The Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League are guaranteed to have a second home playoff game in the 2018 Calder Cup playoffs at the Citizens Business Bank Arena. On Friday, the Reign defeated the Texas Stars 5-1 in their best out of five series to tie the series at one game apiece. With the Reign winning game two, it means the series is tied and guarantees the Reign will host game four of the series on April 24 at 7 pm PT (tickets).
Please note, the Reign and the Stars game is no longer if necessary. The game is guaranteed to happen.
In the Reign’s victory over the Stars, Philippe Maillet notched two goals. The other Reign goal scorers were Matt Luff, Oscar Fantenberg and T.J. Hensick. Brett Sutter also was strong offensively as he notched two assists. The Reign were successfully able to rebound in the series after losing 4-3 in game one.
In other news, the Reign have formed a partnership with the company Grave Before Shave. The company is known for its beard oil and beard balm in a variety of different flavors including Viking, pine, outdoorsman, tequila, cigar, bourbon, caramel mocha and rum.
Before the Reign play the Stars in game four of the series, game three will be at Citizens Business Bank Arena on April 22 at 3 pm PT. For tickets, please click here.
A recent patent shows some of the thinking about fully autonomous cars, which might look nothing like cars do now.
Whenever we have shown self-driving cars or autonomous vehicles as imagined 50 or 60 years ago, people are always playing board games or cards, because they didn’t have iPads or phones to play with then. But as we know, millennials are driving a board game revival. That’s why it is so exciting to see this very recent patent application from Mohammed Omar Faruque for Ford Global Technologies.
According to the application, it is for a fully autonomous car, so there is no need for a drivers seat or a traditional windshield, because “fully autonomous vehicle has a vehicle controller that simultaneously controls each of accelerating, braking, and steering.”
The vehicle provides a versatile passenger compartment that may be used, e.g., when the vehicle is autonomously operated. The table provides an area for occupants to collaboratively work or play. The passenger compartment provides a spacious interior space for occupants to use. Occupants may increase free space by moving and/or stowing the seats as discussed further below. In some configurations, the passenger compartment may open to the external environment, providing a variety of surroundings for occupants.
Fun? Wow! The seats are on a track so that it can rotate around the table so that everyone can get out the door on the side. On the big top octagonal version, individual segments can be opened and closed. And to add to the excitement, a giant airbag is stored in the center of the table.
Ford is on to something here. In an article on Gizmodo complaining about a lame GM design for an AV, Jason Torchinsky noted that there is no reason for an AV to look like a conventional car with people looking forward.
There’s just no reason to keep these rigid interior design rules when you’re not required (or able) to drive! Why is everyone sitting in two forward-facing rows? There should at least be an option to swivel the front seats around, or allow the seats to all face inwardly. There should be fold-out tables, the means to recline seats for sleeping, and so on.
Although in some ways, I like the old image better, with the glass bubble roof that lets you see what is going on. But Faruque’s setup looks a lot more comfortable.
In this one, you could get a drink. I think that perhaps the Ford in our future needs a bit more work. Maybe they should hire Steven M. Johnson to consult on how to make a comfy flexible interior.
Australian police have charged Mauritius 2018 Commonwealth Games chef de mission Kaysee Teeroovengadum with sexual assault following allegations made by a female athlete.
Teeroovengadum quit on the eve of the Games amid accusations of “inappropriate touching” made by the athlete, which allegedly took place in the Games’ Athletes’ Village.
“Police will allege the 52-year-old Mauritian man assaulted a 26-year-old woman in Southport on March 29,” a Queensland Police statement, issued Thursday, read.
“The matter was reported to police who charged the man with one count of sexual assault today. The man is due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on April 17.”
Police confirmed Wednesday they had received a complaint of inappropriate sexual behavior, and said they would investigate, which included interviewing Teeroovengadum.
The official’s resignation directly followed a series of crisis meetings with the Mauritian government and the nation’s sporting authorities.
The 2018 Commonwealth Games opened on Wednesday and will run through to April 15 in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
President Trump highlighted extreme violence in video games with the help of a stomach-churning compilation including a video game massacre in a Moscow airport. Critics lashed out at the suggestion that gaming causes violence.
Featuring gore-filled clips from popular titles such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2; Wolfenstein; Dead by Daylight; Sniper Elite; and Fallout 4, the video montage was reportedly shown during a White House roundtable discussion attended by representatives from the video game industry, lawmakers, and video game critics.
According to the Washington Post, after playing the video for the roundtable attendees, President Trump asked the group: “This is violent, isn’t it?”
WARNING: GRAPHIC SCENES
The compilation includes controversial gameplay from Modern Warfare 2, in which the player, taking on the role of an undercover CIA agent, participates in a mass shooting at a Moscow airport. The disturbing sequence was the subject of intense controversy in Russia. Modern Warfare’s developer, Activision, ultimately decided to remove the level entirely from the Russian version of the game. However, the game once again made headlines in Russia a year after its release, following a suicide bomb attack that killed 37 and left some 180 injured at Moscow’s Domodedovo International Airport in 2011. In the wake of the attack, media critic Danny Schechter said that the controversial game showed how “entertainment mirrors reality and reality mirrors entertainment.”
The video compilation and subsequent roundtable discussion were billed as part of the Trump administration’s response to the recent mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 students and staff dead. Trump pointed the finger at violent video games shortly after the tragedy, remarking: “I’m hearing more and more people say the level of violence on video games is really shaping young people’s thoughts.”
Published as unlisted on the White House’s official YouTube channel on Thursday, the video quickly went viral – although perhaps for the wrong reasons. The video currently has fewer than 2,000 “likes,” compared with 58,000 “dislikes.”
“The only violence I see here is to the like/dislike bar,” observed a cheeky YouTube commenter, while another claimed that “This is completely biased, and anyone who has researched the topic for even five minutes knows that video games do not cause violence.”
Trump’s apparent belief that violent video games have a corrupting influence on America’s youth was not well received by representatives from the gaming industry who attended the meeting. In a statement issued to the press following the roundtable the Electronic Software Association, a trade group that represents game publishers, said that while they appreciated Trump’s “receptive and comprehensive approach to this discussion,” they found the president’s arguments unconvincing. The statement pointed to “numerous scientific studies establishing that there is no connection between video games and violence.”
The organization has a page on its website which specifically addresses concerns about violence in video games. “Violent crime, particularly among the young, has decreased dramatically since the early 1990s,” the ESA’s website reads. “During the same period of time, video games have steadily increased in popularity and use, exactly the opposite of what one would expect if there were a causal link.”
The argument is not watertight, as other studies have suggested that there is in fact a link between violence in video games and antisocial behavior. In 2012, Researchers from Ohio State University found that “people who played a violent video game for three consecutive days showed increases in aggressive behavior and hostile expectations each day they played.”
Comment: Antisocial behaviour does not necessarily equate with mass shooting though.
There are also some real world examples of the potential harm caused by violent video games. Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik and Sandy Hook gunman Adam Lanza were both known to be avid players of Call of Duty. Breivik, who recently claimed that the “outdated” Playstation 2 in his
The agreement was reached on Tuesday during working-level talks between the two Koreas, which took place in the border village of Panmunjom. North Korea offered to send 20 members to the Games, including six athletes, who are expected to arrive in South Korea by land two days before the opening ceremony of the Games.
Earlier this month, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) invited two North Korean para-skiers to participate at the Winter Games by granting them bipartite slots in the Para-Nordic skiing event. North Korea expressed willingness to include four more participants to the country’s roster in addition to the two skiers.
The offer, however, needs to the approved by the IPC, which earlier refused to give Olympic berths to Neutral Paralympic Athletes from Russia saying that “all 100 quota places in men’s Nordic skiing have already been allocated to athletes who have either qualified or received a bipartite invitation.”
North Korea made its Paralympic debut at the 2012 Summer Games in London, but it has never participated at a Winter Paralympics. The country’s decision to compete at next month’s Paralympic Games comes after their Olympic team competed at the Winter Games, a step which was seen by many specialists as a major breakthrough in the strained relations between the two neighboring countries.
Delegations from the two Koreas marched together at the PyeongChang 2018 opening ceremony under the Korean Unification Flag, and also formed a unified female ice-hockey team – which finished in last place at the tournament.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach endorsed the countries’ attempts to ease the existing tensions and controversies, calling their endeavors a “powerful message of peace” to the world. The 2018 Paralympic Winter Games are scheduled to take place from March 9 to 18 in PyeongChang.
Duke & Collett: Zionists de-Russify the Olympic Games in Pursuit of Greater Israel !
Today Dr. Duke and British internet bloodsport champion Mark Collett discuss the Zionist drive to purge Russian athletes from the Olympic games.
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