Australian hiker rescued after crawling with broken leg for two days
- Neil Parker, 54, was hiking on Mount Nebo, northwest of Brisbane, on Sunday when he tumbled six meters from the top of a waterfall, fracturing his leg and wrist.
- Parker splinted his shattered leg with hiking sticks before crawling for two days to find a clearing, where he hoped he would be spotted by emergency services.
- Parker is an experienced guide with the Brisbane Bushwalkers Club, which promotes hiking in the Australian state of Queensland.
- He said that Parker was "very capable and competent," but did not follow club guidelines when he ventured to the mountain by himself on Sunday.
- Simpson said as soon as the club heard that one of its members was missing it arranged a search party in the mountain.
- Lying on a hospital bed, Parker agreed that hikers should avoid the mistake of going hiking alone.
Rockstar Games Unexpectedly Enters the 'Launcher Wars' – CCN.com
- The launcher wars are turning up a notch today with Rockstar Games revealing it has been hard at work designing its very own PC launcher.
- The publisher behind the phenomenally successful Grand Theft Auto franchise launched the uniquely named "Rockstar Games Launcher" a short while ago.
- To entice players Rockstar is offering up Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for free for a limited time.
- As for what games we can hope to play via the launcher remains to be clarified, but from the promotional snaps produced for the download page, we can expect titles like GTA V, L.A. Noire, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and school mischief-maker sim Bully among others.
- I've genuinely lost count between the Rockstar Games Launcher, Epic Games Store, Steam, Uplay, Windows Store, Origin, and so on ad nauseam.
Retired Ice Hockey Star Suckers IT Pro Into $700,000 Bitcoin Fraud – CCN.com
- According to Russian information agency TASS, ice hockey player Igor Musatov was arrested on Sunday over his alleged involvement in a Bitcoin fraud scheme in which the victim lost approximately $700,000.
- Per court documents, the victim of the $700,000 cryptocurrency fraud was identified as Abelyan V.M., a software entrepreneur.
- Abelyan was asked to pay a total price of 45 million rubles - $700,000 at prevailing exchange rates.
- At the time, the former ice hockey player told the software entrepreneur that he needed the money to purchase a new apartment.
- In January 2018 when Musatov first broached the cryptocurrency deal to Abelyan, bitcoin price fluctuated between $10,000 and $17,000, as figures from CCN's bitcoin price index reveals.
- Though they were never delivered and it is not clear whether Musatov had the Bitcoin in the first place, at the current price the 103 coins would be worth over $1 million.
Government shutdowns cost about $4 billion, committee says
- Washington (CNN) - A new, bipartisan investigation into the consequences of the last three government shutdowns reveals that the cost of political intransigence was roughly $4 billion to US taxpayers.
- The other $338 million came from costs associated with the shutdown like administrative work, lost revenue and late fees on interest payments, the report states.
- By combining the number of days federal employees were out of work, the report estimated the shutdowns cost federal agencies 56,938 years of lost productivity.
- The Congressional Budget Office also found that the shutdowns not only cost taxpayers billions of dollars, but reduced overall economic growth.
- The CBO estimated that the most recent shutdown reduced economic growth by a combined $11 billion in the last three months of 2018 and first three months of 2019.
When Milton met Shakespeare: poet's notes on Bard appear to have been found
- Almost 400 years after the first folio of Shakespeare was published in 1623, scholars believe they have identified the early owner of one copy of the text, who made hundreds of insightful annotations throughout: John Milton.
- He also believes that the work the annotator did to improve the text of the folio – suggesting corrections and supplying additional material such as the prologue to Romeo and Juliet, along with cross-references to other works – is similar to work Milton did in other books that survive from his library, including his copy of Boccaccio’s Life of Dante.
- The scholar tentatively suggested in a blogpost that he might have identified John Milton’s copy of the Shakespeare First Folio of 1623, admitting that, “in this as in other cases, there’s usually a lot of wishful thinking, plus copious spinning of the evidence to make it seem plausible, and elision of anything that doesn’t seem to fit”.
1 firefighter is dead and multiple people are injured in a building explosion in Maine, authorities say
- Maine Gov. Janet Mills said that a firefighter had died in the incident.
- Officials were checking out a complaint of a propane smell at the LEAP facility when the explosion happened, a spokeswoman with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office said.
- The first call about the smell came into police at 8:06 a.m. ET, the spokeswoman said.
- LEAP, which stands for Life Enrichment Advancing People, is a group that provides services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, according to its website.
- Photos from the scene show a building in ruins.
- Jacob Gage, who lives in Farmington, told CNN he was lying in bed when his building "shook with a thunderous boom" and his home lost power.
- He spoke with his family and then rushed to the scene to check on his sister, who lives nearby.
- Farmington, located along Route 2 in western-central Maine, had about 7,760 residents as of the 2010 Census.