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Manafort (centre) was sentenced last year
Ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been released from prison to serve the remainder of his sentence at home due to Covid-19 fears.He had served a little over a year of a seven-and-a-half year sentence in jail. Manafort, 71, was convicted of conspiracy and fraud charges that stemmed from a justice department inquiry into Russian election meddling.There are over 2,800 confirmed Covid-19 cases among US federal prisoners and 50 deaths.According to the latest data from the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), there are 139,584 federal inmates in federal custody, and another 11,235 in community facilities, plus around 36,000 staff. According to the BOP, 2,818 inmates and 262 staff have tested positive for coronavirus.There have not been any confirmed cases of the disease at Manafort’s prison, FCI Loretto in Pennsylvania.Last month, Manafort’s lawyers sought for his release to home confinement in Northern Virginia, arguing that his “age and pre-existing health conditions” put him at high risk for infection in prison. What’s happening in US prisons?At the end of March, Attorney General William Barr told the BOP to grant home confinement to virus-vulnerable, low-risk inmates. His memo noted “some offenses, such as sex offenses, will render an inmate ineligible for home detention”.In April, Mr Barr directed the BOP to transfer inmates at risk for Covid-19 out of three federal facilities grappling with outbreaks, and told officials to review inmates at other similar facilities where the virus was affecting operations.The BOP reports 2,471 inmates have been moved to home confinement due to the pandemic since 26 March.In Pennsylvania, the governor ordered its corrections department to allow nonviolent and at-risk inmates to be momentarily released. Though the administration said as many as 1,800 people would be eligible, just 150 have been released as of 12 May, according to state corrections data.US jails and prisons, both federal and state, have been criticised for their handling of virus outbreaks and advocates continue to call for non-violent inmates to be released.Critics say prisoners are uniquely at-risk for the disease given overcrowding and unhygienic conditions. Inmates often lack soap and hand sanitiser is banned due to its alcohol content.The American Civil Liberties Union predicts 100,000 more Covid-19 deaths than current projections “if jail populations are not dramatically and immediately reduced”, noting conditions in American facilities are “substantially inferior” to other Western nations.Another ex-Trump aide, the president’s former lawyer Michael Cohen, 53, is said to be expecting home release from prison in New York later this month. A number of other high-profile convicts, including financial fraudster Bernie Madoff, 82, and comedian Bill Cosby, 82, have also appealed for release due to the virus. Who is Paul Manafort?Manafort served as President Trump’s campaign chairman from June to August 2016, when he was forced to resign over his previous work in Ukraine.He was convicted on a range of banking fraud, tax evasion, conspiracy and witness tampering charges from two separate cases relating to his work as a political consultant.
Manafort said the case had taken everything from him
Manafort also agreed to co-operate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation in a deal for a possible lighter sentence. However, just two months later that plea deal collapsed as investigators said Manafort had repeatedly lied to the government.He was sentenced in March 2019 and his prison term was to have ended in 2024.
Everything Announced at Ubisoft E3 2021: Rainbow Six Extraction, Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, Far Cry 6, and More
Ubisoft’s E3 2021 presentation was largely about building on established franchises. The Rainbow Six series is pitting players against AI aliens with Rainbow Six Extraction. Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora takes gamers into the James Cameron movie world. Giancarlo Esposito-led Far Cry 6 will place you in the shoes of three villains as part of its…
Ubisoft’s E3 2021 presentation was largely about building on established franchises. The Rainbow Six series is pitting players against AI aliens with Rainbow Six Extraction. Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora takes gamers into the James Cameron movie world. Giancarlo Esposito-led Far Cry 6 will place you in the shoes of three villains as part of its story-driven DLC. Aiden Pearce and Wrench are coming very soon to Watch Dogs: Legion. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is headed to Paris — but better yet, Valhalla is getting a full year of additional content. The fantastic Mario + Rabbids series is returning after five years on Nintendo Switch. And there’s outdoor sports action in Riders Republic. On PC, all Ubisoft games are available with the subscription service Ubisoft+. Here are the biggest announcements from Ubisoft Forward at E3 2021.Release date: September 16, 2021Platforms: Amazon Luna, PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One, and Xbox Series S/XBuilding off the legacy of PvP Rainbow Six Siege, Ubisoft Montreal is now taking its co-op shooter experience into the PvE space. In Rainbow Six Extraction, you can team up with up to two friends to fight mysterious alien creatures Archæans. You can pick from 18 Rainbow Six operators — each of them have unique gear, weapons, and abilities — all of whom will be available from the start if you have played Rainbow Six Siege in the past. Rainbow Six Extraction will offer full cross-play, cross-save, and cross-progression.Avatar: Frontiers of PandoraRelease date: 2022Platforms: Amazon Luna, PC, PS5, Stadia, and Xbox Series S/XThe world of James Cameron’s Avatar is the setting for a new first-person action-adventure from The Division 2 maker Massive Entertainment — also behind an open-world Star Wars game next — that will use The Division’s Snowdrop engine to bring Pandora to life. In Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, you will play as the blue aliens Na’vi in a standalone story in an unseen part of the planet, as you push back against the human forces. All that is to say that the game will not be connected to the Avatar movie sequels, the first of which is due in December 2022.Far Cry 6Release date: October 7, 2021Platforms: Amazon Luna, PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series S/XAt Ubisoft Forward, we got a new look at Giancarlo Esposito’s dictator Antón Castillo and his first meeting with our protagonist Dani Rojas from Far Cry 6. Ubisoft Toronto also unveiled the Far Cry 6 Season Pass — it includes three DLC story packs that lets you play as three villains (Vaas Montenegro, Pagan Min and Joseph Seed) to expand on their backstories, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, and seven Blood Dragon items for Far Cry 6.Watch Dogs: Legion — BloodlineRelease date: July 6, 2021Platforms: Amazon Luna, PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One, and Xbox Series S/XSet prior to the events of the main campaign, the first story expansion Bloodline brings back Watch Dogs protagonist Aiden Pearce and Watch Dogs 2 deuteragonist Wrench. After the latter escapes with a valuable piece of tech, Aiden, who took a routine fixer job in London to reconnect with estranged nephew Jackson, is under fire from all sides. To play bloodline, you will need the Watch Dogs: Legion Season Pass that will also allow you to add Aiden and Wrench to your DedSec outfit.Riders RepublicRelease date: September 2, 2021Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One, and Xbox Series S/XIt’s all about outdoor sports — biking, skiing, snowboarding, wingsuiting and rocket wingsuiting — in this Ubisoft Annecy game set across US National Parks, from Yosemite Valley to Mammoth Mountain. You can choose to play by yourself in career and make your way through five different progressions. Or you can join your friends in free roam, or a variety of multiplayer competitions, be it versus mode, 6v6 trick battles, 12-player free-for-all, or — only on next-gen — 50-player multisport races.Assassin’s Creed ValhallaValhalla goes on. At E3 2021, Ubisoft announced that a second year of content is coming for the Viking game, keeping Assassin’s Creed fans busy until the next mainline entry, potentially in late 2022. And in continuation of Odyssey and Origins, education expansion Discovery Tour: Viking Age is on its way, giving players a non-violent experience in Valhalla that puts you in the place of different characters as you learn about their history. Before all that, the second paid DLC, The Siege of Paris, due later in summer 2021.Mario + Rabbids Sparks of HopeRelease date: 2022Platforms: Nintendo SwitchMario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle was an unexpected delight, and Ubisoft and Nintendo are now building on that with a new cosmic adventure that will mix turn-based tactics and real-time action to create a new combat style. As for the name, it refers to dozens of Sparks that you must rescue across your interstellar journey. In turn, you can harness each Spark’s unique power as a special ability in battle. As before, Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope will include normal and Rabbids versions of beloved Nintendo characters.Why did LG give up on its smartphone business? We discussed this on Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast. Later (starting at 22:00), we talk about the new co-op RPG shooter Outriders. Orbital is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and wherever you get your podcasts.
‘OITNB’ Star Taryn Manning Engaged to Anne Cline After Surprise Proposal
They said yes! Caroline Stanbury, Nilsa Prowant and more celebs took major steps in their relationships in 2021. The Ladies of London alum confirmed via social media days after the new year that boyfriend Sergio Carrallo popped the question during a trip to Nepal. The engagement came less than six months after the pair made…
They said yes! Caroline Stanbury, Nilsa Prowant and more celebs took major steps in their relationships in 2021.
The Ladies of London alum confirmed via social media days after the new year that boyfriend Sergio Carrallo popped the question during a trip to Nepal. The engagement came less than six months after the pair made their relationship Instagram official. Stanbury was previously married to Cem Habib, from whom she split in December 2019. The exes share daughter Yasmine and twin sons Aaron and Zac.
Weeks after confirming her engagement, Stanbury defended her relationship after receiving negative comments about the more than 10-year age gap between her and her fiancé. “Why is this so shocking?” she told Bravo Insider, noting that the reaction isn’t as severe when men date younger partners.
Prowant, for her part, checked two big milestones off of her list within a few weeks. At the beginning of the holiday season, the MTV reality star revealed that she was expecting her first child, a baby boy, with then-boyfriend Gus Gazda. Soon after breaking the happy news, Gazda proposed.
“On cloud nine 💍,” Prowant gushed via Instagram on January 2, showing off the romantic moment that Gazda got down on one knee. “The love of my life asked me to spend forever with him tonight on my 27th birthday. Today has been more than I could have ever imagined. I can’t believe I get to marry my best friend and bring our son Gray into this world soon.”
The Florida native thanked her “kind, caring, strong” fiancé for always standing by her side — even through tough moments. “Gus, you’ve picked up the broken pieces of my heart and put them back together one by one. You never cease to amaze me. I can always count on you!” she wrote. “I know with you by my side I can get through anything. I would say yes over and over and over again. Every single time. Now…Let’s plan a wedding 🤍.”
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E3 2021 PC Gaming Show’s highlights have something for everyone – CNET
Tinykin Screenshot by Lori Grunin/CNET This year’s E3 PC Gaming Show hurled trailer after trailer of upcoming (and some already available) games at us, though as you’d expect there weren’t many hotly anticipated games.Premieres included: Citizen Sleeper, a complex but cool-looking survival RPG where you’re going to be put out of commission by An Evil…
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This year’s E3 PC Gaming Show hurled trailer after trailer of upcoming (and some already available) games at us, though as you’d expect there weren’t many hotly anticipated games.Premieres included: Citizen Sleeper, a complex but cool-looking survival RPG where you’re going to be put out of commission by An Evil Company.
Tinykin, an utterly adorbs 3D platformer we won’t see until 2022.
Fighting fantasy RPG Soulstice, coming 2022.
Silt, a moody monochrome underwater adventure with woodcut-like graphics.
Lakeburg Legacies, a deck-building game about everyday life in a medieval village.
Humble Games’ Dodgeball Academia, which is exactly what it says on the tin. Coming in 2021.
The 8-bit bloodshed-and-magic sequel Project Warlock 2.
Ixion, a space station strategy sim in which Earth is dying and you’re the manager of a space station that’s humanity’s last hope.
Far Changing Tides (from Okomotive the developers of FAR: Lone Sails), where you’re the captain of a ship in a flooded world searching for a new home. Coming in late 2021.
Wartales, a medieval turn-by-turn open-world RPG in which you play a mercenary, coming later this year.
Next Space Rebels just looks weird, but it’s a game about home rocket building in an alternative future with the spirit of Hypnospace Outlaw. Coming this fall.
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