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What the frack group demands answers around Canadian Premium Sands proposed mine

first_imgAshley BrandsonAPTN NewsA group of environmentalists from the Hollow Water First Nation who call themselves “What the Frack” are demanding answers as to how a silica sand project, run by Canadian Premier Sand, was approved.The group was at the Manitoba legislature chasing down the minister of Sustainable Development.They want to know if a work permit was granted to Canadian Premier Sand to begin construction.“We’ve never received a straight answer,” said Don Sullivan. “it’s either yes, or no we haven’t.”Canadian Premium Sand is spearheading a project called Winipigow Sand.The company is in discussions with chief and council about plans to build an industrial plant to extract silica sand from Hollow Water and nearby communities of Seymourville, and Manigotagan.“I live there, this is my home,” said Hollow Water members Reg Simard. “I don’t want my home be… to be bulldozed.”Simard said the proposed mine is five to six kilometres from his house and he has concerns about the company’s proposal.“They come in and tell us all the great things about this,” he said. “All the positives, now granted there is a lot of positives uh – to the project but at what cost?”His main concern is about the air quality around the area once the project is approved.APTN News requested an interview with the Rochelle Squires, the minister of Sustainable Development.Her office said she was not available but in an email statement, the minister said that, “The company has submitted an Environmental act proposal which the province is currently reviewing. Crown-Indigenous consultation has begun.“Environmental safety, including health and safety, is a component of the company’s Environment Act proposal, which is currently under review.”abrandson@aptn.ca@ashleybrandsonlast_img read more

Akhilesh Mayawati attack BJP govt

first_imgGhaizbad/GB Nagar: With just a couple of days left for Ghaziabad and Gautam Buddh Nagar districts to go polling, the star campaigners and big names of various political parties are leaving no stone unturned and are conducting massive rallies to attract voters in their own ways.A massive gathering of crowd was witnessed at Ramleela Maidaan in Kavi Nagar area of Ghaziabad, where thousands of people thronged the rally organised by Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav campaigning for their candidate, Suresh Bansal, for Ghaziabad Lok Sabha seat. Addressing public on the occasion, Yadav lashed out at BJP government on employment, farmer’s issues and spreading falsehood among people. “The leaders of Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) are only busy in spreading false achievements while none of the promises of their manifesto turned a reality. All the major infrastructure projects in Ghaziabad district, including the single pillar elevated road, metro line extension from Dilshad Garden to New Bus stand in Ghaziabad, were completed in the rein of Samajwadi Party. However, the present Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath is just cutting ribbons and taking credit. There are no new development works started by the BJP government in past couple of years while those which were incomplete in our rein are still incomplete,” said Yadav. Yadav added that the leaders of BJP party may talk about Smart City Ghaizbad but don’t know the condition of slum and backward areas in Ghaziabad where people are still facing a havoc in their day to day life. Another rally was conducted by BSP supremo Mayawati in Knowledge park area of Greater Noida on Monday afternoon. Over 25,000 people gathered in the ground to hear the campaign speech. Addressing a packed ground, Mayawati slammed the BJP’s “Chowkidar” campaign, calling it a gimmick from a government. “The BJP government used to come up with something new as they came up as chaiwala and asked youths to to start the business of frying pakoras and now they have come as chowkidar. Instead of creating job opportunities, which they had promised in previous elections, they are motivating youths to become chowkidars or fry pakoras,” said Mayawati. She further lambasted the government for their decision such as Demonetisation and GST which she claimed to have broken the back bone of businessman and middle class people. In yet another effort to attract voters, BJP candidate Gen (retd) VK Singh also conducted a road show in Ghaziabad’s old City area along with Uttrakhand Chief Minister Trivender Singh Rawat. The political rally of Congress leader Sachin Pilot’s in Ghaziabad was cancelled due to unavoidable circumstances at the last moment on Monday and is expected to take place on Tuesday.last_img read more

EAM seeks report on Chennai demo

Ventuno Web Player 4.51 Amunugama however told the Colombo Gazette that the government deals only with the Indian Central government and so would not like to directly respond to every protest taking place in Tamil Nadu. External Affairs Ministry Secretary Karunatillake Amunugama said that the Sri Lankan Deputy High Commission in Chennai has been asked to submit a report on the protest. “All of us have come here to protest against what is happening to our brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka. This is to say equal status has to be given to Tamils in Sri Lanka. If not give them a state. Also we need to bring to book the culprits who have continuously been part of genocide and human killings. They need to be booked and punished,” Tamil actor Prakash Raj said.These personalities of the Tamil celluloid world are the latest to stage a protest over the issue, which has generated heat in the state in recent weeks with various sections of people, including students, taking to the streets.Sarath Kumar, who is leading the protest, demanded that the Centre implement the resolution adopted by the Tamil Nadu Assembly recently demanding a referendum on separate Tamil Eelam and action against those who committed war crimes. The protesters are likely to pass few resolutions later in the day on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue. (Colombo Gazette) The Sri Lankan External Affairs Ministry has sought a report on the demonstration held in Chennai today by South Indian film stars against the Sri Lankan government.Several leading Tamil film stars including Rajinikanth took part in the one day protest today calling for a solution to the Sri Lankan Tamil issue. The Indian media said that Kamal Haasan also joined the protests later in the day.CNN IBN reported that the film activity in Tamil Nadu came to a standstill as artistes, directors, producers, distributors and exhibitors participated in the hunger-strike being held at the premises of South Indian Film Artists’ Association in Chennai. read more

Signed contracts to buy US homes climb in January to highest level

Signed contracts to buy US homes climb in January to highest level in nearly 18 months by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Feb 27, 2015 8:02 am MDT In this Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 photo, a “sale pending” sign is posted atop a realty sign in front of a home in Surfside, Fla. The National Association of Realtors releases its January report on pending home sales, which are seen as a barometer of future purchases, on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The number of Americans signing contracts to buy homes rose at a healthy pace in January, a sign that home sales are poised to accelerate after a slow start to the year.The National Association of Realtors said Friday that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index increased 1.7 per cent to 104.2 last month. December’s figure was also revised higher to show a decline of only 1.5 per cent, considerably better than a previously estimated drop of 3.7 per cent.The index is now 8.4 per cent above its level one year ago and is at the highest level since August 2013.The data point to a rebound in sales of existing homes in the coming months, particularly as the spring buying season gets underway. Measures of sales and construction fell last month, raising concerns that the housing market would continue to struggle after a weak 2014. But economists expect that strong job gains, low mortgage rates and solid consumer confidence will give a moderate boost to home sales this year.“Through the volatility, the trend in home sales is probably up modestly at least,” Jim O’Sullivan, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics, said in a note to clients.Pending sales are a barometer of future purchases. A one- to two-month lag usually exists between a contract and a completed sale.The largest increase in signed contracts occurred in the South, where they rose 3.2 per cent, followed by the West, where sales rose 2.2 per cent. Contract signings inched up just 0.1 per cent in the Northeast, where heavy snow may have weighed on housing. Pending homes sales slipped 0.7 per cent in the Midwest.The increase in signed contracts comes after some disappointing data at the start of the year. Sales of existing homes tumbled 4.9 per cent in January to a nine-month low, while sales of new homes slipped 0.2 per cent. And new construction of homes and apartments fell 2 per cent in January.But healthy hiring should encourage more Americans to start looking at homes. There are 3.2 million more Americans earning paychecks than there were 12 months ago. And younger Americans are finally seeing strong job gains, which could push up the number of first-time homebuyers, a critical ingredient in any housing recovery.Mortgage rates remain near historic lows. The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate was 3.76 per cent last week, according to the mortgage giant Freddie Mac. That has ticked up in recent weeks, but is well below the 4.33 per cent average from a year ago. read more

International Court of Justice dismisses genocide claims by Croatia and Serbia

It its judgment, the ICJ rejected (by 15 votes to 2) Croatia’s claim and Serbia’s counter-claim unanimously (by 17 votes to 0). The Court also rejected (by 11 votes to 6), the second jurisdictional objection raised by Serbia and to follow on that, found that its jurisdiction to entertain Croatia’s claims extends prior to 27 April 1992. In the proceedings under review, Croatia contended that Serbia was responsible for breaches of the Genocide Convention committed in Croatia between 1991 and 1995. In its counter-claim, Serbia contended that Croatia was itself responsible for breaches of the Convention committed in 1995 in the “Republika Srpska Krajina.”On July 2, 1999, Croatia filed an application instituting proceedings against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in respect of a dispute concerning alleged violations of the Genocide Convention committed between 1991 and 1995. On 18 November 2008, the Court delivered a Judgment partially rejecting the preliminary objections raised by the respondent (which had then become Serbia). Serbia subsequently filed a counter-claim. The Hague-based ICJ in its examination first looked at Croatia’s claim against Serbia and found that the actus reus (or: “material acts perpetrated”) of genocide has been established. But the Court also found that the intentional element of genocide was lacking. The absence of intent rejects Croatia’s claim in its entirety. The Court then examined Serbia’s counter-claim against Croatia and found that the actus reus of genocide was established. But again the intention element was lacking, therefore like Croatia’s claim, the Court rejected Serbia’s counter-claim in its entirety. According to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide , genocide contains two constituent elements: the physical element or what the Court calls, actus reus, and the mental element. The “intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group as such” is the essential characteristic of genocide, which it distinguishes from other crimes. It is regarded as a dolus specialis, meaning specific intent, which must be present to establish genocide. In its decision, the Court noted a raft of crimes committed during the time period in question, included widespread attacks against civilian populations and infrastructure, and reiterated its request to both parties to continue their cooperation with a view to settling as soon as possible the issue of the fate of missing persons. The ICJ also encouraged the parties to continue their cooperation with a view to offering appropriate reparation to the victims of such violations, thus consolidating peace and stability in the region.Established in 1945 under the UN Charter, the ICJ – widely referred to as the ‘World Court’ – settles legal disputes between States and gives advisory opinions on legal questions that have been referred to it by authorized UN organs or specialized agencies. ICJ Judgments are final and binding on the Parties involved in the legal disputes submitted to the Court. read more

Everything Went Right For The 2018 Red Sox Are The Champs Destined

Based on 100,000 simulations of the 2019 MLB seasonSources: Baseball prospectus, Fangraphs, Clay Davenport, Caesar’s Palace Avg. Simulated SeasonChance to… Teams that won substantially more than 100 games have tended to regress even harder. The 2002 Mariners, for example, won “only” 93 games after the 2001 squad tied a major league record with 116 wins; the 1999 Yankees won 98 a year after the team took home 114. The inescapable truth is that few major league teams actually have 100 wins of “true talent” on their rosters, much less 108. Most of these huge winners were aided by some not-insignificant amount of luck along the way.And it’s hard to argue that the Red Sox weren’t one of the luckier teams in baseball last season. According to the Pythagorean expectation, a team with Boston’s runs scored and allowed should have won four games fewer than it actually did. Furthermore, a team with Boston’s particular statistical profile (its singles, doubles, walks, etc. — both for and against) should have had a Pythagorean record five games worse than it actually did. Add up those two categories, and the Red Sox benefited from an MLB-high 10 extra wins of luck, whether through prevailing in the relative toss-ups of close games or through stringing hits together (or stranding opposing runners) in an unusually favorable manner.On top of all that, there’s another way a team can have everything go right for it, and that’s at the player level: Did everyone outperform their expected levels of performance at once? Injuries can often play a role here — though the Red Sox were in the middle of the pack in terms of man-games lost to the injured list. More pertinently, Boston also saw a number of players post career-best seasons last year, from American League MVP Mookie Betts (10.6 wins above replacement)4Averaging together the versions of WAR from Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs. to blockbuster free-agent signing J.D. Martinez (6.1), plus young up-and-comers such as Andrew Benintendi (4.1) and even longtime puzzles such as Eduardo Rodriguez (2.7).Altogether, 12 of Boston’s 21 regulars (those who played at least 2 percent of the team’s available playing time)5As measured by plate appearances and (leverage-adjusted) innings pitched, scaled to maintain WAR’s implicit 58/42 split between position players and pitchers. exceeded their established level of WAR, with only Jackie Bradley Jr., Eduardo Nunez and the catching tandem of Sandy Leon and Christian Vazquez significantly undershooting their previous production levels during the 2018 regular season.6You could also argue that more should have been expected of Rafael Devers, who had 1.1 WAR in a partial season at age 20 in 2017 but produced only 0.5 WAR with more than double the playing time in 2018. But Devers was also only 21, playing his first season as an MLB regular.And this is to say nothing of the unexpected performances the team received in the postseason from the likes of Steve Pearce — a fizzled-out former prospect who arrived in Boston via a midseason trade and ultimately won World Series MVP — or Nathan Eovaldi, another castoff who had a 1.61 ERA in 22 1/3 postseason innings. (Or, in general, the amazingly fortuitous splits the team had in crucial playoff situations.)All of those different ingredients explain how a team that won 93 games in 2017 suddenly exploded for 108 and won the championship a year later. But again, the pull of baseball’s gravity is strong. Based on data since 1990, we’d expect a team that improved by 15 games between seasons to give back about 5.2 wins the next season. It’s just another data point to toss onto the heap of statistical indicators that foretell a decline for the Red Sox heading into 2019.The good news for Boston is that if your starting point is a 108-win team, you have a ton of room to regress and still be one of the best teams in baseball. Even if the Sox didn’t truly have 108 wins of talent on the roster last year, they still played like a 98-win team according to their underlying statistics, and almost all of that team will be back this season (with the notable exception of closer Craig Kimbrel). According to an early preseason version of our 2019 MLB projections,7Not including Tuesday’s news of Manny Machado signing with the San Diego Padres, although that move has minimal implications for the Red Sox. we rate Boston as the third-best team in baseball, with a 95-67 projected record and a 10 percent chance of repeating as champs, which is also tied for third-best in MLB.Trouble is, that might make the Red Sox only the second-best team in their own division. Our simulations consider the archrival New York Yankees just as likely as Boston to win the World Series and actually think that New York is ever-so-slightly better talent-wise. Although the Sox got the better of the Yankees last season, winning 13 of 23 games (including an August sweep and a four-game division series victory), for all intents and purposes, our projections have the two teams in an absolute dead heat as we look ahead to 2019: And the Red Sox could be running out of time to make the most of their current core. By 2021, Betts, Bradley, Chris Sale, Xander Bogaerts and Rick Porcello (plus potentially Martinez, who has an opt-out clause) will have all hit free agency. And team president Dave Dombrowski built 2018’s champion in part by bucking MLB’s prospect-hoarding trend and emptying out the farm system’s next generation in favor of short-term wins, so reinforcements aren’t exactly on the way.The result of Dombrowski’s moves was a championship, and one of baseball’s all-time great single season performances, so I’m pretty sure it was worth it. The question now is how steep the drop-off will be in 2019 — and beyond. In many ways, Boston caught lightning in a bottle last season, enjoying the kind of magical year that comes along only once every decade or so. But if history is any guide, the follow-up will have trouble coming close to matching the original. TeamElo RatingWinsLossesRun Diff.Make PlayoffsWin DivisionWin World Series Orioles142160102-1981<1<1 The Red Sox still have a Yankees problem on their handsHow our preliminary Elo ratings are forecasting the 2019 AL East race Yankees15669567+13774%41%10% Blue Jays14837587-521331 It’s hard to imagine things going more right for the Boston Red Sox than they did last season. Boston jumped out to a scorching 17-2 start, was 38 games over .500 by the All-Star break, posted the most regular-season wins (108) by an MLB team in 17 years, and then steamrolled through the playoffs with an 11-3 postseason record en route to a World Series title. Statistically, it was probably the most impressive performance any major team had in 2018.1Among teams for which we had have game-by-game Elo ratings and predictions — in men’s pro and college football and basketball and Major League Baseball.But now the calendar has flipped to 2019, and as spring training warms up for the Sox in Fort Myers, Florida, Boston must focus on defending its crown — and staving off the inevitable regression that comes in the wake of a season as charmed as the one the Red Sox just enjoyed.As a rule, clubs that win a crazy number of ballgames in one season tend to come back down to earth quickly in the next. Of the 32 teams that cracked the century mark in wins (per 162 games)2We’re including teams in strike-shortened seasons — like the 1994 Montreal Expos — whose wins would prorate out to at least 100. since 1990, 28 had an inferior record the next year,3One team — the 101-win 2003 Yankees — compiled the same number of wins the next season. and 24 failed to return to the 100-win club. (Thirteen failed to break even 95 wins.) On average, these 32 triple-digit winners declined by 9.6 wins the following season. Rays15278676+5042153 Red Sox15649567+136744110 read more

Quiz Luas trams and horseless carriages what year did these Irish transport

first_img 1987 By Cormac Fitzgerald 1906 Let’s start with a classic. The branding was discontinued in the early 2000s, but when did Dublin first see the rollout of the City Imp minibuses? 1896 1993 Share 1850 1883 What are ewe doing!? Clever Cat! 1886 You scored out of ! 16 Comments You scored out of ! Pawsitively perfect! 1896 2000 Share your result: 2004 16,617 Views 1990 1996 Before the Luas, there were the Dublin trams. But when were the first electric ones introduced? 1820 1935 Tweet Wikimedia Commons Tweet 1989 1936 1939 1990 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 1875 Tweet Share9 Tweet Email1 1916 Share your result: Tweet 1969 Feb 11th 2018, 10:31 AM 1834 1945 Leon Farrell/RollinNews.ie RollingNews.ie Share RollingNews.ie Top Dog! Share Wikimedia Commons The Dublin and Kingstown Railway was Ireland’s very first, but when was it officially opened? 1980 1985 FROM IRISH RAIL to Dublin Bus. From motor cars to motorways.Ireland has had a number of significant transport developments in its short history – but when were they introduced? It was a cold Friday morning when the first flight took off from Dublin Airport, bound for Liverpool. But what was the year? Sunday 11 Feb 2018, 10:30 AM Share The Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART) system has been bringing people up and down the coast of Dublin for years, but when was it first launched? 1990 Luas trams are a regular sight now crisscrossing Dublin city. But when were they first introduced? Almost purrfect! Ireland’s first motorway was a section of road bypassing Naas. But what was the year? Share your result: Shell of a bad effort 1976 1983 1932 https://jrnl.ie/3840285 1987 1929 You scored out of ! Fintastic 1930 Answer all the questions to see your result! Irish Rail, Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann were all established in the same year when CIE was split up – but which year was it? Sam Boal Aer Lingus – formerly fully owned by the irish government – was set up in… 1984 The first petrol car seen in Ireland was a Benz Velo owned by Dubliner, Dr. John Colohan. But when did he get it? Laura Hutton/RollingNews.ie Baaaaaaaaadddd 1984 Flippin’ good Share your result: 1891 Share your result: You scored out of ! 1940 Quiz: Luas trams and horseless carriages – what year did these Irish transport milestones occur? From Irish Rail to Dublin Bus. From motor cars to motorways. You scored out of ! Tweet Wikimedia Commons 1986 Short URL Turtley Awful! Share 2005 Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie 2003 1845last_img read more

Viacom fait appel contre YouTube

first_imgViacom fait appel contre YouTubeLe groupe Viacom possède plusieurs médias dans son escarcelle. En 2007, l’entreprise a décidé de porter plainte contre YouTube pour violation de droits d’auteur concernant des vidéos de la Paramount. Débouté, Viacom fait appel.Viacom est un géant des médias. Le groupe américain a décidé de porter plainte contre Youtube pour la diffusion non autorisée de vidéos lui appartenant. Cet été, la justice l’a débouté, estimant que YouTube était de bonne foi et ne pouvait contrôler l’ensemble des films mis par les internautes sur sa plateforme. De plus, le juge estime que la plateforme a fait preuve de rapidité pour supprimer les contenus mis en cause. 160.000 vidéos sont concernées et Viacom réclamait pas moins d’un milliard de dollars. Enfin, Google, qui détient YouTube, s’est défendu en assurant qu’une loi américaine permet à YouTube d’avoir le même statut qu’un hébérgeur en France. Dès lors, sa responsabilité n’est pas engagée. Mais l’affaire semble plus compliquée que cela. La firme de Mountain View affirme que Viacom voulait racheter YouTube et, par vengeance, a publié lui-même les vidéos interdites. Le groupe de communication, qui a donc fait appel de la décision de justice, pourrait voir durer le procès encore plusieurs mois.Le 8 décembre 2010 à 11:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Nautilus has 102M loss in first quarter

first_imgVancouver-based exercise machine company Nautilus Inc. released its preliminary first quarter results on Monday, showing a $10.2 million operating loss for the quarter due to a 26.5 percent decrease in net sales compared with the first quarter of 2018.In a conference call with investors and analysts on Monday afternoon, interim CEO Carl Johnson emphasized new products and a new marketing strategy that the company plans to roll out this year. The investor call was the company’s first since the March 1 resignation of former CEO Bruce Cazenave.“The same issues that affected us in the fourth quarter of 2018 continued into 2019,” Johnson said.Net sales for the first quarter were $84.4 million, down from $114.8 million in the first quarter of 2018 and $115.4 million in the fourth quarter. The decline was primarily attributed to a decrease in direct sales of the Bowflex Max Trainer.Retail sales were down, as well, which Chief Financial Officer Sid Nayar attributed to lower-than-expected sales in the fourth quarter of 2018 — retailers were still trying to clear their existing inventories in the opening months of 2019, he said, resulting in fewer new orders for equipment.“We ended 2018 with more inventory than planned for,” he said, “and we are strategically reducing inventory throughout 2019.”The company’s biggest priority at the moment is to revamp its messaging and marketing strategy to spur consumer interest in its Bowflex and Max Trainer product lines, as well as its Max Intelligence digital platform, which is intended to pair with Max Trainer products to provide personalized fitness plans.last_img read more

ASA Welcomes EPA Chlorpyrifos Decision

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) welcomed news yesterday from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that the agency would deny a petition to remove the crop protection tool chlorpyrifos from the market. ASA President and Roseville, Ill., soybean farmer Ron Moore issued a statement highlighting the science-based nature of EPA’s action and calling on EPA to continue on such a path when reviewing future traits.”Soybean farmers have long maintained that to have a functioning regulatory system, such decisions have to be based on science, and can’t be based only on perception. Today’s steps taken by EPA are positive ones in the long term effort toward a more science based system. The denial of the activist petition on chlorpyrifos came on the heels of statements from academia, farmers and consumers alike, all bearing out the safety of this product when used correctly and in accordance with the manufacturer’s label. Clearly there is a valuable and necessary role for EPA and other federal regulators in ensuring that products in the marketplace are safe, and it’s important that all parties recognize moving forward that those decisions must be made only on concrete scientific data.”last_img read more

FBI releases photos of suspected Miramar Walgreens robber

first_imgMIRAMAR, FLA. (WSVN) – FBI investigators are asking for the public’s help in finding a crook who robbed a Walgreens in Miramar.According to officials, the robbery occurred at a store located in the area of Southwest 145th Avenue and Miramar Parkway at around 10:30 p.m., Friday.The man entered the Walgreens, brandished a gun and demanded money from an employee, according to authorities.There were no injuries reported.It remains unknown how much money was taken.Officials claim the man should be considered armed and dangerous.The crook was last seen wearing a black long-sleeved shirt, dark colored jeans and a white bandage covering his head before he took off in a silver or gray colored sedan. It is not confirmed, but investigators believe the man photographed may be involved in another Walgreens robbery, which occurred in the area of Southwest 116th Avenue and Sterling Road in Cooper City, shortly after the Miramar robbery.The FBI, Miramar Police Department and the South Florida Violent Crime Task Force continue to investigate.If you have any information on this armed robbery, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Google Fit to retire web support and focus on Wear OS

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Google Fit adds ‘Move Minutes’ and ‘Heart Points’ Android Wear watches, taking a break from exercise. Josh Miller/CNET If you log on to Google Fit’s website today, you’ll be greeted by a yellow banner saying web support for the health tracker is coming to an end. The Google Fit site will shut down on March 19, Google said in its announcement. If you want to keep track of your activities and continue your health goals, Google suggests you install the Fit app on your Android device or Wear OS smartwatch. The app got a makeover last year that added gamification features like Heart Points and Move Minutes to encourage more daily exercise. For example, Move Minutes suggests users take the stairs instead of the elevator. Heart Points let users earn — you guessed it — points for elevating their heart rate. Higher activity intensity earned double points. Google launched its health platform for smartwatches and added web support in 2014. The program was designed to help people set fitness goals, track activity and add exercise into their daily lives.  Mobile Comments 2center_img Tags 2:14 Share your voice Googlelast_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Monday Oct 29 2018

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNewsListen nowTensions show in Young-Galvin debate, and not just between the candidatesLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.Testy moments punctuated the debate when Rep. Don Young and challenger Alyse Galvin faced off.Hillary Clinton endorses Mark Begich for governorZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageFormer secretary of state and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is wading into Alaska’s governor’s race.Coast Guard medevacs hiker mauled by bear on Afognak IslandMaggie Wall, KMXT – KodiakA companion used a satellite phone to call the Coast Guard for help. A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak medivaced a hiker on Friday after he was mauled by a bear on Afognak Island.Kanakanak Hospital pharmacy puts patients in “immediate jeopardy,” survey findsIsabelle Ross, KDLG – DillinghamThe Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services conducted a survey in September. It found that the Kanakanak Hosptial pharmacy’s practices put patients at risk of adverse health effects and death.State taking over Fairbanks air quality regulationDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe state has officially taken over Fairbanks-North Pole area air quality regulation from the North Star Borough.Anchorage rabbi reacts to Pittsburgh synagogue mass shootingCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe man charged with killing 11 in a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue over the weekend appeared in court today, while people still reeled from the news.‘Fairbanks Four’ to appeal rejected lawsuit vs. city, policeAssociated PressFour Fairbanks men will appeal the rejection of their malicious prosecution lawsuit against the city of Fairbanks.Haines Police ordered to stop responding to calls outside the townsiteHenry Leasia, KHNS – HainesThe Haines Borough has ordered the police department to stop providing service outside the townsite unless assistance is requested by the state troopers.Alaska Native Cultural Charter School teacher selected as Alaska Teacher of the YearWesley Early, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageToday in Anchorage, Danielle Riha, a teacher at the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School, was honored as the 2019 Alaska Teacher of the Year.Marine pilots put megaships to the test in Southeast AlaskaJacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – JuneauSome of the largest cruise ships in the world will be making regular port calls in Southeast Alaska in 2019. Before they arrive, Southeast marine pilots are running simulations to assess their performance through narrow straits and rough weather.Denali National Park considers upgrading infrastrctureLex Trainen, KUAC – FairbanksA nearly four-fold increase in winter and shoulder-season visitors to Denali National Park over the last five years is pushing infrastructure to capacity and forcing consideration of new development. Park officials are taking feedback on potential changes at public meetings, including in Fairbanks last week.last_img read more

Juneau residents are noticing an extra charge on their Amazon receipts Heres

first_imgAmazon packages sit on a post office shelf in Sitka. Before January, the majority of purchases from Amazon did not collect local sales tax in Juneau. (Photo by Rachel Cassandra/KCAW )At the start of the new year, Amazon shoppers in Juneau started noticing a new charge on their purchases — city sales tax. After the company made some changes, the majority of Amazon purchases made by Juneau customers will now collect local sales tax. That doesn’t apply to third party vendors or any other online retailers.Now a plan is in the works to expand sales tax collection for all online retailers across the state.Joshua Smith is a frequent Amazon customer. Since moving to Juneau from Seattle, he said he’s become pretty reliant on it.“One definite benefit to using Amazon for the four years that I’ve lived in Alaska was the fact that, you know, I didn’t have to pay tax, and I looked at that as basically a perk to living in Alaska,” Smith said.Amazon collects sales tax in states that have it, but Alaska doesn’t have a statewide sales tax. Instead, municipalities can set their own. Juneau’s sales tax rate is 5 percent.Before Jan. 1, Amazon charged local sales tax on just a small portion of purchases made in Juneau. The company did not respond to requests for comment about what exactly led to the change.Smith said he’d never noticed sales tax charges from Amazon before. But earlier this month, it started showing up on his receipts.He’s not happy to be paying more for the same products, but he said he doesn’t expect it to impact his customer loyalty much.“I’m a happily tax-abiding citizen. I understand that’s how our society works,” Smith said. “I think Amazon is a great service, and I don’t know what I would do without it in Alaska.”For local business owners who compete with Amazon and other online retailers, it’s a welcome change.City Finance Director Bob Bartholomew said collecting local sales tax from online shopping is a matter of fairness, for one thing.“Our sales tax being applied to local business but not online businesses is just a disparity, and if we have an opportunity to correct it, from my perspective, from a policy perspective, that’s the right thing to do,” Bartholomew said.But it’s also about the bottom line.Bartholomew said based on his rough estimates, Juneau loses out on between $2.5 and $3 million annually in sales tax revenue from online purchases.That’s why he’s eager to see progress on a plan to standardize sales tax collection across the state.The Alaska Municipal League has been spearheading that effort since last summer, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. that states can now charge sales tax on purchases from out-of-state online retailers.“If we look at the Wayfair case, it basically says that a single level statewide administration needs to occur, so that instead of 100 taxing jurisdictions that Amazon has to deal with, there’s a single point of contact,” said Nils Andreassen, the group’s executive director.That’s right: Alaska has 100 separate municipal sales tax jurisdictions. So far, nine of them have contributed money to the Alaska Municipal League’s project, including Juneau, which put up $12,000 toward the effort.It will be at least a year before the organization has a proposal. Then they will have to get the municipalities on board.Bartholomew pointed out that on top of different tax rates, each community also has different exemptions and caps on what they tax.“Sales tax is kind of baked into the financial fabric of every individual community,” he said. “So changing that, that’s just going to be challenging.”The Juneau Assembly and other governing bodies will have to decide whether to adopt the final proposal, whatever that looks like.last_img read more

Invest in direct plans of mutual funds to earn higher returns

first_imgIn the current times, mutual funds are considered to be one of the most secure and reliable financial instruments. Not only do they yield higher returns but they also ensure that your investment portfolio remains diversified. This simply means that you get to reap the benefits of professional money management, a varied security basket, and tax efficiency at a relatively low cost.Most mutual funds available in the market today offer two different types of investment plans – Direct and Regular. Despite the advantages associated with a direct plan, a lot of people end up investing in a regular one. This is primarily because the direct plans are a fairly new phenomenon and investors aren’t yet aware of what they truly entail.What Are Direct Mutual Funds?The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) first introduced direct mutual fund plans in January 2013. Before this, intermediaries used to levy an enormous amount of fee as transaction charges because regular plans were the only option available to the investors. Therefore, SEBI decided to provide a direct way to route people’s money at almost no extra cost.Direct mutual funds are those, which allow an investor to directly transact with an asset management company or a mutual fund utility. In other words, you do not have to avail the services of an intermediary like a banker or a broker. You can simply approach platforms like Orowealth.com and buy the funds and invest in them straight away without paying any commissions.As a result, you don’t have to pay a commission or a distribution fee due to which the expense ratio instantly comes down. Moreover, whether you start a SIP or make a lump sum investment, no transaction charges are levied in that case either. This means that the returns received on the fund can furnish up to 2% higher returns in the long run.Since their inception, direct mutual funds have been largely well-received.How Do Direct Mutual Funds Help You Save More?Let us help you understand how investing in direct mutual fund plans can help you generate great returns. Take a look at the image below. If you invest INR 10,000 in SIP for an investment horizon of 20 years, you will clearly see the difference in the number of returns you generate. At present, we are at the cusp of a direct mutual fund revolution. The trust of investors on these type of financial instruments is steadily witnessing a massive rise. This can mostly be attributed to the low turnaround time and the greater returns associated with direct plans. More so, with more and more people wanting to take lower risks, the diversified set of investments which accompany direct plans are increasingly turning into an instant attraction.In fact, the road ahead will be carved out with the help of online platforms like Orowealth. Orowealth.com has pioneered the zero commission investing in India. Not only will they help maximize your investment potential through their professionalism and competence but they will also use predictive technology and time-tested strategies to provide you with smart and efficient direct fund options.Some misconceptions in the market about direct mutual fund investing is that it is only for the industry experts or people with sound market knowledge. Also, investing in direct mutual funds comes with no help or advisory. However, the reality is very different from this.Orowealth.com was designed to address this need and help investors to take complete control of their finances. Once you sign up with Orowealth, they offer you a choice of a dedicated financial advisor who will take care of your portfolio and will also customize it according to your need. Orowealth’s flagship OroAssist™ technology provides you custom-made portfolios depending on your risk profile and financial objectives. OroAssist™ constantly scan your portfolio and lets you know in an instant if there are some things that need your attention.Advantages of Investing in Direct Mutual FundsThough direct mutual funds have a plethora of advantages over their regular counterparts, here are the five distinct advantages, which make them stand out. These are:Direct mutual funds provide higher returns. This is because there is no third party involved and thus, no hidden costs are charged.The absence of an intermediary saves transaction charges. The funds are bought directly from the company/utility, either online or offline. Because there is no broker, no commission is levied.An expense ratio is basically the amount deducted from the investor’s returns due to administrative expenses. In the case of direct mutual funds, the expense ratio is extremely low.The net asset value (NAV) of direct mutual funds is significantly high. This means that in the long-term, these funds would provide much more value to the investor as opposed to regular funds.Direct mutual funds are simple to understand, easy to process and quick to yield results. They provide the investor with multiple options, which are further customized as per their financial requirements.How Have Investors Received Direct Mutual Funds?In the five years since their introduction, direct mutual funds have heavily influenced investors. These have largely been positive and productive. A few of these have been listed below:Hundreds of open-ended mutual fund schemes have been clubbed together under the direct and regular categories. This has made the investment process much simpler.The investors are now able to select a scheme of their choice in a far more seamless manner than they previously could. Uniformity across direct mutual funds has greatly reduced complexity.Direct mutual funds have facilitated a fair comparison between different kinds of schemes. This is because funds within the same category now have similar characteristics. Investors have, therefore, begun to realign their investment strategy accordingly.The direct plans have not just raised the stakes in terms of higher returns, better NAV, and lower expense ratios but have also increased the level of certainty.The direct fund managers cannot singularly make a change in their investment mandate anymore. Any variation in the investor’s risk profile has to be well-planned and pre-informed.To conclude, if you want higher returns from your mutual funds:1] Invest in Direct Plans.2] Do so from a platform like Orowealth.com that provides personal advice to you on which funds to invest in to get the most returns. A man counting new Rs 100 currency notes in exchange of the old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes at a bank counter in Bengaluru on Nov 10, 2016.IANSlast_img read more

Mouse Guard movie makes tracks at SDCC

first_imgEarlier this week, just ahead of San Diego Comic Con, Eisner award-winning graphic novel series Mouse Guard announced a movie adaptation that will bring the fan favorite to the CG realm.20th Century Fox acquired the rights to the series, and on board is the screenplay writing talent of Gary Whitta, who also wrote Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and The Book of Eli.Matt Reeves, director of War for the Planet of the Apes is producing Mouse Guard through his 6th and Idaho production company along with Ross Richie and Stephen Christy, both of BOOM! Studios, which publishes the series.The wildly popular series features a community of mice in medieval times, that fight to serve and protect one another, told in tales of bravery, wit, love, and war. First published in 2006 by BOOM!’s Archaia Studios Press, Mouse Guard has sold nearly a million copies, with a new story arc, Mouse Guard: The Weasel War expected to launch next year.Mouse Guard has been translated into 10 languages, with three volumes of the main series, three volumes of a spin off series, as well as a Mouse Guard role-playing game. A recent photo book was unveiled by BOOM!, portraying Mouse Guard scenes with Lego blocks, Mouse Guard: Art of Bricks.Author David Peterson has long craved a film adaptation of his life’s work, and sat down to talk with us at SDCC about why this marriage of talent and studio was finally a perfect fit for his world of mice.He mentions, “Ten years ago, I started talking to movie folks. I’m very protective of Mouse Guard and I wanted [the studio] to be the right fit….. I don’t know how it could feel any more right than it does right now….. This is perfect. This is the right team.”The movie will be shot using motion capture CG, with similar technology we’ve seen before in movies like Jungle Book and Planet of the Apes. Petersen mentions that he has a great respect for adaptations of comics done in 2D animation and stop motion, but that he feels it is important that the landscape of the movie be a character unto itself, and has always envisioned the medieval scenery as a live action creature that moves and breathes along with the rest of the characters in the film.Of the storyline, Petersen reveals that the first arc of the comics, Fall 1152, will be the backbone of the plot, with some moments from other books, such as Legends of the Guards, mixed in. When asked if there’s any hope that the Mouse Guard movie may turn into more than one film, he says, “We hope that there’s enough stuff to keep going. I think we can make a fantastic first movie and not leave anyone wanting, but still have more left to come back to.”In the Mouse Guard comics, mice Saxon, Kenzie, and Lieam are soldiers sworn to protect the Mouse community. Kenzie is the leader, joined by Saxon the hot-headed fencer, and Lieam, the impressionable rookie soldier.The connecting theme in all of their adventures is that the Guard maintains their duty to protect others because they know they are the only ones brave enough to do so, and are willing. Petersen says, “It’s about honor. That kind of message is both very adult and complex while also being something that’s very child-focused and wholesome.”The Mouse Guard series has long been a respected work that appeals to both children and adults. Petersen intends for the movie to match that quality. He mentions that, likewise, when instructing the writers who did short stories in the Mouse Guard spin off series, Legends of the Guards, that they keep in mind the stories must appeal to both young and old and, “it has to be a wide path and a balancing beam. You have to include everyone.”Screenplay writer Gary Whitta also mentioned in the Mouse Guard panel early Saturday afternoon that he wanted to leave behind a story that his young daughter can enjoy nowat her current age, as well as have the story resonate with her later on in life.Although still in the writing stages, Peterson does admit he has at least one actor in mind for one of his characters: actor Jim Carter, as he portrayed the character of the gruff but kind-hearted Mr. Carson on the BBC show Downton Abbey.He recalls, “I was drawing in the living room while my wife was watching Downton Abbey… so I had no visual. Then, this Jim Carter voice came on, and he said something very Celanawe-ish: very grumpy, but still with a hint of optimism. I thought, that’s Celanawe! That’s the voice of him for sure!” Calenawe is a gruff, older mouse, who was a former member of the Mouse Guard before becoming a hermit under mysterious circumstances. Although actual casting is a far ways from being considered, Petersen says of his Jim Carter hopes, “I’ll do anything I can to champion the Celanawe voice.”Although the film is still in the writing stages of the screenplay, if the line of fans waiting to talk to Petersen at SDCC as well as his full-to- the-brim panel is any indication, it will be worth the wait.last_img read more

The Analogue Super Nt Lets You Play Classic SNES Games on a

first_imgStay on target How ‘Final Fantasy VI’ Made Role-Playing a Hot Property in A…25 Years Later, How ‘Super Metroid’ Defined a Genre Retro gaming has been on the mind of many gamers lately thanks to systems like the NES and SNES Classic Editions. Both of these systems are great at letting consumers play old-school Nintendo titles on their modern TVs. They do have limitations, however. While amazing, both consoles are essentially glorified emulators. They also have a limited amount of pre-installed games on them. If you want to experience the SNES in all its glory, then Analogue is about to release something you’ll appreciate.The Analogue Super Nt plays original Super Nintendo cartridges. Engineered with a field-programmable gate array (FGPA), the Super Nt is a perfect replica of a Super Nintendo console. The device is region-free and compatible with over 2,200 SNES and Super Famicom titles. It features aspect ratio preservation, multiple video resolutions (including 480p, 720p, and 1080p), scan lines, scalers, and more. It can output high-quality audio at 48hz 16-bit stereo. The system is compatible with original Super Nintendo controllers via its controller ports. It is also compatible with 8Bitdo’s various wireless controllers and even the PS4’s DualShock 4.AdChoices广告center_img Analogue plans to release four different versions of the Super Nt. The Super Nt Classic resembles the Super Nintendo, while the Super Nt SF has the same color scheme of the Super Famicom. The other two variants are transparent and black. These last two don’t resemble like any Super Nintendo/Famicom ever released, but they sure do look slick. To coincide with this system, 8Bitdo will release updated versions of their SN30 controllers. Each controller is styled after one of the four different console variants.Clone consoles can definitely be hit-or-miss. However, the Super Nt looks as if it will be a worthy replica system for old-school gaming enthusiasts. The fact you can play classic SNES games on your HDTV is enough to make any classic gamer take notice. You can pre-order the Super Nt for $189.99 from Analogue‘s website. There is no set release date, so stay tuned for more information.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Son hacks mother to death in W Midnapore

first_imgKolkata: A person from West Midnapore district allegedly hacked his mother to death following an altercation on Wednesday, police said. “Gorachand Murmu, a resident of West Midnapore district’s Goaltore allegedly killed his mother Hiramoni Murmu (55) by repeatedly striking her with an axe on Wednesday morning. He has been arrested,” an officer from Goaltore police station said. According to the neighbours, Murmu attacked his mother following a heated exchange of words and later locked himself up inside a room along with the dead body. “The neighbours heard some loud noise and broke into the house to find the woman’s body in a pool of blood. They caught Murmu and informed the police,” the officer said. “The body has been sent for autopsy. The accused will be produced in court on Thursday,” he added.last_img read more

Earn 90 on your Rewards Card with Goway and Air Canada

first_img Posted by Share Thursday, July 12, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Goway is rewarding agents who book Air Canada flights to Australia.Agents who book clients on a Downunder vacation, flying internationally on Air Canada to Australia, with a minimum of seven nights accommodation will earn $90 per couple, paid directly on to their Goway Rewards Card.Air Canada operates daily flights from Vancouver to Sydney and Brisbane, plus four flights a week to Melbourne. Air Canada’s B787-9 Dreamliner aircraft features 30 International Business Class lie-flat seat suites, 21 Premium Economy, and 247 Economy Class seats with an upgraded and personalized in-flight entertainment at every seat.The incentive is valid for Air Canada tickets issued by Sept. 10 for travel Oct. 1 – Nov. 30.On top of the regular $15 per person incentive paid on air/land vacations, agents earn an additional $15 per Air Canada transpacific flight sector (or $30 roundtrip), for a total incentive of $45 per person booking.center_img Tags: Agent Incentives, Air Canada, Australia, Goway Earn $90 on your Rewards Card with Goway and Air Canada Travelweek Group last_img read more

Click rates up on agents websites

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J More Aussies are choosing cost over branding, with up to 3.3 million Australians comparing prices on travel agent websites over the past 12 months ending June 2011.The number of Aussies researching on sites such as webject.com.au and flightcentre.com.au has increased from the three million during the 12 months last year, according to the latest Roy Morgan Travel Agents Monitor.   “The Roy Morgan Travel Agent Monitor shows that Australians are increasingly visiting travel agent and travel booking websites such as webjet.com.au, wotif.com.au and flightcentre.com.au to compare prices of different flights and accommodation,” Roy Morgan director of tourism, travel and leisure Jane Ianneillo said. “Industry sources claim some people are only using these intermediaries to locate the cheapest flights, and then go on to book directly with the airlines; as a result direct airline bookings are still solid (representing 59% of leisure air travellers booking via the internet).”Airline website visits remained the same as last year at three million, with Qantas leading the pack with 8.5 percent of visitors compared to Virgin Australia receiving 8.1 percent and Jetstar 7.7 percent.Meanwhile wotif.com saw a rise to 7.1 percent of visitors in the last four weeks, up from 5.5 percent in the year to June 2008 while webject.com.au welcomed a 6.8 percent rise in visitors from the last four weeks in the June 2011 compared to 4.4 percent for the last four weeks in June 2008. last_img read more