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first_imgThe Bombay High Court at Goa has refused to amend its March 28 order stopping ore transportation in Goa. However, the court advanced the date of the next hearing by a week. Three mining companies — affected by the high court order to ban transport of ore since the stoppage of mining activity in 88 Supreme Court-cancelled mining leases came into operation — and the Mormugao Port Trust(MPT) had filed a review petition against the order directing the government to stop the ore transportation until final notice.Simultaneously, the High Court also included mining firms which had filed review petition, as respondents in the original contempt petition filed by Goa Foundation, an environmental NGO. The mining companies which have filed the review petition are Fomento Resources, Vedanta, and V M Salgaoncar.The mining firms argued that the transportation was of ‘royalty paid’ ore, and that the Supreme Court order shutting down Goa mining operations did not say anything about transportation of this ore.Declining to accept the plea on the grounds that it could not revise its own order, the High Court said it would hear the affected parties at the next hearing on April 11 instead of April 18.The court asked the government to submit a report on the quantity of ore exported till March 15, and also since March 16.Late on Thursday evening, the Goa Mineral Ore Exporters Association(GMOEA, body of iron ore miners and exporters, issued a press release saying the mining leaseholders will evaluate the High Court order in the light of the Supreme Court order, “as our principal order is the Supreme Court order”.Mining operations in Goa came to a grinding halt formally on March 16 after the February 7 order of Supreme Court quashing renewals of 88 mining leases came into effect and also its order to shut down all activities until the leases are renewed.last_img read more


first_imgAfter 25 years of consecutive run, the BJP on Thursday lost the Panaji Assembly constituency to Congress’s Atanasio Monserrate by 1,758 votes. The seat was represented by the late Goa Chief Minister and former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar for a maximum of the period since 1994.While Mr. Monserrate polled 8,748 votes, the BJP candidate polled 6,990 votes. AAP’s Valmiki Naik and Subhash Velingkar of the Goa Suraksha Manch polled 236 and 516 votes, respectively. “This is a victory of the Congress party and a vote for the development of the State capital, which it was deprived of, for the last so many years,” Mr. Monserrate said after the result was announced. The bypoll in Panaji Assembly constituency was held following the death of MLA and Chief Minister Parrikar on March 17 following a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer. Mr. Parrikar had first won in Panaji in 1994 and retained it until 2014 when he was inducted in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Cabinet. In his absence, the seat was represented twice by his aide Mr. Kuncalienkar. On his return to State politics in 2017, Manohar Parrikar was once again elected as Panaji MLA in a bypoll held following his taking over as Chief Minister of BJP-led coalition government. The BJP’s campaign had received a setback after party workers resented the manner in which the late Parrikar’s elder son Utpal was snubbed by the party’s State leadership in his bid for the ticket for the Panaji bypoll. In his FB post on Thursday, Utpal Parrikar said that the loss of Panaji seat was very painful.“Having said that, I am only reminded of words uttered by our late leader Atalji when BJP was reduced to two seats in Lok Sabha. “Darkness will be dispelled, Sun will rise and Lotus will bloom”. In democracy, collective wisdom always lies with the people. Hard work is needed to win back people’s trust,” said Mr.Utpal.last_img read more


first_imgAurangabad, Oct 31 (PTI) Qualifier Sandesh Kurale of Kolhapur toppled eighth seed Vishwesh Patel to enter the boys singles quarter finals of the MSLTA-Yonex Sunrise under 14 National Tennis Tournament today.Kurale carved out a 6-0, 5-7, 6-2 victory in a two hour match to enter the prequarterfinals of the tournament being organised by Endurance Marathwada-MSLTA Tennis Center (EMMTC) at the divisional sports complex here.In another upset Manav Jain ousted 15th seed Hasith Gummuluru 6-2, 6-4 while in the girls event Riya Bhosale of Pune stunned Sai Bhoyar 6-4, 6-3 to enter the third round.Results: Boys (2nd round):Krishan Hooda(1) bt (Q)Daksh Agarwal 6-2, 6-1; Ronin Lotlikar bt Akarsh Gaonkar 6-1, 6-3; Ajay Singh(11) bt (Q)Arjun Premkumar 6-3, 6-0; Dhanya Shah(7) bt Faiz Nasyam 6-2, 6-2; Sanmay Gandhi(14) bt Pranav Heggere 6-1, 6-1; Anup Bangargi bt Farhaan Patrawala 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-4; Chirag Duhan(4) bt Jasmeet Duhan 6-0, 6-2; (Q)Sandesh Kurale bt Vishwesh Patel(8)6-0, 5-7, 6-2; Yashraj Dalvi(10) bt (Q)Sahil Tambat 6-1, 6-3; Manav Jain bt Hasith Gummuluru(15)6-2, 6-4.Girls (2nd round):Sudipta Kumar(1) bt (Q)Anya Jacob 6-0, 6-1; Saniya Masand(13) bt Hetvee Chaudhari 7-5, 6-1; Renee Singh(9) bt Nandini Dixit 6-4, 6-3; Renne Singla(6) bt (Q)Harshita Bangera 6-4, 6-2; Sanjana Sirimalla(3) bt Kashish Bote 6-0, 6-0; Riya Bhosale bt Sai Bhoyar(16)6-4, 6-3. PTI SSR NRB RDSlast_img read more


first_imgSALVADOR, Brazil — James Rodriguez got the best of Lionel Messi in the Copa America on Saturday, leading Colombia to a 2-0 win over Argentina in the teams’ debut in the South American tournament.Rodriguez set up Roger Martinez’s opening goal in the second half with a superb long pass across the pitch, and substitute Duvan Zapata scored late to seal the victory that allowed Colombia to end a 12-year winless streak against the Argentines.Roger Martínez cuts inside and fires in for the lead! Colombia takes a 1-0 lead over Argentina! pic.twitter.com/YMVd0kYJp9— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) June 15, 2019Messi couldn’t do enough to spark Argentina, which lost its first Copa America match since the 2007 final against Brazil. It was also the team’s first opening defeat in the tournament since 1979.“Our best player was the entire team,” said Colombia coach Carlos Queiroz. “The next match will certainly be more difficult, this is only the beginning.”Both Argentina and Colombia are trying to end title droughts, with the Argentines winless since the 1993 Copa America and the Colombians without a trophy since the 2001 edition.Argentina lost the finals of the World Cup in 2014 and the Copa America in 2015 and 2016, where it lost both of the latter in penalty shootouts against Chile.Colombia’s last win over Argentina was in South American qualifying for the World Cup in 2007.“It had been a long time (without beating Argentina),” Zapata said. “Everyone in Colombia is very happy, but there is still a long way to go in the Copa, we still have important matches ahead.”Messi and Rodriguez had a mostly quiet match in Salvador, but Rodriguez helped Colombia take the lead thanks to his great assist for Martinez’s 71st-minute opener.Colombia’s James Rodriguez greets fans at the end of the Copa America Group B soccer match against Argentina at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Saturday, June 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)The playmaker had the ball in Colombia’s own field before finding Martinez with a long pass toward the area. The forward picked up the ball and cut toward the middle before firing a mid-height shot toward the far corner to open the scoring.“We are disappointed because they scored a great goal when we were playing better,” Messi said. “It will take some time to accept this defeat, but we have to take the positives from today and move on to try to win the next match. We still have plenty of chances.”It’s 2-0!Duván Zapata doubles Colombia’s lead! pic.twitter.com/T0rwI3FcB4— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) June 15, 2019vZapata sealed Colombia’s victory five minutes after entering the match, completing a cross by Jefferson Lerma in the 86th minute.Argentina came closest to scoring with a close-range header by Messi that missed just wide in the 66th.Argentina striker Sergio Aguero and Colombia veteran Radamel Falcao also couldn’t do much to help their teams break through their opponents’ defense in a tense opening match in Group B.“We improved in the second half and created chances,” said Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni, who complained of the bad field conditions at the Arena Fonte Nova. “We still have two matches left and if we win them we will certainly advance.”Argentina will next play against Paraguay in Belo Horizonte, while Colombia will face Qatar in Sao Paulo.Paraguay and Qatar meet in the other Group B match on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro.Earlier Saturday, Peru was held by 10-man Venezuela to a 0-0 draw in Group A, a result that left both teams two points behind host Brazil, which opened with a 3-0 win over Bolivia on Friday in Sao Paulo.By: Deborah Rey, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgGermany were humbled to a 1-0 draw by Mexico in their opening game of the World Cup, but coach Joachim Loew sounded confident the world champions would quickly make amends.The shock loss has already thrown the defending champions plans for the world cup into disarray with the 2014 World Cup winners being caught on the break throughout the game.Loew said while he was not planning to overhaul his plans for the remaining Group F matches against Sweden and South Korea, his team would bounce back.”We will draw our lessons from this defeat and will do it better next time,” the 58-year-old said. “We will certainly not throw our plans overboard. We will not deviate form our path, we just have to find our strengths again.”Mexicans throng streets at home after shock win over GermanyThose strengths are their attacking game and solid defence and both were painfully missing from their game against the Mexicans, who caught them on the break seemingly at will.”It is an unusual situation for us but one we must accept. We did not play our usual offensive and passing game,” Loew said.Earthquake detected in Mexico after Lozano stuns Germany”We will analyse it. The team has enough experience to deal with it and we will rise again.””Mexico deserved the win. Our cover was often not good and we were left many times with just Jerome (Boateng) and myself in the back,” said centre back Hummels, one of several Germans who will not want to watch a replay of Hirving Lozano’s 35th-minute goal.advertisementFIFA investigating homophobic chants by Mexico fans”We were warned days ago (in the warm-up games). We played exactly like we did against Saudi Arabia (when Germany won 2-1) only against a better opponent. That’s why the first half was like it was and Mexico obviously deserved to win it.” The historic win was earned through Hirving Lozano’s goal. The 22-year-old scored in the 35th minute with a low shot past Manuel Neuer. The goal led to wild celebrations in the stadium and back home in Mexico.Such was the magnitude of the celebration in Mexico that it caused an “artificial” earthquake according to SIMMSA, the body that monitors and analyses seismic activity in the country.The Germans have a stellar tournament record under Loew, having reached at least the semi-finals in every World Cup or Euro tournament since he took over in 2006. Germany were handed their first defeat in a World Cup opening match in 36 years.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGEThey have also not been eliminated at a World Cup group stage since 1938 when the tournament had a different and smaller format. Since then Germany have managed to qualify for the knockout stage or the second group stage, as was the case in 1978, every time.The result left the German fans in absolute shock but the Mexicans danced in the streets and celebrated their team’s stunning victory at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.They next take on Sweden before facing South Korea and they must win both if they are to make sure of a spot in the knockout stage.”One thing I will not be doing is think about the round of 16. What we need to do now is do our homework and win our next game. We are under pressure.”It will not happen to us,” he said when asked whether Germany would fall in the group stage. “We will make it.”last_img read more


first_imgWorld Cup Top 10 teams that failed to qualify for the World Cup Last updated 2 years ago 05:41 11/14/17 Comments(4) 1/12 Top 10 teams that failed to qualify for the World Cup France, 1993 Alf Ramsey, England Full screen 1 of 12 Share Close Sometimes, the very best in the world aren’t always represented at the World Cup. Some of the greatest talents and teams of their generation were unable to qualify for the World Cup, while other failures involved high-profile sides whose absence from the tournament generated plenty of headlines. Here, Goal breaks down the 10 most high-profle teams who were unable to make it to the sport’s biggest showpiece. FacebookTwitterRedditcopy World Cup Italylast_img


first_imgUnai Emery admits he does not know if Sven Mislintat will be staying on in what is shaping up to be a difficult January transfer window for Arsenal.Goal revealed on Wednesday that the Gunners are set to lose their highly-rated head of recruitment.A little over a year after being brought onto the staff at Emirates Stadium, Mislintat is edging towards the exits. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? He had been keen to take on a new technical director role in north London, but Arsenal are looking elsewhere for somebody to fill that position.With his influence over additions seemingly set to be limited, Mislintat – who enjoyed considerable success in a previous role at Borussia Dortmund – is being heavily linked with a return to the Bundesliga at Bayern Munich.Gunners boss Emery claims he is unable to shed any light on whether such a move will be made, with the Spaniard still trying to put winter plans in place.He told reporters on the Mislintat speculation: “I was working with him the last two weeks, we had two or three meetings together.“We are working normally. I don’t know other issues. I don’t know [if he’s leaving].“My relationship about transfers is we’ve been speaking about that for the last two, three weeks.”While Emery has held discussions regarding possible additions, he admits bringing fresh faces to Arsenal will be difficult.He has already conceded that he will have no money for permanent additions, forcing him to seek out loan deals for the likes of Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez.Emery added on the situation he faces in January: “It is not easy to take players who can help us with better performances than we already have.“The club is working, I spoke with [Mislintat] about different possibilities but it’s not easy to take players who can help us with big performances now.”Arsenal would welcome additions to their ranks if the necessary quality at the right price can be found.They have slipped six points adrift of the Premier League’s top four, with a resurgent Manchester United having pulled level with them in the battle for Champions League qualification.The Gunners will, however, get the chance to force themselves back into the mix on Saturday when they play host to London rivals Chelsea – the side sat directly above them in the table at present. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more


first_imgGet up close and personal with a sea scallop this summer as the aquaculture touch tank visits various festivals and events across the province. For the third consecutive summer, people around the province will get a hands-on opportunity to discover more about aquaculture, including the impact it has on our economy and food plate. The Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, and the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia are exhibiting a touch tank and display at several community events throughout Nova Scotia. The touch tank has been a very popular exhibit at past events, and attracts nearly 10,000 visitors each year. This summer, three students have been hired to run the aquaculture outreach program and tour the province with the touch tank. “Our aquaculture outreach program teaches people of all ages about a growing part of our seafood industry,” said Sterling Belliveau, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. “Aquaculture is a large source of our food supply, and the touch tank provides an interactive opportunity to learn about this important industry.” The touch tank is an interactive, educational display that allows people to see local sea species, including those farmed in the province or affecting aquaculture. The tank includes such species as sea scallops, mussels, oysters, clams, halibut, rock crab, green crab and starfish. The aquaculture display will visit the following events: July 17-19 – Tall Ships, Alderney Landing, Dartmouth July 24-25 – Yarmouth SeaFest, Yarmouth Aug. 1-2 – Cheticamp Oceans Day, Cheticamp Aug. 8-9 – Digby Scallop Days, Digby Aug. 16 – Clam Harbour Sand Castle Competition, Clam Harbour Beach Provincial Park, Halifax Regional Municipality Aug. 23 – Incredible Picnic, Citadel Hill, Halifaxlast_img read more


first_imgChild Care Awareness Days are held the month of June, which gives me the perfect opportunity to share with Nova Scotians some of the work government has undertaken to improve child care in our province. Not long ago, my colleagues and I signed off on updated regulations for the province’s licensed child care centres and family home day cares. Introduced in April, the amended regulations were designed to help child care providers offer children the best possible care in safe and secure environments. Child care centres are far more than babysitting facilities. They are staffed by professionals who help establish the building blocks for lifelong learning, and we know that the early years of a child’s life are vitally important in shaping their futures. Government works very hard to support the child care sector. The last thing we want to do is create difficulty or red tape for those who take on the important responsibility of guiding our children through their early years. With that in mind, we gathered input on how best to update the regulations to ensure children’s safety while minimizing obstacles for providers. We met with more than 100 representatives of the child care sector, including child care centre and family home day care operators, early childhood educators, and other child care staff. That input was invaluable. Based on what we heard, we developed regulations that we believe are clear, fair and will work best for our province. It’s natural that there will still be those who have questions about how changes will affect them. As always, our staff are available to answer those questions and help providers to make the transition as smooth as possible. Ultimately, we all have the same goal: to help give Nova Scotian children the best possible start in life. Government is committed to making life better for Nova Scotians and improving child care is an important part of this. We have already taken steps to show that commitment. We’ve added 250 subsidies to help make child care more affordable, created hundreds of licensed child care spaces, and awarded dozens of loans and grants to help centres expand, enhance their programs and provide staff with professional growth opportunities and improved salaries. We’ll continue working with our partners in the sector to strengthen the quality and accessibility of child care in Nova Scotia. I encourage people to visit www.gov.ns.ca to learn more about how government is making life better for families. -30-last_img read more


VANCOUVER — Participating in three liquefied natural-gas projects will help a First Nation on British Columbia’s North Coast buy back its traditional territory and improve the lives of members, says its chief councillor.The Haisla occupy territory near the community of Kitimat, B.C., and at the head of Douglas Channel, a strategic site for tankers that will move LNG to Asia and the United States. The First Nation is involved directly or indirectly in three LNG proposals.On Tuesday, band members gave Joe Oliver, the federal natural resources minister, a one-hour boat tour of some of the proposed sites and met with him afterwards.Chief Coun. Ellis Ross said in an interview the companies involved in the projects, with the support of the Crown, are giving his First Nation the ability to acquire land without a treaty.“I think the fundamental issue for First Nations in our area, at least for Haisla, fundamentally is still the land issue,” he said.“There’s a lot of window dressing on what the issues are. It could be anything from social benefits, welfare, education, health, money, but I think for the Haisla, what we’ve got to do, is you know, OK, let’s go back to the land issues first. Maybe that drives what the answer is to the rest of the issues. I fully believe that.”The band of about 1,700 members is without a treaty, and according to the BC Treaty Commission, it is at the fourth of six stages in the process.While the Haisla oppose the Northern Gateway oil pipeline, the band has been actively courted by LNG producers.Ross said the three proposed terminals are the Kitimat LNG facility proposed by Chevron and Apache, the BC LNG proposal and the Shell Kitimat LNG Terminal.He said the Kitimat LNG facility is located on reserve land. The BC LNG facility is on fee-simple land acquired by the band, which holds 50 per cent of a partnership in the project with Houston-based LNG partners.The Shell Kitimat LNG Terminal is not on band land but within its traditional territory, and the Haisla is working out its level of involvement with the company, Ross said.Ross said his band also took Oliver to see sites related to other proposed economic developments not related to LNG.“He requested the meeting with us,” said Ross. “So we just made arrangements.”Oliver said Kitimat provides Canada and the world with a deep-sea route through Douglas Channel to the Asia-Pacific region, and the Haisla and all Canadians stand to benefit from the proposed projects.“The community is located in a strategically important area, which can become a hub for natural-gas liquification and transport … and they’re aware of this,” he said.Oliver said the federal government has an obligation to meet with and talk to communities and find out their concerns and goals.“What we’re all looking for, I think, are ways to maximize, you know, the benefits to aboriginal communities … so that they can see those benefits, and be supportive where appropriate and where of course there has been a positive-regulatory review done.”B.C. Premier Christy Clark has said the LNG industry represents an economic opportunity worth an estimated $1 trillion and the potential to create 100,000 jobs. read more


LONDON – The European Union wants a quickie divorce, but Britain wants time to think things over.Senior EU politicians demanded Saturday that the U.K. quickly cut its ties with the 28-nation bloc — a process Britain says won’t begin for several months — as the political and economic shockwaves from the U.K.’s vote to leave reverberated around the world.“There is a certain urgency … so that we don’t have a period of uncertainty, with financial consequences, political consequences,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said at a meeting in Berlin of the EU’s six founding nations.EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker warned that the split was “not an amicable divorce” but noted it was never “a tight love affair anyway.”Britons voted 52 to 48 per cent Thursday in favour of ending their country’s 43-year membership in the 28-nation bloc.But no country has ever left the EU before, so no one knows exactly how the process will play out. Britain must, at some point, unambiguously notify the bloc of its intentions and set a two-year clock ticking for negotiating its departure. Until then, Britain remains an EU member.In contrast to the clamouring of EU officials, the leaders of Britain’s “leave” campaign, who had reassured voters that the EU would offer Britain good terms for a new relationship, were largely silent Saturday.England’s 300-year-old union with Scotland could be another casualty of the referendum, since most people in Scotland voted to remain in the EU but were outvoted by a majority in much-larger England.Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon said Saturday that her semi-autonomous administration would seek immediate talks with EU nations and institutions to ensure that Scotland could remain in the bloc.“(We will) explore possible options to protect Scotland’s place in the EU,” she said after meeting with her Cabinet in Edinburgh, adding that a new referendum on Scottish independence is “very much on the table.”Scotland voted in 2014 to remain a part of the U.K., but that decision was seen as being conditional on the U.K. staying in the EU.The victorious “leave” campaigners have said there’s no rush to trigger Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty, which will begin a two-year exit process to renegotiate trade, business and political links between the U.K. and what will become a 27-nation bloc.British Prime Minister David Cameron announced his resignation Friday and said his successor, to be chosen by October, should be the one to navigate the tricky process of withdrawing from the bloc.The favourite to succeed him, former London Mayor Boris Johnson, has said there’s “no need for haste” — but EU leaders are saying the opposite, in insistent tones.Juncker said Saturday the British had voted to leave and “it doesn’t make any sense to wait until October to try and negotiate the terms of their departure.”“I would like to get started immediately,” he said.French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron expressed the frustrations that many EU politicians feel, accusing Britain of taking the EU “hostage” with a referendum called to solve a domestic political problem: challenges to Cameron from right-wing euroskeptics.“The failure of the British government” has opened up “the possibility of the crumbling of Europe,” Macron said at a debate in Paris.Top diplomats from the European Union’s six founding nations — France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg — met in Berlin for hastily arranged talks and stressed that the exit process should be speedy.“There must be clarity,” Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn told reporters. “The people have spoken and we need to implement this decision.”France’s Ayrault suggested Britain could name a new prime minister within “several days” — but that is likely instead to take several months. The process calls for Conservative lawmakers to winnow candidates down to two choices who will then be voted on in a postal ballot of party members.Legally, there is little the EU can do to force Britain’s hand, since Article 50 must be triggered by the country that is leaving. But political pressure and economic instability may force British politicians to act more quickly than they had hoped.German Chancellor Angela Merkel struck a conciliatory note, saying it “shouldn’t take forever” for Britain to deliver its formal notification of leaving.“There is no need to be particularly nasty in any way in the negotiations. They must be conducted properly,” Merkel said at a news conference in Potsdam, outside Berlin.Britain’s “leave” campaigners have been accused of lacking a plan for the aftermath of a victory.Dominic Cummings, director of the “Vote Leave” group, said it would be “unthinkable” to invoke Article 50 before a new prime minister was in place. He tweeted: “David Cameron was quite right. New PM will need to analyze options and have informal talks.”Britain will remain an EU member until the divorce is finalized, but its influence inside the bloc is already waning. Leaders of the bloc will hold a summit in Brussels next week, and the second day, Wednesday, will take place for the first time without Britain.On Saturday, Britain’s representative on the EU’s executive Commission, Jonathan Hill, stepped down, saying he was disappointed by the referendum result but “what’s done cannot be undone.”Juncker transferred Hill’s portfolio of overseeing financial services to Latvian commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis — costing Britain a key voice in a sector that is hugely important to London, whose status as Europe’s financial capital is threatened by Britain’s EU exit.The referendum has already triggered financial turmoil around the world. Stock markets plummeted Friday, with the Dow Jones industrial average dropping 611 points, or 3.4 per cent, its biggest fall since August. It’s not clear what will happen in the markets on Monday, the next trading day.The pound on Friday dropped to its lowest level since 1985, plunging more than 10 per cent from about $1.50 to $1.35 before a slight recovery, on concerns that severing ties with the EU single market of 500 million people will hurt the U.K. economy and undermine London’s position as a global financial centre.Credit rating agency Moody’s downgraded the U.K.’s economic outlook from stable to negative, saying Britain faces “a prolonged period of uncertainty … with negative implications for the country’s medium-term growth outlook.”The vote to leave the EU has upended British politics. The deeply divided Conservatives are facing a leadership battle to replace Cameron, and some members of the opposition Labour Party hope to oust their leader, Jeremy Corbyn, who they accuse of failing to promote the “remain” side strongly enough.“(Corbyn) clearly isn’t the right person to actually lead the party into an election because nobody thinks he will actually win,” said Labour legislator Frank Field.Corbyn said Saturday he would not resign and said Britain must react “calmly and rationally” to the divisive referendum result.___Grieshaber reported from Berlin, Associated Press writers David Rising and Geir Moulson in Berlin and Angela Charlton in Paris contributed to this report. EU calls for UK to ‘Brexit’ quickly; Britain wants more time by Jill Lawless And Kirsten Grieshaber, The Associated Press Posted Jun 24, 2016 5:01 am MDT Last Updated Jun 25, 2016 at 10:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The flag of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, top, and the flag of England fly above a souvenir stand on Westminster Bridge following yesterday’s EU referendum result, London, Saturday, June 25, 2016. Britain voted to leave the European Union after a bitterly divisive referendum campaign. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland) read more


Mr Jennings attended Central London County Court with his new partner Credit:Richard Gittins/Champion News Andrew Ritchie QC, for Mr Jennings, claimed the taxi driver was driving too fast and would have seen the pedestrian in the road had he been keeping a proper lookout.Outside court during the case, Mr Ritchie assessed the value of Mr Jennings’ claim at “over £1m”.His solicitor, Nicholas Davis, said his head injuries had left him with epilepsy and memory issues which had forced him to quit the City.But the judge ruled: “The allegation of negligence aimed at the taxi driver is utterly unrealistic.”The sole material cause of this accident was Mr Jennings’ own stupidity in attempting to cross these lanes of busy traffic and having his attention diverted by his own misbehaviour and his argument with his girlfriend.””I reject the contention that any of the particulars of negligence is made out,” the judge concluded, dismissing the damages claim. But Judge Alan Saggerson has now thrown out his claim, saying Mr Jennings’ injuries resulted from his own “stupidity” in running into the road.The court heard Mr Jennings, aged in his 40s, went to the hotel with his then partner, “intending to celebrate a business deal,” on the evening of September 6 2012. A City financier walked out into seven lanes of traffic after he rowed with his girlfriend who he claimed spoiled a romantic meal by talking on her phone for two hours, a court heard.Stephen Jennings attempted to claim over £1 million in compensation when he was struck by a black cab near London’s Park Lane hotel in 2012. The financial systems analyst rushed blindly into the road following an argument with his ex-partner, who he said had “rudely” talked on her phone for two hours after the pair sat down for a meal to celebrate a business deal, Central London County Court heard.Mr Jennings, from Windsor, suffered devastating head injuries when he was struck by the cab, and had to give up his highly paid job.He sued the cab driver for over £1 million – mainly lost earnings – claiming his negligence caused the accident. The financial systems analyst rushed blindly into the road following an argument with his partner, Central London County Court heard “It was rude of my then girlfriend to be on the phone,” said Mr Jennings. “She was on the phone to Australia for two hours.”She ordered food and drank a whole bottle of wine. I went to the hotel bar and had a beer or two and when I got back she was still on the phone.”The couple then left the hotel “in a volatile state of mind and temper,” said the judge.”A physical argument ensued”, next to the busy seven-lane traffic interchange at Marble Arch.At the climax of the confrontation between the couple, Mr Jennings rushed into the traffic.He was “ducking and diving” between lines of cars in an “almost suicidal” attempt to get away, said the judge.The moment of madness lasted until he was knocked down by the cab, hitting his head on the road. Mr Jennings attended Central London County Court with his new partner  “But,” said Judge Saggerson, “the celebration didn’t go according to plan.”As the pair sat down to dinner, Mr Jennings said his girlfriend took a call on her mobile and she was on the phone “for two hours”.She ate her dinner and downed a bottle of wine whilst chatting away, he told the court.The judge said a disgruntled Mr Jennings “ended up drinking by himself in the hotel bar”. The financial systems analyst rushed blindly into the road following an argument with his partner, Central London County Court heardCredit:Alamy Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more


first_imgMET EIREANN IS providing a new service that help agencies in emergency cases related to the dispersion of hazardous materials in the atmosphere.Radiation, gas, volcanoesThe system enables the authorities to track and forecast the movement of materials in the atmosphere, if there was a disaster of some kind, be it radiation, a gas explosion or volcanic plume.The tailored system will help the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM).For DAFM the system is primarily aimed at predicting the movement of Foot and Mouth virus particles in the event of an outbreak of the disease, while the EPA will use it in the event of emergencies related to chemical spillages, large fires or distant volcanic eruptions that might compromise air quality over Ireland.The RPII will use the system for guidance on the dispersion of radioactive materials released into the atmosphere.Up-to-date informationThe user-friendly system is designed so that the latest weather information is always available to provide the most up-to-date information in an emergency.All data are at the native resolution of the forecast system and are automatically updated as new forecasts are produced.Met Eireann has given an example of how it might work. Below shows an incident in January 2013 when a large quantity of Mercaptan gas was accidentally released by a factory in northern France.Ireland experienced no major health issues but Met Eireann said the smell of ‘rotten eggs’ could be smelt over large distances.The animation below shows how the gas plume likely dispersed in the lower atmosphere. Areas in red or orange were likely to experience traces of a bad odour. The concentration of the gas was not high enough to be smelt by the time the plume reached Ireland, two days after its initial release.Read: Batten down the hatches, there’s a storm a comin’>Read: Even the weather has the post-Budget blues>last_img read more


first_imgALMOST THREE DOZEN bars, restaurants and off-licences have agreed to halt alcohol sales for an early St Patrick’s Day celebration created by students at a Pennsylvania university.The move is an effort to curb drinking for the unofficial holiday which has become known as State Patty’s Day, using the Americanised term for the holiday.In exchange, each business will receive a $5,000 (€3,700) subsidy to help account for lost revenue. A committee composed of Penn State university and community leaders announced the plan and listed 34 businesses that it said supported this Saturday’s “alcohol-free zone.”Every downtown establishment that sells alcohol will refrain from doing so on Saturday, said Damon Sims, university vice president of student affairs and co-chairman of a committee known as the Partnership: Campus & Community United Against Dangerous Drinking. The majority of the funds to pay for the subsidies to businesses would come from campus parking fees collected during previous State Patty’s Day weekends, he said.State Patty’s Day was created in 2007 to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day when it fell on spring break that year. But the holiday no longer falls during the break, and school administrators, student leaders and community residents have grown weary of a weekend that has become synonymous with excessive drinking and property damage.Besides that, the last thing Penn State needs as it seeks to redeem its reputation after the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal is more negative attention.Other schools have similar unofficial holidays, but Sims said he thought no other university community had gone to the extent of getting establishments to go alcohol-free.“Everyone in the partnership really wanted this to go away. … This became one of the few things that we thought of that we hadn’t tried,” Sims said in a phone interview. “Perhaps we can find more headway than in the past.”“Excessive drinking”The weekend in recent years has also sparked talk on social media, which authorities have said has contributed to a spike in out-of-town revelers.“This is an outside-the-box solution that businesses, the borough, student leaders and the University have embraced,” Tom Fountaine, borough manager and committee cochairman, said in a statement that included declarations of support from student and business leaders.Police, along with community, school and student groups, have ramped up efforts in recent years to counter the excessive drinking that marks State Patty’s Day. Fraternities and sororities banned parties for Friday and all social functions Saturday. Volunteer opportunities have also been promoted as alternative activities in a day of service.Last year, authorities said arrests dropped by about 13 per cent to roughly 300.Food and non-alcoholic drinks will still be offered by establishments to appeal to “responsible visitors.” Penn State’s two campus hotels also planned to cut off alcohol sales on Saturday.It was unclear how the initiative would affect establishments that weren’t downtown. In previous years, state liquor stores closed early for the day.Making downtown alcohol-free means the stepped-up police presence can focus on cracking down on house parties or otherwise unlicensed establishments, Sims said.Read: Drinking alcohol may improve ability to detect changes >last_img read more


first_img 12 Comments LAST WEEKEND, SESAME Street announced the introduction of its first character with autism, a little red-haired puppet called Julia. Source: Sesame StreetIt underlined the US children’s show’s thoughtful approach to educating children, and on bringing the experiences of different types of people to the screen. Those involved said that there was much discussion about how to do it right.“The big discussion right at the start was, ‘How do we do this? How do we talk about autism?’” Sesame Street writer Christine Ferraro told US TV show 60 Minutes.It’s tricky because autism is not one thing, because it is different for every single person who has autism.Julia’s puppeteer, Stacey Gordon, happens to be the mother of a son with autism, and said: “It’s important for kids without autism to see what autism looks like.”Here in Ireland, a study from the National Council for Special Education found that 14,000 students have an autism diagnosis. That’s one in every 65 students, or 1.5% of the school population.Sixty three percent of students with autism attend mainstream schools, while 23% attend special classes in mainstream primary and secondary schools, and 14% attend special schools.Sesame Street isn’t the first show to depict someone with autism or asperger’s – or who displays traits common to autism or asperger’s. Others include:Maurice Moss, in The IT CrowdAbed Nadir in CommunityBrick Heck in The MiddleMax Braverman in ParenthoodWill Graham in HannibalSaga Noren in The Bridge/BroenDr Sheldon Cooper in the Big Bang TheorySherlock Holmes in SherlockLegion in X MenNot all of these characters are diagnosed as having autism or Asperger’s Syndrome, and there are varying opinions as to how successful they are in their depiction.TheJournal.ie spoke to two people with asperger’s who explain that not only is it important that people with autism or asperger’s are represented in popular culture, but that it’s not done in a damaging way.‘If you meet one person with autism, you meet one person with autism’Adam Harris (brother of Health Minister Simon Harris) has Asperger’s Syndrome and works in educating people about autism and asperger’s. He welcomes the news about Julia in Sesame Street, but hopes people realise that those with autism or asperger’s are all very unique individuals.“I particularly welcome the fact this is for young children – the earlier we talk and the earlier we give the information, the better,” he said. But at the same time, Harris noted that children can be very open about the idea of autism and Asperger’s. Source: RTÉ via YouTube“Kids don’t see difference. What happens between when they are small children and we are adults? Our attitude changes so much.”“Children will be the champions of this inclusion and hopefully they will be able to educate the whole family,” he said.Harris said that while it is good that Ireland is mainstreaming people with autism into the community, he believes “we don’t mainstream our discussion of autism”.This has the effect of almost creating a taboo around the issue, he indicated. That’s where his organisation AsIAm comes in. It works to provide information about autism while educating and empowering people- and providing a sense of community too.Harris said that there’s a saying: “If you’ve met one person with autism you’ve met one person with autism. None of us are the same.”All the time you meet people who think every person with autism can count cards like Rain Man, that every person at autism is a wizard at maths like Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory. That is not the case and it’s important that people understand that.And yet, Harris understands why these stereotypes can appear. “It’s a challenge if you try and portray any minority,” he said. “[But] it’s about trying to get the message across while not stereotyping.”Damaging depictionsWhen done wrong, Harris said that a depiction of a person with autism/Asperger’s Syndrome can have negative effects.“I think it can be extremely damaging. You see positive examples and negative examples. Because everybody’s experience of autism can be different,” he said. “For example, the book the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, I think it’s a good depiction, but is that everyone’s experience? No.”He singled out the Ben Affleck movie The Accountant as being particularly egregious in its depiction of autism.“I’ve never been more frustrated watching it in the cinema,” said Harris. “I didn’t know what the takeaway message was. It was very damaging, it very much associated autism with violence.”This viewpoint is also shared by Cork-based Dr Stuart Neilson, who was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of 48. It was a relief for him to finally get a diagnosis, though it happened late in life (he’s now 53).“The one I hated was The Accountant,” he said. “I thought it was really, really awful and dangerous.” In particular, he questioned the fact that in the film, Ben Affleck’s character deliberately exposes himself to things which affect him negatively in a sensory way.He feared there could be “quite well-meaning versions of responses to that film that are harmful”.Harris describes it as a “real responsibility” for people working in popular culture to be responsible in how they portray people with autism.“We already have to face so much stereotyping and misunderstanding and misinformation,” he pointed out. “It is important that the popular media doesn’t make it worse.”Doing it wellNeilson said that while Sesame Street enables children to learn how to respond and play with a child who has autism, what is being missed in the discussion is how a child with autism themselves would feel.“The one they haven’t talked about is Julia looking at herself on screen and saying ‘that’s me’,” he said. ”It’s really critical being able to see yourself in the films you see.”He believes films like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Adam, My Name is Khan, and the book Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close did this well.So too did a book by an Irish author. ”I read a lot of fiction and I don’t see a lot that I see myself in. I think the one that I really loved in the last 10 years is Sara Baume’s Spill Simmer Falter Wither,” he said. The book has a 57-year-old protagonist who is described as “weird” but not given an official diagnosis.“She said she didn’t want to have a diagnosis because it’s not related to the story, but you can see his traits,” said Neilson. “When I was reading that I thought ‘oh, that’s so much like parts of my life’. My life has turned out very differently because I have a very supportive family. But for him, his family is ashamed of him… I could imagine the outcome of that.”In the study Representations of autism in the media: perspectives in popular television shows, Katie Dowdy of the University of Arkansas said that previous studies by Safron (1998) and Draaisma (2009) “successfully assert that interpretations of individuals with autism are frequently exaggerated in the media as a way of captivating audiences rather than providing authentic portrayals of the disorder”.By accepting these stereotypes as the norm, people will expect individuals with autism to manifest some type of “special skill” during their encounters. By not living up to the idealized image, the people with autism become a “diminished capacity” (Draaisma, 2009) in the eyes of the typical developing person.She noted how important YouTube vlogs (video blogs) have been in showing the variation of personal narratives of autism. These put the story into the hands of the people that it directly affects.Big Bang Theory Source: YouTubeOne of the most commonly-known depictions of what appears to be autism is Sheldon Cooper in Big Bang Theory. He’s a super-nerd, played by Jim Parsons, who though a genius lacks social skills and the ability to recognise sarcasm or irony.The creator of Big Bang Theory has said that Sheldon Cooper wasn’t conceived to be a character with autism, but he’s clearly a person those in the ‘aspie’ community believe does share traits of autism.Neilson described Cooper as a stereotype, saying: “I think some of what he does is very dangerous as far as stereotype goes”.Neilson attends a service in Cork called Aspect, for people with autism or asperger’s, and they’ve had many discussions about Sheldon Cooper. One of the aspects they dislike is his wealth.“In the series where he’s going down and trying to choose a games console, ‘should I buy a games console?’ Our clients can’t do that, our clients would be discussing where they can trade in their last cartridge. He’s not representative. They are also all white apart from [one character], and they are all male unless you consider Amy as an honorary person with autism.”Neilson has also noticed people misusing the phrase ‘aspie’ like they would OCD. “Now people are saying ‘I had an aspie moment’ and they don’t have asperger’s at all, but they’re saying it because they pick it up from Big Bang Theory and the way people respond to the Big Bang Theory. I think that’s harmful… It trivialises it.”But he does note the absence of girls and adults in depictions of autism and asperger’s in popular culture. Much of this relates to the first studies of autism, which only focused on boys. Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man Source: YouTubeHe said he was shocked to hear that some universities still use Rain Man as a means to teach students about autism. In this film, Dustin Hoffman plays a man with autism who has mathematical and observational abilities that aren’t shared by everyone with autism.Neilson would advise anyone who wants to write about or depict someone who has autism or Asperger’s Syndrome “to spend time with people who have the diagnosis they are writing about, to have an understanding, and maybe to go to the environment they are writing about”.In his work, Harris said that most people he meets don’t want to discriminate against people with autism. But he said that often people “don’t have the information to understand what it is like to have autism or to know someone who has autism, because so many challenges are misunderstood.”People were mainstreamed in a “very Irish way”, he said: “We’ll do that but let’s not talk about because it is awkward.”Harris pointed out that what people might not realise is that people with autism or asperger’s can learn to adapt to their environment once they have support. However, they “will always need certain things”.Bringing about change “will take time” and means people should be “willing to do things a bit differently”, he said.What do you think about this issue? Tell us in the comments.Read: Column: I have Asperger’s and I like being “different”> By Aoife Barry Short URL 14,146 Views http://jrnl.ie/3297234 Mar 26th 2017, 7:45 AM Share163 Tweet Email5 Sunday 26 Mar 2017, 7:45 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ‘Some people think that every person with autism is like Rain Man, or a wizard at maths’ Representations of people with autism can be full of stereotypes.last_img read more


first_imgUn trou noir géant engloutit une étoileDans deux études publiées hier, des astronomes indiquent avoir assisté au réveil d’un trou noir colossal qui a littéralement englouti une étoile alors qu’elle passait à proximité.Deux publications parues hier dans la revue Nature font part des observations réalisées par des astronomes. Ces derniers ont pu assister au réveil d’un trou noir géant, un monstre cosmique, surpris alors qu’il disloquait et avalait une étoile passant trop près, rapporte TV5monde.C’est grâce au satellite Swift, qui a perçu un flux élevé de rayons gamma, que le trou noir a été repéré. Il est massif comme un million de fois le Soleil, soit l’équivalent de celui qui se trouve au cœur de La Voie Lactée. En effet, la plupart des galaxies abritent en leur centre un trou noir et ceux-ci peuvent atteindre la masse de millions, voire de milliards d’étoiles semblables au Soleil.Ces trous noirs piègent parfois dans leur champ gravitationnel des étoiles qui passent non loin. Elles sont alors détruites par des effets de marée car la partie de l’étoile la plus proche du trou noir est soumise à une colossale force de gravité qui n’est pas appliquée sur la face la plus éloignée. L’étoile, ainsi étirée, finit par se disloquer.Une observation inédite Les débris issu de l’étirement se mettent à tourner à très grande vitesse en spirale autour du trou noir. Ce sont ces débris tournoyant qui émettent de puissants rayonnements comme ceux qui ont été perçus. Ces signaux avaient été captés dès le 25 mars par Swift mais, selon les scientifiques, et étant données les caractéristiques du rayonnement et de son évolution, ils estiment avoir été pour la première fois témoins de la dislocation d’une étoile et de la naissance du puissant rayonnement résultant de l’accrétion de sa matière autour d’un massif trou noir.”Le début d’un tel événement [ … ] n’avait pas été observé jusqu’alors”, souligne David Burrows de l’Université de l’Etat de Pennsylvanie qui a analysé avec son équipe les rayons X émis. Ils se sont révélés être 10.000 fois plus lumineux que prédit par la théorie, souligne dans Nature un expert, Davide Lazzati de l’Université de l’Etat de Caroline du Sud. Il rapporte la “surprise” des astronomes.Un million de masse solaire À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAL’équipe d’Ashley Zauderer du Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, aux Etats-Unis, a analysé les ondes radio émises et conclu que leur source coïncidait avec le centre d’une lointaine galaxie. Ce trou noir central correspondrait à un million de masse solaire et le jet de particules associées au rayonnement se propagerait à des vitesses proches de celle de la lumière. L’émission d’un tel jet “n’était pas prévue dans cette situation”, relèvent les chercheurs, qui estiment néanmoins que la dislocation gravitationnelle d’une étoile “explique naturellement” les propriétés du rayonnement observé.Découvrez cette observation inédite grâce à une animation vidéo conçue par la NASA Le 25 août 2011 à 16:11 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


first_imgSEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol has quietly stopped its controversial practice of routinely searching buses, trains and airports for illegal immigrants at transportation hubs along the northern border and in the nation’s interior, preventing agents from using what had long been an effective tool for tracking down people here illegally, The Associated Press has learned.Current and former Border Patrol agents said field offices around the country began receiving the order last month — soon after the Obama administration announced that to ease an overburdened immigration system, it would allow many illegal immigrants to remain in the country while it focuses on deporting those who have committed crimes.The routine bus, train and airport checks typically involved agents milling about and questioning people who appeared suspicious, and had long been criticized by immigrant rights groups. Critics said the tactic amounted to racial profiling and violated travelers’ civil liberties.But agents said it was an effective way to catch unlawful immigrants, including smugglers and possible terrorists, who had evaded detection at the border, as well as people who had overstayed their visas. Often, those who evade initial detection head quickly for the nearest public transportation in hopes of reaching other parts of the country.Halting the practice has baffled the agents, especially in some stations along the northern border — from Bellingham, Wash., to Houlton, Maine — where the so-called “transportation checks” have been the bulk of their everyday duties. The Border Patrol is authorized to check vehicles within 100 miles of the border.last_img read more


first_imgNo, not that tipping point, where online revenue surpasses print. Your typical b-to-b publisher is probably at least five years away from that, and most consumer magazine publishers are even farther out.The tipping point I’m talking about is the one in which the old cliché about how “the railroads thought they were in the railroad business” will steamroll publishers in every sector-b-to-b and consumer-that still haven’t realized that they aren’t just in the magazine business. Nor are they in the “events business” or the “online business.” No one business model is coming to the rescue. Trimming your print staff to prop up your online group will sabotage your best-known-and probably still biggest-product. Launching event after event will quickly fatigue your audience. (For all the talk about events, does anyone remember how played-out that industry was around 2001-2002? Events experience up-and-down cycles too.)Publishers need to understand where each element fits in and how they work with each other. WTWH Media is a startup that has managed to gain ground in a hyper-competitive market dominated by Reed and Penton, primarily by being seen as the “so-called smart online guys.” Yet, WTWH sees its print magazine, Design World, as “the aircraft carrier” that gives its online products authority, according to co-founder Scott McCafferty (“Start Up Stories: How to Launch in the Digital Age”).Quit faking it online. Make the investment in the back-end and in the new online people you need. Train your existing print staff-if they’re truly interested in their role as information disseminators, they’ll embrace the opportunity. We’re no longer at the point where “everybody is still trying to figure it out”-a lot of people HAVE figured it out, many of them competitors you may not have even heard of yet. Monthly updates and banner ads don’t cut it any more. But neither does saying “we provide content wherever they want it” unless you really mean it.last_img read more


first_imgBLUE BELL ICE CREAM VIA FACEBOOKBlue Bell is in hot water again.The Brenham-based creamery is getting a cold shoulder from fans looking for its newest, Yuletide-themed flavor. After a objectively early launch a week before Halloween, it seems Blue Bell’s Christmas Cookies Ice Cream won’t be home for the holidays for many rabid fans.The company announced the flavor in a Facebook post on Oct. 23, touting the combination of sugar cookie, chocolate chip and snickerdoodle flavors paired with red sprinkles and a green icing swirl.Then, like a flash, the supply dried up. Customers could no longer find it in stores, and while it was originally offered online, the flavor doesn’t seem to be available anymore.So, naturally, people had a lot of problems with that and took to the internet for an especially lengthy airing of grievances. While a sprinkling of the 8,000-plus commenters on Facebook and Instagram clamored for revivals of flavors of Christmas past – like Gingerbread House and Hot Chocolate – many of them lamented the scarcity of the Christmas Cookies flavor in grocery aisles nationwide.While the company was responsive in October shortly after posting on Facebook, there hasn’t been much of a stir since.This, of course, comes after a multi-state shutdown of plants in 2015 after three people in Kansas died and 10 people across four states were hospitalized. Listeria was again found in Blue Bell cookie dough in 2016. Sharelast_img read more


first_imgStay on target Hori is well-known for releasing quality gaming accessories and controllers. The company will launch a brand-new, officially licensed controller for the PS4 next week dubbed the “Onyx.” No, your eyes are not deceiving you. This upcoming PS4 controller totally, purposefully, looks like an Xbox controller.Before going into the design, let’s talk about what the controller features. As stated over on the PlayStation Blog, the Onyx controller has all core controls and direct Bluetooth connectivity. It has a touch pad, dual vibration motors, and asymmetrical analog sticks. Hori’s Andrew Mason says this controller’s design “makes it easier than ever for gamers to find a controller that suits their unique playstyle.”Besides the touchpad, everything else about the Onyx screams “Xbox.” There have been many other PS4 controllers with asymmetrical sticks (even some from Hori), but that isn’t the only thing that makes the controller Xbox-like. The broad design, d-pad shape and placement, and the shoulder triggers are all evocative of an Xbox controller. Specifically, the Xbox One. I suppose if you’re going to draw inspiration from a controller, the Xbox One controller isn’t a bad one to go off of.While I prefer PlayStation controllers over Xbox controllers (that symmetry, baby!) I will admit to having a soft spot for the Xbox One’s controller. It reminds me a lot of the Dreamcast controller in terms of size and heft. Given how the Xbox One controller feels better when playing shooting games, I’d certainly like to try Doom or Destiny 2 on PS4 using the Onyx.Hori’s Onyx controller will be available on January 15. The controller was revealed on Sony’s European site so it’s unclear if it will also release in North America on that same date. We’re not sure how much the Onyx will sell for either. I suppose we’ll find that out next week.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits last_img read more