first_imgMGS V sells 6m, pushes Konami digital profits up by 150%Sales and profit up across group, but digital entertainment shinesDan PearsonFriday 29th January 2016Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareKonami’s most recent financial figures, illustrating the company’s last nine months, have revealed a total of six million global sales for Metal Gear Solid V, including digital copies. That figure helped to push sales for the digital entertainment division up to 93.4 billion Yen for the nine months ending December 31, 2015, up from 67.9 billion yen the year prior. Profit for the sector was listed at 25.5 billion yen, a significant increase on the 10.7 billion booked for that period in 2014.The latest PES release was also recognised as a significant seller, as was mobile title Jikkyou Pawafuru Puroyakyu. Elsewhere in the business, Konami’s health clubs and Pachinko business saw slight contractions, with minor growth in gaming systems.”In Digital Entertainment business, the mobile game ‘JIKKYOU PAWAFURU PUROYAKYU’ continued to enjoy steady sales,” read the accompanying notes. “In addition, we released ‘METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN’ and ‘PES 2016 – Pro Evolution Soccer,’ the latest global titles in the METAL GEAR and Pro Evolution Soccer PC/console game series. These factors resulted in increases in revenues and operating profit compared to the same period in the previous year.”The impact of MGS V is especially poignant given the less than amicable departure of Hideo Kojima towards the end of last year, with Konami seemingly prepared to abandon all but the biggest of its AAA console projects as its best-known designer left. That, combined with several stories which painted grim pictures of the employee treatment at the firm, made 2015 a difficult year for the publisher. On the strength of this report, it was a more successful year financially than in terms of brand management, but it remains to be seen how much of that PR fallout is yet to hit the balance sheet.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEA leans on Apex Legends and live services in fourth quarterQ4 and full year revenues close to flat and profits take a tumble, but publisher’s bookings still up double-digitsBy Brendan Sinclair 7 hours agoEA Play Live set for July 22Formerly E3-adjacent event moves to take place a month and half after the ESA’s showBy Jeffrey Rousseau 9 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

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first_imgHTC defends lack of data when disputing VR “tailspin”Headset manufacturer claims its leading position shows health of market – despite failing to demonstrate with sales figuresHaydn TaylorSenior Staff WriterMonday 30th July 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articlehtcDespite evidence suggesting a freefall of consumer interest in virtual reality, HTC Vive claims it “paced at its highest sales velocity of all time, for weeks on end” and has sold out of units. The electronics giant posted statistics claiming its market share was growing, following a Digital Trends article that suggested the virtual reality market was in decline.However, as Digital Trends later countered, HTC Vive leading the market and said market being in decline are not mutually exclusive. The outlet then criticised HTC Vive for not offering up solid data to support its claims. “We relied upon Amazon’s rankings because the companies making VR headsets have kept quiet,” said Digital Trends editor Matthew Smith in a follow-up post. “HTC, Oculus, or Sony could easily disprove skeptics if they shared outstanding sales figures – but they instead choose to play coy, providing relative measures like market share, revenue share, or lifetime total sales.”GamesIndustry.biz approached HTC Vive directly for clarification but the company failed to provide any evidence to substantiate its position. “While the Thinknum data shows movement week over week, the major point we are disputing in the blog post is that VR is falling off of a cliff,” a spokesperson told us. “Our internal data shows the opposite, and hence the recent stockout.”The original Digital Trends article argued that sales of VR headsets are “in a tailspin, with no signs they’ll pull out”. According to Amazon sales data tracked by Thinknum, there is a declining consumer interest in VR, as evidenced by falling in sales figures of Samsung, HTC, Oculus, and PSVR headsets. While HTC Vive previously enjoyed a Top 50 spot earlier this year, it’s been followed by a steady, then very abrupt fall off (see graph above).Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games It’s a similar story for the other leading headsets, all of which demonstrate varying levels of decline. Some more rapid than others.However, HTC Vive refuted this, claiming sales are only down because the company has sold out, and it will be “ramping up production” in the near future. In an effort to disprove the assertion that VR is dying, HTC Vive offered up figures from the International Data Corporation which paints it as the market leading headset last quarter. Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The VR & AR newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesHTC unveils two Vive trackersThe new Vive Tracker and facial tracker will both launch in the US this MarchBy Marie Dealessandri 2 months agoHTC hosting conference in virtual reality to mitigate coronavirus riskThis year’s Vive Ecosystem Conference will have ‘cloned rooms’ so no limit for attendanceBy James Batchelor A year agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

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first_img By John Heinis – November 6, 2020 10:56 am 1 Facebook Twitter Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Bayonne Mr Smillburger TAGS2020 general election2020 presidential racedonald trumphudson county democratic organizationjoe biden SHARE 1 COMMENT Here is proof a pos can come from a pos…reproduced or broke off… Amy DeGise is the proof. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Bayonne man busted with cocaine, heroin, semi-automatic handgun after fleeing from cops Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say center_img Bayonne CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network Bayonne Previous articleHoboken OKs resolution asking engineer to reassess bike lanes on Washington StreetNext articleBayonne police aid probe where California man tried to sexually assault 11-year-old N.J. girl John Heinis HCDO Chair DeGise blasts Trump’s ‘disgusting’ voter fraud claims, talks uniting Democrats BayonneElectionsHobokenJersey CityKearnyNewsNorth Bergen/GuttenbergPolitics & PolicySecaucusUnion CityWeehawkenWest HudsonWest New York Comments are closed. November 10, 2020 11:32 am at 11:32 am Hudson County Democratic Organization Chair Amy DeGise blasted President Donald Trump’s (R) “disgusting” voter fraud claims, as well as how to unite the blue party going forward, during her appearance on HCV Live & Uncut yesterday. “It’s disgusting: he knows the process and the people around him know the process but what’s important now is his language,” DeGise said during the live interview.“He’s not even saying ‘rigged’, he’s using the word ‘steal’ like ‘they’re going to steal,’ insinuating a crime bringing up that law enforcement topic that so many Americans were really kind of battling with themselves on. That’s a really harsh word to use, he should be keeping his mouth shut, let his lawyers speak on his behalf, and just kind of monitor the process.”While Trump called the election in his favor early Wednesday morning, Biden has since been declared the winner in Wisconsin and Michigan and now leads in Georgia and Pennsylvania.Decision Desk Headquarters called the race in Biden’s favor this morning, though many ballots still need to be counted so a formal announcement could still be a ways off.As recently as last night, the president continued to insist that the election could be stolen if “illegal” ballots were counted and his campaign has failed legal challenges in several key swing states.New Jersey Republicans including former Gov. Chris Christie, a key advisor to Trump at certain points during this campaign, and Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick have criticized Trump for making allegations of voter fraud without presenting proof.At the time DeGise sat down for an extended conversation at the Hudson Media Group studio, yesterday at 2 p.m., Biden was leading 264 electoral votes to Trump’s 214, according to the Associated Press.“We knew he [Trump] was going to say this, we knew that most blue states were voting by mail, that they were going to be able to count afterwards, they didn’t have the privilege that we did to start scanning in ballots 10 days before which is why it’s taking some time and they’re taking every precaution necessary,” she explained.She added that the National Guard had been deployed to polling locations throughout the country to ensure a safe and fair election, noting that Trump should’ve have implemented even more measures if he thought the end result could in fact be corrupted.Regarding the point of view that it was impossible for Biden to pick up hundreds and thousands of votes at a clip, DeGise again scoffed at that notion.“It’s not impossible: those are votes that were sent in early and couldn’t have been scanned until the polls were closed,” also noting that every state has a varying allotted time period to cure ballots.” … Those numbers are now siding with Biden and he’s calling foul, if those numbers were going the opposite way, if the Republican party had spent that much time trying to get out the vote-by-mail instead of battling and going to the polling place then they would’ve have more skin in the game.”As far as where this leaves the Democratic party moving forward, DeGise admitted that Biden wasn’t her first, or even her second, choice for president, favoring at least U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Elizabeth Warren (D-NJ) over him.Nevertheless, she feels that this is the perfect time for the progressive and more moderate wing of the party to come together and having a meeting of the minds.“People were either blaming the Biden agenda for being too left for some of those middle states, people were blaming it for not being left enough, so there is sort of a reckoning that the Democratic party has to come to, just kind of build a platform that the majority of Democrats are happy with.”Still, DeGise expressed confidence that Biden would be able to put together a cabinet that includes the up-and-coming members of the party and thought that selecting Kamala Harris as his vice president was a good first step.“Hopefully, we can build the party together and come under leadership that we all trust in and feel motivated to vote for,” she continued.“I don’t think you need to agree with a candidate and their platform and policies 100 percent, but I think you have to be motivated that you’ll build some consensus and common ground that gets you a certain percentage of what you’re looking for.”last_img read more

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Candidates must hold a masters or doctoral degreein Information Systemsor closely-related discipline from an accrediteduniversity; have a strong commitment toteaching and meet minimum requirements forAACSB instructional faculty qualification. Applicantswith ABD status will be considered.  Salary commensuratewith teaching experience and qualifications.  The Pittsburg State University Computer InformationSystems program seeks a non-tenure-earning facultymember to begin Fall 2021 at theAssistant Instructional Professorlevel.  Duties include teaching undergraduatecourses with a standard load of four courses persemester and providing service to the University andprofession.  Special consideration will be given tocandidates in the fields of systems design, web applicationdevelopment, and mobile application development.  Experiencewith SAP interface programming aplus.    Interested applicants should submit a letter of application,vita, contact information for three professionalreferences, and a statement of teachingphilosophy. Electronic submissions only. The applicationprocess can be found at https://www.pittstate.edu/hr/jobs/index.html.  Officialtranscripts required uponemployment.  Pittsburg State University isan equal opportunity, affirmative actionemployer.  A background check isrequired.  For first consideration, apply by May 1,2021 and the position will remain open untilfilled. Computer InformationSystems Faculty  read more

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first_imgThe CPR classes follow AHA standards. Using the mannequins, students learn the proper placement of hands for chest compressions and how to tilt the head, lift the chin and do rescue breathing. The department teaches a CPR class each month. There is no charge for the classes, but if students want a CPR certification card from the American Heart Association, they must pay $10. “This brings us up to 16 mannequins. If you have one mannequin per two people, you can teach a whole class at once,” Nasby said. They teach the classes once a month in the Community Building, which is next door to the fire department on Tyler Mountain Road. “We have a brand-new one that we just took delivery of last Tuesday. Our goal is to have one of these on every truck,” Nasby said. TYLER MOUNTAIN, W. Va. For the past three years, the Tyler Mountain Volunteer Fire Department has conducted free, community classes in cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The portable defibrillators, or AEDs, are “popping up everywhere” in malls, churches and airports, so it’s good to know how to use them, he said.center_img CPR students are also taught how to use portable, electronic defibrillators, which deliver electric shocks to the heart. “The fire department makes nothing, but we do accept donations,” he said. Nasby’s partners in the CPR classes are fire department members Randy McGrew and Fred Tillis Jr. Recently, the fire department acquired eight new CPR mannequins, which are used to demonstrate the proper way to administer CPR to heart attack victims. During each four-hour class, the students also learn how to recognize the symptoms of a heart attack or stroke.last_img read more

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first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore120,000 letters arrive yearly from dozens of countries having made their way to the small town of North Pole, Alaska. “They usually get a reply and a North Pole postmark in a holiday effort that has delighted children all over the world for decades.” (AP) …And, here are a few excerpts from Santa’s letters from children… curious about the facts and eager to show they’ve been good. (AP)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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first_imgEditor’s note: This is the first installment in a three-part series discussing the Rutagengwa family’s search for God from the 1994 Rwandan genocide in light of their trip back to Rwanda in December. To remain true to their experience, this piece contains graphic content.To mark the 20th anniversary of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, in which 1 million people were killed in 100 days, a group including theology professors Fr. Dan Groody and Fr. Virgil Elizondo and project coordinator for the Institute of Latino Studies Colleen Cross accompanied survivors Jean Bosco Rutagengwa and Christine Rutagengwa to their home country in December to explore the search for God during genocide.Groody, who organized the trip, said its goal was to bring together a “community of friends” to address the issue of finding God in seemingly hopeless situations.“We wanted more than to just see a pious Band-Aid over a very painful, difficult reality,” Groody said. “We wanted to see how people really helped rebuild their lives after such violence … and how you begin to think about that theologically.”Groody, whose primary research area is migration theology, said Christine Rutagengwa reached out to him two years ago after he gave a talk about Rwandan refugees. She introduced Groody to her husband, Jean Bosco Rutagengwa, who wanted to write a book about the search for God from his personal experience seeking refuge in the Hotel Mille Collines, also known as the Hotel Rwanda.“I said, ‘Where was God for you during that time?’” Groody said. “And [Jean Bosco] says, ‘Well, I remember one instance in particular where they cut off all the water sources and we had started to drink out of the swimming pool. And at one point there was no water left, but amidst our desperation that we thought we were going to run dry, it then started to rain. God for me was in the rain.’”The Rutagengwas, whose daughter Fiona Rutagengwa is a freshman at Notre Dame, spent 40 days in the Hotel Mille Collines, the inspiration for the movie “Hotel Rwanda,” where more than a thousand Tutsi refugees sought shelter during the genocide, Groody said. Photo courtesy of Dan Groody Fr. Dan Groody stands with survivors of the 1994 Rwandan genocide in December. While in Rwanda, Groody visited victims’ memorials and met with community leaders seeking to rebuild their country.During the trip, the group stayed at the hotel — the Rutagengwas’ first visit there since they fled 19 years ago — and visited important memorials for genocide victims, Groody said.“When you go out to these memorials, they had all kinds of different models,” he said. “One would [display] the skulls and the bones, and you can just pick them up. They’re right there. And then there were others where they would say, ‘Here are the vaults,’ and there are 200,000 people in this vault, 200,000 people in that vault. … It wasn’t as graphic as the first model.“The third, which was really disturbing … [showed] how they died, and then they took this lime and they basically preserved the bones, some of which still had hair on them. The most disturbing one was I think the rape. You’d see this woman who had been raped and kind of thrown into this pit.”The group also visited Christine Rutagengwa’s childhood parish, the site of a brutal killing spree, Groody said.“It’s a church that is a memorial for the genocide, and in the back it’s just skulls and bones,” he said. “[Christine] said, ‘This is where I went to Sunday school. This is where they rounded up my mother and my sisters, and they macheted and threw grenades and they macheted 5,000 people in a couple of hours.’“Some French brigade group trained the killers how to kill 1,000 people in 20 minutes.”Groody said churches were popular targets for those carrying out the genocide.“There were previous genocides in Rwanda, but in those previous times, people fled to the churches for refuge, literally for protection,” he said. “But this time, the killers knew they were going to do that, so then they targeted the churches, then rounded them up there and threw grenades in there and hacked them to death or took their kids, their babies, and smashed their heads against the wall. The numbers were just astronomical.”Groody said he held Mass at many of the memorials, including the place where Jean Bosco Rutagengwa’s mother was buried.Along the way, Groody said the group met people who proved that new life had emerged in Rwanda, including a nun who had harbored 22 refugees in her house during the genocide. Despite her best efforts, the killers found them and murdered them, even burying one person alive, he said.“This dog they had was a very mean dog, but the dog one day — after they had killed [the refugee] and put him in this grave — the dog kept whimpering and crying, and he kept going back and forth between the grave and the house,” Groody said.“What he was trying to say is there’s somebody still alive there. And [the nun’s] comment was that in many ways, this dog showed more humanity than the people, which is interesting for my work because when I ask migrants what is the hardest part about being a migrant, one of them said it’s being treated like you’re a dog.“But in this case, it even takes that further that sometimes a dog can be even more human than people or show more humanity than human beings do.”Groody said even though the nun suffered terrible losses, she also said she had a responsibility to cultivate goodness.“She said, when we asked ‘What is the message of Rwanda for the world?’ ‘Rwanda descended lower than anyone could possibly go. As a human community, we went lower than anybody could possibly go,’” Groody said. “‘Neighbor turned against neighbor. People in the same church started killing each other, parents against children. We went so low that you couldn’t get any lower.’“But it was from that point that she realized that her mission was to be a messenger of light and hope and to put goodness back on its throne.”Groody said he also met a priest named Fr. Jerome who sought to rebuild his community after the genocide.“[Fr. Jerome] realized that he had to do more than keep saying Mass for people,” Groody said. “He started a support group, and they came in and started telling their story. He says the stories were all the same. ‘They killed X, Y and Z. Why did God let this happen?’ Because it’s very hard for people to get beyond their own pain and suffering.“But he said at one point he asked them, ‘Was there anything good that happened at any time during the genocide? Did you experience anybody do a good act for you or anything that you feel grateful for?’ And he says that kind of opened a door and it just changed the perspective and people began talking about where God was in the midst of that.”Groody said hearing these survivors’ stories changed the way he approaches finding God in hopeless places.“Before I left, I had a lot of questions,” he said. “When we got there and started talking to people, I began analyzing it. We got further into the questions to try to understand things.“As I started hearing people’s stories, I became more and more quiet, and then once you start hearing these things, you’re just speechless. And by the end you’re crying. You just don’t have words that even begin to touch this. You really kind of have to shift your theology in a way from just saying, ‘Where was God?’ to ‘Where were we?’”Jean Bosco Rutagengwa wrote a book about his search for God, framed around life, death and resurrection, to be published later this year, and Groody said the group is working to release a documentary about their trip to be released around the 20th anniversary of the genocide in April.“The greatest takeaway for me is that there are living witnesses that bear testimony to a God of life in midst of death, and whose own ability to believe amidst the unbelievable is a compelling narrative of how God is with us, even amidst the most challenging situations we face,” he said. “It’s one thing if we say this from places like [Notre Dame], and it’s another thing when you’re with people who say it from places like [Rwanda].”last_img read more

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first_img When the Cowboys tangled with the Eagles Saturday aftenoon, it marked only the third time Dallas has played at home on Christmas Eve. One of those two, on Dec. 24, 1989 against Green Bay, remains at the top of Jimmy Johnson’s list of least favorite memories during a five-year, two Super Bowl tenure as the Cowboys’ head coach. With fewer than 30,000 fans in the stands, the Packers won 20-10 in 23-degree temperatues at Texas Stadium, leaving the Cowboys with a 1-15 record in Johnson’s first season. According to a story in the Dec. 24 issue of Dallas Cowboys Star, Jimmy was so bummed out and drained from what he endured in that first NFL season, he flew to Bermuda by himself the following day and spent a week on the beaches there without communicating with anybody. Apparently nobody, not even Jerry Jones, knew where he was. Upon his return, JJ refused to utter the words one and 15 and still won’t . . . One of Dallas’ biggest challenges against Philadephia Saturday — this column was written before the game — was keeping Eagles defensive end Jason Babin off Tony Romo. Babin went into the game with 18 sacks and had an outside chance to break Michael Strahan’s all-time NFL single-season record. While Babin’s name might not resonate with a lot of NFL followers, it makes Houston Texans fans ill. The Texans traded second, third, fourth and fifth round picks to Tennessee in order to move up to 27th in the first round in 2004 so they could take Babin. During three inglorious years in Houston, Babin managed a total of 13 sacks — or five less than he had through the first 14 games of this season. Ultimately, he was traded to Seattle for a defensive back named Michael Boulware. At this point in time, Babin is arguably the Texans’ most successful No. 1 pick, albeit with all his success being in a different uniform.There’s an interesting subplot for Lamar’s visit to No. 3 Kentucky Wednesday night, a game that’s being televised on ESPNU. Fired LU coach Steve Roccaforte was Kentucky boss John Calipari’s recruiting ace while at Memphis, Calipari lobbied for Roc to get the Lamar job and later made a trip to Beaumont to speak at the Cardinals’ preseason banquet. With Roc having burned some bridges on the way out the door, contending that he was mistreated at Lamar, you have to think he gave Calipari an earful. So the question is whether the Kentucky coach will pile it on Wednesday night, if he gets the chance. Adding fuel to the fire is the fact Bob Knight has trashed Calipari’s coaching methods more than once. Pat Knight, however, claims he has a good relationship with Calipari. We’ll see . . . As one who spent many, many hours covering games and writing about the achievements of Bum Phillips and Little Joe Washington, it’s going to be gratifying seeing them inducted into the sixth Texas Bowl Gridiron Legends Class next Saturday in Reliant Stadium at halftime of Texas A&M’s clash with Northwestern in the Meinike Car Care Bowl. Bum and Little Joe are two of my all-time favorites and two of the greatest sports achievers to come out of Southeast Texas. It’s so appropriate they are being inducted with Lone Star State football heaveyweights like Texas A&M legend John David Crow, Houston Oilers QB Dan Pastorini, Texans owner Bob McNair and former Katy High School coach Mike Johnston. My only real regret for Bum was that the Pittsburgh Steelers dynasty of the 1970s kept him out of a Super Bowl. For Joe, the regret was that Oklahoma’s probation in 1974 cost him the TV exposure that would have helped him win the Heisman Trophy. Next to missing a season in which he would likely have solidified himself as one of the NFL’s best, most explosive running backs, and having to go through the pain associated with ACL rehab, the worst thing about his knee injury for Memorial ex Jamaal Charles has been putting with irate Fantasy Football fanatics who took him high in their drafts. “I’m starting to hate fantasy,” Charles recently said. “People are criticizing me like I wanted to get hurt. A lot of people come up to me and say like, ‘You caused my season to be messed up.’ I’m like, man, I have a real-life situation. It’s not a fake situation. It’s a real life situation than can affect my whole family.” . . . Tim Tebow mania, as you may have noticed, is clearly out of control. NBC’s Saturday Night Live did an hilarious spoof last week with Tebow and Jesus in the Broncos locker room, and now is trying to land him as the third NFL QB — Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are the others — to host the show. Also, last week in Bartow, Fla., an uproar was triggered after an anonymous person put a cardboard cutout of Tebow alongside the city’s Christmas Nativity scene. The cutout was quickly removed, but a citizen protest soon followed Tebow being sacked. Eventually the cutout was put back in the manger as a wise man, along with a disclaimer sign saying Tebow was not placed there or endorsed by the county. God help us if Tebow ever leads the Broncos to a Super Bowl . . . Where else but JerryWorld could a coach celebrating a state championship, and a sportswriter getting quotes from him in the aftermath, get run down by an unmanned golf cart, as happened last Saturday night following Spring Dekaney’s 5A title victory over Cibolo Steele? Jethro should be thankful that wasn’t Memorial’s Kenny Harrison and me standing at midfield. I’d have sued in heartbeat. After Thursday night’s clunker in Indianapolis, it’s difficult to be optimistic about the Houston Texans in the playoffs. With rookie QB T.J. Yates running the offense, and their only deep threat, Andre Johnson, on the sidelines with a hamstring injury, the Texans are simply too easy to defend, and they wind up leaving the defense on the field too long. It may be time for Texans coach Gary Kubiak to consider going with one of the two veteran QB’s on the roster — Jake Delhomme or Jeff Garcia. Then, again, if Johnson can’t play and Wade Phillips isn’t back to run the defense, the Texas may not be able to beat anybody. One final thought on the Thursday loss at Indy. Two of the personal fouls whistled on rookie J.J. Watt against Colts QB Dan Orlovsky were as lame as I’ve ever seen. And the second played a factor in the Colts winning drive . . . Here’s hoping that Sugar Bowl folks, and all the other elitists in college football, are happy over relegating one of the nation’s top five teams, Boise State, to the out-of-sight, out of mind Maaco Bowl. By again snubbing Boise, the game’s power brokers denied college football fans a game worth watching against Michigan, instead of a ho hummer between the Wolverines and Virginia Tech. Relegated to a bowl few people saw Thursday night in Las Vegas, the Broncos did what they always do to a BCS opponent, splattering Arizona State 56-24. That made their record over the last four years 50-3, including 6-0 against teams from BCS leagues. Two of their three losses were by one point and the other by three. Victims included eventual Pac 10 champ Oregon in 2009, eventual ACC champ Virginia Tech in 2010 and SEC East champ Georgia in 2011. There would have been more top dogs embarrassed but everybody ran from scheduling Boise. Then the Broncos kept getting snubbed by the big bowls, further protecting the elite.Sports editor Bob West can be e-mailed at [email protected]center_img Merry Christmas to all this column’s faithful readers. Hopefully, Santa delivered exactly what you wanted. Meanwhile, even on Dec. 25, there’s much to discuss in the wild and crazy world of sports.LU basketball Pat Knight, clearly disappointed at the way his team played in a 70-50 loss to No. 2 ranked Ohio State Tuesday night, was surprised at the reaction of dad, Bob Knight, after the game. “Other than us throwing up too many outside jump shots, he liked a lot of what he saw,” said the younger Knight. “He was really impressed with how hard our kids competed, how tough we defended them and how we got on the boards.” On Monday, the elder Knight had spoken at length to Cardinal players in the locker room, watched their practice and, with Pat’s encouragement, got involved. One point he made to Lamar’s guards was that they weren’t stepping into their shots. Later, he took photos with all the players. . . . Those who watched the Lamar-Ohio State telecast on the Big Ten Network heard a lot of positive things said about the Cardinals by BTN analyst Jim Jackson. Turns out the former Ohio State All-America, who was the fourth player picked in the 1992 NBA draft by Dallas, attended some Five-Star basketball camps many years ago with Pat Knight, then played against him when Pat was at Indiana. At Knight’s invitation, Jackson also spoke to Cardinal players, with his theme that they need to make the most of the college experience and bear down in the classroom. “We didn’t pull off an upset, but between the talks from my dad and Jim Jackson, and the TV exposure, there was a lot of good for Lamar that came from playing Ohio State,” said Pat. “I guess I took how the game played out worse than other people because I don’t believe in moral victories.”last_img read more

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first_imgGlas za Zadar tijekom 20 dana izbora za destinaciju godine, na uglednom belgijskom portalu “European Best Destinations” kojega prati oko 2,5 milijuna ljudi, došao je gotovo sa svih svjetskih kontinenata, a jedan glas podrške hrvatskom i mediteranskom biseru stigao je čak s Bahama. Glasalo je nikad više ljudi: ukupno 288,992 ili 17,9 posto više nego 2015., dok je Zadar kao pobjednik izbora dobio također rekordnih 57,616 glasova, od čega je 53,4 posto glasova stiglo izvan Hrvatske. Veseli činjenica kako je pola glasova stiglo izvan Hrvatske, nadam se kako će ti glasovi u sljedećoj turističkoj sezoni doći u Zadar i tako postati dio priče kojoj su dali glas.When we talk about free promotion only during the election campaign in 20 days, Zadar was directly or indirectly mentioned in more than 780 newspaper articles and more than 6400 comments with 118,487 shares or so-called shares on Facebook pages, and the massive mobilization included 96,875 new likes.Last year’s winner Bordeaux had a 16 per cent growth in tourismKakve turističke rezultate izbor EBD portala može donijeti pobjedniku, u ovogodišnjem slučaju Zadru? – pitanje je na koje ćemo odgovor dobiti početkom sljedeće godine, kada se turistički promet i ukupno poimanje turizma u Zadru stavi pod povećalo. Kako se to laskavo priznanje i vrhunska turistička preporuka može pretočiti u uspjeh pokazao je primjer Bordeauxa, prošlogodišnjeg pobjednika izbora za najbolju europsku destinaciju. Ukupni turistički promet u Bordeauxu povećao se za gotovo 16 place, dok je broj međunarodnih dolazaka zabilježenih na aerodromu “Bordeaux Merignac Airport” porastao za 10,7 place. Prvi čovjek turizma u Bordeauxu Nicolas Martin pohvalio se još jednom činjenicom proizašlom iz prošlogodišnje pobjede Bordeauxa u izboru za najbolju europsku destinaciju portala “European Best Destinations” „ Revenues per room in all categories of hotels in Bordeaux increased by as much as 12,26 percent, with significantly higher arrivals of guests from Britain, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium and Italy.”Nicolas Martin points out.Zahvaljujući društvenim mrežama i kampanji #BirajZadar koju je volonterski vodila skupina mladih entuzijasta u suradnji s TZ Zadra, Zadar su podržale, među ostalima, i velike svjetske sportske zvijezde Luka Modrić i Colllin Jackson te svjetski top model Helena Šopar, a svoj glas Zadru dao je i velika japanska televizijska zvijezda, masterchef  Toshihiro Nakatsuji.The Zadar Tourist Board took great advantage of the opportunity, regardless of the final result, and created a positive buzz through social media. For this purpose, special promotional visuals, videos, websites were created and the reach of the entire campaign was impressive – a total of 780 journalistic articles that generated free PR and when we add up the reach via social networks, we can certainly say that a great job was done.The story is just beginningBut this story is not the end, in fact, it is just the beginning. On the example of Bordeaux, we saw the potential in increasing tourist traffic, and for Tz Zadar the work is just beginning. It is necessary to justify this flattering title of the best European tourist destination, but also to generate growth in both tourist arrivals and tourist traffic.”The city and the Tourist Board will continue to invest even more in public areas and infrastructure, in programs and further presentation and branding of Zadar. In a word, more and more people will invest in tourism at all levels, so its quality will be better and better.”Said Dražen Grgurović, Deputy President of the Tourist Board of the City Tourist BoardWe hope that Zadar is aware of the potential and opportunities and that only now they need to increase investment in tourism at all levels. The conclusion is clear: Zadar has made good use of the opportunity offered to it, but the real work is only just beginning.last_img read more

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