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17 May 2019 18:44

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Big Time Gaming: The Final Countdown begins

"Joey Tempest's signature is on the contract." It is ICE week and, in a dining room at London's oldest restaurant, Big Time Gaming founder Nik Robinson is showing CasinoBeats a demo version of his company's latest slot title, The Final Countdown. Paying homage to what people in the eighties thought the space-age future would look like, the game centres on one of that decade's most iconic rock songs, the gloriously bombastic and deliciously over-the-top The Final Countdown, from Tempest's band of Swedish hair-rockers, Europe. It is a feel-good moment and it frames beautifully just what BTG is continuing to deliver, time after time – games with that certain something. "The Final Countdown somehow ticks a box you didn't know needed ticking"and Extra Chilli – which was the best-ever performing launch on LeoVegas – BTG has continued to hit the mark, time and again. Danger: High Voltage – based on the high-camp 2003 Electric Six hit of the same name – is a case in point (interesting aside, The Final Countdown's working title was Danger: High Voltage 2).

'Glint': Read an Early Preview of the Fantasy Series

Like Danger: High Voltage before it, The Final Countdown somehow ticks a box you didn't know needed ticking. "Each new title is a case study in the BTG way of doing things"Each new title from BTG is a case study in the developer's way of doing things. When Europe released The Final Countdown back in '86, it was something of a reluctant launch, based on an old riff and conceived as a concert opener "for the fans". The Final Countdown goes live at 10pm (CEST) on March 13, when Kim Hultman will play the first 100 spins, streamed live on his Twitch and YouTube channels. Ahead of the title's release this week, Heat Vision has an exclusive preview of the first volume from Lion Forge's young reader trilogy Glint, offering the chance to meet the underground of the planet Mora — and I mean "underground" literally.

Writer Samuel Sattin, whose previous work includes Legend and Adventure Quest, has described Glint as a story "about a dying planet, and the few who care enough to save it from extinction." As Sattin explains: "Motorbike riding warrior grannies must help a small miner boy named Loon withstand a regime that's been brainwashing its people for generations, while being attacked by monsters called Feeders." His partner on the graphic novel series is Ian McGinty, known for work on the Adventure Time and Bee and Pussycat comic book series, as well as his own creation, Welcome to Showside. Loon and all the other pit workers are confined to a life of glint mining to serve the greater good of Mora. "Motorbike riding warrior grannies must help a small miner boy named Loon withstand a regime that's been brainwashing its people for generations while being attacked by monsters called Feeders." It's bad enough that people from other states enjoy hating on New Jersey. According to the latest Monmouth University quality of life poll, New Jersey is getting less love with every passing year. Judging from the poll, the more people know about New Jersey — and perhaps what they learn from visiting and reading about other states — the less they like it.

This year's positive rating of 50 percent — 11 percent excellent, 39 percent good — is the lowest since the poll was introduced in 1980, and a four-point drop from last year. If there is any silver lining to the poll, it's that people are more happy with the quality of life in their hometowns than they are with the state as a whole. Two-in-three New Jerseyans rate their town or city as an excellent (30 percent) or good (37 percent) place to live, Problem is, most people don't spend all their time in their hometown. Those who live at the Jersey Shore should take some satisfaction in the relatively high positive ratings for Monmouth and Ocean counties, which are the second highest of the seven regions of the state identified by the poll. The actor had graduated to Hollywood A-list status by this point; he'd also developed a deserved reputation for enjoying a good time off the set.

Once upon a time, he was a minor literary sensation, and his books of poetry, blessed with titles like Key Zest, made him the toast of the Conch Republic. ("The best thing about being rich," one character says, "is that you can be horrible to people and they have to take it." This should be the tagline for every single program on Fox News.) It's about giving McConaughey the space to really cut loose, and we do mean loose — the actor is constantly engaging in some sort of funky, rubber-limbed dancing, or faux-drunkenly breezing through his scenes, or passed out 'n' drooling. It's a spiritual sequel to Spring Breakers in its own warped way, although both films are clearly movies of their particular moment. It's the only way the movie could end. "Prices of scrap metal have dropped, so now for quick cash, thieves have focused on black walnut trees," said Greg Wagner, a Game and Parks spokesman.

A good-sized piece of old-growth walnut — maybe 18 inches in diameter, more than 20 feet in length — can net an easy $600, Wagner said. "It will take 100 years for some of the walnut trees to get big," Wagner said. Other states, including Iowa, have been plagued by tree thieves for years. A few years before that, another went to prison for taking 32 trees from federal land — including a single specimen later valued at $10,000. And last year, a game officer investigated a case of tree theft from a state wildlife management area in Platte County.

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"A squirrel hunter called him and said, 'What's up with all the missing walnut trees?'" Tree thieves often strike in low light, sometimes at night, sometimes using quieter electric chainsaws, Wagner said. It looked to him like someone had made several trips in and out, and that up to eight black walnut trees had been harvested, Berggren said. The suspect, a 52-year-old Omaha man, is scheduled to appear in court Monday on a misdemeanor charge of criminal trespass, but he tried to explain it away that day in the woods: He'd met someone somewhere who told him the land was going to be cleared for development and he was welcome to the trees, said Waterloo Police Chief Tim Donahue. Madeira said Alalo will be remembered for her dedication, commitment and professionalism with which she led the African Union Police component in Somalia since 2015 and for the very positive results she was able to obtain in that capacity. "The entire AMISOM family is with the people and the government of Uganda, with Emmanuel and Alvin, sons of our beloved C.P Christine Alalo, in this moment of sorrow and despondency. Meanwhile the European Union (EU) and its member states have extended condolences to the late officer's family, saying that she was a champion of human rights and a former winner of the EU Human Rights Defenders Award in Uganda. At the time of her death, CP Alalo was serving as the Acting Police Commissioner AMISOM and her tour of duty was expected to end in June, 2019. LinkedIn, the social network for the working world with close to 600 million users and now under the wing of Microsoft, has announced an acquisition as it continues to work on expanding the ways that people already on the platform use it. For some context, Glint had raised nearly $80 million — including these rounds for $27 million and and $20 million in the last two years — was valued at around $220 million in its last round according to PitchBook. The news was announced both by LinkedIn and Glint itself in blog posts. Daniel Shapero, VP of Talent Solutions at LinkedIn, said that the team from Glint will join LinkedIn and continue to work as a salient entity within it under current Glint CEO and founder Jim Barnett. Today some of LinkedIn's revenue generating products include premium memberships, recruitment (Talent Soutions) and education, by way of Lynda.com. As we have described before, Glint works by way of employee surveys, which it then analyzes using machine learning, natural language processing and predictive analytics. Glint provides executives with the tools to answer questions about the health and happiness of the talent they have, while giving managers at all levels the access and insight they need to improve." The timing of this announcement is also notable: LinkedIn is kicking off its big Talent Solutions conference and this helps set the tone for where it's hoping to take the division. The record will continue to be extended to 16 on Sunday, as both the Volvo Car Open as well as the Abierto GNP Seguros in Monterrey will be claimed by players who have yet to win a title this season. No.5 seed Wozniacki claimed the Charleston title in 2011, defeating Elena Vesnina in the final. The American also reached the semifinals at the tournament last year before losing to eventual champion Kiki Bertens in a final-set tiebreak. The former World No.1 and 2018 Australian Open champion seeks her 31st WTA singles title of her career. World No.18 Keys is projected to go to No.16 by making the final and No.14 by capturing the title. Keys, who has a career-high ranking of World No.7 and reached the final of the 2017 US Open, is aiming for a fourth career WTA singles title.