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Manchester United have completed the signing of Brazilian midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk on Thursday, the English club confirmed through the social media handles.According to British media, the Brazilian cost United around 52 million pounds and has signed a five-year contract with the English club.United had announced that they had reached an agreement with the Ukranian club over a week ago but the deal was held up because of work permit issues. The Brazilian is currently in Russia with the Samba boys and was an unused substitute in their first game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup versus Switzerland.Speaking about his move to United, Fred said: “This is the biggest club in the world and I am delighted to be a part of this amazing team.””To work with (manager) Jose Mourinho, who has won so many trophies in his time as a coach, is an opportunity not to be missed. I cannot wait to get started and to meet my new team-mates. I would like to thank everyone at Shakhtar Donetsk for everything they have done for me over the past five years,” he added.Fred’s pledge. #BemVindoFred #MUFC pic.twitter.com/oC8GkwavCIManchester United (@ManUtd) June 21, 2018Fred will compete for a midfield place with Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic next season as United aim to challenge champions Manchester City for the Premier League title.”Fred will complement our other midfielders’ qualities, which we need; his creative brain and passing vision will give us another dimension to our game,” Mourinho said.advertisementFred won three Ukrainian league titles with Shakhtar after joining from Brazil’s Internacional in 2013.United also signed Portuguese full back Diogo Dalot from Porto this month.(With inputs from Reuters)
The Kapil Sharma Show is all set to premiere on April 23 on Sony TV at 9 pm. Kapil Sharma and his gang of comedians–Ali Asgar, Kiku Sharda, Sunil Grover, Sumona Chakravarti and Chandan Prabhakar–will be seen in a brand new avatar. Bigg Boss 9 contestant Rochelle Maria Rao will also play an interesting character on the show.Check out the trailer of the first episode of The Kapil Sharma Show King Khan and Comedy King Kapil Sharma are all set to woo the Capital today with their witty one-liners and gags. Delhiites including those who won free passes for the show, can watch Shah Rukh Khan and Kapil Sharma shooting the first episode of the much-awaited The Kapil Sharma Show live 6:30 pm onwards today at K D Jadhav Stadium, Indira Gandhi Sports Complex in Delhi. Sony TV, on Friday had announced a contest on Twitter for the viewers to come up with the best idea to make Kapil and SRK laugh. The winners of the contest got free passes for today’s live show in Delhi.Kapil Sharma and his gang have expressed their excitement about shooting the first episode, on Twitter. Kiku Sharda and Sunil Grover have even posted video messages from the sets of The Kapil Sharma Show. Sumona Chakravarti and Ali Asgar have re-tweeted Kapil’s tweet.Exclusive glimpse of the stage in Delhi! Are you looking forward to live updates from here? @KapilSharmaK9 @iamsrk pic.twitter.com/qwAUQKYTSqSony TV (@SonyTV) April 11, 2016Today we r performing live in delhi 🙂 need ur best wishes.. Love you all :)) #TheKapilSharmaShow23rdapril only on @SonyTVKAPIL (@KapilSharmaK9) April 11, 2016It is K.D. Jadhav Stadium where the 1st episode is going to be shoot !Are u excited ?? pic.twitter.com/SK7My1bWn0Kapil Sharma Show (@TheKapilSShow) April 11, 2016SRK present in Delhi for #TheKapilSharmaShow.K.D.Jadhav Stadium is venue for live shoot of new show of @SonyTV pic.twitter.com/i52bWuhjjTadvertisementThe KapilSharma Show (@ComedyOnSonyTV) April 11, 2016All geared up for the first episode of #TheKapilSharmaShow shoot in Delhi. Starting make up. The King Khan joining the madness ??Sunil Grover (@WhoSunilGrover) April 11, 2016
Juventus defender De Ligt: I can’t split Van Dijk and Ronaldoby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus defender Matthijs de Ligt says Holland teammate Virgil van Dijk deserves his individual success.The Liverpool defender ultimately lost out to Barcelona star Lionel Messi for FIFA’s The Best gong.De Ligt told TMW: “It is a great honour to be here. “I was fortunate to have played with both Van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo, but frankly I can’t choose between the two.” While De Ligt attended the awards last night, Ronaldo stayed at home. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 02: Calvin Ashley #70 of the Auburn Tigers and Darius James #78 run out of the tunnel prior to the game against the Georgia Bulldogs in the SEC Championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Lane Kiffin has done it again. The FAU head coach has landed himself a major five-star offensive line transfer who began his career at an SEC program.Calvin Ashley entered the transfer portal earlier this year after electing to leave Auburn. Tonight, Ashley announced his commitment to FAU.Ashley was the No. 6 offensive tackle and No. 26 overall prospect in the 2017 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. He redshirted in 2017 before appearing in five games (one start) in 2018, missing half of the season with an undisclosed “medical issue.”Ashley announced his pledge to FAU on Twitter.“The decision for me transferring from Auburn University was carefully thought about but I eventually came to a decision to do so,” he wrote. “Now that I’ve had some time to explore my options, I’ve came to the decision that I will be enrolling in Florida Atlantic University in the summer.”Gods plan 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/7jPRq5f30Q— Calvin Ashley (@Ca70_) March 18, 2019Ashley is one of the latest in a long line of high-profile transfers that Kiffin has brought in at FAU. One of them was former Auburn quarterback/wide receiver John Franklin III.FAU finished 5-7 under Kiffin in 2018 after an 11-3 campaign in 2017.
In practice objects equipped with Near Field Communication (NFC) chips can contain tags filled with information, this could be either text or web url’s for example. When another NFC device (i.e. a smartphone) comes into close proximity to the latter it can read the data on the tag.The problem with NFC in my opinion is that in terms of the mobile community it has not had much chance to take off, especially with phones like the Nexus S which as most people will know is currently the only Android handset to feature said technology.However, Powermat seems to think there is some long-term potential with it as they have developed an antenna that supports contactless NFC and combined this with their own wireless charging technology. According to Powermat Chief Executive Ran Poliakine such a product should help drive the adoption of NFC whilst boosting Powermat sales in the process.Poliakine also believes that we will cease to use wired power cords for gadgets in the not to distant future (10 years). However, phones that are compatible with Powermat’s new, NFC-enabled silicon have yet to launch, but once they do Poliakine states that you will be able to purchase small items from retailers with a simple swipe of your device.Read more at Forbes
Even after the massive earthquake in Japan that disabled the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility there, we tend to think of nuclear plants are largely robust and sturdy facilities with redundancies to handle every eventuality. Until jellyfish invade the cooling water pools of course – which is what shut down a nuclear facility in Scotland last week.EDF Energy’s Torness nuclear power plant is on Scotland’s idyllic and peaceful east coast. That same coast apparently has a jellyfish problem, as the little invertebrates have been working their way through the plant’s cooling water filters all week.AdChoices广告Nuclear power facilities like the Torness plant pull cold water from surrounding bodies of water to fill the polls that cool the nuclear reactors inside. There are filters on the water intakes, designed to filter out marine life or any other obstructions that might make their way to the cooling pools, but a recent jellyfish bloom has completely overwhelmed the filters at Torness.A spokesman for EDF Energy, the plant’s operator, said that they’re working to clear out the jellyfish from the filters and the waters near the plant so they won’t keep getting sucked into the coolant pools. EDF Energy had hoped to have the plant open again by the end of the week, but after the jellyfish reappeared on Wednesday, the operators had to push the opening of the plant back.EDF Energy didn’t want to speak to when the plant would be back online, but the plant’s network operator, National Grid, listed the plant returning to service partially on July 5th, with both reactors online by July 6th.Jellyfish blooms off of Britain are rare occurrences, but marine biologists are pointing to warming sea temperatures due to climate change as one likely reason why the jellyfish are appearing in new areas such as this.Read more at Scientific American
Launchpad Blaze Postpones JAXA’s Cargo Ship Launch to ISSJapan’s Hayabusa-2 Probe Packs Up Space Rock Cargo From Asteroid Ryugu McDonald’s Japan is known for their more experimental learning when compared to the United State’s most popular fast food franchise. On April 4 McDonald’s Japan did something that would be unthinkable here in the States, it discontinued the iconic Quarter Pounder line of burgers. Although Japanese fans of the burger were understandably upset, they got a tasty new treat that may fill the gap the Quarter Pounder left in the new “Gran” line of burgers.On April 5 McDonald’s Japan debuted the “Gran” burgers in its restaurants, a move which it hopes will help revitalize the menu. These three new Gran burgers are a bit fancier fare than we in the States are used to, and the Gran Clubhouse, Gran Teriyaki, and Gran Bacon Cheese have me envious of Japanese McDonald’s patrons.All three burgers are served on steamed buns which give the bread a softer and fluffy feel. The Gran Clubhouse uses a host of ingredients to make an explosive taste. Onions, lettuce, tomato, white cheddar cheese, sauce, two slices of bacon, and a beef patty all combine for a succulent taste experience.For those who don’t mind being a little messier, the Gran Teriyaki offers a more traditional Japanese taste. The tomato sets off this burger with texture and tang and gives it an injection of western flavor that makes the sandwich delectable, and to top it off the lettuce accentuates the Teriyaki flavor with a burst of clean aqua taste.The third sandwich rounding out the Gran line is the Gran Bacon and Cheese. As the name implies, the appeal here is the two kinds of cheddar cheese and the thick strip of bacon. This burger hits your tongue with much more force than most McDonald’s offerings and the ketchup, mustard, and onion make a welcome, but not entirely necessary appearance in this burger’s flavor profile.Unfortunately, these Gran burgers are limited to Japanese McDonald’s only, and in the states, the restaurant isn’t exactly known for its willingness to change things up too much. However, with more and more people eating out than ever, perhaps McDonald’s will step up its offerings to help set itself apart from other cheap burger joints.Photos via Oona McGhee/Rocket24 Stay on target
There’s something simultaneously inspiring and frustrating about a great fictional shoe. On one hand, when a movie or TV show really nails the design or function of a custom sneaker one of their characters wear it can serve as a killer world-building tool and a standout piece of costume design. On the other hand, it can be frustrating when that shoe isn’t readily available. Some classics like the Space Jam Air Jordan 11 are a bit more readily available but the crème de la crème, the self-lacing Nike Air Mag from Back to the Future Part II received such a limited release that picking up a pair now will set you back at least five figures.Photo Credit: ReebokSomewhere between the two lies the beloved Reebok Alien Stomper. Way back in 1986 when Aliens dropped, Reebok designed some custom uber-futuristic sneakers for the characters in the film to wear. Featuring bold color schemes and a puffy hi-top design, they notably eschewed laces for large velcro straps (who has time to tie shoelaces in the future, you know?). For decades these shoes remained unavailable to the masses, until the film’s 30th anniversary in 2016. To commemorate that landmark, Reebok produced a series of shoes from and inspired by the films. The standouts were by far the Stomper, produced in both a high and mid cut and taken directly from the film. They were an instant sellout and today anyone hoping to cop a pair of the highs is going to have to be willing to throw down a couple thousand bucks.Photo Credit: ReebokBut for those of you who regret missing out on the mid, fear not. In honor of the original Alien film’s 40th anniversary this year, Reebok is rereleasing the Alien Stomper in limited supply this weekend. On April 26, at the stroke of midnight EST, fans of the film (and sneakerheads as a whole) can hit up Reebok’s site and get themselves a pair of Alien Stompers, complete with a series of unique hangtags and a custom Weyland Yutani keychain, for $125.Photo Credit: ReebokEach will also come in a vintage-styled box and include a Bug Stomping guide. While the silhouette is mostly similar to the original Stompers seen in Aliens and released to the public in ‘16, this release is actually based on unreleased designs for the original film that were never put to use. They were discovered recently and Reebok ran with it, building the shoe as originally designed.These are sure to sell out in an instant, so if you’re looking to be well equipped for any future Xenomorph invasions be sure to set your alarms appropriately. The biggest sneaker geek release of the year is here. Don’t miss out.Learn more on Reebok.com.More on Geek.com:Best Shoes of 2019 (So Far) for Sneaker GeeksThe New Nike Air Max 720 Is a Wearable XenomorphNike Kyrie 5 ‘UFO’ Brings Conspiracy Theories to Sneakers Mr. Peanut Is a Hypebeast Now With These Surprisingly Fresh Kicks100% Recyclable Adidas Sneakers Are ‘Made to be Remade’ Stay on target
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Vancouver – If there is a problem with traffic in a city of Vancouver neighborhood, now is the time to try to fix it.Applications for traffic calming projects will be accepted through June 23. More details can be found on the city’s website: www.cityofvancouver.us/trafficcalmingprogram.The Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program is in its fifth year and works closely with the citizen-led Neighborhood Traffic Safety Alliance. This year’s program will allocate $300,000 for traffic calming projects.
England forward Danny Welbeck is feeling optimistic about the squad’s set-piece ability after scoring the majority of their goals from free-kicks and cornersThe Three Lions have scored six of their eight World Cup goals from set-pieces with only Harry Kane and Jesse Lingard being the only players in the national side to have scored from open play in their campaign.Head coach Gareth Southgate previously described England’s upcoming knockout game against Colombia as their biggest game in a decade and revealed that he has been training the players specifically for these kinds of matches since March.Speaking to Sky Sports, Welbeck said: “With the formation we play, we like to keep possession of the ball but we also like to create opportunities.“There has been a lot of talk about set-pieces and getting goals from that but in this tournament a lot of goals have been scored from set-pieces.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“We have created opportunities but maybe we have been fouled in dangerous positions, which is leading to us not getting as many goals from open play.”The Arsenal player is confident that England have done their homework correctly on Colombia.“We will do our analysis of Colombia. We know the strengths and weaknesses we will be looking to exploit,” added Welbeck.“With the players in our squad, we can hurt any opposition.”England will face Colombia at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on Tuesday.
The Czech Republic legend Antonin Panenka, has officially named Spaniard Sergio Ramos as the best impersonator for his famous penalty kick.In the football vernacular, pretty much everybody knows what a Panenka penalty is and it appears that Sergio Ramos is the one who has the style locked down perfectly.The Czech Republic’s former footballer Antonin Panenka, made this style of shooting penalties famous around the world during the 1976 European Championship when his National Team faced Germany in the final and shocked the world by winning the competition with this penalty from Panenka.The special feature about this style of penalty, is the way in which the taker fools the goalkeeper with a soft dink of the ball that seems to stop time for a few fractions of a second.Right after scoring the winning penalty against legendary goalkeeper Sepp Meier, Antonin Panenka never imagined the influence that this career-defining moment had in world football for the rest of eternity.Today, every time a player scores a penalty like this, the shot gets recognized as a ‘Panenka’ attempt and this is one of the reasons why the Czech legend feels so honored every time this happens.There have been many players like Andrea Pirlo, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, even Ronaldinho.All of them have scored a ‘Panenka’ penalty throughout their careers, but the man himself has just named the player he thinks does this trick best.Antonín Panenka en @Goal_en_espanol: “@SergioRamos es el que mejor tira los penalties a lo Panenka. Me encanta”. Aquí, mi entrevista 👇🏻https://t.co/RfHilpQK9B— Alberto Piñero (@pineroalberto) November 9, 2018“I love how Sergio Ramos does it. I think that he has done several more times, I remember him doing it at the 2012 European Championship actually,” said Panenka to Goal.“I do think that he can be my best ‘impersonator’, the one who takes the best Panenka penalties out there.”“The most impressive part is that he has already done it several times and the people know he can do it again, and yet he still manages to pull it off. It’s a work of genius.”“I love Spanish football. Even when there are not many goals scored, I always find interesting things when I’m watching a match from La Liga. There is always a great pass, an exquisite ball control technique…”Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“I was very close to playing in Spain. Real Murcia actually wanted to sign me one time, but the negotiations didn’t go through in the end.”“I had actually practiced that penalty for two years prior to the European Championship in 1976. I just realized that pretty much all goalkeepers chose to go to one side or the other, which made me decide to kick the ball to the center.”“After every training session, I used to compete with our goalkeeper Hruska from the spot. This goalie was very good, which meant that I was always losing bets against him.”“I lost all kinds of things when I wagered with him, money, chocolate bars, etc. The moment I started winning was when I decided to kick the ball like that, suddenly I started winning more and more often.”“My problem was that I also started gaining weight after so many chocolate bars I won. If I had failed that penalty, maybe I would already have over 40 years of experience in the chocolate factory,” he added.Antonin Panenka is one of those players who go through a very strange process, one in which something that he did during his career became a norm for every single footballer after him.Having a signature penalty kick style in your name, is perhaps one of the greatest honors that any athlete can ever have and Panenka knows how lucky he is for that.But we have to disagree on his pick for the best Panenka impersonator out there, although Sergio Ramos does it very well but there are other players who have done it better.The biggest example that comes to mind is Francesco Totti, the Italian did it with his national team back in the 2000 European Championship and redefined the technique.Antonin Panenka: “Me encanta cuando Sergio Ramos tira un penal a mi estilo. Diría que es mi mejor imitador, nadie los ha podido ejecutar mejor que él.” pic.twitter.com/EE0vbgigFo— Mundialistas (@Mundialistas) November 10, 2018But tell us, which player do you think is the best Panenka impersonator out there? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Health insurance organisation Westfield Health is introducing sleep coaching sessions for its employees.The sleep coaching sessions, provided by James Wilson, a sleep behaviour and environment expert known as the Sleep Geek, will be available to the 200 employees based at the organisation’s head office in Sheffield.The initiative aims to boost employee wellbeing and improve sleep quality. It will launch in January 2017 with 90-minute ‘Sleep 101’ talks.Employees will be able to take part in group or one-to-one sleep coaching sessions. The group sessions will cover topics such as the fundamentals of sleep, how to create and apply a restful environment, routine and relaxation, and information about common sleep disorders.Smaller group sessions will focus on issues such as waking up in the night and helping employees’ children to sleep. One-to-one sessions will also be available to create a bespoke sleep coaching programme for employees.The sleep coaching initiative looks to complement the current health and wellbeing support Westfield Health provides for its employees, which includes Wellness Wednesdays, free fruit for staff, an on-site gym, and a wellness room.David Capper, commercial director at Westfield Health, said: “We, like James, understand how important sleep is for a person’s health and we believe it is an integral part of helping improve health and wellbeing.”James Wilson, sleep ambassador, added: “Sleep is fundamental to health. When we sleep our bodies have time to heal and repair, and it is crucial for reducing the risk of chronic health conditions.”
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The process of drafting appropriations bills appears set to move ahead in the House and Senate despite uncertainty as to whether either chamber will pass a fiscal 2017 budget resolution.On Thursday, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said the budget blueprint reported out of committee on Wednesday won’t go to the floor for a vote until after lawmakers return next month from their spring recess that starts next week. Nevertheless, Republican leaders say the House will take up all 12 spending bills, reported CQ Roll Call.“We’re moving full steam ahead,” said Harold Rogers (R-Ky.), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.Markup of the FY 2017 military construction-VA spending measure, the first appropriations bill scheduled this year, will take place next Wednesday, said Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.).The milcon spending bill also is expected to be the first appropriations bill the Senate turns to. A markup by the full Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled for April 14, according to the story.While House leaders still hope to attract broad support from Republican members to pass an FY 2017 budget resolution, it’s not clear that Senate Republicans will pursue passing a spending framework. Earlier this month, the Senate Budget Committee indefinitely postponed drafting its resolution.Even with the appropriations process seemingly moving forward, there is no reason to believe enacting spending bills will be any easier in 2016 than in past years.Disagreement between the two parties over the use of DOD’s overseas contingency operations (OCO) account to boost base defense spending likely will be a point of contention again this year. At Wednesday’s markup of the House’s budget resolution, Democrats objected to the framework’s assumption that $23 billion would be shifted from the OCO account to the base defense budget, $18 billion more than President Obama proposed.“There are so many hurdles to the appropriations process right now, that that is just one of them,” said Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), ranking member on House Appropriations. “And I do think it’s so important that we can … that we get regular order and get the process moving, that I would hope that the Republican leadership can get serious and really begin honest, clear negotiations,” she said, reported CQ.
The five-year-old girl, Vaishnavi who was kidnapped on Wednesday under Langer Houz police station limits was traced by the police in Kodangal. The police said that the girl’s father enacted the kidnap drama of his daughter following an argument with his wife. The girl’s father hired one Fakirappa who kidnapped the girl from the school in Prashanth Nagar. Based on the CCTV footage near the school, the police launched an inquiry and caught hold of Fakirappa, a native of Angadiraichur in Kodangal. CI Nageshwara brought the girl to the Kodangal police station.
Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Catholicism Photos of the Week Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Rachel Held Evans, a popular progressive Christian writer and speaker, died Saturday morning (May 4) at age 37 after a brief illness.Evans had been in a medically induced coma for several weeks and never returned to an alert state.Writer and collaborator Sarah Bessey tweeted that Evans was surrounded by close friends and family at the end, and the Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber shared that friends were at Evans’ bedside Friday night, offering “our touch and tears and song. I anointed her with oil.”RELATED: Rest in peace, Rachel Held EvansHer husband, Dan Evans, informed followers and supporters of his wife’s death on her website.“This entire experience is surreal. I keep hoping it’s a nightmare from which I’ll awake. I feel like I’m telling someone else’s story,” he wrote in an update on Evans’ blog.“I cannot express how much the support means to me and our kids. To everyone who has prayed, called, texted, driven, flown, given of themselves physically and financially to help ease this burden: Thank you. We are privileged. Rachel’s presence in this world was a gift to us all and her work will long survive her.”On April 14, Evans, who was particularly gifted at using social media to connect with her readers, tweeted that she had been admitted to the hospital with a “flu + UTI combo and a severe allergic reaction” to antibiotics, asking for prayer and — with the characteristic humor she often used to defuse difficult conversations — lamenting she would miss “Game of Thrones.”Later, in an update on her website, Dan Evans said that she began having “unexpected symptoms” while receiving treatment for an infection and that doctors found her brain was experiencing constant seizures. Doctors had placed her in a medically induced coma while working to determine the cause and treatment, he said.RELATED: Remembering a woman of valor: 4 gifts Rachel Held Evans gave usEvans is best known for her popular blog and best-selling books, including New York Times best-seller “A Year of Biblical Womanhood,” ”Searching for Sunday” and, most recently, “Inspired.” She also served on President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.Rachel Held Evans made homemade matzoh toffee for Passover during her year of living biblically. Courtesy photoIn her books and blog posts, she wrote openly about her faith journey, which led her from Bryan College — a conservative evangelical school known for promoting belief in a literal, six-day creation — to the mainline Episcopal Church. Along the way, she chronicled her faith, doubt, honest questions and evolving beliefs with a sense of humor.That didn’t come without controversy, including pushback from more conservative Christians over “A Year of Biblical Womanhood,” which celebrated an egalitarian view of women’s roles in both marriage and the church.But in her writing she rarely lapsed into us-versus-them arguments, instead presenting a vision of the church as a place with room for everyone.“This is what God’s kingdom is like: a bunch of outcasts and oddballs gathered at a table, not because they are rich or worthy or good, but because they are hungry, because they said yes,” she wrote in “Searching for Sunday.”“And there’s always room for more.”Readers shared online that they recognized themselves in her words.A number of women said during an online prayer vigil they would not have pursued ministry if not for Evans, and others said the only reason they had hung onto faith amid doubt was because of Evans.Fellow writers praised Evans for sharing the considerable platform she has built, both on her blog and at “Why Christian?” and “Evolving Faith,” the conferences she co-founded for evolving or progressive Christians who aren’t sure where they belong on the spiritual landscape.Rozella Haydée White, a coach and consultant, tweeted about how Evans had cheered her on as White released her first book, even offering her advice on insurance, and pastor and author Nate Pyle tweeted that as he prayed for Evans, he reflected on “how much of my writing career is because of her encouragement and promotion of my work.”“My guess is that it’s true for many, many people. She embodies graciousness and generosity in amplifying the voices of others,” Pyle said.And in the midst of Evans’ illness, Bessey tweeted she was reminded of her friend’s own words in “Searching for Sunday”:“There is a difference between curing and healing, and I believe the church is called to the slow and difficult work of healing. We are called to enter into one another’s pain, anoint it as holy, and stick around no matter the outcome.”RELATED: In new book, Rachel Held Evans gets ‘Inspired’ by the BibleThe news of Evans’ hospitalization had been met with an outpouring of support from readers, writers and Christian leaders, both conservative and progressive.On Good Friday (April 19), Bessey and writer Jeff Chu, who worked with Evans on the Evolving Faith Conference, gathered friends and fans online to pray for Evans. The hashtag they started for the online prayer vigil, #PrayForRHE, soon was trending on Twitter.A GoFundMe fundraiser to cover medical and related expenses for Evans’ family — including two small children, Henry and Harper — set up the next Monday (April 22) exceeded its goal within a day, even after organizers increased the amount they hoped to raise.Evans was raised in a nondenominational, evangelical Christian family in Dayton, Tenn. — the home, she liked to point out, of the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial, the watershed case about teaching evolution in schools that caused many conservative Christians to feel alienated from the American mainstream.Rachel Held Evans. Photo courtesy of Maki EvansShe joked about the prizes she won as a kid for having all the answers when it came to Christianity, such as the time she won the “Best Christian Attitude Award.”But as a student at Bryan, Evans began asking tough questions about her faith, like why God would send people to hell, which she wrote about in her first book. “Evolving in Monkey Town” was published in 2010 and later re-released as “Faith Unraveled.”Evans brought her sense of humor to those questions in 2012’s “A Year of Biblical Womanhood,” in which she took the Bible’s instructions for women to hilarious extremes and shared what she learned from women of diverse faiths, including Amish and Jewish women.When she was growing up, the word “evangelical” had seemed synonymous to her with “real” or “authentic,” she told Religion News Service several years ago. She finally abandoned the label in 2014, after a number of evangelical Christians canceled sponsorships for children in need after the charity World Vision announced it would employ people in same-sex marriages. (World Vision later reversed that decision.)That incident “confirmed what I’d been suspecting for a while — that my values were simply out of line with the evangelical culture’s values,” she said. “And by then, I’d just grown weary of fighting for a label that no longer fit.”She wrote about her subsequent journey away from church and what kept leading her back in 2015’s “Searching for Sunday,” and about rediscovering a love for Scripture in 2018’s “Inspired.”She worshipped with her family at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland, Tenn.“Death is a part of life,” Evans wrote this year in a Facebook post at the beginning of Lent, the solemn time of penance and fasting many Christians observe leading up to Easter.“My prayer for you this season is that you make time to celebrate that reality, and to grieve that reality, and that you will know you are not alone. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.” Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! 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In order to make sure that their servers are properly configured for launch day, Blizzard needed to open the flood gates completely and allow the entire world to peek into the nightmare world they have been creating for us with Diablo III. As a long time fan of the Diablo franchise, and a player that sacrificed more hours than I am willing to admit on Battle.net, the ability to really dig in and get a feel for the game was very exciting.As promised, at 12 PM PDT on Friday the login page for Diablo III opened up and allowed scores of users from around the world to try the game out, and give the Blizzard staff an idea of how many users each server could handle. Now that the open beta is closed, we wait the seemingly impossibly long wait for the game to be fully released and reminisce the good times on the battlefield.The world of Diablo IIIDiablo III has had a controversial past. In 2008, when the original screens of the game were shown to the world, many fans reacted poorly to the in-game graphics. Many felt that the grim look of the game had been replaced with better lighting, vibrant colors, and even (gasp) rainbows. It didn’t take long for the Art Director to quit, followed immediately by promises from Blizzard that the game would remain the same as it had been. After playing through the entirety of the open beta with all five of the characters offered in the game, I can tell you that I did not spot a single rainbow.Since most of the first act happens in catacombs and a cathedral with a gaping hole in it, at night, I didn’t expect rainbows though. Despite being in a dreary little death town, I found no shortage of vibrant colors. Even the “fallen star” crater was an electric blue. Blizzard did a great job taking the dark things and making them dark, but also introducing plenty of color where it was appropriate. Visually, the game was very well done.The voice acting in this beginning part of Diablo III was absolutely confusing. The Wizard, as voiced by Crispin Freeman, sounds really great throughout the game. The Barbarian and the Witch Doctor both sound horribly stereotypical, in both their male and female counterparts, and seemed to lack the personality found in the Wizard character. The voice of Decard Cain has clearly degraded with his age, turning him into a frail old man that is unlikely to survive the next gust of wind. Each of villagers had a clearly different sound, even if they weren’t different actors. This hit or miss experience in the game was strange, but since you aren’t likely to interact with any one character in the game for very long, it probably wasn’t a huge point of interest for Blizzard.Blizzard does something a little different in the first act, something I haven’t seem in the previous Diablo games. In the beginning of the game, you are pretty specifically guided through the first series of interactions. As if the large golden exclamations weren’t enough, you need to complete these interactions, and even a mission or two, before in-game road blocks are removed for you to explore the game. This removes the early ability to go an force your way through a few level ups to make the missions easier, a tactic that is made wholly unnecessary in the beginning of Diablo III.GameplayIn keeping with the Diablo series, you pick a character, choose a gender, and are thrust in the game. Each character has a health bubble and a “skill” bubble. To make things interesting, the Witch Doctor is the only character that uses mana as we knew it from previous games. The Wizard uses Arcane Power, which is different from mana in that you have a fixed amount of Arcane Power that never increases as you level up. Arcane power refills at an incredibly fast rate, however, which creates a very different gameplay mechanic for the Wizard. The Barbarian has a Rage meter that fills as he fights, and allows him to unleash significantly stronger attacks when he has enough of it. If you are not dealing damage, the Rage meter goes down slowly.Aside from your attacks that require your skill bubble to have some juice in it, each character has a selection of defensive and offensive maneuvers that have a cooldown time that must be reached before you can use them again. By the time you reach level 10, the gameplay switches from a monotonous clickfest to a strategic dance between your skills and your abilities.Each of the attacks and skills have a rune power that can be added to them to increase their effectiveness, or to add functionality. While you are unable to see this in the open beta, the layout creates a system where you can build a character around techniques that you find the most beneficial to your playing style. The added depth here will make PvP fights much more interesting, and in general will create more rounded characters for the rest of the game.Like every other Diablo game, the items you pick up in your conquests will be much better than anything you buy in the shops, which really just become places for you to sell the things you don’t want. As you pick up new items, your inventory will make you aware that you have an item that is either better than an item you currently have equipped, or if you have picked up an item that fits an equipment slot you have yet to fill. So far in the game we’ve seen no signs of the dreaded socket system from past games, but there is a crafting area that allows you to forge better items. You’ll wind up spending lots of gold in order to make crafting fun, which isn’t easy to do in the beta. Crafting will likely not be something most players even consider doing until after level 10.It will be really interesting to see how the “real money marketplace” works out in the game, but it seems like the crafting ability in game will be a useful skill for anyone hoping to take advantage of that system. Since neither PvP nor the marketplace were offered up in the beta, there’s not as much known about how that will work out.There’s been a lot of negativity in the gaming community about Diablo III forcing users to remain online, even when you are flying solo. In exchange for your ability to play offline, Blizzard has given us what I consider to be one of the most flawless systems of multiplayer co-op I have had the pleasure of experiencing. Like all multiplayer games, you have a friends list. If you decide to join a friend, or group of friends in the game, you are presented with their battle banner in the main town of the act. Click on the banner, and you are immediately teleported to their location, where you can immediately join the fight. Loot shows up for both users, giving the same amount of cash and prized to each person, and the difficulty of the game increases appropriately for each user you add. It was quick, painless, and immediately made the game more fun to play. I can’t imagine a better way for Blizzard to have implemented this.Final ThoughtsI was very impressed with what Blizzard has shown us in the Diablo III open beta, though it was far from a perfect experience. I was told by a Blizzard insider that the game was made intentionally easy for the beta, and to expect a greater difficulty in the full game. Any server glitches that I experienced in this open beta — and boy were there a ton of them — I will happily chalk up to the Blizzard team adapting on the fly to the scores of users that descended upon their latest project.Ultimately, Diablo III gave me exactly what I asked for — Blizzard took their years of experience in fine-tuning games like World of Warcraft and used it to evolve one of my top games of all time. After this weekend, I have complete confidence that Diablo III will be my next favorite PC game.
The names id Software and John Carmack have been inseparable since he co-founded the company 22 years ago. However, Carmack is now former founder and technical developer at the company as he has taken up a position at Oculus VR, the company behind the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.Carmack becomes chief technology officer at the company and will be in charge of development at Oculus’ new Dallas office. It’s unclear whether Carmack has severed all ties with id Software or not at this point. He may retain some form of relationship and role there, but it clearly won’t be technical director anymore.The legendary programmer has been a fan and promoter of the Oculus Rift ever since it appeared. And clearly his enthusiasm for the virtual reality tech went well beyond what he showed in public, to the point where he wants to play an active role in developing it.The plan now is for Carmack to build a team around him to continue development of the Oculus Rift before releasing it as a consumer product. Dev kits have been distributed for a few months now, but there’s work to be done before the headset is ready for the masses. And having John Carmack giving the project his full focus should fill everyone with confidence.While this is a great news for Oculus VR, it’s a major blow for id Software and parent company Zenimax. Carmack has always led the way with his game engines, and set the bar ever higher for others to follow. They have now lost that talent, although he has left behind a very experienced team of engineers at id and could still play some small part in the studio’s future.Update: It has now been confirmed via Twitter that Carmack retains a role at id Software. The tweet states“Happy to say @id_aa_carmack is not leaving id & will continue to provide leadership for our games in development.”