Want to Read Minds? Read Good Books

first_imgFifty Shades of Grey may be a fun read, but it’s not going to help you probe the minds of others the way War and Peace might. That’s the conclusion of a new study, which finds that, compared with mainstream fiction, high-brow literary works do more to improve our ability to understand the thoughts, emotions, and motivations of those around us.Perhaps it’s no surprise that the lead author of the new study, David Kidd, came to social psychology by way of Russian literature. Now a Ph.D. student at the New School in New York City, he is versed in arguments from literary theorists that divide fiction into two categories. When we read a thrilling-but-predictable bestseller, “the text sort of grabs us and takes us on a roller-coaster ride,” he says, “and we all sort of experience the same thing.” Literature, on the other hand, gives the reader a lot more responsibility. Its imaginary worlds are full of characters with confusing or unexplained motivations. There are no reliable instructions about whom to trust or how to feel.Kidd and his adviser, social psychologist Emanuele Castano, suspected that the skills we use to navigate these ambiguous fictional worlds serve us well in real life. In particular, the duo surmised that they enhance our so-called theory of mind. That’s the ability to intuit someone else’s mental state—to know, for example, that when someone raises their hand toward us, they’re trying to give us a high-five rather than slap us. It’s closely related to empathy, the ability to recognize and share the feelings of others. Increasing evidence supports the relationship between reading fiction and theory of mind. 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In each, they asked subjects to read 10 to 15 pages of either literary or popular writing. Literary excerpts included short stories by Anton Chekhov and Don DeLillo, as well as recent winners of the PEN/O. Henry Prize and the National Book Award. For more “mainstream” selections, they looked to Amazon.com top-sellers such as Danielle Steel’s The Sins of the Mother and Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, and to anthologies of genre fiction, including a sci-fi story by Robert Heinlein.When participants finished their excerpts, they took tests designed to measure theory of mind. In one test, the Diagnostic Analysis of Nonverbal Accuracy 2—Adult Faces (DANVA2-AF) test, they looked at a face for 2 seconds and decided whether the person appeared happy, angry, afraid, or sad. In the more nuanced Reading the Mind in the Eyes Test (RMET), they saw only a small slice of a face and picked from four complex emotions such as “contemplative” and “skeptical.”On average, both groups did slightly better on these tests than control subjects who read either a nonfiction article or nothing at all. This fits with previous research showing a positive relationship between fiction and theory of mind. But among the fiction readers, those who read “literary” works scored significantly higher on the theory of mind tests than those who read popular selections, Kidd and Castano report online today in Science. The absolute differences in scores were hardly dramatic: On average, the literary group outperformed the popular group by about two questions (out of 36) on the RMET test, and missed one fewer question (out of 18) on the DANVA2-AF. But psychologist Raymond Mar of York University in Toronto, Canada, notes that even very small effects could be meaningful, provided they translate into real-world consequences—reducing the likelihood that social misunderstandings could create grudges or leave someone in tears.Keith Oatley, a cognitive psychologist at the University of Toronto, agrees that any evidence of literature’s effect based on this experimental approach is “big news.” “I’m quite impressed that they managed to find results with these tests.”Still, the “literariness” argument needs hammering out. Castano believes these results show that fiction’s power doesn’t hinge on exposing readers to foreign viewpoints or offering a persuasive, empathetic message. “For us, it’s not about the content,” he says. “It was about the process.” But Mar points out that there are probably many ways to improve theory of mind, and “different things might work for different people.” Some may find that stories with a moral of acceptance and empathy increase their theory of mind skills, for example, while others might benefit more from the practice of filling in the emotional gaps in an ambiguous story.Cognitive neuroscientist Vittorio Gallese of the University of Parma in Italy, who is also exploring how the brain responds to works of art, finds the new link between real and fictional worlds exciting, but is skeptical of the distinction between literary and mainstream fiction. “This is a very slippery ground,” he says, because historical tastes often move the boundary between “high” and “low” art. For example, he says, Honoré de Balzac’s The Human Comedy was released in serial form as a work of “popular” fiction, but has since attained the status of a classic.last_img read more

Pakistan’s Mystery Abductions: Slain Salman Taseer’s son Shahbaz still remains untraceable

first_imgPolicemen inspect the car that Shahbaz Taseer was driving when he was abducted in Lahore.Shahbaz Taseer, the billionaire son of slain Punjab governor Salman Taseer noticed the black Landcruiser and motorcycle shadowing him around 10 a.m. on August 26. By then, it was too late. Four unidentified men dragged the,Policemen inspect the car that Shahbaz Taseer was driving when he was abducted in Lahore.Shahbaz Taseer, the billionaire son of slain Punjab governor Salman Taseer noticed the black Landcruiser and motorcycle shadowing him around 10 a.m. on August 26. By then, it was too late. Four unidentified men dragged the 28-year-old out of his shiny two-seater Mercedes sports car in Lahore’s posh Gulberg area and bundled him into their vehicle. They tossed his laptop and mobile phones back into the Mercedes roadster before driving away.Police said Shahbaz was driving to his office in Gulberg without his usual police escort. A Taseer family driver later spotted the Mercedes parked in the middle of the road, doors ajar. No group claimed responsibility for the sensational kidnapping and no ransom call was made. A high-ranking law enforcement official told India Today on condition of anonymity that Shahbaz was kidnapped by intelligence agencies as they “doubted his loyalty” to the nation. The agencies have, in the past, illegally detained people on mere suspicion.Shahbaz Taseer was kidnapped on August 26Kidnapping for ransom has now spilled over from Karachi, Peshawar and the lawless tribal areas of Pakistan, to enter Lahore. Children, tourists and middle or upper class Pakistanis and businessmen are common targets for ransom that range from Pakistani Rs 20 lakh to Rs 10 crore.Shahbaz’s is the third high-profile kidnapping in the past two months. A Swiss couple, Divid Oliver Och and Daniela Widmer, were abducted from their camping van in Quetta on July 1, allegedly by gunmen belonging to the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). An American aid official, Warren Weinstein, 70, was also kidnapped from his Lahore home by six assailants on August 13. No ransom calls were made in any of these cases. This has led to speculation of political motives behind the kidnapping.advertisement”The agencies abducted more than a hundred innocent people during the Pervez Musharraf era and the practice continues,” says Amna Janjua, chairman of an NGO, Defence of Human Rights. Janjua’s husband, Masood Janjua, an educationist, went missing in May 2005. Janjua claims he has been detained by security agencies.Swiss couple Daniela Widmer and Dividoliveroch were abducted from their camping van in Quetta on July 1.However, the Federal Investigation Agency and police have claimed that they have arrested a dozen suspects and are pursuing investigations into the Shahbaz kidnapping. Some theories linked the abduction to extremists who are seeking the release of Shahbaz’s father’s assassin, Malik Mumtaz Qadri, now lodged in Adyala jail in Rawalpindi. Shahbaz was a vocal critic of Pakistan’s harsh anti-blasphemy laws. An official of Pakistan’s Investigation Bureau said three of the arrested suspects belong to the banned Jamaat-ud-Dawa group, a charity arm of the Lashkar-e-Toiba, and frequently visited Qadri in prison.”Shahbaz’s kidnapping is an eye-opener. Where are the government, law enforcement agencies and intelligence agencies?” said a member of the Taseer family on condition of anonymity. “The government has failed to safeguard the lives and property of people,” she added.Shahbaz took over as the director of the family’s businesses, founded by his father, following the latter’s assasination on January 4. They include real estate firm Pace Pakistan, brokerage firms First Capital Equities and First Capital Securities Corporation, as well as Media Times that controls the leading English newspaper Daily Times, Urdu Daily AajKal, kids channel Wikkid Plus and satellite channel Business Plus. He and his wife Maheen Ghani were offloaded from a New York-bound flight at San Francisco on August 19 last year when a hoax caller said they were potential hijackers. The couple filed a lawsuit against the airline in March this year.The kidnapping of the scion has sent a wave of fear and anger across the country, particularly in the ruling PPP, of which Salman Taseer was a member. Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani contacted Shahbaz’s mother and assured her of the government’s support. He directed the Punjab police chief to take all measures to find the missing billionaire. President Asif Ali Zardari also telephoned Shahbaz’s mother and assured her that efforts would be made to find her son. A hurried meeting called by the Chief Minister of Punjab province, Shahbaz Sharif, was attended by the chief secretary, home secretary and inspector general of police. Police have apprehended two suspects who were allegedly shadowing Shahbaz.The case has clearly embarrassed the Punjab provincial police. Chief City Police Officer of Lahore, Malik Ahmed Raza, denied police negligence. He said Shahbaz did not use his security cordon of 17 policemen. Provincial law minister Rana Sanaullah blamed Shahbaz for leaving his security detail at home.advertisementThe Crime Investigation Branch says that 47 people were kidnapped for ransom last year. Thirteen people were kidnapped in the first three months of 2011. The principal suspects are militant groups who kidnap high value targets, such as businessmen, and use the ransom to purchase arms and ammunition from Afghanistan and Iran.last_img read more

The Imitation Game takes top prize at Toronto film fest

first_imgThe Imitation Game, a biopic about British mathematician and World War Two code-breaker Alan Turing, won the top prize at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday.The film, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing, took the Groslch People’s Choice award for best film at the 39th edition of the festival.Accepting the award on behalf of director Morten Tyldum, Elevation Pictures’ Noah Segal said simply, “Yummy, delicious,” a reference to an audience member who had declared the same about Cumberbatch during a question-and-answer session following the film’s screening during the festival.Benedict Cumberbatch plays British mathematician and World War Two code-breaker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game”It was unnerving, but true,” said Segal.The award, which is chosen by audience members and has in the past gone to Oscar best picture winners such as Slumdog Millionaire, and last year’s 12 Years a Slave, will likely ramp up the buzz around the film.In the movie, Turing is the brilliant mathematician who breaks the Germans’ Enigma code, helping to bring the war to an end. He took his own life at 41 after he was convicted for being a homosexual.Cumberbatch, one of the most sought-after actors in film and television, gave an immediate “yes” to playing Turing, he told Reuters last week.”There is a huge burden, an onus of responsibility,” the 38-year-old Englishman said. “This was an extraordinary man and sadly, bizarrely not that well known a man of his achievements.”The runner-up for the prize was “Learning to Drive,” a film about a Manhattan writer, played by Patricia Clarkson, who finds comfort in her lessons with a Sikh driving instructor, played by Ben Kingsley.advertisement”St. Vincent,” starring Bill Murray, took second runner-up.The People’s Choice award for top film in the Midnight Madness program, which often showcases horror and offbeat films, went to “What We Do in the Shadows,” a mockumentary about vampires living in a New Zealand suburb.”I’d like to use this forum to bring attention to a more serious matter: the disgusting sport of vampire hunting,” said co-director and co-star Jemaine Clement.The People’s Choice award for top documentary went to “Beats of the Antonov,” which follows refugees from the Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains in Sudan.Started in 1976, the Toronto festival now ranks with Cannes and Sundance as one of the world’s top movie gatherings. The festival often serves as a launching point for films and performances that go on to win Academy Awards, as well as international films seeking distribution deals.This year saw the festival’s highest film sales after a bidding war ended with Paramount buying Chris Rock’s “Top Five” for a reported $12.5 million, organizers said. Forty-one film sales have been announced so far, including 24 major sales to U.S. distributors.last_img read more

Nebraska Fans Are Raving About The Hype Video Scott Frost Just Dropped

first_img pic.twitter.com/8ur3NPcmxX— HuzkerDan (@HuzkerDan) June 20, 2019BRB, gonna go run through a brick wall— Ben Spiegel (@bspiegel16) June 20, 2019Frost is heading into his second year with the team following a very disappointing 4-8 campaign last season.Though the team started the season 0-6, they recovered by winning four of their last six, including two very close losses to Ohio State and Iowa.Nebraska will have the benefit of an experienced starting quarterback in Adrian Martinez, as well as two of his top three receivers from last year.The fan base is certainly excited for the coming season. We’ll have to wait and see if Frost’s message translates onto the field. Scott Frost wears a Nebraska hat coaching against Michigan State.LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers during pregame activities before the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Memorial Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Scott Frost’s first year at the helm for Nebraska certainly didn’t go the way he expected. But if the hype video he dropped on Thursday is any indication, any struggles they may have next season won’t be for a lack of preparation.Frost’s video showed the Nebraska team working out on the beach while Frost’s booming voice warns them against cutting corners. The exercises included intense endurance training on the sand and in the water.The reaction from fans and former players to the video was intense, with just about all of the commenters unable to contain their excitement. One of the common themes was that they would be willing to run through a brick wall for Frost. pic.twitter.com/GS9yKzGgWt— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) June 20, 2019last_img read more

Budget Bulletin Affordable Housing for Lowincome Nova Scotians

first_img The province is committed to providing affordable housing tolow-income Nova Scotians. In 2004-05, the province will maintain expenditures for allexisting housing and repair programs. In addition, the provincehas allocated funding for the continued development of additionalaffordable housing for low-income Nova Scotians. This fundingwill support new rental housing, rental preservation, new homeownership and home preservation programs. Furthermore, byadopting a plan already in place in New Brunswick, the provincewill provide funding for new rental housing based on a multi-yearformula to ensure it remains affordable over the long term. The preservation and development of additional affordable housingfalls under the Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housing Agreement,a $37.26-million joint initiative between the federal andprovincial governments. Since the agreement was signed in 2002, the province hasannounced a number of projects, including: The Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housing Agreement is a step inthe right direction and the province will continue to work withall levels of government and the community to develop strategiesand solutions for affordable housing in Nova Scotia. Through the housing division of the Department of CommunityServices, the province offers a wide range of housing programsand services to assist close to 20,000 Nova Scotian householdseach year. These include rental housing accommodation and rentsupplements, grants or loans for home repairs and renovations,and mortgages to purchase or build modest homes. -30- COMMUNITY SERVICES–Budget Bulletin: Affordable Housing for Low-income Nova Scotianscenter_img the construction of a new 15-unit townhouse complex in the Annapolis Valley; the construction of six new modest, semi-detached homes in Halifax; extensive repairs to 30 homes across the province; a request for proposals for the development of 200 new rental units across the province.last_img read more

Light rains in Delhi raise humidity levels

first_imgNew Delhi: Light rains in various areas across the national capital contributed to high humidity levels even as the minimum temperature settled at normal levels on Saturday. “The minimum temperature was recorded at 8.30 am at 27.4 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the year,” a MeT official said. The humidity level was recorded at 85 per cent. While no rainfall was recorded at Safdarjung and Ridge area observatories, the Palam observatory recorded 10.5 mm rainfall and Lodhi road observatory recorded traces of rainfall. The Aya Nagar observatory recorded 11.7 mm rainfall. The weatherman has predicted a cloudy day ahead with light rains and thundershowers. On Friday, large swathes of Delhi reeled under sultry weather though a few places recorded light rains. The city recorded a high of 34.6 degrees Celsius, a notch above the normal, and a low of 28.3 degrees Celsius on Friday. Humidity levels oscillated between 62 and 85 per cent.last_img read more

Montreal moves to reduce carbon footprint phase out heating oil by 2030

first_imgMONTREAL — The City of Montreal says it will move to ban the use of heating oil by 2030 as it seeks to reduce its carbon footprint.Mayor Valerie Plante announced this week the city will have completed its conversion of municipal buildings by 2021 and will introduce a bylaw next year forbidding oil-burning furnaces in new construction.Owners of existing commercial, industrial, institutional and residential buildings with oil-burning furnaces will have until 2030 to convert to a renewable energy source.While the exact number of furnaces affected isn’t known, the city says fuel oil represents 28 per cent of carbon emissions from the city’s residential sector and about 14 per cent of emissions from commercial and institutional sources.It’s the latest in a series of anti-pollution announcements the city has made, including a bylaw on wood-burning stoves that came into effect last Oct. 1.That law only allows fireplaces and wood stoves that meet strict emissions standards and forbids their use altogether during smog alerts.Last week, the city said it would introduce a bylaw next year banning single-use items such as plastics and polystyrene foam containers on its territory.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Facebook Instagram WhatsApp back up and running

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp are online again after a brief outage.All three social media platforms, including Facebook Messenger, were not loading as of early Sunday morning.Downdetector.com, a site that monitors site outages, shows Facebook had been down since 6:30 a.m. in much of the world, with thousands of reported outages concentrated in northeastern U.S., Europe and the Philippines.It was not immediately clear what caused the outage or how long the platforms would be down.An email requesting comment about the outage was sent to Facebook.#FacebookDown, #instagramdown and #whatsappdown were all trending on Twitter globally.Facebook acquired Instagram in 2012 and WhatsApp in 2014.There are more than 1.52 billion daily active Facebook users, according to the social media network’s website.The sites were back in business around 9 a.m. EST.The Associated Press read more

Developing countries host 7 of 10 asylum seekers worldwide UN refugee agency

While developing countries have produced 86 per cent of the world’s refugees over the past decade, they also proved to be a safe haven for seven out of ten of those seeking asylum, according to a new statistical yearbook released today by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).The first annual “UNHCR Statistical Yearbook” notes that while rich countries have been voicing increasing concern over the numbers of asylum seekers arriving on their borders, it is mainly poor nations that have been providing asylum to nearly three-quarters of the world’s refugees over the past 10 years.High Commissioner Ruud Lubbers said the Yearbook would be a valuable tool for those researching the evolution of global forced displacement, the nexus between asylum and migration, and the sharing of burdens and responsibilities. “Above all,” Mr. Lubbers writes in the Yearbook, “I hope it will provide a more solid underpinning for the current refugee and asylum debate, and that it will contribute to informed policy and decision-making.”According to UNHCR, the number of refugees between 1997 and 2001 has hovered around 12 million after dropping by nearly a quarter compared to the previous five-year period. While the total number of refugees has remained relatively stable recently, their geographic distribution has shifted.The Yearbook shows that Asia has produced and hosted a larger share of the world’s refugees since the mid-1990s, while the number of refugees originating from and hosted by African countries has fallen. In 2001, Afghans made up one-third of the world refugee population and were also the major nationality of origin of asylum seekers in industrialized countries, although over 1.7 million Afghan refugees have recently returned home and asylum applications from Afghans have dropped sharply.Last year, asylum applications in industrialized countries rose by 8 per cent. While Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Republic of Korea and Japan received 31 per cent more applications and Central Europe recorded a 33 per cent increase, the 15 European Union member countries together saw a one percent decrease in applications.The Yearbook also says the number of new refugee outflows since the early 1990s has declined by 38 per cent and that fewer refugees are crossing international borders, but warned that the plight of internally displaced people may well have become worse. read more

Chess World Rattled As Someone Nearly Wins Game

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Magnus Carlsen of Norway, the world’s No. 1 chess player, fended off a vicious siege at the hands of U.S. grandmaster Fabiano Caruana, the world No. 2, in London Friday. It was the sixth frame of the World Chess Championship, and one that for hours appeared likely to give the American a critical lead. But Carlsen escaped, and the match remains level, 3-3. Each of the six games so far have been a draw.“It’s a miracle save,” said Robert Hess, an American grandmaster commentating on the match for Chess.com.To catch you up: Carlsen is seeking his fourth world title while his challenger Caruana is trying for the first American world championship since Bobby Fischer in 1972. Their horns are locked in the middle of a best-of-12-game match for the game’s most important title.The two began Friday’s Game 6 in one of Caruana’s favorite openings: the Petroff. (Specific lines of this opening were featured in the deleted video that scandalized the match days ago.) Game 6’s first three moves appear in 12,289 other games in the ChessBase database. In 11,802 — or 96 percent — of those, white moves its knight to f3 on its fourth move. In 17 of those — or 0.1 percent — white moves its knight to d3.Carlsen moved his knight to d3. We’ll keep the draw-filled chart below updated throughout the match. And perhaps we’ll be able to add a decisive result to it at some point. Or perhaps not. And that could be exciting, too.1While the chart below shows a big advantage for Caruana throughout most of the end of Friday’s game, the computer engine is not always perfectly reliable when it comes to numerically assessing complex, fortressed-based endgames. 87654321abcdefgh A dozen moves later, Caruana had captured three of Carlsen’s pawns, including those aspiring to become queens, and still had one of his own. That left him in a victorious position — if only he could see it. On the 68th move, a supercomputer analyzing the game found a guaranteed checkmate a distant 30 moves down the road — down a lengthy bridle path, say. Chess players are second only to maybe biological taxonomists in their proclivity to elaborately name things, and sure enough even this rare position has its own proper name: the Karklins-Martinovsky Variation. But neither player was troubled by Karklins-Martinovsky, they said after the game. Its theory is well known to these elite players.And so they played on. The powerful queens came off the board by move 8, but this loss took no edge off the fight. For a while, the game looked less like a battle and more like a dressage competition, as 66 percent or more of each player’s first 12 moves were knight moves.Many moves later, as the game cantered through its middlegame, winning chances emerged and swelled for Caruana’s black pieces, according to both the computer engine and human grandmaster commentators. (Surprisingly, black, which is usually at a disadvantage, has often had an advantage over white in this match.) While there was no single blunder for Carlsen, there was an accumulation of … what to call them? “Mistakes” seems too serious. “Slip-ups” make them sound like pratfalls. Let’s go with “inaccuracies.” Carlen admitted after the game that he’d made a number of imperfect moves. By move 34, knights and bishops were the only firepower left on the board, and they threatened salvo after salvo in a crucial struggle over the pawns.By the 47th move, Carlsen was down a knight but up three pawns, which gave him a few slim hopes. Two had open routes to the end of the board, where they could become queens. Much delicate, asymmetrical and impossibly complex maneuvering commenced, as Caruana tried to prevent the pawns’ promotion. 87654321abcdefgh Caruana is an unbelievably strong player — though not that strong. As play continued, the silicon’s guarantee quickly went away. If only Carlsen could eliminate the pawns, he’d survive: a bishop and a knight versus a bishop is a theoretically guaranteed draw.Finally, through many feats, Carlsen was able to spirit away his king to a fortress on black’s side of the board. 87654321abcdefgh read more

Ohio State womens lacrosse off to programbest 91 start after 2 wins

OSU freshman attacker Avery Murphy (27) during a game against Cincinnati on March 11 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe No. 17 Ohio State women’s lacrosse team toppled Binghamton and Hofstra over the weekend, allowing it to ride a seven-game win streak home from New York.The Buckeyes beat Binghamton 10-5 on Friday. Sophomore attackman Molly Wood led OSU with four goals, while senior attackman Cian Dabrowski added two goals and three assists. Dabrowski leads the team with 25 goals this season. Most of the scoring happened in the first period after senior midfielder Kelsey Gallagher set the tone, scoring a goal a mere two minutes in. Binghamton tied it up a minute later, and the game remained tied until junior midfielder Paulina Constant scored the first of three straight goals from the Buckeyes, giving them a 4-1 lead. The game went back and forth from there, but Wood scored two consecutive goals to give OSU a 8-4 advantage at halftime. Wood scored another goal just 33 seconds into the second half, making the score 9-4 in favor of OSU. Dabrowski added the last Buckeye goal with 20 minutes left. Senior goalkeeper Katie Frederick earned the win, registering six saves. The Buckeye defense had a solid performance, holding the Bearcats to five goals, and OSU outshot Binghamton 32-15 and forced 20 turnovers.OSU then beat Hofstra in an 18-8 victory on Sunday. The win marked OSU coach Alexis Venechanos’ 100th career victory and boosted the Buckeyes’ record to 9-1, which equals the program record for the best start to a campaign.Dabrowski tallied a career-high six goals on just seven shots, giving her 100 goals for her career. Wood added four goals and tied her career high with 13 draw controls. Senior attackman Rainey Hodgson contributed five assists on the day. She has 20 assists on the year, which already eclipses her season total from 2015.The Buckeyes were in control the entire game, netting the first nine goals of the match, the first of which came just 15 seconds in. OSU held a 14-3 advantage in draw controls in the first half and outshot the Pride 18-7. OSU led the game 14-3 by halftime. The Buckeyes’ biggest lead was 18-3 with 20 minutes left, before they surrendered five goals after the game was already out of reach. Frederick picked up another win, making two saves in the game. OSU is primed to be back in action Saturday for its Big Ten opener against Michigan. The game is slated to start at 3 p.m. in Ann Arbor, Michigan. read more

Metal Gear Solid Board Game Is Tactical Tabletop Action

first_img Metal Gear Solid on the original PlayStation is one of the best video games of all time. Blending finely honed stealth gameplay with moody cutting-edge cinematic storytelling with creator Hideo Kojima’s truly bonkers takes on military geopolitics, there’s a reason why gamers get chills whenever some says the word “Snake.” In a way, every Metal Gear Solid game is the best one. But the first Metal Gear Solid game is the best one.Unfortunately, ever since Konami decided it would rather be a dead mall than a video game publisher, infamously kicking Kojima to the curb after MGS V in 2015, we’ve simply accepted that we will never get any new Metal Gear Solid game. Metal Gear Survive? What’s that? It doesn’t exist. However, we were surprised to learn that there will soon be a new Metal Gear Solid game to play. Not a video game, but a board game.Published by IDW Games, Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game is a tactical tabletop recreation of the original 1998 stealth PS1 classic. The designer Emerson Matsuuchi’s past work includes Century and Specter Ops. The art, while reminiscent of iconic Yoji Shinkawa illustrations, actually comes from comic artist Kenneth Loh. And the miniatures come crafted by Francesco Orrù.Despite its cutscenes that last for years, Metal Gear Solid is very much a video game. It can get away with a lot of nonsense because it plays so well. So how does this project adapt sneaking past guards and hiding in cardboard boxes into a tabletop action experience? We’re not counting the Metal Gear-themed reskin of Risk. Details are sparse, but we know the game is about cooperating with other players, each playing a different role as Solid Snake, Meryl Silverburgh, Otacon, and Gray Fox.We understand how the characters have unique skills, and how that means each of the multiple campaigns can play out different. But it’s the “highly dynamic A.I. system and sandbox gameplay” for an analog board game that leaves us scratching our heads. And we’ll have to wait a bit before seeing the game in action as play sessions aren’t scheduled until E3, Comic-Con, and Gen Con next summer before the full launch in 2019.Here’s hoping this tabletop game is a better Metal Gear Solid remake than Twin Snakes on Gamecube. For more on Metal Gear Solid, read us gush about Snake’s return to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, check out this awesome Metal Gear toys, and watch this Metal Gear-themed reinterpretation of Steamed Hams. Stay on target Keanu Reeves Mod Makes ‘Metal Gear Solid’ Even More Breathta…Toy Tuesday: The Best Animal Toys last_img read more

WWEs plans to invite Michael Sam to RAW already in doubt

first_img ESPN Adds 15 More UFC Fights Disney, Twitter Announce New Business Partnership Mickelson Wants To Duel Tiger Woods WhatsApp Facebook ESPN Makes Historic Exclusivity Deal With UFC Now Playing Up Next Twitter The Undertaker appears on ESPN College GameDay Saturday morning Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Pinterest Google+ Discrimination Lawsuit Filed Against ESPN Now Playing Up Next Michael Sam, who was cut by the NFL’s St. Louis Rams this past weekend and was invited to next week’s 9/8 WWE RAW in Baltimore, is scheduled to meet with the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday to undergo a physical according to a report by ESPN.If Sam passes the physical, he will be signed to the practice squad. This means any chance of Sam accepting WWE’s invite on Monday won’t be possible.Source: ESPN.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipESPN Adds 15 More UFC FightsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 2.61%0:00Remaining Time -0:34 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Jon Moxley vs. Kenny Omega made official for AEW Full Gear on November 9 from Baltimore AEW announces Full Gear PPV tickets go on-sale this Friday to the general publiclast_img read more

912 WWE Results White Plains New York Cena vs Kane

first_img Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Videos Articles Glenn “Kane” Jacobs will not be appearing at WWE Live Events despite being advertised Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Videos Articles Triple H WhatsApp The Miz Matt Hardy Says John Olivers WWE Claims Are Outdated Twitter Pinterestcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next 9/12 WWE Results: White Plains, New York* Mark Henry def. Cesaro.* Stardust def. Kofi Kingston.* The Great Khali def. Heath Slater.* WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos def. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan.* WWE Divas Champion Paige def. Natalya.* Big Show def. Bray Wyatt.* John Cena def. Kane in a street fight match.Source: Prowrestling.netRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipMadison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:32 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Vin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ scene Facebook Why Total Divas Didnt Change Their Name After WWE Rebranded WWE stars join “Brawlhalla” as Epic Crossovers in SummerSlam game event Xavier Woods Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE Superstar John Cena announced as part of cast for Suicide Squad Sequel Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reignslast_img read more

Listing schedule for WWE Network for September 19 2014

first_img Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest WWE Watch Along to stream live on social media during Clash of Champions PPV WWE Network live-stream schedule for 9/19/14:10:00 am ET – WWE NXT: 9/18/14. The future is here. Witness the entertainers, the leading men and women, the Superstars of tomorrow — this is NXT!11:00 am ET – WWE Superstars: 9/18/14. WWE Superstars features the best of the best in matches you’ll have to see to believe. You never know what to expect – so expect everything!12:00 pm ET – Total Divas: 11/30/13. Ariane forces Vincent to try out for WWE; Nikki struggles to feel comfortable in her new home; Trinity’s dad moves in and Jon is bothered.1:00 pm ET – WWE NXT: 9/18/14. The future is here. Witness the entertainers, the leading men and women, the Superstars of tomorrow — this is NXT!2:00 pm ET – WWE Superstars: 9/18/14. WWE Superstars features the best of the best in matches you’ll have to see to believe. You never know what to expect – so expect everything!3:00 pm ET – WWE Beyond The Ring: 10/9/12. A look inside the life and career of CM Punk from his early success in ECW to the top of the WWE.5:00 pm ET – WWE Countdown: 9/16/14. Counting down the top ten moments from the Royal Rumble PPV events.6:00 pm ET – Journey to SummerSlam: 8/19/14. Witness the journeys of Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, and Roman Reigns – from their humble beginnings to the biggest event of the summer!7:00 pm ET – WCW Monday Nitro: 9/25/95. On this episode of WCW Monday Nitro Macho Man Randy Savage looks to take down Kevin Sullivan. Hulk Hogan has a proposition for The Giant.8:00 pm ET – WWE Beyond The Ring: 10/9/12. A look inside the life and career of CM Punk from his early success in ECW to the top of the WWE.10:00 pm ET – WWE Countdown: 9/16/14. Counting down the top ten moments from the Royal Rumble PPV events.11:00 pm ET – WWE Beyond The Ring: 10/9/12. A look inside the life and career of CM Punk from his early success in ECW to the top of the WWE.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:01Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Shawn Michaels Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Videos Articles Twitter Facebook WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Downcenter_img Videos Articles WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey Now Playing Up Next Google+ ROH announces Death Before Dishonor PPV and TV tapings for Las Vegas this September WhatsApp Seth Rollins WWE Live returns to China this September, Will hold tryouts this July in Shanghailast_img read more

Match announced for tomorrow nights 930 WWE Main Event

first_img Now Playing Up Next Twitter The Miz Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Videos Articles Videos Articles Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Xavier Woods Does The WWE Cancelling Crown Jewel Mean Cancelling Shawn Michaels’ Comeback? Google+ Triple H Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Videos Articles Announced for tomorrow night’s 9/30 WWE Main Event on the WWE Network from Milwaukee, Wisconsin is Mark Henry vs. Bo Dallas in a rematch from RAW on Monday night.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipMadison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Dana Brooke suffers head injury during WWE Main Event tapings this past Monday in Los Angeles Facebook Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Match to determine the inaugural AEW World Champion to main event All Out in Chicago Two more talents switch brands following Superstar Shake-up, Ambrose moved to Alumnilast_img read more

Lightning visible over Clark County should quickly move north

first_imgThe National Weather Service says thunderstorms have been detected in Clark County.A short-term forecast says a weather radar spotted “a line of strong thunderstorms” extending just south of Castle Rock in Cowlitz County to Yacolt, and then on to Rooster Rock State Park, Ore. The thunderstorms are moving northeast at 15 mph.The weather service listed Yacolt and Amboy among the affected communities, and it notes the greater Vancouver area in the forecast, as well. “Dangerous cloud to ground lightning can be expected in these areas through roughly 7:30 a.m.,” the weather service said.Flashes of lightning in the clouds and at least several lightning strikes were visible in the county around 6:30 a.m. The weather service said in a tweet that detection data showed somewhere between 250 to 350 lightning strikes have occurred over Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon since midnight.Heavy rain may cause water to pond and accumulate on roadways and in low spots, and cause slippery conditions for drivers and pedestrians, forecasters warned.The weather service’s lightning safety tips include having alternate ways to receive alerts (weather or otherwise); finding a sturdy building or car with a “hard-top” roof for shelter; avoiding hilltops, open fields, tall trees and water activities; and staying inside for a half-hour after thunder can be heard.last_img read more

If theres no Club World Cup then why the f are

first_imgTigres UANL manager is set to guide his team to today’s CONCACAF Champions League final, but as of right now there’s no incentive to win it.Tigres UANL and Rayados Monterrey will face off in tonight’s first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League Final.Normally the winning team would not only get bragging rights in the zone, but they would also get prize money, and the chance to play in the FIFA Club World Cup.But it seems like the 2018 edition of the tournament in the United Arab Emirates is the last one in the current format, with a new edition and structure expected to start in 2021.“We wanted to get to the final, we wanted to get again to the final to have once again the opportunity to play this tournament [the FIFA Club World Cup],” Tigres manager Ricardo Ferretti said during a press conference attended by a Ronaldo.com reporter.“Right now there’s no tournament, well, there’s no host. We will see if they organize it, I hope they do, I wouldn’t want to win [the CONCACAF Champions League] only to be told there’s no tournament.”“If there’s no tournament then why the f*** are we playing for?” he said laughing.“I hope they find a host, and first, we have to play the final; Monterrey and we have the wish of winning this game.”Tigres and Rayados will play tonight in the first leg of the Final, with the second leg to be played next week.“Here the word ‘obligation’ isn’t the right one. I think ‘ambition’ is the word,” Ferretti said with a smile.“We have the ambition to achieve something and get us out of this unfortunate situation, and they also do with not having been able to achieve anything in their new stadium. Which of the two? Wednesday we’ll see who achieves the final objective.”🗣 ¡Hoy es el día! ⚽️👊🏻 Llegó el momento que tanto soñamos y para el cual nos hemos preparado equipo y afición para dar el primer paso. ¡Esta noche hagamos del Universitario un verdadero ‘Volcán’ de pasión!🌋 ¡Vamos, Tigres! 🇺🇦💪🏻#UnidosYAlentando 🙌🏼#TigresPorLaConca 🐯 pic.twitter.com/t8AezwHkyt— Club Tigres Oficial (@TigresOficial) April 23, 2019last_img read more

Quiz – How much do you know about Juan Cuadrado

first_imgJuan Cuadrado is a name that plenty of modern football fans will know given the clubs he has played for.With starring roles for Juventus, Fiorentina and Colombia and a brief unsuccessful spell at Chelsea, Cuadrado has racked up plenty of attention.The winger has been a regular star for Juventus in recent years. He plays a key role in their side and been a vital player in their title wins down the years.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….As today is his birthday, we took a look at his career and see how much you know about him. Test yourself with our quiz!last_img read more

Gossip Pogba heading towards Madrid

first_imgMathias Pogba, the older brother of Paul, is apparently in search of a club as close to Madrid as possible.According to Spanish sports news outlet AS Pogba senior is trying to conjure up a move from the French third division the Spanish third division.He currently plies his trade at Tours, but rumour has it he has received an offer from Spanish third-tier side CD Manchego Ciudad Real. They are a mere who two hours from Madrid.Mathias has made it known he is looking to move. But AS are claiming that the whole family is looking to get in on the action when younger brother Paul makes the switch. From Manchester United to Real Madrid.They have always tried to stay in close proximity throughout their careers. while Paul was an academy player at United, older brother played at Wrexham and Crewe both only a short drive up the road.AS also interviewed a club director. Carlos Gutierrez, who said: “It’s an interesting option from a sporting point of view.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“And for Ciudad Real, it would be important from a social and economic standpoint to have a player named Pogba in our team.“We are waiting on the ‘ok’ from him.”Paul Pogba, went public while on commercial duties with Addidas in Japan. Stating he was seeking “a new challenge.” Rock star football agent Mino Riola added fuel to the fire. By claiming the club were aware of Pogba’s intentions and he was working on a solution.It remains to be seen if Pogba “junior” will be at United this coming season. If his impact in the preseason is anything to go by, United are building things around him.Surely they must be confident of keeping him for at least one more season (Ronaldo style). Then cashing in, by demanding top dollar after an outstanding season on and off the field.Mathias Pogba however, appears to be preparing himself for a career in Spain. At least in the direction of Madrid.SINGAPORE – JULY 20: Paul Pogba of Manchester United controls the ball under pressure of Samuele Longo of FC Internazionale during the 2019 International Champions Cup match between Manchester United and FC Internazionale at the Singapore National Stadium on July 20, 2019 in Singapore. (Photo by Thananuwat Srirasant/Getty Images)last_img read more