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Review: Football Manager 2018 makes changes but stays on top

first_img @riksharma_ The FIFA and Pro Evo series’ deliver more instant spills and thrills but for the true football gaming addict there is only one option. 4/5 27/11/2017 Rik Sharma The match engine is new but still nothing to write home about in terms of looks — but that’s the way it should be, really, so the game can be run on even ageing laptops. As much enjoyment as you get out of a single game of FIFA, it is hard to match up to the feeling when the title race you’ve spent hours working on comes down to the final day. The tension is unbearable and in moments like these the game is at its simple best.center_img Football Manager is back for another year and it is as addictive as ever. Those who are au fait with the series will instantly be able to pick it up and play despite the addition of various new features, including being able to see the social make up of the squad and which groups of players like each other. Upd. at 21:10 It’s not an easy game although it doesn’t seem as tricky to beat as the previous year’s version, which is probably a good thing. The scouting system has improved and it feels rewarding when you bring in a new signing who performs thanks to your network. CET For newcomers the range of options is intimidating although before long they will be sucked into the immersive game.last_img read more

Ears to the Pumas

first_imgPAKENHAM Pumas’ Baseball Club would appear to be in very good hands indeed with, from left; Kole Halupecki, Jackson Hooper,…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Bomber seniors Andrea Stinson and Shawn DeGroot claim Kootenay Cross Country titles Wednesday in Fernie

first_imgBomber seniors Andrea Stinson and Shawn DeGroot lived up to some pre-race hype by capturing respective Kootenay High School Cross Country titles Wednesday in Fernie.The L.V. Rogers runner, who dominated the West Kootenay circuit for most of the season, won the Senior Girl’s crown in a time of twenty minutes, 17 seconds.The time was 31 seconds better than Prince Charles runner Emily Simpson.DeGroot defended the Senior Boy’s crown, edging Trafalgar’s Micah May by 59 seconds. DeGroot finished in a time of 27:50.May, a Grade 8 runner competing against senior high school, continued his surprising season by capturing the silver medal in the East Kootenay City.The top runners in each category qualifies for the B.C. High School Cross Country Championships November 5th in Kelowna.Stinson held off a push by East Kootenay runners to top the field.After Simpson, three East Kootenay competitors — Tiara Livingston of Invermere David Thompson, Prince Charles runner Wiebke Zimmerman and Lindsay Weech of Fernie — completed the top five finishers.Taylor Wilson of Kaslo’s J. V. Humphries, who pushed Stinson all season, placed sixth.Katy Camilleri of LVR finished tenth while Ellie Hewat of JVH took 13th, Darya Huser of Salmo 16th, and Larissa Napora of LVR 18th.Tasha Hewat of JVH was 20th.West Kootenay runners finished with much better results in the boy’s race.Walker Dempster of LVR finished fourth behind third-place runner Nic Mottl of Prince Charles.Joe Cox of JVH was fifth with Levi Smith of LVR seventh, Conrad Watt of JVH eighth, Owen Thurston of LVR ninth, Cail Spencer of LVR 10th, Eli Bukoski of JVH 11th, Oliver Hail of LVR 18th and James Janz of LVR 20th.LVR boy’s won the team title while Prince Charles of Creston took the girl’s crown. The Bomber girls finished third.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Morris wins Alliance National Amateur Golf title

first_imgSean Morris held his nerve to be crowned Alliance National Amateur Golf Champion for the first time at the Caymanas Golf Club last weekend. Morris and the leader for the first two days, William Knibbs, were tied on 227 at the end of the tournament. The subsequent play-off round at the October 14-16 championship was won by Morris. According to the new champion, “It feels special to win the Nationals for the first time. Nationals are physically challenging as we had to walk the course for the three days, and the course was rough due to the on-going rains. I held my nerve against a really good opponent, and I’m happy to come out the winner.” Morris who has been playing the sport for the past 20 years was introduced to golf at age 30. There was a tie for overall third (on 233) between Justin Burrowes and Owen Samuda. They were separated after it emerged that Burrowes had the better last day score. Young Jonathan Newnham, who won the championship in 2016 was relegated to fifth place. He tied with Morris and Knibbs on the first day (75) but had a disastrous second day (81) and seven over par (79) on the final day. The Hoerman Cup representatives who will represent Jamaica at the Caribbean Amateur Championship are Sean Morris, William Knibbs, Owen Samuda, and Jonathan Newnham. According to Jamaica Golf Association President Peter Chin, “The association was very happy with the tournament over the three days. We now look forward to the Caribbean Championship where we expect to do well.” Neville Carr took the Men’s and Men’s Senior 7-12 category with 259, while Richard White was second on 260. In the Men’s Super Seniors 0-12, Dorrel Allen won with an overall score of 255. There was a three-way tie for second among Bert Tomlinson, Michael Boyd and Dudley Wilson. The nod went to Tomlinson with a better last day score. Their overall score was 257 Gordon Hutchinson topped the Men’s Super Seniors 13-24 with an overall score of 278. George Wright was second with 287. Michele Gabay walked away with the Ladies 0-12 trophy with an overall 259.last_img read more

Guyana’s reputation is already tarnished

first_imgDear Editor,I have just started reading the book “Blowout” written by Ms Rachel Maddow, the Emmy Award-winning host of MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show”. The book has topped the New York Times Best Seller list since its launch a few weeks ago.The book deals with the greed and corruption of the oil industry and includes Ms Maddow’s comments on the contracts signed with Governments around the globe which have, among other things, propped up authoritarian regimes.I checked the index and sure enough, Guyana is part of that story. On pages 353-354, Ms Maddow writes about the now-former head of ExxonMobil, Rex Tillerson, refusing “to explain, exactly, how it was that [ExxonMobil] managed to secure twenty years’ worth of oil rights in Nigeria despite reportedly being outbid by a Chinese-led consortium by more than double – by more than $2.25 billion. Is it possible that there was a little sweetener there for someone in a decision-making capacity over that contract? Maybe? Anyone want to check the books? Did every Nigerian official who looked at that potential deal just independently – and for the good of his or her country – decide to give away $2.25 billion?How about the details of the production agreement ExxonMobil had negotiated with Guyana, which included an $18 million ‘signing bonus’ to the Guyanese Government? ExxonMobil would not be disclosing the amazing footwork that must have led to those improbable deals. “We are a commercial enterprise and we have competitors,” Exxon’s Man in Guyana explained. “And learning bits of information about how other negotiations have worked or how our negotiations work – the things we value – provide kind of intellectual property to competitors.”“KFC has its secret herbs and spices, fracking companies have their proprietary slickwater goo, and apparently Exxon has its secret special menu of exactly which Government officials or proxies an American oil company must pay off – and how well – in order to secure the right to profit from a country’s natural resources. Without hassle from said Government.”First oil is still to flow here but Guyana’s reputation is already tarnished and the corruption of the Granger Government is on the New York Times Best Seller list for everyone to see.I also agree with Mr Alexander Ramessar’s opinion that future gains from the oil industry here and elsewhere will be short-lived. (SN letters, October 24, 2019) Every progressive and forward-thinking political leader in the developed world – the major gas guzzler – supports energy policies that will lead to a much lesser dependence on fossil fuels in favour of green energy sources.The dizzying glee and greed here over the coming of oil might well have a brief shelf life and Mr Ramessar is right to advise and caution that our economic policies should take this into account.Sincerely,Ryhaan Shahlast_img read more

Confirmed line-ups! Here’s who starts for Tottenham and Chelsea at Wembley

first_imgTottenham Hotspur host defending champions Chelsea this afternoon, kick off 4pm, in the first Premier League game at Wembley Stadium.Spurs got off to the perfect start with a 2-0 win over Newcastle United last weekend, but the same cannot be said of their opponents.Chelsea ended their opening clash with nine men following the dismissal of Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas, as they suffered a shock 3-2 defeat to Burnley on home soil.There’s been much said in the aftermath of that loss over how depleted the Blues’ team to face Tottenham could be, and the absence of Cahill and Fabregas sees Andreas Christensen and summer signing Tiemoue Bakayoko start.Spurs, meanwhile, have made two changes to the side that beat Newcastle, with Kieran Trippier coming in for Kyle Walker-Peters, and Victor Wanyama for Moussa Sissoko. Take a look at the confirmed teams below.Tottenham XI: Lloris, Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Trippier, Wanyama, Dembele, Davies, Alli, Eriksen, KaneSubs: Son, Janssen, Vorm, Sissoko, Wimmer, Winks, Walker-PetersChelsea XI: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Moses, Kante, Luiz, Alonso, Willian, Bakayoko, MorataSubs: Caballero, Pedro, Kenedy, Musonda, Batshuayi, Tomori, Scott 1 It’s the first game at Wembley Stadium and kick off is 4pm last_img read more

Hearing set on cemetery

first_imgIn addition to allowing the cleanup, the resolution would be a step toward making the cemetery a pioneer park. Under such a designation, city government would conduct restoration work on the cemetery and then maintain it in that state. If the abandonment resolution is approved, the city could start the cemetery cleanup as early as September. The cemetery is a legacy from the early settlement known as Palmenthal, founded in the 1880s by German and Swiss immigrants from Nebraska and Illinois. City officials said a search of records indicates that the Jonas family, one of the pioneer families in Palmenthal, donated 20 acres to a local church for a cemetery. City government has acquired 14 acres adjacent to the cemetery to establish a historical park there. The community’s first school – a one-room schoolhouse built in the 1880s and now in McAdam Park – might be moved to the proposed historical park, where there also could be exhibits detailing the railroad’s impact on Palmdale’s development. Palmdale officials are in discussions with local historian Glen Settle about possibly relocating three of the city’s early buildings from Rosamond to the historical park site. The buildings are a railroad station and homes that belong to the Ritter and Munz families, early settlers of the community. City officials are trying to determine the cost of relocating and restoring the buildings, which had been moved to Rosamond as part of a ghost town tourist attraction that operated from the 1950s to the 1980s. The cemetery could complement the park, city officials said. Only 21/2 acres of the original cemetery are fenced and appear to have been used for burials, but there is a possibility a search might disclose burials outside the fenced area, city officials said. Records indicate there may have been as many as 203 burials, although during one examination, there appeared to be only 187 marked graves within the fenced area. Far fewer than 187 markers are still there. The last burial of record was Jan. 17, 2001, city officials said. The cemetery no longer accepts burials because of the possibility of disturbing unmarked graves. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743 IF YOU GO The public hearing on the cemetery will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Palmdale City Hall, 38300 Sierra Highway, Suite B.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.“I think it’s a great opportunity for the community,” Ledford said. “It’s an opportunity for our residents to get into the historical aspects of the community.” Ledford said he believes there could be grave sites outside the cemetery, just east of the site. At some point, he said, a survey should be done to look for unmarked graves. But Councilman Steve Knight said city government should have limited involvement with the cemetery because of the potential cost to taxpayers. In addition to the initial cleanup, there would be ongoing maintenance costs estimated at $30,000 annually. “I think there’s a role for the city for having a dignified cemetery, but I don’t want this to turn into a huge money pit we can’t get out of,” Knight said. The resolution would make three findings: that the site is not an endowment-care cemetery, that it has not had more than 10 burials within the past five years, and that it presents a threat or danger to the public’s health, safety, comfort or welfare. PALMDALE – A public hearing will be held Wednesday, when the City Council will decide whether the city should step in and clean up the 120-year-old Palmdale Cemetery. The council will vote on a resolution declaring the abandonment of the cemetery at Avenue S and 20th Street East as a place for future burials. The move sets into motion a process allowing city government to begin the cleanup and to secure the cemetery at a cost estimated at $220,000. The cemetery, established by the city’s first settlers in the 1880s, has fallen on hard times in recent years. It has been vandalized frequently and is marred by trash and debris, despite efforts by volunteers to keep it clean. Council members want the site cleaned up, but there is debate on how deeply involved city government should be in the project. Mayor Jim Ledford favors major involvement, making the cemetery part of a historical park planned on an adjoining site. last_img read more

Plane crashes during aerobatics; pilot hurt

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MOJAVE – An aerobatic plane that was used as a chase plane in test pilot Burt Rutan’s historic 2004 space flights crashed and caught fire Wednesday outside the grounds of Mojave Airport, seriously injuring its pilot. The pilot, whose name was not immediately released, was pulled from the wreckage by firefighters, who also extinguished the small grass fire the crash started. “He crashed while he was performing aerobatics,” Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said. The injured pilot was flown by helicopter to Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, Kern County sheriff’s Sgt. Richard Wood said. Officials at Scaled Composites, Rutan’s Mojave-based company, had no immediate comment. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.The single-engine Extra 300 airplane belongs to Chuck Coleman, one of Scaled’s design engineers. Scaled said it was used to train Scaled’s pilot/astronauts before the SpaceShipOne rocket plane flights, and also flew with the SpaceShipOne rocket plane at the end of its flights to assist the rocket plane pilot in landing. Kern County officials said they did not know why the plane crashed. National Transportation Safety Board officials were called in to investigate. The crash occurred about 1 p.m. Wednesday about 200 yards north of the airport’s northern fence, sheriff’s officials said.last_img read more

Arsenal striker Lacazette to miss second leg against BATE after shocking elbow

first_img The Frenchman caught the BATE player with his elbow Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update RANKED Lacazette was sent off in Belarus Arsenal were frustrated in Belarus It came just moments after the 27-year-old thought he had found an equaliser, only to see the linesman’s flag raised for offside.Aleksandar Filipovic pulled Lacazette back as the striker turned, and taking issue with the close attention, he flung his elbow towards the BATE player’s face.He becomes the first Arsenal player to be sent off in European competition since Laurent Koscielny against Bayern Munich in the Champions League two years ago.Lacazette will almost certainly miss the second leg at the Emirates on February 21 as the Gunners try to turn the tie on its head without the benefit of an away goal. revealed SORRY Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REPLY latest Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Alexandre Lacazette saw red during Arsenal’s shock 1-0 defeat to BATE Borisov, ruling him out of the second leg of the Europa League last-32 clash.The Frenchman was punished for lashing out with his elbow as the Gunners grew frustrated in Belarus.center_img 3 3 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion 3 gameday cracker huge blow REVEALED Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Latest Football News Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Stanislaw Dragun was the hero for the Belarusian champions on the night, heading home on the stroke of half-time to seal a memorable victory for his side.The Gunners dominated possession for the entirety of the game, as you might expect, but failed to create much on the boggy BATE pitch.With his side currently sitting outside the Premier League top four, the Europa League could be Unai Emery’s best shot at Champions League qualification this season.last_img read more

Individual firearm collections growing in size in Chatham-Kent

first_imgChatham-Kent police routinely seize more than 100 weapons in a year, but firearms examiner Const. Robert Tobin has seen an increase in the number of firearms some people own these days.Tobin provided details regarding the combinations of 381 firearms, ammunition and other weapons seized in 2018 as part of an overall year-end report on the administrative support branch presented to the Chatham-Kent Police Services Board Tuesday.Tobin said this number typically ranges from 180 to 350 in a year. The number of firearms and weapons seized totalled 170 in 2017.However, one factor in the higher-than-normal number in 2018 was dealing with a backlog from 2017. Tobin was pulled from his regular duties to train officers on using the mobile data terminals now installed in police cruisers.The officer added that 50 firearms collected during a month-long provincewide firearms and weapons amnesty Chatham-Kent participated in last April also boosted the numbers.Tobin has been finding when firearm seizures are being made by police over the years for safekeeping, many collections are a lot larger than they used to be.“Once upon a time, an owner would have a shotgun and a .22 (calibre gun) and maybe a hunting rifle,” he said.Where there may have been a few guns seized and held by police in the past for safekeeping while a court process takes place, Tobin said, “we’re getting 20 or 30 from an individual now.”He added a lot of legal firearms owners have larger collections because families pass down firearms.Tobin believes this will inflate the number of firearms seized in the future.A breakdown of what was processed by police in 2018 included:105 pellet/BB rifles, pistols and replica firearms 78 non-restricted long guns (rifles/shotguns) 13 restricted firearms (handguns) 10 prohibited weapons 95 ammunition exhibits of varying amounts and calibres. 72 other exhibits, including prohibited devices – over-capacity mags, pepper spray/mace, switchblades, brass knuckles – along with firearm cases and licences, and miscellaneous times. Tobin said the majority of the 10 prohibited weapons were turned over for destruction.Many of these firearms are from the Second World War that were brought back to Canada several years ago, he said.They are often turned over when people came into possession of them as part of an estate, and they didn’t know what to do with them, he added.“The licensing is very strict and very difficult with that, so most people turn it over for destruction,” Tobin said.He noted he can help people navigate the process to have a gunsmith deactivate these weapons so they can’t fire, which eliminates the need to have a licence.Tobin said the majority of firearms seized are kept for safekeeping and later returned to the owner. He said a person may get in trouble for something unrelated to their weapons, but they will be seized for safekeeping by police until the court process is done.eshreve@postmedia.comlast_img read more