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Chinas Huawei to sell stake in underseacable unit

first_imgShanghai: Huawei will sell its majority share in a submarine cable unit, the stake’s buyer announced Monday, amid a US-led drive to isolate the Chinese telecom giant from global information networks over spying fears. US President Donald Trump has attacked Huawei in recent months, urging allies to boycott its products and blacklisting the Chinese firm from buying some US software. Undersea cables are vital to global internet traffic. The 51 per cent stake in Huawei Marine Networks will be bought by Hengtong Optic-Electric, an optical-cable manufacturer based in eastern China’s Jiangsu province, according to a filing with the Shanghai Stock Exchange. Huawei Marine Networks is a joint venture between Huawei and UK-based undersea cable firm Global Marine Systems. Huawei Marine claims on its website to be involved in around 90 projects, from the Pacific to the Atlantic, totalling more than 50,000 kilometres (30,000 miles) of undersea cables. Washington suspects that Huawei, which was founded by former People’s Liberation Army (PLA) engineer Ren Zhengfei, has ties to China’s military and thus poses a security threat.last_img read more

Sinkhole swallows up Toronto Transit Commission car

first_imgTORONTO (NEWS 1130) – It was a frightening experience for a Toronto Transit Commission supervisor after his car was swallowed up by a sinkhole near the Port Lands in Toronto Tuesday morning.The sinkhole was caused by a watermain break around 5:30 a.m. local time.TTC vehicle gets swallowed up by sinkhole pic.twitter.com/Rk9Yxp2pip— CityNews Toronto (@CityNews) October 30, 2018The supervisor was near a Wheel-Trans facility checking out the situation to see if the TTC would need to divert service when his vehicle got stuck.He was able to get out without any injuries, but the vehicle completely disappeared into the hole.A TTC vehicle was swallowed up by a sinkhole due to a watermain break on Commissioners Street on Oct. 30, 2018. (Kevin Misener, 680 NEWS)last_img read more

Canada moves to block steel dumping with 25 surtax on select products

first_imgThe Canadian government says it will impose a 25 per cent surtax on some foreign steel products in a bid to head off dumping.The Finance Department said “excessive imports” are harming the steel industry, prompting it to impose a surtax on seven products that range from rebar to wire rods.The surtax, which begins Oct. 25, will be in place for 200 days, pending an inquiry by the Canadian International Trade Tribunal into whether longer-lasting safeguards are necessary, the government said.The announcement comes more than three months after Canada imposed tariffs on $16.6 billion worth of American goods in retaliation for hefty U.S. tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum.The government also announced Thursday that some Canadian manufacturers can now import those products from the U.S. without paying the surtaxes that have applied since July 1. A portion of the relief will be temporary, offered until Canadian producers are able to adequately meet domestic demand.The exemption applies on a case-by-case basis to companies that applied for it, and pertains to American steel, aluminum and certain other products.The products affected by the fresh tariffs go into structures from condominiums to dams and bridges, “which encompasses a heck of a lot of steel,” said Jesse Goldman, a lawyer representing the Canadian Coalition for Construction Steel.He said the surtax puts the construction steel industry in “a very dire position” because of Canada’s limited domestic steel supply.“Because of the actual quota amounts for this type of steel from non-U.S. sources, U.S. steel is going to come into Canada at record high prices. They will simply pass on the 25 per cent retaliatory tariffs to their Canadian customers.”The surtax on steel plates and other products could “jeopardize” mega-projects in Newfoundland, which relies almost exclusively on foreign steel, primarily from Europe, Goldman said.A lot of imported structural steel has been put toward the refurbishment of the Parliament buildings, he added. “It’s more ironic than intentional, but it gives you an example of the importance of imported steel in Canada.”The country’s geography deters West Coast buyers from purchasing from central Canadian mills. It costs more than four times extra to ship a tonne of steel to Vancouver from Ontario than it does from China or Korea, said Richard Lyall, president of the Residential Construction Council of Ontario.With rebar an essential component in residential towers, the new steel tariff could boost the price of new condos in Vancouver by up to $10,000 per unit, Lyall said.“Housing affordability got thrown under the bus on this one,” he said.Finance Minister Bill Morneau is slated to address the Commons international trade committee Tuesday on its study of how tariffs are impacting Canadian businesses and workers.last_img read more

Policeman arrested after opening fire at Sirikotha

A policeman was arrested after he opened fire at the Sirikotha UNP headquarters late this evening.No one was injured in the shooting incident. Deputy Foreign Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva said that the bullets from an automatic weapon pierced the glass of the UNP elephant logo and entered the ‘Panditaratne room’ and hit the wall across. (Colombo Gazette)

Timor Leste 5 dead in recent riots UN official tells Council urging

“The latest developments have reminded us that not only is democracy in Timor-Leste still fragile, but also the internal security situation is easily assailable,” said Sukeihiro Hasegawa, head of the UN Office (UNOTIL) in the country, which the UN ushered to independence following a referendum that sparked widespread violence in 1999. The recent clashes related to the dismissal of 594 soldiers from the Timorese Defence Force – one third of the total armed forces. The dismissed soldiers staged a demonstration demanding an investigation. For four days, the protests were peaceful, but on Friday a mob including “some political elements” broke off from the area and attacked government buildings, Mr. Hasegawa said. The military was deployed, and during the ensuing riots victims were killed or injured by firearms, stone-throwing or stabbing, according to UNOTIL, and government offices and properties were destroyed. “While the physical damage caused to properties remained miniscule in comparison with the destruction of 1999, the psychological impact on the people turned out to be immense,” said the UN envoy. “As many as 14,000 people became internally displaced persons as they sought refuge in churches and other public buildings at different locations throughout Dili,” the capital, he said. With UNOTIL’s mandate set to expire on 20 May, Secretary-General Kofi Annan, responding to a request by the Timorese leaders, has recommended the establishment of a new UN political presence for one year including an electoral assistance unit, police training advisers, military liaison officers, and civilian advisers in critical areas that require continued assistance. Experts would also be deployed to monitor and report on the human rights situation leading up presidential and parliamentary elections to be held in 2007. Mr. Hasegawa echoed this recommendation today, telling Council members that the recent “tragic events” indicate an “acute need” for the UN’s support, particularly with the development of the armed forces. The Timorese leaders and people, he said, “are calling for our assistance to help them.” Representatives from over 20 countries took part in a debate which followed his presentation, many voicing support for the continued presence of the UN in Timor-Leste. read more

TSX inches higher as BlackBerry shares fall mining sector weakens

TSX inches higher as BlackBerry shares fall, mining sector weakens TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed Friday with minor gains as investors sold off shares in mining companies and smartphone-maker BlackBerry.The S&P/TSX composite gained 9.48 points at 12,757.35, while the TSX Venture Exchange gained 3.37 points to 1,106.35.The Canadian dollar rose 0.09 of a cent to 97.72 cents US.Also looming is the possibility of a resolution to the debt troubles in Cyprus could be in sight, as planning drags on into the weekend ahead of a Monday deadline.On the TSX, the information technology sector was the biggest drag, falling 2.8 per cent, as BlackBerry (TSX:BB) shares fell eight per cent.The company, which formerly called itself Research In Motion, ended the session down $1.33 to $15.19, on the day its new BlackBerry Z10 touchscreen smartphone hit shelves in the United States. AT&T began selling the phone on Friday, more than six weeks after the company launched the devices elsewhere.TSX metals and mining stocks backed off one per cent, with First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) dropping 48 cents to $20.12.On Wall Street, uncertainties with the economic future of Cyprus didn’t shake investors. The Mediterranean island nation’s banks have now been closed for a week and the European Central Bank has threatened to cut off an emergency program supporting them if a solution is not found by Monday.Instead, U.S. earnings from Darden Restaurants, owner of the Olive Garden and Red Lobster chains, beat Wall Street expectations on earnings for the quarter Friday, as did luxury retailer Tiffany. And Nike said late Thursday that third-quarter profits spiked 55 per cent.The Dow Jones industrials lifted 90.54 points to 14,512.03. The Nasdaq was ahead 22.40 points at 3,245 and the S&P 500 index jumped 11.09 points to 1,556.89.In commodities, the April crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose $1.26 to settle at US$93.71 a barrel.Gold stocks were lower as April bullion fell $7.70 to end at US$1,606.10 an ounce. The May copper contract gained 3.1 cents to US$3.466 a pound.Canadian financial stocks gained 0.5 per cent, with Royal Bank (TSX:RY) rising 63 cents to $61.37.Finance Minister Jim Flaherty unveiled tighter rules for mortgages in Thursday’s federal budget. The budget said the government will restrict banks’ ability to insure conventional mortgages, those with over 20 per cent household equity, to only those used in Canada Mortgage and Housing securitization programs. As well, it said it will prohibit the use of government-backed insurance — both on conventional and heavily leveraged mortgages — as collateral if they are not sponsored by CMHC.Stella-Jones Inc. (TSX:SJ) is increasing its dividend 25 per cent after closing out a record year in terms of sales and net income. The company said earnings were $16.5 million or $1 per diluted share, an increase from $13.4 million or 83 cents per diluted share a year earlier. Shares dropped 71 cents to $80.01.North American paper giant Domtar Corp. (TSX:UFS) is acquiring Xerox’s paper and print media products business in Canada and the United States for an undisclosed price. Shares of Domtar rose 18 cents to $79.55. by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 22, 2013 9:03 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

NHS pledges to free up thousands of hospital beds by allowing home

first_imgThe Department of Health has pledged to free up hundreds of thousands of hospital beds which are currently taken up by bed-blockers by allowing more people to be treated in their own homes.In the new NHS Mandate for the coming year, the government promised to reduce bed-blocking to 3.5 per cent, the equivalent of releasing more than 2000 extra beds a day.Currently around 5 per cent of the 137,000 hospital beds in the NHS are taken up by people who do not need to be there but have nowhere else to go because of a lack of social care.It means around 7,000 people are forced to wait in hospital when they should be at home or in care homes.Under plans set out in the mandate the Department of Health said the targets would be met by ‘piloting hospital services to people in their own homes.’ A pilot being carried out in NHS South Worcestershire CCG sends patients home as soon as they no longer need care by sending out nurses to help with changing dressings, managing medication, washing and eating.Healthwatch chair Jane Mordue said: “Across England, patients have told their local Healthwatch about the impact that delays and gaps in support when leaving hospital can have on them and their family.With growing pressure on health and care services it is more important than ever that people are able to leave hospital with the support they need to get well and stay well, preventing unnecessary readmission to hospital.    Jeremy Hunt said A&Es would need to meet targets by March 2018 “If the new target makes this happen, it will help improve thousands of people’s experience of care and reduce the financial and human cost caused when discharge goes wrong.”The mandate also pledges to roll out evening and weekend GP services for 40 per cent of the country by next year, and ensure that all over-75s are given a same-day appointment if they need one. Accident and Emergency departments will also be told they must have met the target of seeing 95 per cent of patients within four hours by March next year, as an average across their trust.Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary said: “I am proud of our record levels of harm-free care, but I am clear that more needs to be done to transform clinical standards across specialities, create a strong learning culture and deliver truly high quality services seven days a week.“I have been clear that a critical element of patient safety is A&E performance, and equally clear that there have been instances of unacceptable performance in some hospitals in recent months.“That is why, central to this mandate, is delivery of the NHS’s A&E turnaround plan which should see hospitals return to meeting the 4 hour target, supported by £2 billion extra investment in social care and £100 million in capital funding for A&E departments.“By working closely with leaders across the health and care system, this mandate is about making real progress to deliver the care that our patients need, not only safeguarding the NHS’s immediate future but also ensuring this for generations to come.”center_img Jeremy Hunt said A&Es would need to meet targets by March 2018Credit:PA 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.last_img read more

DC Universe Online goes freetoplay increases revenue 700 percent

first_imgEver since Blizzard launched World of Warcraft other developers and publishers have struggled to establish and keep a gamer base for competing MMOs. Blizzard were obviously very happy about this as it generated a lot of revenue, but it did force others to rethink how to make money from online games, with the result being Blizzard may never actually get away with charging to play an new MMO again.Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) recently decided to convert DC Universe Online from a $15 per month subscription game to free-to-play status in a bid to increase revenue. To say the switch has worked is a bit of an understatement.John Smedley, president of SOE, started tweeting yesterday about how well the game is doing now. The big number: daily revenue for the game has increased by 700%, with an almost equal split between PC and PS3 players (47% PC, 53% PS3). The player base has also shot up by over one million gamers since the switch, and continues to grow at a rate of 6% per day. Even better is the fact that 85% of players are returning to the game after trying it out.With such a huge increase in players and revenue for a well known IP, the question then becomes, does pay-to-play work anymore? With the game also generating revenue on PS3, this should make Sony more inclined to support free-to-play on its console, and for MMO developers to consider console ports more readily in future.Blizzard has stated that a free-to-play model for World of Warcraft may be considered in the future since the game’s player base is starting to erode, but they must also be considering any launch of a World of Warcraft 2 may require a free account option from day one. It makes financial sense according to the SOE figures, and I think players are starting to expect to play for free and pay for stuff they want in-game instead.via Kotakulast_img read more

Séisme au Japon six mois après le bilan

first_imgSéisme au Japon : six mois après, le bilanLe 11 septembre prochain, cela fera exactement 6 mois que le séisme et le tsunami qui l’a suivi ont frappé le Japon. Un désastre qui a également déclenché une catastrophe nucléaire à la centrale de Fukushima dont les conséquences ont eu un retentissement mondial. Aujourd’hui, le Japon se remet à peine et reconstruit peu à peu les territoires dévastés. Le 11 mars 2011, le Japon était secoué par un séisme de magnitude 8,9 sur l’échelle de Richter au large de la côte Pacifique de Tohoku au nord-est de l’archipel. Quelques minutes plus tard, la violente secousse déclenchait un tsunami de 10 mètres de haut dont les flots se sont déversés sur les terres engloutissant tout sur leur passage et dévastant la côte. Immeubles effondrés, maisons emportées, terres inondées, le bilan du séisme s’est révélé catastrophique laissant sur son passage des scènes de désolation sur toute la côte. D’après l’Asahi Shimbun, 15.689 personnes auraient trouvé la mort pendant le désastre et 4.744 ont été portées disparues au fur et à mesure que les secours s’affairaient dans les décombres, faisant chaque jour des découvertes macabres. Parallèlement, le séisme déclenchait la plus grande catastrophe nucléaire depuis celle de la centrale de Tchernobyl. Le 12 mars, une explosion se produisait à la centrale de Fukushima Daiichi marquant le début d’une importante crise du nucléaire. Le 14 mars, l’Autorité de sûreté nucléaire (ASN) faisait état d’un “accident nucléaire très grave”, qui montait les échelons de gravité au fil des jours. Au total, trois des six réacteurs ont subi une fusion partielle de leur coeur, provoquant des rejets radioactifs considérables dans les alentours. Les groupes électrogènes en panne, suite au séisme, la centrale devenait quasi-incontrolable et son opérateur Tepco tentait tout pour éviter le pire. L’une des pires catastrophes qu’a connu le Japon À lire aussiComment expliquer les mystérieux séismes au large de Mayotte ?Quelques jours seulement après le séisme, la catastrophe était déjà classée comme la plus onéreuse de l’Histoire du Japon après le tremblement de terre de Köbe en 1995. Si le Japon se remet à peine du désastre, il a déjà commencé les travaux de reconstruction qui devraient toutefois prendre plusieurs années, au moins cinq, et nécessiter entre 123 et 235 milliards de dollars, soit 2,5 à 4 % du produit intérieur brut du pays. Découvrez en images les terres japonaises au lendemain du séisme et 6 mois plus tard Le 8 septembre 2011 à 16:31 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Maria Kanellis becomes first ever pregnant WWE 247 Champion tonight on RAW

first_img Live check-in from Mount Snow where people are enjoying the fresh powder Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Facebook WhatsApp Twitter What is dual-polarization radar and how does it help you? Queen attends annual Royal Maundy Service in Windsor Former WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ dies Google+ Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Maria Kanellis won the 24/7 championship, pinning her husband Mike on WWE Raw.After having won the 24/7 championship by pinning R-Truth, Mike was backstage with his wife where she ordered him to get on the floor for her to pin him. She pins him and gloats as she is the first ever pregnant 24/7 champion.Don’t forget to read our live Raw recap.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipLive check-in from Mount Snow where people are enjoying the fresh powderVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:53/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 80.99%0:04Remaining Time -1:49 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Maria Kanellis Roy Nemer RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton)last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Friday July 31

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uA look back at some of the week’s top stories from the pages of the AFRO American Newspaper, through the reporting of Roberto Alejandro. We’ll also examine the burgeoning impact of Donald Trump’s GOP candidacy for president. Plus, our other recurring guests, Stephen Janis and Taya Graham of The Real News Network report from Pocomoke City, Maryland on the ongoing fallout from what many argue was the racially motivated firing of Police Chief Kelvin Sewell, the first Black chief in Pocomoke’s history.  It’s all coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img read more

Crowdsourcing used in Genghis Khan tomb search

first_img © 2015 Tech Xplore More information: Lin AY-M, Huynh A, Lanckriet G, Barrington L (2014) Crowdsourcing the Unknown: The Satellite Search for Genghis Khan. PLoS ONE 9(12): e114046. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0114046AbstractMassively parallel collaboration and emergent knowledge generation is described through a large scale survey for archaeological anomalies within ultra-high resolution earth-sensing satellite imagery. Over 10K online volunteers contributed 30K hours (3.4 years), examined 6,000 km2, and generated 2.3 million feature categorizations. Motivated by the search for Genghis Khan’s tomb, participants were tasked with finding an archaeological enigma that lacks any historical description of its potential visual appearance. Without a pre-existing reference for validation we turn towards consensus, defined by kernel density estimation, to pool human perception for “out of the ordinary” features across a vast landscape. This consensus served as the training mechanism within a self-evolving feedback loop between a participant and the crowd, essential driving a collective reasoning engine for anomaly detection. The resulting map led a National Geographic expedition to confirm 55 archaeological sites across a vast landscape. A increased ground-truthed accuracy was observed in those participants exposed to the peer feedback loop over those whom worked in isolation, suggesting collective reasoning can emerge within networked groups to outperform the aggregate independent ability of individuals to define the unknown. Researchers from the University of California San Diego have written “Crowdsourcing the Unknown: The Satellite Search for Genghis Khan,” published last month on PLOS ONE, the peer-reviewed, open-access, online publication. Briefly, they charged an online crowd of volunteer participants with the challenge of finding the tomb of Genghis Khan. Their field expedition to look for this tomb was designed to engage tens of thousands of public volunteers and generate contributions towards an archaeological satellite imagery survey. The crowdsourcing figures attributed to the study are impressive: Over 10,000 online volunteers contributed a combined total of 30,000 hours (3.4 years) of human visual analytics, calculated from user interaction time logs, and generated 2.3 million feature categorizations. Tagging Interface: (a) Example of tags being made. Tags are color coded with roads (red), rivers (blue), ancient (yellow), modern (grey), and other (green) structures; (b) Example of peer feedback after a participant completes their annotation task. Results of all previous observers of that image tile are shown. Satellite imagery provided courtesy of the GeoEye Foundation. Credit: doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0114046.g001 Explore further This was a virtual exploration system that launched on June 10, 2010. Participants generated inputs (tags), creating a geospatial map that highlighted regions of crowd consensus among inherently noisy data. Motivation? One can answer the obvious, to find the tomb of Genghis Khan. Location of the tomb was, after all, an archaeological enigma lacking historical descriptions of its visual appearance.The authors said that not a single burial of the Mongolian imperial family has been identified. What is more, there are largely undocumented cultural heritage sites across a sparsely populated and undeveloped landscape. So while looking for the tomb was a motivation, the effort was also to leverage the power of human perception in a search for the unexpected. This was a challenge. The authors said that without a pre-existing reference for validation they turned towards consensus, defined by kernel density estimation, to pool human perception for “out of the ordinary” features across a vast landscape, developing a collective reasoning engine for anomaly detection.Leave alone looking for a needle in a haystack, in the scenario here, the appearance of the needle was undefined. Speaking about the enigma, an article in Smithsonian.com said, “The tomb of Genghis Khan—Mongolian ruler, warrior, and ancestor to an estimated one out of every 200 humans alive today—has been a mystery for almost as long as the man has been buried. Legend has it that when he died in 1227, soldiers killed the tomb builders as well as every person the funeral procession passed. Then, it is said, the soldiers themselves were killed so that no one who knew the tomb’s location would live to share it.” Dr. Albert Yu-Min Lin, co-author of the paper, said in National Geographic, “Using traditional archeological methods would be disrespectful to believers.” The goal would be to identify archaeological sites without disturbing them–in the area of Mongolia’s most sacred heritage–Genghis Khan’s homeland, where the tomb would be an extremely sacred place and not to be desecrated. In turn, he and his team chose a noninvasive way without overstepping cultural barriers. “It also allows us to empower Mongolian researchers with tools they might not have access to otherwise,” he said.Finding the tomb, however, was not the only goal. The study is important as a test of the strengths of crowdsourcing under difficult conditions. The authors said that “Turning to the crowd as the ‘partner of choice’ for scalable problem solving is becoming increasingly attractive across broad domains both in science and industry.” Their approach involved loosely guided, online volunteer participation, they said, to generate human identifications of unknown anomalies within massive volumes of geospatial remote sensing data. They utilized sub-meter resolution satellite imagery of the Mongolian steppe. They described satellite imagery (0.5 meters/pixel), tiled into 84,183 small, semi-overlapping image tiles (1236×630 pixels) and presented to the public via a National Geographic website.The research resulted in a map that confirmed 55 sites with archaeological significance. They said the 55 potential archaeological anomalies verified by the field team ranged from bronze age to Mongol period in originAs important, the authors had this to say about the power of crowdsourcing: the power “lies not only in harnessing parallel networks for scalable analytics, but in forming the collaborative frameworks necessary to cultivate collective reasoning.”center_img Journal information: PLoS ONE Greek archaeologists enter large underground tomb Citation: Crowdsourcing used in Genghis Khan tomb search (2015, January 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-01-crowdsourcing-genghis-khan-tomb.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Youll never guess how much this New York City bagel costs

first_imgYou’ll never guess how much this New York City bagel costs Share Travelweek Group Posted by NEW YORK CITY — I’ll have an everything bagel with gold flakes on top, please.This wouldn’t be your typical breakfast order but at the Westin New York hotel in Times Square, bagels aren’t just regular bagels – they come with a price tag that will make your jaw drop.The hotel has announced that it¹s bringing back its US$1,000 bagel next month for a limited time after it first appeared in 2007. WNBC-TV reports the bagel will feature Alba white truffle cream cheese, goji berry-infused Riesling jelly and golden leaf flakes.According to the hotel, white truffle is the second most expensive food in the world after caviar.Though almost laughably extravagant, all that money is being put to good use; 100% of the proceeds will go to Holy Apostle Soup Kitchen.The $1,000 bagel will be offered from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15 and must be ordered 24 hours in advance.center_img Tags: Westin Hotels & Resorts, WTF Thursday, October 19, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

What should I pack on my trip to Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:How a cowboy saved me $30,000 in Costa Rica National Geographic-Lindblad Expeditions ship makes first visit to Osa Peninsula Our Costa Rica insiders reveal their favorite hidden gems First-time mistakes to avoid when visiting Costa Rica If you want to know what items visitors to Costa Rica most often forget to bring – or regret bringing – just ask a hotel owner.To create our “Insiders’ Guide to Costa Rica,” which you’ll find in Tico Times High Season Print Edition being distributed now nationwide, we asked some of our columnists and other long-time residents, as well as our favorite urban tourism guru, for their travel recommendations. One of our questions was what to pack. Pip Kelly, an Australian and Costa Rican citizen who is co-owner of the Casitas Tenorio B&B in the Northern Zone town of Bijagua, gave us such an extensive list that we decided to publish it in full, including her brilliant footwear hack.Here’s Pip’s list:A good travel flashlight.A rechargeable battery that you can charge your cell phone from – the electricity goes off lots here!Some nice natural bug spray so you don’t have to be covered in DEET the whole time.A copy of your passport (and/or keep a photo of it on your phone).Anti-itch cream for after you get bitten – and maybe some antihistamine tablets.A travel umbrella and a lightweight poncho is good for visits to rainforest areas.Some donations for the local community – an English picture dictionary is always a great thing to bring.If you are debating whether to bring the “good camera,” just do it. Too many times we have guests complain that they didn’t pack their best equipment.Bring a good road map; maps can be hard to find here. I recommend this nice waterproof map,Pack lightweight clothes that dry easily. Leave the jeans at home.Bring two pairs of shoes, and leave big, bulky hiking shoes behind; bring washable hiking sandals instead. (A great footwear hack: if you’ve got a muddy hike in mind, buy inexpensive rubber boots, botas de hule, at a local hardware store, then leave them at your hotel at the end of your trip.)Pack a little first aid kit if you plan on doing lots of hiking.Bring a soccer ball and a pump and play a game with the locals.Ziploc bags are very useful.Bring a couple of ATM cards in case one does not work. Bring cash ($US) and don’t exchange money at the airport- the rate is terrible!Sounds crazy, but a travel hairdryer can come in handy – not just for drying hair, but shoes, a wet camera lens or moist passport.Stay tuned for more information on where you can pick up your free copy of our High Season Print Edition for the full story, as well as an events calendar, columns and more. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Somali militants flee invasion to avoid losses

first_img Comments   Share   Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project An al-Shabab spokesman said on Twitter that the militants had left town and residents have reported that government and police buildings once occupied by al-Shabab have been abandoned. Oguna said Kenyan forces are prepared for multiple scenarios.“If they were going to fight, they were going to be fought. If they were going to run away, there were some contingencies to deal with that,” Oguna said.The conventional wisdom on al-Shabab says they will turn into a guerrilla force that attacks using suicide and roadside bombs. Mohamed Sheik Abdi, another political analyst in Mogadishu, said the group will most likely divide up and attack vulnerable targets.Yusuf Abdi Hussein, a former colonel in the Somali army, said the future political leadership of Kismayo will also dictate what al-Shabab does. The new administration will either empower or thwart their guerrilla attacks, he said.“Usually Kismayo is contested by rival clans seeking to manipulate the resources and revenues from the port,” Hussein said. “Al-Shabab will take advantages of those clan lines and will side with the disgruntled clans to use them against the government and Kenyan forces. They’ll also use that issue to illustrate themselves as the only administration that could keep the two rivals living peacefully together.” 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Sponsored Stories Associated PressMOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) – The al-Qaida-linked rebels who once controlled nearly all of Somalia’s capital and sowed fear throughout the southern part of the country are fleeing their last remaining stronghold because they are outgunned and don’t want heavy losses, experts said Sunday.Kenyan troops invaded the southern Somali city of Kismayo early Friday, and the militant Islamist group al-Shabab announced soon after that their forces were leaving the lucrative port town behind. Kenyan forces have not yet moved through the whole town, but a military spokesman said troops met no resistance on Sunday. Al-Shabab tries to impose an ultra-conservative style of Islam and enforce conservative social rules in areas they control. They carry out public punishments like whippings, stonings and executions.___Straziuso reported from Nairobi, Kenya.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixcenter_img Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Four benefits of having a wireless security system After years of bloody street-by-street warfare, African Union troops from Uganda and Burundi pushed al-Shabab out of Mogadishu in August 2011. The AU troops have since taken over towns outside of Mogadishu as well. Kenyan forces invaded Somalia late last year, and have been moving slowly toward Kismayo.The once-powerful al-Shabab spent years defending its Mogadishu territory, but since being forced out has chosen to retreat from towns when challenged by African Union forces or Ethiopian troops who moved into western Somalia earlier this year.“The most plausible explanation is that they fear that they’ll be outgunned by the coalition force, and as a result are incentivized to retreat,” said Abdihakim Aynte, a Somali political analyst in Mogadishu. “We also know al-Shabab, by nature, couldn’t engage in conventional warfare, especially in an urban area.”Aynte noted that al-Shabab fought conventional-style battles with Ethiopian troops in 2006 and 2007 “and the result was bloody and nasty.”Col. Cyrus Oguna, the spokesman for the Kenyan military, said that Kenyan troops now stationed in northern Kismayo are making plans to expand south. Oguna said he didn’t know how many al-Shabab fighters are left in Kismayo, but that “we can probably say now that the numbers are less than when we got in.” Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

A Housing Market Update

first_img Defaults Dividends Employment Fannie Mae Goldman Sachs homes HOUSING loans Modifcations mortgage profit Wages 2018-11-02 Radhika Ojha November 2, 2018 873 Views A Housing Market Update Sharecenter_img A report examined the state of the economy and how the housing market is faring. A government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) completing a decade under conservatorship announced its Q3 results. And a large bank moved toward settling mortgages under the direction of the Department of Justice. These are three of the top stories making the news this Friday. Here’s what you should be keeping tabs on as the nation goes to vote for the mid-term elections on November 6:The Case for a Strong EconomyThe Bureau of Labor Statistics released the jobs data for October on Friday, indicating that while unemployment remained low, wages saw an annual increase of 3.1 percent from the same period last year.”The updated information released today suggests that the labor market remains strong and inflation remains manageable, supporting our call that the Fed will raise its key policy rate in December,” said Doug Duncan, Chief Economist at Fannie Mae. “Meanwhile, the housing sector also registered job gains this month, but the stronger growth in average hourly earnings relative to the private sector overall suggests that labor availability remains a challenge.”According to Tendayi Kapfidze, Chief Economist, LendingTree, the low labor force participation rate has been holding wages back “so it will be important to see if this uptick is sustained since the year-over-year growth may have been biased upwards by a weak number in October 2017.”Rising wages have affected home buying too, according to Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American. “If household income had not increased compared with a year ago, rising mortgage rates, which jumped from 3.9 to 4.8 percent over the last year, would have reduced consumer house-buying power by $38,000,” Fleming said. “Rising household income mitigated the impact of higher cost mortgages by $11,000.”Business Fundamentals at Fannie MaeFannie Mae turned a profit in the third quarter and expects to pay $4 billion in dividends to the U.S. Treasury, according to the GSE’s Q3 financial statement, released Friday.Net revenues for the quarter were $5.37 billion. That’s up from $5.27 billion in Q3 of 2017. Pre-tax income was $5 billion. After-tax net income and total comprehensive income for the quarter were both $4 billion, up from $3 billion a year ago. The GSE posted a Q3 value of $7 billion.What all this means for shareholders is a net income of $36 million or $0.01 per share. That compares to last year’s Q3 net loss of $25 million.Fannie’s interim CEO, Hugh Frater, said Q3’s results show a positive forward momentum. “We are focused on serving our customers, helping them navigate market headwinds, and enabling a mortgage process that is better, faster, cheaper, and safer,” Frater said. “That means we have a responsibility to innovate while maintaining our strong commitment to safety, soundness, and stewardship on behalf of taxpayers.”According to the report, the GSE provided $122 billion in liquidity to the single-family mortgage market in the third quarter. It estimated its market share of new single-family mortgage-related securities issuances was 40 percent.Goldman Sachs Moves Closer to Consumer ReliefGoldman Sachs’, forgiving principal on 746 loans, is steadily moving closer towards fulfilling its $1.8 billion consumer-relief obligation under its two April 11, 2016, mortgage-related settlement agreements with the U.S. Department of Justice and three states, according to an announcement by Eric D. Green in his ninth report as independent Monitor of the consumer-relief portions of the agreements.Since Green’s previous report on August 1, 2018, Goldman Sachs has forgiven a total of $78,678,617 in principal on 746 first-lien mortgages, for the average principal forgiveness of $105,467 per loan and total reportable credit of $79,272,978after the application of appropriate crediting calculations and multipliers. The bank has now modified a total of 10,671 mortgages.The modified mortgages are spread across 42 states and the District of Columbia, with 32 percent of the credit located in the settling states of New York, Illinois, and California, and 47 percent of the credit located in Hardest Hit Areas, or census tracts identified by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as containing large concentrations of distressed properties and foreclosure activities.”I am pleased to be able to confirm that Goldman Sachs continues to make steady progress toward meeting its obligation to provide Consumer Relief valued at $1.8 billion,” Green said. in Daily Dose, Featured, Newslast_img read more

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