The likes of Matthew Hayden and Shivnaraine Chanderpaul have single handedly tormented Indian bowlers in the past. Taking a liking to India’s pace and spin so much that before the bowlers dislodged them, they had reached triple figures; the opposing batsmen left with too much room to cover.But Steve Smith took this fondness for Indian bowling to altogether different proportions with 769 runs in a long Australian summer featuring 4 Tests, finishing off with another ton in the World Cup semi-final to knock India out. If this was West Indies, they would have composed a Calypso by now, “We couldn’t out Smithy at all.” Smith’s home summer against India was as dominant as Gavaskar’s1971 tour of West Indies.”Maybe once you start dominating an attack it’s about sustaining your form all the way through,” Smith says in an exclusive interaction with Headlines Today.”But the hundred in the semi-finals of the World Cup was really great for me. It was a home game at the SCG and a very crucial game,” he recalls. He could well have added it became more fulfilling to silence a predominantly Indian crowd at one’s own backyard.Smith doesn’t just come to the IPL as an in-form player but a World Champion, fresh from winning the game’s biggest prize. “Yeah, it’s been a week since we won the World Cup. It’s been an amazing experience, amazing seven weeks of cricket to play at home and lift the trophy, something I will never forget,” he says reflecting on the World Cup glory.advertisementThree of his Aussie team-mates from the World Cup winning team will be playing for Rajasthan Royals this year; a team he feels a lot more at home than what he did with the now suspended Pune Warriors. Micheal Clarke, was one of the guiding forces at Pune but the team never found the balance or organization strength to compete. Under Shane Watson, this Royals outfit looks richer in strength and strategy.”I haven’t got time to look at the various teams and stuff but what I can say about our team is there are a few who can play different roles for us. It’s a very good squad. We’ve got to take it a game at a time. The start becomes very important,” he says.IPL has always come with its own pressures with ambitious owners wanting victory at all costs but this time around moving from the high pressure World Cup enviornment to franchisee cricket it is bound to be more relaxing for the cricketers. “I will be trying to sustain the form as much as I can. Try and practice a few shots in T20, try and find the next gear. But it’s equally important to keep things simple,” Smith talks of switching to slam bang cricket.Sydney boy Steve Smith is tipped to take over Australian one-day captainship from Michael Clarke but it doesn’t bother him from taking a back seat to captain and vice-captain Watson and Ajinkya Rahane with the Royals.”Look Rahane is a terrific player. He played wonderfully in Australia on our wickets and did well in the World Cup as well. One of the great things about IPL is it allows us to learn different things of each other,” he speaks of his young team-mate who’s stature like him is also quickly on the rise.We asked Rahane, if there is a bit of banter from Smith how India couldn’t stop him getting to hundreds all summer. “No he is our man now,” he replies. Smith concurs. Unlike a lot of his other Australian team-mates, Smith isn’t the leader in the verbal game, just busy accumulating runs.
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara has the right balance of ‘masala’ needed to be a commercial success in Bollywood and the fine nuances to make a good cinema. The movie was stylish and the characters had depth. The story of three best friends taking a break from their work to road trip in Spain to celebrate it as a bachelor party for the friend who is getting married, is well shot and has foot tapping songs. Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar and Abhay Deol played these three musketeers. The movie released on 15 July, 2011. It’s been four years now but the movie, the characters and certain moments are fresh in our minds. Here’s why we love the movie 1) Farhan Akhtar as Imraan Habib GIF – Tumblr Farhan lived as Imraan and we adored him. With incredible comic timing, intensity, grace and soulful poetry, Imraan made it straight to our hearts.2) Chemistry between the three friendsGIF – Cinemawalitwist They fought with each other, played pranks on others, had their emotional moments, confided in each other, had immense faith in each other and the sport they chose, went on a road trip, stayed awake all night and had hell lot of fun. Hrithik, Farhan and Kabir were perfect as the characters. Full marks to the casting director. 3) The adventure sports scenesGIF – Tumblr Zoya gave each sport, be it underwater diving, sky diving or the San Fermin festival, enough screen time as it not only showed the love these three friends had for adventure, but also justified how they conquered their fear and learnt to live in the present. 4) The poetryadvertisementImraan was a copy writer as well as a closet poet. Four poems that Imraan writes (originally written by Javed Akhtar) are masterpieces. The scenes with the poems in the background will always be remembered for its depth and cinematography. All four poems surface at instances where the characters learn something about themselves and about life. 5) Because happy endingsGIF – Tumblr Shahrukh Khan said “movie is not over until things end well”. After all the misunderstandings, fights and tears, we see Arjun and Laila getting married in the presence of all their friends. Now they’ve learnt much about themselves, about love and about living in the present. What a perfect ending!
Full JW Patton mode here. He says OSU “should have probably won the football game” on Monday. I watched it four times and made my wife watch it to make sure I wasn’t hearing things.I’m not sure about “should have” (maybe “could have”) but I hate Walsh so everything he says is dumb to me.[1. Let me know if I got that correct in the comments section.]If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
MS Dhoni mesmerises Ranchi crowd with smart glovework to dismiss Glenn MaxwellIndia vs Australia, 3rd ODI: Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni combined to produce a moment of magic to dismiss a well-set Glenn Maxwell during Australia’s innings at the JSCA Stadium in Ranchi.advertisement India Today Web Desk RanchiMarch 8, 2019UPDATED: March 8, 2019 22:21 IST MS Dhoni and Kuldeep Yadav celebrate the dismissal of Glenn Maxwell during the third ODI between India and Australia in Ranchi (AP Photo)MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja combined to produce a moment of brilliance on the field to help India remove the dangerous Glenn Maxwell, who was looking set for a big one during the third ODI between India and Australia at the JSCA Stadium in Ranchi on Friday.The Ranchi crowd went berserk when its hero, MS Dhoni came up with smart glovework to send Maxwell walking back to the hut.Maxwell was just three runs away from a fine half-century when he was run out in the final ball of the 42nd over of the Australian innings. Maxwell was batting on 47 from just 31 balls and was looking set to carry the momentum after Usman Khawaja’s dismissal for 104.It all started with Shaun Marsh tried to pinch a quick single after slapping a short ball from Kuldeep towards the point fielder — Jadeja, who fired in a throw after getting to the ball in no time. Maxwell, who was running towards the danger end, was run out after Dhoni deflected the powerful throw from Jadeja onto the stumps in his own nonchalant style.India vs Australia, 3rd ODI in Ranchi: HighlightsEven as there was no celebration from MS Dhoni, the Ranchi crowd roared in delight, cheering the brilliant work from the local hero.No body can do this except the great #Dhoni !! #IndvAusGif courtesy: @monicas004 pic.twitter.com/rJmz2jM5cA(((Sushant))) (@spati2012) March 8, 2019Australia’s push for a big total took a big hit after the dismissal of Glenn Maxwell. Kuldeep Yadav struck twice in his next over, removing Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb to swing the momentum in favour of India.advertisementAustralia managed to post 313 (highest total in Ranchi) on the board but as Sunil Gavaskar pointed out during a mid-innings show for Star Sports, the visitors should have posted 350-plus after being 244 for 2 at the end of 40 overs.India had an ordinary day on the field but Maxwell’s wicket gave the much-needed energy to the Indian fielders, who looked sharp in the last 10 overs. Australia managed just 69 runs off their last 60 balls.Earlier in the day, Usman Khawaja brought up his maiden ODI century before being dismissed for 104. The left-handed batsman stitched a 193 run-opening stand with Aaron Finch, who missed out on a ton by seven runs.Kuldeep Yadav shone with the ball, picking up three wickets for 64 runs while Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah came up with tidy spells towards the end to pull things back in India’s favour.Also Read | Sachin Tendulkar makes baingan bharta and his mom loves it. WatchAlso Read | Team India wears special caps vs Australia as tribute to Pulwama martyrsAlso 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow Ranchi ODIFollow MS DhoniFollow Ravindra JadejaFollow Glenn MaxwellFollow Usman Khawaja
The port of Damietta, Egypt welcomed the giant containership CMA CGM Lyra of 13,000 TEU capacity on Tuesday last week.This is the first time that such a vessel has berthed in the port, proving the port’s ability to host ships of such magnitude.As explained by Mr Rafat Alghitany, General Manager of Traffic in Damietta port, the vessel was carrying 5000 TEU on board and features 366m X 45m with a draft of 13.40 m.He said that the pilotage, towage and anchorage operations have been performed using new tractors tugs of DPA maritime service fleet, adding that 2 new tugs are expected to go in the maritime services fleet next month.The ship called at Damietta on its way to the Port of Salalah.Damietta port, one of the oldest ports in Egypt since pharaohs’ time, is situated 8.5 km west of the Nile river of Damietta branch westward Ras El-Bar, and it is 70 km away from Port Said.
zoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: EUNAVFOR Maritime powers need to increase their presence and expand their collaboration with local states to curb piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, according to BIMCO.Around 40 ships have been attacked in the Gulf of Guinea in the past 12 months. Most recently, six seafarers were kidnapped from the MSC Mandy, which was on the way to Lagos, Nigeria.“We look towards the EU, China and the United States to join forces and deploy naval capacity in the Gulf of Guinea to end this constant threat to seafarers,” Jakob P. Larsen, BIMCO Head of Maritime Security, said.In the 2013 Yaoundé Code of Conduct, states in the Gulf of Guinea recognized that piracy constituted an issue and initiated several initiatives to strengthen maritime security.Despite the efforts of regional navies to fight maritime crimes, “pirates in the Gulf of Guinea can still operate largely unchecked in the open seas, outside of the territorial waters, and on occasion even strike inside territorial waters.”In addition to the strain put on seafarers, the current situation negatively impacts the economic potential of the sea of the countries in the region.“It is time to step up law enforcement efforts, establish control of the sea in the Gulf of Guinea, relieve seafarers from the threat and the psychological pressure, and allow the countries in the region to harvest the full economic potential of the seas,” Larsen added.BIMCO explained that international sea and air law enforcement assets, such as naval ships with helicopters, would be able to deliver a concrete and rapid contribution to the maritime security situation.“While longer term capacity building efforts are commended, what is needed now is substantially more assets at sea and in the air. It is an obvious solution which can deliver the necessary effect with the desired speed, without compromising the territorial integrity of the countries in the region,” Larsen concluded.
The 34th annual Geology Matters conference will illustrate the benefits of mining to Nova Scotians and how mineral development contributes to a sustainable economy. The two-day event begins Monday, Oct. 25 at the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel in Halifax. “It is fitting that the theme of this year’s conference is Growing the Economy as mining employs thousands of Nova Scotians, contributes around $500 million annually to our economy and greatly to our quality of life,” said John MacDonell, Minister of Natural Resources. Geology Matters is organized by the Department of Natural Resources in partnership with the Mining Association of Nova Scotia, the Mining Society of Nova Scotia, and the Nova Scotia Prospectors Association. The opening day of the conference will feature a keynote address by acting deputy minister of Environment Kim MacNeil and a reception and awards ceremony hosted by Mr. MacDonell. The itinerary for the second day features guest speaker John Woods of Minas Basin Pulp and Paper. “Raw and processed rock and minerals are so common to most people they do not think about where they originated or what was involved to bring them into their homes,” said Paul Smith, president of the Mining Association of Nova Scotia. “This year’s conference is a tremendous opportunity for everyone to learn about new innovations in the industry and how mining activities impact our everyday lives.” For more information on the conference, visit: www.gov.ns.ca/NATR/MEB/oh/index.asp
Motorists are advised to watch for flooding on Routes 277, 354, 215, and Trunk 2 in East Hants. Driveway culverts plugged with ice are forcing water across roads. Drivers of high-sided vehicles are asked to drive with caution because of high winds, especially in the Cape Breton and Tantramar Marsh, near Amherst, areas. Colder temperatures may also result in slippery road conditions. Drivers are advised to check road conditions if they must travel by calling 511 or visiting www.gov.ns.ca/tran . -30-
The bus will depart from the NPCC at 3:30, 4:30, and 5:30, connecting to water taxis in Taylor at 4:00, 5:00, and 6:00 p.m.PRRD Chair and Electoral Area ‘C’ Director Brad Sperling said that geologists are supposed to be conducting a LIDAR survey of the landslide, which will allow them to determine the slide’s speed.Sperling said that the Regional District is currently focusing efforts on getting potable water to residents, most of whom don’t have wells and need to haul water in themselves.He said that he’s hopeful that a solution for bringing in water will be achieved shortly.“One way or another I’m going to get water into them, even if I have to pack it across.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has posted a new schedule for the bus service that connects to the water taxi allowing residents of the Old Fort subdivision to bypass last weekend’s landslide.The PRRD says that in the morning, the water taxi will be leaving Old Fort every hour on the hour from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m., arriving in Taylor 10 minutes later.The connecting bus will depart Taylor at 7:15, 8:15, and 9:15 every morning, arriving at the North Peace Cultural Centre roughly half an hour later.
TOULOUSE, France — The Latest on European aviation giant Airbus’ announcement that it will stop making its superjumbo A380 (all times local):6:35 a.m.The long-haul carrier Emirates says it has struck a deal valued at $21.4 billion with Airbus, while saying it is sad to see the end of production of the double-decker A380 jetliner.Emirates made the announcement Thursday at the same time that Airbus in Toulouse, France announced the end of the iconic airliner’s production.The Dubai government-owned airline, based out of the world’s busiest airport for international travel, had the A380 as the backbone of its fleet.Emirates says it will receive 14 more A380s until the end of 2021, taking its total A380 orders to 123. The airline will purchase 40 A330-900 aircraft and 30 A350-900s.___6:15 a.m.European aviation giant Airbus says it will stop making its superjumbo A380 in 2021 after struggling to sell the world’s biggest passenger jet.Airbus said in a statement Thursday that Emirates is cutting back its orders for the plane and as a result “we have no substantial A380 backlog and hence no basis to sustain production.”The decision is a boon for rival Boeing and a blow for Airbus. Airbus had hoped the A380 would squeeze out Boeing’s 747 and revolutionize air travel as more people take to the skies.Instead, airlines have been cautious about committing to the costly plane, so huge that airports had to build new runways and modify terminals to accommodate it. The double-decker planes started flying in 2008 and seat more than 500 passengers.The Associated Press
The body, known officially as the Codex Alimentarius Commission, was established in 1963 by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN World Health Organization (WHO) to set food standards to protect the health of consumers and ensure fair practices in the food trade.In a statement released today, the Commission said that one of the 30 texts to be adopted this year, the “Code of Hygienic Practice for Powdered Formulae for Infants and Young Children,” aims at protecting infants and small children who for any reason cannot be breastfed. The code sets maximum limits for bacteria in formula and guidance on how to produce, distribute and prepare powdered formula.The Commission said that its standards, “when introduced in national legislation, contribute to the safety of our foods.” 27 June 2008Standards for powdered milk formula, toxins in cereals, the use of flavourings, listings of ingredients, gluten-free foods, frozen food and shellfish are all on the agenda for the annual meeting of the United Nations Commission on international food standards, which begins on Monday.
Fortress Paper Ltd. shares plummeted Friday following the company’s announcement that the start up of a Quebec co-generation plant has been delayed and the project’s cost will be over budget by as much as 20%.The company’s stock (TSX:FTP) was down nearly 17% or $1.82 at $8.94 late in the morning on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The stock had been as low as $8.80 earlier in the session.Fortress said overall construction of the 18.8 megawatt energy project at its speciality cellulose mill is about 94% completed, but startup is being delayed due to unforeseen piping issues, worker shortage and other issues.The company also said Friday it expects to soon resolve “minor technical issues” as it continues to ramp-up production of dissolving pulp at the new facility in Thurso, Que.It now expects power will begin to flow from the co-generation plant late in the first quarter or early in the second quarter. Costs will be 10 to 20% higher than the previous forecast of $100 million plus contingencies.After a promising start to dissolving pulp production in early December, the mill has faced challenges as it ramps up to full capacity. Fortress said it expects its efforts will soon improve the operating efficiency and productivity.“Although the beginning of 2013 has presented certain minor technical issues and constraints beyond our control, we believe that these matters will be resolved in the near term and we will continue on with our progress towards full capacity,” chairman and CEO Chadwick Wasilenkoff said in a statement.In addition to challenges with its own operations, Fortress faces softer dissolving pulp pricing markets caused by weaker textile demand and increased supply from new entrants in China and elsewhere.Analyst Paul Quinn of RBC Capital Markets downgraded his rating for Fortress and trimmed his target price for the company by $2 to $12 to reflect the weaker price outlook, slower production ramp-up at Thurso and higher cost assumptions.“Disappointment ain’t dissolving,” he wrote in a report prior to the company’s announcement.Quinn said the Thurso production ramp-up to 200,000 tonnes per year continues to be bumpy and doesn’t expect them to be resolved until the second half of the year.“We are growing increasingly less confident that management will be able to achieve its targeted cost position at Thursday (about $700 per tonne),” he wrote. Quinn forecasts delivered costs of $1,025 per tonne in the first quarter, $935 per tonne for the year and $910 in 2014.Commodity dissolving pulp price have averaged US$890 per tonne year to date and Quinn has reduced his full-year price forecast by 2.5 per cent to US$975 per tonne. More than three million tonnes of capacity is slated to be added through 2014 above the four million tonnes produced in 2011.In addition to a dissolving pulp mill in Thurso, Fortress recently acquired a cellulose mill in Lebel-sur-Quevillon, Que., which it intends to convert into a dissolving pulp mill and re-start the co generation facility.The company also has a specialty wallpaper manufacturing business in Germany, a mill in Switzerland that makes paper for bank notes, passports and other uses, and optically variable thin film material at another plant in Canada.The Canadian Press
Sri Lanka’s Head of Delegation to the UN Human Rights Council had this week slammed Pillay for unfairly targeting Sri Lanka, calling her report to the Council “skewed and imbalanced”. He said that the statement made by Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe at the UNHRC this week constitutes an illustration to the Ambassador’s point. In a strongly-worded speech, especially with regard to the conduct of High Commissioner Pillay, Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe who is leading the Sri Lankan Delegation at the UNHRC’s 22nd Session told the Council that undue internationalisation of Sri Lanka’s domestic issues would hamper reconciliation efforts in the island.Calling into question the bona fides of High Commissioner Pillay, who was sitting in the assembly room during the segment, Minister Samarasinghe charged that since May 2009 the High Commissioner had made regular negative observations about Sri Lanka both at UN and other forums. The US delegation said it stands ready to help Sri Lanka address outstanding issues together with the assistance of Navi Pillay’s office. (Colombo Gazette) Germany feels Sri Lanka’s criticism of the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights (UNHRC) Navi Pillay is unjustified.Speaking during the 22nd session of the UNHRC in Geneva today, the German Ambassador to the UN Hanns H. Schumacher said that Pillay is increasingly faced with unjust criticism. “Her frequent comments to the media, some in close proximity to sessions of the Council, could well have the effect of influencing delegations, especially when there are Resolutions contemplated. This runs counter to the detachment, objectivity and impartiality expected from the holder of such an exalted office,” the Lankan Head of Delegation told the Council at the High Level Segment of the sessionMeanwhile speaking today, the US delegation said that Sri Lanka must promptly implement the constructive recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).The US delegation also said that Sri Lanka must address accountability for violations of international law and investigate allegations of war crimes.
Ohio State forwards Dakota Joshua and John Wiitala fight for a loose puck during the first period of Ohio State’s victory over Denver in the NCAA Tournament. Credit: Nick Hudak | Lantern photographerWhen senior forward Matthew Weis fell to injury just before the Big Ten tournament championship against Notre Dame, it was a devastating blow to the Ohio State men’s hockey team. The loss was felt not just on, but off the ice.Weis was a key cog for the Buckeyes this season, putting up 37 points in 37 games. His leadership isn’t gone — he has still traveled with the team — but his absence has forced other players to step up in key situations, while serving as a rallying cry for a team with big aspirations.“It was a tough bounce to lose Matt. He’s one of the leaders on our team. He’s still right there with us and we are doing it for him almost, essentially,” junior forward Dakota Joshua said. “It’s just next man up on this team and obviously, I got the call and it feels good.”Joshua has moved up in the lineup, assuming more responsibility with both crucial faceoffs and goal scoring, and has flourished as a physical presence for a Buckeye team lacking size. In games where puck possession has been decided along the boards, it doesn’t hurt to have a 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame get involved and pry pucks loose. But Joshua said he’s more than just a big body. “I’d like to think that I can play any time of game and any style. Given a tight game, it really doesn’t make a difference,” Joshua said. “You know they are all going to be tight at this point, and at the end of the year. I like playing in tight games, for sure.”Joshua has elevated his game to fill the void left by Weis, and many of the other Buckeyes have done the same. Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik has preached all year about a next-man-up mentality, and time after time, the depth of his team has risen to the occasion. “The game of hockey, you are going to have injuries. [It’s] next man up and we’re going to continue to think that way,” Rohlik said. “We’re excited, we’re pretty humbled, but at the same time, we look forward to the new challenge.”Ohio State hasn’t just got by in the NCAA tournament. It’s proved that it belongs, shutting down a red-hot Princeton offense, while also beating last years’ national champion Denver by a resounding score of 5-1. In a tournament where many penciled the Buckeyes to fall in the Midwest region, Joshua said the underdog mentality fueled the team to prove the experts wrong.“It helps us almost feed into our game, having a chip on our shoulder, I’d love to see your guys’ brackets and who you guys picked,” Joshua said. “Not a lot of people had us coming out of this side [of the bracket] so, it just feeds into our game and helps us play better for sure, but hopefully people know who we are now.”
When HP reversed course and decided not to kill its PC business, many wondered what would become of WebOS. After much deliberating, CEO Meg Whitman has decided to open-source the operating system. Other manufacturers can use it, but HP may also be planning on making more tablets.HP will release the WebOS source code under an open source license. The company will continue to develop and fund the platform, but — at least for now — its distribution will be in the hands of developers and other manufacturers.Whitman stated in an interview that HP will use WebOS in new hardware, most likely tablets. She suggested this could be much later, probably not in 2012. Perhaps she wants to wait and see if the market shifts away from being dominated by the iPad before heavily investing in it.The other big option, finding a suitable buyer for the platform, didn’t pan out. Some pundits speculated that, after Google’s Motorola purchase, Samsung or HTC would be interested, but they showed little initiative in taking on HP’s sinking ship.Open-sourcing the firmware could prove to be a smart move: it keeps the software alive, but with minimal investment. It leaves the door open for something amazing to happen. When developers are handed a rich platform that needs their help, the wheels start turning and it can yield exciting results. For evidence, look no further than the gems coming out of the Android rooting and iOS jailbreaking community. This is a worthy risk.The Android parallels are obvious, but for one big exception: HP isn’t in the advertising business. The open-sourcing of Android was a deliberate plan to get Google’s ads onto as many smartphones as possible. HP isn’t likely to go into advertising, so the “tablets at some point” plan makes sense. It can now sit back, hope devs can inject some magic into WebOS, and be ready to sell a tablet if it does.HP and WebOS FAQ, via The Verge
Remember back when Microsoft was the big evil company for planning to force Xbox One users into a crazy world that allowed you to share games with friends and family, and the Internet rose up as one and demanded that they reverse the policy? Meet the Steam Family Sharing beta, a really cool system for doing the exact same thing that everyone will love.Steam Family Sharing was hinted at a little while ago, but now the beta for the program is officially live, and we can see what it is all about. Users will be able to target specific games as titles they are interested in sharing, and a group of up to ten friends and family members will be able to play those games on their own computers while earning their own Steam achievements and saving their own game progress to the Steam cloud. Valve plans to roll this service out to the first 1,000 people who join their beta group on Steam, and eventually roll the feature out to the rest of the platform. There are not many details available yet; only that once the primary user has authorized a friend’s computer, that friend will have access to the games the users has allowed to be shared.There’s potential for this to be a really exciting service. The idea behind shared games eliminated the traditional tired demo system. Users will have the ability to play a game and earn achievements, such that when they purchase the game for themselves they will be able to pick up from where they left off and keep playing as though nothing had changed. It’s a great move on Valve’s part, and a step closer to the Steam Box becoming the perfect living room console for many users. Check out the group if you’re interested in participating, and stay tuned for some hands-on time with this new feature.
Stay on target Can you open your heart to the idea of a good Assassin’s Creed video game again? By all accounts, 2015’s Assassin’s Creed Syndicate was actually not bad. But by then the ten-year-old annualized franchise had clearly worked itself into a rut both narratively and mechanically. Meanwhile, last year’s Assassin’s Creed movie certainly didn’t reignite love for the key Ubisoft #brand.After taking a year off, Assassin’s Creed returns later this year with a new hero, setting, and time period. Assassin’s Creed Origins explores the beginnings of the stupid lore in ancient Egypt, and at E3 I got to play some of the game running on an Xbox One X dev kit.As I rode into town on horseback, the first thing that struck me was the change in scenery. Assassin’s Creed loves to recreate nature-heavy, pre-modern civilizations but the colorful burning yellow Egyptian sands and pyramids and villages by the riverbank popped in a way I couldn’t say about past locales like Revolutionary France or Victorian London. New protagonist Bayek walks around like a half-wrapped mummy confronting corrupt priests in extravagant cat and crocodile costumes, planting the seeds for the global, endless assassins-templars conflict. It’s a funny contrast to Bayek’s more serious and stoic, Altair-style demeanor compared to other, later heroes of the franchise.However, the new setting quickly gave way to typical Assassin’s Creed stealth open-world action. I swam across the water and clambered up lavish ships to reclaim stolen gold while taking out everyone in my way with a silent knife or loud bow. The full game should let players control boats, as the naval combat in past Assassin’s Creed games was so good Ubisoft is making a whole new game (Skull & Bones) out of it.The raid did force me to use one of Origins’ new mechanics. Instead of activating Eagle Vision to spot hidden objectives, you just straight up control a bird to find points of interest. Your flying friend’s name is Senu and using him like a drone I marked sunken treasure on my map, swam down, retrieved it to complete the mission.The second part of the demo had me fight waves of gladiators in an arena. I wonder if this will be the next Assassin’s Creed game to turn slavery into a gameplay feature. I’ve never been a huge fan of the series’s weightier take on melee combat, and even with my dash maneuver I still felt like I was taking a lot of hits due to sluggish controls. However, instead of fighting the boss, I baited him into killing himself by walking him into spinning spikes in the environment. That was as satisfying as a Zelda puzzle, and I didn’t expect the game to let me do that. The choice to either murder or spare the boss, on the other hand, was entirely expected.It seems like the final version of Assassin’s Creed Origins will add more expansive environments and RPG leveling-up mechanics to further differentiate itself from its predecessor. But what I played felt like the Assassin’s Creed games I remember, a good and gorgeous Assassin’s Creed game set in a cool spot in history, but an Assassin’s Creed game nonetheless. Decide for yourself if that’s good enough when the game launches this October. The Xbox One X Looks Nice, But Twice as Nice as the Xbox One?Super Mario Odyssey and Other E3 Nintendo Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda
Getting outdoors in the Pacific Northwest often means enduring rainy weather.So the gray clouds threatening rain throughout the day Saturday — and at times delivering sprinkles — didn’t deter families from visiting the Fort Vancouver National Site for National Get Outdoors Day.“It’s just a little rain,” said Micah Just, 9, of Vancouver.As tiny droplets fell, Micah slipped into a harness and helmet and scaled a rock wall, taking the toughest route to the top. His grandmother, Brenda Hunt, watched from the ground below, offering advice and encouragement as Micah climbed.“We always like to try and find things on the weekend to do with the kids,” Hunt said.Saturday’s free event featured more than 60 groups, including service organizations, conservation groups, businesses, local recreation groups and national parks agencies. The event gave kids a chance to experience fishing, hurling, rock climbing, disc golf and archery, among other activities. And the Audubon Society of Portland showed off some of its winged friends, including a 5-year-old turkey vulture.Reneé Robinson of Portland brought her three kids to the historic site after hearing about Saturday’s event from a co-worker. Robinson and her kids spend as much time outdoors as possible, including frequent bike rides, she said.Saturday’s event let the kids try some new things outdoors — even if it was raining.“We wanted to get out,” she said. “It’s going to rain regardless.”“It’s a fun day for the kids, a family day,” she added.Across the field from the archery targets, dozens of young fishermen and women dropped their lines into fire tanks stocked with trout. Once they successfully snagged fish, volunteers dropped the still-flopping trout into small plastic bags. Steven Lane/The ColumbianCharlotte Frampton, 11, catches a trout from a fishing pond at the Get Outdoors Day event at the Fort Vancouver National Site on Saturday. The two fishing ponds were stocked with 800 trout.