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Girl taken from Portland found safe in Vancouver

first_imgPolice say a 3-year-old girl who was taken from a Portland home Monday by her father in violation of a restraining order was found safe this morning at a home in Vancouver.The 25-year-old man, Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Yarovoy, has been arrested and booked into the Clark County Jail for violating a restraining order.Victoriya Gornichar, 3, was found unharmed inside the Vancouver residence this morning. The girl has been reunited with her mother.Witnesses reported Yarovoy took little Victoriya from her home, in the 10000 block of Northeast Beech Street, early Monday. Police say Yarovoy is restrained from the woman and child by a Multnomah County Circuit Court restraining order.Investigators with The Pacific Northwest Violent Offenders Task Force and Child Predator Unit assisted with the arrest.The case was not classified as an Amber Alert because authorities did not have the license plate number for Yarovoy’s vehicle. He will likely be extradited to Oregon to face charges.last_img read more

POLICE LOG for January 30 Lots Of Serious Crashes Driver Issued Summons

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Wednesday, January 30, 2019:Wilmington Police assisted State Police with locating a vehicle involved in a hit and run on 93 North. (12:06am)Francisco Aviles (37, Boston) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle With Suspended Or Revoked License and Failure To Stop/Yield. (6:14am)Police issued a verbal warning to a driver for failure to clear ice and snow from vehicle. (8:35am)Police and Fire responded to a multiple vehicle crash in high speed lane on 93 South, near Exit 41. One injury noted. (9:17am)A 3-vehicle crash took place in front of Route 38 Smoke Shop. Two vehicles towed. No injuries noted. (1:25pm)A walk-in party reported fraudulent charges on her bank account. (5:41pm)A car rolled over on 93 South, before Exit 41. State Police handled the scene. (10:04pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 30: Teens Misbehaving At Silver Lake; Coyote Spotted In Town Hall Parking LotIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 5: Driver Throws Beer Bottles; Syringe Found; Woburn Man Issued Summons; Texting While DrivingIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 22: You Got In Trouble With The Law; 3-Car Crash On Middlesex Ave.In “Police Log”last_img read more

Fortnite should stop letting players climb electric poles in game power company

first_imgYes, folks, it’s true: Fortnite is a fantasy realm, with fantasy rules. Please be careful out in the real world. Epic Games A round of Fortnite can have a lot going on: wild characters, loot to snatch, colorful skins to try on and supplies to gather to build protection against other players. The ultimate goal? Be the last one standing. The game’s been out three short years and it’s held on to a pretty solid fanbase.Now a power company in Israel wants Fortnite to make some changes to its game. Not to the guns or the ability to shoot other characters or steal dance moves, but to the players’ ability to climb utility poles. According to a Wednesday report by Reuters, Israel Electricity Corp. sent a letter to the game’s makers, asking that they no longer let Fortnite players scale utility poles, because it could encourage dangerous real-world behavior. In the Monday letter, obtained by Reuters, Israel Electricity said kids climbing utility poles is a real problem that it’s been trying to stop for many years. The power company said Fortnite is responsible for the safety of its players. In case you’re wondering, it’s no joke: Climbing utility poles and the like can kill you.Neither the Israel Electricity nor Epic Games, the creators of Fortnite, immediately responded to requests for comment.  Fortnite’s Epic spectacular at E3 2019 Tags Comments Gaming Video Games 6:20 Now playing: Watch this:center_img 5 16 Photos Share your voice Fortnite How Fortnite, AR and YouTube influence toyslast_img read more

Las Vegas Massacre Prompts Musician To Call For Gun Control Enough Is

first_imgKeeter is a guitarist for the Josh Abbott Band; hours before Jason Aldean’s show was shattered by gunfire and bullets rained on a crowd of some 22,000 people, Keeter had played on the same stage. He and his bandmates and crew members were trapped by the violence, and Keeter says he wasn’t sure if he would survive.Some of the band’s crew members suffered shrapnel wounds, Keeter said, because of the power of the weapons being used. They had been standing close to someone who was shot. And despite having their own weapons, they were unable to defend themselves.“We actually have members of our crew with CHL [concealed handgun license] licenses, and legal firearms on the bus,” Keeter said. “They were useless. We couldn’t touch them for fear the police might think that we were part of the massacre and shoot us.”He described writing to his loved ones and creating a living will, as performers, fans, and staff tried to find safety during the prolonged assault.Sunday night’s attack left 527 people injured and 59 people dead. Police say Stephen Paddock brought a small arsenal to the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino so he could carry out an attack on thousands of people.“We have recovered 23 firearms at Mandalay Bay, and 19 firearms at his home in Mesquite,” Las Vegas Assistant Sheriff Todd Fasulo said.Paddock is known to have bought some of his firearms at the Guns and Guitars store near where he lived in Mesquite, Nevada. The store has said via a statement, “All necessary background checks and procedures were followed” in Paddock’s purchases. It’s one of several gun shops or firing ranges that have acknowledged having contact with investigators about Paddock, NBC News reports.Keeter’s message found a large audience. It was liked more than 100,000 times and retweeted more than 50,000 times.The message sparked a number of replies, from people asking why other tragedies — such as the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in 2012 — hadn’t changed Keeter’s views. Some responses accused him of lacking empathy and changing his stance only because he was personally affected. Others chastised those reactions, and for criticizing someone who now agrees with them.“It’s frustrating that some don’t call the fire dept until the blaze is at their own front door,” a Twitter user named Heather Maravola wrote. “But we need more ppl on our side. Welcome.”In response, Keeter wrote, “You are all absolutely correct. I saw this happening for years and did nothing. But I’d like to do what I can now.”In speaking out, Keeter also raised the hopes of a Twitter user who said they hope the issue can move from a left vs. right dynamic “to actually enacting common sense gun laws.”Opinion polls have shown large majorities of Americans agree on making several changes to gun control laws, from restricting people with mental illnesses from buying guns to requiring background checks for private gun sales and at gun shows.“Congress has not made a concerted effort to pass gun legislation since 2013,” NPR’s Susan Davis reports, “when the Senate tried and failed to overcome GOP opposition to expand background checks for gun purchases.”Susan adds that so far in 2017, Republicans’ action on guns “has focused on expanding gun rights” — including making it easier to buy silencers and to nationalize concealed-carry laws.And then there are the financial angles. After Sunday’s shooting, the stock prices of large gun makers rose sharply. As Marketplace reported, on Monday morning the “value of Sturm Ruger shares went up by as much as 7.7 percent and shares of American Outdoor Brands Corp, manufacturer of Smith & Wesson firearms, went up by as much as 6 percent.”Those price hikes are part of a cycle that’s fueled by mass shootings, Rob Cox, global editor at Reuters Breakingviews, told Marketplace:“Largely in response to concerns there may be new tightening of regulations on buying the guns, or on gun ownership. And that has actually driven a lot of the buying that actually has given these guys a lift over the past eight years.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. pic.twitter.com/0NFjHf3PW2— Caleb Keeter (@Calebkeeter) October 2, 2017 Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images via NPRAfter a gunman used a window in the Mandalay Hotel to fire at the Route 91 music festival in Las Vegas, guitarist Caleb Keeter, who was on stage Sunday, is calling for gun control — “RIGHT. NOWThe most deadly mass shooting in recent U.S. history has renewed conversations about America’s gun laws, after one man strafed a country music festival from a high-rise hotel in Las Vegas Sunday. The attack prompted a musician who played at the festival to say he’s changed his mind — and that the U.S. needs new gun control.“I’ve been a proponent of the 2nd Amendment my whole life,” guitarist Caleb Keeter said in a tweeted statement on Monday. “Until the events of last night. I cannot express how wrong I was.”Keeter said that one man — who police identified as Stephen Paddock — “laid waste to a city with dedicated, fearless police officers desperately trying to help, because of access to an insane amount of fire power.”He added, “Enough is enough” before adding later, “We need gun control RIGHT. NOW.”center_img Sharelast_img read more

Universal Games Launches Episodic Game App With Saved by the Bell Law

first_imgNBCUniversal sees a potential $200 million-plus jackpot in adapting some of its old TV and movie franchises into an interactive storytelling game.The company’s Universal Games and Digital Platforms group on Thursday is launching a new, free-to-play mobile game, “Series: Your Story Universe” that lets players pick an avatar and play through different episodes of original stories in which they make choices that affect the narrative.It’s your chance to star in brand-new stories alongside the ’90s high-schoolers from “Saved by the Bell,” and a range of other characters from NBCUniversal’s TV and film catalog, including reality TV personality Lisa Vanderpump, the NYPD’s Olivia Benson and Fin Tutuola from “Law & Order: SVU,” and Xena, the famed warrior princess.Out of the gate, “Series” will include episodic series based on seven NBCU properties: “Vanderpump Rules,” “Saved by the Bell,” “Law & Order,” “The Breakfast Club,” “Bridesmaids,” “Sixteen Candles,” and “Xena: Warrior Princess.” The iOS and Android app also will include original stories, starting with rags-to-riches tale “Legacy & Love.” According to Heatherly, Universal Games decided to get into the storytelling game after seeing the success of other apps, including Episode Interactive’s “Episode” and Pixelberry Studios’ “Choices: Stories You Play,” both of which have generated over $200 million in revenue to date, according to research firm Sensor Tower. “Episode” has been downloaded by 139 million users, who have spent approximately $256 million so far in the game. “Choices” has approximately 63.5 million installs globally and has raked in around $231 million since launch, Sensor Tower estimates.“We looked at the portfolio of IP [intellectual property] we have at NBCUniversal, and we thought it made sense for us to build an app and to bring a lot of that together in one place,” Heatherly said.Heatherly also saw the results of NBCU’s deal to license “Pitch Perfect” for an Episodes series two years ago. “It’s reaching a demographic that isn’t what you would think of as your traditional gamer,” he said, noting that an estimated 60% of mobile game players are women.The “Series” app, which launched in a beta-test last fall, is free to download and play. Like other titles, users can opt to make in-game purchases (of “gems”) that can be used to accelerate a player’s pace through a story or buy bonus content. Individual purchases in the app may be 50 cents to $1 each, according to Heatherly.The app was developed by Endless Entertainment, an interactive storytelling company with offices in New York City and Oakland, Calif., which provides a platform that lets artists and writers iterate the branching narratives quickly. “That’s part of the magic trick of being able to deliver this content at high volume,” Heatherly said.“We’ve really had to put together, in a sense, a content factory to do this thing,” he added. “It’s almost like running a television network.”In selecting the initial lineup for “Series,” Heatherly and his team gravitated toward titles that skewed toward young audiences and had sizable online communities following them. The stories can’t be too character driven, he said, “because then there’s no place for you entering that world. But they’re not just one-note characters. Your choices are actually going to matter.” Universal Games provides more info on “Series” at seriesthegame.com. The “Series: Your Story Universe” app will be updated with new episodes each week, with additional shows also in the pipeline. The stories are adaptations, rather than retellings of the originals, said Chris Heatherly, EVP, Universal Games and Digital Platforms: “We tried very hard to not make you sit through the movie or show you’ve already seen.”The new game is the biggest initiative NBCU’s games group has ever undertaken. The Universal Games team’s big launch last year was “Jurassic World Alive,” an augmented-reality game tie-in with the movie. “That alone required a ton of work but, this is that times seven franchises,” he said.To promote the global launch of the game, Universal Games has enlisted talent from the shows tout the “Series” app in video spots. Mario Lopez, who starred as A.C. Slater in “Saved by the Bell,” invites fans to play the game while wearing his Bayside High letterman jacket, while Lisa Vanderpump, Ariana Madix and Tom Sandoval from Bravo’s “Vanderpump Rules” must make a critical decision to “whine or wine.” The promo videos will run online, and Bravo will feature the “Vanderpump” spot on-air.Lopez, who currently hosts syndicated entertainment show “Extra,” said he continues to be surprised that the ongoing fandom for “Saved by the Bell.” “It was a Saturday morning show for young kids,” Lopez told Variety. “It still kind of trips me out as to why it continues to resonate with people,” he said.The “Series” app take on “Saved by the Bell” is pretty true to the show, Lopez said, but “at the same time, there’s a little bit of tongue-in-cheek liberty taken with the characters.” He’s planning to talk about the game on his syndicated radio show and is likely to mention it on “Extra.”“It’s a very clever way for people who have an affinity for these shows get immersed in the world,” said Lopez. ‘Schooled’ Boss Breaks Down ‘Rent’ Episode and Plans to Tackle ‘Saved by the Bell’ Stay Longer, Save More at The Plaza New York Experience more and up to 25% off when you extend your stay at The Plaza and savor all that New York City has to offer. Ad by The Plaza NY See More AdChoicescenter_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 ‘Vanderpump Rules’ Stars Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright Settle Into the Suburbs Popular on Variety Relatedlast_img read more

Dancing for a world celebration

first_img‘Dancing is the poetry of the foot’ as per John Dryden’s perspective of the orb of dance, that has been the key philosophy and inspiration for India’s eminent danseuse Geeta Chandran and her lovechild – Natya Vriksha – the perfect platform for her abundant, dedicated passion and ability to nurture and harness talent, that firmly establish Indian dance traditions. On the occasion of the 9th World Dance Day Chandran celebrated the charming nuances of Indian dance traditions, paying homage to the dance community with a showcase of several avtaars at the India International Centre Auditorium. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and India International Centre, with additional support from the Sangeet Natak Akademi, NTPC and UNESCO, Natya Vriksha’s World Dance Day 2013 celebration offered the capital’s cultural aficionados, an assured opportunity for enjoying Geeta Chandran’s ‘Young Dancers’ Festival’ – a successful endeavour to create new spaces for the contemporary classical dancer, forming new frontiers of classical art, to reach out to new, young, audiences, believing and asserting that dance must be linked to life at the grass root level and that artists must make a positive difference to real living.Indeed, Geeta Chandran’s World Dance Day calendar resonates in spirit –  Martha Graham’s sensibility that ‘Dancers are the messengers of the gods’.last_img read more

15 Tips for Succeeding as an Independent App Developer

first_img Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 5 min read How can you succeed as an independent app developer when there is already more than a million apps in the Apple and Google Play App stores? Having interviewed more than 300 app entrepreneurs, I’ve rounded up the best tips from some of the most successful indie app developers to help you find success in today’s ever-changing mobile app space.1. Study the bad apps.Klicktock’s Matt Hall, the developer behind Crossy Road, suggests that you study not just the successful apps, but the horrible ones, too. Ask yourself what the app did wrong and make sure you don’t duplicate that same mistake.Many people only study the top of the charts. Studying the bottom of the charts, however, will help you realize what not to do.Related: A Step-by-Step Guide To Building Your First Mobile App2. Increase output, decrease time.Focus on creating simple apps that can be published in roughly six to eight weeks. This allows you to test many different ideas and create a portfolio of apps, which in turn will increase your likelihood of success.3. Design is everything.Philipp Stollenmayer, from kamibox, had two of his games featured by Apple in consecutive weeks and says, “design is everything.” Clean, flat, iOS 8 design with a good app name and a superbly designed icon increases the likelihood that Apple will feature you.4. Build something you are passionate about.Build something that you want to solve with such immense conviction that the energy that you put into it will shine through and kick start the early traction and positive reviews.It’s important to treat yourself as the most important user of the app. This internal driver should compel you to create something amazing. Remember, some of the top developers would still be creating apps even if they didn’t get paid.5. Invalidate your idea.As contradictory as it sounds, be passionate but don’t fall blindly in love with your idea. Research the competition and do a thorough analysis of the market to make sure it’s something worth building.Don’t focus exclusively on research that supports your idea. Look for reasons why the app is a bad idea.Related: 5 Development Mistakes That Can Destroy Your Mobile App6. Create something simple.It’s important to get ease of use just right and have the app do things that will simply delight users. Your goal is an app you can hand to someone who has no clue what the software does but within seconds they figure out how it works.7. Be persistent.The most notable successes took at least ten years — they weren’t overnight achievements. Be passionate about what you are making. Stay persistent and continually learn with each new version update and each new app published.8. Don’t seek investment.Dan Counsell, founder of Realmac Software, suggests that indie developers should not seek investors but instead “build it in their spare time, be independent and most of all build something useful.”9. Find a technical partner.It’s all about having a small core team that is literally in the same room with you. Having a technical co-founder allows you to bootstrap a minimum viable product to the market with someone who is invested in the idea. People with great ideas don’t always have deep pockets.10. It’s not too late.Focus on solving a problem, designing the solution well and somehow making someone’s day more enjoyable or easier. It’s not too late to find success in the app stores.Related: 5 Questions to Ask Before Developing a Mobile App11. Do one thing well.Focus on doing one thing really, really well. Make sure that one thing is substantial and meaningful to a lot of people. Don’t try to be everything to everyone. Don’t try to solve a problem that doesn’t exist for real people. The best apps solve everyday problems for people.12. Don’t overlook distribution.Distribution is a big challenge for any app. You can build a phenomenal product, but still have difficulty getting it to users. Figure out where your users are and get in front of them.13. Be clear about your goals.Carter Thomas of Blue Cloud Solutions, suggests that you “sit down for a day or two and be honest about why you are getting into the mobile space.”Whether you want to develop an app that changes the world or create a portfolio of apps that allows you to leave your corporate job, having a clear goal in mind will help you find the right direction to take in the app store.14. Just start.Dhanush Balachandran, founder of Sortly, suggests that if you’ve been thinking about building apps to “just do it.”Don’t overthink the initial process. The experience of building your first app and getting it in the app stores is by far the most important thing. The process of submitting an app and getting approved is complicated, so start with something simple and get that experience under your belt.15. Believe in your idea.There’s not a lot of difference between a really good idea and a really bad one. If it’s a great idea, but no one has thought of it, people might think it’s a little off at first. Do your homework on the idea, take a long look in the mirror and think about what you are really willing to invest in this idea. Then, jump in with both feet and assume success.Related: How to Survive Your First 100 Days of App Development Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. June 24, 2015 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

Recap Lanes reopen after accident on M6 in Staffordshire

first_imgTwo lanes were closed on the M6 motorway due to an accident in Staffordshire this morning. Inrix, the traffic data company, reported the lanes were blocked on the Northbound carriageway from J13 A449 (Stafford South) to J14 A5013 (Stafford North). Two cars were involved in the accident, with one in each of the closed lanes before they were moved onto the hard shoulder. The accident was first reported at around 9.30am today (Sunday November 4) – with the road reopening at around 10.10am. A Highways England spokesman said: “All 3 lanes now open after collision clearance work and treatment to clear fluids off the carriageway. Thanks for your patience if held.” Read MoreRevealed: One stretch of M6 saw 1,100 accidents in just two-and-a-half years10:21Highways England confirm road has reopenedA spokesman said:All 3 lanes now open after collision clearance work and treatment to clear fluids off the carriageway. Thanks for your patience if held..”10:17All lanes have reopened Queueing traffic but all lanes have been re-opened.Traffic was held until around 10:10 to move the vehicles to the hard shoulder. 10:04All traffic now heldWe’re now getting reports all traffic is being held to help emergency services clear debris.10:00Vehicles now being moved to hard shoulderThe vehicles are now being moved to the hard shoulder.09:55What we know so farPolice, Highways England and firefighters are at the scene of an accident on the M6 Northbound betwene J13 and J14Two lanes are blocked and traffic is moving slowly as a resultTwo cars are involved in the accident, which took place shortly before 9.30am.09:52Debris and surface water reportedInrix, the traffic data company, is now reporting these is debris as a result of the collision – as well as surface water.09:50Location of the accident (Image: Inrix)09:48Picture from the sceneHighways England have published this picture of the scene.The accident on the M6 this morning (Image: Highways England)last_img read more