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Sunita Puspure and Monika Dukarska finished 3rd and 4th respectively in the single sculls and will compete in the repechage race later.Aifric Keogh and Aileen Crowley were 4th in their heat and go to the repechage tomorrow. In rowing The World cup regatta continues in Poland.Gary & Paul O’ Donovan won their heat and are straight into the final on Sunday while Shane O’ Driscoll & Mark O’ Donovan won their exhibition race and will race in the A Final tomorrow.Denise Walsh has finished second in her Lightweight Single Sculls and is through to the A/B semi final.
Whilst World of Tanks is a game known to many, both as a game and as an esport, World of Tanks Blitz is not quite so well known. The Wargaming title is a cross-platform free-to-play MMO action game using tanks. It’s available on iOS, Google Play, Mac OS, Windows Store and Steam so it’s a wide range of platforms. The game has over 250 tanks available for the user and through the use of one dedicated Wargaming.net ID, progress can be directly transferred across platforms by the users.Recently, the Twister Cup was announced for WoT Blitz which will see the four best in the world compete in Minsk, Belarus. We caught up with Daria Klimchuk, Head of World of Tanks Blitz esports to find out more about the title and the challenges surrounding mobile esports. ESI: From an esports perspective, what are the challenges of a mobile game?Daria: Flexibility and dynamics are the main characteristics for mobile esports. Mobile competitive playing has a few differences from the esports we are used to. First, we should note that a mobile game has a lower duration for one battle. We don’t need to engage players in mobile competitive who play longer than 1.5 hours per day. “The major goal is to make players believe that mobile esports could become a real event and that teams will have an opportunity to become famous via mobile esports and earn real money”Second, we need to cover broad interests, providing engaging and interesting broadcasting, which help convey a great atmosphere during a tournament. The formula of success for mobile esports looks like this: dynamic battles with lower match duration, accessibility for competitors and viewers, and a fun stage experience. And all of it should be adapted to a mobile game.ESI: Do you find the esports audience to be as engaged with World of Tanks Blitz as they are with normal World of Tanks?Daria: We’ve just started our esports journey, which is why it’s hard to say that we’ve already gained our audience. We are looking for ways to engage as many players as we can—not only as participants, but as viewers, too. World of Tanks has had years of development as a cybersport discipline. During these years, we’ve implemented a lot of changes to the format and esports standards for World of Tanks. We are looking for the best practices and solutions for our esports, but we are forming our competitive galaxy from the start. Do we engage the esports audience like World of Tanks? Not for now. But we keep going our way to engage as many as we can and implement innovative solutions to make mobile esports easier to start as participants and clearly understood by viewers.ESI: Do you find that the mobile audience is younger than the typical PC audience?Daria: Actually not. Our audience, at least, is not younger. Sure, some of players at offline tournaments are about 16–17, but we have players older than 18–20 as well.“We are looking for ways to engage as many players as we can—not only as participants, but as viewers”ESI: How do you see mobile esports developing in the future? Do you see titles challenging the big PC gaming titles? Daria: Mobile esports is a different niche. I think it’s a questionable idea to compare mobile and PC esports because there are a lot of differences between them: starting from the duration and specific mode of matches, to relevant team equipment on the stage. Many things about the final goals for mobile esports depend on how mobile titles will develop esports. We need to go a long way to understand if it is a new niche and format of esports, or if it stays a small part of a big esports galaxy. Mobile esports is taking its first steps for now. Not so many game titles were presented via esports. Many of them, like us, are just trying to develop what mobile esports should look like and attract viewers from the game community.“Esports could not exist without viewers.”This reason provokes the following: not so many viewers believe in mobile esports because most players think that mobile games can’t become a serious esports discipline. All this depends on the mobile solutions developed specifically for mobile esports and how games will promote it. The major goal is to make players believe that mobile esports could become a real event and that teams will have an opportunity to become famous via mobile esports and earn real money. Improving the showmanship part for mobile esports could attract more viewers. Increasing the prize pool and providing interesting solutions can make players believe that mobile esports is a part (even a new one) of esports.ESI: How important is the spectator experience in World of Tanks Blitz? Daria: Talking about esports we should not forget it is primarily a show. From this, we should understand that the purpose of the event is to engage more people to watch the stream or to become a part of competitive gaming. That’s why it’s really important to evolve our streams and the spectator’s mode in the game to form the right perception of tournaments. First, a viewer watching the stream should understand what is going on—even if they don’t personally play the game. Esports could not exist without viewers. Tournament participants are the smaller part of esports but viewers tend to co-create esports.ESI: Which region is typically strongest when it comes to competition? Where is the most popular for World of Tanks Blitz? Daria: For World of Tanks Blitz it’s the CIS for sure. In the CIS, we have a lot of well-prepared teams who are ready to compete seriously, have a lot of training and promote their team by doing well in major tournaments. The second region is probably Europe because it ranks the second by registration rate for regular tournaments, just after the CIS. But everything may change over time because other regions are increasing their activity, looking at CIS teams as an example and trying to advance themselves. I guess everyone wants to be a star, and tournaments like the Blitz Twister Cup provide huge motivation for teams and regions to improve their skills.
Gael Monfils said he was “dying on the court” and Novak Djokovic felt conditions were “right on the limit” of safety as the temperature soared at the Australian Open.Djokovic won their second-round match 4-6 6-3 6-1 6-3 in two hours and 45 minutes as the temperature hit 39C.Monfils took the first set but suffered in the second, complaining of dizziness and leaving the court with a doctor.”For sure we took a risk,” the 31-year-old Frenchman said.”We both have the same conditions but I think it’s maybe a little bit too hot.” Monfils struggled in stifling conditions as the temperature approached 40C The extreme heat policy at the Australian Open does not use a simple maximum heat, rather a combination of factors including temperature, humidity and wind speed.It was last enforced in 2014 when play was suspended after Melbourne had three consecutive days with temperatures above 40C.The temperature is forecast to exceed 40C on Friday, prompting Monfils to say: “Good luck for the guys.”I’m telling you I was dying on the court for 40 minutes. “Sometimes we put our bodies at risk so just be smart and, if you have to give up, it’s not a shame.”Djokovic, 30, agreed the conditions were “brutal”, adding: “I think there is a limit, and that is a level of I guess tolerance between being fit and being, I think, in danger in terms of health.”[Today] it was right at the limit.”With the temperature peaking at 17:00 local time, the pair entered the arena in mid-afternoon and played through the worst of the heat. Djokovic could not have asked for a more punishing examination of his fitness after six months out with an elbow injury.Asked afterwards about his elbow, the Serb, said: “It’s still not 100%, but building.”Seeded 14th after sliding down the rankings during his lay-off, he found himself up against an in-form Monfils hopeful of finally beating Djokovic at the 15th attempt.The former world number one, who has a new service action to take pressure off his elbow, began poorly, making four double faults in the opening two games as he fell a double-break down at 3-0.But he clawed his way back as the pair shared 36 errors between them across the first set. Monfils managed to hold on after seeing his 3-0 lead disappear, edging through another tense service game and wasting his first set point with a woeful drop shot.It was midway through the second set that the Frenchman started to struggle with conditions, and Djokovic took advantage.He broke the ailing Frenchman’s serve three times in the third set and saw off five break points on his way to clinching victory in the fourth.”It was just one of these days where you had to stay tough mentally,” Djokovic added.”I think physically it was obvious that you just have to try to hang in there.”
“Meetings like the World Economic Forum promote African growth and, as Africa rises, stronger states will be able to help failing states to build capacity,” Colin Coleman, MD of Goldman Sachs South Africa, said at the Brand South Africa breakfast forum. (Image: Shamin Chibba)• Sandisiwe GugushePublic Relations International: Brand South Africa+27 11 483 0122+27 73 126 [email protected] PhilipThe good news of Africa’s continued economic rising from the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Abuja, Nigeria, was overshadowed by media reports of the shocking kidnapping of almost 300 schoolgirls by Boko Haram insurgents. As governments, industrial and strategic partners gathered to discuss the economic future of the continent, Western media focused on a story that harked back to Africa’s past of instability and violence.That groups like Boko Haram are able to operate with relative ease across Africa is down to the failure of institutions meant to guard against incidents like this, said Colin Coleman, managing director of Goldman Sachs in South Africa. “Meetings like WEF promote African growth and, as Africa rises, stronger states will be able to help failing states to build capacity.”Coleman was speaking at a Brand South Africa breakfast forum hosted by CNN International anchor Richard Quest at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Johannesburg on Tuesday 13 May.Key to growth, strengthening democracy and the end of these kinds of criminal acts is more cooperation between governments, especially in the sphere of trade. Coleman made the point that trade in Africa between Africans amounted to just 12% of all trade on the continent.The Brand South Africa breakfast forum was hosted by New York-based CNN International anchor and reporter Richard Quest. Other speakers included Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola and Telkom South Africa chair Jabu Mabuza. (Image: Shamin Chibba)Between 2007 and 2012 South African investment in other African states grew by 57%, making the country the largest foreign direct investor in the rest of Africa. Opportunities exist to grow Africa as an economic bloc to rival the European Union, but practical stumbling blocks remain.“We need to develop seamless and effective frameworks between governments to encourage more trade between African countries,” Coleman said. Agreements exist, he pointed out, but there remain practical problems on the ground and a lack of follow-through has hampered trade growth.Freight trucks held up at border posts because there are too few guards or the failure to embrace technology are issues that constrain cross-border trade. Returning accomplished expats and skilled foreigners still find it difficult to find employment in closed economies.Private sector making stridesIn 2011 intra-continental trade amounted to $54-billion, up from 2000’s $32-billion, but most of that trade was driven by the private sector, especially South African companies such as MTN, Shoprite and Standard Bank, whose investments have created 46 000 jobs since 2003.The private sector has moved forward, despite obstacles, to make it easier for themselves to invest in sometimes-taxing environments. Policy makers should look to their example to build a common African market.“Christo Wiese [the executive director of Shoprite] negotiates five work permits for every $1-million he invests,” Coleman said. “This gives him the confidence of knowing that he can bring in experienced and knowledgeable managers to help build a knowledge base where one may not exist.”Economic growth across Africa is expected to hit 6.1% in 2014. The continent has the resources to power that growth and to feed itself. Entrepreneurship is flourishing, the middle class is growing and poverty rates have been falling since the 1990s.What stands in the way of growing that percentage and making growth sustainable over the long term is the promotion of effective trade exchanges and, to a lesser degree, enough skilled people to drive development.Africa’s reputation as a safe investment destination is growing, but this optimism is only sustainable if Africans continue to invest in Africa, Coleman said.Legislation and trade agreements are one thing, and these are in place, but skilled people to implement them will become the biggest stranglehold as trade grows. Coleman pointed to local legislative framework to make his point. “I have spoken to some local [South African] municipal employees. Very accomplished people who find that legislation, especially to combat corruption, makes it impossible for them to do their jobs.”The intent of conferences like the Abuja WEF is to encourage trade in and with Africa. As long as the continent is able to produce civil servants able to understand the objectives of trade agreements and then implement them, the continent will flourish. If governments are unable to build education systems to deliver these people Africa’s ability to trade with itself will be hamstrung, Coleman said, hinting at the biggest challenge faced by African governments – education.
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LATEST STORIES Son Heung-min took over from former Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-Sung as the highest-scoring Premier League player from Asia with his 20th goal for Tottenham.The South Korea forward pounced on a poor clearance to curl in a shot from just inside the area in the 64th minute at Wembley Stadium as a depleted Tottenham relied on a grittier performance to see off Palace after a slick win over Champions League holder Real Madrid.___EVERTON RECOVERYEverton was facing its sixth straight loss in all competitions — and fourth under caretaker manager David Unsworth — after goals by Richarlison and Christian Kabasele put Watford 2-0 ahead by the 64th minute.But three minutes later, Everton’s recovery began. Oumar Niasse pulled a goal back, substitute Dominic Calvert-Lewin headed home an equalizer in the 74th and Leighton Baines netted from the spot in stoppage time to complete a 3-2 victory. A first win in nine matches lifted Everton from 19th to 15th in the 20-team standings. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Palestinian football officials get court date for FIFA case QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort There is still more than two-thirds of the season to go but City is looking a formidable attacking unit that’s proving hard to thwart. It’s the only unbeaten team in England, and with an enviable depth of talent on the field and on the bench.“Can anyone stop them? It will be difficult this season,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. “The way they have started, the way they are on a run, the quality they have. They’ll be difficult to stop but, you never know.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout___GOOD FORTUNE MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments “We were so, so tired in moments in the game,” Guardiola said, “but we were so strong mentally, mentally strong to keep going, doing it together.”___CHELSEA RECOVERSAll it took to lift some of the gloom around Stamford Bridge was the return of former manager Jose Mourinho, and a victory over his new club.Alvaro Morata scored the only goal 10 minutes into the second half, ending a six-game goal drought in all competitions. Morata peeled away from defender Eric Bailly and the striker was completely unmarked 12 yard (meters) from goal when he met Cesar Azpilicueta’s pinpoint cross with a powerful looping header.“We must be pleased for the performance of the team,” Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said. “I think we played with a great energy, a great passion, a great enthusiasm.”Unlike perhaps earlier in the week in the Italian capital when Chelsea lost 3-0 to Roma in the Champions League.“I think tonight I saw a lot of positive things,” Conte said, “not only under the tactical aspect but overall the desire, the desire of my players, the will to fight, the will to help each other.”___ASIAN RECORD Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, left, celebrates scoring his side’s second goal of the game during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Arsenal, at the Etihad Stadium, in Manchester, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)LONDON — Manchester City is the team to catch in the Premier League, and it’s getting even more challenging.Pep Guardiola’s side moved eight points clear with a 3-1 victory over Arsenal on Sunday when second-place Manchester United lost 1-0 at Chelsea. Tottenham trails United on goal difference and is a point ahead of defending champion Chelsea after beating last-place Crystal Palace 1-0.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Despite the victory margin, City needed some luck.Kevin De Bruyne’s opening goal in the 19th minute was followed by a contentiously awarded penalty when Nacho Monreal was adjudged to have bundled over Raheem Sterling. Sergio Aguero converted from the spot, then a third goal from Gabriel Jesus should have been ruled out for offside against David Silva in the build-up.“If … they have a decisions for them like that (third goal),” Wenger said, “they will be unstoppable.”Any hopes Arsenal had of a first title since 2004 are fading fast. Arsenal has lost four of six away games in the league for the first time since 1981 and Wenger’s team trails City by 12 points.City has scored 38 goals and won 10 out of 11 games so far. It achieved its latest win after a tough Champions League trip to Napoli where Guardiola’s side won 4-2.ADVERTISEMENT
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Ex-Man Utd boss Mourinho releases statement on Benfica moveby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJose Mourinho has confirmed he will not return to management with Benfica. The Portuguese was sacked last month as manager of Manchester United.He said: “I have never been into the game of feeding news stories, but I have no intention of working in Portugal.”I don’t really want to go there but the best way to respect a great club [Benfica] and a great president is to say that I was not approached.”It’s a tremendous honour when you return to a club where you’ve been, but I’m talking to you and I will not talk to anyone else.”I’m not training, I love that I am no longer talked about all the time and the best way to ensure that will remain the case is for me to not talk either.”I want to able to think and prepare for the next step.”
Ex-Real Madrid GM Mijatovic: Zidane doesn’t know what to doby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid GM Pedja Mijatovic has questioned whether Zinedine Zidane is capable of leading the club out of it’s slump.Mijatovic was reacting to their 3-0 Champions League humbling at PSG.He said, “I did not expect such a game. I expected to see another game, I was very confident and I hope that Madrid will present itself in a better way in a competition in which it has made history. “PSG has been better in every way. It is a worry. The season looks like last year.”From minute one, Madrid was not involved in the game. When a team lets you play they all seem like phenomena to you. Madrid has to improve a lot. They have to worry and look for solutions. I don’t see Zidane finding solutions or helping the team to improve.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Story Highlights Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says this represents a 4.7 per cent increase when compared to the corresponding period last year. Providing an official update on the performance of the sector at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices on September 5, Mr. Bartlett said the sector continues to perform well amidst national, regional and global challenges. Provisional figures from the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) show that between January and August 2018, a total of 2.95 million tourists visited Jamaica.Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says this represents a 4.7 per cent increase when compared to the corresponding period last year.Providing an official update on the performance of the sector at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices on September 5, Mr. Bartlett said the sector continues to perform well amidst national, regional and global challenges.He said the figures indicate that the sector is on target to outperform the benchmark target of five per cent growth in five years.“Last year broke all of that, because we got 12 per cent. To grow on last year is a phenomenal achievement and to be growing at the five per cent that we project is even more phenomenal,” the Minister said.He noted that preliminary gross foreign exchange earnings for the first eight months of 2018 were approximately US$2.2 billion.“That means you are trending well ahead of the US$3-billion mark for the end of this calendar year. If we continue with these robust arrival figures to year end, then for the third consecutive year, the growth of Jamaica’s tourism sector would have exceeded the projected five per cent annual growth,” he said.Meanwhile, the Minister pointed out that the figures indicate the country experienced the “best summer” performance for the period May to August 2018.Mr. Bartlett informed that the provisional estimates showed stopover arrivals up by six per cent, when compared to the corresponding period last year.“That is 884,324 visitors compared to the 834,292 in 2017. These figures contributed to total visitor arrivals of 1,312,494, which was a 4.4 per cent increase over the same period last year,” the Minister said.Mr. Bartlett emphasised that this augurs well for the country’s high season, which begins in December. Provisional figures from the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) show that between January and August 2018, a total of 2.95 million tourists visited Jamaica.