Are earthquakes also earth burps?

first_imgAn “excuse me” might be nice. Researchers have found that Earth belches a potent greenhouse gas known as tetrafluoromethane (CF4) during earthquakes and other tectonic events. The emissions likely aren’t making a significant contribution to global warming, but the findings could change the way scientists model future climate scenarios. They also complicate the use of CF4 as a way to measure how the continents and climate have changed over millennia.CF4 is among the most persistent greenhouse gasses. It lingers in the atmosphere for an estimated 50,000 to 100,000 years, says Karl Haase, a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) research chemist in Reston, Virginia, who reviewed the new paper but was not affiliated with the study. “Once it’s in the air, it’s there.” CF4’s long life span makes it interesting to scientists studying the history of Earth’s climate over the eons, but until now not much was understood about how it gets into the atmosphere, he says.Scientists did know that the slow weathering of granite and other metamorphic rocks by rainfall created CF4. But when USGS hydrologist Daniel Deeds in San Diego, California, and colleagues observed elevated levels of the gas in groundwater samples near an active fault in the Mojave Desert, they began to suspect tectonic activity might also play a role.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)For the new study, they tested 14 groundwater samples from aquifers along the “Big Bend” area of the San Andreas fault northwest of Los Angeles, California. All but one of the samples showed levels of CF4 that were higher than waters that had been in contact with air, indicating that the chemical was being absorbed from stone deep underground.After accounting for the CF4 that could be attributed to weathering, the team found that water samples closer to the fault contained excess CF4 levels that were significantly higher than those from farther away. And ground waters that were within 200 meters of the San Andreas fault contained excess levels of CF4 that were “orders of magnitude” higher than elsewhere in the region, according to the paper. “You get these slower emissions from weathering, and then you get these burps of CF4 from tectonic activity,” Deeds says.It’s still not clear whether the CF4 is created by the fracturing of Earth during an earthquake or by chemical changes in the high pressures of deep fault zones—geological stresses that would lead to an earthquake eventually. Either way, Deeds notes, the emissions can take thousands of years to reach Earth’s surface, which means scientists couldn’t use CF4 release to predict earthquakes.Human activity like aluminum and semiconductor production is a much bigger source of CF4 in the atmosphere, but understanding where weaker natural emissions come from is still important because of its extraordinarily long life, says Jochen Harnisch, an atmospheric scientist with the environment and climate policy division of KfW Development Bank in Frankfurt, Germany, who was not affiliated with the study.A potentially more significant result of the study, published online before print in Earth and Planetary Science Letters, could be on how CF4 is used in studying changes in the planet’s carbon balance over time, Deeds notes. Understanding how CF4 is released could be useful to scientists modeling future climate scenarios, helping them understand how long elevated levels of the gas would linger in the atmosphere even if human emissions were curbed. “Small natural sources may not seem important, but if they accumulate in the atmosphere over thousands to tens of thousands of years they can be significant,” Deeds says.Because of the chemical’s long life span, scientists have proposed using CF4 found in ice core samples as a tracer to study changes in Earth’s climate over geologic time. Fluctuations in CF4 were seen as indicators of how fast the granite material in Earth’s crust was weathering, which in turn could be used to estimate changes in rainfall, temperature, and glacier activity. But now, Deeds says, those fluctuations can’t be attributed exclusively to weathering. “There may be other processes at play, specifically tectonic activity.”last_img read more

David Warner 156 powers Australia’s clean sweep over New Zealand

first_imgAustralia opener David Warner scored 156 on Friday to lead Australia to a 117-run win over New Zealand and a three-match sweep of the one-day international series against New Zealand. (Scorecard)Warner helped pace the hosts to 264/8 batting first after captain Steve Smith, who made an outstanding catch to end the match, won the toss and elected to bat. (Clarke calls on Australia’s young guns to keep making most of opportunities)Australia posted 324 and 378 in the first two games, but set New Zealand a relatively modest score to win Friday’s game. But New Zealand could only manage 147 in reply before being bowled out in the 37th over.Martin Guptill top-scored for New Zealand while Mitchell Starc took 3-34 for the winners.”Credit to the bowlers, they came out and executed the plan after we put up the runs,” Warner said after being named man-of-the-match.Warner hit his second straight century after a 119 in Australia’s 116-run victory Tuesday in Canberra. He helped Australia out of early trouble at 73-4, and was run out on the final ball of the innings after facing 128 balls.In 23 ODI innings this year, Warner has scored 1,388 runs at an average of 63.09, with seven centuries.Warner was dropped on 18, when Henry Nicholls could only get his fingertips on the ball after lunging for a diving catch at deep mid-wicket off the bowling of Lockie Ferguson.Opener Aaron Finch fell for three, and New Zealand’s leg-side trap claimed Smith without scoring.last_img read more

Lt Gen Gurpal Singh Sangha takes over as GOC of Gajraj Corps

first_imgTezpur (Assam), Dec 29 (PTI) Lt Gen Gurpal Singh Sangha today took over as the general officer commanding (GOC) of the Indian Armys Frontier Gajraj Corps, defence spokesperson Lt Col Sombit Ghosh said here.He replaced Lt Gen Amarjeet Singh Bedi.Gen Sangha has come to Gajraj Corps from Kolkata where he commanded the Bengal Area, Col Ghosh said.The new GOC has served in command and staff appointments both in Jammu and Kashmir and the North East region.In addition to his professional pursuits, the new GOC is also a keen sportsperson and is the recipient of multiple medals in the discipline of shooting besides excelling in other sports, the Spokesman said. PTI cor ESB NNlast_img

Sachin Tendulkar was a sleepwalker, reveals Sourav Ganguly

first_imgSourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar share a special bond ever since the two legendary batsmen started off as budding cricketers. Ganguly and Tendulkar know each other since their childhood days and went on to become one of the most dangerous opening pairs in one day cricket.Even after retirement, the two greats of the game share a special bond.”I have seen his whole cricketing career from near. From 14 years of age then played for India, we opened together, so I know that man from inside. What he wants to do at the crease, where he wants to play, who he is angry with,” Ganguly said on Breakfast With Champions.Sourav Ganguly wants Vijay, Rahane to step up in remaining Tests vs EnglandGanguly, on the talk show, also revealed how Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli played a prank on him.”I was sleeping in the afternoon on Sunday, I was 14 years old then. I was in Indore in a national camp. Vasu sir used to make us run a lot. Sunday afternoon we had a leave. So me and my roommate were sleeping. We woke up at 5 [in the evening] and saw only water in the room and suitcases were floating. I thought the pipe burst in the room. I went into the bathroom and it was dry. As I opened the door, Vinod Kambli and Sachin Tendulkar were standing in front with buckets and they were going to get more water.Sourav Ganguly breaks his silence on Ravi Shastri’s punctuality storyadvertisement”I said ‘what are you guys doing?’…they said ‘why are you sleeping in the afternoon?’ I said ‘did I commit a crime sleeping in the afternoon?’ They said ‘we will play cricket with the tennis ball’. I said ‘you could’ve woke me up by knocking’.”When Ravi Shastri ordered team bus to leave without Sourav Ganguly”I saw Tendulkar for the first time, such long hairs…he was from Bombay and quite famous back then. He can’t be taken off from the nets.. He used to bat always. Vasu sir used to pull him off nets, saying ‘camp is for others too’. I knew he had something different from that time,” Ganguly said.In another such incident, Ganguly revealed how Tendulkar once scared him at night with his sleepwalking habit earlier in his career in England.”We were roommates in England. So, one day I saw he was walking in the room. I said to myself, he must gone to the bathroom and I slept facing the other side. I didn’t ask him anything the next day. Second day, I again saw him walking in the room. So I woke up and sat thinking, what does he do at 1.30 in the night. He takes a round in the room and then sits on the chair, come and then sleeps next to me”So next day I told him, ‘you’re scaring me, what do you do at night?’ He said ‘No, I walk while sleeping’…He had this habit of sleepwalking,” he said.Ganguly also said the Littler Master used to play with his bats many times, even in the 1992 World Cup.”I started using a heavy bat and he was also using a heavy bat. He used to like the feel of my bat. In 1992, I was dropped from the team, I was not not selected for the World Cup. So while going home, the other players said ‘It’s alright, you go home, don’t worry…the next tour is there’. But he said ‘can I take your bat?’ I said I have been dropped, you took my bat, what more you guys are going to do’. So, I gave him my bat,” Ganguly said.The former skipper said he has seen a lot of good times with Tendulkar.”Whenever he failed to score he used to search for bats. My heavy bats used to be there, he took them and played. He was my roommate in Sydney and I was not playing. He failed to score in the first two Test matches in 1991-92. So he woke up at two in the night and was practising. He then scored a century in Sydney. I’ve seen a lot of good times with him,” he said.last_img read more

Conte rues Chelsea wastefulness

first_imgChelsea Conte rues Chelsea wastefulness in Arsenal stalemate Dom Farrell 08:02 1/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) MarcosAlonso - cropped Getty Images Chelsea League Cup Antonio Conte Chelsea v Arsenal Arsenal The Blues had plenty of chances to take victory in Wednesday’s first leg, but a lack of precision in front of goal cost them dearly Antonio Conte called on Chelsea to rediscover their ruthless streak after Arsenal left Stamford Bridge with a goalless draw in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final.Four days on from Championship side Norwich City restricting the Premier League champions to a 0-0 stalemate, Chelsea were unable to find a way through against Arsene Wenger’s men.Alvaro Morata’s personal goal drought extended to four matches, while defender Andreas Christensen proved ill-suited to the task when two golden headed opportunities fell his way after half-time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “We shot 20 times. We created chances to score, but we didn’t take them,” Conte lamented at a post-match news conference.”I think in the last period we must be more clinical, better offensively. Otherwise, if you don’t score, if you’re lucky the game finishes in a draw.”After Norwich it’s the second 0-0 in a row. We have to reflect on this and try to improve during training sessions and try to improve in this situation.”Honestly, I think you must be worried if you don’t create chances to score and it becomes very difficult to score. This team in every game creates chances to score.”This season maybe we’re a bit unlucky. We’re not so good to take these chances. My speech is not for the strikers. For example, Christensen had two fantastic opportunities to score.”I think we have to improve with all the players, not only the strikers or midfielders. When you have the chance you have to score, especially in these games.”v #CHEARS— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 10, 2018Conte brought the trialled video assistant referee (VAR) system into play when Cesc Fabregas went down in the area under a challenge from Danny Welbeck late on but referee Martin Atkinson’s initial on-field decision of no foul was upheld.The Italian believes the system has been beneficial following its introduction in Serie A but felt Atkinson did not allow sufficient additional time to account for the VAR delay.”For sure you have to improve and understand when you start VAR you have to add more time in extra [stoppage] time,” Conte added, having seen five minutes added at the end of a half where Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere received treatment for an ankle injury on the field.”In Italy sometimes there are doubts two, three times during a game, extra time is seven, eight, nine minutes.”last_img read more

Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly gave each other space at Delhi Capitals camp: Munro

first_imgRicky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly gave each other space at Delhi Capitals camp: MunroWhile everyone has been speaking about the youngsters in the team Delhi Capitals and their brilliant display, Colin Munro feels that credit must go to the whole team, including the head coach Ricky Ponting and advisor Sourav Ganguly.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiMay 11, 2019UPDATED: May 11, 2019 17:36 IST Colin Munro feels the credit of Delhi Capitals’ success must go to the whole team, including the head coach Ricky Ponting and advisor Sourav Ganguly. (IANS Photo)He is considered one of the best T20 players in the New Zealand outfit, but Colin Munro played just four games for Delhi Capitals in this edition of the Indian Premier League. With scores of 40, 3, 14 and 27, Munro found the going tough.But being a foreign signing comes with added baggage. Even when you aren’t finding a spot in the XI, you must be available to interact with the youngsters and impart knowledge about the game.Speaking to IANS, the Kiwi said that keeping a positive frame of mind and always looking to help the youngsters in the team is a must when you are an overseas professional playing in the IPL.”You just got to try and pass out what knowledge you have from playing in the various T20 leagues around the world. Only 11 players can take the field, so you pass on the knowledge and make them a better cricketer. It is frustrating not playing, but you have a lot of work off the field as well. It is all about keeping a good attitude when you are not playing and help the boys out,” he smiled.”Yes, very frustrating, but at the end of the day, you can only play four foreigners and the conditions you are playing in, matter in team composition. You just have to be realistic and cannot be negative. You have to turn up to training with a positive attitude.”Asked what he did when he wasn’t playing for Delhi, the southpaw said: “Did a fair bit of gym work, cannot run as much as you like because you don’t want to overcook yourself because then if the opportunity comes for you to play, you go into the game being 70 percent because you are tired. Staying mentally fresh is also important when you are not playing.”advertisementWhile everyone has been speaking about the youngsters in the team and their brilliant display, Munro feels that credit must go to the whole team, including the head coach Ricky Ponting and advisor Sourav Ganguly.”The players knew their roles and they tried to go out and execute what they had been asked to do. Guys went out and achieved their goals and as a collective unit also we did well. We peaked at the right time. The way they (Ponting and Ganguly) have interacted with the youngsters, they gave each other space and let each other work in their respective areas of strengths. They have allowed each other to be who they are and have also worked well with each other,” he said.Also Read | T20 cricket needs players like Rishabh Pant: Colin MunroAlso Read | IPL 2019: MS Dhoni shares insights, Rishabh Pant listens with rapt attentionFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bykarishma Tags :Follow Colin MunroFollow Delhi CapitalsFollow Sourav GangulyFollow Ricky Pontinglast_img read more

Chrome users to soon play and pause videos in browser

first_imgSan Francisco: Google is working on to add a play and pause button on its Chrome browser’s toolbar that will help users pause or resume a video playing in the browser, regardless of the where it’s coming from.According to ZDNet, the new Google Chrome feature is called Global Media Controls (GMC) and is now in testing phase.The button will work with both audio and video content and will work across multiple Chrome windows.”The users will be able to pause a video that’s playing in a different window altogether, and not necessarily the ones playing in the current one,” said the report late Saturday.The button will be available on desktop versions for Windows, Mac and Linux.last_img

Heidi Klum Launches Project Doodle Contest

first_imgIn partnership with Save the Children, Babies”R”Us is introducing specially designed t-shirts as part of the company’s exclusive Truly Scrumptious by Heidi Klum collection to help inspire creativity among kids.Project Doodle ContestIn conjunction with this initiative, Babies”R”Us has donated $50,000 to Save the Children’s programs benefitting young children in impoverished regions around the country. The fun, monster-themed t-shirts for kids, sizes newborn to 5T, were designed by Johan, 6-year-old son of world-renowned fashion icon and mom of four Heidi Klum. The t-shirts are now available online and rolling into Babies”R”Us stores nationwide next week.Save the Children has a long history of showcasing the creativity of children through their artwork and has implemented various art contests over the years to encourage youth to show their support for those in need through design, while raising awareness and funds for the organization’s ongoing mission. Inspired by Save the Children’s licensed art contests and eager to highlight the good work of its long-standing philanthropic partner, Babies”R”Us has launched the Project Doodle Contest to celebrate the introduction of this limited edition t-shirt assortment.“As an organization dedicated to providing support to children in need, while inspiring kids through art, we’re thrilled to partner with Babies”R”Us and Heidi on this initiative,” said Mark Shriver, Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives for Save the Children. “The generous donation provided in conjunction with the launch of these t-shirts and the Project Doodle Contest will help us to further our mission in assisting youth in impoverished regions throughout the United States.”Beginning today, budding artists, ages 8 and younger, can visit or the company’s Facebook page,, to create and share their designs using, a digital sketchpad. Through this contest, two designs will be chosen to be featured on t-shirts, which will be manufactured and sold in Babies”R”Us stores nationwide and online this fall as part of the Truly Scrumptious by Heidi Klum collection.“As a mom of four, I’m constantly drawing design inspiration from my kids — whether it’s their unique fashion sense, their latest art project or simply their zest for life. Johan, my 6-year-old, is super creative, and I knew I wanted to incorporate his whimsical and imaginative designs into my Truly Scrumptious collection in a very special way,” said Heidi Klum. “I’m so proud — as a mom and a designer — to introduce this one-of-a-kind assortment of t-shirts to Babies”R”Us customers in conjunction with my all-new summer apparel collection. These adorable baseball style shirts featuring monsters — a nod to my signature Truly Scrumptious characters — will be used to shine a spotlight on the wonderful work Save the Children does for children throughout the United States. I can’t wait to see all of the fun, unique designs that kids submit through the Project Doodle Contest, and watch them come to life as part of my fall line.”Johan Lends Designs to Limited Edition T-Shirts for Babies”R”UsFinding inspiration in her son’s imaginative sketches, Heidi Klum continually incorporates signature characters and whimsical designs into her Truly Scrumptious collection. Now, Johan himself is playing designer, as Babies”R”Us introduces two baseball-style t-shirts — one with pink sleeves and one with blue sleeves – featuring his hand-drawn, silly monster creations front and center. Sure to be loved by parents and children, the t-shirts are representative of the imagination and creativity of kids. Each shirt will be easily identifiable with a special hangtag to draw attention to Save the Children’s U.S. Programs.The tees can now be purchased online and will be available in Babies”R”Us stores nationwide next week for $4.99. To complement the in-store availability of these unique shirts, customers will find eye-catching signage at the front of the stores’ apparel sections touting the all-new assortment, as well as the Project Doodle Contest.“We’re thrilled to welcome Johan’s designs in our stores nationwide and online as part of our Truly Scrumptious summer collection,” said Neil Mulhall, Vice President, Divisional Merchandising Manager, Babies”R”Us. “We’re equally excited to offer little ones across the country a chance to play designer through the Project Doodle Contest, bringing another fun, unexpected assortment of kid-designed tees to our stores this fall.”Source:Save the Childrenlast_img read more

UN envoy to northern Uganda holds talks with regional leaders

Joaquim Chissano, Ban Ki-moon’s Special Envoy for areas affected by the LRA, met earlier today in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, with the President of the Central African Republic (CAR), UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters in New York. Mr. Chissano briefed President François Bozizé, who is visiting Uganda, on his activities. This afternoon, Mr. Chissano will proceed to the southern Sudanese town of Juba, the site of previous talks between the LRA and the Ugandan Government, for further consultations on the peace negotiations. As part of his current mission to the region, the Special Envoy will also visit the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ms. Montas said. Appointed in December 2006, Mr. Chissano – a former Mozambican president – has been tasked with addressing the regional ramifications of the Ugandan conflict, particularly its impact on neighbours such as Sudan and the DRC, as well as its root causes. Thousands of civilians have been killed or abducted since the LRA began its rebellion in 1986, and more than 1.5 million people have become refugees or internally displaced persons (IDPs). During the conflict the rebel group became notorious for abducting children and then using them as soldiers or porters, while subjecting some to torture and allocating many girls to senior officers in a form of institutional rape. The Ugandan Government and the LRA agreed to a cessation of hostilities last year, but a comprehensive agreement has not yet been struck and some senior LRA figures face International Criminal Court (ICC) indictments. 23 August 2007The United Nations envoy for the conflict in northern Uganda is meeting with officials in the region as part of his ongoing efforts to broker a durable peace accord between the Government and the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). read more

Baloney Meter Is Donald Trumps antiNAFTA rhetoric all about Mexico

by Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 17, 2016 5:30 am MDT Last Updated Nov 17, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – “We know that the new president-elect has concerns with NAFTA, but they are about Mexico, not Canada.” — interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose.___Ever since Donald Trump appeared on an episode of the CBS television show “60 Minutes” in September 2015 disparaging the North American Free Trade Agreement, there have been concerns about what it could mean for Canada.The 22-year-old trade agreement between Canada, the United States and Mexico has always had detractors — including Ambrose’s former boss, ex-prime minister Stephen Harper, who called it “unbalanced” on a trip to Mexico in 2014.But Trump went much further. He called NAFTA a “disaster” in 2015, and said he would rip it up or renegotiate it if he ever won power.Offering to sit down and talk about the agreement the day after Trump’s election win weakened Canada’s position, said Ambrose, especially since — in her view — Trump’s antipathy towards NAFTA was not really directed north of the 49th parallel.Is that a realistic view of how Trump sees NAFTA?Spoiler alert: The Canadian Press Baloney Meter is a dispassionate examination of political statements culminating in a ranking of accuracy on a scale of “no baloney” to “full of baloney” (complete methodology below).This one earns a rating of “some baloney” — the statement is partly accurate but important details are missing. Here’s why:THE FACTSTrump didn’t mince words about NAFTA during his Sept. 27, 2015, interview on “60 Minutes.”“It’s a disaster,” he said. “We will either renegotiate it or we will break it. Because, you know, every agreement has an end.”Throughout the campaign, Trump made dealing with NAFTA a cornerstone of his plan to create more jobs for Americans. At an April rally in Rochester, N.Y., he trashed trade in general — and singled out Canada.“I like free trade, but free trade is not free trade, it’s dump trade because we lose with China, we lose with Mexico, we lose with Japan and Vietnam and every single country that we deal with,” Trump said.“We lose with Canada — big-league. Tremendous, tremendous trade deficits with Canada.”In a June 28 speech in Pittsburgh, Trump took at aim at NAFTA once more, saying he would “tell our NAFTA partners that I intend to immediately renegotiate the terms of that agreement to get a better deal for our workers.“And I don’t mean just a little bit better, I mean a lot better. If they do not agree to a renegotiation, then I will submit notice under Article 2205 of the NAFTA agreement that America intends to withdraw from the deal.”Trump did not single out Canada by name, referring only to “our NAFTA partners.” Campaign officials later distributed talking points that focused on Mexico, not Canada.On Tuesday — well after Ambrose made her statement — CNN obtained what it described as a transition memo detailing Trump’s first 200 days. According to the network, the memo says Trump intends to begin the process of withdrawing the U.S. from NAFTA on the first day of his presidency.That process would see the U.S. trade representative notify Mexico and Canada that it wants major changes, including adding softwood lumber. Trump also wants to include currency manipulation, country of origin labelling and environmental and safety standards, CNN reported.The document also reportedly asks that “extra consideration” be given “to the effects such a policy change may have on the middle class, manufacturing and service sector workers, and foreign direct investment into the United States.”WHAT THE EXPERTS SAYFormer Pennsylvania senator and one-time Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum said Wednesday that he’s spoken personally with Trump about his NAFTA message, and is convinced the U.S. president’s principal target is Mexico.For Canada, the NAFTA bluster represents an opportunity, said Santorum, who expects the U.S. officials to pursue separate bilateral deals with the two countries.Lawrence Herman, a Toronto-based trade lawyer with Herman and Associates, said the latest leaked documents make it absolutely clear that Canada is in Trump’s trade crosshairs.“Canada will be a target in the aggressively protectionist Trump trade agenda,” Herman said.“Canadian softwood lumber, beef exports and dairy supply management are all on the Trump shortlist. So we need to be prepared for some dark and stormy days ahead with our American neighbours.”Scott Sinclair, trade researcher with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, said Ambrose was not entirely wrong, because most of Trump’s campaign rhetoric on NAFTA was largely aimed at Mexico.“But what it omits is that if a more nationalist Trump administration plays hardball on NAFTA, it will definitely affect Canadian interests.”Sinclair said the U.S. has a long list of grievances with Canada when it comes to trade — everything from supply management, to telecoms services, to softwood lumber to intellectual property protection for medicines.“The Canadian government needs to come to the NAFTA renegotiating table with its own set of demands: not just maintaining tariff-free access to the U.S. market, but getting rid of negative features such as NAFTA Chapter 11, which has resulted in Canada being the most sued NAFTA party.”Sinclair said Mexico and Canada should join forces. Indeed, The Canadian Press reported Wednesday that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto spoke last week about trade issues following Trump’s victory.Adam Taylor, a trade consultant and former aide to ex-Conservative trade minister Ed Fast, says Ambrose may have a point that Trump is more concerned about Mexico than Canada.But given that all three countries have highly integrated economies, “any moves to affect just one will inevitably affect all. To suggest otherwise doesn’t appreciate the 21st century realities of the North American production platform.”THE VERDICTMuch of Trump’s anti-trade rhetoric has been wrapped up in his broader disdain for Mexico. But even before he became the Republican nominee, and then the president-elect, he made no secret of the fact he didn’t like NAFTA and would either seek to have it amended or killed. That has implications for Canada, whether or not Trump names Canada in his anti-trade tirades.The leaked document about his transition plan, obtained this week by CNN, leaves no doubt about that — although Ambrose didn’t have the benefit of that knowledge when she made the remark.For those reasons, Ambrose’s assertion that Trump’s NAFTA rhetoric is aimed at Mexico, not Canada, contains “some baloney.”METHODOLOGYThe Baloney Meter is a project of The Canadian Press that examines the level of accuracy in statements made by politicians. Each claim is researched and assigned a rating based on the following scale:No baloney — the statement is completely accurateA little baloney — the statement is mostly accurate but more information is requiredSome baloney — the statement is partly accurate but important details are missingA lot of baloney — the statement is mostly inaccurate but contains elements of truthFull of baloney — the statement is completely inaccurateSOURCESHarper calls Canada’s trade with Mexico ‘unbalanced’ Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose asks a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, November 16, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld Baloney Meter: Is Donald Trump’s anti-NAFTA rhetoric all about Mexico? read more

Samsung Galaxy S4 preorder offer includes free Galaxy Tab 2

first_imgAs if the stakes weren’t high enough with so many powerful smartphones out this year, one vendor is luring 2000 customers to pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S4 with the promise of a new tablet to go with it.Every new major smartphone that has come out in the last year has had some sort of pre-order available. After all, knowing for sure that your brand new phone will be showing up on your doorstep right on launch day is a big deal for some people. Otherwise, you wind up like some unfortunately LG Nexus 4 wanna-be buyers, who sat for weeks and waited for Google to announce that it finally had the phone back in stock.Samsung’s reach is now so significant that it’s no longer a question of whether or not you are going to pre-order the Galaxy S4, but where you are going to pre-order it from. Carphone Warehouse is throwing their hat in the ring by offering a free Galaxy Tab to the first 2000 people to pre-order the feature-packed Android flagship.It’s not uncommon for early adopters to be gifted with the occasional trinket as a thank you for their early patronage. Some pre-order bonuses are almost expected in most cases, especially when you are paying for the product weeks in advance. While the standard fare of a car charger or a protective case may be what you can expect from places like Best Buy, Carphone Warehouse is offering a Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 to the first batch of users to hit their site on March 28th when the pre-order page goes live.If you pre-order, not only do you get the tablet, but you’ll have the new Galaxy S4 right after it hits the Carphone Warehouse shelves on April 26th, which will grant you the phone a few days before it is available from retail locations here in the US. Also, if you pre-order from Carphone Warehouse you’ll have to pay for the phone outright, where if you pre-order from your carrier you’ll be able to set your Galaxy S4 up on your contract with a subsidy.It’s expected that Best Buy and the carriers themselves will offer pre-orders of their own, but it’s pretty unlikely that there will be bonus deals that even remotely compare to a new tablet. Still, you’ll have it in your hands before most anyone else, as long as that’s something that is important to you.last_img read more

The US Government Is Working on SpyPlants

first_img I don’t think I’ve seen a James Bond movie that used plants as flexible cameras or a secret recording device, but the government is hard at work making that a reality. Genetically modified greenery could well be placed as living sensors or scanners, according to the Independent.DARPA, also known as the badass, super-sciencey part of the military, is working on the project. The organization is responsible for much of the sweet tech we see coming out the military like… y’know, the internet. It exists solely to fund the most pie-in-the-sky weird technology, but even so, the Advanced Plant Technologies (APT) program is a whole new realm of weird.“Plants are highly attuned to their environments and naturally manifest physiological responses to basic stimuli such as light and temperature, but also in some cases to touch, chemicals, pests and pathogens,” Blake Bextine, manager of the APT program, said. Plants do have a lot of advantages — if they can be modified to record or send some type of data, then you’ve got a self-sustaining machine that naturally reacts to all kinds of things in the environment. They’d be almost impossible to detect, they could be placed just about anywhere, and again THESE ARE PLANTS THAT CAN SPY ON PEOPLE. I would be freaked out by the idea if it wasn’t so friggin’ cool.“Emerging molecular and modeling techniques may make it possible to reprogram these detection and reporting capabilities for a wide range of stimuli, which would not only open up new intelligence streams, but also reduce the personnel risks and costs associated with traditional sensors,” Bextine said.We already have tons of techniques to monitor plants from just about anywhere, and, when combined with modified organisms, we could, for instance, have an early warning system for nuclear attacks, or monitor an area for biological weapons. Plants naturally absorb light and turn it into food, too, so a simple system that leverages those innate traits would be comparatively simple. It may even be possible to use them to monitor for electromagnetic signals well outside the visible light range. “Advanced Plant Technologies is a synthetic biology program at heart,” Bextine said. “As with DARPA’s other work in that space, our goal is to develop an efficient, iterative system for designing, building, and testing models so that we end up with a readily adaptable platform capability that can be applied to a wide range of scenarios.”The big issue is that being a plant is actually pretty tough. One of the reasons plants don’t tend to move or do much is that while they have an abundant supply of energy, they can’t convert sunlight into anything useful very quickly. Prior experiments to make plants that could change colors in the presence of certain stimuli, for instance, didn’t live too long. Even the tiny modifications cost the organism too much energy and caused too many problems for it to really work. This time, though, the agency is confident those challenges can be overcome. I’m just jazzed that we’re going to have plants. That can spy on things. Spy-plants. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend last_img read more

Larva is the Creepiest Childrens Cartoon on Netflix

first_img Kids’ TV shows are way different from when we grew up, but some are still wackier than ever. Larva, an animated children’s series available on Netflix, is by far the creepiest cartoon to watch. And, it gives other Halloween horror flicks a run for their money because the main characters die over and over again.Photo Credit: NetflixIn the series, Red and Yellow, two little larvae, embark on crazy adventures through the grimiest and most unforgiving places on Earth, including sewer grates, spider webs, and floods. The worst part? You’ll watch them torture themselves in each episode, as they struggle to defeat their challenging situations and the insanity of their friendship. Like other horror movies, you’ll witness the slow death of the characters, as they drown, experience fatal reactions from mosquito bites, and become frozen mummies.On Netflix, you can stream all three seasons of Larva, but be warned: it’s downright chilling. Even though it might generate a lot of laughter from kids, it’s a series of sinister events for the characters. But, despite its gruesome theme, Larva has racked up more than four million views on YouTube. People love this grotesque series, even though it has a dark comedy edge. You might enjoy Red and Yellow’s demise and their stupidly hilarious encounters with insect monsters, bad weather, and the disgusting world under our feet.More on‘Daredevil’ Season 3 Review: ‘Daredevil’ Overcomes Both its Past and Netflix DragThe Best Horror Movies on NetflixAvatar: The Last Airbender Gets (Another) Live-Action Remake on Netflix What to Stream on Netflix This WeekendZach Galifianakis Hits the Road in ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Trailer Stay on targetlast_img read more

VIDEO WWEcom interview with Bad News Barrett for 4815

first_img has a new interview with Bad News Barrett, talking about his Intercontinental Title match with Daniel Bryan at the Extreme Rules PPV on 4/26.You can view the video below. Twitter Google+ Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img Dean Ambrose to appear at Cauliflower Alley Club reunion after his WWE contract expires Tampa Bay to host WrestleMania 36 at Raymond James Stadium in April 2020 Pinterest Impact Wrestling leaving channel 5Spike in the UK, New deal with 5STAR announced last_img read more

Politano geared up for PSV clash

first_imgInter Milan winger Matteo Politano has issued a rallying call saying “We are Inter and we’ll give our all ” ahead of their must-win Champions League game against PSV.If Tottenham Hotspur fail to win at Nou Camp on Tuesday night, then an Inter Milan victory will be enough to see them qualify for the knock out stages of the Champions League, and Politano believes they have what it takes to get the result.“We are Inter and we’ll give our all tomorrow to get through the group, even if we’re aware that it doesn’t all depend on us,” Politano told the club’s website.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“It will be an extremely important match, we want to go through but we know it won’t be easy.“It’s normal that we always want the best, first of all, we want to make it through before focusing on the league until the end of 2018. We’re a strong team and we must always aim to go far, in all competitions.”last_img read more

Army Hoping to Avoid OutofPocket Housing Costs for Soldiers Living OnPost

first_imgThe Army has directed its private housing partners to look for ways to trim the cost of operating their projects as a response to the reduction in basic allowance for housing (BAH) payments Congress has authorized to alleviate the Defense Department’s fiscal constraints. By slowing the rate of increase in the BAH, out-of-pocket housing costs for service members are slated to rise by one percentage point a year until they reach 5 percent in 2019, under the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill. This year, personnel living off-base are paying 2 percent of their rental and utility costs out-of-pocket. But the belt-tightening move is hurting the finances of the owners of privatized family housing as their rents are tied to the BAH payments received by service members. In January, the Army informed its housing partners that it would not issue a “blanket consent” allowing them to charge soldiers rent in excess of their BAH payments in 2016. Instead, the service is encouraging the companies to cut back on amenities and other optional services to offset the drop in their revenue stream.“The first thing they’re doing is taking a hard look at the services they provide on our bases, and they’re going to stop doing some of those services,” Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment, said last week during an Association of the U.S. Army conference.“Maybe they’re not going to mow lawns as frequently, maybe they’re not going to run a water park or a swimming pool or community center in the summer. But we’re asking them to cut optional services without affecting their prime service, which is quality housing for our soldiers,” Hammack said, reported Federal News Radio.Officials, however, are willing to consider individual requests to increase rents charged by privatized housing operators above the BAH if “necessary to ensure the project’s long-term financial viability,” according to a Jan. 21 memo from Paul Cramer, deputy assistant secretary for installations, housing and partnerships.“We really don’t want that to happen. But we also can’t afford to force any of our housing partners into bankruptcy because of this situation,” Hammack said.“We’ve asked them to come back to us and justify where there’s a financial need to charge a service member for on-base housing. We’re reviewing that very carefully to ensure that optional services are cut first before service members pay out-of-pocket,” she said.To date, the Army has not allowed any of its housing partners to increase rents above soldiers’ BAH, according to the story.The Army surveyed on-base residents to determine what services provided by housing managers should be considered optional, said Lt. Gen. David Halverson, assistant chief of staff for installation management. “Part of this is the expectation management that we must do, and it’s a tough issue,” Halverson said. “We’re looking really hard to make sure the soldier and the family is not being impacted and maintaining the fiscal viability of our housing partners at the same time.” Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Uttarakhands unique stone throwing festival leaves over 100

first_imgPithoragarh: Devotees turned up in large numbers at the Devidhura temple in Champawat district on Thursday and pelted each other with stones to celebrate Bagwal, a festival in which blood was shed to please the presiding deity. The festival is celebrated annually on Raksha Bandhan, which falls on Shravan Purnima, to please Barahi Devi, the presiding deity. Also Read – Artificial Intelligence, cloud computing, drones in focus of Modi govt for better e-governance Advertise With Us Locals believe that the goddess was pleased only after blood, equivalent to a human sacrifice, is shed during the sport, which was witnessed by thousands of people. On Thursday, the strange stone-pelting festival lasted for 10 minutes, leaving around 100 people injured, head priest of the temple BC Joshi said. “In old times, human sacrifice used to be made annually on the occasion to please the goddess. According to the legend, an old woman, who required to sacrifice her only grandson, pleaded with the goddess to spare him,” he said. Also Read – Man held for slapping woman employee at Gurgaon toll plaza booth Advertise With Us “Her prayers were accepted by the goddess, who appeared in dreams of her devotees and asked them to play Bagwal by pelting each other with stones and shed as much blood on the ground as can be considered equal to a human sacrifice,” the head priest said. According to the tradition, four local feudal lords– Chamyal, Gaharwal, Olgiya and Lamgaria-are divide into two groups. Then both groups start pelting each other with stones. The ritual ends with a signal from the head priest. Advertise With Us Though there is a High Court ban on use of stones during the festival, locals manage to sneak in with stones, hoodwinking the authorities. According to Champawat District Magistrate SN Pandey, the festival was witnessed by thousands of people, including former chief minister Bhagat Singh Kosiyari and former speaker of the state assembly Govind Singh Kunjwal.last_img read more

Latest on PNB Scam Five things you need to know about Nirav

first_imgRaids were also carried out on Friday by the CBI on the offices of jewellery retailer Gitanjali. Lisa Haydon, Nirav Modi and Nimrat Kaur attend the Nirav Modi U.S. Boutique grand opening at Nirav Modi Boutique on September 8, 2015 in New York City.(Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)State-owned lender Punjab National Bank (PNB) is embroiled in a Rs 11,400 crore fraudulent transactions that are allegedly linked to designer and jeweler Nirav Modi.Three other big jewellers – Gitanjali Gems, Ginni and Nakshatra – are also under the scanner of various investigative agencies after PNB “detected some fraudulent and unauthorized transactions” at a branch in Mumbai.Following are some of the key developments in the PNB fraud case so far:PNB has closed all options to clear the dues, says Nirav Modi in a letter to the lender and claims the amount is much lower than the bank has gone public with: PTI reported The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Sunday questioned 11 PNB officials as well as Vipul Ambani, the Chief Financing Officer of diamond merchant Nirav Modi’s Firestar International. The Enforcement Directorate on Saturday conducted additional searches at 21 locations of companies tied to Modi. The State Bank of India does not have any direct exposure to Nirav Modi, but the public sector bank does have an “exposure” to the tune of $212 million by way of a Letter of Undertaking issued by the PNB, said SBI Chairman Rajnish Kumar on Friday. State-run UCO Bank on Saturday said it has an outstanding exposure of about $411.82 million while Allahabad Bank has an exposure of around Rs. 2,000 crore by way of Letter of Undertakings issued by Punjab National Bank to Nirav Modi, PTI reported on Friday. Just days after the PNB fraud unfolded, another scam accusing Rotomac Pens owner Vikram Kothari has come to light. The Kanpur-based company’s owner has allegedly gone abroad after taking a loan of more than Rs 800 crore from several state-owned banks, news agency PTI on Sunday citing unidentified sources.For more on Nirav Modi and the PNB saga, click hereHere’s all you need to know about the man at the centre of PNB fraud:Who is Nirav Modi?Indian-born diamond jewellery designer Nirav Modi is the founder of the $2.3 billion Firestar Diamond and was ranked #57 in the Forbes list of India’s billionaires in 2017.Modi grew up in Belgium, dropped out of Wharton and moved to India where he got trained in the diamond trade under his uncle, according to Forbes.He went on to launch his own Nirav Modi brand with 16 stores in locations such as Delhi, Mumbai, New York, Hong Kong, London and Macau.Is Nirav Modi a global brand?Well, certainly he is. His pieces have adorned global icons such as Dakota Johnson, Andreea Diaconu, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley or even PeeCee, among others.Actor Priyanka Chopra, the global ambassador of the brand, on Thursday sued Nirav Modi over non-payment of dues, according to media reports.Priyanka Chopra sues Nirav Modi for not paying her for a diamond advertisement #NiravModiLootsIndia— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) February 15, 2018Modi has roped in big industry names to run his business. Angelina Ypma, who is the global president at Nirav Modi, once worked for Bulgari and Cartier, while CFO Vipul Ambani earlier worked at institutional brokerage firm Tower Capital where he was a senior executive.Also Read: Who is Ami Modi? Things to know about the wife of diamond merchant and jeweler Nirav ModiHow he got involved in the PNB fraud?The fraud unfolded after Nirav Modi’s companies sought a fresh loan last month. The officials who had helped them earlier had retired.When the bank insisted on guarantees to issue letter of undertakings, the Modi companies allegedly said they had used the facility before. That’s when the bank started investigating.How big is the fraud?Two complaints have already been filed against Modi for alleging fraud worth Rs 11,400 crore by the Central Bureau of Investigation, news agency Press Trust of India reported citing sources.This is in addition to the Rs 280 crore fraud case that he is already under investigation for, again filed by PNB.What’s next?The fraud opened a can of worms that could impact the entire banking industry.PNB, in its statement on Wednesday, said that based on the fraudulent transactions, other banks appear to have advanced money to the customers abroad. Anything that happens now will be based on the law and genuineness of underlying transactions.This comes at a time when Indian banks are already reeling under bad loans.last_img read more

Mens Soccer Previews 2019 Season at Media Day

first_imgStory Links Full Press Conference 2019 SOCCER SEASON TICKETS ON SALE NOWSeason tickets and single match tickets for the 2019 University of Louisville soccer season are also on sale now through the Louisville Cardinals Ticket Office. The 2019 Louisville soccer season tickets can be purchased online at Season tickets packages include all UofL men’s and women’s soccer regular season matches at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium. For more information on Louisville soccer season tickets, visit, call 502-GO-CARDS or email Print Friendly Version “That taste of success, it makes you want it even more, it makes you hungrier,” Bennett said. “Last year, it didn’t end up working out like that. An ACC championship is great, fantastic, we want to do it again. But that next step for the program and all us guys is to win a national championship. So to do that, we just have to be hungry, constantly.” LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The defending Atlantic Coast Conference champion and preseason 14th-ranked University of Louisville men’s soccer team hosted its annual media day on Thursday afternoon, August 15, at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium. The Cardinals return a total of seven starters from a season ago, including All-ACC Third Team selection Cherif Dieye. All total, 17 letter winners from last year are back for the 2019 season. The 10 newcomers include four transfers and six freshmen, three of which hail from the Bluegrass State. Junior transfer forward Emil Elveroth was named to the preseason watch list for the MAC Hermann Trophy, which honors the United Soccer Coaches National Players of the Year. “We’re only four days into preseason, we’re still trying to figure out what we have,” Hayden said. “We have 27 guys on the roster. We brought in 10 guys total, two that we brought in the spring and eight that have joined us this fall, and what I can say is this is a talented group. It’s exciting to be officially working with them.” For the latest on Louisville men’s soccer, visit, or follow the team’s social media accounts on Twitter @UofLMensSoccer, Facebook /UofLMensSoccer, and Instagram @UofLMensSoccer. Hayden is in his first year as head coach of the Cardinals after spending the last three years as an assistant coach with the program. UofL is coming off an 11-5-3 season in which the Cards captured their first ACC title in program history. Louisville has advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Championship five times in the last nine seasons, and has made the NCAA Tournament 11 of the last 12 seasons. Louisville will compete in a trio of exhibition matches including Friday’s game against Lipscomb, along with No. 2 Indiana on Aug. 21 in Westfield, Indiana, and against UAB on Aug. 24 at Lynn Stadium. The Cardinals will kick off the 2019 season against Cleveland State on Aug. 30 at 7:30 p.m., inside Lynn Stadium. Reserved chairback tickets are priced at $106 for adults $85 for faculty/staff, and family of four or more $85 a ticket. General admission/berm seating is priced at $53 for adults and families of four or more $40 per ticket.  Head coach John Michael Hayden, seniors Cody Cochran, Louka Masset and Lamine Conte, and junior Liam Bennett talked with reporters in advance of Friday’s first exhibition match of the season against Lipscomb, which is set to kick off at 7:00 p.m., at Lynn Stadium.last_img read more

World of Warcraft peaked at 12 million players World of Tanks just

first_imgWorld of Warcraft is always held up as the MMO to beat in terms of subscriber numbers. It peaked back in 2010 when the online game reached 12 million subscribers. Even today, Blizzard still enjoys around 8 million subscribers. The game’s competition has responded by going free-to-play in a bid to survive, but there’s some online games that really do leave WoW for dust when comparing player numbers.One of those games is World of Tanks, which was only released in 2010 as a freemium game, but has this month celebrated 75 million registered players. Developer is also claiming a concurrent player peak of 1,152,261. If that’s not impressive enough, the online game seems to be increasing its user base at a rate of 2.5 million players a month.Registered player numbers aren’t the same as paying subscribers, but when you have nearly 10x the user base and are logging over a million concurrent players, you know is making serious money off premium feature sales.For those that haven’t encountered the game, World of Tanks focuses on player vs. player combat gameplay including random, team, and clan battles. There’s also over 240 historically accurate and detailed armored vehicles to choose from, split across five vehicle types and with new ones being added regularly. For example, Japanese tanks are a promised addition. Of course, you can also customize each vehicle both visually and performance-wise.It’s a formula that clearly works, and will be used as an example of success by any company thinking of entering the online space with a new game. Developers will also be keen to see how The Elder Scrolls Online performs when it sees a release in April next year. If it doesn’t do well, as in, World of Warcraft well, then freemium will clearly be the preferred model going forward, even for games using very popular IP.last_img read more