Former FBI director Robert Mueller has been hired by the NFL to investigate the NFL about the Ray Rice domestic violence case. And if that seems like a conflict of interest, it only adds to the drama of this continuously evolving story.Mueller, who was the director of the FBI for 12 years, will have access to all NFL records, said commissioner Roger Goodell, whose reign over the nation’s top sport can be described as tenuous. The Associated Press reported Wednesday that police in Atlantic City sent to the league footage inside a casino showing Rice knock unconscious his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, and had a message from someone in the NFL office to prove it.Goodell and the league vehemently denies that anyone there saw the footage before Monday, when TMZ released a version of the events that initially led to Rice’s two-game suspension. The releasing of the tape prompted the Baltimore Ravens, who said they had not seen the video either, to fire Rice and the NFL to dismiss the disgraceful two-game ban and offer an indefinite suspension.Now in comes Mueller, a highly respected official, but one hired by the NFL to investigate the NFL, making cynics wonder if the fix is in. For sure, Goodell’s tenure as commissioner of the league rests in the balance.Mueller, based in Washington, D.C., is a partner in the law firm of WilmerHale, which helped negotiate the NFL’s Sunday Ticket package with DirecTV. The firm also has represented Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder, and several former members of the firm have taken positions with NFL teams.Terry O’Neill, the president of the National Organization for Women, issued a statement late Wednesday, calling Mueller’s appointment “just window dressing.”“The NFL does not just have a Ray Rice problem, they have a violence against women problem,” the statement read. “NOW continues to ask for Roger Goodell to resign, and for his successor to appoint an independent investigator with full authority to gather factual data about domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking within the entire NFL community — not just regarding the Ray Rice incident — and to recommend real and lasting reforms.”A league executive, speaking early Wednesday before the AP report was released, didn’t believe the Rice controversy would cost Goodell his job — unless the video was viewed before Monday.“No,” the executive told ESPN.com, “but if Goodell and the league saw the video beforehand, he is not commissioner in March for the league meetings.”
$6 • CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Aug 3 • E3 journalists see their personal info exposed by security flaw The Last Remnant: Remastered Kingdom Hearts III Re:Mind DLC Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition Walmart Final Fantasy Brave Exvius: War of the Visions Post a comment Oninaki Outriders All of the E3 press conferencesSaturday, June 8Electronic Arts — The game maker showed off 15 minutes of gameplay for its upcoming adventure game, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. It also announced new features for its free-to-download Apex Legends last-man-standing battle royale game, offering a new character and weapon to play with. The company also showed off a new paid update for The Sims 4, called Island Living, that brings the series to a tropical beach. Finally, the company did discuss drama over the mixed reviews for its Anthem action adventure game, saying it “learned a lot” and had more updates and features planned soon.Sunday, June 9Microsoft / Xbox — The gaming giant’s biggest news was Project Scarlett, its next-generation Xbox, coming in 2020. The new device is up to 4x more powerful, the company said, and like the next-gen PlayStation it’ll include a fast non-mechanical SSD hard drive, and it’ll be powered by custom innards built with the help of chipmaker AMD. The company also announced that Halo Infinite will launch alongside Project Scarlett next year. Meantime, Microsoft is starting public tests of its Project xCloud streaming service in October, promising people the ability to play high end games on their mobile devices while away from home. While fans wait, Microsoft announced an update to its Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 as well as a slew of new games. And action star Keanu Reeves, fresh off the success of John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum, was on stage to announce his involvement with Cyberpunk 2077, which is coming next year.Bethesda — Bethesda kicked off its event with humility over the mixed response to Fallout 76, but quickly went back on the offensive. Fallout 76 got a new Battle Royale mode, Wolfenstein Youngblood received a new trailer and a co-op mode. We got a new game called Deathloop from the clever folks behind Dishonored and Bethesda introduced us to Orion, a piece of tech from ID Software designed to make game streaming better on services like Google Stadia. The lion’s share of attention, however, went to Doom Eternal, which looked fantastic in both single player and multiplayer.Monday, June 10PC Gaming Show — This annual PC Gaming Show is held at a theater a short walk from the Los Angeles Convention Center, but still draws a large crowd, filling the 1,700-person capacity downtown Mayan Theater. Inside, the usual suspects, from Halo to Doom, were nowhere to be found. Instead, the crowd cheered for PC-centric games including Zombie Army 4, Baldur’s Gate 3 and Terraria: Journey’s End. (No, the game sequel problem isn’t any better on PCs.) The highlight was a brief onstage appearance by legendary game designer Yu Suzuki, responsible for classics such as Hang-On and Virtua Fighter. His long-awaited Shenmue 3 is expected in November, 18 years after Shenmue 2. Ubisoft — The French gaming giant announced its next big dystopian hacking adventure game, Watch Dogs: Legion, launching March 2020. The new game is set in near-future post-Brexit London, where the economy is failing and government is breaking down. The company also announced a new television show, called Mythic Quest, that will launch on Apple TV Plus. And it celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Just Dance party games. Square Enix — Aside from the Final Fantasy 7 remake release date announcement, Square Enix also showed off its new comic book tie-in, Marvel’s Avengers: A Day. Though the new game is different from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, some fans criticized the character’s looks. It’s coming in 2020.Tuesday, June 11Nintendo — The Mario maker surprised fans with announcement of a new Legend of Zelda game, which appeared to be a direct sequel to the critical darling The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This new title appears to be a sequel to Breath of the Wild, too. It also announced its newest Animal Crossing game is being delayed to 2020, and gave a look at Luigi’s Mansion 3, coming later this year. See It See it E3 2019 Video Games Gaming Tags Mentioned Above Tomb Raider (Xbox 360) See All Preview • E3 2019 Developed by Crystal Dynamics, the team behind the beloved new Tomb Raider games, Avengers is the new comic book-based video game to get hyped about. (Even if these don’t look like The Avengers you know and love.) Square Enix has been teasing the reveal of the game since late May. We saw Thor, Iron-Man, The Hulk, Captain America and Black Widow try to save New York — again — in the trailer shown at the end of Square Enix’s press conference.Shaun Escayg, from Crystal Dynamics, and Marvel Games’ Bill Roseman took the stage to walk us through the blockbuster game. It’ll be both a single- and multi-player game, Escayg said. Rosemann explained that this is Crystal Dynamics’ take on The Avengers, not a spin-off from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.Scott Amos and Meagan Marie, both from Crystal Dynamics, came out next. They revealed we’ll have online four-person multiplayer, and that the roster of superheroes will grow over time. “Every new superhero, and every new region, will be delivered at no additional cost,” Amos said. Marie promised no Loot Boxes or pay-to-win scenarios. The crowd loved that.Avengers will launch May 15, 2020 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and even Google Stadia. PlayStation 4 owners will get early beta access and “unique benefits we’ll be revealing in the future,” according to Amos.Final Fantasy VII Remake: A two-part taleSquare Enix announced Final Fantasy VII Remake’s release date, March 3 2020, 24 hours before its E3 2019 press conference. So what did the company have left for its big event?A lot. Aug 28 • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer, gameplay footage and everything we know Yoshinori Kitase opened Square Enix’s show and announced that the game will take part in two parts, one within Midgar and one outside it. The entire Remake will take up two entire Blu-ray discs, similar to how the PlayStation 1 original took up three CDs.We then got a combat explainer from Neal Pabon, senior manager of product marketing. Remake will use a hybrid combat system, using real-time hacking and slashing plus a bullet-time tactical mode from which you can use magic, items and Limit Break attacks.You can also add shortcuts that bypass the bullet-time mode, making it more like a Kingdom Hearts battle experience. The demo ended with Cloud and Barrett’s boss battle with the Scorpion Sentinel. The Final Fantasy VII Remake portion of the press conference ended with an extended trailer, which gave us our first glimpse of Tifa in the Remake.Then, we got a slew of trailers for upcoming sequels, remasters and remakes.Final Fantasy XIV Aug 19 • Borderlands 3: FL4K, new endgame content and everything else we know $29 Final Fantasy XIV, Square Enix’s flagship online game, was the next game to get the big on-stage spotlight. Naoki Yoshida, producer of Final Fantasy XIV online, came out to talk about Shadowbringers, the third expansion pack, which will release on July 2.Shadowbringers is more than an expansion pack, Yoshida says. Square Enix is looking at it more like a standalone game. It’ll brings two new Jobs and two new Races to the game, which first launched in 2010 and then essentially relaunched as A Realm Reborn in 2013.On top of these games which got on-stage presentations, we also saw a whole lot of trailers. Like, an overwhelming amount. Some are for brand-new games, others are ports or remasters. Either way, there’s bound to be one game here for everyone. Here’s the lot of Square Enix’s trailers.Dragon Quest Builders 2 0 Final Fantasy VII Remake opened the show, Avengers closed it. Square Enix Square Enix announced Final Fantasy VII Remake’s release date before its E3 2019 press conference on Monday night — but the company still had plenty up its sleeve for the E3 schedule.The mic drop game was Avengers, unveiled after about two weeks of social media teases, and you’ll be able to play it next May. There was also plenty of Final Fantasy love — for both VII Remake and XIV — and a whole suite of trailers.If you need to play catch-up, we have conveniently put every single trailer so far in this handy post. Next up and lucky last for press conferences is Nintendo Direct, and then CNET will hit the show floor and the real fun begins. Marvel’s Avengers Share your voice Jul 26 • Doom Eternal: QuakeCon ‘Year of Doom’ keynote shows more ‘Battlemode’ action Romancing Saga 3 & SaGa Scarlet Grace: Ambitions Tomb Raider reading • Square Enix E3 conference recap: Avengers, Final Fantasy VII Remake and a whole lot of trailers Nintendo Square
Tata Motors shareholders, late on Thursday evening, voted to remove industrialist Nusli Wadia as independent director of the Tata Motors board. About 71.20 percent of the Tata Motors shareholders voted in favour of Wadia’s exit as director, ANI tweeted.The ouster from Tata Motors board comes a day after 90 percent of shareholders of Tata Steel voted to remove Wadia as independent director.Tata Sons had called for the Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) to vote out independent director Nusli Wadia from the board of Tata Group companies on the grounds that he (Wadia) was acting in concert with ousted Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry. By voting Wadia out, the shareholders of Tata Motors also have shown strong support to Tata Sons interim chairman Ratan Tata.The latest development comes in the background of the legal tussle currently going on between Ratan Tata and Cyrus Mistry. Incidentally, Nusli Wadia had been accused of “acting in concert” with the ousted chairman. On December 16, Wadia filed a defamation lawsuit against Tata Sons and is seeking a compensation of Rs 3,000 crore in damages.Following the news, the Tata Motors stock was trading at Rs 466.35, at around 9:23 a.m. on Friday, down 0.70 percent from its previous close on the Bombay Stock Exchange. #FLASH 71.20% of the Tata Motors shareholders vote in favour of removal of Nusli Wadia as director.— ANI (@ANI_news) December 23, 2016
Jatiya Oikya Front rally in Sylhet. Prothom Alo File PhotoThe Jatiya Oikya Front, a newly formed political alliance, has obtained permission to hold its rally in Chattogram.The Front held its first rally in Sylhet on 24 October to mobilise public support in favour of the alliance’s seven-point demand, including holding the 11th parliamentary elections under a non-party administration.Chattogram Metropolitan Police (CMP) gave the permission asking them to restrict their rally on a part of a road along the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) office in the city.CMP commissioner Md Mahabubur Rahman told Prothom Alo that the permission was given on conditions.The Front leaders were asked to finish the rally within 5:00pm.On 13 October, the BNP together with Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Prokriya, JSD and Nagorik Oikya launched the Jatiya Oikya Front to press for their seven-point demand, including holding the next polls under a non-party administration.
.A Maldives diplomat has termed India a brother and China a long-lost cousin of the Indian Ocean nation, South China Morning Post reports.The Maldives’ ambassador to China, Mohamed Faisal, came up with the comment as the two powers flexed their muscle in exerting influence over the island country, creating tensions in the Maldives and outside.Two days after Maldivian president Abdulla Yameen lifted a state of emergency, the ambassador was quoted to have said that the Maldives will further embrace Chinese investment and “is aware it risks getting caught between China and India.”“India is a brother. We are a family, we may quarrel and we may have arguments but in the end we will sit down and resolve it,” the newspaper quoted the ambassador as saying in a report published on 22 March. said that India is a brother to Maldives and China is like a long lost cousin found, South China Morning Post reported.“We have taken a lot of our projects to India as well, but we did not receive the necessary finance. China is like a long lost cousin that we have found, a long lost cousin who is willing to help us,” the ambassador was quoted as saying.He, however, was said to have maintained that his country would not take any side between China and India.The South China Morning Post mentioned that more than 70 per cent of the Maldives’ foreign debt is owed to China.
BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi. Prothom Alo File PhotoBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has voiced deep concern over the life and security of its chairperson Khaleda Zia as a bomb-like object was reportedly recovered from the administrative building of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on Thursday, reports UNB.Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Naya Paltan central office, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Friday demanded adequate security for their chairperson at the BSMMU where she has been receiving treatment since 1 April last.”How did a petrol bomb end up at the BSMMU amid tight security? We’re deeply worried over the life and security of our leader (Khaleda),” he said.The BNP leader said people suspect that such kind of incident cannot happen without either patronage of government high levels or a blue print of it.According to media reports, a crude bomb-like object was found in front of the registrar’s room at BSMMU administrative building on Thursday.Rizvi said the incident of the bomb recovery from BSMMU has stunned the country’s people since a three-time prime minister has been undergoing treatment at the hospital.He accused the government of making efforts to eliminate its political opposition through ‘destroying democracy’.Rizvi also said the government has kept their chairperson in jail unlawfully and deprived her of justice.He also demanded that the government ensure proper treatment of their chairperson.BNP leader also criticised the government over the demolition of the heritage building — ‘Jahajbari’ — in old Dhaka by ruling party men. “The incident has manifested that Awami League has turned into a grabbers’ party.”
Award winning director Lisa Sabina Harney is screening her drama documentary Satyagraha-Truth Force in the Capital.Presented by Goddess Films in association with Harvard Club Of India this drama documentary tells the story of a group of humble Indian saints who believe the sanctity of their holy river – The Ganges – is being destroyed by corruption and a powerful mining lobby.They have been threatened, beaten, jailed and bribed. Two have died. Both were murdered, or so they believe. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Satyagraha – Truth Force follows the Satyagraha or hunger strike of Swami Shivanand as he fights with his life to protect the river and attempts to find justice for his disciple whom he believes was poisoned.Harney has spent 15 years working intensively as a writer, producer and director of award winning documentaries and docu-drama. She is the recipient of a Golden Eagle and Hugo Award and has been interviewed and published by the Guerrilla Filmmakers guide as an expert in dramatized documentary.The 91-minute movie will be screened in presence of Yogesh J Karan, High Commissioner, Republic of Fiji and will be followed by a discussion about the same.When: 9th January, 6 pm onwardsWhere: Alliance Française de Delhi
By now you’ve probably heard that Mark Zuckerberg plans to take two months off following the birth of his baby girl. That may sound like a generous chunk of time, especially for a dad, but that’s half of what the Facebook co-founder and CEO could have carved out, per his company’s parental leave policy. The world’s most popular social network recently announced the expansion of its four-month “paid baby leave” to full-time employees outside of the U.S., regardless of their gender. The augmented benefit, already available to Facebook’s full-time stateside workers, will chiefly impact new fathers and partners in same-sex relationships, Facebook’s head of human resources Lori Matloff Goler recently said on her Facebook wall. The optional leave can be taken any time throughout the year following a child’s birth or adoption.Related: 10 U.S. Companies With Radically Awesome Parental Leave Policies“In reviewing our parental leave policies, we have decided to make this change because it’s the right thing to do for our people and their families,” Goler said. She casually cited improved “outcomes” for children whose parents take time out to be with them when they’re newborns, just as Zuckerberg, whose wife, Priscilla Chan, 30, is expecting in the coming weeks, also recently noted on his wall.For Zuckerberg’s part, the father-to-be says he’s getting ready to be a parent by stocking up on baby gear, which includes his and his wife’s favorite childhood books and toys. The 31-year-old self-made billionaire called taking paternity leave upon the arrival of his firstborn a “very personal decision.” Clearly, it’s one he can afford to make.Related: Randi Zuckerberg’s Simple Secret for Juggling Career and Kids Facebook joins a long list of big-name global tech firms to significantly beef up their parental leave offerings for full-time employees in recent months, including Netflix. The streaming leader set a new standard last Fall, when it announced unlimited paid time off for new parents during their first year of parenthood.Related: Mark Zuckerberg and His Wife Are Expecting a Baby Girl 3 min read November 30, 2015 Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.