FXTM is Partnering with Legendary BASE Jumper

first_img(Attn.editors: The following press release comes to you under an arrangement with PRNewswire. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same). FXTM is Partnering with Legendary BASE Jumper and Red Bull Athlete Valery Rozov LIMASSOL, Cyprus, July 14, 2016/PRNewswire/ — Global award-winning forex broker FXTM has announced a partnership with renowned BASE jumper and Red Bull athlete Valery Rozov. FXTM will support Rozov in a series of unique jumps as he trains across the globe in a refreshingly unique and exhilarating journey called the #FXTMbasejump project. This venture promises to be an exciting experience filled with remarkable and never-before-seen milestones along the way. To view the Multimedia News Release, please click: http://www.multivu.com/players/uk/7881951-fxtm-partnering-with -valery-rozov Talking about FXTMs collaboration with Rozov, CEO of ForexTime Limited, Olga Rybalkina, said: “FXTM and Valery share a mutual passion for redefining existing standards. By supporting Valery in his latest aspiration we want to reflect the support and dedication we provide to our clients and we want this partnership to serve as inspiration for our traders to take their experience to greater heights.” Valery Rozov added: “The need to push your limits is essential for success, both in the world of extreme sports and financial business, which is why FXTM is the perfect partner for my latest project. FXTMs commitment to going beyond what is expected and seeking cutting-edge solutions is in line with my approach to BASE jumping. Working together on #FXTMbasejump project is going to be a great experience.” (MORE) PRN AKN AKNadvertisementlast_img read more

Thalapathy 63: Is Vijay playing a football coach in Atlee’s film?

first_imgThalapathy Vijay was last seen in director AR Murugadoss’s Sarkar, which released on Diwali 2018. The film ran into controversy when senior leaders of the AIADMK party pressurised the makers to remove a particular scene from the film as it mocked former chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s welfare schemes.After Sarkar’s successful run at the box office, Vijay took some time off to spend with his family. Now, the actor is training for his upcoming film, the working title of which is Thalapathy 63. Directed by Atlee, this film is tipped to be a sports drama produced by AGS Entertainment.The rumour mills are churning out reports that Vijay will be essaying the role of a football coach in the film. Also, the makers have roped in 16 debutant actors to act in the movie as football players. However, an official confirmation on the same is yet to arrive.The shooting of Thalapathy 63 is expected to commence sometime in March 2019 and the film might hit the theatres for Diwali 2019. The makers are now finalising the cast and crew of the movie.In December 2018, Atlee, cinematographer GK Vishnu and producer Archana Kalpathi were scouting locations in Hollywood. This film marks the third collaboration between Atlee and Vijay after Theri and Mersal.On November 14, AGS Entertainment issued a press statement that read, “#Thalapathy63 promises to be PAKKA MASS family entertainer with a large cast, superior technical crew and best of production value. We are putting together the best global talent to attempt a genre that will be the first of its kind for Thalapathy.”advertisementALSO READ: Priyanka Chopra is a breathtaking bride in new photos from Hindu wedding with Nick JonasALSO WATCH: 2.0 mania takes over India with Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar film releaselast_img read more

Hashim Amla going ‘hungrier than ever before’ at 2019 World Cup

first_imgSouth Africa batsman Hashim Amla, who missed the one-day series against Sri Lanka earlier this year and also the Indian Premier League, stated that he had his time away and now he is hungrier than ever before to be back on the field.”Things happen that you don’t anticipate and I did not anticipate how things have gone recently. But I am a firm believer that when something happens, there is some good in it. I have had time away and now I am really looking back to wearing the green and gold again,” ICC quoted Amla, as saying.”I am hungrier than ever before, there is no doubt about that. I have been blessed to have this shirt for a while but the time off has made me want to come back stronger,” he added.The 36-year-old has already played twice in the World Cup (2011, 2015) and this will be his third appearance in the premier tournament. Amla will try to make the most of this World Cup as it will likely be his last chance of lifting the coveted trophy.The Proteas will face England in the opening match of the quadrennial tournament and Amla is optimistic to face the top-ranked squad saying that they have done well against them. He also opined that even though there are fewer expectations from them, the team is confident of doing well.”It is the best first game we could have asked for. We have played England recently and had some success against them, I have done well against them too. This year, you don’t see the same big names and that is why the focus is not on us but that has some good in it,” he said.advertisement”There has not been much chat about us winning in comparison to the past but I don’t think that played a part in how we performed. At the end of the day, we always gave our best and played to win. The fact that there has not been a lot of chat at this World Cup means there is less expectation but in the team we think we can do well,” he added.South Africa will compete with England in the opening match of the World Cup on May 30.Also Read | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni should be India’s No. 5, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Khawaja survives scare after being hit by Russell bouncerAlso Seelast_img read more

Mourinho: Rooney will be back

first_imgManchester United v Everton One day Rooney will be back home, says Mourinho Chris Myson Last updated 2 years ago 03:35 18/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Rooney - Cropped Getty Images Manchester United v Everton José Mourinho Premier League Manchester United Everton The current Everton striker will be back at Manchester United one day, according to his former manager Jose Mourinho has predicted Wayne Rooney will return to Manchester United in the future and insists he was not surprised to see the forward warmly welcomed back to Old Trafford by the club’s fans.The 31-year-old returned to his former ground with Everton in his first appearance against United, with whom he spent a successful 13 years, since re-joining his boyhood club in July.United ran out 4-0 winners, but Rooney was substituted with eight minutes remaining when the deficit was just one and was afforded a huge ovation by the home supporters, as well as receiving a handshake from Mourinho on the touchline. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Everton -1 4/6 v SunderlandManager Mourinho praised his side’s fans for their respect and is confident Rooney, the captain during his first season in charge at Old Trafford, will be back in some capacity in the future.0 – Manchester United remain the only side Wayne Rooney has never ended on the winning side against in the Premier League. Loss. pic.twitter.com/o1M5QTuTaK— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 17, 2017″I didn’t need to ask,” Mourinho said of the generous reception given to Rooney. “It is the nature of English fans and big clubs when a player is big in the club and has an important part of the club’s history. “I think every club in England has that. I can only speak about Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford, and in both stadiums when you have former players, the reception is normally phenomenal. No surprise at all.”He is at home and one day I believe he will be back home.”last_img read more

Video: Watch Peyton Manning Get On Stage And Sing “Rocky Top” At Nashville Bar

first_imgPeyton Manning gets on stage at Nashville Bar.Peyton Manning may have won Super Bowls with both the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos before wrapping up his Hall of Fame NFL career, but he’ll always be remembered as a Volunteer in Tennessee. So when Manning decided to take the stage with country singer Lee Brice and sing “Rocky Top” inside a Nashville bar Monday night, one can only imagine he made some Tennessee fans very happy. YouTuber Ray Casper posted this awesome video. This is fantastic.[Outkick The Coverage]last_img read more

Dorian LPG Reveals Delivery Dates for Two VLGCs

first_imgzoom Dorian LPG Ltd., a liquefied petroleum gas shipping company, has advised that the delivery of its newbuild Hull No. 2657 (to be named Corsair) is expected to be on September 26, 2014, according to a notification by the vessels’ builder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).The company expects to be taking delivery of Hull No. 2656 (to be named Comet) at the end of July.Comet will deliver onto a 5 year Time Charter to Shell.Corsair is unfixed and expected to trade in the spot market.Dorian LPG currently owns and operates three VLGCs and one pressurized LPG vessel.In addition, Dorian LPG now has 19 ECO VLGC newbuildings under construction.June 23, 2014last_img read more

Vancouver performer accused of drug smuggling after arrest in Japan

first_imgNARITA, Japan – A Vancouver-area resident is in custody in Japan, accused of smuggling nearly 10 kilograms of drugs into the country.A statement from Tokyo Customs says Daniel Whitmore was arrested at Narita Airport on Dec. 11 after arriving on a flight from Vancouver.The email statement says that 9,801 grams of methamphetamine was seized after being found in a guitar case and canisters of tea that allegedly belonged to Whitmore.Details of the arrest were not released until late December.Whitmore is the lead singer for the Vancouver-based Iron Maiden tribute band Powerclown, and the band says in a message on its Facebook page that they are hoping for the best for their bandmate.The Government of Canada website for travellers says suspects in Japan can be held for up to 23 days without charges, police questioning can begin without a lawyer present and the conviction rate, once indicted, is above 99 per cent.last_img read more

US restrictions wont affect 5G plans Huawei

first_imgBeijing: Ren Zhengfei, founder and CEO of Chinese tech giant Huawei, on Tuesday denied that restrictions imposed by the US on its products and supplies will affect the roll-out of 5G technology. In an interview with Chinese state media, Ren said that the decision by some American tech companies to stop selling components and software to Huawei “doesn’t mean much” and added that the company was already prepared to deal with the ban, reports Efe news. “We can make chips as good as those made by US companies, but it does not mean that we will not buy chips from them,” Ren said. Huawei’s founder acknowledged that the clash with the US was inevitable owing to the company’s interest in becoming one of the global leaders of the 5G technology and said that “others will definitely not be able to catch up with Huawei in 5G technologies for two or three years”. “But in our business (5G), Huawei is at the forefront, though when it comes to comparison between countries, we are still far behind the United States,” he added. The Huawei executive also said that his company will not exclude US chips and that Huawei was “very grateful” to the US companies including tech multinational IBM. “Instead, we should grow together. But if there is a supply shortage, we have a backup. In the “peace period”, half of our chips are from the US companies and half from Huawei. We cannot be isolated from the world,” he said. When asked how long the crisis surrounding the company would last, Ren said the question should be directed at US President Donald Trump. “Blame should be directed at US politicians, not companies,” he said. Ren’s remarks comes a day after the US Department of Commerce issued a temporary general license lifting the ban on Huawei and its subsidiaries to prepare for a transition. The Department said in a statement that the decision was taken to grant “operators time to make other arrangements and the Department space to determine the appropriate long term measures for Americans and foreign telecommunications providers that currently rely on Huawei equipment for critical services”. Last week, the US included Huawei in a list of companies and individuals that would be denied access to US technologies. As an outcome of this ban, Alphabet, Google’s parent company, has revoked Huawei’s Android license, which means the Chinese telecom giant will lose access to updates to the Android operating system except those available through an open source license and also no longer have access to Google’s proprietary services such as Google Maps. Huawei on Monday said it “will continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products, covering those that have been sold and that are still in stock globally”. “We will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, in order to provide the best experience for all users globally,” the company said in a statement. US semi-conductor companies such as Intel, Qualcomm, Xilinx Inc and Broadcom and Germany’s Infineon Technologies as well as American chip manufacturing firms including Micron Technology and Western Digital will also stop supplying components to Huawei in compliance with Trump’s order, which could delay the global roll-out of 5G networks.last_img read more

City of Hamilton opens some spray pads early

Pier 4Waterdown MemorialWinonaFairgrounds ParkHeritage Green Sports ParkAll of the smaller neighbourhood pads will turn on the week of June 18. The City of Hamilton opened the Gage Park spray pad Thursday, after turning on two west-end pads the day before.Earlier this week, officials said city-run pads would begin opening June 11, despite soaring summer-like temperatures.The city said it didn’t have the funds to open them early.On Wednesday, the city announced that the Dundas Driving Park and Ancaster Village Green Park pads were open.According to the city, ward councillors covered the additional cost.Dundas Driving Park and Ancaster Village Green Park SPRAY PADS are now open, all others are set to open beginning the week of June 11! Thanks to the Ward Councillors who have covered the additional cost to open these two locations early. Details: https://t.co/T15pnl1xeh#HamOntpic.twitter.com/JhUNmbP80U— City of Hamilton (@cityofhamilton) May 30, 2018Thursday, the city announced the Gage Park pad was open.The list of spray pads is being updated here.The following large community-sized spray pads will open the week of June 11: read more

Annan sees important UN role in postconflict Iraq names special adviser

Rafeeuddin AhmedA spokesman for the Secretary-General said given the pace of events in Iraq and the widespread discussions on a potential role for the UN in post-war Iraq, Mr. Ahmed will now act as the focal point in the UN system for discussions on the various scenarios for such a role. “He will also advise the Secretary-General on any role that the Security Council might eventually mandate the UN system to carry out once the current military campaign has come to an end,” Fred Eckhard told a press briefing.The Council welcomed the appointment and agreed with the Secretary-General that any role beyond the coordination of humanitarian activities in Iraq, and other activities mandated by existing resolutions, would first require a new mandate from the Security Council, Mr. Eckhard said in a later statement.”I do expect the UN to play an important role and the UN has had a good experience in this area, whether it is an issue of political facilitation leading to the emergence of a new or interim administration,” Mr. Annan told reporters on arrival at UN Headquarters in New York shortly before his meeting with the Security Council.”We have done quite a bit of work on reconstruction, working with donor countries and other UN agencies. You have seen the work the UN has done in human rights and the area of the rule of law,” he said in answer to a question over what role the UN might have given that the United States apparently had an interim government with its own officials ready in Kuwait.Mr. Annan noted that US President George Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair were meeting in Northern Ireland today to discuss post-conflict Iraq and that the European Union had come up firmly on the side of a greater UN involvement, stressing that there were lots of areas where the UN could play a role. “But above all the UN involvement does bring legitimacy which is necessary, necessary for the country, for the region and for the peoples around the world,” he added.The Secretary-General was asked whether he was resigned to the fact that the UN would not play as great a role as it had in East Timor or Kosovo, since he had used the word facilitation rather than running a civil administration. “You have to be very careful here,” he replied. “Each crisis has its own peculiarities. Iraq is not East Timor and Iraq is not Kosovo.”Noting that Iraq already had trained personnel, a reasonably effective civil service, and engineers and others who can play a role in their own country, he added: “As we have said before, Iraqis have to be responsible for their political future, and to control their own natural resources. And whatever one can do to help the emergence of a new leadership or a new situation is what one should focus on.”Mr. Ahmed, a former Pakistani diplomat, has held numerous UN posts, including that of Under Secretary-General and Chef de Cabinet of the Secretary-General, as well as assignments in the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Tourism Organization and the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). Mr. Annan, who later this week will travel to London, Berlin, Paris and Moscow to discuss Iraq and a possible UN role with British, German, French and Russian leaders, met with members of the Security Council this morning to inform them of the appointment of Rafeeuddin Ahmed as his Special Adviser. Mr. Ahmed, a Pakistani, has been assisting the UN system informally since February in thinking about possible UN involvement in a post-war Iraq. Video of Kofi Annan’s press encounter read more

Jared Sullinger to leave Ohio State for NBA Draft

Jared Sullinger is heading for the NBA. Sullinger announced Wednesday that he plans to forego his final two seasons of collegiate eligibility and enter the NBA Draft during a press conference at the Schottenstein Center. “I sat down with my family and we pretty much came up with the decision and I think it’s best for me to try to go at it at the next level,” Sullinger said. “And also, I wouldn’t do anything to hurt this program or any of the guys that’s a part of this program. I just thought it was best for me to (go pro).” OSU coach Thad Matta said it was time for Sullinger to head to the NBA. “I’ve always said he’s one of the most intellectual players I’ve ever coached,” Matta said. “The timing is definitely right.” The announcement comes just four days after OSU’s NCAA Tournament run ended with a 64-62 Final Four loss to Kansas Saturday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. After the loss, Sullinger said he had not made a decision on his NBA future and did not set a timetable for announcing the decision. ESPN.com writer Chad Ford lists Sullinger as the No. 10 player on his ranking of the top 100 collegiate prospects. The player could become the seventh first-round NBA draft choice produced by OSU coach Thad Matta. During his two seasons in scarlet and gray, Sullinger started 73 of the 74 games he played, the now-former sophomore forward scored 1,282 points, hauled in 717 rebounds and tallied 59 blocks while also dishing out 89 assists. The Buckeyes won 65 games during his two seasons at OSU, earning the team the No. 1-overall seed and a No. 2 seed in the 2011 and 2012 NCAA Tournaments, respectively. OSU also claimed the outright 2011 Big Ten regular season championship, the 2011 Big Ten Tournament Championship and a share of the 2012 Big Ten regular season title. Sullinger received Associated Press First-Team All-American honors in consecutive seasons at the Schottenstein Center. Sullinger also racked up the 2011 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, as well as selections to the 2011 and 2012 Big Ten All-Tournament team. OSU sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas, who is suspected by some to be considering an NBA future as well, also would not set a timetable for the future of his basketball career after the Buckeyes’ loss to the Jayhawks. From his Twitter account, @DT1UpNComin, Thomas tweeted Wednesday at about 1:20 p.m.: “Got time.”   Matta said he is in the process of gathering information from NBA teams to help Thomas make the best decision. Stay tuned to The Lantern for more. read more

Always Remember When the Doctor Was You With Facebook Regeneration Effect

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. The Doctor may be reluctant to regenerate, but I’d sure like to try.BBC Worldwide Americas this week released a Doctor Who effect for Facebook camera users to experience the Time Lord transformation.Created by VFX studio The Mill, this augmented reality feature is accessible via the built-in Facebook shooter. Simply tap the camera symbol or the “add to your story” circle in the upper corner, or swipe to the left to open the digital camcorder.Then, click the magic wand on the bottom right and scroll through the seemingly endless selection of filters to find the iconic Doctor Who logo.I don’t want to go… (via Stephanie Mlot)Look out for the TARDIS and some on-screen instructions for completing your brief but powerful regeneration. Once that distinctive golden glow dissipates, you land in some sort of wibbly wobbly world—still with two arms, two legs, and two hands. But probably not ginger.“Regeneration is the most distinct and fundamental attribute of Doctor Who,” Sergei Kuharsky, executive vice president of franchise and digital enterprises at BBC Worldwide North America, said in a statement.“As we approach Christmas Day and the next monumental moment in the series’ history, it is a great pleasure to be able to bring fans the opportunity to create and share their own regenerative process through the Facebook Camera Effects Platform,” he added.Video Playerhttps://www.geek.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/segment-video-2.mp400:0000:0000:10Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The wait is almost over: Holiday special “Twice Upon a Time” premieres Dec. 25 at 9 p.m. EST on BBC America, and promises to be an emotional ride for fans of Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi.Written by retiring showrunner Steven Moffat and directed by Rachel Talalay, the yuletide epilogue marks the end for Capaldi, Moffat, actor-and-writer Mark Gatiss, and Pearl Mackie, who thrillingly reprises her role as Bill for a final goodbye.It is also a time for new beginnings, as Jodie Whittaker makes her debut as the Thirteenth Doctor. After saving the world—with a little help from his friends—Capaldi’s Time Lord will regenerate into the first female incarnation of the titular character.The famous transformation has accompanied each version of the Doctor since the BBC series began in 1963. And now, you can share yours with family and friends. (Or just save it to cherish the moment during those tough days ahead.) HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

ViceChancellor recalls Vikram Dev Vermas services to Andhra

first_imgVisakhapatnam: Carving a sand sculpture of Rajah Vikram Dev Verma of Jeypore Kingdom, paying floral tributes to his statue at Department of Physics, Andhra University, distributing prizes to winners of painting contest, among other events formed a part of the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of the Maharaj celebrated with fervour here on Friday. Also Read – Website to guide village secretariat exams created: Collector J Nivas Advertise With Us Jointly organised by Mayank Kumari Deo of Jeypore royal family and Kalinga Odia Academy, the celebration saw academicians recalling his significant contribution in the field of art, culture and education. Participating in the celebrations, Andhra University Vice-Chancellor Prof G Nageswara Rao said that Vikram Dev Verma, who was a scholar, poet and patriot, strived hard to develop Visakhapatnam as an educational hub. Also Read – TDP to intensify protests on sand issue in Vizianagaram Advertise With Us The VC suggested that Vikram Dev Verma’s remarkable contribution to literature and his selfless service should be compiled into a book and promised that the varsity would extend support in printing it. Speaking on the occasion, Mayank Kumari Deo recalled Vikram Dev Verma’s steps to promote art and literature in Visakhapatnam. Invitees at the ceremony said that Vikram Dev Verma was a prolific writer and wrote books in Odia, English, Hindi and Telugu. Former Chief Minister of Odisha Giridhar Gamang, AU Registrar K Niranjan and founder-secretary of Kalinga Odia Academy S N Behera were among those who paid rich tributes to Vikram Dev Verma.last_img read more

Trump appointee quits for antiMuslim comments

first_imgDonald TrumpA US official appointed by president Donald Trump has resigned after CNN posted excerpts of him making racist and Islamophobic comments on a radio show he used to host, the news network reported.Carl Higbie resigned from his post as external affairs chief at the Corporation for National and Community Service, according to a statement from CNCS spokeswoman Samantha Jo Warfield, CNN said.Higbie, the CNCS – an agency that runs volunteer groups including AmeriCops, Senior Corps and the Social Innovation Fund – and the White House were not immediately available for comment.CNN KFile, the network’s investigative reporting team, posted recordings of Higbie’s internet talk radio show “Sound of Freedom” from 2013 and 2014 in which he expresses his dislike of Muslims, black people and homosexuality.“I just don’t like Muslim people. People always rip me a new one for that. ‘Carl, you’re racist, you can‘t, you’re sexist.’ I‘m like, Jesus Christ, I just don’t like Muslim people because their ideology sucks,” he says in one excerpt, describing Islam as “the ideology of a child molester”.In another he tells Muslims: “Go back to your Muslim shithole and go crap in your hands and bang little boys on Thursday nights.”Trump was accused by Democratic Senator Dick Durbin of repeatedly using the word “shithole” when speaking about African countries during a meeting about immigration last week at the White House, causing diplomatic outrage in many African countries.Trump has denied he is a racist, telling a reporter on Sunday: “I‘m the least racist person you have ever interviewed.”last_img read more

Daiona Talbot Missing 13YearOld Girl

first_imgHave you seen this young girl??Her name is Daiona Talbot and she is missing. She is 13 years old (D.O.B 7-14-2002) She is 5’2 in height and weighs 200 pounds.  She has brown hair and eyes. She attends Beechfield Elementary/ middle school which she is in the 8th grade. Her last known location was the 2100 block of Hollins St. if you have any information on her whereabouts please call Sandra (Mother) @ 443-447-4657Dontae (Father) @ 443-529-6098IF YOU COME IN CONTACT WITH HER PLEASE CALL US AND Baltimore City Police. Please help in bringing her home safe!!!last_img read more

Fallout New Vegas mod Autumn Leaves is worth a break from Fallout

first_imgAll the cool kids with their fancy new graphics cards are playing something called Fallout 4 these days, but Fallout: New Vegas is still alive and thriving thanks to its mod community. There were several major mods released in the weeks leading up to Fallout 4’s launch, and Autumn Leaves is a story mod that claims it has a DLC-sized experience. We played our way through it, and were pleasantly surprised to discover that it lives up to that claim.Autumn Leaves adds a new location to the New Vegas map, a hidden library just outside the town of Novac. It’s easily accessed by low-level characters, and it is close to a place that players will visit during the main story. As soon as the mod is activated, a fast travel option become available, so it can even be played with newly-created characters.The new area is a vault-like library that was built before the Great War, to keep a selection of pre-war books safe in the event of an apocalypse. It isn’t an official Vault-Tec vault, and there is no cruel social experiment happening there, just a sincere effort to preserve knowledge.When the Courier arrives, they find that only the robot caretakers are still alive. Their human creator is quickly revealed to be long-dead. It is a mystery that only the player can solve. However, the suspicious circumstances of his death are but one of the problems that plague the library. The robot librarians, have allowed a handful of outsiders into the library over the centuries, in an effort to share their knowledge while also seeing if humanity is ready to appreciate the higher learning of the old world. Several wastelanders have come and gone, most of them leaving behind some unfinished business that the Courier must resolve.The robots are an enhanced version of the Protectrons, much more intelligent than the standard issue. These robots have all been given distinct personalities, and are self-aware. They are not quite human, and they are tragically cognizant of their limitations. Most of them are tormented by this knowledge, others have learned to deal with it. The dialog and interactions with these characters has a great deal of philosophizing about the nature of self-awareness. Sometimes this is done for laughs, but often these poor bots are sympathetic characters, struggling to evolve.Each of them has been programed to display a specific character trait, and in terms of narrative design, this makes them great NPC’s for a game. The curious one is compelled to ask the Courier to solve mysteries. A compassionate medical bot wants to ease suffering, and prevent deaths, so she’s ready to help with many of these quests. Another bot is programmed to be a jerk, so the player has to jump through hoops to get information and quest items from that character. These sort of traits are usually present in game NPC’s, but here there is an in-game excuse for why they exhibit such extremes.The bulk of the gameplay consists of talking to these characters, and trying to pry information out of them. There is no combat, unless the player chooses to attack first, or makes a catastrophic dialog choice. The rest of the time, players will explore the library, looking for clues about their current mission.The quest design is more like Resident Evil than Fallout, though. The vault is rather small, considering that there’s about seven hours of content here. The designers cleverly make the player bounce between a handful of NPC’s and rooms, unlocking new dialog options and locations as they progress. Many areas of the library are off limits at first, and the player has to find keys or access codes to reach them when the appropriate quest appears.There is a new set of perks with this mod, but these aren’t gained by leveling up, as with the standard perks. The perks in Autumn Leaves have to be learned by reading special books. That’s right, Knowledge Is Power — for real! These perk books can only be acquired by finding collectible items hidden around the Library. Other collectible books will provide an experience points just for reading them. Again, Knowledge Is Power!The library also has books with no game-play purpose; they just have hilarious titles that spoof real-world books, or that have humorous implications about the person reading them (the book on taxidermy has a particularly macabre implication).There is a clever new use of the “Hardcore Mode” in New Vegas. A certain moment requires the player to invest time and effort in completing a tedious project. The character becomes very hungry and thirsty, in order to represent the in-game time it takes to do the job.  It’s an interesting new mechanic that won’t appear unless players are using Hardcore Mode.The writers take a meta approach to some aspects of the story, by forcing the player to examine their own actions when playing the game. Not the actions of the character that they control, but how players themselves behave when controlling a video game character.The main storyline of New Vegas involves the playable character getting shot in the head, and this mod has a robot therapist who points out that violent, erratic, easily-distracted behavior is common in people with brain injuries (And gamers). This is probably a metaphor that was intended by the developers at Obsidian all along, but here it’s pointed out directly, and players can try to defend their gameplay style, and story choices.The voice work is excellent, particularly for the funny moments. The ambient music is utterly haunting, as well. It was composed by Pablo Coma for this project, and it is liable to stick in players’ heads after they finish the mod.Autumn Leaves arrived at an interesting time for Fallout fans. Many players will see it as a last hurrah for New Vegas, before switching to Fallout 4 forever, but other players will see it as an excuse to go back to New Vegas after they’ve completed the most compelling parts of Fallout 4.Returning to New Vegas after playing Fallout 4, there is very little difficulty. New Vegas stills plays wonderfully, although there is a phantom limb sensation when trying to hit the sprint button, or fumbling with the activate and cancel buttons when looting a corpse. Some players will struggle to overcome the urge to grab every desk fan they see because they need more screws.With these high production values, and the new mechanics, Autumn Leaves feel like a genuine piece of DLC, rather than a bundle of fan-made quests. The story is often thought-provoking, and these robots can elicit genuine pathos. The overall theme of a post-apocalyptic library that must conserve humanity’s knowledge while also sharing it, is an idea the fits very well into the Fallout universe.Although Fallout 4 will eventually allow mods on consoles, Autumn Leaves, like all other New Vegas mods, can only be played on PC. Longtime Fallout fans who have had their fill of collecting screws and adhesive in the Commonwealth should immediately try this mod.For more Fallout: New Vegas mods, check out out the video above.last_img read more

Fire incidents in city spark tension among residents

first_imgKolkata: Two separate incidents of fire took place in the city on Friday morning.The first incident took place when a fire broke out on the ground floor of a three-storied building on Shakespeare Sarani around 8 am on Friday. Two fire tenders were pressed into action and the fire was controlled almost after one-and-half hour. Local people spotted the smoke billowing out of the building and informed the fire brigade. They immediately alerted the occupants of the building and helped them to evacuate the place. The incident triggered tension among the people staying in the adjoining buildings. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAccording to a fire department official, the fire broke out inside a locked room. The firefighters had to break the lock and opened the shutter. They faced difficulties to enter into the room as it was filled with smoke. Police reached the spot and cordoned off the entire area. The fire was extinguished around 9.30 am. The fire officials took the help of a smoke suction pipe. According to the preliminary investigation fire and police officials suspect that an electrical short circuit inside the meter box might have caused the fire. A detailed probe has been initiated. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIn another incident, a godown situated on the third floor of a building on Old China Bazar Street caught fire around 3.45 pm resulting in panic among some people in the building. Two fire tenders were immediately swung into action. The fire was brought under control within 45 minutes. According to the police, none was injured in the incidents. The exact cause of the fire and the extent of the damage are yet to be ascertained.last_img read more

6 die in Italy when train slams into car on tracks

first_imgItalian news reports said most of those killed were Romanian farm workers.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) ROME (AP) – Italian authorities say six people have died when a regional train slammed into a car that crossed the tracks.Marco Mancini, spokesman for the Italian state railways, says all those killed were riding in the car, which was struck Saturday afternoon. No one aboard the train was injured.The incident occurred near Cosenza, a southern city in Reggio Calabria, in the “toe” of boot-shaped Italy. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Sponsored Stories 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Quick workouts for mencenter_img Comments   Share   Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more