LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Justin Theroux in The Leftovers, whose three seasons were the most audaciously imagined, brilliantly written and beautifully acted work Johanna Schneller has ever seen. (BEN KING/HBO) Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Late Night Comedians: By doing astute takedowns of Trump, Stephen Colbert surged ahead, as did Seth Meyers. Trevor Noah found his voice. Samantha Bee stepped fully into her role as avenger of female anger. But the most interesting change, for me, was the politicization of Jimmy Kimmel, as he cited his infant son Billy’s heart problems as a plea to keep the Affordable Care Act. I knew it would be bad, but it is worse than I thought. U.S. President Donald Trump and his gang of thieves are real-life versions of Dr. Evil’s henchmen, sitting in their underground lair, rubbing their hands together as they cackle, “Let’s kill elephants!” and “Let’s make the lowest-income people pay for tax breaks for the highest!”Television in 2017 is arguably the best it’s ever been, but the things I watched that affected me the most all seemed to relate, one way or another, to what was happening in the White House and how that impacted North America’s psyche.Trump Himself: There were a couple of funny moments. Melania slapping Donald’s hand away. The Mooch. Angela Merkel shrugging after the handshake that wasn’t. Anthony Atamanuik’s eerily accurate impression on The President Show, which captures that unfillable maw of need at Trump’s core. Trump slurring “God blesh the Uni-ed Shash,” because he was too vain to take a sip of water. There was even one heartwarming moment: the December night that Alabama did not vote for alleged pedophile Roy Moore for U.S. Senate. But as the year wore on, I felt like my soul was being dragged over broken glass and I lost my sense of humour. There were so many low points, but the lowest had to be Trump’s post-Charlottesville Nazi march news conference. “On many sides” is a phrase that will live in infamy.Jimmy Kimmel is keeping the pressure on U.S. politicians, appearing on his late-night show with son Billy in his arms, writes Johanna Schneller. (RANDY HOLMES/ABC) Twitter
UN Special Representative Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah has also expressed his deep sadness at the deaths of some 20 Somali women in a bombing in the capital on Sunday.“These women were killed [while] trying to do their work and improve life in Mogadishu by cleaning the streets. Nothing can justify the deaths of innocent victims, especially wives and mothers such as these who were working hard to make ends meet,” he said.“After so many years of violence, Somalis should use this sad time to regain their sense of dignity through working together for lasting peace,” he added.Voicing concern over the current problems regarding the administration of Mogadishu, the Special Representative urged all Somalis to remain united in the quest for peace and reconciliation in the country, which has not had a functioning government since 1991.“The Somali people knew there would be challenges on the path to peace and they should not be discouraged,” Mr. Ould-Abdallah said in a statement issued on Saturday. “As the end of the transition period is less than a year away, I call on the Somali people to remain united and solve their political problems.”Under the peace agreement reached on 9 June in neighbouring Djibouti, the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the opposition Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia (ARS) agreed to end their conflict and called on the UN to deploy an international stabilization force to the troubled Horn of Africa country.He added that it was unfortunate that this situation came at a time when the parties which signed the Djibouti Agreement have just submitted the names of their participants in the two key committees.The envoy said the Joint Security Committee, which is tasked with following up on the implementation of security arrangements, and the High Level Committee, which will deal with political cooperation, justice and reconciliation, will be holding meetings shortly.“I welcome this important step by the Transitional Federal Government and the Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia and their continuing commitment to the Agreement,” said Mr. Ould-Abdallah. “We must keep moving forward to ensure the Agreement is fully implemented as soon as possible.”The political problems also come at a time when the country is facing a humanitarian crisis caused by conflict, drought, and price rises in basic commodities. Some 2.6 million Somalis – representing 35 per cent of the population – are believed to be in need of humanitarian aid. 4 August 2008The top United Nations envoy to Somalia has called on the people of the strife-torn nation to work together to overcome the political problems that are threatening to unravel a peace deal reached in June, amid reports that two-thirds of the country’s government ministers have resigned and the Mayor of Mogadishu has been fired.
Good intentions aren’t always enough.One vegan activist learned the hard way after her daring rescue mission to save bunnies from a rabbit farm in Spain ultimately led to the death of roughly 100 of the cuddly cotton-tailed animals and several bloody wounds to herself, Daily Mail reports.The activist — who goes by ‘Mythical Mia’ — proudly proclaimed she saved 16 bunnies from the farm.Some of the “saved” bunnies were new mothers who had just given birth and so their babies — nearly 90 of them — didn’t to survive and were put down, La Vanguardia reports.Other unlucky bunnies were maimed in the rescue, suffering broken spines while five pregnant bunnies also died — losing all their offspring.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.The farm owners allegedly shot Mia in her hasty escape.She took to Instagram to record herself with a bloodied face after escaping while showing the shattered window of her car.“The window exploded in my face and there was a lot of blood from all the glass,” she said in the Instagram video.She claimed the farmers chased her and blocked her from leaving. She was escorted off the property by police after waiting an hour.The farmers, she said, followed her and drove up to her car and shot into the front window.“Despite everything, I am just happy that those 16 lives are free from harm. They make everything worth it,” she said.A different account of events came from a Catalonia police spokesperson who said: “On Sunday, Sept. 1 at 7:30 p.m., a group of activists entered a farm in Gurb, Osona, and took 14 rabbits.” ‘LEAVE ME’: Mexican gang makes pit bull eat man’s genitals for alleged crime Schoolboys feed their teachers semen, urine infused crepes STOP STARING: Sex addict barred from yoga studio, has human rights complaint dismissed “There were some farmers at the scene and there was tension between the two groups,” the spokesperson said, adding, the police separated the two parties and escorted Mia off the property.The spokesperson also said the window was likely broken by an object thrown at it as opposed to a round fired from a gun.
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UK new car market down -3.4% in key plate change month as diesel and Brexit uncertainty continued to affect confidence.New cars safer than ever before, with eight in 10 featuring self-activating safety tech, including autonomous emergency braking and collision warning.1Major new report shows British consumers set to be among world’s first to benefit from self-driving vehicles – but ‘no deal’ Brexit threat puts progress at risk. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Notes to editorsLatest autonomous technology vehicle content analysis conducted by JATO Dynamics based on SMMT new car registration data for 2018. 1.8 cars newly registered in 2018 came with Collision Warning Systems either as standard or as optional cost extra.1.3 million cars newly registered in 2018 came with overtaking sensors or adaptive cruise control either as standard or as a cost extra.Download the report: https://www.smmt.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/SMMT-CONNECTED-REPORT-2019.pdf SEE CAR REGISTRATIONS BY BRANDDOWNLOAD THE PRESS RELEASE AND DATAUK new car registrations declined by -3.4% last month, as political and economic uncertainty and continuing confusion over diesel affected demand, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). March is a crucial month for the new car market, as the plate change drives buyers into showrooms, with new car demand often seen as a bellwether for consumer confidence and the health of the wider economy.Demand fell in both the private and business sectors, with registrations down -2.8% and -44.8% respectively, while fleet demand was stable, up 0.3%. Declines were seen across almost every vehicle segment, including popular Dual Purpose (-1.8%) and small family cars (-4.0%). However, superminis – Britain’s favourite vehicle type – saw a 4.3% increase in demand, taking a third (33.7%) of all registrations.Following the trend of recent months, diesel registrations fell -21.4% while petrol demand grew 5.1%. Meanwhile, demand for Alternatively Fuelled Vehicles (AFVs) increased by 7.6% with 25,302 registered, the biggest March volume on record. With almost 40 plug-in models on the market in the UK, and over 20 more expected to arrive in 2019, demand for these new technologies is expected to continue to grow.Technological innovation is not restricted to powertrains, however, with cutting-edge technology helping to improve driver comfort and safety. Latest data shows that new driver assistance technology that mitigates driver error and prevents accidents is now available on almost eight in 10 new cars on the road. Last year, 1,848,394 new cars joining UK roads offered at least one self-activating safety system, either as standard or as an optional extra, including autonomous emergency braking (AEB), adaptive cruise control and overtaking sensors. AEB is now available on seven in 10 cars, with over half of cars registered featuring the technology as standard. Meanwhile, overtaking sensors and adaptive cruise control were available to 51.9% of buyers.2Today’s figures come as SMMT launches a major new report showing UK consumers could be among the first in the world to benefit from self-driving vehicles.3 The research positions the UK at number one, globally, for mass market potential. Provided the conditions are met, the rollout of connected and autonomous technology could prevent 47,000 serious accidents and save 3,900 lives over the next decade – with an overall £62 billion economic opportunity by 2030. However, the ability to realise this is dependent in part on the UK leaving the EU with a deal that benefits the automotive industry. A ‘no deal’ scenario would have a devastating impact on investment and our hard-won reputation – risking the UK’s position as a leading global market and a centre of excellence for innovation.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,March is a key barometer for the new car market, so this fall is of clear concern. While manufacturers continue to invest in exciting models and cutting-edge tech, for the UK to reap the full benefits of these advances, we need a strong market that encourages the adoption of new technology. That means supportive policies, not least on vehicle taxation and incentives, to give buyers the confidence to invest in the new car that best meets their driving needs. Above all, we urgently need an end to the political and economic uncertainty by removing permanently the threat of a ‘no deal’ Brexit and agreeing a future relationship that avoids any additional friction that would increase costs and hence prices.
You didn’t think he would stop shooting, did you? Deshaun Thomas is in a slump. During Ohio State’s final two games of the Big Ten Tournament – wins against Michigan State and Wisconsin – the junior forward shot a combined 12-38 from the field. How does the Big Ten’s regular season scoring champion plan on getting himself out of his recent funk? By doing what nearly everyone who knows Thomas expects him to do: keep on shooting. “I do shoot my way out (of slumps). Just keep shooting. I want one to go down so bad,” a noticeably frustrated Thomas said Wednesday. At this time of the season, though, in a lose-and-go-home situation, can No. 2 seed OSU afford to have a potentially cold Thomas take the majority of the team’s shots? Well, yes and no. Yes if Thomas improves his shot selection. No if he jacks up jumpers similar to the ones he was taking at the United Center this past weekend. “The shots I’ve taken, they’re questionable. Well, some of them,” Thomas said. “(OSU’s coaches said) the bad shots you’ve taken, they’re killing your percentage.” Thomas averaged 17.3 points per game in Chicago and was named to the tournament’s first team alongside junior guard Aaron Craft, the Most Outstanding Player. But he shot 17-47 (36 percent) and 3-20 (15 percent) from 3-point range, well below his season averages of 44 percent and 34 percent, respectively. Tuesday, coach Thad Matta and his assistants began to break down film from their recent conference tournament run. One aspect of their review was trying to figure out what Thomas could improve on to better his shooting percentage. Their solution was fairly simple: for Thomas to stop forcing the issue. “The coaches have told me when a defender flies out, put it on the floor, pump fake, then shoot it,” Thomas said. “I’ve been really working on the percentage because the bad shots are killing my percentage.” Thomas’ teammates haven’t lost any confidence in their go-to scoring weapon. Following OSU’s 50-43 victory against Wisconsin in the tournament championship, in which Thomas shot 6-for-19, redshirt senior forward Evan Ravenel quickly brushed off any doubts surrounding his teammate. Ravenel said Thomas could just as easily “been 18 of 19.” Matta points to the critical shot of the game against MSU in the conference tournament’s semifinal as evidence for reason to be confident in his junior star. With OSU up two points, Thomas hit a jumper from the left elbow with 25 seconds remaining in the contest to all but secure a Buckeye victory. “When we needed one, he got it,” Matta said. It was NCAA Tournament time last season, after all, when Thomas skyrocketed from a capable scoring option to one of the country’s premier offensive players. During OSU’s Final Four run last year, Thomas averaged 19.2 points per game in five NCAA Tournament contests. He was named to the tournament’s All-East Region team following big games against Cincinnati and Syracuse. Thomas’ play vaulted him into NBA Draft talk before the Indiana native decided to return to Columbus for his junior year. Matta said he expects the experience Thomas and his team gained last March and April to pay dividends in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. “We talked about that as well,” Matta said. “Last year doesn’t give you a point, doesn’t give you a rebound, but it heightens your awareness a little bit of what it takes.” Thomas wasn’t the focus of opposing team’s defenses last season, however. Former OSU forward and two-time all-American Jared Sullinger received the majority of the attention from the defenses the Buckeyes faced. Thomas benefited greatly from it, often being on the receiving end of a kick-out pass from a double-teamed Sullinger. “Me and Jared, we played well together, two (big men), we read the defense, we knew when to pass it to each other,” Thomas said. “It was pretty much, pretty easy to score last year because everybody was focusing on him. I was just sitting back, being patient.” It’s different for Thomas now, who has become the player opposing teams like to double down on. “I try to be as patient as I can … Then again, I’m just trying to win,” Thomas said. He’s handled the pressure all season, leading the Buckeyes, and the Big Ten, in scoring at 19.5 points a game. Despite recent less-than-usual performances, Thomas said he is ready as ever to help propel OSU to a second Final Four in as many years. “I feel locked in. I’m just going to be ready. Whatever play is drawn up for me, I’m going to be ready to shoot,” he said. Thomas had, not surprisingly, just finished doing one of his favorite things. “I just got done putting shots up, they were going in. I’m just going to continue with my routine,” he said. OSU is set to take on No. 15 seed Iona at 7:15 p.m. in Dayton Friday. If the Buckeyes can get past the Gaels, they will take on the winner of the game between No. 7 seed Notre Dame and No. 10 seed Iowa State Sunday. With two wins, OSU will advance to the West Region semifinal, and possible final, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Salmon catches on Scotland’s rivers fell to their lowest level since records began last year, sparking calls for the preservation of the species to become a national priority.Fisheries Management Scotland said official figures to be released by the Scottish Government on Wednesday would confirm that Atlantic salmon are at a “crisis point”.Rod and line catches are believed to have been lower than since records began in 1952, after a disastrous year on famous rivers, including the Tay, the Tweed and the Spey.Alan Wells, chief executive of FMS, which represents the country’s district salmon fishery boards, said: “Figures for 2018, taken together with those of recent years, confirm this iconic species is now approaching crisis point.”Some of the factors impacting on wild salmon stocks may be beyond human control.”But Scotland’s Government and regulatory authorities now have a historic opportunity to do everything in their power to safeguard the species in those areas where they can make a difference.” Anglers gathered at the start of a new season on the Tay this year more in hope than expectationCredit:Jeff Mitchell/Getty He added: “Salmon conservation must become a national priority in what is the International Year of the Salmon.”We are calling on all regulatory authorities urgently to place a renewed emphasis on the crucial importance of salmon conservation. 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. Andrew Graham-Stewart, of Salmon and Trout Conservation Scotland, said ministers needed to act now to protect salmon and sea trout from the impacts of salmon farming. “There are many examples where positive interventions have already helped, but more must be done.”Mr Wells said ministers and agencies needed to co-ordinate efforts to protect salmon in a way that was currently not happening.In 2017, the total rod catch was put at 49,444 fish, a drop of 20 per cent on the five-year average and the fourth lowest figure on record. Nine out of 10 fish were returned in a bid to help stocks.According to the Atlantic Salmon Trust, wild salmon and sea trout numbers are being “decimated” on their annual migration from Scottish rivers to the waters of Greenland and the Norwegian Sea.For every 100 salmon that leave rivers for the sea, less than five return, marking a decline of nearly 70 per cent in salmon numbers in just 25 years.The trust has launched a project to track young salmon (smolts) going to sea for the first time in bid to learn what happens to them on the journey.Causes for the drop in numbers are thought to include global warming affecting the feeding grounds in the North Atlantic and over fishing at sea. In Scotland’s west coast rivers, the drop in numbers has also been blamed large concentrations of parasitic sea lice in coastal salmon farms.
EUROPE’S AGRICULTURE MINISTERS will today take the first concrete steps towards abandoning the practice of fishing discards.Ministers meeting in Brussels, at a meeting chaired by Simon Coveney, will hold their first vote on proposals agreed last year which would phase out the practice by the end of the decade.European rules currently mean it is illegal for a fishing vessel to carry fish beyond a country’s quota for that species of fish, or if a fish itself does not meet a ‘minimum’ landing size.This is so that juvenile fish can be left in the water and have time to grow and breed further – but delays in examining a fishing catch often mean that these small fish, or those which are surplus to national limits, are dead before they can be returned to the water.Last June ministers and the European Commission agreed the terms of proposals which would maintain quotas, but eliminate discards on a phased basis – with today marking the first time that a formal vote will be held.If approved today, the proposals will then be referred to the European Parliament for a vote by MEPs. If they also approve it without amendment, the moves become law; if MEPs want them changed, the changes are sent back to ministers for further consideration.Ministers will also discuss the mislabelling of beef products, with an information note circulated by the Irish presidency used as the starting point to discuss a further response to the crisis.Read: EU deal means eventual ban on throwing back unwanted dead fish
AN INTERNATIONAL STUDY involving Met Éireann is using birch trees to predict how changes in our climate will affect plants.The study, published in the International Journal of Biometeorology, monitored in minute detail the timing of when the ‘bud burst’ occurs, when buds on the tree begin to ‘burst’ and the leaf appears.Along with researchers in the United States, France, and Italy, scientists in Ireland are using a recently developed mathematical model that predicts the annual growth cycle of birch, known as DORMPHOT, combined with a model predicting a warming trend up until the year 2100It found an ‘advancing trend’ in the timing of birch bud burst.This would have a greater effect on the northwest of the country than anywhere else.“These results could have implications for future forest planning, species distribution modelling, and the birch allergy season,” Met Éireann said.There are more than a dozen gardens in Ireland capable of this kind of study, known as phenological gardens, with four of these recognised for international studies.One of these is located at Met Éireann’s Valentia Observatory in Cahirciveen, Co. Kerry.Read: Mary Robinson appointed UN climate change envoy >
Les reliques d’une reine martyre de Géorgie retrouvées en Inde ?Des ossements retrouvés dans un monastère en Inde pourraient appartenir à la reine Ketevan, une célèbre martyre et sainte de Géorgie canonisée par l’Eglise orthodoxe, selon une nouvelle étude génétique. En analysant génétiquement un ossement retrouvé dans un monastère indien, une équipe de chercheurs du centre de biologie cellulaire et moléculaire d’Hyderabad, en Inde, est parvenue à émettre une hypothèse sur l’identité du défunt. Selon leurs résultats, il s’agirait de Ketevan, une reine de Géorgie qui fut exécutée il y a environ 400 ans pour avoir refusé de se convertir à l’islam et devenir membre du harem d’un puissant souverain perse.Selon les historiens, Ketevan était l’épouse du roi de Kakhétie, une région située au sud-est de la Géorgie. Au cours des années 1600, le roi mourut et le royaume se retrouva ensuite assiégé par le souverain perse shah Abbas I. “Shah Abbas I a monté une armée pour conquérir le royaume géorgien et a incarcéré la reine Ketevan” ajoute Niraj Rai, co-auteur de l’étude repris par LiveScience.Faite prisonnière, Ketevan s’est languie à Shiraz, en Iran, pendant près d’une décennie. En 1624, le souverain perse lui a demandé de laisser sa foi orthodoxe et de se convertir à l’islam pour rejoindre son harem. La reine a refusé. Elle a alors été condamnée à être torturée et exécutée le 22 septembre 1624. La martyre a été canonisée par l’Église orthodoxe géorgienne peu de temps après et est alors devenu Sainte Ketevan.Des ossements qui ont voyagéDurant sa captivité, Ketevan s’est liée d’amitié avec deux frères missionnaires augustins. La légende raconte qu’en 1627, ceux-ci ont déterré les ossements de la reine pour les sortir clandestinement du pays. Un ancien document portugais relate quant à lui la présence des reliques dans le monastère des Augustins, situé à Goa en Inde. Au cours des siècles, une partie de la structure s’est effondrée et de nombreux objets de valeur ont été vendus. Au cours des dernières décennies, des archéologues ont tenté de retrouver les ossements, en vain. Il a fallu attendre 2004 pour que l’os d’un bras cassé et deux autres fragments soient retrouvés.Un ADN mitochondrial particulier Pour savoir si ceux-ci appartenaient réellement à la reine Ketevan, les chercheurs ont extrait des restes de l’ADN mitochondrial, du matériel génétique confiné à l’intérieur de la mitochondrie, organite transmis uniquement par la mère. Les résultats, publiés dans la revue Mitochondrion, suggèrent que l’os du bras a appartenu à une femme d’une lignée génétique connue sous le nom d’U1b. Une étude génétique menée sur de 22.000 personnes indiennes suggère une absence totale de cette lignée. En revanche, on la retrouve communément au sein d’un échantillon de 20 sujets provenant de Géorgie. Les deux autres fragments d’os ne présentent pas cette lignée. Les chercheurs pensent que les reliques de la reine ont été conservées auprès de celles des frères augustins. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Si l’étude génétique est particulièrement rigoureuse, l’identité des défunts ne peut être pour le moment qu’hypothétique. En effet, les résultats statistiques de la lignée U1b ne sont pas suffisants pour identifier avec certitude les restes.(Crédit photo : Wikimedia) Le 14 janvier 2014 à 12:44 • Emmanuel Perrin
Finalists in the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s 23rd annual Young Artists Competition are another reminder that picking winners can be unpredictable, and that pendulums do swing.There are always three categories in this annual contest for exceptional young instrumental talent: strings, piano and the bigger grab-bag of brass, woodwinds and percussion. But the contest’s professional musician-judges, who listen to blind-audition tapes from all over the region, have total discretion when it comes to selecting the standout finalists.For the last couple of years, those judges have shaken things up a bit by naming extra finalists in the piano and string categories while not choosing any brass, woodwind or percussion musicians — simply because none of them rose to the top.This year, the pendulum seems to have swung. Three finalists have been selected for the brass, woodwinds and percussion category; the fact that all three are flutists should add even more excitement and suspense to an annual concert that always crackles with competitive edge.Clark County flutists Ashley Teng of Camas, a 10th-grader, and Sara Suelbee Shin of Vancouver, an 11th-grader, will be joined by 11th-grader flutist Isabelle Zheng of Portland in competing for the grand prize in their category.
“Bob quickly emerged as the candidate who would bring a powerful new perspective to our business,” says Christopher Coughlin, D&B’s current lead director, in a statement. “His track record of strategic leadership and innovation, combined with his ability to leverage a company’s core strengths and assets, uniquely position him to begin a new chapter in D&B’s history.”Replacing Carrigan will be IDG Enterprise CEO Michael Friedenberg, who will become CEO of IDG Communications U.S. David Hill, CEO of IDG International Publishing Services, will become president, overseeing international aspects of the media operation, among other responsibilities. Revenue at D&B was up one percent in the second quarter to $386.4 million, but flat for the first half at $767.4 million when compared to the same periods last year. Dun & Bradstreet Corp., the business data and marketing and risk management services provider, has selected Bob Carrigan as its new president, CEO and director. The appointment comes a month after Carrigan announced he was stepping down as CEO of IDG Communications Worldwide.Carrigan starts at D&B on October 7. He’ll be replacing Sara Mathew, who will be retiring from her position as the company’s chairman and CEO. Carrigan’s post at IDG Communications officially ends on September 30, at which point he’ll join the company’s board of directors.
10:55 Samsung Event Comments No secure face unlockIn that same vein, because the Note 10 only has a standard front-facing camera, it can’t carry out any secure facial scanning like the iPhone XS’ Face ID and the LG G8’s time-of-flight camera, which maps your face with infrared. Instead, Samsung has stuck with fingerprint scanning, which it moved from the back of the phone to inside the screen.The Note 10’s S Pen. Sarah Tew/CNET No camera in the S PenA rumor speculating that Samsung was going to put a camera inside the Note 10’s S Pen may have seemed far fetched, but it didn’t sound too crazy considering Samsung had apparently filed a patent with the US Patent and Trademark Office, according to Patently Mobile. The patent was for an “electric pen device” that “includes an optical system including a lens and an image sensor.”As we now know, the camera didn’t make it into the S Pen this time around. But who knows what this patent has in store for future Note iterations. For now, Samsung updated the stylus to have more remote control over the phone’s camera. Called “Air Gestures,” you can now switch the camera lens, change camera modes and zoom in and out with the wave of your S Pen. Tags Galaxy Note and Note 10 Plus are here to wow you Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus look incredible 1:53 No headphone jack and no dongleOne of the most notable features missing from all the Note 10 phones is a headphone jack. The familiar audio port began disappearing in 2016 when Lenovo/Motorola and Apple lopped it off their phones. Since then, the feature became a rarity among premium phones, and up until the Note 10, Samsung’s Note line was one of the last high-end phones to include the port.Those who are eyeing the Note 10 devices will have to make do with using Bluetooth headphones or carrying around a dongle that surprisingly, does not come included with the phone (Samsung is selling it separately for $10 extra). But for others adamant about holding onto their wired headphones, there are still some phones available to accommodate that, including Samsung’s own Galaxy S10 line. The Note 10 welcomes you to the dongle life for $10 more. Sarah Tew/CNET Note 10 bids farewell to microSD Being able to increase your phone’s storage with a microSD card used to be a common capability for Note owners. Unfortunately, the Note 10 will not have expandable storage. Keep in mind that the larger Note 10 Plus still has a microSD card slot, but if you’re considering the 6.3-inch Note 10, you’ll have to make do with just built-in storage. The Note 9’s microSD card slot. Angela Lang/CNET Head of Mobile for Samsung Electronics America Suzanne De Silva told CNET that the company decided to get rid of the microSD card slot so that the phone could be thinner but have a bigger battery. Interestingly, the Galaxy S10 has expandable memory and it’s as thin as the Note 10 at 0.31-inch. The Note 10 also has a smaller battery than the Note 9, which also has room for a microSD card slot.True, the phone’s 256GB of onboard memory should be plenty to store all your photos, videos and apps. But if you’re planning to have the device for years down the line and you don’t use cloud storage, expandable memory is a convenient feature to be able to fall back on.No redesign overhaulWhile it’s true that the New 10 phones come in eye-catching colors like Aura Glow and Aura Pink (in the UK), the devices look relatively the same as last year’s and even the year before. The thinner bezels and smaller hole-punch camera do keep the phone looking modern, but overall the design remains similar. This is in contrast to one particularly interesting rumor that floated around before the Note 10 event. It speculated that Samsung would adopt a completely buttonless design and the Note would have “active edges” that users could squeeze to navigate the phone, similar to the Pixel 3. Though we don’t get a completely buttonless look, at least Samsung removed one button we can all agree we didn’t want: Bixby.The Note 10 in Aura Glow. Sarah Tew/CNET No second selfie camera on Note 10Unlike the Galaxy S10 Plus and the Galaxy S10 5G, none of the Note 10 phones have a second front-facing camera. We somewhat expected one — whether it be a wide-angle camera like the S10 Plus or a depth-sensing camera like on the S10 5G — because the Note 10 usually represents Samsung’s ultraluxe line. However, with more Galaxy phones than ever before, it looks like Samsung isn’t throwing everything but the kitchen sink at the Note 10 anymore. By pulling back on a few features, the Note 10 is now cheaper than the Note 9 was at launch, making the phone more accessible to a wider audience. 62 Photos 15 Share your voice Andrew Hoyle/CNET Samsung’s latest phones, the Note 10, Note 10 Plus and Note 10 5G, serve as the successors to 2018’s Note 9, and they pack many new features for a phone series that has been around since 2011. The Note 10 Plus, for example, is the company’s first “plus” version of its Galaxy Note phone, and the Note 10 5G is Samsung’s second 5G phone, after the Galaxy S10 5G. In addition to the bigger size and next-gen network capabilities, the Note 10s come in an array of new colors and are equipped with updated camera and video editing tools, like AR Doodle. But there are several other things we didn’t get from the Note 10, too — either specs that were dropped from the previous model or features we anticipated because of the active rumor mill that swirled around the phone before it launched. 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Facing opposition from lawmakers and pressure from environmental groups, government fishing authorities pulled a controversialshrimp trawling bill from the legislative agenda last week. If passed, the bill would have reinstated shrimp trawling in Costa Rican waters.This marks the second attempted return of shrimp trawling in the Legislative Assembly since a Constitutional Court (Sala IV) ruled in 2013 that the damage caused by the fishing practice violated Costa Ricans’ right to a clean environment. The court order banned the government from renewing trawling licenses unless new technology could limit the incidental capture of non-shrimp species — known as bycatch — and make the practice more sustainable. The last active licenses are set to expire in 2019, without legislative action.The Bill for the Development and Sustainable Exploitation of Shrimp in Costa Rica was drafted and submitted by the executive branch, which declared the bill a priority for consideration before the close of the extraordinary sessions at the end of April.In an effort to comply with the Sala IV ruling, the government put 32 sustainability criteria into the bill, and proposed new studies to assess the shrimp population. Trawlers that meet the criteria would be allowed to renew their licenses, and the number of available licenses would be determined by the studies.Government officials who support the bill say it is a crucial step in fighting widespread unemployment on the coasts.“A big step for this government in the fight against coastal poverty, ecological damage and democratic access was going to be to develop regulations for shrimp fishing,” said Gustavo Meneses, the president of the Costa Rican Fisheries Institute (INCOPESCA).According to fishing industry leaders, before the ban, shrimp trawlers employed as many as 360 people.Despite the executive’s enthusiasm for the bill, lawmakers from both the National Liberation Party (PLN) and the Broadfront Party (FA) refused to consider it, citing environmental concerns. According to Meneses, the Solís administration pulled the bill in order to renegotiate with lawmakers before resubmitting it. The administration still hopes to push the bill through before the close of the legislative session.In addition to lawmakers, environmental groups and several traditional, small-scale fishing organizations have also come out against the bill in recent weeks.“In our opinion, pulling the bill was necessary,” said Viviana Gutiérrez, political manager for the Costa Rican branch of the marine conservation organization, MarViva. “It shows that the bill did not have any viability, technically or politically.”Marine conservation NGOs that oppose the bill point out that most of the sustainability measures listed in the bill were already required for shrimp trawlers before the Sala IV ruling. The other requirements — like the use of fish excluder devices and depth restrictions — have not yet been studied for effectiveness.Studies to evaluate their effectiveness do not yet have funding, according to the bill.Opponents have also taken issue with the year-long roundtable under which the bill was created. While the roundtable initially included environmental groups and small fishing organizations, they had all dropped out by the end of the dialogue.Following their exit, two fishing groups filed an ethics complaint against the involvement of Vivienne Solís, the president’s sister, in the talks. According to Meneses, her place at the talks was due to a previous contract between INCOPESCA and her environmental development NGO, CoopeSoliDar. The contract preceded the election of Solís’ brother Luis Guillermo Solís to the presidency in 2014.In the eyes of the government, the roundtable was a success. Not only did the discussions produce a bill, Meneses said, they also gave the government a venue to discuss other projects like ocean zoning and converting shrimp trawlers for some other kind of fishing.“In this process, we involved so many different people,” Meneses said. “It is an injustice that the lawmakers did not have the decency to consider a bill that actually involved the people affected by it.” Facebook Comments Related posts:In Search of Sustainable Seafood in Playa Grande Small-scale fishermen team up to better protect coastal, marine resources New bill could bring shrimp trawling back to Costa Rica – depending on whom you ask Fishackathon invites conservation-minded techies to help solve overfishing
Tourism destinations in the district of Kozhikode are planning to introduce new facilities like smoother transport and sightseeing in an effort to welcome people with special needs. The District Tourism Promotion Council of Kozhikode is set to convert the Kozhikode Beach, South Beach, Sarovaram and Kappad into disabled-friendly zones. Ramps for the movement of wheelchair-bound people are being constructed at Kozhikode and South Beach as part of the ongoing beautification work.“Toilet facility for disabled people will also come up at these destinations. Slippery-free tiles and handrails will be installed at all tourist spots,” said Benoy Venugopal, Secretary of District Tourism Promotion Council, Kozhikode.The tourism department is set for a makeover as part of ensuring accessible tourism infrastructure, product and services. The department will also introduce booklets in braille and produce audio instructions for tourists in the next phase. Personnel at the information counters and tourist guidance cells will also be imparted training in sign language.
Share Production profits for independent mortgage banks and mortgage subsidiaries in 2017 were almost half of what they were a year earlier, according to the latest MBA Performance Report. The report also revealed that production volumes were down over the year. On average, mortgage loans reaped $711 per loan in profits for independent mortgage bankers in 2017, compared to $1,346 in 2016, according to the report. Measured in basis points, the average loan’s production income was 31 basis points in 2017, down from 58 in 2016. Not only was net production income down over the year but it was also substantially lower than the yearly average is 53 basis points or $1,085 per loan for the MBA’s annual report since its initiation in 2008. “Production revenues per loan were up slightly for the year, as higher loan balances mitigated the effects of competitive pressures,” said Marina Walsh, VP of Industry Analysis at MBA. “However, production expenses grew in all categories—sales, fulfillment, production support and corporate allocations—reaching a study-high $8,082 per loan for the Annual Performance Report.” This compares to production expenses of $7,209 per loan in 2016. Production revenues—including fee income, net secondary marking income, and warehouse spread—totaled $8,793 per loan in 2017, up from $8,555 the previous year. Overall production volume also diminished in 2017. For the industry as a whole, MBA estimated a decline from $2.05 trillion in 2016 to $1.71 trillion in 2017. On average, independent mortgage banks produced 8,882 loans totaling $2.13 billion in volume in 2017, down from 11,106 loans totaling $2.68 billion in 2016. Alongside declining production, productivity slipped over the year, with an average of 1.9 loan originations per production employee per month, down from 2.4 originations per month in the previous year. Among independent mortgage banks, refinance share by dollar volume fell from 38 percent in 2016 to 25 percent in 2017. MBA estimates refi dollar volume for the industry as a whole fell from 49 percent to 35 percent. The good news for mortgage banks is balances on first mortgage loans rose, driving mortgage servicing fees up along with them. In fact, following eight consecutive years of gains, first mortgage loan balances reached a record high for MBA’s study, climbing to $245,500 in 2017, up from $244,945 in 2016. Net servicing financial income increased significantly over the year in 2017, up from $34 to $64. Net servicing financial income encompasses net servicing operational income and mortgage servicing amortization gains and losses. Despite these bright spots for independent banks, declining volume and profits may have taken their toll on overall profits for independent mortgage institutions. The share of firms reporting overall pre-tax net financial profits for the year was down in 2017, falling from 94 percent to 80 percent, according to the report. in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination April 17, 2018 704 Views Production Profits, Volumes Drop at Independent Mortgage Lenders Banks First Mortgage Loans Lenders loans MBA mortgage Origination Production Profits Volume 2018-04-17 Radhika Ojha
Hot on the heels of the opening of British Airways’ exclusive First Wing at London Heathrow Terminal 5, a new private check-in area for British Airways’ First, Gold Executive Club and oneworld Emerald customers, the airline has unveiled the refurbishment of its Concorde Room lounge at London Heathrow Terminal 5. The makeover includes the re-upholstering of iconic pieces of furniture, and adding new feature pieces to the room, all of which are illuminated by hand-blown glass lighting with bone linen shades and ochre silk linings. The popular terrace has been treated to new luxurious sofas and new elegant loungers, and guests will still be able to dine before they fly, in private booths with full waiter service. If they wish to unwind ahead of their flight, private cabanas with a day bed and ensuite are also available to book.Next in British Airways’ revamp schedule is the lounge at New York’s JFK Terminal 7. BABritish AirwaysHeathrowlounge
13Aug Rep. Cole reports on hydraulic fracturing in Michigan Tags: Cole, Fracking, NCSL Categories: Cole News,Featured news,News Michigan lawmaker provides environmental update from NCSL conferenceState Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, was recently selected by Michigan House Speaker Kevin Cotter, to serve on the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) for the 2015-2016 biennium.Last week at the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) annual meeting, a panel consisting of environmentalists and skeptics of the oil industry took place regarding the highly-regulated practice of Hydraulic Fracturing and called for more burdensome regulations to avoid what they describe as a “race to the bottom.”Hydraulic Fracturing, a process that has been safely in use for over 60 years in Michigan without major incident, involves an operator that pumps a mixture of water, sand and a small amount of chemicals into an oil or gas formation deep underground and applies pressure. The pressure fractures rock layers, releasing oil or gas reserves. The sand holds the fractures open to continue allowing the oil or gas to flow into the well. Innovative advancements in technology have led to the consolidation of gas wells onto one small pad site thereby drastically reducing the surface footprint, number of access roads, and pipelines needed to harness the valuable energy resource.Hydraulic fracturing is also referred to as hydrofracking, hydrofracturing, or simply “fracking”.Fracking allows residents to enjoy some of the most cost-effective energy supplies in the country while also decreasing our reliance on coal-burning power plants, many of which will soon be taken offline thanks to the same federal regulations this panel of so-called experts wants to modify.The Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has a sterling record of environmental protection against oil and gas operations, and most of the country consider Michigan’s rules and regulations to be some of the most stringent in the entire nation. “Stronger federal legislation” is simply not needed in Michigan’s case.While Michigan is blessed with vast water resources, we have a responsibility to use them wisely. Michigan’s oil and natural gas producers make conservation a priority. Almost every industry uses water and, like every other industry, our local oil and gas businesses ensure water use is proportionate to the amount readily available, so as to protect the environment and other water needs.An oil or natural gas operator intending to use a large volume of water (defined as 100,000 gallons or more per day over a 30 day period) is required to use the state’s Water Withdrawal Assessment Tool to assure the water withdrawal will be safe. If the tool indicates a potential adverse impact, Michigan regulatory officials conduct a site-specific investigation and can require the operator to obtain water from other sources or to move the proposed water well. Approvals are not given if a proposed withdrawal is determined to negatively affect resources.In fact, the Environmental protection Agency (EPA) of the U.S. federal government—the same federal government these folks would like to see further regulate the industry—recently came to the conclusion that after a four-year study hydraulic fracturing is being carried out safely by industry and regulated by states and isn’t having “widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water.”Finally, there have not ever been reported cases of illness or other such effects of hydraulic fracturing in Michigan. Independent operators and the DEQ maintain the strictest personal and environmental safety on all operations and there has yet to be a report of serious illness on an individual as a result of such activities.Not only does Michigan’s oil and gas industry keep the lights and heat on in our homes and businesses and employ our residents, but in 2016 it also funded more than 50 percent of the Michigan State Parks budget. Michigan’s oil and gas industry, through both the Natural Resources Trust Fund, which has given away over $1 billion to local communities through grants aimed exclusively at parks and recreation, as well as the Michigan State Parks Endowment Fund truly takes care of the amazing parks and recreation areas around our beautiful state and will continue to do so for many years.#####
17May Rep. Lucido announces annual summer reading contest PHOTO NOTE: 2016 Contest Winner Amber Watta of Shelby Township, and Rep. Peter J. LucidoPHOTO NOTE: 2016 Contest Winner Amber Watta of Shelby Township, her family, and Rep. Peter J. Lucido Categories: Lucido News State Rep. Peter Lucido is kicking off his annual summer reading contest for local elementary school students. The winner will join Rep. Lucido at the Capitol to serve as an honorary state representative for the day.Rep. Lucido hopes the contest will encourage students to keep their minds active and improve reading skills during the summer months.“Taking some time over the summer to read is vital for our bright and talented students,” said Lucido of Shelby Township. “The contest is about more than preparing them for the coming school year; it is about instilling a habit which will benefit them for the rest of their academic career and beyond.”Students in grades one through five who are residents of the 36th house district are eligible to participate. The 36th house district encompasses the Townships of Shelby, Washington, Bruce and the Village of Romeo. Participants track their reading on special bookmarks which have been distributed to schools and local libraries. Students can drop off completed bookmarks in boxes provided at local libraries before September 1, 2017. There is no limit to the amount of bookmarks that can be submitted, as long as each bookmark is completed.Rep. Lucido will draw from the boxes to determine the winner, who will be invited to the Capitol with their family to act as state representative for a day.“This is one of my favorite parts of being your state legislator,” Lucido said. “During my first term we had great participation and I enjoyed spending the day with last year’s winner, Amber Watta of Shelby Township. Amber was sworn in as a junior representative, participated in a mock committee hearing, and we toured the Capitol with her family.”Contest bookmarks are available to download and print on www.RepPeterLucido.com and are available throughout the summer at the following participating libraries;Shelby Township Library, 51680 Van Dyke in Shelby Township,Graubner Library, 65821 Van Dyke in Washington,Kezar Branch Library, 107 Church St. in Romeo.For questions regarding the contest, please contact Rep. Lucido at (888) MICH-REP, or by email at PeterLucido@house.mi.gov.
Categories: Lilly News,News 13Dec Rep. Lilly’s bill requiring fiscal notes on all bills clears House committee Legislator: Price tag should be known in advance The House Government Operations Committee today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Jim Lilly requiring all bills scheduled for a hearing before legislative committees to have fiscal notes advising what financial impact each measure will have on the state.Lilly, of Park Township, introduced the bill after measure after measure came before him in committee with no indication on what implications the bills have on the state budget. He said the House and Senate fiscal agencies should analyze each bill before it begins the committee process so legislators know the monetary impact.“This is common-sense governing, and the people of Michigan expect the policy makers in Lansing to dot all the i’s and cross every t before they advance a bill,” Lilly said. “How can we make an informed decision on bills that have not been fully vetted?”Lilly said requiring the Legislature to review fiscal notes will make legislators more aware of any negative revenue impacts the bills might create, and how the state plans to pay for services affected by the legislation.“Michigan’s legislative process moves at a very fast pace, and currently the fiscal analyses of bills are often not finished by the time the bills are before a committee,” Lilly said. “We are expected to examine the merits of legislation without knowing the price that will have to be paid in association with the measure. That’s not acceptable.”In his committee testimony in June, Lilly pointed out the irony that the bill did not contain a fiscal note. One has since been prepared by the House Fiscal Agency.The bill now goes before the full House for consideration.#####The legislation is House Bill 4679