What’s on this week? – Ooh arr, It’s farming time – February 26th –…

first_img“What’s on this week?” is ESI’s weekly feature letting you know just what’s going on in the wonderful world of esports in the next seven days. Each week, ESI picks a selection of events and provides a brief overview of what’s going down, where it’s taking place and how you can watch it.This week we see the final week of the Katowice CS:GO Major, we hop back into the CWL Pro League and we don our finest straw hat as we head to Stardew for some farming esports. We are certainly spoiled again this week and we don’t even want to think of the prospect of a week without top-level CS:GO, so we’re all going to enjoy it and hope for another CS:GO classic. Pro League heads into the final week before the league takes a month break and Twitch brings us another esports out of left-field in the form of the popular indie farming sim Stardew Valley.IEM Katowice Major 2019 – Grand Final We’ve been following the Major since it started three weeks ago and although it feels like just yesterday that it started, the Major enters its final week. With only eight teams left battling it out in the ‘New Champions Stage’, we’re sure to see more upsets, more explosive CS:GO and a Grand Final champion before we head back to work next Monday.Natus Vincere, FaZe Clan, Team Liquid, ENCE eSports, MIBR, Renegades, Astralis and Ninjas in Pyjamas are the teams we have left. Starting February 28th we will see the event follow a Single-Elimination Bo3 format (Including the final). We will see the two Quarterfinals split over the 28th of Feb and 1st of March with both Semifinals taking place on March 2nd, before we head into the arena on March 3rd to crown the latest Major champion in CS:GO.Stream: ESL CS:GO – Location: Katowice, Poland – Date: 28/2 – 1/3  – Sponsors: Intel, Vodafone, Acer Predator, HyperX, Betway, paysafecard, NEEDforSEAT, MTN Dew  – Organiser: ESL – Prize pool: $1m (£770,000)CWL Pro League 2019 – Week Four We head back to Call of Duty this week to check in on the Pro League. As of publishing, we join proceedings on day two of week four. So far in Division B, Heretics, Splyce, eUnited and 100 Thieves are holding onto the top four spots, with Heretics and Splyce have 70% + game win rates, putting them in a commanding position heading into the big break between weeks four and five.This week features Division B teams – Team Heretics, Splyce, eUnited, 100 Thieves, Excelerate Gaming, Team Envy, Enigma6 Group and Denial Esports (teams listed in current standing order as of writing). The format sees teams play 2 matches against teams in their own division and one against the opposite group, matches are Bo5 with the top four teams advancing to the playoffs and bottom four falling into the play-ins.Stream: CallofDuty – Location: Columbus, USA – Date: 26/2 – 1/3  – Sponsors: ASUS, Scuf Gaming, ASTRO Gaming, Mtn Dew AMP Game Fuel – Organiser: MLG/Activision/Treyarch  – Prize pool: $710,000 (£550,000)Twitch Rivals: Stardew Valley ChallengeBack in January this year, Farming Simulator announced plans to launch a €250,000 (£217,833) esports league. Whilst it’s not time for us to get our Farming Sim fix just yet, maybe another popular game in the farming simulator world can give all us budding virtual farmers our esports kick – rise Stardew Valley and Twitch Rivals for the 3-year anniversary of the game’s release.The format is similar to how most Twitch Rivals events play out, with a group of 10 teams made up of four players’ each having 6 hours on a brand new map to earn the most points. The Stardew Valley twist will see teams’ earning points for: earning the most gold, mine deep diving, catch the five legendary fish, hand in the most bundles to the community centre and finally the best farm. The final vote on the best farm will be handed to Twitch chat, with each team captain giving the stream a tour of their teams finished farm.Stream: TwitchRivals – Location: Online – Date:  26/2 – Sponsors: Twitch – Organiser: Twitch – Prize pool: $35,000 (£26,700)That’s a wrap on this week’s picks, be sure to check back next week for another edition of the ESI weekly picks.We want to feature at least one smaller event each week on the ESI weekly picks. If you want an event included in a future edition, send an email to david@esportsinsider.com.last_img read more

Jazz, Snyder trying to figure out how to play with both Gobert, Favors on the court

first_img Scheduling quirk puts the Jazz back home for a few days amid long road stand When you play with two big guys, like any team in the league we have to try to maximize what those guys can do, and what means is the spacing’s different and the other guys have to adjust to that and get better. – Quin SnyderSALT LAKE CITY — Coach Quin Snyder seems to be getting a little tired of answering questions about playing Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors at the same time, even if he says, “I’m not going to get tired of answering these questions because they’re legitimate.”Snyder has been asked variations of the question about his two big men several times over the past week since Gobert came back from his leg injury that sidelined him for 11 games over three weeks. Sometimes the Jazz coach will even interrupt the questioner as soon as Favors’ or Gobert’s name is brought up and go on a long discourse about re-integrating the two players.“We need to be a good team no matter who’s on the floor, and those guys are going to play together differently than if Joe Johnson’s at the 4 or Fave’s at the 5 because those players have different strengths,” Snyder said. “When you play with two big guys, like any team in the league we have to try to maximize what those guys can do, and what means is the spacing’s different and the other guys have to adjust to that and get better.”Snyder said both the coaches and players need to adapt to playing with Gobert and Favors at the 5 in different situations.“It’s nuanced and we need to figure those things out on the court,” said Snyder, who gave an example about passing into the post.“Fave might be the best in the league at catching the bounce pass, Rudy’s one of the better guys at catching the lob pass,” Snyder said. “We need to try to figure how to play the best we can to help our players succeed, put them in positions to succeed and put them in combinations to succeed.”The Gobert-Favors combo didn’t work so well in Saturday’s game, even though the Jazz called a play for Favors to get a 3-point basket in the left corner, which he made, in the opening 30 seconds of the game.After that 3-pointer, the Bucks went on a 16-2 run before Snyder replaced Favors with Jonas Jerebko at the 6:44 mark. The Jazz fought back and were within nine at halftime, but another slow start to the second half, when they scored just three points in four minutes, doomed Utah.JAZZ NOTES: In scoring 12 points against Milwaukee, Donovan Mitchell scored under 20 points for only the second time in eight games, stretching back to Nov. 25, and is second on the team in scoring at 17.3 ppg. … Rodney Hood, who has missed six straight games with a sore knee, leads the Jazz at 17.7 ppg. … After leading the league for much of the season, the Jazz are tied with Cleveland for third in free-throw shooting at 80.7 percent. … The Jazz are also third in 3-point shooting at 38.6 percent behind Golden State and Indiana. … Along with New York, the Jazz have played more home games than any other team in the NBA, with 16. Both the Jazz and Knicks are 11-5. … Utah’s next home game is Dec. 21 against San Antonio, followed by a game against Oklahoma City on the 23rd. Relatedlast_img read more

WWE: Roman Reigns relinquishes Universal Championship amid health issues

first_imgAdvertisement ewhpNBA Finals | Brooklyn VszwWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eeju( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) nm12gWould you ever consider trying this?😱c22apeCan your students do this? 🌚hinuRoller skating! Powered by Firework Advertisement Former Universal Champion Roman Reigns kicked off Monday Night RAW this week and in the end, left the WWE Universe in shock. The ‘Big Dog‘ firstly apologized to the gathering present in Providence, Rhode Island for not being a fighting Champion that the company wanted him to be.He further alluded that his real name was Joe and for 11 years he had an ongoing battle against Leukemia. However, Reigns unfortunately revealed that the disease had returned and he needed to relinquish the Universal Championship as he would be unable to fulfil his role as the main titleholder on RAW.Advertisement Here’s a glimpse of Roman Reigns’ speech last night on RAW:Advertisement Reigns was set to defend his title against Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar at WWE Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia on November 2. But with him out of action, Strowman and Lesnar will clash for the vacant Universal Championship in singles competition next Friday.The WWE Universe and Superstars alike expressed their gratitude towards Roman and sent out their prayers for him and his family on social media. In the past, many superstars have to give up their championship due to injuries but Reigns’ fight against cancer is something that everyone was unaware off and has honestly left us stunned.We wish Roman a speedy recovery and are sure that he will once again kick Leukemia out of his life and come back stronger and better than ever before.#ThankYouRoman Advertisementlast_img read more

Dialogue and Development

first_imgAccording to the United Nations, three-quarters of the world’s major conflicts have a cultural dimension. Given this reality, bridging the gap between cultures is urgent and necessary for peace, stability and development.On Sunday, UNESCO celebrated the 18th World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. In 2001, UNESCO adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity, and in December 2002, the UN General Assembly, in its resolution 57/249, declared May 21 to be the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.The day provides all nations and all peoples with an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the values of cultural diversity, and to advance the four goals of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, adopted on 20 October 2005. These point specifically to the support of sustainable systems of governance for culture; achieving a balanced flow of cultural goods and services, and increasing mobility of artists and cultural professionals; integration of culture in sustainable development frameworks; and the promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms.Cultural diversity is a driving force for development, not only with respect to economic growth, but also as a means of leading a more fulfilling intellectual, emotional, moral and spiritual life. This is captured in the seven culture conventions which provide a solid basis for the promotion of cultural diversity. Cultural diversity is thus an asset that is indispensable for poverty reduction and the achievement of sustainable development. At the same time, acceptance and recognition of cultural diversity – in particular through innovative use of media and Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) – are conducive to dialogue among civilizations and cultures, respect, and mutual understanding.Governments in plural societies much like Guyana have been making strides in keeping with the goals of the UNESCO Convention. In Brazil, for example, there has been initiated a move to unite against religious intolerance. Launched in January 2017, the report ‘Religious Intolerance in Brazil’ will be used to monitor and tackle discrimination.“Worldwide, there is a growing wave of intolerance and restrictions imposed on the exercise of the right to freedom of religion or belief,” said the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Ahmed Shaheed.In her message to mark the occasion, Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, emphasised the need to protect the different forms of cultural expression – languages, arts, crafts, lifestyles – especially those of minority peoples, so that they are not swept away by the movement of standardisation that accompanies globalization. These, she said, are essential elements for defining individual and collective identities, and as such, their protection falls under respect for human dignity, and invites Governments and citizens to go beyond the acknowledgement of diversity to recognize the benefits of cultural pluralism, regarded as an ethical and political principle of equal respect for cultural identities and traditions.“I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides, and my windows to be stuffed. I want the culture of all lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible.” With this imagery, Mahatma Gandhi was suggesting that culture is not a heritage set in stone, but one that is living and breathing, open to influences and dialogue, allowing us to adapt more peacefully to the changes in the world,” she stated.Placing culture at the heart of development policy constitutes an essential investment in the world’s future, and a pre-condition to successful globalization processes that take into account the principles of cultural diversity. Development is inseparable from culture. In this regard, the major challenge is to convince political decision-makers and local, national and international social actors to integrate the principles of cultural diversity and the values of cultural pluralism into all public policies, mechanisms and practices, particularly through public/private partnerships. The aim is, on the one hand, to incorporate culture into all development policies, be they related to education, science, communication, health, environment or cultural tourism; and on the other hand, to support the development of the cultural sector through creative industries. By contributing in this way to poverty alleviation, culture offers important benefits in terms of social cohesion.Each county, including Guyana, must accept that equitable exchange and dialogue among civilizations, cultures and peoples, based on mutual understanding and respect and the equal dignity of all cultures, is the essential prerequisite for constructing social cohesion, reconciliation among peoples, and peace among nations.last_img read more

How can HR Help Business Embrace the Future?

first_imgHow well connected you are used to be measured by the number of physical handshakes you made throughout your business life. Today your ‘social currency’ is your digital footprint.How many digital connections, followers or friends have you accumulated through your social media platforms?  Yes, platforms as in plural.  It doesn’t count if you have a Facebook account to keep tabs on the kids and post photos of Sunday’s cafe breakfast!Global communication and collaboration has never been easier and building networks has never been more powerful.In 2016, we took a team of five to the largest and most influential international HR gathering in Washington; #SHRM16. Being based in Australia we had not built a HR network in the U.S. however, leading into the conference our team interacted with the hashtag and fellow HR professionals and exhibitors on social media.We were amazed what happened next.When we arrived in Washington we were greeted with open arms, handshakes and hugs.  We had created a 3D, international digital footprint. This wasn’t video game fiction, these were real handshakes.Digital footprints are real.  It felt like we had broken bread or shared a social drink with these new friends. But in reality, we had shared likes, tweets, follows and content.This year we have been invited to participate with the SHRM#17 blog squad in New Orleans and our Founder @sel_watts will present on social media at the pre-conference social media sessions.Not bad for a small external HR Consultancy firm based in Australia. Global education and unique life experiences are everywhere.Recently, while traveling through the U.K. I received a tweet from a Twitter connection who lived in London. We had never spoken or interacted previously, but she had been reading the wattsnext blog and our team tweets for six months. That morning she noticed I posted a photo of the Tower of London and sent me a message.  Three hours later we were having a coffee in Paddington, discussing the future of work and the role HR can play in the modern world.Encourage your team to be on social media and learn from an easily accessible global community.Many of our Australian and Global wattsnext clients do not encourage social media in their workplaces. As future thinking HR leaders, we are working hard to change their mindset.Do you digitally empower your employees or do you restrict them?Social media is the centre of global communication and learning in the modern world. You can build your internal culture around social media through gamification and creative HR frameworks.  Get inventive! Social media is not going anywhere and neither are Millennials in the workplace.The early adopters phase may have gone but as HR professionals we should be encouraging employees of all ages to embrace social media. Integrate social media into your roles, frameworks and cultures.Don’t be the one who calls the Worldwide Web a fad.Build a social media strategy today and you will thank yourself 12 months from now.Originally published on WattsNext HR blog.last_img read more

Indian scientist dies after Gandhi-style hunger strike to save the Ganges River

first_imgA boy searches for coins and gold in the polluted waters of the Ganges River in the city of Allahabad, India. The current prime minister, Narendra Modi, launched his 2014 election campaign from the banks of the Ganges in the city of Varanasi, saying he had been called on by “Mother Ganga” to restore the river, which is considered the holiest of rivers by millions of Hindus. “But in the past 4 years all actions undertaken by your Government have not at all been gainful to Ganga and in her place gains are to be seen only for the corporate sector and several business houses,” Agrawal wrote to Modi in August, in a stinging letter.Indeed, the Modi government has initiated a plethora of projects—including development of waterways, riverfront development, dredging, and interlinking of rivers—that has adversely affected the Ganges, says Himanshu Thakkar, a river expert and coordinator of the South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People, a nonprofit based in New Delhi. Commerce has taken priority over conservation, Thakkar says. purnapramati.in One of India’s leading environmentalists paid the ultimate price last week in his efforts to protect and restore the Ganges River, also known as the Ganga. Guru Das Agrawal, a former professor of environmental engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, died on 11 October following a 111-day fast that he hoped would compel India’s government to make good on its promise of cleaning up the Ganges.Agrawal, 86, was a former graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, and served as the first head of India’s Central Pollution Control Board. He became a Hindu ascetic in 2011, dedicating himself completely to revivifying the dying Ganges and taking on the name of Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand.Environmentalists have long deplored the state of the Ganges. Numerous hydroelectricity projects on the river and its tributaries have blocked the free flow of water; villages and cities are withdrawing ever larger amounts of water while releasing huge amounts of sewage into the river.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) Indian scientist dies after Gandhi-style hunger strike to save the Ganges River By Sanjay KumarOct. 16, 2018 , 3:15 PM Guru Das Agrawal, a former graduate student of the University of California, Berkeley, began his fast on 22 June. He died on 11 October. Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images Agrawal started his Mahatma Gandhi–style hunger strike on 22 June. Among his demands were an end to all hydroelectric projects on the Ganga and its tributaries and to sand mining activities, the constitution of an independent body to manage Ganges affairs, and legislation to protect the river.Earlier fasts by Agrawal had been successful. In 2009, for instance, then–Prime Minister Manmohan Singh decided to cancel a hydropower project on the Bhagirathi River, a source stream of the Ganges in northern India, and declared part of the river an “eco-sensitive zone.” Modi, by contrast, did not take action and didn’t respond to Agrawal’s letters. On 9 October, Agrawal, who until then had survived on a honey-water mix, decided to stop drinking water as well. He was picked up by the police and taken to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Rishikesh on 10 October to be force-fed, but he died the next day.Modi promptly sent out a tweet saying he was “saddened” by Argrawal’s demise, further upsetting environmentalists. “There was no response at all to Agrawal’s letters from Modi, which is what killed him,” Thakkar says. “Now, that man is sending an obituary tweet—how far can we go in hypocrisy?” Some were also angered that government spokespeople claimed on TV that Agrawal’s demands had been met.“The state of Ganga today is worse than what it was in May 2014 when the Modi government took over and is worsening,” Thakkar cautions. “Implementing Agrawal’s demands would help,” he says, but more is needed. The government needs to adopt a more transparent, accountable, and participatory approach toward cleaning and protecting the Ganges, Thakkar says, and needs to build more eco-friendly sewage treatment plants.last_img read more

10 months agoWatford midfielder Doucoure: I grew up supporting PSG

first_imgWatford midfielder Doucoure: I grew up supporting PSGby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure admits he grew up supporting PSG.The Frenchman is being linked with a move to PSG this month.And he told RMC: “As a child, if I supported PSG? Yes, Paris has always been my heart club, I grew up in the Yvelines les Mureaux, so it’s my heart club and necessarily, every time I come back to Paris, it’s a pleasure to see my team again and my friends.”So inevitably Paris Saint Germain holds an important place in my heart.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Kristen Bell Helps Fight Child Hunger With Nutrition Bar

first_imgWhat if your favorite fruit and nut bar was not just a midday snack, but was also a meal for a hungry child across the globe? Well now, it can be!Video: Celebrity Kristen Bell Creates ‘This Bar Saves Lives’ to End World HungerWhen Hollywood actors Todd Grinnell, Ryan Devlin and Ravi Patel visited Liberia, they were heartbroken by the poverty they encountered. In fact, the epidemic is so severe that one child dies of malnourishment once every 12 seconds. Upon their return, they knew they had to take action. They decided to jump on the ‘buy one, give one’ band wagon and create a healthy, nutritious fruit and nut bar.With the purchase of this new snack, a child in need on the other side of the world receives a food bar, jam packed full of the nutrients required to nurse them back to health. This Bar Saves Lives eventually attracted the attention of A-list celebrities like Kristen Bell. By the end of the year, the co-founders hope to sell one million bars, giving helpless families across the world a chance at life!last_img read more

Arif Virani Preserving and protecting endangered Indigenous languages

first_imgAPTN Face To Face Nearly, three-quarters of all Indigenous languages are endangered in Canada.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has vowed to preserve, protect and revitalize Indigenous languages.Member of Parliament Arif Virani has been tasked with ensuring that happens.As the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Virani is currently taking part in meetings with Indigenous languages practitioners, experts and community members as he works to help implement the Indigenous Languages Act.last_img read more

2018 Fort St John Annual Municipal Report being presented

first_imgCopies of this report are available on the city’s website; CLICK HERE or in person from City Hall at 10631-100th StreetAny inquiries regarding this public meeting can be directed to David Joy, General Manager of Corporate Services at djoy@fortstjohn.ca or call (250) 794-3300 FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A public meeting is being held to present the 2018 Annual Municipal Report on Monday, June 24th, 2019.The presentation starts at 6 pm at City Hall in the Council chambers and is being presented by David Joy, General Manager of Corporate Services.The presentation will go over the details of the report including the 2019 goals and objectives, updates to the 2018 goals and objectives, the 2018 audited financial statements and report on permissive property tax exemptions.last_img read more