Rabat – A meeting between the Israeli communication minister and the Polisario Front chief has been used by Israeli media, claiming that Morocco, who cut ties with Israel in 2001, felt its “friendship” with the Zionist state was being threatened.Earlier this week, the Times of Israel claimed that Morocco made a formal complaint to an Israeli embassy in Europe about a meeting between Israeli Minister of Communication Ayoub Kara and Polisario Front chief Brahim Ghali.In May, Kara and Ghali attended the swearing-in ceremony of the President of Ecuador Lenin Moreno. Kara met the Polisario chief and other members of Arab delegations at the ceremony and wrote about the meeting on social media, attempting to illustrate that Arab nations are normalizing ties with Israel. Israeli Channel 2 quoted Israel’s Foreign Minister as saying that Kara’s meeting were “not coordinated or approved by the Prime Minister’s Office,” in a response to the alleged “protests” from Morocco.Israel used the event to claim that Morocco is worried of potential support for Polisario. The Times of Israel even claimed that the kingdom is “one of the Arab world’s friendliest nations toward Israel.”In late May, Jerusalem Post made another claim when it said that Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu was scheduled to meet King Mohammed VI during the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) summit in Liberia.The Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs refuted the claim, explaining in a press statement that the King “wishes his first visit to a ECOWAS summit not take place in a context of tension and controversy.”The “accuracy” of the Israeli media and officials is highlighted by the fact that, to date, Kara and the Times of Israel continue to assert that the communications minister met with the Prime Minister of the so-called Sahrawi Republic, Abdelkader Taleb Omar, and not Ghali. This is despite the fact that the picture published by Kara and used by the Israeli publication shows the minister meeting with Ghali.Morocco cut relations with Israel in 2001 after the eruption of the second Intifada. Over the years, Israeli officials have no longer been admitted in the Royal Palace, unlike before when the kingdom was an unofficial key peace broker between Palestinians and Israelis.However, Israeli-Moroccan tourists have not been denied travel to Morocco, where they come to visit Jewish sites and mausoleums of Jewish saints.The kingdom used to be the Arab country with the biggest Jewish presence. Over a quarter of a million of Jews lived the country before a massive wave of migration led them to Israel, Europe, and North America.The picture of Kara and Ghali proved at least one thing: that Polisario’s attempts to build a reputation of being “anti-Israel”, including imitating the Palestinian flag, hold no weight. read more

Nicole Christianson, a 26-year-old sales rep, was tired of writing big checks for tiny apartments. And she wanted to do more with her cash than stash it in a savings account.One night, she and her husband Thure, 28, took a look at their newly combined finances and uncovered a pleasant surprise: Together, they had saved enough for a 5 per cent down payment on the affordable fixer-upper right across the street from their Milwaukee apartment. They closed in December 2017, and Nicole Christianson says they’re happy to finally be “making something that’s ours.”MILLENNIALS’ HOMEOWNERSHIP GOALSMany in Christianson’s age group are chasing that feeling. Eighty-two per cent of young adults say owning a home is a priority, according to NerdWallet’s 2018 Home Buyer Report. If they can make it happen, most will be first-time homebuyers , but that ‘if’ looms large.Millennials (those born from 1981 to 1997) are buying houses at lower rates than when previous generations were the same age, and it’s not hard to see why. Saving up for a down payment and qualifying for a mortgage can feel like pipe dreams for young adults grappling with student debt, underemployment and high rent costs.Still, millennials are a optimistic lot, and research shows there are big rewards in store for those who find a way to buy their first home sooner rather than later.HOW BUYING YOUNG CAN PAY OFF LATEROf today’s older adults, those who bought their first home from ages 25 to 34 accumulated the most housing wealth by their 60s — a median of around $150,000, according to a report by the Urban Institute , a non-profit research organization.In contrast, the median housing wealth for those in their early 60s who bought later (ages 35 to 44), was about half as much, at $76,000. Homeowners who bought after they were 45 had about $44,000 in housing wealth by their 60s.“Housing wealth” is another term for equity, which is the difference between the home’s market value and an owner’s mortgage balance. Equity becomes profit when a home is sold or refinanced, and it’s more likely to grow the longer one owns the home.The takeaway for millennials? Buy a home as early as you can feasibly do so, says Laurie Goodman, vice-president of housing finance policy at the Urban Institute.Paying rent to yourself is a top perk of homeownership, Goodman says. “It’s also forced savings in the sense that you’re paying down a mortgage each month. Yes, you could put away the same amount of money in a savings plan, but people don’t.”Thinking about homeownership as part of retirement planning is important for millennials, says Jung Hyun Choi, a research associate at the Urban Institute.“People are living longer and job stability has declined,” she says. These circumstances make housing wealth even more essential.LOANS AND PROGRAMS THAT BOOST AFFORDABILITYCertain mortgage options can reduce the upfront costs of buying a home, allowing younger borrowers to qualify with far less than the traditional 20 per cent down payment.“We wanted to go with a VA lender,” says Marissa Avila, 33, a self-employed small-business consultant in Norfolk, Virginia. Her husband Greg, 36, is in the Navy, so they were eligible for a loan guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The VA loan helped the Avilas buy their colonial-style house with no down payment.Low down payment loans aren’t just for borrowers in uniform: Some conventional loans require just 3 per cent down, the minimum for a Federal Housing Administration mortgage is 3.5 per cent and eligible borrowers can get a Department of Agriculture, or USDA, loan with nothing down.Goodman recommends first-time homebuyers investigate down payment assistance programs. State housing agencies often offer mortgage, down payment and closing-cost assistance. These programs may allow millennials to buy a home sooner than if they try to build savings, she says.Talking to a lender can be a good first step if you’re not sure that you’re ready, Avila says.“The worst that someone is going to say is ‘No, you need to save a little bit more money,’ and then you know where you stand,” she says. “It’s so much easier once you finally start that conversation.”___________________________________This article was provided to The Associated Press by the personal finance website NerdWallet. Beth Buczynski is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: bbuczynski@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @bethbuczynski.RELATED LINKS:NerdWallet: 17 tips for first-time home buyers https://nerd.me/tips-first-time-home-buyersUrban Institute report https://www.urban.org/urban-wire/buy-young-earn-more-buying-house-age-35-gives-homeowners-more-bang-their-buckBeth Buczynski, The Associated Press read more

“Yemen is confronting a range of concurrent challenges which need urgent attention,” UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark said at the end of a visit to the Middle Eastern country. “With international support and with commitment in Yemen to drive a reform agenda, a step change in development is possible.”Yesterday she met with President Ali Abdullah Saleh to discuss how the UN development system can play its part in supporting Yemen to overcome its development challenges and make progress on the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that seek to slash hunger and poverty, maternal and infant mortality, a host of diseases and lack of access to education and health care, all by 2015.She noted the importance of broad participation in upcoming elections so that, as in 2006, they are widely agreed to be credible. Continued political dialogue is needed to achieve that outcome, she added, highlighting UNDP technical support to the national commission responsible for overseeing the conduct of the polls.Ms. Clark also met with the Prime Minister, two Deputy Prime Ministers and other ministers and officials, as well as with donors, the UN country team, women from many walks of life and civil society organizations.With respect to tensions in the north and the south of the country and general security issues, she said UNDP’s approach focuses on addressing the underlying drivers of tension and conflict, which include underdevelopment, and on promoting community-based dialogue and conflict resolution. There are an estimated 300,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Yemen’s northern governorates from fighting between the Government and the Al-Houthi armed group.Ms. Clark also visited the island of Socotra, a UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage site because of its rich biodiversity. She presented the Equator Prize to the community initiative in the Rosh Marine Protected Area for its work in combining biodiversity conservation with lifting community living standards. 25 January 2011The international community must translate its increased interest in helping Yemen tackle the challenges it faces into concrete steps that promote development in the impoverished country, a senior United Nations official said today. read more

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Jurors were shown a YouTube video that Mair watched on June 7 of an American man shooting a .22 sawn-off weapon in a field, filmed from a head-cam.This was the same day he searched for Mrs Cox on Wikipedia and Google Images.On June 16, the Labour MP for Batley and Spen was set upon outside her constituency surgery in Birstall, near Leeds, in front of her staff and shocked passers-by. Thomas Mair, right, is accused of murdering Labour MP Jo CoxCredit:PA/ The alleged white supremacist accused of murdering MP Jo Cox had a Third Reich Eagle ornament on a bookshelf at his home, a court has heard.Thomas Mair, 53, is on trial for allegedly shooting and stabbing the 41-year-old Remain campaigner a week before the EU referendum vote.Jurors were shown a series of pictures taken of Mair’s belongings at his housing association home in Birstall.They included the gold Nazi item with a swastika emblazoned on it which was placed on top of a bookshelf in his bedroom. Officers found rune stones in a bag, one of which appeared to have a symbol of the BBB movement on it.There were also various Nazi badges and a “Deutschland” cap, prosecutor Richard Whittam QC told jurors. Within minutes, Ms Green said she heard about a gun incident and decided to abandon her shopping trip.She said: “I was going to the market place for fruit and veg. I saw the commotion and I heard somebody say there is somebody with a gun so I got my little girl straight into a taxi and came straight home.”Mair denies Mrs Cox’s murder, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of an offensive weapon – a dagger. He also pleads not guilty to causing grievous bodily harm. The Nazi eagle found on Thomas Mair’s bookcase containing books about the Third ReichCredit:West Yorkshire Police Caps found in the home of Thomas MairCredit:West Yorkshire Police Police seized computers from libraries in Birstall and Batley, which Mair had used to look at more far-right material and search for information on Mrs Cox and .22 rifles, the court heard.On April 6, he looked at the American neo-Nazi news site Daily Stormer before searching for Dylann Roof, who was suspected of killing nine black Americans in Charleston in 2015, the court heard.He also allegedly searched for the Ku Klux Klan, former BNP leaders, and matricide, the court heard. A police search uncovered a double-page press cutting on Norwegian mass killer Anders Breivik and a dossier on Mrs Cox and her political history.A printout of a Wikipedia entry on the White Patriot Party was found in his drawers along with information on the BBB – White Liberation Movement – a notorious South African neo-Nazi organisation. Thomas Mair, right, is accused of murdering Labour MP Jo Cox Giving evidence via video-link from Leeds Crown Court, Ms Green described a brief encounter with Mair when she travelled to Birstall market place by bus on the day of the killing.When she got off the bus, she saw the defendant looking as if he was queuing to board, the court heard.She said: “He was at the front of the queue looking like he was just waiting to get on to the bus.”He had a pair of dark trousers and a dark green khaki jacket and dark cream baseball cap. He always carried bags. He had three or four bags. I saw him walk off.” The Nazi eagle found on Thomas Mair's bookcase containing books about the Third Reich Right wing documents and books in the home of Thomas MairCredit:West Yorkshire Police Right wing documents and books in the home of Thomas Mair Show more Mair allegedly shouted “Britain First” as he repeatedly shot and stabbed the mother of two.Mair’s neighbour of 13 years, Katie Green, described him as “very quiet, very shy but did not see any visitors”.She told jurors that he always kept his garden very tidy and spent a lot of time in it. Show more Caps found in the home of Thomas Mairlast_img read more

first_imgEVERY DAY, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you should know with your morning cup of coffee.1. #ENNIS: Gardaí are investigating the discovery of the body of a man on the roadside in Ennis, Co Clare late last night. It is thought that the man in his 20s was the victim of a hit-and-run and gardaí are appealing for witnesses to come forward.2. #RACISM: A Dublin Bus driver was assaulted in what is understood to have been a racially motivated attack in Dublin’s city centre this week. The driver was taken to hospital but his condition is not serious and one of the three offenders in the attack has been charged by gardaí.3. #CONTAMINATION: Roscommon County Council has issued a new boil water notice affecting thousands of people, as a precautionary measure due to the presence of the parasite cryptosporidiosis. Funding has been sanctioned for a new treatment plant in the county and an interim solution is being worked on by officials in the council and the Department of Environment.4. #AMBULANCE: Significant differences in ambulance response times have been identified in figures released to The Irish Times. The eight minute response time recommendation was not met in any of the three National Amubulance Service areas and response times for those suffering serious cardiac emergencies were worst in the west of the country.5. #TERRORISM: Justice Minister Alan Shatter is set to rush through new legislation before the G8 summit that would allow gardaí to order phone companies to shut off signals to stop terrorists using their mobile phones to detonate a bomb, the Irish Independent reports. Up until now gardaí could request the action as a goodwill gesture.6. #MINISTERIAL PAY: Cabinet ministers will not be singled out for more pay cuts, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has told TheJournal.ie. Howlin says the pay of ministers has fallen by over 30 per cent from its peak under the last administration – more than any other group in public life.7. #CAMBODIA: Two people have been killed and six injured in a factory collapse in Cambodia sparking concerns about industrial safety in the country. Last year Cambodia earned $4.6 billion from its garment exports but a series of strikes has pointed to festering discontent among workers over low wages and tough conditions.8. #KABUL: Two children are among the thirty people who were killed in a suicide bomb blast in Kabul. The car bomb, which was targeting a foreign convoy of armoured cars in the easy of the capital, destroyed several houses in the surrounding area, BBC reports.9. #OLD WATER: A pocket of water that’s 2.6 billion years old has been found deep beneath the Earth’s surface, The Toronto Star reports. The ancient water was found below east Ontario in Canada and contains possible indicators of life.Over on DailyEdge.ie: All the celebs got soaked at Cannes, Marc from Tallafornia put another picture of his lad on Twitter, and Rihanna is a terrible influence. It’s The Dredge…last_img read more

Unai Emery happy with Arsenal squad

first_imgUnai Emery’s Arsenal debut may have got off to a bad start by losing 2-0 to Manchester City, but he insists that he is “happy” with his side’s performanceThe Spaniard’s first competitive game in charge of the Gunners came in a 2-0 home defeat to defending Premier League champions City on Sunday afternoon with goals from Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva.And over the course of the 90 minutes, Arsenal were largely second-best compared to Pep Guardiola’s mighty City squad.But Emery pointed out that his counterpart is in his third year at City and that it will take time to properly build a team that can be considered serious title challengers.Although, he was content with what he saw from his players on Sunday.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“I am happy with the players because they ran and they fought. We need to continue working tactically and defensively, and doing more to shorten the differences today between Manchester City and us,” said Emery on Arsenal.com.“We’re starting and we need also to do one process one way. Today is the first step. Manchester City are working in their third year with Guardiola and they have built a team with security, good players and a great stability of playing like they want. We are only starting out now.”The 46-year-old’s next chance at securing his first competitive win for Arsenal will come next weekend in a London derby against Chelsea.“Each match is different. We want to prepare for each match with the difficulty and demands of the opposition,” said Emery.“In the next week we are continuing this work and against Chelsea we are going to analyse the opposition. We are going there to win, with this intention against Chelsea.”last_img read more

TS Bret watering Trinidad and Winward Islands

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #TSBrethitsTrinidadandTobago Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTrinidad & Tobago, June 20, 2017 – Tropical Storm Bret was drenching Trinidad last night as residents endured a thing they rarely, even never ever do: an Atlantic cyclone.“Please, please, please guys we have honestly no idea how this thing is going to turn out, what is going to take place, and we just have to basically trust in God right not that yes the storm is going to pass, but we’re going to be able to withstand what may come our way.”Grenada is in the cross hairs too, so are other Winward Islands like Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao and the South American country of Venezuela.  And while Bret is dumping 2 to 4 inches of rain and creating 9 foot swells, forced schools and government offices to close and continues to move WNW at 21mph, it is expected that western United States will see that other strong system in the Atlantic Basin evolve to become Tropical Storm Cindy and it could be today.A tropical storm warning is issued for from Intracoastal City, Louisiana eastward to the mouth of the Pearl River at the Lousiana-Mississippi border.   A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect from west of Intracoastal City to High Island, Texas.The pulse is reporting that, “Forecasters now say there’s an 80 percent chance that the system will strengthen into a tropical storm — which would likely be named Tropical Storm Cindy — within the next several days.   Florida and Alabama aren’t out of the woods, however; the National Weather Service in Mobile issued a bulletin Monday afternoon, saying that “significant weather impacts are expected across our region as all of the heavy weather will be well east of the [storm’s] center.”Rainfall could be from 4 to 10 inches with dangerous surf conditions today and flash flood warnings from tonight into Thursday.#MagneticMediaNews#TSBrethitsTrinidadandTobago Nine foot waves expected, schools and Govt offices closed in Trinidadlast_img read more

UC employees hit picket lines for threeday strike

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsLA JOLLA (KUSI) – Thousands of University of California service workers began a three-day strike today at campuses and medical facilities across the state, including at UC San Diego’s Jacobs Medical Center in La Jolla.Service workers represented by Local 3299 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees voted overwhelmingly last month to authorize a strike if no progress were made in negotiations. UC officials have repeatedly criticized the union for calling the strike, accusing it of rejecting an offer of “fair, multi-year wage increases and excellent medical and retirement benefits.”In light of the impasse, the university system last month imposed contract terms on the union for the 2017-18 fiscal year, including 2 percent pay increases. The UC’s latest contract offer to the union included annual 3 percent raises over the next four years, according to the university. The union denounced the move to impose contract terms, responding by issuing a notice of a strike set to last until Wednesday.“We’ve bargained in good faith for over a year to address the widening income, racial and gender disparities that front-line, low-wage workers at UC are living every day,” AFSCME Local 3299 President Kathryn Lybarger said. “Instead of joining us in the effort to arrest these trends, UC has insisted on deepening them — leaving workers no option but to strike.” UC officials said in a statement that they “strongly disagree with AFSCME’s decision to strike, which will negatively impact patients, studentsand the UC community.“We are doing everything in our power to limit disruptions on our campuses and medical centers to ensure our patients get the care they need and our students the services they deserve,” according to the UC. The UC insisted that its service workers — including custodians, gardeners, food service workers and facilities maintenance staff — are compensated at or above the market rate, “and in some cases, by as much as 17 percent higher than comparable jobs.”University officials said the union is demanding a 6 percent annual wage increase, “which is twice what other UC employees have received.” They said their final offer included, in addition to the pay raises, a lump-sum payment upon contract ratification, health benefits consistent with those of other workers and continuation of pension benefits for existing employees. New employees would be given a choice between a pension or a 401(K)- style retirement plan.Lybarger, however, accused the university of “subverting” the bargaining process by imposing contract terms on workers. “Administrators are already showing us that we can expect more unequal treatment if we don’t stand up, fight back and hold UC accountable to its hollow claims of  “pioneering a better future,”’ Lybarger said.According to the union, the strike will involve 9,000 service workers, but they will be joined by more than 15,000 Patient Care Technical workers. The union represents workers such as security guards, groundskeepers, custodians, respiratory therapists, nursing aides and surgical technicians. The workers span UC’s 10 campuses, five medical centers, numerous clinics and research laboratories, according to the union. UC employees hit picket lines for three-day strike Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: UC San Diego FacebookTwitter Elizabeth Alvarez May 8, 2018 Posted: May 8, 2018 Elizabeth Alvarez, last_img read more

Higginson is at Deloitte UK

first_imgDeloitte UK has appointed Richard Higginson interim reward director.Prior to moving to Deloitte, Higginson was interim reward manager at insurance intermediary Towergate. His previous experience also includes head of reward at financial planning and wealth management firm Towry.last_img

first_imgIntellisphere reserves the right to cover all aspects of the select conference, including news from the sponsor’s competitors, according to editorial director Bill Schu. “We cover the event the same regardless of the advertiser,” he adds. “We want to make sure it’s editorially sound.”Content could range from thoughts on the keynote speaker to tweets from the show floor. “We’re not as clinical as something like JAMA and we can go outside the box with our coverage,” says Schu. “Real time coverage is the most important part of the editorial component.”The Third Highest Grossing ProductPrice points vary depending on what the client wants as well as the size of the event (coverage of a topic-specific conference on rheumatology could cost $12,000, while coverage of a primary care event could range into six figures). The typical Conference 360 package costs $30,000 to $40,000, according to Maillard.Intellisphere did about 12 packages through Conference 360 in 2009 and is anticipating doing 18 for a variety of clients in 2010.“More than $300,000 in business was generated from conference sponsorships for Intellisphere in 2009,” says Maillard. “In 2010 we’ve already confirmed around a quarter of a million dollars worth of business in Conference 360 programs and anticipate doubling that by year’s end, making it the third highest-grossing product in our portfolio behind custom e-mail blasts and therapeutic-specific condition centers.” In a market filled with big names such as the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association, medical publisher Intellisphere has created a way to break through with custom edit and marketing packages wrapped around event coverage.Intellisphere takes it a step beyond sponsored show dailies with Conference 360. “Over the past few years we’ve seen attendance of medical conferences by physicians decline, so we developed a program around conference coverage,” says vice president of digital media John Maillard. “We decided to come up with Conference 360 which combines a sponsored daily e-mail from the show floor, a recap in the print magazines and online including video and a Twitter feed from show. We hope to extend this in 2010 with mobile apps.”That approach has enabled Intellisphere to land new clients such as Athena Health. “We came to their agency Digitas with a proposal that combined the Conference 360 program with our resource center online, which let them to put up white papers and downloads,” says Maillard. The program included four days of live coverage of the MGMA conference plus a recap and an ad in the magazine. “We’d like to do a bigger program with them around augmented reality in 2010,” adds Maillard. Maintaining Editorial Independencelast_img read more

first_img All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 85 Photos Share your voice Comment The TCL Alto 7+ with wireless subwoofer. TCL We found out at CES 2019 that, after a false start 12 months ago, TCL is finally launching two new sound bars — the smaller Alto 5 for TVs 43-inches and larger, and the Alto 7 for TVs 55 inches and above. The sound bars offer “specialized sound modes” in addition to “precision playback for any TV as well as music from your smartphones, tablets and laptops”. Each bar will be also available in a Plus version which includes a wireless subwoofer.  TCL Alto 5: Bluetooth and optical TCL Alto 5+: Bluetooth, optical and wireless subTCL Alto 7: Bluetooth, HDMI and opticalTCL Alto 7+: Bluetooth, HDMI, optical and wireless subWhile a splashy announcement for TCL’s Roku smart sound bar last year was followed by 12 months of silence, it seems that TCL might release something this time around. I asked Roku about the TCL smart sound bar at an event earlier this year and a company representative answered with “we’re really proud of our partnership”. Roku released its TV Wireless Speakers instead. TCL is now one of the most popular television brands in the US but it took several years to get there, having launched in 2013. Can the company translate this success to the already-crowded headphone and sound bar markets? The TCL Alto 5 and 7 Sound Bars will be available this Spring with pricing to be announced. CES 2019 1 CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Speakers Tags CES Productslast_img read more

first_imgAn artist’s rendering of Lightsail 2 orbiting Earth. The Planetary Society The third-ever launch of Elon Musk’s massive Falcon Heavy rocket system is set for the evening of June 24 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Aboard will be two dozen satellites, including the Planetary Society’s groundbreaking Lightsail 2. You might recall a few years ago that science celebrities Bill Nye and Neil DeGrasse Tyson helped lead a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to get Lightsail off the ground. The more than 23,000 people who contributed to the campaign will get to see what they paid for.  The mission of Lightsail is to create a whole new kind of spaceflight called “solar sailing” that is powered solely by the pressure of radiation and photons coming off the sun. A bedroom-sized Mylar sail is unfurled to catch the particles, much like a sea ship’s sail does with the wind. Astronomer Carl Sagan talked about solar sailing decades ago, and physicist Stephen Hawking endorsed it as the ideal means of visiting the Alpha Centauri system this century. But no solar sails have yet made a controlled flight in space. In 2015, the nonprofit Planetary Society launched a prototype of Lightsail to low-Earth orbit. Basically the craft was turned on, its systems tested and sail unfurled, but that was about it. This month’s Lightsail 2 mission fixes some of the bugs discovered in 2015 and aims to actually fly the craft in an orbit around Earth, testing out the ability to maneuver by turning the Lightsail along the way.  “This is history in the making — LightSail 2 will fundamentally advance the technology of spaceflight,” Nye, who is CEO of the Planetary Society, said in statement.    The Planetary Society aims to develop the Lightsail as a way of adding a propulsion system to Cubesats. Cubesats are tiny satellites that can be used for everything from science experiments to Earth observation to even providing broadband internet, but they lack any real means to maneuver around once in space. Adding a Lightsail to a Cubesat could allow it to raise and lower its orbit on its own, significantly increasing its capabilities.  Lightsail 2’s launch is set for 8:30 p.m. PT/11:30 p.m. ET from Florida. This would mark the first time we’ve seen a Falcon Heavy lift off at night. Also on board will be NASA’s new Deep Space Atomic Clock and a vehicle to demonstrate a new, greener type of rocket propellant, among others. Tags Stephen Hawking wants to send tiny lightsail spacecraft… 4:50 Share your voice 1 Space SpaceX Sci-Tech Now playing: Watch this: Commentlast_img read more

first_imgThe Competition Commission of India (CCI) has fined 14 carmakers for engaging in anti-competitive practices with a total penalty of over ₹2,500 crore ($420 million).According to CCI’s investigation, these car makers restricted the access to spare parts and accesories, which led to surge in the price of auto-components, impacting 2 crore customers.”The anti-competitive conduct… has restricted the expansion of spare parts and independent repairers segment of the economy to its full potential, at the cost of the consumers, service providers and dealers,” Reuters quoted the statement from CCI’s report.Under the Competition Act 3 (4), an anti-competitive practice is done to prevent or reduce competition. It includes dumping, exclusive dealing, price fixing, refusal to deal, dividing territories; limit pricing, tying and resale price maintenance.CCI imposed penalty on the following car makers:NameNameSymbolSymbolNameHonda Motor Co LtdSymbol7267.TNameToyota Motor CorpSymbol7203.TNameVolkswagen AGSymbolVOWG_p.DENameBayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW)SymbolBMWG.DENameDaimler AGSymbolDAIGn.DENameFiat SpASymbolFIA.MINameFord Motor CoSymbolF.NNameGeneral MotorsSymbolGM.NNameNissan Motors Co LtdSymbol7201.TNameTata Motors ltdSymbolTAMO.NSNameMaruti Suzuki India LtdSymbolMRTI.BONameHindustan Motors LtdSymbolHMTR.NSNameMahindra and Mahindra LtdSymbolMAHM.NS Fiat SpAFIA.MI Maruti Suzuki India LtdMRTI.BO CCI has slapped maximum fine on Tata Motors of ₹1,346 crore, followed by Maruti Suzuki at ₹471 core, Mahindra and Mahindra ₹292 crore, General Motors ₹85 crore and Honda India at ₹78 crore.According to analysts, it is a welcome order for the consumers. “This is the first case in which CCI penalised companies for violating section 3(4) of the competition act dealing with vertical agreements/restraints,” Economic Times quoted Vaibhav Choukse, senior Assiosiate (Competition Law and Policy) at Vaish Associate in New Delhi.But, Mahindra and Tata Motors have said they would challenge CCI’s penalty. In this case they would pay a small amount of margin money and challenge the order.Pointless threat?There are incidences across other industry sectors where CCI fines have proven to be non-threatening and pending.In 2012, CCI issued order against 12 cement companies for alleged price control, but the case is still withheld, reported Livemint.Similarly, no action has been taken against DLF limited after the company appealed against CCI’s penalty of ₹600 crore for allegedly abusing its dominant market position in the real estate segment. Hindustan Motors LtdHMTR.NS Tata Motors ltdTAMO.NS General MotorsGM.N Nissan Motors Co Ltd7201.T Volkswagen AGVOWG_p.DEcenter_img Daimler AGDAIGn.DE Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW)BMWG.DE Toyota Motor Corp7203.T Honda Motor Co Ltd7267.T Mahindra and Mahindra LtdMAHM.NS NameSymbol Ford Motor CoF.Nlast_img read more

Ershad flies to Singapore for treatment

first_imgHM ErshadJatiya Party chairman HM Ershad left Bangladesh for Singapore on Monday night for medical checkup, reports UNB.Ershad along with party presidium member Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu and his assistant personal secretary Manjurul Islam left Shahjalal International Airport by a Singapore Airlines flight around 10:45pm, said Ershad’s deputy press secretary Delwar Jalali.Earlier in the day, a party press release said Ershad will return home soon after receiving treatment there.On Saturday, Ershad appointed Jatiya Party’s presidium member Ruhul Amin Hawlader as his special assistant to discharge all the organisational responsibilities of the party chairman in his absence.The new development came just four days after Hawlader was removed from the party’s secretary general post.On 3 December, Ershad made party presidium member Moshiur Rahman Ranga its secretary general removing Ruhul Amin Hawlader from the post.Ranga, also the state minister for local government, rural development and cooperatives, is discharging the duty of party secretary general alongside its presidium member as his additional charge.last_img read more

first_imgIt’s hard to get excited about yet another zombie game, but Dead Island might be worth keeping an eye on. After an excellent early trailer that turned out to be an artistic representation of what the game could be but little like what it would be, some people were turned off, but the team has worked away and could still deliver something interesting. Regardless of how the game turns out, we know the team is good at making trailers.This particular trailer highlights the game’s co-op, which includes four playable characters and four-player co-op. It features a fair bit of violence against zombies, so sensitive viewers and proponents of zombie-human harmony consider yourself forewarned.The under-two-minute trailer features a lot of cinematics but also some gameplay sections. The movie clips focus on the characters, who seem interesting, though deep within the depths of the uncanny valley, while the action sequences focus on the weapons and the sudden, explosive destruction of the walking undead.After having seen long stretches of gameplay and now some co-op actions it’s not clear how Dead Island is going to satisfy gamers in a way that Dead Rising (for the crazy weapons) and  Left 4 Dead (for the co-op play) don’t, but if TechLand can execute on the game and the on the island setting (known as Banoi) they have generated enough buzz to have at least a moderate hit on their hands.Dead Island is slated to be released on September 6 in the US and September 9 elsewhere. It will be available on Xbox 360, PS3, and Windows PCs in all the normal ways.last_img read more

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This story appears in the July 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » 2 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. July 1, 2006 Wi-Fi is on the move again–this time to 802.11n–compliant adapters offering up to three times the throughput of their MIMO-enhanced 802.11g predecessors. The “n” specification won’t get final ratification until 2007, but as with prior Wi-Fi generations, equipment makers aren’t waiting for the starter’s gun. You’ll already find routers and PC card adapters from the usual suspects at very competitive prices. The principal advantage of this early wave is the real-world throughput they should achieve. For example, the 150Mbps data rate of Belkin’s $150 (all prices street) N1 router family is about three times that of its predecessor. Coverage quality within optimum range (1,400 feet) should be on par with pre-n adapters equipped with MIMO antenna schemas, but reception should be much better than plain-Jane 802.11g adapters.Likewise, Buffalo Technology has launched its $179 Air-Station Nfiniti Wireless Router and Access Point with similar performance characteristics, and Netgear has introduced the $179 RangeMax NEXT Wireless Router with a 10/100 Ethernet switch–there’s also a version with a gigabit switch. Also check comparable adapters from D-Link and Linksys. Early 802.11n draft products don’t guarantee interoperability between brands-yet. You may want to stick with products from the same manufacturer. But vendors say interoperability issues should be minimal, and conforming to the final 802.11n specification should take little more than a firmware upgrade.Pocket WatchMobile video service turns your phone into a tiny TV.Mobile video is all the rage. It’s hip to view TV shows, weather clips and news snippets on your tiny smartphone screen. But what do these video services cost, and what do you actually get? An example: Cingular’s recently launched Cingular Video streaming video service is free to customers who already subscribe to the 3G unlimited data package at $20 a month. Certain premium content like HBO Mobile costs extra. Of particular interest to entrepreneurs is content from CNN, business news, local weather forecasts and Weather Channel reports.Sprint and Verizon Wireless also offer mobile video services. Costs run $10 to $30 per month, depending on packages and features.The small screen and short clips can be inherent drawbacks in mobile video. Service area coverage is limited to the higher-speed networks, and users need phones compatible with the service. Mobile video may not be an overnight sensation, but it should grow in popularity as more features are offered and coverage areas expand. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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first_img Feature | Flat Panel Displays | April 11, 2019 | By Melinda Taschetta-Millane Flat Panels to Help Enhance and Streamline Workflow The flat panel display market shows signs of maturing, however many new applications are available that can help to s read more Technology | Flat Panel Displays | December 06, 2018 USEI Introduces Windows-Based iPad Medical Imaging Viewing Solution at RSNA 2018 U.S. Electronics Inc. (USEI) recently announced the release of what it calls the world’s first Windows-compatible… read more Sponsored Content | Videos | Flat Panel Displays | September 26, 2018 LG Medical Monitors Leveraging years of industry-leading expertise in flat-panel display technology, LG Business Solutions has expanded t read more Coronis Fusion 6MP LED The Coronis Fusion 6MP LED display system provides radiologists with an efficient viewing platform that increases clinical productivity and reduces eye strain. Optimized glass, intelligent sensors and other patented technologies ensure clear images to enable fast, accurate diagnosis. More than 13,500 Coronis Fusion 6MP DL display systems are installed around the globe. Barco Mammo Tomosynthesis 5MP The Barco Mammo Tomosynthesis 5MP is the only digital mammography display that has been indicated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) specifically for breast tomosynthesis. Featuring up to four times the brightness and double the lifetime of other mammography displays, it also presents up to 15 percent increased conspicuity of small microcalcifications.[1] Feature | Flat Panel Displays | April 18, 2018 | Melinda Taschetta-Millane Flat Panel Display Market Outlook The global flat panel display market is predicted to reach $177.3 million by 2027, according to a new report titled “… read more Clinical review displaysBarco’s clinical review displays provide specialists with accurate and precise images. They complement multi-modality radiology workstations, ensuring consistent images on every display across the network. CareConnexCareConnex provides a gateway to central medical information for a more convenient, patient-centric workflow, enhancing efficiency and coordination among clinicians and staff, while offering patients a dynamic, interactive terminal for entertainment, communications and education. CareConnex software is powered by Hospedia. LG Medical MonitorsLeveraging years of industry-leading expertise in flat-panel display technology, LG Business Solutions has expanded their medical imaging device portfolio of the most accurate displays possible.SharePlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 4:57Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -4:57 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsdefault, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Caption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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Technology | Flat Panel Displays | November 28, 2018 LG Unveils New Diagnostic Monitor, Digital X-ray Detectors at RSNA 2018 LG Electronics is expanding its U.S. medical imaging portfolio with a new high-performance 21-inch diagnostic monitor… read more Technology | November 25, 2013 Barco Expands Portfolio of Healthcare Displays Focused on Enterprise-Wide Connectivity The DBI CL8MPS from Double Black Imaging Photo courtesy of US Electronics 50 Years of Innovative Visual TechnologyEIZO, which means image in Japanese, is a visual technology company that develops and manufactures high-end display solutions. 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Related Content News | Flat Panel Displays | June 18, 2019 Double Black Imaging Announces Expanded Display Line and Ergonomic Workstation Solutions Double Black Imaging (DBI) and their Image Systems Division are releasing their new clinical and diagnostic display… read more Barco recently received the Frost & Sullivan Product Line Strategy Award for Diagnostic Imaging Displays, recognizing the Coronis Fusion 6MP (six-megapixel) display system and Mammo Tomosynthesis 5MP display system as two products that increase productivity and maintain the best possible image quality. November 25, 2013 — Barco, a supplier of diagnostic and visualization systems, will demonstrate a wide array of imaging technologies focused on providing an integrated approach to patient care. Barco will present its latest display systems, networked digital OR solution and interactive patient care products at the Radiological Society of North America Annual Meeting (RSNA 2013) Dec. 1-5 in Chicago. Additional RSNA informationBarco will continue its support of Hologic’s Breast Health Educational Hands-On Workshops at RSNA, which combine lectures and hands-on experiences to provide digital mammography and tomosynthesis training for radiologists. Nexxis ORHospitals are realizing the benefits of smoother workflow through networked integration of surgical displays and peripherals in the OR. Barco’s Nexxis OR-over-IP solution delivers high-quality imaging, near-zero latency and real-time communications for a connected, flexible approach to surgery. MediCal QAWeb will be connecting hundreds of partner displays across the RSNA 2013 floor to ensure peak performance. News | Oncology Diagnostics | February 06, 2019 Oxford University Hospitals Employs Barco Synergi for Multi-disciplinary Cancer Conferences Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) is trialing clinical collaboration technology from Barco for its Multi-disciplinary… read more MediCal QAWeb The industry’s only online, automated quality assurance and calibration service for both desktop displays and mobile tablets, Barco’s MediCal QAWeb maximizes uptime and display performance using a centralized, interruption-free approach to ensure consistent images on every display connected to the network. There are 60,000 displays managed by MediCal QAWeb worldwide.  References[1] Kimpe, T. R. & Xthona, A. (2012). Quantification of detection probability of microcalcifications at increased display luminance levels. Breast Imaging, Springer 7361, 490-497. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Flat Panel Displays | May 17, 2019 Tru-Vu Monitors Releases New Medical-Grade Touch Screen Display Tru-Vu Monitors released the new MMZBTP-21.5G-X 21.5” medical-grade touch screen monitor. It is certified to both UL… read more Sponsored Content | Videos | Flat Panel Displays | December 25, 2018 VIDEO: 50 Years of Innovative Visual Technology EIZO, which means image in Japanese, is a visual technology company that develops and manufactures high-end display s read more Photo courtesy of Barco For more information: www.barco.com, www.rsna.org Technology | Flat Panel Displays | March 30, 2018 Canvys Introduces New 27- and 32-inch 4K Ultra HD Displays Canvys, a Division of Richardson Electronics Ltd., recently enhanced its 4K Ultra HD custom display series of high-… read morelast_img read more

ACCAN Transparency needed to reduce roaming bill shock

first_imgThere needs to be transparency as to how roaming charges are calculated, according to the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN), to reduce the number of travellers returning to an overwhelming phone bill. Consumer groups says mobile providersneed to come clean about roaming fees. For travellers heading overseas, ACCAN recommends consumers look at three options for using their phone and cut bills: The government last week launched a new international roaming standard, which will require telco providers to inform customers of exactly how much they will be charged for making a call, sending a text or using the internet while overseas. 1.       Buy a local SIM card when you arrive at your destination to access cheap local rates (requires unlocked handset)2.       Buy a pre-paid roaming SIM card before you go from providers such as TravelSIM, GoSIM, RoamingSIM or GoTalk.3.       Activate global roaming with your normal provider but beware the potential for high charges. ACCAN said without knowing exactly how roaming charges are billed, consumers are unable to make informed decisions about services. The spokesperson explained global roaming charges are still “way too high” and “do not come close to reflecting the true cost of providing the service”. In addition, providers will be required to send usage alerts and information on how to switch off roaming altogether. Despite the introduction of the new standard, an ACCAN spokesperson said more needs to be done to end the “roaming rip-off”.   “The excuse from providers that they are simply passing on the costs from international carriers is not convincing, as virtually zero transparency is provided as to how such exorbitant fees are derived,” the spokesperson added. Source = ETB News: NJlast_img read more

The Star receives two accolades in the Hotel Management Awards

first_imgSource = The Star Sydney The Star receives two accolades in the Hotel Management AwardsThe Star Sydney has again been recognised for outstanding quality, winning two categories in the Hotel Management HM Awards 2018 held at The Grand Ballroom at the ICC on September 7.Nominated across six categories in this year’s HM Awards, The Star was recognised for its exceptional dining and accomodation across the business. One of these accolades includes BestHotel Restaurant for Sokyo, a Japanese inspired dining venue with global flavour that blends the best of Sydney and Tokyo that encompasses an imaginative menu with fresh local produce.The Star also collected the Highly Commended Award for the Best Tech Hotel for The Darling, Sydney’s only five star hotel complete with The Darling Spa.Dino Mezzatesta, COO of Hotels, Retail and Food and Beverage, is delighted to see the win at the HM Awards and commends The Star team on their relentless pursuit of excellence and innovation across the business.“Winning two awards is a fantastic result for The Darling and Sokyo. Congratulations to the teams behind the scenes as without them, the wins wouldn’t be possible and we are so fortunate to have such a passionate team that strives to create the most memorable experiences for our guests.”The wins at the HM Awards add to The Darling and Sokyo’s already existing portfolio of fantastic achievements, including The Darling’s Forbes Five Star award and Sokyo’s One Star Award at the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide Awards 2019.The HM Awards for Hotel and Accommodation Excellence are now in their 16th year and are the leading industry awards in the region and celebrate the best properties, departments, people, chains and brands in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.last_img read more

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