PlayStation 5 vs Xbox Series X: Release Date, Price in India, Games, and More

first_imgMicrosoft is offering the premium version of its Xbox Series X at the same price as the PS5, but is pricing the digital version more aggressively at EUR 299 (roughly Rs. 26,200). The Xbox Series X is priced at Rs. 49,990 and the Series S is priced at Rs. 34,990  in India.“Sony, with its entry model, is allowing itself a price above that of Microsoft. As market leader it can allow itself to do that,” gaming analyst Laurent Michaud told AFP.“It would have been interesting for Microsoft to push its pricing strategy to come in a little lower on the top range” model, Michaud said.Design: From futurist to contemporary On design, the firms have taken radically different approaches.Sony’s PS5 stands tall and sleek, with a V-shaped white exterior on black with subtle blue lighting for a futurist style which some consider would not look out of place on a Star Wars set.The controller retains the white-on-black look in a radical departure from previous incarnations. Xbox sticks with sober black and a discreet logo on a black tower and a controller that remains aesthetically faithful to previous generations.Specs: Xbox feels the powerFor the Xbox design team, their product is “the fastest most powerful ever” console. The company’s website urges fans to come on in, fire up and “power your dreams”. The kit, which affords potential 8K video capabilities, boasts a 12-teraflop graphics processor, compared with 10.3 for the PS5 and superior data crunching power overall.  In terms of memory the two consoles are roughly even.For Michaud however, the battle over processing power misses the point.“The more you widen the player base, the less power is a criterion. Kids couldn’t care less about power when they are playing Fortnite. What counts is the gaming experience,” he said.Sony all out on catalogue big hittersIn terms of exclusive titles Sony has pulled out a top-drawer selection to coincide with its launch, including Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales. Fans will have to wait a while for Final Fantasy XVI, the last in the celebrated series, but it will be exclusive to the PS5.Microsoft had hoped that Halo Infinite would help drive sales at the Xbox Series X launch, but the coronavirus pandemic has delayed publication of the game until 2021.But the software giant has broken open its piggy bank to boost the Xbox catalogue, splurging $7.5 billion (Rs. 55,223 crores) on Bethesda Softworks, publisher of the popular games The Elder Scrolls and Fallout.Where the thorny old issue of compatibility is concerned, Xbox Series X buyers will be able to play games written for all previous consoles.PS5 buyers should be able to play games written for PS4, but not earlier machines.Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. – Advertisement – Pre-orders are pointing to a record launch. Sony expects to sell 7.6 million PS5 consoles by the end of March, besting the performance of the PS4.Price: Premium and Digital editionsTechnological advances and faster networks mean that Microsoft and Sony can offer consoles to players with different budgets. Sony offers a premium version of the PS5 with internal memory and 4K resolution via an Ultra HD Blu-ray player for EUR 499 (roughly Rs. 42,900) and a digital version which plays online games goes for EUR 399 (roughly Rs. 34,900). The PlayStation 5 comes for Rs. 49,990 in India while the PS5 Digital Edition will be available for Rs. 39,990.- Advertisement – Here is a comparison of the two consoles:Date: Microsoft launches firstThe first to unveil its new console, Microsoft will also be the first to hit the shelves with the Xbox Series X going on sale November 10.Sony is staggering the release of the PS5. On November 12 it will become available in Australia, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, North America and South Korea. After November 19 consumers in the rest of the world will be able to buy it.- Advertisement – Sony and Microsoft are in a game consoles rematch with both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X launching next week with well-studied playbooks of dates, technical specs and games aimed at luring buyers.Microsoft is hoping the Xbox Series X will help it close the gap with Sony, which has sold twice as many PlayStation 4 consoles as did Microsoft its Xbox One since both went on sale in 2013.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Chelsea 3-0 Brighton: Olivier Giroud, Eden Hazard and Ruben Loftus-Cheek put Blues above Manchester United

first_imgAdvertisement Chelsea 3-0 Brighton: Olivier Giroud, Eden Hazard and Ruben Loftus-Cheek put Blues above Manchester United Sean KearnsWednesday 3 Apr 2019 9:41 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.2kShares Eden Hazard starred for Chelsea (Picture: Getty)Chelsea leapfrogged Manchester United to move into fifth in the Premier League table after a comprehensive 3-0 win against Brighton at Stamford Bridge.Callum Hudson-Odoi was handed his first Premier League start by Maurizio Sarri after Pedro was ruled out through injury.The teenager was on hand to set-up the opener shortly before half-time when his zipped cross found Olivier Giroud at the front post and he applied a typical finish to put the Blues ahead.The goal forced relegation-threatened Brighton to come out and Chelsea doubled their lead through Eden Hazard on the hour-mark when he lost Lewis Dunk and curled a fine effort into the corner.ADVERTISEMENT Loftus-Cheek provided the third (Picture: Getty)Hazard then turned supplier for Loftus-Cheek and the England midfielder got his name on the goalsheet when he bent an effort from 25 yards into the top corner. ~AdvertisementAdvertisementIt means Chelsea are level with Arsenal in fourth, though the Gunners do have a game in hand and a superior goal difference.The Blues have a two-point cushion on Manchester United in sixth, which could prove vital as they travel to Old Trafford in mid-April.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsHudson-Odoi completed 90 minutes in the league for the first time and his performance is bound to increase the pressure on Sarri to keep selecting the teenager.Chelsea’s next league outing is against West Ham at Stamford Bridge on Monday night and they then take on Slavia Prague in the Europa League between a trip to Anfield to face Liverpool.MORE: Manchester City overtake Liverpool at top of Premier League with routine Cardiff City victory Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

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How Arsenal’s squad has reacted to Mikel Arteta’s first training sessions

first_imgHow Arsenal’s squad has reacted to Mikel Arteta’s first training sessions Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 24 Dec 2019 1:03 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.7kShares Mikel Arteta will take charge of Arsenal for the first time at Bournemouth on Boxing Day (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta has left a positive impression on some of the more sceptical members of Arsenal’s first team squad following his initial training sessions.The former club captain’s appointment as Unai Emery’s permanent successor was finally confirmed last week, and the 37-year-old watched from the stands as Arsenal laboured to a goalless draw at Everton last weekend.Arteta officially started his new role on Sunday and has led several training sessions ahead of Arsenal’s next fixture against Bournemouth on Boxing Day.According to the Athletic, via the Ornstein and Chapman podcast, several senior players were dubious about Arteta’s credentials given his lack of experience.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTPierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s brother even tweeted his dismay over the decision to install Pep Guardiola’s former assistant at Manchester City as the new head coach. Comment Bournemouth v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta pre-match press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 9:07FullscreenBournemouth v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta pre-match press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/bournemouth-v-arsenal-mikel-arteta-pre-match-press-conference-2075672/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.But Arteta’s start in his new job is said to have impressed some of the doubters in the ranks, while he immediately attempted to assert his authority during a rondo exercise.Several players tried to outwit their teammates using tricks and flicks, but Arteta bluntly pointed out ‘You don’t do this during the match, so why are you doing it now?’Arteta is still putting his backroom team together, meanwhile, with the likes of former Everton No.2 Steve Round and Brentford goalkeeping coach Inaki Cava Pavon likely to join imminently.Current Wales No.2 Albert Stuivenberg is also a target, while Freddie Ljungberg, who had been holding the fort on an interim basis following Emery’s departure, has been invited to stay on.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I spoke to Freddie after the [Everton] game,’ Arteta confirmed on Monday. ‘I told him my idea and the people I wanted to bring to form my coaching staff, their roles and responsibilities of each of them.‘I wanted to know what he was feeling, I wanted to know what he had in mind, what his expectations were. We talked and we made a decision that the best thing was for him to stay with us.‘I think he knows the players, he knows the situation, he knows the history of where we’re coming from and also his knowledge of the game is going to really help us to be better.’MORE: Mikel Arteta wants to add Albert Stuivenberg to Arsenal coaching staffMORE: Arsenal have no option to recall William Saliba in January transfer window Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Governor Wolf Extends School Closure for Remainder of Academic Year

first_imgGovernor Wolf Extends School Closure for Remainder of Academic Year SHARE Email Facebook Twitter April 09, 2020center_img Education,  Press Release,  Public Health Secretary of Education Implements State-Level Waivers to Ensure Continuity and FlexibilityGovernor shares video message to students, parents and educatorsContinuing his efforts to protect the health and safety of students and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Tom Wolf today announced that all schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year. The governor made the decision in consultation with Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine and Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera. Students and families can continue to pick up meals at designated sites.Although schools are closed, teaching and learning may continue: schools are strongly encouraged to provide continuity of education for all students in the most appropriate and accessible ways possible. PDE has secured resources intended to help all schools that want to use them – including those not currently offering online platforms, those requiring additional technology support, and those that may rely on traditional methods, such as paper lessons, to continue educating students. There is no cost to schools or students for these resources.“We must continue our efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus during this national crisis,” Governor Wolf said. “This was not an easy decision but closing schools until the end of the academic year is in the best interest of our students, school employees and families.”Secretary Rivera said the administration’s primary consideration has always been to make the best decision in the context of student and community health and safety.“While the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic and its mitigation efforts have created uncertainty in our schools and communities, today’s action to close schools for the remainder of the academic year provides school communities with predictability and understanding of the conditions under which they’ll be operating and serving students,” Rivera said. “As schools and communities adapt to the prolonged school closure, PDE will continue to work with our state, educational, and business and nonprofit partners to meet the needs of students.”Today’s decision applies to all public K-12 schools, brick and mortar and cyber charter schools, private and parochial schools, career and technical centers and intermediate units. All Department of Education early learning program classrooms, including those for Pre-K Counts, Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program (HSSAP) and Preschool Early Intervention, will also remain closed.Colleges and universities may not resume in-person instruction or reopen their physical locations until the governor permits them to open or lifts the closure of non-life-sustaining businesses.Schools will remain closed though the end of the 2019-2020 academic year as it is defined by the local school calendar.Under the state’s directive, schools could begin summer programming on the day after their academic year ends.Secretary Rivera added that all re-openings will be contingent on public health guidance provided by the Secretary of Health and stay-at-home orders issued by the governor.In addition to the school closure announcement, through his order Secretary Rivera also took action that will ensure crucial stability of education programs. Under Act 13 of 2020, the secretary has exercised his executive authority to adjust requirements for the evaluation of professional employees and waive student teaching requirements that may not be possible in the context of school closures.“By taking these actions, the department is providing flexibility in the near term, while signaling that core functions of public education can and will continue,” he said.The department has been providing ongoing guidance to school communities in the form of FAQs. The guidance information is available at education.pa.gov/COVID19.For more information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs please visit the Department of Education’s website or follow PDE on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.View this information in Spanish here.last_img read more

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European Commission’s proposed Shareholder Directive ‘too detailed’

first_imgMeanwhile, Rients Abma, chief executive at Eumedion – the Netherlands-based corporate governance and sustainability forum of 69 institutional investors, representing €3trn in assets – warned of potential conflicts of interest arising from proposed rules for related party transactions.He said shareholders with conflicting interests should not have voting rights on disputed transactions.Peter Montagnon, panel moderator and associate director of the Institute for Business Ethics, said the European Commission had ignored stakeholders during extensive consultations.“Nobody has identified why this proposal is a good idea,” he said.Eumedion’s Abma said his organisation supported the Commission’s proposal, which he described as “balanced”, but he argued that it was nonetheless “too detailed”.“More shareholders’ rights, for increased checks and balances within listed companies, should come with additional responsibilities, such as increased transparency on voting and engagement,” he added.In Abma’s opinion, the Directive would make voting in other EU countries easier.Eumedion went on to say that the proposed identification arrangements would not create a level playing field between companies and shareholders, as the latter would be unable to identify fellow shareholders.On another panel, Winfrid Blatschke, senior corporate affairs economist at the OECD, said risk management needed more attention in the Directive.“Some large companies have adopted risk models from financial institutions that have been discredited during the financial crisis,” he said.During voting sessions, 50% of the audience said prescribed, detailed regulation for corporate governance would inhibit dialogue between companies and shareholders.More than 40% agreed that the presence of a controlling stakeholder usually enabled companies to take a longer-term view, thereby strengthening their prospects.More than 70% supported mandatory integrated reporting, while 62% of attendees said integrated reporting would make sustainable reporting more important. The European Commission should redraft its proposal for the Shareholders Rights Directive as the current concept is “too detailed”, the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) has argued.Speaking on a panel during the ICGN’s annual conference in Amsterdam, Susannah Haan, secretary general of EuropeanIssuers, described the proposal to increase disclosure on remuneration as “overkill”.Peter Swabey, head of policy and research at the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA), said the proposal, “for political reasons”, focused too much on remuneration.His view was shared by many UK representatives at the conference who argued that the emphasis on remuneration came at the expense of strategy, risk management and financial reporting.last_img read more

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Area Football Friday Scores (11-3)

first_imgArea Football Friday Scores.Sectional Championship.  (11-3)Class 4A-Sectional 23East Central  24     Silver Creek  0Class 3A-Sectional 31Lawrenceburg  35     North Harrison  29Class 2A-Sectional 37Indy Sccenia  14     Triton Central  0Class 1A-Sectional 46Indy Lutheran  19     Hagerstown  12Congratulations to The East Central Trojans and The Lawrenceburg Tigers on winning The Sectionals.The Trojans will be hosting The Evansville Central Bears and The Tigers will be traveling to Evansville to battle The Memorial Tigers in The Regionals.  Game day and kickoff to be announced.last_img read more

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ClearPoint celebrates 20-years of service

first_imgBatesville, In. — ClearPoint Federal Bank & Trust (“ClearPoint”), an industry leader in providing fiduciary services, investment management, and recordkeeping services to members of the death care industry, celebrates two decades of service this year, marking the company’s 20th anniversary. Originally founded as Forethought Federal Savings Bank on July 29, 1998, ClearPoint is a company that boasts a rich heritage, solid financial strength, deep roots, and a singular focus on the death care industry.The company’s genesis can be traced to ClearPoint’s former parent, Forethought Financial Services, Inc. (“Forethought”), which was launched in 1985 to provide preneed financial products and services through its subsidiaries. The company initially provided preneed life insurance products, but later expanded its offerings to include trust products and services to meet the unserved needs of funeral and cemetery professionals nationwide.Over the years, both companies (Forethought Life Insurance Company and Forethought Federal Savings Bank) grew significantly and came to be recognized as leading providers of various products and services to members of the death care industry.  In 2014, Global Atlantic Financial Group acquired Forethought Financial Services and made the decision not to be involved with the funeral and cemetery trust business.  This move created a “new” company with new ownership, new energy, new independence, and a new name – ClearPoint Federal Bank & Trust.ClearPoint started in six states with only a handful of customers, but now serves more than 2,400 funeral home and cemetery locations in 43 states and the District of Columbia. Since its inception, the ClearPoint team has grown, but it has always remained true to its original charter, and stayed dedicated solely to the funeral and cemetery industry. With more than 240 years of combined experience in death care related service, the team offers both financial expertise, and an unwavering passion for serving funeral and cemetery professionals. ClearPoint is proud to provide clients with a team of talented and proactive professionals who are always ready to serve.“It is such a privilege to be surrounded by so many wonderful team members, customers, and industry professionals who have been an integral part of our success.  At this milestone in our history, we want to first recognize and thank our customers for their incredible dedication to serving their client families with care, compassion, and respect,” commented ClearPoint CEO and President, David deGorter.  “We are also grateful for our customers’ continued support and for the valuable feedback they have provided us over the years. Additionally, I would like to thank the ClearPoint team for their commitment, professionalism, and passion for building a world class company.  The support of our customers and the dedication of our team have shaped who we are today.”As a forward-thinking company that anticipates its customers’ needs, ClearPoint’s vision for the future is to expand its commitment by offering other financial products and services to members of the death care industry. Today, the company offers Trust and Recordkeeping Services, Investment Management Services, as well as Regulatory and Compliance expertise. The company plans to expand its product portfolio to include additional banking and financial services that are expressly designed for members of the death care industry.“In the future, I foresee a company that is recognized as ‘The Bank’ for funeral and cemetery businesses.  I envision a company that continues to offer an exceptional customer experience, delivers products and services designed to meet our client’s unique needs, and provides technology solutions that help our clients save time and money,” added deGorter.last_img read more

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Deal to purchase land for proposed port extended

first_imgLawrenceburg, In. — State officials have announced an agreement to extend the option to purchase land near Lawrenceburg that could be the fourth port in the state.The Ports of Indiana entered into an agreement in Sept. 2017 to purchase up to 725 acres of land that was formerly the American Electric Power plant. That option was set to expire Dec. 31, 2018.This action provides an extension up to six months, through June 30, 2019, for the seller, Tanners Creek Development, LLC, to finalize environmental work plans for the land.If the Ports of Indiana decides to move forward, the total cost for the land and equipment would be approximately $8 million. The property has the potential to spur the economy of southeast Indiana by providing new jobs, multimodal connections to world markets, and development opportunities.Indiana has three state ports operating on the Ohio River and Lake Michigan, with locations in Jeffersonville, Mount Vernon and Burns Harbor/Portage. Indiana has not opened a new port since 1985. Over the years, the Ports of Indiana has expanded each of its ports and now operates approximately 2,800 acres along Indiana’s navigable waterways. Indiana’s ports contribute over $7.8 billion per year to the state economy and support nearly 60,000 jobs.last_img read more

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Rube Goldberg regional contest to bring the lights down

first_imgOsgood, IN— The Ripley County Community Foundation’s Genesis: Pathways to Success (GPS) initiative, Jac-Cen-Del Community School Corporation, and the event’s Presenting Sponsor, Duke Energy, are pleased to announce the 9th Annual Regional Rube Goldberg Machine Contest on Saturday, February 29 at Jac-Cen-Del High School in Osgood.The public is welcome to attend this family-friendly, exciting competition. Doors open to the public at 10:00 a.m. and the first machine run will take place at 10:30 a.m. The event is free thanks to the generosity of many local sponsors.“There will be some big surprises in store for teams and spectators at this year’s contest,” said Cheryll Obendorf, GPS Director. “It has been wonderful to see this event evolve over the years from a small local contest to an event drawing teams from around the tri-state area to Ripley County. The students involved in Rube Goldberg and other STEM/STEAM programs are truly an inspiration.”A Rube Goldberg Machine Contest (RGMC) is an event where students of all ages compete to imagine, design, and create complicated machines in a fun and competitive forum. This year’s Rube Goldberg machines are challenged to “Turn Off a Light” with a minimum of 15 steps for Division I, a minimum of 20 steps for Division II, and a maximum of 75 steps in each Division. These clever contraptions promise to amaze and inspire kids of all ages.last_img read more

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DNR continues statewide fish stocking efforts

first_imgSTATEWIDE – The Indiana DNR recently began spring fish stockings at locations across the state.Biologists from state fisheries will coordinate statewide with city and county parks to gain access for stocking purposes.DNR is striving to ensure the safety of the public and staff. As stocking trucks are on the road and stocking fish, please remember to practice social distancing.For more information on fish stocking efforts, visit wildlife.IN.gov/5457.htm.last_img

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