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Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Jan. 26

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionProhibition disaster continues with potRegarding the Jan. 19 opinion column, “Is marijuana the next Prohibition battle?” I’m surprised it took so long for two college professors to question the federal government’s hypocrisy.For 83 years now, powerful politicians have refused to end our costly, unjustifiable war against female cannabis flowers.  In discussing alcohol Prohibition’s repeal in 1933, Donald Boudreaux and Adam Pritchard made their own “important omission,” that of the major role played afterward by one mean federal bureaucrat  named Harry Anslinger.In 1937, Anslinger cemented his reputation as a purveyor of nonsense regarding female cannabis flowers at a committee hearing in the U.S. Congress. Citing biased newspaper articles as evidence, he testified that “marijuana is the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind.”Basically, the same Puritanical fervor that resulted in a constitutional ban of alcoholic products later emboldened Anslinger, the first federal drug czar, to arbitrarily impose anti-“marihuana” spending on the states. (That’s been the legal spelling all these decades.)Today, with more than 30 of 50 states openly defying the federal ban, it is now Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who exercises the power to do nothing but prolong that total waste of our tax dollars.Anslinger must be delighted in his grave by the public policy disaster that he instituted.Lawrence GoodwinMiltonPolice need access  to records for safetyI rarely agree with your left leaning editorial page, but I enjoyed a vacation from that position on January 15. Your stance on the “Green Light” law is entirely correct.Good decisions require the best, accurate information one can gather before making such decisions.Denying the latest, accurate information to law enforcement personnel in any potentially dangerous situation is a disgrace. The first and primary function of government at federal, state and local levels is protection of the citizenry. The “Green Light” law throws that principle in the trash.“Green Light,” bail reform…what’s next? Voters, wake up.New York state is one of the  50 United States of America, a constitutional federal republic, and cannot and should not expect to enjoy the benefits of the republic of which it is part while rejecting the responsibilities.As you well know, the assault on your position has already begun. Stand firm.Greg SheyonGlenvilleCivics education vital to future citizenshipThe Jan. 13 Gazette (“Earning the ‘gold standard’”) reported on a recent proposal to the state Board of Regents that would give high school graduates the opportunity to earn a “seal of civic readiness” on their diploma, allowing students to demonstrate their knowledge of social studies and civic participation.Just 24% of eighth-graders who took the National Assessment of Educational Progress civics exam in 2018 were deemed proficient in civics.Preparing and encouraging students to participate in their government and their community are important components of our responsibility to educate our children.Research has proven that students’ community service and experience outside the classroom are critical to their learning and preparation for college, career and life.Teenagers engaged in civics make greater scholastic progress during high school and acquire higher levels of education than their otherwise similar peers.The likelihood of college graduation is 22% higher for students who participated in high school community service to fulfill class requirements.As the Regents consider updating graduation requirements, I urge them to ensure that civic readiness and engagement are included.At Passport for Good, we measure the positive impact of student engagement outside the classroom in participation-in-government classes, honor societies and community service activities in schools across the state. We see firsthand the positive impact such engagement has on students, their schools and communities.New York should adopt measures to ensure students and their parents understand that such engagement is an important part of long-term success and the development of good citizens.Gayle FarmanBethlehemThe writer is founder of Passport for Good.More from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

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Franklin County Community Foundation plans public open house

first_imgBrookville, In. — The Franklin County Community Foundation invites the public to an open house on Wednesday, December 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the office at 577 Main Street in Brookville.The event is intended to honor the generous volunteers and contributors to the foundation.For more information please call 765-647-6810.-0-last_img

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Former media executives indicted  in U.S. FIFA probe

first_imgBy Brendan PiersonNEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors on Monday announced new criminal charges against two former executives of 21st Century Fox Inc and others stemming from a long-running investigation of corruption surrounding FIFA, soccer’s world governing body.The former Fox executives, Hernan Lopez and Carlos Martinez, were indicted in Brooklyn federal court on wire fraud and money laundering along with Gerard Romy, former co-CEO of Spanish media company Imagina Media Audiovisual SL, and Full Play Group SA, an Uruguayan sports marketing company.Lawyers for the defendants could not immediately be identified.Prosecutors said the defendants bribed soccer officials to secure media and marketing rights to lucrative soccer tournaments, using shell companies, sham consulting contracts and other methods to conceal the scheme.The U.S. investigation into corruption in the world of soccer became public in 2015 with the announcement of criminal charges against a slew of officials and others.Juan Angel Napout of Paraguay, former head of South American governing body CONMEBOL, and former Brazilian soccer chief Jose Maria Marin, were convicted in 2017 after a trial. Many other defendants have pleaded guilty.last_img read more

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Joc Pederson homers twice more as Dodgers set NL single-season record

first_imgPreviousLOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 04: Cody Bellinger #35, Joc Pederson #31and Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate after defeating the Colorado Rockies, 7-3, at Dodger Stadium on September 4, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Joc Pederson hits a home run in the bottom of the first inning of Wednesday’s game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium. Pederson hit another one later in the game. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodger starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsDodger starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela throws to a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson hits a solo home run against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela, center, stands near the mound after giving up a solo home run to Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Dodgers’ Joc Pederson #31 rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the bottom of the first inning during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, top, celebrates his solo home run with third base coach Dino Ebel during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Dodgers’ Joc Pederson #31 is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a home run in the bottom of the first inning during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger drops his bat as he drives in a run with a single against the Colorado Rockies during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner, right, is safe at first base on a fielder’s choice next to Colorado Rockies first baseman Ryan McMahon during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela throws to a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu throws to a Colorado Rockies batter during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager makes an off-balance throw to first base after catching a line drive by Colorado Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. Trevor Story was caught off first for a double play. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black watches from the dugout during the second inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Dodgers’ Joc Pederson #31 rounds the bases after hitting a two run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Joc Pederson #31 rounds the bases after hitting a two run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson celebrates his two-run home run against the Colorado Rockies during the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, right, celebrates his two-run home run with Hyun-Jin Ryu (99) during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson (31) celebrates his two-run home run with Justin Turner (10) during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Dodgers’ Joc Pederson #31 reacts after hitting a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodger outfielder Chris Taylor #3 fields a ball during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Rockies starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela #49 during their game against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu throws to the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Dodgers’ Corey Seager #5 throws to first base during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Corey Seager #5 throws to first base during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodger outfielder Chris Taylor #3 makes a diving catch on a deep fly ball hit by the Rockies Josh Fuentes #8 in the top of the fourth inning during their game at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodger outfielder Chris Taylor #3 makes a diving catch on a deep fly ball hit by the Rockies Josh Fuentes #8 in the top of the fourth inning during their game at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Former Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda receives a standing ovation during the Dodgers vs. Rockies game at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodger starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodger pitcher Ross Stripling #68 during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. The Dodgers defeated the Rockies 7-3. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Rockies’ Trevor Story #27 throws out the Dodgers’ Chris Taylor #3 at first base in the bottom of the sixth inning during their game at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. The Dodgers defeated the Rockies 7-3. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Justin Turner #10 fields a ground ball during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. The Dodgers defeated the Rockies 7-3. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Gavin Lux #48 fields a ground ball during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. The Dodgers defeated the Rockies 7-3. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Gavin Lux #48 throws to first base during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. The Dodgers defeated the Rockies 7-3. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodger pitcher Caleb Ferguson #64 during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. The Dodgers defeated the Rockies 7-3. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Corey Seager #5 makes a great stop on a ground ball hit by the Rockies’ Ryan McMahon #24 in the top of the eighth inning during their game at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. The Dodgers defeated the Rockies 7-3. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Corey Seager #5 makes a great stop on a ground ball hit by the Rockies’ Ryan McMahon #24 in the top of the eighth inning during their game at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. The Dodgers defeated the Rockies 7-3. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Corey Seager #5 throws to first base for the out after making a great stop on a ground ball hit by the Rockies’ Ryan McMahon #24 in the top of the eighth inning during their game at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. The Dodgers defeated the Rockies 7-3. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodger pitcher Pedro Baez #52 during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. The Dodgers defeated the Rockies 7-3. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodger pitcher Pedro Baez #52 during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. The Dodgers defeated the Rockies 7-3. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, right, is high-fived by Corey Seager after the team’s 7-3 win over the Colorado Rockies in a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 04: Cody Bellinger #35, Joc Pederson #31and Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate after defeating the Colorado Rockies, 7-3, at Dodger Stadium on September 4, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Joc Pederson hits a home run in the bottom of the first inning of Wednesday’s game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium. Pederson hit another one later in the game. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 43The Dodgers’ Joc Pederson hits a home run in the bottom of the first inning of Wednesday’s game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium. Pederson hit another one later in the game. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — They hit home runs during the day. They hit home runs at night. They hit wall-scrapers and others that seem to soar out of sight. They hit them to lead off, walk off or just show off a baseball in flight.Joc Pederson hit two home runs in his first three plate appearances Wednesday – just as he did before leaving Monday’s game with an injury – and the Dodgers broke the National League’s single-season home run record during a 7-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies.The win trimmed the Dodgers’ magic number to clinch their seventh consecutive NL West title to four. Both the Dodgers and second-place Arizona Diamondbacks are off Thursday.“A lot of good players,” Pederson said when asked the fuel behind the NL record 250 home runs (with 20 games still to play). “One through 12 – 15, really with all the guys who got called up and contribute. Muncy, Belly obviously contribute for a lot of them. JT, Kiké, Chris Taylor, Will Smith – just go down the list. Anyone can beat you at any time. It’s a special unit that we have and it’s fun to be a part of it.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Joc is a guy that … he’s streaky,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “Sometimes you’ve got to sort of ride the lows out when he’s trying to find it. But these last 10, 12 at-bats he’s really been locked in. … Staying in the strike zone and when they make a mistake out over the plate, it’s a homer. Just that confidence you see building.”Andre Ethier gets credit for supplying the lumber.The Phoenix-area resident came to Saturday’s game in Arizona and visited with his former team, giving Pederson one of his old bats. Pederson used it to hit a pinch-hit, game-winning home run in the 11th inning Sunday and has used it ever since. That bat is 6 for 7 with a double (that just missed being a home run) and five home runs.“That’s a good bat,” Pederson said with a smile. “He texted me after the game. I’m going to tell him there better be some more coming.”With Wednesday’s walk mixed in, Pederson was the first player to hit five home runs in a span of six at-bats since Josh Hamilton did it with the Texas Rangers in May of 2012.When Pederson struck out in the sixth inning, it ended a streak of six consecutive at-bats with an extra-base hit, tying the National League record held by Larry Walker with the Rockies on May 21-22, 1996.But all the longballs couldn’t part the clouds that have gathered over Hyun-Jin Ryu.For the third consecutive start, Ryu didn’t make it through five innings. He gave up 10 baserunners in 4-1/3 innings, four on walks – the most he has walked since his first start of the 2018 season.Only three scored (thanks in part to a diving catch by Chris Taylor in left field), but Ryu has a 9.95 ERA (21 runs in 19 innings) and 2.05 WHIP over his past four games. Opposing batters have hit .360 off Ryu in those games.“It’s command. It’s just command,” Roberts said, declining suggestions that it could be fatigue causing the lack of sharpness.“His money-maker is the changeup. Even when there’s contact, it’s just a tick too high and when you’re talking about big-league hitters a few inches is a big deal. There were some good ones in there. There were some good curveballs. But I think overall, with the command, he’s off just a little bit.”Ryu’s ERA has risen to 2.45 for the season – still the lowest among MLB starting pitchers but the highest it has been since his May 7 start. Ryu was a clear frontrunner for the NL Cy Young Award and a Game 1 start in the postseason when August started. Both of those things are now very much open to debate.In the days before Wednesday’s start, Ryu worked on his mechanics, seeking to fix some slippage in his arm slot and a tendency to open up his torso too soon in his delivery. Poor balance created by those flaws has thrown off his balance, Ryu said.“My arm slot became lower in recent outings. I came to the realization and I wanted to make some adjustments to make sure it’s not as low,” Ryu said through his interpreter.“I was more conscious early on the game. But it wasn’t as crisp as I want it to be. Obviously I still have to make more adjustments and get back on track.”center_img Pederson hit four of the Dodgers’ 12 home runs in a three-game sweep of the Rockies despite missing the middle game. He was back in the starting lineup on Wednesday after nursing sore ribs suffered when he ran into the right field wall while making a catch on Monday.He picked up right where he left off, hammering a 1-and-2 fastball in the bottom of the first inning over the same wall that had done him harm. It was Pederson’s eighth leadoff home run this season (tying the franchise record).In the third inning, Pederson walked and scored one of the four runs that put the Dodgers in control.In the fourth inning, Pederson added to the lead when he hammered a two-run home run. The 250th home run of the season for the Dodgers broke the previous NL record held by the 2000 Houston Astros.It was Pederson’s fifth home run in a span of seven plate appearances starting with his pinch-hit, game-winning home run in the 11th inning at Arizona on Sunday.last_img read more

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ARE YOU BRAVE ENOUGH TO TAKE THE HAUNTED HALLOWEEN HIKE?

first_imgBY BREEGE WARD: We hear its going to be a cold dry evening this Friday evening 26th Oct [email protected] 7.30 …..perfect for some family fun on the Haunted Halloween Hike through THE FRIGHTFUL FOREST on the Old Railway walk in Burtonport.WOOOOhhh OOOOOhhh ……. Some say they’ve heard tales of an ancient graveyard being amongst the woods there and that ghosts dance amongst the branches here around the days close by Hallowe’en.Are you brave enough to check it out?  Registration will take place from 7pm at St Columba’s Community Centre in Acres, Burtonport and will be leaving at 7.30. The walk will take about half an hour to complete and everyone is asked to wear something florescent and to bring a lantern/torch… we wouldn’t want you walking into any big spiders on the way now!Refreshments will be served afterwards in the community centre. If anyone can help out at all by bringing along some halloween bites to share with a cup of tea afterwards in the community centre we would be very grateful.Cost €5 each or €10 per family. All proceeds will go towards the Old Railway Development Fund. All witches and goblins welcome.SO……. Do you think you are brave enough???  ARE YOU BRAVE ENOUGH TO TAKE THE HAUNTED HALLOWEEN HIKE? was last modified: October 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ARE YOU BRAVE ENOUGH TO TAKE THE HAUNTED HALLOWEEN HIKE?breege wardburtonportlast_img read more

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3 Best Fun-Loving Fall Games: WoW: Mists of Pandaria, Borderlands 2, Tokyo Jungle

first_imgAn Unhinged-Yet-Refined Shooter: Borderlands 2On paper, nothing about Borderlands 2 should be noteworthy. It’s a first-person shooter, and a sequel at that. But like its predecessor, Borderlands 2 embraces the addictive playability of its genre, opting to focus on fun rather than dressing things up with an overdone, overwrought war-zone setting.The result is a game that doesn’t take itself one bit seriously — and that’s refreshing. Borderlands 2 is about killing lots (and lots) of things, and stockpiling lots and lots guns. Simple as that. The sequel smooths out the rough patches of its predecessor and mixes in an array of open-world environments to explore, all populated by a cast of hilariously deranged locals, of course. With genuinely funny dialogue and a cartoony cel-shaded look that’s a refreshing departure from the genre’s penchant for drab hyperrealism, Borderlands 2 is as addictive as it is earnest. Summer is over, and new video games are springing forth at long last. But in an industry happy to rake in cash with some tried-and-trite formulas, “new” doesn’t exactly translate into “fun” or “worth sixty bucks.”Whether you’re a hard-core gamer or just a homebody looking for a hobby more engaging than Court TV, a truly great game can be an immersive way to sneak in a little play in the cooler months. Ditch uninspired sequels and games Gorilla-glued to genre conventions with this starter set of new fall titles that stay true to the good, (mostly) clean fun that gaming is all about. The Best Online RPG, Now With Pandas — WoW: Mists of PandariaIf you’ve never waded into World of Warcraft, the advent of a new expansion pack is the perfect time to dive in. The huge open-world online role-playing game has 10 million subscribers for a reason, and Mists of Pandaria improves on its successful formula — no small feat for a game that’s been around since 2004.Mists of Pandaria is the most playful expansion to the game to date, adding a playable race of epicurean pandas (this race has its origins in an April Fool’s joke), a pokemon-esque game within a game, and a brand new class of martial-arts masters. There’s never a dull moment in WoW — it doesn’t hurt that developer Blizzard religiously irons out the kinks in weekly updates — and Mists of Pandaria is just another excellent entry point to a game truly worthy of its immense hype. taylor hatmaker 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#borderlands 2#gaming#pandaria#review#tokyo jungle#World of Warcraft#WoW Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Surviving The Post-Apocalypse As A Beagle: Tokyo JungleTokyo Jungle’s premise is absolutely ridiculous, and that’s half the charm of a game that you might be powerless to resist. An absurd departure from the zombie-crowded genre of survival gaming, Tokyo Jungle sets you loose in a post-apocalyptic version of the Japanese metropolis. But rather than roaming as some scrappy, gun-toting human you’re playing a critter … or rather, as a lot of critters.You’ll be everything from a golden retriever to a velociraptor while fighting to stay alive in a dinosaur-eat-dog world. Naturally, it’s easier said than done, requiring some fun strategizing to make the most of the beast you inhabit.The game isn’t perfect but it’s an enjoyable, challenging gaming holiday from yet another zombie slog.These games thrive on not taking themselves too seriously. Have another fun, irreverent fall game? Let me know in the comments and maybe we’ll take it for a spin. last_img read more

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Is it Thiem’s time to win French Open? His coach thinks so

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss While he dropped a set for the third straight match, Thiem showed more flashes of his dominant clay-court game in a 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 win over Pablo Cuevas on Saturday to advance to the fourth round.“It was my best match so far,” Thiem said. “Not at all perfect yet, but the best so far.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsFor a spot in the quarterfinals, Thiem will face Gael Monfils and likely a partisan crowd, too, against the French player.The other fourth-round matchups set Saturday: top-seeded Novak Djokovic vs. Jan-Lennard Struff; No. 5 Alexander Zverev vs. No. 9 Fabio Fognini; No. 8 Juan Martin del Potro vs. No. 10 Karen Khachanov; and No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. No. 24 Stan Wawrinka, the 2015 champion. Tim Reed regains form to top Ironman 70.3 in Subic Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Massu understands the expectations surrounding his pupil.“It’s normal that they put the name of Dominic (as) one of the favorite players, because of the results that he had in the past,” Massu said.Thiem, however, is becoming quite comfortable in Paris, where he also reached the final of the boys’ tournament in 2011.“Eight years ago when I made the final of the juniors I fell in love with this tournament,” Thiem told the crowd after beating Cuevas.Then Thiem, who is dating French player Kristina Mladenovic, entertained the crowd inside Court Suzanne Lenglen with a few words in French, apologizing for his beginners’ grasp of the language.At 25, Thiem has plenty of time to learn.“When you are 25 years old you are not even in the (halfway point) of your career,” Massu said. “The good thing about Dominic (is) he has the time.”Already up to No. 4 in the rankings, Thiem sits behind only Djokovic and Nadal, who are both 32, and Roger Federer, who is 37.“He knows that he has the chance one day to be No. 1 in the world,” Massu said. “You never know when — maybe soon, maybe later — but he works for that.”A trophy in Paris would be a big step toward the top. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too All top 10 men’s seeds are in the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time since the 1970 Australian Open.When Massu looks at Thiem’s game it feels a bit like staring in the mirror. Massu used a similar style in winning gold medals in both singles and doubles at the 2004 Athens Olympics. There’s the big kick serve out wide, the heavy topspin, running around the backhand.“Many of the things that Dominic does today I was doing also, years before,” said Massu, who started working with Thiem this year. “Same ideas. So I understand what he wants.”Massu made an immediate impact on Thiem’s game when he guided him to his first Masters series title in Indian Wells, California, in March — which was surprising because until then Thiem’s best results had come on clay.Thiem reached the semifinals at the French in 2016 and 2017 before losing to Rafael Nadal in last year’s final. He also has four career wins at other tournaments over Nadal, the 11-time Roland Garros champion.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Austria’s Dominic Thiem celebrates winning his third round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas in four sets, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Saturday, June 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)PARIS — Dominic Thiem wants one thing and one thing only right now: To go one step further than he did last year when he reached the final at Roland Garros.“Dominic has a chance to win the French Open for sure, one day,” his coach, Nicolas Massu, said in an interview. “I hope that this year it happens.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug warlast_img read more

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Swindon’s Michael Doughty: ‘I’ll never apologise for my background’

first_imgShare on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Read more Nottingham Forest Share on LinkedIn On a late summer afternoon in London, in a coffee shop a few yards away from the canal boats moored in Paddington Basin, Michael Doughty is eloquently piecing together his life story, talking about everything from wearing straw hats to school to scoring hat‑tricks for Swindon as he explains his unlikely journey into the “lion’s den” of professional football.Erudite and gregarious, Doughty breaks the mould when it comes to the stereotypical footballer. The 25-year-old is a straight-A student for a start (literally – he has 14 A grades on his CV) and was educated at Harrow. He is also the eldest son of Nigel, the former Nottingham Forest owner, who was a hugely successful businessman, staunch supporter of the Labour party and among the wealthiest people in Britain when he died six years ago, at the age of 54. Share via Email Topics Share on Facebook Doughty goes on to explain how he learned to “embrace that difference” between him and his teammates by “playing on” the predictable gags. “I’d get called ‘posh boy’ and all that stuff, in a jokey way,” the midfielder says. “My youth-team coach at QPR always used to make jokes about me landing on the field in a helicopter. It was hilarious and at the time it really was a good leveller for me. It was almost like: ‘You’re not at Harrow now, Mike, this is the real world. You’re not putting on your straw hat to go to lessons.’”Harrow evokes happy memories for Doughty, who describes the school as “almost like a modern-day Hogwarts without the magic”. In an understated way, he reveals he left with 10 GCSEs, eight of them A*s and the other two As, as well as not too shabby A-level results. “I did French, Spanish, geography and Latin. I got four As,” says Doughty, who was combining his studies with training and playing for QPR’s youth team at the time.Doughty is “under no illusions that [Harrow] is an incredibly privileged environment”, and recognises he has much to thank his father for in that respect. “He was from a working-class background, he didn’t do his A-levels, he didn’t go to university, and in a weird way I was probably living vicariously through his childhood dreams – going to a great school and having this career in football.”Over the course of an enjoyable hour-long chat, Doughty tells some lovely stories about his father, who was a lifelong Forest supporter. He remembers how they would go into the Lady Bay pub, just around the corner from the City Ground, to meet up with Patrick Bamford, who now plays for Leeds, and his father, Russell, who was best friends with Doughty’s dad, before taking their seats in the Brian Clough stand to watch their heroes. “Then, within a month, we were sat on the other side in the directors’ box,” says Doughty, smiling. “It’s credit to my dad that he still allowed me to stand on my chair and wear my Forest shirt.”Doughty’s father, who made his money as a venture capitalist, took over as Forest’s owner in 1999 and invested more than £100m in the club, yet he never got the success he craved. In October 2011, with Forest struggling in the Championship and supporter unrest growing, he announced he was standing down as chairman following what he described as a “very poor decision” to appoint Steve McClaren as manager. Four months later, he was found dead in the gymnasium at his home in Lincolnshire after having a heart attack.Although Doughty says the family “definitely feel a shift now in terms of his legacy at Forest”, he wishes his father knew just how much he was appreciated. “I remember just before he passed away he was really troubled by the reaction and relationship with the fans. I think it was a small minority but it still had quite a strong impact on him. And then afterwards we had this outpouring of love. So it’s bittersweet for me because I would have loved for him to have seen that.”For Doughty, who has an elder sister, Helena, and two younger brothers, Sean and Lucas, it has taken time to adjust to life without his father. “I didn’t necessarily deal with it for a while, I just sort of lived and was in this haze, trying to do the best I could,” he says. “And without getting too emotional, I made a promise to him when I saw him for the last time, which was that it’s my responsibility now to do that. He always taught me to be a man of my word and that’s what I take forward. I just try to do my best.”As the interview draws to a close and Doughty prepares to head back to the flat he shares in London with his fiancee, Anoushka, he wants to add one more thing in relation to his father. “I’m not trying to play a little violin,” he says. “I went to the best public school in the UK, I had the best head start in life, I’ve got everything that I could ever need in terms of family support and I’m doing every kid’s dream, which is playing football at a weekend in front of people. So I genuinely always feel quite lucky and grateful. And that’s just how I live my life, to be honest.” news Michael Doughty in action for Swindon against Newport. Photograph: Nigel Keene/ProSports/REX/Shutterstock Swindon Share on Messenger Facebook Pinterest Doughty, in short, is different. “I’ll never apologise for my background because I’m very proud of what my dad was able to achieve and I’m very proud of my own achievements, and that’s who I am,” he says. “Whether you’re from a council estate in Liverpool or you went to probably the most quintessential British school, there’s common ground and that’s being a human being and a good person.“Some of my best mates in football, we are polar opposites, but that’s what I love so much about it; you create friendships for life with people who you would never normally mix with. And that’s a really amazing part of the job.”Carving out a career as a footballer has been far from easy. Released by Chelsea after five years in their academy, Doughty moved on to Queens Park Rangers, where he spent a decade, making 16 appearances for the club in between eight loan spells. By the age of 22 he had played in all four divisions in England as well as the Scottish Premiership.Although he is thoroughly enjoying his football with Swindon, one of his biggest frustrations is that people continue to question whether someone with his upbringing possesses the hunger and desire to succeed in the game. “It’s a misconception and it’s something that still faces me today,” says Doughty, who has scored five goals in seven league games this season, including three on the opening day.I wouldn’t use the word prejudice but it’s a preconception of who I am, probably based on a caricature of Boris Johnson“I wouldn’t use the word prejudice, but it’s a preconception of who I am and probably based on some caricature in the Times of Boris Johnson. Just because you’re from a background of X doesn’t mean you don’t have any hunger. I think anyone that has worked with me in football, or outside of that, wouldn’t label that against me. But it’s just an easy narrative that is used in wider society. It’s as if people from well-off backgrounds, or good educations, are a certain type of person and people from lower-income backgrounds are of a certain way. And that’s just not the case. Not everyone is motivated in the same way or by the same things. I’ve always been motivated to be the best footballer that I can be.”Doughty smiles when it is put to him that the football industry can be a brutal place, especially for someone who stands out from the crowd. “To walk into the lion’s den which is the football dressingroom, and which can be unforgiving … at first I found myself trying to fit in, which obviously I don’t. Or I didn’t at that time. And I didn’t really know how to deal with that dynamic.“But my dad was always very strong with me and said: ‘Give as good as you get. You’ve got to be a man for them to take you seriously. And you’re there for ability and nothing else.’ And that’s one thing about football: it’s a complete meritocracy. You get to the point where you’re meant to get to and that’s based on work ethic and talent. And that’s what I’ve always loved – my football ability will always speak ahead of my grades, my background and the school that I went to.” Reuse this content Twitter Share on Twitter Grimsby manager Michael Jolley: ‘I saw the second tower fall – that stays with you’last_img read more

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Man stabbed in Serra Mesa refused to cooperate with investigators

first_imgMan stabbed in Serra Mesa refused to cooperate with investigators Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A man was stabbed at a Serra Mesa apartment complex Saturday, but whoever committed the act was gone by the time police arrived.Officers headed to an apartment complex in the 2600 block of Mission Village Drive just before 9:15 a.m. for a report of a stabbing, but found both the victim and the suspect had already left, San Diego Police Officer Steve Bourasa said.A short time later, a man turned up at a Coronado hospital with a stab wound, Bourasa said. The man is believed to be the victim in the incident, but he was uncooperative with investigators and yielded little information about what transpired.“He’s not really talking,” Bourasa said.The man was transferred to a different hospital for treatment of his injuries, which were not believed to be life-threatening. Posted: July 28, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom July 28, 2018last_img read more

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