A 3rd Precinct patrol supervisor and officer were on a holiday season patrol just after midnight when they observed a 2003 Toyota parked in a dark, remote section of the parking lot. Upon approaching the vehicle the officers observed in plain sight a substance believed to be crack cocaine, as well as bags and envelopes containing heroin and fentanyl, police said.
During the first week of September we brought you three different trailers for a very promising upcoming platformer from FredBear Games called Spirit Roots . Besides its really attractive visuals, I loved the premise behind Spirit Roots , which goes a little something like this: “Long ago, the planets of a small star system waged war against one another for a hundred years, to the point that only a fraction of each planet remained. Everyone decided that they’d better stop all that fighting before they wiped each other out completely, so in a very clever move they decided to stitch the fractions of each planet back together into one complete planet and made a pact that no one from any fragment could ever cross the border into the other fragments. Surprisingly this wacky idea worked and the survivors of the wartimes lived in harmony until one day the planet fragments started to separate. The only way to figure out what was going on and save this piecemeal planet was for one inhabitant to break that cardinal rule and venture out into the other fragments.” Here’s that story being told via a lovely cinematic trailer, followed by a brand new gameplay trailer.
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While we haven’t driven the Corolla Hybrid just yet, Toyota tells us the driving experience is expected to offer quick acceleration off the line. There is also an EV mode, which allows you to drive the car in electric mode only for short stretches, depending on how much charge the battery has. This is a feature that can be useful when driving in a parking garage looking for a space, keeping you from having to burn fuel in the process. When in EV mode, the Corolla Hybrid’s Vehicle Proximity Notification feature alerts pedestrians that the car is there. There will also be three drive modes to choose from: normal, with a mix of ideal fuel efficiency and power for the situation; eco, which is fuel-economy biased; and sport, which leans toward performance. Regenerative braking also helps maximize fuel economy.
The Master Ace has become something of a rarity now, being an out of production car. It has been hard for many to find one on the used car side of things. But that doesn’t mean you should look. Launched in the early 1980s, the Master Ace was sold as the Space Cruiser in Europe and simply the Toyota Van in the US. Inside and out, this was a horrible vehicle and not many people actually enjoyed driving or even owning it. Poor safety records meant it was a danger to those inside and around it, and the among of exhaust emissions this thing pumped out meant it was a worry even before environmental concerns were a big factor in the automotive industry.
Was 1st Global Capital a Ponzi Scheme? September 19, 2018 | By: deBanked Staff FEATURE STORY 1st Global Capital owner Carl Ruderman denied that his company was a ponzi scheme during a videotaped deposition with the SEC late last month. He invoked the fifth amendment to followup questions regarding the use of investor funds to pay old investors, operating expenses, and himself. Q. Was 1 Global Capital a Ponzi scheme? A. I — no. Q. Did 1 Global Capital use investor funds to repay old investors? A. I have to invoke the Fifth. Of more than $300 million raised, only $16 million was ever repaid to investors. One problem the company apparently had was “Too much cash.” That is literally the subject line of an email written by Steve Schwartz (1st Global’s manager / Ruderman’s brother-in-law) to Ruderman on August 1st, 2017 about what to do about the $34 million just sitting in the bank. In the same month, Ruderman told the U.S. Small Business Administration that he could not pay off the debt he owed on a previous business because his financial condition had seriously deteriorated and he was left with virtually no assets to the point that he was having to rely on family members for support. Meanwhile, Schwartz advised Ruderman that they needed the help of ISOs to get the $34 million out on the street fast. “You need to get involved with some of the bigger ISOs and find out what it takes to get closure on a significant & consistent monthly flow of business,” he wrote. And as the company worked on recruiting those ISOs, they also continued their efforts to raise even more capital from both registered and unregistered brokers all over the country. Two of those brokers had a soft spot for ponzi schemes. Barry and Ferne Kornfeld, both of Parkland, Florida, were charged by the SEC last month for their involvement in a $1.2 billion ponzi scheme. In what is now the infamous Woodbridge Group case, the Kornfelds earned $3.7 million in commissions by selling $60 million in unregistered securities to more than 500 investors. That is unrelated to the $8 million in investor funds Barry Kornfeld brought to 1st Global. WATCH: ABC News questions the Kornfelds That Kornfeld managed to get caught up in two of the largest securities fraud cases in Florida’s history at the same time is even more twisted in that he had already been banned from selling securities in 2009 after the SEC found he had made fraudulent misrepresentations to customers about the safety of mortgage backed securities. That didn’t stop him from teaching at a university about how to invest, however. One of the Kornfelds’ victims in the 1st Global case is a 21-year old female resident of Boca Raton, FL. She says that she was introduced to Barry and Ferne in 2015 at an investment class held at Florida Atlantic University that they taught. Among the enticing documents the Kornfelds showed to her to get her to invest, were statements that showed other investors making 13% to 16% a year, she wrote in a sworn statement. The Kornfelds were also an ISO for 1st Global, referring small businesses to the company to get funded. Another broker is Dale Ledbetter, the co-author of a 2012 book calledHow Wall Street Rips You Off and What You Can Do to Defend Yourself. The authors say that readers of the book “will learn that the system is designed to reward dishonesty and the lack of transparency.” For the investors that Ledbetter referred to 1st Global, the irony may be bittersweet. Printed right there on his Amazon book listing is “[..] Structured finance products are used to victimize millions of trusting investors around the world.” A 1st Global email from June 2018 says that Ledbetter had brought in $2.7 million from investors. Ruderman pled the fifth when asked by the SEC if Ledbetter received commissions for bringing in investor money. Neither Ledbetter or the Kornfelds have been charged in connection with the 1st Global case thus far. In an attempt to have the SEC freeze on his assets lifted, Ruderman filed an opposition paper last week that blamed all of the alleged securities violations on Kopelowitz Ostrow, his lawyers in Fort Lauderdale. Frequent reference is made to his advanced age (76) to perhaps try and convince the Court that he is not mentally capable of the alleged fraud. While rumors abound that Ruderman had fled the country in the immediate wake of the bankruptcy filing, his in-person deposition with the SEC on August 30th was in Miami, near his home. It lasted about 3 hours. One of the only documents filed in the SEC case thus far that point to anything outside the country are a December 2017 email that discusses setting up an untraceable company in Dubai that is owned by a Singapore Trust. The idea is put forth by one of Ruderman’s employees while Ruderman was traveling abroad in Russia. Also attached is a 2014 email chain about Ruderman’s secret Swiss bank account that federal authorities had possibly discovered. “Have you engaged an attorney to handle the disclosure of the Swiss account to the IRS and DOJ?” Schwartz asked Ruderman. “You do not look good in stripes or orange!” he warned.
“Myst,” the influential video game that helped usher in the CD-ROM era, may inspire an ambitious multi-platform film and television universe. Village Roadshow Entertainment Group, the co-producer and co-financier of the “Matrix” and “Sherlock Holmes” franchises, has acquired the rights to the first-person graphic adventure. For those born post-90s, “Myst” was wildly popular and hailed […]
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Google removed 13 apps from the Google Play store this weekend that were infected with malware. All 13 were disguised as car racing games. When you tried to launch the game, it would crash, but would still install malware on your device. Impacted users might just think there’s something wrong with their phone and not realize that the app is malicious, NDTV reports .