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MVP Curry birdies Augusta’s first, won’t reveal score

MVP Curry birdies Augusta’s first, won’t reveal score

first_imgMIAMI – Steph Curry makes 3’s everywhere – even at Augusta National. Calling it an experience he won’t forget, Curry was part of a group of Golden State Warriors who got to play the course Tuesday, and the NBA’s 3-point leader and reigning MVP even made a 10-footer for birdie on his opening hole. As for his score, Curry is keeping that one quiet. He plays to about a 2 handicap. “I’d never been there before, so it was a real treat,” Curry said Wednesday in Miami, after Golden State’s shootaround practice to prepare for facing the Heat. “I’m not going to tell you what I shot, but that was a bucket-list kind of day. I’m a golf fanatic, so to say I played at Augusta is pretty cool.” The round was a championship reward from Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who promised Curry and Andre Iguodala that if Golden State won the title, he would use his connections and get them on the storied course. During the on-court celebration in Cleveland after Golden State wrapped up the championship, Iguodala screamed at Curry, “We’re going to Augusta!” “One of my best friends is a member at Augusta and he’s taken me there a couple times,” Kerr said. “Steph and Andre are such avid golfers, so I told them – obviously, I asked my friend first, and he said `Yeah, let’s do it’ – that if we win the whole thing, you go to Augusta.” So when the Warriors made their lone appearance of the season in nearby Atlanta on Monday, the timing was right for Augusta to happen. Curry, Iguodala, team executive Jerry West and Warriors owner Joe Lacob stayed behind to play the course that hosts the Masters while the rest of the team’s travel party flew Monday night to Miami. A few other people with Warriors ties were involved as well, and Curry’s father, Dell, the former NBA player who introduced his son to golf, also got to play. “They had a great time,” Kerr said. Stephen Curry remembers playing his first round of golf around when he was 8 or 9, was part of his high school’s golf team and is a past participant at the American Century Championship – a celebrity tournament held in Nevada each summer. He even got to play a round with President Barack Obama last summer, shooting 76 and doing so while Obama drove the golf cart. He made a 10-footer for his birdie to open his round Tuesday, and then said that any amateur golfer can probably surmise what happened next. “You birdie the first hole, it can only go downhill from there,” Curry said. “That’s exactly what happened.”last_img
[email protected] courts Japan’s Indies

[email protected] courts Japan’s Indies

first_img[email protected] courts Japan’s IndiesDespite Xbox’s commercial failure in Japan, Chris Charla is enthusiastic about the prospects for local indie developers on the platformRob FaheyContributing EditorMonday 5th September 2016Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleMicrosoftAs director of Microsoft’s [email protected] developer program, a fair bit of Chris Charla’s job involves evangelism – travelling the world to extol the virtues of the program to talented developers wherever they may be found. One might expect that Japan, where he spoke at the BitSummit event earlier this summer, would be hostile territory for such overtures. The Xbox One has failed even more dramatically in Japan than its predecessors, and indeed, it’s hard not to notice that the audience for Charla’s enthusiastic talk about [email protected] is smaller than for almost any other talk during the weekend. Such a muted reception to the Xbox message doesn’t seem to faze Charla himself in the slightest, though. He’s enthused about the show (“It’s an awesome event – every year it’s bigger and better… it’s just awesome to see the scene growing and exploding so much over here”) and adamant that regardless of any commercial difficulties Xbox One may be facing in Japan, developers here remain interested in he opportunity of working on the platform.”So when we start a conversation with them about the global opportunity, sure, we’ve had situations where someone has said, ‘Oh, I thought this would only be popular locally'” “The reason I’m here is to talk to the creators about the worldwide opportunity, and people are really receptive to that – they’re really excited by the idea of doing a single worldwide submission and getting their game shipping all around the world, and by the size of the potential opportunity in the US and in other territories.”One stumbling block can be that developers who have targeted a local audience may not realise that there’s a broader global opportunity for their work. “The first people indie developers make games for is themselves, and of course they look to the things going on around them. So when we start a conversation with them about the global opportunity, sure, we’ve had situations where someone has said, ‘Oh, I thought this would only be popular locally.’ And we say, no seriously, that’s a JRPG, those are very popular in the US and you should bring it over here… People are pretty receptive to that. It’s just a matter of education and talking to people about the opportunity.”The real barriers for Japanese indie developers reaching out to the world are neither technical nor creative, Charla asserts, but linguistic. “If a developer doesn’t know English, there can be a bit of a barrier. It’s one of the reasons we have a local [email protected] team in Japan, so that people can work with local representatives who are Japanese, or who speak Japanese, and can help navigate the whole process.” This approach is paying dividends; among the games which have come to Xbox through the Japanese team are QUBE, Reversi Quest and perhaps most notably, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, the new title from Castlevania director Koji Igarashi.The continuing evolution of Xbox into a component of the broader Windows 10 platform as well as a gaming platform in its own right has also reached [email protected], with the program now also supporting developers who want to use Xbox Live functionality on Windows 10. This creates new opportunities for the program in territories like Japan, where the Xbox One has a small footprint but Windows gaming (albeit a very local flavour of it) is a big deal.”[[email protected] on Windows 10] is something we talk to people about constantly, absolutely,” Charla says. “Especially if a developer doesn’t know much about it, about what it is and how it works, and how as a social network it really magnetises people to the platform.””It’s not just the [email protected] team; it’s people all throughout Microsoft, whether it’s Phil Spencer forwarding us something, or an engineer working on Excel saying, hey, my friend made this cool game, you guys should check it out.” When Charla or other [email protected] team members come to an indie event, it’s not just to stand on a stage and evangelise the service; going out on the show floor and talking to developers is also a big part of the job, and one that Charla seems to enjoy enormously. He waxes lyrical about one game that struck him on the BitSummit show floor, an indie RPG set in the scientific age of discovery called Principe: Master of Science: “In the demo you play as Isaac Newton, and you have to do some discoveries around the refraction of light, publish a paper, submit it to the Royal Society – your fame meter goes up and I think you can eventually join the Royal Society itself… I mean, that is so cool. I just saw that and thought, ‘Woah, this is awesome.'” His enthusiasm for this side of the job, going out and meeting with creators, is palpable. It’s an enthusiasm, he claims, that is not only shared across the [email protected] team, but across Microsoft as a whole.”Everybody in the program goes out and sees things, and brings games to the program. Whether it’s me, or Karen Mitchell, who is our database architect… Karen Mitchell brings games to the program. She goes to E3, goes to different shows, goes to indie meet-ups in Seattle, she spots games and she says, you guys should come check us out. It’s not just the [email protected] team; it’s people all throughout Microsoft, whether it’s Phil Spencer forwarding us something, or an engineer working on Excel saying, hey, my friend made this cool game, you guys should check it out. Everybody at Microsoft sends developers to [email protected] and sends cool games to [email protected]”This approach – using the reach of the entire company to seek out and engage with talented new developers – is a far cry from how the games industry used to work only a few years ago. Then, developers were expected to go cap-in-hand to publishers and platform holders to pitch their ideas; now Microsoft, along with Sony and Nintendo, sends staff around the world to seek out talented teams and interesting games at shows and events. “I was talking briefly to Tetsuya Mizuguchi today – we’ve known each other for 20 years, and we were talking about exactly that change to how the world works,” Charla says. “It’s so much better today. It’s fantastic. Don’t get me wrong – there are tons of developers who put together pitches and go out to publishers and platform holders, lots of games still get signed that way – but having people out looking at games, working to make sure that we get all the great games on our platforms… For developers, that’s the way it should be.””The way it used to be just wasn’t a great model,” he continues. “I remember when I was a developer, we spent a year just trying to get a console dev kit – from anybody, for any console! We were a PC and handheld developer, and it was like a closed shop. Now, we give developers dev kits for free… [As a platform holder] I think, personally, that if you’re not hungry – if you’re not out there, chasing things, you’re not doing a very good job. You need to be out there looking for things. If you’re just sitting back, well, first of all it’s boring, and second of all I just don’t think that’s the way the world should work any more.”Going out to find games is only the start of the process for [email protected], of course. As well as working to support developers in territories like Japan with local teams, Charla says that a huge amount of effort is focused on smoothing over and speeding up the process of dealing with Xbox for game creators. “That’s a lot of the work,” he explains. “A lot of the day to day, unseen work at [email protected] is related to figuring out how we can improve the database so that developers can get their game shipped with, say, three fewer emails sent to Microsoft. Every time we do that, we free up a little bit of time for somebody to have a conversation.””When a player turns on his or her Xbox One, we want them to see the broadest array of great games possible… The only way we could make that happen was to make it as easy as possible to get on the platform” 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 Those conversations with developers are arguably one of the most valuable parts of the [email protected] program. On stage, Charla enthused about the opportunity for developers to engage directly with Xbox to discuss promotion opportunities or figure out the most beneficial launch timing – a relationship that goes over and above the database-driven submission process that defines creators’ experiences with platforms like Apple’s App Store or Google Play. “We focus so much on improving our documentation, our tools and our education so that developers don’t have to ask mundane questions,” he says. “Instead, when they’re talking to us and ask a question, it’s a meaningful question specifically about their game.”It’s not only Microsoft that has overhauled its procedures for working with small and independent developers in recent years, of course. Both Sony and Nintendo have also made changes aimed at making their platforms more inviting to indies, and while it’s not always plain sailing, developers largely praise the newfound openness (or semi-opennness) of console platforms. For Xbox, though, [email protected] appears to offer something very valuable – an opportunity to offset the platform’s commercial weakness in Japan by wooing the nation’s booming indie development scene in spite of Japanese consumers’ apathy to the console. A trip to an event in Japan may present a more uphill challenge to Chris Charla and his team than an indie event in the United States or Europe, but if it gets the cream of Japanese indie games onto Xbox, it’s a challenge worth facing.”The place it all starts for us is thinking about the players,” Charla concludes. “When a player turns on his or her Xbox One, we want them to see the broadest array of great games possible… The only way we could make that happen was to make it as easy as possible to get on the platform. That’s been the guiding light for [email protected] – just make it easy to get games on the platform. Be open to developers. Help developers. The net result is that we’ve got fantastic games on the platform, and that’s awesome for players.”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesApple questions credibility of Xbox testimonyiPhone maker asserts that Microsoft did not produce evidence to back Lori Wright’s claims of unprofitable consolesBy James Batchelor 2 days agoEpic pushed for subscription-free multiplayer on Xbox ahead of Apple battleCEO Tim Sweeney told Xbox boss Phil Spencer that “certain plans for August” would create an “extraordinary opportunity”By James Batchelor 7 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

White House Unveils $2.5B Emergency Coronavirus Plan

White House Unveils $2.5B Emergency Coronavirus Plan

first_img“The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. We are in contact with everyone and all relevant countries. CDC & World Health have been working hard and very smart. Stock Market starting to look very good to me!” he tweeted. In San Francisco, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took a walking tour of Chinatown on Monday to let the public know the neighborhood is safe and open for business. FILE – In this Feb. 13, 2020 file photo, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democrats controlling the House wrote HHS Secretary Alex Azar earlier this month to request funds to help speed development of a coronavirus vaccine, expand laboratory capacity, and beef up screening efforts at U.S. entry points. Azar is slated to testify before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, and the U.S. response to the outbreak is sure to be a major topic. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) The United States, however, has had only 14 cases of the disease spread across seven states. Azar is slated to testify before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, and the U.S. response to the outbreak is sure to be a major topic. The request was released Monday evening and came as key government accounts were running low. The Department of Health and Human Services had already tapped into an emergency infectious disease rapid response fund and was seeking to transfer more than $130 million from other HHS accounts to combat the virus but is pressing for more. The quickly spreading virus has slammed the economy of China, where the virus originated, and caseloads are rapidly increasing in countries such as South Korea, Iran, and Italy. Almost 80,000 people have contracted the disease, with more than 2,500 deaths, mostly in China. Democrats controlling the House wrote HHS Secretary Alex Azar earlier this month to request funds to help speed development of a coronavirus vaccine, expand laboratory capacity, and beef up screening efforts at U.S. entry points. In a statement Monday night, Pelosi called the president’s request “long overdue and completely inadequate to the scale of this emergency.” She said the House would advance “a strong, strategic funding package that fully addresses the scale and seriousness of this public health crisis.” Trump took to Twitter Monday to defend his record. “Çome to Chinatown,” Pelosi said. “Precautions have been taken by our city, we know that there’s concern about tourism, traveling all throughout the world, but we think it’s very safe to be in Chinatown and hope that others will come.” The administration is requesting $1.25 billion in new funding and wants to transfer $535 million more in funding from an Ebola preparedness account that’s been a top priority of Democrats. It anticipates shifting money from other HHS accounts and other agencies to complete the $2.5 billion response plan. Democrats said the request was insufficient and that Trump’s attempt to go after existing Ebola prevention funding was dead on arrival. “All of the warning lights are flashing bright red. We are staring down a potential pandemic and the administration has no plan,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., who blasted a shortage of kits to test for the virus and President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts to health agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “We have a crisis of coronavirus and President Trump has no plan, no urgency, no understanding of the facts or how to coordinate a response.” FILE – In this Feb. 13, 2020 file photo, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democrats controlling the House wrote HHS Secretary Alex Azar earlier this month to request funds to help speed development of a coronavirus vaccine, expand laboratory capacity, and beef up screening efforts at U.S. entry points. Azar is slated to testify before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, and the U.S. response to the outbreak is sure to be a major topic. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)center_img House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., called the plan “woefully insufficient.” Trump was a vocal critic of President Barack Obama’s response to the 2014 Ebola scare, which barely touched the U.S. but was seen as a factor in that year’s midterm elections, which restored control of the Senate to Republicans. The White House budget office said the funds are for vaccines, treatment and protective equipment. The request was immediately slammed by Democrats as insufficient and came as coronavirus fears were credited with Monday’s 1,000-plus point drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average and are increasingly seen as a potential political threat to President Donald Trump. Senators returning to Washington after a weeklong recess will receive a classified briefing Tuesday morning on the government’s coronavirus response, a Senate aide said. A spokeswoman for Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., said the panel “will take their input into account as we continue to do our due diligence to determine what additional resources are necessary.” Related: What EMS Providers Need to Know about the Novel Coronavirus Pelosi, a Democrat who represents the heavily Chinese American city, visited the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory, whose owner Kevin Chan, says his business and others are down 70% since the outbreak of the coronavirus. WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House on Monday sent lawmakers an urgent $2.5 billion plan to address the deadly coronavirus outbreak, whose rapid spread and threat to the global economy rocked financial markets. Related: San Antonio (Texas) Uses Special Ambulance to Transport Coronavirus Patient ___ “Despite urgent warnings from Congress and the public health community, the Trump administration took weeks to request these emergency funds,” Lowey said in a statement. “Their answer now is to raid money Congress has designated for other critical public health priorities.” “Today, the Administration is transmitting to Congress a $2.5 billion supplemental funding plan to accelerate vaccine development, support preparedness and response activities and to procure much needed equipment and supplies,” said White House budget office spokeswoman Rachel Semmel. “We are also freeing up existing resources and allowing for greater flexibilities for response activities.” Among the needs is funding to reimburse the Pentagon, which is housing evacuees from China – who are required to undergo 14-day quarantines – at several military bases in California. Associated Press writer Janie Har in San Francisco contributed to this report.last_img read more

Report: Bristol Bears Women 34-5 Worcester Valkyries

Report: Bristol Bears Women 34-5 Worcester Valkyries

first_img Photo of the match: Player of the Match:Becky Hughes pulled the strings from the fly-half position for the Bears, she dictated her side’s attacking tempo well and providing a means to get the ball wide and expose the Valkyries defence. Hughes also bagged a try of her own on Saturday afternoon, expertly picking off a floated pass from the Valkyries to run in unchallenged and slide over the whitewash. Superb. Key Moment: With half-time approaching and Worcester having pulled a try back the next score would be vital for either team.The Bears’ defensive pressure forced Vicky Foxwell to kick to the open-side, she miscued her clearance and it fell invitingly to Lucy Burgess, who made the most of the opportunity and showed great speed and strength to score her second and secure the bonus point. Class.  Sarah Bern was in fine form on her return to action (via JMPUK). What Happened? The hosts opened the scoring in the West Country through captain Clara Nielson, who found herself at the tail of a surging maul which gave the hooker a simple finish as she dropped to the floor over the chalk and handed her side the lead. Buoyed by their confident start, the Bears soon crossed for a second. Kim Oliver’s side were tenacious in defence throughout the afternoon and their high pressure allowed for Becky Hughes to intercept a Valkyries pass and slide over the whitewash with Lucy Attwood converting.No less than two minutes later the Bears had their third after the home side went through the gears deep in the Worcester half and caught the visitors off-guard with Lucy Burgess finishing well under pressure in the corner.Worcester responded and managed to get themselves over the line midway through the first half as Megan Goddard floated pass found Lauren Leatherhead, who ducked through the attempted tackles from the Bears to dot down for the visitors. It would be Bristol Bears Women who would have the last say in the last say in the half and they did so in with the last passage of play before the interval.Foxwell’s miscued clearance fell into the arms of Burgess, who seized the opportunity and turned on the after-burners to race away from the oncoming defenders and score. Lucy Attwood duly converted and Burgess’ second  sealed the try bonus point before half-time for the home side.  Worcester came out fighting in the second half and enjoyed longer spells of possession, however, they were met by a dogged Bristol defence who came hurtling forward time after time to shut down the space and give their opponents next to no time on the ball.The driving maul was weapon that the Bears utilised well throughout the afternoon and Nielson was again the beneficiary as Lucy Attwood kicked for the corner and the hosts powered their way over the line. Poppy Leitch led her side’s defensive line superbly throughout the eighty minutes, constantly hunting the Valkyries’ ball carriers and stepping up to make big hits behind the gain-line. Esme Bird capped a dominant performance for the Bears as the hosts set up yet another driving line-out five metres out from which the back-rower peeled off and dived over the whitewash to seal a 34-5 victory in front of a boisterous home crowd.  Teams:Bristol Bears Women: 15. Merryn Doidge, 14. Brooke Clarke, 13. Lucy Attwood, 12. Lucie Skuse, 11. Lucy Burgess, 10. Becky Hughes, 9. Caity Mattinson; 1. Naomi Keddie, 2. Clara Nielson (C), 3. Sarah Bern, 4. Amelia Buckland-Hurry, 5. Hollie Cunningham, 6. Esme Bird, 7. Poppy Leitch, 8. Gabby Senft. Impact Players: 16. Florence Long, 17. Charlie Budge, 18. Kate Newton, 19. Daisie Mayes, 20. Rhi Parker, 21. Kyara Martin.Worcester Valkyries: 15. Carys Cox, 14. Cara Clarke, 13. Meg Varley, 12. Vicky Foxwell, Angharad De Smey, 10. Megan Giddard, 9. Brooke Bradley; 1. Lauren Leatherhead, 2. Lark Davies, 3. Laura Keates, 4. Bec Clough, 5. Sarah Bill, 6. Cara Brincat, 7, Charlie Willcock, 8. Lisa Campbell. Replacements: 16. Carman Tremelling, 17. Milly O’Donnell, 18. Stacey Maguire, 19. Laura Thomas, 20. Millie Williams, 21. Chloe May Barton 22. Vicky Laflin.  Bristol Bears Women celebrate Hughes’ score (via JMPUK).last_img read more

‘True Detective’ Emmy-winner Cary Fukunaga named the first-ever American James Bond movie director

‘True Detective’ Emmy-winner Cary Fukunaga named the first-ever American James Bond movie director

first_imgPhoto by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images(LONDON) — For the first time in the movie series’ 62-year history, an American filmmaker will call the shots on a James Bond movie.The lucky Yank is Cary Joji Fukunaga, who won an Emmy for directing the first season of True Detective. He also wrote the award-winning war drama Beasts of No Nation, starring Idris Elba, who’s been long rumored to replace Daniel Craig as 007.Barbara Broccoli and her husband and producing partner Michael G. Wilson announced on Twitter that Fukunaga will be directing Craig in his fifth 007 adventure, with production starting on March 4.“We are delighted to be working with Cary,” the producers’ statement read. “His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure.”The 25th James Bond movie — which is currently being referred to as Bond 25 — is likely Craig’s last go ’round as the suave super spy.  Its new release date is February 14, 2020, pushed forward from its original November 2019 release date.Fukunaga replaces Slumdog Millionaire Oscar-winner Danny Boyle, who left the project over the ever-popular “creative differences.”Incidentally, Fukunaga had been set to direct the blockbuster Stephen King movie It, but he left that production for that same reason.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more