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India under 19 women’s team has thrashed Pakistan with a margin of 18-0

first_img“It was a great result for us. This kind of a win gives a lot of boost to our girls, and hopefully, we can go ahead and do better in the next game as well,” AdvertisementIndian Under 19 women’s football team have thrashed the U-19 women’s football team of Pakistan with a margin of 18-0 in the first round of U-19 AFC Women’s Championship Qualifiers on Wednesday. The match was completely dominated by Indian under 19 Women’s football team from the first minute of the match. Manisha has opened the scoresheet for India at the 2nd minute of the match. She has completed his Hat-Trick within the 47th minute of the match. Devneta, Daya and Roja have also scored two goals each in this match against Pakistan. Papki, Jabamani and Soumya Guguloth have registered their names in the scoresheet for India. But the main star of the match was Renu who scored five goals for Indian under 19 Women’s football team in the second half of the match. The match ended with a scoreline of 18-0 in favour of the Indian side. “We were banned by FIFA for three and a half years. So we played absolutely no football back then. India have already started an impressive development of their women’s game. We are just starting out on that front. It will take time, but we have to treat this as a learning experience.” Advertisement India head coach Alex Ambrose told after the match.While the Pakistan’s head coach was also not disappointed with the performance of their girls against India as they played after a long period of time. He told, last_img read more

Nokia 4.2 and Nokia 3.2 at MWC 2019: Key specs, features, expected India prices, everything you must know

first_imgOn Sunday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona HMD Global launched five new Nokia smartphones. The Nokia 9 Pureview was the high-end phone. But of the lot, two were the mainstream phones. These are the Nokia 4.2 and Nokia 3.2. The Nokia 4.2 is beginning of a new series, sandwiched between the Nokia 6 and the Nokia 3 series. The Nokia 3.2 is an update to the Nokia 3.1.Both phones should come to India soon, and both will compete with the likes of Redmi and Realme phones. We will have more to say about the Nokia 4.2 and the Nokia 3.2 in the coming weeks but for now, here is a quick look at them.SpecificationsProcessor: The Nokia 4.2 uses Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 processor. This is an octa-core processor. The Nokia 3.2 is powered by Snapdragon 429.RAM: both the phones will come in two variants: 2GB RAM variant and 3GB RAM variant.Internal storage: Both phones will come in two variants: 16GB storage and 32GB storage. Both phones support microSD card.Screen: The Nokia 4.2 has a 5.71-inch TFT screen. The Nokia 3.2 has a bigger 6.26-inch TFT screen. Both the phones have screen resolution of 720×1520 pixels.Rear camera: The Nokia 4.2 comes with dual-camera setup on the rear. The primary camera uses a 13-megapixel image sensor paired with a F2.2. The secondary 2-megapixel camera is used to capture depth information. The Nokia 3.2 has single rear camera, which uses a 13-megapixel image sensor.Front camera: On the front, the Nokia 4.2 sports an 8-megapixel camera. The Nokia 3.2 comes with 5-megapixel front camera.Software: Android 9 Pie. Clean version of Android One.advertisementBattery: The Nokia 4.2 has a 3000 mAh battery. The Nokia 3.2, being a phone with a large screen, packs a bigger 4000 mAh battery.Special featuresThe Nokia 4.2 and Nokia 3.2 do have some special features:– The top features of these phones has to be the software: Pure, stock version of Android 9 Pie. This is also the biggest difference between these two phones compared to others like the Redmi and the Realme in the market. The stock Android 9 Pie means that the two phones will probably quickly receive Android updates in future.– The stock Android 9 Pie update also means no UI ads in the phone’s software, although in whatever way Android tracks its users remain there, just the way it is for every Android phone user.– The Nokia 4.2 has a fingerprint sensor as well as Google Assistant button. The Nokia 3.2 (32GB variant) has a fingerprint sensor.– The Nokia 4.2 uses a metal and glass body. The Nokia 3.2 has a polycarbonate body.– The Nokia measures 148.95 x 71.30 x 8.39 mm and weighs 161 grams. The Nokia 3.2 measures 159.44 x 76.24 x 8.60 mm and weighs a little over 180 grams.– Both the Nokia 4.2 and the Nokia 3.2 come with 2.5D curved glass layer on their screens.How to buy Nokia 4.2 and Nokia 3.2: For now the Nokia 4.2 and the Nokia 3.2 have been launched globally. They will first go on sale in a few European countries. But expect them to come to India soon.India price: The global price of the Nokia 4.2 starts at $169. This is for the 2GB variant. Expect it to cost in India around Rs 11000. The 3GB variant costs $199, and that may cost close to Rs 14,000 in India. The Nokia 3.2 has a starting price of $139 and that is expected to cost around Rs 9000 in India.ALSO READ | Nokia 9 Pureview launched at MWC 2019: Key specs, features, expected India price and everything you need to knowALSO READ | Nokia 4.2 and Nokia 3.2 Android One phones launched at MWC, price in India may start around Rs 10,000ALSO READ | Nokia 1 Plus quick review: A bigger, better Android Go smartphonelast_img read more

Nerkonda Paarvai actor Rangaraj Pandey opens up about Thala Ajith’s political views

first_imgRangaraj Pandey is one of the senior journalists in the country. He recently quit his job at a leading Tamil news channel and ventured into films. He will be seen as a lawyer in Ajith’s upcoming film, Nerkonda Paarvai, which is all set to hit the theatres on August 10.As we had earlier reported, Nerkonda Paarvai is the Tamil remake of Bollywood blockbuster flick, Pink. The original version starred Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu and Andrea Tariang. In a recent interview, Rangaraj Pandey, who plays the opposition lawyer in the Tamil version, opened up about Ajith’s political views.Pandey said that Ajith has been keenly observing politics in state and central level and exercises his right as a citizen by voting for the worthy candidate. He also said that Ajith has his own circle of friends with whom he shares his views. He’s extremely careful about not influencing anyone with his opinions.He further added that the Viswasam actor is not even remotely interested in joining politics. Reportedly, Ajith’s policy is that leaders and politicians can sit without doing anything instead of executing everything in a wrong manner.Apparently, Ajith’s aim is to build a sports academy which is on par with international standards. He wishes to motivate youngsters to achieve in sports.Nerkonda Paarvai, produced by Boney Kapoor, stars Ajith, Rangaraj Pandey, Shraddha Srinath, Abhirami Venkatachalam, Andrea Tariang, Arjun Chidambaram and Adhik Ravichandran in pivotal roles.ALSO SEE | Will Thala Ajith sing a song in Nerkonda Paarvai? Composer Yuvan Shankar Raja respondsadvertisementALSO SEE | Happy birthday Ajith: Dhanush and Kajal Aggarwal lead South celebs in wishing ThalaALSO WATCH | Nagarjuna returns to Bollywood with Brahmastra, Salman Khan meets Kamal Haasanlast_img read more

Portuguese Master Fined for Grounding MV Hamburg

first_imgzoom Portuguese master of mv Hamburg cruise liner, which was damaged going over rocky shoals in May this year, pleaded guilty to two charges at Belfast Magistrates court on Tuesday, June 16th.Captain Joao Manuel Fernandes Simoes (58) pleaded guilty to failure to properly passage plan in breach of SOLAS and failure to report the incident contrary to the Merchant Shipping vessel traffic monitoring and reporting requirement regulations, the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) informed. He was fined with a total of £813.The Bahamas registered cruise liner called in to Tobermory en route from Dublin to Hamburg on May 11th, 2015. The 5,000-ton, 420 passenger cruise ship is owned by the Conti Group and operated by Plantours Kreuzfahrten.The Bay could not be entered on arrival as there were already two other cruise liners so the Hamburg remained outside about two miles to the North East of the popular port. The call to enter came at around 1pm and a course was set direct to the port.The track took the ship close to a starboard hand channel buoy, but the approach was from the north of the buoy, not the west, over rocky shoals.The port side grazed along the side of the rocks and the propeller struck causing the ship to temporarily black out. The port engine could no longer be used and the ship limped in to Tobermory Bay. After an internal inspection the ship was instructed by owners to proceed to Belfast.At around 6pm, the UK Coastguard was informed of the incident, who contacted the ship.The Surveyor in Charge of MCA Glasgow, Fraser Heasley said: “This incident could very nearly have ended in tragedy.The master failed in his duty to keep a proper lookout and to ensure the safety of his passengers and crew.  “Following the grounding he proceeded directly to Belfast without notifying the appropriate authorities or accurately assessing the extent of bottom damage by an underwater dive survey.”last_img read more

Province Receives Levin Report

first_img Reduce failure throughout the Nova Scotia education system by providing targeted funding to help students, including those with special needs, succeed Improve daily teaching, learning, and assessment practices by identifying best practices and working with parents to find effective ways to help students Allow more things to “count” as learning and earn school credentials, such as programs that develop knowledge and skills through independent learning Build public support and engagement by establishing and reporting on a small number of goals Make better use of facilities and resources by closing schools that are underutilized A report released today, May 5, by Ben Levin provides advice and recommendations to Nova Scotia on how to build an innovative, effective, and sustainable school system that will improve student achievements and outcomes. “My priority has always been, and will continue to be, our students’ education. That is why government committed to hiring Dr. Ben Levin,” said Education Minister Ramona Jennex. “This is a good report, it mixes innovation with the kind of practical, strategic and sound advice that will help us to improve an already sound education system.” In his report, Mr. Levin identifies five key areas of focus for the Department of Education: Mr. Levin is a professor and Canada research chair on educational leadership at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, and a former deputy minister of education in Ontario and Manitoba. He has expertise in large-scale education reform and the role of government policy in education. “Nova Scotia has a strong public education system that has served its people well,” said Mr. Levin. “I hope the ideas in my report can contribute to its continued success in the face of a changing society and new challenges.” In keeping with the recommendations of Mr. Levin, government will begin a consultation to gather feedback on the report from all partners. “Our children are our most valuable resource, it is critical that we continue to focus our energies to create the best education possible for our young people,” said Ms. Jennex. “I encourage Nova Scotians to add their voice and ideas to this important consultation.” The report and the consultation survey are available at The survey will be open until June 15.last_img read more

Yashwant Sinhas autobiography to release in July

first_imgBloomsbury India announced that it will be publishing the autobiography of former finance minister and external affairs minister Yashwant Sinha titled ‘Relentless’. The book is due to release in July 2019, and is already available for pre-order on e-commerce websites. “When I was young and growing up in Patna, cinema halls used to advertise that they would show two films in one ticket on weekends. In my life’s story, you will see three films in one ticket,” said Yashwant Sinha. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain Bloomsbury India’s managing director, Rajiv Beri said, “We are delighted to be publishing ‘Relentless’, which the autobiography of Yashwant Sinha. Sinha’s story is fascinating and inspiring – a civil servant who reached the top echelons of politics maintaining a high reputation of integrity, credibility, and commitment.” Having worked with three prime ministers and two chief ministers, former administrator and union minister Sinha has been a part of the country’s transformation from a fledging postcolonial democracy to one of the world’s most exciting economies to watch out for – a transformation in which he has played an active role as a parliamentarian, minister for external affairs and two-time finance minister in two vastly different governments. It is also a compelling read for Sinha’s commentary on things as diverse as politics, religion, democracy and its institutions, as well as family, personal struggle and a relentless pursuit of bigger dreams. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award From when bureaucrats often bicycled to work and the back lanes of Bihar to the autobahn of Bonn; from the benches of the Indian Parliament to the podium of the UN General Assembly; from behind the bars of various jails to centre stage as a dissenting voice in a majority government – ‘Relentless’ tells the story of one of India’s most well-known public faces, in a unique voice, and some of its most iconic leaders and political parties, with neither fear nor favour. From JP and Chandra Shekhar to VP Singh, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Narendra Modi, the book gives an insight into the rise and fall of leaders and ideologies that have charted a unique course for our democracy amid fierce political and personal strife.last_img read more

NB officials urge people to evacuate their neighbourhoods as floodwaters rise

first_imgFREDERICTON – The Emergency Measures Organization in New Brunswick is encouraging people to leave certain neighbourhoods in Saint John due to rising floodwaters that could surpass water levels in 2008.The organization says access to several areas, including Randolph, Westfield Road, Ragged Point Road and Beach Road, is limited and expected to be completely cut off by worsening flooding in the region.It says the voluntary evacuation notice could affect about 1,900 people, who should make their own arrangements or go to the Carleton Community Centre or contact the Canadian Red Cross.The EMO says water levels along the Saint John River are expected to continue to rise through the week, isolating homes and leading to further road closures.It says water levels were at about five metres in Saint John and could reach 6.6 metres by Sunday, exceeding the 2008 flood level by over a meter.EMO says people in southern regions of the Saint John River basin should be on high alert and expect similar or worse conditions than previous floods in communities stretching from Jemseg, Gagetown, Hampstead, Oak Point south to Quispamsis.In the Fredericton region, water levels are forecast to remain at their current levels, but these elevated levels are expected to continue over the coming days without significant signs of receding. There is still snow in northern regions, which will contribute to sustained flows as it melts.last_img read more

Canada beats Cameroon in Womens World Cup opener

first_imgMONTPELLIER, France – Centre back Kadeisha Buchanan scored the breakthrough goal on the eve of halftime against a stubborn Cameroon defence Monday as Canada opened its Women’s World Cup campaign with a 1-0 win.The Indomitable Lionesses, ranked 46th in the world, parked the bus early against No. 5 Canada.RELATED: Christine Sinclair (probably) won’t play forever. So appreciate her now.The first-half storyline was Canada trying to play the ball and a physical Cameroon looking to stop it. The Africans strung five defenders in a line behind a holding midfielder when Canada had the ball, looking to win it back and send a long ball to a streaking forward.At times, the Canadians seemed in search of perfection when a shot on target would have done nicely. Cameroon, meanwhile, took no prisoners with some hard-nosed play.The breakthrough finally came in the 45th minute off a Janine Beckie corner. Buchanan, like an Exocet missile, came steaming through the penalty box at the far post, soared in the air and headed the ball downwards off the turf into the goal.It was the fourth goal in 89 career matches for Buchanan — her third off a header and her first since February 2016. The relief for Canada was palpable.last_img read more

An Important American Navy Delegation Visits Tangier

Rabat- An important US military delegation has recently visited the Moroccan port city Tangier, report local outlets.It is believed that that the military delegation was led by Admiral Francis D. Morley, who is the director of American navy’s IPO program (Navy International Programs Office), a US-funded plan to boost cooperation in the field of international security. Admiral Morley is also said to  to be an important member of President Trump’s inner circle, suggesting the strategic significance of his leading an American navy visit to Morocco.Having first landed in Rabat from Detroit, before subsequently heading to Tangier, the Morley-led navy team was welcomed by Moroccan military authorities, essentially from the country’s Royal Navy corps. The welcoming ceremony also saw an important participation from the American embassy in Rabat, as well as a number of other American businessmen and military attachés residing in the North African country. Although neither party –American and Moroccan military officials–has  been forthcoming about the visit’s details, sources close to the Royal Navy have been quoted as saying that this important visit is taking place in the framework of leapfrogging and strengthening US-Morocco strategic relationships on military and national defense-related matters.During the Tangier tour, the American navy delegation seized the opportunity to pay a visit to the Ksar Sghir military port, the same sources told the press, noting that the said military port is currently undergoing development and modernization works.As this important military visit came just few weeks after the common training sessions held between the US navy’s state-of-the art guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf and some Moroccan frigates, Moroccan observers have been keen to affirm that Admiral Morley’s visit may after all herald a new dawn of increased and reinforced military relationships between the two countries, especially given that the North African country is currently engaged in a thorough reform of its air and naval defense systems, and has acquired a sizable number of US-made military equipments over the last years. read more

TSX falls 250 points commodities swoon amid slower than expected Chinese growth

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market moved further into negative territory for the year Monday, tumbling about two per cent as commodity prices sold off in the wake of data showing much weaker than expected economic growth in China.The S&P/TSX composite index plunged 256.44 points to 12,081.15.[np_storybar title=”‘Panic selling!’ Gold is getting hammered and oil is plummeting” link=””%5D Gold slumped anew on Monday, racking up its worst two-day loss in 30 years, and investors dumped stocks and other commodities after weaker-than-expected Chinese data raised concerns about the global economic outlook. Continue reading. [/np_storybar]In addition to the pressure on oil and industrial metals, gold prices deepened a sell-off that started last week, falling to its lowest levels in over two years. The June contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed down $140.30 at US$1,361.10 an ounce, about $6 above its worst levels of the day, following a $63 drop on Friday.“I think you’re getting some panic selling right now,” said Frank Fantozzi, CEO of Planned Financial Services, a wealth management firm in New York.“People who have been holding on to gold expecting a rebound are now thinking, ’I better get out.”’The commodity-sensitive Canadian dollar was down 0.79 of a cent to 97.85 cents US.China’s economy grew by 7.7% over a year earlier, down from the previous quarter’s 7.9%. That fell short of many private sector forecasts that growth in the world’s second-largest economy would accelerate slightly to eight per cent.“We’ve been getting the 7.5 figure from Chinese policy-makers (and) I think the markets kind of prevailing notion was that if they’re saying 7.5, it will likely be eight per cent,” said Craig Fehr, Canadian markets specialist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“So the fact that we’re kind of splitting the difference here is a little disappointing to the market, no question.”Losses on U.S. indexes picked up during the session amid a drop in an influential builder sentiment survey.The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index fell this month to 42 from 44 in March. Homebuilders are concerned that limited land and rising costs for materials and labour will slow sales in the short term.The Dow industrials lost 186.34 points to 14,781.34, the Nasdaq declined 58.4 points to 3,236.55 while the S&P 500 index was down 25.81 points to 1,563.04.China has been a main pillar of support in helping the global economy recover from the recession caused by the 2008 financial collapse. Demand from China has helped lift commodity prices and in turn energy and mining stocks on the resource heavy TSX.The Chinese data helped push the May copper contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange down eight cents to US$3.27 a pound, sending the base metals sector 8.8% lower. Sector heavyweight Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) dropped $2.35 to $25.79 while First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) lost $1.92 to $16.07.China has been the world’s biggest consumer of copper, which is viewed as an economic bellwether as it is used in so many applications.The TSX gold sector was down almost eight per cent, further punishing a sector that was already down almost 30% year to date.Several reasons have been cited for the drop in gold prices.The main reason seems to revolve around speculation that Cyprus may sell a chunk of its reserves to finance its part of its financial rescue. Though that may not materialize, it has been enough to prompt some investors to think that Spain, Italy and other weak European countries might also use a gold-selling strategy.Also, Goldman Sachs, last week lowered its average gold-price forecast for 2013 to US$1,545 an ounce, a level it took out last Friday.“We’ve had the Italian election thrown at the market, we’ve had the Cyprus bailout, disappointing economic data and none of it has broken the back of the equity markets, so the fear trade has come off,” added Fehr.“Likewise, inflation continues to be benign. And in a self-fulfilling prophecy, declining commodity prices will only reduce inflation. All of that is basically saying, precious metals is not the place to be.”Some U.S. Federal Reserve officials have also been calling for an early end to the central bank’s bond-buying program. If that happens, it would likely cause U.S. interest rates to rise, resulting in an appreciation of the U.S. dollar. That gives traders another reason to sell gold, since they see the metal as an alternative to holding dollars.Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) continued to slide on the TSX. It fell $2.27 or 9.9% to $20.67 on heavy volume of 4.4 million shares, after losing 15.45% last week, giving up its title of world’s largest gold miner by market cap, having been overtaken by Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G). Goldcorp faded $1.34 to $28.73.In addition to falling gold at the end of last week, Barrick shares have been hit by a Chilean court decision to suspend its Pascua-Lama mine after indigenous communities complained that the project is threatening their water supply and polluting glaciers.The energy sector fell 3.4% with the crude contract on the Nymex down $2.44 to US$88.85 a barrel. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) gave back $1.31 to $29.97 while Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) lost 92 cents to $29.15.The industrials sector was also a source of major weakness, down two per cent with Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) down $4.26 to $121.35.Financials were lower with CIBC (TSX:CM) off 86 cents to $77.30.The fall on the TSX adds to what is already a lacklustre year on the Toronto market. As of mid-afternoon Monday, the TSX was down 2.54% year to date.The Dow industrials and S&P 500 have been smashing one record after another, with the Dow ending last week two per cent higher year to date while the S&P was ahead 12%. read more

National Household Survey Boomers in no rush to sell homes embrace condo

TORONTO — Baby Boomers may be looking to trade their traditional single-family homes for the convenience and comfort of the condo craze, but a mass exodus is likely still a long ways off, real-estate experts and recent retirees say.[np_storybar title=”Almost half of Boomers say they are not interested in downsizing homes: survey” link=””%5D Almost half of Baby Boomers who plan to move are not interested in downsizing, according to a new survey.Despite the assumption that aging Canadians will create an oversupply of traditional single-family homes as they opt for smaller residences in retirement, suburban detached homes remain popular among Boomers, says a poll for Royal LePage Real Estate. Continue reading. [/np_storybar]The convergence of Boomers reaching retirement age at the end of an era of historically low interest rates has conjured fear about the impact on the housing market of a growing number of homeowners choosing to downsize to condominiums.But not all Baby Boomers will be willing to forgo the lifestyle of a single-family dwelling, said Miranda McKenna, a realtor with Real Estate Homeward brokerage in Toronto.“That generation of Baby Boomers really likes to have the house, the garage, the garden; it keeps them active,” McKenna said.“For retired people, going into a condo is a nice idea because they don’t have to do anything, but it’s also restrictive. It’s the transition from a bigger house with a yard to a smaller space that gets them.”Indeed, the latest numbers from the National Household Survey, released Wednesday, suggest condominiums are becoming the domain of both young and old. Among owners, 20% are under the age of 35, compared with 10.5% for other dwellings, the Statistics Canada survey indicates.As predicted, they are proving popular with the retirement set. 26.1% of Canadian owners are aged 65 or older, compared with 20.7% for other dwellings.Jane Drover, a Calgary professor who is a year and a half away from retirement, said she expects to end up in a condo, but not for at least a few more years.“I travel so much that I would like a place where I don’t have to look after yard work or worry about a leaky roof or a pipe bursting,” she said. “That’s a shared expense when you have a condo.”But many of her friends who plan to downsize are looking to move into smaller homes, not apartments, because condo fees can be so high they can feel like a mortgage, Drover added.Phil Soper, president and chief executive of real-estate firm Royal LePage, said many new retirees suddenly find themselves dealing with kids at home.“The adult children of Boomers are living at home at about twice the rate as Baby Boomers themselves when they were that age,” Soper said. “They need the space to house not only themselves, but also these boomerang young adults who are living at home and working.”Baby Boomers are the wealthiest generation of retirees to date, with almost 80% owning their homes outright, Soper added. “They don’t need the money for retirement right now.”Financial tools like reverse mortgages, which allow people to stay in their house while still making withdrawals on the capital, also allow older homeowners to stay in their homes longer.Immigration is also keeping the condo market buoyant.Across Canada, the new home market, which includes condos and single homes, is being overbuilt by about 250,000 units or about a whole year worth of building, according to TD economist Diana Petramala.“Immigration is strong, (so) we do think that these units can over time be easily absorbed by increasing demand,” she said.“Maybe the pattern of immigration is changing … but they are spreading out to areas where there has been more overbuilding, like Calgary, Edmonton, maybe some of the Atlantic provinces, where resource sector is driving good employment outcomes.”Experts also believe markets across Canada have stabilized after any bumps in home sales following Ottawa’s tightening of lending rules.Wednesday’s survey numbers also made it clear that many Canadians are swimming in housing debt. About 3.3 million households, some 25%, spent 30% or more of their total income on shelter — mortgage or rent payments, plus utility bills, property taxes and condo fees — exceeding the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s measure of affordability.Those that exceeded the threshold did so to the tune of an average of $1,259 a month, about $510 more than what CMHC’s measure suggests they can afford.And while the potentially toxic combination of high household debt and a possible interest rate hike could send the finances of Canadians spiralling out of control, economists believe it’s only a real threat if rates climb suddenly and sharply.“It’s true that as home prices have risen people have taken larger debts than maybe they’ve been used to, but interest rates are low and debt is actually quite affordable for the majority of households,” said Petramala.“Our anticipation is that interest rates are only going to be able to go up gradually.”Soper said he doesn’t believe any changes will happen until well into 2014, and when they do, the market will simply take a breath and adjust, especially if the underlying economic fundamentals stay strong.“If people remain confident in their ability to make monthly payments, they will just adjust,” he said. “They will adjust their expectations in terms of buying a less expensive home or potentially a different neighbourhood.”That’s exactly what Liz Clark, 34, chose to do when she and her husband bought their first home four years ago.While many of her friends opted for big, newly built homes, the Hamilton mother of two chose a modest starter home in a neighbourhood she liked.“Even though I’m approved for a certain amount of mortgage, I never go above what I can afford comfortably.” read more

Reported killings in DR Congo town could amount to serious rights violations

VIDEO: OHCHR calls on the FARDC soldiers to “abide by acceptable standards of national law and international human rights law” in their operations. Credit: UN NewsCalling on the authorities for a full and independent investigation into the latest violence, the UN human rights office offered its support to investigations into others allegations of serious human rights violations and abuses committed in the context of the ongoing conflict in Kasai Central Province by the FARDC and the militia. “Given the ongoing violence, we also reiterate our call for increased efforts to find durable solutions to conflicts with customary chiefs in Kasai Central Province,” said Ms. Throssell. Some 39 individuals among those killed in the violence between 9-13 February were women, caught in the shooting, when Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) soldiers opened fire indiscriminately with machine guns when they saw militia fighters, Liz Throssell, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), told the media at the bi-weekly news briefing at the UN Office at Geneva (UNOG), citing information received from several sources. The militia members where reportedly armed mainly with machetes and spears. “We are deeply concerned at the reported high number of deaths, which if confirmed would suggest excessive and disproportionate use of force by the soldiers,” said Ms. Throssell, noting that the UN Joint Human Rights Office is seeking to verify the exact number of victims.Calling on call on the FARDC soldiers to abide by standards under national law and international human rights law in their responses and urged the military commanders to reinforce this message with their troops, she added:“In particular to exercise restraint and to use force only when necessary and proportionate to the threat, to minimize damage and injury and to respect and preserve human lives.” According to OHCHR, this latest violence – said to have occurred in and around the town of Tshimbulu in DR Congo’s Kasai Central Province – follows “atrocities” committed by both sides it has documented since August last year, when a customary chief (after whom the Kamuina Nsapu militia is named) was killed by the armed forces. read more

Seemingly Annoyed Sony Still Doesnt Have PSN Update

first_imgPS3 owners have been unable to access the console’s online service for several days now, and Sony still has no idea when it might be able to restore access.It’s reported that the powerful group Anonymous is behind the attack that paralyzed PlayStation Network connectivity and forced Sony to pull the plug on it entirely while the company investigates the attack.After being criticized for not keeping users informed, the company’s director of corporate communications, Patrick Seybold released a statement today, noting, “I don’t have an update or timeframe to share at this point in time. As we previously noted, this is a time intensive process and we’re working to get them back online quickly.”Via PlayStation Bloglast_img

Clark County searchers join effort to find Portland boy

first_imgIt was about 6:55 a.m. Saturday when a text message appeared on the cell phone of Jan Foltz, a retired schoolteacher, Battle Ground resident and field-qualified volunteer member of Silver Star Search & Rescue.“Call out search for missing 7-year-old in Oregon. Special request through CRESA. Call ASAP.”Silver Star’s coordinator, Rick Blevins of Vancouver, had received the request from 911 dispatchers with Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency, who’d been called by officials in Portland.Kyron Horman had been last seen in Skyline School in Portland on Friday morning. A large-scale search started after that, and the first wave of searchers had worked for hours.Blevins texted Silver Star’s 23 or so members to see who was available.And about 10:30 a.m. Saturday, after standing in line with other search groups, a half-dozen trained Silver Star members checked in with search coordinators outside Kyron’s school.“The reason they called us, they said, was they had already started wearing out their resources,” Foltz said later.Wearing rock-climbing helmets and carrying packs with warm blankets and emergency medical gear in case they found the boy, the Clark County searchers methodically searched in waist- and chest-high grasses. They covered search lanes marked with string. They marked where they had looked with tape and collected GPS waypoints.last_img read more

Teen hospitalized after driveby shooting in NW MiamiDade

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews have taken a teenage boy to the hospital after he was shot in Northwest Miami-Dade.Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the shooting along the 6000 block of Northwest 20th Avenue in the Brownsville neighborhood, Sunday evening.According to investigators, a person from inside a dark-colored vehicle opened fire, striking the victim in the hip. The vehicle then fled the scene.Paramedics transported the victim by ground to Ryder Trauma Center in unknown condition.7News cameras captured yellow crime scene tape and evidence markers as investigators searched for clues.If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

FOLIO Show Preview Turning SEO into Business Intelligence and Revenue

first_imgSW: HTML5 has several SEO advantages for publishers and businesses targeting specific geographic locations. We’ve taken 350 facilities and added HTML ‘address tags’ and seen significant improvements in ranking within Google Places and Bing Local. The newer code also impacts load time thereby reducing the number of users who return to Google’s search results if a page happens to take too long to load.FOLIO: Can you provide some insight into how a publisher should be initially approaching SEO? What should they be doing behind the scenes?SW: When starting an SEO campaign, mapping out a 6 to 12-month strategy, selecting relationship-tracking software, and assigning roles to the four disciplines of search marketing are critical. However, researching the top industry destinations, publications, and even local and national news opportunities will have the best long term value to an advanced SEO strategy. The disciplines required to see the most impact fastest are paid search (or PPC), on-page technical resource, on-page creative resource (content), and relationship building (social and public relations). The magic behind the scenes will always and forever be the relationships and news pitching. Turning SEO into business intelligence and revenue is a key facet of the media industry that publishers need to fully explore. To provide better insight into this area the 2011 FOLIO: Show, which takes place November 1-3 in New York City at the Marriott Marquis, will host an hour long session with two industry professionals on the topic of SEO. Steve Wiideman, a search engine marketing strategist at Pemble SEO, will be travelling from California to shed some light on the latest SEO trends for digital brands in a session called “Turning SEO into Business Intelligence and Revenue.” Here, FOLIO: checks in with Wiideman to see what we can expect.FOLIO: What are the trends you’re seeing in SEO for attracting a wider audience to digital brands?Steve Wiideman [SW]: The trend we’re seeing in search marketing is a push for greater authenticity. Users are smart enough now to know when you’re trying to push content for sales versus creating content that satisfies an interest or desire. The days of the keyword-rich article to increase search ranking and sales are over. The dawn of “I’ve been listening to you and have some very helpful feedback” has arrived. With thousands of destinations to reach individuals within a demographic automatically or through syndication has also made sharing content much more scalable. For example, a destination such as Mashable can publish content that reaches beyond and extends to relevant social networks, such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and others. FOLIO: Hearst announced this week that all of their sites will be converted to HTML5. How does this strategy work for SEO?last_img read more

Carter Criticizes Defense Committee Plan to Shift OCO Funds

first_imgDefense Secretary Ash Carter on Wednesday slammed the House Armed Services Committee’s plan to use $23 billion from DOD’s overseas contingency operations (OCO) account to boost the department’s base budget, calling it “deeply troubling and flawed.”“I have serious concerns with a proposal from one of the defense committees to underfund DOD’s overseas warfighting accounts by $18 billion, and spend that money on programmatic items we did not request,” Carter told the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.The funding framework adopted by the House Armed Services Committee for the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill would provide an extra $18 billion in base defense spending beyond the Obama administration’s budget request, but cause funding for operations overseas to run out in April 2017 and force the next president to request supplemental war funding before that point. Armed Services Chair Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) has defended the plan as the best way to purchase equipment, pay for increased training and increase the military’s end strength in an attempt to enhance readiness.Carter’s criticism makes clear the likelihood that the committee’s maneuver could trigger protests from Democrats for raising base defense spending without providing a corresponding increase in non-defense programs.Noting the April expiration date for OCO funds to run out, Carter said Thornberry’s maneuver amounts to “gambling” with troops’ funding during a time of war, reported Defense News.“It would spend money on things that are not DOD’s highest unfunded priorities across the joint force. It buys force structure without the money to sustain it and keep it ready, effectively creating hollow force structure, and working against our efforts to restore readiness,” Carter said.Carter also warned that the House plan is a “step in the direction of unraveling the Bipartisan Budget Act,” last year’s budget accord which raised the caps on discretionary spending in FY 2016 and 2017.“It’s another road to nowhere, with uncertain chances of ever becoming law, and a high probability of leading to more gridlock and another continuing resolution — exactly the kind of terrible distraction we’ve seen for years, that undercuts stable planning and efficient use of taxpayer dollars, dispirits troops and their families, baffles friends and emboldens foes,” Carter said.On Tuesday, Senate Armed Services Chair John McCain (R-Ariz.) said it is unlikely his panel’s version of annual defense policy bill would follow the House’s lead. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Apple Watch fall detector alerts emergency services after Norwegian man falls in

first_img Health and Wellness Aug 19 • The LavvieBot S litter box is the smartest place for your cats to poop 1:51 Apple 2 Now playing: Watch this: 13 Photos Wearable Tech Tags Aug 1 • National rollout of Burger King’s Impossible Whopper is here Health and Wellness The Apple Watch Series 4 — down to the tiniest detailcenter_img How to enable fall detection on the Apple Watch Series 4: It’s pretty sensitive.Apple Watch Series 4 battery test: Did it survive a 6 hour hike? • See All Share your voice The Apple Watch has fall detection. Angela Lang/CNET After taking a serious tumble in the middle of the night, a 67-year-old Norwegian man and his family credit his Apple Watch for getting help.As reported by Norway’s NRK, around 4:30 a.m. on Saturday, Toralv Østvang got up to use the bathroom. He fainted and fell, an action that his Apple Watch detected. If the user is unresponsive for 1 minute, the wearable will alert emergency services. A half an hour later, the police found Østvang bleeding on the bathroom floor with three fractures to his face.His daughter Kirsti Østvang credits the Apple Watch for saving his life, telling NRK: “It could have gone so much worse. All morning we asked ‘What had happened if he hadn’t worn a smart watch?’ He didn’t bring his mobile phone in the bathroom. It’s amazing that he got so quick help from the alarm, until the police found him. It was a serious fall…”In addition to fall detection, Apple’s latest smartwatch, the Watch Series 4, has an electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG), which monitors your heart rate and can check for heart arrhythmia. The device only works with iPhones, however, and is expensive compared to other wearables on the market, starting at $399 (£399, AU$599).Apple didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment. Jul 23 • Apple Watch ECG vs. hospital EKG: Not the results I was expecting reading • Apple Watch fall detector alerts emergency services after Norwegian man falls in bathroom Apple Watch 4 knows if you fall Jul 29 • Elvie’s wearable breast pump feels like breaking out of jail Commentslast_img read more

Immigration authorities deport US man wanted for bank robbery

first_imgRelated posts:Central American foreign ministers meet in Washington to lobby Obama on immigration crisis Costa Rica woman pleads guilty in US to masterminding human smuggling ring US fugitive John Saatio escapes again, this time from Florida police Former U.S. convict Dan Fowlie speaks out against being barred entry to Costa Rica again Costa Rican immigration officials deported a U.S. man on Wednesday who is wanted by authorities in that country for allegedly robbing a bank in Florida, the Immigration Administration reported.U.S. citizen Luis David Cardona, 38, was deported at 5:15 a.m. after being arrested in January at the Palmares Festival during a routine inspection by Immigration Police in which officers determined the man’s tourist visa had expired.Cardona was taken to the Immigration Prison in Hatillo, south of San José, following a consultation with the U.S. Embassy that confirmed he is currently wanted by U.S. authorities.Cardona arrived in Cost Rica on Oct. 17, 2013, and was granted a 30-day tourist visa.Immigration Administration Director Kathya Rodríguez said Cardona was escorted by two Immigration Police officers and was issued a five-year prohibition  from entering the country.The Immigration Administration has deported 772 people in the past 13 months, Rodríguez said. Facebook Commentslast_img read more