Midwestern Fault Zones Are Still Alive

first_imgThe occasional quakes rattling the New Madrid Seismic Zone, a series of midwestern faults named for a small town in the Missouri Bootheel, aren’t aftershocks of the massive quakes that rocked our fledgling nation more than 2 centuries ago, a new study suggests. The analysis reinvigorates a debate about the true level of seismic risk that those fault zones pose.In the winter of 1811 to 1812, a series of colossal quakes—by some estimates among the strongest ever seen in what is today the continental United States—exploded beneath what is now the American Midwest. In a span of less than 2 months, four magnitude-7 or greater temblors struck along a zigzag set of faults centered near the river town of New Madrid, Missouri, the closest settlement to the destruction. Although the quakes were felt as far away as the East Coast, the area around the quake was sparsely populated, so devastation was limited. (The Greater St. Louis area, home to about 2.9 million people today but less than 6000 at the time the quakes occurred, is centered about 235 kilometers north of New Madrid.)As with all major quakes, the New Madrid quakes spawned a lot of aftershocks, says Morgan Page, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Pasadena, California. Indeed, one of the four largest quakes of that winter—one that occurred at about dawn on 16 December 1811—is considered to be an aftershock of the first quake in the series, which occurred about 5 hours earlier. One of seismology’s biggest debates, which bears on the amount of seismic risk in the area today, is how long those aftershocks continued. Some studies suggest that they’re still going on, which would support those who argue there is little chance of major quakes striking New Madrid in coming centuries.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)A new analysis by Page and USGS colleague Susan Hough indicates that modern-day rumblings in the New Madrid Seismic Zone are not echoes of the 1811 to 1812 quakes, however. Instead, they are signs the seismic zone is still alive and kicking. The team’s analysis uses a model that simulates how series of aftershocks unfold—statistics that were first described by a Japanese seismologist in the 1890s. (According to that model, the number and size of aftershocks generally decrease over time in a predictable way.)For the new study, Page and Hough considered three sets of data: the number and size of the original set of quakes, the number and spacing of magnitude-6 or larger aftershocks recorded in the years after the original group of temblors, and the number and size of magnitude-4 or larger quakes recorded by seismometers in the region today. Results of the team’s statistical analysis suggest that the long-verified, more-than-a-century-old model doesn’t fit the pattern of seismicity seen on the New Madrid Seismic Zone in the past 2 centuries, the researchers report online today in Science.Specifically, the team found that if today’s magnitude-4 or larger quakes were truly aftershocks of the 1811 to 1812 quakes, then scientists should have seen about 135 magnitude-6 or larger temblors between 1812 and 2012. In fact, Page says, only two such quakes occurred. Conversely, a series of aftershocks that contains only two such moderate-sized aftershocks would also contain far fewer magnitude-4 or larger quakes than sensors actually record today. In other words, modern-day quakes are signs that the faults in the region are still accumulating stress—and sometimes releasing it as fresh rumblings.But some scientists don’t find the team’s results convincing. For example, aftershock sequences for quakes that occur at faults far from a tectonic plate boundary—such as the New Madrid Seismic Zone—often last much longer than those triggered by quakes near plate boundaries, says Seth Stein, a geophysicist at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Because those faults behave differently, he contends, the new study doesn’t show that modern-day quakes aren’t aftershocks.Stein and Mian Liu, a geophysicist at the University of Missouri, Columbia, find that GPS equipment installed throughout the region has failed to detect strain building up in Earth’s crust that would be required to trigger fresh quakes. That would suggest that the New Madrid threat is not growing, but the source of seismic stress in the region, far from any boundaries where tectonic plates jostle and scrape past each other, isn’t clear. Some scientists have argued that Earth’s crust in northern portions of North America is still slowly springing upward in response to the melting of the ice sheet that smothered the region during the last ice age. As that rebound slows, so should the buildup of stress in the crust underlying the Midwest, they say. For this reason, Stein and other scientists have in the past suggested that the New Madrid Seismic Zone is gradually dying.But previous studies don’t show seismicity in the region to be slowing down, at least over the very long term. Indeed, groups of major quakes strike the New Madrid Seismic Zone with some regularity, Page says. Geologic evidence shows that other clusters of large quakes rumbled the region around 900 A.D. and around 1450, she notes. But that recent seismic history doesn’t help predict when the next set of “big ones” will occur, or how large they’ll be. “These things don’t go off on a regular basis,” she adds.Based on previous analyses, USGS scientists have estimated the chance of having an earthquake similar to one of the 1811 to 1812 temblors in the next 50 years is about 7% to 10%, and the chance of having a magnitude-6 or larger earthquake in the next 50 years is 25% to 40%.last_img read more

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In Colombia, coffee scientists urge: Viva la resistencia!

first_imgCoffee scientists from around the world last week flew into Colombia’s Eje Cafetero region, a verdant collage of deep gullies and mountainsides covered in thousands of small-scale coffee farms framed by banana trees. At the heart of the 25th International Conference on Coffee Science (ASIC) was a burning question: how to deal with coffee leaf rust, or roya. The world’s most damaging coffee disease, leaf rust has torn through Latin America, costing farmers an estimated $1 billion and cutting some harvests by more than half in Central America. Between copious coffee breaks, scientists announced several new molecular techniques to help combat this continental epidemic.Resistant coffee plantsHelping the coffee plant defend itself from the fungus is a top priority. Colombia leads the world in developing rust-resistant coffee breeds, also known as cultivars. When coffee leaf rust—which was first spotted in East Africa in the 1860s—made it to South America in the 1970s, Colombia’s national coffee research center, Cenicafé, was already a decade into its rust resistance breeding program. Since then, it has released two major coffee cultivars—Colombia (in 1980) and Castillo (2005)—that have been effective since 1983 in tempering leaf rust while preserving the characteristics so important to world-class coffee: high yield, large grain size, great taste.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)But, like a pharmaceutical pipeline, the problem has been the time and money required to take a new coffee plant from research to market. “It takes more than 25 years to develop a new variety,” explains Pilar Moncada, a scientist at Cenicafé. “One of the ways we can reduce the amount of time is by using genetic markers to evaluate which genes are of interest to us.”At last week’s ASIC conference, Moncada presented a database of Cenicafé’s collection of coffee germplasm. It includes more than 600 characterized genetic resources, mostly Ethiopian in origin, that encode agronomically relevant characteristics like disease resistance and favorable aroma. When Moncada starts developing a new rust-resistant cultivar, she can now genetically screen her first-generation plants against this database to streamline the process. “If we have a marker that is associated with rust resistance, we don’t have to take the plant out to the fields and wait until there is a rust outbreak to see if it’s resistant.” But budget cuts have limited these genetic experiments, Moncada says. “We still need to validate the rust-resistant genes. Once we are sure they are linked, we can start with the selection.”Moncada knows genetic insights will expedite crop improvement. She’s not alone. The announcement of the sequencing of the Coffea canephora genome in Science this month was met with a buzz from coffee aficionados and researchers alike, namely because it provided new details on the chemical evolution of caffeine. But that project sequenced the C. robusta species of coffee, a large and low-quality bean that has lost its popularity in the last few decades. Sequencers have yet to completely map out the more prized C. arabica species, though they presented a draft last week in Colombia.Characterizing the fungusAnother focus was understanding the biology of the rust fungus, Hemileia vastatrix. “Coffee rust is a hacker,” explains Álvaro Gaitán, head of plant pathology at Cenicafé. “It’s always looking for a new way to get inside the plant.” Gaitán’s team is trying to arrest the infiltration of coffee rust, which occurs when the fungus spore germinates and penetrates the plant’s stomata. Researchers don’t yet know exactly what fungus is doing—or what proteins it’s secreting—to infect the coffee plant. But research into other plant rusts has implicated several proteins in this pathogenic process, making them logical candidates for study by the Colombian team.Using RNA sequencing, Gaitán’s team identified 28 genes in H. vastatrix that are associated with breaking down the defenses of the coffee plant. These coded for a series of proteins which, as it turns out, are conserved across other species of fungal rusts. The pathogens seem to use some of the same tools to gain entry into a leaf.Inhibiting this infiltration process could be key to stopping coffee leaf rust. But Gaitán warns that scientists need to be careful to target the entire range of coffee leaf rust, of which some races are more virulent than others. “We have to characterize the races of roya,” Gaitán says. “You don’t want to just target the weak rusts; you have to prove your materiel against strong rusts.” The genetic screening of leaf rusts would also enable authorities to rapidly characterize—and more quickly mitigate—the next severe leaf rust outbreak.Meanwhile, researchers say teasing apart the genetic machinery of coffee rust is relevant not only to coffee lovers but also to our global food supply. Coffee farms the world over are still planting susceptible cultivars that increasingly require pesticides to fend off disease. This heavy application of pesticides is irresponsible, Gaitán says, especially on small-holder farms like the ones dotting Colombia. “Every time you recommend the use of a pesticide you’re exposing the family, too, because they live very close to these fields,” he says. “And many of these coffee diseases are controlled by natural enemies of the fungus. You don’t want to kill those off.”*Correction, 22 September, 12:25 p.m.: This article previously misattributed the quotes and work from Pilar Moncada.last_img read more

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Shabana Azmi Named Ambassador For Project Founded by Hillary Clinton

first_imgVeteran actress and social activist Shabana Azmi has been nominated as the Global Leadership Ambassador for Women in Public Service Project (WPSP), a Hillary Clinton-founded programme aimed at empowering the next generation of women around the world.According to the official WPSP website, it is an innovative initiative to advance women to positions of influence in governments and civic organisations worldwide, and was founded by Clinton in partnership with the US Department of State and the Seven Sister Colleges of Barnard College, Bryn Mawr College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College and Wellesley College.Read it at News India Times Related Itemslast_img

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Rebuilding coastal Odisha first test for five-time CM

first_imgWinning five successive elections is no mean feat for any political party or leader, but the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and its president Naveen Patnaik managed to do just that.Major challenges are awaiting Mr. Patnaik, who will be sworn-in as Chief Minister for the fifth consecutive term on Wednesday.Mr. Patnaik has to rebuild coastal Odisha, which was badly ravaged by Cyclone Fani on May 3, days after completion of the fourth and last phase of polling in the State. He faced a similar situation after assuming power for the first time in March 2000, a few months after a super-cyclone hit the State.For a change, Mr. Patnaik has to deal with the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government at the Centre to get the State’s demands fulfilled while facing the saffron party as the main Opposition party in Odisha. The Congress was the main Opposition in the State since 2000.Mr. Patnaik has already said that his new government will have constructive cooperation with the Centre for implementation of its new programmes as well as ongoing schemes.BJP main OppositionRegarding the BJP as the main Opposition in the State, Mr. Patnaik may not face any major hurdles since his party leaders claim that the BJP’s vote share had increased in the recently held polls primarily due to the failure of the Congress to strengthen its position.Some senior BJD leaders claimed that the BJP will not be able to maintain its current strength and will face the same situation it had after the 2009 elections. The BJP had inducted about 30 leaders into its fold from other parties before the 2009 elections, but most of them quit the party subsequently, and the same thing will happen this time too, they added. The saffron party inducted about 40 leaders from the Congress and the BJD in the run-up to the recent polls.A BJP leader, however, said that they will continue to strengthen the party organisation as urban body elections are likely to be held in the State later this year. The BJP leaders are upbeat as their nominees had finished number two in a majority of Assembly and Lok Sabha seats in the simultaneous polls this time.Whatever be the political situation, Mr. Patnaik, who has a comfortable majority in the State Assembly, can look forward to a smooth fifth term as long as he succeeds in sincerely implementing his government’s welfare schemes for women, farmers, tribals and other sections of society.last_img read more

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Trophy is Work of the Whole Year: Rafael Nadal Says Ending 2019 as No.1 is Big Satisfaction

first_img atpATP FinalsATP Tour Finalsrafael nadal First Published: November 16, 2019, 10:54 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. London: It all felt a little odd at the O2 Arena on Friday.Rafael Nadal had just beaten rising Greek force Stefanos Tsitsipas in a classic scrap at the ATP Finals but had no idea whether it was good enough to keep him in the tournament. Then, moments after his 6-7(4) 6-4 7-5 victory the 19-time Grand Slam champion was presented with an enormous silver trophy by the ATP’s soon-to-be-former chief Chris Kermode.It looked and felt like a victory celebration despite the business end of the tournament still to play and Nadal’s participation in it out of his hands.But there was no denying the 33-year-old Spaniard deserved it – even though it was longtime rival Roger Federer’s sublime win over Novak Djokovic the previous night that put the trophy, for the ATP’s’ year-end number one, into his arms.Nadal won a 12th French Open title this year and then closed to within one major of Federer’s Grand Slam record when he won the U.S Open.He also reached the Australian Open final and the semis at Wimbledon, all in a year in which his confidence hit rock bottom after some shock defeats on the European clay.He arrived for the ATP Finals with doubts about an abdominal injury and had not completed a tournament since the U.S. Open in September.Yet after a disappointing display against Alexander Zverev in his opening match at the ATP Finals, he rebounded in stunning fashion to fight off two of the players expected to fill the void when Nadal, Federer and Djokovic depart stage left.On Wednesday he found himself 5-1 down in the third set against Daniil Medvedev but found an escape tunnel. Then on Friday he was a set down against strutting Greek stylist Tsitsipas before unleashing a furious onslaught to claim victory.His hopes of winning the ATP Finals title for the first time still hung in the balance, but the year-end number one ranking was secure.And how Nadal enjoyed the coronation as he moved level with Federer and Nadal who have also ended five years at the summit.”I think this trophy is the work of the whole year, a great year in all terms,” Nadal, who first achieved it in 2008, told reporters. “This trophy with me is a big personal satisfaction.”There have been some demoralising moments this year in terms of physical issues. But super happy for everything.”The big gap between the first until today, 11 years, is a big thing. I don’t know if somebody did it or not, but is something difficult.”Nadal said he was honoured to match the feat of Federer and Djokovic and pointed out that had it not been for injuries he might already have surpassed Pete Sampras’s six year-end number ones.”I cannot complain, but at some point I feel that there is a couple of years out there that I have been in a position that I had chances to be the number one and I got injured and I could not fight for it,” he said. last_img read more

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Luka Modric extends Real Madrid contract until 2020

first_imgReal Madrid and Croatian midfielder Luka Modric reached an agreement on Tuesday to extend the player’s contract until June 30, 2020, according to the Spanish football club’s official website.The player has been playing for Madrid since 2012 after arriving from Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur, reports Efe.”Luka Modric will appear before the media on Wednesday in the press room at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium,” the club said.last_img

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Ramos, Kimmich and Jesus headline FIFA 19 TOTW

first_imgThe focus may largely be on Team of the Season at this time of year, but a strong FIFA 19 Team of the Week has been unveiled by EA Sports for Ultimate Team this week.Sergio Ramos, Josh Kimmich, Gabriel Jesus and Marko Arnautovic are the stars in this week’s squad thanks to strong performances throughout the international break.Team of the Weeks at this time of year are usually less-than-desirable, but the brief return of international football will add strong in-form cards to packs alongside the Serie A and Eredivisie Team of the Seasons. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ramos is the obvious headliner this week, as the 93-rated centre-back leads the TOTW after shining with two goals in wins over the Faroe Islands and Sweden. The Real Madrid defender missed out on a Team of the Year item due to Real Madrid’s struggles but did recently have a UEFA Champions League Premium Squad Building Challenge to commemorate his goal in the 2014 final.He is joined by Germany’s Kimmich, who earns a position switch from right-back to the midfield, while the likes of Jesus and Arnautovic are joined by Ivan Perisic, Salomon Rondon and Yevhen Konoplyanka as attacking options.Meanwhile, England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has been recognised for his Nations League efforts, which included a finish in a penalty shootout win against Switzerland in the third-place match.The team also includes the likes of RB Leipzig defender Willi Orban, Israeli forward Eran Zahavi and Benfica defender Ruben Dias, who could prove useful in SBCs due to their high ratings.See the full squad below…STARTING XIFIFA 19 TOTWGK – Jordan Pickford – Everton CB – Sergio Ramos – Real Madrid CB – Wili Orban – RB LeipzigCB – Ruben Dias – BenficaLM – Ivan Perisic – InterCDM – Joshua Kimmich – GermanyCM -Nicolo Barella – CagliariLM – Yevhen Konoplyanka – SchalkeST – Eran Zahavi – Guangzhou R&FST – Gabriel Jesus – Manchester CityST – Marko Arnautovic – West HamBENCHGK – Angel Galvan – TenerifeCB – Kaan Ayhan – Fortuna DusseldorfCM – Matheus Uribe – Club AmericaRM – Ilsinho – Philadelphia UnionST – Salomon Rondon – Newcastle ST – Patrik Schick – RomaST – Teemu Pukki – Norwichlast_img read more

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Volkswagen is Bringing Back the Classic Microbus and We Can’t Wait

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Watch This Bugatti Chiron Shatter a World Speed Record at More Than 300 MPH 1 of 19 Next What’s old is new; what once was cool is cool once more. At least that’s the case with Volkswagen’s classic Microbus. Icon of the late 1960s and ’70s, the “slug worm” fell out of style (apart from the surfer troop) for a number of decades until a recent resurgence in popularity (partially due to the rise of “van life”).Microbus models that could be picked up for a few thousand dollars just five years ago are now selling for five, 10, or even 20times more. Volkswagen hasn’t been on the best footing since the Dieselgate crisis, but it appears the German automaker has timed one thing perfectly: It’s reinvestment in the Microbus shape.After an overwhelmingly positive reception to its I.D. Buzz Concept that debuted at the 2017 Detroit Motor Show, VW has announced it will build a production version of the Microbus.“After the presentations at the global motor shows in Detroit and Geneva, we received a large number of letters and emails from customers who said, ‘Please build this car,’” Volkswagen brand CEO Herbert Diess said in a statement.Like the concept, the production I.D. Buzz van will utilize an all-electric powertrain and a number of semi-autonomous features to blend old-school style with modern tech. In addition to a consumer version for United States, Europe, and China, Volkswagen will build a commercial model called the I.D. Buzz Cargo. The commercial vehicle will compete with models like the RAM ProMaster City, Nissan NV200, and Ford Transit Connect.An electric motor paired with a retro design might seem like an odd pairing, but Diess says it’s the only way to get the Microbus styling right: “We’ve tried six or seven times to bring back the Microbus over the years. It was never right. When you added an engine to the design, it changed everything.”The production I.D. Buzz will boast a range of 270-plus miles, 369 horsepower, a 111 kWh battery pack, and a fast-charging system. We’re due for a wait, though, as the van is slated for release in 2022. That should give you plenty of time to tie-dye your wardrobe and find some over-sized peace signs.“The I.D. Buzz stands for the new Volkswagen,” said Diess. “We are fully committed to the future of mobility, and we want to reignite America’s love for VW.”Article originally published August 29, 2017. Last updated June 25, 2018, to include a few more details. 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now center_img Glimpse the Future of Camper Vans in the Stunning Hymer VisionVenture Previous The New Land Rover Defender Is Just as Glorious as We Expected The Lampuga Air Inflatable Jetboard Is a Go-Anywhere Aqua Thrill Ridelast_img read more

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Cheryl FernandezVersini To Fund New Princes Trust Centre

first_imgCheryl Fernandez-Versini has teamed up with The Prince’s Trust to help establish a new state-of-the-art centre in the heart of Newcastle to support thousands of disadvantaged young people from across the region.She has committed to raise £2million to help get the centre up and running, through her own charitable foundation, Cheryl’s Trust. The pop star is planning a host of exciting fundraising activities across the region over the coming months.The Centre, which will allow the Prince’s Trust to support almost 4,000 young people in the North East each year, will help the region’s most at-risk young people, including those facing drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness, mental health problems and those leaving care, to turn their lives around.Cheryl, who officially launched her campaign at the charity’s current centre in the west end of the city, met with some of the young people who have already worked with The Prince’s Trust to find out how the charity’s support has helped them.Cheryl said: “I’m proud of where I grew up but I’m only too aware of the challenges that young people faced. Opportunities often seem pretty limited and I saw so many friends who had loads of potential fall into a life of alcohol, drugs and crime. Sadly, many got in too deep, and never found their way back to a happy life.“It’s really scary to see that this is still happening in so many communities across the UK. Too many young people are wasting their lives away because they feel they have no-one to turn to.“My life could have turned out very differently if I didn’t have the support of my family who believed in me and told me I could achieve anything. A little bit of self-belief can go a long way. I know how lucky I am.“The young people The Prince’s Trust works with, day in day out, are those who are unemployed, have no qualifications and sometimes even suffer with mental health issues and drug and alcohol addiction. They are often already resigned to the belief they will fail in life.“That’s why I am raising money to open the new Centre here in Newcastle. I want to give back and help young people who feel like they’ll never achieve anything reach their dreams and live a happy life.”The new centre will enable The Prince’s Trust to provide enhanced support to vulnerable young people on a range of its programmes. The partnership will also see the opening of a new music studio and a state-of-the-art digital media hub within the centre, where young people will be able to gain confidence and skills in music and media.Martina Milburn CBE, Chief Executive of The Prince’s Trust, said: “I am truly inspired by Cheryl’s passion and determination to help young people who are the most disengaged from society – especially those who are battling drug and alcohol addiction. We know that Cheryl is genuinely passionate about this cause, and over the years she’s met a number of the young people we support at The Prince’s Trust.“As a charity, The Prince’s Trust relies on generous support from individuals and organisations. The Centre will change thousands of lives each year and I’d like to thank Cheryl for her generosity.”Source:Prince’s Trustlast_img read more

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Man Arrested in Kenitra for Selling Police Academy Entrance Exams

Rabat – A man who promised candidates access to entrance exams to Kenitra’s police academy in exchange for a feehas been arrested.The man was stopped by police near the academy in Kenitra last week, found to be carrying sums of money varying between MAD 15,000 and 30,000.The money was discovered to have been given to him by four policeacademy hopefuls accompanying him.An ensuing investigation revealed that the arrested man had promised them participation in the academy, for a fee. When he was arrested, the man also had a set of personal documents in his possession that did not belong to him.Currently in remand, the unnamed man hadpreviously been arrested for drug trafficking and accused of fraud and identity theft. The police have identified two of his accomplices, who they are in the process of arresting. read more

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Ombudsman releases hypoglycemic drivers rpt

(Update)It’s been nearly five years since a Hamilton high school teacher went into diabetic shock behind the wheel causing a crash that killed three innocent people. But Wednesday, Ontario’s ombudsman released a report aimed at ensuring a tragedy like it never happens again.A bureaucratic farce. Those are the words that Ombudsman Andre Marin used to describe the series of circumstances that allowed Allan Maki to drive while suceptible to episodes of hypoglycemia.It was completely preventable. And to according Ombudsman Andre Marin, it was the system that failed: “This is where the tragic tale turned to beaurocratic farce.”It was June 26th 2009. High school teacher Allan Maki goes into diabetic shock while driving. His car hits a cyclist named Tong Vi Duong, and then a car carrying newlyweds Jeffery Roche and Hanna Gordon Roche. All three were killed. As criminal proceedings went forward, the victims’ family members noted that Maki’s license was not even suspended until 18 months after the crash.Marin said: “If the system didn’t kick to suspend Mr. Maki’s license for one and a half years, later, how can we be confident that it is working to monitor at risk drivers.”Maki is a type 1 diabetic, and when he renewed his license two years before the crash, it was on an outdated form. 19 recommendations to the Ministry of Transportation, include that the ministry update it’s medical history form and that the medical review section clearly reviews forms more carefully. Also that they work more closely with the medical community to proactively monitor at risk patients.Rupert Gordon is the victims brother: “It actually feels positive, my sister and my brother in law were very positive people.”Rupert Gordon had been in contact with the ombudsman’s office through the entire process and he says today brings something positive from a tragic incident, and corrects systematic failure: “To know that the kinds of things that were present in the system are the kinds of things that we can actually affect change with, in order to make sure that other don’t go through this experience, that’s a good thing, that means a lot to me and a think there are ways in which it honors the people that we love.”The Ministry of Transportation has agreed to adopt all of the suggested changes, in the hopes of preventing future tragedies. read more

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South Korea says 2 farms tested negative for swine fever

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — South Korea says tests on dead pigs from two farms near its border with North Korea came back negative for African swine fever, at least temporarily easing fears over the spread of the illness that has ravaged pig herds across Asia.South Korea’s agriculture ministry said Saturday it will continue to maintain an elevated level of quarantine and preventive measures at farms near the border following an outbreak that was confirmed earlier this week.Workers have so far culled more than 10,000 pigs to contain the disease after the country’s first two cases were confirmed in the towns of Paju and Yeoncheon, which are near the border.The North reported an outbreak near its border with China in May.African swine fever is harmless to people but fatal for pigs.The Associated Press read more

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Opinion Thursday Night Football negatively affecting the NFL

Atlanta Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann forces New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees into throwing one of five interceptions on the night at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia, on Thursday, November 29, 2012. Atlanta topped the Saints, 23-13.Credit: Courtesy of TNSAmerican football is loved by millions across the country.It’s the most popular sport by far and has the most television viewers. It’s so popular that we have NFL games on more days than just Sundays and Mondays.The highly anticipated Monday Night Football game takes place each week — as it has since 1970 ­— and typically draws the attention of millions of Americans.Then there’s Thursday Night Football, which began in 2006. Prime-time matchups that are supposed to be as thrilling and exciting as the ones on Monday night. This season, however, that has not been the case.But the thing is, I don’t think those Thursday games should happen at all.The NFL and TV networks get a lot of money for airing them, but these games are actually hurting the league and — most importantly — the players.But before I get into how the players are suffering from these games, let’s take a look at this season’s Thursday night games so far.The first five Thursday night games of the 2014 season were complete blowouts, with the winning teams outscoring their opponents, 205-60.The past two weeks have been a little better, with the Texans coming back from a blowout-like deficit but ultimately falling to the Colts 33-28, and the Patriots narrowly escaping the Jets 27-25.But scores of games can’t explain why these matchups have been — more often than not — mediocre.So what is it that makes these games so one-sided and poorly played?It seems the root cause might be that the players are just not ready for these games.They go out and perform on Sunday or Monday and give it everything they’ve got. Then, they normally get an entire week to recover before they play again.With a Thursday night game though, they only get three days to relax and get ready to play again, not to mention that one day of those three has to be used for travel if the team has to play on the road.Players and coaches around the league have been vocal about their feeling towards Thursday night games.Then-Indianapolis Colts and current-Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians told The News-Sentinel in 2012 that he has witnessed the negative consequences Thursday games have on the athletes.“(I’ve) seen guys that go in the game (on Sunday), get off the flight and can’t walk … It’s great for the NFL Network, obviously. But I think it’s very, very taxing on these athletes, especially when we talk so much about player safety.”A game as physical as football takes such a huge toll on a player’s body every week that they need sufficient time to recover after their games.The NFL has been implementing rules to help keep players safe on the field, but they’re ignoring this Thursday night dilemma that could be just as dangerous to the well-being of their players.The league continues with these games because it makes money, which is why the amount of Thursday night games has increased to a full season.Players keep criticizing the NFL, claiming that it’s hypocritical for preaching the idea of player safety while adding in these short-rest games, and I agree with them 100 percent.“It’s just like being in a car crash,” Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush told CBS-Detroit in 2013. “I touched the ball at least 20 to 30 times a game, that’s 20 to 30 car crashes you’re in in two hours. It’s tough to get your body back ready that quick for a game on Thursday.”Health of the players should come before money. A change needs to be made, whether it’s changing the day of the week of these games or nixing the idea completely.Friday and Saturday nights have become college football territory so there aren’t really any better options for moving the games.When it comes down to it, it just doesn’t seem logical to continue these Thursday night games in the NFL.They’re too detrimental to the players’ safety and will eventually hurt the league as a whole. You can’t make money if there’s no one to play in your games. read more

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Mens Basketball Ohio State returns home for daunting matchup against No 1

Ohio State junior guard C.J. Jackson (3) drives to the paint in the first half in the game against Michigan on Dec. 4. Ohio State won 71-62. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State (12-4, 3-0 Big Ten) has squared off against three currently ranked opponents this season. It lost all three games — all by double-digits. To end its losing streak against the top teams in the nation, it will have to pull one of the biggest upsets in the season when it hosts No. 1 Michigan State Sunday at the Schottenstein Center.The game starts at 4:30 p.m. on CBS. Here’s what to expect.Projected startersMichigan State:G — Joshua Langford — Sophomore, 6-foot-5, 210 lbs., 13.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.7 apgG — Cassius Winston — Sophomore, 6-foot, 185 lbs., 12.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 7.3 apg, G/F — Miles Bridges — Sophomore, 6-foot-7, 225 lbs., 16.9 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 3.1 apgF — Jaren Jackson Jr. — Freshman, 6-foot-11, 242 lbs., 10.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.3 apgF — Nick Ward — Sophomore, 6-foot-8, 245 lbs., 15.4 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 3.1 apgOhio State:G — C.J. Jackson — Junior, 6-foot-1, 175 lbs., 13.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 4.3 apgG — Kam Williams — Redshirt senior, 6-foot-2, 185 lbs., 8.3 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 0.4 apgF — Jae’Sean Tate — Senior, 6-foot-4, 230 lbs., 12.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.8 apgF — Keita Bates-Diop — Redshirt junior, 6-foot-7, 235 lbs., 19.3 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.4 apgC — Kaleb Wesson — Freshman, 6-foot-9, 270 lbs., 11.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 0.8 apgScouting Michigan StateThe Spartans are arguably the most complete team on both sides of the ball Ohio State will face all season. They rank in the top 15 for both points scored and points allowed this season and lead the nation with a plus-26.6 scoring margin. What makes Michigan State such a challenging offense to defend is its ability to score from all ranges. This season it has spread out its point distribution quite a bit with 51.5 percent of its offense coming from inside the arc, 31.3 percent outside and 17.2 percent from the free-throw line, according to Ken Pomeroy.And regardless of where the Spartans are on the court, it is more than capable of making the shots. It ranks in the top 10 in both 3-point and 2-point shooting this season with 42.4 percent from the 3 and 59.5 percent for two. It has a 61 percent effective field goal percentage, according to Pomeroy.That versatility of the Spartans is equally effective on defense. Their 39.4 effective field goal percentage allowed ranks No. 1 in the nation, according to Pomeroy. Opposing offenses have found more success from beyond 3-point range, shooting 33.4 percent from beyond the arc and just 32.8 percent inside (lowest in the nation). Michigan State also blocks the most shot, averaging 8.4 blocks per game. What to expectNearly any opponent Michigan State faces looks outmatched, and that remains true for the Buckeyes. Ohio State was never all that close with No. 12 UNC on Dec. 23, losing 86-72, and was blown out by No. 19 Gonzaga, 86-59, on Nov. 23.Ohio State is not a team that relies on 3-point shooting for offense and has its most success when it drives to the basket. Only 26.7 percent of its points this season have come from the 3 while 54.4 percent have come within the perimeter, according to Pomeroy. That does not bode well against a team like Michigan State that is one of the better interior defenders in the nation. The Buckeyes do have a statistical edge when it comes to both forcing and limiting turnovers. The Spartans have turned the ball over 19.5 percent of the time and forced turnovers only 17.6 percent of the time, 212th and 250th in the nation by Pomeroy, respectively.Particularly as of late, the Buckeyes have done a much better job limiting their own turnovers. They currently sit at No. 140 in the nation at 18.5 percent while forcing the 114th-most turnovers in the country at 20.2 percent. Ohio State has a few promising matchups against Michigan State statistically, but overall this will be a challenge for the Buckeyes. If head coach Chris Holtmann is going to get his first signature win with the Scarlet and Gray, a lot will have to go right for his team.Prediction:Michigan State wins 80-65 read more

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Womens tennis falls to Northwestern in seasons 1st conference loss

The OSU women’s tennis team lost its first conference match of the season to perennial powerhouse No. 18 Northwestern, 5-2, on Friday. Temperatures during the match fell below 50 degrees, and wind gusts reached 33 mph. The loss drops the Buckeyes (10-8) to third place behind Michigan and Northwestern in the Big Ten with a 3-1 conference record. The Buckeyes, playing without injured senior Paloma Escobedo, were losing, 4-0, and facing a shutout when senior Cami Hubbs and sophomore Fidan Manashirova dug in. Manashirova ground out a hard-earned win against Northwestern’s Linda Abu Mushrefova in straight sets, 6-4, 7-6. Hubbs followed up her teammate’s win by defeating Northwestern’s Stacey Lee, 6-4, 7-6. “It was a really good win, and I felt really good out there,” Hubbs said. “I think we really showed (Northwestern) today … it doesn’t matter where, we’re going to be a contender.” Manashirova agreed. “This was a really good match for me,” she said. “I feel like the higher I play, the more competition I get, and I get to test myself.” Despite the setback, coach Chuck Merzbacher and his players are optimistic their tenacity will benefit them for the remainder of the season. “They never stopped fighting,” Merzbacher said. “We’re going to keep battling, and when you do that, you get in a position to win.” Fortunately for the Buckeyes, the loss Friday hasn’t curbed their focus. “I think the sky’s the limit for us,” Manashirova said. “We have to bring our best tennis every match.” Manashirova and the Buckeyes will need to bring their best tennis Saturday when they travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., to take on Big Ten leader Michigan before traveling to Michigan State on Sunday. Merzbacher is confident his team will respond. “I think we’re going to build on it,” he said. “Spirits are high. We’re strong, and I feel like we’re ready for that trip.” read more

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Fishery puts up fences around lake to stop fish being slaughtered by

first_imgOver the last few years the Environment Agency has released to the Angling Trust more than £1m from the £21m a year it nets from rod licences. The trust then awards grants to fisheries wishing to install otter-proof fencing to protect their stock. Carp fish eaten by otters at a fishery in North WalesCredit:BNPS One of Britain’s premier fisheries has spent tens of thousands of pounds putting up fencing to protect its prized fish from being slaughtered by otters.More than two miles of 6ft-tall wire fencing now surrounds the two lakes at the fishery that are filled with carp, including Britain’s biggest weighing 80lbs.Large coarse fish can be worth as much as £30,000 a piece as they attract anglers who pay good money for the chance to catch them. But in recent years carp and barbel have been threatened by the resurgence of the wild otter population in Britain, which eat the fish. A number of fisheries have had to close as a result of the loss of stock. Wingham Fisheries near Canterbury, Kent, has become the latest to fence off their rural lakes with the barriers.The move comes after the UK Wild Otter Trust admitted mistakes were made when hundreds of protected otters were released into the countryside in the 1980s and 90s to boost their dwindling numbers. Steve Burke, who owns Wingham Fisheries, said it was only a matter of time before otters targeted his fish that include nine carp weighing more than 50lbs, prompting him to install the fencing.He said: “It’s only a matter of time before otters arrive everywhere, and with the size of the lakes and the terrain we couldn’t have put up fencing quickly. Steve Burke standing in front of Wingham Fisheries otter fenceCredit:Steve Burke/BNPS  “In the meantime we could have lost some historic fish. It was therefore essential to act before otters returned to this area of Kent.”Having spent over 20 years creating something beyond my wildest dreams I couldn’t stand by and allow it to be destroyed in perhaps as many weeks.”It’s been a massive cost, but clearly the right thing to do.”It is not known how much the fencing has cost. The fishery received a grant from the Angling Trust to fund some of the work.Otter numbers plummeted in Britain in the 1950s due largely to pollution from pesticides and habitat loss.But since otter hunting was banned in 1978 and organochlorine pesticides were phased out they have successfully recolonised many of our waterways, with the help of wildlife conservationists.The otters enjoy protective status and it is illegal to harm them or interfere with their habitat. Martin Salter, head of campaigns at the Angling Trust, said: “Individual specimen fish, especially big carp, are prized by anglers who pay several hundreds of pounds a year in club membership fees to fish such waters.”The value of record or near-record breaking fish can be measured in many thousands of pounds.”We are seeing that fishery owners are prepared to spend substantial sums of money to protect their stock from otter predation, mainly through installing heavy duty fencing.”Otters are an apex predator, they didn’t need any outside assistance in their recovery. Their numbers returned once we stopped using horrible pesticides.”The artificial introduction of them was both unnecessary and, in some ways, down right irresponsible as the conservationists did it without any consultation with fisheries.”center_img Steve Burke stood in front of Wingham Fisheries otter fence Carp fish eaten by otters at a fishery in North Wales David Webb, chairman of the trust, said more research should have been carried out into the effects they had on rivers and fisheries.He also conceded that the carnivorous mammals would have regenerated naturally without the help from wildlife campaigners. It’s only a matter of time before otters arrive everywhere, and with the size of the lakes and the terrain we couldn’t have put up fencing quickly.Steve Burke, owner of Wingham Fisheries Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Tin output from Inner Mongolia set to expand

first_imgA visit to tin operations in the Inner Mongolia region of China by ITA staff at the end of May 2018 has revealed that mine production in the province may reach 17,400 t/y in the next five years, up from 6,500 t in 2017.Inner Mongolia is currently the fourth-largest tin mining province of China, producing some 6,500 t of tin-in-concentrate in 2017. The Yinman Mining and Huanggang Mining companies represent the majority of current output. Yinman Mining’s Baiyinchagan mine entered production in March 2017 and produced 3,000 t of tin-in-concentrate during the year. Huanggang Mining’s Huang Gangliang mine produced some 1,800 t of tin-in-concentrate in 2017 with stable production anticipated in the coming years.Growth in tin production from the province is expected to be driven by expanded production from the Baiyinchagan mine, where annual production is expected to increase to 10,000 t over the next three years following improvements to recovery rates and the processing facility. A new tin mine, Weilasituo, is also planned for construction following the discovery of a tin deposit in 2013, with output of 3,000 t/y of tin targeted by 2020.The ITS’s view is that “the prospects for tin production in Inner Mongolia are generally positive although there are still some uncertainties for mine production from some of the smaller mines. The local government is becoming stricter in regulating mining in the province and receiving permits for new projects is becoming increasingly difficult. Tin mine output in 2018 is forecast at 10,400 t or 11% of total anticipated Chinese production.last_img read more

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Capcom Essentials pack leaks bundles five PS3 games for just 60

first_imgOn October 8 Capcom is set to offer PS3 owners a pretty sweet deal in the form of the Capcom Essentials game pack. Unfortunately, Capcom hasn’t been able to officially announce the pack themselves as EB Games Canada has jumped the gun and listed it on their website.Capcom Essentials brings together five Capcom games, including:Dead Rising 2Devil May Cry 4MegaMan 10Resident Evil 6Super Street Fighter IVThe best bit? It only costs $59.99. What we don’t know yet is whether Capcom has created new packaging for the bundle, with 5 discs in a single pack, or instead just decided to put a cardboard sleeve around 5 PS3 cases. It’s more cost effective to make a special pack and use less plastic and paper, but then Essentials may be a clever way to get rid of existing stock quickly.If you own one or more of these games then the pack may still be worth picking up depending on the trade in value of each title. And that trade in value is probably going to drop sharply once the Essentials pack is out as loads of people will have a game or two they want to trade.As is the case with the introduction of every new generation of console hardware, gamers can expect to get some pretty sweet deals on current gen titles. I doubt this will be the last multi-game offer we see as the launch of the PS4 and Xbox One draws ever closer.last_img read more

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The Legend of Zelda The Wind Waker HD is how remakes should

first_imgThe idea of taking a game that has been out for years and releasing it not only as a whole new game, but as a bundle geared to sell more consoles, is nothing short of a magic trick in my opinion. Yet somehow that is exactly what has happened with The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD for the Wii U. What’s more, Nintendo did such a good job that I feel they have set a new standard upon which other remakes and ports should be judged.The Wind Waker holds a special place in the hearts of many Zelda fans because of the sheer size of it. Much of the game involves travelling across a vast map by boat, such that you could truly spend days exploring every inch of it if you wanted to. It was responsible for not only re-igniting the franchise, but adding an entire generation of new players into the fold. The limitations of the GameCube forced Nintendo to be creative with the art in the game, but the cell shaded world quickly became the favorite over its predecessors.As a result, The Wind Waker was widely accepted as one of the best games ever released for the console. It’s not hard to see why Nintendo chose this as the title to resurrect for their currently stumbling Wii U console, but Nintendo had to tread lightly in releasing this game. If it wasn’t perfect, they’d only further doom their current console. The game needed to not only be an HD port of the original in terms of gameplay, but carefully modified to take advantage of the second screen on the Wii U GamePad. Nintendo’s execution here is not without its flaws, but the overall experience is fantastic.Now available in HDFirst things first, how big a deal is the bump from SD GameCube-era Wind Waker to the new Wii U HD Wind Waker? The cool thing about cell shaded art is that it looks neat regardless of what you play it on. Plug a GameCube or a Dolphin emulator into your TV and fire up Wind Waker and you’ll still have a decent looking image on the screen. Things will be a little fuzzy around the edges, and most things a few feet away from the focus point in the game will be blurry, but overall it’s perfectly playable. It’s not until you see the games side-by-side that you really grasp what the HD improvements really are.The HD enhancements to Wind Waker for the Wii U don’t just add a general sharpness to everything in the foreground, but significant depth as well. This is most apparent during the many times you’re sailing from one place to another in the game. You’re ability to see what is ahead of you has been dramatically improved, which is a big deal when you decide to kill an afternoon farming an area of the map for the many treasures that lay under the surface. It’s not enough to change how you play the game, but it is certainly an all around improvement that makes some of the more tedious parts of the game that much more enjoyable.You may also notice that the colors in the HD version of Wind Waker are softer. In some places, this actually feels like a disservice. The softer, more textured, and frankly alive blues in the sky had previously been a mostly flat sheet of impressively deep blue. This is common for large spaces of color like the sky in Wind Waker HD, but in smaller areas the differences are obvious improvements. When Link picks up an item and raises it to the sky in his uniquely celebratory fashion, that item is more often than not dramatically more ornate and realistic looking, in a way that is almost out of place against the cell shaded backdrop of whatever level you are currently on.For an HD remake of an existing game with an animation style as iconic and intentionally childish as Wind Waker, Nintendo did a great job of giving the game modern visuals without disrupting the appeal of the title. Anyone guilty of already spending ridiculous quantities of time on this game will absolutely enjoy doing so again, only now on a much larger and significantly higher quality television.The second screen you didn’t know you neededFor better or worse, there will probably never be another controller like the GameCube controller. Nintendo has moved on to several different controller designs, and so Wind Waker needed to be adjusted to take advantage of the pros and cons of these new layouts. For this release, Nintendo needed to figure out the most appropriate way to approach the second screen on the Wii U GamePad without disrupting the actual gameplay. The end result is simple, elegant, and so much better than the previous system for this same interaction.Like most games of its era, the inventory system for Wind Waker wasn’t great. You just didn’t go into your inventory if you were in the middle of combat, because there’s no way it’d be worth it to you to break up the battle like that. It turns out that if you have a huge touch screen in the middle of your controller, you can quickly make the necessary inventory changes by dragging items into their corresponding slots in your item layout. This means you can quickly equip whatever tool you need for the task at hand by only looking away from the screen for a second. This doesn’t do anything to radically change the actual gameplay, but it makes the one non-game part of the gameplay all but disappear.Unfortunately, taking advantage of this cool feature means you have to actually use the Wii U GamePad. Nintendo’s massive second screen controller is just not going to be as comfortable for those all night gaming sessions. Even if you don’t mind using it for hours on end, the battery in the controller only lasts for about four hours. Something in the translation is lost when you try to recreate losing a Saturday to Wind Waker only to find yourself tethered to the closest wall outlet in order to keep playing.Fortunately you can also play with the Wii U Pro Controller if you have one, but you either lose the cool inventory system or you keep the GamePad on a cradle close by and wind up using both controllers occasionally. It’s not the best environment, but ultimately only effects people willing to sit and play for hours and hours.Is this worth it?The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD is available for $50 if you already have a Wii U, or for $350 if you want to get the limited edition console with it included. Nintendo feels they have done enough here to justify charging full price for an HD remake of the game, and I am inclined to agree with them. Many will purchase the game just out of nostalgia, and this will most certainly be a game that drives Wii U console sales, though not enough to make any reasonable impost on the market share of the Wii U in general.Nintendo has given their core audience exactly what they wanted, and opened the door for HD remakes of other popular first-party classics if this release is at all successful. This isn’t likely to be a major turning point for the Wii U, but Zelda fans everywhere have reason to rejoice. 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