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Look, many of you out there are probably hoping to get an Xbox Series X/S soon, and that’s totally fine. But in truth, it might take you a while, and also in truth, just because you get it, don’t mean you’re going to have a lot of “new games” to play on it. The Xbox One though has a lot to offer, especially in the Action-RPG kind of way. We’ll show you 40 of them.

#40 Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077

We’ve named Cyberpunk 2077 on a lot of lists in the past and we…haven’t been the nicest to it…so why buck a trend?

In Cyberpunk 2077 you are Samurai, a character you design to go on a daring mission in Night City, the embodiment of both Cyberpunk and crime itself. All the while, Keanu Reeves, er, Johnny Silverhand, is in your head “guiding you” on what to do next.

The game can be an exciting RPG adventure, especially as you get to fully decide how “cyber” to make yourself, how to complete missions, the main campaign, and more.

But…as you all know, it’s not exactly in the “best condition” right now. It’s certainly made some improvements thanks to the developers pushing out updates. Also the game is always on sale so you can likely pick a copy up relatively cheap. We’re hopeful that the developers continue to release updates to make performance better.

#39 Bastion

Supergiant Games first came onto the scene with Bastion, and it’s been a game highly recommended for players. Players will be taking on the role of a hero known as The Kid. Set in a disastrous world, and players have to go through a barrage of enemies and dangerous obstacles laid out.

Fortunately, players will have plenty of weapons, but most who played this game would comment on the narration throughout the entire game as it blends in incredibly well with the gameplay. Overall, it’s a shorter RPG experience, and if you haven’t already played through Bastion, then you’re looking at about six hours of gameplay to set aside to complete the narrative.

#38 Moonlighter

Moonlighter is an interesting little RPG that mixes dungeon crawling with store management simulation. Players step into the role of a shop owner named Will. Will sells his goods to all sorts of people that make their way into his village shop. However, to obtain these goods needing to be sold, Will has to venture into dungeons. Here, you’ll be fighting off all sorts of hostile enemies in search of loot and gear to be sold.

However, this is a roguelike game, meaning that the setup will be a bit different each time you venture into a dungeon. Likewise, if you perish during a run, all of your goods are lost. There are some workarounds to keep your loot, but this is a risk and reward type of game for the most part.

#37 Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

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Katie Graves managed to hire one housekeeper at a job fair organized to match workers with San Antonio tourism jobs. That left the La Cantera Resort & Spa still short on staff for 71 positions.

“There’s not a lot of people here,” Graves said of applicants at the hiring event last week.

Four dozen hotels, restaurants, tourist attractions and theaters set up booths Wednesday on the ground floor of the Alamodome, hoping to fill hundreds of open jobs. But only about 200 job seekers came out for the four-hour fair, according to Visit San Antonio, the public-private tourism organization that markets tourism in the city.

That would equal about four applicants per employer — if the number of applicants was divided equally among exhibitors.


The event offered an illustration of a challenge facing San Antonio as spring transitions to summer, the pandemic eases and leisure travel rebounds. Tourists are returning in large numbers, particularly on weekends when they flock to the city and hotels are selling out rooms. But without enough workers, the tourism industry is scrambling to serve the city’s guests.

The reasons are many but include low wages, concerns about personal safety, lack of childcare and the fact many longtime employees of the industry moved on when they were thrown out of work during the pandemic.

Using the applicants-to-employers ratio, Zachry Hospitality, which owns Hilton Palacio del Rio and Staybridge Suites downtown, got more than its fair share of attention. Its booth saw 10 or 12 visitors by the end of the job fair at 2 p.m.

But Zachry had 46 openings for its two downtown hotels: accounting clerk, barista, food runner, valet drivers, food servers and housekeeping and front desk positions, to name a few.

“We have a little bit of everything,” Liz Miera, employment manager at Hilton Palacio del Rio, said of the positions on offer.

The pay ranged. Server jobs were available at $5.50 an hour plus tips, while housekeepers could earn $15 an hour.

Miera remained optimistic despite the slim pickings. She had made an offer to an applicant interested in one of the valet positions and was awaiting a response. She also had several follow-up interviews scheduled for other positions.

“If we get one person. I think it’s a great thing,” she said, a reflection of the scarcity of workers willing to take jobs in the tourism industry.

Unemployment benefits end

The job fair occurred the same week federal supplemental and extended unemployment payments ended in Texas. Gov. Greg Abbott cut the federal benefits more than two months early amid his insistence they are driving the shortage of applicants in tourism, retail and other industries.

The $300 weekly federal supplement to state unemployment insurance is gone as well as extensions of time to collect unemployment for those who had exhausted 26 weeks of regular benefits.

Unemployment pay for gig workers and those who own their own business also

Eleven members of the Air Force track and field team will travel to College Station, Texas, this week for the West Preliminary of the 2021 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The four-day event, which will be held at E.B. Cushing Stadium on the campus of Texas A&M University, will run from Wednesday, May 26, through Saturday, May 29.
 
MEET INFORMATION
The West Preliminary serves as the opening round of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.  The men will compete on Wednesday and Friday, while the women will compete on Thursday and Saturday (a complete schedule of events for the Falcons can be found on Page 2 of this release). There will be limited capacity at E.B. Cushing Stadium, with single day tickets at $20 for adults and $15 for youth, seniors and college students. Live results will be available for all four days of competition, courtesy of Flash Results and the NCAA, while SEC Network+ will broadcast the meet (direct links to both are available on the Falcons’ schedule page at GoAirForceFalcons.com. In-meet updates regarding Air Force can be found on the team’s official social media accounts (@af_tfxc).
 
HOW THIS WORKS
The 2021 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships begin this week at two preliminary sites (West Region in College Station, Texas; East Region in Jacksonville, Fla.). Each region features the top 48 accepted athletes in each event, with the exception of the relays (top 24 teams). The top 12 finishers from each event at the two preliminary sites will advance to the final site of the NCAA Outdoor Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., on Jan 9-12.
 
BY THE NUMBERS
The Falcons earned 11 total bids into the NCAA West Preliminary, as eight men and three women were accepted into the opening round of the national meet. Air Force will compete in five running events, two jumping events and a pair of throwing events over the four-day meet. Two other Falcons – senior pole vaulters Mitch Lipe and Greg Skage – posted qualifying marks into the opening round, but will forgo the competition, as it takes place at the same time as Wednesday’s graduation at the Academy, while Mahala Norris also registered qualifying marks in the 1500- and 5000-meter events, but will focus on the steeplechase at the national meet.
 
WHAT & WHO TO WATCH
The men qualified multiple athletes in the 1500-meter run (Sam Gilman, Cole Lindhorst) and pole vault (Ethan Gardner, Ryan Brown), while Air Force will be represented in both the men’s and women’s 3000-meter steeplechase events (Aidan Boyle, Mahala Norris). The Falcons will also be represented in the women’s 10,000-meter run (Maria Mettler), women’s 400-meter hurdles (Michelle Roca), men’s high jump (Jake Hall), men’s discus throw (Hayden Bullock) and men’s javelin throw (Nick Oesterling).
 
FAST FACT
Michelle Roca is just the second member of the women’s team to ever qualify to a regional

Alyssa Nardslico scored a hat trick to lead the Rome Free Academy girls lacrosse team to an 8-6 victory over host Clinton on Thursday afternoon.

Jace Hunzinger scored two goals and Alexandra Tapia, Isabella Sanzone and Shannen Calandra scored a goal each.

In goal, Alana Iacovissi made seven saves for the 4-0 Black Knights.

For Clinton, Alexis Alteri scored twice and Ava Alteri, Mia Lopata, Chelsea Lopata, Katelynn Deveans each added a goal.

In goal, Angelina Borowiec made three saves for the 4-1 Warriors.

RFA hosts Cazenovia Saturday at 3:30.

Clinton visits New Hartford on Saturday at 3.

Crysler tosses shutout for Oneida

Kerrigan Crysler threw a complete game shutout for Oneida in a 3-0 win at home against Vernon-Verona-Sherrill in a Tri-Valley League matchup Thursday.

Crysler went seven innings, allowing two hits and a walk with seven strikeouts.

Olivia Friend singled in the fourth inning then stole second and third before scoring on a passed ball. In the fifth, Oneida built on to its lead. Mikah Albro came on to run and proceeded to steal second and third before coming home on a single by Kaylin Curro. Curro stole second and third, then scored on a double by her sister Kennedy.

VVS starting pitcher Kendal Lehnen gave up three runs, two of them earned, in six innings. She allowed three hits and two walks with nine strikeouts.

Oneida improved to 2-1, 2-0 in the TVL. The team will participate in the Mary Testa Softball Tournament Saturday at Union-Endicott.

VVS was scheduled to host Whitesboro today.

Musch homers four times in Camden win

Brooke Musch hit four homeruns and drove in 11 runs in Camden’s 27-1 win at South Jefferson Thursday that was stopped after five innings with the mercy rule.

Musch went six-for-six with four homers, scored five runs and drove in 11. Sharlotte Jones had three hits and scored three times. Avery Prievo had two triples, scored three times and had four RBIs. Kendall Musch had two hits, three runs and four RBIs.

On the mound for Camden, Ryleigh Johnson threw all five innings, allowing two hits and walking four while striking out four.

The Blue Devils will travel to Central Valley Academy at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Westmo 10-run inning powers Bulldogs to win

Westmoreland beat Clinton 13-4 in softball Thursday at home.

The Bulldogs scored three in the third, and Clinton responded with two to make it 3-2. But Westmoreland exploded for 10 in the fourth.

Eighth grader Samantha Ferguson won her second varsity start in the mound. She also hit a triple and drove in four runs. Freshman Autumn Millington doubled and drove in three runs.

Westmoreland is 2-0. Clinton falls to 1-1. The teams were set to square off again today, this time at Clinton.

RFA boys lacrosse suffers first loss

The RFA boys lacrosse team took its first loss of the season, dropping Thursday’s road game at New Hartford, 17-2.

Jared Hussey and Noah Hammon scored for the Black Knights.

Goalie Jimmy DeAngelo made

Biden touted the new jobs that combating climate change could bring, including building electric cars, installing charging stations, upgrading schools and commercial buildings, constructing energy-efficient homes and producing solar panels and wind turbines.

When we invest in climate resilience and infrastructure, we create opportunities for everyone. That’s at the heart of our jobs plan that I proposed here in the United States,” Biden said. “It’s how our nation intends to build an economy that gives everybody a fair shot.”

Thursday’s marathon virtual summit was primarily intended to highlight a new U.S. pledge to make deep cuts to its carbon emissions this decade, mend the nation’s diplomatic reputation and rally other nations to embrace more ambitious climate goals of their own in coming months.

Friday’s session — which once again featured heads of state, business executives and labor representatives — was meant to underscore the administration’s assurances that combating climate change should not inflict economic pain, but rather help lift up communities across the country and the world.

Republicans for years have forced Democrats on the defensive by portraying climate action as a concession to fuzzy environmentalism at the cost of jobs for ordinary Americans. Biden is pushing hard to redefine the debate, arguing that renewable energy is at least as much an economic opportunity as an environmental imperative.

It’s a message that Biden has repeated over and over again on the campaign trail, in interviews, in speeches and in articulating the motivation behind his proposed $2 trillion infrastructure plan, which would include massive new investments in clean energy, electric vehicles and weatherization.

Biden’s pledge this week to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions 50 to 52 percent by 2030, relative to 2005 levels, would require far-reaching changes that impact how Americans power their homes, how they travel and even how they grow food.

To meet that goal, the administration ultimately must rely on assumptions about the future that are hard to guarantee. Will a sharply divided Congress, home to some Republicans who say such policies risk leaving behind communities that rely on fossil fuels, fund Biden’s proposals? Will future administrations keep in place any new regulations aimed at curbing emissions? And will such policies survive inevitable court challenges?

On Friday, those questions would have to wait.

Biden lined up a cast of Cabinet members and enthusiastic business and labor figures to praise his jobs plan, highlighting the president’s message that building a carbon-free economy can create “good union jobs,” as administration officials said repeatedly this week.

Flanked by White House adviser Gina McCarthy, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, Biden listened as an electric school bus maker, a commercial building energy controls manufacturer, an electric grid expert and two union representatives reaffirmed their support for the president’s domestic strategy and legislation.

“There are no jobs on a dead planet,” said Sharan Burrow, general secretary of the International Trade Union. “We

STANFORD, Calif. – Senior Mahala Norris clocked the second-fastest time in Academy history and sophomore Sam Gilman led Air Force to a 1-2 finish, as four 1500-meter runners wrapped up action at the Stanford Invitational this afternoon (April 3) at Cobb Field.
 
Norris, competing in her first outdoor race since the conference championships in 2019, clocked a career-best time of 4:18.69 to finish fifth in the 26-runner event and jump from eighth to second on the program’s all-time standings at the 1500-meter distance . The senior deleted more than eight seconds off her previous best during the run.
 
Gilman and freshman Cole Lindhorst posted a sweep of the top-two spots in the men’s 1500-meter race, as Gilman swung to the outside and used a late push to edge Lindhorst for the win. Gilman, in his first outdoor race at the collegiate level, posted a time of 3:45.53 to debut in 11th on the Academy’s all-time standings, while Lindhorst posted a debut of 3:46.89 to enter the all-time standings at 19th. Senior Scott Johnson, in his first outdoor race since May 2019, also placed within the top half of the field, as he posted a time of 3:49.41 to finish seventh.
 
Air Force returns to action with a pair of meets next weekend. The multi-event athletes travel to Tucson, Ariz., for the annual Jim Click Decathlon on April 8-9, while the rest of the team travels to Boulder for the Colorado Invitational on April 9-10.

 

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STRATTON- Stratton Mountain School has named Brian Knowles as their Action Sports Admissions Coordinator, establishing a new position within the school’s current admissions team.

“We are very excited to have Brian joining us,” said Head of School Carson Thurber ’02. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our admissions department, and I look forward to seeing more talented action sports student-athletes join our thriving community.”

Knowles has been involved in competitive winter sports since he was a child. Beginning competitive skiing in VARA at 6 years old, Knowles cut his teeth alpine racing. At 13 years old, he switched to mogul skiing and joined Stratton Mountain Resort’s weekend program. Knowles later transferred to Carrabassett Valley Academy, a private ski and snowboard academy at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain in Carrabassett Valley, Maine to pursue his passion for freestyle skiing. He went on to compete at the FIS level, attending national competitions throughout his high school career.

Following graduation, Knowles briefly attended Montana State University before deciding to pursue a career in coaching. He moved back East and began coaching full-time with the Stratton Weekend Program, which led him to an Assistant Freestyle Coach position at Mount Snow Academy. Knowles left MSA to start the freestyle program at the Bromley Outing Club.

After four years at Bromley, he assumed the head role at Mount Snow Academy, where he met and hired Jesse Mallis, SMS’s current Freeski Program Director. Knowles has run the freestyle program at the Stratton Winter Sports Club for the last ten years and is currently the head of the Freestyle/Freeski program at the Mount Snow Training Center.

The connection forged at Mount Snow Academy between Brian and Jesse in the mid-2000s began a long and storied relationship between the two coaches. “I trained Jesse during that time,” explained Knowles. “Because of that, our coaching philosophies and methodologies are still very much the same today, which is one of the many reasons this partnership makes sense.”

Over the last few years, Knowles has dedicated his time to building the Mount Snow Training Center freestyle and freeski programs in West Dover, Vermont. The weekend-based program at MSTC provides a high-level weekend-based experience; however, Knowles has struggled to provide a launchpad for athletes looking to transition from regional programming to more national-based competitions.

“Take the Futures and Revolution Tours, for example. Those events require more extensive travel, are often mid-week competitions, and are host to full-time academy-based athletes. To be competitive on that level, more training than a weekend program can provide becomes necessary.” Knowles explained.

Given his relationship with Mallis, Knowles approached Thurber to create a role within Stratton Mountain School’s existing admissions team to bridge the gap between a strong weekend program like Mount Snow’s and an elite full-time program like Stratton Mountain School.

“Carson also recognized a need for a more established pipeline and feeder program within action sports programs,” continued Knowles. “Through my role, SMS will have direct access to a talented pool of athletes

The one-way travel bubble with Australia is back up and running this morning after a two-week hiatus over Auckland’s Covid-19 cluster.

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Australia ordered arrivals from New Zealand to quarantine upon arrival due to the February Covid-19 cluster in Auckland.

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A handful of flights are leaving Auckland Airport’s international terminal today after Australia announced this week that it would once again be opening its border for quarantine-free travel for Kiwis.

A negative Covid-19 test result 72 hours before flying is still required for international arrivals in Australia.

For Kiwis landing in New South Wales, they have to declare if they’ve been in Auckland in the last two weeks, longer than just a transit period and a Covid test may need to be taken.

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Three states have cut down the corridor, disrupting some Kiwis’ plans.
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For those travelling to Victoria, an orange-zone permit needs to be applied for in order to be granted entry into the state.

Air New Zealand is still working with Brisbane authorities on when quarantine-free travel will resume there.

NSW and Queensland have drastically changed their rules to New Zealand travellers after the country reported three new coronavirus cases on Tuesday.

The new cases emerged in Auckland in the North Island, and have been linked to a local high school.

The “green flights” allowing for unrestricted travel will cease and New Zealand will be removed as a safe travel country by the two states.

From Wednesday night, Queensland will require people arriving from across the Tasman to head into hotel quarantine.

On Thursday morning, NSW will also require travellers from Auckland spend 14 days in a hotel room.

New Zealand arrivals to Queensland will have to undergo quarantine from 6pm Wednesday. File image.
New Zealand arrivals to Queensland will have to undergo quarantine from 6pm Wednesday. File image. Credit: DAVE HUNT/AAPIMAGE

Queensland

New Zealand arrivals to Queensland will have to undergo quarantine from 6pm Wednesday due to increased transmission.

The state’s Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said the move was needed to protect Queensland.

“Unfortunately, over the past few days New Zealand has been recording some new positive cases, which is why we are closing the border from 6pm,” she said.

“Anyone who is permitted to travel to Queensland from New Zealand will be required to quarantine on arrival.”

Authorities are asking all travellers who have been in New Zealand since February 21 to get tested and isolate until they get their results.

‘Green flights’ allowing for unrestricted travel from New Zealand will cease on Wednesday night.
‘Green flights’ allowing for unrestricted travel from New Zealand will cease on Wednesday night. Credit: DAN PELED/AAP

This also applies to anyone who has entered from February 6 who has not already had a test after entering Queensland.

“New Zealand is working very hard to contain this community transmission, but they are still in a critical stage of their response so we need to keep watching closely,” Dr Young said.

“Things can change really quickly with this virus, we’ve seen that in other countries around the world, which is why I am asking Queenslanders to reconsider their need to travel to New Zealand.”

NSW

NSW declared Auckland a hotspot on Wednesday evening in response to the new coronavirus cases.

Anyone who has come from or been in Auckland since February 20 has been asked to self-isolate and get tested.

Travellers from Auckland who have been in the Australian community are being asked to self-isolate until they get a negative result.

If they’ve been to one of the Auckland exposure sites, they’re being told to isolate for 14 days regardless of the test result.

Passengers on flights from Auckland will be sent into hotel quarantine from 12.01am on Thursday February 25.

NSW health authorities said New Zealanders would be able to depart Australia and head back home if they didn’t wish to complete hotel quarantine.

“A notice is now in effect specifying Auckland as a hotspot,” NSW Health said in a statement.

“This requires people arriving in NSW from New Zealand who have been in Auckland, including the airport, to enter hotel quarantine for 14 days. Alternatively, they may choose to depart Australia.”

– with AAP