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Valorant 3.01 release time and patch notes news as Riot delays update

Riot Games has confirmed that the delayed 3.01 patch for Valorant will be arriving later today, July 7.

The development team chose to push back the update due to the 4th of July celebrations taking place in North America.

And there is good reason to make such a decision as it means that the full Valorant team can deal with any issues with the upcoming patch.

The good news is that we do know that today will see the new Valorant 3.01 released across all platforms.

There is a good chance that there will be a delay between the Valorant patch going live in North America and the same patch arriving on European servers.

The latest details shared by Riot Games reads: “Patch 3.01 goes out tomorrow (July 7). Expect the usual patch times based on your region.”

Based on what has been shared above, we would expect the Valorant 3.01 patch to land during the morning in North America.

With that in mind and taking references from past launches, the Valorant release time could be set for around 6am PDT.

This will be followed by a wider release, if there are no issues flagged with the current build.

Valorant 3.01 is not expected to offer any new content due to the recent release of Episode 3 Act 1.

But while it won’t be as exciting as trying out a new Agent, gamers can expect some important bug fixes to be included.

We don’t know exactly what they will be but fans will know what needs to be fixed to make Valorant easier to play.

A message from the Valorant patch notes reads: “When we think of VALORANT, we consider every map, weapon, and character to be a part of an ever-changing sandbox where you can use your skill and creativity to overcome any challenge you face.

“We believe VALORANT is at its best when you face a wide variety of unique challenges and are forced to make hard choices about tools and strategies you’ll use to overcome them.

“To that end, we have taken a pass at the entire economy of the game, changing weapon and ability prices so they better suit their impact on a match and allow players to create more dynamic, varied loadouts, and strategies.

“Game-spanning changes like these can be painful as we are asking you all to relearn many things that you’re now comfortable with.

“There will be times when you are forced to make harder choices about what you bring into battle each round or forced to engage with an opponent differently—but just know that your enemies are facing the same challenges.”

Gamers can expect full patch notes to be shared by Riot Games after today’s update has been released.

Author: Gary Jones
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More long lines, delays at Austin airport security checkpoints Friday

AUSTIN (KXAN) — If you’re headed to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to catch a flight Friday morning, it would be a good idea to get there well before takeoff.

Airport officials said last week that Fridays would typically be the busiest days at ABIA through the summer months as more people file through the airport, especially in the morning from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Lines at security checkpoints Friday were long as that has typically been the case the past couple weeks. Airport officials previously said those with flights taking off before 8 a.m. should arrive at the airport at least three hours early for domestic flights.

If you have a flight after 8 a.m., it’s suggested you arrive two hours early, but do so in a manner you does not add to potential congestion with the morning rush, airport officials said.

Officials with the Transportation Security Administration told KXAN’s Jennifer Sanders that while it is looking to hire about 3,000 more agents to handle security checkpoints in airports nationwide, Austin is not a priority. The spokesperson said the TSA didn’t furlough any position, but allowed “liberal leave time to deal with issues related to the pandemic.”

Author: Billy Gates
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

M60 closed as police emergency sparks 30 minute delays – Ambulance on scene

All lanes have been closed in both directions, according to Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM). Emergency services are at the scene near junction 23. TfGM confirmed there are around 30 minute delays.

TfGM said: “M60 J23 (Ashton) both directions – All lanes closed.

“This is due to an ongoing police incident.

“Delays are expected, plan your journey before you travel.”

Highways England tweeted: “#M60 clockwise at #J23 (#AshtonUnderLyne #A635) is closed within the junction.

“All traffic is being brought off via the exit slip, to re-join via the entry slip due to a Police incident.

“Traffic Officers, @NWmwaypolice, @NWAmbulance are on their way to the area to assist.”

They added: “There are 30 minute delays on approach to this #M60 incident (above usual journey times) spanning 2.1 miles back to J22.

“Average speeds on approach to J23 are 16 mph.

“Traffic is advised to follow the hollow circle route to re-join the M60 at J23 or J24.

The MancTraffic Twitter account said the air ambulance was also on the scene,

They tweeted: “M60 within j23 CLOSED both ways.

“Police and Air Ambulance at the scene.

“Congestion on the A635 Manchester Rd with 1 lane closed w/b over the motorway.

“Queues c/w to j21 and ac/w towards j24.”

More to follow…

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: UK Feed

City delays release of approved Austin homeless encampments, citing too many restrictions

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin’s Homeless Strategy Manager says the city needs to relax some of its restrictions on sanctioned homeless encampments if it hopes to find any city-owned land that could work as an approved homeless camp.

Dianna Grey sent a memo to the mayor and City Council on Tuesday, saying in part that Council added too many secondary restrictions at its May 18 meeting and that’s made it difficult to find suitable sites.

Under council’s criteria, factors like being too close to a school, lacking access to utilities or restricting citizen access to high-use public amenities or programming would be disqualifiers for any potential sites.

“Applying all of the Secondary Criteria articulated by Council Members at the May 18
presentation and thereafter severely limits the use of City-owned land as an option for
consideration,” Grey wrote in the memo.

“If Council modifies the Secondary Criteria to allow for some City-owned land options to be
considered for encampments, staff will continue our analysis of any identified properties and will build the framework for a community engagement process.”

That means on June 1 — exactly one month after Austin voters overwhelmingly chose to reinstate the city’s camping ban — Austin still has approved no location to tell those people experiencing homelessness where they can legally camp. And the city doesn’t have enough shelters to house them all.

Austin was supposed to release new list of sanctioned homeless sites Tuesday

City staff said they would release a narrower list of city-sanctioned homeless camping sites on Tuesday, but that has now changed in light of Grey’s memo. She asked for new guidance from Council by June 10 as well as how much money the Homeless Strategy Office will have to spend before city staff moves forward with potential locations.

The city released a first draft of 45 potential sites on May 18 with slightly more than half of those sites in east and southeast Austin. Officials called the release a “snapshot” after reviewing more than 70 sites initially.

Almost immediately, Council members started exploring alternative sites that weren’t on that initial list.

State camping ban cut list of proposed Austin homeless sites in half

Separately, at the State Capitol, lawmakers saw the City of Austin’s potential locations and then amended and passed a statewide camping ban bill to also prohibit cities from using parkland for permanent homeless camps.

At least 24 of the 45 locations the City of Austin released appear to be on parkland.

City warning people at homeless sites about ban — but no evictions yet

Even though city officials don’t yet know where to tell homeless people to legally camp, they have been to at least 42 current encampments to inform those there about the camping ban and a timetable for leaving.

This “education phase” of the ordinance is the first of a four-phase plan the city and the Austin Police Department instituted to help prepare people experiencing homelessness for their eventual eviction.

The first phase is supposed to end June 12. After that, those found in violation of the ordinance could be subject to written warnings and later potential fines. It’s unclear how the delay of city-sanctioned sites will impact the rollout of that four-phase plan.

Author: Wes Wilson
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

Judge Delays Trial of Three Officers in Death of George Floyd

MINNEAPOLIS — The trial of three former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd has been delayed several months to allow for a federal case against them to move forward.

The decision was announced Thursday by Judge Peter A. Cahill during a pretrial hearing for the three former officers, and comes weeks after another former officer, Derek Chauvin, was convicted of two counts of murder and one of manslaughter for kneeling on Mr. Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes.

The three other former officers, who were scheduled to face trial on Aug. 23, will now be tried in March, Judge Cahill said. They face charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.

Two of the officers, all of whom were fired shortly after Mr. Floyd died last May, were rookies at the time: J. Alexander Kueng, 27, who was positioned on Mr. Floyd’s back, and Thomas Lane, 38, who held Mr. Floyd’s legs down. A veteran police officer, Tou Thao, 35, was positioned nearby and kept bystanders, who grew increasingly angry as they watched Mr. Floyd repeatedly say he could not breathe, from intervening.

All four officers were seen in a widely circulated cellphone video taken by a bystander that captured Mr. Floyd’s last moments and reverberated around the world, prompting weeks of social unrest in American cities.

The delay in the second trial will have the effect of allowing a recently announced federal case to move forward, while also putting some distance between the second trial and the enormous publicity generated by Mr. Chauvin’s trial, which was livestreamed and shown on television networks around the world.

“What this trial needs is some distance from all the press that has occurred and is going to occur this summer,” Judge Cahill said in court on Thursday.

Mr. Chauvin’s conviction was handed down April 20, and about two weeks later the Justice Department announced indictments against the four former officers on federal criminal charges of violating Mr. Floyd’s civil rights. The indictments were not a surprise, but they were unusual, partly because Mr. Chauvin had already been convicted of murder in Minnesota.

In similar cases, the federal government has often only filed charges if officials believe that justice was not served at the state level. For instance, after four officers accused in the beating of Rodney King in Los Angeles in the early 1990s were acquitted, they were indicted on federal charges.

Because federal charges often come only after the conclusion of state cases, some legal experts were surprised to see that the three other former officers were indicted by a federal grand jury before their case went to trial in Minnesota.

Still, even though Judge Cahill cited the federal case as a reason for delaying the trial in Minneapolis, it is uncertain that a federal trial would happen before March 7, when the three former officers are now scheduled to go on trial in state court. A spokeswoman for the Justice Department in Minneapolis said on Thursday that no date had been set for a federal trial of any of the former officers.

Mr. Chauvin is scheduled to be sentenced on the highest charge for which he was convicted — second-degree murder — on June 25. Judge Cahill ruled this week that Mr. Chauvin could receive a higher sentence than the 15-year maximum that Minnesota’s sentencing guidelines call for. Judge Cahill ruled that Mr. Chauvin was “particularly cruel” in killing Mr. Floyd and also found that several other so-called aggravating factors apply: that he committed the crime in front of children, abused his authority and did so with the participation of at least three other people.

Legal experts say Judge Cahill is likely to sentence Mr. Chauvin to up to 30 years in prison, although the maximum sentence possible is 40 years.

The trial of Mr. Chauvin was deeply traumatic for the city of Minneapolis, especially its Black community, with the harrowing video being shown repeatedly and emotional testimony from bystanders who witnessed Mr. Floyd’s murder. At its conclusion, the city almost immediately began bracing for the second trial of the other officers.

But now that the trial is delayed, some activists said it would have been better to hold the next trial on time, rather than push it off to allow for the publicity generated by Mr. Chauvin’s trial to subside.

“I think they should have just moved forward,” said Nekima Levy Armstrong, a lawyer and prominent civil rights activist in Minneapolis.

She added, “I don’t think it helps our community in a positive way to have to wait about another year.”

Author: Matt Furber
This post originally appeared on NYT > U.S. News

Anthony Joshua calls out Tyson Fury amid fresh £150m fight delays – 'Tired of the talk'

Anthony Joshua has warned Tyson Fury that he is tired of waiting for the 32-year-old to sign the deal for their heavyweight unification bout. Eddie Hearn has insisted that the fight is still going ahead, despite Fury reportedly stalling over fears around the money he would be guaranteed.

Two-time heavyweight champion Fury previously confirmed a two-fight deal with Joshua, with the first to be hosted in Saudi Arabia this July or August.

However, arranging the bout, worth £150 million, has been difficult during the pandemic. Fury is yet to sign the contract.

Fans have been waiting for an official announcement for months with the continued delays threatening to prevent the first scrap taking place this summer.

Joshua, also a two-time heavyweight champion, has now taken to Twitter to ensure the fight still goes ahead, telling Fury that he and his fans are growing tired of waiting.

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Fury had recently poked fun at Joshua on social media. He posted a video claiming that he would quit on his stool if Joshua lasted more than three rounds.

“Spartan. I’m tired. My fans are tired. Your fans are tired,” Joshua wrote on social media.

“We’re all tired of the talk. Less talk. More action!”

Joshua has not fought since he defeated Kubrat Pulev in December. He knocked out the Bulgiarian in round nine to defend his WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO titles. 

“Don’t get me wrong, if we were having this conversation in another week, I’d be very concerned, but I’m not because we’ve been here before.

“We have the commitment. For me it’s 100 percent a done deal.

“A lot of it is him trying to put the pressure on because he is under pressure to deliver a fight for Fury and the other thing is a bit of ego.

“He tried to do that deal with the Middle East for Manny Pacquiao and Terence Crawford that fell through and maybe he doesn’t want me to have the glory. I have no idea.

“We have had conversations with Tyson Fury’s lawyers and they are onside. I’m confident with where we are.

“I’m expecting the final version [of the site agreement] and that is what the issue is. We have written confirmation of the deal, it’s all approved, verbally and in writing.

“But we have to put together a long-form agreement and it’s a huge deal and quite complex. That’s taken four or five days longer than I thought.

“At the moment, I’m not panicking, but of course if it goes another week not completed that’s another story. But I don’t see that.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Sport Feed

Royal Mail shares latest delivery update – 13 UK postcodes hit by delays this week

Royal Mail customers have been experiencing delays now for a number of months now. Although deliveries are running as normal in many parts of the UK, the postal service has shared the postcodes which could be hit by delays.
Where hold ups are likely, the service will try to deliver every other day.

It said: “We aim to deliver all addresses we have mail for, six days a week.

“If resourcing issues, associated self-isolation and safety measures prevent this, we’ll deliver at least every other day.

“It’s only in extreme cases – where offices are severely affected by absence levels – that this may not be possible.”


The delivery service continued to say “deliveries in some areas are likely to be disrupted this week”.

Postcodes affected this week

Cannock (WS11 and WS12)

Orton Southgate (PE2, PE7-PE9)

Skegness (PE24-PE25)

St. Albans (AL1-AL5)

“And we’re ensuring we prioritise delivery of Covid-19 vaccination letters and test kits.”

Customers can sign up to get live updates via email from Royal Mail.

It also shared changes to its collect service for those who have received a ‘Something for you’ card.

Britons can check online for the latest opening hours and rules for picking up a parcel at their local branch.

Those who do not have missed delivery cards should not visit these points.

Delays only affect some areas of the UK and Royal Mail constantly updates customers of any changes.

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Royal Mail issues important service update – 19 postcodes affected by delays this week

Royal Mail has been experiencing postal delays around the country for quite some time. The company regularly shares updates onto its website, and this week there are a number of UK postcodes which could see wait times for post.
After a high demand in letters and packages, Royal Mail has said that deliveries may be disrupted in certain areas of the country.

The company said: “Due to resourcing issues, associated self-isolation and safety measures, deliveries in some areas are likely to be disrupted this week.

“We aim to deliver at least every other day in these areas, though this may not always be possible in offices temporarily affected by very high levels of absence.”

Royal Mail added that it is prioritising the delivery of vaccination letters and coronavirus test kits.

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Royal Mail has also made temporary changes to the guaranteed times for its Special Delivery Guaranteed service.

The company will no longer guarantee deliveries by 9am the next working day and will instead guarantee delivery by 11am.

They said: “Our guaranteed delivery for Special Delivery Guaranteed by 9am the working day is 11am the next day and our guaranteed delivery for Special Delivery Guaranteed by 1pm the next day is by 4pm the next working day.”

There are also a number of Royal Mail scams circulating whereby customers are receiving various different text messages and emails.

Royal Mail has shared advice on how to spot a fake email or text.

It stated: “Check at the top. Fraudsters often use subjects or greetings that are impersonal and general, like ‘Attention Royal Mail Customer’. They may use a forged email address in the ‘from’ field like ‘[email protected]’.

“They may even use the Royal Mail logo. None of this guarantees the email has come from us.”

Typical scams will often state there’s a parcel waiting to be collected, ask for payment before an item can be released for delivery, prompting customers to open a link or document or asks you to send a text message or call a phone call premium rate phone number. 

The company asks customers to protect their information by never sending sensitive, personal information, security details or credit card numbers by email or clicking on a link in an email you are unsure about. 

Tips to avoid being caught in a scam involve turning on the spam filter on your email account.