NBA 2K League has a champ in New York and plans around globe

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — The NBA 2K League’s first season ended with a video game version of a real NBA rivalry: Knicks against Heat.In the future perhaps it’s Knicks against London.Or maybe it’s Heat against Shanghai.“We expect this to be a global league,” NBA 2K League managing director Brendan Donohue said Saturday.“That is on our game plan, though when that happens it’s not definitive. But that is our goal.”The season on the screens turned out like it never has on the hardwood. Knicks Gaming, so far down the standings that they had to win a tournament late in the season as the No. 15 seed just to earn the eighth and final playoff spot, then knocked off the top-seeded Blazers to start a postseason roll that culminated with a sweep of the best-of-three series with Heat Check Gaming to win $300,000.“It’s history,” finals MVP Nate Kahl said. “I said it earlier, this was the inaugural season, so first-ever championship won, and to bring it to such a mecca of basketball in New York and also big in gaming, I think it means a lot.”This first official esports league operated by a U.S. professional sports league featured 17 teams in its inaugural season, which began in May. The Lakers, Nets, Timberwolves and Hawks have already committed to joining for next season, meaning more than two-thirds of the NBA’s 30 franchises will also have a team of gamers.Donohue said the teams that haven’t signed on yet are busy with other NBA business, such as building or renovating arenas or hosting All-Star Games. He doesn’t want them to take on an esports entry until they’re ready, and he believes eventually they will be.“And so we fully expect at some point all 30 NBA teams to be a part of this and then beyond that,” he said.Donohue said the season exceeded all the league’s expectations, pointing to weekly increases in viewership on Twitch, the streaming service popular with video-game players, and a social media presence that includes more than 1.6 million followers of the league and its teams on social media platforms. The league will continue to explore ways to find even more viewers.“Right now we’re on Twitch and we’re focused on being on Twitch. We’re focused on them being our partner for a long time,” Donohue said. “We’ll do whatever we can to make sure we get our product in front of as much of the globe as possible, so we’ll talk to partners about how they can help us do that.”The NBA season nowadays heats up once the games have ended, as the draft, free agency and summer league have had as much to do with its popularity as the action on the court.Donohue thinks the NBA 2K League will be able to keep its fans’ attention through the offseason. Plans for an expansion draft in the fall will be announced soon, and NBA 2K19, the 20th anniversary of the game, will be available next month in what Donohue said will be an exciting day for its fan base. (NBA 2K18 sold more than 10 million copies, a record for the franchise.)And some of the league’s players — who competed as themselves, not players on the real the NBA clubs — were already popular in the gaming community from competing in other leagues and tournaments. Donohue expects they’ll continue to do so in the NBA 2K League offseason.Eventually the league hopes to play games elsewhere, with all games this season held at a studio in New York. Esports leagues such as Overwatch and League of Legends have played their competitions in arenas, but there are no plans for that yet.That’s for the future. On Saturday, the focus was on an out-of-nowhere championship season.“It was magic,” Kahl said.By BRIAN MAHONEY , AP Basketball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

FACING AN ESSAY ON THE HANDMAIDS TALE STUDENT REACHES OUT TO THE

first_img Twitter Advertisement A social media user who turned to Twitter for help in writing an essay on The Handmaid’s Tale has received invaluable insight — from none other than author Margaret Atwood herself.A Twitter user identified online as Momchil Gavrilov tweeted at the Canlit giant early Thursday morning with the plea: “My crazy English teacher is making us write essays on #TheHandmaidsTale where we are supposed to answer why @MargaretAtwood put the theme of power and control in the book,” they write from an account with the handle @GavrilovMomchil.“We do not have telepathy with @MargaretAtwood so I guess twitter is a close second… Helpppp!!!??” Advertisement Advertisement Atwood, left, turned up a cameo in Hulu’s hit series The Handmaid’s Tale, starring Elisabeth Moss. (George Kraychyk/Hulu)She took an extra moment between retweeting comments about U.S. President Donald Trump and a CNN reporter to defend the teacher’s assignment as a worthy endeavour.“Nor does that English teacher sound so crazy. Just sayin. Though it might be the admiring use of crazy, as in ‘Crazy, man!”‘ adds Atwood in a subsequent tweet.Nor does that English teacher sound so crazy. Just sayin. Though it might be the admiring use of crazy, as in “Crazy, man!”— Margaret E. Atwood (@MargaretAtwood) November 8, 2018 Facebook Atwood responded hours later from her verified account with a quick lesson on the major themes of her 1985 dystopian novel, set in a world in which women are property of the state.Because it’s in the world. (It’s not just women who are controlled in the book.. it’s everyone except those at the top. Gilead is a theocratic totalitariansim, not simply a Men-have-power Women-do-not world. Lower status men are told when and who marry, eg.) https://t.co/FDQJhe0eN4— Margaret E. Atwood (@MargaretAtwood) November 8, 2018“Because it’s in the world,” Atwood says in a tweet posted at about 5 a.m. ET Thursday.“It’s not just women who are controlled in the book. It’s everyone except those at the top. Gilead is a theocratic totalitarianism, not simply a men-have-power women-do-not world. Lower-status men are told when and who (to) marry, eg.”Atwood’s classic dystopian tale has been adapted into a hit TV and streaming series. (Aaron Vincent Elkaim/Canadian Press/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)The detailed response delighted online onlookers, who had retweeted the exchange hundreds of times and gave it thousands of “likes” within hours.At least one other literature fan applauded the initiative.“I used to teach high school. I’d have totally given points for proven communication with the author. This is not to say that everyone should bother poor @MargaretAtwood with all of their questions. Oh, dear,” tweeted Jess Faraday, with the handle @jessfaraday.I used to teach high school. I’d have totally given points for proven communication with the author. This is not to say that everyone should bother poor @MargaretAtwood with all of their questions. Oh, dear….— ?‍♂️?Jess Faraday???????? (@jessfaraday) November 8, 2018Atwood is a prolific Twitter user who has not been shy about using social media to weigh in on social issues, promote her work and favourite causes, or interact with fans. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment A student struggling with an assignment on The Handmaid’s Tale boldly reached out to the ultimate source via social media: author Margaret Atwood herself. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)last_img read more

Superstorm Sandy shipwreck to be removed off GT Beach

first_img Related Items:dema, grans turk, hurricane sandy, mega one triton Emergency action in Grand Turk due to sea surges Climate Change blamed for seawater woes in Grand Turk Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 07 Aug 2015 – During House of Assembly debate last week, the Premier shared that the boat stuck on Governor’s Beach in Grand Turk would be removed now that the legal process is all done; yesterday the country’s leader reiterated that promise. The Mega One Triton ran aground on the prestigious beach in the capital during what became Super-storm Sandy; that was October 2012 and had posed an environmental threat. The case, brought by DEMA and the Attorney General’s Office leveled charges against four people. It is likely TCIG can now receive bids for the removal of the vessel. Recommended for you UWI, Caricom, FCO to aide in removal of Mega One Tritonlast_img read more

San Diego City Council Votes to Limit and Regulate ShortTerm Vacation Rentals

first_img Ashlie Rodriguez, Sampson Ochotorena San Diego City Council Votes to Limit and Regulate Short-Term Vacation Rentals Ashlie Rodriguez, Sampson Ochotorena, 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) – After years of heated debate, the San Diego City Council established new rules and regulations Monday regarding short term vacation rentals. The council voted 6-3 in favor of a plan that limits how many homes you can put on websites such as AirBnB.By passing the plan, council created the City’s first license-based system to manage short-term rentals. A homeowner who chooses to rent out their home will only be given one license, because the new rules mean homeowners can only rent out their primary home, or, the home they live in. They can apply for one additional license for a dwelling unit on the same parcel as the their primary residence. This means people who buy homes with the intent to rent them out for short-term vacation rentals will no longer be able to do so.Council is also charging cost-recoverable fees to administer licenses and enforce code violations; establish a “Good Neighbor” policy to preserve neighborhood quality of life; hire additional staff to respond to complaints about nuisance properties; and implement a per-night fee that would generate funding for affordable housing projects.“We allowed people to rent out a room in their house on an unlimited basis to make ends meet,” said District 1 Councilmember Barbara Bry. “We allowed them to rent out their whole house on a short-term basis up to six times a year. What we did as we have prevented investors from buying up homes in single family neighborhoods and turning them into mini-hotels.”She and Councilmember Lori Zapf argue neighborhoods are filling with strangers, and San Diego is losing its sense of community. They also say the uptick in investment properties mean there are fewer homes on the market for San Diego resident who actually need to live here full time, and the housing shortage makes the rent go higher for residents as well.The only members of council to vote against the amended plan was Chris Cate, David Alvarez and Scott Sherman, who argued the property rights of residents were being violated by the new rules. He argues council’s new rules just stole many residents’ means of income. Sherman, who represents District 7 believes the issue will go to court.“People’s complaints are noise, people staying up late,” Sherman said. “I’ve got month-to-month renters that are keeping people awake, people who own who are keeping people awake. So what are they going to do next, ban month-to-month renters? Where does the government stop telling everyone else what to do with their lives?”Council estimates it will take one year to get the new system up and running and enforce these new rules.All hosts are required to:Register with or be licensed annually by the CitySecure a Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) certificatePay TOT and the Affordable Housing Impact fees monthlyObtain a Neighborhood Use Permit for dwellings with four or more bedroomsAdvertise a STRO license number on all advertisementsComply with “Good Neighbor” policy, including posting local contact information on propertyCollect and maintain detailed records on each STRO transaction for a period of three yearsAll platforms are required to:Provide notice of the STRO and TOT requirements to each host prior to their listingCollect TOT and Affordable Housing Impact fees at the same time rent is collectedEnsure only licensed or registered hosts are using the booking service on the hosting platformCollect and maintain detailed records on each STRO transaction for a period of three yearsENFORCEMENT, COMPLIANCE AND NEW ONLINE TOOL FOR COMPLAINTSMayor Faulconer is committed to active enforcement to ensure hosts, guests and online platforms for short-term rentals are in compliance with the new regulations. That includes a new team of police and code enforcement officers to work evenings and weekends to address code complaints; the creation of a license and registration system that interfaces with City databases; and a new complaint hotline or mobile application for residents to report violations.Enforcement is based on an inter-departmental strategy that includes the Code Enforcement Division, the City Treasurer’s Office, the City Attorney’s Office and the San Diego Police Department (SDPD).The enforcement program will:Maintain a database of all licensed or registered STRO locations within the City Treasurer’s Office that will provide information to the SDPD.Issue notices of violations, administrative citations, fines and revocation of licenses.Create a STRO Code Enforcement, SDPD and City Attorney team for proactive enforcement in the areas with most frequent violations. The team will work evenings and weekends to target disturbances.Monitor websites to ensure hosts are paying TOT; violators will be reported to the City Attorney.Receive complaint calls 24-hours per day, seven days per week; an online portal will be created to report violations.First notice of violation is considered a “warning”Second notice of violation may result in citationThird notice of violation within 12-month period may result in revocation of STRO permitSUPPORTING AFFORDABLE HOUSINGThe proposal also includes a new Affordable Housing Impact Fee of $2.73 (home share) to $3.96 (whole home) per rental night, paid for by hosts. Implementation of the fee is expected to generate funding for the Affordable Housing Fund, which is administered by the San Diego Housing Commission and is used to pay for affordable housing-related projects. Posted: July 17, 2018 UPDATE: (5:00 PM 7/17/18) – Mayor Kevin Faulconer spoke out after the City Council voted against his short-term rental property plan. center_img Updated: 6:53 PM 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 Settings July 17, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Wilmington Book Club Listings — January 2019

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Book Club Listings — July 2019In “Community”Wilmington Book Club Listings — August 2019In “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: Library To Host 6-Week Great Decisions Series On Foreign Policy TopicsIn “Community” WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a listing of book club discussions happening in Wilmington this January:Pints & Pages Book Group (Library’s Social Book Group For 20 & 30 Somethings)Thursday, January 3, 7pmPancho’s CantinaInstead of discussing a particular book this month, we’ll meet up to share your latest favorite reads, watches & listens! Plus get great recommendations from others. Bring along at least two (books, movies, series, podcasts, etc.) to share! If you don’t have it in hand, that’s okay! Just remember the title. Register HERE.Novel Ideas Fiction Book GroupThursday, January 17, 7pmWilmington Memorial LibraryFeatured Book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret MitchellEnjoy reading fiction? Join the library’s fiction book group led by Adult Services Librarian Kim Rowley.  Please stop by the library to pick up a copy of the featured book. Register HERE.Well Read Wednesday Book GroupWednesday, January 23, 10amWilmington Memorial LibraryFeatured Book: A Piece of the World by Christina BakerThis is book group discusses contemporary books both fiction and non-fiction led by Library Director Tina Stewart.  Please stop by the library to pick up a copy of the featured book. Register HERE.The Buzz Book ClubMonday, January 28, 1pmWilmington Senior CenterFeatured Book: Into The Water by Paula HopkinsMembers are asked to get their own book for this meeting.  No registration required.Have your own book club and looking for members? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:last_img read more

10 ways to not get fired from your dream job VIDEO

first_img 10 ways to not get fired from your dream job Getting fired from the company and most importantly your dream job, is probably the last thing you can imagine. Unfortunately, it’s a fairly regular occurrence that can have devastating effects on both you and the company.Got your dream job & now you don’t know how to keep it?We present to you a list of important points you need to keep in check to avoid getting fired.Check out the video to find out more. Closecenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.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. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

10 innocent Rohingya civilians in mass grave

first_imgWoman is consoled after receiving news that her husband was killed in Myanmar, in Cox`s Bazar. Photo: ReutersRohingya Muslim insurgents said on Saturday that ten Rohingya found in a mass grave in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state last month were “innocent civilians”, and not members of their group.Myanmar’s military said earlier this week its soldiers had killed 10 captured Muslim “terrorists” during insurgent attacks at the beginning of September, after Buddhist villagers had forced the captured men into a grave the villagers had dug.It was a rare acknowledgment of wrongdoing by the Myanmar military during its operations in the western state of Rakhine.The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), whose raids against security posts starting last August sparked sweeping military operations in the Muslim-majority northern part of Rakhine, said it “whole-heartedly welcomes the admission” of “war crimes” by the “Burmese terrorist army”.“We hereby declare that these ten innocent Rohingya civilians found in the said mass grave in Inn Din Village Tract were neither ARSA nor had any association with ARSA”, the group said in a statement on Twitter.A Myanmar government spokesman said in response to ARSA’s statement that sometimes “terrorists and villagers were allied” in attacks” against security forces.“We have already said it is very difficult to segregate who is a terrorist and who are innocent villagers,” spokesman Zaw Htay said. “There will be an ongoing investigating process whether they are members of ARSA or not.”The Myanmar military did not immediately respond to requests for comment.‘NEW STEP’Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Friday it was “positive” that the country’s military was taking responsibility for the actions of troops.“It is a new step for our country,” she told a joint news conference with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono in Myanmar’s capital of Naypyitaw.“I see it that way because a country needs to take responsibility for the rule of law in the country, and this is the first step on the road of taking responsibility and it is a positive thing,” She said, according to a transcript of the news conference posted on her Facebook page.On Dec. 18, the military announced a mass grave containing 10 bodies had been found at the coastal village of Inn Din, about 50 km (30 miles) north of the state capital Sittwe. The army appointed a senior officer to investigate.A statement from the military on Wednesday said its investigation had found that members of the security forces had taken part in the killing and action would be taken against them.The Rohingya crisis erupted after Rohingya insurgent attacks on security posts on 25 Aug in Rakhine triggered a fierce military response that the United Nations denounced as ethnic cleansing.Myanmar denies ethnic cleansing, saying its security forces had mounted legitimate counter-insurgency clearance operations.last_img