Four criminals nabbed after two separate encounters

first_imgGreater Noida: Four criminals were arrested by Gautam Buddh Nagar police in two separate gunfights from Dadri area of Greater Noida on Wednesday and Thursday night. Cops said that these accused were wanted in an armed robbery at a garment showroom in Dadri area, earlier in the week.According to police, the arrested accused were identified as Rajeev Sharma, Rahul Kashyap, Gaurav, all natives of Bulandshahr district and Lokesh alias Rocky of Dankaur area in Greater Noida. “All the accused were wanted in two sensational robbery incidents which occurred Dadri area. A reward of Rs 25, 000 each on their head was also declared on these criminals,” said police officials. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderKumar Ranvijay Singh, Superintendent of Police (rural), Gautam Buddh Nagar said that two criminals were arrested after an gun battle on Wednesday night while the other two criminals were arrested on Thursday night. “Acting on a tip-off about the movement of criminals, police intercepted these four accused travelling on two motorcycles near Shefali school in dadri area on Wednesday night. The criminals opened fire on police party and tried to flee. However, police had to retaliate and two criminals, identified as Rajiv and Rahul, were nabbed by police after a gunfight. The other two criminals managed to flee the spot, however, police interrogated the arrested accused who told us about the whereabouts of their accomplices. Later on Thursday night, police successfully nabbed Lokesh and Gaurav from near Bisahda flyover after a brief exchange of fire,” said Singh. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe officer further said that these criminals were wanted in two sensational robbery incident other than several cases of heinous crimes. “All these four criminals holds a long criminal history. The accused had shot at man and robbed him with his laptop and cash in Dadri area earlier in the months of April. Later the gang had also committed robbery at Cobb garments showroom in Dadri area on August 1,” added Singh. Police have recovered Rs 19,000 cash, three illegal country made pistols along with few cases of lives ammunition and two two-wheelers from the possession of the accused persons.last_img read more

Jallianwala Bagh massacre centenary Rahul Amarinder pay floral tributes

first_imgAmritsar: Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh paid floral tributes at the Jallianwala Bagh Memorial here on Saturday to mark the centenary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. Gandhi, Singh, Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, accompanied by some other Congress leaders, paid floral tributes at the memorial inside the Jallianwala Bagh in the morning. They also observed a two-minute silence to remember those who were massacred in the tragic incident on April 13, 1919. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Gandhi arrived at Amritsar late on Friday night. Upon his arrival, the Congress chief, accompanied by Singh, went straight to the Golden Temple here and paid obeisance. Singh and Punjab Governor V P Singh Badnore had also taken part in a candlelight march on the eve of the centenary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre on Friday evening as part of the various events organised by the Punjab government to mark the historic occasion. Singh had termed the tragic event as a heart-wrenching moment in India’s history. The massacre took place at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar during the Baisakhi festival in April 1919 when troops of the British Indian Army under the command of Colonel Dyer opened fire at a crowd of people holding a pro-independence demonstration, leaving several dead and scores injured.last_img read more

Skeptical Football Goatslingers Manning vs Messi And The Andrew Luck Experiment

In last week’s column, I pointed out the importance of teams’ early records when trying to predict their playoff fates. This prompted a few skeptical tweets, like so:This tweeter is obviously right. The first few games of the season are predictive in part because losing games makes it harder to make the playoffs, and in part because they tell us something about the strength of the teams that lost them.That said, “Correlation is not causation” is what I like to call The Hammer to end arguments against all kinds of statistical findings. People use it to bash anything, but it’s blunt and dangerous.1Every time someone uses The Hammer on me, a puppy loses its wings.The artist and writer Randall Munroe took on The Hammer in xkcd:In the alt text of that comic, he hits the nail on the head: “Correlation doesn’t imply causation, but it does waggle its eyebrows suggestively and gesture furtively while mouthing ‘look over there.’”Let’s break down an example2Rookie Quarterback Watch has pretty much devolved into “How Bad Will the QBs Ahead of Rookie QBs Get Before the Rookie QBs Get to Start?” Watch.: Last week I observed that quarterbacks who (A) start more games in their rookie seasons (B) tend to have better careers. What does this observation imply?There are several possibilities:Starting rookies causes them to have better careers (A causes B).The types of rookies who are likely to have better careers are more likely to earn a rookie starting spot (B causes A).Rookies who are drafted higher are more likely to get starts, and are also more likely to have better careers (something else — call it C — causes both A and B).This is all just a coincidence and we should go home.Some combination of the above.That covers a lot of bases, but by making the observation, Nos. 1 through 3 become more likely than they were before. In this case, it’s fairly easy to establish that the relationship between A and B (rookie starts and non-rookie career AV) exists even when controlling for C (draft position).Following the observation that A and B are correlated, basically any possible state of the universe in which A and B are causally related has become more likely. For a Bayesian, determining which possibilities have seen their likelihood change the most involves consulting his prior beliefs, establishing which possibilities were the most likely before his new observation, and how likely the observation would be if each possibility were true. This leads to an updated set of beliefs about the likelihood of each scenario, which becomes the baseline for evaluating new observations, and so on.Charitably, “correlation ≠ causation” itself is a kind of limited Bayesian analysis. When people use it, they often mean simply that the “A causes B” scenario still doesn’t seem very likely to them, and thus they think other explanations are more likely. This is the case for most popular statistics examples, like the fact that lemon imports correlate negatively with highway fatality. That lemons are somehow preventing accidents is obviously ridiculous, so it doesn’t matter how strong the correlation is: It’s either a coincidence or we’re going to need other explanations.3I should note that for a true Bayesian, the odds that lemon imports actually do reduce highway fatality has still increased on the margins.But the idea that rookies playing could help them develop is not ridiculous — it’s highly debatable. After observing the relationship between rookie QB starts and career success (plus controlling for draft position), I must conclude that playing rookies is more likely to be good for their careers than I thought before, barring any other evidence. But that doesn’t mean it’s true. The alternative (or concurrent) explanation is also plausible: If coaches are good at determining which rookie QBs are actually good, and then tend to start the better ones, it’s still possible that starting them has a neutral (or even negative) effect on their careers individually. Regardless of which explanation is true, the observation remains the same: a rookie QB getting the start is good news for his prospects.Charts of the weekAaron Rodgers had his ups and downs against the Jets last week:I jest, of course. Rodgers brilliantly brought the Packers back from a 21-3 hole, but the comeback was complete by the end of the third quarter.This was Rodgers’s first-ever win after being down 15 points or more4I picked this number because it’s the smallest margin which Rodgers has never overcome, but as a separate and interesting point, I’ve found that 15-16 point margins, while technically “two scores” because they can be reached with two touchdowns plus two point conversions, actually act more like three score margins (17) than two score margins (14). against an opponent — though it was only his 12th opportunity. Here’s how he stacks up against other QBs since 2001 in comparable situations:Whoa, Peyton Manning! Forget Rodgers, Manning is the story here. But, it’s only 10 wins. Crazy things happen right? Let’s widen the scope, taking a look at all games in which a player’s team trailed by eight or more points, rather than just 15 or more:Peyton Manning is a practically Messi-esque outlier, complete with his own Cristiano Ronaldo to keep him company.Goatslinger of the weekThis was a tough week for gunslingers, as QBs who threw interceptions went 1-14, most of those games weren’t that close, and many of the interceptions were terrible. (Our nominal winner: Matt Ryan, whose three interceptions were at least all thrown downfield while his team was trailing.)So I’ve invented a new (hopefully temporary) award of ignominy: the Goatslinger.Andrew Luck, last week’s Gunslinger, is a contender for Goatslinger this week. With just 5:15 left, up seven against the Philadelphia Eagles, and already in field goal range, he threw an interception to Malcolm Jenkins. Plays like that give gamblers a bad name!But the top Goatslinger was Colin Kaepernick for his amazing effort to throw away San Francisco’s win against Chicago. He managed four turnovers (three interceptions and a fumble), three of them with his team up, including the interception up 20-14 in the fourth quarter that led to Chicago’s game-deciding touchdown.Twitter question of the week, Part 1I had two interesting questions on Twitter this week related to the timing and length of drives. First up:The answer is essentially “none,” or that there ends up being even less scoring in these scenarios. But the question is deceptively interesting. It’s also a fun vehicle for exploring the relationship between turnover rates and scoring/touchdown rates.In general, teams score more per drive when they are behind, but are also more likely to turn the ball over. I’ve broken down drives by quarter and point margin (tied, up or down 1-3 points, 4-7 points, 8-14 points, and 15 points or more) and compared how often the drives resulted in touchdowns to how often they resulted in turnovers.5To pre-empt a question I will almost certainly get despite this attempt to pre-empt it: Yes, obviously a lot more can happen on drives than just touchdowns or turnovers. For example, drives that end in field goal attempts count as neither, even though they may lead to points. This matters in situations where there’s no time for a touchdown, or where a team only cares about the three points. But we’ve excluded a lot of those situations by filtering out the last two minutes of each half. It’s also possible to do the same analysis on a points-per-drive, or even “expected points added” basis, but the results are similar. Considering the implications are the same, I prefer the symmetry and ease of interpreting touchdowns vs. turnovers. This gives us a sense of the trade-off between the two.Think of a drive when the game is tied in the first quarter as a kind of baseline: If a team starts at least 70 yards out, 15.5 percent of such drives will end in TDs, and 12.5 percent will end in turnovers. Compare that to the situation where teams are most aggressive: when they’re down 8-14 points in the fourth quarter. In those scenarios they score touchdowns 21.2 percent of the time and turn it over at a 27.5 percent clip.As teams play more aggressively, their chances of scoring go up, but so do their chances of turning the ball over. You can think of the ratio between these chances as the “price” of marginal scoring. For example, increasing your chances of scoring a touchdown by 1 percent requires increasing your chances of turning the ball over by up to 2 percent.6I should note that this exchange rate is likely skewed a little by the fact that worse teams tend to be behind more. I’m working on deskewing this to get a more exact comparison for a future project. In some situations, that’s a price you’re willing to pay (such as when you’re behind and stalled drives are pretty much just as bad), and in some it’s not.Understanding this trade-off is useful in analyzing a whole range of things in football, and my study of it is ongoing. But in the meantime, we can use our immediate findings to look at the situations our tweeter asked about and see what’s going on there.Before the half, it’s apparent that teams are extremely willing to settle for the points they have. With between one and two minutes on the clock in the second quarter, teams score touchdowns on 7 percent of their drives and turn the ball over on 12.9 percent. These are both lower than our baseline, so they’re definitely being conservative. It’s unclear what effect more aggression would have.With between one and two minutes on the clock at the end of the fourth quarter in games separated by between four and eight points, teams score touchdowns on 15.3 percent of drives, and turn the ball over on 42.1 percent of them. This is interesting because they spend a large number of turnovers on a completely average number of touchdowns. I think this reflects time pressure, but it could also suggest that true last-ditch “prevent” defenses may be pretty effective.Twitter question of the week, Part 2The simple answer is: Absolutely, a drive that eats up clock is valuable — when a team is ahead and wants to shorten the game. But shortening the game can also be useful when one team is a lot worse than the other.Imagine trading 100 drives with a team led by Peyton Manning, the Chiefs’ opponent in Week 2. Manning scores more per drive than anyone, and his accumulated points scored over 100 of them would be impossible for all but the best teams to overcome. Say the difference between your team and Manning’s was that Manning’s was one point per drive better — in a 100-drive game, your team would have to run 100 points above expectation to have a fighting chance. Statistically, that’s virtually impossible.7A team’s standard deviation on points scored over 100 drives is only 10 times the standard deviation of points scored for a single drive, so it can’t be more than 35, which would make a 100-point swing a three-standard-deviation event.But if each team got only one drive, yours would win every time it scored and Manning’s didn’t. That’s orders of magnitude more likely.This was pretty much exactly what happened with the Chiefs against the Broncos. The Chiefs had two extremely long drives in the second half: The first came at the start of the third quarter, lasted 10 minutes, and ended with a missed 37-yard field goal. The second came at the start of the fourth quarter, lasted 7:42, and ended with a Chiefs TD that drew them within four and set up a potential game-winning drive after Manning failed to score. As a result, Manning had only two meaningful possessions in the entire second half. Down 11 points, the Chiefs needed to score twice in their three possessions and have Denver score none in their two to win. Given the circumstances, those aren’t terrible odds.But let’s focus on their second drive at the very beginning of the fourth. It’s extremely risky to draw up a drive that lasts that long when down 11, as the end of the game quickly approaches. But leaving that aside, they did score a TD in a supposedly back-breaking fashion. Are such TDs any more valuable than regular TDs in similar situations?Using play-by-play data from ESPN, I looked back at all touchdown-scoring drives starting in the third quarter8I excluded the fourth quarter to minimize end-of-game effect. since 2001 in which a team was down 11-13 points at the start. I was kind of surprised by the results:The sample sizes on these aren’t very big (it’s only 107 cases total, and the most likely drive is right around the middle), but teams have won nine of 19 cases (47 percent) in which their scoring drives lasted longer than three minutes. That’s a pretty big number for being down, and it’s way higher than the 20 percent teams won after scoring on more normal drives. Why and if that’s significant, I don’t know, but it certainly leaves open the possibility that long drives like that may indicate/affect something larger.The Hacker Gods read FiveThirtyEightAs we all know, the Hacker Gods — who probably created this universe, by accident, while simulating a fourth-dimensional supernova — obviously read FiveThirtyEight. Last week they appeared to enjoy bolstering my analysis of Philip Rivers, but this week they are trying to undo me.Aaron Rodgers, whom I previously criticized for playing too conservatively (especially when behind), somehow brought the Packers back from 18 down against the Jets, earning the first 15+ point comeback victory of his career.Last week I talked up the majesty of gambling even if it risks an interception, but in Week 2 quarterbacks who threw one or more interceptions went 1-14.The only INT-throwing QB to win was Nick Foles against the Colts, but he won in part because inaugural Gunslinger of the Week Andrew Luck basically gave the game away by throwing his own INT with his team up seven and in field goal range in the fourth (suffice to say, that is a terrible spot to gamble).Experimental chart of the weekInspired by the Aaron Rodgers comeback, I asked on Twitter who people would want leading their team if it was down 15 or more points. Andrew Luck won the straw poll by a landslide with 47 percent of the votes, versus 20 percent for Peyton Manning. (Turnout was poor.9Only 15 votes total.)From the Charts of the Week above, this might seem pretty silly. For the most part, it is: Manning has won a higher percentage of games in which he has been down by 15 points than Luck, over a lot more games, even though it seems Luck has been on a tear for a couple of years. Impressive, but Manning has been down 15 much less often than Luck.This chart plots the percentage of 15-point comeback opportunities won vs. how often those opportunities have come up. I’ve also represented the total number of games, the number of comeback opportunities, and the number of successful comebacks as concentric circles, and plotted like so:Manning is even more impressive relative to Brady/Rodgers, but Luck managing to win in 3 of just 13 tries despite being on a team that ends up in that spot 36 percent of the time isn’t too shabby (the other data point near Luck at 20 percent is Matthew Stafford). If he can keep that up for another decade or so, he might just be a worthy successor to Manning.Most empirically significant game of Week 3If I could only watch one game, obviously it would be the Broncos/Seahawks Super Bowl rematch. But there is probably nothing that could happen in that game that would surprise me.Minnesota at New Orleans, on the other hand, holds some mystery. It may have even more empirical effect on Peyton Manning’s legacy than Manning’s own game: Every game that Matt Cassel bombs is more evidence that Bill Belichick has more to do with Tom Brady’s success than Tom Brady (because then it’s more likely that Cassel’s/Brady’s success in New England was because of Belichick), that Randy Moss is likely responsible for much of Brady’s (and Cassel’s) statistical accomplishment, and thus that Peyton Manning is the greatest quarterback of this generation.Charts by Reuben Fischer-BaumCORRECTION (Sept. 18, 1:50 p.m.): This article originally misstated the time and recipient of Andrew Luck’s interception in the Colts’ game against the Eagles. Luck threw the interception with 5:15, not 5:32, left in the fourth quarter and Malcolm Jenkins, not Rahim Moore, intercepted it. read more

Former diplomat expelled from UK over rape allegations

Officials said in the case of the rape allegations, the embassy involved was so small that identifying the nationality could result in inaccurate speculation about other mission staffCredit:Prisma by Dukas/Universal Images Group Editorial Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Foreign Office also revealed three allegations of conspiracy to cheat the public revenue and conspiracy to launder the proceeds of crime between 2009 and 2013, made against a former Cameroonian diplomat and two locally employed members of staff at the African country’s High Commission, which were not previously made public because they were still under investigation.Other allegations relating to 2017 included one report of sexual assault involving an individual representing Algeria, one of blackmail (Egypt) and one possession of a firearm with intent to injure (Cambodia). A foreign diplomat was expelled from the UK after allegations of two rapes and one attempted rape, the Foreign Office has revealed.The individual involved and the country represented have not been identified.The Foreign Office said that the diplomat – who also faced an allegation of malicious communication – was thrown out of the UK after the country involved rejected a request for immunity to be waived in the case.The allegations were among 12 serious or significant offences allegedly committed by people entitled to diplomatic immunity in 2017.Nationalities – but not identities – of diplomats facing criminal allegations are normally made public in the round-up of cases released annually by the Foreign Office (FCO).But officials said that in the case of the rape allegations, the embassy involved is so small that identifying the nationality could result in inaccurate speculation about other mission staff. Officials from the Austrian embassy and Commonwealth Secretariat were accused of drink-driving, a representative of Sierra Leone of driving without insurance or a licence and individuals from the Finnish and Saudi Arabian missions of driving without insurance.Revealing the cases in a written parliamentary statement, the Foreign Office said: “Around 23,000 people are entitled to diplomatic immunity in the UK and the majority of diplomats and dependants abide by UK law. The number of alleged serious crimes committed by members of the diplomatic community in the UK is proportionately low.”Under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations 1961, we expect those entitled to immunity to obey the law. The FCO does not tolerate foreign diplomats breaking the law.”We take all allegations of illegal activity seriously. When the police bring instances of alleged criminal conduct to our attention, we ask the relevant foreign government to waive diplomatic immunity where appropriate.”For the most serious offences, and when a relevant waiver has not been granted, we request the immediate withdrawal of the diplomat.” Officials said in the case of the rape allegations, the embassy involved was so small that identifying the nationality could result in inaccurate speculation about other mission staff read more

Mine of Steel expertly puts the new Superman movie in Minecraft form

first_imgThere are claymation films and stop motions films, but have you ever seriously considered watching a movie rendered in Minecraft‘s iconic blocky designs? What if that movie was the upcoming Man of Steel?It’s always fascinating to see the incredible amount of work that goes into some Minecraft creations. From massive sculptures of the Enterprise to binary computers, you can find just about everything in someone’s Minecraft server. (My favorites are the recreations of places like Disney’s Magic Kingdom or Penn Station in NYC.) So much detail goes into the ability to wander the digitally remade halls of these great places, and more are being made all the time. If you could take that one step further, if you could re-create a movie in Minecraft right down to the expressions on the faces of the actors, what might that look like?Creative studio Steelehouse decided to take the “Ideal of Hope” trailer for the new Man of Steel and reproduce it frame for frame as though Superman and all of Metropolis existed in a Minecraft instance. The audio from the trailer is reproduced in this trailer to help complete the experience for the viewer. It’s a fantastic way to spend a couple of minutes, and a great reminder that the next Superman film is right around the corner.last_img read more

How computer science helped out Robert Galbraith as JK Rowling

first_imgAs has been proven time and again, handwriting cannot tell you a writer’s personality, but it can, sometimes, identify one. A low-swung ‘J’ can be almost quite personal and unique, and a measured analysis of hand-written notes has helped solve an untold number of crimes. It’s also muddied the waters with plenty of false leads, and even entered bad evidence into trials. But what if we could use computers to get at an aspect of writing far more basic and subconscious than handwriting?Forensic linguistics does just that, and its most high-profile test has turned out successful; analysis of language usage prompted The Sunday Times to correctly accuse J.K. Rowling of publishing under the pen name Robert Galbraith. Computers sifted the evidence straight out of the novels themselves!Well, sort-of. An anonymous Twitter-tipster (Twipster?) was the starting point for the investigation, and suspicions are high that the literary whistle-blower might have been the publisher itself. Even without Rowling’s blessing, someone might have decided the book, Cuckoo’s Calling, ought to be selling a few thousand times more copies than it was. Regardless, there are not as yet any computers neurotically checking every novel against every other, but the algorithms did find strong enough evidence for a call-out, once given Rowling’s style of prose as a starting point.Rich enough to test herself without resorting to name recognition.Computer scientist Patrick Juola of Duquesne University explains that the key is not the long, characteristic words, since an author seeking to deliberately hide their identity will change those words first. Rather, it’s the little things that make a big difference, the uses of prepositions and connective words, short phrases and articles. Even a few of these markers is weak evidence, but many of them, analyzed for frequency in a large sample, can return a statistically meaningful result.In their tests, Juola compared The Cuckoo’s Calling with four works: Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy, Ruth Rendell’s The St. Zita Society, P.D. James’ The Private Patient and Val McDermid’s The Wire in the Blood. The analysis said that it was most likely to be Rowling’s writing, but that only proves Rowling was the most similar of the four. That tends to be the sort of evidence you get from techniques such as this, relative rather than absolute.Still, it’s often seen as enough to, say, challenge a will as written by someone other than the supposed author. It’s enough to help police figure out whether a letter from a criminal might be from an impersonator. And it’s apparently enough to justify outing one author as another. Rowling has since copped to writing under the pen name, validating the tipster and very possibly a publisher’s sneaky marketing trick.Most interesting in all of this, though, is that the software used to make this analysis is freely available. Play around with it yourself by downloading it here.last_img read more

Volcan Eyjafjöll le nuage de cendres devrait se déplacer vers lArctique

first_imgVolcan Eyjafjöll : le nuage de cendres devrait se déplacer vers l’ArctiqueIslande – Après avoir paralysé le trafic aérien d’Europe du Nord, le nuage de cendres émis par le volcan Eyjafjöll devrait être poussé vers l’Arctique par le vent. L’activité du volcan se calmerait pour sa part sensiblement.Si mardi matin, trois cratères continuaient à cracher des cendres, le volume de ces dernières a nettement diminué, assurent les scientifiques islandais. Alors que le trafic aérien reprend timidement dans plusieurs aéroports du nord de l’Europe, “le panache qui s’élève au-dessus du volcan est plus petit et plus clair, ce qui signifie qu’il n’y pas beaucoup de cendres dedans” a précisé la police dans un communiqué. Dans la nuit de lundi à mardi, le volcan Eyjafjöll s’est montré relativement calme et de premières projections de lave laissent espérer qu’il cessera rapidement de rejeter ces cendres sur lesquelles sont rivés les yeux du monde entier depuis près d’une semaine.Ces informations sont toutefois contredites par les observations des autorités aéronautiques anglaises qui auraient repéré lundi soir un nouveau nuage se dirigeant vers les îles britanniques. De son côté, l’Organisation météorologique mondiale (OMM) indique que “la situation actuelle de haute pression (anti-cyclonique) avec des vents faibles et de l’air descendant lentement au centre de la haute pression n’aide pas beaucoup à disperser le nuage de cendres”. Une situation qui devrait évoluer à la fin de la semaine. De basses pressions atmosphériques sont en effet attendues sur l’Islande. Allié à des pluies, ce système de basse pression devrait pousser le nuage vers l’Arctique, tout en contribuant “à lessiver les cendres à de plus basses altitudes” .Le 20 avril 2010 à 16:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

HandsOn Prey 2017 is Every Video Game Except Prey 2006

first_img Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on target In 2006 there was a video game called Prey. You played as a Cherokee dude shooting aliens in first person on a big space station. For years developers tried and failed to make the sequel the original ending teased. Meanwhile, Arkane Studios started developing its own game about shooting aliens on a big space station in first person, and because Bethesda owned the rights to the Prey brand, we’re finally getting a new Prey by sticking the name of this game. While Prey 2017 may be just a spiritual successor to the original at best (like Final Fantasy for sci-fi shooters) the ideas it’s synthesizing from other games give me some faith.If Dishonored was Arkane Studios basically making a new Thief, Prey is the team’s attempt at making a new System Shock, along with the other sci-fi immersive sims that classic inspired. The demo I played limited me to one section of the haunted, haunting alien-infested space station. But it was a fairly dense and scientific environment where I could test how the systems interacted with each other, and I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of the results.Along with standard shotguns and Half-Life wrenches, I also had a big gun that could shoot balls of sticky glue at things and harden on impact. I discovered that I could use glue to do everything from patching up fire and electrical hazards to briefly immobilizing enemies and landing some free hits. Meanwhile, previously hardened glue in other spots of the map could be shattered leading the way to new paths.The demo was full of neat little “Aha” moments like that. One particularly nasty alien could reanimate corpses left in a test chamber. You have to fight at least one but if you manually dragged more corpses into the chamber, you could up the challenge and farm more crafting materials like alien tumors. I also stumbled across a prisoner, and by choosing to free him instead of murdering him, he gave me access to a powerful armory. I probably spent more time exploring than fighting, which just made combat more tense. The full game even lets you turn into a cup, which I, unfortunately, didn’t get to try for myself.Player choice like that is appreciated, but it’s also very much in vogue these days. The Prey demo, while not necessarily generic for a AAA game, still constantly reminded of other video games. Neuromods introduce light RPG upgrades out of Deus Ex or Fallout like hacking turrets or unleashing psychic blasts. The inventory screen full of items of different sizes to rearrange gave me Resident Evil 4 flashbacks. The horror in space vibe should satisfy fans of Dead Space or, I guess, the original Prey. You even find a scanning visor for some Metroid Prime action. The final game promises a single, interconnected world, not unlike the beloved Nintendo series.Those are great influences, but it leaves the game itself a little lacking when it comes to personal identity. That also describes the main character, who suffers from typical video game amnesia and has to rely on questionable guidance from other survivors and past, BioShock-style recordings to untangle the extraterrestrial plot. In case the inspirations weren’t clear enough, the demo was followed by a screening of the original Total Recall at the Alamo Drafthouse theater.If you haven’t played the new Doom, you should play the new Doom. But if you’re looking for another Bethesda space shooter, maybe one with more brains than brawn, consider the new Prey when it comes out May 5. Or maybe wait a few days later thanks to Bethesda’s asinine ongoing reviews policy. Wait long enough and you might even get to play a better looking version on Xbox Scorpio.RIP old Prey.last_img read more

We Finally Get a Full Look at Blade Runner 2049

first_img After months of waiting in trepidation for any hint of the new Blade Runner film’s quality, Warner Bros. released another trailer.Blade Runner 2049, which stars Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista, and others, takes place 30 years after the original.In some ways, the new film looks like the classic, thanks to a shot through rainy Los Angeles streets that looks like it was picked straight from it. However, we also get glimpses of a dusty yellow landscape (possibly another planet) and an empty but decorated home.We’re still unclear on how the sequel will tie in with the original, but Warner Bros. released a brief plot synopsis:“A new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.”We’re still surprised that this sequel even exists. A sequel of some sort has been in production since 1999. The original Blade Runner, released in 1982, while highly regarded nowadays as a science fiction, noir classic, wasn’t consistently received upon release by critics. Ford and then-director Ridley Scott tangled on set, and Scott himself disagreed with the studio in the following decades on proper cuts of the film. It’s why multiple versions of the film exist, although according to Scott, there’s only one real version.With the sequel, we can finally get some concrete answers on questions posed in the first film. Is Deckard a replicant? What ever happened to Deckard and Rachael? What was Gaff’s deal?Blade Runner 2049 can probably never be separated from its predecessor, but it’s working to stand on its own, at least based on this first footage. Additionally, the film is directed by Denis Villeneuve, who was at the helm for this year’s optimistic but tragic science fiction piece Arrival. Scott is on board as an executive producer.Blade Runner 2049 will hit theaters on Oct. 6, 2017. Stay on target Rutger Hauer, ‘Blade Runner’ Actor, Dies at 752019 in Sci-Fi: What Movies, Games, and TV Told Us Will Happen This Year last_img read more

Former MDCPS Board member charged with firing at Pembroke Pines cops moved

first_imgHe was given a $225,000 bond and ordered to have no contact with the victims and have no possession of firearms.Stinson was denied bond on one of the charges, eliminating the chances of him bonding out of jail.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A former Miami-Dade School Board member has been transferred to jail and faces some serious charges after, authorities said, he was involved in a parking dispute in Pembroke Pines that ended in gunfire, then shot at police officers during a chase.Officers moved 81-year-old Solomon Stinson from the hospital to the Broward County Jail, Thursday night.Stinson was charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and fleeing police. He is being held without bond.According to investigators, Stinson got into an altercation in the parking lot next to the AMC Pembroke Lakes 9 multiplex, Sunday afternoon.Police said the suspect shot into a car and took off. When officers went after him, officials said, he shot at them during the chase.No one was hit.Stinson eventually crashed and was taken into custody. last_img read more

Fake certificates row hits treasury department

first_imgMedak: It has been alleged that several government officials are getting promotions using fake certificates. One of the main allegations is that the authorities are sanctioning promotions without verifying the sanctity of the certificates.One such incident at Sub Treasury Office (STO) here has become the talk of the town. A women employee who is now continuing as sub-treasurer is raising questions among people. Also Read – Thimmapur villagers pledge to go plastice-free Advertise With Us Especially, the contractors were surprised about her knowledge in numbers. The treasury deals with accounts and amounts, but a person who cannot write correctly and spell the amount is dealing everything here, said a contractor on the condition of anonymity. Some of them already complained to the District Collector about her. It is learnt that the officers in the STO admitted that there was something fishy about her. Even district treasury officials also responded and there is a chance of inquiry into the matter.last_img read more

Twitterati clash over ICJ ruling

first_imgNew Delhi/Islamabad: “India bites the dust”, “India served RAW justice”, “Pakistan vindicated” – were among the screaming headlines of Pakistani dailies on Thursday, a day after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling on Kulbhushan Jadhav. As India celebrated the ICJ ruling, which stayed the death sentence on the Indian national and directed that he be allowed immediate consular access, Twitterati from both India and Pakistan took strong positions on the ruling, attacking the other side on the social media platform and claiming victory in the case. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us India has warned Pakistan that its conduct will be under watch and any “farcical attempts” claiming to implement the ICJ’s order in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case would mean going back to the world court or the UN Security Council for remedies. “It is a good moment for us to help Jadhav get justice and ensure he gets a fair trial,” India’s lead counsel in the case, Harish Salve, told reporters in London on Wednesday in the the wake of the judgment. Also Read – Ratul Puri’s ED custody extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us Salve indicated that the next steps would involve access to the Indian national by India’s consular officials in Pakistan, who will then be able to ensure he gets full legal representation. Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi termed the ruling a victory for Islamabad as the court had not ruled for Jadhav’s release, though Prime Minister Imran Khan voiced appreciation for the ICJ ruling. Advertise With Us Pakistan Today ran the banner headline “India served RAW justice”, alluding to Pakistan’s claim that Jadhav is an agent of India’s external intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). The Tribune of Pakistan ran the banner headline “Pakistan Vindicated”, while the Daily Times’ headline read “India bites the dust”. The News wrote “No Retrial, No Release”, ignoring the fact that the ICJ ruled for continued stay on Jadhav’s execution, which it said would “constitute an indispensable condition for the effective review and reconsideration” of his sentence and conviction. The Dawn was more practical, with the headline “ICJ rejects Indian plea for Jadhav’s acquittal, release”. The Nation wrote “Pakistan wins Jadhav case at UN court”. The ICJ judgment also saw Union Minister Giriraj Singh take a jibe at the Pakistani government for tweeting the court ruling as a big win. “Not your fault.. judgment delivered in English,” he retorted.last_img read more

As Diwali drives online sales ecommerce firms fail to deliver orders in

first_imgAmazon boxes are seen stacked for delivery.ReutersThe Diwali shopping rush has squeezed the e-tailers’ logistical means dry, resulting in long delays for customers who have ordered goodies and gifts online. The e-commerce companies that sought to capitalise on the high festive demand have apparently failed to make sure that orders are delivered in time. Giant e-retailers Amazon and Flipkart are unable to carry out quick deliveries in the middle of their annual festive battle. Further, even prime users on Amazon, who normally receive their deliveries within one day of ordering the product, have also reportedly faced delays for Diwali related purchases, The Times of India reported.During the festive season in India, the electronic items and smartphone segments mostly drive the sales for the e-commerce sector as they provide heavy discounts to the customers during that period. However, to meet the demand rush, such big e-retailers take a significant time and make sure that the preparation is done to serve the customers in time.According to recent reports, temporary recruitments in India have also gathered steam driven by strong demand for the e-commerce delivery requirements and retail stores this festive season. These temporary roles mostly involve delivery executives, shop floor managers and sales personnel among others.Amazon had recently announced about 22,000 openings for seasonal jobs in India. Flipkart too had added about 20,000 temporary staff to its logistics workforce for its biggest annual event, Big Billion Days. These temporary workers are expected to help pick, pack, ship and deliver customer orders.Despite these efforts to meet the surging customer demand, such giant e-commerce companies are not able to deliver the products to the customers in time.”Many sellers are still shipping items placed during the last leg of the sale event and the additional demand of sending time-bound Diwali products is taking a toll on the delivery timeline,” a seller said. Flipkart Big Diwali Sale screenshotFlipkartLast week, a report by e-commerce advisory firm RedSeer Consulting also found that delivery time has increased for e-tailers in the festive period. The report came at a time when e-commerce majors are claiming record speed in delivery during festivals. The RedSeer report had also stressed that training the delivery boys is a key concern and should be taken seriously because it helps them increase the delivery rate through proper route planning and customer interaction which is a very important metric for the industry to grow.last_img read more

Railways to export six DMU train sets to Sri Lanka

first_img[Representational image]Twitter/Prasar BhartiThe Indian Railways is all set to establish its footprint in Sri Lanka with the export of six DMU (diesel multiple units) trainsets consisting of 78 modern coaches worth Rs 600 crore.The first DMU train set comprising 13 coaches will be shipped out to the island nation in September while the rest will follow by year-end, as per the delivery schedule finalised by the two countries. DMU trainsets do not require separate locomotives as the engines are incorporated into one or more of its coaches.All train sets would be equipped with state-of-the-art technology and manufactured at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai for which the order is a big boost in its export business. There will be three different type of coaches — AC Executive Class, Second and Third Class — and, as per the Sri Lankan requirement, they will only have seating facility.”The design of coaches is being finalised as per the customer’s choice and ICF has fully geared up to meet the export order in time,” a senior Railway Ministry official involved with the manufacturing process told IANS.The first rake shipment will take place in September after which it will be put on a trial run on the Sri Lankan rails. “There will be oscillation trial of the first rake which will be followed by shipment of five more rakes by the year-end or early next year,” the official said.The contract will be funded under the Indian Line of Credit to Sri Lanka announced in 2011. In order to foster regional cooperation with these countries, the government has been extending various lines of credit for funding railway projects for export of Indian Railways-manufactured locomotives and rolling stock.ICF manufactured 2,500 coaches last year and has a target of 3,000 in the current fiscal.Source: IANSlast_img read more

Texas Delegates Share Views On GOP Presidential Candidate Donald Trump

first_img Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /03:40 Listen X News 88.7 politics and government reporter Andrew Schneider has been at the Republican National Convention talking to members of the Texas delegation.They spoke about their views on the upcoming presidential election and on Texas’ role in the Republican Party going forward.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016With Donald Trump accepting the GOP’s nomination Thursday night, we now get to hear the delegates thoughts on their candidate in this audio postcard.Interview Highlights:Johnny Lopez, delegate from Irving“I started off being a [Sen. Ted] Cruz supporter, Texas favorite son, but the fact of the matter is that there’s only two people in the race now, and it’s Trump all the way for me.”Chuck Meyer, at-large Texas delegate, lives in The Woodlands“We’re a very red state. Our entire leadership, all the positions in the executive branch, the judicial branch, and the state legislature are majority Republican [NOTE: There is one elected Democratic state judge, Judge Lawrence E. Meyers of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, who was elected four times as a Republican before switching parties in 2013]. And we deliver 38 electoral votes when it comes to the fall. That’s a pretty sizable chunk of electoral votes. You don’t win the White House…if you’re a Republican if you don’t win Texas.”Reginald Grant, delegate from Texas Congressional District 2, lives in Huffman“The world is looking at us and seeing what we’re going to do this election cycle. They’re counting on us to make the right decision, which I’m sure most of the world would agree would be Donald Trump, because we’ve alienated our friends and our allies all around the world, and so they’re looking to know that we have their backs.”Soraya Zamora, delegate from Texas Congressional District 15“I’m originally from Venezuela. I’m a naturalized U.S. citizen, very proud to be an American citizen. When I see people that choose to stay home [on Election Day], because [Trump] is not conservative enough, it really irks me, because it’s not about the man. It’s about the country and what is at stake. Whomever wins the presidency will have to choose Supreme Court justices. These are positions that will probably be for 20, 30, 40 years.”Mike Goldman, at-large Texas delegate, lives in Austin“One thing I’ve seen traveling around the country is that other states frequently look to Texas to develop policy and to measure their approach to resisting what we see as federal overreach. And so I think Texas will continue to have an important role going forward. And the fact that Texas was…the largest state that was not very friendly to Donald Trump, that’s going to be important too.”Morgan Graham, Republican County Chair, Cameron County (Hispanic population of county exceeds 90 percent)“Texas will always be Texas. We’ll never be brought to our knees by any state and by any party, even if it’s our own…We have Governor Greg Abbott, we have our state [GOP] chairman, Tom Mechler – they are actually thinking into other things, something that the national party has overlooked, which is investing [in] and recognizing the Hispanic conservative populace…As far as Texas politics is concerned, we’re going to be fine. It’s just a matter of whether or not other people are willing to work with us and use the asset that we are.”Julie Faubel, at-large alternate Texas delegate, lives in Montgomery“We are a red state, and the Republican National Committee is counting on us to remain red. The RNC last year gave us money to fund field operations, and it’s vital, because if Texas turns blue, there goes the Republican Party in Texas, as well as the national Republican Party.”last_img read more

Spicer Resigns As White House Press Secretary

first_imgFrom the archives: White House press secretary Sean Spicer calls on a member of the media during the daily press briefing at the White House.White House press secretary Sean Spicer is resigning his position, according to two people with knowledge of the decision.One of those people said Spicer is quitting because of objections over the appointment of a new White House communications director, New York financier Anthony Scaramucci.The people with knowledge of the decision insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the personnel matter publicly. Sharelast_img read more

Metro Shutdown Divides DC Maryland Residents

first_imgThe 29-hour shuttering of the Metrorail system on March 16 and March 17 created no shortage anxiety among some of its passengers who were forced to make other travel plans.A sign at the Rosslyn, Va., Metro station notifies riders that the system is closed for emergency inspection Wednesday, March 16, 2016. An unprecedented safety shutdown of the Metro subway system inconvenienced hundreds of thousands of people in and around the nation’s capital on Wednesday. Federal workers telecommuted or took the day off, children missed school and countless others woke up early to take bus after bus, hail pricey taxis or slog through traffic. (AP Photo/Jessica Gresko)At the Addison Road-Seat Pleasant Metro Station on the Blue and Silver Lines on March 15, people chatted at the bus stations about the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority’s system-wide shutdown of its subway system, Metrorail.“This is very frustrating,” said Rose Field, a D.C. government employee. “I just started a new job two weeks ago and I have already been late because of Metrorail. My employer doesn’t want to hear that I am late to work because of Metro.”Fields said she would have to resort to alternative arrangements.“Unfortunately I will have to drive to work,” she said. “I will have to get gas to drive into downtown D.C. and pay $30 to park downtown.”While Metro stations offered free parking on March 16 for those traveling by bus, that didn’t help Fields, who said that catching the series of buses needed to get to downtown Washington “wasn’t worth the time.”Christina Horton said the March 16 shutdown was “a real inconvenience.”“I think the decision to close the Metro train system was horrible,” Horton said. “I will have to travel to Reagan National Airport to get to work and in order to do that, I have to take five buses from here. That means to catch my bus I will have to leave two hours earlier than usual.”Robert and Sylvia Currie might have taken the shutdown with a grain of salt.  As private-industry employees, the couple had agreed to telecommute as soon as the announcement of the shutdown was made March 15. Their anxiety, however, reached a feverish pitch when they realized their five children would still have to attend school.The White House is visible as morning traffic builds along 16th Street Northwest, in Washington, Wednesday, March 16, 2016. The Metro subway system that serves the nation’s capital and its Virginia and Maryland suburbs shut down for a full-day for an emergency safety inspection of its third-rail power cables. Making for unusual commute, as the lack of service is forcing some people on the roads, while others are staying home or teleworking. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Residents of Ward 7, the Curries said the maneuvering of children between three different public schools, as well as the University of the District of Columbia, became too cumbersome; they abandoned their attempt in mid-travel.“The unfortunate thing about this is that we could have made better arrangements for the children, but Metrorail does not extend into every neighborhood—nor do the buses,” said Robert Currie. “But when the entire world seemed like it was trying to get into the city, even side streets and shortcuts became backed up. Once the alleyways off of East Capital became full, we had to give up.”The Curries were among thousands of District residents whose daily commute requires using the subway or walking through what can be potentially hazardous areas, including new developments built in Ward 8 along the Suitland Parkway.Donya Eckles and her children normally take the Metro to the Anacostia station, after which two members of the family journey up Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and two others connect to service near the Navy Yard station.  From the onset of the shutdown, however, Eckles said she feared other methods of travel would not end well for the kids. “I can laugh about it now, but it was just too hectic with so many people on the roads and when buses did come, they were packed in like sardines. These are small kids and it is just not a good idea to have them out in crowds of frustrated people trying to get to work,” Eckles said.  “My youngest, Tennille, became agitated and needed her asthma inhaler and I knew it was not worth the effort.”A rider enters a Metro train in the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro station Tuesday, March 15, 2016 in Washington. The head of the rail system that serves the nation’s capital and its Virginia and Maryland suburbs says the system will shut down for a full day after a fire near one of the system’s tunnels. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Riders take more than 700,000 trips on Metro trains every day as a convenient way to get downtown from Maryland, Virginia and the city’s outer neighborhoods. However, the mid-week shutdown has caused many to re-evaluate their commutes and plan alternatives should the system need to be shut down once again for additional repairs.“We had to get into the city from Arlington which made us leave around 2 a.m.,” said Rolmud Asad, a Subway sandwich shop owner. “We knew enough to have at least two people find lodging around the corner at a hotel so we could still open on time, but those two had to do all of the work until the rest came. Some stores did not fare so lucky and had to close for the day.  All around, that is just bad business for the city.”  However, Marlon Ferrell, a resident of Seat Pleasant, Md., said he was comfortable with the decision to shut down the train system.“I will take the bus to work if I have to,” Ferrell said. “If that doesn’t work out, I will stay home.”On March 16, the entrance of the Capitol Heights Station was closed, with a black and gold metal gate in front of it. While the trains were not running, Metro personnel wouldn’t allow people to go into the station even to put more money on their fare cards.Later that day, Metro General Manager and CEO Paul Wiedefeld and D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) announced that the Metro would resume full service on March 17. The issues regarding approximately 600 of the system’s third-rail power cables had apparently been resolved.Wiedefeld’s decision to shut down Metrorail has been criticized primarily because of a lack of notice. Despite the critics, Wiedefeld stands by his decision.“When I say safety is our highest priority, I mean it,” he said. “That sometimes means making tough, unpopular decisions, and this is one of those times. I fully recognize the hardship this will cause.”U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) called for an oversight meeting between her senatorial colleagues from the Washington region, Wiedefeld and other leaders responsible for Metro safety in April. Mikulski has been a strong supporter of Metro on Capitol Hill, though she has been known to criticize its shortcomings, particularly relating to its culture of safety.“The action to shutdown down the Metrorail system was dramatic, drastic and disruptive, but necessary to ensure safety is finally being taken seriously at Metro,” she said.last_img read more

Middle Easts largest aquarium now in Oman

first_imgBuilt inside the Mall of Muscat, the aquarium is first of its kind in Oman and the largest in the Middle East covering 8,000 sq m of the mall and spanning three floors. The Oman aquarium opened doors to visitors in April showcasing around 1,000 types of Omani fishes and 30,000 marine animals including sharks, lobsters, turtles, rays, local corals, penguins and crocodiles.The main tank has a walk-through tunnel for visitors to get an up-close and personal look at the variety of fishes inside. The ticket is priced at OMR 8.5 for adults and OMR 6.5 for children.In addition to the newly launched aquarium, the Mall of Muscat also has recreational city (Fabi Land), cinema complex with 14 lounges, more than 200 retail outlets and soon to open Snow Park.last_img read more

Mortgage Debt Declines in Consumer Debt Picture

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News August 9, 2016 525 Views While household debt increased by $35 billion in Q2, the mortgage sector’s share of that debt declined from a huge spike in Q1, according to the latest Quarterly Report on Household Debt and Credit, issued Tuesday by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s (NYFED) Center for Microeconomic Data.In the second quarter, consumer debt rose by 0.3 percent to $12.29 trillion, driven mainly by new auto loan and credit card debts. However, national mortgage debt declined by $7 billion. Q1 saw a $120 spike in mortgage debt over Q4 of 2015.Mortgage balances, the largest component of household debt, were essentially flat in Q2. Mortgage balances shown on consumer credit reports on June 30 stood at $8.36 trillion. Total mortgage debt was up $246 billion since last year, totaling $8.36 trillion. Total housing dent for Q2 was $8.85 trillion. Mortgage originations grew, to $427 billion.HELOCs, also down $7 billion in Q2, were down over the past year, by $12 billion. Total HELOC debt is $478 billion.Q2 also saw improvements in overall delinquency rates and another historical low (over the 18 years of the data sample) in new foreclosures. Overall, the New York Fed reported, delinquency rates in Q2‒‒4.8 percent‒‒continued the trend in place since 2010. Q2’s rate of delinquency dropped 5 percent from previous quarter and 5.6 percent compared to Q2 of 2015 2015. There were 82,000 consumers with new foreclosure notations on their credit reports‒‒another low in the 18-year history of this data set.Of mortgages in early delinquency, 16.1 percent transitioned to 90-plus days delinquent, while 36.9 percent became current.”Today’s report highlights a positive ongoing trend in household debt,” said Donghoon Lee, Research Officer at the New York Fed. “Delinquency rates continue to improve, even as credit has become more widely available.”Non-housing debt balances rose in the second quarter; with increases of $32 billion and $17 billion in auto loans and credit cards, respectively, and a slight decline in student loan balances (-$2 billion). Household Debt Mortgage Debt New York Fed 2016-08-09 Seth Welborncenter_img Mortgage Debt Declines in Consumer Debt Picture Sharelast_img read more