first_imgEvents DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia has announced it will partner with Moonduck Studios to host its first esports tournament. Washington DCCaptain Draft 4.0 will take place at the DC Armory between the 4th and 7th January 2018 and thus far will be the only open-to-public Dota 2 minor to take place in the United States in 2018. Captain’s Draft 4.0 will also be the only Dota 2 pro-circuit tournament that isn’t played in Captain’s Mode – the traditional game mode on which professional Dota is played. Instead, the hero pool is randomised and limited for each game thus bringing a unique tournament for viewers. The tournament will welcome eight top Dota 2 teams who will fight it out for their share of $300,000 in prize money. $150,000 is fronted by Moonduck with the other $150,000 provided by Valve as per the reworked pro circuit this year.  “In partnership with Moonduck Studios, we’re thrilled to host this significant Dota 2 tournament, Captains Draft 4.0 at the DC Armory, currently the only East Coast Dota Minor event scheduled for 2018.  Our commitment to esports is being realized by collaborating with Moonduck and Valve to host this important event and in choosing Washington, DC – as we continue to raise the profile of the esports community here in our nation’s capital,” said Max Brown, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Events DC. He added: “We plan to stay in forefront of esports opportunities like these, whether at Events DC managed properties or other venues across the District to highlight the city as a future destination for esports and to act as a catalyst for DC’s economic growth and ongoing visitor and entertainment attraction.”Shannon ‘SUNSfan’ Scotten commented: “Everyone at Moonduck is extremely excited to announce the Captains Draft 4.0 Minor, and our partnership with EventsDC to put on this amazing event. The opportunity for us to hold a Dota 2 Minor in DC wouldn’t be possible without their help and expertise, and we look forward to working with them to bring even more Dota 2 events to the East Coast. Moonduck Studios can’t wait to bring Captains Draft to the big stage in January, and to give fans of Dota 2 and esports great games, coverage, and content, with a few surprises along the way,”  Esports Insider says: Dota tournaments on the East Coast of the States are few and far between. The community embrace Captain’s Draft as it provides something a tad different from “normal” Dota and Moonduck are an innovative, fun studio. Congrats to Events DC who have been gradually ramping up their esports efforts over the last year.last_img read more

first_img…as school reopens todayThe Officer in charge of Traffic in ‘C’ Division, East Coast Demerara, has made a call for commuters to be extra careful while using the roadways there, due to the ongoing expansion works.The Officer – Assistant Superintendent Morris Fraser — told Guyana Times during an interview on Saturday, “I’m appealing to the road users, especially the drivers, to be extremely cautious while using the East Coast public road, which is presently under construction between Annandale (and) Better Hope”.According to Fraser, since the expansion works started, the number of road accidents has in fact decreased, since drivers are now forced to lessen their usual speed, and there is increased police presence there.Fraser said, “The construction causes vehicles to slow down at most of the area where construction is going on; so, based on that, there is a reduction of speeding, which leads up to the decrease in road accidents in that particular area”.He also said the Guyana Police Force (GPF) would, in the next two weeks, commence lectures in the various schools in an effort to create more road safetyOngoing works at the ECD public roadawareness with the objective of eventually promoting safer environs for everyone.Officer Fraser said, “What you would find is that, during this period, you will have children who are now going to be attending different schools for the first time, and you have people who are going to be going to higher grades or higher classes, and so on. Some of them are going to be left on their own by parents; some of them are going to be using pedal cycles, and all these kinds of things; so there is a need for us to go to the schools to reinforce the road safety laws: like the curb drill, how to use the road, what to look for, how to cross on pedestrian crossings, and all the other things”.He said it is especially important for children to know how to use the pedestrian crossing, because many times they just cross. “We need to let them know that vehicles need time to stop, and these kind of things,” he elaborated.In addition to the school lectures, the Officer said, plans are also being made to lecture drivers to re-educate them, and reinforce the road laws.The US$50.2 million East Coast Road Expansion Project has two components; one features a four-lane expansion of the road from Better Hope to Annandale, and the other caters for an upgrade to the existing two-lane road from Annandale to Belfield.The two-year project is scheduled to be completed in September 2019. However, the contractor is aiming to wrap up the four lanes by the end of this year, after which work would commence on upgrading the two-lane next year.With the China EXIM Bank putting up most of the finances for the road expansion, Guyana had awarded the contract to China Railway First Group for some US$42.7 million.Upon completion of the widening and improvement of the East Coast Demerara Highway, citizens travelling along the East Coast will benefit from reduced travel time and less traffic congestion. Apart from the road being expanded, the project includes improved drainage for the East Coast, which is usually susceptible to flooding.last_img read more