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ICE Futures Canada quotes and cash prices

WINNIPEG — Grain quotes Monday for tonnes, basis Lakehead:Canola (Vancouver): Open High Low Close FriNov. 492.40 492.90 489.70 491.50 492.40Jan. ’18 498.10 499.20 496.40 498.20 498.90March 502.80 504.20 501.60 503.30 503.60May 505.00 506.80 503.30 505.70 505.90July 506.30 507.60 504.70 506.40 506.70Nov. 0.00 0.00 0.00 487.20 484.30Jan. ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 488.90 486.00March 0.00 0.00 0.00 491.60 488.70May 0.00 0.00 0.00 491.60 488.70July 0.00 0.00 0.00 491.60 488.70Nov. 0.00 0.00 0.00 491.60 488.70Barley (Western): Open High Low Close FriOct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 145.00 145.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 148.00 148.00March ’18 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Oct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00March ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Oct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00ICE Futures Canada cash prices:Feed wheat: Track Montreal CW: $230.00Canola:Thunder Bay No. 1 Canada: $501.50 (November 2017)Vancouver No. 1 Canada: $516.50 (November 2017) read more


Lanka seeks compensation from club

Sri Lanka is to seek compensation from a South Korean club where three Sri Lankans were killed following a fire recently.The Ministry of Foreign Employment said that the bodies of the three victims will be flown back to Sri Lankan tomorrow. Nine people were killed, including three migrant workers from Sri Lanka, and 25 others injured when a fire raged through a karaoke facility in Busan, South Korea last Saturday.The blaze broke out in one of the 28 rooms at the karaoke lounge on the third floor of a six-story building in the southeastern port city around 8:55 p.m. Saturday, causing smoke to spread quickly through the facility and customers to panic, witnesses and police said. At the same time the Ministry of Foreign Employment said that compensation will also be sought from the Korean club which caught fire killing the Sri Lankans and a few others. The government is to compensate the families of the three victims who were employed in South Korea at the time of the incident. All of the nine fatal victims — seven men and two women — died from inhaling toxic gases, police said. The dead included three Sri Lankans who were holding a company party with three other Korean colleagues. read more


Police arrest 13 women in Dematagoda

All 14 suspects, which includes the man operating the brothel, are to be produced in court today. (Colombo Gazette) The police in Maradana arrested 13 women and a man from a guest house in Dematagoda.A special crimes unit of the police carried out the arrest after raiding a guest house at the location. During the raid the police found 13 women aged between 19 and 35 and investigations revealed that they were involved in prostitution.The women are residents of Pannipitiya, Nikaweratiya, Lunugala, Pusselawa, Mattugama, Welimada, Ambanpola and Hatton.


Bad decade Airline at centre of Malaysia jet disappearance has catalogue of

HONG KONG – Within an industry notorious for impoverishing shareholders and irking customers, Malaysia Airlines has stood out for its years of restructurings and losses. The company now has global recognition of a far more unfavourable kind after one of its jets disappeared four days ago with 239 people aboard.There has been no suggestion that the unrelenting financial pressures faced by the airline and its 19,000 employees somehow played a role in the disappearance of flight MH370 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. But the revelation this week that the jet’s co-pilot allowed two female passengers to ride in the cockpit for the duration of a flight two years ago has invited scrutiny of the professionalism of top-level staff.Among Asian carriers, Malaysia Airlines has built a reputation for high-standard service and safety since being founded in 1937, bagging an array of industry awards in recent years for its food, cabin crew and overall service. Its most recent fatal incident was nearly two decades ago, when one of its planes crashed near the Malaysian city of Tawau, killing 34.Yet the accolades in the past decade have not been sufficient to halt the ebb of customers and revenue to low-cost competitors, mostly notably to AirAsia founded in 2001 by Malaysian businessman Tony Fernandes. The nimbler discount competitors have expanded rapidly, while Malaysia Airlines has been like a supertanker, slow to change direction. State ownership and a powerful union have impeded efforts to adapt.Travellers are likely to “shun” the airline in reaction to “an incident of such proportion” as a jet vanishing, said Shukor Yusof, aviation analyst at S&P Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor’s. “It’s going to make things even worse,” he said.The company will also suffer as executives focus their attention on searching for the plane and dealing with the international media attention rather than running the business, he said.Malaysia Airlines lost contact with the Boeing 777 jet less than an hour into a six-hour flight that was scheduled to land in Beijing about 6.30 a.m. on Saturday. After days of contradictory accounts, authorities acknowledged Wednesday they don’t know which direction the plane was heading when it disappeared, vastly complicating efforts to find it.Shares of Malaysian Airlines System, the carrier’s holding company, plunged as much as 20 per cent Monday. The share price has been on a downward run for a decade that mirrors its financial challenges and today is about a tenth of its value in March 2004.A sub-branch of Beijing Youth Travel Service said bookings to Malaysia are now 20 per cent below usual for the time of the year.“In the past 3 days, about 20 or 30 clients in our single outlet have already cancelled their bookings with Malaysia Airlines simply because they thought it’s not safe,” said a travel agent who identified herself as Ms. Liu.The apparent disaster is also a defining test for the carrier’s chief executive, Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, who took the helm in September 2011 with the aim of returning Malaysia Airlines to profit.Ahmad Jauhari, who became CEO with little airline experience having spent most of his career at Malaysian power companies, decided against grounding the carrier’s other 777 jets. The Boeing 777 has an excellent safety record. Its first fatalities occurred last year, some 20 years since the 777 went into service, when an Asiana jet crash landed in San Francisco, possibly due to pilot error.Including Ahmad Jauhari’s overhaul, Malaysia Airlines management has tried four major restructurings in the past 12 years.The financial woes are a combination of mismanagement, government interference and a shortage of professionals to run the airline, said Shukor. “The problem is its inability to compete effectively. They always had easy money coming their way.”The first restructuring, in 2002, shifted the airline’s debt to the government. Three subsequent plans, including the latest launched in 2011, were aimed at stemming losses with steps such as axing unprofitable routes.The recovery strategy in an updated business plan from June 2012 exhorts the company to both “win back customers” and have a “relentless cost focus.”Last month, the airline reported its fourth straight quarterly loss.From 2007 to 2010, the company’s average operating profit margin was 0.1 per cent, according to credit rating agency Moody’s, meaning every $100 of revenue generated a tenth of a cent of profit. For regional rival Singapore Airlines the figure was 8.3 per cent and 7 per cent for Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways.Malaysia’s former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, has urged the government to sell the airline to private investors.“If it’s government money, nobody cares,” he told Malaysia’s state news agency last year. by Kelvin Chan, The Associated Press Posted Mar 12, 2014 6:29 am MDT Bad decade: Airline at centre of Malaysia jet disappearance has catalogue of woes Ground staff work on a Malaysia Airlines plane at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. The missing Malaysian jetliner may have attempted to turn back before it vanished from radar, but there is no evidence it reached the Strait of Malacca, Malaysia’s air force chief said Wednesday, denying reported remarks he said otherwise. The statement suggested continued confusion over where the Boeing 777 might have ended up, more than four days after it disappeared en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur with 239 people on board. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more


Applications for US unemployment benefits fall to 297000 lowest level in 7

by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted May 15, 2014 6:35 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell to the lowest level in seven years last week, a sign the job market is steadily improving.Weekly unemployment benefit applications dropped 24,000 to 297,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That’s the fewest since May 12, 2007. The four week average, a less volatile measure, dipped 2,000 to 323,250.Applications are a proxy for layoffs, so the decline is evidence that employers are cutting fewer jobs. Weekly applications topped 650,000 in March 2009, during the Great Recession.Fewer people are also receiving benefits each week. The number of recipients fell to 2.67 million, the fewest since Dec. 1, 2007, when the recession began.As applications have declined, hiring has picked up. Employers added the most jobs in 2 1/2 years in April. Job gains have averaged 214,000 in the first four months of this year, up from an average of 194,000 in 2013.The unemployment rate fell to 6.3 per cent last month, from 6.7 per cent. But the drop occurred because fewer people looked for work. The government doesn’t count people as unemployed unless they are actively searching.The improved hiring may help boost economic growth for the rest of the year.The economy grew just 0.1 per cent at an annual rate in the first three months of this year, largely because cold weather kept consumers away from shopping malls and discouraged home and car sales. Data released since then has suggested that the economy actually contracted in the first quarter by as much as 0.8 per cent, analysts say. The government will release updated figures for the first quarter at the end of the month.Still, analysts expect the economy will rebound in the current April-June quarter and grow at a healthy pace of about 3.5 per cent. Consumer and business spending and homebuilding are rebounding from the cold weather. Applications for US unemployment benefits fall to 297,000, lowest level in 7 years In this April 23, 2014 photo, Davon Tremble, of Detroit, fills out an application at a job fair at the Matrix Center in Detroit. The Labor Department reports the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week on Thursday, May 15, 2014. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, David Coates) read more


Las Vegas sports books lobby for bets on Olympics Oscars workshop set

by Kimberly Pierceall, The Associated Press Posted Jan 15, 2015 10:54 am MDT Las Vegas sports books lobby for bets on Olympics, Oscars; workshop set to discuss proposals AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A race for Olympic gold could bring lots of green for gamblers at Nevada sports books if state gambling officials approve requests from casino owners to allow such wagers.The Nevada Gaming Control Board is hosting a workshop Thursday to consider the proposal. A final decision is expected in late February.Along with the Olympics, sports books want a change in the law that could allow bets on nonsporting events such as the Academy Awards, the most valuable player in Major League Baseball, or even “American Idol.”The state bars casinos from accepting wagers on events such as the Oscars in which the outcome is known before it is officially disclosed.Olympic betting has been frowned on in the past because the events involve amateur athletes. However, that thinking is changing as more professional athletes compete. read more


Industry welcomes low carbon investment but seeks clarity on PBR details

SMMT is pleased that chancellor Alistair Darling has announced investment and support for low carbon technologies, with particular assistance to boost demand for electric vehicles.  The chancellor identified low carbon technologies as a window to inward investment, a view supported by industry, as is the introduction of incentives for electric vehicles.  These incentives, set to come into effect from April 2010, give company car drivers the option of paying 0% benefit-in-kind tax by opting for an electric car, while commercial operations will pay no Van Benefit Charge for five years in addition to profiting from 100% first year allowance when buying an electric van. Investment in small and medium enterprises (SME) is essential as industry is built on the foundation of these companies. During the past year, it has been unclear how businesses can access this support, so with the chancellor’s renewed backing for SME assistance, SMMT hopes for greater clarity.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) SMMT chief executive, Paul Everitt said, “2010 is set to be another extremely difficult year for the UK motor industry as increased VAT and first year VED rates directly impact on consumer demand. The opportunity is to take advantage of the transition to low carbon vehicles, with new incentives for company car drivers and van buyers, as well as extra resources for collaborative research and development.” read more


No 5 Louisville pounces on UT Martin in 10262 blowout

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Asia Durr scored 25 points, Arica Carter had 16 and No. 5 Louisville’s defence stifled UT Martin in a 102-62 rout on Tuesday night.The Cardinals (9-0) picked up where they left off from Sunday’s 107-52 shellacking of Tennessee State, leading 58-23 at halftime behind intense play on both ends. Louisville didn’t let up and finished shooting 53 per cent from the field while holding the Skyhawks (5-3) to 33 per cent from the floor. The Cardinals also forced 27 turnovers for 24 points.Durr provided Louisville’s initial boost with 16 first-half points, while Carter added 12. The margin quickly reached 40 in the third quarter as the Cardinals hit the century mark for the second game in a row.Sam Fuehring had 10 rebounds and nine points, Bionca Dunham scored 14 and Dana Evans 11 as Louisville improved to 8-0 against UT Martin.Chelsea Perry had 12 points and eight rebounds for UT Martin, which had won two of three coming in.POLL IMPLICATIONSLouisville’s ranking won’t be threatened until it faces unbeaten Kentucky on Sunday.BIG PICTUREUT Martin: The Skyhawks were close for a few minutes before Louisville’s pressure and pace quickly built a double-digit deficit that steadily grew larger. They were only outrebounded 45-39, but committed at least 20 turnovers for the third time in four games. That gave the Cardinals too many easy chances.Louisville: The Cardinals once again clicked in all phases in their final tuneup before facing rival Kentucky. They pushed the pace they wanted and dominated almost every statistical category.UP NEXTUT Martin visits Lipscomb on Sunday in the first meeting between the schools since 2009. The Skyhawks lead 3-1.Louisville hosts archrival and No. 19 Kentucky on Sunday, seeking its third straight series victory over the Wildcats.___More AP college basketball: Collegebasketball and B. Graves, The Associated Press read more


My first Clippers game not just a game history too

I have never, not once, managed to sit through an entire baseball game from first inning to last. Halfway through most games, I either get too fidgety to stay, the heat drives me out or whoever I am at the game with wants to leave early (which I never argue with).That being said, I sat through the Columbus Clippers game on Monday from start to finish for the entire three plus hour affair, and it was not only hot, but rainy as well, but making it to the end was gratifying.Before the game, I met with Joe Santry, media relations for the Clippers but also the historian for the team, who shared with me that many road names surrounding campus and Columbus (including the road I live on) are named after Clippers players. Neil. Chittenden. Those names sound familiar?The Clippers are part of Columbus history, and not just as a baseball team. The name hanging above the stadium isn’t just a sponsor. Huntington used to be one of the worst baseball players on the team, and after a season where he didn’t have a single hit recorded (or one that lasted the records this long), he was told not to quit his day job, which so happened to be a bank teller.While I would have chosen a cooler day (one where my shoulders weren’t burned by the end) and the random raining wasn’t ideal, it still was worth it to know the history behind the Clippers, the stadium and the relationship the team has with the city.The only way the game could have been better: a hot dog. read more


Antiques Roadshow reviews policy on antique ivory as Virginia McKenna calls for

first_imgA spokesman for the BBC said: “In the light of recent developments in the UK and China with regard to the trade in antique ivory, the Antiques Roadshow is currently reviewing the way it will, in future, approach items of antique ivory that are brought in by members of the public for appraisal.“In recent years, on the rare occasions when we have examined an object, the Antiques Roadshow has sought to raise awareness of the debate around antique ivory, informing our viewers about current legislation and drawing attention to the horrors of modern day poaching.“We’re looking forward to finding out more about the government’s plans for new legislation around the trade in antique ivory and will review our approach in the coming months.” The Antiques Roadshow format currently sees items being valuedCredit:PA Virginia McKenna In 2014, programme-makers signalled a change in policy towards ivory, when the inclusion of an ivory goblet valued between £5,000 and £8,000 prompted presenter Fiona Bruce to disclose that “people had been raising concerns” about coverage of ivory on the show.Existing rules allow for “worked” or carved items produced before March 3, 1947, to be sold in the UK while the sale of raw ivory of any age is prohibited.Campaigners hope the law will soon be extended to ban sales of the older worked items too.It follows years of high-profile campaigning by conservationists and public figures including the Duke of Cambridge, who has previously said: “We need governments to send a clear signal that trading in ivory is abhorrent.” The sale of tusks is already bannedCredit:AFP Virginia McKenna “The era of ivory is over and I implore Antiques Roadshow to ‘get with the programme’.”John Stephenson, CEO of Stop Ivory, said campaigners are not calling for the destruction of ivory antiques, or a ban on people owning, bequeathing or donating them to museum, but want the buying and selling of them to cease.“For the Antiques Roadshow to display antique ivory and to discuss its artistic and cultural merit is one thing, but giving that antique a quoted price would seriously undermine all efforts to stamp out the demand for ivory as a product,” he said.“We call on both the BBC in general and the Antiques Roadshow in particular to reconsider its position and to do nothing to undermine the government and conservationist efforts to end the demand for ivory products.  Only when the buying stops will the killing stop.” The Duke of Cambridge is among those campaigning against the ivory tradeCredit:Gettycenter_img The Duke of Cambridge is among those campaigning against the ivory trade Writing in the Radio Times, McKenna said: “The decision by Antiques Roadshow to continue its policy – with welcome assurances about reflecting the horrors of poaching – once a likely ban is implemented does not help the situation and is out of touch with the great majority of the British public, Parliamentarians and the international community, not to mention the conservationists, wardens and rangers who put their lives on the line in defence of elephants.“It is our responsibility to ensure that we do nothing to make matters worse and I urge Antiques Roadshow to consider the implications of their policy, to look at the bigger picture and to step away from our parochial fascination with antiques at any price.”She added: “It is with enormous respect that I say to the wonderful people on Antiques Roadshow – who explain so much about our history, culture and heritage when they look at a painting, a piece of furniture, a vase or some jewellery – that we simply cannot afford to put a value on bloody ivory any longer. The Antiques Roadshow is reviewing its approach to featuring to antique ivory after campaigners called for it to stop valuing artefacts on air. Virginia McKenna, from the Born Free Foundation, accused the programme of being “out of touch”, urging the long-running antiques show to move away from Britain’s “parochial fascination with antiques at any price” to considered the repercussions of its continued inclusion of ivory.Saying that those who still argue that featuring antique ivory has no impact on living elephants are simply “fooling themselves”, McKenna urged Antiques Roadshow executives to consider the implications of their on-screen decisions.The Antiques Roadshow is famous for its format which sees members of the public bring in their treasures to be admired and valued by the show’s experts.Campaigners would like to see items including ivory exempt from the programme’s usual financial evaluation, arguing placing a value on objects could perpetuate the market for selling and buying.A spokesman for Antiques Roadshow said the show is “currently reviewing” the way it approaches items of ivory, suggesting it could change its approach if government legislation changes. The sale of tusks is already banned 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 Antiques Roadshow format currently sees items being valuedlast_img read more


Three new heavy Atlas Copco hydraulic breaker models with PowerAdapt

first_imgAt Bauma this week, Atlas Copco introduced three new  heavy hydraulic breaker models with PowerAdapt and optimised power-to-weight ratio. The HB 2000 with its service weight of 2,000 kg offers 10% more power than its predecessor, the HB 200. The new HB 3100 and HB 4700 with service weights of 3,100 and 4,700 kg, respectively, deliver 5% and 13% more power than their predecessor models.    Atlas Copco says it has stuck “to the principle of developing and building attachments offering an improved power-to-weight ratio. The same performance can be achieved with a smaller attachment and carrier unit. Investment and maintenance costs are reduced. More power also means a higher strain against which the attachments are protected by proven and new product features.”All three hydraulic breakers are equipped with the PowerAdapt system which shuts down the breaker if the oil pressure is too high. “This is for example useful when the hydraulic breaker is used on different carrier units,” Torsten Treger, Product Line Manager Medium & Heavy Breakers explains. “Hydraulic breakers can generally be hydraulically overloaded if the carrier’s oil pressure has the wrong setting. In order to ensure that our customers can make full use of the equipment in terms of efficiency and power, we have equipped the entire range of heavy-duty hydraulic breakers with PowerAdapt.”With an improper carrier oil pressure setting, conventional pressure relief valves as the ones frequently used in hydraulic breakers continuously drain oil into the tank and therefore waste precious energy. This affects the efficiency and profitability of the equipment.The improved guide system of the hydraulic breakers provides a better stability and resistance. “After all hydraulic breakers are subject to tough operating conditions,” Treger adds. “A new retaining bar provides a better protection especially in the lower part of the hydraulic breaker which has to take a lot of wear and tear.  The service window and the recesses for the lateral slewing screw couplings have been reinforced. The Non-Dust version of the three new breaker models are furnished with the all-round wear protection which all of the dust versions of the HB series of hydraulic breakers already feature.” All the proven features of Atlas Copco’s heavy-duty hydraulic breaker line are also found in these new models: the VibroSilenced System to protect operators against noise and vibrations, AutoControl to adapt the blow frequency and impact energy to the rock hardness as well as the integrated automatic lubrication system ContiLube TM II. With StartSelect the operator can influence the starting and shutdown behaviour of the hydraulic breaker. And with the optional DustProtector the hydraulic breaker is protected against dust and rock particles penetrating the lower breaker part.Technical data:                                      HB 2000          HB 3100          HB 4700Service weight                          kg                    2000                3100                4700Carrier weight class                  t                       22-38               32-52               45-80Oil flow                                    l/min                 150-190           210 – 270        260-340Operating pressure                   bar                   160-180           160 – 180        160-180Number of blows                      bpm                 300-600           280 – 560        280-520last_img read more


Nokia Debuts New Symbian Phones Despite Deal with Microsoft

first_imgSymbian has made Nokia a leader in cell phones overseas, but not so much in the States. Nokia is currently building the new phones that will use Windows 7 Mobile, but no target date has been shared as of yet. However, these new phones are using a closed-source version of Symbian unlike previous models. AdChoices广告Via TG Daily Yesterday, we told you about Nokia starting the process to end Symbian-based phones, but now we have news about Nokia launching new phones with Symbian as the OS. Nokia has stated that the Windows phones will be released at a later date, but did not give a reason as to why the new phones will still run on Symbian. Jo Harlow, head of Nokia’s Smart Devices business said in a press release: With these new products and more Symbian devices and user enhancements coming in the near future, we are confident we can keep existing Nokia smartphone customers engaged, as well as attract new first-time and competitor smartphone users.last_img read more


Heres What Happened Today Wednesday

first_img 10,532 Views Source: Paul Singh/Twitter 1 Comment By Cianan Brennan Share Tweet Email NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRISH Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor addressing the media this morning regarding pending job losses at Hewlett Packard in Co Kildare Source: Sam Boal/ Feb 8th 2017, 9:03 PM Get our daily news round up: Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has strongly refuted allegations made under Dáil privilege by Labour leader Brendan Howlin regarding her treatment of Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe.Hewlett Packard confirmed it is to cut up to 500 jobs at its Leixlip plant.Three Irish people have died in Britain following a house fire in Essex.FactCheck: Is Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald right that there are fewer people on hospital trolleys this year?A second investigation has gotten underway into an alleged mass grave at a mother and baby home in TuamA candidate for the vacant OCI presidency claims that “five or six” sports federations have colluded ahead of the vote.Drink drivers are to get an automatic ban from the roads rather than penalty points.Michael D Higgins is to be awarded Peru’s highest honour.A dog walker dodged a €4,000 fouling fine by arguing the area was scattered with drug-filled syringes.WORLD Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, pictured in June 2011 Source: PA Wire/PA Images#RIP: British socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson has died aged 45.#TRAVEL BAN: The vast majority of Muslims would not be affected by Donald Trump’s travel ban, US government lawyers have argued.#BANGLADESH: A Buddhist monk has been caught hiding nearly five million methamphetamine pills in his monastery.#ROLF HARRIS: The disgraced TV star has been cleared of further sex offences.PARTING SHOTThe BBC had a little fun on its own site at Donald Trump’s expense over the US president’s allegations that terror attacks around the world are going unreported: The BBC trolling @realDonaldTrump – absolutely brilliant— Paul Singh (@Paul1Singh) February 7, 2017 Here’s What Happened Today: Wednesday New whistleblower allegations, and job losses at Hewlett Packard had people talking today – it’s the Fix. Short URL Wednesday 8 Feb 2017, 9:03 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


Average first home loan is 283K

first_imgThe average loan for a first-home buyer is $283,400, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures. To qualify for a mortgage with a loan-to-valuation ratio of 90 per cent, the borrower needs a deposit of $28,000. To qualify for a mortgage with a loan-to-valuation ratio of 80 per cent and avoid the cost of mortgage insurance, the borrower needs a deposit of $56,000. House prices have become more affordable over the past few years. Affordability is at its highest level since September 2009. The improvement is a result of a fall in house prices of about 6 per cent since 2010, modest but steady wage growth and lower mortgage interest rates. Source: The Age Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img


Piratage du PlayStation Network 5 millions de Français concernés

first_imgPiratage du PlayStation Network : 5 millions de Français concernésAlors que la colère des joueurs gronde suite aux cyberattaques du PlayStation Network et de Sony Online Entertainment, qui a permis à des hackers de récupérer leurs données privées, Sony France indique que ce sont 5 millions de personnes qui ont été piratées dans l’Hexagone.Le Playstation Network (PSN), Qriocity et Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) sont toujours inaccessibles aujourd’hui et l’inquiétude grandit chez les joueurs, qui ont vu leurs données personnelles et bancaires pillées, mais également chez Sony, qui connaît des difficultés à relancer les systèmes en toute sécurité. D’où le retard pris dans la remise en route des serveurs, qui devaient fonctionner à nouveau le week-end dernier selon les premières estimations de la firme nippone. Cette dernière est très inquiète de l’ampleur que prend cette affaire de piratage mais aussi de la facture qu’elle devra payer pour assurer les joueurs en colère, notamment : la semaine dernière Sony annonçait son intention de provisionner 1 million de dollars par client dans le cadre d’une police d’assurance contre le vol d’identité, rappelle le site Silicon.À lire aussiDes géologues ont retrouvé la preuve d’un “pont” entre la Grande-Bretagne et la FranceAux dernières nouvelles, plus de 100 millions de comptes utilisateurs du monde entier ont été piratés selon Sony. Et d’après Richard Brunois, le directeur de la communication de Sony France, interrogé par le JDD, les mots de passe, noms, mails et numéros de téléphone de 4,7 millions d’utilisateurs du PSN et 1.000 clients du SOE ont été dérobés en France. Plus grave encore, Sony estime qu’un million d’entre eux pourraient voir leur compte bancaire débité frauduleusement, poursuit le journal.Même si le géant japonais promet un dédommagement au cas par cas avec un programme “Welcome Back”, qui doit être mis en place cette semaine, la situation est inédite pour Sony. Son image inestimable pourrait bien être écornée pour de bon.Le 9 mai 2011 à 14:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


Crumbfree Bread Will Prevent Another Gemini 3 Sandwich Incident

first_img Tune In As Brad Pitt Speaks With NASA Astronaut on ISSNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Stay on target Gemini 3 was NASA’s first two-man mission into space. It was a significant achievement, but Gemini 3 is often remembered for another reason: a ten-second incident involving a smuggled corned beef sandwich.Wally Schirra, an astronaut known for being a jokester, had procured the contraband sandwich two days before launch and slipped it to pilot John Young. About two hours after he and Commander Gus Grissom took off, Young pulled the sandwich from his pocket. “Where did that come from?” asked Grissom. “I brought it with me,” Young replied.The actual sandwich, preserved in resin. Image: Raymond K. Cunningham, Jr./CollectSpaceThe two quickly learned why sandwiches weren’t a great menu item for missions into space. The bread started breaking up, and Grissom quickly shoved it into his pocket before things got really messy. The crumbs could have been seriously bad news, damaging sensitive instruments, clogging the ventilation system, or lodging in one of the astronauts’ eyes.Now, more than 50 years later, science may have come up with a solution: crumb-free bread. The keys to achieving spaceship-friendly bread lie in a special dough mixture and oven. A research team at OHB Systems is looking at two different appliance options. One is a convection oven, the other a low-pressure, low-temperature one.The first test bakings are expected to be performed next year aboard the ISS. It’s actually very important work. As Sebastian Marcu, founder of the Bake In Space initiative, told New Scientist, “as space tourism takes off and people spend more time in space we need to allow bread to be made from scratch.”last_img read more

South Florida judge ends legal feud between Rapture and Ultra

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A South Florida judge has made a decision ending a lawsuit between the Rapture and Ultra music festivals.The judge dismissed the case made by Rapture Music Festival who had claimed the City of Miami broke anti-trust laws when it accepted Ultra’s new venue location.Rapture, a music festival with a smaller attendance, has been held in Virginia Key for the past two years.Ultra’s venue changed from Bayfront Park to Virginia Key when four out of five Miami commissioners voted to change the location in November.Rapture’s website currently has the venue listed as TBA for their 2019 festival.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img


Two airlines ban all MacBook Pros from checked luggage

first_img4:21 Apple News • Hands-on with the new Apple MacBook Air and MacBook Pro See It Samsung Apple Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it See it Share your voice See All Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors CNET may get a commission from retail offers. • See It $1,199 Is the new MacBook Pro worth the upgrade? (The 3:59,… Walmart Apple’s 2015 MacBook Pro was recalled over battery concerns. Sarah Tew/CNET Two Australian airlines are prohibiting all 15-inch Apple Macbook Pros from being transported in the jets’ cargo holds and those in the cabin must be turned off for the duration of the flight. The new rules apply even to MacBook Pros that weren’t subject to a recent recall.At the top of Virgin Australia’s Dangerous Goods information page, which identifies items passengers aren’t permitted to bring on its aircraft, the airline has specifically highlighted its prohibition against the Apple laptops.”Due to a worldwide recall by Apple of a number of Apple MacBook batteries, all Apple MacBooks must be placed in carry-on baggage only,” the note says. “No Apple MacBooks are permitted in checked in baggage until further notice.”Qantas Airways has issued similar rules, telling ZDNet that, “until further notice, all 15-inch Apple MacBook Pros must be carried in cabin baggage and switched off for flight following a recall notice issued by Apple.” $1,099 Aug 31 • Apple iPhone 11 launches Sept. 10, Disney Plus in big demand Laptops Review • Apple MacBook Air review: Rebooted as a thinner, lighter, more expensive laptop Now playing: Watch this: Other airlines that have banned the device from being brought on-board flights or in checked-in baggage include Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways.Apple initiated the voluntary recall in June, warning that 15-inch Pros sold between September 2015 and February 2017 “contain a battery that may overheat and pose a safety risk.” The company, which has set up a support page for affected units, also asked customers to stop using them.A month later, the US Federal Aviation Administration alerted major US airlines to the recall and reminded them that rules issued in 2016 prohibit transporting products that have been the subject of a safety recall either in the cabin or as cargo until they have been repaired of replaced.In the past couple of years, the use of lithium-ion batteries has been linked to fires and spewing smoke in a slew of products, including Samsung’s now-canceled Galaxy Note 7, hoverboards and Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner.Apple declined to comment for this story. Tags Apple MacBook Air The best new gaming laptops, ranked 41 Photos Apple reading • Two airlines ban all MacBook Pros from checked luggage Preview • The MacBook Air is dead. Long live the MacBook Air 3 Comments Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Mentioned Above Apple MacBook Air (128GB, Gray, 2018) $899last_img read more

BCCC Braces for Impact of Trump Travel Ban

first_imgBaltimore City Community College(BCCC) is one of the many local Baltimore institutions carefully assessing developments surrounding the Trump administration’s late January executive order travel ban blocking entry of individuals from seven predominately Muslim countries as well as the administration’s order expanding the scope of federal raids targeting illegal immigrants conducted by ICE (Immigrations and Customs Enforcement) agents this past week.Baltimore City Commuity College Refugee Youth Project (RYP) students display some of the projects they worked on. (Courtesy photo)“During this period of uncertainty for our students, our staff and instructors will continue to provide for the educational stability of each student we touch, whether they are seeking to improve English language proficiency, become naturalized citizens or progress along their career pathway,” Douglas Weimer, director of the English Language Services and Basic Skills Program at BCCC, told the AFRO.The campus’ nationally recognized Refugee Youth Project serves close to 100 K-12 youth from the seven Middle Eastern and North African countries included in the President’s Executive Order. The campus serves another 3,900 students each year, from both immigrant and refugee backgrounds in its English Language Services and Basic Skills program.Kursten Pickup, coordinator of the Refugee Youth Project told the AFRO she is encouraging all her students, especially her Muslim students, to report hate crimes.  Several of the program’s students are engaged in play therapy. “A sand therapist is working with 5 [of our] Syrian youth,” Pickup said.“This type of play therapy is meant to provide a safe place where our students can express their feelings, fears and stories by arranging miniature figures in the sand,” she said.Trump’s executive order was signed on Jan. 27.  The same week, the President expanded the capacity of the Department of Homeland Security to target illegal immigrant beyond those with major criminal offenses.“We continue our commitment to working closely with our neighboring colleges and universities, our elected representatives and interested parties to understand these executive orders and to make clear the value we place on allowing students, faculty and staff from all countries to learn and work with us,” BCCC President Gordon F. May said in a statement.Catalina Rodriguez-Lima, director of the Mayor’s Office of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, told the AFRO the Mayor plans to host a town hall meeting in collaboration with her office to ensure residents are abreast of recent federal actions and their impact on Baltimoreans.“There’s a lot going on,” said Rodriquez-Lima. “We know that people have many questions about the travel ban and immigration enforcement and want to know the city’s position on these issues.”More than 2,000 refugees were resettled in Maryland in 2016, according to World Relief, an International refugee resettlement organization headquartered in Baltimore. Refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Democratic Republic of Congo represented the largest populations.On Feb. 9, the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit denied the Federal Government’s request to lift the temporary restraining order.  New York, Massachusetts and Virginia have joined Washington State in taking legal action against the President’s travel ban.Maryland attorney general Brian E. Frosh (D) has also gone on record opposing the Travel Ban.“I condemn the President’s executive orders and commit to use my authority to fight discrimination and hate,” Frosh posted on Twitter.Amelia Chassé, deputy communications director for Maryland Governor Hogan, expressed the Governor’s concern about the alarming manner in which travel ban enforcements and immigrant sweeps have been carried out.“The governor appreciates and supports actions to make America safer, but it must be done in a manner consistent with American values,” Chasse said in a statement.The Department of Homeland Security indicated recent raids were authorized in Atlanta, Chicago, New York, the Los Angeles area, North Carolina and South Carolina.  However, advocates for illegal immigrants claim the stepped-up enforcement extends to scores of communities outside of these targeted regions and have caused apprehension and fear in immigrant communities.“We know people are concerned and we will respond,” said Rodriguez-Lima.last_img read more