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NRL Melbourne Storm not stewing over Cameron Smith career call

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Melbourne say they aren’t troubled by the possibility Friday’s NRL preliminary final against Canberra may be the last match for their skipper Cameron Smith.

The 37-year-old is still to declare his plans beyond this season and teammate Dale Finucane says it hasn’t been a talking point for the Storm.

If Smith is set on retirement and Melbourne lose, the Suncorp Stadium showdown it will be his 429th and final game after 18 years with the club.

Finucane, who has been out since August with a calf injury and is racing the clock to play, says the team aren’t putting any pressure on their captain to show his hand.

Finucane was surprised by the public criticism of one of the game’s greats and said the team felt Smith had earnt the right to make a call whenever he saw fit.

“It’s not something that’s discussed at all,” Finucane said.

“It’s like any player in any given year, whether they are moving clubs or retiring – it’s a personal decision for the individual and their family and it’s not really our business.”

“With the legacy that Cameron has and the amount of time he’s been involved in the game, he’s earned the right to take his time and do what he likes.”

Finucane said that if the game did turn out to be Smith’s last hurrah, the team would ensure a fitting send-off even if it didn’t involve any grand on-field gestures.

“Regardless of what happens, those sort of things will be done in our own way when the season finishes,” he said.

“If that’s the way he goes, I’m sure the boys would be happy to have those sorts of celebrations off the field.”

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Space agency leaders call for greater international cooperation

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NASA Astronaut Chris Cassidy, serving as commander of the Expedition 63 mission aboard the International Space Station, took these photos of Hurricane Laura as it continued to strengthen in the Gulf of Mexico on August 25. Photo courtesy of NASA | License Photo

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Call Of Duty Cold War – Everything Coming To The Beta

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War begins their open Beta on October 8th. The first two days are for Playstation Plus members who have pre-ordered Cold War. In the following two days, the beta is open to all Playstation users regardless of pre-orders. The following weekend beginning October 15th, the cross-platform beta begins for those who have pre-ordered Cold War on Xbox or PC. For this entire second weekend, PS4 players are able to play for free. Let’s go over what changes were made from the alpha into the beta.

A new map named “Cartel” has been added into the mix. It’s available to play in both combined arms mode, as well as multiplayer. This map takes place in Nicaragua and is said to have some ties to Cold War’s Main villain, Perseus. It features rideable motorcycles, a large airplane hanger, and varying levels of terrain. The map also features a prominent recon tower that players can hold down center objectives in. Other changes include the introduction of the ping system, a tactical stim, and the sentry turret scorestreak.

If you reach level 10 of the multiplayer beta, you unlock a blueprint for the Milano 851 submachine gun. The second weekend will feature the brand new Fire Team Dirty Bomb mode. This large-scale mode features up to four teams of 10 that need to plant uranium in designated locations across the map. The uranium is dangerous to hold over long periods and can explode on impact. Be sure to keep it tuned to Gamespot for continued coverage of Fire Team and other Cold War updates.

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Green Builder Media Announces Call for Entries for Green Home of the Year Awards

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The 13th Annual Green Home of the Year Awards and 3rd Annual Sustainability Awards celebrates sustainable cities, residential projects, and the pros who produce them. Enter today!

A winner from last year, the Monroe Farmhouse showcases outstanding attention to energy, ventilation, and heat management.
A winner from last year, the Monroe Farmhouse showcases outstanding attention to energy, ventilation, and heat management.
A winner from last year, the Monroe Farmhouse showcases outstanding attention to energy, ventilation, and heat management.
A former winner, the Palo Alto Apartments proves if one green home is good, multiple green structures must be great. This is a series of net-zero residences in the heart of downtown Palo Alto, Calif.
A former winner, the Palo Alto Apartments proves if one green home is good, multiple green structures must be great. This is a series of net-zero residences in the heart of downtown Palo Alto, Calif.
A former winner, the Palo Alto Apartments proves if one green home is good, multiple green structures must be great. This is a series of net-zero residences in the heart of downtown Palo Alto, Calif.

Lake City, Colo., Oct. 06, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Green Builder Media’s annual Green Home of the Year and Sustainability Awards recognize the industry’s most authentic, advanced, beautiful, sustainable projects and the professionals who design and construct them.

As the nation grapples with an ongoing pandemic, social unrest, and economic uncertainty, building professionals report an intense demand for their expertise, sweat, and insights. 

We all could use some good news. Won’t you share some in the form of an inspiring project that creates a beacon of light in dark times?

Click here for detailed entry information.

This year, we’re looking for:

  • The best green homes that include sustainable features, innovative design, whole-home performance, and integration with the natural environment.

  • Sustainable communities/developments.

  • Alternative building technology, offsite construction, and mainstream green projects. 

  • Green innovations (products, processes, and technologies). 

  • The best small footprint living projects.

  • Sustainable cities.

  • Sustainability superheroes.

Check out this video which shows former winners of this prestigious contest. 

Click here to view last year’s winners and

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United Nations agencies call for increased investment in education

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Oct. 5 (UPI) — Now is the time to reimagine education around the world to make it more equitable for everyone, several United Nations agencies and their partners said in a joint statement Monday celebrating World Teachers’ Day.

While the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated inequities, the statement said teachers have led the way in innovation and creativity to serve students despite the limitations.

“In this crisis, teachers have shown, as they have done so often, great leadership and innovation in ensuring that #LearningNeverStops, that no learner is left behind,” said the statement from Audrey Azoulay of UNESCO, Guy Ryder of the International Labor Organization, Henrietta H. Fore of UNICEF and David Edwards of Education International.

The statement said teachers have “individually and collectively” worked to find solutions and create environments where students could learn safely during the pandemic.

“Their role advising on school reopening plans and supporting students with the return to school is just as important,” the statement said.

The United Nations said the pandemic forced the school closures for more than 90% of the student population globally. It said it has had “devastating consequences” for those living on the margins around the world.

“We now need to think beyond COVID-19 and work to build greater resilience in our education systems, so we can respond quickly and effectively to these and other such crises,” the joint statement said. “Without urgent action and increased investment, a learning crisis could turn into a learning catastrophe.”

The partners called on increased investments into education around the world, upgrading educational education opportunities globally and protecting the safety and wellbeing of educators.

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