December 2, 2019

Indian-Origin Man Pleads Guilty to £227,000 Bank Fraud in UK

first_imgA man of Indian origin, arrested by the Scotland Yard as part of an anti-fraud operation, has admitted to his role in stealing numerous credit and sim cards and making fraudulent transactions to cheat his victims of £227,000.  Police arrested Ashley Dominic Singh at an address in Stratford on Sept. 12 and charged him after an appeal by officers from Operation Falcon, part of Metropolitan Police’s fraud and cybercrime team.  “He appeared at Inner London Crown Court the same day (Sept. 12) and pleaded guilty to all the charges against him, namely: conspiracy to commit fraud, transferring criminal property and possessing articles for use in fraud,” the police said in a statement.  Singh has been remanded in custody and will be sentenced at the Inner London Crown Court on Monday, Oct.8. Police said Singh, of Widmore Road, Bromley, a borough in London, had stolen numerous credit cards and mobile phone sim cards between March and October 2016, with which he took control of his victims’ bank accounts.  After accessing their accounts, Singh, who is 34 years old, made fraudulent transactions to buy high-value goods like jewelry, designer clothes, and electronics. Detectives identified Singh and his accomplice, Tony Clarke, 30, of Main Road, Biggin Hill, as suspects in the case, according to previous report by Newsshopper.co.uk. Singh was arrested on Nov. 1, 2016 and charged after seven months, on June 7, 2017, with conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation, possession of an article for use in fraud and transferring criminal property, the report said. He then failed to appear at a hearing at Inner London Crown Court on Feb. 1 this year, following which a warrant was issued for his arrest, it added.The police had released an image of Singh in June saying that he was wanted in connection with a series of fraud offences across London and South east of England. In May this year, an arrest warrant was issued against him in connection with an assault on police in Sevenoaks.  Clarke pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and was sentenced to six years in  prison on March 22 this year, according to a  previous report by Bromley Times. Related ItemsLondonUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

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November 16, 2019

LIGHT TURNOUT SO FAR FOR IOWA HOUSE ELECTION (UPDATE)

first_imgUpdated 4:50pm 1/16/18It’s been a light turnout so far today for the special election in Woodbury County for the Iowa District 6 seat in the House of Representatives.Election officials say that 1706 people had voted as of 4P.M. today.A total of 1031 absentee ballots were also counted to bring the total votes cast to 2737.That’s around 14 per cent of the district’s eligible voters.Republican Jacob Bossman is running against Democrat Rita DeJong in the election.The polls in the district are open until 9p.m. tonight.last_img

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November 16, 2019

Report: England 0 Germany 0

first_imgEngland 0 Germany 0: Pickford and Sane impress in Wembley draw Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 05:55 11/11/17 SaneJones - cropped Bongarts There were no goals but plenty of encouraging performances from both sides as England and Germany drew at Wembley on Friday. England held world champions Germany at Wembley as two experimental sides played out a 0-0 draw in their first friendly since sealing World Cup qualification.The Three Lions had been expected to feel the absence of key men Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane, among others, while Joachim Low’s visitors were similarly missing stars Manuel Neuer, Leon Goretzka and Thomas Muller.But there was no lack of quality on display in a match that was more entertaining than the scoreline suggested, as the in-form Leroy Sane starred for Germany and struck the woodwork with the best effort of the first half. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Jordan Pickford, making his senior debut for Gareth Southgate’s men, deserved that slice of luck as he turned in a determined performance, keeping out Timo Werner on multiple occasions.Chances at the other end were considerably more scarce, but Ruben Loftus-Cheek also impressed in his England bow, with the hosts looking increasingly relaxed in a new-look 3-5-2 formation as the game wore on before substitute Jesse Lingard wasted a super chance to win it at the death.Considering the talk of farce at the hosts’ numerous withdrawals from the squad, this ended up being a handy workout for Southgate and his side against top-class opposition, with Brazil the next opponents in London on Tuesday, when Germany are also at home in another glamour friendly against France.England have now gone five matches without defeat, while Germany have not lost in 20 games since Euro 2016.It ends goalless at @wembleystadium – solid performance from a young #ThreeLions side, who could’ve won it with the last kick of the game through @JesseLingard.Now, bring on Brazil! pic.twitter.com/IgnNMwrJ5Q— England (@England) November 10, 2017Two England debutants were instantly in the thick of the action as Pickford was forced to rush from his line to challenge Timo Werner inside the opening minute, before a low left-wing centre just evaded the advancing Tammy Abraham at the other end.Sane thrashed wide of Pickford’s goal following a pass from Germany’s own new boy Marcel Halstenberg, but the Manchester City winger continued to trouble the England defence.He curled a wonderful effort against the underside of the crossbar when given time and space 20 yards out, before Sane threatened again in Germany’s next attack of note when, with the goalkeeper beaten, he saw Phil Jones brilliantly block his strike in front of the line after a rebound from Werner’s saved shot had fallen into his path.That proved to be the end for Jones as further injury misfortune for Southgate required the introduction of another newcomer in Joe Gomez, who then lost the lively Werner and watched on with some relief as Pickford saved superbly.Abraham’s first real sight of goal so nearly led to the opener as England ended the first half on the front foot, but a deflected effort looped just wide.The interval did not disrupt the momentum England had started to build and only Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s strong right arm kept a Jamie Vardy header out shortly after the restart.That preceded the game’s quietest spell as Germany monopolised possession, with Loftus-Cheek only occasionally prompting a counter-attack, as a series of substitutions slowed play further heading into the closing stages.England could well have stolen victory with the last kick of the game as Lingard lashed a close-range finish over the crossbar after Harry Maguire had headed substitute Marcus Rashford’s free-kick into his path.That meant both sides had to make do with a draw that should offer each of the coaches some encouragement as next year’s tournament in Russia begins to move into view. Key Opta Stats:- England and Germany remain on 13 wins against each other in international competition, with the other six games ending in stalemates (32 total meetings).- This was the first goalless draw England have played out at Wembley since October 2010, when they drew 0-0 with Montenegro under Fabio Capello.- It was also the first 0-0 between England and Germany since June 1982, when Ron Greenwood’s side drew against West Germany at the World Cup in Spain.- The Three Lions remain unbeaten at Wembley under Gareth Southgate (W5 D2), keeping five clean sheets in seven games. – After recording eight shots (inc. blocks) and four on target in the first half, Germany managed just one shot off target in the second half.- England handed starts to debutants Jordan Pickford, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham against Germany. Prior to this, the last time that three England debutants started in the same game was against Chile in November 2013 (Fraser Forster, Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez).- Overall, England saw a total of five players make their debut in this game (also Joe Gomez and Jack Cork); their most in a single international fixture since November 2012 (6 v Sweden – Leon Osman, Steven Caulker, Ryan Shawcross, Carl Jenkinson, Raheem Sterling and Wilfried Zaha). read morelast_img read more

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October 24, 2019

Government Commits to Maintaining Stable Macroeconomic Environment

first_img The Government remains committed to ongoing policy and programme implementation, aimed at maintaining Jamaica’s stable macroeconomic environment, thereby facilitating the requisite growth for sustainable and inclusive development.Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, says the indicators of several measures initiated have, to date, spurred vibrancy in the economy and optimism among key stakeholders.He was delivering the Throne Speech at the 2019/20 Ceremonial Opening of Parliament, on Thursday (February 14), under the theme ‘In Partnership towards the New Prosperous Jamaica’.The Governor-General said the indicators include 15 consecutive quarters of economic growth; low inflation; strong investment inflows; record job growth; robust net international reserves; and a debt to gross domestic product (GDP) ratio on course to fall below 100 per cent by the end of the 2018/19 fiscal year on March 31.He said that in keeping with the thrust to improve corporate governance, Cabinet approved the Policy Guidelines for nominating, selecting and appointing the Boards of Public Bodies, and the issuance of drafting instructions for the accompanying Regulations to the Chief Parliamentary Counsel.Additionally, he said Cabinet approved the establishment of an Independent Fiscal Council as part of measures to strengthen Jamaica’s Fiscal Responsibility Framework.“The Fiscal Council will be an independent, non-partisan institution with the responsibility of helping to promote economically sustainable fiscal policies, monitoring the Government’s compliance with the fiscal rules and informing the public on economic matters,” he added.Meanwhile, the Governor-General advised that the Bill to modernise the Bank of Jamaica and make inflation targeting the “cornerstone” of monetary policy is before a Joint Select Parliamentary Committee.“A modernised and strengthened Central Bank will institutionalise and entrench low, stable and predictable inflation, which is a critical platform for any modern economy,” he emphasised.The Governor-General said ensuring access to finance and deepening financial inclusion are key Government objectives.As such, the proposed Micro Credit Act will be tabled to provide the legislative framework for the private microcredit lending sector.Additionally, proposed legislation to amend the Cooperative Societies Act and introduce a prudential regulatory credit union regime, will strengthen deposit insurance and reduce risk.The Governor-General advised that the Customs Act will be modernised by repealing the existing Act. The new Act is slated for tabling during 2019/20.He said that the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) will, this year, bolster its Non-Intrusive Inspection Programme (NIIP) by expanding and utilising more modern cargo imaging scanners at marine ports and warehouses in Kingston and Montego Bay.“The Jamaica Customs Agency plays a crucial role in revenue collection and border activities. Tax Administration Jamaica and the Jamaica Customs Agency continue technology enhancements as part of measures to make revenue collection efficient and effective,” he noted.The Governor-General also informed that the Administration will be prioritising public financial management.This, he indicated, encompasses disaster risk management, border security and sound policies “that will result in greater savings [through debt reduction], faster economic growth, and better social protection.The Governor-General said Jamaica has been commended, on several counts, on the resulting out-turns to date by its International Development Partners.Notable, he pointed out, is Fitch Rating Agency’s recent upgrade of the Government’s Long-Term Foreign Issuer and Local Currency Issuer Default Rating to ‘B+’ from ‘B’, while revising its outlook to ‘Stable’ from ‘Positive’.The agency also upgraded Jamaica’s credit rating ceiling to ‘BB-’ from ‘B’, the highest in over 10 years.“These are positive signs on which to build a firm foundation for a prosperous and new Jamaica for all. Indeed, Jamaica is on a path to economic independence,” the Governor-General said. Story Highlights He was delivering the Throne Speech at the 2019/20 Ceremonial Opening of Parliament, on Thursday (February 14), under the theme ‘In Partnership towards the New Prosperous Jamaica’. Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, says the indicators of several measures initiated have, to date, spurred vibrancy in the economy and optimism among key stakeholders. The Government remains committed to ongoing policy and programme implementation, aimed at maintaining Jamaica’s stable macroeconomic environment, thereby facilitating the requisite growth for sustainable and inclusive development.last_img read more

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October 16, 2019

AARP Presents An Evening With Neil Young

first_imgOn Monday, February 29, 2016, experience An Evening With Neil Young when Fathom Events, Warner Bros. Records and AARP present a special, one-night screening of the critically-acclaimed post-apocalyptic musical comedy, “Human Highway,” along with the Neil Young’s concert feature, “Rust Never Sleeps,” in select movie theaters nationwide live at 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT / 6 p.m. MT and tape-delayed to 7:30 p.m. PT, HI and AK.The special cinematic event also features an exclusive live Q&A with Cameron Crowe interviewing Young and his eclectic cast, which includes Gerald V. Casale of Devo, Russ Tamblyn and Charlotte Stewart.Audiences will first enjoy “Human Highway,” Young’s 1982 comedy starring Tamblyn, Stewart, Dean Stockwell, Dennis Hopper and Devo, in an all new digital restoration. Then, “Rust Never Sleeps,” the full-length feature about Young’s 1978 concert tour, will give cinema audiences a spectacular set list full of Young’s most popular songs, showcasing classic hits such as “I Am a Child,” featuring Crazy Horse, “Cinnamon Girl,” “Like a Hurricane” and both the acoustic and electric versions of his landmark song “Hey Hey, My My.”Tickets for “An Evening With Neil Young” can be purchased online beginning Friday, January 15, by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network.With multiple GRAMMYs, Juno Awards and many other notable accolades earned during his illustrious career, Neil Young is one of the most influential musicians of the generation. The New York Times described “Rust Never Sleeps” as offering “some of [Young’s] strongest songs, both new and old, in performances as fine or finer than those on his recent, partly live record album of the same title,” and said “the intensity of the singing and playing of Crazy Horse, Mr. Young’s longtime partners for electric-rock projects, is as moving as rock can offer.”John Rubey, Fathom Events CEO, said, “We are proud to present ‘An Evening With Neil Young’ to fans across the nation. Music lovers will get a unique opportunity to experience over three-and-a-half hours of landmark rock n’ roll entertainment from one of music’s most beloved singer-songwriters.”“Neil Young is a singular talent and an icon of American popular music, and we are proud and honored to support this event, knowing full well how much our members will enjoy it,” said Robert Love, editor in chief of AARP The Magazine. “I have many fond memories of seeing Neil and Crazy Horse at the Fillmore East in New York City, solo at Carnegie Hall, and have followed his career since Buffalo Springfield.”last_img read more

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October 16, 2019

Chris Cornells Family Creates Video PSA To Keep The Promise

first_imgChris Cornell’s family has released a new PSA video vowing to continue raising awareness for the human rights causes their father was dedicated to set to the backdrop of his current Best Rock Performance GRAMMY-nominated song, “The Promise.”Video: Chris Cornell Vows to ‘Keep the Promise’As part of his long career as a songwriter and performer, Cornell wrote and recorded the title song for “The Promise” (2017), the first feature film to highlight the story of the Armenian genocide. All proceeds from the film have gone toward human rights causes, including creation of the Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law. Cornell donated all of his proceeds from the song to the International Rescue Committee.The PSA video follows the announcement of the creation of an endowed fund of more than $1 million to support student scholarships at UCLA School of Law. The Chris Cornell Scholarship honors Cornell’s commitment to justice, human rights and advocacy for those in need.last_img read more

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October 11, 2019

UN agency calls for increased use of urban wastewater in agriculture

7 September 2010Recycled urban wastewater can be used to irrigate crops, helping to ease the problem of water scarcity and reduce pollution, a new United Nations report says as it calls for the practice to be scaled up. The report from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), released yesterday to coincide with the start of World Water Week, finds that reclaimed and treated wastewater is used in agriculture in more than 50 countries around the globe.In some countries, such as Spain and Mexico, a high proportion of treated wastewater is used for irrigation.But the FAO said the data indicates that overall the practice is not being as widely implemented as it should.Pasquale Steduto, the Deputy Director of FAO’s Land and Water Division, said the re-use of wastewater brings benefits beyond a mere increase in food production, such as by helping “to mitigate competition between cities and agriculture for water in regions of growing water scarcity. In the right settings, it can also help to deal with urban wastewater effluent and downstream pollution.”Mr. Steduto added that farmers can also avoid some of the costs of pumping groundwater, while the nutrients contained in wastewater would reduce their fertilizer expenses.In addition, recycling wastewater frees up freshwater for so-called high-value urban or industrial use, reducing the costs to municipal authorities. read more

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October 8, 2019

North American stocks slump as oil drops and rate hike looms large

TORONTO — A strengthening U.S. dollar and falling oil prices put pressure on the loonie, as the commodity-sensitive currency closed at its lowest level in more than a month.The Canadian dollar fell for a third straight session, giving back 0.48 of a U.S. cent to 76.31 cents US. The loonie has not closed below this level since it finished at 76.08 cents US on April 7.Meanwhile, the S&P/TSX composite index in Toronto ended the day little changed as it found lift from materials, gold and consumer staples stocks. The index dipped 8.69 points to 13,817.32.In commodities, the July contract for North American benchmark crude lost 11 cents to US$48.67 a barrel, while June natural gas rallied four cents to US$2.04 per mmBtu.The June contract for gold bullion was down $19.60 at US$1,254.80 a troy ounce, while July copper shed two cents to US$2.06 a pound.Fears over the growing possibility of a June interest rate hike weighed heavily on Wall Street as the Dow Jones industrial average plunged 91.22 points to 17,435.40, while the broader S&P 500 fell 7.59 points to 2,040.04. The Nasdaq composite lost 26.59 points to 4,712.53. read more

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October 6, 2019

Aveos airframe business to be sold to five companies for 108 million

Aveos airframe business to be sold to five companies for $10.8 million by News Staff Posted Jun 27, 2012 5:13 pm MDT MONTREAL – After failing to attract any buyers for its airframe business, insolvent aircraft maintenance firm Aveos Fleet Performance is seeking court approval Thursday to break up and sell the unit’s assets to several buyers for $10.8 million, the monitor overseeing the dismantling of the company says.The prospective buyers include three Canadian firms, two U.S.-based companies and one liquidator.The purchase prices paid by the companies weren’t disclosed in case Aveos has to return to the market if the transactions don’t close.No single buyer was found to restart the airframe unit’s operations because its business model in Canada “has a limited role in a global context” and is not globally competitive, the monitor’s report said.The buyers include Avianor Inc. based in Mirabel, Que., Avmax Aviation Services Inc. of Calgary and Discovery Air Technical, a subsidiary of Yellowknife-based Discovery Air (TSX:DA.A).Premier Aviation Overhaul Center of New York, which has an operation in Trois-Rivieres, Que., and Illinois-based Aircraft Services Inc. will also acquire parts of the business.Liquidator Maynards Industries Ltd. will buy several lots of equipment that it will sell by private sale or at public auction in September before Aveos plans to vacate Air Canada hangars in Montreal, Winnipeg and Vancouver.Work on repairing and overhauling airframes has increasingly gone to low-cost operations in Asia, Latin America and elsewhere.Consequently, the assets were offered in smaller “digestible” lots so that Canadian maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operators could have an opportunity equal to that of a global buyer to acquire parts of the business.“The result is that most of the strategic asset buyers under the transactions which are being recommended for approval are MROs operating in Canada who intend to expand their current service offerings or develop new lines of service in Canada, utilizing these specific assets,” Jonathan Solursh, chief restructuring officer at Aveos.The airframe unit received 22 bids for its various parts, including 17 from strategic purchasers and five liquidators, but none that wanted to keep the business together.The Aveos airframe business employed about 1,500 of the company’s 2,600 workers before it closed its operations in March and obtained court protection from creditors under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act.Monitor FTI Consulting said the sales process for the engine business has been extended until a July 26 court hearing. The delay will give prospective buyers additional time to “address and resolve various issues, including exhausting all options to determine is there is the possibility of a going concern or modified going concern solution.”Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) and Aveos have signed a new exclusive engine repair contract through 2017, provided the purchaser of the business is one of five deemed acceptable by the airline in terms of operational requirements.Canada’s largest carrier also agreed to conduct a request for proposals for work on about 1,000 component parts serviced by Aveos. Work on the five- to 10-year contract must be done at Aveos’s facility.The sale of the landing gear assets have also been deferred.“There are multiple suitors for the Component Maintenance business who are engaged in meaningful discussions with the company, the union and other stakeholders,” the monitor said. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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September 25, 2019

Watching garden birds is good for your mental health research shows

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The study, which involved 270 from the areas around Bedford, Luton and Milton Keynes, found that lower levels of depression, anxiety and stress were associated with the number of birds people could see in the afternoon. It did not matter what species of bird they were watching. Last night, University of Exeter research fellow Dr Daniel Cox, who led the study, said: “This study starts to unpick the role that some key components of nature play for our mental well-being.”The researchers, who included academics from the British Trust for Ornithology and the University of Queensland, also found that those who spend less time outdoors than they are used to are more likely to report they feel anxious or depressed.  You don’t have to be a professional bird watcher to benefit from the lower levels of depression, anxiety and stressCredit:Matt Cardy/Getty Images Officer workers can de-stress by watching birds out of their window, a study has suggested after it found it makes people less anxious and depressed. Being able to see birds, shrubs and trees can help mental health, even if people are not in a rural area, the academics found.  Lower levels of depression, anxiety and stress were associated with the number of birds people could see in the afternoon The positive association between birds, shrubs and trees and better mental health applied, even after controlling for variation in neighbourhood deprivation, household income, age and a wide range of other socio-demographic factors.Dr Cox added: “Birds around the home, and nature in general, show great promise in preventative health care, making cities healthier, happier places to live.”Previous studies put the change in well-being down to the fact people feel relaxed and connected to nature when looking at birds and trees. The research was published in the Bioscience journal.  This study starts to unpick the role that some key components of nature play for our mental well-beingDr Daniel Cox, who led the studylast_img read more

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September 25, 2019

Grenada placed on dengue alert

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJamaica hit by Dengue outbreakJanuary 4, 2019In “Health”Six confirmed dengue deaths in JamaicaFebruary 13, 2019In “latest news”Chikungunya cases increase to 76, another 580 suspectedAugust 21, 2014In “Business” (CMC) – Grenada has been put on alert amid fears of a dengue outbreak after Jamaica reported an upsurge in cases at the start of the year.“We are all keeping a close eye on the development of the dengue fever situation in the region, and so in order to prevent and control this upsurge in a timely manner, we are taking early and decisive action now,” said Chief Medical Officer Dr George Mitchell.Earlier this month, health authorities in Jamaica confirmed two dengue-related deaths for the period January to December last year and said that the virus had surpassed the epidemic threshold for December.The island reported that there were seven suspected and two confirmed cases of dengue-related deaths for the period January to December 2018 and that a total of 830 reported cases have been classified as suspected, presumed or confirmed as at January 3 this year.Mitchell said that the Health Promotions Department and vector control officers have been mandated to scale up their intervention programmes nationwide aimed at preventing an upsurge in the spread of dengue fever in Grenada.He said that given the regional situation and the fact that there is likely to be an increase in the mosquito population around this time of year, the ministry was not taking any chances and will not sit complacent.The Aedes Aegypti mosquito is responsible for the spread of the dengue, Zika and Chikungunya viruses.Symptoms of dengueinclude sudden onset of high fever with severe headache, fatigue, pain behind the eyes, muscle, bone or joint pain, skin rash and vomiting or feeling nauseous. read more

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September 21, 2019

Sneakers Condoms Bras Make NY Times Year in Ideas

first_imgA guitar that never goes out of tune, condom for children, a bra made out of gas mask, a smartphone that never dies, and a familiar meat dress all made this year’s New York Times Year in Ideas list. The paper published its 10th annual list featuring “innovations and insights from a spectrum of fields, including economics, biology, engineering, medicine, literature, sports, music and, of course, raw-meat clothing.”The list includes the controversial “Youth Condom,” a smaller-than-standard prophylactic targeted at youth in Sweden after a study found that kids had problems fitting into regular ones. “Relaxation Drinks,” meanwhile, promise to offer an alternative to he Red Bulls of the world, helping consumers slow down a bit.The “Bra Mask” is a bra comprised of two gas masks, designed by a Ukrainian science to help women reduce their intake of radiation. The “Armored T-Shirt” is dipped in boron carbide, the stuff they make bulletproof vests out of. A British firm introduced the world to the concept of the Revive smartphone, a phone that evolves over time so the user never has to but a new one.The “Guitar That Stays in Tune” uses a series of levers and strings to save the player precious tuning time. The Concept 1 basketball shoes, meanwhile, promise to add four inches to a player’s leap. And the “Meat Dress?” Well, you saw the footage from the MTV Video Music Awards, right?last_img read more

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September 21, 2019

Watch the Ouya developer console unboxing

first_imgYesterday we heard that the Ouya developer consoles had started shipping, and just a day later the folks on the Ouya developer team have been kind enough to do an unboxing video. You can watch it above.This is by no means final hardware, but promises to give developers everything they need to start developing apps and games for Ouya. Included in the jet-black box is an official developer welcome letter, frosted translucent developer console, two frosted translucent controllers, the power adapter, HDMI cable, Micro USB cable, and batteries for the controllers. The only surprise in that package is the Micro USB cable because they decided to add a Micro USB port to the hardware making it easy to hook up to a PC.These versions of the console are special and form a very limited run. Although they allow developers early access to the hardware, they also come with a few issues that need to be worked out before the final hardware ships. Most notably, the controller has a D-pad and triggers that are less than great. Although still very usable, fine tuning the controls for a game wont be possible as the controller Ouya gamers use will be different.The Ouya development team now wants feedback, and they are expecting a lot of bug reports to come in. But that’s a good thing, as it’s not until the hardware is used in anger that it starts to become a real product you can ship to consumers. As for the software, the dev units are also shipping with a very early version of the user interface, which is aiming to look like the screenshot below:More at Ouyalast_img read more

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September 21, 2019

Glassified an intelligent ruler with embedded transparent display

first_imgWith the growing popularity of smartphones and tablet, manufacturers have continued to miniaturize components so we can fit more into ever thinner devices. But that has also opened up the way for electronics to be embedded in other objects you wouldn’t normally associate with needing such components.One example of this is an experiment coming out of the Fluid Interface Group at MIT Media Lab. It’s called Glassified, and embeds a transparent OLED screen into a ruler, which is then hooked up to a PC and Wacom digitizer.What this allows is for objects to be drawn using the basic functionality of the ruler–drawing straight lines, but then additional information added to the drawing using the transparent display, digitizer, and stroke recognition by the PC. For example, drawing a triangle and then covering it with the screen automatically works out the dimensions and area and displays them as an overlay. If you create a closed shape and then add a ball and direction arrow, the ball can be seen bouncing around inside the shape starting in the direction specified.Glassified clearly has uses for both math and physics, and if expanded upon could end up being a useful learning aid. As it’s just a prototype at the moment, there’s exposed circuitry and a wired connection required, but a final implementation would need to embed all electronics within the actual ruler to be workable. Is that possible? Based on how much functionality that gets embedded in smartphones, I don’t see why not. The final ruler may just end up being a few millimeters thicker and require charging on a regular basis.The creator, Anirudh Sharma, has promised to post instructions on how to make your very own version of Glassified on his personal site. Once they are available it shouldn’t take long for people to start improving on the design and adding functionality. Who knows, there may even be a Glassified Kickstarter appear in the near future.last_img read more

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September 21, 2019

Housing market opportunities in Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek economy may emerge from the deep, protracted recession of the last six years in 2014, but prospects for one of the locomotives of growth in the past do not look promising. The residential real estate market is bound to have another poor year, although home prices may decline at a slower pace and transactions may pick up a bit compared to last year’s depressed levels.The government, the European Commission, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other private forecasters see the Greek economy growing by a mere 0.2 to a more respectable 1 per cent this year after a cumulative output loss of 24 per cent in the previous six years. The optimists bet on stronger export performance, a positive reading in investment spending and a much smaller decline in consumption outlays to produce the economic turnaround. Others, namely some German think-tanks and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), disagree, forecasting a continued – albeit milder – recession in 2014. Even if one sides with the optimists and economic activity picks up steam, it is unlikely the residential market will follow suit, as it takes time for growth to make a noticeable impact on the job market and drastically improve expectations regarding incomes.In contrast, there are reasons to argue that prices will continue their downward trend but at a declining pace this year. Undoubtedly, the large fall in urban housing is directly related to the sharp drop in demand on the heels of the protracted recession and the accompanied huge job losses, bringing the unemployment rate above 27 per cent. Therefore, it is not surprising that house prices in urban areas have fallen by more than 33 per cent since the last quarter of 2008 through the fourth quarter of 2013, according to Bank of Greece data collected from credit institutions. Even so, real estate agents argue prices have fallen even more, putting the drop at between 40 and 60 per cent on average during the last six years.Although the large drop since 2008 has made prices more attractive, it should be put into context. House prices had more than doubled between 2000 and 2007, as in Ireland and Spain, making the residential market prone to a severe correction. Expected small job gains and the possible stabilisation in disposable incomes in 2014 are positive signs – assuming they turn out to be correct – but demand for urban residences is not expected to receive a boost from another important factor. Mortgage loans, which underpinned the rise in prices a decade earlier, are not expected to increase significantly. On one hand, banks have become more cautious as they nurture significant loan losses and on the other, households are more hesitant to ask for loans given the economic uncertainty and the six-fold rise in property taxes since 2009. Real estate analysts and advisors say the average mortgage loan provided by banks accounts for 35 per cent of the value of the house nowadays, compared to 70-100 per cent in 2006-2007.Given this history, it should come as no surprise that bank loans finance a much smaller percentage of residential market transactions than prior to the economic crisis. Some claim they partly finance less than 20 per cent of total transactions, compared to an estimated 80-95 per cent before 2008. Even if banks start gradually providing more mortgage loans in the next few months, following their ongoing capital enhancement exercises, the volume of transactions may not increase significantly in 2014 from last year’s depressed levels.This is not good news for the residential market because it means it will take a long time for the oversupply of houses in the market to clear. It is hard to estimate the number of houses available for sale, but it may exceed 200,000 units as homeowners and construction companies look for liquidity and want to reduce the associated tax burden. Others put the number of unsold houses even higher. It is reminded that the country experienced a construction boom in 2006-2007, following a surge in construction permits in 2005 as firms and individuals scrabbled to avoid the imposition of value-added tax on new buildings from the start of 2006. The latter partially explains the oversupply.The fact that the construction of new houses has been falling steadily through the first half of 2013, after peaking in 2006, is not enough, since the number of transactions also fell during the same period. Also, there has been a change in the composition of transactions, with a shift from new to old houses since 2009, according to real estate agents. The situation on the supply side of the residential market may be aggravated further if the ban on first home foreclosures, which was extended by one more year, is partially lifted in 2015. Moreover, one should not overlook the fact that the state has become more active in selling confiscated property.Although there are some positive signs from the demand side, assuming the economy recovers and labour market conditions improve over the year, other factors such as the tight credit criteria will continue to weigh in. On the supply side, conditions do not look good as the overhang of unsold houses is not going to go away anytime soon. So, it will take a brighter economic outlook for house demand to pick up enough to offset the pressure exerted on prices from the oversupply.Source: ekathimerinilast_img read more

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September 20, 2019

Le cola pourrait réduire la qualité du sperme chez lhomme

first_imgLe cola pourrait réduire la qualité du sperme chez l’hommeDanemark – Une consommation trop importante de cola pourrait diminuer la qualité du sperme des hommes, selon une étude menée au Rigshospitalet (hôpital du royaume) situé à Copenhague.L’étude, publiée dans l’American Journal of Epidemiology, a porté sur plus de 2.500 hommes qui passaient un examen de santé dans le cadre du service militaire. En moyenne, les hommes qui buvaient au moins un litre de cola par jour voyaient leur quantité de spermatozoïdes par millilitre de sperme diminuer de 30%. Selon l’OMS (Organisation mondiale de la santé), ces résultats restent tout à fait convenables. Toutefois, il faut souligner que les hommes présentant de plus petites quantités de sperme ont, logiquement, plus de risques d’être stériles.À lire aussiExpérience : que se passe-t-il quand on mélange du coca-cola et de l’azote liquide ?Les hommes ne buvant pas de cola avaient un sperme de meilleure qualité, avec environ 50 millions de spermatozoïdes par millilitre de semence tandis que les 93 hommes qui en buvaient plus d’un litre par jour voyaient cette quantité descendre à 35 millions. L’hypothèse selon laquelle cette baisse serait due à la caféine a été infirmée par les scientifiques puisque le café, qui contient de grosses quantités de cet alcaloïde, n’avait pas cet effet sur le sperme des hommes testés. D’autres ingrédients contenus dans le soda sont donc mis en cause, voire le mode de vie même des gros consommateurs de cola. En effet, ces derniers ont tendance à se nourrir plus souvent au fast food que les buveurs plus modérés, et de même, mangent moins de fruits et légumes. C’est pourquoi les scientifiques ne peuvent pas affirmer que la baisse de la qualité du sperme est à coup sûr due au cola : il est aussi probable que la mauvaise alimentation en soit la cause, et seules des recherches ultérieures plus approfondies permettront de confirmer ou d’infirmer ces hypothèses. Le 5 avril 2010 à 12:19 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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September 18, 2019

Emery says Europa League is still a priority

first_imgFor the Arsenal manager, the priority is doing good in the UEFA Europa League to go back to the UEFA Champions League.Arsenal coach Unai Emery says the team is looking for two possible ways to return to the UEFA Champions League.The Gunners want to end in any of the top four positions in the English Premier League in order to qualify to the 2019-2020 Champions League season.But there is also the possibility of winning the UEFA Europa League, as the champions qualify to the biggest European competition.For Emery, being in the Round of 32 makes the Europa League a big priority for the team.“Our target is clear,” he said in the pre-match press conference in Minsk on Wednesday as reported by the team’s official website.“That is to play next year in the Champions League. But we know it’s not easy and we have two ways now.”“One is Europa League, but to win the Europa League is very difficult. We know it’s a very big challenge in the last 32 against BATE Borisov and then other matches,” he added.“But in the Premier League also we are with the possibility to take this position to play in the Champions League next year.”“Our challenge is to only think of the next game and the next game is tomorrow,” he continued.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Arsenal will play against Bielorrusian BATE Borisov on Thursday.“(We treat them) with respect, first. We can speak about two different situations from them. One is last year they played here and Arsenal won 4-2,” Emery continued.“The second is thinking about this year when they played in the groups, for example against Chelsea they lost one 1-0 but they had chances to score and to draw in this match.”“They are not in competition in the league but they prepared also in pre-season. We know they are a very organized team,” he said.“I prefer to think they can take their best performance against us tomorrow with good players and their motivation is going to be very high.”“For this competition, it’s the last 32 and they want to do well like us, respecting us. For us it’s to prepare and start this last 32 with very big motivation and ambition to do something important,” he concluded.What went down at our last session before the #UEL game at @FCBATE?All the latest training pics 👇— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 13, 2019last_img read more

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September 11, 2019

The Wilmington Insider For November 20 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Tuesday, November 20, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Snow likely before 1pm, then rain likely between 1pm and 3pm, then a chance of snow after 3pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 38. Calm wind becoming north around 6 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 60%.ON SALE: Wilmington High will battle Tewksbury High in the 85th Annual Thanksgiving Day Football Game on Thursday, November 22 at 10am at Alumni Stadium in Wilmington. Advanced tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. Cash only. Tickets will be on sale at Wilmington High School on Monday, November 19 and Tuesday, November 20, from 8am to 2pm. On game day, tickets will also be available for $10 (all ages) at the gate. Cash only.Municipal Meetings: The Wilmington Board of Health meets at 5:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE. … The Wilmington Board of Library Trustees meets at 7pm in the Library’s band Room. Read the agenda HERE. … The Wilmington Finance Committee meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.In The Community: The WHS Class of 2022 is holding a “Dining For A Cause” Fundraiser at the 99 Restaurant (144 Lowell Street) from 4pm to 11pm. Bring the flyer and 15% of your bill will be donated to Wilmington High School’s freshmen class. Applies to both dine-on AND take-out orders.  (No coupons, discounts or promotions are accepted during the fundraiser.)In The Community: Wilmington Congregational Church (220 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a Blood Drive from 2pm to 7pm. Interested donors can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to book an appointment, but walk-ins ARE welcome.In The Community: The Tewksbury/Wilmington Elks holds bingo — open to the public — every Tuesday. Doors open at 5pm. Pizza, hot dog and pastries are sold. Free coffee.In The Community: Angels In Motion meets every Tuesday, from 9:30am to 2:30pm, at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue).  The club provides a great opportunity for seniors to meet new friends or reacquaint with old ones. A luncheon is served as noon.  Free. Handicapped accessible.At The Library: Tech Buddies Drop-In at 3:30pm. Trivia Tuesdays at 6:30pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Zumba at 9am. Aerobics at 10:30am. Mah Jong at 1pm. Tai Chi at 1pm. Gentle Yoga at 2:30pm. [Learn more HERE.]At Town Museum: The Town Museum (430 Salem Street) is open from 10am to 2pm. Come explore Wilmington’s history. Free admission.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For November 19, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, August 20, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For November 26, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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September 9, 2019

Alaska Peninsula Corporation strikes a land access deal with Pebble

first_imgA view from Newhalen, one of the communities that would be impacted by Alaska Peninsula Corporation’s agreement. (Photo by Avery Lill/KDLG)The Alaska Peninsula Corporation announced Monday that it has signed a land agreement with the Pebble Limited Partnership, paving the way for a transportation corridor through APC lands.If the proposed mine makes it through the permitting process, APC has agreed to allow Pebble to build a transportation corridor on APC land.The corporation is celebrating the agreement, saying it would provide employment opportunities around the region and incentivize people to stay. APC said the deal would especially benefit the villages of Kokhanok and Newhalen.“I think it’s an incredible opportunity for everybody in the region,” said Brad Angasan, the vice president of corporate affairs for APC. “There’s a couple of benefits that are associated with the infrastructure development there. One is obviously the greater access to transportation and lower cost of energy through the construction of a natural gas pipeline from Cook Inlet to the port site at Amakdedori and through Alaska Peninsula Corporation lands to the project site. One of the deals we’ve worked out with Pebble is that APC villages at Kokhanok and Newhalen have access to that natural resource when it pipes into the region.”Under the agreement, Pebble would have access to about 1,400 acres of APC land to develop transportation infrastructure, including roads, pipelines and ferry landing sites.APC would receive annual toll payments and other fees from PLP before and during the mine’s construction and operation. It would also have preferred status in bids on Pebble-related contracts on the corporation’s lands.Pebble has several options for transportation routes. While this agreement gives PLP the option to use APC lands, it could still choose an alternative, such as a northern route between Williamsport and Pile Bay.APC is the merged Alaska Native village corporation of South Naknek, Port Heiden, Ugashik, Kokhanok and Newhalen. It has more than 900 shareholders and is one of the largest private landowners throughout the Bristol Bay region.This is just one of a slew of permissions Pebble Limited Partnership needs to acquire in order to build a mine in the Iliamna Lake region. On the local level, the Lake and Peninsula Borough would need to issue a large project development permit to PLP. Lake and Peninsula representatives are currently travelling to communities seeking input on the proposed mine.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently preparing a draft Environmental Impact Statement it expects to publish this January. It will then be opened to public comment. The Army Corps estimates that the final EIS will be published late next year.last_img read more

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September 5, 2019

Loan growth at historic low even as banks are awash with cash

first_imgEven though banks are aflush with money in the wake of demonetisation, their loan growth has taken a hit and is near historic lows. Between November 11 and December 23, 2016, credit offtake declined by Rs 5,229 crore, touching a low of 5.1 percent, while banks’ deposits increased by around Rs 4 lakh crore.Also read: Demonetisation: RBI responds to reports that 97% of banned notes have been returnedAnd that could be a matter of concern, State Bank of India (SBI) said in its research report, Ecowrap.The SBI note explained the link between rate cut and credit growth, saying when the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) reduced repo rate by 125 basis points (bps) during January 2015 till March 2016, and banks by 70 bps to the customer, there was a substantial increase in credit to housing to the tune of nearly Rs 1.5 lakh crore.Even prior to that, from November 2008 to August 2010, banks had slashed lending rate by 75-80 bps and they witnessed credit growth of around Rs 7.3 lakh crore from a yearly average growth of Rs 4 lakh crore.Interestingly, in July 2010, banks had shifted from the benchmark prime lending rate (BPLR) method of the lending rates to base rate system and that had resulted in a substantial decline in lending rates, which boosted the average credit growth to 22.0 percent in the period July 2010-March 2011, compared to 18.1 percent in April to June 2010. Last year in April, banks again shifted to the marginal cost of funds-based lending rate (MCLR) from base rate system, but there were no significant differences in both the lending rates.But now that the SBI and other lenders have slashed MCLR rates almost 80-90 bps at one go, the report anticipates a strong case for a credit growth rebound, at least in the housing sector. It would be interesting to see if credit growth picks up in the near future, says the note.Sectoral deployment of credit for November 2016 indicates that there is a slowdown in credit across all the sub-sectors on year-to-date (YTD) basis, while on year-on-year (YoY) basis, credit to services has increased marginally. SBI says, “During this period, major sub-sectors in the industry which witnessed deceleration or contraction in credit include infrastructure, food processing, chemical and chemical products, all engineering, textiles and basic metal and metal products. Credit to housing has also declined, while auto loans are showing traction in YoY credit growth, which may be due to the low base.”Meanwhile, SBI expects demonetisation-led cash crunch to normalise by February.At the end of December, only 44 percent of the demonetised currency was replaced. SBI estimates that if the RBI continues to print as it is doing now, then by January end about 67 percent of the currency should get replaced and by February, at this rate, the RBI could print as much as 89 percent of the total currency. However, if the RBI decides to shift its printing more towards smaller denomination, this number could be close to 80 percent, the SBI note highlighted.”Either way, we maintain, contrary to market perception, that things will be closer to normal by Feb-end as opposed to predictions of the crisis lasting longer,” SBI adds.At the same time, India’s largest lender believes the RBI is unlikely to cut repo rate in February as global uncertainties may again play spoilsport.It said inflation trajectory is expected to remain significantly benign. The December inflation numbers may witness a reading closer to 3.2-3.3 percent.”Though inflation may increase in March, it may still be closer to the lower band of 4-4.5 per cent. Hence, the scope for an accommodative monetary cycle will continue even in the financial year 2017-2018,” the report said.last_img read more

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