Battleborn takes #1 on a quiet week in the UK

first_imgBattleborn takes #1 on a quiet week in the UKThe closest rival for Gearbox’s latest was Call of Duty: Black Ops IIIMatthew HandrahanEditor-in-ChiefMonday 9th May 2016Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this article2K GamesGearbox Software’s Battleborn debuted at the very top of the UK chart last week, but it was a week in which the second most popular game was released in November 2015.The 2K-published Battleborn was developed with fragments of a cancelled Gearbox game, Furious 4, which was first announced at E3 2011. Battleborn eventually made its debut in the pages of Game Informer in July 2014.When Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford talked to GamesIndustry.biz in March this year, it was already a month after Battleborn’s supposed February launch date. The release was delayed until May to ensure its stable online performance, with Pitchford claiming that, “Battleborn has a lot of new stuff in it, a lot of stuff people haven’t done before or seen before in a video game. So it’s pretty exciting to test it. It’s terrifying though because we have no idea how it’s going to be received. Well, we have a little idea, but not a great idea.”Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games It got a much better idea following a beta test in April, which attracted more than two million people – not Star Wars Battlefront numbers, exactly, but a positive sign nonetheless.The game’s debut at the top of the UK chart can also be taken as a positive sign, but the absence of strong competition is plain to see. Last week, the second place game was Call of Duty: Black Ops III, which has been on sale for almost six months already. The question is whether Battleborn is able to sustain that initial rush of popularity, because the critical response has been somewhat mixed; it currently has a Metacritic average of 70 on PS4, 74 on Xbox One, and 78 on PC.The UK top 10 is below, courtesy of Ukie and Gfk Chart-Track.Last WeekThis WeekTitleNew Entry1Battleborn22Call of Duty: Black Ops III13Ratchet & Clank84Grand Theft Auto V45Tom Clancy’s The Division96Far Cry Primal67Lego Marvel Avengers38Dark Souls III59EA Sports UFC 2710FIFA 16Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore stories2K acquires HookBang games businessTake-Two adds team that supported work on NBA 2K21, will move it to new Austin officeBy Brendan Sinclair A month ago2K international boss Murray Pannell departsFormer PlayStation, Xbox, Ubisoft and EA exec leaves after five yearsBy Christopher Dring 3 months agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

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Record snow in Seattle as Southeast gets early spring

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — Seattle saw record snowfall on Monday, with parts of the Pacific Northwest seeing 3 inches that shut down schools and offices and canceled hundreds of flights.The June Mountain resort in California was forced to close as it saw as much as 9 feet of snow, while in the southern part of the state, nearly a foot of rain landed in some parts.These western storms should continue marching east Tuesday, taking with them a mixed bag of precipitation to the Midwest. Weather alerts and advisories Tuesday morning cover a significant portion of the U.S.The Twin Cities and Chicago can expect heavy snow as the western storms head east. Flights in and around those areas are likely to be delayed or canceled.Meanwhile, snow will continue to fall in the western mountains, with 1 to 2 feet likely Tuesday in California and Colorado.The West Coast system should be cleared out by Tuesday night, with the main storm moving inland to the Rockies by Wednesday morning.Parts of the Midwest may see more than a foot of snow over the next few days, with significant ice in Chicago, Milwaukee, Detroit and Kansas City.It will be much warmer elsewhere, with temperatures in the Southeast, and some stretching to the Northeast, about 20 to 30 degrees above average.Springtime came early for this part of the country, as highs in Boston and New York city are approaching 60 degrees. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Researchers accuse German authority of plagiarism in glyphosate review

first_imgThey found that a further 50.1 percent of the BfR’s chapters on peer-reviewed studies were also copied and pasted.The BfR and the European Food Safety Authority have concluded that glyphosate does not cause cancer in humans, but both agencies have faced accusations from environmentalists of being unduly influenced by industry.”The practice of copy paste and plagiarism … influenced the authority’s conclusions” — Report by Stefan Weber and Helmut Burtscher-SchadenTuesday’s report supports claims previously made by environmentalists against the German authority, which the BfR has long rejected, and offers figures on the extent of the allegations.”The study authors’ analyses, in particular their detailed analysis of the chapters on carcinogenicity, suggest that the BfR’s practice of copy paste and plagiarism is at odds with an independent, objective, and transparent assessment of the risks, and that this practice influenced the authority’s conclusions on glyphosate’s safety,” the report states.The BfR on Tuesday stood by its scientific work, saying it is “common practice in pesticide assessment procedures” that authorities integrate relevant passages from submitted applicants’ documents into their reports if they are proved to be “technically correct.” Also On POLITICO Glyphosate is here to stay in EU — at least for now By Simon Marks Academics accused Germany’s food safety authority Tuesday of plagiarizing large amounts of its work to assess the safety of glyphosate, the world’s most-used herbicide.In a report commissioned by the European Parliament’s Socialists and Democrats group, the Greens group and the European United Left–Nordic Green Left group, plagiarism researchers and scientists said Germany’s Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) had copied and pasted 81.4 percent of its chapters assessing industry-sponsored studies.The report authors — including plagiarism researcher Stefan Weber and biochemist Helmut Burtscher-Schaden — used plagiarism detecting software to compare the BfR’s assessment to studies published by the Glyphosate Task Force, a group of 22 companies financing safety studies into the herbicide.center_img The agency’s president, Andreas Hensel, said that if the BfR’s own conclusions on the carcinogenic potential of glyphosate are indeed false, then a plagiarism test should also be conducted on the European Food Safety Authority’s glyphosate evaluation.A field in Argentina being sprayed with the herbicide glyphosate | Ivan Pisarenko/AFP via Getty ImagesWeber, the plagiarism researcher from the University of Vienna, told POLITICO that the copy and pasting carried out by the BfR has meant that 58 studies discounted by the Glyphosate Task Force were also not considered by EU food safety authorities.”It is very concerning under the hypothesis that all these studies ignored are simply considered as not reliable,” he said.The report said that the BfR was “only echoing the industry applicants’ assessment” on glyphosate.The political groups that commissioned the report have been highly critical of the EU’s decision in late 2017 to renew the license for glyphosate for another five years. That criticism alongside allegations of plagiarism prompted the creation of a special European Parliament committee to draft suggestions for how to reform the EU’s pesticide authorization process.The committee’s report is set to be voted on by the European Parliament on Wednesday and if passed will inform the European Commission’s own review of the approval process.last_img read more

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Byron earns redemption in Iowa for first XFINITY win

first_imgRELATED: Race results | Detailed breakdownNEWTON, Iowa — Last week, a blink-of-an-eye moment weighed heavily on William Byron.Saturday, the driver of the No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet lifted his head and shouted out a pent-up yelp that formed the suitable soundtrack the rookie’s first career NASCAR XFINITY Series victory.“I feel it all kind of comes around in racing and last week we were so close,” said Byron, who finished a mere .012 seconds behind Joe Gibbs Racing veteran Denny Hamlin last Saturday at Michigan International Speedway. “You’ve got to have a little bit off luck to win every race that we win and I feel like we got one back for last week.”The final restart with 10 laps to go came just 11 laps after the previous one during which Byron pitted and capped off fuel while taking tires.Good fortune finally found Byron again, who never was seriously challenged down the stretch, but only had four or five laps of fuel left before his last pit stop helped set the stage for victory.“We definitely got a huge break the way the caution fell right there,” Byron’s crew chief, Dave Elenz, told FS1 pit reporters during a caution period with 15 laps to go.Byron made the most of it. He won last year at Iowa, but in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.“It’s awesome just to kind of come this far,” said Byron, who received a congratulatory call from Rick Hendrick after the win.The ninth caution of the night also benefitted some less familiar top-10 finishers, including Ryan Sieg, who ran second to notch his fourth career top-five finish in 117 series starts. Tyler Reddick took third.“It was fun racing with Tyler at the end,” Sieg said. “We had a little bit of a battle.”RELATED: Sieg finishes career-best secondChristopher Bell — in the second leg of his first double-duty weekend — started on the pole and remained on point the entire first stage, fending off an early challenge from teammate Kyle Benjamin, and a late charge from Sam Hornish, Jr., who made his first start in nine months.Hornish led 183 laps while winning last season at Iowa, but misfortune struck 19 laps into stage two as Bell made contact with his rear fender — an encounter that sent Hornish careening into the wall.RELATED: Sam Hornish Jr.’s day ends earlyIt also ended the veteran stock car and open-wheel racer’s first night back with Team Penske.“He came up pretty hard when he got loose and hit me,” said Hornish, who is slated to run a limited schedule this season. “Of course, we got the brunt of it. I’m disappointed. This is one of my favorite places to come to.”Points leader Elliott Sadler shares that sentiment — even though mostly bad luck plagued his night.He qualified fourth, but was sent to the rear after an unapproved pre-race adjustment was made on his car. No matter. He’d ascended to fifth by the end of the first stage and ended up eighth.Bell settled for 16th after he was collected in an incident involving Brennan Poole and Ryan Reed — the very caution that benefitted Byron and others.RELATED: Leader Bell taken out on final cautionBell led 152 laps to Byron’s 78, but as both drivers know, it’s the last lap that counts.Especially Byron, who vocally and visually celebrated this week after enduring quiet disappointment the last.“To get second last week kind of hurt, just because we were that close,” Byron said. “But I feel like it gave us extra motivation, and I feel like last year the beginning of the summer was when I kind of hit my stride and I think we won back-to-back, so to now have a second and a first feels really good.”— By Rob Gray, NASCAR Wire Servicelast_img read more

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Kahne breaks through for Brickyard 400 victory

first_img“Kasey did a heck of a job today and drove a hell of a race,” Keselowski said. “I’m happy for him. I thought we were in the right spot. You had seen the same thing all day when you’d get somebody on the outside, and in the corner you got real loose. Kahne status in the No. 5 car has been grist for the rumor mill this season. Asked Sunday morning about plans for the ride next year, team owner Rick Hendrick would say only “That’s another day,” during a press conference heralding Alex Bowman as the successor to Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. RELATED: Hendrick mum on Kahne’s status for 2018 That ended the event with Kahne in the lead, and when he took the checkered flag under yellow a lap and a half later, the driver of the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet had his first victory since an eleventh-hour win at Atlanta in August of 2014 that propelled him into NASCAR’s postseason.Kahne was breathless with exhaustion in Victory Lane, the result of withering heat inside the cars in a prolonged race that featured three red flags, one for rain and lightning and two for incidents. But the implications of the triumph weren’t lost on him. “The career is big, for sure—but the win and the history here,” Kahne said. “To win at this track is unreal. We used to always be really close. We lost to Jeff (Gordon) and we lost to Tony (Stewart); just some fast cars back then. “Today, strategy got us here. This Farmers Insurance Chevrolet was great once I got out front. I just had to get there. I’m exhausted. But, an unbelievable win. The team just kept working. We had great pit stops.” The pit stop that mattered most occurred on Lap 150, when Kahne came to pit road moments before a vicious wreck on the frontstretch eliminated the cars of Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch and Erik Jones, all of whom had been running in or near the top 10 throughout the afternoon.WATCH: Busch, Truex wreck for lead | Wild ride for Bowyer Asked post-race what the victory does for Kahne’s future, Hendrick replied, “It puts him in the (playoff).” With a phenomenal restart in the second overtime of Sunday’s Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400, Kahne cleared race leader Brad Keselowski through the first two corners and crossed the overtime line on the backstretch before NASCAR called the record 14th caution of the race. Kahne had fresh rubber and stayed on the track when the cars ahead of him came to pit road for tires on Lap 151. Suddenly at the front of the field, Kahne battled Keselowski on three successive restarts before the decisive second overtime. For the second overtime, Keselowski chose the outside lane, leaving Kahne on the bottom in a racing groove covered with Speedy Dry fluid absorption material. But Kahne pulled off a magnificent restart and powered into Turn 1 at full steam. Notes: The victory was the first for Kahne’s crew chief, Keith Rodden… Kahne visited the infield care center for treatment after Victory Lane ceremonies in which Kahne looked drained. … Jimmie Johnson, with his eye on a record-tying fifth Brickyard victory, spun in Turn 3 while battling Kahne and Keselowski for the lead on Lap 159, causing the caution that set up the overtimes that eventually took the race seven laps past its scheduled distance. But the uncertainty that surrounds Kahne’s status in the No. 5 did nothing to diminish his accomplishment at the vaunted Brickyard. “He drove in there and it just stuck. I don’t know. I may have had the wrong lane there or made the wrong call. I’m not sure. The car was on edge and then some.” “Well, the one before just didn’t work,” said Kahne, who picked the outside lane and lost the lead on the short-lived restart for the first overtime. “Everything went wrong. On the final one, everything went right. And once I got to Turn 1, I had good power and was able to clear him off (Turn) 1. I’m exhausted. And, it’s pretty crazy.” RELATED: Emotional victory for Kahne a long time in the making Keselowski, who was trying to give team owner Roger Penske a first Brickyard 400 victory, gave credit where credit was due. Keselowski had taken the lead during the first overtime restart, but a huge wreck on the frontstretch—triggered when Trevor Bayne turned sideways after a push from Michael McDowell as the cars approached the start/finish line—aborted the attempt. By the time Kahne took the checkered flag, the two fastest cars in the race had long since been eliminated—in the same wreck. Polesitter Kyle Busch, who led a race-high 87 laps, was racing side-by-side with Martin Truex Jr. after a restart on Lap 111 when Truex’s No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota got loose underneath Busch’s No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, causing a collision that crippled both cars. Ultimately, it was Kahne who seized the opportunity their exit presented. RELATED: Race results | Series standings | Detailed breakdownSHOP: Winner gear | VIP TicketsSPEEDWAY, Ind. — In semi-darkness, as the sun set behind the frontstretch grandstand at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Kasey Kahne did all he could to dispel the shadow overhanging his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season and his racing career.last_img read more

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Flying Debris Injures 10 at NYC Aircraft Show

first_imgNEW YORK – A U.S. Marine Corps aircraft’s powerful propellers whipped up a wind that sent branches hurling off a tree and into a crowd of about 150 people watching a Memorial Day demonstration in a park, leaving 10 people with cuts and other minor injuries, officials and a witness said. As the Osprey MV-22 aircraft landed at Staten Island’s Clove Lakes Park on Monday morning, the wind generated by its twin rotors stirred tree limbs, dirt from a nearby baseball field and other debris into a swirl that sent spectators scattering, witness Ann Hirsch said.“It was like a storm of sand and garbage and people running,” said Hirsch, 66, of Staten Island. “Branches just came down. They were all over the park. … It was really scary.”One tree lost all its branches on one side.The MV-22 is a Marine Corps version of the V-22, which combines airplane-like wings with rotors that let it take off and land vertically. It “stirs up a lot of wind, and that’s apparently what did it,” Marine Corps spokesman Lt. Josh Diddams said.Seven people were taken to a hospital and were released later Monday, Navy officials said in a release. Three other people refused medical attention for their injuries, firefighters said.The V-22, a joint venture of Boeing Co. and Textron Inc.’s Bell Helicopter, is designed to carry 24 combat troops and fly twice as fast as the Vietnam War-era assault helicopters it was to replace.The Osprey program was nearly scrapped after a history of mechanical failures and two test crashes that killed 23 Marines in 2000. But development continued, and the aircraft have been deployed to Iraq.While the General Accounting Office questioned the V-22’s performance in a report last year, the Marine Corps has called it effective.last_img read more

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Guy Wins $45K On Game Show With World’s Best Guess

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAll the Wheel of Fortune player knew was that the answer was a ‘thing’, it was three words of varying length and started with an “NE”.Incredibly, Emil, who the host Pat Sajak called a very good puzzle solver, pulled the answer out of nowhere.Sajak was so amazed, he became suspicious and playfully pretended to search him for hidden devices. (WATCH the video below from AOL) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Thanks to Andrew N. for submitting the link!last_img read more

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Alumnus gifts $35 million

first_imgAlumnus Richard Corbett has gifted $35 million to the University to endow the head football coach position and to fund the construction of a new building that will house the psychology and anthropology departments, as well as a new media center, according to a Notre Dame press release.Twenty-five million dollars of the gift will be put toward the new Corbett Family Hall, located on the east side of the renovated Notre Dame Stadium, while the remaining $10 million will endow the coaching position, the press release said.“For many generations of Notre Dame faculty and students to come, Corbett Family Hall will represent a full integration of teaching, research and advanced technology on our campus,” University president Fr. John Jenkins said.“Likewise, the endowment of the head football coaching position will underwrite salary, provide stability and resources for the long term and create funds for use within the department and across campus.“We are humbled by and tremendously grateful for these extraordinary gifts from Dick.”Construction of the new building will begin in November and will be completed in August 2017, the press release said. The digital media center will occupy the first floor of the building and will include a main studio with audio/visual control rooms, editing and mixing studios and classrooms, the press release said.The Department of Anthropology will reside on the second floor, consisting of classrooms, offices for faculty and staff and labs for teaching and research, the release said.The third through fifth floors of the new Hall will house the Department of Psychology and will include teaching and research labs, classrooms and departmental offices, according to the press release.The top three levels will have hospitality space for football games, including food and beverage service, a press box for media, premium seating and open-air terraces, the release said.“This remarkably generous gift will help the University continue its commitment to provide its students with the finest college experience,” Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick said.Irish head coach Brian Kelly will be the first Corbett Family Head Coach; the head football coach position is the third athletic coaching position to be endowed at Notre Dame, after women’s basketball and men’s lacrosse.“I’m honored and quite humbled to be a part of this incredible gift from Dick,” Kelly said. “He has offered the University of Notre Dame and its football program an incredible gesture that will help so many people on this campus.“His generosity, vision and unyielding support reinforce our University’s commitment to provide all of its students with a truly unique and exceptional college experience. “Corbett earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Notre Dame and was class president his senior year, and he went on to earn a master of business administration from Harvard, the press release said. Corbett worked on John F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign, financial manager for the Kennedy family, business manager for Robert F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign and in the White House, according to the press release.Corbett is now chief executive officer and president of Concorde Companies, a real estate investment firm in Tampa, Florida, the release said. He is also a supporter of the Notre Dame Sorin Society and MBA program.Tags: Brian Kelly, Corbett Family Hall, football, Richard Corbettlast_img read more

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Port Arthur man arrested on drug charges

first_img Port Arthur Police SWAT Team and members of the Port Arthur Police Narcotics and Guns Unit executed the search warrant at approximately 1:10 p.m. at a home in the 1600 block of 19th Street for the possible discovery of cocaine, according to a press release from PAPD.When inside they found the 26-year-old, whose name has not been released, reportedly converting powder cocaine into crack cocaine using a process of baking soda, water and a microwave. A search of the home produced about 24 grams of crack cocaine, an SKS style firearm and a .40 caliber handgun.Police said the man has ties to an active Port Arthur street gang but did not give the name of the gang. He was arrested and booked for possession of a controlled substance, a first-degree felony. Additional gun charges may follow. Next Up A 26-year-old Port Arthur man that police say has ties to an active gang was arrested on a drug charge after a search warrant was executed Friday.last_img read more

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Alé Bike Wear tries on U.S. Market with affordable, high end Italian kit

first_imgWith so many clothing brands already vying for floor space in shops across the U.S., the thought of yet another company might be hard to process. On the outside, Alé Bike wear looks like a lot of high end cycling kits. It boasts interesting design, clever use of technical fabrics, and some of the best  construction methods which come straight from Italy. Then what will set Alé apart from the rest of the crowd? The price.Don’t let the affordability fool you though, Alé Bike Wear looks just as good as some of their high priced competitors. And it should – there is a good chance they made those, too. Well, Alé Bike Wear’s parent company APG, that is. As the clothing equivalent of a bicycle component manufacturer introducing their own house brand of components, Alé is poised be quite competitive when it comes to selling you your next kit… At the top, PRR uses carbon stitching, fast drying carbon fabric, and their LG gripper system to create a kit that feels as good as it looks. The Krakatoa pattern in the photos above has a decidedly Italian flare, though there are a few other patterns that are slightly more subdued. Provided with a test kit including the Krakatoa kit, cycling vest, and arm and leg warmers (not pictured), I can attest to the fact that it really does feel like a much more expensive kit. Standard retail pricing on the PRR Krakatoa is $150 for the jersey, and $160 for the shorts plus $140 for the matching vest. After a few warmer Winter rides, the LG grippers and bib harness are the real standouts, though the chamois gets high marks for going unnoticed.Completely new for 2015 is an addition to the line called PRR 2.0. Modeled here by Alé Bike Wear President Pietro Caucchioli, PRR 2.0 was created to use dyed fabrics for a lighter weight construction. Because of the desire to make it lighter the jersey and shorts do not use carbon fabrics and instead use fabrics chosen for their breathability. The construction has changed as well with all seams now on the inside of the garment to reduce drag, and there are less of them. The sleeves have been designed with a rib knit elastic to keep them tight and aerodynamic. Pockets are positioned on a longer tail for easier access, and the jersey includes reflective piping to keep you visible.Similar changes have been made to the PRR 2.0 shorts with a woven crotch area for better breathability while staying durable. Like the PRR, the 2.0 bibs still use a Free System harness for comfortable support and a 4 hour chamois. The PRR 2.0 line will be available later this year.alebikewear.com Like most clothing brands it seems, Alé offers a production line as well as a full custom program. Spanning nearly their entire range, teams or anyone else looking for custom apparel can work with APG to produce their ideal kit like the DIVO bikes jersey above. Alé’s standard line includes the Plus, Ultra, and top of the line PRR or Pro Racing Reasearch. Across their entire line each piece of men’s clothing is also available in a woman’s cut. Available with 2 hour, 4 hour, and 8 hour (custom only) chamois, APG prides themselves on their construction of each garment and it shows.last_img read more

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