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___Alphabet Q1 revenue falls short of estimatesSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google parent Alphabet beat analyst earnings expectations but fell short on revenue, sending its stock down more than 7% in after-hours trading. Alphabet reported a first-quarter profit of $8.3 billion, down 6% from $8.9 billion in the year-earlier period.___Boeing CEO defends safety record amid 2 deadly crashesCHICAGO (AP) — The CEO of Boeing defended the company’s safety record and declined to take any more than partial blame for two deadly crashes of its bestselling plane. Chairman and CEO Dennis Muilenburg took reporters’ questions for the first time since accidents involving the Boeing 737 Max in Indonesia and Ethiopia killed 346 people and plunged Boeing into its deepest crisis in years.___Fed likely to underscore a message: No rates hikes in 2019WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve this week will likely reinforce a theme that has cheered consumers and investors since the start of the year: No interest rates hikes are likely anytime soon. The prospect of continued low rates is keeping borrowing costs low for households and companies. It is helping drive record highs in the stock market. And it is supplying fuel for a U.S. economy that’s growing steadily but fairly modestly and until recently was seen as facing the risk of a recession.___WASHINGTON (AP) —WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says he and other negotiators for the Trump administration should know this week or next whether they can reach a trade deal with China — or whether it’s time to “move on.” Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer are travelling to Beijing to resume talks to try to end a yearlong trade war between the world’s two largest economies.___Marriott to expand further into home-sharingNEW YORK (AP) — Marriott is pushing more heavily into home-sharing, confident that its combination of luxury properties and loyalty points can lure travellers away from rivals like Airbnb. The world’s biggest hotel company will soon start taking reservations through its website for 2,000 homes in 100 markets in the U.S., Europe and Latin America.___NBC News chairman an unexpected figure in Mississippi newsNEW YORK (AP) — NBC News chairman Andrew Lack has quietly been the driving force behind a news site that hopes to revive the troubled local news industry in Mississippi. The New York-bred Lack was attracted to the state because it’s where his mother’s family is from.___Survey predicts slower pace of economic growthA survey of corporate economists says the economy will expand over the next year, although the pace of growth will decline and employers are facing pressure to raise wages, spend more on worker training and automate tasks because of the low unemployment rate. Just 53% of the economists polled for the National Association for Business Economics’ April survey, released Monday, expect the economy to grow by more than 2% this year, down from 67% who felt that way in January.___After inconclusive vote, Spain’s political future still hazyMADRID (AP) — Spain’s political future is no clearer after its third election in four years, with experts saying that it will not be anytime soon before the muddle is resolved. The incumbent prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, celebrated after his Socialist party won the most votes in Sunday’s ballot. But Spanish politicians are doing the math on how Sánchez might survive the next four years without a parliamentary majority.___Streaming service Spotify hits 100 million paid user markCOPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Music streaming service Spotify says the number of its paying subscribers has hit 100 million for the first time, up 32% on the year and almost twice the latest figures for Apple Music. The Stockholm-based company called the figure, which was reached during the first three months of 2019, “an important milestone.”___Pelosi, Schumer tell Trump infrastructure needs ‘massive’WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic congressional leaders are telling President Donald Trump that American’s unmet infrastructure needs are “massive” and they want to hear from him on how to pay for improvements. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer are to meet with Trump on Tuesday. Pelosi and Schumer say an infrastructure package should go beyond addressing roads and bridges and should include provisions to enhance broadband, water systems, energy, schools and housing.___Stocks tick up to another record high as Goldilocks reignsNEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes edged further into record territory Monday following more signs that the economy is growing in the not too hot, not too cold way that investors love. Big gains for banks led the way, as higher Treasury yields raise hopes for bigger profits from making loans, but losses for high dividend stocks held indexes in check. Both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq composite index finished at record highs.___The S&P 500 index ticked up by 3.15 points, or 0.1%, to 2,943.03. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 11.06, or less than 0.1%, to 26,554.39, and the Nasdaq composite gained 15.46, or 0.2%, to 8,161.85. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks rose 6.54 points, or 0.4%, to 1,598.36.The Associated Press read more

Sharing water resources is major world challenge Annan says

The riparian countries of the Niger River are whipped by climatic disequilibria and population pressures, which affect the level of the river, Mr. Annan told the summit in Paris of the River Niger Basin Authority (ABN) in a message delivered by his Special Envoy for West Africa, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah.With regard to the areas of agricultural production, energy independence and environmental safeguards, the problems to solve are enormous, yet the Basin has significant assets worth exploiting, he said.Mr. Annan encouraged them to synchronize their management of the river for the benefit of all of the riverbank countries.The countries concerned – Guinea, Mali, Niger, Benin and Nigeria located on the main course; Burkina, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire and Chad – have a combined population of 100 million.The nine countries have complained of silting of the river bed, areas of choking by floating plants, destruction of aquatic habitats, water and wind erosion, discharge of untreated waste and pollution along the 4,200-kilometre-long river.In some regions, conflicts erupt among users because of reduced water flow and a decrease of productive flood plain areas. During some periods of the year, such economic activities as navigation and fishing are impossible, the ABN said. read more

Mortgage changes delayed home purchases cooled down market study suggests

by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 8, 2013 11:24 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Ottawa’s move to tighten Canada’s mortgage rules a year ago helped cool down the country’s real estate market by forcing some first-time home buyers to delay their purchases, economists say.A Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) study suggests roughly one in five potential first-time homebuyers have postponed their purchase since Finance Minister Jim Flaherty introduced his new lending rules a year ago Tuesday.The rule changes included a reduction to the maximum amortization period to 25 years from 30 for insured mortgages.It was the fourth time Flaherty tightened mortgage lending rules in as many years, incrementally dropping the longest amortization period from 40 years.“It did take a bit of steam out of the market because it essentially forced quite a number of potential buyers, especially first-time buyers, to wait a while longer,” BMO’s chief economist Doug Porter said in an interview.About 19 per cent of those polled by BMO said they decided to wait longer to buy their first home, while 66 per cent said the changes have not affected their timeline.Meanwhile, 14 per cent said they planned to buy sooner.A recent report by the Bank of Nova Scotia (TSX:BNS) estimated the mortgage rule changes may have pushed 10 per cent of potential buyers out of the market.Both Porter and Scotiabank economist Adrienne Warren said the changes helped the country’s overheated real estate market achieve its desired soft landing.“I think it was almost the perfect soft landing for policy makers,” said Porter.“It cooled, but it didn’t undergo a so-called hard landing. Sales did drop pretty heavily the first couple months, but then they stabilized and they’ve started to creep back up again.”Housing sales in the Greater Toronto Area were down by less than one per cent in June from a year ago while the average selling price climbed 4.7 per cent, according to recent figures from the Toronto Real Estate Board.Meanwhile, sales in Vancouver were up about 12 per cent in June compared to the previous year.Going forward, rising mortgage rates could block more prospective buyers out of the market, Warren said.Mortgage rates have been at all-time lows since the economic downturn, but fixed rates have slowly started to rise in the past two months.“The recent upward drift in mortgage rates could dampen housing demand in the second half of the year, especially in high-priced markets such as Toronto and Vancouver where affordability is more strained,” Warren said in a statement.The Bank of Montreal online survey polled 2,000 Canadians between Feb. 25 and March 5.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population. Mortgage changes delayed home purchases, cooled down market, study suggests read more

Top UN aid official calls for urgent support for Chad

Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Ursula Mueller made the appeal on Tuesday at the end of her first visit to the landlocked country, located in central Africa.Ms. Mueller underscored the need for durable solutions to the crisis in the Lac region.The activities of the extremist group Boko Haram, as well as violence in Sudan and the Central African Republic, have affected 500,000 people there, including 137,000 people the UN has deemed particularly vulnerable.“During my visit to displacement sites, I saw the difficult living conditions and lack of means displaced communities face,” Ms. Mueller said.“It is unacceptable that these men, women and children who have lost everything, their home, belonging, livelihood and very often family members, continue to live in fear and uncertainty.”Chad was the final stop on a 10-day mission which also took Ms. Mueller to the Central African Republic (CAR) and Cameroon, where she saw see first-hand the devastating humanitarian consequences of ongoing violence.The humanitarian emergency across the Lake Chad basin is among the most severe in the world, according to the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, where Ms. Mueller is second in command.Lake Chad Basin: Crisis Overview OCHALake Chad Basin: Crisis OverviewPersistent insecurity and Boko Haram operations mean that more than 10 million people in four countries – Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria – will need aid assistance this year just to survive.OCHA said the closure of Chad’s border with Nigeria from the beginning of the crisis in the Lac region in 2015, together with the continued implementation of emergency measures, have also had an impact on local populations who already face poor regional development.Ms. Mueller said she was moved by the solidarity of host communities who are sharing the little they have with those forced to run for their lives.“It is essential to strengthen the livelihoods of these communities who are the first lifeline for those fleeing violence and insecurity,” she stated.The crisis is taking place against a wider backdrop of recurrent food shortages and entrenched poverty across Chad, where nearly four million people require emergency food assistance and more than 200,000 children under five are at risk of dying from severe acute malnutrition.However, funding for humanitarian operations there has not kept pace with increased needs.Ms. Mueller urged countries to step up their support to Chad, which requires $544 million in humanitarian funding this year.So far, less than four per cent has been received. read more

Teams from 23 countries want to play at EHF Champions League

EHF Champions League In total 37 teams from 23 countries are vying for a place in the VELUX EHF Champions League 2016/17, the European Handball Federation has announced following the registration deadline.The final list of all participants will be confirmed only at the EHF Executive Committee meeting on Friday 24 June in Vienna.Based on the EHF ranking list 25 teams (23 national champions and the runners-up of Spain and Germany) have handed in their registrations.In addition, 12 clubs eligible to enter the EHF Cup have submitted their requests for the Champions League upgrade via their national federations – three from France and one from each Austria, Belarus, Denmark, FYR Macedonia, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Norway and Sweden.Only four national champions have decided not to register this season.The draw of the qualification tournament(s) will take place on Wednesday 29 June (13:00 hrs) in Vienna, while the group phase draw will be hosted by SELECT, the EHF’s new ball partner, in their headquarters in Glostrup, Denmark on Friday 1 July (13:00 hrs).The VELUX EHF Champions League 2016/17 will be played in the same mode as the previous season with 28 teams of the group phase split in four groups. In Group A and B there will be eight teams each, while each in Group C and D only six teams will play.Teams registered based on the EHF Ranking list (25):Achilles Bocholt (BEL)HC Meshkov Brest (BLR)HC PPD Zagreb (CRO)Bjerringbro-Silkeborg  (DEN)FC Barcelona Lassa (ESP)Naturhouse La Rioja (ESP)Cocks (FIN)Paris Saint-Germain Handball (FRA)Rhein-Neckar Löwen (GER)SG Flensburg-Handewitt (GER)Telekom Veszprem (HUN)Maccabi CASTRO Tel-Aviv (ISR)Red Boys Differdange (LUX)HC Vardar (MKD)Elverum Handball (NOR)KS Vive Tauron Kielce (POL)ABC/UMinho (POR)Dinamo Bucuresti (ROU)Chekhovskie Medvedi (RUS)RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko (SLO)Kadetten Schaffhausen (SUI)Tatran Presov (SVK)IFK Kristianstad (SWE)Besiktas Mogaz HT (TUR)HC “Motor” Zaporozhye (UKR)Teams registered based on additional places requests (12):Bregenz Handball (AUT)SKA Minsk (BLR)Team Tvis Holstebro (DEN)Saint-Raphael Var Handball (FRA)HBC Nantes (FRA)Montpellier Handball (FRA)THW Kiel (GER)MOL Pick Szeged (HUN)HC Metalurg (MKD)Orlen Wisla Plock (POL)OIF Arendal (NOR)RK Gorenje Velenje (SLO)National champions, who did not submit a registration (4):HC Fivers WAT Margareten (AUT)Talent M.A.T. Plzen (CZE)Felippos Verias (GRE)Vojvodina (SRB) ← Previous Story TOP 10 “missed targets” 2015/2016: Jicha, Kopljar, Jurkiewicz… Next Story → Xavi Sabate is special guest at Danaon Cup 2016 read more

Schmidt to consider Ireland selection options for sixday turnaround to Cardiff

first_img By Murray Kinsella 28,060 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Schmidt to consider Ireland selection options for six-day turnaround to Cardiff Dan Leavy or Sean O’Brien could come into the mix after an injury to Josh van der Flier. 67 Comments Monday 11 Mar 2019, 7:55 AMcenter_img Share14 Tweet Email1 A SIX-DAY TURNAROUND to this Saturday’s clash with Wales means Ireland will have what Joe Schmidt termed “a very truncated week.”Speaking after yesterday’s 26-14 victory over France in Dublin, the Ireland boss said he was unsure whether his squad would take to the training pitch on Tuesday or Wednesday as the face into their bid to prevent Warren Gatland’s Welsh side from securing a Grand Slam. Schmidt has a shortened week of preparation. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOThe narrow recovery timeframe may also prompt a handful of changes from Schmidt on the selection front, even if Ireland delivered their most cohesive performance of the championship against les Bleus, sullied only by conceding two late tries.Rob Kearney was a late withdrawal from the game due to calf tightness but Schmidt said the fullback has “a really good chance” of being fit to feature against the Welsh, although Josh van der Flier is a greater concern after suffering a leg injury versus the French.If van der Flier is ruled out, the make-up of the starting back row in Cardiff will be of major interest. The trio of Jack Conan, Peter O’Mahony and CJ Stander performed strongly yesterday after the starting number seven had been replaced by Conan, with Stander moving to the openside.Schmidt name-checked Sean O’Brien and Dan Leavy as possible options at openside against Wales, while he also hinted that hooker Sean Cronin could be set for a return to the squad after being omitted for round four.“There’s a couple of guys who have been in and around the squad,” said Schmidt yesterday. “Obviously Dan Leavy was up in Belfast, Rob Kearney should be right to train on Tuesday.“Sean O’Brien, Sean Cronin, Rob Herring – there’s a number of guys who we’ll get back this evening and go through and have a look at how they all shape up.“There’s obviously a few guys in the backs as well but the midfield combination worked well today with Bundee [Aki] and Garry Ringrose, those guys have played together a fair bit. Dan Leavy hasn’t featured for Ireland in this Six Nations. Source: James Crombie/INPHO“The back three, certainly the wingers, have been one of the more consistent fixtures so far in the Six Nations.“Andrew Conway came in late, but whether we have a look at freshening that up. And front-row wise, Andrew Porter was with us in the warm-up.“Tadhg Beirne, we’ll see how he is on Tuesday but there’s those sorts of options that we’ll just have a look at.”With a relatively condensed timeframe to prepare, Schmidt said Ireland won’t be wasting much of their week considering the prospect of denying the Welsh their Grand Slam in Cardiff. “It’s funny, people might talk about that but for us, we want to finish as well as we can in the Six Nations,” said Schmidt. “It’s less about where Wales are positioned.“We know that if we could get a win we would go past them in the championship on the ladder at the end of the day, but at the same time, it is just another game.“And as boring as it is, in terms of a six-day turnaround you can’t really think too much about championships or anything else.”Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Subscribe Mar 11th 2019, 6:01 AM last_img read more

Samoa Joe defends NXT Championship against Shinsuke Nakamura at NXT TakeOver Brooklyn

first_imgFacebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Shinsuke Nakamura Bitten By Police Dog Bite Before SmackDown Comments are closed. Shinsuke Nakamura WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Rumored Plans For Rey Mysterio Upon WWE Return Google+ What? No Drifter? Did he drift away? WWE Announces Rey Mysterio Match For SmackDown 1000 Now Playing Up Next Here is the card for tonight’s 8/20 NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II from Brooklyn, New York airing live on the WWE Network starting at 8:00 p.m. ET (7:00 CT).NXT Championship MatchSamoa Joe vs. Shinsuke NakamuraNXT Women’s Championship MatchAsuka (c) vs. BayleyNXT Tag Team Championships MatchThe Revival (c’s) vs. Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa.Bobby Roode vs. Andrade “Cien” AlmasNo Way Jose vs. Austin AriesEmber Moon vs. Billie will have live coverage of NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II tonight starting at 8:00 p.m. Eastern (7:00 CT) with brief updates on Twitter via @wrestleview.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipRumored Plans For Rey Mysterio Upon WWE ReturnVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:26/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:24 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WhatsApp Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Florida Governor Ron DeSantis says blackface controversy is unfortunate Now Playing Up Next 11 matches scheduled for WWE Clash of Champions tonight in Charlotte, Live Post-Show Marvin Washington August 20, 2016 at 3:55 pm Twitter Now Playing Up Next 1 COMMENT 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Shinsuke Nakamura Will Reportedly Return From His Dog Bite Injury Soonlast_img read more

Oregon jobless rate falls to 5 percent U6 at 101 percent

first_imgPORTLAND — Oregon’s unemployment rate has dipped to an even 5 percent.The state Employment Department released the figure Tuesday, saying nonfarm payroll employment grew by 2,500 jobs in November. That helped the jobless rate fall from 5.3 percent in October.The agency said construction has enjoyed strong job growth over the past two months, adding 2,300 jobs in October and another 1,000 in November. The retail industry, however, did not hire as many workers as expected through November of the holiday shopping season.Another unemployment measure, known as U-6, sat at 10.1 percent in November — down from 10.4 percent in October and 11.1 percent a year ago. The figure includes discouraged workers who stopped looking as well as part-time workers who want but can’t get full-time jobs.last_img read more

Leaked images of prisoners in farewell party for don with liquor nonveg

first_imgPrisons are usually a place to repent your mistake and a place for those who committed wrong deeds to be punished. The situation in the prison is often dire with the prisoners denied luxuries which people in the outside world enjoy. In India, prisons do not allow non-vegetarian food, personal phones and alcohol.However, this is not the case in a particular prison in Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh where leaked photos of prisoners having a party with alcohol and non-vegetarian food surfaced. The prisoners were having a feast at the Naini Jail in Uttar Pradesh as part of a farewell party for Mafia don Atiq Ahmed transfer from the prison to the Sabarmati Jail in Gujarat.The party took place inside the prison on the day before Ahmed was transferred.This is a particularly embarrassing moment for the prison security guards whose jobs are to ensure prisoner safety, to make sure that they do not have access to the above-mentioned items.The photos, which are going viral on social media, feature gangsters who have been residents of the Naini Central Jail for years. Chandra Prakash, the ADG Prison UP told IANS, “I have instructed the DIG, Prison to probe threadbare the involvement of the jail staff to ascertain how non-vegetarian dishes, liquor and smartphones, seen in the photographs, got smuggled inside the jail.””As of now, we cannot ascertain the date and time. We cannot say these pictures are of the farewell party of Atiq. However, till the final report is seen by me, we can only say that it appears to be a serious breach of security and we would take strict action once it is confirmed that such a party took place inside the jail,” Chandra Prakash added.Ahmed was airlifted from Prayagraj to Sabarmati on June 3 and a special security team was in place to monitor his journey. He was arrested earlier for kidnapping and torturing a businessman. IANSlast_img read more

Uncertainty lies ahead in Nanos journey only 1 unit manufactured in June

first_imgRatan Tata (L), chairman of the Tata Group, and Narendra Modi wave as they stand beside the Tata Nano car during the inauguration ceremony of a new plant for the Tata Nano at Sanand in Gujarat June 2, 2010. REUTERS/Amit DavePopularly known as “Lakhtakiya car” Tata Motors Ltd’s budget model, Nano is facing uncertainties ahead. Only one single car was manufactured in the month of June, though the company has not made an official announcement to stop the production of the budget car.In its regulatory submission, Tata motors informed that there has been no export of Nano in June,  as opposed to the 25 units that were shipped in the same period last year.Compared to the 275 units manufactured in June 2017, the company produced only one car in June 2018. The domestic sale also plummeted to a mere three units sold in June, in comparison to 167 units sold in June 2017.Here’s what the Press Trust of India quoted the company spokesperson as saying:With the current investment flow it would be impossible for us to continue with the production of this car. We are still waiting for any decision from the company high command.”He further added that Tata Motors will continue the production of the car keeping in mind the customer demand in its key market.Nano is the pet project of the company’s founder, Ratan Tata, who intended to offer a safer and a more affordable alternative to the families commuting on two-wheelers. Employees busy at work at the Tata Motors plant for the Nano car at Sanand in Gujarat, on June 2, 2010.REUTERS/Amit DaveThe compact car created quite a buzz, not just in the Indian middle class, but in the automobile industry as well, when it was unveiled at the Auto Expo in January 2008. Though it failed to live up to the expectation of masses in the upcoming months.The main reason for potential customers to be irked with the Nano was the cost. The car was promised at a price of Rs 1 lakh at the time of its announcement but the cost kept escalating ever since.Apart from the cost escalation, Nano has faced several other issues as well. The original plan was to manufacture the car at Singur, West Bengal but the entire manufacturing unit was forced to shift to Sanand in Gujarat amid an intense political and farmer protests against land acquisition. The instances of the car catching fire also grabbed the headlines which further dented its image.last_img read more

Khaleda calls the one speaking for people as real opposition

first_imgBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia. Prothom Alo File PhotoObserving that it is not necessary to be in parliament to become the opposition, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia during a hearing in a court here on Sunday said those who speak for people are the real opposition.”Remaining in parliament never makes any party opposition, it can be from out of parliament if they stand for people,” she said during the hearing in the Niko graft case at the makeshift court inside the Old Dhaka Central Jail.The court set 21 January for the next hearing in the case while 15 January for hearing an application filed by the BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed, another accused in the case.In the beginning of the day’s proceedings, Moudud Ahmed started reading out the first information report and the charge-sheet of the case.”It was the Awami League government which inked the deal with Niko. We just maintained its continuity. Those who struck the deal are now free. I’ve no hesitation to say we’re now the opposition …”At this point, lawyer Borhanuddin reminded Moudud that they are not even the opposition now and Moudud instantly told the court they are now nowhere.It was then when Khaleda who was sitting on a wheelchair came up with her remarks.She said a party can be the opposition even if it is out of parliament. “Now we see the opposition can be from inside the government, too. BNP is the most popular party, no matter what condition it is in.”Meanwhile, BNP’s secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir went to the courtroom and talked to their chairperson during the hearing.Later, he left the court around 12:55pm.Earlier around 12:22pm, Khaleda was taken to the Special Judge Court-9 of judge Sheikh Hafizur Rahman on a wheelchair.On 9 December, 2007, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed the case accusing Khaleda and others of causing the state a loss of Tk 137.77 billion by signing an oil-gas exploration deal with Canadian company Niko when the BNP was in office.Police submitted a charge-sheet against the accused on 5 May, 2008.The others accused in the case are former state minister for energy AKM Mosharraf Hossain, former principal secretary Kamal Uddin Siddique, Khandaker Shahidul Islam, CM Yusuf Hossain, former Bapex general manager Mir Mainul Haq, its former secretary Shafiur Rahman, Giasuddin Al Mamun, former MP MAH Selim and former vice-president of South-Asia affairs Niko Kashem Sharif.Khaleda has been serving in jail after a court sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust on 8 February last. The sentence was later extended to 10 years by the High Court.last_img read more

The Horror Mythos Behind Star Wars

first_img Mattel Unveils Fashionable ‘Star Wars’ x Barbie Dolls‘Star Wars: Resistance’ Finale Sets Up ‘The Rise of Sk… Stay on target Being a graduate of the Southern Californian School of Cinematic Arts, there is no surprise that George Lucas was inspired by all sorts of storytelling, stories that would have a huge impact on young student’s future career as a filmmaker. Science fiction stories like Flash Gordon and Dune were obviously prevalent, alongside Samurai and Western films and mythology. Although, there is one genre that I always enjoy pointing out to friends and fans alike that lie dark and dormant, deep within the Star Wars mythos, the horror of it all!via wikipedia.orgWe’ll start off with this lovely ball of fur. George has gone on record stating that he has always been a huge fan of the classic Universal monsters growing up. So much so that he and designer/fabrication artist Stuart Freeborn adapted the subtle looks of George’s dog at the time (Indiana). They incorporated features of the 1941 Wolfman too. The fabric used to make Chewbacca’s suit had no ventilation inside and actor Peter Mayhew has said he remembers pouring out sweat from the eye holes. No wonder Wolfie stuck with just face and limb prosthetics and topped it off with a nice button up and pressed slacks.via starwars.wikia.comWhen casting members of the dastardly Empire, you need to go dark. Since the Empire was entirely British, George was able to pull from some of the best film/stage actors that the UK had to offer in the early 70’s. Enter, Hammer horror legend Peter Cushing. Peter or Grand Moff Tarkin, the Governor of Imperial Outland Regions as we now associate him. Tarkin was so close to the Emperor that he was appointed authority over Sith Lord, Darth Vader. To properly cast this diabolical character, George pulled Baron Victor von Frankenstein himself! Even after the original trilogy, the Tarkin character has been included in the Rebels tv series and even in last years Rogue One, which takes place one year before A New Hope.via Hammer horror legend was added by George years later when Episode II: Attack of the Clones began filming in 2002. So here’s Christopher Lee. This Shakespearean actor covered all the major monsters for Hammer Films! From The Mummy in 1959 to Peter Cushing’s Creature in The Curse of Frankenstein in 1957. But it was Horror of Dracula where Lee would play the lead role, which would be one of his most memorable. When being cast as Dooku, it was no coincidence that the character would dawn a cape and referred to simply as Count.via dvdactive.comOh you know I love some mistaken canon! Enter, the Shistavanen.This race that has slipped through the cracks over the years. Enter, creature and effects artist Rob Bottin. This man went to work on some of the most memorable creatures in the film including The Thing, Legend, and The Howling. But some of his most memorable work was during the cantina scene on Mos Eisley in Episode IV: A New Hope with his mentor Rick Baker. Budgets were tight on the first film, and the effects department needed more creatures to fill the cantina scene. George was fine with using whatever he could given the time and money restraints. Rob had always been a monster kid at heart. This is why I am not surprised a Werewolf mask made it into the film. When the 1994 re-edits of the original trilogy released they were removed (now speculated as canon) and a wolf-like creature was added with CGI. Years later, the Clone Wars animated series featured a Shistavanen named Voolvif Monn, a Jedi General. Despite George’s best efforts, Rob’s love for werewolves still stands its ground in the canonical Star Wars Universe.One of the more obviously horror elements is Lord Sidious and Darth Vader’s relationship. It echoes the tale of Doctor Frankenstein and his creature almost perfectly.That is just a fraction of the classic horror dwelling within Star Wars, from the stop-motion influence on the chessboard pieces in the Millennium Falcon to the AT-AT’s slowly creeping towards the rebel base on Hoth. These are all callbacks to the giant monster movies of the 1950’s. Looking forward at the latest films, Gareth Edwards (director of Godzilla and Monsters) brought some darker elements than traditional themes to Rouge One and was able to play with some AT-AT’s of his own. The dark themes of horror have always loomed around the Star Wars Universe. But only time will tell if we ever see a stand alone Voolvif Monn film.last_img read more

Hotmail in hot water over password flaw rushes fix

first_img Sony PlayStation Network hacked again by resetting user passwords Hackers tried to get the best of Hotmail by figuring out how to reset Hotmail user passwords for e-mail accounts this month. Locking hotmail users out of their own accounts when trying to key in their passwords was something like a bad-dream scenario, trying to open your front door only to find your key does not work and thieves are inside. This could have turned into a big-time nightmare if Microsoft, after being notified of the weakness, had not rushed out a patch for its troubled password reset system. The Redmond company reportedly closed the loophole, so that hackers trying to manipulate data would now get an error message. Citation: Hotmail in hot water over password flaw, rushes fix (2012, April 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further © 2012 Phys.Org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The fix was issued after information about the bug was actively publicized online. According to security watching reports, information about the bug and how to pull the password caper off spread “like wildfire” and some mischief-makers were offering to hack Hotmail accounts for twenty dollars a shot. They realized it was possible to manipulate data passed between a user and Hotmail servers in such a way that could give them control over an account, The flaw in the password reset functionality allowed a remote attacker to reset the Hotmail/MSN password with the attacker’s own values, according to a notice dated April 26 by Vulnerability Lab senior researcher Benjamin Kunz Mejri. The bug basically involved the way Hotmail handled (or didn’t) the information that must be processed when a user wants to reset the Hotmail password. Peter Bright, writing in ars technica, explained that Hotmail’s password reset system uses a token system to ensure that only the account holder can reset the password. The weakness was in the validation of the tokens, a weakness allowing attackers to reset passwords of any account.Vulnerability Lab researcher Mejri explained, “The token protection only checks if a value is empty then blocks or closes the web session. A remote attacker can, for example bypass the token protection with values “+++)-“. Successful exploitation results in unauthorized MSN or Hotmail account access. An attacker can decode CAPTCHA & send automated values over the MSN Live Hotmail module.”Email user stats are not uniform; the numbers set forth of Hotmail users vary, somewhere between an estimated 350 million and 360 million. Sophos and other security sites say it is not known how many of these users experienced incidents over their Hotmail accounts. Those who may have fallen victim would have known if they found they were locked out of their Hotmail accounts. Hackers would know that particular game was over in their getting an error message upon trying to sabotage the data exchange. Microsoft, addressing the incident, confirmed the fix and said “there is no action for customers, as they are protected.”last_img read more

Consumer product giants eyetrackers size up shoppers

first_img © 2012 Citation: Consumer product giants’ eye-trackers size up shoppers (2012, July 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — Consumer product giants whose supply chains, profit margins, and boardroom reports depend on how fast the paper towels, shampoo, and diapers can fly off the shelves no longer dare to rely on just focus groups or survey handouts for consumer data. Technology is supporting retailers and marketers with sophisticated ways. “Neuromarketing” has become a frequently used term to describe a shopping environment where advanced technologies s including eye tracking reveal consumer wants and shopping behavior. Explore further Dr. Stephen Sands of Sands Research, for example, has done research on consumer behavior in supermarkets using a mobile EEG technique and eye tracking in a real supermarket environment. Researchers like Sands are getting a better read on what the newer technologies can actually say about consumer behavior.Businesses use the data that eye tracking collects to make decisions on product weight, package design, and where to put the items on shelves. They cannot rely just on what shoppers report back because research indicates that shoppers may say they like a product yet their purchases tell a different story. Marketers in turn look to eye-tracking solutions as helpful tools for better understanding shopping behavior. New 3-D computer simulations of shopping experiences augmented with eye-tracking technology and brain-wave monitoring are taking the place of conventional market research, according to a report this week in The Wall Street Journal. Eye-tracking collects eye data points when people are looking around a store. Eye tracking is also used to tell how the floor plan and design of the store are affecting the consumer. According to the WSJ, three company giants, Unilever, Procter & Gamble, and Kimberly-Clark, are combining three-dimensional computer simulations of product designs and store layouts with eye-tracking technology.Kimberly-Clark’s researchers in the past have used computer screens outfitted with retina-tracking cameras when testing packaging for paper towels. Their goal was to find which designs got noticed in the first ten seconds a shopper looked at a shelf. They also wanted to know if the preferences held up on different count packages, from single rolls to multipacks.Types of eye-tracking equipment may range from a special camera that is embedded in the rim of a computer screen to free-standing devices. Prices may run as high as $25,000 to $40,000, depending on the type of system. Data visualization results may be in the form of heat maps, the most familiar kind, where collected information forms a heat map that uses color to show where people looked. Another data visualization format is the Gaze Plot which shows a diagram overlaying an image of the ad or product package. Gaze Plots display the order that someone looked at a point, how long they looked at the point in relation to other points, and the path that person’s eyes took. The Gaze Plot is considered useful to learn what drew the attention of the customer, if the message was easy to interpret, and if the customer became confused at any point. Watching me, watching you This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

This Desk Helps Keep You Healthy By Breathing

first_imgOctober 4, 2013 Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Listen Now Standing desks have long been praised by the likes of Facebook, Google and former secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld for their health and productivity benefits. But what about a desk that can enable you to sit or stand, and one that reminds you to change positions by “breathing”? Yes, it sounds weird, but the Stir Kinetic Desk is for real.Created by a former iPod engineer, the Stir Kinetic Desk comes with thermal sensors to detect a user’s presence and touchscreen controls to adjust between sitting and standing modes. And it breathes. Well, kind of. When set to active mode, the desk can remind you to switch from sitting to standing and vice-versa by slowly moving up and down a short distance. This feature is called “Whisper Breath,” like the desk is “taking a breath of fresh air,” the company says.The Stir Kinetic Desk apparently can also customize when it prompts a person to sit and stand, and for how long, based on his or her habits. The desk is also equipped with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to sync with fitness apps, and it keeps track of extra calories burned from adjusting your working position throughout the day.There’s no doubt the desk is smart, and looks sleek, too. But with a Stir Kinetic Desk, your work surface is likely more expensive than the machine that’s resting on it. At $3,890, the desk isn’t just the height of technology, it’s the height of luxury. Stir chief executive JP Labrosse compared the Kinetic Desk to an investment like a Tempurpedic mattress.Kinectic desks will begin shipping early next year.Other motorized desks like the Airtouch by Details for $1,200 won’t set you back quite as far, but it won’t learn what’s best for keeping you healthy and energetic either.Now if only we could develop a desk that does all of our work for us, too.What crazy apps and gadgets have you come across lately? Let us know by emailing us at or by telling us in the comments below.last_img read more

Playa del Carmen workers electrocuted hanging billboard sign

first_imgThe second worker happened to be touching the metal billboard frame when the electrical contact was made. Both men suffered electrocution, however, the man on the structure at the time is reported to be in serious condition. The current was strong enough to leave burn marks at the base of the structure.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Paramedics were called to their location along Playa del Carmen Boulevard where both men suffered a severe electrical shock. One of the workers, the man who climbed the structure, accidentally made contact when a metal ring on the canvas touched an overhead cable. Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Two men hanging a large canvas billboard in Playa del Carmen were electrocuted after accidentally making contact with overhead electricity lines. center_img Photo: Protección Civil Solidaridad The two men were in the process of placing the large canvas advertisement to the metal billboard frame with one of the men climbing the structure when the accident happened. last_img read more

Ladysmith Black Mambazo nominated for 2 Grammy Awards

first_imgClick to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Our very own Ladysmith Black Mambazo has once again made us proud.The group has been nominated for two Grammy Awards.They have been nominated in two categories, namely ‘Best World Music’ for Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration and ‘Best Children’s Album’ for Songs Of Peace & Love For Kids & Parents Around The World.Ladysmith Black Mambazo won their first Grammy in 1988 in the ‘Best Traditional Folk Recording’ category for Shaka Zulu. The Isicathamiya group has won four Grammy Awards in the past.The 60th annual Grammy Awards will take place on January 28, 2018.We wish the group all the best and pray that they will scoop another couple of Grammy Awards next year!last_img read more

Streamlining Loan Closing

first_imgStreamlining Loan Closing January 16, 2019 947 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Technology A digitally advanced mortgage market has thrown up challenges for lenders especially in the loan closing space. From meeting timeframes to making sure that consumers have an accurate and consistent experience, lenders often come across roadblocks in providing a seamless consumer experience while closing a loan.According to  Andy Crisenbery, SVP and Managing Director of Lending Solutions at Black Knight, these challenges could include the closing not being well coordinated. Consumers, said Crisenbery, will get “multiple copies with the same information that they need to review and sign, versus just being able to login to a portal and provide their information one time and end up with a timely response on where they are.”From the lender’s perspective, he noted, the process was all about making sure that the consumer remained engaged in an automated consistent manner while providing them a status of where they are with the loan application and transaction.The fact that various lenders use different eClosing methods can also complicate the process.However, technology is helping lenders to not only expedite the process of closing a loan but also streamlining it in a “way that provides the least disruption for the lending and closing community.””There are good opportunities to change the interactions with end users for both communities in a way that doesn’t require anyone to change operational processes or technology platforms that may be in place today,” Crisenbery said. “Our approach to introducing technology to improve the closing is to enable the most electronic way to close a loan based on the jurisdiction’s requirements, the product, and the participants involved without disrupting technology and operational considerations for each.”Black Knight launched an enhanced version of its Expedite Close solution on Wednesday that uses advanced intelligence to determine the best way to close a loan based on lender preferences and jurisdictional requirements, whether they are wet ink, digital, or hybrid in nature. The new solution supports eClose, eNotary, and eSign as well as traditional wet-ink mortgage closings while instantly analyzing packages of static loan documents. It creates live, searchable data from their contents and determines which documents can be signed digitally.From the consumer’s point of view, this kind of technology helps in significantly enhancing the borrower experience, whereas from the lender’s perspective, its post-closing capabilities aggregate and fully audit all documents to deliver a unified, searchable closing package.Crisenbery also stressed on the time and cost savings associated with the way lenders implement eClose or eMortgage. These could range from a few hours to several days, along with the financial savings of the technology involved, which ranges from $40-50 all the way up to $260-270.”Savings can range all the way from a cost savings of around $35 or $40 just to implement eDelivery or eSignature capabilities to help with parts of the loan package, all the way up to $260 through a totally electronic close,” Crisenbery said. “A true eMortgage includes operational savings with either eliminating or minimizing manual tasks associated with the loan, all the way to time and financial savings with getting the loan completed more quickly and the cost of money during that timeframe.center_img Black Knight Borrowers Digital Mortgage eClosing eMortgage Lenders mortgage 2019-01-16 Radhika Ojha Sharelast_img read more

The Haven Staterooms at a glance The Haven 3Bedro

first_imgThe Haven Staterooms at a glanceThe Haven 3-Bedroom Garden Villa is a sanctuary of contemporary design featuring a spacious living room, walls of windows, outdoor terraces with a hot tub and dining area. There are three full baths plus a half bath. With up to 454 square-metres, Garden Villas can sleep up to eight guests.Available on Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Jade, Norwegian Jewel and Norwegian Pearl. Go back to the enewsletterNorwegian Cruise Line’s ‘ship-within-a-ship’ luxury offering, The Haven by Norwegian®, provides an expansive range of extravagant accommodation in spacious Suites, Penthouses or Family Villas for complete comfort. Coupled with the personal service of a concierge and 24-hour butler, the pampering of guests is endless.Staterooms in The Haven feature floor-to-ceiling windows to showcase the ever-changing seascape views, and most offer private balconies. Marble spans the bathroom, which includes hot tubs (where available) and equally impressive views. All accommodation in The Haven comes standard with fine linens, a pillow-top mattress from The Bliss Collection by Norwegian and Bvlgari bath products.Nicole Costantin, VP Sales, Australia and New Zealand for Norwegian Cruise Line says The Haven by Norwegian is of particular appeal to the multi-generational market, whereby some members of an extended family may be in a position to travel at the higher-end, while the rest of their party is accommodated in another type of stateroom.Accommodating up to six people, the Two Bedroom Family Villa is suited to a family of four, plus one set of grandparents who prefer travelling and cruising as a family unit, Costantin said.The majority of Staterooms in The Haven by Norwegian are spread over the top two or three levels, depending on the ship, and are ocean-facing. On some vessels, Norwegian Cruise Line has converted aft suites into The Haven.“We could have made these a separate grading category, but it made sense to pool them in with The Haven suites,” Costantin explains. The key difference being the guest in aft suites have a short walk to the private enclave, but have an “amazing space at the front of the ship, with all the perks of The Haven”. The Haven Courtyard Penthouse with Balcony are opulent penthouses that offer up to 40 square-metres. Some are designed to be a romantic hideaway ideal for two with a queen-size bed. Others offer floor-to-ceiling windows and room for an additional guest. All have a private balcony and can sleep up to three guests.The Haven by Norwegian – Courtyard Penthouse – BedroomThe Haven by Norwegian – Courtyard Penthouse – BathroomAvailable on Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Encore, Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Jade, Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Pearl and Norwegian Joy.center_img The Haven 2-Bedroom Family Villa with Balcony Chic décor adds a modern twist to this sumptuous villa. The master bedroom provides guests with a retreat, while their kids can have their own room with a flat-screen TV and private bath. A private balcony completes this sanctuary at sea. With up to 53 square-metres, it sleeps up to six guests.The Haven by Norwegian – 2 Bedroom Family Villa – BedroomThe Haven by Norwegian – 2 Bedroom Family Villa – BathroomAvailable on Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Encore, Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Jade, Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Pearl and Norwegian Joy.For further accommodation options with The Haven by Norwegian, click here.Lead image: Norwegian Joy | Haven Deluxe Owners Suite – Living RoomThis content was produced in partnership between LATTE and Norwegian Cruise Line.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more