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Chelsea can call upon Fernando Torres experience to sign Erling Haaland this summer

So transfer saga over then… Or is it?

Clubs have long resorted to issuing a hands-off warning on their prized assets heading into the transfer window and Chelsea have personal experience of dealing with exactly that.

It was back in 2011 when Chelsea were desperate to prise Fernando Torres away from Liverpool.

Liverpool’s then new owners, FSG, made a short statement on the club website in January.

“Chelsea have made a bid for Fernando which has been turned down,” the statement read. “The player is not for sale.”

Music to the ears of Liverpool fans, only for it to be short lived.

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Life after death: Woman claims her 'soul' left her body in near death experience

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After suddenly collapsing, a woman named Laura was at death’s door, and now believes she has the answer to whether there is life after death. Laura wrote on the Near Death Experience Research Foundation that as she was on the brink of death, she felt her “soul” snatched from her body.

Suddenly, Laura could see her lifeless body on the floor but was faced with a glowing light.

This glowing light, according to Laura, was a vision of the afterlife where she felt at peace.

The woman said this glowing aura felt like “home” and was determined to reach there.

Laura said: “I felt my soul leave my body. Suddenly, I was across the room watching the entire scene.

“As I looked at the bright golden light, I was standing there wondering if I should stay on earth or go Home. At this time, I didn’t feel any pain and I felt at peace.

“I was facing the light about to go Home, then the next thing I know, I was being pulled back into my body.”

Laura suddenly woke up, but said that she didn’t “want to come back because I was at such peace.”

However, researchers are not convinced that Laura’s experience is necessarily a sign of the afterlife.

Neuroscientist Christof Koch, president and chief scientist of the Allen Institute for Brain Science, believes near death experience visions are typically signs the brain is running out of oxygen or scanning itself for survival techniques.

Dr Koch wrote in an article for Scientific American: “I accept the reality of these intensely felt experiences. They are as authentic as any other subjective feeling or perception.

“As a scientist, however, I operate under the hypothesis that all our thoughts, memories, precepts and experiences are an ineluctable consequence of the natural causal powers of our brain rather than of any supernatural ones.

“That premise has served science and its handmaiden, technology, extremely well over the past few centuries. Unless there is extraordinary, compelling, objective evidence to the contrary, I see no reason to abandon this assumption.

“Modern death requires irreversible loss of brain function. When the brain is starved of blood flow (ischemia) and oxygen (anoxia), the patient faints in a fraction of a minute and his or her electroencephalogram, or EEG, becomes isoelectric—in other words, flat.

“This implies that large-scale, spatially distributed electrical activity within the cortex, the outermost layer of the brain, has broken down.”

Microsoft Teams getting new emojis, updated meeting experience and more in latest upgrade

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Different emoji skin tones can be chosen in Teams by right-clicking on emojis which have a dot in the top right corner.

Any choice for skin tone will be saved for that Microsoft Teams session.

In terms of the different categories that Teams will now sort emojis into, there will be nine different sections – including smiles, hand gestures, people and food.

Besides the bolstering of Teams’s emoji offering, Microsoft is also working on a new in-meeting sharing experience.

This offers a refreshed design when Teams users shared their screen, for instance during a PowerPoint presentation or when accessing Whiteboard.

Outlining this feature, Microsoft said: “The new share tray allows you to share everything you could in the old share tray, the only difference is the form factor and user experience of finding the content you need to share. We’ve streamlined the experience to make it easier to find what you’re looking for, and hopefully less overwhelming and cluttered”.

Experience Yakuza’s Kamurocho Through a Detective’s Eyes in Spinoff Series Judgment

Author Scott Strichart, Localization Producer, Sega of America
This post originally appeared on Xbox Wire

At last, all mainline Yakuza entries from Yakuza 0 all the way through Yakuza: Like a Dragon are now available on Xbox! We’re also proud to announce that Yakuza’s spinoff series Judgment debuts today on Xbox Series X|S. “What the heck is this, there’s more Yakuza!?” you might say. Allow me to clear that up for you…

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Judgment is like a parallel to Yakuza with its own identity and set of rules, set in the same world and the same city of Kamurocho, Japan. Things are still just as wild as ever been and you’ll still be hearing whispers about the Tojo Clan. But instead of playing as a beefy ex-yakuza, you’ll step into the shoes of an ex-lawyer turned private detective, Takayuki Yagami.

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Playing as a detective flips the script. You’ll be solving cases, listening to testimonies, presenting evidence, tailing shady characters, and infiltrating hideouts with nothing but a disguise and a lockpicking kit to see you through. Of course, there’s still plenty of punching to do.

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Combat is as over-the-top and flashy as ever. You can switch between two battle styles on the fly, Crane, which is best geared toward keeping multiple enemies at bay, and Tiger, which trades speed for power and combo potential, perfectly suited for muscle-bound punks.

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And as always, the story will hook you from the start. We’re big on story here at RGG Studio. In his lawyer days, Yagami scored a high-profile acquittal on a murder case, only for the exonerated killer to murder his ex-girlfriend. Yikes! Yagami’s career tanks, and that’s to say nothing of the guilt he still carries. Needless to say, you’ll find yourself tied up in a case that will force Yagami to confront his past as his sense of justice carries him forward.

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All that, on top of RGG’s classic mainstays in which Yagami will have side cases to solve, minigames and arcades to play, friendship meters to raise, skills to find and strengthen, restaurants in which to chow down and of course, there will be plenty of asses to kick.

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If you like Yakuza, no matter whether you finished them all or you’re still working through the catalog, we recommend you give Judgment a shot. It’s a perfect blend of familiar and new, and this one really has a lot of heart. For more RGG news, stay tuned right here on Xbox Wire and @RGGStudio on Twitter.

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From the team that brought you the critically acclaimed Yakuza series comes Judgment, a gritty tale of disgraced attorney Takayuki Yagami in his quest for redemption. Haunted by his past, he takes up arms as a private detective, clawing his way through Kamurocho’s underground crime network to investigate a string of grisly murders. In this psychological thriller, the balance between justice and mercy teeters on the edge. Track suspects, discover clues, and bring evidence to court – but be careful, there are dark characters at every turn. Can you distinguish between friend and foe? Take advantage of two unique battle styles to take down adversaries in electrifying encounters. Packed with Hollywood-worthy combat sequences and cinematic twists and turns, this mystery will surely keep you on your toes. This upgraded version of Judgment contains all previously released DLC and improved visuals.

Helen Skelton on verge of tears over On The Farm experience 'Puts you through the wringer'

Clarifying his opinion on the matter, Jules replied: “Yeah, it’s exhausting emotionally isn’t it?

“And of course physically you’re not getting all the rest you’d normally expect, it’s full on!”

Farmer David quipped in response: “I’m not getting my seven hours of sleep I normally get, it’s more like five!”

Rob then chimed: “It keeps you young Jules I love it, it really gets my blood pumping.”

 

Mini Review: Can't Drive This – A Unique Co-Op Experience That Runs Out Of Gas Too Soon

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Backseat drivers are just the worst, aren’t they? Constantly berating you for your driving skills (or lack thereof, in their eyes), gripping their knees, and inhaling through their teeth at every speed bump and sharp turn. If you happen to be one of these people (and look, that’s okay, we’re all friends here), then you’re going to love Can’t Drive This, a game that effectively gives the person not driving full control on the direction and speed at which the vehicle is travelling.

A word of advice before you consider Can’t Drive This: don’t buy it unless you’re absolutely certain that you can play it locally with a friend or family member. There are a number of modes that can be played either locally or online, but only one that’s playable all on your own. Online mode is fine to a degree, but local multiplayer is absolutely the way to go here. If you’re looking for a comprehensive single-player experience, then this really isn’t it.

Taking loose inspiration from the classic Keanu Reeves movie Speed (which the game directly references in its genuinely hilarious tutorials), the general gist of the gameplay is to keep your vehicle travelling at a reasonably fast speed while the other player quite literally builds the road ahead using predetermined tiles. These can be basic squares, curves, or they can come accompanied by a range of different obstacles from turbines to flaming rings. It’s the builder’s job to ensure that the driver can more or less safely traverse the various tiles within the time limit without falling off the edge.

There are 4 main modes to choose from: Yardage, Game of Drones, Capture the Egg, and Lone Racer. Yardage tasks you with driving as far you can within the time limit, with collectable ‘holos’ extending your time limit; Game of Drones has you navigating an open space to collect holos, all the while avoiding flying drones that drop EMPs; Capture the Egg is a competitive mode in which you steal a giant egg from your opponent’s base; finally, Lone Racer is a butchered version of Yardage which isn’t even remotely worth considering.

The gameplay itself is relatively easy to grasp for most ages, whether you’re the builder or the driver. The vehicle controls feel fluid and effortless, which is good considering your main goal is to simply stay aboard the tiles. As a builder, you can use the analogue stick or the d-pad to move the tiles to your desired spot, pressing the shoulder buttons to rotate them.

Ultimately, while the game mostly succeeds as an engaging, fun multiplayer experience, there’s only so much you can squeeze from the four modes available. They all feel relatively similar to each other, and despite the individual tasks presented, the gameplay feels the same across all of them. It’s unlikely to be a game you’ll go back to after a couple of sessions, and take it from us, don’t even consider purchasing Can’t Drive This if you don’t intend on playing local or online multiplayer.

Anna Williamson opens up about isolating experience of motherhood during pandemic

The TV Presenter, 39, gave birth to her second child Eleanora three months before the nation plunged into its first lockdown in March last year. Anna has just launched the It Takes A Village podcast which showcases National Lottery-funded charities offering support to mothers needing extra hope, advice and guidance at this time.
She said: “We’ve all been feeling very isolated and I know it’s been a very different motherhood experience second time round for me. I have a four year old and then have a one year old daughter from just before the pandemic started.

“I noticed the difference enormously and I can only imagine how isolating it must be for first time parents.”

Speaking ahead of Mother’s Day tomorrow, Anna told how she has persuaded her 71-year-old mum to start using Whatsapp in a bid to stay connected and spend special occasions together remotely.

She said: “I would really encourage people to encourage their elderly relatives to get up to date with technology because I really think they will enjoy it. Seeing the pictures and videos of what you’re getting up to will just make their day.”

“I would say really utilise technology to speak to them, have them propped up on the dinner table or at Mother’s Day lunch and have them join through that.” 

“And next Mother’s Day, hopefully, will be a whole different picture,” she added.

The three podcast episodes released so far ahead of Mother’s Day highlight baby banks, grief and loss, as well as the importance of mental and physical health in parenting.

The mother of two, who is married to former personal trainer Alex Di Pasquale, added: “The response so far has been really great. I think people really enjoyed hearing about stories that perhaps they would have never heard or even known about otherwise.”

“We’ve got three episodes of our little Mother’s Day mini series to celebrate good causes and I had six incredible interviewees who are all doing amazing things with the help of lottery funding.”

It Takes A Village podcast can be found on Spotify or through the National Lottery website.

Could Nintendo Switch Pro offer new Pokemon Legends Arceus 4K experience?

Nintendo might not have announced it yet, but plenty of reports suggest that the Nintendo Switch Pro will be announced in 2021.

Several sources have already predicted the arrival of the Nintendo Switch Pro in 2021, but there’s a good chance that the console could be delayed.

With the current worldwide situation putting constraints on production and hardware, it could prove a real challenge to have something like a Switch Pro hit the market successfully.

However, there are still hopes that a Nintendo Switch Pro consoles will be announced in 2021 and could still hit shelves by the end of the year.

And this has also raised the question of what kind of specs and games the new console could offer.

One insider named NateDrake provided the latest reports on the Nintendo Switch Pro, raising the idea of 4K functionality on ResetEra.

The report from the online forum reads: “Won’t really talk more about the tech specs than I have. It has DLSS & it has 4k functionality.

“No reason to go deeper than that right now. That’s enough to illustrate the device is a meaningful upgrade. First party support with span the new hardware and current Switch for at least a couple of years

Commenting on the release date, Nate Drake, via Wccftech, added: “Let’s say I’m confident it gets announced this year.

“A delay to 2022 would need to be communicated in the next few months, as dev kits and third-party partners begin to plan software for the device. As of this very moment (Feb 18, 2021), I believe the hope remains for a 2021 launch.”

This all needs to be taken with a pinch of salt until Nintendo announces its plans if they have any.

But it does lineup with recent reports from other global outlets, which suggests the Nintendo Switch 4K will be a notable upgrade from the base model.

So what new games could Nintendo use to help highlight that jump in handheld performance?

Well, today we saw that an ambitious new open-word Pokemon game is being released and could be a massive hit.

Not only is Pokemon Legends: Arceus looking like the next big step for the Pokemon franchise, but it’s also been given an early 2022 release date.

This would prove brilliant timing for a Nintendo Switch Pro launch, as it would provide a brand-new Pokemon game experience soon after the new console hit shelves.

And if there is a delay in the Switch Pro release date, Pokemon Legends could become a launch title instead.

It would also give Nintendo a chance at providing a Pokemon game in 4K, if the recent reports are to be believed.

The idea that Nintendo could market a Nintendo Switch console at a reasonable price, with 4K features, seems like a tall order, especially when you consider what the current models can do.

Fans don’t buy Nintendo consoles for the best visual experience, and Nintendo hasn’t put much emphasis on supporting such features.

But whatever is announced for the next Nintendo Switch console, we would expect it to offer the best experience for the new Pokemon Legends game coming in 2022.

The official game description for Pokemon Legends adds: “The fun of exploring while catching Pokémon and filling in a Pokédex has always been a core part of the Pokémon video game series. Pokémon Legends: Arceus was developed with the desire to deliver an experience infused with new action and RPG elements that go beyond the framework established thus far, while honouring the core gameplay of past Pokémon titles.

“As Trainers explore the natural expanses in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, they’ll encounter Pokémon that call these grand vistas home. To catch wild Pokémon, players can study the Pokémon’s behaviours, sneak up to them, then throw Poké Balls. Players can also battle wild Pokémon with their ally Pokémon. By throwing the Poké Ball holding their ally Pokémon near a wild Pokémon, players will seamlessly enter battle. This new gameplay angle is intended to provide Trainers with an immersive experience.

“Pokémon Legends: Arceus brings Trainers to the vast Sinnoh region as it existed in the past, long before the setting for Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl was established. Rich in nature and with Mount Coronet towering at its heart, this is a Sinnoh unlike anything Trainers have experienced before as they embark to create the region’s first Pokédex.

“As they start off on their adventure, Trainers will be able to choose either Rowlet, Cyndaquil, or Oshawott as their first partner Pokémon. These three Pokémon arrived with a Pokémon Professor, who encountered them on research excursions to various regions.”

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