Education Ministry and Universities to Review Programmes

first_imgMinister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, says the Government will be working with tertiary institutions to which it provides funding, to ensure that their programmes are most geared towards the evolving Jamaican economy.Speaking at a post-Sectoral Debate press briefing at Jamaica House, on Thursday, May 16, Minister Thwaites explained that he and other officials of the Ministry had met with the Heads of the University of Technology (UTech) and the University of the West Indies (UWI), to have dialogue on which programmes are of particular relevance, not just for the sector, but to the workforce.“We (said) these are the ones that we are expecting you to carry out, and for which we are able to direct the levels of funding that have been prepared. There are some issues that we in education have to ask our universities to assist with,” he stated.Citing examples of how the various disciplines can target areas that affect the overall society and economy, the Minister said the UWI has been asked to bring together the competencies to provide guidance on how to deal with the chronic underperformance of boys in the education system.Meanwhile, he emphasised that UTech has an important focused role in helping the Ministry to articulate technical and vocational education, into the school system.“The students will have much wider and much more applicable career choices (and) when they get to UTech, they will have a far better foundation, and the likelihood is that when they graduate from there, they will have a much higher level of competence to serve industry and to start their own businesses,” the Minister explained.Rev. Thwaites stressed that he is not suggesting that other programmes of study be diminished.“The Government’s support for UWI and UTech is only a part of their revenue…we are not devaluing any element of education. All we are saying is please show us how you are using the money that the taxpayer is putting in, for purposes that offer focused value added to the people of Jamaica,” the Minister said.Contact: Alphea Saunderslast_img read more

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Senators Urged to Support Term Limits

first_imgPremier Rodney MacDonald has urged Nova Scotia’s senators to support a bill that would limit the length of time anyone can serve in the Senate. Under the proposed legislation, S-4, senators would be restricted to terms of no longer than eight years. They currently can serve until mandatory retirement at 75 years of age. “Our government believes S-4 addresses one of the fundamental reasons the Senate lacks legitimacy in the eyes of the public,” the premier said in a letter issued today, Oct. 12, to the province’s senators. “By invoking a term limit, we would help to ensure the Senate experiences a regular renewal of ideas and perspectives, helping to restore credibility to an essential component of government.” While S-4 does not address the issue of selection of senators, the premier noted that his government’s preferred method is through an election process. “Elections are open and transparent. Elections enable voters to have their say on the merits of the candidates,” the premier said. “While my government believes that responsibility should sit with the federal government, as have the appointments to the Senate, I would welcome elections to fill the vacancies in Nova Scotia if the prime minister chooses to go that route.”last_img read more

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No enhanced surcharge on FPIs for capital gains in equities derivatives Govt

first_imgNew Delhi: The government on Saturday clarified that enhanced surcharge has been withdrawn for foreign portfolio investors on capital gains in both the equity and derivatives segments. The Centre on Friday had announced a slew of measures to boost the economy, including rollback of enhanced super-rich tax on foreign and domestic equity investors imposed in the Budget. The derivatives (futures and options) are not treated as capital asset and the income arising from the transfer of the derivatives is treated as business income and liable for normal rate of tax for domestic investors, an official statement said on Saturday, clarifying the stand of tax authorities on gains made from derivatives trading. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal However, in the case of foreign portfolio investors (FPIs), derivatives are treated as capital assets and the gains arising from the transfer of the same is treated as capital gains and subjected to a special rate of tax as per the provisions of the Income Tax Act. “Therefore, it is also decided that the tax payable on gains arising from the transfer of derivatives (Future & options) by FPI which are liable to special rate of tax under section 115AD of the (Income Tax) Act shall also be exempted from the levy of the enhanced surcharge,” it said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost However, the tax payable at normal rate on business income arising from the transfer of derivatives to a person other than FPI shall be liable for the enhanced surcharge, it added. In the 2019-20 Budget, the government had increased surcharge from 15 per cent to 25 per cent on taxable income between Rs 2 crore and Rs 5 crore, and from 15 per cent to 37 per cent for income above Rs 5 crore. Following the increase in surcharge, the effective income tax rate for individuals with taxable income of Rs 2-5 crore has gone up to 39 per cent from 35.88 per cent and for those above Rs 5 crore to 42.7 per cent. The government on Friday had announced a raft of measures to revive growth momentum, including exemption of startups from ‘angel tax’, a package to address distress in the auto sector and upfront infusion of Rs 70,000 crore to public sector banks. Meanwhile, Vedanta Resources Ltd Executive Chairman Anil Agarwal said these comprehensive measures will ensure adequate liquidity, sufficient demand creation and cheaper loans. “…the goverment has taken care of sectors ranging from MSMEs to auto and from NBFCs to banks, thereby ensuring adequate liquidity, sufficient demand creation and cheaper loans,” he said. He added that the confidence of foreign investors will be boosted with the removal of enhanced surcharge. “We are confident that more steps will be taken in coming days to boost economic growth so that GDP can attain its true potential of 8-9 per cent,” he said.last_img read more

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Grabher licence plate not dangerous former sex researcher tells NS court

first_imgHALIFAX — A former sex researcher has told a Nova Scotia court she doesn’t believe that a licence plate bearing the surname of a retiree – “Grabher” – would promote sexual violence against women, as the provincial government has alleged.Debra Soh, a science journalist and former academic researcher, told Nova Scotia Supreme Court that the word would have no impact on the average, socially adjusted person.She says she wouldn’t expect anyone to act in a sexually violent way after seeing the plate unless they were anti-social and already predisposed to such behaviour.Lorne Grabher has been trying to reinstate his personalized licence plate since it was revoked in 2016 by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles following an anonymous complaint.Grabher first purchased the plate as a gift for his late father around 1990, and he says it expressed family pride in their Austrian-German heritage.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Willow Foundation To Honor Football Legends In London

first_imgIan Wright, Tony Adams, Sir Trevor Brooking, Jimmy Greaves, George Cohen and Rodney Marsh are among the London Football Legends who will be at this month’s charity dinner in aid of the Willow Foundation.The greatest football legends from the Premier League’s London teams will be joined by their most enthusiastic fans at the London Football Legends Dinner & Awards on Thursday February 28 at Park Plaza Riverbank, London.Three awards will be made on a great night for fans to mix with their football idols. Awards for Best Goalscorer, Lifetime Achievement and the Willow Award (for services outside the game) include 6 nominees for the first two awards – including Didier Drogba and Jimmy Greaves for Best Goalscorer and Sir Trevor Brooking and Frank McLintock for Lifetime Achievement. The event will be hosted by Jim Rosenthal and Sky Sports presenter, Olivia Godfrey.London clubs Arsenal, Chelsea, Fulham, QPR, Tottenham and West Ham will all be represented by football stars from the 1960s and beyond, and guests will have the chance to be joined by a legend at dinner. The inaugural awards will see guests vote for the best goal scorer from the last 50 years on the night. The Lifetime Achievement winner will also be announced, chosen by the judging panel and the Willow Award, chosen by Bob Wilson, will recognise a legend for their achievements above and beyond football.The Willow London Legend 2013 Award shortlisted nominees are:
Best Goal Scorer-1960 to present
Didier Drogba
Jimmy Greaves
Thierry Henry
Les Ferdinand
Ian Wright
Kerry DixonLifetime Achievement
Tony Adams
Frank McLintock
Bobby Moore
Jimmy Hill
Sir Trevor Brooking
Steve PerrymanThe London Football Legends awards panel includes Bob Wilson, talkSPORT presenters, Hawksbee & Jacobs, Evening Standard football correspondent, James Olley and sports broadcaster and event host, Jim Rosenthal.Former Arsenal & Scotland goalkeeper and Willow Foundation co-founder, Bob Wilson, will host a Q&A session with the football heroes and a fun, interactive quiz will give guests the chance to test their football knowledge against their London rivals. Comedian, Bobby Davro, will be on hand to keep guests entertained.“So many football heroes in one place – a real treat for true football fans. I’m not only looking forward to the banter with my football buddies, but also for the chance to reach out to so many more seriously ill young adults at a time when they most need it, thanks to money raised on the night,” said Bob Wilson.Standard tickets include pre-dinner drinks and a three course dinner, costing £160 per person. Other packages include tables of ten with wine at £1,500, a Legends table of ten with a legend at £2,500 and a VIP Premier Package. For more information and booking visit www.willowfoundation.org.uk/FootballLegends or telephone 01707 259777.Source:Willow Foundationlast_img read more

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Occidental makes competing offer for Anadarko Petroleum

HOUSTON — A bidding war is breaking out over Anadarko Petroleum, with Occidental making an offer of $76 per share in cash and stock that it says is about a 20% premium to Chevron’s $33 billion deal.Occidental Petroleum Corp. said in a letter to Anadarko’s board on Wednesday that its bid would give Anadarko shareholders $38 in cash and 0.6094 shares of Occidental stock for each Anadarko share.Occidental puts the value of its deal at $57 billion, including debt and book value of non-controlling interest.The Associated Press read more

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Mozambique UN starts airlifting food to thousands of flood victims

15 February 2007The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has started rescue and food delivery missions with a chartered helicopter in central Mozambique where the worst flooding in years has forced some 85,000 people to flee their homes. The Mi-8 helicopter, flying from the town of Caia and coordinated by the Government’s National Institute for Disaster Management (INGC), delivered 2.5 metric tons of WFP food yesterday and began rescue missions, flying to Cocorico island where 120 people were trapped by floodwaters. The Mi-8 is continuing food delivery today. WFP and its partners began distributing food aid this week to 2,000 people in temporary accommodation centres in Caia district and to 6,100 people in Mutarara district of Tete Province. Heavy rains in central and northern Mozambique and neighbouring Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe over the last month flooded the Zambezi, Chire and Rivubue rivers, and officials estimate that as many as 285,000 people may need food and other assistance for the next few months in a worst-case scenario. Flood waters in some areas are nearing levels last seen during the catastrophic floods of 2001. The INGC said yesterday the situation was under control, but with nearly a month left of the rainy season and continued heavy downpours in neighbouring Zambia and Malawi, the situation could worsen in the weeks ahead. If the government can control outflows from the Cahora Bassa Dam and rains in neighbouring countries decline, flooding on a scale similar to 2001 could be averted. The Government has deployed troops to evacuate people from the worst-hit areas, but some people have refused to leave their homes, their land and their livestock. WFP and other in-country humanitarian agencies will soon launch an appeal to support the Government’s efforts, including food, air operations for rescue and delivery of relief supplies, and telecommunications to facilitate coordination of the response. Some 40,000 hectares of crops have been lost at a time when they are in their peak growing and development period ahead of the April/May harvest. So far this year, flooding has also hit Angola, Madagascar, Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. WFP has responded across the region, but faces a critical shortfall in funding for all its operations in southern Africa, requiring $105 million through to the end of 2007. read more

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Questions answers during International Open Access Week

As International Open Access Week gets underway, librarian Elizabeth Yates is gearing up for the phone calls and e-mails.She and her colleagues at the James A. Gibson Library have been getting a lot of these lately. Researchers want to know more about the federal government’s new Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications.The policy, effective May 1, requires government-funded researchers to make their publications freely accessible within 12 months of publication, either through an Open Access journal or via an online archive such as the Brock Digital Repository.“It’s a huge shift,” explains Yates, who is a scholarly communication librarian. “We’ve had a traditional scholarly publishing system for around 300 years, all based on a subscription publishing model.“Open Access turns that on its head by removing the subscription cost. So it’s really shaken up the scholarly publishing industry.”In the traditional publishing system, journal articles are only available to those who can pay to subscribe to the journal, which can be very expensive for both individuals and institutions.This poses a moral dilemma for many publicly funded researchers.“My work focuses on neglected tropical diseases that affect impoverished populations in developing countries,” says Ana Sanchez, associate professor in the Department of Health Sciences.“Researchers, practitioners, policy makers, working in those countries benefit greatly from the capacity to access my research free of charge to them and their institutions. Likewise, researchers in high-income countries can access my work right away.”Under the Open Access system, research papers “are immediately available to anybody, anywhere, with no fee to the end user,” explains Yates.But Open Access poses its own challenges for researchers.Approximately one-third of the 10,000 Open Access journals charge an “article processing fee,” ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.Universities may have funds available to help researchers pay these fees, but the costs can still be a concern.“The challenges are that it costs the researcher, and research dollars are constantly on the squeeze,” says Veena Dwivedi, associate professor in the Department of Applied Linguistics.“This means that now in applying for grants, I’ll have to make that a staple in my budgetary planning,” she says, adding that, overall she does support the concept of Open Access.Some researchers are also concerned that certain Open Access journals may not have the same reputation or credibility of older, more established ones.Yates says she thinks that will change as time passes.“Prestige is conferred by the researchers. So, if they want to go and develop a prestigious open access journal, they can do it. It’s up to them: they’re the ones who convey the prestige.”Yates says she and her colleagues are happy to answer questions about Open Access and how to comply with the new policy. Contact: Elizabeth Yates, Acting Head Liaison Services/Scholarly Communication Librarian, ext. 4469, eyates@brocku.caThe Library welcomes everyone to attend Open Access Week events including a Wikipedia Open Access Edit-a-thon, a panel discussion on copyright and Open Access, and a prize wheel. For information on Open Access Week at Brock: https://brocku.ca/brock-news/2015/10/open-access-week-2015-at-brock/Register here for Oct. 22 Life after Access Copyright: Moving towards Open Access, 2:30-3:30 p.m., TH253 e-classroom read more

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Wrestling No 2 Ohio State sends seniors out with 2212 win against

Ohio State’s Kyle Snyder waves to the crowd after competing in the dual-meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe No. 2 Ohio State wrestling team (10-0, 5-0 Big Ten) beat No. 3 Iowa (9-1, 4-1 Big Ten) 22-12 in the final home meet of the season Sunday at the Schottenstein Center.Ohio State trailed 12-7 through the first six matches, but was able to win the final four contests to steal the victory.This was the final home match for a trio of seniors — No. 1 Kyle Snyder, No. 3 Bo Jordan and No. 1 Nathan Tomasello — who are looking to become the first-ever triumvirate to be named four-time All-Americans in the same season.Snyder dominated the first period against sophomore Steven Holloway, scoring seven takedowns in that period. He earned three more takedowns and a near fall in the second period, propelling him to a 24-9 win via technical fall. Snyder’s victory clinched a 22-12 Ohio State victory.“[In] international competition, you don’t compete in front of tens of thousands of people, so this could be one of the few times I have left in my career to do that,” Snyder said.Ohio State’s Kyle Snyder wrestles Sam Stoll in the dual-meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Buckeyes got off to a rough start when Iowa freshman No. 6 Spencer Lee upset Tomasello, who was wrestling in the final home match of his career, 3-2 in the day’s first match. The first two periods were scoreless with Tomasello failing to escape from Lee in the second. Tomasello elected to start in neutral position in the third period, which Ohio State head coach Tom Ryan said, in hindsight, was the miscalculation that cost Tomasello the match. Lee received a point for the escape. Tomasello scored one takedown following the escape, before Lee made it 2-2 with another escape point. Lee earned a bonus point for riding time, which sealed the upset.  “It’s the difference between getting your hand raised or not. You gotta finish the shot,” Ryan said.At 184 pounds, Ohio State junior Myles Martin jumped out to a quick lead against junior Mitchell Bowman, scoring a takedown and two four-point falls in the first period to go up 10-0. This cushion could not have come at a better time for Ohio State which entered the matchup trailing 12-10. Martin won 17-8 via majority decision to give the Buckeyes the 14-10 lead.Ohio State’s Kollin Moore, the top-ranked 197-pounder in the country, scored a takedown against No. 5 Cash Wilcke in each of the first two periods to take a 4-3 lead entering the third. Moore won 6-3, putting the Buckeyes up 17-12 to all but sealed the victory for the Ohio State.Iowa increased its lead in the middle of the first half, with No. 2 sophomore Brandon Sorensen defeating No. 6 redshirt sophomore Ke-Shawn Hayes 4-2. Sorensen separated himself after getting a third-period takedown to go up 4-2, preventing Hayes from escaping after the takedown.Iowa No. 2 Michael Kermerer followed up Sorensen’s victory with a win of his own, beating No. 6 redshirt junior Micah Jordan 8-4. Kermerer held a 4-0 lead at the end of the second period. Jordan scored two takedowns, but it was not enough to catch Kermerer. Following the win, Iowa pushed its lead out to 9-7 at halftime.Iowa No. 7 Alex Marinelli started off the second half against Ohio State No. 13 junior Te’Shan Campbell at 165-pound weight class. Marinelli used a defensive gameplan and riding time advantage to secure a 4-1 win.Ohio State’s Luke Pletcher wrestles Paul Glynn in the dual-meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorBuckeye No. 2 Luke Pletcher beat Paul Glynn at 133 pounds 7-2 with three takedowns. Ohio State No. 11 Joey McKenna was in control of his match against redshirt freshman Carter Happe at 141 pounds. McKenna scored five takedowns, a riding-time bonus point and one two-point near fall to win 13-2 via majority decision. Bo began the second-half comeback with his matchup at 174 pounds against redshirt freshman Kaleb Young. Bo won the match 10-5 to get Ohio State back within reach of the Hawkeyes.“Usually when I wrestled at the Schott was in high school, and usually everybody was rooting against me, so it was nice to have every fan here,” said Bo.Ohio State’s next meet is at 7 p.m. Friday in East Lansing, Michigan, against Michigan State. read more

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Prince Charles visits Westminster attack victims in hospital and praises marvellous efforts

first_imgThe Prince of Wales in discussion with a hospital medicCredit:Yui Mok/PA Prince Charles tours King’s College Hospital on Friday afternoonCredit:Yui Mok/PA The Prince of Wales meets paramedics and support staff who assisted those injuredCredit:Yui Mok/PA Prince Charles has visited victims of the Westminster terror attack in hospital and told medics: “Thank you for all your marvellous efforts.”The Prince of Wales arrived at King’s College Hospital, in south London, on Friday afternoon.He will also meet paramedics and support staff involved in looking after the wounded following Wednesday’s atrocity. Speaking to staff at the hospital, Charles said: “Thank you for all your marvellous efforts.” Prince Charles shakes a medic's hand in hospital He added: “How you do it, I don’t know.”The Prince hailed their team work and joked: “As long as you’re still talking to each other.” The Prince of Wales in discussion with a hospital medic 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 Prince of Wales meets paramedics and support staff who assisted those injured King’s treated eight people initially, two of whom have since been discharged, and of the remaining six, one has died – 75-year-old Leslie Rhodes, a retired window cleaner from Streatham in South London.The pensioner’s life support was withdrawn on Thursday night, taking the death toll of innocent victims to four. Prince Charles shakes a medic’s hand in hospitalCredit:Yui Mok/PA Masood was known to police and MI5 and had convictions for assaults, including grievous bodily harm, possession of offensive weapons and public order offences.Home Secretary Amber Rudd has defended the security and intelligence agencies, saying: “The fact that he was known to them doesn’t mean that somebody has 24-hour cover.”Masood ploughed a hired car across Westminster Bridge and stormed the parliamentary estate armed with two blades, fatally knifing Pc Keith Palmer. The Prince took time to tour the ward The Prince took time to tour the wardCredit:Yui Mok/PA The attacker, who was also known as Adrian Elms, was using the name Khalid Masood at the time of the atrocity.Two people remain in hospital in a critical condition, one with life-threatening injuries. Two police officers hurt in the attack are also in hospital with “significant injuries”. Prince Charles tours King's College Hospital on Friday afternoonlast_img read more

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Is Apple planning 24 iPad mini SKUs

first_imgIt was just yesterday that a leaked inventory listing spilled details about the iPad mini, including storage capacities, colors, and connectivity options. Today, a new rumor has cropped up that has Apple planning to unleash a total of 24 different iPad mini variants in the coming months. That’s twice as many as the 8.9-inch iPad.So why so many SKUs? The original German leak showed that like the iPad, the iPad mini would be available in both black and white. However, the entry-level configuration was shown with just 8GB of internal storage. The iPad and iPhone 5 start things off at 16GB, and that difference adds two more iPad mini models for each color — and for both Wi-Fi and 3G models. But now it’s claimed that Apple maybe be offering up a separate model with 4G LTE support. If that’s true, that’s an additional 8 SKUs.That’s an awful lot of options for consumers to choose from, and it’s not typical behavior for Apple any more. It seems strange that the company would make customers choose not only between Wi-Fi and cellular when purchasing an iPad mini, but also between 3G and 4G. And does it make sense to start things off at 8GB, at a time when the iPad and iPhone 5 offer twice that — and the iPod touch now sports a minimum of 32GB?Amazon learned its lesson with the Kindle Fire, and is only offering the HD with 16GB or 32GB. CEO Jeff Bezos has said that 8GB is just too little storage for a tablet that’s built for HD content, which the iPad mini almost certainly will be. Would Apple really offer up a Retina tablet (even a scaled-down one) with only 8GB? When you knock off the space consumed by iOS 6, users would already be down to 6.5-7GB before installing a single app.The question, then, is whether these inventory listing leaks are actually based on information retailers have received from Apple or just placeholders.More at Apple Insiderlast_img read more

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iRobot Wants to Share Home Maps Sourced From Roombas

first_img Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower From space exploration and military defense to autonomous home vacuum cleaners, iRobot has made a name for itself in the consumer market.But its famed roving Roomba—now 15 years old!—does more than torment house pets and act as a portable DJ.Since 2015, the Wi-Fi-enabled Roomba 980 has been mapping homes to maximize efficiency. And iRobot plans to share its collected data to smart home device manufacturers.As reported by Reuters, the Massachusetts-based firm hopes its mapping technology can attract more dough than dirt.“There’s an entire ecosystem of things and services that the smart home can deliver once you have a rich map of the home that the user has allowed to be shared,” CEO Colin Angle told the news service.Investors like Amazon, Apple, and Alphabet have already dipped their toe into the connected-home waters, with products and programs like the Echo smart speaker and Siri virtual voice assistant.Now, iRobot is eyeing the “Big Three” as potential buyers of its maps “in the next couple of years,” Reuters said.As far as customers are concerned, privacy is an important issue: Angle promised iRobot will not share data without users’ permission. But the boss believes most people would give consent in return for advanced features.“iRobot takes privacy and security of its customers very seriously. We will always ask your permission to even store map data,” Angle said in a statement emailed to Geek.“Right now, iRobot is building maps to enable the Roomba to efficiently and effectively clean your home,” he continued. “In the future, with your permission, this information will enable the smart home and the devices within it to work better.”Reuters also highlighted cheaper cleaning options, like the $220 Eufy RoboVac 11 (a New York Times favorite), which sells for $155 less than even the cheapest Wi-Fi-connected Roomba—the new $375 Roomba 690.The use of detailed spatial mapping tech by smart home makers, according to Cornell University robotics professor Guy Hoffman, could allow sound systems to match building acoustics. Or let air conditioners schedule airflow by room, and smart lighting adjust based on the position of windows and time of day.The mechanization, Hoffman told Reuters, would be a “major breakthrough” for the connected home.Google declined to comment “on speculation,” while neither Amazon nor Apple immediately responded to Geek’s request.This story was updated on July 31 to reflect iRobot’s intention to share, not sell, mapping data.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Bale believes Madrid are a different team in Europe

first_imgGareth Bale believes Real Madrid are a different proposition in Europe as the competition comes naturally to them in their 2-0 win at the Stadio Olimpico.“We earned the win. Now we have to improve and keep winning games,” the Welshman said after his goal in the Champions League on Tuesday.“We have a new Coach and we have to give ourselves time. Now we must keep fighting. Bale revealed to Football Espana.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“The Champions League is a different competition to La Liga. It’s played differently, against teams who want to play football. It comes natural to us, it’s hard to explain.“Matches don’t last for 435 minutes, they last 90. The first half wasn’t so good. We knew that by fighting and playing well, we’d have chances. We’re improving step by step.“We found the start of the season a bit tough, but we have to keep growing. We have pick up from where we left off in the second half.”last_img read more

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College girl kills self for smartphone

first_imgA college girl allegedly committed suicide in Parnanduali village of Magura sadar upazila on Thursday night following a family brawl over buying a smartphone.The deceased is Mita Khatun, daughter of a certain Hasain Sheikh, a resident of Parnanduali village, reports UNB.Quoting family members, police said Mita, a first year student of Magura Govt. Mohila College, demanded a smartphone from her father.As Mita’s tea seller father Hasan Sheikh could not fulfil the demand due to poverty, she locked into an altercation with him on Thursday night.Family members entered her room breaking the door only to see her hanging from the ceiling in the morning, said Magura sadar police station officer-in-charge Ilias Hossian.An unnatural death (UD) case was filed in this connection, the OC said.last_img read more

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Yoshis Land for Wii U listed at Best Buy arrives December 31

first_imgEarly last week Nintendo suffered some embarrassment when it was discovered a Miiverse debug menu was accessible on the Wii U. A gamer known as Trike on neoGAF gained access simply by hovering over the Miiverse exit button and pressing “X.”The debug menu allowed him to see a prototype version of Miiverse, access admin accounts, and regenerate passwords, but it also revealed two new games for the Wii U. They are Yoshi’s Land and Soul Hackers.Little has been heard since then about whether those games actually exist, and if they do, how far into development they are. However, Best Buy and Future Shop have now both started listing Yoshi’s Land on their respective online stores and in so doing confirming the game’s existence.For the moment, Yoshi’s Land can be pre-ordered for $59.99 with the estimated release date being set at December 31. Clearly Nintendo wants to keep the sales momentum of the Wii U going after Christmas with a key game launch, and a new Yoshi title would certainly class as one such game. Unfortunately, there’s no details about the game in the description of either listing other than to confirm what we already expect: Yoshi in HD and a game that uses both your TV and the GamePad display.This leak by Best Buy may be frustrating for Nintendo, especially as it was Best Buy that leaked the Wii Mini early yesterday, but if the December 31 release date is real then marketing for the game has to begin soon anyway. Best Buy just gave them a head start and probably got a lot of Nintendo fans very excited about an imminent new Yoshi game being released.via Eurogamerlast_img read more

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Why Googles New Chromebook Wont Replace Your Laptop or Tablet

first_img 5 min read November 4, 2012 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. This story originally appeared on Business Insider Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now In a world full of tablets, netbooks, and Ultrabooks, Google is dipping its hand into almost every industry and seeing what sticks. The search giant recently released a refreshed version of its Samsung-made Chromebook laptop. The new Chromebook costs just $249 and runs on the same low-cost processors many Android tablets and the iPad use.But the Chromebook doesn’t function like a laptop. It feels more like a $249 web browser. If you’re OK with dishing out that much to compute only within Google’s Chrome ecosystem, then the Chromebook makes a solid secondary device. But it’s not going to replace your primary machine.Samsung lightened up this new Chromebook and it weighs a half a pound less than the previous Chromebook, at 2.42 pounds. Other key specs include an 11.6-inch anti-glare screen, a 0.7-inch thick body, 6.5 hours of battery life, Bluetooth 3.0 and 100 GB of free storage for two years in Google’s Drive storage service.So what exactly is the Chromebook? The idea behind the Chromebook is to run just about everything within the Chrome browser, with Google services covering your documents, email, calendar, etc. But unlike normal laptops, there’s no file management system.Related: Apple’s iPad Mini UnboxedIt’s not a laptop. It’s not a tablet. It’s a shell that houses a web browser. That’s it.While Google added more of a “desktop-like” feel to the Chromebook’s operating system with a home screen of icons that launch web apps in the browser, it’s simply a facade. There is no way to effectively manage files that aren’t Internet-based. If you don’t have an Internet connection, you’re extremely limited in what you can do.We reviewed the previous iteration of the Chromebook this past summer and enjoyed the experience but thought that the device really fell short because of a lack of 3G/LTE. To Samsung’s credit the revamped Chromebook now features 3G connectivity, but this data connection comes at a $80 premium. The 3G only includes 100 MB per month for 2 years via Verizon Wireless, which admittedly isn’t enough. If you want more you’ll have to pick one of the “flexible” pricing plans for additional mobile service.There is also a more powerful version, Chromebook 550, which is a beefed up version of the less expensive Chromebook that retails for $449 and uses an Intel Core processor to get you six hours of battery life.Some positives:• Google’s new Chromebook is a lot sleeker. The OS is snappier too, booting up in just 10 seconds.• Users have access to Google’s Chrome Web Store. This is really where you can personalize the device and make it unique. The Chrome Store is full of thousands of apps, extensions, and themes.• The device is shareable, allowing you to create your own user account and others for family and friends. Google says the benefit of multiple accounts is that, “everyone has their own files, apps and settings, and you never have to worry about anything getting messed up by someone else.”• Chromebooks can automatically update themselves, so you don’t have to be bothered with staying current. Users also don’t have to worry about viruses and malware.• The Chromebooks automatically back themselves up too so you never have to worry about losing your work.Related: 11 Quick Tricks You Need To Learn Before Upgrading To Windows 8But there are some major cons:• Mobile connectivity is still missing from the cheapest Chromebook.• The problem with the Chromebook is that it’s a device completely dependent on an internet connection. When you don’t have the Internet, you can’t really do anything.• Yes, there are offline documents, offline Gmail, and you can play media you’ve already downloaded, but these features work best on the internet and without a connection there is really little to do.• The Chromebook is not for a power user. It’s for a consumer who wants to get things done and enjoy the web without all the extras most computers come with. It’s dead simple to go online, read email, download Chrome Store apps, and create a document. If you want to do anything beyond that, you’re better off with a regular Windows or Mac laptop.What about the thousands of apps available for the device?Apps work just like they do in the free Chrome browser on your primary PC. Chrome Apps download from the web and open in separate tabs inside your browser. The Chrome Store has plenty of apps for offline use, which helps. If only the Chromebook would run Android apps, then we might have a real winner.Should you buy it?Overall, the Chromebook still feels like it doesn’t have a place in the world. If you’re looking for an ultra-portable device to simply browse the web and enjoy media, you’re probably better off getting an iPad or similar tablet. But if you’re a Google addict and require a keyboard, then the Chromebook may be for you.Related: Google Unveils A New Way To Compose In Gmaillast_img read more

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first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- — OUTBermuda (@OUTBermuda) July 5, 2018‘We’re challenging it’The Ministry of Home Affairs confirmed on Thursday (5 July) it has started proceedings against the 6 June ruling.‘We have filed an appeal in this matter. We look forward to having this matter heard by the Court of Appeal,’said Home Affairs Minister Walton Brown.Bermuda’s leading LGBTI organization, OUTBermuda, said it would fight the appeal. The organization will appear alongside Jackson and Ferguson as plaintiffs in the appeal.‘We have strength not only in justice, but in our numbers – including our respected faith leaders,’ said Adrian Hartnett-Beasley, a OUTBermuda director.‘We’ve made outstanding progress with our business advocates, led by Carnival Corporation, and many encouraging Bermudian-owned/based businesses and employers.’Ferguson said the community would rally to make sure equality won.‘Just one month ago, LGBTQ Bermudans inched closer to our goal of restoring marriage equality,’ he said.‘We regret this ill-advised and costly decision to appeal the Supreme Court’s finding, and we will summon our voices and resources again as a united community to prevail.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The government in Bermuda has lodged an appeal to the country’s Supreme Court ruling which overturned a ban on same-sex marriage. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Bermuda – a British overseas territory located in the Caribbean – became the first country to revoke same-sex marriage laws in the world.Last year, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay couple Winston Godwin and his Canadian fiancé.Justice Charles-Etta Simmons ruled that ‘same-sex couples are entitled to be married under the Marriage Act.’But in February Governor John Rankin signed the Domestic Partnership Act 2017 into law. The Act downgraded same-sex marriages to ‘domestic partnerships’.Then only last month the Supreme Court overturned that February decision in case brought by plaintiffs, Rod Ferguson and Maryellen Jackson.“We will never surrender equality,” said @OUTBermuda and @RodFerguson, vowing to win the Government’s appeal to the historic June 6 Supreme Court marriage equality decision. #LoveAlwaysWins #MarriageEquality pic.twitter.com/cHE91ifzhKcenter_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Winston and Greg were the original plaintiffs in a Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. | Photo: Twitter @RainbowBermuda Bermuda becomes first country ever to revoke same-sex marriageBermuda legalizes same-sex marriage again, just days after banning itBermuda officially becomes the first country to abolish same-sex marriageRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/bermudas-government-is-appealing-supreme-courts-same-sex-ruling/last_img read more

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August Home Prices Rise 63 YearOverYear REMAX

first_img in Data, Origination, Servicing Agents & Brokers Home Prices Home Sales Housing Affordability Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing RE/MAX Service Providers 2012-09-18 Ryan Schuette Share September 18, 2012 417 Views center_img August Home Prices Rise 6.3% Year-Over-Year: RE/MAX Home prices skimmed close to the bottom during July this year but climbed 6.3 percent year-over-year by August, according to “”RE/MAX””:http://www.remax.com/.[IMAGE]The real estate company revealed in its latest National Housing Report that median home prices ticked up from last year over the last seven straight months. Home sales jumped 8.5 percent year-over-year, continuing its ascent from over the last fourteen consecutive months, and 2.5 percent on a monthly basis in August.[COLUMN_BREAK]””As we move from summer to fall it’s very encouraging that this year’s home selling season began strong and finished even stronger,”” “”Margaret Kelly””:http://www.remax.com/national-corp/biographies/margaret_kelly.aspx, CEO of RE/MAX, said in a statement. “”Nearly every month in 2012 experienced increased sales and prices over 2011, showing that we’ve definitely passed the bottom and we’re looking forward to 2013 being an even better year.””According to RE/MAX, home inventory dipped 29.7 percent below levels from August last year ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô a trend that the company report says “”remains a serious challenge to this recovery.””The median sales prices for homes solid in August averaged $168,685, down by only 0.2 percent from July. Prices crested this summer in June, remaining higher from last year over the last two months.The median price rose 6.3 percent in August, marking the seventh consecutive month that prices rose annually. Forty-six of the 53 metro areas covered by the RE/MAX report saw prices tick up form over last year, with 15 observing double-digit increases. Those latter areas included Phoenix (33.9 percent), Boise (24.1 percent), San Francisco (22.6 percent), Las Vegas (19 percent), Miami (17.8 percent), and Billings (16.6 percent).For home sold in August, the average days on market fell to 81, reflecting a decline from just one day from the average in July.last_img read more

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first_imgJodhpur, India – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineRoyal Salute, the world’s leading luxury Scotch whisky, marked its third year as title sponsor of the Royal Salute Maharaja of Jodhpur Golden Jubilee Cup – one of the world’s most prestigious polo events – with its largest and most international crowd ever watching the impressive Central Academy team win the 10-goal tournament.The annual New Year’s Eve Procession, lead by His Highness the Maharaja of Jodhpur, marked the end of the five-day event, which saw the Central Academy team take the title by outshining the Yuvraj Knights 7.5 – 3 with some scintillating polo.The tournament attracted a high-quality field including India’s Samir Suhag and Argentina’s Andres Weisz, both 5-goal players. Famous names of nobility such as Prince Carl-Eugen Oettingen-Wallerstein and his wife Princess Anna of Bavaria also took part.Set in the majestic shadows of Umaid Bhawan Palace, the tournament welcomed guests of Royal Salute from 26 – 31 December. They were hosted by His Highness and guest of honour, Torquhil Ian Campbell the 13th Duke of Argyll. VIPs from every continent enjoyed five days of international polo, which culminated in the exclusive Royal Salute Golden Jubilee Ball.Polo has long been associated with Asia, where the sport expanded from ancient Persia to India, China and beyond. It was played at the 2007 Southeast Asia Games and has recently become one of the fastest-growing sports in China, especially among the nation’s young elite. Exclusive polo clubs have been established in Beijing, Shanghai and several other cities within the last decade. The word “polo” is derived from the Tibetan word for ball, “pulu”.Neil Macdonald, Global Brand Director for Royal Salute, said, “There is no event quite like the Royal Salute Maharaja of Jodhpur Golden Jubilee Cup. With stunning parties and a world-class 10-goal tournament, our guests have enjoyed a spectacular few days. Royal Salute is dedicated to bringing polo to a larger audience, especially in fast-growing countries like India and China, and with this event we feel like we have gotten the New Year off to a great start.”The Maharaja’s famous New Year’s Eve procession and celebration at Mehrangarh Fort provided an unforgettable conclusion to the Jodhpur polo season, with an extraordinary spectacle of traditional dance, music, fireworks and festivities, ending on the rooftop above the city with a party under the stars.The Royal Salute Maharaja of Jodhpur Golden Jubilee Cup further highlights Royal Salute’s growing commitment to international polo, with sponsorships of the world’s most prestigious events across the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. The Royal Salute World Polo Series continues in January 2012 at the Royal Salute Nations Cup in Dubai.www.royalsalute.comlast_img read more

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