$100 million dam upgrade to boost groundwater

first_imgUnder an agreement expected to be approved today, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will contribute $9 million to the $100 million project. “What this project will do is triple the capacity of the Big Tujunga Dam,” said H. David Nahai, president of the Board of Water and Power Commissioners. “In a very rainy year, you have to think of this as a large pot that can be emptied and refilled. You may be able to refill it and empty it several times, which in turn would really make it a significant.” The retrofit is part of DWP’s plan to replenish the region’s dwindling groundwater supply by increasing the capacity of the dam and ponds in Sun Valley and Pacoima where water percolates into the aquifer. Besides being the cheapest source of water, groundwater is becoming increasingly important as L.A. faces restrictions on imported water from the Owens Valley, Colorado River and Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. “Given the fact that we are facing a water shortage right now, given the fact that climate change brings greater unpredictably, and given the fact that we may have another bone dry winter, it behooves us to look at these other strategies,” Nahai said. DWP officials estimate that when the dam repair and spreading-pond improvements are completed in five years, the city will be able to store up to 20,000 acre feet of water a year. That’s enough for 40,000 families. Built in 1931, Big Tujunga Dam was deemed seismically unsafe after the Sylmar Earthquake in 1971. Since then, the state has ordered the county to store no more than 1,500 acre feet of water at the dam. kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A long-awaited $100 million upgrade to the seismically unstable Big Tujunga Dam will bring an unexpected benefit – boosting Los Angeles’ supply of groundwater. The 76-year-old dam doesn’t meet current seismic standards, so state dam safety officials have only allowed it to hold 25 percent of its capacity. The rest of the water is released to flow to the ocean. But the Los Angeles County Public Works will begin construction in November to retrofit the dam, enabling it to hold its maximum of 6,000 acre feet of water. The county then can slowly release the water, allowing it to gently flow down the Big Tujunga Wash and soak into the San Fernando Valley groundwater basin where it can later be pumped for Los Angeles drinking water. last_img read more

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South African socks are a global hit

first_img16 October 2015In an attempt to beat an overseas competitor at his own game, South African entrepreneur Nicholas Haralambous built a fashion company out of colourful designer socks that are now sold in 20 countries around the world.The Capetonian bought some brightly coloured socks some years ago. But he was not happy with either the quality or the design of the imported product. It sparked a desire to do something better, and in November 2012 he set up Nic Harry, a fashion company that creates vibrant socks and men’s accessories.“At the moment I am having fun, adding style to men’s options, and increasing the limited range that men have in accessories,” Haralambous explained. “I like to dress men from the ground up.”Nic Harry socks, which are made from bamboo fibres, now adorn the feet of high-profiled people, such as cricketer Herschelle Gibbs, actor Maps Maponyane, rugby player Bob Skinstad, and politician Mmusi Maimane.How it started The Barbershop sock is Nic Harry’s first design. It is a hit in 10 countries. (Image: Supplied)He had exited another business and used the money he saved to start Nic Harry socks, Haralambous told the television magazine show Top Billing. “I wanted to show South Africans that you could use a relatively small amount of money to slowly grow something of value.“I took the $400 (±R5 000 at the time) and grew it into R30 000 within six weeks and then reinvested the money into the business for the first two years,” the 31-year-old explained.The biggest seller is The Barbershop, which is popular in 10 countries.Watch behind the scenes at Nic Harry’s local factory:He mostly designed his own socks, said Haralambous. “We partner with designers about twice a year to help us with new, innovative designs. All of them are local designs. There have been five (designers) overall and we’re growing that number in 2015.”Failing to learnHe had had nine businesses over the past 10 years, Haralambous told the British news agency, BBC. He set up his first business as a student, when he was just 19.Despite his jump into business, he graduated with a degree in journalism, politics and philosophy from Rhodes University, in Eastern Cape. Initially using his university learning, he started out in the media at 702 Talk Radio. Over the years, Haralambous has also worked at Financial Mail, Business Day and Mail & Guardian, where he was head of the mobile division for a brief stint.He left Mail & Guardian for a young start-up called Zoopy. Other start-ups in which he has been involved include Motribe, a mobile social network builder that he co-founded with Vincent Maher in 2010. After two years of intense work, Mxit bought Motribe.Watch Haralambous explain how business ideas emerge:Of the nine businesses in which he has been involved over the past decade, Motribe was the first successful one. About Nic Harry, Haralambous said: “In our first year we did sold 6 500 socks globally. In our second year we sold 66 000 pairs; this year we are on the track to do a 100 000 to 110 000 pairs.”His philosophy is that failure means that you learn. “What a lot of entrepreneurs do is they run into a wall and stop. What good entrepreneurs do is knock the wall down and run to the next wall. That is key. It’s key that you just keep going.“However, sometimes it really comes down to grit and determination to stay motivated in the face of relentless odds and endless problems. Either you see those problems as something to solve or as a road block. If you see roadblocks then maybe entrepreneurship isn’t for you,” he said.His advice From selling 6 500 pairs of socks globally three years ago when the business started, colourful socks by Nic Harry are worn by celebrities such as Herschelle Gibbs and Maps Maponyane. In 2015, Nic Harry is aiming to sell 110 000 pairs of socks. (Image: Supplied)He had no other formal training or education in building businesses, Haralambous said. “I don’t think you decide to become an entrepreneur. My family is filled with entrepreneurs and it’s what I realised I am best at and comfortable with. It makes me happy. So I do it!”Trial and error was how he learned. “Build, fail, learn, and repeat. For me, that’s the only way I know how and the way it’s worked out.“I think that the key thing is to persevere. It’s hard. It’s really, really hard to build a business of any kind, anywhere in the world so don’t think it’s going to be a breeze. You’re going to face hardship and there will be sacrifice but if you want the long-term benefit you need the short-term pain and risk.”Nic Harry had produced about 70 different sock designs over the past three years. “Right now, in stock we probably have 65,” he said.The company opened a dedicated shop in August, at 66 Wale Street, in Cape Town.Source: SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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Doctor assaulted at SSKM one arrested

first_imgKolkata: Despite repeated requests and awareness by police and the state government, a doctor was assaulted again on Monday morning at SSKM Hospital. Later, police arrested the accused and initiated a criminal case against him.According to sources, approximately a month ago a youth identified as Md Sakir (30) was admitted at SSKM Hospital with problems in his kidney and chest. After examining him, doctors found that he was suffering from kidney failure. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAs the condition of Sakir was not good, his family members requested hospital authorities to allow one of them to stay with him. After getting permission, his brother identified as Md Sajid was staying there as Sakir’s attendant. Since Sakir got admitted, his dialysis was going on in regular intervals. Early on Monday morning, Sakir suffered a sudden cardiac arrest and died. But his family members claimed that when Sakir was feeling unwell, they tried to call the doctor as there was no doctor present in the ward. After several requests when a doctor came, he allegedly did nothing. A few moments later, Sakir died due to alleged medical negligence. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAs soon as Sakir was declared dead, Sajid got furious and started abusing the on-duty doctor Saugata Dasgupta and other medical staff. He also hit the glass pane of the doctor’s cubicle with a fist and broke the same. As a result, Sajid also received severe bleeding injuries on his hands. When Dasgupta and other staff tried to resist, they were assaulted. Within minutes police reached the spot and detained Sajid. After Dasgupta lodged a complaint with the police, Sajid was arrested.last_img read more

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Stephen Curry Isnt Better Than LeBron On Offense — But Hes As

Apparently it’s the season of athletes making statistically unsupported comparisons to their peers. Back in May, Patrick Peterson claimed superiority over Richard Sherman in the NFL (something that, according to the numbers — is dubious), and now Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry told Dan Patrick Tuesday that he thinks he’s a better offensive player than LeBron James:A better offensive player, me or LeBron? That’s the first time I’ve ever been asked that question … Me. He obviously demands a lot of attention on the floor, but I like to say I can distribute, get my teammates involved and be a playmaker as well.With all due respect to Curry, a true offensive force in his own right, this is another case where the majority of statistical evidence doesn’t do the challenger any favors.According to the advanced box-score metrics, James spent the 2013-14 season outclassing Curry in usage rate, scoring efficiency, offensive rebounding, avoiding turnovers and drawing fouls. The only offensive areas in which Curry beat James were jump-shooting — Curry made 42 percent of his 3-point shots and 49 percent of his midrange jumpers; James knocked down those shots at rates of 38 and 39 percent, respectively — and passing (whether measured by assist percentage or SportVU’s optically tracked passing metrics).But James is no slouch in terms of distributing the ball, either; he ranked 19th among qualified NBA players in assist percentage a year ago. Distance shooting is really the only offensive category in which Curry claims a substantial edge over James — and it’s an advantage mitigated by the fact that James’s shot distribution skews so heavily toward easier shots at the rim. So Curry is a better long-range shooter than James, but James doesn’t take that many long-range shots.Zooming out, James’s personal offensive rating was higher than Curry’s even though James used a higher proportion of his team’s possessions (so subscribers to skill curve theory would have a hard time siding with Curry in this debate).Case closed? Not yet. There have been instances when such box-score-based metrics fail to tell the whole story, and players with gaudy combinations of usage and efficiency don’t always have the impact we’d predict from their individual stats. These are the kinds of incongruities that ESPN’s Real Plus Minus (RPM) is supposed to detect. RPM estimates a player’s effect on his team’s efficiency after accounting for the quality of his teammates, opponents and a host of other variables.By RPM, James was easily the offensive player who had the most impact in the NBA last season. Curry was second, slightly outpacing reigning MVP Kevin Durant.The comparison gets a little more interesting, though, when you look at these adjusted Four Factors ratings, which apply the same technique — estimating a player’s on-court impact via regression — to the four essential barometers of a team’s offensive performance: effective field goal percentage (which adjusts ordinary shooting percentage for the fact that 3-pointers are worth 1.5 times as much as 2s), turnover percentage, offensive rebounding rate and free-throw rate.In two of the four factors, James and Curry exert similar degrees of influence: Both boost team shooting percentages and reduce team turnover rates at levels greater than 95 percent of all NBA players. And despite his inferior individual offensive rebounding numbers, Curry is also associated with a much better rate of team effectiveness on the offensive glass than James is. This is probably due in part to the increased likelihood that 3-pointers result in “long rebounds” which can be rebounded more readily by the offense (of course, Miami’s incredibly low offensive rebounding percentage — at least some of which was part of a conscious strategy — bears mentioning).Through this lens, the biggest disparity between the two players is in free-throw rate: James was in the 99th percentile in that category, while Curry ranked in the 54th percentile. But free-throw rate is the least important of the Four Factors. Crafting an overall average based on the suggested weights for each category, Curry would actually place slightly ahead of James on offense (even if the overall adjusted plus/minus ratings generated by the same data set have James at No. 1).That would be an anomalous ranking, however, as the vast majority of advanced statistics side with James in this debate. The more interesting tidbit from such analysis might just be that Curry is within striking distance in most of the numbers, and that, statistically, there’s a good case to be made that Curry is superior on offense to Durant. James’s statistics are too overwhelming to be surpassed, but Curry is as close as anyone in the game. read more

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Whats New In Our 201718 Club Soccer Predictions

Costa RicaCONCACAF0.09-0.300.02 HondurasCONCACAF-0.61-0.61 SpainUEFA2.012.102.01 There aren’t too many surprises at the top; out of the five biggest European leagues, four are in the top five, with La Liga in Spain and the Bundesliga in Germany pretty far ahead of the pack. The Premier League in England, despite being the most valuable league in the world, has struggled to compete in the Champions League recently, and their match-based rating lags far behind their market value rating. Another league whose recent performance according to our ratings has lagged behind their market value is Major League Soccer in the U.S., whose last CONCACAF Champions League title was in 2000. MLS shows up in 28th place, between the Danish and Croatian leagues and a long way behind their regional rivals Liga MX in Mexico.To generate these league strength ratings, we’ve set up a system where we first assume that all leagues are of equal strength and determine how far above or below expectation each league has performed over the past five years. In order, we:Run through all domestic matches in history and calculate domestic team SPI ratings throughout time.Look at each inter-league match from the past five years and calculate the expected score of the match based purely on each team’s domestic rating at the time.Take the difference between our expected score of the match and the actual score and run these results through Massey’s Method to find a rating for each league, expressed in how many goals better or worse than average that league is.Regress these calculated ratings toward market-value based ratings, weighted by how many inter-league matches we have for each league.Run through all matches in history again, incorporating league strengths into the predictions for any inter-league matches to improve the final team ratings.Our league strengths can be interpreted as a bonus (in goals) given to each team in an inter-league match. So, for example, if Real Madrid (league strength of 2.01) were playing PSG (league strength of 1.48) and Real Madrid were a 0.2 goal favorite based only on their domestic SPI ratings, our model would give Real Madrid an extra 0.53 goal bonus because of the difference in the two teams’ league strengths.A nice feature of these league strength ratings is that they let us generate global SPI ratings for any club team in the world. These global SPI ratings are a combination of each team’s domestic SPI rating and the strength of the league they play in. To generate them, we set up a mock match on neutral ground against a team with a domestic offensive and defensive SPI rating of 1.35 that plays in a league with strength of 1.25. (These values are just arbitrary ratings that we use for a baseline team against which we can compare any other team.) We calculate the number of goals we expect each team to score in the match as well as the chances of each team winning. So each team’s global SPI ratings can be interpreted as follows:Offensive SPI: the number of goals the team is expected to score in such a matchDefensive SPI: the number of goals the team is expected to concede in such a matchOverall SPI: the percentage of points the team is expected to take in such a matchWe’ll be adding a list of all SPI-rated teams to our club soccer predictions soon. For now, you can find forecasts from 24 leagues. They’re available in three languages (English, Spanish and Portuguese) and will be updated after every match. Czech RepublicUEFA0.710.440.69 PortugalUEFA1.181.161.18 COUNTRY▲▼CONFEDERATION▲▼INTER-LEAGUE MATCHES▲▼MARKET VALUES▲▼OVERALL STRENGTH▲▼ HungaryUEFA-0.360.11-0.29 GermanyUEFA1.891.881.89 GreeceUEFA0.810.620.80 ItalyUEFA1.481.891.50 SwedenUEFA0.730.290.70 Not all leagues have market values on Transfermarkt.Sources: ESPN, Transfermarkt MaltaUEFA-1.65-0.63-1.44 COUNTRY▲▼CONFEDERATION▲▼INTER-LEAGUE MATCHES▲▼MARKET VALUES▲▼OVERALL STRENGTH▲▼ GuatemalaCONCACAF-0.64-0.64 IsraelUEFA0.220.230.22 NetherlandsUEFA0.711.050.73 IcelandUEFA-0.31-0.69-0.36 UruguayCONMEBOL0.600.150.58 BulgariaUEFA-0.150.27-0.10 BelgiumUEFA0.971.000.97 AustriaUEFA0.860.590.84 DenmarkUEFA0.590.380.57 MacedoniaUEFA-0.74-0.88-0.76 BoliviaCONMEBOL0.530.53 LuxembourgUEFA-1.41-0.84-1.29 WalesUEFA-1.60-0.88-1.46 PeruCONMEBOL-0.06-0.03-0.06 BrazilCONMEBOL1.481.641.49 ArgentinaCONMEBOL1.480.711.45 Faroe IslandsUEFA-1.70-0.88-1.54 STRENGTH BASED ON … CroatiaUEFA0.550.490.55 Relative strength of club soccer leagues from Europe, North America and South America, by countryBased on matches played in the past five years and the current market value of each league FranceUEFA1.511.011.49 ParaguayCONMEBOL0.900.90 ChileCONMEBOL0.740.180.71 KazakhstanUEFA0.400.270.39 EstoniaUEFA-1.67-0.52-1.47 ScotlandUEFA0.140.440.17 ArmeniaUEFA-1.05-0.42-0.92 RussiaUEFA1.491.271.48 AlbaniaUEFA-0.77-0.30-0.70 CyprusUEFA0.04-0.300.02 USACONCACAF0.540.660.56 AzerbaijanUEFA0.01-0.040.01 SwitzerlandUEFA1.070.751.06 Northern IrelandUEFA-1.63-0.88-1.48 BelarusUEFA0.150.020.14 TurkeyUEFA1.111.161.12 GeorgiaUEFA-0.79-0.30-0.71 MexicoCONCACAF1.120.931.09 ColombiaCONMEBOL1.020.460.99 All our significant changes are in how we assess the relative strength of domestic leagues. The goal was to improve our forecasts for the Champions League and Europa League and to better compare clubs in different countries — say, Juventus in Italy to Ajax in the Netherlands. We’re using recent matches played between teams from different leagues, supplemented with league market values (from Transfermarkt), to assign a strength rating to every league that we’re forecasting. Our new league ratings also give us the ability to a calculate a global Soccer Power Index (SPI) rating for each team — a number from 0 to 100 that represents the overall strength of each team.We’ll get into more detail about that methodology below, but to start, here are our league strengths for most of the top-tier domestic leagues in Europe, North America and South America: FinlandUEFA-0.45-0.38-0.44 This methodology article is for an old version of our club soccer forecasts. See how our latest club soccer predictions work.We’ve launched a big expansion of our soccer predictions here at FiveThirtyEight. We’re now forecasting 24 club soccer leagues, with two more — Champions League and Europa League — to come in a few weeks. We’ve added leagues from South America (Brasileirão and the Argentine Superliga), along with 14 new European leagues, including five second-tier leagues, such as the English Championship.For the most part, the methodology behind our forecasts is the same as last year’s. We’re still using four metrics from each match — goals scored, adjusted goals, shot-based expected goals and non-shot expected goals — to evaluate team performances. Those evaluations are expressed as offensive and defensive ratings for each team. And those ratings, in turn, let us calculate win/loss/draw probabilities for future matches and simulate the season thousands of times to estimate each team’s chances of winning the title. RomaniaUEFA0.750.240.71 SerbiaUEFA-0.110.12-0.09 EnglandUEFA1.582.281.60 El SalvadorCONCACAF-0.46-0.46 PanamaCONCACAF0.070.07 UkraineUEFA1.100.881.09 MontenegroUEFA-0.99-0.43-0.87 AndorraUEFA-2.79-0.88-2.25 VenezuelaCONMEBOL-0.09-0.11-0.09 LatviaUEFA-1.46-0.35-1.27 STRENGTH BASED ON … IrelandUEFA-0.28-1.07-0.40 BosniaUEFA-0.61-0.03-0.51 EcuadorCONMEBOL0.770.460.75 LithuaniaUEFA-2.08-0.43-1.69 SlovakiaUEFA0.19-0.160.15 PolandUEFA0.630.210.60 MoldovaUEFA-0.63-0.88-0.67 SloveniaUEFA-0.160.01-0.14 NorwayUEFA0.500.190.48 read more

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Sampdoria boss Giampaolo Everyone would talk about it if Ronaldo scored

first_imgFollowing a humiliating 3-0 match between Sampdoria and Napoli, Sampdoria manager Marco Giampaolo believes “if Cristiano Ronaldo had scored Fabio Quagliarella’s goal, everyone would talk about it.”Football Italia says that the Blucerchiati ran riot at Marassi with a Gregoire Defrel brace and Quagliarella’s astonishing back-heel flick.“It was a wonderful evening because to beat Napoli you need to put in a great performance and be fortunate in some incidents,” the Coach told Radio Rai as quoted by Football Italia.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I don’t even know how good my team is, because some players are still in precarious physical condition. We made up for the unlucky defeat to Udinese and showed we could both attack and soak up the pressure.“The squad was unduly criticised after that loss in Udine. Defrel was extraordinary when attacking the space, while if Cristiano Ronaldo had scored Quagliarella’s goal, everyone would talk about it.last_img read more

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Mourinho reveals Bailly Smalling played with injuries

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that the team’s defensive duo of Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling both played with injuries against Arsenal.Mourinho lamented the pair were tired towards the end of the encounter. The former Chelsea boss was asked whether he felt under attack as Arsenal mounted pressure but rejected that theory.“No. Not under siege, not at all,” Mourinho said, according to Manchester Evening News.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“I feel that is a moment where, for example, we played against the team that is at the top of their season, in the top of their moment where everything goes well for them, I think that’s clearly a team in a high against a team that has so many problems, and the top of these problems, during football matches we shoot outselves.”“Today we had a very, very good start, I think everybody was expecting a good start, 1-0 for us. We score [David de Gea’s error for Shkodran Mustafi’s opener], 1-0 for them. In the second-half, in the best moment of our team, where Arsenal was clearly trying to stop the game, get one injury here, get one injury there, they were trying to control the game and to reduce the intensity of the game, we score the second goal for them and then is again 2-1. So difficult.”“But the reality is in the last four matches we didn’t lose, bad results, yes, apart from Young Boys, the three draws were three bad results. But we did not lose. And before that we lost against Manchester City, everybody loses, not just us. And then before that we had a period where we were playing in our limits which is sometimes people don’t understand, where we play in our limits.”last_img read more

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Jordi Alba is confident his contract will be renewed

first_imgThe Barcelona left-back is hoping to sign a new contract, as his current contract will end in June 2020 and he has no intention of leaving the club.Spanish footballer Jordi Alba has been playing professionally since 2007 when he started playing with Valencia B.He was loaned for a year in 2008 with Gimnastic, before completely moving in 2009 to Valencia.In there, he enjoyed his best football at the time and he was under Barcelona’s radar for a while, until the Blaugrana bought him in 2012.The left-back has a current deal with the team until June 2020, but he hopes he can sign a renewal soon as he doesn’t want to leave.“I’m optimistic about the renewal,” he told Marca.“It is clear that my dream is to stay at Barcelona.”Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“It would be difficult to have come so far to then leave. I have my family here, their support, as well as the fans and my teammates,” he added.“I don’t think I could be happier than [I am] here.”“In football, you never know, but I have repeated that my intention is to stay here,” he continued.“No, I’ve never seen myself away from Barcelona since being at Barcelona is my dream.”“Over the years, I have improved a lot and [now] I notice the affection of the supporters a lot more. I have always seen myself at Barcelona and my dream is to retire at Barcelona,” he explained.“He has given me great confidence since the first minute,” said Alba about coach Ernesto Valverde.“I hope that he renews. Hopefully, we will both renew!”last_img read more

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E3 2019 EA learned a lot from Anthem but doesnt apologize

first_img 3 E3 2019 reading • E3 2019: EA ‘learned a lot’ from Anthem but doesn’t apologize See All E3 2019 17 Photos Aug 28 • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer, gameplay footage and everything we know Aug 3 • E3 journalists see their personal info exposed by security flaw Share your voice Anthem started out strong but fizzled.  EA At the EA Play publisher’s press event for the E3 2019 gaming confab, Anthem developer Bioware said it’s trying to learn what players want and improve the game’s next update. Lead producer Ben Irving said Anthem’s future is “very bright.”  “We believe Anthem can be a very amazing game. We know we have some work today,” Irving said Saturday, though Anthem, published by EA, was originally missing from the E3 schedule. EA introduced new maps for Battlefield V, a new character for Apex Legends, a 15-minute gameplay demo reveal of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, FIFA 20’s Volta Mode and more.  Anthem, an online role-playing game for multiple participants, was announced at E3 2017 and launched by EA in February. Gamers play as Freelancers, who wear Iron Man-style exosuits and protect an unnamed planet. The Anthem of Creation is a mysterious force that creates powerful technology, wonders and threats. In the game’s main narrative, Freelancers must stop the evil Monitor from taking over Anthem. After the game’s release, EA CFO Blake Jorgensen said the company expected Anthem to sell 5 million to 6 million units by the end of March. That time frame gave Anthem only about a month and a half to achieve the numbers. The game beat out new releases like Jump Force, Far Cry New Dawn and Metro Exodus and became BioWare’s best selling title of the month for its first month. Tags Comments E3 2019: The most anticipated games of gaming’s most anticipated show Jul 26 • Doom Eternal: QuakeCon ‘Year of Doom’ keynote shows more ‘Battlemode’ action Aug 19 • Borderlands 3: FL4K, new endgame content and everything else we know But Anthem received lukewarm reviews from critics and users on PS4, Xbox and PC. Amid the incoming reviews, the developers were combating bugs in the game. In early March, Anthem got a massive update that fixed problems with the loot quality, gameplay, bugs and more. The game’s developers were fixing bugs and crashes almost immediately after the February launch, though. When bugs weren’t crashing the game, they were making starter weapons ridiculously powerful. In April, Sony started issuing refunds to Anthem PS4 players who reported a bug that caused the console to improperly shut down. The game failed to meet EA’s expectations by May, even though the company said more money would come from microtransactions. EA didn’t say how many units Anthem had sold at the time, but the company said it remains “committed” to supporting the game’s ongoing live service.  The E3 video game conference in Los Angeles is expected to yield announcements from Electronic Arts, Xbox, Bethesda, Ubisoft, Square Enix and Nintendo. You can stream the conference online from a variety of platforms if you don’t plan on attending.  The big press conferencesMany of the biggest announcements happen before the show even opens, during a weekend of press conferences from the industry’s biggest names. All except Sony, which this year said it won’t be holding a press conference during the show, nor will it have a booth.The rest, however, will still be planning big announcements just before the show. Saturday, June 8Electronic Arts — The game maker showed off 15 minutes of gameplay for its upcoming adventure game, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. It also announced new features for its free-to-download Apex Legends last-man-standing battle royale game, offering a new character and weapon to play with. The company also showed off a new paid update for The Sims 4, called Island Living, that brings the series to a tropical beach. Finally, the company did discuss drama over the mixed reviews for its Anthem action adventure game, saying it “learned a lot” and had more updates and features planned soon.Sunday, June 9Microsoft / Xbox — The gaming giant’s biggest news was Project Scarlett, its next-generation Xbox, coming in 2020. The new device is up to 4x more powerful, the company said, and like the next-gen PlayStation it’ll include a fast non-mechanical SSD hard drive, and it’ll be powered by custom innards built with the help of chipmaker AMD.  The company also announced that Halo Infinite will launch alongside Project Scarlett next year. Meantime, Microsoft is starting public tests of its Project xCloud streaming service in October, promising people the ability to play high end games on their mobile devices while away from home. While fans wait, Microsoft announced an update to its Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 as well as a slew of new games. And action star Keanu Reeves, fresh off the success of John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum, was on stage to announce his involvement with Cyberpunk 2077, which is coming next year.Bethesda — Bethesda kicked off its event with humility over the mixed response to Fallout 76, but quickly went back on the offensive. Fallout 76 got a new Battle Royale mode, Wolfenstein Youngblood received a new trailer and a co-op mode. We got a new game called Deathloop from the clever folks behind Dishonored and Bethesda introduced us to Orion, a piece of tech from ID Software designed to make game streaming better on services like Google Stadia. The lion’s share of attention, however, went to Doom Eternal, which looked fantastic in both single player and multiplayer.Monday, June 10PC Gaming Show — This annual PC Gaming Show is held at a theater a short walk from the Los Angeles Convention Center, but still draws a large crowd, filling the 1,700-person capacity Mayan Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Inside, the usual suspects, from Halo to Doom, were nowhere to be found. Instead, the crowd cheered for PC-centric games including Zombie Army 4, Baldur’s Gate 3 and Terraria: Journey’s End. (No, the game sequel problem isn’t any better on PCs.) The highlight was a brief on-stage appearance by legendary game designer Yu Suzuki, responsible for classic such as Hang-On and Virtua Fighter. His long-awaited Shenmue 3 is expected in November, 18 years after Shenmue 2. Ubisoft — The French gaming giant announced its next big dystopian hacking adventure game, Watch Dogs: Legion, launching March 2020. The new game is set in near-future post-Brexit London, where the economy is failing and government is breaking down. The company also announced a new television show, called Mythic Quest, that will launch on Apple TV Plus. And it celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Just Dance party games. Square Enix — 6 p.m. PT (9 p.m. ET)Tuesday, June 11Nintendo (livestream only) — 9 a.m. PT (noon ET)Originally published June 8, 11:36 a.m. PT. Update, 12:31 p.m.: Adds background on Anthem; Update, 2 p.m.: Adds more details about upcoming press conferences. How to preorder all the new games Watch every E3 video game trailer Nintendo recap: New Zelda sequel, Banjo-Kazooie, Luigi’s Mansion and more E3 2019: Complete coverage on GameSpot E3 2019: Complete coverage on CNET More from E3 • Culture Gaming Video Games Electronic Arts (EA) Sony Nintendolast_img read more

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Sophie Turner kept this HUGE secret from her parents about Game of

first_imgActor Sophie Turner attends the premiere of HBO’s ‘Game Of Thrones’ season 7 at Walt Disney Concert Hall on July 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.Neilson Barnard/Getty ImagesSophie Turner sure is on a confession streak. The Game of Thrones star revealed that she kept a pretty big secret from her folks. She didn’t tell her parents that she was auditioning for a role on the future hit HBO TV show.Reportedly, Sophie revealed that she auditioned for the fantasy series as a “jokey thing to do” with her friends. And because she wasn’t serious about auditioning, she neglected to inform her parents.”I didn’t tell my parents I auditioned for Game of Thrones, they just kind of found out,” Turner recently told Vogue Paris, while promoting the film Dark Phoenix. The role of Sansa Stark, was Sophie Turner’s debut and we have to say, what a debut it was.The 23-year-old said the show’s casting director, Nina Gold, visited multiple schools, searching to cast young actors. “Me and all my friends auditioned,” she said. “We just thought it was kind of a fun, jokey thing to do. And then I just got call back, after call back.”  Sophie Turner in a still from Game of Thrones Ep 4 ‘Spoils of War’HBOWe have to say, being able to keep a secret from your parents for so long does require some serious acting skills. “My parents found out when I was in the final seven, and then my mom kind of freaked out, and she called my dad and said, ‘I don’t know if we can do this,'” Turner continued. “But my dad said, ‘Shut up, this is what she has wanted her whole life. You have to let her give it a go.”Her mother seemed to come around and Sophie went on to play the iconic role of Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones.last_img read more

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