TORONTO – A somewhat beaten-up test model used in the development of Canada’s much vaunted but secretive Avro Arrow fighter jet has been found covered in zebra mussels upside down on the bottom of Lake Ontario, expedition leaders announced Friday.The tantalizing discovery of the model, between 30 and 60 metres underwater, is the first such find since the federal government killed the Arrow program in 1959, sparking a bitter debate about the demise of what was once considered one of the most advanced combat jets in the world.“It wasn’t just about finding something lost: For generations, the Arrow story has fascinated many of us and has become something dear to many Canadians,” said John Burzynski, CEO of Osisko Mining and expedition leader. “It lingers in the Canadian psyche as to what this could have been.”The find is especially significant because the aircraft themselves, along with almost everything associated in producing them, were ordered destroyed when the program was scrapped, throwing thousands of people out of work. In addition, everything about the jet and its development was classified.“This was all a secret program that nobody knew was going on when it was going on,” Burzynski said. “Unfortunately, a lot of the records are partial and spotty.”Explorers with the OEX Recovery Group spent two weeks spread out of the last several months searching for the free-flight models used as part of final design testing of the Arrow off Point Petre, south of Belleville, Ont., between 1955 and 1957.Using a remote operated vehicle and sonar imagery, they found booster rockets used to launch the models, enabling them to narrow the search area and leading to the discovery. Explorers believe the recovered Arrow free-flight model — one of nine believed to be in the lake — is one of the later versions.Photographs and video indicate the nose was bent or damaged on impact, said David Shea, with Kraken Sonar Systems. However, one of the characteristic triangular wings of the one-eighth scale model — about three metres long by two metres wide — is fully intact, and some of the paint appears to have survived, he said.The plan now, besides searching for the other eight models underwater, is to try to get divers down to remove some of the mussels and inspect the find more closely as part of plans to bring it to the surface.Expedition archeologist, Scarlett Janusas, said recovery will be delicate to ensure no further damage is done. The plan is to excavate around the model and build a cradle to get it to the surface, where it will have to be put into a container and kept wet.It will then require cleaning and stabilizing to ready it for display, either in the Canada Aviation Space Museum in Ottawa or National Air Force Museum in Trenton, Ont.The program to develop and build Canada’s first and only supersonic interceptor, just as the Cold War began roaring to life, was aimed at countering potential Soviet bomber attacks in North America’s Arctic.The reason the Conservative government of then-prime minister John Diefenbaker cancelled the Arrow — as attention turned toward defending against the emerging threat of an intercontinental missile strike — has been the subject of years of speculation.What’s clear is that the decision, branded by some as Canada’s worst research and development disaster — prompted many who worked on the program to head to the U.S., and ended the country’s military jet development ambitions.Burzynski refused to wade in the debate around the wisdom of a decision he said must have left the “bitter taste of defeat” in the mouths of those who had worked on the showcase program. But one thing, he said, is certain:“The Russians did not sneak into Lake Ontario and pick up the models back in the ’50s like a lot of people thought they did.”
Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Elton John can’t get enough of Toronto.Following a vinyl shopping spree at Sonic Boom last month (and two sold out shows at Scotiabank Arena), Elton and his partner David Furnish made a visit to the Senator this week scarfing back one of the storied restaurant’s famous burgers.“Every time we come to Toronto, David and I pop into the Senator Diner for the best burger in the world,” Elton shared in an Instagram post. Facebook Advertisement Established in 1948, the Senator is the oldest restaurant in Toronto. Its burger consists of two 4 oz beef patties from Cumbrae’s, house smoked cheddar, pickled jalapenos, kosher dill pickle and comes with a choice of either hand-cut fries or side salad (we’ve tried it and it’s pretty darn spectacular!).The restaurant reposted Elton’s photo with the caption, “Talk about star struck!”Earlier this month, Michelin-starred chef Gordon Ramsay stopped in at the restaurant for breakfast and ordered a Salmon Bagel Platter, a Spinach Bowl and Eggs Benedict.While in Toronto, Elton and David (who is from Toronto) also took their two children to the Royal Ontario Museum to take in the new Spiders: Fear & Fascination exhibit.Elton is currently in the midst of his final world tour dubbed Farewell Yellow Brick Road. The show returns to Toronto next October. Login/Register With: Elton John and David Furnish pose with restaurant manager Allen Gottschalk outside the Senator in Toronto. (Instagram.com/eltonjohn) Advertisement Advertisement
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16 July 2009The United Nations-backed Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has signed a grant agreement with Togo worth $20 million over two years, the first part of a five-year grant that will allow the country to scale-up treatment and care for people living with HIV. The United Nations-backed Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has signed a grant agreement with Togo worth $20 million over two years, the first part of a five-year grant that will allow the country to scale-up treatment and care for people living with HIV. “This agreement reflects Togo’s determination to continue its fight against the AIDS epidemic,” said Michel Kazatchkine, Executive Director of the Global Fund, who travelled to Lomé to sign the agreement. There are 130,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in Togo, which has a population of 6 million, according to a news release issued by the Fund. Portions of the new grant will help to reduce the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV among vulnerable populations, including through the use of communication campaigns, counselling and testing and the implementation of reproductive health care services.While the country had received resources from the Fund twice before, subsequent requests for funding were not successful. As a result, the Fund had put in place a continuation of services agreement to allow those under antiretroviral treatment to continue receiving their medication.Mr. Kazatchkine said Togo’s success in obtaining the new funding is “a wonderful example of what can be achieved when a country and its local and international partners come together with a common goal.“We are all proud of the success of Togo’s HIV proposal and the fact that, in this funding round, Togo’s grant negotiations were among the first to be concluded,” he added.The Global Fund is designed to attract, manage and disburse resources to fight AIDS, TB and malaria. Since its creation in 2002, it has approved $16 billion worth of funding in 140 countries.
The first resumed session of the Assembly of States Parties to the International Criminal Court (ICC), which got underway yesterday, elected seven judges for the Court, six of them women. All were chosen from 43 candidates in one round of secret balloting. The judges elected this morning were Maureen Harding Clark of Ireland, Fatoumata Dembele Diarra of Mal), Sang-hyun Song of the Republic of Korea, Sylvia Helena de Figueiredo Steiner of Brazil, Akua Kuenyehia of Ghana, Elizabeth Odio Benito of Costa Rica, and Navanethem Pillay of South Africa. The States Parties will reconvene tomorrow morning to continue voting. All the judges elected this week will be sworn in when the Court is inaugurated in The Hague on 11 March.The Court is expected to be operational by the end of 2003 and will be the world’s only permanent tribunal for prosecuting individuals responsible for war crimes, including genocide, and crimes against humanity, and, eventually, the crime of aggression. The Court will have jurisdiction only over crimes committed after 1 July 2002, when the Statute entered into force.
Richard Cousins, the highly-regarded head of catering giant Compass who was killed in a plane crash, reportedly left £41 million to Oxfam in a recently updated will. The 58-year-old tycoon died in a seaplane crash near Sydney on New Year’s Eve, along with his two sons, fiancée Emma Bowden, and her daughter while on a dream holiday to Australia.Mr Cousins reportedly originally planned to leave his wealth to his sons William, 25, and Edward, 23. However, a year before the tragedy in Australia he drew up a new will, inserting a “common tragedy clause” that would come into force if he and his sons were all killed together, the Sun reported.When tragedy struck, the main beneficiary was Oxfam, reportedly receiving all but £3 million of his fortune. His brother, Simon and Andrew, were left £1 million each, the newspaper reported. “It’s the kind of bequest charities dream of. There will rightly be heavy scrutiny of how the money is spent,” a source told the paper. Emma Bowden and her daughter HeatherCredit:Facebook Oxfam has yet to respond to the Telegraph’s request for comment. The large bequest comes as Oxfam reels from a sex scandal that has roiled the charity sector. Oxfam GB has been struggling to win back the confidence of the public, the UK government and its donors following allegations that members of its staff used sex workers during a relief mission after an earthquake hit Haiti in 2010.It emerged in June that the charity is cutting back some of its overseas aid programmes after warning staff it needs to find £16 million of savings due to the fallout from the controversy.Mr Cousins had been due to step down as chief executive of the company in March after more than a decade in the role. He and Ms Bowden, who was the art editor for OK! magazine and daughter of Conservative MP Gerry Bowden, were to get married this summer. The couple, who had sent out their wedding invitations just days before flying off on their Christmas and New Year holiday, lived together with Heather in a leafy part of Tooting, South London.Last year, legacy income accounted for £2.8 billion of the nearly £10 billion donated by the British public to charitable causes, making it the largest single source of voluntary income to the charity sector. William Cousins was killed in a plane crash with his father Richard Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
“We need to support better behaviour and help people realise and understand that speeding is dangerous.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Volvo is to become the first car manufacturer to limit the speed of all of its vehicles in a bid to reduce the number of accidents.The Swedish company announced that it will cap the speed of all of its new cars at 112mph as of next year because too many people are seriously injured or killed as a result of excessive speeding.Hakan Samuelsson, its CEO, acknowledged that speed limitation was “not a cure-all” but added: “It’s worth doing if we can even save one life.”Volvo, now owned by Chinese firm Geely, also said it was developing “smart speed controls” and geo-fencing technology that could detect when cars were being driven close to vulnerable sites such as schools and hospitals and so restrict speeds.The company said it was considering deploying facial recognition cameras in cars to monitor a motorist’s attentiveness and prevent people from driving while distracted or drunk.Jan Ivarsson, one of its leading safety experts, said: “People often drive too fast in a given traffic situation and have poor speed adaptation in relation to that traffic situation and their own capabilities as a driver. Volvo’s XC40 SUV, displayed last yearCredit:REUTERS/Jason Lee/file photo
THREE MEN ARRESTED on suspicion of dissident republican activity are to appear in court today.The three were arrested on Sunday, after gardaí swooped on a house on the North Circular Road in Dublin.Three men, aged 47, 44, 42 were arrested at the North Circular Road, Dublin and were brought to the Bridewell and Mountjoy Garda Stations.Four houses were also searched in the north Dublin area, as well as a commercial premises in County Meath.Those searches turned up a large sum of counterfeit money, as well as printing equipment.Two of the men are due to appear before the Special Criminal Court at the Courts of Criminal Justice, today at 3pm. The third man will appear before the District Court.Read: Probe into dissident republican groups turns up fake money and a printing press
Friday 29 Jun 2018, 11:04 AM http://jrnl.ie/4098904 15,083 Views Police commander in charge on day of Hillsborough football tragedy to face manslaughter charges In all, 96 Liverpool fans died in the Hillsborough tragedy in 1989. File photo. David Duckenfield. Image: Peter Byrne/PA Images By Sean Murray A JUDGE IN England has ruled that the former police commander who was in charge on the day that 95 Liverpool fans died at Hillsborough will face trial for their manslaughter.Former South Yorkshire chief superintendent David Duckenfield (73) will now face 95 charges of gross negligence manslaughter for his actions on the day on 15 April 1989.Another fan of the Liverpool football team would later die of injuries sustained in the tragedy, bringing the full death toll to 96.As crowds gathered at the stadium in Sheffield on that day, Liverpool fans were killed in a crush. Hundreds more were injured.Up until very recently, almost three decades after this disaster, no criminal proceedings have been taken against anyone.The families of those who died had waged a long battle to get justice for their loved ones, as Liverpool fans were initially vilified for being culpable in the tragedy.Duckenfield is one of a number of police officers charged for his role in the tragedy.Judge Sir Peter Openshaw today at Preston Crown Court lifted the “stay” that had been placed on Duckenfield facing charges, meaning he will face trial in the near future, the BBC reported.Last June, the Crown Prosecution Service announced it would be pursuing charges against a number of individuals for their role in the tragedy.Comments are closed for legal reasons. File photo. David Duckenfield. Short URL Share55 Tweet Email Image: Peter Byrne/PA Images No Comments Jun 29th 2018, 11:04 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Stay on target 11 Forgotten Vertigo Comics That Would Make Awesome TV ShowsThe Greatest Romances in Comic Book History Preacher’s second season started off stronger than we ever could have hoped for after the first. We’ve had three plot-filled episodes with plenty of violent action to keep things fun. Eventually, the show had to pump the breaks, and now’s as good a time as any. Of course, the episode didn’t really feel much slower. All the little plot detours it explored were interesting and will be important later. They just didn’t have any payoff this episode, nor did they move the main story forward at all. But hey, it wasn’t any less fun, so who am I to complain?The most interesting story this week was Eugene’s. Where we got a brief glimpse of what Hell looked like last week, this episode spent considerably more time there. It turns out Hitler isn’t nearly as scary as you’d think he’d be. I guess 72 years in Hell will soften a person up. When a bully named Tyler starts picking on Eugene, Hitler stands up for him. When Eugene’s Hell door shuts and locks him out, Hitler offers Eugene his Hell, so he won’t get thrown in The Hole. (We’re never shown exactly what The Hole is, but we’re assured it’s a torture far worse than reliving your most painful memory over and over again.) Preacher loves making us feel uncomfortable by playing with our taboos. The fact that it successfully made us sympathize with Adolf Hitler feels like a series-appropriate combination of hilarious and messed up.Noah Taylor as Adolf Hitler, Ian Colletti as Eugene (Photo Credit: Skip Bolen/AMC)Eugene’s friendship with Hitler doesn’t last long. When his Hell memory machine breaks down, the warden warns Eugene that niceness and loyalty will not be tolerated. “This is Hell. Act accordingly,” she says. So, when Tyler leads the rest of Eugene’s Hell block mates in beating up Hitler, Eugene almost comes to his rescue. Then, he remembers what the warden said, and realizes that even in Hell, throwing your lot in with Hitler isn’t the smartest move. He enthusiastically joins in the beatdown. The point of this storyline, aside from giving us insight into the prison-like bureaucracy of Hell, is to turn Eugene/Arseface into the person we know from the comics. In season one, he was a sweet yet flawed kid. Then Jesse accidentally sent him to Hell. When he comes out, he’s not going to be that nice kid anymore. He will escape Hell, and he’ll become a major problem for Jesse when he does.The rest of the episode was divided between Tulip’s dealings with Victor and Jesse’s continued search for God. Well, an actor who played him. While watching TV, Cassidy sees an old PSA for victims of Hurricane Katrina (starring Frankie Muniz!) that features the fake God from last season. Turns out he’s a local New Orleans actor. They track down the guy’s agent and learn that the actor disappeared after his last audition. The one where he played God. After Cassidy hilariously pretends to be a Game of Thrones casting director, (“Even Dinklage flies Business”), they get hold of the actor’s audition tape. For now, that’s about as far as they get. Jesse watches it over and over again, noting that it ends with the actor getting the part, getting shot and being sent to heaven. He swears he must be missing something, which is the only indication we get that this detour will be worthwhile. Not that I was itching to watch Jesse tour more jazz clubs, but this hunt for the actor didn’t get him any closer to God, either. That line about missing something at least promises that the tape will be important in the future. We’ll just have to hope it pays off eventually.Joseph Gilgun as Cassidy, Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer (Photo Credit: Skip Bolen/AMC)Jesse’s search is interrupted by Cassidy finally breaking down and admitting that Tulip may be in trouble. He’s been trying to hint that Jesse should be worried all episode, but Jesse’s been too consumed by his search to pay attention. Finally, he comes out with it, and Jesse tracks down Victor’s house. Tulip’s part of the episode was spent building up to this climactic scene. Tulip was held captive in the home of the apparent gangster she betrayed. She walked around the house to find that everyone hated her. She tried to fight her way out, but ended up getting knocked out by Victor’s torturer. Now, Jesse comes to the rescue, using The Word to make everyone hold still. We get a wonderful, slightly silly fight scene with the torturer, who’s use of earbuds and loud music make him impervious to The Word. It’s the kind of scrappy fight scene we’re used to seeing from Tulip, and it’s a hell of a lot of fun watching Jesse scramble around a workshop for weapons.It’s a good thing the episode ends with such an amazing fight. After an episode fully of interesting mini-plots and no major developments, it gave us some necessary catharsis right before leaving us on a cliffhanger. It turns out Victor is Tulip’s husband. So that’s why she couldn’t get married at the casino. Oh, and remember the Saint of Killers. He’s finally reached, New Orleans. So those are two difficult things Jesse will have to deal with next week. Even though the plot didn’t move forward much at all, this episode of Preacher was still a fun detour. It helps that we know these things will be important in the future. The episode still felt like the show was getting all its pieces in place, but it still managed to make that fun to watch. I still can’t get over the fact that they almost made you feel sorry for Hitler. Almost. Even if he was nice to Eugene, I can’t say I’d resist an opportunity to get a few good kicks in at der fuhrer’s face.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
We’ve heard several things about the second season of One Punch Man so far, including rumors about its length, its start date, when we can watch it, etc. But the rumor mill is forever churning, and the latest refers to the fact that One Punch Man Season 2 will, in fact, show Saitama getting defeated. Who could possibly be talented and strong enough to take Saitama out? Who would dare?Right now, the rumors swirling around according to several different sources are that Garou or Sonic may be the one to finally bring down the seemingly indomitable Saitama. While we don’t have many details on the second season of the show or even any sort of idea when to expect it in general, we do have some sort of inclination about who might end up defeating Saitama.The latest issue of the One Punch Man manga seems to be the catalyst for this rumor, as it seems recently the character named Sonic was shown throwing knives at a photo of Saitama, and with the backstory shared on Sonic and his village that spends time training Shinobi, he’s one tough customer.There’s also the notion that Sonic may be eating the mythical Monster Cell to become a monster himself, and that could spell real trouble for everyone’s favorite seemingly unbeatable hero. Of course, this has yet to happen in the manga, so who knows if it’ll actually be a thing in the anime series.Only time will tell, unless there’s some additional information that comes out regarding what we can expect from the upcoming One Punch Man series. Until that time comes, however, you might want to read up on the rest of the manga series to check out what you’ve missed so far. There’s a lot you haven’t seen yet in the series, I’ll tell you that much.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ‘One Punch Man’ Get A Video Game, Probably Has More Punches11 Manga Series That Should Never Be Live Action Movies Stay on target
WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:24 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Facebook Velvet Sky WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus confirmed for WWE Smackdown premiere on FOX Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Now Playing Up Next FOX to reportedly air WWE “Smackdown’s Greatest Hits” special Friday, September 27 Roman Reigns is in Remission WWE Hall of Famer Jeff Jarrett was the ceremonial 12th Titan during last night’s NFL Thursday Night Football game between the Jaguars and Titans.During his appearance, Jarrett held up a t-shirt for Smackdown Live as commentator Joe Buck plugged the arrival of the show on FOX next October.You can check out a clip of the segment below.Video: Jeff Jarrett at last night’s #ThursdayNightFootball game between the Jaguars and Titans in Nashville, including a plug for #SDLive coming to FOX pic.twitter.com/u5nSoLZwrI— Wrestleview.com (@wrestleview) December 7, 2018 Now Playing Up Next Twitter Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Google+ Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions
KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Cliff collapse in Solana Beach caught on camera August 19, 2019 Posted: August 19, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A cliff collapse was caught on camera in Solana Beach Sunday evening.The collapse sent hundreds of pounds of sand onto the beach below. No one was hurt, but many in the community are wondering how to keep the cliffs safer.This comes just weeks after multiple people were killed in a cliff collapse in Encinitas. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
A Camas man who is accused of hitting two people on the head with a vodka bottle was arrested by Cowlitz County and Camas police on Monday on two counts of felony assault. Jory K. Swanson, 19, allegedly hit two people from behind with a bottle July 22 at a rave in the woods off Frederickson Road, about 10 miles east of Woodland.One victim was left with a fractured skull and the other with permanent hearing loss, according to a police news bulletin. Swanson is being held for suspicion of first-degree assault and second-degree assault with a bail of $100,000. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to called Sgt. Dave Handy at 360-577-3092.
According to Howie Kent with the Division of Forestry, fire personnel will continue to monitor fire activity and take further suppression action where necessary. Temperatures are forecast to be in the low 80s with strong winds out of the north. Cooper Landing and the Kenai River corridor to the east of the fire should expect to see more smoke today and through the weekend. Fuller Lakes and Skyline Trails have been closed on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge to reduce the risk to public safety, according to a statement from the Refuge released on Friday. Refuge Managers have also closed the following access routes within the Refuge to the public: Mystery Creek Road and the Enstar Pipeline right-of-way north fromvthe refuge boundary east of Sterling. There is no immediate threat to values in the area, however, some area closures remain in effect. Natural fire on the landscape tends to burn in a mosaic pattern, removing areas of highly flammable black spruce as well as smoldering through mixed spruce and hardwoods. Updates will be posted as they are made available. Smoke from the fire is visible from the Sterling Highway between mileposts 65 and 75. Motorists are advised to slow down and use caution driving through the fire area, turn on headlights when smoke is present, and be alert for other drivers potentially distracted by fire operations. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A Fire Weather Watch has been issued for the Swan Lake Fire area from through Saturday evening for hot, dry, and windy conditions. A Fire Weather Watch is an alert to firefighters and land managers to the high potential for conditions to develop that could lead to an increase in fire danger and rapid fire spread.
Bangladesh would look to continue their good run in the seriesMartin Hunter/GettyIn the ongoing triangular series in Ireland, the third ODI would feature the home team taking on Bangladesh. While Ireland got walloped in the first ODI of the series by West Indies, the Bangladeshi team registered a reassuring win against the Caribbean unit. Let’s have a quick run through five things that you need to keep your eyes peeled for.Ireland need to get back on trackFor Ireland, the last few months have been difficult. They lost a series to Afghanistan in India and gave away a very advantageous position in the match against England on May 3 to succumb to a 4-wicket loss. In order to prove their worthiness, they badly need a win over a major Test side. The biggest problem is how they would revive their bowlers’ confidence after suffering the hammering from West Indies.Opportunities for youngstersHaving easily sauntered to victory while chasing a modest target in their first game of the series, Bangladesh would be high on confidence. Since, this series is basically a warm-up for the World Cup, it would be interesting to see if opportunities are given to some fringe players like Farhad Reza and Nayeem Hasan. Though these two are unlikely to make it to the World Cup squad, having them perform well wouldn’t hurt the Asian side and could act as further motivation to the current group of bowlers. Kevin would be a key player for IrelandTwitterPressure on William PorterfieldAny side whose captain is struggling to find form is bound to struggle. The same seems to be happening with Ireland. William Porterfield endured a miserable time during the series against Afghanistan in India. He failed in all five matches and then also couldn’t register a decent score against England. He can’t sustain this sequence of failures for too long, otherwise, his place in the team may be in serious danger.Focus on spinnersBangladesh would have been highly encouraged by the performance of Mehidy Hasan Miraj. He is the only frontline spinner in the World Cup squad and hasn’t been very effective away from home. The fact that he just conceded 38 runs in his 10 overs while getting the first breakthrough would have reassured the team management about his worth. With Shakib also finding form, the spin department seems well-endowed.Kevin and Balbirnie in focusOn the batting front, veteran Kevin O’Brian showed good form in the first ODI. He has support from the likes of Paul Stirling and Andrew Balbirnie. The latter did especially well against Afghanistan while Kevin is now a veteran who played beautifully in the game against England. These two have to play well in order to give their team a chance.
Easter is a nice family holiday. Sure, you’ll see those old aunts who love to pinch your cheek and ask you about when you’re going to meet a nice boy (or girl) and settle down already. If you’d rather revert to your childhood ways and sneak upstairs to your old bedroom to play video games, you’re in luck. It’s as if EA knew this would happen and decided to hold a sale.EA’s second annual Easter sale offers 99-cent games for iOS and Android devices, so you’ll have something to keep you entertained on that long train-, plane-, or bus-ride home. There are almost 30 games on sale.The titles on sale include Monopoly and Tetris for the iPhone for 67 percent off; Dead Space and The Sims 3 for iPhone is 86 percent off, and Scrabble and Dead Space for iPad each has 90 percent off.It appears most Android games are only discounted by 33 percent, but that’s still not a bad deal. There are eight Android games that have been dropped by 50 percent or more.The sale ends after the Easter bunny has returned to its hollow at the end of Sunday night, so don’t hang around and pick up some bargain apps.Check out EA Mobile for the full sale list, via 9to5Mac
Ever since Grand Theft Auto V finally launched for PC the modding community has been hard at work enhancing the game. That’s why we have the ability to drive the world’s smallest car around the streets of San Andreas, play as the Incredible Hulk, experience the game with realistic visuals, or most recently, use virtual reality hand tracking which results in players feeling guilt.Not all the mods are interactive, though. Artist Brent Watanabe has created a GTA V mod that places an autonomous deer into the San Andreas world. It is completely self-sufficient, allowing it to wander around making decisions about what to do and how to interact with the AI Rockstar’s development team placed in the original game.Here’s the deer in action:Watanabe has created a livestream of his deer forever wandering around GTA V. Depending on when you are reading this it may or may not be live. It seems to have a tendency to stall. As to why he created such a mod, it’s part of a study into computer-controlled installations, and counts as one of many such art projects he’s undertaken over several years.The deer mod was created using the Script Hook V library, which allows for custom functions to be added to the game. So while the deer has been scripted into the game, its behavior isn’t scripted. The deer is acting like a deer would/should.According to Watanabe, in a recent 48-hour snapshot his deer has “wandered along a moonlit beach, caused a traffic jam on a major freeway, been caught in a gangland gun battle, and been chased by the police.”