first_imgTPG Capital has completed its acquisition of Wind River, a leader in delivering software for the Internet of Things. TPG’s acquisition of Wind River from Intel was announced on April 3, 2018.For nearly 40 years, Wind River has helped the world’s technology leaders power generation after generation of the safest, most secure devices in the world. The company’s software runs the computing systems of the most important modern infrastructure and is accelerating the evolution from automated to autonomous systems across a diverse range of use cases — from collaborative robots to commercial and military drones, connected cars to the connected factory floor — as well as the intelligent communication networks that support these applications.The newly independent company will be led by Wind River President and now Chief Executive Officer Jim Douglas. Nehal Raj, Partner and Head of Technology investing at TPG, will serve as chairman of the company’s board of directors.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Cadence: library characterization tool employs machine learning and cloud optimizationsNext dSPACE: high-voltage electric motor and battery emulationlast_img read more

first_imgVivo is set to launch a new V series smartphone in India on September 6. It is going to be the Vivo V11 Pro. Vivo has been teasing the V11 Pro for quite a while now and has revealed that the smartphone will come with an in-display fingerprint sensor, dual camera setup and waterdrop notched display like the Oppo R17 Pro. Ahead of the launch, the full specs sheet of the Vivo V11 Pro has surfaced online, along with a render of the phone.The specs sheet has been leaked by Android Pure website. According to the specs sheet, the V11 Pro will come with a big 6.41-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display with a fingerprint sensor placed beneath the screen. As teased by the company, the leaked specs also suggest that the V11 Pro will come with the latest in-display fingerprint sensor technology just like the Vivo NEX. Meaning, the phone could be unlocked just by keeping a finger on the screen.Under the hood, the V11 Pro will come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 AI chipset paired with 6GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage which can be expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card. The phone is said to come with triple card slot. Meaning you will be able to use two SIM cards and a microSD card at the same time.As also teased by the company, the V11 Pro will come with AI-powered cameras. On the rear panel, the smartphone with sport dual pixel cameras consisting of a primary sensor of 12-megapixel and a secondary sensor 5-megapixel. V11 Pro will include AI Scene recognition feature as well.advertisementOn the front, the V11 Pro will come with a 25-megapixel AI based camera. The smartphone will also come with face unlock support. Not just that, the leaked specs sheet suggests that the phone could be unlocked even in the dark. The smartphone will include a 3400mAh battery with dual engine fast charging support. This means the Vivo V11 Pro can be charged quickly.Meanwhile, another report coming from Mysmartprice reveals that the V11 Pro will go on pre-orders very soon, which will last until September 11. The report also reveals that the smartphone will go on sale on September 12. The company, however, is yet to reveal the specs, price and availability details of the phone.The price of the V11 Pro is yet to be revealed but reports suggest that the phone will be a mid-range offering. Chances are it could cost somewhere under the Rs 30,000 mark. On the same date as the V11 Pro launch — September 6 — Vivo plans to launch the Vivo X23 in China.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: To help make the journey of public transport commuters more efficient and seamless, Google Maps on Tuesday announced three India-first features.Google Maps users will be able to see bus travel times from live traffic across 10 of the largest cities in India. They will get live train status for Indian Railways trains and get mixed-mode commute suggestions that now combine auto-rickshaw and public transport. Announcing the new India first features, Taylah Hasaballah, product manager, Google Maps, said: “Google Maps is being used by over a billion travelers to navigate and explore their world, wherever they are. And we at Google are focused on building Maps features that will help deliver a more relevant, accurate and reliable experience for commuters.”last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is finally ending America’s shutdown standoff, but diving headlong into what’s expected to trigger a fresh constitutional crisis — virtually in the same breath.Trump is declaring a national emergency in order to secure billions of dollars for his promised U.S.-Mexico border wall, even as he signs a funding bill to keep the U.S. government open.The compromise by Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill the president is agreeing to falls well short of the $5.7 billion he has demanded for a border barrier.So he’s making good on a threat to declare an emergency at the southern border in order to bypass the legislative branch and make up the balance with disaster funding from the Department of Defense, which doesn’t require approval from Congress.The move has opponents on both sides of the congressional aisle who consider it an abuse of executive power.It also exposes prominent Republicans — including Trump himself — to cries of hypocrisy, considering the outrage they showed at former president Barack Obama’s frequent use of executive action.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_img(Pictured: Corinne Baker. Photo courtesy of Corinne and Tom Baker)By Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsAn elite British Columbia private school is facing a human rights complaint from an Indian residential school survivor who alleges the institution did little after she faced a racist barrage from a manager who said “all Indians are dirty filthy pigs.”Corinne Baker, 49, who is originally from Ucluelet First Nation, said she was subject to the racist tirade from her manager during a lunch break last month. Baker said this was the third time she has either faced or witnessed racist acts at Brentwood College, which charges $36,000 in tuition to Canadian students.Baker said she filed the complaint with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal because she felt Brentwood College had tried to “downplay” the severity of the incident. Baker wanted the school to fire the manager.The tribunal received the complaint Sept. 5, said Baker. An official with the tribunal said they could neither confirm nor deny whether they had received the complaint. The official said incidents at private schools do fall within the tribunal’s mandate.An employee since 2002, Baker, works in the school’s kitchen. She said going to work has turned into a stressful situation. She also worries that fighting what she believes to be a serious injustice could cost her the job.“I just don’t want to be there, but I have to have income and I don’t want to be thrown out of school because I am fending for my rights,” said Baker, who currently lives in Shawnigan Lake, B.C., with her husband Tom Baker. “The problem with that is I have to go to work and see (the manager) every day and it upsets me. Why is that okay? That was a slap in the face. Can anyone call me any awful name they want and get away with it?”Brentwood College, situated in Mill Bay, B.C., sells itself as an elite boarding school for students in Grades 9 to 12. It boasts an oceanfront campus and a “rigorous curriculum.”According to the human rights complaint, Baker was working with the Vancouver Island school’s summer cleaning crew when conversation over lunch turned to nationalities and languages.Her manager, Chris Nelson, asked Baker if she spoke a First Nations language. Baker responded saying that she lost her language after she was taken to Port Alberni Indian Residential School.Baker attended the school from 1964 to 1973 and said she faced physical abuse from staff and other students.Baker alleges that Nelson then went on a tirade, first complaining that one of her nieces had gone “all native on her” and that she couldn’t understand why because “Amy” was only one-eighth “native.”Nelson then allegedly said that “all Indians are dirty filthy pigs,” after ending a tirade about Chemainus First Nation. The First Nation had “pissed her off” because they were involved in the closing of the geoduck fishery.Department of Fisheries and Oceans ended the fishery for the large clams in mid-August citing safety concerns amid rising tensions between First Nation and non-Native fishers.Nelson allegedly said that First Nations were “fucking disgusting” people who couldn’t clean up their yards and take their garbage to the curb.She also allegedly said that the Cowichan Tribes were “disgusting pigs” and called their longhouse a “pig sty” inside.Baker said that none of her co-workers reacted to the comments.Baker said she “sat for a few minutes to gain some sort of composure,” but was too upset to continue working. Baker said she left the campus weeping.“It was more than weeping,” said her husband Tom Baker, a provincial corrections officer, who picked her up that day. “I have never seen her that upset. I would equate it to her grieving for someone that had died, that is how bad she hurt.”They have been married for 26 years and have two adult children, both who are municipal police officers in B.C.Corinne Baker said she complained to the school’s administration. Nelson was suspended for four-and-a-half weeks with a week’s holiday during the school’s investigation into the incident. The school administration also held an hour and 15 minute mediation session on Sept. 16 with the co-workers present at the incident, but it achieved little, said Baker.Nelson returned to work WednesdayNelson wrote a hand-written letter of apology to Baker.“To think of you as a good friend and not a native is why we did not think of your feelings,” wrote Nelson, in her letter.It went on to say:“I have always been a very honest person…I have my own opinion which is too honest at times and gets people hurt. This has shown me to keep my opinion to myself so I do not hurt people unintentionally…I cannot write down how bad I feel or how sorry I am for the way I made you feel. I hope that you begin to heal and forgive the ignorance of my actions…Again, nothing was said to you personally, only about a few people in your culture.”In a postscript, Nelson wrote that she had tried to find Baker after the incident, but was told by management that “I was not allowed to talk to you or contact you in any way.”Baker said the school’s head, Andrea Pennells, told her the apology was “heartfelt.”The school appears to consider the matter closed.In a letter written to Baker, Pennells suggested she move on from the incident.“Like two of my heroes, Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela, I also believe in the need for truth and reconciliation, and the capacity for human beings, even those who have been hurt by another, to forgive, learn and move forward together,” wrote Pennells.Pennells wrote that she would not fire Nelson because the manager was a “long term, dedicated employee.” Pennells wrote that Nelson and the rest fo the staff meant no personal harm.“All staff present on Aug. 17 have apologized publically to you, Corinne, for their lack of sensitivity and empathy, and for their unacceptable use of language. As Head of School I have apologized to you, as did the Deputy Head of School, John Allpress, on my behalf during my absence on holiday,” wrote Pennells.She also said the school would take no more action on the previous two alleged incidents. The first being in 2006 when a co-worker allegedly told Baker she was a “dumb fucking Indian.” In her human rights complaint, Baker said Pannell apologized and then told her to “go find your happy place.”The second incident came in 2008 during the North American Indigenous Games, which the school hosted. The letter, however, does not reveal what the incident involved and Baker said she could not divulge the information because the school had threatened her with legal action if she went public with the allegation.The college was involved in hosting the games.Pannells said in a statement emailed to APTN National News that the incident was only brought up in the last month by Baker’s husband.“Despite an exhaustive investigation and repeated requests to (Baker) and her husband for any evidence they may have had, we cannot obtain any verification at all that their allegation is true,” said the statement.The statement also said the school had hired a professional mediator with experience in First Nations issues who would be leading a seminar on the “respectful workplace” next month.“As a school, we have devoted a tremendous amount of time, energy and resources in response to (Baker’s) concerns. She is a valued employee. Certainly, there was thoughtless use of unacceptable language over lunch in August, and appropriate disciplinary action has been taken,” said the statement.  “In addition, everyone involved has apologized to (Baker)…The incident was unacceptable and I appreciate (Baker) raising it as a matter of concern.”APTN National News also reached Nelson at her home. Nelson said she was not allowed to comment.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsAn inquiry examining how social services failed to protect five-year-old Phoenix Sinclair continued Monday.The little girl was killed by her mom and the mom’s boyfriend.Now one of her family caregivers is on a hunger strike.APTN’s Ntawnis Piapot has the story.npiapot@aptn.caTwitter: @ntawnislast_img

first_imgPARIS – The first paying guests to the ground-floor studio flat newly posted on Airbnb were innocuous enough: A family, come to experience the joys of Paris, like many millions of others.Franck Briand, who lives in the apartment directly above, now looks back on that moment as the start of what he calls his Airbnb “nightmare.” The ensuing four years, he says, have been an incessant carousel of late-night parties, drunken revelers and the rattle of newly arrived groups, sometimes 15 at a time, dragging wheeled suitcases across the cobbled courtyard.“I want to leave,” Briand says. “But I said to myself that it shouldn’t be the weakest, those under threat, who give in.”Paris, long one of the world’s top destinations, is still grateful for the billions of euros (dollars) that tourists pump into the French capital’s economy and the 300,000 jobs they sustain. But Parisians and City Hall officials also are expressing deep qualms about having so many visitors directly in their midst, no longer largely corralled in hotels but instead living, albeit temporarily, cheek-by-jowl with locals in properties rented online.The backlash in Paris against intrusive, on-your-doorstep tourism hasn’t yet reached the proportions of other heavily visited cities. Venice and Barcelona, among other destinations, have seen repeated protests. But concerns voiced in top European destinations are often the same: That mass tourism and its online platforms are hollowing cities out, driving away locals with higher prices, higher rents and sheer inconvenience.Jacques Boutault, mayor of Paris’ central 2nd arrondissement, is among those sounding the alarm. The rectangular district he oversees, boxed in by some of the city’s must-visit sites, including the Pompidou art museum, has experienced a precipitous population decline as Airbnb has taken Paris by storm, with more listings than any other city worldwide.“The population is changing completely, from those who have been here for years to one that is just passing through,” says Boutault, the district mayor since 2001. The 2nd arrondissement has lost 3,000 inhabitants in the past four years, more than 10 per cent of its total and many of them families, he says. The district’s schools have shut three classes as a result.“I don’t want to be the mayor of a museum, that’s to say pretty walls where people spend a bit of time and then leave,” Boutault says. “It’s important that town centres remain authentic and alive. In fact, that’s what tourists come for.”In 2012, Airbnb had 4,000 Paris-area listings. That surged to more than 40,000 by 2015, when Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky was welcomed at City Hall. Three years on, Airbnb counts 65,000 listings inside Paris alone. But relations with City Hall have soured.Paris Deputy Mayor Ian Brossat, in charge of housing, says the capital has lost 20,000 homes in five years, “homes that were lived in by Parisians but are now populated by tourists. They are no longer homes, they are clandestine hotels.”“Airbnb has veered away from its original model,” he says. “We’ve gone from a sharing economy to a type of predatory economy, with professionals that bought homes, sometimes buildings, in bulk to transform them into cash machines. So our role is to restore some order.”To regulate the growth of Airbnb and similar platforms, Paris has since December required proprietors who list online to register. Parisians are only allowed to rent out the property they actually live in to tourists, and for a total of no more than 120 days a year. Any other Paris residence they may have can’t be rented to tourists at all.But even with inspection teams going door-to-door and fines for the most egregious violators, the rules remain scantily enforced. Brossat is now lobbying for a blanket ban on tourist rentals in central Paris, arguing that home owners in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th arrondissements — “those most impacted by the Airbnb phenomenon,” he says — should still be allowed to rent out spare rooms but not their entire property.Airbnb France, in a statement, called Brossat’s proposal “out of touch with public opinion, divorced from legal reality.” It said renting out properties on Airbnb helps Parisians “boost their income and afford rising living costs in their communities, where housing capacity has failed to meet demand for decades.”More pressure on Airbnb and similar sites is coming with a new housing law about to get parliament’s final blessing. It opens the door for large fines to be levied against sites that host properties not in conformity with French regulations.Brossat expects the law to mark a turning point.“The gentrification of Paris didn’t start with Airbnb. But Airbnb is an accelerator of gentrification,” he said. “The risk is that Paris becomes a city no longer lived in by inhabitants but solely by tourists or foreign investors.”___Oleg Cetinic contributed to this report.last_img read more

Oil rises above US$106 a barrel, but still down overall on the week AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of oil rose for a second consecutive day Friday, but still finished lower for the week as a whole.West Texas Intermediate crude for October delivery gained $1.39, or 1.4 per cent, to close at US$106.42 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange after rising US$1.18 a barrel Thursday.But even with the two days of gains, oil was down US$1.04 a barrel on the week.Oil rose after the U.S. government said that Americans cut back sharply in July on their purchases of new homes, a sign that higher mortgage rates may weigh on the housing recovery.Traders apparently saw the weak data as an indication that the Federal Reserve may need to wait before slowing down its bond-buying program.Risk premiums linked to the political crisis in Egypt and labour conflicts at key Libyan ports used to ship oil exports also supported crude oil prices.Egypt controls the Suez Canal and the Sumed pipeline, crucial transport routes between the Middle East and the Mediterranean Sea through which around 4.5 million barrels of oil and refined products are shipped daily.Brent crude, which sets prices for imported oil used by many U.S. refineries, gained $1.14 to US$111.04 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading on Nymex, heating oil added three cents to US$3.10 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), wholesale gasoline gained three cents to US$2.87 a gallon and natural gas fell six cents to $3.49 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) by The Associated Press Posted Aug 23, 2013 3:23 pm MDT read more

Ridley College has announced a new scholarship opportunity available to Brock employees’ children entering Grades 8 or 9 this September.Children entering Grade 9, who live in the Niagara Region and are not currently Ridley students can be considered for a $15,000 entrance scholarship by applying before July 20. Students entering Grade 8 can be considered for a $12,500 entrance scholarship.For full information, go to the website and create an account. In the field labeled “How did you hear about Ridley”, type “Brock employee entrance scholarship offer”.Applications can be submitted to or in person at Ridley’s admissions office.To speak with a Ridley admissions officer, book a tour or learn more about this offer, call Stephanie Park at 905-684-1889 ext. 2207.Further inquiries can be directed to Admissions Officer Blake Walker at or 905-684-1889 ext. 2537. read more

OSU coach Urban Meyer addresses the media during the 2016 Big Ten Media Days in Chicago. Credit: Courtesy of Jacob Myers| Assistant Sports EditorOhio State football coach Urban Meyer is going to address and take questions from the media for the first time all summer Monday. With the start of the football season about a month away, there are several topics of interest Meyer will likely discuss in Chicago at Big Ten Media Days. 1. Cornerback Depth ChartThe 2017 NFL Draft did not siphon as much Ohio State talent as the prior year’s draft, but it took its tole on the school’s cornerback depth. During the first round alone, both starting cornerbacks — Gareon Conley and Marshon Lattimore — were taken. Fortunately for the Buckeyes, however, cornerback might remain one of the deepest positions on the team. Junior Denzel Ward and redshirt sophomores Kendall Sheffield and Damon Arnette stand out as the early three favorites to see the most playing time, as well as a talented quartet of freshmen in Shaun Wade, Jeffrey Okudah, Marcus Williamson and Amir Riep. 2. Sam Hubbard at linebacker?No position is as deep for the Buckeyes as defensive end. With sophomore Nick Bosa, senior Jalyn Holmes, redshirt senior Tyquan Lewis — reigning Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year — and redshirt junior Sam Hubbard the biggest challenge for Meyer at the position could just be finding playing time for all four linemen.And while the notion of running four defensive ends with just a lone defensive tackle has been mentioned, so too was the possibility of shifting Hubbard to the linebacker position. Hubbard — who originally came to the Buckeyes as a safety — has played exclusively at defensive end throughout his college career and has the size and athleticism for the position. However, the coaches have long praised his speed and versatility, making the prospect of Hubbard moving over to the linebacker position seems possible. 3. Competition at H-backWhen Curtis Samuel declared early for the NFL Draft, a void in the Ohio State offense immediately appeared. Samuel, the team’s leading receiver from a season ago, has been the team’s starting H-back the past two seasons, assisting the Buckeye offense in both the passing game as well as the rushing game. So, who will fill that void for the Buckeyes?The early favorite at the position has been redshirt senior wide receiver Parris Campbell. Campbell finished last season with 121 receiving yards on 13 receptions. He also tallied 54 yards on the ground on four carries, with a touchdown. In addition to Campbell, sophomore running back Demario McCall could be viewed as the man to fill the vacant slot, as he demonstrated both his potential to run the ball effectively in the spring game (83 yards on six carries) as well as impact the passing game, as he caught a 40-yard touchdown pass and totaled 48 receiving yards in the game. 4. Progress of passing game under WilsonA focal point for fan criticism over the past few seasons, Ohio State’s passing game has not been the near-juggernaut it was back in 2014. But bringing in a new offensive coordinator — Kevin Wilson — who has led arguably the best passing game in the Big Ten over the past six seasons, Meyer could be on the cusp of turning the team’s fortunes in that area around.At the spring game, fans got a chance to see wideouts like redshirt junior Johnnie Dixon, redshirt junior Terry McLaurin and redshirt sophomore K.J. Hill catch deep ball after deep ball, and rack up gaudy passing yard totals. Sure, it was just a spring game, but it was a sight that fans of the team haven’t seen since the national-championship winning season in 2014. The Buckeyes have had a potent rushing attack the past several seasons, but if Wilson can get the air game back to where it had been a few seasons ago, the Ohio State offense could silence all of its critics. 5. KickerLast season, redshirt-junior Sean Nuernberger was expected to win the kicker duties after finishing the 2015 position as the starter in a battle with transfer Jack Willoughby. But a groin injury to Nuernberger left Tyler Durbin as the starter, who finished the year 63-for-65 in extra-point attempts and 17-for-22 in field goal attempts. Now Durbin is gone, and Nuernberger is in the same position he was in after the 2015 season: wondering if he will enter the year as the starter or be again reduced to the backup spot.The Buckeyes currently have three kickers on the roster who have been battling it out for the starting spot this summer. Along with Nuernberger, Ohio State also has freshman Blake Haubeil on its team. Meyer may shed light on the ongoing battle at the kicker spot in Chicago. read more

The Essequibo Technical InstituteFollowing allegations of sexual assault against two female students attached to the Essequibo Technical Institute (ETI), located at Anna Regina, in Region 2, officers have taken a 41-year-old senior staff into custody.Commander of G Division (Essequibo Coast-Islands), Khali Parshram confirmed that two female students reported the sexual assault allegations against the man.Both of the students reportedly reside out of the region and are staying in the institution’s dormitory. The Commander said the investigation is still ongoing. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNOC inmates being sexually assaulted, Senior official covering it up, says staff memberFebruary 26, 2018In “Crime”Statutory rape offences worrying in Region 2 – Police commanderMarch 31, 2019In “Crime”5 arrested, charged for raping 2 Bartica teensAugust 12, 2017In “Court” read more

handballhandball coachHNB BergischerLions handball The biggest surprise of the first part of German DKB Bundesliga 2013/2014, HBC Bergischer made a big decision for the future with signing a new contract deal with current coach Sebastian Hinze until 2016! Young coach came to Bergischer in summer 2012 and in the first season win the promotion to the 1. DKB HANDBALL Bundesliga. Some kind of a rule that promoted teams going back to the 2.Bundesliga after only one year, could be stopped by Bergischer, team who won 8 points in the first six matches of a new season. Hinze made a good team and atmosphere. That was praised by club’s management. ← Previous Story SEHA GAZPROM SSL (Round 3): Tatran strong for Vojvodina – First victory for Partizan Next Story → Croatian city of Split becomes handball center – Youth and Beach handball project on the way! read more

first_img Share your voice Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Phones Mobile Best Buy Boost Mobile Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See It Apple Sprint See It Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Tags CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple iPhone XS See All Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier reading • Apple’s 2020 iPhone might reduce TrueDepth notch with smaller camera See It $999 The 2020 iPhone might reduce the size of the notch. Josh Miller/CNET Apple changed phone design with the iPhone X in 2017, introducing the world to the notched displays. In 2020, the company may give the notch a redesign so it takes up a little less space. Apple is reportedly trying to cut down the size of its 2020 iPhone’s TrueDepth notch by using a smaller camera, TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo told China-based tech site MyDrivers. It’ll go a step further in 2021 and remove the notch completely, a Credit Suisse analyst added.The 2020 iPhones are set to see “significant changes” aside from the rumored one to the notched display. Apple will reportedly introduce its first 5G phone, add 3D sensing via the rear camera, include a full-screen Touch ID and use OLED screens.iPhone 11 design leaks keep the notch, with the big change coming in the form of a three-lens camera bump on the back. It’s also rumored that Apple will ditch Face ID but only for China to help reduce the price of the iPhone. Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Originally published July 11 at 5:24 a.m. PT.Update, 6:08 a.m.: Adds background details.  Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Apple • See it 1 $999 Comment Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $999 $999last_img read more

first_imgU.S. Senate challenger Dan Sullivan has won a rare endorsement from the Alaska Support Industry Alliance.Download AudioRebecca Logan, the trade association’s general manager, says the board made the decision last week.“It’s the first time in about 20 years that the organization has endorsed a political candidate,” she said. “We typically don’t do that. But because we feel the outcome of this election has such a huge impact on resource development in the state of Alaska we felt it was important to do so.”Logan says the board likes Sullivan’s experience fighting for resource development. It also hopes his election will put the Senate in Republican control, which would elevate Sen. Lisa Murkowski to important leadership roles. The Alliance represents service companies in the oil, gas and mining industries.Incumbent Sen. Mark Begich disappointed the group by backing the EPA’s move to block development of the Pebble Mine near Bristol Bay. Logan says that was a factor in the decision to endorse his opponent.Meanwhile, Begich continues to rack up endorsements from fishing trade associations. The Purse Seine Vessel Owners Association announced their support of him last week, praising his grasp of complex fisheries issues. Begich also has the endorsements from the Bering Sea Crabbers and United Fishermen of Alaska.last_img read more

first_imgDomestic stock markets plunged on Wednesday to hit a fresh 20-month low as sell-off in other Asian markets weighed on investor sentiment.The BSE S&P Sensex fell sharply by 406 points to trade at 24,073 points, while the 50-share Nifty dropped to 7,322, down 113 points.Asian markets tumbled again on the back of falling crude oil prices, with Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index and Japan’s Nikkei plummeting by 3.7% and 3.1% respectively. Chinese stock markets also fell 1.3%, despite hopes of imminent policy stimulus by the country’s authorities.Crude oil prices continued to trade at 12-year low, with the benchmark Brent oil prices trading $28.51 a barrel, down 25 cents. The recent fall in oil prices to below $30 a barrel was mainly led by intensifying concerns over worsening global supply glut.Last week, Western sanctions over Iran’s nuclear programme were lifted, allowing the country to start exporting its oil, which is expected to put further pressure on the oil prices.”(Iran) is really another strike in the same beating the market has taken,” Michael McCarthy, chief market strategist at Sydney’s CMC Markets, told Reuters.Meanwhile, banking, realty and energy stocks traded lower on the BSE, while the sell-off was seen across all the sectors.Reliance Industries’ strong results for the December quarter failed to lift its stocks and RIL shares were down 2.5% to trade at Rs 1,017. The Mukesh-Ambani-led group posted a record profit of Rs 7,290 crore in the third quarter of the current fiscal year.The sharp sell-off in the stock markets also hit the rupee as it fell to 67.77 against the US dollar compared to previous close of 67.65.last_img read more

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina — Collected from Forbes siteSeeking a consecutive third-term in office in the 30 December elections, prime minister Sheikh Hasina has been ranked the 26th most powerful woman in the world.German chancellor Angela Merkel has topped the list for the eighth year in a row in the ranking by Forbes magazine published on 4 December.Britain’s Theresa May has been placed at 2nd position, head of the IMF Christine Lagarde 3rd, Oprah Winfrey at 20th, Queen Elizabeth II at 23rd and US president Donald Trump’s daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump at 24th position.Sheikh Hasina, serving also as president of ruling Awami League since 1981, moved up to 26th position from 30th in 2017 and 36th in 2016 on the Forbes’ list of 100 most powerful women on earth.“The 2018 World’s 100 Most Powerful Women list celebrates the icons, innovators and instigators who are using their voice to change power structures and create a lasting impact,” Forbes said in a statement.It lauded premier Hasina for working on the safe repatriation of Rohingya to Myanmar, she was quoted to have said that Bangladesh cannot bear the burden of permanent shelter.Forbes also criticised the regime for authoritarian attitude and undermining democracy as the elections approach.The opposition parties demanded level-playing field for free and fair elections, alleging a variety of measures to thwart their candidates and campaigners from contesting the polls smoothly.Sheikh Hasina also served as a prime minister between 1996 and 2001.last_img read more

first_img Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Travelweek Group MSC opens sales on new Bellissima ship, debuting March 2019center_img GENEVA — Sales for the highly anticipated MSC Bellissima is now open, giving club members a jumpstart on booking MSC Cruises’ second Meraviglia-generation mega-ship.Sales are initially open exclusively to MSC Voyagers Club members as one of the many benefits of the program. Bookings will open on May 15 for all other guests.When booking MSC Bellissima, MSC Voyagers Club members will also receive a special 5% discount in addition to their current MSC Voyagers Club early booking discount. All other guests will enjoy a 5% discount on early booking fares until Oct. 31, 2017.Beginning in March 2019, MSC Bellissima will cruise the Western Mediterranean for its inaugural season. She will embark on her maiden voyage from Genoa, Italy on March 24, 2019 and call at Marseille and Barcelona, as well as other Mediterranean hotpots like Naples, Messina in Sicily and Valetta in Malta.Onboard, guests will find a wealth of exciting amenities including an unprecedented choice of fine dining and casual options at 10 dining venues, a Mediterranean-style promenade with a 262-foot LED Sky screen, and a dedicated lounge for families called the DOREMI Studio Lounge. Kids will also love the DOREMI Tech Lab, a must-visit destination for curious minds.More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedA major highlight onboard will be two Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows, which will take place six nights per week in the purpose-built Carousel Lounge. Ahead of each performance, guests can enjoy an exclusive pre-show dinner service, a unique experience that’s available both on MSC Meraviglia (deputing this June) as well as the MSC Bellissima. As an early booking incentive, all guests who book a sailing on MSC Bellissima by July 3, 2017 will receive a complimentary Cirque du Soleil at Sea dinner and show experience as part of their cruise booking.“Bearing testimony to our focus on innovation, MSC Bellissima will be the fourth new ship coming into service in just two years,” said Gianni Onorato, Chief Executive Officer of MSC Cruises. “She will join what is already one of the most modern fleets at sea as our long-standing focus is to always offer our guests the most modern and innovative ships to ensure they make the most out of their vacation at sea.”More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backPrices for MSC Bellissima start at $1,199 per person for a balcony stateroom. The ship is currently under construction at the STX France shipyard. Monday, May 1, 2017 Tags: MSC Cruiseslast_img read more

first_imgRegulations May Preclude Borrowers with Lower Credit Scores Share May 10, 2013 448 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Federal Reserve Home Sales Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing QRM Regulation Service Providers Underwriting Standards Unemployment 2013-05-10 Krista Franks Brockcenter_img As the housing market experiences a burgeoning recovery with rising prices, an uptick in sales, and an increase in housing starts, “”Federal Reserve””: Governor Elizabeth A. Duke points out purchase-originations remain “”subdued,”” especially among individuals with less than stellar credit scores. [IMAGE] While originations are down across the board, “”[t]he drop in originations has been most pronounced among borrowers with lower credit scores,”” Duke said at the Housing Policy Executive Council Thursday in Washington D.C. From 2007 to 2012, purchase originations among borrowers with credit scores higher than 780 declined by 30 percent. In contrast, purchase originations for borrowers with credit scores between 620 and 680 declined by 90 percent, and originations among borrowers with credit scores below 620 were “”virtually nonexistent,”” according to Duke. Duke reasoned some lower-credit score households may not be seeking mortgages as they may have “”suffered disproportionately from the sharp rise in unemployment during the recession.”” However, she also points to tight credit conditions as a major contributor to the drastic decline in originations for borrowers with lower credit scores. [COLUMN_BREAK]A few conditions leading to tighter lending standards–capacity constraints and apprehension toward the future of the economy and the housing market–“”are likely to unwind through normal cyclical forces,”” according to Duke. Other sources of tight credit may persist or have less predictable outcomes, according to Duke. Many of these sources stem from regulatory changes in the industry. “”New mortgage regulations will provide important protections to borrowers but may also lead to a permanent increase in the cost of originating loans to borrowers with lower credit scores,”” Duke said. For example, servicing standards are now more stringent, especially for defaulting loans, but servicer compensation remains the same. Servicing a delinquent loan is more costly, more time-consuming, and earns a servicer no additional compensation. As such, banks may continue to shy away from loans that demonstrate any likelihood of default, Duke said. Additionally, the qualified mortgage (QM) rules from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau could deter lenders from making loans to borrowers with lower credit scores, according to Duke. A QM requires a borrower’s total debts to equal less than 43 percent of his or her income, which will exclude some “”less-advantaged borrowers,”” Duke said. The QM also restricts the amount and method through which servicers may charge risky borrowers. If a borrower has a greater likelihood of default, a lender may wish charge a higher interest rate to compensate for the risk. The QM does not allow servicers to charge more than 150 basis points more to any one borrower than what they charge their highest-quality borrowers. In order to fall under the QM, a mortgage also cannot have points or fees exceeding 3 percent of the loan amount. “”The extent to which these rules regarding rates, points, and fees will damp lender willingness to originate mortgages to borrowers with lower credit scores is still unclear,”” Duke said. in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicinglast_img read more

first_imgEven with Bradford and backup quarterback Mike Glennon on the roster, questions about a long-term option surround the Cardinals.Palazzalo believes Jackson could be the answer.One of the draft’s biggest QB-needy teams, the Cardinals will turn to Jackson’s big-play ability. He had the nation’s top rushing grade in each of the last two years, and he’s capable of making multiple reads and tight-window throws, though the down-to-down accuracy is lacking for Jackson at this point in his career. Still, there’s an offense to be built around his skillset, and he’s worth a look in the first round.In three years at Louisville, Jackson went 25-14 as the starter and threw for 69 touchdowns against 27 interceptions. A dual-threat, he racked up an additional 4,132 rushing yards and 50 touchdowns on the ground.Jackson was the recipient of the 2016 Heisman Trophy. Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, March 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Top Stories 1 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Once a Cardinal, always a Cardinal. That’s the mantra Pro Football Focus believes is in store for the Arizona Cardinals at the 2018 NFL Draft.In his latest mock draft, Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus has the Cardinals selecting Louisivlle quarterback Lamar Jackson with the No. 15 overall pick.Arizona signed quarterback Sam Bradford in free agency to a one-year, $20 million deal but could stand to add depth at the position given Bradford’s injury history. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more