Eight missing after speedboat carrying Dutch royal visit advance team crashes in C. Kalimantan river

first_imgAt least eight people are missing following a speedboat collision on the Sebangau River in Central Kalimantan involving members of an advance team preparing for a Dutch royal visit. Foreign Ministry spokesman Teuku Faizasyah confirmed the incident on Monday.The team was preparing for a visit by King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and his delegation to the Sebangau National Park near Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan scheduled for Thursday. The national park is one of several places the Dutch king plans to visit during his four-day stay in the archipelago. “The accident occurred when the boat owned by the area’s military command hit a boat owned by the Sebangau National Park that was sailing back from the Mangkok Resort,” Faizasyah said in a statement.At least seven passengers aboard the Sebangau National Park’s boat and one passenger aboard the military command’s boat have reportedly gone missing. “We’re still searching for them,” Faizasyah added.Two staff members of the Dutch Embassy in Jakarta who were also involved in the accident have been taken to the Siloam Hospital in Palangkaraya. Meanwhile, two officers from the National Sebangau Park have been taken to the Doris Sylvanus General Hospital in Palangkaraya.“The government is following all developments regarding the accident and has taken the necessary measures in the field,” Faizasyah added.Topics :last_img read more

ESI Super Forum: Understanding the esports ecosystem – Panel Assessment

first_imgAt the Esports Insider Super Forum on Thursday 22nd March, our expert panelists gathered in front of a full house for the first session of the day to discuss the esports ecosystem; who’s watching, what it’s worth and why traditional sports should care.The panel comprised of (From left to right in picture) Riot Games’ UK Head of Publishing Mark Cox, ESL UK Managing Director James Dean, Team Dignitas General Manager Michael ‘ODEE’ O’Dell and Kinguin CEO Viktor Wanli.Opening the discussion, moderator Ian Smith, Commissioner at the Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC) asked simply: “Why do some games become esports and some don’t?” Though simple, it escalated a discussion on the fundamentals of esports; the audience, the importance of publisher support and the benefits of getting involved in the industry.James Dean was very vocal about the importance of community in esports, reiterating the point that the gaming community constantly has choice over which games they play – meaning publishers must always be on their toes to ward off competition, even going as far as to say that the community are “the only stakeholder” in esports.Cox was fully in agreement with this sentiment and stated that “community is absolutely at the heart of esports success and you’ll see that with every core title”. The panel also discussed the benefits of being in esports, “other than loving it”. Though this threw the panelists off a bit, they were honest in their answers and initiated a conversation around money in esports that we don’t often get to hear. ODEE openly said that “nobody is making money yet” – though hyperbole, he made it clear that esports isn’t necessarily at a point of stability yet. Dean backed him up, using the statistical comparison between spending of sports and esports fans. He said that esports fans spend, on average, $0.70 (50p) a year, in comparison to NBA fans spending around $70 (£49.59) a year on average. What our panel wanted is a way to minimise that gap to make esports more secure for players, organisations, investors, sponsors and everyone in between.ODEE is of course the GM of Dignitas, which was the first team acquired by a ‘traditional sports’ team in the form of the Philadelphia 76ers, an NBA team which is owned by the same parent company behind Crystal Palace FC and the New Jersey Devils. Smith asked the panel  one question which could probably warrant a conference in its own right; who is the esports audience? Cox responded that it is becoming the new go to thing for youngsters to be entertained; they’ll head to Twitch or YouTube and watch what looks interesting, and that this means they aren’t necessarily players. He also made the vital point that it is constantly evolving meaning the audience is often changing and it’s hard to pin down, so stakeholders have to be as proactive as possible.ESL UK’s Dean mentioned that there are over a billion people playing games making the games industry at large the largest entertainment industry globally. There are of course a lot less watching but, he continued, in terms of the narrative being created, and the likes of Drake playing with Fortnite will likely lead to more and more non-gamers watching this content. He gave Rocket League as an example of one which is easy to understand right away. Finally, the panel discussed traditional sports clubs and what their aims moving in to esports, especially in terms of which tier of esport they should get involved with. Should they aim to get a team in their respective sport to make a clear alignment, or aim for the top straight away?ODEE urged any sports organisations considering esports to do their homework first and figure out what they want. He explained how the Dignitas players get exceptional access to all 76ers facilities, from everything to the training facilities including the gym, the nutritionists, the doctors, the physios and so on. He said that with football clubs he wouldn’t go for FIFA alone, but yes he would get involved in the title’s scene as he’s a huge football fan himself. During the predictions for the future, Dean made the assessment that we’ll stop talking about esports and talk instead about individual games, whilst ODEE predicted that one of his players will rock up training in a Bugatti. Kinguin’s Viktor Wanli meanwhile pointed to blockchain and how important it’ll become to the ecosystem at large. This group of experts set out a strong foundation for the discussions that would be held throughout the day, and the video (as well as those from all other panels) will be available soon to watch in full.last_img read more

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant could miss rest of preseason

first_imgMaking movesScott plans to make roster cuts right before the Lakers’ preseason finale Thursday. Slim downThrough his four previous seasons with the Lakers, Metta World Peace often sat in the locker room eating collard greens, almonds or nuts. He maintains he has not sipped alcohol in recent memory. What triggered the change?“When I first got here with the Lakers (in 2009), I partied a lot,” said the former Ron Artest. “I was overweight. We had a rough patch and that year we were trying to win a title. So I said I have to change my lifestyle.”World Peace played a large role in the Lakers winning the 2010 NBA title. Now the Lakers are raving about the 35-year-old’s conditioning as he competes for a roster spot.“He’s steady, tough and one of those guys who will guard people and bring a physical presence to the game as well,” Scott said. “He’s been everything I expected.”Injury updateThe Lakers also listed guard Lou Williams as out for Monday’s game against Portland because of a sore groin that also sidelined him in Saturday’s game against Golden State. Scott reported Williams “said he felt much better.” But he sat out of Sunday’s practice that entailed shooting and half-court offensive and defensive drills at half speed. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error It appears too early to know how Kobe Bryant will write the chapter of what will become his 20th and perhaps final NBA season. But amid Bryant nursing a bruised lower left leg in the last five days, Lakers coach Byron Scott conceded he may shut his star player down for the rest of preseason play.“There’s a chance, but I’m not going to put a percentage on it,” Scott said after practice on Sunday at the Lakers’ practice facility in El Segundo. “There’s a chance.”The Lakers (2-4) already listed Bryant as out for Monday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers (2-2) at Staples Center. Scott hardly sounded worried that Bryant would also miss the Lakers’ preseason finale against Golden State on Thursday at Anaheim’s Honda Center. He remained mindful of taking the long view of Bryant, who has played only 41 games in the last two years amid season-ending injuries to his left Achilles tendon and right shoulder. “I’d rather get him to 100 percent as close as possible,” Scott said. “These games don’t mean anything right now.”center_img Bryant, who has averaged 13 points on 44.6 percent shooting in 18.2 minutes through five exhibition games, has not spoken to reporters since injuring his lower left leg in the Lakers’ preseason loss to Sacramento last Tuesday in Las Vegas. But Scott reported Bryant “feeling better” on Sunday despite his absence marking the third consecutive practice he missed in the past week. Bryant also stayed home during the Lakers’ preseason win over Golden State on Saturday in San Diego. Amid these recent absences, does Scott have any concerns Bryant will not return in time for the Lakers’ season opener against Minnesota on Oct. 28?“Nah,” Scott said. “None whatsoever.”Instead, Scott said Bryant only sounded worried during their conversation on Sunday about something else.“His only minor concern was getting his running in,” Scott said. “He worked too hard this summer to sit down for a week or two as far as conditioning goes.” last_img read more

Extreme weather projected for Sumner County tonight; record cold forecast for later

first_imgNational Weather Service map.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sumner County Emergency Management Director James Fair released this information through the National Weather Service:“Numerous thunderstorms will develop once again across the region today and tonight.Severe thunderstorms with hail the size of golf balls and damaging 60-70 mph winds…are likely in scalloped bright pink areas east of the Kansas Turnpike in Sumner County.Strong thunderstorms capable of 3/4 inch diameter hail are likely in blue scalloped areas.Another shot of very cold air will invade Kansas on Thursday night with record low temperatures likely.A light wintry mix, primarily of light freezing drizzle and light snow…will spread southeast across central Kansas late tonight and possibly reach south central Kansas toward daybreak on Thursday morning.Record COLD temperatures of 25 to 30 degrees are likely over most areas Thursday night and Friday morning…especially for central and south central Kansas. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (6) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -2 Vote up Vote down MJE · 382 weeks ago You may want to edit your graphic to remove the hyphens- the lower left corner appears to say temps of “-25” and “-30.” Although that would be a real record-setter! Report Reply 4 replies · active 382 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down WHSFAN · 382 weeks ago That may be the difference from the normal temperature this time of year. Report Reply -1 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 382 weeks ago Actually, it looks like a tilda (~), not a hyphen. A tilda is typically used in place of “approximately”. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down MJE · 382 weeks ago I think you’re right, it is a tilde- but the print is small enough that’s it’s confusing. Report Reply +3 Vote up Vote down Billy · 382 weeks ago *facepalm* Report Reply +2 Vote up Vote down Billy · 382 weeks ago Consider accuweather.com Report Reply 0 replies · active 382 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more