Measure of signed contracts to buy US homes rises to 3year high

Measure of signed contracts to buy US homes rises to 3-year high in March WASHINGTON – The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes rose in March to the highest level in three years, pointing to higher sales this spring.The National Association of Realtors said Monday that its seasonally adjusted index for pending home sales rose 1.5 per cent to 105.7. That’s the highest since April 2010, when a homebuyer’s tax credit boosted sales. It’s also above February’s reading of 104.1.There is generally a one- to two-month lag between a signed contract and a completed sale. Contract signings rose in the South, West and Midwest, and were unchanged in the Northeast.Steady job gains and near-record low mortgage rates have helped drive home sales up over the past year. Signed contracts are 7 per cent higher than the same month a year earlier.But completed sales have slowed in recent months — and dipped in March — because of a limited supply of available homes on the market. The number of homes for sale has fallen nearly 17 per cent in the past year to 1.93 million, the Realtors’ group said last week. At the current sales pace, that supply would be exhausted in 4.7 months, below the 6 months that is typical in healthier markets.Buyer traffic is 25 per cent higher than it was a year ago. Rising demand and low supply is fueling more home construction.U.S. builders started work on more than 1 million homes at an annual rate in March. That’s the first time the pace has topped that threshold in nearly 5 years.The housing recovery is helping boost economic growth this year. Builders are starting work on more homes, creating more construction jobs. And home prices are rising. Higher prices tend to make homeowners feel wealthier and encourage more spending.Mortgage rates, meanwhile, remain near record lows. The average rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage fell to 3.4 per cent last week, from 3.41 per cent. That’s not far from the record low of 3.31 per cent, reached in NovemberThe average rate on the 15-year fixed mortgage fell to 2.61 per cent last week, the lowest on records dating back to 1991. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Apr 29, 2013 10:01 am MDT read more

Brock community invited to investment challenge for charity

Brock students, faculty and staff are invited to test their investment expertise in an online portfolio simulation with proceeds going to the Niagara Community Foundation.The simulation is hosted by the Brock Finance and Investment Group (BFIG) at Goodman, a student-run organization made up of undergraduate students interested in finance who actively manage a portfolio in excess of $15,000 and attend and compete in finance-related events and competitions.With a $20 registration fee, participants will have access to a $100,000 portfolio they can manage over six weeks. Now in their third week of trading, BFIG has 70 participants signed up for the challenge so far.“We offer this opportunity to students so they can learn to trade in a risk-free environment, test out their skills and compete against peers and faculty members to fight for the title of Brock’s greatest trader,” says Colin Hardy, BFIG president.Trading is open until the week of Nov. 7 and any Brock students, faculty and staff members can register online, regardless of their investment knowledge or experience.Prizes are given at the end of each week to the student with the highest performing portfolio.“We are looking forward to working once again with the Niagara Community Foundation on this initiative so that we can support them in their efforts that contribute directly to the Niagara region,” said Hardy. read more

Brock womens basketball signs first Team Achieve recruit

The first Team Achieve Canada recruit is 16-year-old St. Catharines native Emily Rorke, who is a Grade 11 student at St. Catharines Collegiate. The teen is now an official member of the Brock women’s basketball team and will be able to attend practices and sit on the bench during games.“It feels amazing. I’ve always liked being part of a team,” Rorke said Monday. “It’s a good way to share the passion with everyone else and really give that vibe of making this team a family.”In partnership with Brock Athletics and Community Living St. Catharines, the Team Achieve Canada program matches young people with intellectual disabilities with university and college sports teams.“Our goal is to teach life lessons. Our classroom just happens to be a basketball court,” said Brock Women’s Basketball Associate Head Coach and Director of Team Achieve Canada Rob Anderson. “Priorities are important, and years from now it won’t matter about the wins and losses or our basketball successes. But the world may be different because of the role we played in the life of a child.”By focusing on the best experience for the youth, the Team Achieve program can also significantly inspire families, student athletes, universities/colleges and communities.Team Achieve youths are drafted and become official members of the varsity team from draft day through their high school graduation. They join the athletic team and the student athletes join the young person’s support team.Rorke’s mother Jennifer Howard said she has already noticed the impact the program is having on her daughter.“We came to the first practice and it started right then. She loves basketball and she really does need the team socializing. I think it will help push her into her future,” Howard said. “She’s totally pumped about it. This is a huge opportunity for her.”“Varsity sports bring people together to reach a common goal,” said Brock women’s basketball community liaison Dayna Howlett.” This goal is not always about winning, it’s about developing and growing as individuals and as a group. We are creating an opportunity to share this power of team with others, in the hopes that the lives of everyone involved may be improved.”Community Living St. Catharines is an excellent partner for Team Achieve Canada as their mission is to help people with intellectual disabilities have the opportunity to participate in all elements of living in the community. Their vision is to have everyone accepted for who they are, celebrated, supported and recognized as equally valued members of the community.“Community Living St Catharines is thrilled to be part of this amazing partnership between Brock University and Team Achieve Canada,” said Director of Director Community Support Services Susan Fielding-York. “Inspiring possibilities for the people we support has been our focus for more than 60 years and we are grateful for this opportunity to turn our mission into action. We wish Emily good luck as she embarks on this incredible journey.”Brock University is launching the Team Achieve program in Canada, and the women’s basketball team is the first varsity team to draft a Team Achieve youth. read more

Arsenal Stood Still While Its Rivals Got Better

What has changed is the rest of the Premier League. The average points taken by the other big clubs (Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham) this season through 35 games was 72.8. In previous seasons this average has not exceeded 70. Among the weakest four of the big six, the clubs Arsenal directly needs to beat in order to qualify for the Champions League, the average point total through 35 matches this year is 67.7. Only once previously (2013-14) has the average been close, and Arsenal was fortunate enough to be clear with 70 points through 35 matches that year.The strategy of Wenger’s Arsenal has been to build a team good enough to reach the top four, usually with 70-75 points and a goal difference between plus-20 and plus-30. The strategy has worked in part because the other clubs with the resources to match these results failed to achieve Arsenal’s consistency. This year they have improved and Arsenal has not.But that is not the whole story. Expected goals, a statistical measure of the quality of chances created and conceded, suggests that Arsenal in 2016-17 are running below the level of quality they have in the recent past. Arsenal’s expected goals difference is only plus-13, easily the club’s worst statistical performance in the last six years. This drop-off has been most pronounced in recent weeks. Since March 1, Arsenal has gone 5-1-4, but the Gunners have conceded as many goals as they have scored. Their expected goals difference is even worse, at minus-4.The most notable change in this time is that Wenger has, for the first time in years, switched to a formation with three center backs, utilizing winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as a wingback and deploying a varying set of forwards — including Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott — in a front three. Playing in the new formation has brought a good haul of points, but in those matches Arsenal has conceded more clear scoring chances to its opponents (9) than it has created (5). The streak is unlikely to continue unless the underlying performances pick up. The one constant in the English Premier League is that no matter what else happens, Arsenal will finish in the top four. Under manager Arsene Wenger, the club has never finished as low as fifth, a run dating to the 1996-97 season. After 21 years, Arsenal may finally drop outside the top four. The Gunners are currently in fifth place with only a 22 percent chance of fighting their way back into the top four.The implications for Arsenal go well beyond just the trivia. First, it would cost the North London club an annual influx of cash it has grown accustomed to. The top four clubs in the Premier League qualify for the Champions League, which provides a major revenue boost; last season Arsenal made about $58 million from the Champions League. If Arsenal finish outside the top four, the club will qualify for the Europa League, where Tottenham Hotspur earned almost $23 million last season for a similar performance.It may also cost them players. Playing in Europe’s premier club tournament offers prestige and glory that in turn helps attract better players on transfers. Arsenal should be particularly worried about maintaining their Champions League streak because star forward Alexis Sanchez has only one season remaining on his contract. If Sanchez does not sign a new contract this summer, he may have to be sold in order for Arsenal to recoup a transfer fee from his departure. The sharks are already circling, with Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Chelsea rumored to be considering bids.But the most significant casualty of Arsenal’s disappointing season may be Wenger himself. The long-tenured manager has not signed a contract for next season. If Arsenal cannot right the ship, he may be gone, ending an unprecedented run of consistency at the top. (Since he took the reins at Arsenal, 159 different coaches have held a job in the EPL, plus another 53 have held interim positions.)So with three Premier League games remaining for most of the teams at the top of the table, the stakes could hardly be higher. With yesterday’s victory at Southampton, Arsenal remained in the top four race with a 22 percent chance of Champions League qualification. To get there, Arsenal will need Liverpool or Manchester City to drop points, and the Gunners will probably need to win all of their remaining matches. Arsenal projects to a 61 percent chance of finishing in the top four if it wins out, with chances falling fast if any more points are dropped.So how has Arsenal found itself in this predicament? The streak is evidence that the team hasn’t had a really bad spell in decades. But that doesn’t mean the team has gotten any better — and that’s part of the problem. Wenger’s Arsenal for years has treaded water in the third- and fourth-place spots — last season was the first time Arsenal had finished above third since 2005. All it would take for the Gunners to fall would be for the other big clubs in the Premier League to play up to expectations. And this season that is exactly what has happened.Arsenal has taken 66 points through 35 matches with a plus-26 goal difference. These numbers are not particularly unusual for Arsenal in the last several seasons. Since 2010-11, Arsenal’s points through 35 games have ranged from 64 to 70. The goal-difference numbers are ranged similarly, from plus-21 to plus-32. The Gunners’ stats this season show up at the lower end of the team’s recent level, but they are not outliers. What is most notable about the changes in formation and personnel is that Arsenal usually isn’t tinkering this late in the season. Wenger is known for giving his attackers freedom to improvise on the pitch and to build off relationships and experience. It stands to reason that in such a system, stability in personnel and tactics would lead to higher levels of performance, as players develop understandings from playing together. Arsenal’s statistics over the last six years bear this out. During seasons in which Arsenal has maintained stability in its first 11 over the final weeks of the season, the club has finished hot. In the only two seasons when Wenger made major changes, Arsenal has averaged just 1.6 and 1.1 points per match, respectively, down the stretch.Regardless of whether Wenger continues to tweak tactics in these final three games, his team needs to win — and even that may be not be enough. With luck, perhaps these new tactics and new formation will click and the streak can be extended. But if it doesn’t pull off late-season heroics, Arsenal won’t be seen in the Champions League next fall, and the team that will be seen in England may look much different. read more

Jure Dolenec and Matej Gaber join Montpellier from next season

← Previous Story ASOBAL (Round 11): Atletico Madrid and Barcelona with routine victories Next Story → EHF Champions League:Chekhovski “trash” Ademar Leon, Dinamo Minsk with another win over Kadetten champions leaguedolenecgaberGorenjejure dolenecmatej gaberMontpellier Montpellier won the EHF Champions League exactly ten years ago, and is now reinforcing for the next season in an attempt to have good chance to win, considering they are in rather bad position to win year’s edition of the Champions League. Jure Dolenec (22) and Matej Gaber (21) are joining them from the reigning Slovenian champion Gorenje Velenje. The right back and the pivot will be the first signings in Montpellier’s bid to also regain the domestic title after it is very probable that Paris HC will be this year’s champion. read more

Conor McGregor versus Dustin Poirier set for Las Vegas in September

first_imgCONOR MCGREGOR IS not wasting any time.The Dubliner — fresh from his win in the O2 on Saturday night — has been booked to take on Dustin Poirier at UFC 178 on 27 September. And it’s in Las Vegas.McGregor stopped Diego Brandao in the first round in front of a sold-out crowd in Dublin and immediately set his sights on Poirier.The bill will be topped by the Jon ‘Bones’ Jones and Alexander Gustafsson rematch. McGregor said: “It’s a dream for any athlete to fight in Las Vegas, and when Lorenzo (Fertitta) and Dana (White) told me they were bringing me to Vegas post-UFC Dublin, that adrenalin went up again,” said McGregor. “It was down from the fight, and then it came right back up again. So I barely had time to let that last one settle and I really don’t want to let it settle. I just want to keep that momentum going, get back in the gym, keep preparing, and carry on. Ultimately I want everyone in this division. I want this to be a one-man division, and Dustin Poirier is next in line.”James Rodriguez rescues pitch invader at his Real unveiling Tell Jon I’m taking a cut of his PPV.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) July 22, 2014center_img Source: Conor McGregor/Twitterlast_img read more

Scott Morrison claims victory in surprise election swing Labor concedes defeat

first_imgAustralia’s Coalition appears to have secured a shock election win on Saturday, defying expectations of a Labor victory. A powerful swing in key parts of the country put Prime Minister Scott Morrison into power again despite signs prior to the election being in Bill Shorten’s favour.Scott Morrison was mobbed as he walked to the stage to claim victory accompanied by his wife, Jenny, and two daughters.“I have always believed in miracles!” he said.“I’m standing with the three biggest miracles in my life here tonight!“And tonight we’ve been delivered another one!”He thanked constituents and colleagues, including Australia’s Treasurer Josh Frydenberg. “Josh is a great mate, and he has been a great Deputy leader. Well down there in Melbourne, Josh, we’ve held the whole team together,” he said.“And it’s a pretty good budget too – back in surplus, next year!”The Labor leader conceded defeat. Mr Shorten said, “Friends, the only reason I’ve been able to give everything to this job for the last 2,000 days is because of the love and support of Chloe and our kids.” He also thanked his “outstanding deputy leader, Tanya Plibersek, Chris Bowen..and Penny Wong.”Many key seats were lost by Labor, including a number of ethnically diverse areas.Mr Shorten stepped down as Labor leader though he will still be member of Maribyrnong.A Galaxy exit poll had found that the Labor Party could win as many as 82 seats in the 151-member House of Representatives. However, at this moment, the Coalition holds 72 seats, with Labor holding 63.A powerful swing  powerful swing to the Coalition in key parts of a divided nation has put Prime Minister Scott Morrison within sight of holding on to power after conflicting results in the north and south of the country produced a cliffhanger federal election. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

PDM Donates to Long Bay

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 23 Dec 2014 – Long Bay Beach decorated for the holidays, but the spruce up will last well beyond Christmas. PDM Caretaker for the area, Ezra Taylor and the branch members for Long Bay put out six new picnic benches over the weekend. Taylor thanked members for helping him to raise the funds to make the donation possible. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:christmas, long bay, Pdm TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s why TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOAlast_img read more

Solskjaer reveals Rooneys message before Cardiffs tie

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer revealed Wayne Rooney’s encouragement prior to Saturday’s 5-1 thrashing of Cardiff City.United were on a rampage in south Wales in Solskjaer’s debut as caretaker manager, with Jesse Lingard bagging a brace alongside Marcus Rashford, Ander Herrera and Anthony Martial.Solskjaer was buzzing after the Red Devils scored five goals for the first time since 2013 and went on to credit the display of the team and revealed what the former United Skipper told him before the tie.“Football is easy if you’ve got good players and they are such a great bunch of players. The quality is unbelievable,” he said in a statement via FourFourTwo.“I arrived Thursday night and I think maybe all the texts and advice from Wazza helped today. He just told us to make them enjoy football, smile, go forward, be Man United. That’s what I asked for because it’s been a tough week for them. They’ve responded fantastically.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“We want them to approach every game the same, combination play, we want them to play it forward. Every game gives you different chances. The foundation was in defence: I thought the two centre-backs and full-backs were outstanding.“It’s a great dressing room. They want to give their best for the club, and they’ve got the badge on their shirt and there’s a reason for that.”Solskjaer’s focus has switched to the visit of Huddersfield Town on Boxing Day in the bid to steer them back into Champions League contention.“We’ve caught up eight, nine points before,” he said. “Now we’ve got Huddersfield; let the boys enjoy tonight and we look forward. You can’t do anything else other than the next training session, work on a few bits, because there is still work to be done, [and] keep plugging away.“It’s just been emotional, the whole week. It’s a start, and we move on. Nothing is history quicker than a game of football.”last_img read more

Annual Padres summer blood drive is this Tuesday

first_imgAnnual Padres summer blood drive is this Tuesday Updated: 10:01 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: June 16, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Padres are teaming up with the San Diego Blood Bank for the third annual summer blood drive event at Petco Park.The day-long event will allow donors to get autographs from Padres players and receive two free tickets to the Padres home game against the Baltimore Orioles next month.It’s the perfect time of year to donate said Claudia Van Gonka from the San Diego Blood Bank. “Every summer we face the challenge of high schools and colleges being out, which is a big deal for us because about 20 percent of the blood we collect is at colleges and high schools.” center_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, June 16, 2019last_img read more

City wins 3 million grant

first_imgThrough the support of U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and U.S. Rep. Brian Baird, the City of Vancouver has received a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration aimed at increasing in employment opportunities in the community.The grant will fund the extension and improvement of streets and add two traffic signals to serve an underutilized 11-acre downtown industrial site, known as the Crescent Industrial Area, which has been severely limited by infrastructure needs.The site is ideally positioned for development due to its proximity to the confluence of heavy rail, Interstate 5 and the Amtrak station, ultimately capable of supporting high speed commuter rail.In community surveys and focus groups conducted by the city earlier this year, residents encouraged Vancouver to take steps to increase business and job growth through such tools as investing in infrastructure and streamlining local government processes. Improving infrastructure around the Crescent Industrial Area opens the opportunity for a redevelopment that could create new industrial office or flexible-use space and generate an estimated 750 jobs.“The proposed Crescent Industrial Area access project will strengthen regional competitiveness by enabling the redevelopment of 340,000 square feet of industrial office/flex space ideally suited for research and development, and small manufacturing companies,” City Manager Pat McDonnell said. “The new space will provide vital employment space for the Portland-Vancouver region workforce that continuously grows innovative industries.”last_img read more

Cameroons Lifaka next CPA chairperson

first_imgEmilia Monjowa LifakaCameroon deputy speaker of national parliament Emilia Monjowa Lifaka has been elected as the next chairperson of the executive committee of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) for the next three years.Lifaka got 107 votes out of 192 in the election held at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre on Tuesday.The other candidates for the CPA chairperson were Niki Raffle, speaker of Cook Islands, Pacific got 70 votes while Shirly M Osborne, MLA of Montserrat, got 17 votes.All three candidates who contested for the chairperson post were female.CPA secretary general Akbar Khan announced the results of the election.last_img read more

Colin Why would anyone want to see Jacksonville in the Super Bowl

first_imgEveryone claims to love the underdog, but every time a true Cinderella team makes a deep run in the NCAA Tournament, the viewership numbers always nosedive. Even though people claim to be sick of watching powerhouse schools like Duke, they always watch.In this year’s NFL Playoffs, the Jacksonville Jaguars are everybody’s favorite underdog after taking down the Steelers at home, and in the echo chamber of social media, many are hoping for the fairytale run to continue with a win over the evil empire Patriots. Colin disagrees, and can’t understand why anyone would want to see Blake Bortles over the greatness of Tom Brady in the Super Bowl.Even though many claim they would tune in to watch the Jags attempt to complete their improbable season with a championship, it’s a near certainty that Super Bowl viewership would be down significantly compared to an appearance by despised New England, especially among casual fans.Colin thinks the Jags are a great story, and have a talented young roster, but many publicly claiming they would watch a Blake Bortles/Nick Foles Super Bowl won’t be tuning in at kickoff. The Vikings, at home, trying to take down Tom Brady and Belichick would be a must see event.“When you wake up Monday morning, you want Jacksonville in the Super Bowl?” — @ColinCowherd can’t believe people are rooting against the Patriots pic.twitter.com/Uhg7Yr2mLh— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) January 19, 2018last_img read more

Sunwing Barcelo ACV Trafalgar Black Friday week begins

first_img Travelweek Group Monday, November 19, 2018 Posted by Sunwing, Barcelo, ACV & Trafalgar: Black Friday week begins Tags: Barceló Hotel Group, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Insight Vacations, Sunwing, Trafalgarcenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Share TORONTO — Sunwing’s Orange Friday deals kick off our annual roundup of Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotions, updated daily with new promotions available this week and into next week.Sunwing opted to launch its popular Orange Friday campaign a week early, with savings available while supplies last.Here’s a look at Sunwing’s deal as well as several more Black Friday and Cyber Monday offers for 2018, from ACV, Barcelo Hotel Group, Insight and Trafalgar…SUNWINGSunwing’s Orange Friday promotion takes up to 35% off premium all-inclusive vacation packages to select top-rated resorts in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America. Clients can also save on cruise packages and Florida fly, drive and stay packages. An array of included perks add value to each booking, including Kids Stay, Play and Eat FREE deals, unlimited specialty dining, discounted spa treatments and access to exclusive areas, depending on the selected resort. Featured properties include the adults-only CHIC Punta Cana on Uvero Alto Beach, the adults-only Platinum Yucatan Princess All Suites Resort and Spa in Riviera Maya, and for families, Ocean Vista Azul in Varadero.More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthAIR CANADA VACATIONSAir Canada Vacations is offering up to 40% off on all destinations for new bookings made between Nov. 19 and 22 for travel from Feb. 1 to April 30, 2019. ACV also has an exclusive offer just for its trade partners: agents can earn 50% commission on CareFlex and CareFree travel protection plans when added to their booking. This equates to a value of up to $49 for every traveller booked. BARCELO HOTEL GROUPBarcelo Hotel Group’s Black Friday / Cyber Monday savings offer savings worth 30 – 57% off. Properties taking part include Occidental Costa Cancun, Occidental Tucancun, Barcelo Karmina, Barcelo Puerto Vallarta, Occidental Nuevo Vallarta, Barcelo Bavaro Grand Resort, Barcelo Huatulco, Occidental at Xcaret and Occidental Punta Cana. For these resorts the booking window is Nov. 19 to Nov. 26 or 27, for late fall travel. Barcelo Maya Grand Resort is also taking part, with a Nov. 23 – 29 booking window. Sale bookings also open for Allegro Cozumel and Occidental Cozumel on Nov. 23. See barcelo.com/en-us/offers/black-week/More news:  SEVEN WONDERS OF EGYPTINSIGHT VACATIONSInsight Vacations is offering 10% off with the Early Payment Discount on any trips booked to Spain, Portugal and Morocco by Nov. 26. Pre-paid gratuities are also on the house, says Insight. “Travel Advisors can help clients take advantage of this limited-time offer by calling 1-866-747-8120 to claim the offer or submit a request online here until Nov. 26.” Past Guests will save 5% on all premium escorted journey to Spain, Portugal & Morocco and receive pre-paid gratuities complimentary for new bookings between Nov. 15 – 26, plus save 10% with the Early Payment Discount. For more information and promotion codes click here.TRAFALGARTrafalgar is offering a savings of 15% off per person on 15 of its trips to Eastern Europe, Scandinavia and Russia. The promotion runs through Nov. 26 using the promotion code PPBLACKFRIDAY18. For more information visit trafalgar.com.last_img read more

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painlessness – no human development, can pull off.He was reaching out to all kinds of folks" Others just wanted to get out of town for the imminent five week summer recess "Its complicated" said Rep Thomas Massie (R-Ky) a conservative who opposed the bill said by way of explanation for his opposition "Im going to try and catch my plane" he added After the bill’s failure the GOP leadership released a statement saying the intended to “continue to work on solutions to the border crisis and other challenges facing the country” Contact us at editors@timecomMy first experience with Sony’s original PlayStation occurred almost a year before yours: in the display window of a Babbages in an out-of-the-way shopping mall in western Iowa Babbages many have probably forgotten was a franchise named after Charles Babbage the guy credited with inventing the mechanical computer that sold computer software and console games back when you could still buy stuff like Peachtree Accounting in biblical boxes from brick-and-mortar outfits I worked there during my last year of undergrad part-time less for the money than to be closer to my hobby My store manager was a connoisseur of the improbable popping up with this or that strange gizmo months before it registered on the public radar (this was the early 1990s the Internet embryonic and everyone still looked to magazines for breaking info) And so when Sony released the PlayStation in Japan on December 3 1994 he imported one told none of us and dropped it in one of the store windows for fun I remember reporting for duty and noticing a racing game running demo laps in that window (I had no idea what Ridge Racer was at that point) and doing the equivalent of one of those cartoon double-takes It’s doesn’t look like much now–you can see what I saw in the video below complete with the world’s first Redbook Audio-caliber soundtrack–but pretend it’s still 1994 Babylon 5‘s just getting started the original Jurassic Park only hit theaters last year and the best-looking game you can play at home is Doom–a first-person shooter that’s technically only 2D with a bit of clever height fakery By 1994 I thought console gaming was in my rearview mirror I’d graduated from a Super Nintendo to a Pentium computer a few months earlier and so 1994 for me was System Shock and Tie Fighter X-COM: UFO Defense and Master of Orion Master of Magic and Warcraft and Wing Commander III Many would argue gaming still hasn’t surpassed some of those titles But none of that stuff (including 1993’s Doom) looked half as sharp and smooth and visually grounded as Ridge Racer on that crazy little from-the-future import PlayStation 3dfx’s Voodoo Graphics passthrough card for computers was still years away and seeing smooth lifelike full 3D actually working in a game felt like watching a moon landing I’d played Sega’s Daytona USA at arcades and recognized the processing chasm that still existed between high-end arcade experiences and home computing ones: with Ridge Racer the PlayStation all but eliminated that gulf and it was torture waiting those subsequent nine months to lay hands on a US system (The PlayStation didn’t debut in the US until September 9 1995) Nowadays I take 3D in games for granted Figuring out how to represent plausible reality spaces (or various forms of unreality spaces that take their cues from three-dimensional ones) has always been a stopgap process a technology-facilitated march toward a kind of retinal verisimilitude that’s still underway The medium’s only part of the message and my interests shifted long ago from workaday graphic whiz-bangery to design facets like simulated intelligence and interactive rhetoric and the sort of compositional visual artistry so wonderfully expressed in games like Inkle Studios’ 80 Days or Ustwo’s Monument Valley See The 15 Best Video Game Graphics of 2014 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Activision’s futuristic first-person shooter in which players take on a rogue private military company uses a brand new engine built specifically for PCs and new-gen consoles to handle its cutting-edge lighting animation and physics Sledgehammer Games/Activision Far Cry 4 This pulled back shot of fictional Himalayan region Kyrat is in-game believe it or not rendered with an overhauled version of the engine Ubisoft used to design Far Cry 3 Ubisoft The Last of Us: Remastered Naughty Dog’s meditation on the worst (and best) of humanity is built on technology that reaches back through the studio’s pulp-adventure Uncharted series The graphics are so impressive TIME recently assigned a conflict photographer to photograph inside the game Ashley Gilbertson for TIME Alien: Isolation Built from scratch the Alien: Isolation engine’s outstanding deep space visuals all but replicate the set design of Alien film concept artists HR Giger and Ron Cobb’s work The Creative Assembly Assassin’s Creed Unity Ubisoft says it "basically remade the whole rendering engine" in its AnvilNext design tool to handle the studio’s meticulous recreation of Paris during the French Revolution Ubisoft Child of Light Inspired by filmmakers like Hayao Miyazaki and artist Yoshitaka Amano Child of Light’s hand-drawn artwork puts the lie to presumptions that graphical richness depends on shader support or polygon counts Ubisoft Destiny Built from scratch by ex-Halo studio Bungie Destiny’s game engine was designed to scale across the next decade says the studio Bungie Mario Kart 8 Nintendo’s kart-racer for Wii U reminds us that raw horsepower is just a facet of crafting a beautiful game world Nintendo Infamous Second Son Sucker Punch’s freeform Seattle-based superhero adventure models all sorts of minutia from the intricate wrinkling of an aged character’s face to the way eyelids stick slightly before separating when characters blink Sucker Punch Productions Monument Valley Escher-like at first glance Ustwo’s mind-bending puzzler was also inspired by posters bonsai plants arabic calligraphy and filmmaker 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