WestJet pilots union agree to settlement process with mediator

first_imgCALGARY – The president and CEO of WestJet says the threat of a strike by its pilots is over.Ed Sims said the Calgary-based airline and the union that represents the pilots have agreed to a settlement process that will involve a federal mediator.If necessary, WestJet and the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) have agreed to use final and binding arbitration.“We are pleased with the removal of the threat of strike action, we are grateful for the role played by the government, both with their mediation services and with the offer of support with arbitration,” Sims said Friday at Calgary International Airport.“The message I can give all Canadians is that they can continue to book in 100 per cent confidence that no strike action will threaten their travel plans.”The two sides had resumed contract talks on Tuesday.The pilots were legally able to launch a strike last Saturday, but committed not to disrupt passenger travel plans over the Victoria Day long weekend as a goodwill gesture.The ALPA represents about 1,500 pilots at WestJet’s main service.Sims said WestJet hopes to reach a deal with the union no later than the end of June.He said the uncertainty about a possible strike has cost the company “tens of millions of dollars.”WestJet has said its bargaining team was focused on getting a sustainable agreement that benefits pilots, WestJet customers and the company as a whole.The airline had promised to refund tickets if flights were cancelled in the event of a strike.WestJet has said that its bookings have slowed since the union said it would seek a strike mandate, which was supported by 91 per cent of its members.WestJet’s planned launch of its Swoop ultra-low cost carrier has been a source of contention between pilots and the company.Earlier this year, the union won a Canada Industrial Relations Board challenge to the company’s proposed policy to offer pilots a two-year leave of absence if they go to fly for Swoop.The ALPA complained that the policy was a significant change in the company’s terms of employment and an interference with the union’s right to represent the pilots.Companies in this story: (TSX:WJA)last_img read more

Music video launch boosts TMC’s social media campaign

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress on Thursday gave a big push to its social media campaign before the ensuing Lok Sabha elections, with its new music video titled Ma Mati Manush. The video was launched by party supremo Mamata Banerjee on her Facebook page.”I am very happy to share the new music video Maa, Mati, Manush for the forthcoming #LokSabhaElections2019,” Banerjee wrote in the Facebook post, sharing the 2 minute 38 second video on all her social networking pages. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe video presents the picture of a peaceful and harmonious Bengal and at the same time, takes a dig at the Narendra Modi government by claiming that it has not been able to fulfill its promises. The title of the video Ma Mati Manush (literally translating to Mother, Motherland and People), is a Bengali political slogan coined by Banerjee herself. It depicts the development that Bengal has witnessed under the leadership of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. More than 8.5 lakh people are getting rice at the rate of Rs 2 kg under the Swastha Sathi scheme. The several people-friendly schemes of the state government like Kanyashree, Rupashree, and Sabuj Sathi have also been highlighted through the video. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIt also lambasts BJP for creating an atmosphere of anarchy and riot in the country, through their efforts of trying to create division among people on religious grounds. It further reiterates that Bengal is a place where people of all caste, creed and religions live amicably. The video is a visual treat with beautiful imageries of rural Bengal, a man rowing a boat with a smile on his face, a group of Bengali women praying by the riverside, schoolgirls riding on bicycles and dancers performing wearing Chhau masks. A cheerful tune plays in the background. The song sung by Rupam Islam and Somlata Acharya has already gone viral on social media, through several shares with comments and likes pouring in abundance. It may be mentioned that TMC has already launched a web series called Pradhan Mantri Hisab Dao on social media recently, which compares various welfare schemes of the Narendra Modi government with those launched by Trinamool Congress in the state. It points out the failures of the Modi government in these schemes and demands an explanation from the Prime Minister regarding the same.last_img read more

Transat in exclusive talks with Air Canada to be acquired for $13 per share

MONTREAL — Transat AT Inc. is in exclusive talks with Air Canada, which is offering roughly $488 million to buy the travel company.The Montreal-based company says it has agreed to a 30-day period of exclusive negotiations regarding a possible deal at a price of $13 per share.Transat shares closed at $10.58 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Wednesday.The company offers vacation packages, hotel stays and air travel under the Transat and Air Transat brands.Transat says that after being solicited by several parties, its board has determined that it’s in the interests of Transat and its stakeholders to finalize negotiations on an exclusive basis with Air Canada.The company first disclosed that it had held preliminary talks regarding the possible sale of the company last month, but did not name the potential bidders at that time. Companies in this story: (TSX:TRZ, TSX:AC) The Canadian Press read more

Buckeye struggles defending the pass very alarming

Junior cornerback Doran Grant (12) tackles a receiver during a game against Northwestern Oct. 5 at Ryan Field. OSU won, 40-30.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe Ohio State football team is undefeated and ranked fourth in the nation, but it ranks 76th in the Football Bowl Subdivision with an average of 240 passing yards allowed per game.Improving the pass defense, OSU coach Urban Meyer said, is the Buckeyes’ No. 1 priority during their first bye week of the season.“The pass defense is very alarming right now,” Meyer said Tuesday on the Big Ten teleconference. “That’s not just coverage but it’s pass-rush and in combination with pass defense. We’ve devoted so much energy toward stopping the run, because that’s obviously where philosophy is, that we’ve given up far too many pass plays and big plays in the passing game.”The OSU pass defense was tested in the Buckeyes’ wins against Big Ten opponents Wisconsin and Northwestern, allowing a combined 638 yards through the air.The big plays have been a problem for OSU, who has given up 11 passes of 25 yards or more so far this year.Meyer said the big plays have been a result of “soft” coverages and missed tackles.“It’s not because of poor scheme, it’s just we got to make the play,” Meyer said.On the other hand, Meyer said the OSU defense is “really good” against the run. The Buckeyes held the Badgers and Wildcats to 104 and 94 yards on the ground, respectively.With their win over Northwestern (4-1, 0-1), the Buckeyes improved to 6-0 on the season and 2-0 in the Big Ten. OSU trailed for at least part of all four quarters Saturday before ultimately winning by 10 points, but Meyer said he was satisfied with his team’s performance.“Very pleased with our players’ efforts against a very good team, on the road, in a very good environment,” Meyer said. “It was good for college football and I’m proud of our guys and looking forward to getting some things cleaned up in the bye week.”The leader in yards from scrimmage for the Buckeye offense Saturday was senior running back Carlos Hyde, who carried the ball 26 times for a career-high 168 yards and three touchdowns.“I do like a big back, and boy, he ran really hard and physical,” Meyer said of Hyde’s performance Saturday.Hyde’s rushing effort Saturday was led by OSU’s offensive line, which Meyer said Tuesday is in “great shape.”“The strength of our program right now is that offensive line,” Meyer said.Going forward, Meyer said he likes the team’s running back combination of Hyde, a power back listed at 6 feet and 235 pounds, and freshman Dontre Wilson, a faster, quicker back listed at 5 feet 10 inches and 180 pounds.“I think if you have a Dontre Wilson and a Carlos Hyde as a tag team back there, I think that’s exactly kind of what you’re looking for,” Meyer said Tuesday, even though Wilson did not receive any offensive touches against Northwestern.Meyer failed to mention Tuesday redshirt-senior running back Jordan Hall, who leads the Buckeyes with 69 carries for 427 yards and eight touchdowns this season. Hall did not play Saturday because of a tweaked knee, and only carried the ball once against Wisconsin.OSU’s offense ranks 20th nationally with an average of 492.8 total yards per game, but Meyer said in order to further improve, the unit needs more consistency from the pass game.“To be able to do both (run and pass the ball) is when you start talking about really, really good offenses,” Meyer said. “Against Wisconsin, not so much in the fourth quarter, but in the first three quarters, we were very good at throwing the ball down the field. This past week, we weren’t able to throw the ball down the field, not because we didn’t want to, but because they were defending it and they forced us to run and kind of chunk up the game, like we did at the end of the game with Carlos and our offensive line.”The Buckeyes do not play a game this week, but it is still a busy week for OSU coaches. Meyer said most of the coaching staff will be out on the recruiting trail Thursday and the entire staff will be recruiting Friday.“You got to seize the momentum when you have it,” Meyer said of recruiting. “We just got done playing two prime-time, nationally televised games that we won against ranked opponents, and we’re going to be out and about in full force.OSU is scheduled to play its next game against Iowa (4-2, 1-1) Oct. 19 at 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

Remote control and automation used increasingly in caving mines

first_imgRemote control and automation are a focus of International Mining, January 2011. They are playing an increasingly important role in caving operations. Automated ore chute control and remote controlled machines to bring down hang ups are just two examples. Truck drivers at Newcrest Mining’s Telfer underground gold mine can now activate block cave chute doors from a safe location after the company adopted an innovative infrared remote control system from Remote Control Technologies (RCT).Instead of chute operators standing on an overhead gantry near the trucks and activating the chutes via adjacent hard wired umbilical controls, they now tele-operate the chutes from the safety of their cabs. Control is through an infrared TX/RX system that obviated the need for radio signals and licences. The short-range system suffers no interference from mine radio or other signals.RCT also incorporated a vision solution in the form of a Maxi Vision camera system featuring its 5555 underground Control Master® specification camera, mounted above the chutes for the truck operator vision.“Infrared was seen as the only solution due to the relatively short-distance operating range,” said RCT Mining Area Sales Manager in Western Australia, Phil Dean. There is no risk of false signals and interference from neighbouring chute systems. “The system has proved to be of great benefit. There is no need for operators to be exposed to heat, dust, fumes, poor ventilation, the possibility of mechanical failure of the chute system or complete a very repetitive process pressing a button to open and close the chute lip raise lower operation.”RCT has a similar system installed at Freeport Indonesia on four chutes. That system is also using radar to monitor the ore levels inside the ore passes.Another development at Freeport Indonesia is a customised remote control solution developed for the giant Deep Ore Zone (DOZ) underground block cave (IM January 2010), helping to solve safety and productivity issues that have long been associated with rock blockages in cave draw points.RCT has helped develop a reliable remote controlled version of the Sandvik DC300 Commando drill. The hydraulic, self-propelled unit is also configured to deliver explosives into rock crevices to bring down hang ups. Optimally placed cameras are the eyes of an operator remote controlling the machine from a safe location. The Commando’s functions are totally remote controlled.RCT Area Sales Manager Nic Stone described the project as a “world first. It’s a very important piece of gear because it does a high risk job – the machine goes into a large draw bell full of loose rock and places explosives – and takes a person out of that high-risk area,” he explained. “There is no machine made to do that specifically, so we’ve modified and remote controlled a machine developed to do the job.”Stone said the hybrid drill/explosive delivery unit was not designed to be remote controlled and “we had to modify a lot of hydraulics. We re-engineered the hydraulics and modified a lot of the pilot systems … to suit our remote control system and enable the machine to achieve the degree of movement the customer requires, under remote control.”RCT is also being successful in getting the safety benefits of remote control and automation accepted in countries not always thought of as leaders in technology. In Mali for example it has supplied and installed line-of-sight remote control systems for two Caterpillar LHDs in use at Randgold Resources’ Loulo mine. More recently it has started breaking into China with its first installation going on to a Caterpillar R1700G loader at Sino Gold’s White Mountain gold mine (IM, January 2011).Phil Goode, Senior Business Development Manager comments: “these are our first remote control systems in China. Once customers see the safety benefits we are confident they will take many more.”last_img read more

New WWE Day Of features behind the scenes of Extreme Rules with

first_img WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Roman Reigns Has Leukemia Now Playing Up Next When Does WrestleMania 35 Start? Pinterest Videos Articles The Miz Now Playing Up Next Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Many WWE Stars Want To Go To AEW Facebook Xavier Woods Videos Articles Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next WWE has posted to their YouTube Channel a new episode of “WWE Day Of” (view above) featuring Samoa Joe with behind the scenes footage as he gets ready to challenge Kofi Kingston for the WWE Championship at the Extreme Rules PPV in Philadelphia.WWE posted the following description of the episode on their YouTube Channel:Take an exclusive, behind-the-curtain look at Samoa Joe as he gets ready to challenge Kofi Kingston for the WWE Championship at WWE Extreme Rules. Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Triple H Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Videos Articles Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipMadison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:32 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 Twitter Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Google+last_img read more

Everton transfer Marco Silva may Resign over transfer deal

first_imgEverton manager Marco Silva says he will resign his position if the club sells Idrissa Gana Gueye.According to reports in France, the Toffees rejected Paris Saint-Germain’s initial offer of £21.5million on Monday but the player seems determined to move to the club.Marco Silva says the player missed Tuesday night encounter with Huddersfield due to injury noting thqat he intends to keep the player.“We tried to be honest with all of you and with our fans. After the match I tried to find out if something new has happened because I expected your question and there’s nothing new,” he told Express.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“He has a minor problem with his groin. No new offers and hopefully he can continue with us.“I don’t know about a new offer or not. Nobody has told me. We were in the hotel last night preparing for the game, fully focused on the match.“I know the market is open until January 31, it’s always tough for us, but about the new offer, £30million, nothing came true.“I asked 10 minutes ago if there was something new, but there is not.”last_img read more

Miami library built in 1941 receives renovations

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A South Florida library that has been around for decades has begun getting a new makeover.Construction at the Dorsey Memorial Library on Northwest 17th Street and First Court will be getting renovated, and Miami leaders, including Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, were on hand at Wednesday’s ceremony.The library, which was opened in 1941, was Miami’s second library and originally built only for the city’s African-American residents to use.The land was donated by Dana A. Dorsey, one of Miami’s most prominent black businessmen and philanthropists.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Disney Channel star Cameron Boyce dies at 20 Our hearts are broken

first_img Post a comment Disney 0 pic.twitter.com/0QQ7cPi6su— Adam Sandler (@AdamSandler) July 7, 2019 Cameron Boyce, who starred in the Disney Channel franchise Descendants, died Saturday at the age of 20. Disney CEO Robert Iger confirmed Boyce’s death on Twitter.”The Walt Disney Company mourns the loss of Cameron Boyce who was a friend to so many of us, and filled with so much talent, heart and life, and far too young to die,” Iger wrote in a tweet. Share your voice The Walt Disney Company mourns the loss of #CameronBoyce, who was a friend to so many of us, and filled with so much talent, heart and life, and far too young to die. Our prayers go out to his family and his friends.— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) July 7, 2019 “It is with a profoundly heavy heart that we report that this morning we lost Cameron,” a spokesperson for the Boyce family told CBS News. “He passed away in his sleep due to a seizure which was a result of an ongoing medical condition for which he was being treated. A Disney Channel statement said Boyce will be “dearly missed.””From a young age, Cameron Boyce dreamed of sharing his extraordinary artistic talents with the world,” a Disney Channel spokesperson said. “As a young man, he was fueled by a strong desire to make a difference in peoples’ lives through his humanitarian work. He was an incredibly talented performer, a remarkably caring and thoughtful person and, above all else, he was a loving and dedicated son, brother, grandson and friend.”Boyce played Carlos, the son of 101 Dalmatians villain Cruella de Vil, on Disney’s Descendants, which began as a 2015 TV movie and was followed by a short-form series and a movie sequel. He also starred on the Disney Channel’s show Jessie and in feature films, including Grown-Ups and Grown-Ups 2. Grown-Ups star Adam Sandler remembered his young co-star in a touching online tribute.”Too young. Too sweet. Too funny,” Sandler wrote in part. “Thank you, Cameron, for all you gave to us. So much more was on the way. All our hearts are broken.” Descendants 3, Boyce’s last film role before his death, will premiere on Disney Channel in August. TV and Movies Tagslast_img read more

No missing people or property damage reported after avalanche scare over downtown

first_imgThis video posted to Facebook today shows an avalanche coming down Mount Juneau at about 1 p.m. Wednesday.Listen NowWhile downtown homes are visible in the foreground, the path of the avalanche is toward the uninhabited Silverbow Basin.Juneau’s Emergency Programs Director Tom Mattice said there have been no reports of missing people, injuries or property damage.“Yeah we saw an impressive powder cloud, but no, that was not a catastrophic-sized avalanche,” Mattice said.With a relatively low snowpack, Mattice said he was a little surprised by the natural avalanche.“The Earth’s terrain acts like an egg carton. And so, we might lose one egg here, and one egg there, but we don’t lose the entire carton very often,” Mattice said. “But after the snow builds up and that egg carton gets completely loaded up, then we get a lot bigger avalanches.”Mattice said the urban avalanche risk remains moderate today. He encourages residents and people enjoying the outdoors in avalanche-prone areas to use common sense, and to keep an eye on the urban avalanche advisories he regularly updates online at Juneau.org/avalanche.last_img read more

Worlds first malaria vaccine moves closer to use in Africa

first_img The worlds first malaria vaccine – made by GlaxoSmithKline – could be approved by international regulators for use in Africa from October after final trial data showed it offered partial protection for up to four years.The shot, called RTS,S and designed for children in Africa, would be the first licensed human vaccine against a parasitic disease and could help prevent millions of cases of malaria, which currently kills more than 600,000 people a year.Experts have long hoped scientists would be able to develop an effective malaria vaccine, and researchers at the British drug maker GSK have been working on RTS,S for 30 years.Hopes that this shot would be the final answer to wiping out malaria were dampened when trial data released in 2011 and 2012 showed it only reduced episodes of malaria in babies aged six to 12 weeks old by 27%, and by around 46% in children aged five to 17 months old.But the final stage follow-up data published in the Lancet journal on Friday (24 April) showed vaccinated children continued to be protected four years on, albeit at a declining rate – an important factor given the prevalence of the disease – and rates of protection were stronger with a booster shot.Brian Greenwood, a professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine who worked on the study, said that despite the falling efficacy over time, there was still a clear benefit from RTS,S.He said an average 1,363 cases of clinical malaria were prevented over four years for every 1,000 children vaccinated, or 1,774 cases with a booster shot – the children would normally be expected to have had several cases of infection over that period.In babies, over three years of follow-up, an average 558 cases were prevented for every 1,000 vaccinated, and 983 cases in those who got a booster. Closelast_img read more

This is how Mahindra Group plans to step up its US game

first_imgAnand Mahindra, Executive Chairman Mahindra GroupReuters fileWith an investment of $1 billion, the Mumbai-based Mahindra Group led by Anand Mahindra is all set to strengthen its business in the US over the next five years.”We have so far invested around $1 billion in the US among all the businesses and we should invest another billion over the next five years,” Mahindra & Mahindra Managing Director Pawan Goenka told PTI in New York. Anand Mahindra, Executive Chairman of Mahindra Group and Pawan Goenka, Managing Director of Mahindra & MahindraReuters fileIn line with the expansion plans, Mahindra Group also targets to double its employees in the US over the next five years from the current headcount of 3,000 people. The planned investment will be allocated across business verticals. However, the quantum of investment would depend on various factors like market conditions and success of projects that are currently in progress in the US.At present, the $19 billion Mahindra Group generates around $2.5 billion from its seven business verticals in the US. The group is a prominent player in the US in IT industry with Tech Mahindra and Mahindra USA which sells tractors and utility vehicles.Also read: Anand Mahindra wants Rajinikanth’s Thar SUV used in new film Kaala; find out why”The growth will be led by Mahindra USA where we intend to double revenues from $500 million to $1 billion in next five years and then there is Tech Mahindra,” Goenka detailed company’s expansion plan. Mahindra USA also plans to launch new off-road vehicles in the US with inputs from Mahindra North America Technical Centre (MNATC) besides other group entities.Goenka further acknowledged how important success in the US is. “Building the Mahindra brand in the US is very important for us because it is the place everyone looks up to. The brand which gets successful in this market gets automatic recognition in so many places,” he said.last_img read more

How Shenmue Paved the Way for Modern Gaming

first_img Geek Plays: Call of Duty Black Ops IIIIGeek Plays: Nintendo Switch Online NES Games The Sega Dreamcast was the company’s last grasp at the hardware market, and it demonstrated some of Sega’s best qualities. Although it certainly had its share of Madden NFL games and 3D platformers, it also hosted innovative and bizarre software like Seaman and Rez. These weren’t games designed to grab a mass market audience, but rather experiments in new kinds of interaction and design.Sadly, they weren’t enough to keep the console afloat against Sony’s PS2 juggernaut, and the Dreamcast only lasted a few years. Yu Suzuki’s Shenmue was released in 1999, with the second coming installment in 2001 after hardware production had ceased. At the time, it was the most expensive video game ever made. With a remaster of the first two games hitting Steam and modern consoles this week, as well as the third game coming in August of 2019, we decided to look back on how this oddball adventure was ahead of its time and influenced tons of popular genres.Free RoamingOne of the biggest trends of the PS2 era was the rise of Grand Theft Auto and similar free-roaming adventure games. The idea that players could be given their own agency to move through a sandbox world, taking care of plot-centric missions as well as other activities, came directly from Shenmue. Even though protagonist Ryo Hazuki is supposed to be solving his father’s murder, he wasn’t forced into anything. You could spend time playing classic Sega arcade games like Out Run, buying capsule toys from vending machines, or just aimlessly walking around.One of the most notable game series that capture that balance also comes from Sega – the cult hit Yakuza games. Those titles are very Shenmue-esque in their combination of street brawling and aimless wandering, with tons of side activities that are often more fun and memorable than the main plotline. Those games also treat their settings much like a character, with lots of attention paid to architecture and local flavor.Walking SimulatorAlthough Shenmue has plenty of action – lead designer Yu Suzuki was the mastermind behind Sega’s Virtua Fighter series of fighting games – what most people remember about it was the experience of Ryo wandering around his Yokosuka neighborhood talking to people. Players weren’t “on rails,” being led from one plot beat to another. They had free reign to pet cats, play arcade games, or just kill time. Instead of players feeling always on edge, the experience was more restful. A lot of Suzuki’s work was making it feel like you were a real person in a real place – Ryo could open drawers and cupboards and walk down blind alleys and dead-ends, none of which yielded any gameplay benefit.That kind of environmental storytelling would find roots in games like Gone Home and Dear Esther, where the combat has been completely removed in favor of exploration and discovery. Those titles hearken back to the earliest scenes of Shenmue, where you’re poking through Ryo’s house, opening drawers and looking at photographs to immerse yourself in his life. As games outgrew their arcade heritage, they stopped rushing players through and let them linger at leisure to appreciate the hard work designers and artists put into the product.QTEsThe limits of a video game controller definitely are tested when you’re creating a game like Shenmue, which required Ryo to do all kinds of actions throughout his quest, from driving forklifts to opening mail. One catch-all control system wouldn’t work for everything, so Suzuki pioneered “Quick Time Events,” where players had to input specific joystick motions and button presses in a limited window of time to successfully complete the task. Some of them could be failed without incident, while others would bring Ryo’s journey to a halt.QTEs have become an integral part of many modern adventure and action games. The best example is probably David Cage’s titles like Detroit: Become Human and Heavy Rain, both of which owe a tremendous debt to Shenmue. Some titles use them to bridge cinematic sequences and player-controlled parts like Resident Evil, while others like God of War use QTEs to trigger brutal combat finishers. While Shenmue wasn’t the first game to use the system, it made QTEs a significant part of the experience.Living WorldsUnlike most contemporary adventure games, non-player characters didn’t just stand around waiting for you to pump them for information. Everybody in Yokosuka had their own schedule to follow, and if Ryo wanted to meet up with them for a chat he had to figure out when they’d be home. A lot of the game’s most interesting content was locked to certain times of the day at certain locations, making it feel like a vibrant, living world. In addition, the “Magic Weather” system used actual weather patterns from Japan in the 1980s to model a random schedule of rain and clearing throughout the day.This kind of attention to world detail would become more and more common in open-world RPGs throughout the next decade. Games like Bethesda’s Morrowind and Lionhead’s Fable would use those kind of schedules and individual NPC routines as a major selling point, and now it’s rare to find an adventure that doesn’t have AI pathing and timetables for its supporting characters. Realistic, changing weather is also part of the package, as designers have learned how it can enhance drama and change up the visual environment. This kind of stuff had been done before, but it took Shenmue to put it all into one package.Big BudgetsAt this point, it’s not unusual for AAA games to run into the tens of millions of dollars, but back at the end of the 1990s it was a massive financial gamble for Sega to sink $70 million into Shenmue. The development process And, let’s be frank, it was a gamble they were guaranteed to lose – to make back the development cost, every single Dreamcast owner would have to buy two copies of the game.Needless to say, that didn’t happen. But instead of being an outlier, Shenmue was prophetic. Suzuki realized that video games were getting to the point where they had to compete with movies and TV in the market, and the way to do that was with fully voiced characters, engrossing storylines and rich environments. It wasn’t going to be good enough to coast on the storytelling methods that games used in the past – static screens, non-interactive cutscenes and limited agency over the world. As the medium grew, it had to also grow in ambition, and Shenmue was a huge step forward.We’re very curious to see what Shenmue 3 will look like when it releases next year. Will it be as progressive as the first two installments, or will it further advance video game storytelling and design? Either way, we’ll be there on day one playing it to find out.The Dreamcast is a beloved console for many at team Geek, but there are others that we equally adore. If you are looking for a great recommendation of QTEs see our hands-on of Detroit: Become Human. Our God of War playthrough might be the best example of the year though. If you are in need of further picks, watch all of Geek’s livestreams here. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more


first_img City Italy Santorini 24°C / 76°F Compare cheap flights using the Everywhere toolNEXT: Canary Islands Lanzarote 25°C / 77°F Egypt Sharm el Sheikh 31°C / 88°F Italy Rome 22°C / 72°F USA Florida 27°C / 80°F More September holiday suggestionsSeptember means going back to school… or playing truant and heading to some dream destinations, including Italy (Venice is a hit this time of year), Slovenia‘s Soča Valley, or Riviera Nayarit in Mexico. Check out our study notes on September’s hottest cities, beaches and events, regardless of the weather here. Average temperature in September ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Greece Paphos 24°C / 76°Fcenter_img PREVIOUS: Mexico Cancun 28°C / 83°F Country Greece Crete 24°C / 76°F READ MORE: Kick start your wanderlust with our destination inspiration series:Alternative attractions: 10 tourist spots you haven’t visited yetEver since Verlag Karl Baedeker founded the first worldwide travel guides in the early ninteenth century, tourists have been heading to the same old recommended spots again and again. But there’s more to cities than just a handful of ‘must-see’ sights. So here’s our guide to the top alternative attractions in ten famous destinations.21 cheap countries to visit for a great low cost holidayWe’ve scoured the globe for cheap places to travel, from South Africa to South America, and found 21 beautiful countries to visit on a budget. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a short, cheap holiday in Europe, or planning a low cost backpacking trip in Asia.Travel Trends: Where to go on holiday in 2017We’ve gathered the latest travel insights to bring you the top holiday destinations for 2017 to add to your bucket list this year.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. Where’s hot in September? Top 10 holiday destinations… Caribbean Riviera Maya 28°C / 82°F RelatedPay less when you fly – by using the UK’s best-value airportsDon’t you just love the feeling of bagging yourself a bargain flight? And don’t you just hate the charges you have to pay at the airport in order to catch it?EXPIRED ERROR FARE: London to China flights from £178 returnFly from London to Guangzhou or Xi An without spending the fortune! THIS DEAL HAS EXPIRED AND IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE. DO NOT MISS OUT ON FUTURE BARGAINS BY CHECKING OUR SITE.Getting to TwitchCon 2017: Flights to Long Beach, CATwitch, the world’s leading social video platform and community for gamers, is back with their third annual convention and this time it’s heading to sunny Long Beach, California. Looking for flights to TwitchCon 2017? Then you’ve come to the right place.last_img read more

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Amadeu would be hoping for better finishing from his charges but has to be wary about the strongly built African side’s hard tackles and quick-silver moves.

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