It’s like getting together with your buddies to watch a football game. You all get in a room, chat about what you’re watching and crack jokes with each other. It’s the same concept for streamers, but instead of 10 friends in a living room, it’s 10,000 “friends” on a streaming platform. The bottom line is that the esports community should not be afraid to show its pride for video games. Streamers have laid the framework to help integrate the community into the mainstream. Streamers have developed a community with their audiences. Thousands of viewers with similar interests are simultaneously watching and chatting with each other. These massive fan bases have chat rooms dedicated solely to discussing video games and streamers. At any given moment, I can log on to Twitch or YouTube Gaming and find someone playing the games I love. There will be hundreds or thousands of other people watching the same game at the same time. It’s reassuring to know that other people share your interests and that at any point of the day you can “hang out” — albeit virtually — with those people. It’s nice to know that you aren’t a weird outcast whose passion is always stigmatized. Video games are often seen as a niche community. I’ve experienced this firsthand. People are afraid to express their interest in gaming, fearing judgment because of the stigma games can carry. But why would anyone want to watch random people play video games, especially if they’re not very good to begin with? The answer is the sense of community it provides. So far, this column has mainly focused on professional esports and how pursuing esports as a career should not be stigmatized — but pro players are just one part of the sport. With just about every aspect of media moving toward the digital space, it’s incredibly important to understand the influence that individual “normal people” can have on an entire community. Some of the most famous streamers have built their followings on streaming platforms because of their professional careers, but the vast majority of streamers are just normal people — many of whom aren’t even that good at the game they play. Streamers alleviate the fear of this prejudice by providing a safe space for people who love video games. Most streamers are normal people. They are relatable to viewers who are searching for a place to fit in. The reality is that esports, as a part of society, are becoming more similar to traditional sports. Some of the most passionate football fans have never played a day of organized football, but that doesn’t stop them from watching every Sunday, playing fantasy football and discussing the game with their friends. The other prominent aspect of gaming is the streamers: people who commentate while they play video games live for thousands to watch. These people dedicate much of their lives to streaming themselves playing video games for several hours a day. The top streamers receive endorsements and donations as well as money from viewers who pay for premium content. My first column at the Daily Trojan was about esports. I still remember the look on our former editor-in-chief’s face when I, the sports editor she just hired, told her that video games count as sports. For a while after that, I suppressed my passion for video games, watching streamers in privacy in the Daily Trojan sports office. (For the record, she later let me cover a big esports event.) Sam Arslanian is a junior writing about esports. He is also a former sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Plug & Play,” runs every other Wednesday.
India won two medals in shooting this time around, and even the number of finals-three-was the best ever for the team. With 11 shooters at the Olympics, we were among the top 10 in the world in terms of participation, and our position in the shooting medals table is also roughly the same.The message is clear- if you prepare shooters early for a competition as big as the Olympics, you will be rewarded. The target for the Rio Olympics has to be 15 shooters, which may not be as many as the Chinese or the Americans, but would be a sign of progress. It is imperative that India wins more medals in shooting.The most promising performance came from Joydeep Karmakar, who withstood the pressure of qualifying for the final through a shoot-off to perform brilliantly in the 50m rifle prone final and finish just outside the medals.He needs more wins at the international level to become a serious contender.We had a few people in with a shot at finals too, like Heena Sidhu and Ronjan Sodhi. I expect them to bounce back well since they would know how to handle the pressure now. And as far as a proven champion like Abhinav Bindra is concerned, expect him to come back with a bang. There are, of course, lessons to be learnt. Our shooters have to be wary of external pressures affecting their performances, since in some cases, the temperament rather than the technique dragged them down.The government and the federation have to work together and make sure that they get a vision plan in place immediately. Now that we have a pool of international-level shooters, the best need to be picked immediately, so that they can start training in right earnest from the beginning of next year itself. Shooting is India’s main sport at the Olympics, and it is also important that a physiotherapist and qualified mental trainers are at hand to help out the team. There should be no compromises on professionalism.advertisementAll this would help the shooters be on track for the next qualification cycle for the Olympics, which begins in 2014, and also the next two big events-the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and the Incheon Asian Games. This was also the first big test for the National Rifle Association of India’s new transparent, scorebased selection policy, and I don’t think anyone should have a problem with it now.The only amendment I suggest is to let the quota-winning shooter make the Olympic team automatically, since it would help them get down to preparations as soon as they bag the quota. That, as we saw in the case of the early qualifiers like Gagan Narang, is always an advantage.(The writer is a four-time Olympian and Arjuna awardee)
Captain Cherry Rondina said her team’s final two games of the season is where the Golden Tigresses would ultimately go all out in their rabid run to the Final Four.“If we can win our remaining games then I’d be okay with that,” said Rondina in Filipino. “It would great for us if we can reach the top because that’s what we really want.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We can’t turn it down one but, we’ll give it our all in training,” added Rondina who finished with 20 points against the Lady Maroons.UST’s win pushed it to a tie of the third spot with Far Eastern University leaving UP at the fifth spot with a 6-6 card. MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View comments LATEST STORIES Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Laure, who finished with 11 points against UP, is the league’s second leading scorer with a total of 200 points while Rondina is atop the Best Scorers table with 217 points.“When I entered the UAAP’s senior division, I told Ate Sisi we would give her what she deserves. It’s not just me but everyone of us will support her,” said Laure.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew The Golden Tigresses would then need just one more win to secure their slot in the big dance.“In my opinion, once we get complacent, everything will be taken away from us so we’re always holding on that we know we can do this,” said Rondina. “We can’t get anything if we don’t work for it.”Luckily for Rondina, she won’t have to carry UST on her own.Rookie star Eya Laure vowed since her first day with UST’s senior team that she would support Rondina and give the graduating captain the best exit possible.“I don’t want to show Ate Sisi that all we’re doing is just for the eliminations,” said Laure in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Former teammates Terrence Romeo, Roger Pogoy downplay confrontation Cherry Rondina, left, and Eya Laure celebrate a point. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas is about to go full steam ahead with two games remaining in its schedule in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.The Golden Tigresses scored an inspirational sweep of University of the Philippines, 25-21, 25-12, 26-24, and improved to an 8-4 record Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Center, solidifying their place at the top four of the standings.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess
CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. said Wednesday it needs time to review a surprise takeover offer from a rival marijuana producer that sent its share surging on another volatile trading day for pot stocks amid speculation a wave of consolidation is coming.“We advise shareholders to take no action until such time as the board has had the opportunity to fully consider and make a recommendation regarding the unsolicited offer,” CanniMed (TSX:CMED) said in response to the bid made public by Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB) after the close of markets on Tuesday.Vancouver-based Aurora announced an all-share offer valuing CanniMed’s stock at up to $24 per share that it said already has support from shareholders representing 38 per cent of CanniMed’s outstanding shares.Aurora said it submitted a proposal to CanniMed’s board of directors Monday and has given the company until Friday to respond. If the board doesn’t respond, it said it plans to launch a formal takeover bid.But CanniMed said that it has not received a formal written offer from Aurora, adding it would review the terms set out in the press release and respond by the Friday deadline.CanniMed cautioned that it considered Aurora’s estimates of how much the share-exchange deal was actually worth to CanniMed shareholders to be inflated, since Aurora’s valuation per share is based on its stock price as of Nov. 14 after a 125 per cent increase over the preceding 12 trading days.Following news of the proposed deal, CanniMed’s share price shot up $4.50 or 29.4 per cent to close at $19.80, while Aurora closed down $0.19 or three per cent at $6.22.CanniMed also said it is already in talks to acquire marijuana company Newstrike Resources Ltd. (TSXV:HIP), a producer endorsed by members of rock band the Tragically Hip.Marijuana analyst Vahan Ajamian said this latest deal could spark merger and acquisition activity among the around 50 licensed producers in the burgeoning industry ahead of recreational legalization, slated for July 1.“This could spark a wave of consolidation with the larger players ‘gobbling up’ the smaller ones,” said Ajamian in a note.PI Financial Corp. analyst Jason Zandberg said he wasn’t sure if the deal would spark consolidation, but that it make sense to build scale ahead of next July.“If you can build scale, then not only can you guarantee supply numbers, but you also have a bit better negotiating power,” said Zandberg.But he said any deals would likely be shared-based ones within the industry, like Aurora’s proposal, since cannabis stocks have climbed so much in recent months.“The absolute value of the market cap of these companies would scare off a lot of outsiders from buying.”He said the deal looks to make a lot of sense from both sides, but given CanniMed’s response it could go hostile.Current valuations mean that for some companies it would make more sense to simply build their own facilities, said Chris Damas, editor of the BCMI Report.“You can build square footage at a lower price than you can buy it on the stock market, the difference is quite astonishing.”He said CanniMed offered some particular attractions to Aurora, including licensed soft oil gel capsules, a foothold in Saskatchewan and expanded facilities that haven’t yet been reflected in its financials.If Aurora’s acquisition is successful, it would boost its market capitalization to more than $3 billion and would see it serve about 40,000 active registered patients. That compares to 63,000 at Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED), Canada’s largest marijuana company.CanniMed, previously Prairie Plant Systems, was one of the first medical marijuana companies to be granted a Health Canada licence to produce in 2013.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, February 5, 2018 – North Caicos –BackgroundPremier Robinson and Hon Ralph Higgs on Thursday past toured Government Offices on North Caicos. Over the past few weeks, residents of North Caicos have reached out to Premier Robinson and Hon Ralph Higgs, the elected representative for the Twin Islands following the closure of several Government Offices over a period of a few days.The Representatives were informed that the Library, the Clinic and the Immigration Department in Bottle Creek were all closed. On receiving these complaints, both representatives confirmed them to be true with the relevant Department and Ministries. Minister Higgs traveled to the Island on receiving the news and was not satisfied that enough had been done and urgently enough to restore services that continued disrupted or hampered. As Minister with responsibility for District Administration and as the elected representative for the Twin Islands, both Premier Robinson and Hon Higgs thought it best to update the members of the community of Bottle Creek on their efforts following a joint visit on Thursday, February 1, 2018.The Joint text is set out below:We are aware that the Environmental Health Department had conducted inspections and had closed the Offices because of the presence of mold. The unfortunate thing is that the Spaces remained closed in the case of the Library for at least a week before it was cleaned which no doubt heightened the spread and growth of the mold. We were able to see during our Tour that all Offices are now cleaned and re – opened (in the case of the Clinic and the Immigration Department) and being prepared to re – open (in the case of the Library). It is regrettable that the Government – owned Buildings took longer and we are grateful for the quick cleaning carried out by the landlord for the space rented to the Immigration Department.The Bottle Creek Clinic had been temporarily operating from the Library and while efforts were being made to partition for greater privacy, we were informed by the Doctor through our Ministerial colleague that the Building was not suitable. There was a review of several options (2 premises were considered) on the Island for use and with the new Bottle Creek Clinic proceeding as planned, it was determined that it would not be prudent to spend large sums in retrofitting cost for rented accommodations. It was also determined that it was inappropriate for the Clinic to continue to operate from its current facility. Again ROM, Group of Companies (of which Hon Higgs is a partner) offered its accommodation free of cost and a Paper was submitted to Cabinet for approval. Since then Cabinet has approved the use of the Building formerly occupied by Digicel. This Building has been given free of charge for three months while the Ministry of Infrastructure prepare to repair the Clinic that was damaged following the Storm. District Administration, under the Premier’s Office is assisting with the cost for the Clinic’s relocation and preparation of the new temporary site to be occupied this week.We regret the chain of events and the inconvenience to the residents of the Bottle Creek community and we commit to assisting where can. Inquiries were made of the Deputy Governor, Mrs Anya Wlliams who did explain to us to the protocol to be followed once an inspection had been carried out and a determination of the kind made as in this instance. Whilst we recognize the structure in place seeks to remove as it were, political interference in the Public Service, we are of the view that Ministers should be built into certain Protocols and should on an occasion such as this, be officially advised of interruption of government services especially under their Ministries. Since this experience the Minister of Health has asked to be informed. This we believe will allow all ministerial colleagues to assist where they can.Hon Sharlene L Cartwright RobinsonPremier & Minister of FinanceThe Turks and Caicos Islands Related Items:
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe says “we can beat anybody” as he prepares to take his team to Wembley to face Tottenham on Boxing Day.Despite losing five of their last six Premier League games against Tottenham, Howe is confident of a positive result on Wednesday.October 2016 was the last time Bournemouth got a point against Pochettino’s side, in a goalless draw at the Vitality stadium.“We’ve found the games against Tottenham difficult,” Howe told Sky Sports.Pochettino: ‘Happy’ Christian Eriksen ready for Spurs action Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is “happy” and in the right frame of mind for Tottenham despite his failed summer exit.“They are a very good team and we’ve had some good matches against them.“We haven’t quite been on the right side of the result but we enjoy the challenge and we enjoy these type of moments where we haven’t achieved something yet, but we are working towards it.“As I always say when we are at our best we can beat anybody.”The corresponding fixture last season ended in a 1-0 win for Spurs thanks to Christian Eriksen’s second-half strike.