Video games in the Olympics? Here’s how it might work

first_imgMos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In this photo, taken on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, an esports competitor takes part in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Including competitive computer games, known as esports, could give the Olympics a younger audience and a huge revenue boost from a rapidly growing market, but would be deeply controversial. (Photo by DAVID ALIAGA / LAUREL Photo Services via AP)ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan — The future of the Olympics may just be in a basement in Turkmenistan.With leading Olympic figures considering a possible role for competitive computer games – known as esports – at the 2024 Games in Paris, a pan-Asian competition in the ex-Soviet state offers a possible vision of the future.ADVERTISEMENT Esports aren’t a natural fit for Turkmenistan, one of the poorer ex-Soviet nations, though one where internet access is growing rapidly.The rules weren’t explained in the local language, but that didn’t turn off the crowd of up to 200 in the windowless basement of a sports arena from cheering and whooping at a particularly spectacular kill or skillful strategy.Still, the attendance was tiny compared to big pro esports events, which can pack thousands into traditional sports arenas, and it didn’t make much of a splash online. Fewer than 50 viewers at a time watched some opening-round matches Monday on Twitch, a leading game streaming service that regularly attracts tens of thousands of concurrent viewers to its more popular streams.If esports make it to the Paris Olympics, it would redefine what Olympic sport is meant to be.The International Olympic Committee has previously resisted calls to add “mind sports” like chess that don’t involve physical exertion, or events where machines are key, like auto racing.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Esports would also mean the IOC allowing private companies to set the rules of its competitions.Most traditional sports treat the rules with reverence, only occasionally tinkering around the edges. Not so for games publishers, who routinely mix things up to attract new players and keep things fresh.Adding just one new character can reshape the whole “meta” — the game’s constantly evolving web of tactics and counter-tactics.Senior figures in the IOC and the esports world have publicly doubted esports will be ready for an Olympic debut in seven years’ time.“We are still some way away from our vision and we need to start on the right foot,” Asian Esports Federation president Kenneth Fok said last week. “For esports to develop in a positive banner, we need the full support of each and every NOC, their government, and more importantly the general public to have a positive perception of electronic sports.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Top seed Meralco comes back to beat Star in semis opener Deciding which games to pick is fraught, too. The IOC has a sponsorship deal with Chinese company Alibaba, which has major esports interests, but rival firms have their own popular brands.The IOC also fears violent games would hurt the Olympics’ image.IOC president Thomas Bach told the South China Morning Post, an Alibaba-owned newspaper, earlier this month that he’d prefer sports simulations.“We want to promote non-discrimination, non-violence, and peace among people. This doesn’t match with video games, which are about violence, explosions and killing. And there we have to draw a clear line,” he said.All four of the games on the program this week in Turkmenistan featured some form of combat, though in fantasy settings with cartoon-style animation techniques. There weren’t any realistic military-themed shooting games on the program.Bach also said esports needs a firmer structure. The IOC is used to dealing with a single governing body for each sport, like FIFA for soccer or the International Gymnastics Federation. Esports has its own international federation, but with limited influence over a web of private interests including games publishers, competition organizers and players’ teams.The event in Turkmenistan showed how that system doesn’t yet fit smoothly with the Olympic movement.IOC sponsor Alibaba’s Alisports division was in charge of the event, and used an open online qualifying system.That prompted federations from Australia and South Korea to boycott, saying athletes should have been picked by their national Olympic committees in the manner of a traditional sport.If esports make it to the Olympics, other potential problems for the IOC include criticism it’s moving away from promoting a healthy lifestyle, and that it’s ignoring poorer countries where fast computers and brand-new games are unaffordable. LATEST STORIEScenter_img Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Including esports could give the Olympics a younger audience and a huge revenue boost from a rapidly growing market, but would be deeply controversial.The Olympic Council of Asia included esports as an official demonstration event at its Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games this week, with teams from China and nine other nations battling in four games ranging from space combat in “StarCraft II” to card-game strategy in “Hearthstone.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogSupporters of esports in the Olympics say their event is a real sporting contest, one which prizes strategy and lightning reactions over physical agility.“It needs different skillsets from different people,” competitor Jess Joaustine Tamboboy from the Philippines told The Associated Press. “It doesn’t really have a physical requirement because you can see around us the players are short and tall, maybe a little bit thin, maybe a little bit fat. But all they have in order to qualify to play for these types of titles are just their cognitive or mind skills.” How to help the Taal evacuees OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DAY6 is for everybodylast_img read more

Chicken shortage causes KFC to limit meal options

first_imgOne of Guyana’s leading fast food establishments, Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) has been affected by the recent chicken shortage, causing it to limit the meals that are available.One of the KFC outlets in GuyanaIn a public notice, the fast food franchise informed customers that some of the combos they are accustomed to ordering will not be available owing to the poultry shortage.KFC stated in the advisory, “Due to the current chicken shortages, some of your favourite finger lickin’ good items may be unavailable at times.”In a subsequent social media post, it was announced that chicken strips, sandwiches, and wings would be unavailable on some occasions.The Guyana Livestock Development Authority (GLDA) confirmed last week that it had received reports of a chicken shortage in the local market and the situation was being monitored.In a statement, the Authority said based on its records, there has been a reduction in the number of cases of hatching eggs imported when compared to 2018, which perhaps could be the cause of the shortage.Additionally, some farmers have also been complaining of reduced growth rates and higher mortality, which may have attributed to the reduction of poultry on the market.“The major players in the sector were consulted and assured that the situation would be rectified during the week. This is based on the hatching and grow-out time for the chickens. They have also assured that they are able to maintain supply to their major customers,” the statement noted.This is not the first time for this year that Guyana’s agriculture sector has suffered from poultry and eggs-related issues.Records show that by June of 2018, 42,455 eggs were hatched compared to 36,514 eggs for the same period this year – a significant reduction of almost 6000 eggs.Back in May, the GLDA issued a public notice to all traders, indicating that it is a criminal offence to bring eggs into the country without proper documentation. If persons are culpable of the offence, they will be presented before the courts to face charges.Prior to that, the GLDA hatchery was closed on account of the unusual deaths of ducklings. It was later mentioned that the Muscovy breed was under threat, especially those two to three weeks of age. Subsequently, a surveillance and monitoring exercise of the birds was initiated.last_img read more

Glendale, Hahn hold on for win

first_imgRachel Hahn held on to the ball tightly Tuesday night. The Glendale goalkeeper made sure she held on after stopping what would have been the tying shot. They will face second-seed Arroyo Grande on Friday at a time and site to be determined. Before Tuesday, Glendale had never reached the quarterfinals. But Nitros coach Bobby Zirovich has seen his team’s momentum grow after upsetting La Salle of Pasadena – the No.7 team – last week, then stunning the No. 3 Spartans (21-8). “Our girls don’t have a lot of varsity experience but they know how to finish things,” said Zirovich, who received the winning goal from Lily Broussard with 1:08 remaining. “They just have the strength to continue to play until the end.” Broussard, Shaggy Abolian and Vanuhi Ovasapyan led the Nitros’ scoring with three goals apiece, behind the quick passing of Hahn. Casey Sripramong added a goal for Glendale. Began led Rio Mesa with four goals. Rachel Rillo added three and Bianca DiMarcello . DIVISION II (16-13) had two Agoura 15, Mission Viejo 5: The Chargers (24-6) advanced to Friday’s semifinals and will take on Santa Barbara at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine. Emily Schmachtenberger led Agoura with five goals. Carly Clark scored four and Casey Flacks added two goals, five assists and eight steals. Goalkeeper Sara Gralitzer had 17 saves. DIVISION IV Harvard-Westlake 12, Malibu 11: Nadia Dan scored seven goals to help the Wolverines (14-6) advance to the semifinals, to be played Friday at a time and site to be determined. Searra Silverberg scored six goals and Sophia Sarlow added four for the Sharks (22-6). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Hahn’s 10th save helped the Nitros hold on to a 10-9 Southern Section Div. IV girls’ water polo quarterfinal win over Rio Mesa of Oxnard at Burbank High. Hahn stopped Alicia Began’s shot with four seconds remaining, sending the Nitros to the semifinals for the first time in school history. last_img read more


first_imgOur senior and reserve teams done battle with Aodh Ruadh at the weekend in the first leg of the Intermediate Championship tie. In the reserve game Aodh Ruadh started brightly and an early goal put them in the driving seat. However Naomh Brid battled hard and a Stephen McDaid goal helped them get back into the game before half-time. In the second-half Naomh Brid found the going tough as Aodh Ruadh began to run at the defence and in the end Aodh Ruadh ran out winners on a scoreline of 1-11 to 1-5.In the senior match Naomh Brid held a half time lead of 0-3 to 0-2 against the breeze but an early Aodh Ruadh in the second half put them in the driving seat. Naomh Brid chipped away at the points and with a few minutes remaining managed to find the lead again but a free in injury time gave Aodh Ruadh a lifeline and they pointed to leave the scores level at the finish on a scoreline of 0-8 to 1-5.All roads lead to Fr.Tierney Pairc, Ballyshannon this weekend as both sides are in Championship action again this Sunday and its must win games for both teams. A win for the Reserves will guarantee them a playoff against Aodh Ruadh while a win for the seniors would put them through to the semi-final. The Reserve match has a throw-in of 1.30pm while the Seniors throw-in at 3pm. Well done to Keith Anderson who was winner of the Bord na Nog Guess The Score competition for the All-Ireland final between Donegal and Mayo.Congratulations to senior team player Dermot Langan and ladies player Sinead Gallagher on their recent marriage. May yous live a long and happy life together.GAA NEWS: NAOMH BRID CLUB NOTES was last modified: October 2nd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:NAOMH BRID CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

United’s Lukaku stars in Belgium win, but Chelsea man Hazard limps off

first_img 1 Romelu Lukaku starred for Belgium with two goals and an assist as the Red Devils ran out 4-1 winners in their final pre-World Cup friendly against Costa Rica on Monday night.The main worrying moment of the night for England’s Group G opponents came when Eden Hazard limped off after picking up a knock with 20 minutes left to play. Hazard struggled after a rash challenge clipped his boot, however it only appeared a minor issue as he managed to make it off the pitch unaided.Costa Rica took the lead through captain Bryan Ruiz after 24 minutes, but were behind by half time as Dries Mertens and Romelu Lukaku responded.In the second half, Lukaku furthered Belgium’s lead before unselfishly supplying Michy Batshuayi despite being on a hat-trick.The 4-1 win leaves Roberto Martinez’s side in good stead ahead of their upcoming World Cup campaign, which begins against Panama on June 18.center_img Hazard was substituted on 70 minutes last_img read more

Softball Picked To Win Missouri Valley Conference

first_img2017 MVC Softball Preseason Poll Rankings Rank      Team (1st-place votes)   Points1             Drake (6)                             922             Wichita State (3)                  883             Southern Illinois                   824             UNI (1)                                 685             Illinois State                         546             Evansville                            53T7           Missouri State                     34               Bradley                                349             Indiana State                       2810           Loyola                                  14Print Friendly Version ST. LOUIS – The Drake University softball team has been tabbed as the favorite in the 2017 Missouri Valley Conference’s annual preseason poll as voted by the league’s coaches, the MVC office announced Wednesday, Jan. 25. Drake edged Wichita State by four points to claim the top spot in the poll with six first-place votes and 92 overall points.Drake opens the 2017 season on Feb. 10 against South Dakota State at the UNI-Dome Tournament in Cedar Falls, Iowa.last_img read more


first_imgGARDAI and fire service chiefs have investigated a fire in Kilmacrennan.A large amount of black smoke came from the blaze not far from the Mill Bridge shop earlier.  GARDAI INVESTIGATE FIRE IN KILMACRENNAN was last modified: September 10th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:fireGARDAI INVESTIGATE FIRE IN KILMACRENNANkilmacrennanlast_img

Mindless vandals destroy Tidy Towns displays

first_imgThe Tidy Towns Committee of a picturesque Donegal village have been left disappointed after vandals tore through their beautiful floral displays.A senseless attack in Carrigans last weekend saw flower boxes thrown to the ground and plants pulled from their beds and strewn across footbaths.A more worrying act was the destruction of a safety barrier on a bridge in the village which left it open to a seriously potential danger. Carrigans Tidy Towns secretary Liam O’Donnell told Donegal Daily how the hard-working group have been confused and disappointed by the incidents.“Someone or some group decided last weekend to vandalise the accessible flower patterns and the signage in the village, which have consistently earned points for us in the competition in the last number of years.“We have been entering the Tidy Towns competition since 2012 and year on year our points have been going up. This is encouraging to people to make the effort to clean up,” Liam said.Flower beds destroyed last weekend in Carrigans. Image: Carrigans Tidy Towns FacebookThe small local team of 6 people who do the majority of maintenance work have been demoralised by the recent attacks, Liam said. “This is just mindless vandalism, with no sense or purpose to it,” Liam said.He added that the attack on Mc Gees bridge, in particular, is a worrying incident.A previous accident at the bridge led to the council erecting a safety barrier, but in last weekend’s attacks the barrier was pushed into the river and the floral arrangements on it were also damaged.“Somebody could potentially get hurt as it is a 15ft drop into the river,” Liam said.“The committee and the village are very disappointed and annoyed that anyone would do this. “At this point it not about finding out who they were and carrying out any retribution, it’s about asking people to show our village a wee bit of respect.“The flowers aren’t hurting anybody and there is no reason for them to be tampered with.”Carrigans Village, Co. Donegal. Image: Carrigans Tidy Towns FacebookThe Tidy Towns adjudication period takes place throughout the summer months. As judging is done with no prior warning, it is not known if judges have been to Carrigans already.“We are at a loss because we don’t know if they have been here yet. It they happen to land out before we get the repairs reinstated it could stand against us in the competition,” Liam said. The committee have held a meeting to make plans to replace the flowers and make good of the displays, however they are asking those responsible not to ruin their efforts again.The gardai have been informed of the vandalism and the local community are on high alert against further attacks.“We are asking people in the town to keep an eye out. And for those who perpetrated the attack – if they could please resist in future,” Liam said.“They didn’t just concentrate on one spot, they went after all the accessible displays in the village.“Bits and pieces of vandalism will happen in any town, it’s that we are such a tight knit group and small committee that it is so disappointing,” Liam said.Mindless vandals destroy Tidy Towns displays was last modified: July 29th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Carriganstidy townsvandalismlast_img read more

Extra-time: Exeter 0 Brentford 0

first_imgExeter 0 Brentford 0Brentford dominated the second half but were unable to find a way through as their EFL Cup first-round clash went to extra-time.There was an injury concern for the Bees early on when Alan McCormack limped off, to be replaced by Ryan Woods.The game was largely devoid of goalmouth action until late in the first half, when Philipp Hofmann headed a corner wide of the far post and Josh Clarke drew a comfortable save from Exeter keeper Bobby Olejnik.Woods went closest to breaking the deadlock on 64 minutes as he fired just past the post, while at the other end Exeter substitute David Wheeler volleyed over and Ollie Watkins’ shot from 25 yards was saved by Jack Bonham in the Bees goal.The hosts named 15-year-old Ethan Ampadu, son of former Leyton Orient man Kwame, in their starting line-up, and the Grecians’ youngest-ever player looked very composed.But Brentford made most of the running as the game went on and Emmanuel Ledesma, making his competitive debut after signing on non-contract terms earlier in the day, saw a free-kick saved by Olejnik, while Sam Saunders shot into the side netting.However, despite five minutes of second-half stoppage time, neither side could find a winner, forcing extra-time.Brentford: Bonham; Holldack, Dean, Egan, Field; Yennaris, McCormack (Woods 12); Clarke, Saunders, Ledesma; Hofmann (Hogan 76). Subs: Bentley, Elder, Cole, Kerschbaumer, Shaibu.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

‘Big bang’ for SA telecoms

first_img20 September 2004South Africa’s telecommunications industry has been shaken up by what industry pundits are calling the most significant development in the country’s telecommunications history.The “big bang” liberalisation, expected to kick in February 2005, will shake the monopoly of Telkom, SA’s only national fixed-line operator – and could spell cheaper phone calls for consumers and create new opportunities in the Internet industry.A key change to the current regulations is that value-added network service providers will be permitted to carry Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP). As a result, consumers will be able to make international calls for significantly less than a Telkom call.According to Business Day, operators will also no longer be forced to lease their networks from Telkom at its monopoly market rates, and are likely to set up their own wireless-based networks or use satellite services.Cellular operators Vodacom, MTN and Cell C will also be free to lease their network backbone from other providers.Ringing the changes, Communications Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri told a parliamentary media briefing in September that Telkom would have to pursue business opportunities more aggressively to retain profits in an industry that is set to become “very robust” and “very competitive”.“[The current environment] has caused mobile operators to be totally reliant on what Telkom charges them for provision of such fixed lines to interconnect”, Matsepe-Casaburri said. “It is one of the contributors to prevailing high costs.”According to Business Day, businesses that run private networks for their own communication needs will be able to resell any spare capacity. This is expected to create optimal use of South Africa’s infrastructure and increase telecommunications access to other users.The industry has hailed the changes as a bold step and “excellent news for consumers”.It is expected that local calls in the future will be free – providing a great benefit to the poor and to the economy as a whole.SouthAfrica. info reporterlast_img read more