Video: Unbelievable FIFA 15 goals and shocking misses

first_imgHave you ever seen someone score a goal by somersaulting a football into the back of the net?That’s just one of the incredible goals you can see in this video, which includes many stunning strikes and hilarious fails from FIFA 15.Let us know which goal is your favourite in the comments!All the clips are courtesy of LetsFifa, so be sure to subscribe to them on Youtube for more amazing FIFA goals.last_img

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Fishing the North Coast: Pacific halibut, rockfish openers set for May 1

first_imgTwenty-five days and counting. That’s how long North Coast saltwater anglers will have to wait before the lengthy offseason is over and we ‘re back on the water. May 1 will bring two openers – Pacific halibut and rockfish. The 2018 Pacific halibut fishery will have four open periods, May 1-June 15, July 1-15, August 1-15 and Sept. 1-Oct. 31, or until the quota is reached, whichever is earlier. California lost about 4,000 pounds in quota allotment from 2017, and is penciled in at 30,940 for this …last_img

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Will Microsoft’s New Xbox Event In May Reveal Always-Online Requirements?

first_imgTags:#gaming#Microsoft#PlayStation 4#Xbox nick statt 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Microsoft’s follow-up to the Xbox 360, currently code named ‘Durango,’ will likely be unveiled on May 21 at a “small venue” with a focus on initial details and a 2013 company roadmap, sources tell The Verge.  Because this May event is only one month from this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in June, its likely Microsoft won’t actually show the physical console and will instead focus on hardware specs, social and online gaming features and a timeline for release. Perhaps most important, there’s no word on whether Microsoft will require always-on Internet connectivity to use the the new platform.Putting aside the decision to keep the event small, this move appears to parrot the steps taken by Sony in February when it unveiled the PlayStation 4 at an extravagant showing in New York City. Company executives spent a lot of time talking PlayStation philosophy but never displayed a physical console. With E3 right around the corner, Microsoft has no reason to jump the gun either. In another move seemingly cribbed from Sony, Microsoft is reportedly outfitting the new Xbox with an AMD x86 chip, giving it a PC architecture that will not play old games. Other notable specs rumored for the new console include a 1.6GHz 8-core CPU, 8GB of memory, and a 500GB hard drive. Always-Online Rumors Take Center StageMore pressing than any hardware spec, confirmed launch title or release date is the rumor that Microsoft will bake in so called “always-online functionality” to its new Xbox. Always-online functionality would require players to maintain an active Internet connection at all times just to use the new console.The benefits of this are unclear – at least for players – while the negatives have been argued time and again and even displayed in real-time with debacles like Electronic Arts’ SimCity launch disaster, which has contributed to the game publisher reaching the finals of The Consumerist’s Worst Company In America Poll for the second year in a row. It’s hard to imagine Microsoft thinks it can get away with enforcing such a monumental shift on Xbox players. By restricting console use to the quality and reliability of the players’ Internet connections, Microsoft would make players  beholden to company servers and whatever digital content management restrictions publishers decide to impose. Such a move would be a disaster waiting to happen, though it illustrates the contentious future of an industry stuck in a constant in a tug-of-war between big gaming companies and committed, tech-savvy gamers. If Microsoft is smart, it will keep quiet in May on the always-online rumors, but even that won’t soothe the angry mob. Image of current Xbox suite courtesy of Microsoft. center_img 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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New coach wants to more output from Foton imports

first_imgLATEST STORIES “If I’m going to rate our performance earlier, we’re just 60 to 70 percent. Like I said, hopefully, we improve on our mistakes,” he said on Saturday at the start of the Grand Prix tournament at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The Tornadoes leaned on their hard-hitting trio of Brooke Kranda, Elizabeth Wendel and Dindin Santiago-Manabat, who combined for 46 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutKranda, a former Michigan State University star in the US NCAA, scored a game-high 21 points in her professional debut while Manabat and Canadian import Wendel had 14 and 11 points, respectively.Abella is pleased to see Manabat back in action after suffering an ACL injury last conference, but expects more from his imports particularly on the offensive end in the coming games. “Actually, we’re expecting a little more. But since it’s only their first game here in the Philippines, their performance is acceptable, but hopefully, they can provide us with more offensive power in our next game.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rommel Abella emerged a winner in his head coaching debut in the Philippine Superliga, but the multi-titled mentor was not overly satisfied with how his new team Foton performed to open the 2018 season.The Tornadoes turned back the Generika-Ayala Life Savers, 25-19, 22-25, 25-16, 25-22, but Abella wants to more from his team in the coming games.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next View comments 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH UAAP volleyball: FEU holds off UP, joins Ateneo at fourth Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoiseslast_img read more

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Role playing

first_imgThe video game industry is a whopping $100 billion industry today. Back in the days, two-dimensional video games of various sports were able to satisfy technological appetite. Gamers today are increasingly demanding a more immersive gaming experience, one that the industry is constantly striving to meet. This has paved way,The video game industry is a whopping $100 billion industry today. Back in the days, two-dimensional video games of various sports were able to satisfy technological appetite. Gamers today are increasingly demanding a more immersive gaming experience, one that the industry is constantly striving to meet. This has paved way for an augmented demand for character animators to create unique styles and movements that are easily distinguishable.”Animations can either be made through walkthroughs or drawn on paper and scanned on to the screen. Almost every video game today uses a character animator. For instance, in an animation feature, if 600 people are on the job, 250 to 300 would be character animators. And even though most of the animation work is being outsourced, there is a huge scope for character animators in India,” says Ketan Karekar, Animation Director, Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC).Though most examples of character animation can be found in animated feature films, the role of character animator within the gaming industry is rapidly increasing. “Films such as Jurassic Park and Avatar are classic examples of character animation. This is also flowing into video games such as Hitman or Dead Space to name a few,” says Karekar. The basic objective of an animator is to create empathy for the character. Avid gamers look for reasons to connect with the lead protagonist in the game and animators have been able to give them this opportunity.Animations must demonstrate character development, where the lead gets stronger with each passing level and increases the player’s commitment level to the game. All of this can only be done, once the animator is able to understand the basic structure of character. Karekar explains that an animator must know the anatomy of humans as well as of animals. Knowledge of the bone structure and the muscle movement can help him move the character accordingly.Another important aspect of character animation is the ability to act. Here, their body mechanics are put to use. Industry experts suggest that initially, studios were done up with mirrors everywhere and the animators could act and replicate the same reactions in their characters. But with the introduction of three-dimensional graphics and the extensive use of camera, animators are able to record their expressions and make the same changes in the animation. This way, the animated characters were able to fight and show emotions; they could fly and repel enemies with a swoop.Creating the animation for various characters can be challenging, yet rewarding and fun. An animator is responsible to bring to life what can only be imagined. They are able to create an ambience where the real world ceases to exist and the only thing important is the world that has been developed. “A good visualiser with a creative bent of mind can easily excel in the field. Indian animation industry is growing at the rate of 40 per cent, paving way for aspirants to showcase their talent and earn a hefty package,” says Ninad Karpe, managing director and chief operating officer, Aptech Ltd.India is becoming the hotspot for animation. With games becoming more sophisticated and technologically advanced, plot-driven games with more real and believable characters is where the gaming industry is headed. Amit Prajapati, team leader at Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC) explains, “Developing a character for games is quite interesting. The pre-production department familiarises all the character animators about the storyline and the psychology and physique of the character. This is followed by design development, rigging (adding bone structure and movement), modelling and texturing the character. All of this completes the character which can then be placed according to the story line.” It is evident that the concept of “total immersion” has led to more character detailing along with the demand for bigger challenges.Another trend that is coming to play in the gaming industry is tying a game to a movie release. “Most of the activities and nuances of the characters borrowed from films are repetitive. They need to have the same walk, tone and movements as that of the character in the film. This requires even more detailing because such games have long shots and extreme close-ups where an animator cannot go wrong,” says Prajapati. No matter what the future holds for the gaming industry, it is clear that character animators are in demand more than ever.InstitutesArena Multimedia, Pan-India www.arena-multimedia.com MAAC, Mumbai www.maacindia.comIndustrial Design Centre, IIT-Bombay, Mumbai www.idc.iitb.acStarting salary: Rs 35,000-40,000 per monthadvertisementlast_img read more

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Japan prepare for Touch World Cup

first_imgBy BEN HARRISThe National Touch League is no stranger to having international teams compete alongside the best sides in Australia and with the Touch World Cup only weeks away, one of the participating nations is taking full advantage of the opportunity.The Japanese mixed open side is in Coffs Harbour, nailing down their final preparations for the sport’s showpiece.This is not the first time Japan has played at the NTL. They have done so for the past few years and even gone up against the likes of Scotland, Papua New Guinea as well as the top Australian regions.They started their 2015 campaign off with a 9-2 victory against South West Queensland Swans. “We lost all games here last year but this year, with the same people, same team, we are doing really well,” Japan’s mixed open coach Satoru Ozawa said.The Touch World Cup will see 93 teams from 25 countries competing across nine divisions.And like most nations since the 2011 Touch World Cup in Scotland, Japan have been preparing for next month’s version for years.“We’ve been training for the last two and a half years. We’ve been getting better in the last six months,” Ozawa said.“Everyone knows how to play. Everyone played social park touch until then, now in the last six months we are doing proper training for the World Cup. Everyone knows how to do the proper things.”Ozawa said his team will have two camps left in Japan – one next weekend and the other just before the commencement of the World Cup.You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information about the 2015 Touch World Cup in the following ways: Websites www.internationaltouch.orgwww.touchworldcup.comwww.touchfootball.com.au Social Media Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus  Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksTouch World Cuplast_img read more

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10 months ago​Belgian expert dismisses Carrasco links to Man Utd, Arsenal

first_img​Belgian expert dismisses Carrasco links to Man Utd, Arsenalby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveA Belgian football expert does not believe that Manchester United and Arsenal are interested in Yannick Carrasco.Kristof Terreur, who is a prominent Belgian journalist, suggests that reports of a move to the Premier League are bogus.Italian reports had claimed Carrasco was a target for the two Premier League clubs.But Terreur wrote on Twitter: “Yannick Carrasco linked with Arsenal by Sky Italia, just like in January 2018, before he moved to China.”Man United mentioned too – cheap name dropping.”A transfer will be expensive (wages & fee) and is he physically ready to make an immediate impact in the PL?”Terreur went on to tweet: “With heavy investment in new signings and contracts over the past year, Arsenal don’t have significant funds to spend in January.”Eyeing loan deals rather than permanent moves.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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24 days ago​Man Utd keeper De Gea: We must beat teams like Arsenal

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Man Utd keeper De Gea: We must beat teams like Arsenalby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United goalkeeper David De Gea believes they must win games such as the home clash against Arsenal.The Red Devils were unable to turn their possession into more than a single goal, and had to settle for a 1-1 draw.It was a tough clash against a fellow top-four hopeful at home, and De Gea knows they will rue not being able to get all three points.”This is Manchester United. We’re playing at Old Trafford so we have to win these games,” De Gea said to reporters.”We have a young team but the lads have to react and play better than they are. We are a team. We know we have to improve and we are all working really hard to do it.”We had a lot of good chances – of course, they did too, but I think we had the better ones.”We have to keep learning. We have a young team, so it’s time to keep looking forward and try to win the next game.” last_img read more

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Auburn Opens As 10-Point Favorite Over Louisville In Season Opener

first_imgYes, it’s still just February, meaning that college football is over six months away. But that certainly doesn’t mean that it’s too early to start making predictions on some opening weekend contests. 5Dimes has released spreads on eight of the best games from the opening week’s slate. Auburn vs. Louisville, which is set to take place in Atlanta as the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, officially has a line.The Tigers, behind what we’re sure will be a potent offensive attack, open as 10-point favorites over the Cardinals, who will face a difficult non-conference schedule in 2015.Screen Shot 2015-02-12 at 4.19.20 PMAuburn’s rival, Alabama, opens as a 13-point favorite over Wisconsin too. Will both get off to a hot start?last_img

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Shoppers find deals at Sears Canada liquidation sales underwhelming

first_imgTORONTO – Sears Canada began its liquidation sales at its remaining stores across the country Thursday, but many shoppers found the deals to be underwhelming.While signs suggested discounts of 20 to 50 per cent off — with a note that exceptions apply — relatively few items at a Toronto store appeared to be offered at half off. Some big ticket items such as snowblowers and treadmills were only 10 per cent off.“For a close-out deal, I would have thought the sale would be a bit higher. And maybe it will be, as closing time approaches. And maybe by that time everything will be gone!” said 86-year-old Madeline Cameron, who said she had been shopping at Sears for 60 or 70 years.After looking at the dozens of shoppers braving long, slow check-out lines she decided to leave without buying anything.“I can’t stand in lineups for a long time … I might come early tomorrow morning. I’d say the lineups are maybe half an hour, an hour long.”A joint-venture group — which includes Hilco Global, Gordon Brothers Canada, Tiger Capital Group and Great American Group — is running the liquidation sales at 74 remaining department stores and eight Home stores, a step towards Sears Canada closing its doors for good after 65 years in business.Sears Canada gift cards will be honoured throughout the sale, but the company stopped honouring extended warranties as of Wednesday.“It’s rather sad. Sears could always be counted on to be a good competitor, and certainly I think the Kenmore brand is very reliable, and has been a staple in the Canadian market. It’s going to be a loss,” said shopper Karen Ottmann.At the Toronto Fairview Mall location, the appliance department was among the busiest, with many shoppers picking up vaccuums, microwaves, blenders and other kitchen equipment.Some shoppers, like stay-at-home mom Elana Iordan, were happy to get a head start on Christmas shopping. But many, Iordan included, expressed regret about the company’s imminent closure.“We always came at Christmas. It was affordable,” Iordan said, noting there aren’t any similar stores in locations convenient for her. “We don’t have anything around us anymore.”Another shopper, Joan Challis, said she was angry at the way the closure has been handled by the company’s management.“It’s nasty, what happened here … I’m not happy about it. Neighbours of mine have extended warranties on appliances, so that’s going to hurt them,” she said.“The employees and the public, they’re all going to lose out. But head office, management, they’re not going to lose out, I don’t think. I think they’ll end out coming out fairly clean.”Liquidation sales at 49 Sears Hometown stores were expected to start Thursday, or sometime soon, but discounts there will vary, according to Sears Canada spokesman Joel Shaffer.Some items are also listed for clearance on the Sears Canada website, including a four-piece outdoor furniture set discounted from $499.99 to $299.95. However, not everything online has been marked down just yet.The sales are expected to last between 10 to 14 weeks. Sears Canada timed its liquidation sales to take advantage of the busy holiday shopping season to maximize the value it could attain for the inventory.The retailer has been in creditor protection since June, but was unable to find a buyer which would allow it to keep operating.Sears Canada received court approval to proceed with its liquidation sales last week. A group led by its executive chairman Brandon Stranzl had been in weeks-long discussions with Sears Canada to purchase the retailer and continue to operate it. However, no deal was reached.Stranzl resigned from Sears Canada’s board of directors on Monday.last_img read more

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