Rai trial day 5

The man who crashed a dump truck in to the Skyway bridge failed a breathalyzer 4 hours after the collision, that is what court heard today at the trial of Sukhvinder Singh Rai.Rai fail a breathalizer having a blood alcohol content of at least 0.10, 20% over the legal limit. He is now facing four charges related to the crash, two of the charges are related to impaired driving.Constable Andrew Halliday was one of the first officers to the crash scene at the top of the Skyway bridge on July 31st, 2014. Halliday spoke to Sukhvinder Sigh Rai and told Rai to sit in the back of a police cruiser “for his own safety” because the bridge was unstable. Halliday says he searched Rai and then allowed the 37 year old to make cell phone calls from the police car while they waited for further instruction.Several hours later at approximately 7:20pm Halliday said that he re-entered the vehicle and noticed “a strong odour of alcoholic beverage.” Halliday asked twice “anything to drink today?” Both times Rai said “no.”Constable Halliday didn’t have a device to perform a breathalyzer in his car, so he drove back to the Burlington detachment with Rai in the back seat. It was there that officer found the testing device that he needed. Rai failed the test at 7:32pm, 3 hours and 57 minutes after the crash. Halliday advised Rai that he was under arrest.The defence for Sukhvinder Singh Rai argued that much of this evidence should be inadmissible. Defence lawyer David Locke argued that putting Rai in the back of the cruiser was detaining him, that Rai was not told that he can leave at any time and it was not “for his own safety” therefore that Sukhvinder Singh Rai was denied his rights to counsel when detained.There won’t be any quick fix to these legal arguments as they’re expected to go into tomorrow and possibly Thursday as the trial continues and looks like it could be extended into next week. read more



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Prince of Wales visits with Syrian refugees at UN camp in Jordan

Prince Charles of Wales and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, today met with United Nations staff assisting Syrian refugees in a camp in Jordan during a visit that coincided with urgent calls from the head of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) for emergency funding to aid more than one million Syrian refugees and another two million people displaced inside Syria. Accompanied by Jordan’s Prince Ghazi bin Mohammad, Prince Charles and his wife paid an hour-long visit to the Prince Abdullah Park, where they toured the camp’s health clinic and aid distribution points, and examined pre-fabricated shelters provided by UNHCR to Syrian refugees.The heir to the British throne praised the relief efforts and expressed “enormous respect for what Jordan and the humanitarian community have done for refugees … The Jordanian people are truly remarkable in what they manage to cope with.”“It’s remarkable what UNHCR and others are doing to try and deal with this unbelievably difficult and heart-breaking situation,” he added.In a conversation with one of the families taking refuge in the camp, 55-year-old Musa told the royal couple that he decided to flee Syria with his wife and five children last September after he was arrested and tortured.Also today in Jordan, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, called for additional financial aid, warning that a lack of funding could destabilize the entire region.“This is not just any crisis. It requires a special mechanism of support,” Mr. Guterres told journalists in Amman, following meetings with Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour and Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh.“There is no way this can be funded by normal humanitarian aid budgets,” he noted, warning that “the consequences could be devastating for the Syrian people and for regional stability” if significant new funding was not forthcoming. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has said the $521 million Syrian Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan was at least 21.5 per cent funded, which includes $200 million pledged at the January donor conference in Kuwait.Syria has been wracked by violence since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011. Up to 70,000 people have died, more than 1 million have fled to neighbouring countries, and 2 million have been internally displaced. read more



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More Saints Bounty Drama Player Admits To Lying About

Ex-Saint Anthony HargroveThe New Orleans Saints bounty program drama just will not end. It is a reality show gone bad (like most of them). In the latest episode, a report was released Tuesday that said one of the suspended players, Anthony Hargrove, now with Green Bay, said he was told to deny knowledge of such a system when interviewed by NFL investigators in 2010.Hargrove, according to the sworn statement acquired by the Associated Press, claimed the alleged order came from assistant coaches Joe Vitt and Gregg Williams. Williams has been suspended indefinitely for his role as the ring leader of the pay-for-injury program and Vitt is the interim head coach because Sean Payton was docked for the upcoming season as part of the NFL’s punishment. Meanwhile, Vitt will be benched for half half of the season.Mary Jo White, a former US Attorney hired by the NFL to review the investigation said that Hargrove’s statement “acknowledges the nature of the program and his participation in it, and, which is really the thrust of the declaration, that he was told to lie about it, and he did when he was asked about it in 2010 by the NFL investigators.”Vitt issued a vehement denial of Hargrove’s statement, saying, “At no time did I ever tell Anthony Hargrove to lie or deny the existence (of the alleged bounty program),” he told the The Times-Picayune newspaper. “He can say whatever he wants to say. It just didn’t happen.”Hargrove, now with the Green Bay Packers, was one of four members of the 2010 Saints suspended last in relation to the bounty investigation, and is slated to miss the first half of the regular season in 2012. In the NFL’s initial statement regarding the suspensions the league said “actively obstructed the league’s 2010 investigation into the program by being untruthful to investigators.”The statement has become a point of contention between the NFL Players Association and the NFL in the aftermath of the investigation, as the players begin their appeals process. The NFLPA maintains the position that while Hargrove states that he was told to lie, he has not admitted to lying to investigators. For the players, admitting to obstructing the NFL’s investigation would mean certain death for any chance at an appeal. read more



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Nationals Sign Rafael Soriano a Powerful Closer

Rafael Soriano, one of the most versatile closers in baseball, made the young and dangerous Washington Nationals more lethal by signing a two-year, $28-million contract with the reigning NL East champion.The agreement is pending a physical, according to the Associated Press.A source told AP that the deal contains a $14 million option for 2015 that would become guaranteed if Soriano reaches 120 games finished over 2013 and 2014 combined.Soriano, who turned 33 in December, had 42 saves last year with the New York Yankees, stepping in for injured Mariano Rivera. Soriano would join a Nationals bullpen that already includes Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard, who were among a group that closed games for them last season. Yahoo Sports first reported the Soriano-Nationals negotiations.A one-time All-Star, Soriano had a 2.26 ERA for the Yankees. In October, he declined a $14 million option for 2013, taking a $1.5 million buyout from the Yankees to enter free agency.As compensation for Soriano, Washington will lose its first-round draft pick in this year’s amateur draft, while the Yankees will gain an extra pick after the first round.The righty signed his old contract with the Yankees after saving a career-high 45 games for Tampa Bay in 2010. Soriano began his tenure in New York as a setup man, and ended up getting the bulk of his work in the seventh inning in 2011. But he wound up taking over as the closer after Rivera was hurt. read more



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Suncor Energy completes surface reclamation of first oil sands tailings pond

first_imgSuncor Energy has achieved an industry milestone, becoming the first oil sands company to complete surface reclamation of a tailings pond. The 220-ha site is located at Suncor’s oil sands mining operations north of Fort McMurray. Known as Pond 1, it was the company’s first storage pond for oil sands tailings when commercial production began in 1967.“We said we would be first to complete surface reclamation of a tailings pond and we have delivered on this important commitment,” said Rick George, President and CEO. “We know we still have a lot of work to do, but [this] achievement is a significant step towards reducing our environmental footprint related to our operations – something we can all be extremely proud of”.Suncor has renamed the area Wapisiw Lookout to pay tribute to the history of the region, and to honour its Aboriginal peoples.“We invested a great deal of time and resources to complete the surface reclamation of Wapisiw Lookout and we’ve also learned a great deal,” George added. “We’ll use this knowledge along with new and developing innovations to manage our tailings and speed up the reclamation of other existing tailings ponds. It’s an ongoing journey, but this is an important step and we’re well on our way”.In time, the company expects the land will become a productive forest and wetland. Over the next two decades, Suncor will maintain and closely monitor progress on the site, including the growth of 630,000 shrubs and trees planted in 2010. Ongoing soil, water and vegetation assessments will help ensure the site is on course for return to a sustainable landscape and self-sustaining ecosystem.Pond 1 was in operation for 40 years before being decommissioned in December 2006 and turned over for reclamation the following month. This process started with infilling the pond with 30 Mt of reclaimed tailings sand. Drainage systems and swales were then developed to manage water runoff from the pond. As these activities were completed, landscaping activities began, which involved placing 1.2 million m3 of topsoil over the surface, to a depth of 500 mm.Tailings technologies have advanced significantly since Suncor built Pond 1. Earlier this summer, Suncor received approval to implement new tailings management technology – called TROTM – across its existing operations. The company expects to invest more than $1 billion to implement the TRO technology over the next two years, potentially reducing tailings reclamation time by decades and speeding the return of oil sands mining sites to natural habitat.For more information about Wapisiw Lookout, including photos, a video and live webcam of the area, visit www.suncor.com/wapisiw.last_img read more



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Merry Christmas kids Heres your POOP phone

first_imgThere’s surely a few gadget lovers who found that hot new iPhone or Android or Windows Phone 7 handset they’d had their eye on prettily wrapped under the tree on Christmas morning.You must have been very good this year, because otherwise, Santa would have given you this phone: the POOP.AdChoices广告The Poop is a cheap Chinese knockoff cellphone that looks somewhere between the Motorola Razr and a BlackBerry… and let me tell you, this is the kind of cell phone that makes Steve Jobs cry.My favorite part of the POOP phone, though, is the word “Love” branded under the keypad and between the speakers. Because nothing says love quite like poop, does it?How’d this monstrosity come about? As you’d expect, it’s the unfortunate branding of a bunch of Asian knock-off manufacturers who don’t really understand English. How’d they arrive at POOP? Simple: they just re-arranged the letters for OPPO.Read more at Crunchgearlast_img read more



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Geek deals premium LCD gift card offers 80211ac router more

first_imgOur top deal of today is Dell’s premium S2440L 24-inch monitor marked down to $198.89 with a $100 Dell e-gift card included. If you use the gift card in some way, then you’ve got an awesome display for just under the $100 mark. The S2440L doesn’t quite measure up to pro-grade displays, but is quite a few steps above an entry-level consumer monitor. It has a sleek nearly-frameless design and covers the 24-inch LCD in glass, making it a very aesthetically pleasing piece. The LCD itself serves up 1080p resolution and while it doesn’t have the IPS technology we love, it still has better viewing angles and colors than most models around.Connectivity is handled via HDMI and VGA, and while this is a bit more sparse than we’d like, you can adapt the HDMI to any other type of digital connection you prefer. It also gets the same advance exchange warranty we love, where you get a replacement shipped straight away and pay no shipping costs at all, though it only covers you for one year. Surprisingly, the cost to add additional years of coverage is insanely cheap.If you can use the $100 gift card at Dell, or sell it for cash, this is a great deal on a quality monitor. If you’re looking for something a bit more professional, don’t miss a similar offer for the top-tier UltraSharp U3014. We included the U3014 in yesterday’s deals, but the price has dropped even further making this a killer, limited-time offer. The 30-inch 2560×1600 behemoth is marked down to $1,125.89 from $1,499.99, and has a $300 gift card included with it. Both of these offers end Wednesday, so get to upgrading your displays!Dell S2440L 24-inch 1080p LED-backlit LCD monitor plus $100 gift card for $198.89 plus free shipping (reg. $259.99 | use coupon HNQ2$W?T6M93MW | e-gift-card added automatically, delivered by email)Our other top deals:Dell UltraSharp U3014 30-inch 2560×1600 IPS monitor with three-year warranty plus $300 gift card for $1,125.89 plus free shipping (reg. $1,499.99 | use coupon 9QB025WNJ3X$MJ | e-gift-card added automatically, delivered by email)Pre-order Linksys EA6900 Wireless-AC smart dual-band router for $206.99 plus free shipping (reg. $249.99 | use coupon HSPH10 | ships Oct. 4)SOUL by Ludacris SL300WB high-def noise canceling headphones for $94.99 plus free shipping (reg. $299.95 | via Amazon)last_img read more



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Cassano is training with Virtus Entella

first_imgCassano has been battling a contract dispute with Sampdoria since 2016 and has not been able to play professionally againItalian forward Antonio Cassano has played with the best teams in the world.The former Bari footballer played for Roma, Real Madrid, AC Milan, and Internazionale Milan.But he last played a competitive match in May 2016 with Sampdoria. He had a contract dispute with the club and went to Verona, a team he left after two weeks of pre-season training.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….Now, he’s training again with Italian Lega Serie C team Virtus Entella.“I am super, super happy to be back training again,” the 36-year-old player was quoted by Football Italia.“I thank president [Antonio] Gozzi for the opportunity that he has given me. We’ll see how it goes day by day and then we’ll make a decision.”He has no contract with Virtus Entella, but he chose this club because is close to his home in Genoa.last_img read more



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Man with knife holds up IQ Mart in Battle Ground Tuesday night

first_imgA man with a knife held up the IQ Mart in Battle Ground Tuesday night and fled with some cash and lots of cigarettes.Police were called to the store at 1515 S. Parkway Ave. at 9:49 p.m., according to a 911 dispatcher and radio traffic.The robber’s face was covered; a stocking cap was found on a curb.No one was reported injured.More details may come in later.John Branton: 360-753-4513 or john.branton@columbian.com.last_img



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Scientific American Editor President to Step Down 5 Percent of Staff Cut

first_img“We’ve been working on the integration since January and  recently decided to combine and centralize a number of our operations,” Yee told FOLIO:. “Scientific American retains its editorial functions and our brand. This is the bringing together of two iconic brand in the science arena.”Through the first quarter, Scientific American’s ad pages were down 18.1 percent, according to Publishers Information Bureau figures.Editor, President to Step DownMeanwhile, longtime Scientific American editor-in-chief John Rennie is planning to leave the magazine in June after 15 years, Yee said. Executive editor Mariette DiChristina will step in as acting editor-in-chief following his departure.Yee also is planning to step down as president sometime this summer, following the magazine’s “initial integration” into the Nature Publishing Group. While he declined to offer specifics about his plans, Yee said he will pursue a “design-related entrepreneurial venture.” The Nature Publishing Group, which includes Scientific American, has reduced its overall workforce by 5 percent, Scientific American president Steven Yee told FOLIO: Thursday. While he declined to say exactly how many employees were let go, Yee said the cuts came from the group’s New York office. Scientific American, which is owned by book publisher Macmillan, transitioned to its Nature Publishing Group last fall.The cuts came from the group’s production, administration and office services divisions, Yee said.last_img read more



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Grindrs Chinese ownership a national security risk US government reportedly says

first_img1:54 Share your voice 0 Following its sale to Kunlun last year, Grindr released a public statement preempting user distrust of the app’s new owners. “Nothing changes with how we will protect your personal information,” the company noted.”CNIUS’s action shows a commendable awareness of the fact that big data is not just a matter of privacy, but also a matter of antitrust,” Guido Noto La Diega, senior lecturer in cyber law at Northumbria University, said to CNET in an email. ” I agree that Grindr’s acquisition from a Chinese tech group exposes the LGBTQ dating app’s users to some privacy and security risks, in light of Chinese laws on security, cybersecurity, and audio-visual content.”This said, however, one could argue that the move to force Grindr’s sale is not necessarily motivated by actual security and privacy concerns, since Trump has been pushing to strengthen intelligence programs that allow surveillance of targets abroad.”The reported move follows the US’ systematic blockading of Huawei over similar national security firms. Huawei is known to most for its dazzling phones, but it’s also in the telecommunications business. The US fears that Huawei, if commissioned to build internet infrastructure in the US, could purposefully create security flaws which the Chinese government could at some point take advantage of.Originally published March 27.Update, March 28: Adds comment from Guido Noto La Diega.  Border security: Tech options that could replace a wall Leon Neal/Getty Images LGBTQ dating app Grindr was bought last year by a Chinese gaming company called Beijing Kunlun. The US government considers the deal a national security risk and is pressuring Kunlun to sell, according to a Reuters report.Kunlun fully acquired the California-based Grindr app in January of last year for an estimated $152 million after buying an initial $93 million stake in 2016, reported TechCrunch. However, neither of these transactions was cleared with the Committee on Foreign Investment (CFIUS), according to Reuters.CFIUS has told Kunlun that its ownership of Grindr equates to a US national security risk, the report adds. CFIUS did not immediately respond to CNET’s request for comment. Grindr declined to comment. The specific manner in which Kunlun’s ownership constitutes a national security threat wasn’t explained in the report. However, Grindr said last year it had 3.8 million daily users from “every country in the world,” presumably excluding countries it’s banned in, and 27 million users in total. Those users’ data could be seen as a honeypot for unsavoury actors.center_img Now playing: Watch this: Tags Post a comment Mobile Tech Industrylast_img read more



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Villagers made aware of Annapoorna Krishi Prasara Seva app

first_imgSangareddy: Cornell Sathguru Foundation for Development in partnership with Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agriculture University and with the financial support of Aurobindo Pharma foundation has organised a village-level knowledge sharing session on Annapoorna Krishi Prasara Seva (AKPS) application in Paniyal and Badampet, Hathnoora, Sangareddy. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us During the programme, the farmers, using their mobiles numbers and other vital information, were registered to AKPS and were given a thorough knowledge on using the application for agriculture and related services. This programme will be taken forward by CSFD in future and ensure that the villagers are registered on this app, with an aim to provide holistic support for the development of the farming community. Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us Sailu, representing Digital India, informed the farmers that the services of AKPS could be availed for free by calling the AKPS app toll free number -1800 425 3141. Dr Srinivas Rao, Scientist, DAATTC explained various methods to prevent pests in the cotton and paddy crops. The session was made interactive with the farmers, who brought a sample of the infested plants of cotton and paddy and asked for solutions at the venue. Advertise With Us Raja Rajeswari, Associate Vice President, CSFD highlighted that Village Information Centre will be established in Paniyal and Badampet villages through which valuable information pertaining to agriculture and its allied sectors will be made readily available to the farmers in order to help them make effective decisions. She added, through AKPS it is now possible for farmers to seek solutions regarding pests, crop health and various other queries right from their fields by using various features of this service. Spandana, representative of DAATTC, Ramakrishna, Programme Officer at CSFD and Papiah Shastry, Mandal Coordinator, also participated.last_img read more



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Andhra Bank reduces interest on loans

first_imgOngole: The Ongole zonal manager for Andhra Bank, P Ramakrishna announced in a statement that the bank has reduced interest rate on the loans. He announced that the bank has shown a good business development and reported a profit of Rs 52 crore in the quarter ending in June 2019. So, he said that the bank has reduced 25 basis points for the home loan customers and the reduction will be helpful for personal and commercial loan customers also. He said that the reduced interests will come into force from August 16 and the Ongole region is also implementing the interests linked with the repo rate for the deposits and loan schemes. Ramakrishna announced that they are organising a customer meet in Ongole on August 13 and will explain about the services being offered and collect feedback from them. He asked the customers to utilise the opportunity. The zonal office AGMs N Ganeshu, P Simhachalam and others also participated in the meeting.last_img read more



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Glamourina Offers Afrocentric Inspired Wear to Culturally Conscious Women

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comAs Black History Month comes to a close and Women’s History Month is ushered in, Glamourina, a women’s active-wear brand, perfectly intersects both month-long celebrations as a Black-women-owned and operated company.“Glamourina is the go-to active-wear brand for culturally conscious women. We are most known for our African inspired active-wear pieces,” founders Kia Phillips and Nekol Gaskins told the AFRO in a statement.Glamourina is an African-inspired active-wear brand established in 2015 that targets culturally conscious women.  (Courtesy Photo)Although both mothers, Phillips and Gaskins found time to work their entrepreneurial and creative muscles when establishing Glamourina in 2015 and launching their Kente collection in 2017.Since the 2017 launch, the millennial mom-bosses have been working constantly to provide quality active-wear, recently launching the 2019 Culture Collection. Glamourina intentionally targets all women within the beautiful, Black diaspora by offering athletic wear that emphasizes and enhances their #BlackGirlMagic.“We started Glamourina for several reasons.  The first is we feel that Black women are highly underrepresented in the athletic market.  When you go into athletic apparel stores or see commercials and ads, there is a clear absence of Black women being represented.  And if you do see them it is always one type of woman displayed, and that is the super athletic woman,” the entrepreneurs said.  “Through Glamourina we wanted to create apparel that represents the diversity of Black women.  We come in a variety of shapes and sizes and we wanted to showcase that in our apparel.”Further, Phillips and Gaskins started Glamourina in order to bring health awareness to Black women.“Also, we know that heart disease is the number one killer amongst African American women.  We wanted to create affordable sustainable apparel in hopes to motivate and encourage women of color to live healthier active lifestyles.  We know that when you look good, you feel good and that might motivate you to go workout, or just be mindful of your overall physical health,” they said.Phillips, 33, is a full time mom and personal trainer.  A Northeast, D.C. native, Gaskins, 28, is a mother, artist and financial aid counselor.  As entrepreneurs with families and other responsibilities, balancing life with Glamourina has its challenges, yet the women find ways to do it while also growing the business, which now has over 5,000 followers on Instagram.“It is not easy but it takes lots of planning and prioritizing for the both of us. We also have to make sure that we designate time for the business, our families and ourselves,” the co-owners told the AFRO.Although now finding success with their active-wear line, it was not always an easy task getting the business off its feet.  “Some of the biggest obstacles include balancing business and personal life and obtaining capital to fund our first collection,” they said.  However, Phillips and Gaskins have found the trick to keeping Glamourina alive and thriving.  “It takes drive and consistency. Also, it takes listening to our audience and staying on top of the news and trends within our industry.”Phillips and Gaskins definitely listen to their audience and find happiness in engaging with them.“We really enjoying seeing our vision come to life. We created this brand to encourage and motivate women of color to live healthy active lifestyles by providing confidence-boosting active-wear,” they said.“When women proudly wear our apparel and share their photos with us, we really feel a sense of joy. It is also great to know that we are building an empire as women of color and being positive role models for our daughters and other young girls.”The mompreneurs who consider the next generation of Black business owners even as they continue to build their current brand, have advice for other women hoping to start businesses.“We advise other Black women entrepreneurs to research their market first, create a game plan and remain determined throughout the entire process of starting and growing their businesses.”As their company continues to grow, Phillips and Gaskins hope that Glamourina will be a true go-to brand for women of color.“Each year we plan to expand our collections and offer more active-wear options to our customer base. Our goal is to become a one-stop-shop for all active-wear needs.”For more information on the culturally conscious active-wear, visit the website, Glamourina.com, or follow the company on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter at @shopglamourina.last_img read more



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Mortal Kombat 11 Krushes the Kompetition

first_imgStay on target In addition to the aforementioned story mode, players can fight a series of opponents in Klassic Towers. If you’ve played previous installments, then you know what you’re getting here. Completing a Klassic Tower with different characters lets you see their individual endings. Some of these are extremely silly given how they’re mostly about travelling through time and changing the past. I found it slightly disappointing to see the endings were essentially still images with narration. However, given the sheer number of characters, I can let this slide.Towers of Time is an interesting take on Towers because each level contains a different modifier, or combinations of several. Players may have to face multiple opponents simultaneously or fight while avoiding missiles. They may even have to avoid missiles while fighting several foes all at once. Thankfully, they can purchase modifiers to help balance the scales. Using a health modifier in a stage where one is poisoned comes in handy. I don’t personally care for Towers of Time because it feels gimmicky, but I’m sure many will love the insane challenges it provides.The Krypt is a radical departure from the rest of the game because you control a character in third person. The purpose of the Krypt is to explore a vast dungeon and unlock treasure boxes with the Koins and currency collected from other modes. One fun thing about the Krypt is you have to solve puzzles to advance to other areas. The Krypt also brims with a wide variety of Mortal Kombat Easter Eggs. Players have to grind a lot in order to gain keys and koins to unlock treasure chests and rooms. As you can imagine, this becomes tedious after a while. Since the Krypt mostly exists to provide different armor pieces, I don’t find it particularly useful. If you’re into that sort of stuff, you’re probably going to spend most of your single player experience grinding for Krypt loot.If you’re tired of ripping the spines out of A.I. opponents, you can fight others online or locally. Local is always a blast since you’re fighting against someone who’s actually in the room with you. If you can’t find someone to fight locally, you can always jump online. I found online matches stable, for the most part. Choppy gameplay from slow servers wasn’t an issue that cropped up often. This isn’t surprising given NetherRealm’s experience in this field. Playing online felt as responsive as playing locally.Those new to Mortal Kombat or who’ve been away like me will appreciate the depth of training mode. The tutorial teaches players everything they need, from basic combos and special moves, to more advanced techniques. A fun thing about training mode is how you actually learn fighting game terminology. Even as a person who has played fighting games since the beginning, I can admit I’m not familiar with most of this lingo. Thanks to training mode, I’ll be able to better understand what’s being said at EVO.Fatality Training is my personal favorite training mode. It is sometimes difficult to know where to position yourself to successfully perform fatalities. In this mode, a colored square underneath your character’s feet shows you the proper distance. If it’s red, then the fatality won’t work. If it’s green, you’re good to go. Fatalities are the best part of any Mortal Kombat so I’m thankful to see this mode included.Those looking for more personalization will find it in Kustomize mode. Here, players can change how characters look with different gear pieces. This isn’t all for show, since you can level up individual gear pieces and add augmentations. Augments are most useful for some of the trickier Towers of Time challenges. You can also change special moves, fatalities, and even intro cinematics. This makes your character unlike anyone else’s. While I appreciate the amount of options in Kustomize, I prefer playing with the base characters. Also, don’t worry about going online and fighting against created characters since they’re not available in competitive modes.I honestly had no intention of playing Mortal Kombat 11. Yes, it looked badass, but I felt hesitant about it since I missed the last two installments. I’m glad I got a review copy because I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I’ve lost most of my passion for fighting games in recent years so it’s great to play one I truly want to master. I know there’s a ton of fighters out there, but Mortal Kombat 11 is one you don’t want to miss out on if you’re a fan of the genre. It’s bloody awesome!Get Mortal Kombat 11 on AmazonView as: One Page Slides1/271. Read Our Full Mortal Kombat 11 ReviewRead Johnny Cage’s Guide2. Read Sub-Zero’s Guide3. Read Erron Black’s Guide4. Read Scorpion’s Guide5. Read Liu Kang’s Guide6. Read Raiden Guide7. Read Kitana’s Guide8. Read Kung Lao’s Guide9. Read Cetrion’s Guide10. Read Jade’s Guide11. Read Kotal Kahn’s Guide12. Read Skarlet’s Guide13. Read Noob Saibot’s Guide14. Read Geras’ Guide15. Read Baraka’s Guide16. Read Jax’s Guide17. Read Jacqui Briggs’ Guide18. Read Frost’s Guide19. Read D’Vorah’s Guide20. Read Kabal’s Guide21. Read Kano’s Guide22. Read Cassie Cage’s Guide23. Read Shao Kahn’s Guide24. Read Kollector’s Guide25. Read Sonya Blade’s Guide26. Read Shang Tsung’s Guide27. Read Nightwolf’s GuideMore on Geek.com:How Mortal Kombat Came Under Government ScrutinyThe Most Fatal Mortal Kombat ToysMortal Kombat Kharacter Guide: Johnny Cage The Mortal Kombat series is arguably bigger now than when it made its blood-soaked debut in the early 90s. Despite its resurgence in popularity, I missed out on 2011’s Mortal Kombat and its sequel, Mortal Kombat X. I’d heard nothing but good things, but one can’t always make time to play every game out there. Thankfully, I received a review copy of Mortal Kombat 11 and got to check out how the series has evolved since I played it back in the day. After spending nearly two weeks with it, I can honestly say Mortal Kombat 11 is one of the best fighting games of 2019.Like the two previous installments, Mortal Kombat 11 has a fairly involved story that mixes, magic, mysticism, and science fiction. Since I didn’t play the preceding games, I had absolutely no idea what was going on. Unless it concerned the characters and stories I remember from the first three entries, the story had me completely lost. Despite that, I appreciate the epic scope of the narrative and how cinematic it felt. Again, I’m iffy on the particulars, but the exciting nature of the story had me hooked from beginning to end.Mortal Kombat 11 has some of the best fighting game controls I’ve experienced in recent years. I love how smoothly I’m able to chain combos together, and how easy it is to perform special attacks and fatalities. I found the controls stiff in the closed beta, so I’m happy to see the finished product vastly improved. Mortal Kombat 11 just plays great.AdChoices广告Since this is a Mortal Kombat title, it contains insanely over-the-top violence. This is by far the goriest fighter I’ve played in years. Every punch, kick, slash, and stab produces copious amounts of blood. Accentuating the violence are Fatal Blows. Players can perform these after receiving a great deal of damage to turn the tide of battle. Fatal Blows are essentially mid-match fatalities, though they don’t result in death if the player on the receiving end has enough health. I don’t know how opponents manage to survive some of these moves, but hey, that’s what this game is all about.Every cracked bone, ruptured spleen, and bloody entrail is masterfully brought to life thanks to the superb graphics engine. Each character and background contains a stunning and impressive amount of detail. I can’t think of a single stage or setting that doesn’t look magnificent. What I like best about the graphics is how they’re not entirely realistic. Yes, they’re detailed, but still stylized. This helps Mortal Kombat 11 stand out from other fighters. It also prevents the gore from appearing too graphic.center_img ‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Kharacter Guide: Nightwolf‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Kharacter Guide: Shang Tsung last_img read more



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Optical fibre scopes coming to Nabanna to bolster security

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to further strengthen the security arrangement in the state Secretariat Nabanna, a decision has been taken to install optical fibre scopes in the building.With installation of the optical fibre scopes, video of a moment along with sound will get captured and will help security officers get minute details of the place that will get captured in the video.Sources said that video footages that get captured through optical fibre scope will be monitored from the control room in Nabanna itself. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to senior officers in the state secretariat, the step has been taken considering the need to further enhance the security arrangement in Nabanna, where everyday there is constant movement of VVIPs. The 14-storeyed building houses the office of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and senior officials, including the Chief Secretary, Home Secretary and Director General of police.The optical fibre scope will be installed at strategic locations and the places have been identified by the expert policemen who look after the security of Nabanna. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt may be mentioned that the state secretariat is under the coverage of surveillance cameras. A decision was also taken to set up separate dog squads, especially for security of the state secretariat. With setting up of dog squads, there will be a separate team for the security of Nabanna.Recently, 244 CCTV cameras were installed and it took the total number of CCTV cameras in to around 400.The step to install more CCTV cameras was taken to bring each and every place in and around the state secretariat under the coverage of surveillance cameras. The CCTV cameras were installed both inside and outside the building. Cameras were also installed at parking lots.A survey was conducted to identify the places where the CCTV cameras need to be installed and based on the same, the work of installing the cameras was carried out.last_img read more



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The Herd 2018 NFL Regular Season Awards Show

first_imgThe 2018-19 NFL regular season is in the bag and it was packed with incredible performances, breakout stars, huge surprises and big disappointments. Yesterday in The Herd, Colin held his own awards show to give his choices on a host of NFL topics.Colin handed out the hardware – well figuratively – for best game of the season, MVP, most shocking game of the season, best in-season acquisition, biggest buyer’s remorse, most disappointing team, his best prediction, and the player that made him look most wrong.The envelope please….last_img



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first_img FILE – In this May 20, 2016 file photo, actor and singer Jussie Smollett attends the “Empire” FYC Event in Los Angeles. Chicago police said Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, they’re still seeking a follow-up interview with Smollett after receiving new information that “shifted” their investigation of a reported attack on the “Empire” actor. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) by The Associated Press Posted Mar 8, 2019 3:19 pm PDT Key moments since Jussie Smollett reported Chicago attack AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CHICAGO — “Empire” actor and R&B singer Jussie Smollett told Chicago police in January that two men physically attacked him and yelled racial and homophobic slurs. Some key moments in the story:Jan. 22— Smollett receives a racist and homophobic threatening letter at the studio in Chicago where “Empire” is filmed. Police later say that they believe Smollett sent the letter himself.Jan. 29— Jussie Smollett tells police he was physically attacked by two men in downtown Chicago while out getting food from a Subway restaurant at 2 a.m. The actor says the men used racial and homophobic slurs, wrapped a rope around his neck and poured an “unknown substance” on him. Police say Smollett, who is black and gay, told detectives the attackers also yelled he was in “MAGA country,” an apparent reference to President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan that some Trump critics have decried as racist and discriminatory.Jan. 30— Chicago police say they’ve reviewed hundreds of hours of surveillance camera footage, including of Smollett walking downtown, but none shows the attack. Police obtain and release images of two people they would like to question, calling them “persons of interest.”— Reports of an assault on Smollett draw outrage and support for him on social media from some politicians and celebrities.Jan. 31— Trump tells reporters at the White House that he saw a story the night before about Smollett, saying, “It doesn’t get worse, as far as I’m concerned.”— Smollett’s family issues a statement calling the attack a racial and homophobic hate crime. Smollett’s family says he “has told the police everything” and “his story has never changed,” disputing assertions levelled on social media that he had been less than co-operative and changed his story.Feb. 1— Smollett issues a statement telling people he’s OK and thanking them for their support. He says he’s working with authorities and has been “100 per cent factual and consistent on every level.”Feb. 2— Smollett gives a concert in West Hollywood, California, opening with an emotional speech, saying he had to play the show because he couldn’t let his attackers win.Feb. 12— Chicago police say Smollett turned over some, but not all, of the phone records detectives requested as part of their investigation. Police say the heavily redacted files aren’t sufficient. Smollett says he redacted information to protect the privacy of contacts and people not relevant to the attack.Feb. 13— Chicago police pick up two men they identify as Nigerian brothers at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on their return from Nigeria after police learn at least one worked on “Empire.” Police question the brothers and search the apartment where the men live.Feb. 14— Chicago police say local media reports that the attack against Smollett was a hoax are unconfirmed.— Producers of “Empire” dispute media reports that Smollett’s character, Jamal Lyon, was being written off the show.Feb. 15— Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielimi says the two “persons of interest” are now considered suspects. He says the men — identified previously by police as two brothers from Nigeria — are in custody but have not been charged with a crime.— Chicago police release the two men without charges after arresting them on suspicion of assaulting Smollett and holding them for nearly 48 hours. A police spokesman says the two are no longer considered suspects and that investigators have new evidence to consider as a result of questioning them.Feb. 16— Police say the investigation has “shifted” after detectives question the two brothers about the attack and release them without charges. Police say they’ve requested a follow-up interview with Smollett. Smollett’s lawyers say the actor feels “victimized” by reports that he played a role in the assault.— Smollett’s account of what happened is met with some skepticism on social media in the wake of the new developments.Feb. 17— Chicago police say they’re still seeking a follow-up interview with Smollett after receiving new information that “shifted” their investigation of a reported attack on the “Empire” actor. Guglielimi says police reached out to Smollett’s attorney, but says an interview has not been conducted.— Guglielimi declines to address reports that a grand jury may hear evidence in the case, saying: “We’re not confirming, denying or commenting on anything until we can talk to him and we can corroborate some information that we’ve gotten.”Feb. 19— Chicago police investigate tip that on the night Smollett reported being attacked, he was in an elevator of his apartment building with the two Nigerian brothers. Police later dismiss the tip, saying it’s not credible based on video evidence.— Chicago’s top prosecutor, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, recuses herself from the investigation. Her office says the decision was made “out of an abundance of caution … to address potential questions of impartiality based upon familiarity with potential witnesses in the case.” No details were provided. Foxx later says the reason for the recusal is that she had conversations with a Smollett family member after the incident was reported in late January.Feb. 20— Chicago police say Smollett is officially suspected of filing a false police report when he said he was a victim of a racist, homophobic attack in downtown Chicago in January. Police also say that two brothers who were questioned about the attack were testifying before a grand jury and detectives were presenting evidence to the grand jury.— Chicago police say the Cook County State’s Attorney has charged Smollett with disorderly conduct for filing a false police report that he was attacked by two masked men. Police detectives were contacting Smollett’s attorneys to arrange his surrender for arrest.Feb. 21— Chicago police say Smollett turned himself in to face a felony charge of disorderly conduct, which could bring up to three years in prison.— Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson says Smollett staged a racist and homophobic attack because he was unhappy with his salary and wanted publicity. Investigators say they have a $3,500 check that Smollett used to pay the two brothers to help him.Feb. 22— Producers of “Empire” say Jussie Smollett’s character will be removed from the final two episodes of this season.March 8—A Cook County grand jury returns a 16-count indictment charging Smollett with falsely reporting an offence.___Check out the AP’scomplete coverage of the Jussie Smollett case.The Associated Presslast_img read more



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Paphos and China further strengthen ties

first_imgBy Bejay BrowneTHE mayor of Paphos proposed a number of steps to further strengthen ties with China and the Chinese community at a meeting held at Paphos town hall on Tuesday night.“Phedonas Phedonos met with Ambassador of the Republic of China in Cyprus, Huang Xingyuan, to discuss a number of ideas related to further cooperation between the municipality and the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China,” a municipality spokesman told the Cyprus Mail.During the meeting the mayor proposed that a dedicated Chinese cultural centre be created in the town which is already home to hundreds of Chinese permanent residents.The centre would promote Chinese culture, not only in Cyprus, said Phedonos, but in the wider region of the Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa.“The Ambassador welcomed the suggestion with great interest and said that he would present it to the necessary authorities and both would see what could be done to implement it as soon as possible,” he added.He stressed that Paphos’ special relationship with China is important as there are residents already living in the town and that the creation of such a cultural centre would give Paphos International importance, as it would cover the entire region.In addition, Phedonos suggested that a municipal park be adopted by the Chinese Embassy and /or Chinese nationals living in Paphos, for them to consider ‘as their own’. Although it would be of use to everyone of any nationality, this move is to recognise the fact that Chinese residents are important to the municipality and the wider community, and will provide them with a way to contribute to the social aspect of the town, said the spokesman.“They could purchase and install equipment for the children, such as swings and so on,” he said.A third suggestion by the mayor would see the creation of a dedicated team made up of municipal and embassy officers, which would be able to give up to date information and help to prospective Chinese investors or Chinese permanent residents.The mayor also discussed his upcoming visit to China as head of a three-member Paphos delegation to the International Forum of European and East Asia Capitals of Culture. Accompanying him on the trip is Chairman of Pafos2017, Christos Patsalides and Paphos municipal secretary Themis Filipides.The event will be held in Shanghai on November 15 and 16.You May LikeWeather Forecast DailyTop 8 Disaster-Prone Cities In The USWeather Forecast DailyUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more



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Fruit and veg ripoff ahead of Easter

first_imgThe owners of fruit markets charged on Tuesday prices of fruit and vegetables were grossly overpriced without justification ahead of Easter, suggesting some people were profiteering.In a statement, chairman of the fruit market association Polis Kattashis, said consumers were being forced to pay higher prices than what they did during Christmas, Green Monday, and last Easter.Kattashis said price hikes were not justified at the moment since weather conditions had been favourable and there was an excess supply of Cypriot fruit and vegetables on the market.He said he expected prices to drop significantly after Easter.With the statement, Kattashis attached a list of products whose prices appeared to have skyrocketed inside one month.For instance, tomatoes are currently sold around €2.80 per kilo from €0.90, greenhouse cucumbers went up some €2, to €2.30, and zucchini €3 from €0.80.Similarly, the price per kilo for broccoli rose to €2.30 from €0.90, and peppers to €4 from €1.80.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more



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