Une feuille pour remplacer le nucléaire

first_imgUne feuille pour remplacer le nucléaire ?Le Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) a mis au point une technologie capable de produire les éléments nécessaires à la production d’électricité. Pas une découverte nous direz-vous…Sauf que là,  la génératrice est une simple feuille.Voilà peut-être l’alternative au nucléaire dont tout le monde rêve. Le Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) a ainsi dévoilé le fruit de ses dernières recherches dans le domaine de la production électrique. Il s’agit d’une feuille composée d’une cellule solaire en silicium avec différents matériaux catalytiques attachés sur les deux côtés. Il suffit ensuite de la plonger dans de l’eau et de l’exposer à la lumière solaire pour qu’elle produise rapidement des bulles d’oxygène sur un côté et d’hydrogène sur l’autre. En plaçant ces deux types de bulles dans une pile à combustible, elles se combinent de nouveau en eau tout en produisant de l’électricité dans ce processus, explique le Professeur Daniel Nocera. Un procédé intelligent puisqu’il fait appel à des matériaux bon marché et abondants, le silice, le cobalt ou encore le nickel. La feuille est ainsi pourvue d’une fine couche de semi-conducteurs en silice, un matériau largement utilisé dans la fabrication des cellules solaires et qui a la capacité de transformer l’énergie solaire en un flux continu d’électricité à l’intérieur de la feuille. Le cobalt va ensuite jouer le rôle de catalyseur libèrant l’oxygène d’une part, tandis que le nickel, le molybdène et le zinc de l’autre face libèrera l’hydrogène. Le 4 octobre 2011 à 09:20 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Une pub Citroën retirée après avoir causé des symptômes dépilepsie

first_imgUne pub Citroën retirée après avoir causé des symptômes d’épilepsieUne publicité du constructeur automobile Citroën s’est vue retirée de l’antenne après que plusieurs téléspectateurs se sont plaint de symptômes épileptiques. Si les publicités font parfois l’objet de censure pour des raisons variées, c’est aujourd’hui pour un motif un peu spécial que le fabricant automobile Citroën vient de voir sa nouvelle publicité pour la Citroën DS4 retirée de l’antenne. Le problème : les images diffusées provoqueraient chez certaines téléspectateurs des symptômes épileptiques. En vérité, ce n’est pas la première fois qu’un spot publicitaire ou des émissions télévisées provoquent une telle réaction. Des avertissements sont même régulièrement diffusés juste avant certains spectacles ou concerts pour prévenir les personnes sensibles. Cette affection un peu particulière est appelée épilepsie photosensible et peut être provoquée par des stimulations lumineuses très variées allant de la télévision, au stroboscope de discothèque en passant par les jeux vidéos ou les motifs réguliers d’un vêtement. De tels stimuli peuvent ainsi provoquer chez les personnes sujettes à cette affection, des absences, des secousses voire des crises d’épilepsie qui se manifestent entre autre par des convulsions. Or, selon les plaintes reçues par l’Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), c’est précisément ce qui seraient arrivés à dix téléspectateurs au visionnage de la pub Citroën, parmi lesquels un aurait fait une crise réelle.Apparu sur plusieurs chaines britanniques, le spot en question montrait des scènes se succéder rapidement et le mot “Yes” apparaitre en “flash” sous différentes formes. C’est cette succession rapide d’images colorées qui aurait provoqué les symptômes et la crise. Comme l’explique le Daily Mail, il est normalement précisé que “les publicités ne doivent pas inclure d’effets visuels ou techniques susceptibles d’affecter les téléspectateurs atteints d’épilepsie photosensible”. Mais des tests industriels avaient semble-t-il, été réalisés sur les séquences du spot de Citroën sans pour autant révéler de risques.Une publicité déclarée comme violant les règles À lire aussiLa dernière mise à jour de la Freebox Revolution bloque les publicités sur InternetLes experts de l’Office fédérale de la communication (Ofcom) ont souligné que les tests automatisés ne garantissaient pas forcément qu’une publicité correspondait aux directives. Ils ont ainsi expliqué à l’ASA que le mot “Yes” en grand format ne violait par les règles, contrairement au même mot en petit format et qui “flashe” à plusieurs reprises. “Nous avons noté que Ofcom a identifié que la publicité réunissait les trois conditions pour être considérée comme un non-respect de leurs règles. Nous avons également noté que plusieurs plaignants avaient dit avoir souffert de symptômes associés à de l’épilepsie photosensible, incluant une crise”, a indiqué l’ASA. “Nous avons ainsi conclu que la publicité avait violé le code. Elle ne doit plus jamais apparaitre sous cette forme”, a ajouté l’autorité. Par ailleurs, ceux qui avaient réalisé les tests et approuvé la diffusion du spot ont aujourd’hui introduit les changements nécessaires pour que des séquences d’image similaires ne passe plus à l’avenir.Le 19 janvier 2012 à 16:57 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Apple Ipad 3 et Ipad Mini la stratégie du chameléon

first_imgApple Ipad 3 et Ipad Mini : la stratégie du chameléonRêvée, fantasmée puis annoncée de façon officielle, l’Ipad 3 est LA tablette attendue au tournant par les fans de technologie…Mais aussi par la concurrence ! Cette dernière a, du reste, commencé de dégaîner ses produits à l’occasion du Mobile World Congress 2012, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 et Asus Pad fone ou Eepad en tête. Laissant passer l’orage, Apple semble suivre attentivement le mouvement et, tout en entretenant le suspens autour de son (ou ses produits), s’adapte à un marché en plein essor.L’argent est le nerf de la guerre, on le sait. Et il est difficile de se faire une place sur le marché de la tablette, aujourd’hui presque saturé. Et pourtant, l’Ipad d’Apple a toujours fait office de référence…Jusqu’à aujourd’hui. Samsung, Fujitsu, Panasonic, Sony et consorts…Tout le monde veut sa part du gâteau, quitte à donner des indigestions de choix au consommateur ! Tous rivalise d’ingéniosité pour permettre “l’experience tablette” sous diverses forme : tailles diverses, simple ou double écran, éléments clipsables ou à intégrer à une surface principale…Une frénésie étrange qui pourrait cacher une peur : le retour du Roi Ipad.Mais pourquoi pas un Ipad plus petit ? Les premiers éléments de réponse autour de cette question datent du mois dernier, quand Ezra Gottheil, analyste chez Technology Business Research avait lancé cette phrase :  que cela a “toujours été dans les plans d’Apple de développer une tablette 7 pouces”.Une rumeur immédiatement démentie par les organes officieux de la firme de Cupertino (qui, elle, a toujours dit qu’elle ne verrait pas l’intérêt d’une tablette de petite taille), comme le blog de Jim Dalrymple. Mais il est trop tard, la réactivité épidermique du marché de la tablette était déjà en train de se modifier.Ipad mini, le Kindle Fire “killer” ?Les tablettes “classiques” de 10 pouces ou plus d’un coté, les mini de 7 à 9 pouces de l’autre. Voilà les nouvelles voies de l’ardoise numérique. Le succès des liseuses interactives et de produits hybride comme le Kindle Fire d’Amazon démontrent la viabilité non concurrentielle des deux marchés, et, une fois encore, les firmes concurrentes d’Apple prennent position. Elles vont même jusqu’à mélanger les genres, unifiant smartphones et mini-tablettes comme le Samsung Galaxy Note ou, dernièrement, l’Eluga Power de Panasonic, dévoilé au Mobile World Congress 2012. Et maintenant que la concurrence a dévoilé les nouveaux cadres du marché de la tablette tactile, devinez qui arrive ? Apple. Et le géant californien ne compte pas arriver à la keynote du 7 mars les mains vides. L’Ipad 3 y sera présenté, certes, mais il sera peut être accompagné.Cette fois ci, l’information est issue du site Digitimes, dont les sources seraient proches d’Apple. Elles expliqueraient que “le projet de lancement d’un iPad 7,85 pouces sert apparemment à contrer le Kindle d’Amazon, un 7 pouces à 199 dollars, et un modèle comparable chez Barnes & Noble, même si Apple possède près de 60 % du marché des tablettes en 2011. Le prix de l’iPad 7,85 pouces est susceptible d’être fixé à 249/299 dollars, puisque Apple va également sortir un iPad 2 de 8 Go aux Etats-Unis pour 349-399 dollars.”À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Voilà qui a le mérite d’être clair : un Ipad de petite taille pour contrer la concurrence sur le marché des mini-tablettes, un modèle “classique” avec prix revu à la baisse (comme pour l’Iphone 4) pour contrer les standards du domaine. Quant à l’Ipad 3, ces sources croient savoir qu’Apple travailleraient sur 4 versions de la nouvelle dalle (une de 16 GB et une de 32 GB Wifi, avec ou sans la 3G+ prise en compte), en guise de produit haut de gamme.Après avoir hésité puis observé les nouvelles règles du milieu, Apple semble donc s’adapter totalement au marché et à son contexte, tel un chameléon.Avec 6 tablettes prévues en 2012, la firme se préparerait à une guerre totale avec ses concurrents.Le 3 mars 2012 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Un an après le Japon se remet peu à peu de la

first_imgUn an après, le Japon se remet peu à peu de la catastropheCela fait aujourd’hui précisément un an que la Japon a été frappé par l’une des plus graves catastrophes de son histoire. Le 11 mars 2011, un séisme de magnitude 9 se déclenchait au large des côtes nord-est de l’île de Honshu et provoquait un tsunami dévastateur.C’est un triste anniversaire que célèbre le pays du Soleil levant. Aujourd’hui, cela fait un an jour pour jour qu’a débuté l’une des plus graves catastrophes qu’ait jamais connu le Japon. Un évènement qui a en réalité plutôt pris l’aspect d’une triple catastrophe. Le 11 mars 2011, un séisme de magnitude 9 est survenu au large de la côte nord-est de l’île de Honshu. Créant la panique chez les habitants, il a secoué pendant plusieurs minutes les gratte-ciels des villes côtière et fait littéralement bougé plusieurs immeubles. Pourtant, celui-ci n’a en réalité causé que des dégâts relativement mineurs grâce à la qualité des constructions parasismiques japonaises. C’était sans compter la deuxième catastrophe que celui-ci allait entrainer. Peu après le séisme, c’est un gigantesque tsunami de plus de 10 mètres de hauteur qui a déferlé sur la côté, engloutissant tout sur son passage : maisons, immeubles, routes, voitures et habitants. D’après la NASA, le tsunami était en fait composé de plusieurs vagues, au moins deux, qui ont fusionné, renforçant la puissance du phénomène. Or, les murs construits pour contrer une montée des eaux dans les villes côtières n’ont aucunement suffi à contenir les eaux qui ont inondé tout le territoire voisin. Sous le choc, le Japon ne pouvait alors pas imaginer la dimension de la catastrophe. Au cours des heures et des jours suivants, la mer a rejeté des milliers de corps inertes, aggravant sans cesse le bilan. Mais la suite des évènements s’est révélée encore plus désastreuse. Alors que les secours s’affairaient toujours dans les décombres et que les eaux laissaient peu à peu place à des paysages de désolation, une troisième catastrophe survenait : l’accident nucléaire de la centrale de Fukushima Daiichi qui a également dû faire face à la gigantesque vague à laquelle elle n’était pas préparée. Quelques heures après le tsunami, la centrale a commencé à multiplier les problèmes, en raison notamment d’une panne des systèmes de refroidissement des réacteurs. Le lendemain, une explosion survenait dans l’un des réacteurs, captant l’attention du monde entier.  Un avant et un après Fukushima La suite, tout le monde la connait. Les autorités qui craignaient tout d’abord une fusion dans les réacteurs ont ensuite tout fait pour éviter que des fuites radioactives ne se produisent, les matériaux n’étant plus confinés correctement. Au fil des jours, la situation s’est peu à peu aggravée touchant plusieurs des réacteurs de Fukushima et induisant d’importants rejets dans l’environnement. La catastrophe a alors pris une échelle internationale, ravivant le débat sur l’utilisation de l’énergie nucléaire et sa sûreté. Mais un an après, où en est-on ?Une chose est sûre : alors que la situation de la centrale n’a été considérée comme stabilisée qu’en décembre dernier, il y a un avant et un après Fukushima pour les Japonais comme pour le monde entier. Dans les premiers temps, alors que l’accident semblait s’aggraver de jour en jour, le gouvernement japonais comme l’opérateur de la centrale Tepco n’ont cessé de clamer que la situation était sous contrôle. Pourtant, les difficultés se multipliaient. De même, en ce qui concerne la radioactivité. Les autorités nippones se sont toujours voulu rassurantes, indiquant à la population qu’elle ne courait pas de risques. Rapidement, le doute s’est ainsi de plus en plus installé dans les esprits, mettant en évidence un clair manque de transparence de la part des autorités. Dans le monde entier, les instituts spécialisés dans le nucléaire ont dû donner leurs propres évaluations pour confirmer ou non les dires du gouvernement nippon. Aujourd’hui, ces faits ont laissé place à un clair manque de confiance de très nombreux Japonais dans les dires des autorités. Sans oublier le spectre de la radioactivité qui plane toujours sur le pays. Il y a peu, l’Institut de radioprotection et de sûreté nucléaire français (IRSN) a estimé que la contamination, bien qu’elle ait diminué, demeurait “chronique et pérenne”. Ainsi, la plupart des habitants qui vivaient à proximité de Fukushima ne savent toujours pas s’ils pourront rentrer chez eux un jour. D’autres en revanche ont choisi de rester dans les zones contaminées, sachant très bien le risque qu’ils encourent, malgré les opérations de décontamination actuellement mises en oeuvre dans plusieurs villes. Un débat ravivé sur le nucléaire A l’échelle mondiale, le retentissement de l’accident n’a pas été moindre, ranimant même le douloureux souvenir de la catastrophe de Tchernobyl survenue il y a un peu plus de 25 ans. Depuis, l’utilisation du nucléaire et surtout la sûreté de cette énergie sont revenus sur le devant de la scène. Dans plusieurs pays dont la France, le pourcentage d’habitants désireux de sortir du nucléaire a fait un véritable bond passant même à 80% au Japon. Néanmoins, la tâche est loin d’être aisée car qui dit renoncer au nucléaire dit trouver une autre source d’énergie. Et bien que les énergies renouvelables connaissent un succès croissant, selon bon nombre de pays, celles-ci ne suffiraient pas à répondre à la demande.   Même l’Allemagne qui a pourtant annoncé sa volonté de sortir du nucléaire, a dû freiner son projet face aux besoins engendrés par l’hiver. Aujourd’hui, ce sont 31 pays qui exploitent des centrales nucléaires pour 435 réacteurs sont opérationnels, en comptant les 48 “provisoirement” fermés au Japon, précise le Figaro.fr. Mais pas moins de 64 réacteurs sont actuellement en construction et des projets continuent d’être mis au point.  Un an après le séisme et le tsunami, la page est très loin d’être tournée pour les Japonais. Au total, la catastrophe a fait 15.689 morts et 4.744 disparus, selon un bilan établi en août 2011. Mais il continue en vérité de s’alourdir alors que des disparus sont encore retrouvés. “Les corps peuvent être rejetés par la mer dans des endroits que nous avons déjà fouillés. Il faut donc passer plusieurs fois. Le problème n’est pas que ces cadavres soient sales ou qu’ils sentent mauvais. Nous considérons que nous devons les traiter avec beaucoup de soin afin qu’ils puissent être restitués aux membres de leur famille”, explique Kaname Endo, officier de police dans la ville de Rikuzentakata touchée par le tsunami. À lire aussiDes Japonais s’apprêtent à tester un premier modèle d’ascenseur pour l’espace”Certaines personnes estiment que nous devrions cesser nos recherches puisque cela fait un an. Mais il reste des corps qui n’ont pas été retrouvés. Nous allons continuer jusqu’à ce que nous soyons sûrs qu’il n’y en a plus”, affirme encore l’officier cité par l’AFP, laissant l’image d’un Japon en pleine reconstruction mais qui reste profondément marqué.  Découvrez les images des villes japonaises après la catastrophe et un an plus tard sur MaxisciencesLe 11 mars 2012 à 13:08 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

La plus vieille empreinte de pied humaine découverte en Amérique du Nord

first_imgLa plus vieille empreinte de pied humaine découverte en Amérique du NordUne empreinte découverte en 1961 dans le désert mexicain, en Amérique du Nord, a récemment été identifiée comme la plus ancienne marque de pied laissée par un homme.Une silhouette reconnaissable surmontée de cinq orteils. Une équipe d’archéologues a récemment identifié un fossile comme étant la plus vieille empreinte de pieds découverte en Amérique du Nord. Les marques imprégnées dans le calcaire ont été retrouvées lors de travaux de construction d’une voie d’autoroute, en 1961, à Cuatro Ciénegas, dans le désert mexicain. Il a cependant fallu attendre de nombreuses années avant d’éclaircir le mystère de ces traces. Durant tout ce temps, le vestige a été conservé au sein du Museo del Desierto de Saltillo, situé à seulement 275 kilomètres du site où a eu lieu la découverte. Grâce à de récents travaux de datation, on sait désormais que le fossile remonte à 10.500 ans. Les empreintes auraient été laissées aux alentours de 8500 ans avant J.C, selon l’étude publiée dans la revue Journal of Archeological Science. Mais découvrir l’origine de ces marques s’est avéré particulièrement compliqué. En 2006, des chercheurs ont tenté de les identifier en les confrontant à onze nouvelles empreintes, âgée de 7.240 ans, immédiatement reconnues comme celles de pieds humains. Malheureusement, leur analyse s’est avérée insuffisante. Ce n’est que très récemment qu’une équipe d’archéologues est parvenue à les assimiler aux pas d’un homme.Une forme caractéristique À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Interrogé par l’HuffPost, Nicholas J. Felstead, auteur de la découverte explique que c’est le “contour bien défini de l’empreinte” et la “pression caractéristique exercée par le talon et les orteils” qui leur a mis la puce à l’oreille. Les empreintes découvertes en 1961 sont les plus anciennes retrouvées jusqu’à présent au sein du territoire nord-américain. Elles précèdent d’au moins 5.000 ans celles retrouvées auparavant. “C’est le plus ancien matériel archéologique découvert dans cette région du Nord du Mexique”, a ajouté Felstead. La datation est d’une importance cruciale car les empreintes “prouvent que des humains ont vécu dans ce qui est aujourd’hui un désert, depuis 10.500 ans, en utilisant les ressources disponibles à l’époque”, a conclu pour le HuffPost, Silvia Gonzalez de la Liverpool John Moores University. (Crédit photo :  Nicholas J. Felstead)Le 12 décembre 2013 à 18:36 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Vitesse de sédimentation définition comment se passe lexamen quels sont les risques

first_imgVitesse de sédimentation : définition, comment se passe l’examen, quels sont les risques pour la santé ?Également appelée réaction de Biernacki, la vitesse de sédimentation est un examen biologique fréquemment prescrit par les médecins afin de détecter un éventuel mécanisme inflammatoire.Qu’est-ce que la vitesse de sédimentation ?Il s’agit d’un test médical d’orientation qui permet au médecin d’affiner son diagnostic. En effet, la vitesse de sédimentation correspond à la durée qu’il faudra aux globules rouges et aux autres éléments sanguins en suspension dans le plasma pour se précipiter au fond d’un tube à sédimentation de Westergreen gradué de 0 à 200 mm. Le taux de sédimentation est ainsi exprimé en mm/h. Ce dernier varie en fonction de la concentration des protéines contenue dans le sang, susceptible de fluctuer en présence d’un processus inflammatoire. Il faut savoir qu’une inflammation entraîne une augmentation du taux de protéines inflammatoires et d’immunoglobulines. De fait, la vitesse de sédimentation s’impose comme un marqueur non spécifique de l’inflammation.Vitesse de sédimentation : comment se déroule l’examen ?À l’instar de nombreuses analyses sanguines, la vitesse de sédimentation nécessite la réalisation d’une prise de sang dans une veine du pli du coude. Il est préférable d’effectuer cet examen en étant à jeun et, si possible, en dehors de la période menstruelle. Le prélèvement ainsi effectué par un professionnel est conservé dans un tube renfermant une substance anticoagulante (1 volume de citrate de sodium pour 4 volumes de sang). Le tube est positionné verticalement. La vitesse de sédimentation est alors évaluée en hauteur de cellules sédimentées (mm) mesurée au bout d’1 heure puis de 2 heures, même s’il existe certaines techniques plus rapides. Bien qu’ils soient rares, les risques induits lors d’un prélèvement sanguin existent, mais restent minimes : hémorragie, syncope, hématome, infection… Les résultats sont généralement obtenus par le patient 24h après la prise de sang.Vitesse de sédimentation : quels sont les risques pour la santé ? À lire aussiCancers digestifs : les dépister grâce à un test sanguinLors de la 1re heure, les valeurs normales de la vitesse de sédimentation doivent être comprises entre 4 mm et 8 mm chez la femme et entre 3 mm et 6 mm chez l’homme. Elles doivent être inférieures à 20 mm à la 2e heure. Si les résultats de l’examen sont anormaux, cela ne signifie pas pour autant que le patient souffre d’une pathologie. Pour arriver à un diagnostic précis, le médecin doit alors envisager d’autres examens plus spécifiques. En effet, les causes d’une vitesse de sédimentation élevée sont nombreuses : anémie, grossesse, insuffisance rénale, hypercholestérolémie (excès de cholestérol), maladie auto-immune… Un taux anormalement bas, quant à lui, peut indiquer la présence, entre autres, d’une anémie falciforme (drépanocytose), d’une insuffisance cardiaque, d’une cryoglobulinémie, d’une hémoglobinopathie ou encore d’une hyperviscosité.Le 29 mars 2017 à 12:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Geek deals Getflix lifetime video streaming VPN subscription for 39

first_imgEver run into location restrictions when trying to stream your favorite video services in other countries? Getflix is an easy solution for that problem! With this smart little VPN service, you can watch all of your favorite content even if it’s being geo-restricted.• Getflix lifetime video streaming VPN subscription on Stack Social for $39 (List price: $855)There are other VPNs that aim to help with streaming services, but they can make your entire surfing experience worse by routing all of your traffic through the VPN server. Getflix is designed to only pass the streaming content through the VPN server, so checking your mail or reading social media won’t slow everything to a crawl.You’ll get access to over 50 VPN nodes, so you can find the fastest server for your location. It works with most modern devices, and you don’t even need to install custom software. Even better, you’ll also have access to an optional full VPN/SmartVPN solution to encrypt all of your browsing.Is your preferred content distributed only over BitTorrent? Fear not, select servers on Getflix are optimized to allow for peer-to-peer connections. Just connect to a supported server, and start downloading your videos in a snap. This is perfect for those of us dealing with BitTorrent blocks or throttles on our networks. While Getflix is usually priced at $3.95 per month, you can get a whole lifetime subscription for just $39 when you take advantage of this deal on Stack Social. Note: Streaming services not included. Terms and conditions apply. See the Stack Social and Getflix websites for more information.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at commerce@ziffdavis.com.For more great deals, head over to TechBargains.last_img read more

IGDA Director Jen MacLean on Guns Diversity and Game Unions

first_img Ever since I really start reporting on video games back in Chicago, I’ve been familiar with the International Game Developers Association or the IGDA. While it is very much not a union, the group does seek to help the people who make video games and not just the corporations unlike the Entertainment Software Association or the ESA.While the quality of games themselves is arguably improving, the industry is facing all sorts of new and old issues. So at this year’s Game Developers Conference I got the chance to ask new IGDA Executive Director Jen MacLean about what a healthier video game industry looks like in the future, and her answer was a passionate but less radical future than I would’ve hoped.Geek.com: So say I’m someone who has loved games their whole life, wants to get started making them, but I don’t know what the IGDA is. What is it and why should I be interested?Jen MacLean: The IGDA is the largest professional association for game developers in the world. We support game development communities on a local level with over 150 chapters and special interest groups around the world. The IGDA’s mission is really to help game developers create sustainable and fulfilling careers. We want you to be a game developer at 22 and then retire 30, 40, 50 years later feeling like you have done something meaningful and valuable with your life and happy with the choices you’ve made in your career.Geek.com: What’s your background?JM: I have been a gamer my entire life since I had my Atari 2600 when I was seven. I started as a playtester in college and then a got a chance to work on the original Civilization. I went to AOL back when we were still playing online games on 14.4 modems.But I’ve always been passionate about the IGDA. I started getting involved with the IGDA back when I was a playtester. I believed in the idea of creating this community where game developers help each other out. I was on the IGDA board from 2008 to 2011. I was the chair of the board. I’m also the executive director of the IGDA Foundation which focuses on creating more diverse and inclusive game development community. So when the IGDA board approached me about becoming the executive director for me it was a natural next step in both my career and all the roles I’ve had in game development but also in my really passionate belief that we are stronger as a community when we give back.Geek.com: What are your responsibilities?JM: It’s a little bit of everything, it changes every day. The IGDA board and I together set up the strategy of the IGDA, what we want to focus on and how we can create the biggest impact on the lives of game developers around the world. Then with our staff, I really run the day to day operations of the IGDA. That includes things like negotiating members benefits, supporting our chapters around the world, advocating on behalf of game developers on issues that matter to them, thinking strategically about the problems game developers not only face today but tomorrow and years from now. Figuring out how to help game developers fundamentally be successful in their professional and personal lives. It changes every day but it is also incredibly rewarding.Geek.com: Sounds like a lot of small individual things. But what about more big picture visions you want to execute on?JM: Absolutely. At the end of the day we can’t help game developers have sustainable and fulfilling careers if the games industry is not healthy. Game developers don’t exist in a vacuum so the IGDA looks not only at what we do to help individuals but also help game development companies. We’ve seen that middle-tier of companies, that 50-200 person tier, has really shrunk.Geek.com: There’s no more middle class. Even on the press side we’ve seen how things have stratified to either just these tiny cool indie games and these huge AAA blockbusters that will bankrupt the studio if it sells less than eight million copies. Nothing’s in-between.JM: That makes me worried for who is going to be the Valve or Bethesda or Blizzards or Kings of Rovios of the future. If we don’t build our 5-15 person indie studios into the 50-person to 200-person to 1000-person studio that’s going to have big implications for the games industry in five to ten years.Part of the IGDA’s thinking is not only how we help individuals but how we help the companies that employ them succeed. That could be everything from “Hey this how you start your own indie studio. These are the things you need to think about when negotiating a publishing deal. This is why you may want to consider this platform. These are challenges to developing on that other platform. Here’s how you choose engine technology.”All of these issues that are not not necessarily game development but that are absolutely critical to helping game developers succeed. For me one of the most interesting and fun parts of my job is thinking about what the challenges game developers are facing and how can we be smart and impactful about helping them.Geek.com: Could say more about your diversity initiatives?JM: So in addition to my role with the IGDA I’m also the Executive Director of the IGDA Foundation which focuses specifically on fostering and supporting a more inclusive and diverse game development community. At the end of the day we believe that every person on the planet should love playing games. I don’t think there is any other art form that is comparable to games and the power and the enjoyment and the emotion games can spark. The best way to create experiences that every person can enjoy is to have a game development community that is representative and welcoming of everyone on the planet.So the IGDA foundation runs a number of programs to help really make a difference and support companies in building that diverse and inclusive environment. We do an allies workshops and hiring workshops. We have a number of special interest groups that help push for more inclusive teams. Women in games, Latinx game developers Blacks in games, LBGTQA+ game developers, Jewish game developers, Muslim game developers, game accessibility. All of these special interest groups that are bringing awareness as to why an inclusive community is so important and how to take action to make our community more inclusive.Geek.com: You’re not the ESA so you weren’t invited to the White House, but is there anything you want to say about the issue of violence and games and this newfound political scapegoating?JM: It is scapegoating, I’ll say it. There is no absolutely no scientific evidence that links video games to gun violence. So any attempt by the government or a lobbying organization to make that connection first of all doesn’t pass the science test and second doesn’t pass the common sense test. If you look at all the countries around the world that play video games they don’t have the gun violence the United States does. Any attempt to use video games as a scapegoat is fundamentally a disservice not only to game developers but also the majority of Americans who support sensible gun control laws.Geek.com: So it sounds like your response to critics would be to reiterate these facts. But is there any concern about the fact these talks even starting up again?JM: Absolutely, I think it is really incumbent on the IGDA and the ESA and individual game developers to take this opportunity to educate people. Fundamentally, we have a ratings system and it works. So any kind of suggestion that we need video game ratings shows obvious ignorance of what is actually in place and what helps parents make choices about the content their children consume.We need to point out that there are many countries around the world that spend more per capita on games than the United States, like Japan, but don’t worry about their children getting shot when they go to school. Other countries around the world have mental issues but they don’t have the mass shooting the US has. When you look at the demographics what sets the US apart it’s not video games or movies or mental health it’s access to firearms, period.Geek.com: The last topic I want to touch on is maybe the spiciest. You talk about wanting to help game development communities, wanting to give back, but what would you specifically about the issue of labor and unionization in games?Editor’s Note: MacLean looks off into the middle distanceJM: I think unions are really interesting as an issue… It’s important to have a conversation about what we want unions to address. For example, I’ve heard some people say they want unions to make sure there is more stability. But I don’t think that’s something unions will be able to help with. When I look at the lay-offs that happen in the games industry it’s often because of access to capital. Having a unionized workforce doesn’t solve that.If you look at working conditions there are studios that are very public about their commitment to crunch because they believe it’s the best way to make a game. I vehemently disagree with that. I think crunch is an inexcusable policy that has significant and very clearly documented consequences for physical, emotional, and mental health. But there are developers who happily go and work for those studios knowing that they will crunch because they also know they will work on titles that make millions of dollars and they will get large bonuses. Assuming that the workforce will unionize is a bad assumption.Geek.com: Isn’t that an issue in games though that the passion some people have just for even having this “dream job” can make them less likely to notice how they’re being exploited? And that publishers take advantage of that?JM: That fundamentally to me is a supply and demand issue. We are in a situation right now where we have more people who want to work in games than we have game development jobs. That’s not going to change because we have these amazing degree programs that are giving us a constant stream of new game developers. We can’t change the supply. We don’t want to change the supply. We want a lot of people to make great games. How do we change demand? How do we build more successful game companies? How do we give more people the opportunity to work in game development jobs? And to do so in a way that is humane and fairly compensates them and makes sure they aren’t exploited. That protects IP ownership and gives fair credits. All of these are big issues.Another important consideration is that we are a global workforce. There is a games industry union in france. That doesn’t mean it is easily portable to the US or Canada or even another EU country. When we talk about unions I think we also have to remain aware that we are global and that there are a lot of legal considerations and practical considerations to unionization that we need to be aware of and be talking about.There’s also the challenge that disciplines are not paid the same. Programmers have higher average salaries than artists. In part that’s because of supply and demand. There is more demand for a programmer’s skills at companies outside the games industry that pay very well. If we don’t have conversations about that and what that potentially means for unionization we’re doing game developers a disservice.Geek.com: And then you see how it intersects with other adjacent industries like with the voice actors strike. My developer friends would be like how can voice actors ask for that when we are only getting this. My answer would be that game developers need to re-examine their own situation and how it could be more equitable.JM: But the other challenges are that the laws in the US are not set up to encourage that. In the US management doesn’t have to negotiate with their workforce unless 51 percent vote for unionization. If you just have artists voting but not programmers you won’t reach that threshold because of this specific US legal issue. We have game developers in every single country in the world. Imagine that complexity by 200. It’s a really challenging issue.Geek.com: Do you think there are things specifically about the games industry that make it especially challenging to unionize?JM: Yes, I do. A lot of it is first of all access to capital which creates that supply and demand issue. It is the fact that we are global and that game development can easily be transferred to another country. We see this in a lot of the art outsourcing that happens with companies like Virtuos you may have a core game dev team that is in Canada working with another studio in France and another in the UK and using art outsourcing in Vietnam and Singapore and the Philippines. If you put in a higher cost of labor in one of these countries what are the consequences of that?There are always going to be jobs tied to a specific location. Usually they are the smaller studios that grow up because someone says “I live in Boston and I want to start a company in Boston not in Singapore or Vietnam or Australia” But if we make it prohibitively expensive for larger studios to grow their workforce in a specific region or country does that then have unforeseen consequences.You’ve even see that happen with some of the tax programs. When Montreal introduced a number of their tax programs to incentivize game development we saw a lot of game dev jobs leave Vancouver and go to Montreal. And now Vancouver has announced their own tax benefit programs.Geek.com: Or like in Rhode Island with 38 StudiosJM: You’re even seeing that a little in San Francisco. That cost of living has grown so high and the competition for skilled labor has grown so high. I’ve been talking to studio heads who aren’t growing their SF operations, they are growing their Austin operations because of the more sustainable cost of living. It’s easier to find and maintain talent there. What happens if you unionize in one area but not the other? Does that area with unionization end up stagnant? I don’t know.Geek.com: So we should unionize everywhere.JM: But then how do you unionize in 200 countries around the world? There isn’t any kind of comparable we can look at. Even if you look at Hollywood with things like Directors Guild and Screen Actors Guild, they are there because Hollywood projects aren’t done with full time employees they are done like “You work really hard on a movie and then don’t work for four months.” But that’s the exact issue people want unions to address, they want more stable careers where you don’t have to worry about being laid off when your project is over.So to me this has to be an ongoing conversation that’s honest and open because we have to figure out how to address the issues that stop game developers from having more fulfilling careers.Thanks again to Jen MacLean and the IGDA for this opportunity.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form last_img read more

The Umbrella Academy Superhero Series Is Coming to Netflix in 2019

first_img Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekWhat to Stream on Amazon Prime This Weekend The Umbrella Academy, a new series about a dysfunctional superhero family, is coming to Netflix next year.On Saturday, Netflix unveiled The Umbrella Academy trailer on its YouTube channel. The series, which follows six quirky siblings who attempt to solve their father’s death, will debut on Netflix on February 15, 2019. It’s based on The Umbrella Academy comic book series by Gerard Way, the lead singer of the band My Chemical Romance.The trailer, which features upbeat ’80s music, opens with a narrator who tells a story about a group of extraordinary children. In October 1989, 43 women around the world mysteriously gave birth to offspring without prior notice. The narrator says he’s adopted six of these kids and formed The Umbrella Academy to help them embrace their gifted abilities.It doesn’t end there. Viewers then see the six kids in their adult lives, and they’re all struggling with personal issues. On top of all this conflict, one sibling announces that the world is ending in eight days and that they don’t know how to stop it. Another sibling then swiftly responds, “I’ll put on a cup of coffee.”It’s uncertain what will happen to The Umbrella Academy squad, however, fans are in for a treat with the show’s cast: Ellen Page (The White Violin), Emmy Raver-Lampman (The Rumor), Robert Sheehan (The Seance), Aidan Gallagher (Number Five), David Castaneda (The Kraken), and Tom Hopper (Spaceboy) make a great team as they work to ward off an upcoming apocalypse.For more updates on The Umbrella Academy, you can check out the series’ Netflix page here.More on Geek.com:Here’s Everything Coming to Netflix in December 2018Your Favorite Roald Dahl Stories Are Coming to Netflix‘Daredevil Cancelled’ Marvel Netflix Turns to Ash Stay on targetlast_img read more

Viewer numbers for 721 Total Divas number goes down

first_img Now Playing Up Next Twitter Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 Alex Trebek returns to ‘Jeopardy!’ Google+ Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Disney+ Axes ‘Muppets’ series Monday Night Raw nominated for TV Show of the Year at the People’s Choice Awards Pinterestcenter_img Videos Articles Kim Kardashian ‘Got in Trouble’ With Kanye For Daughter North Wearing Makeup Now Playing Up Next Rachel Bloom announces pregnancy following Emmy win Facebook RuPaul plans to continue hosting Drag Race ‘indefinitely’ rachel bloom Harley Race remembers Vader, E Network touts continued success of “Total Bellas” Last night’s 7/21 episode of Total Divas on E! did 977,000 viewers. This number is down from last week’s show that did 1.03 million viewers.Source: Showbuzzdaily.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipRachel Bloom announces pregnancy following Emmy winVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:42/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 100.00%0:00Remaining Time -0:42 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 WhatsApplast_img read more

VIDEO WWEcom interview with Stardust for 8515

first_img Now Playing Up Next Sammy Guevara talks about his match against Cody on TNT, the Wednesday Night Wars Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipIs John Cena Retired?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:36/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:30 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 Ethan Page on how Impact Wrestling has been better, winning the Tag Titles, booed in Canada Now Playing Up Next Dustin Rhodes on AEW against NXT: “I don’t consider us going to war with anybody” Now Playing Up Next Is John Cena Retired? Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter WWE Will Use Roman Reigns To Improve RAW`s Rotten Ratings Google+center_img Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp WWE Announces Huge 4-Way Battles For SmackDown Live Facebook Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Becky Lynch Delighted Ronda Rousey Left WWE Pinterest Twitterlast_img

Michael Tarver talks NXT the debut and end of the Nexus

first_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez to make pro wrestling debut at TripleMania Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling passed this along.When you say the name Nexus to a wrestling fan it’s safe to say that the inner arm chair quarterback definitely begins to get the best of you. On today’s Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling we dive deep into the evolution and concept of the Nexus faction with founding member, Michael Tarver. John and Chad are able to recreate the night of the infamous debut of the group through Michael’s keen recollection of the events that transpired and his picture perfect description of how much the chairman of the board himself believed in the angle. We also learn about the man behind “Michael Tarver”, Tyrone Evans and how his real life story translated into one of the most innovative performers that fails to receive the credit he so aptly deserves. Full Episode Download Link:http://tmptow.podomatic.com/entry/2015-11-06T10_30_05-08_00Michael Tarver on the night the Nexus debuted on WWE Raw:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wnl7a8lMOqcTrying to set himself out from the performers in NXT Season 1:“Daniel Bryan was the only one who didn’t have a gimmick but it all out worked really well. One of the things I had to get myself over or to separate myself other than the promos I was doing was t-shirts. When they took my knockout punch and they took my gloves I was wearing a t-shirt that had a 1.9 on it and I don’t know if anyone else has ever done it on WWE TV before but as far as I know I am the first person to wear merch that’s not WWE sanctioned merch. I don’t know if anyone else got on WWE TV, I know that CM Punk wore his Gracie Jiu-Jitsu stuff but like I wore MY own stuff. Then in every NXT season after season everyone had their own t-shirts and even now everyone on the current NXT roster has their own merch and their own t-shirts. If you ask any of them where it came from. I bet none of them would probably know.”The feeling the night of the Nexus’s debut: “When David Otunga punched out the ref and Darren Young and Heath Slater took out the ring announcer and Jerry the King and took out the security everyone said wait a second this is different and it was just us and Cena. That was the design and the feel they wanted the Nexus to have it wasn’t “uh-oh” they are about to kick some butt, it was “something is wrong”. That was the feel. We didn’t just go out and jump Cena, we beat the mess out of him. They told us to destroy everything and if you don’t you’re fired. It had to be completely a secret, they gave us the arm-bands and nobody knew that we were there to rip up the ring. We broke cameras, we broke chairs, ripped up the set. I have never felt such a more deafening silence in my life then I did that night in South Beach. It was so quiet but the silence was deafening. It was like when Taker lost at Mania, it was complete shock.”Nexus losing at Summer Slam 2010 and virtually killing the angle:“We didn’t know what the direction was and honestly I don’t think that they did either. We all had our own experiences and are smart enough to know it really makes the most sense for us to win and it doesn’t hurt them, it actually helps them if we win and continue because then they can keep building. That was the first time in a long time that Cena had real sympathy because people were kind of over him and he’s even though he is always going to be over no matter what because he’s John Cena but that was the first time in a long time that he had real sympathy. He did his thing and John Cena is great, he’s amazing. To me, I think they got greedy. That storyline should have ended at WrestleMania. We should have won, grown stronger added Mason Ryan, added Bray Wyatt (Husky Harris), added Joe Hennig (Curtis Axel) or maybe even add CM Punk and make it a super or even bigger group.”Michael Tarver also blasts the ridiculous re-booking of Nexus members in The Corre, Says heat with John Cena is a thing of the past, being pegged for Abraham Washington’s eventual role, being Dusty Rhodes “Pet Project” in FCW and much more..Please subscribe to The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling on iTunes and via YouTube by searching the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling or visit the OFFICIAL Website of the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling: www.tmptofwrestling.com & twitter.com/twomanpowertripRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipMatt Hardy Says John Olivers WWE Claims Are OutdatedVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 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 Google+ Pinterest CREED II s Florian Munteanu to fight Anthony Joshua? Twitter AEW announces tickets for debut episode on TNT from Washington, DC is sold-out Facebook Now Playing Up Next WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Videos Articlescenter_img John Oliver Bray Wyatt Could Bray Wyatt Return During WrestleMania? 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Final 33 WWE Smackdown rating overall number is up

first_img WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Google+center_img This week’s 3/3 WWE Smackdown on USA drew a 1.76 cable rating with 2.49 million viewers. This is up from last week’s 1.74 rating with 2.62 million viewers.So while overall viewers were down from last week, the rating did see an increase. Smackdown averaged a 0.77 rating among adults 18-49.Source: Prowrestling.net, Showbuzzdaily.com Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Facebook WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus confirmed for WWE Smackdown premiere on FOXlast_img read more

Two matches announced for next weeks WWE RAW on October 24 including

first_img Braun Strowman Still Not Cleared For Match J™ Google+ Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR I’d like to see Y2J, SR and KO inside Hell in a Cell for the title… 1 COMMENT NEXT WEEK: Can @WWECesaro & @WWESheamus co-exist against #TheNewDay in tag team action on #RAW? pic.twitter.com/bZ0n19Xibl— WWE (@WWE) October 18, 2016 Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWill Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:31/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:25 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 Will Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar? Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Paul Heyman WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Tallahassee Police find Chris Jericho’s stolen AEW Championship on the side of the road Videos Articles Brock Lesnar Takes WWE Universal Championship Now Playing Up Next Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter It was revealed during last night’s 10/17 WWE RAW in Denver that Brock Lesnar will return next Monday night in Minneapolis (October 24) to respond to Bill Goldberg after Goldberg officially accepted the challenge from Paul Heyman for a fight.Also announced for next week’s RAW is WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins vs. Chris Jericho in a triple threat non-title match and WWE RAW Tag Team Champions The New Day vs. Sheamus and Cesaro in a non-title match.ALSO NEXT WEEK: @WWE #UniversalChampion @FightOwensFight, @WWERollins & @IAmJericho collide in a #TripleThreat Match on #RAW! pic.twitter.com/ZEunmUOBXI— WWE (@WWE) October 18, 2016 Facebook Now Playing Up Next Bobby Lashley Tony Khan talks to the media after All Out, addresses Jon Moxley, Chris Jericho and more Now Playing Up Next Brock Lesnar Videos Articles Videos Articles WrestleMania 36 Will Be In Tampa October 18, 2016 at 5:21 am Chris Jericho to defend the AEW World Championship against Cody at Full Gear PPV Comments are closed.last_img read more

Preview look at second half of Holy Foley Postshow videos from after

first_imgFacebook NFL Week 2 Preview With Mike Lombardi, Will Antonio Brown Play? Now Playing Up Next 11 matches scheduled for WWE Clash of Champions tonight in Charlotte, Live Post-Show Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipNFL Week 2 Preview With Mike Lombardi, Will Antonio Brown Play?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 3:34/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 36.35%0:03Remaining Time -3:31 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 WhatsApp Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Videos Articles WWE 205 Live Results – 9/10/19 (Kushida debuts, 6-man tag team main event match) Google+ Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission Pinterest Ben Roethlisberger Twitter Preview look at second half of “Holy Foley”WWE has posted the full preview look at the second half of the first season of “Holy Foley” that will be posted in the VOD section of the WWE Network on Sunday night.Post-show videos from after 1/24 WWE Smackdown and 205 LiveWWE posted the following videos from after last night’s 1/24 episodes of WWE Smackdown and 205 Live from Toledo. Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE announces 2020 Royal Rumble tickets to go on-sale Friday, September 20 Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

WWE RAW Preview Brock Lesnar to cash in Money in the Bank

first_img WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Pinterest The Miz Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Twitter Triple H Videos Articles Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Xavier Woods Facebook Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reignscenter_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonight Monday Night RAW will air live tonight from Austin, Texas.Brock Lesnar is set to supposedly cash in his Money in the Bank contract. Over the weekend, Paul Heyman posted a video in response to Stephanie McMahon saying the McMahon family would be looking into Lesnar’s actions with the briefcase. Heyman stated that Lesnar would be cashing in tonight on RAW between the hours of 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. at a time of Lesnar’s choosing.Also advertised for tonight is the return of the legendary Undertaker. Undertaker will be addressing his match against Goldberg this Friday at WWE Super ShowDown live from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.We will also see Rey Mysterio relinquish the WWE United States Championship after separating his shoulder at the Money in the Bank event. Also scheduled for tonight is a six-man tag team match with Roman Reigns and The Usos taking on Drew McIntyre and The Revival.Wrestleview.com will have a live ongoing RAW recap tonight beginning at 8:00 p.m. Eastern/7:00 CT.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipMadison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:30 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 Videos Articles Will Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar? Now Playing Up Next When Does WrestleMania 35 Start? Is The Rocks Return To WWE In Jeopardy? Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Videos Articles Google+last_img read more

Tapani gets 99 million contract to build Vancouver waterfront park

first_imgWith the Grant Street Pier months into construction, the city of Vancouver has turned focus to the park that will be the pier’s entryway.The waterfront park, a 7.3-acre patch of land that will stretch from Grant Street to the cable-stayed pier over the Columbia River, will be built by Battle Ground-based Tapani Underground Inc. The company received the $9.9 million contract from Vancouver City Council Monday evening.Development of the park will start “as soon as possible,” said Julie Hannon the city Parks and Recreation director.“It’s a huge accomplishment to get the bid done. The bigger accomplishment is to get all the work done,” she said. “We’re expecting to start as soon as we can get the paperwork taken care of.”Construction is expected to last through summer 2018. The park’s features aren’t merely birdbaths and benches. Two architecture firms designed the park with plans for play areas, a beach, viewpoints, overlooks and a connection to the Waterfront Renaissance Trail. A privately-funded water feature and a fishing pier will be built separately.last_img read more

RV malfunctions catches fire at Chevron

first_imgA 30-plus foot motor home caught on fire in the parking lot of a Chevron station within 100 feet of the gas pumps, and a station employee put out the fire before first responders could arrive.Clark County Fire District 3 was called out to the station, 16105 N.E. 182nd Ave., Brush Prairie, at 5:02 p.m. Saturday by a staffer, who said the motor home was on fire, according to District 3 Capt. Brian George.The fire was in the engine compartment and was starting to migrate up to the passenger’s side of the vehicle, George said. The Chevron staffer deployed the dry chemical fire extinguisher and put out the fire before firefighters arrived. When they did, they inspected the vehicle and determined the staff fully extinguished the fire. Nobody was injured in the fire.There was some singeing and charring in the engine compartment of the vehicle, but George said there’s no way of knowing if that was there prior to the fire.The vehicle owner wasn’t with the vehicle when the fire started. A station employee told Fire District 3 the man driving pulled in the station because his motor home broke down, and left it there while going to get some parts to repair it. The station employee didn’t know when the driver was going to return.last_img read more

Jazz organist Louis Pain plays on

first_imgWASHOUGAL — Maybe it was the pneumonia that hit organist Louis Pain a few weeks before the big gig. Maybe it was the unrelenting pressure of pushing his trio’s new, hourlong album toward release by deadline.Or maybe it was the french fries. “I sat there thinking, I knew I shouldn’t have eaten those f—g french fries,” said Pain, 66.Whatever the cause, Pain found himself in unexpected pain one night in late March when he was onstage in Portland’s Pearl District, jamming away with his trio. There were about 20 minutes left in the set when Pain felt what seemed like sudden heartburn. “It wasn’t like Fred Sanford, ‘This is the big one!’,” Pain says. He finished the tune. He went outside and sat down, feeling queasy. Somebody checked his pulse and found it irregular. Pain’s wife, Tracy, stuffed him into their car and raced to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver.He walked into the hospital and politely asked to jump the emergency department line because he might be having a heart attack; as soon as he said those words, “heart attack,” he felt like a racing car that pulls into the pit and is immediately descended upon from all directions by a fast-working crew.The crew at PeaceHealth did a great job, he said, determining that he had indeed suffered a heart attack and quickly inserting two stents. Pain was told later that one of his arteries had been 100 percent blocked. It was the kind of heart attack doctors call a widow-maker, he said. Tracy, meanwhile, was asked if she wanted a chaplain to sit with her. “This has been much tougher on her than on me,” Pain said.Pain learned that heart disease and its causes aren’t completely understood. A slender guy with low blood pressure, Pain used to think he was about as low-risk as you could get; but just being a male over 60 years old means that’s no longer true — obviously, he said.last_img read more

Seattle ranks near top for gentrification — but that might not be

first_imgGentrification may not be the easiest thing to define, but like a Supreme Court justice once said about pornography, you know it when you see it.And in Seattle, you see it everywhere — formerly modest neighborhoods transformed by luxury apartment buildings, trendy restaurants, crossfit gyms and so on.So maybe it’s not too much of a surprise that a new national study ranks Seattle, among 100 large cities in the U.S., third for the degree of gentrification we’ve experienced since 2000.But the study also has a more unexpected finding: The effects of gentrification aren’t as dire as people often think. In fact, on balance, it may do more good than harm.That runs counter to the common perception of gentrification, a trend seen in many American cities in recent years. As young professionals, empty-nesters and other more affluent people rediscovered the appeal of city living, they’ve moved into the urban core. That new wealth rapidly changes city neighborhoods, many of which had suffered from decades of blight and population loss.But there’s a dark side to gentrification. As property values and rents rise, original residents — poorer and often people of color — can be pushed out of the neighborhood. For example, historically black neighborhood the Central District has become majority white and much more affluent.last_img read more