘Double Asteroid’ Speeding By Earth at 43,000 MPH Captured in PhotoStunning Images of a Sunset on Earth Captured From Space
Stay on target Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form June isn’t exactly brimming with many big titles but it is a better month than May. The big releases on this list are obviously Super Mario Maker 2, Judgement, and Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night for the pure fact they’re entirely new games. The rest of this list comprises of remakes and remasters. If you’re already played these games, then it’s a bummer. However, if you’ve never tried them, now is a good as time as any to dive in.Super Mario Maker 2Platform: Nintendo SwitchRelease date: June 28Many Wii U games have found a renewed life on Nintendo Switch. Many (myself included) expected a port of Super Mario Maker since that is one of the best games on the system. Instead of a port, Nintendo went and developed a full-on sequel, appropriately called Super Mario Maker 2. Like the original, players can create their very own Super Mario Bros. stages and share them with others. That last point is a big part of the reason for the series’ popularity. It is very cool seeing how creative the player base can get. I’m never good with these create-whatever-the-hell-you-want type of games so I’ll just play other people’s levels and curse them for being so difficult.Pre-order Super Mario Maker 2 on AmazonJudgmentPlatform: PlayStation 4Release date: June 25We’ve seen a number of Yakuza titles released in the West this generation but things have slowed down in 2019. Thankfully, the same developers are delivering a new IP called Judgment. Like Yakuza, you go around fictionalized Japanese cities and towns beating the crap out of thugs and partaking in all manner of strange mini-games. The big difference is you play as a cop instead of a criminal. On top of brawling, you’ll have to inspect crime scenes for clues and question citizens in order to further your investigations. Like I said, there’s not a new Yakuza game this year, so Judgement will fill that void.Pre-order Judgment on AmazonBloodstained: Ritual of the NightPlatforms: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox OneRelease date: June 18Koji Igarashi has been developing Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night for what seems like ages, so it’s awesome to see the game actually releasing. In case you don’t know, Igarashi was in charge of Castlevania games like Symphony of the Night. Since Konami (at the time) didn’t want to make an old-school Castlevania entry, he decided to form an independent studio and develop a game in that style. I’ve played numerous Bloodstained demos over the years so I’m very excited to have the finished product in my grubby hands. I expect I’ll sink many hours into Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night this summer.Pre-order Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night on AmazonCrash Team Racing Nitro-FueledPlatforms: PS4, Switch, Xbox OneRelease date: June 21Crash Bandicoot returned to the gaming landscape two years ago with Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. Since that game performed so well, it’s no surprise to see Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled get the HD spit n’ polish. Like N. Sane Trilogy, Nitro-Fueled features completely redone character and environmental models along with high-res textures. It has all of the tracks from the original title, along with some from Crash Nitro Kart and Crash Tag Team Racing. I personally never got into the Crash games back in the day, though I did enjoy N. Sane Trilogy (until it became frustratingly difficult). I’ll probably skip Nitro-Fueled, but if you’re into kart racing games, you should dig this one.Pre-order Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled on AmazonThe Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IIPlatform: PlayStation 4Release date: June 4The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel released on PS4 back in April and its sequel drops this month. How is that possible? Because both titles are ports of PS3/PS Vita games. The Legend of Heroes is one of those JRPG franchises I’ve heard of but never got around to playing. From what friends who are fans tell me, the games feature deep turn-based RPG mechanics and an even deeper lore. I’m not sure how I feel about sinking a million hours into a JRPG these days, but the series does look intriguing. If you’re into the genre, it might be a good time to check out Trails of Cold Steel II (along with its predecessor) to pass the long summer months.Buy The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II on AmazonOctopath TravellerPlatform: PCRelease date: June 7Formerly a Nintendo Switch exclusive, Square-Enix’s Octopath Traveler makes its way to PC this month. If you’ve already played this then you won’t find any new content in this package. It’s essentially a straight port of the original but with higher resolutions. That’s both good and bad, depending on who you ask. Though I initially loved Octopath Traveller, the endless grinding eventually burned me out. I don’t usually mind grinding in RPGs, but this one took it to a whole other level. But if you don’t mind spending endless hours leveling up characters then you’re going to have a good time with this one.Pre-order Octopath Traveller on Humble StoreHeavy RainPlatform: PCRelease date: June 24Speaking about console exclusives coming to PC, Quantic Dreams’ Heavy Rain is making its own journey to the Epic Games Store. Like Octopath Traveller, this is a pretty faithful port of the original. Of course, this edition sports higher-res textures and a smoother frame rate. Some folks (understandably) aren’t fans of Quantic Dreams’ titles, but I’ve always enjoyed them even when they get super cheesy. Heavy Rain was my first introduction to the studios’ work so it’ll be interesting to revisit this one. Maybe this time I won’t become as annoyed when they reveal the killer’s identity. I also look forward to seeing all the various mods the community will no doubt conjure up. On second thought, maybe I don’t want to see that.Pre-order Heavy Rain on the Epic Games StoreMore on Geek.com:Irresponsible Video Game Predictions for E3 2019‘Game of Thrones: Beyond The Wall’ Is a VR Westeros Adventure‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’ Trailer Steps Out of the Shadows
Stay on target Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls Amazon this week expanded its free one-day shipping service, promising to deliver last-minute products to Prime members the very next day.But what if you need sunscreen and beach towels now?The company on Wednesday unveiled its latest Prime Air drone: A fully electric device that can fly up to 15 miles and deliver lightweight packages to customers in less than 30 minutes.“Our newest drone design includes advances in efficiency, stability, and, most importantly, in safety,” Jeff Wilke, CEO of Amazon Worldwide Consumer, wrote in a blog.Wilke introduced the next-gen UAV at Amazon’s first re:MARS conference—a new global AI event examining machine learning, automation, robotics, and space.Boasting a hybrid design, the Prime Air drone makes vertical takeoffs and landings like a helicopter, while being efficient and aerodynamic like an airplane.It is controlled with six degrees of freedom—more than the standard four—for added stability (particularly handy when operating in gusty wind conditions).“We know customers will only feel comfortable receiving drone deliveries if they know the system is incredibly safe,” Wilke said. “So we’re building a drone that isn’t just safe, but independently safe, using the latest artificial intelligence technologies.”Amazon’s drone doesn’t simply rely on communications systems for situational awareness. Using diverse sensors and advanced algorithms, the aircraft can detect (and dodge) static objects like a chimney, as well as moving objects like a paraglider or helicopter.Upon descent, it leans on embedded stereo vision and artificial intelligence to identify a clear location for landing. Amazon even invented computer-vision techniques to help drones recognize and avoid clotheslines, telephone wires, or electrical wires.“We’re also thrilled about the potential environmental impact,” Wilke wrote.Prime Air is one of the company’s sustainability initiatives to help achieve Shipment Zero—a vision to make all Amazon shipments net zero carbon. In February, the e-retailer announced a short-term goal to reach 50 percent by 2030.“Today, most of us run to the store because we need an item now. With a service like Prime Air, we’ll be able to order from home and stay home,” the blog said. “This saves tremendously on fuel usage and reduces emissions.”Watch: Boston Dynamics Robot Is Now a Warehouse Worker<br />More on Geek.com:FAA Greenlights Google Wing Drone Deliveries in USDHL Kicks Off Regular Autonomous Drone Deliveries in ChinaUPS to Transport Medical Samples Via Drone
Stay on target Rare Harvest Moon Will Light Up Night Sky on Friday the 13thIndia Finds Lost Vikram Lander on Moon’s Surface It might be “raining” on the Moon: Scientists found that water is being released from the Moon during meteor showers, infusing the lunar atmosphere with a temporary water vapor.Researchers from NASA and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Maryland reported that meteoroid strikes were ejecting water from the Moon, thanks to data collected by NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE), a robotic mission that circled the Moon to collect information on the composition of the lunar atmosphere, said a NASA press release.Previously, models hypothesized that meteoroid strikes could eject water from the Moon in vapor form, however scientists hadn’t observed this occurrence until LADEE’s mission. Detected by LADEE, the newly-identified meteoroid streams took place on Jan. 9, April 2, April 5, and April 9 in 2014. The researchers, who published their findings in the journal Nature Geoscience, explored how these meteoroid strikes could help determine the origin of water on the Moon and how much of it exists on the lunar surface.“The Moon doesn’t have significant amounts of H2O or OH [hydroxyl – a more reactive relative of water] in its atmosphere most of the time,” Richard Elphic, the LADEE project scientist at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley, said in the press release. “But when the Moon passed through one of these meteoroid streams, enough vapor was ejected for us to detect it. And then, when the event was over, the H2O or OH went away.”LADEE, which orbited the Moon from October 2013 to April 2014, sensed the vapor with its Neutral Mass Spectrometer. The mission gathered data on the composition and structure of the Moon’s atmosphere, or more specifically, the “exosphere,” a thin envelope of gases that circle the Moon.An infographic on the lunar water cycle based on LADEE’s new observations. (Photo Credit: NASA Goddard / Mehdi Benna / Jay Friedlander)Here’s how meteoroid showers could release water on the Moon: Meteoroids have to penetrate at least three inches below the lunar surface to eject water and under this dry top layer is a thin transition layer, followed by a hydrated layer, where water molecules might cling to tiny bits of soil and rock. Since the lunar surface has fluffy materials, meteoroids can easily pierce the lunar surface to release some vapor and with each meteoroid impact, a small shock of waves releases water from the surrounding space. So when meteoroids hit the lunar surface, the freed water will enter the exosphere, move through it, and then roughly two-thirds of vapor heads to space, while roughly one-third lands back on the Moon’s surface.It’s raining … on the Moon?! Scientists have discovered that water is being released on the lunar surface during meteor showers. Get more details: https://t.co/wgtXyXnjMA pic.twitter.com/iK28nAlGiR— NASA (@NASA) June 7, 2019Using the measurements of water in the exosphere, the researchers determined that the hydrated layer has a water concentration of roughly 200 to 500 parts per million and this concentration is less wet than the driest terrestrial soil. The researchers believe that some of the water has to generate from the Moon, since the mass of the water being ejected is greater than the water mass within the meteoroids striking the Moon. With these findings, scientists can better understand the history of lunar water and how it might impact future missions to the Moon.More on Geek.com:Watch: NASA Picks First Companies to Send Experiments to the MoonNASA Spots Beresheet Impact Site on MoonNASA Orbiter Snaps ‘Jawbreaker’ Candy Martian Full Moon Picture
Watch: Marvel and Square Enix’s ‘Avengers’ Gameplay Still Creeps Us OutPlay These E3 2019 Video Games Right Now Breaking from years of tradition now, Microsoft didn’t announce Forza 8 at its E3 press conference this year. Typically, the company alternates between announcing mainline Forza serious sim racing games and the more open-world arcade experiences of Forza Horizon. Seeing as last year gave us Forza Horizon 4, we figured this year would be Forza 8’s turn. At this point they’re probably just saving it as a launch title for the next-gen Xbox Project Scarlett releasing next holiday alongside Halo Infinite.However, we did sort of get a new Forza announcement for this year. Previously Microsoft has wheeled out actual sports cars on stage to celebrate their presence in the game. But this time the car was a bit more… blocky. Yes, Microsoft brought out a racecar made of Legos to celebrate the Lego Speed Champions DLC for Forza Horizon 4.Take a look!How awesome is that? As cool as the consistently enjoyable normal Lego games are (including the upcoming Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga) they’re never exactly visual stunners. So seeing the gorgeous Forza engine render racers and tracks made of out blocks so tangible you want to reach out and touch them just rules. The $20 expansion features new challenges, bricks to find, and Lego renditions of McLaren, Ferrari, and Mini Cooper cars to add to your collection.And really, this just makes us wish that racing games were wackier in general. Forza Horizon 3 also got some toy-based DLC with its Hot Wheels expansion. But as fun as that was at the time, I couldn’t shake the nagging feeling that it was more for nostalgic adults than actual kids? For as open and accessible as Forza Horizon is compared to regular Forza, the spin-off still has a foot firmly in that hardcore sim racing world, to its detriment. It’s just a little bit too fiddly and realistic to be as ridiculous and relaxing as I want from an open world racing game. I want a more unrestrained arcade experience, Burnout Paradise basically.If you include stuff like Mario Kart and Team Sonic Racing and Crash Team Racing, there are plenty of racing games that don’t adhere to the rules of our world and its roads. But seeing Lego cars in Forza makes me wish these kinds of experiences weren’t limited to modest kart racing games. There’s no reason why our AAA racing games shouldn’t be absurd, too. Everything can be awesome.The Lego Speed Champions DLC for Forza Horizon 4 launches June 13. For more on E3 2019 watch these trailers. Stay on target
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Facebook Google+ Will CM Punk Ever Fight In The UFC Again? WhatsApp Pinterest The Miz Joe Rogan Says Floyd Mayweather Should Fight CM Punk in MMA Debut Now Playing Up Next Here’s Who CM Punk Might Fight At UFC 225 Chris Jericho on being disappointed with his WrestleMania 18 main event match Kane Now Playing Up Next CM Punk & AJ Lee Join Horror Movie Videos Articles CM Punk to appear at Starrcast III, Scheduled for interview and meet-and-greet Now Playing Up Next Twitter Now Playing Up Next Attorneys representing former WWE star Phil “CM Punk” Brooks sent a 22 page letter to WWE regarding royalties and the use of his likeness in the new WWE 2K15 video game according to a report by Dave Meltzer. The belief is that WWE stopped sending Punk royalty money claiming breach of contract when he walked out on the company back in January.Source: The Wrestling Observer NewsletterRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipCM Punk & AJ Lee Join Horror MovieVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:27/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:01Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Did CM Punk Make A Secret Return To Wrestling? Videos Articles Videos Articles Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next The Young Bucks on CM Punk coming to AEW, Cody’s chairshot, nearly signing with WWE Laura Vandervoort
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