first_imgFrom May 16-18, SAP SAPPHIRE NOW and the ASUG (Americas’ SAP Users’ Group) overtook Orlando with one of the largest global tech conferences of the year. SAPPHIRE NOW is so large because SAP technologies—particularly the SAP HANA in-memory database—are so prominent in global business. SAP is at the center of an ecosystem of technology partners, and has worked closely with Intel for nearly 30 years, particularly in the joint engineering that developed – and continues to extend – the SAP HANA* platform. Intel also had a large presence at the show and we had our own announcements and demos to share in support of the long, rich relationship between Intel and SAP.As I wandered the show floor and marveled at all the technological wonders on display—an eye-popping tableau of robots, drones, and even a virtual wind farm—I had to remind myself that behind all these breakthroughs was SAP, a company not so long ago known mostly for vast and imposing enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. Today, SAP straddles the cutting edge of technology, a leader in bringing artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), and machine learning to business.In fact, the longest lines in Orlando (and that’s saying something) were to get into the SAP Leonardo* exhibit. Leonardo is the name given to SAP’s digital innovation system, and is made up of SAP’s technologies for artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data, analytics, IoT and blockchain, all of which can be embedded in applications to create new data-driven intelligent systems. If you wonder how these new technologies will apply to your business, just keep your eye on SAP. By transforming itself into a pioneer of applying these advanced technologies to business, SAP continues to position itself as a leader in digital transformation.Intel Executives Star in SAP SAPPHIRE KeynotesDuring Tuesday’s keynote address,Opens in a new window Diane Bryant, president of Intel’s Data Center Group, walked on stage to join Bernd Leukert, a member of SAP’s Executive Board for Products and Innovation. Diane announced the Intel® Xeon® Processor Scalable familyOpens in a new window, a new foundation for secure and agile multi-cloud data centers. The new scalable processors, which will be available in mid-2017, are optimized for SAP HANA and have been benchmarked with performance gains up to 1.59x higher over the previous generation Intel processor family when running in-memory SAP HANA workloads. Additionally, Diane announced that SAP HANA is now certified to support up to six times more memory on the new Intel Xeon processor scalable for four- or eight-socket configurations than the typical four-year-old system in general use today. This makes the new Intel platform ideal to meet the increasingly complex demands of big-data, in-memory workloads in modern data centers.Intel’s Diane Bryant onstage at SAP SAPPHIRE with SAP’s Bernd Leukert, discussing the new Intel Xeon Processor Scalable family.But wait, there’s more. Diane also announced a new generation of Intel dual in-line memory modules (DIMMs) based on 3D XPoint™ technologyOpens in a new window to help overcome the traditional I/O bottlenecks that slow data flows and limit application capacity and performance. Historically, memory has been small, volatile and expensive, but Intel’s new DIMMs with persistent memory, due to launch next year, are about to change that. Intel persistent memory shifts the memory paradigm by putting more data on nonvolatile media closer to the processor, and in a more affordable manner. Not only does larger memory promise faster processing and therefore faster results, it also reduces downtime during outages and restarts because data can persist in-memory.Lisa Davis, Intel’s VP of IT Transformation, presented the first public demo of the new DIMM technology. Watch my Periscope videoOpens in a new window of Lisa’s presentation, showing a prerelease version of an Intel Xeon Scalable platform operating with 192 gigabytes of DRAM and 1.5 terabytes of Intel persistent memory, running a development version of SAP HANA. On a dashboard above the stage, we watched as the platform ran several thousand simultaneous SAP HANA user sessions, displaying how the system used DRAM for operations like inserts and deletes, which require high read/write access, and used Intel persistent memory for capacity and persistence of the main memory fragment. By targeting the right kind of memory to the right kind of operation, Lisa’s demo showed how the new DIMM system is able to handle large data capacity while maintaining high overall performance. This opens the prospect of entire databases remaining permanently in memory for super low latency computing.In-Booth Demos Showcase IoTIntel also hosted a number of demos at its SAP SAPPHIRE booth. Watch my PeriscopeOpens in a new window of an emergency response demonstration using drones, Intel® RealSense™ imaging technologies and SAP Leonardo Edge consoles. The demo shows how imaging technologies can track human activity to provide surveillance and coordinate rescue in disaster scenarios. Read more about the Intel, SAP Leonardo and Wind River Helix* IoT edge management solution hereOpens in a new window.We also demoed SAP HANA Express* Predictive Maintenance and Service (PdMS) on Intel® NUC, which showed how the small form factor NUC computer is able to provide predictive maintenance in an IoT network via VMware and 3DXpoint technologies.Intel also published a use case in conjunction with SAP SAPPHIRE. Read SAP and Intel Co-innovation Enables Global Cloud Migration to the SAP HANA PlatformOpens in a new window to learn how SAP was able to increase workload density and reduce operational costs by porting all its SAP Business ByDesign* customers to a SAP HANA platform powered by the Intel® Xeon® processor E7 v4 family. Remarkably, the migration was implemented with almost no impact on customers’ abilities to operate their businesses without interruption, other than the brief scheduled downtime during non-business weekend hours.Connect with me at @TimIntelOpens in a new window and #TechTim for the latest news on Intel and SAP.last_img read more

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ UEFA have confirmed the seeding for the Euro 2020 draw on November 30, as Italy risk a Group of Death with France and Portugal. Roberto Mancini’s Italy find themselves in Pot 1 after winning all 10 games in Group J, the first time in their history that the Azzurri qualified for a major tournament with a 100% record.  There is a nightmare scenario for Italy, in which they could find themselves in a group containing France and Portugal. Pot 1 Belguim, Italy, England, Germany, Spain, Ukraine Pot 2 France, Poland, Switzerland, Croatia, Netherlands, Russia Pot 3 Portugal, Turkey, Denmark, Austria, Sweden, Czech Republic Pot 4 Wales, Finland, Play-off winner A, Play-off winner B, Play-off winner C, Play-off winner  D Euro 2020 begins in Rome on June 12.last_img read more

first_imgA move to confer honorary doctorate for Chess icon Vishwanathan Anand was today at the centre of a raging storm after the HRD ministry reportedly raised questions over his Indian nationality but Minister Kapil Sibal stepped in to apologise to him.The HRD Minister, who called Anand over telephone in Hyderabad, said there was no question of his ministry raising queries being raised over Anand’s citizenship and that he has persuaded him to accept the doctorate.But the chess wizard politely turned it down for the present saying he would accept it on a later date because of his travel schedule and prior commitments now.Anand was to have been conferred the honorary doctorate along with Prof. David Mumford of Harvard University at a function here last night coinciding with the current International Congress of Mathematicians in Hyderabad.Bureaucratic hurdles caused by the Union Human Resource Development Ministry put paid to the plans of University of Hyderabad to confer the honour on the 39-year-old champion, who lives in Spain for the last few years but holds an Indian passport.As reports on the unsavoury episode broke out in the media, Sibal sought to do some damage limitation. He called Anand in Hyderabad over telephone and expressed his apologies, apparently over questions raised in regard to his citizenship.”But in the case of Vishwanathan Anand there is no question (of questions over his citizenship). We are sorry for what has transpired. I told him even if some Indian were to acquire foreign nationality we are still proud of him,” the minister told a hurriedly-called press conference in Delhi.advertisementHe blamed bureaucratic procedures in the delay on clearance of the doctorate degree for Anand, who maintained he had always played under the Indian flag and held an Indian passport.”I don’t understand this issue. I am in Hyderabad to play with Mathematicians and enjoy the Congress,” said the Grand Master who went ahead to play a game of Chess simultaneously with 40 mathematicians.He defeated all his opponents barring one in a game that lasted over three hours and participated in a question-answer session with them. With one, the game was drawn. The media was told not not to put any questions.Earlier, he was accorded a grand welcome at the Congress venue and Anand remained unfazed and did not not betray any emotions over the treatment meted out to him.Anand’s wife said the minister was apologetic when he spoke to the player and wanted the matter to be put to rest now now.But she made it clear that the issue of questions over Anand’s nationality did not not come as a surprise to them as they were asked to give a copy of the passport, which she had sent to the HRD ministry in June last year.Giving his version of the story, Sibal dismissed suggestions that the ministry had doubted Anand’s nationality.”There is no question, there is no issue. There is no question of nationality (about Anand),” he said adding that he had cleared the file on Anand’s name for conferring the doctorate on May 22 last year.But, he said, there were five other names. “When I went to the Visitor it came back to me with reference to an individual. Then the University event was over. This issue arose when another file came regarding a foreigner. If I had known I would have put my foot down,” he said.Sibal said he told Anand that the honorary degree could be conferred today itself. But he indicated that he had some problem about this evening. “Then I told him that any date of his convenience for the function was okay. He has accepted it,” the minister said.He said procedural error has led to problems regarding doctorate for Anand. Immediate corrective action was taken.It should not nto take time (to implement such decisions) but sometime it happens, he said adding this was not not the time for apportioning blame on anyone.Hailing Anand for his achievements, Sibal said “Vishwanathan Anand has done India proud like Arjun Atwal (who won a top professional golf championship in the US yesterday). We should be proud of those who climb the heights of global excellence.”Meanwhile, the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) expressed sadness over not not being able to confer the honorary doctorate on Anand because of “insensitive bureaucratic obstructions”.The ICM executive committee has conveyed its deep apology to Anand over this development, its Chairman M S Raghunathan and Secretary Rajat Tandon said in a statement.advertisementThey said the idea of conferring an honorary doctorate was mooted as early as in October 2009. The UoH took up the proposal and did all the necessary work and submitted it for clearance to The HRD Ministry, they said.Despite repeated follow-up by the university, the HRD Ministry did not forward this proposal for signature by the President of India, they claimed adding, as a result “this unfortunate turn of events had taken place”.Tandon earlier told reporters that as per UoH Vice Chancellor Syed Hasnain’s direction they had made necessary arrangements for conferring the Ph.D degree tonight itself.”He (Anand) changed his mind and he is not willing to take the degree. He doesn’t want it (degree) due to the controversy,” Tandon said.Asked whether Anand has said no, Raghunathan said, “He has not told me”.last_img read more

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next On point: Thomas making progress, could join Cavs earlier MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJoining Seigle in Alapag’s coaching staff are former head coach Mcc Cuan and conditioning coach Chappy Callanta.Alab has also finalized its roster for the 2017-2018 ABL season, with reigning ABL Local MVP Bobby Ray Parks and powerhouse import Ivan Johnson leading the fight.Also in the roster are veterans Dondon Hontiveros, Josh Urbiztondo, Rico Maierhofer, and Robby Celiz, Fil-Am swingman Lawrence Domingo, new recruits Pamboy Raymundo, Oping Sumalinog, Pao Javelona, and JR Alabanza, and reinforcement Reggie Okosa.Alab opens its campaign on November 19 against defending champion Hong Kong Eastern Sports Club at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay View commentscenter_img After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads MOST READ Alab welcomes Jay R Alabanza, asst coaches Mac Cuan, Danny Seigle and trainer Chappy Callanta! #AlabNatinTo #AlabPilipinas 🏀🔥 pic.twitter.com/xjvsSSVFec— Alab Pilipinas (@AlabPilipinas) November 7, 2017Jimmy Alapag will have a familiar face in his coaching staff as Tanduay Alab Pilipinas welcomes PBA legend Danny Seigle as a team consultant.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe 41-year-old forward was announced as the newest addition to the Philippine-based ASEAN Basketball League squad as the eight-time PBA champion embarks on a new challenge in his career.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Seigle last played for TNT KaTropa, where he first paired up with Alapag since arriving to the team in 2013. He also had stints in Barako Bull and in his longtime home San Miguel in his 18-year PBA career. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES Malditas save PH from shutoutlast_img read more

first_imgRobin van Persie celebrates after scoring a late goal for Man Utd against ChelseaRobin van Persie rescued Manchester United with a goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time to earn a 1-1 draw with leader Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday.The Netherlands striker rammed home a loose ball from 10 meters to make amends for his error that helped Chelsea take the lead in the 53rd minute through veteran striker Didier Drogba.Drogba met a corner from Cesc Fabregas with a towering header that should have been kept out by Van Persie, who was supposed to be guarding the near post.Chelsea looked like seeing the game out until right back Branislav Ivanovic was sent off in stoppage time for picking up a second booking for a foul on Angel Di Maria. United scored from the resulting free kick, with Van Persie pouncing after Marouane Fellaini’s header was parried out by goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.Chelsea’s lead has been cut to four points by surprising Southampton but Jose Mourinho’s unbeaten team is now six points ahead of third-place Manchester City, arguably its biggest rival for the title.Didier Drogba celebrates after scoring the opening goal for Chelsea against Man UtdStill this was an opportunity lost by Chelsea, which threw away two points in Manchester like it did a month ago a month ago when conceding late in a 1-1 at City.”Is it a good result? I don’t think so,” Mourinho said. “Was it a good performance? Yes.”advertisementUnited stayed 10 points behind Chelsea but is showing great fighting spirit under Louis van Gaal, having also scored late in a 2-2 draw at West Bromwich Albion on Monday.”I’ve said to the players we could have won,” Van Gaal said. “And when you can do that again the best team in this league at this moment it is a good sign.”I am pleased that they are fighting to the end.”A draw was arguably a fair result in a match that pitted two of world football’s best tacticians in Mourinho and Van Gaal, who mentored the Portuguese coach during their time together at Barcelona from 1997-2000.They shared a warm embrace before kickoff for their first head-to-head meeting since the 2010 Champions League final. On that occasion, Mourinho’s Inter Milan beat Van Gaal’s Bayern Munich for a win for the pupil over his master.Four years on, they are widely regarded as two of the most wily, respected managers around and it was always likely to be a tight, tactical affair at Old Trafford. That was how it turned out.Robin van Persie scored in the fourth minute of the stoppage time to deny ChelseaThe first half ebbed and flowed with each goalkeeper having only one genuine save to make. Courtois spread himself well to deny Van Persie, who had run onto a through-ball from the lively Adnan Januzaj in the 23rd minute as United made the faster start.At the other end, Drogba – starting a league game for the first time in his second spell at Chelsea with top scorer Diego Costa and Loic Remy unavailable – drove a shot at goal from Oscar’s cut-back but it was kept out by the feet of David de Gea.De Gea did even better to deny a low shot from Eden Hazard at the start of the second half after the winger dribbled through the heart of the United defense. However, the goalkeeper wasn’t helped by the defending from the resulting corner.Drogba drifted to the near post and leapt above the diminutive Rafael de Silva to meet an inswinging cross from Fabregas with a header that flew between Van Persie and the near post. Van Persie had left his position on the post, only to belatedly retreat and was off-balance when the ball went past him.The Dutchman made up for it with his late intervention in the final scheduled minute of injury time.”It was not our best performance. That’s a pity, because at this moment you have to show yourself against the better teams,” Van Gaal said. “But we have created more chances than Chelsea.”last_img read more

first_imgan arrangement with PRNewswire. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same). Midnight Fashion Extravaganza at Tantra, The Park Kolkata KOLKATA, September 11, 2015/PRNewswire/ — Known for its glamorous, out-of-the-box and flamboyant entertainment events, The Park is delighted to present an extremely stylish and upscale fashion show right at the stroke of midnight. Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150911/10130129 ) Tantra, the most happening nightclub in the city and one of the most popular in the country, is the ideal venue for a flash fashion show. The best of designers like Rohit Bal have presented their collection here and the likes of Katrina Kaif have walked the ramp. Open for our guests and patrons to witness, the fashion show will be a spectacle complete with great music, lights and drinks. Join us for MIDNIGHT HOT, featuring Chennai-based designer Mr. Vivek Karunakaran and Mumbai-based models Ms. Candice Pinto and Ms. Sonalika Sahay among other top models from Kolkata. The show is directed and choreographed by Rajat and makeup is by Kaushik. Vivek has been styling eminent personalities from the world of cinema, music and sports to the likes of Christian Louboutin, Sonam Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Lisa Ray, Anil Kapoor, Leander Paes, A R Rahman, Shankar Mahadevan, Sonakshi Sinha, Nagarjuna, Nicole Faria, Amy Jackson, Suriya, Chiyaan Vikram, Parvathy Omanakuttan and many more. more PRNewswire GSVlast_img read more

first_imgAfter losing their opener, the Indian hockey team came back strongly to beat New Zealand 3-1 in the second game to level the four-match bilateral Test series 1-1 here on Wednesday.Unlike the previous match where the visitors lost 0-2, India lifted their tempo and displayed attacking hockey which helped them score three goals, one each coming from the sticks of Ramandeep Singh, Lalit Upadhyay and Nikkin Thimmaiah.India went in to attack right from the start which helped them build the initial pressure over the hosts. The opening minutes saw Chinglensana Singh attack from the right flank as he entered the D of the opponents, but the alert New Zealand defence thwarted the attempt.Keeping constant pressure, World No.8 India earned a penalty corner in the 10th minute but the ball was hit wide of the post.But only three minutes later, Birendra Lakra gave a crucial cross to Ramandeep who opened the account for India on a rebound, giving his team the lead.India continued their attacks in the second quarter. A brilliant move by Dharamvir Singh caught the New Zealand defence on the back foot but his shot was blocked by an observant Black Sticks goalkeeper.The Kiwis in turn capitalised on a counter attack, but could not break the Indian defence.In the 23rd minute, the hosts were awarded with a penalty corner but Indian custodian P.R. Sreejesh came out with a brilliant save to make sure India went into halftime with a 1-0 lead.advertisementAt the restart, an unmarked Gurjinder Singh had a great chance to double the lead in the 33th minute but he deflected the ball wide of the post. New Zealand immediately counter attacked and won a penalty corner two minutes later Sreejesh stood tall and cleared the danger yet again.New Zealand kept on pressing hard for their equaliser throughout the third quarter and they were successful when Kane Russell, in the 45th minute, converter a penalty corner chance for the much needed equaliser to go into the last 15 minutes 1-1.Both sides tried out different strategies to score the goal in the last quarter but it was India who were rewarded for being consistent with their attacks when Manpreet Singh’s accurate pass to Upadhyay helped India take the 2-1 advantage in the 52nd minute.Then in the last minute of the match Thimmaiah put it completely beyond New Zealand’s reach when he scored his side’s third goal to level the series for the India.The third match between the two sides will be played on October 9 at Christchurch.last_img read more

first_imgAsus launched the ZenFone 3 Max battery-centric smartphone in the Indian market on Wednesday. The ZenFone 3 Max is successor to the ZenFone Max 2016 launched in May, and boasts of an all-premium metal body and better set of hardware specifications (over the latter) with (still) an all-round focus on battery life.Just like the ZenFone Max 2016, the ZenFone 3 Max will also be available in two versions: while the ZenFone 3 Max (ZC520TL) with 5.2-inch 720p display will be available for Rs 12,999, the ZenFone 3 Max (ZC553KL) with 5.5-inch 1080p display will cost buyers Rs 17,999. The ZenFone 3 Max will be available for buying from both online and offline channels.The main USP of the ZenFone 3 Max is its 4,100 mAh battery which is rated to deliver “up to 38 days of standby time, 17 hours of VoIP talk time on 3G, 72 hours of music playback and 18 hours of video playback,” according to the company. In addition, “the ZenFone 3 Max’s high battery capacity also lets it double up as a Power bank for charging other devices through a reverse charging capability. The device can discharge power that is equivalent to most ordinary wall chargers, with power rated at 5V at 1.5A,” claims Asus.Also read: ZenFone Max review: Big on battery, low on price The phone also ships with an OTG cable that turns it into a charger to help power up other gadgets.The ZenFone 3 Max comes with an all-metal unibody design and curved 2.5D glass on the front. It will be available in the colours: Titanium Gray, Glacier Silver and Sand Gold. The phone also has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner that is claimed to unlock the device in just 0.3 seconds.advertisementThe ZenFone 3 Max (ZC520TL) is powered by a 1.25GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737T processor. The phone comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera. The pricier variant meanwhile comes with a 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor and supports expandable storage of up to 128GB via microSD card slot. It sports a 16-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.0 aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus and laser autofocus. On the front, it comes with an 8-megapixel camera.Both the phones come with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal memory. The dualSIM ZenFone 3 Max runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow-based ZenUI 3.0 and supports 4G LTE connectivity (VoLTE-ready). Also read: Asus ZenFone 3 Max: Full specs, top features, India price and everything you need to knowlast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 24 (PTI) GMR Sports, a part of infrastructure conglomerate GMR Group, and consumer products and cigarette company ITC Ltd have expressed interest in adopting the Taj Mahal under the Tourism Ministrys Adopt a Heritage scheme started last year.The scheme invites government and private parties to operate and maintain heritage sites.The ministry today awarded the Letters of Intent to nine agencies for 22 monuments of Phase-IV of the scheme, including the Taj Mahal in Uttar Pradesh, Chittorgarh Fort in Rajasthan, Mehrauli Archeological Park and Gol Gumbad in Delhi.Union Minister for Tourism K J Alphons asked the stakeholders to “protect, preserve and market” the heritage of India. He emphasised on creating awareness among corporates and citizens to adopt the heritage sites under the scheme for maintenance of amenities at tourist destinations.The ministry also signed an MoU with Dalmia Bharat and the Archaeological Survey of India under the project to adopt the iconic Red Fort monument in New Delhi and Gandikota Fort in Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh, it said in a statement.The Adopt a Heritage scheme was launched by President Ram Nath Kovind on World Tourism Day in September last year.With a budget of more than Rs 5 crore per year, the cement manufacturing company joins “monument mitras” including other private sector companies, which will look after the operations and maintenance of the site for five years, it said.Under the project, it will construct, landscape, illuminate and maintain activities related to provision and development of tourist amenities. This includes basic and advanced amenities such as public conveniences, clean drinking water, cleanliness of the monument, accessibility for all, signage, cloakroom facilities, illumination and night viewing, surveillance system, tourist facilitation-cum-interpretation centre.advertisementKeeping in mind the easy accessibility to the differently-abled visitors, there will be ramps and toilet facilities for the differently-abled. Facilities like wheelchairs, battery-operated vehicles, braille signages are some of the key additions, which will make the Red Fort a barrier-free monument.The company said in a statement that advanced surveillance system like pan-tilt-zoom CCTV cameras will be installed. Dalmia Bharat will also assist in controlling the advanced tourist flow management system linked with carrying capacity of the monuments, including light and sound shows with regular cultural shows and facilitation of night visits to the monuments. PTI ASG ASG ABH ABHlast_img read more

first_imgTransfers Renato Sanches forced to give up No.85 at Swansea without even wearing it Last updated 2 years ago 23:57 8/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Renato Sanches Bayern Munich Getty Transfers Swansea City Bayern München Premier League Bundesliga The Portugal international midfielder has been informed by the Premier League that he will need to make a different choice, so has plumped for 35 Renato Sanches has been forced to give up the No.85 shirt at Swansea City before even making an appearance.The Portugal international completed a stunning loan move to the Liberty Stadium from Bayern Munich on deadline day.Swansea 6/1 to beat Newcastle 1-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina As the Swans revelled in their transfer coup, they announced that the 20-year-old intended to have 85 on his back.They have, however, seen the Premier League scupper those plans, with Sanches forced to reassess and take the 35 he has previously donned at Bayern.It was all going so well…The #PL reject the number 85 for @renatosanches35. He will now wear for the #Swans this season. pic.twitter.com/Lx7qWmkHOF— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) August 31, 2017Swansea’s plans saw them fall foul of top-flight rules when it comes to squad numbers, but they have been able to see the funny side.Nothing, it appears, is going to spoil their mood on a remarkable day.The #PL rule that squad numbers must be consecutive and close to the current highest number. We’re still going ahead with the transfer!— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) August 31, 2017Sanches will be hoping to make his Premier League bow, wearing number 35, when the Swans play host to Newcastle on September 10.last_img read more

first_imgTwitter: follow us at @guardian_sportFacebook: like our football and sport pagesInstagram: our favourite photos, films and storiesYouTube: subscribe to our football and sport channels news Since you’re here… Hide Share on Facebook Pro14 Quick guide Follow Guardian sport on social media Was this helpful? Share on Messenger The panel, meanwhile, found: “The player’s actions are an act of foul play. They have no place in the game. This is not a case of over-exuberance, or an act which is within the rules of the game going awry.“It follows that by its nature this act is one that is deserving of punishment. It is contrary to the spirit of sport.“It is difficult to imagine how an act of foul play of this sort could be worse, save for repeated acts or where actual injury is caused.”The panel decided it was a red card offence with a top-end entry point of 26 weeks’ suspension, but they applied 50% mitigation in respect to Lee’s admission of facts and his clean disciplinary record.Lee has been suspended until 21 July, taking into account the rugby calendar for the rest of this season and domestic fixtures in South Africa. … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian Share on Twittercenter_img Share on LinkedIn Rugby union Share on WhatsApp Topics Share on Pinterest Toyota Cheetahs centre Nico Lee has received a 13-week ban after he “cleared the contents of his nose” on to an opposition player’s face.Lee was cited following the incident, which happened during South Africa-based Cheetahs’ Guinness PRO14 game against Connacht in Galway last Saturday.He was reported under Law 9.27 – a player must not do anything that is against the spirit of good sportsmanship. A three-man disciplinary committee concluded that Lee had committed an intentional act of foul play.In a statement, Pro14 organisers said: “With regard to the offence, the player accepted that he had cleared the contents of his nose on to the face of an opposing player, thereby committing an act of foul play.” Reuse this content Thank you for your feedback. Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe Show Share via Emaillast_img read more

first_imgLe Conseil de leadership pour la création en Nouvelle-Écosse a accueilli une nouvelle présidente et trois nouveaux membres, aujourd’hui 2 octobre. Un autre membre a été nommé pour un deuxième mandat. Tony Ince, ministre des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine, a annoncé que Pamela Scott-Crace est la nouvelle présidente, Martine Durier-Copp, Barbara Manning et Trevor Murphy sont des nouveaux membres, et Jamie MacLellan est nommé pour un deuxième mandat. « Les arts et la culture entraînent des collectivités saines et dynamiques qui contribuent à la vie des Néo-Écossais à l’échelle de la province, affirme M. Ince. Ce groupe de bénévoles passionnés et dévoués participe à l’élaboration des politiques provinciales pour le secteur de la création en Nouvelle-Écosse, et permet la collaboration entre le gouvernement et le secteur. » Les nouveaux membres maintiennent l’engagement du conseil visant à refléter la diversité culturelle, professionnelle et géographique de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Mme Durier-Copp est professeure en administration publique, directrice du Centre for Advanced Management Education de l’Université Dalhousie et directrice de la troupe de danse Flamenco en Rouge, basée à Halifax. Mme Manning est une entrepreneure et ancienne présidente et directrice générale d’une entreprise mondiale de marketing et de logiciels. Elle a de l’expérience en planification stratégique, en gestion des opérations, en leadership et en commerce international. M. Murphy est un professionnel de l’industrie musicale qui est actif au sein de la communauté musicale et de l’industrie culturelle de la province depuis plus de 10 ans. M. MacLellan a été nommé pour un deuxième mandat au conseil et à titre de membre de la direction du conseil. Il est coordonnateur de l’art civique à Halifax et responsable d’un inventaire d’environ 300 objets d’art et du patrimoine. Mme Scott-Crace est présidente de la troupe de danse contemporaine Mocean Dance et membre des conseils d’administration de Discovery Centre et Engage Nova Scotia, ainsi que membre du comité d’activité du Halifax Viennese Opera Ball. Les nouveaux membres se joignent aux autres membres du conseil, soit Carol Beaton, Terrilee Bulger, Laurie Dalton, Fiona Diamond, Troy Greencorn, Scott Long, Candace Stevenson, Susan Tooke ainsi qu’aux représentants du ministère, Marcel McKeough et Peggy Tibbo-Cameron. « Le Conseil de leadership pour la création en Nouvelle-Écosse est ravi de la nomination de Barbara Manning, Martine Durier-Copp et Trevor Murphy, et du renouvellement de la nomination de Jamie MacLellan, affirme Pamela Scott-Crace, présidente. Ces nouveaux membres ont une expérience et une expertise inestimables, et leur volonté de siéger à ce conseil démontre une reconnaissance du potentiel de l’économie de la création pour l’avenir de la Nouvelle-Écosse. » Le Conseil de leadership pour la création en Nouvelle-Écosse est un partenariat entre le secteur culturel et le gouvernement de la Nouvelle-Écosse visant à favoriser une meilleure compréhension et un processus amélioré de prise de décisions. Il offre des conseils et du leadership au gouvernement au sujet des politiques et des programmes qui font la promotion des arts et de la culture, il représente les intérêts du secteur et il est la voix des artistes et des travailleurs du secteur de la culture. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur le conseil, consultez le https://creative.novascotia.ca/FR.last_img read more

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf party and independent candidates won five seats each in the first-ever elections in former semi-autonomous tribal region, bordering Afghanistan, that was once a stronghold of militant groups like the Taliban and al-Qaeda.Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), where the first-ever provincial elections were held on Saturday, comprises seven districts and was merged with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in May 2018 after a constitutional amendment. Also Read – UN may run out of money by end of the month: GuterresAccording to the unofficial results of 13 constituencies out of 16, Khan’s PTI and independents got five seats each while Jamat-e-Islami, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl and Awami National Party won one seat each.Results of three constituencies were not available so far.The law set aside 24 seats in the provincial assembly for the former FATA region. However, due to administrative reasons elections on those seats were not held with the general polls held in the country in July last year. Also Read – US, Japan sign trade agreements on agriculture and digital exportAfter putting in place the necessary legal and logistic wherewithal, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) went ahead to hold the election on the 16 general seats.Another four seats are reserved for women and one for non-Muslims and these seats will be awarded to the political parties on the basis of their share in 16 contested seats.ECP spokesman Nadeem Qasim earlier told the media that it might take a day before the official results will be announced. A total of 1,897 polling stations were set up, including separate poling facilities for men and women. The ECP data showed that 285 candidates were contesting for 16 general seats.The ECP said that out of 2.80 million voters, 1.67 million are men and 1.13 million women.Poling was held in peaceful environment as foolproof security measures were taken and government deployed 34,497 security personnel from army, police and Paramilitary Frontier Corps, Levies and Khasadar Force.The tribal region was once known as stronghold of militants from Al-Qaeda and other groups but the rebels were killed or expelled by the army in successful military operations.Pakistan, after a series of reforms, has also abolished the colonial era draconian Frontier Crime Regulations law, which prescribed collective punishments for the entire tribes even for minor misdemeanours.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – In a chilling videotape confession played for a jury in an Ottawa courtroom on Friday, Basil Borutski detailed how he methodically drove around Renfrew County on a clear, September day two years ago, and killed three women in a little over an hour.“I killed them because they were not innocent,” Borutski said in the confession given to police the day after the killings in September 2015.“They were guilty. I was innocent. I’ve done nothing wrong.”Borutski, 59, is on trial for first degree murder in the deaths of 66-year-old Carol Culleton, 36-year-old Anastasia Kuzyk and 48-year-old Nathalie Warmerdam.They were all killed in their homes in the Ottawa Valley northwest of Ottawa.Borutski sat still and silent as the tape was played. He is representing himself, but refuses to participate, ignoring the judge and lawyers completely, staring straight ahead, often with his eyes closed.That demeanour is in stark contrast to the video confession, where he yells and curses one moment and then sobs quietly as he weaves a terrifying narrative of the events of the fatal day.His confession was difficult to follow at times, as he manoeuvred back and forth between the details of the killings and events that occurred in the days and even years leading up to them.He screams as he accuses the police of harassment, threatening to shoot them if they come to his house again. He rails against crisis lines and lawyers that refuse to help him, yelling that he knew he was going to “explode” after years of people lying and having him thrown in jail for crimes he didn’t commit.“Nobody (expletive) listens to me,” he shouts. “Nobody helps me. Nobody. And I was not lying. Ever.”As he gets to the details of how he killed Culleton, who was the first to die that day, his voice softens and he buries his head in his hands.The night before the murders, he said, he went to see Culleton, who he claims to have dated, at her cottage on Kamaniskeg Lake, where he said she and her new boyfriend laughed at him.Then he returned to his home, about 24 km away in Palmer Rapids, Ont., and drank rye with a neighbour while they discussed the Bible, before falling asleep on the couch.The next morning, he borrowed a friend’s car, stopped for gas and then drove back to Culleton’s cottage.“I remember thinking that God is really helping me because when I went to Carol’s, Carol walked right outside,” he says, so quietly it is at times difficult to hear, with long pauses between sentences.“And then I asked her, I said, ‘Why do you hate me, why are you doing this to me?’ And then she closed the door, I was right there, and then I broke the window with my elbow and I reached in and I unlocked the door. And she said, ‘This isn’t you, Basil, this is not you’.”He said Culleton then told him a man was coming over to fix the electricity and he told her she was lying.“There was a, a cable, a TV coil, I picked it up and I hit her with it and I wrapped it around her head. She just kept saying ‘this is not you Basil, this is not you.’ And then, then I walked around the cottage.”He said he found her purse and took her keys and phone and car. He threw the phone out the window as he drove so nobody could see the text message conversation they’d had.He drove to Kuzyk’s house, about 20 kilometres away in Wilno, Ont., and she too walked outside before going back into her home after seeing him. He followed.“I asked Anastasia ‘why did you lie in court?’ and she said ‘I didn’t,’ and the gun went off. Because it’s just lies.”He said God then told him to get back in the car so he did and drove to Warmerdam’s home, about 30 kilometres west in Cormac, Ont.“What happened? I just drove in, walked in the door, she was sitting there, she went around the corner, I followed her. Boom. That was it and I walked out. It was funny, like I wasn’t even pulling the trigger on the gun, the gun was just going off. Boop.”Borutski at one point said the Bible makes a distinction between killing and murder and only murder is wrong because it is taking the life of someone who is innocent. That’s why, he said, he didn’t shoot himself that day, because it would have been like murdering himself.He said that throughout much of the day he experienced an out-of-body experience and described himself repeatedly as a “zombie.”The trial resumes Tuesday.-follow @mrabson on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgThursday, May 23rd, 2019 Our Brothers Grimm; CLICK HEREFriday, May 24th, 201910:30 am-Noon Coffee Critique; CLICK HERE 7:30 pm – Between the Sheets; CLICK HERESaturday, May 25th, 201910 am to 11:30 am there will be a Public Work Shop at the NPCC.Noon – 1 pm AGM; CLICK HERE4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Coffee Critique; CLICK HERE7:00 pm – Annapurna; CLICK HERE9:45 pm Awards CeremonySunday, May 25th, 2019 10:30 am-Noon Coffee Critique; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – It’s that time of year for the Annual Spring Festival to watch live theatre performances by great local talent.What makes this festival special is the opportunity to listen to an adjudicator give a short public critique following each nightly performance and then meet with the cast & crew the following morning for an in-depth chat and “coffee critique”.Ticket holders will be able to observe these sessions. Cost for watching the shows are $10 per show or $25 for all three and can be purchased from npcc.bc.ca or the North Peace Cultural Centre Box Officelast_img read more

first_imgMake your life easier while travelling by rolling your clothes while packing and carrying a tote handbag for utility, suggest experts. Here are simple tips for travelling: Packing style: It is always advisable to roll your clothes. When it comes to packing toiletries, always carry smaller bottles. If you can arrange for sachets, nothing like that. Choose a proper handbag: You will come across multiple shapes and sizes of luggage. Always remember to keep one small bag handy for your emergency essentials. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainTo keep it light, it is always advisable to carry a duffle bag or small cabin trolley with maximum compartments to divvy up all your emergency essentials. Keep it stylish: Bright colour luggage bags give a youthful and free-spirited look. When everything else is on point, your luggage bag too needs to be on point for a perfect airport look. Go for colours like red, green, blue for your next vacation. You can also experiment with textures in leather bags in bright colours like snake or croc texture. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardTote bag: For women, tote bag is a great pick for travelling. The bag has a single spacious with double handle that makes it easy for any travel occasion. This summer opt for sleek styles pastel colours for tote bags. Sling bags: Sling bags are perfect for a party or a dinner with a fashionable dress or a gown. You can complete your evening look by styling your favourite sling bag with pumps styled in vibrant prints, embossed textures and embellished mesh details. Crossbody bag: This crossbody sling backpack is made of ultra-durable canvas with reinforced stitching to hold up to all the wear and tear that comes from travelling. While it is made to be worn across your body, it also features a smaller handle and can be carried at your side if needed.last_img read more

TORONTO — Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,858.35, up 58.06 points).Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Energy. Up three cents, or 1.36 per cent, to $2.23 on 7.5 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Down 18 cents, or 2.69 per cent, to $6.51 on 7.4 million shares.First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Materials. Up $1.05, or 10.34 per cent, to $11.20 on 7.4 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Up one cent, or 0.52 per cent, to $1.92 on 6.2 million shares.Crescent Point Energy Corp. (TSX:CPG). Energy. Up five cents, or 0.82 per cent, to $6.12 on 5.7 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financials. Up 25 cents, or 1.03 per cent, to $24.43 on 5.7 million shares. Companies in the news:CannTrust Holdings Inc. (TSX:TRST). Up nine cents or 5.2 per cent to $1.81. CannTrust Holdings Inc. said Thursday that about $1.3 million worth of its products will be returned by the Alberta government’s cannabis wholesaler and online retailer. The Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis agency announced the returns on Wednesday after Health Canada suspended CannTrust’s licences to produce and sell pot. CannTrust noted Thursday that Health Canada has not ordered a recall in respect of any of the company’s products. But it said that under the terms of its agreement, the goods may be returned for any reason and it will be responsible for the cost of the goods and all expenses related to the return.Transcontinental Inc. (TSX:TCL.A). Up four cents to $15.81. Transcontinental Inc. says the son of its founder will acquire Benefits Canada, Les Affaires and several other specialty publications while a second buyer will acquire Investment Executive, Advisor’s Edge and two other publications. The Montreal-based company said most of the employees in the divested businesses will be retained by the new owners but that about 20 people will have their employment terminated. It didn’t disclose financial terms of the sales agreements, but said they are part of Transcontinental’s ongoing shift away from publishing.Bombardier Inc. — The Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. is putting down roots in Quebec, unveiling plans for a new product development centre in the Montreal area after reaching a deal in June to buy Bombardier Inc.’s regional jet program. The office will be part of the company’s push to get a single-aisle airliner off the ground in 2020 as it doubles down on regional jets. It plans to hire 100 engineers and certification specialists in Montreal within a year to assist the point team in Washington state. Premier Francois Legault says the Quebec government will lend Mitsubishi $12 million, which will be forgiven if the Japanese firm provides high-paid employment for 250 workers over five years. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 19, 2019.The Canadian Press read more

TORONTO — The Bank of Canada’s senior deputy governor is calling for more diverse perspectives at the policy decision-making table to avoid falling into an “echo chamber” that reinforces the same viewpoint.Carolyn Wilkins said Friday that while such a move may not seem relevant for a central bank at first, diverse views are crucial as the Bank of Canada works on modern economic projects.“We’re doing projects where we actually require that diversity of thought,” Wilkins said at the G7 Women’s Forum in Toronto. “Whether we’re thinking about digitalization, whether we’re thinking about crypto assets, what the new economy is going to look like. We need that diversity.”Wilkins took her “central bank hat off” as she was speaking during a panel discussion at the G7 Women’s Forum in Toronto on the benefits of an inclusive economy and the challenges to achieving it.OMERS backing RBC ETF that looks for ‘commitment to gender diversity’Federal budget aims to boost the number of women in the work forceHer comments on gender diversity on Friday come after the Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz spoke in March about strategies to boost female workforce participation. Poloz pointed to Quebec’s subsidized child-care program as a tool that could be extended across the country to add more prime-age women to the workforce, and boost Canada’s economy in turn.Wilkins said Friday that the Bank of Canada has made strides in gender diversity within its own ranks, as roughly half of its 1,700 staff are currently women, but representation is lower in the economics and finance roles.She said the education system needs to encourage more diversity in the so-called STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics and improve the pipeline of talent.“Real change comes when you have a diverse set of people around the table, because that’s when you get diverse sets of ideas of what we should care about… You also can see that you avoid falling into that echo chamber,” she said.Wilkins also said, more broadly, rising inequality in society is a concern as it leads to more volatile economic growth, and erodes trust in institutions.“When you don’t have social cohesion, when it’s undermined because people think the system isn’t fair and it doesn’t include them, then you undermine trust for institutions,” she said. “And for the Bank of Canada, trust is actually our currency. There is a lot of trust in the Bank of Canada right now and we just can’t take that for granted.” read more

The final audit report by KPMG covers the period beginning with the dissolution of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) on 29 June 2004 and ending on 31 December 2004.The IAMB, which brings together Iraq, the UN and other international partners to ensure the appropriate use of the Development Fund for Iraq (DFI), said it has invited the Iraqi Government to act on the audit recommendations to strengthen financial controls and the administration of DFI resources.The main weaknesses cited by the reports include incomplete DFI accounting records; untimely recording, reporting, reconciliation and follow-up of spending by Iraqi ministries; and incomplete records maintained by United States agencies, including disbursements that were not recorded in the Iraqi budget.The findings also reveal a lack of documented justification for limited competition for contracts at the Iraqi ministries; unreconciled quantities of oil and oil products exported, indicating a lack of control and possible misappropriation of oil revenues, and significant difficulties in ensuring completeness and accuracy of Iraqi budgets and controls over expenditures; and non-deposit of proceeds of export sales of petroleum products into the appropriate accounts as called for by Security Council resolution 1483. read more

first_img Last week, I had the pleasure of attending an event hosted by Modus Games. While there, I checked out four of the publisher’s upcoming indie titles. Though Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince was admittedly the main reason I went to the event, the other three titles I saw are just as worthy of attention. Each of the games below take classic gameplay mechanics and switches them up in new and unexpected ways. Even if you’re not a fan of “indie games,” these are titles you’ll want to keep on your radar.Lost Words: Beyond the PageThe first demo I saw was for a platformer called Lost Words: Beyond the Page. Platforming titles are a dime a dozen now, but Lost Words differentiates itself through its setting. Half of it takes place within the pages of a diary while the other half is set in a fantasy world. This sounds strange, but it’s actually quite brilliant given the game’s story and central themes.Lost Words features a young girl named Izzy who is writing a fantasy novel. The game shows her writing process by having players control Izzy within the confines of a diary. Her own words act as platforms for her to walk on. In order to get to the next page, players need to move words around so Izzy can climb them. Some words have asterisks, which help expand on the story. It’s a clever mechanic I’ve never seen done before.The other half of Lost Words takes place in Estoria. In contrast to the simple visuals of diary pages, Estoria is a lush, vibrant world teaming with life. This section is more traditional than the diary, though it still has a unique twist. In order to overcome obstacles, Izzy has to use words from her word book. For example, in order to raise a platform, she uses the word “rise.” As the game progresses, Izzy will have more words at her disposal.Lost Words’ central theme is about dealing with grief. Izzy’s grandmother is her biggest inspiration. After her grandmother suffers a stroke, Izzy copes with the pain by pouring herself unto the page (somewhat literally). Events in Estoria symbolize those of the real-world. While Lost Words looks “cute” on the outside, it’s actually very deep and will no doubt resonate with many users who’ve had to struggle with a similar loss.Ary and the Secret of SeasonsAry and the Secret of Seasons is a 3D platformer that reminds me PS2 era games in the genre. What sets it apart is how protagonist Ary uses her slingshot to shoot pellets that create seasonal weather effects. For example, she can create a bubble of “winter” to freeze a lake so she can walk over it. She can also create summer in a location in order to make it rain. Players use this mechanic to fight enemies, solve puzzles, reach new areas, and discover secrets. It’s simplistic in its integration but yields a great deal of gameplay possibilities.In the demo, we saw Ary walking around her home village, which is experiencing unusual weather. It’s supposed to be winter but the village is currently suffering through a heatwave. Ary uses her powers to freeze a lake which lets her reach a hidden ledge where she finds treasure. She also creates a bubble of water in mid-air which she can swim in to reach higher terrain. I like how simple it is to create weather anywhere you want. I also appreciate how it forces players to get creative; which we saw first-hand during the second phase of the demo.The next section took place inside of a dungeon. Ary used her powers in order to lift giant boulders to get her to higher ground. She also had to face a multitude of enemies. Combat is very similar to The Legend of Zelda in that players have to lock on to foes and dodge attacks. Some enemies are vulnerable to specific weather. A hyena wearing a winter coat won’t do well in summer weather, for example. Combat is fast and fluid, but won’t tax your hand muscles. My favorite part of the dungeon was seeing how Ary’s weather powers help her solve puzzles.Ary and the Secret of Seasons makes me realize how much I love these types of games. Despite its simple premise, it has a great deal of potential complexity. I really like the art style and can easily see it adapted to fit a TV series or feature film. It looks like a Pixar movie come to life. Ary and the Secret of Seasons should be a nice game to play when you just want to unwind.Bear With MeThree out of the four titles I saw were firmly rooted in the platformer/action adventure genre. Because of that, Bear With Me stood out since it’s an old-school LucasArts-esque point-and-click adventure game. Though I am not the biggest fan of this genre, it’s clear Bear With Me is a rather unique experience.As I learned, Bear With Me originally released on Steam as an episodic title. The first three chapters are currently available on Steam but will soon come to consoles as Bear With Me: The Complete Collection. What I saw at the event was the fourth installment. This entry is actually a prequel to the previous games and is perfect for newcomers.Bear With Me takes place in a black and white film noir world. Like all good stories in the genre, Bear With Me is about solving a mystery. Players must search each level for clues and talk to many witnesses. The kicker here is one of the protagonists is a talking teddy bear who’s a raging alcoholic. The dialogue is witty and is apparently the reason this franchise has a cult following. I personally found the delivery somewhat stilted, but that’s just a minor gripe.Those looking for a pure point-and-click adventure game will find a lot to love in Bear With Me. It satisfies that specific itch that Telltale Games offerings oftentimes fail to scratch. Though I respect what this title is doing, I’m not sure if it’s for me. I don’t have much patience to click on items in the hopes of finding clues. But, hey, maybe I’ll end up playing Bear With Me and actually enjoy it.Ary and the Secret of Seasons and Bear With Me will release on PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One sometime in 2019. Lost Words: Beyond the Page will release on PC, PS4, and Xbox One in 2019.More on Geek.com:‘Reigns: Game of Thrones’ Puts You on the Iron Throne on Nintendo Switch‘Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince’ Makes Dreams Come True‘Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy” Is Anime ‘Law & Order’ Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on targetlast_img read more