Yes, 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: 5 16 Photos Share your voice Fortnite How Fortnite, AR and YouTube influence toys
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IANSThe All India Tennis Association (AITA) has reportedly planned to write a letter to the International Tennis Federation (ITF) to shift India’s Davis Cup fixture against Pakistan from Islamabad to a neutral venue due to the political tensions after India’s revocation of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir. The Asia/Oceania zone Davis Cup tie is slated to be played on September 14-15.The Indian Davis Cup team has not gone to Pakistan since 1964. The tie 55 years ago was played in Lahore which India won 4-0. The Indian team were scheduled to visit the neighbouring country again but the recent political tensions have raised a question mark regarding the safety of the players.As reported by the DNA, a senior official of the AITA mentioned that they are going to send a letter in a day or so, in regards to the matter. The official mentioned that the AITA is hopeful that the ITF will accept the request and further added that the situation has become worse after Pakistan ordered India’s ambassador to leave.”We are hopeful that our request in this regard will be accepted on the simple ground that no team in recent times has played in Pakistan. The situation has become even worse after Islamabad expelled India’s ambassador and suspended trade ties,” the official told DNA.The official also mentioned that there is a question mark regarding the issue of obtaining visas from Pakistan. He added that in case of serious security threats, the ITF has always taken the correct decision.”There is also a question mark over obtaining visas from Pakistan. Even if we get visas on time, what about the security?” the official said.”Security parameters are set by the ITF. In the face of serious security threats in a country, ITF has always taken a proper decision and shifted many ties to safer places,” the person added.AITA is going to quote the security parameters to the ITF when they make the request for avoiding any penalties. Earlier, penalties have been imposed on countries for refusing to travel to the scheduled venue. The Hong Kong tennis board was fined $10K by the ITF as they refused to travel to Pakistan in 2017.
The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Wednesday turned down the verdict in the 21 August grenade attack cases, saying it has been given at the ‘behest of the government’ with a political motive, reports UNB.“BNP thinks that the verdict is a politically motivated one. It’s a naked manifestation of satisfying government’s political vengeance,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Naya Paltan central office, he said, “We reject the verdict.”Fakhrul also said the government has set another bad example of taking political revenge using the court.As their party acting chairman Tarique Rahman was given life imprisonment in the cases, he said it has proved that country’s no citizen has now a scope of getting justice.Earlier in the morning, after a long wait for over 14 years, a speedy trial tribunal sentenced 19 people to death and 19 others, including Tarique Rahman to life imprisonment, in two cases filed over the 21 August grenade attack on an Awami League rally in the capital in 2004.
A motorcyclist was killed while his pillion passenger injured in a head on collision between a truck and their vehicle on Nalitabari-Nakugaon Road in Sherpur’s Andharpara of Nalitabari upazila on Monday night, reports UNB.The deceased was Golam Mostafa, 52, son of Fazlul Haque of Shidhuli village where the injured was Shafizul Islam, 50.Abul Khayer, officer-in-charge of Nalitabari police station, said the accident took place when the speeding motorcycle hit the truck while taking turn on the road around 9:30pm, leaving the motorcyclist Golam Mostafa dead on the spot and Shafizul injured.The injured was admitted to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital.
Keeter 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.” Share
Twitter User @thehill Russian President Vladimir Putin declared his intention Wednesday to seek re-election next year, a vote he appears certain to win and that would set him up to become the nation’s longest-serving ruler since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.Putin chose to make the long-expected announcement at the GAZ automobile factory in Nizhny Novgorod, where he found an enthusiastic audience in the plant’s blue-collar workers.“I couldn’t find a better place and moment for that,” he said to massive applause. “Thank you for your support. I will run for president.”Putin has been in power in Russia since 2000. He served two presidential terms in 2000-2008, then shifted into the prime minister’s seat because of term limits, but continued calling the shots while his ally, Dmitry Medvedev, served as placeholder president.Medvedev had the presidential term extended to six years and then stepped down to let Putin reclaim the presidency in 2012. If Putin serves another six-year term that would run through 2024, he would reach the milestone for longest tenure as leader since Stalin.While few doubted that Putin would run in the March 18 election, a delay in announcing his bid was seen as part of the Kremlin’s political maneuvering.“It was necessary to ensure electoral mobilization,” Dmitry Orlov, a political consultant close to the Kremlin, said in televised remarks.The Kremlin has been worried about growing voter apathy, and the uncertainty about Putin’s plans seemed intended to encourage public interest in the race.Putin’s approval ratings top 80 percent, making him certain to win an easy first-round victory. Blue-collar workers and state employees form the core of his support base.“Thank you for your work, for your attitude to your jobs, your factory, your city and your country!” Putin told factory workers. “I’m sure that together we will succeed.”The GAZ factory is one of the country’s most emblematic industrial giants. It was built during the Soviet industrialization drive in 1932 and has churned out millions of vehicles, from vans and military trucks to Volga sedans and luxury cars for the Soviet elite.For months, Putin fended off questions about his plans, fueling speculation about possible motives behind the delay in declaring his candidacy. Some thought Putin would step down and name a preferred successor.Earlier Wednesday, Putin was asked about his intentions at a meeting with young volunteers in Moscow. He said he would decide shortly if he would seek another six-year term.A stream of fawning comments from officials and lawmakers quickly followed his announcement.“The decision gives us the feeling of certainty about tomorrow,” said Vyacheslav Volodin, the speaker of the lower house of parliament. “The decision was expected … but we were already getting worried.”Valentina Matviyenko, the speaker of the upper house of the Russian parliament, said Putin’s announcement helped end “anxiety and tensions in the society.”The upper house is expected to give the formal start to the election campaign later this month.Veterans of past campaigns — Communist chief Gennady Zyuganov, ultranationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky and liberal leader Grigory Yavlinsky — all have declared their intention to run. They will likely be joined by Ksenia Sobchak, a star TV host who is the daughter of late former St. Petersburg Mayor Anatoly Sobchak, who was Putin’s boss in the 1990s.The most visible Putin foe, Alexei Navalny, also wants to run, even though a conviction he calls politically motivated bars him from joining the campaign. He has organized a grassroots campaign and staged rallies across Russia to raise pressure on the Kremlin to let him register for the race. Share
Share Tuesday, August 6, 2019Top afternoon stories:Gail Delaughter/Houston Public MediaThis 2015 file photo shows a construction zone at the intersection of the Grand Parkway and the Hardy Toll Road.Local Leaders Support State Funding For Grand ParkwayAfter years in the planning stages, the Texas Transportation Commission is now thinking about removing part of the Grand Parkway from its 10-year funding plan, known as the Unified Transportation Program.The proposed section they’re considering defunding is the part that would run from I-69 near Sugar Land to I-45 at League City.Local leaders planned to speak at a Tuesday public hearing about their need for the Grand Parkway, especially as the region’s population grows. One of those signed up to speak is John Baumgartner, City Manager for League City. “The Grand Parkway has been part of the planning process as a toll facility for a number of years,” said Baumgartner.Friendswood State Senator Larry Taylor posted on social media that he’s been working with the commission and feels confident the roadway will be funded. The Houston-Galveston Area Council’s Transportation Policy Council has also passed a resolution asking that the project be kept in the Unified Transportation Program.Catherine Fusillo/ Houston Public MediaThe Montrose Center broke ground on a new LGBTQ-affirming senior living center.Upcoming Affordable LGBTQ-Affirming Senior Living CenterThe Montrose Center broke ground Tuesday on a new senior living center aimed at low-income LGBTQ residents in Houston’s Third Ward. The project, founded in part by former Houston Mayor Annise Parker, is open to seniors 62 years old and over. Parker says that she was inspired to get involved in the project when she visited a similar center in Los Angeles.The Montrose Center also said in a press release that they hope the center will “support seniors, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation.”The project has been funded in part by $5 million that was raised from the community, and the lot that the facility will be built on was donated by the Midtown Redevelopment Authority.Erin Tobz via TwitterOn August 3, 2019, two Galveston Police officers led Donald Neely by rope after arresting him for alleged trespassing.Backlash Against Galveston Police Over Arrestee Led By RopeGalveston’s police chief is apologizing after two of his officers, mounted on horseback, led a handcuffed suspect by a rope through downtown streets.Photos of the Saturday incident went viral on social media. The two officers linked the rope to handcuffs worn by 43-year-old Donald Neely, who was being detained for criminal trespass and led him around the block to a mounted patrol staging area.In a statement sent out on Monday, Police Chief Vernon Hale said “this is a trained technique and best practice in some scenarios,” such as with crowd control. However, he said he believes his officers “showed poor judgment in this instance and could have waited for a transport unit at the location of arrest.”He said his department has “immediately changed the policy” to prevent use of the technique.Houston Police Dept. via APDerion Vence.New Charge Against Derion Vence In Maleah Davis CaseHarris County prosecutors have filed a more serious charge against Derion Vence in the case of Maleah Davis’ death. The 4-year-old girl was reported missing in May and was later found dead in Arkansas.Vence, ex fiancee of Davis’ mother, has been charged with causing serious bodily injury to a child. The count against Vence carries a potential life sentence. He is scheduled to appear in court on the new charge on Wednesday.The Harris County District Attorney’s Office said in statement sent out on Monday that “after a review of all of the evidence, including the autopsy results,” prosecutors determined there was enough evidence to charge Vence with the more serious count.District attorney’s office spokesman Dane Schiller said the investigation in the case continues and a potential murder charge against Vence is “not off the table.”
Kolkata: State Education minister Partha Chatterjee on Tuesday urged the Vice-Chancellor of Presidency University to take a humanitarian approach and complete the renovation of the Hindu hostel as fast as possible. Chatterjee on Tuesday spoke with V-C Anuradha Lohia and told her to take all possible measures to expedite the renovation work. The minister also enquired of the progress of work and the cause of delay in handing over the hostel.”The work for the Hindu Hostel has been going for a long time and the students have lost patience. So they are resorting to agitation which is affecting the prestige associated with the varsity. If the work could have been completed in time then there would not have been such an agitation,” Chatterjee said.Lohia on Monday had sought another four to five months from the students in handing over the hostel. She had claimed that the state Public Works Department (PWD) has not been able to complete the renovation work in time, causing the delay. The V-C had earlier promised to open the Hindu Hostel for students byJuly 15.
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.