The 4th FOR THE SEASON: Irina Dibirova (Poltoratskaya) is new WHC Vardar coach!

first_imgLeave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Related Items:Irina Poltorotskaya ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsThe Russian boss of WHC Vardar Skopje, Sergey Samsonenko, is in playing mood again. After surprising convincing defeat in French Metz over home team 42:28, which was second in a row after home loss against ZRK Buducnost, the chairman of Macedonian champions decided to change the coach again!Spaniard David Davis is going back to the men’s team for the second time, where he will continue to work as an assistant of Raul Gonzales. David was the third solution on the bench in this season as long-term coach Indira Kastratovic was replaced by Samsonenko in the middle of the season. After few matches on the bench, Russian boss put Davis in charge.The new coach is Irina Dibirova (ex Poltoratskaya), one of the biggest names of Russian handball in the last decade, fantastic playmaker, but without any coaching experience. The wife of Timur Dibirov will try to reach the basic goal – qualifing to Women’s EHF Champions League Final4 in Budapest, as quarter-final is already ensured.However, coach with lack of experience will hardly help the team who is desperately looking for the European elite competition title.PHOTO: Click to comment ShareTweetShareShareEmaillast_img read more

One New Soldotna COVID-19 Case

first_imgAlaska’s active case count is now 235, up two from Sunday’s count. As the counts rise, Alaska remains in its “highest active case count” status. Six of those active cases are on the Kenai Peninsula. One new nonresident case was also identified in a seafood industry worker in the Aleutians East Census Area. This brings the total number of nonresident cases to 76. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services announced three new cases of COVID-19 on Monday. One of the cases is in Soldotna. Among the other cases, one is in Anchorage and one in Wasilla. This brings the total number of Alaska cases to 664. Of the new Alaska cases, one is male and two are female. One is aged 30-39, one is aged 40-49, and one is aged 70-79. There have been a total of 53 hospitalizations and 12 deaths with one new hospitalization and no new deaths reported. Recovered cases now total 417, with six new recovered cases. A total of 74,437 tests have been conducted, including 4,170 in the Kenai Peninsula. The average percentage of daily positive tests for the previous three days is 0.62%. This report reflects data from 12:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on June 14 that posted at noon today on the Alaska Coronavirus Response Hub.last_img read more

U.S. Senator wants tougher loot box and microtransaction regulations

first_imgA U.S Senator has proposed a federal bill that will bring loot box and microtransaction regulations to video games. Republican Sen. Josh Hawley proposed the bill dubbed, “The Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act” to target “the exploitation of children through ‘pay-to-win’ and ‘loot box’ monetisation practices by the video game industry,” according to a statement released by the senator’s office.Though mostly an outline at this point, further refinement of the bill may be poised to shake the gaming industry up a fair amount if passed. (opens in a new window)Republican Sen. Josh Hawley (Mo.). wants to see loot box and microtransactions regulations. Courtesy: AP Photo/Alex BrandonAs outlined, the bill would serve to protect those under the age of 18 from potentially manipulative or predatory “randomised reward” features in games as well as those that offer “pay-to-win” mechanics that grant “competitive advantages” over other players.If approved, the legislation would prohibit the sale of loot boxes in games that were designed with a target audience of persons under the age of 18. The ruling would be enforced by the Federal Trade Commission, treating “the distribution of such games by publishers and online distributors as an unfair trade practice”.The Entertainment Software Association (ESA), which heads up the global rating system to assign age ratings to games known as the ESRB, was swift to respond with a statement: “Numerous countries, including Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, determined that loot boxes do not constitute gambling. “We look forward to sharing with the senator the tools and information the industry already provides that keeps the control of in-game spending in parents’ hands. Parents already can limit or prohibit in-game purchases with easy to use parental controls.”SEE ALSO: Danish authorities target unauthorised Counter-Strike skin gambling sitesThe government and developers have quarrelled over loot boxes for quite some time, and this particular bill likely won’t be the last clash between them either. Overcoming pressure from authorities for mandation has led to multiple incidents such as Valve disabling skin trading for Dutch customers, EA being put under criminal investigation and Belgium declaring loot boxes illegal entirely, to name a few.Back in April of last year, we defined loot boxes and our take on whether the in-game transactions should be constituted as gambling or not. Regardless of your stance on the matter, the passing of said act could have severe implications on the microtransaction-driven business models of many of today’s game developers.loot box and microtransaction regulations could cost publishers billionsAs of now, the description of how regulators will attempt to distinguish games that violate these terms seems a bit broad and subjective. The outline of the bill states it will identify the targeting of an underage audience through “subject matter, visual content, and other indicators similar to those used to determine the applicability of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)”. SEE ALSO: UK Labour Party call for ‘Gamer’s Consultation’ with relation to online gamblingIf it’s any indication of who the bill be targeting, Activision’s mobile hit, Candy Crush, was cited in press materials announcing the bill, using the game’s $150 “Luscious Bundle” as an example of a pay-to-win structure. Undoubtedly a lucrative model, microtransactions saw players spending an average of $4.2 million a day on Candy Crush in 2018, according to a report by VentureBeat.Mobile games like Candy Crush are notorious for their pay2win models.It’s unlikely the war on loot boxes and microtransactions will wane off anytime soon barring the steadfast attempts from regulators to grab hold of this colossal trade. If the gaming industry doesn’t start to moderate this column, odds are the government will do it for them.Esports Insider says: Though the bill includes some loose-wording in terms of how they’ll look to identify games with underage audiences, its fruition has potential to send a tremor through the industry in one form or another. We’ll be sure to keep a watchful eye on any developments to come from this story to see if we do get actual loot box and microtransaction regulations.last_img read more

Green beans as the main dish for dinner? Stay with us

first_imgSometimes I just crave a big serving of. green beans. You too, right?Hear me out. Green beans make one of my favorite veggie-based meals. They are loaded with vitamins, particularly C, A and harder-to-get K, and have only 30 calories a serving. But here is the real reason why I love green beans: They are a particularly filling vegetable, thanks to high fiber and a few grams of protein.So that means that my kids can load up on green beans and add a couple of ounces of rotisserie chicken on the side for a quick dinner that doesn’t have them hungry again in an hour.We’ll eat green beans tossed in a little olive oil, salt and pepper and roasted for 15 minutes at 400 F, or even simply steamed with a little salt and pepper as a side dish.But if the beans are the star of the show for a meatless meal, I like a little more fanfare, and do a simple glazed vegetable dish: Cook veggies and aromatics (such as onion, garlic, spices, or ginger) in a little oil in a large saute pan, add a little liquid — soy sauce, broth, or fruit juice work well — and cover the pan to steam for a couple of minutes, and then uncover to allow the liquid to evaporate into a glaze that coats the veggies.The strategy works for all sorts of veggies, but start with my craveworthy Garlic Green Beans to get the hang of it. Serve this bean dish with some quinoa or brown rice and you really may not miss the meat. But if you want, add small cubes of chicken or tofu to the saute pan first to cook through, or just add some leftover cooked chicken at the end.Either way, I’ll be you’ll be craving green beans too. GARLIC GREEN BEANSServings: 4Start to finish: 15 minutes3 cups green beans, trimmed1 tablespoon olive oil (or half olive oil and half sesame oil)1/4 cup minced shallot2 tablespoons sesame seeds1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (more or less according to spice preference)2 tablespoons fresh minced ginger6 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 tablespoons)3 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce2 teaspoons honeyHeat a large saute pan, heat the oil over high heat. Meanwhile, place the minced shallot, sesame seed and red pepper flakes in a small bowl, and have the ginger and garlic prepped and ready (separately), too. Add the shallot, sesame seeds and red pepper flakes to the pan and cook until fragrant and sesame seeds are golden brown, about two minutes, stirring frequently with wooden spoon.Lower heat to medium high and add the minced garlic and cook another minute. Add the green beans and the ginger and saute for two minutes. Add the soy sauce, honey and 2 tablespoons of water and cover to allow to steam for 2 minutes (or longer if you want softer green beans). Uncover the pan, and cook until the liquid reduces down to a glaze, coating the beans. Serve.Nutrition information per serving: 106 calories; 45 calories from fat; 5 g fat (1 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 0 mg cholesterol; 444 mg sodium; 13 g carbohydrate; 3 g fiber; 6 g sugar; 3 g protein.Online: This June 5, 2017 photo shows garlic green beans in Coronado, Calif. this dish is from a recipe by Melissa d’Arabian. (Melissa d’Arabian via AP)last_img read more