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Aspiring to win another Olympic medal, Rio Games bronze medallist Sakshi Malik on Tuesday said wrestling for her was like offering a prayer.Sakshi became the first woman wrestler from India to bag an Olympic medal at the Rio Games last year.”I want to become the first woman wrestler to win Olympic medal twice,” Sakshi said on the sidelines of an event here on the International World Wrestling Day.”For me, wrestling is like a ‘puja’. I am what I am today because of the sport, which has taught me that there are no shortcuts to success,” the 24-year-old wrestler told PTI.Datsun redi-GO Sport brand ambassador Sakshi, who launched Datsun Care — a new service package plan for new redi-GO owners, said she was gearing up for the World Championship, to be held in Paris in August.”It (training) is ongoing. I will try to improve further because you never stop learning.”Sakshi, who got married last month, said nothing has changed after marriage and she would continue her wrestling.”It depends on your mindset. There are many foreign wrestlers who are married, have children and are still winning medals,” she said.Haryana is infamous for its sex ratio but Sakshi feels that “the mindset towards girl child has changed to a great extent”.”Definitely, there has been a change. Things have changed for the better from the days I took up wrestling. Now girls are being encouraged by their parents. Many parents ask me that they want their girls to take up wrestling. So, there is a vast change.advertisement”However, in some cases, many girls also approach me asking me to talk to their parents. I tell their parents that a girl can equally achieve what a boy can in any sport. I proved it and many girls have done so,” she said.Asked if India has emerged as a sporting nation in recent past, Sakshi said, “There is a big change. Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi sir wants India to be a sporting power. An Olympic Task Force has been set up, it will have an impact.Slowly, things are changing.”Insisting that there were no “shortcuts to success”, Sakshi said: “Do whatever you have to with full dedication only then one can one achieve success.”Always say no to drugs. It is a wrong thing to do in life, be it sports or any other field.”Sakshi made it clear that she has no plans of entering Bollywood.”No, no never,” she replied firmly.
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Next The Ashes, 2nd Test: England pick up crucial wickets before rain wrecks Day 3The rain forced early stumps on Day 3 at Lord’s after England pacers ran through Australia’s top-order in 2nd Ashes Test. Australia, who trail England by 178 runs, will resume their innings on Saturday 80/4.advertisement Reuters LondonAugust 16, 2019UPDATED: August 16, 2019 22:53 IST Rain wiped out the final two sessions at Lord’s. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPersistent rain throughout the afternoon led to the day’s play finally being called offAustralia, who added 50 runs to their overnight total, trail by 178 runsEngland fought back on the third day in the second test of the Ashes on FridayEngland fought back on the third day in the second test of the Ashes on Friday, picking up three top-order wickets to reduce Australia to 80-4 before rain wiped out the final two sessions at Lord’s.The tourists, who added 50 runs to their overnight total, trail by 178 runs and they will need a significantly lower-order contribution on Saturday to put pressure back on England.England’s seamers struggled at first to take advantage of favourable bowling conditions but made the breakthrough when Jofra Archer trapped Cameron Bancroft (13) lbw with the score at 60-2.Usman Khawaja (36) followed quickly after, edging Chris Woakes into the gloves of Jonny Bairstow and then Stuart Broad removed Travis Head (7), leg before.But Steve Smith, who struck two centuries in the opening Test at Edgbaston was unbeaten on 13 when the umpires took the players off for rain in the final over before lunch.England vs Australia, 2nd Test, Day 3 HighlightsPersistent rain throughout the afternoon led to the day’s play finally being called off shortly before 5.30 pm local time with just 24.1 overs possible in the day.England will hope they can remove Smith early on the fourth day and get into the Australian lower-order but on a surface that suggests low scores, every outcome remains possible for the final two days.Also Read | Need time to think about future as England captain: Eoin MorganAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Ashes 2019Follow England VS AustraliaFollow Lord’s
Mumbai: The rupee on Monday advanced by 15 paise to close at 68.54 against the US currency, tracking gains in domestic equities and weakness in the greenback overseas.At the interbank foreign exchange market, the rupee opened at 68.59 a dollar and advanced to a high of 68.51 during the day. It finally settled at 68.54, up 15 paise against its previous close of 68.69. Forex traders said Indian rupee gained taking cues from the higher Asian currencies. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”Asian currencies gained after China’ economic growth data came in line with estimates and factory output and retail sales data for June beat the estimates, hinting at a recovery in the economy,” said V K Sharma, Head PCG and Capital Markets Strategy, HDFC Securities. The dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, slipped 0.01 per cent to 96.80. Rajesh Cheruvu, the Chief Investment Officer of Validus Wealth stated that the US dollar weakened post China’s GDP data for the second quarter. According to analysts, Chinese data confirms slowdown fears which could play a role in tinkering of interest rate by the US Federal Reserve. Meanwhile, the 10-year government bond yield was at 6.43 per cent on Monday.
A new film highlights the global sustainability work of The Prince’s Charities, founded by the Prince of Wales.Video: Prince Charles And Global Sustainability“I have long been deeply concerned about the effect our modern, highly industrialised approach is having on nature’s capacity to sustain life on Earth,” said Prince Charles. “There is a growing set of alarming problems which, if not addressed with real urgency, will severely affect nature’s capacity to keep her life support systems running and thus guarantee the well-being of billions of people around the world.“It is worth bearing in mind that bodies like the UN have produced countless reports showing the damage we have so far been responsible for. In the last half century alone, not only have we depleted over a third of the world’s farmable soil, we have so intensified the way we produce food we are now using far more water than we did, even though there is less fresh water available.“In that same 50 years we have also burned down over a third of the world’s tropical rainforests and are still doing so – despite the fact that they are actually the lungs of the world. An area the size of a football pitch goes up in smoke every four seconds – that’s over 26,000 football pitches a day! As a result, we have destroyed more than 80,000 species on which, did we but know it, we depend for our long term health and welfare. Everything is interconnected.“Thus, because these forests produce billions of tonnes of rainwater every day, we now risk big consequences for our ability to grow all the food we will need to feed what will soon be a global population of nine billion people. And all of these problems are being compounded by climate change, an effect the experts ominously call “a threat multiplier.” For many years I have sought to highlight that this all adds up to something far more than an “environmental crisis.” We are fast engineering a global economic crisis.“This film demonstrates the work of those initiatives I have set up through which I aim to bring together leaders of organizations and government and those from the corporate world to share their knowledge and forge practical solutions. They range from trying to establish more sustainable fisheries and better ways of managing farming within tropical forests, to the creation of more sustainable approaches to food production and more local forms of food distribution, not to mention clever financial mechanisms that enable global corporations to do things differently for the good of the Earth and for their profits. This is the work of my International Sustainability Unit and of the British Asian Trust.“The film also profiles the Cambridge Programme for Sustainable Leadership, of which I have been patron for 20 years, and the work of a project I established in 2004, called Accounting for Sustainability. This works with the corporate world and within government to ensure we are not battling to meet the challenges of the 21st Century with the decision-making techniques and corporate reporting systems of the 20th Century. If we are to guarantee the well-being of our grandchildren and their grandchildren, then genuine sustainability has to become embedded in the DNA of business and government. As this film shows, without a resilient approach to business and economics, I am afraid we run the risk of bequeathing those who follow us something far worse.”Source:PrinceOfWales.gov.uk
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Netflix shares surged to an all-time high following the news that Barack Obama and Netflix reportedly are negotiating a deal for the former president and his wife, Michelle, to produce shows exclusively for the streaming service.The proposed deal was reported Friday by The New York Times, which cited people familiar with the discussions who were not identified.The report sent shares to an all-time high of $326.74 earlier. The Los Gatos, California, company’s stock reached $326.07 in afternoon trading, marking a gain of nearly 3 per cent.Netflix did not respond for a request for comment. Obama spokeswoman Katie Hill declined comment on the report.Obama senior adviser Eric Schultz, in a statement provided to The Associated Press, said the Obamas believe in the power of storytelling to inspire.Schultz said the couple continues to explore new ways to help others share their stories.The New York Times reported that Obama doesn’t intend to use his Netflix shows to respond directly to President Donald Trump or conservative critics.
FMM notes that people have the right to express their views and that right is guaranteed under the Sri Lankan constitution. The Free Media Movement (FMM) says three human rights activists are facing threats after they attended the Geneva UN Human Rights Council sessions.According to FMM, some articles and news items appearing in the state media last week have placed the lives of human rights activists Pakiasothy Sarawanamuttu, Sunila Abeysekara and Nimalka Fernando at risk. FMM noted that by not ensuring the freedom of expression the government will be ignoring the advice of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) which had also stressed on the need to protect freedom of expression. According to FMM the three human rights activists are being targeted for expressing their views on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council.
President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had been issued summons in the case earlier but they informed court of their unavailability owing to official duties. President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe were today issued notice to appear in court in the case involving former United National Party (UNP) General Secretary Tissa Attanayake.The Colombo High Court today heard the case filed against Attanayake who has been accused of presenting forged documents ahead of the last Presidential election. The Colombo High Court today re-issued the notice on the President and Prime Minister and the case will be heard again in December. (Colombo Gazette)
“Sudan stands poised between peace and conflict in 2005,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Sudan Jan Pronk said. “The long-suffering people of the country have rarely faced a period of greater opportunity for peace in the last 20 years. The primary responsibility to realize this future lies with their leaders – who must not fail in this moment of truth.” But, he added, “The international aid community also has an important and irreplaceable role to play.” Apart from Darfur, where 2.2 million people are affected by war, including 1.6 million internally displaced people (IDPs), the appeal seeks over $550 million for recovery, development and humanitarian programmes in the south, where prospects of peace between the Government and rebels could herald a flood of returning refugees. Another $300 million is sought for national programmes to support the implementation of the peace agreement and critical assistance activities there and in eastern areas of Sudan. Some 640,000 to 1.2 million IDPs and refugees are expected to return to their areas of origin in 2005, mainly to Southern Sudan, where there are already 1.5 million IDPs and conflict affected people. The IDP and vulnerable population is also important in other regions such as eastern Sudan where they number 319,000. The multitude of sectors covered by the appeal include education and training, food aid, health, mine action, multi-sector support for return and reintegration of IDPs and refugees, rehabilitation of transport infrastructure, rule of law and good governance, shelter and supplies, water and environmental sanitation, and disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of former combatants. “Without adequate support to save the lives of millions of vulnerable Sudanese and helping to rebuild destroyed communities, the chances of a lasting peace diminish,” Mr. Pronk said. The revised Consolidated Appeal for the Sudan Assistance Plan for 2004 sought $720 million.
by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 8, 2016 2:14 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 9, 2016 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Premier Brad Wall says oil and gas industry losing public relations battle Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall speaks to media on budget day at the Legislative Building in Regina on Wednesday June 1, 2016. Wall says he’s worried the energy industry is losing the public relations battle against environmentalists and it needs to redouble efforts to get out its side of the story.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michael Bell CALGARY – The energy industry is losing the public relations battle against environmentalists and needs to redouble efforts to get out its side of the story, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said Wednesday.“Today there continues an existential threat to this industry,” said Wall.“It’s posed by … some who just aren’t that comfortable that we have all this oil and what oil might mean. And it’s also posed by some who just want to shut it down completely.”Wall made the remarks Wednesday in a speech at the Petroleum Club in Calgary to the Explorers and Producers Association of Canada, which represents small and medium oil and gas producers.He said the industry needs to do a better job of promoting the benefits it provides and continue to ask questions of its critics.“Frankly, we’re in the middle of a battle and we haven’t been winning many battles,” Wall said. “I fear we’re in danger of losing more battles if we’re not vigilant.”He also criticized the backers of the anti fossil-fuel Leap Manifesto, which he referred to as “grim leapers,” for what he said was their profound snobbery against the sector and their “magical thinking.”Responding to Wall’s comments, Greenpeace campaigner Keith Stewart said in an email that inaction on climate change is creating a much bigger existential threat.“Brad Wall is correct insofar as any serious effort to deal with climate change does pose an existential threat to the oil industry,” said Stewart. “But as climate scientists keep reminding us, failing to rein in global warming poses an existential threat to everyone else.”Wall also reiterated his opposition to provincial and federal carbon taxes, saying it’s not the right time to introduce such levies as the oil and gas industry struggles to survive amid low energy prices.“We do not think it’s the right time for any more surprises. We think they’re for birthday parties, they’re not for an economy when it’s in many respects facing the headwinds of lower commodity prices,” said Wall.He took the opportunity to invite more oil and gas investment in Saskatchewan, one day after Alberta passed its carbon tax legislation.—Follow @ibickis on Twitter.
Yet relatively little research has been done on giraffes, compared with other large animals such as elephants, rhinoceroses, gorillas and lions, say the researchers.Prof Janke and his team looked at DNA taken from skin samples from 190 giraffes from across Africa.Analysis showed there were four highly distinct groups of giraffe, which apparently do not mate with each other in the wild. Scientists have stuck their necks out and decided that the giraffe is not one species, but four.Until now, only a single species of giraffe made up of several sub-species had been recognised.But new DNA evidence shows that four distinct species of the animals exist – and they are genetically at least as different as brown and polar bears. The unexpected discovery, published in the journal Current Biology, highlights the urgent need to protect the world’s tallest mammal, say researchers.Geneticist Professor Axel Janke, from Goethe University in Germany, said: “We were extremely surprised, because the morphological and coat pattern differences between giraffe are limited.”Giraffes are in dramatic decline across their range in Africa. In the last three decades their numbers have dropped from more than 150,000 individuals to fewer than 100,000. Giraffes have already become extinct in seven countries. They are killed for their meat and their habitats are being destroyedSir David Attenborough There are four types of giraffeCredit:Jean-Francois Monier Researchers looked at giraffes’ DNACredit:Gareth Fuller /PA The scientists categorised four species of the animal: the southern giraffe (Giraffa giraffa), the Masaigiraffe (Giraffa tippelskirchi), the reticulated giraffe (Giraffa reticulata), and the northern giraffe(Giraffa camelopardalis).The northern giraffe includes the elusive sub-species, the Nubian giraffe, from Ethiopia and South Sudan. 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. Earlier this year Sir David Attenborough told the Telegraph that giraffes are facing a “silent extinction” as their numbers in the wild dwindle.“These gentle giants have been overlooked,” he said. “ It’s well known that African elephants are in trouble and there are perhaps just under half a million left.“But what no one realised is there are far fewer giraffes. Giraffes have already become extinct in seven countries. They are killed for their meat and their habitats are being destroyed. Time is running out.” Giraffe populations are on the declineCredit:Jean-Francois Monier /AFP
The number of patients seeking hip surgery has risen significantly amid an ageing population Credit:Alamy 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. “Arbitrary” rationing measures restricting NHS surgery to those in most pain must be lifted, health officials have ruled.NHS England has warned clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to stop denying hip and knee operations to patients using criteria which only allow surgery to those in the worst discomfort.Health officials intervened after warnings from the Royal College of Surgeons of “alarming” restrictions on surgery, with patients told they could only have surgery on the NHS if pain left them unable to sleep or carry out daily tasks.NHS England has now issued advice that such restrictions are not allowed, with local health officials told they should follow guidance from central rationing bodies.Noting that “a number of CCGs in England are rationing large joint replacements using arbitrary cut offs” – using a system to measure pain levels – advice from regional officials warns against such actions.Local services have also been warned not to restrict surgery for smokers and obese patients – although delaying operations while giving patients help to lose weight and quit smoking is endorsed. A separate memo from NHS England urges all organisations to follow guidance from the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (Nice), which says surgery should be considered “before there is prolonged and established functional limitation and severe pain.” The letter, from Matthew Cripps, national director for “NHS RightCare” and Peter Kay, a consultant hip and knee surgeon from the Whittington Hospital, says: “For some indicators, such as elective activity, investment cannot be interpreted as poor or good value without further investigation… There is strong evidence that hip and knee replacements are extremely cost-effective interventions when warranted by clinical need and patient preference.”The disclosures, reported in Health Service Journal, were welcomed by surgeons.Clare Marx, President of the Royal College of Surgeons, said: “It is extremely welcome news that NHS England has now intervened to discourage clinically unacceptable rationing of surgery in the NHS.”However, she urged NHS England to go further, and to instruct CCGs to lift any unfair restrictions on surgery.“The guidance in this letter is a very welcome start. However, it only criticises the rationing of hip and knee surgery. Patients are left wondering about the validity of restrictions to other types of surgery and NHS treatment,” she said. “Given this very clear intervention from NHS England we strongly encourage CCGs to reverse any existing discriminatory policies.”Three commissioning bodies in the West Midlands came under fire in January for drawing up policies to restrict hip and knee operations to those most in pain. The move followed widespread restrictions in access to treatments, drugs and IVF across the country, after the NHS recorded the worst deficit in its history.
The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the Vancouver husband and wife killed in a murder-suicide last week.The homicide victim was identified as Sanella Polutan, 39, who died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the medical examiner’s office.Ahmed Polutan, 43, died of multiple gunshot wounds to the chest, which was ruled a suicide, the agency said.The Vancouver Police Department’s major crimes detectives began investigating the murder-suicide Wednesday after a relative found the couple’s bodies at their house in the 31000 block of Northeast 115th Avenue.
By Sulayman Bah Barack Young Controllers (BYC) of Liberia has flown out to North ofAfrica, Morocco for their final preparation, Foroyaa Sport can report.The Liberia Football Association domestic league champions are drawnwith Gambian counterparts Real de Banjul and are set to jet in Banjulfor the Orange Caf Champions League first leg preliminary qualifier.The club comprising a strong 39-man delegation is in Rabat to put thefinal touches to their preparations with a test match with one ofMoroccan clubs there even being mooted.“They are to come on Thursday 5 or 6 in the morning. The team is inMorocco,’ Real de Banjul’s Willy Abraham told Foroyaa Sport.BYC proposed arrival has caused much noise and media publicity amidfears of the spread of ebola – a rampaging virus that has claimedthousand lives – with Liberia one of countries hit by the epidemic.As part of precautionary measures, the club is expected to be screenedfirst when they touch down at the Gambia International Airport.There were initial doubts of the match taking place this Saturday atthe Banjul mini-stadium following the Monrovia press claim on Mondayauthorities in Banjul have placed orders urging Air Maroc not to flythe team to the Gambia.]]>
Neymar’s father has debunked reports linking the Brazilian star player with a return to Barcelona in the summer.Spanish outlet El Mundo reported on Thursday that the Paris Saint Germain forward is desperate for a return after leaving he club in controversial circumstances, according to Sports Mole.Neymar Sr insists that there is no truth to the speculation, however, posting the message “Fake News from Fake News” alongside Globo Esporte’s version of events according to Sports mole.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Neymar joined Paris Saint Germain in a controversial 222 million euro transfer in 2017 and has become fan’s favourite after scoring 46 goals from 50 appearances in all competitions.Neymar’s stay at PSG has been fraught with controversies as It was earlier reported of a fallout with Cavani after a disagreement over the team’s spot-kick taker.A return to Barcelona will see him reunite with former teammates Messi and Suarez who he had a brilliant combination with while at Camp Nou.
Posted: February 3, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego County Sheriff’s deputies plan to increase their DUI patrol presence today between 3 p.m. and 5 a.m. Monday morning due to Super Bowl LIII.The Sheriff’s department reminded drivers that DUI charges aren’t just reserved for alcohol and include driving while impaired by marijuana or prescription drugs. County residents are advised to plan their way home prior to kickoff by designating a sober driver, using a ride-booking service or taking public transit.“There is simply no excuse for impaired driving,” said San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore. “One bad decision can end in tragedy.”Residents who spot an impaired driver are advised to promptly call 9-1-1. The Sheriff’s enhanced DUI patrols are paid for via a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration grant, administered by the California Office of Traffic Safety. San Diego sheriff to increase Super Bowl Sunday DUI patrol KUSI Newsroom February 3, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: KUSI, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Smoke will be the most dense during the overnight and early morning hours through Thursday. A dense smoke advisory means widespread fires will create smoke, limiting visibilities. If driving, Slow down, use your headlights, and leave plenty of distance ahead of you in case a sudden stop is needed. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an Air Quality Advisory in effect through Wednesday afternoon for the Kenai Peninsula due to increased smoke activity from the Swan Lake Fire. Smoke from the Swan Lake fire will reduce visibilities to one quarter mile or less at times.Travel may be difficult due to low visibility. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The National Weather Service out of Anchorage has extended the dense smoke advisory for the interior Kenai Peninsula, including the Sterling Highway corridor from Sterling to Cooper Landing effective until 1pm, Thursday. Persons with respiratory problems may have difficulty breathing when outside. For more information on Air Quality, please visit www.dec.alaska.gov. This advisory included the cities of Kenai, Soldotna, Homer, and Cooper Landing.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR A new feature added by ride-hailing company Lyft that will allow service members and civilians requesting a ride from or within Camp Pendleton, Calif., to be matched only with drivers cleared to make pickups and drop-offs on the base also is being offered at Fort Meade, Md. Lyft currently is engaged in discussions with other installations to expand its “Base Mode” service, reports Military Times.
Valve Steam Link App Brings Your PC Games to MobileValve Index Is a Powerful VR Headset, Even Without ‘Half-Life’ Stay on target The last thing the internet needs is yet another piece of content on PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Over these past few months, citizens of the web have proven they can’t stop playing (or watching other people play) this online multiplayer shooter. If you somehow don’t know, the premise is 100 poor souls drop onto an abandoned island and horrifically stalk and kill each other with scavenged weapons until only one remains.Count me among those (somewhat) enthralled. I have some issues with the game, mostly centered around the frequent down time and seemingly randomly deaths if you aren’t good enough, but I also totally get why the concept is so novel. Besides, the game is too early and admittedly unfinished to “review.” However, after playing some more, my reaction towards the game crystallized in a way I thought would be worth discussing. PUBG is the Dota the shooters.Just compare their origin stories. Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene made his alias one worth remembering thanks to his beloved battle royale PC mods for 2013 survival shooter DayZ, which itself was a mod for 2009 military shooter Arma 2. Battlegrounds is a distillation of the concepts (along with some residual Euro-jank) Greene and his growing team at Bluehole were exploring but finally presented as its own standalone game.Meanwhile, Dota began as a mod for Blizzard’s real-time strategy game Warcraft III. It became so popular that rival PC juggernaut Valve hired key Dota designer IceFrog to help develop a sequel for Steam. Even more so than PUBG, Dota strips away elements of its ancestral genre and reworks them into something entirely new and more competitive. Both games also have a fondness for silly cosmetic items.While their basic mechanics of shooting enemies and clicking hero units seem simple enough, PUBG and Dota both require players to wrap their heads around a lot of assumed, arcane knowledge either through hours and hours of practice and/or learning from a team of masters. In a way, both games are also sort of like Monster Hunter or the Souls series. Both games wring a lot of divergent gameplay possibilities from generally static starting points. Currently, both games only have one map and always involve the same number of players, 100 players solo or in squads in PUBG and two teams of five in Dota.In Dota, you’re not just going to naturally intuit things like jungling and last hit and how certain heroes and their abilities fare against each other without an explanation. And in PUBG, with each new match you’ll gain a better understanding of how the guns fire, how to deal with your initial parachute landing, how bullets drops, how the vehicles behave, how the death circle and red zones constrict around the map, and how the map and terrain look and work in general. Plus you have to find out what all this “chicken dinner” talk is about.Both games are even typically referred to by their four-letter acronyms, although Dota 2 officially doesn’t stand for anything since Valve can’t acknowledge famous legal Blizzard property “Defense of the Ancients.”Games like this naturally foster a sense of community. By fighting each other, we’re all helping each other learn and improve. Hearing the mindless chatter of other players in the opening PUBG plane ride gets you pumped to murder them, but in the end, we’re all the same half-naked Hunger Games contestants in this together. Also, the frequent, quiet, suspenseful anticipation leaves room to crack inside jokes to relieve tension. So it’s unsurprising that PUBG has become a huge streaming phenomenon, dominating platforms like Twitch and Facebook Live (thanks to a recent exclusivity deal) as well as the general gaming mind share in a way arguably beyond what Dota once did. It even stole away some Dota streamers.To this day Valve still holds Dota tournaments with $1,000,000 payouts so if just a fraction of that success is in PUBG’s future the game should be just fine. It’s already on track to have a similar seismic impact on its own genre and spawn legions of imitators just like all the post-Dota MOBA games (League of Legends, Heroes of the Storm, Heroes of Newerth). Heck, PUBG might be even bigger, especially once it’s finished and starts hitting consoles beginning with Xbox One this fall. Its influence could be on the level of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, which is fitting since this fall marks the ten-year anniversary of Infinity Ward’s landmark shooter that couldn’t be further away from PUBG when it comes to pacing and attitude toward death.Is this comparison a little reductive and unfair? Yeah, probably. If anything, I think I’m doing PUBG a disservice by comparing it to Dota since I think PUBG is a much, much better game. For all of the weirdness surrounding its high skill-ceiling, PUBG still works as an enjoyable and somewhat approachable mainstream multiplayer shooter. Whether you play it alone hiding in a cabin with a shotgun for 20 minutes or exploring, killing, and having slapstick antics with your squad mates until you die, no way to play is invalid. Dota’s gameplay is much stranger, stricter, singular, and full of dogma. Plus I still resent it and its ilk for replacing the real-time strategy games I actually like.Maybe my thoughts will all change if keep playing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Maybe I’ll realize it’s actually the Super Monkey Ball of shooters or the Lee Carvallo’s Putting Challenge of shooters. As a shooter, something like Overwatch (also increasingly influential) probably has more explicit Dota elements, but I think PUBG embodies more of the spirit of what made Dota so original and beloved in the first place. So right now, when I think of PUBG, the other four-letter word I think of is Dota.View as: One Page Slides1/51. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is a online multiplayer shooter that’s taking the internet by storm.2. In terms of streaming popularity and potential impact, PUBG is beginning to rival past hits like Dota.3. Like Dota, PUBG is a spin-off to a mod of another PC game.4. PUBG and Dota both also have lots of arcane knowledge for players to learn through practice and talking to friends.5. But whereas Dota is a strange and singular thing, PUBG is also a fun and approachable multiplayer shooter.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
The “Joking Computer” was developed by scientists at Aberdeen University for the Science Centre, to show children and young people what computers can do and help them explore language and engage with the underlying science. The software was originally written for children with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, to help them develop language skills and have original jokes to tell their family and friends. Dr Judith Masthoff from the Department of Computing Science at Aberdeen University said the software was developed jointly by the universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Dundee. Dr Masthoff said the Joking Computer is intended to be a fun way to show children that computers can have a positive impact on people’s lives. If young people can engage with the computer, the hope is that some may consider computing science as a career or academic pursuit later.Chief Executive of the Glasgow Science Centre, Kirk Ramsay, said the exhibit is a good example of how computing power and sophistication can be used for all kinds of applications. The Joking Computer is perfect for achieving the aim of the Centre, which is to use fun and thought-provoking exhibits to promote science and technology.The Joking Computer project was funded by a £105,000 award from the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) as part of their Partnerships for Public Engagement award scheme. It will be exhibited next year in science workshops and festivals in the UK.The Joking Computer can generate millions of cracker-style jokes, all based on puns. A few examples of its jokes are: * Q: What kind of temperature is a son? * A: A boy-ling point * Q: What do you call a shout with a window? * A: A computer scream * Q: What do you call a washing machine with a september? * A: An autumn-atic washer© 2009 PhysOrg.com Explore further Researchers design humorous ‘bot’ (PhysOrg.com) — The Glasgow Science Centre in Scotland is exhibiting a computer that makes up jokes using its database of simple language rules and a large vocabulary. Citation: Glasgow’s joking computer (2009, December 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-12-glasgow.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.