Ontario pension fund OMERS sells Civica to Partners Group for 172 billion

by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 24, 2017 5:26 am MDT Last Updated Jul 24, 2017 at 6:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – OMERS Private Equity has signed a deal to sell software company Civica to investment manager Partners Group for 1.055 billion pounds or roughly C$1.72 billion.The private equity arm of Ontario pension fund acquired Civica in 2013 when it was valued at 390 million pounds.Civica provides business software to both government organizations and the private sector in highly regulated sectors around the world.OMERS manages investments on behalf of 470,000 members from city governments, school boards, emergency services and local agencies across Ontario. Ontario pension fund OMERS sells Civica to Partners Group for $1.72 billion read more

NFL draft Former Ohio State safety Vonn Bell selected by New Orleans

OSU junior safety Vonn Bell (11) dives toward the end zone after an interception in a game against Minnesota on Nov. 7. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorWith the No. 61 overall, Vonn Bell joins the New Orleans Saints as their second, second-round pick joining teammate Michael Thomas who was selected by New Orleans at No. 47 overall. The former Buckeye safety started two season under coach Urban Meyer as an imperative member of the defense.Bell was projected by many to go in the late first round, and no later than the top 10 picks in the second round. As is the case at times in the annual allocation of collegiate players, Bell became a victim of suffering through NFL draft purgatory. Nearly falling to the third round, the Saints ended the suspense and drafted the defensive back by acquiring the third-to-last pick in the second round from the Patriots through the Cardinals. Bell came out of high school as a five-star recruit but didn’t see much playing time in his true freshman season until the postseason. Making his first start as a Buckeye in the 2014 Orange Bowl, the 5-foot-11 safety made an immediate impact by intercepting Clemson’s quarterback Tajh Boyd inside the red zone.In 2014, Bell, then a sophomore, earned a starting safety position and finished second on the team with 92 tackles. The Georgia native also ended the 2014 season ranked ninth in the country with six interceptions, including a span of three straight games with a pick.His most impactful takeaway came in the fourth quarter of the Sugar Bowl against Alabama. Reading the eyes of Crimson Tide quarterback Blake Sims, Bell adjusted to the underthrown ball and intercepted it on his own goal line, robbing Alabama of a touchdown and preserving a 34-28 lead with under 10 minutes to go in the fourth quarter.Despite only collecting two interceptions in 2015, Bell played his way to earning Associated Press first-team All-American honors. Also grabbing a first-team All-Big Ten selection, the decorated safety was a stalwart in the OSU secondary, starting in all 13 games as a junior.Average-sized at 5-foot-11, 200 pounds, Bell was known for running downhill and being physical with opposing receivers in the secondary, as well as an instinct to make plays in the open field.Despite choosing not to run in the NFL combine due to a pulled hamstring, the Saints realized the talent that fell to them at the 61st pick and didn’t hesitate to pull the trigger on the former Buckeye.The Saints are scheduled to open up play against the Oakland Raiders on Sept. 11 at 1 p.m. read more

PNC heavyweights against ministerial misconduct

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedParking lot fiasco: Broomes committed no crime, party to deal with conduct- GrangerSeptember 1, 2018In “latest news”Corentyne residents complain about NDCs performance during Ministerial outreachMarch 20, 2017In “latest news”Broomes’ conduct ‘outside of Ministerial code’, Cabinet yet to address matter-HarmonAugust 6, 2018In “latest news” -As Broomes denies knowledge of parking lot fiasco Minister within the Ministry of Natural Resources Simona BroomesHeavyweights of the Peoples National Congress (PNC) have added their views on the matter involving Junior Natural Resources Minister Simona Broomes, her driver and two security guards at a private business establishment stating that they are against ministerial misconduct.General Secretary of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), Amna Ally has said that if the reported account of the dispute is factual, then the incident would be extremely unfortunate.“If it is that something took place as is reported, it’s unfortunate, very unfortunate. Something like that shouldn’t happen because we have to be able to follow rules and so on,” Ally said.Nevertheless, the veteran PNC politician also went on to state that everyone must observe the rule of law whether “you are a minister, you are an ordinary person; that is what is expected.”Asked whether she was able to view the video footage which tells a different story from the one being told by Broomes, Ally said, she has more important things to do.Ally, who also serves as a senior minister in the coalition administration, said while she has not spoken to Broomes about the incident she may seek an explanation from her at some point.Another senior executive of the party, Volda Lawrence told the media that she was surprised by what was told to her by one of the security guards involved in the incident.When questioned further whether she thinks the Broomes should apologise, she said that the Minister will make her own personal decision on whether to apologise or not.Lawrence, the PNC Vice Chairperson, on Tuesday had apologised to one of the security guards who was locked up by police for 16 hours for allegedly abusing the Junior Minister of Natural Resources.She explained that she was having dinner at the New Thriving Restaurant when the security guard approached her and recounted what had transpired. After hearing his side, she apologised.“We didn’t come into Government for issues like this. We came into make changes,” Lawrence said, while explaining that she felt compelled to apologise on behalf of the PNCR.Meanwhile, State Minister Joseph Harmon said that it would be unprofessional for Broomes to comment on the matter when it is still being investigated by the police.However, Broomes is campaigning with and for Harmon who is contesting for the chairmanship of the PNC/R. He will be challenging the incumbent chairman Basil Williams and Lawrence.Although the Minister had called the police and had the two security guards arrested, the Minister on Thursday denied any knowledge of the incident, stating “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”On her arrival at Parliament, Broomes was flocked by members of the local press who asked the Minister for a comment on the matter but she refused and eventually walked away.When told about the incident at the Massey Stores parking lot, she maintained that “I don’t know what you’re talking about” and proceeded to walk towards the Parliament Chambers.Broomes had claimed that she and her driver, whose name has not been officially released to the media to date, were the victims of verbal assaults and threats by two security guards, who were attempting to bar her from parking in a specific section of the establishment.The Minister with the Natural Resources Ministry, who is no stranger to controversy, had even alleged that one of the guards had pointed and “crocked” a firearm at her and the driver of her SUV vehicle at some point during the incident.She claimed that she was fearful for her life and safety as a result of the actions of the guards, who were arrested and detained by Police ranks following the incident for close to 16 hours before being released on their own recognizance.However, since the release of footage on Tuesday, it became clear that the version of the story told by Minister Broomes was different from what was depicted thereby forcing a tidal wave of criticisms and attacks against the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU/AFC) official on social media, with Guyanese accusing her of high-handedness and dishonesty.There have also been attacks on her integrity as more support and sympathy poured in on Wednesday for the guards, who it is being argued were “simply doing their jobs”.Asked whether the Police have found any proof to substantiate the claims made by Minister Broomes that a gun was aimed at her during the ordeal, Crime Chief Paul Williams has declined to make any definitive pronouncement as he dodged the issue.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo believes that the Minister’s behaviour if true was atrocious and should not be allowed to continue.He said that the incident also pointed to the fact that sometimes people rush to judgement, referring to the unwarranted arrests of the two security guards at the Massey Store over the incident without properly investigating the issue thoroughly. He believes that the Police should be held responsible, given that they acted unprofessionally. read more

Nikola Karabatic about Qatar 2015 We come to Doha to win the

One of the best handball players of the decade, Nikola Karabatic (30) talked exclusively for the www.qatarhandball2015.com about handball in Qatar, his anticipation of the 2015 World Championship in Doha and his hopes and dreams for the upcoming season.Congratulation for your second straight trophy at the IHF Super Globe. Did you expect to be successful with FC Barcelona in Doha again?Nikola Karabatic: At first I have to say that the IHF Super Globe was a brilliantly organised event with handball on the highest level. I believe we were the best team and took the trophy well-deserved, but all non-European opponents gave us a hard fight in a great arena. In January you will return to Doha with the French national team for the 2015 World Championship. What are your general impressions on the preparations of the pinnacle event?Nikola Karabatic (smiles): At first I hope that in January the temperatures are a little bit lower than now. Qatar has deserved to organise this World Championship. They invest a lot in sport, in handball and in the infrastructure – and they even invest outside their country to develop handball and sport as the sponsor of the Paris St. Germain team or by the sports channel beInSport, located in Paris too. The arenas in Qatar are brilliant, the accommodation for teams is exceptional, the Qatari people show a great hospitality. So my biggest hope for the organisers is that they manage to have full arenas throughout the whole World Championship, that they can activate fans from all over the world – as then we will see a perfect tournament.France are currently reigning European and Olympic champions, but missed a chance to defend their World Championship titles 2009 and 2011 titles when getting eliminated by Croatia in the 2013 World Champions quarter-final.Can France make it to the top again in Doha?Nikola Karabatic: Indeed, it’s our clear goal to win the gold medals again in Qatar, as it’s been our target for years to be on top of all competitions. Between 2008 and 2012 we took nearly all available titles: at the Olympic Games, World Championships and European championships. In January 2012, when we played a really weak European Championship in Serbia, missing the semi-finals, a lot of people said: ‘The Golden Generation is dead, it’s over for France.’ Seven months later we were gold medalists at the London Olympic Games. In January 2013, when we lost the World Championship quarter-final in Spain, again they declared the French team for dead. So it was interesting so see all the reaction after we had played an extra-ordinary 2014 European Championship including beating host Denmark in an extra-ordinary final. So you see the tides turn quite fast in international handball. We will prepare intensely for Qatar 2015 and hope to go all the way.Q: But you don’t have to become World Champions to qualify directly for the 2017 World Championship, as France is the already qualified as host and organizer…Nikola Karabatic (smiles again): This is true, but, at first it is the dream of every player to become World Champion, even if you had been it before. And second: Qatar 2015 is the first qualification event for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. And if we take the trophy in Doha we’ll have already booked the ticket to Rio – is there any greater motivation?Q: The roster of the French team changed in the previous two years. Was it hard to integrate all those young players in your fully rehearsed squad?Nikola Karabatic: Definitely not! We have five, six youngster who are part of our team now like my brother Luka, and ValentinPortes, who already have key roles on our team. Of course it was not an easy task, but thanks to our former team mate Didier Dinart, who now is our defence coach, they were integrated perfectly in the way we defend. And in attack we do what the French team always does: The experienced player discuss and implement the tactics and teach it to the young ones. Our success at the 2014 European championship proved that this system is working.Winning titles and trophies with the national team is one part of your handball life, the other is playing for the most successful ever handball club on earth. How would you describe your first season at FC Barcelona?Nikola Karabatic: I’m absolutely happy and proud to be part of this team and this club. I arrived in Barcelona to win titles I had not won before – and I managed it in my prime season: Spanish champions, Spanish Cup winners, IHF Super Globe winners. Now I have won all most prestigious trophies in the world of handball. I have to say that the team made it very easy for me to become part of it. We have a great atmosphere in our team, on and off the court. I really settled fast and easily – and feeling how fast the first season passed by proves to me that it was the right step to join Barcelona.But despite winning all Spanish competitions and the IHF Super Globe, you and your team missed the great goal to become winners of the VELUX EHF Champions League. How did you and your team mates cope with the incredible semi-final defeat against Flensburg after being ahead by six goals with only eight minutes to play?Nikola Karabatic: To be honest, everybody had to cope with this defeat on his own. Right after the VELUX EHF FINAL4 tournament in Cologne, we all spread to our national teams and then everybody had his summer holiday. Now we are all back together, but we only look ahead and not behind at what has happened in the past. We are aiming for great goals again in the next season. And luckily we have the chance to face Flensburg twice again very early in the group phase of the Champions League.So making it to Cologne again and to fight for the Champions League trophy again is the main goal for you on club level?Nikola Karabatic: This is the most important and the most prestigious title you can win and thus we aim for it every year. But this season it will be harder than ever to make it to the final tournament. Some years before it was clear before the start of the season that Kiel, Barcelona and Madrid would make it there, the only open question was who would be the fourth team to qualify. This season the quality of the clubs has increased tremendously and so the number of clubs who have the chances and the ambitions to make it to Cologne has increased in the same way. It’s not only Kiel and Barcelona anymore. The group of high potentials includes Veszprem, Vardar Skopje, Kielce, Paris, Flensburg. To have so many contenders for the title will produce an exciting and thrilling season, the competition will be much more interesting as the level of performance is higher than ever. Nikola KarabaticQatar 2015 ← Previous Story VIDEO: Two seconds, three steps and goal… Next Story → “IT IS ENOUGH”: Leganger ends career! read more

HTC Vive Gets a 200 EyeTracking Upgrade

first_img British Airways Tests VR Entertainment on Select First-Class FlightsGeek Pick: HP Reverb Is Clear-Eyed Virtual Reality HTC’s Vive is about to get some upgrades. One of the first is an eye-tracking suite called aGlass, from Beijing-based startup, 7invensun. According to UploadVR, the kit will have two eyepieces that fit just inside the mask. They connect with the headset itself, allowing your computer to track pupil movement with an array of sensors.Eye-tracking is a relative newcomer to the gaming input space with only a handful of companies like Tobii and Fove working on the technology. That said, they can offer some exceptional benefits, and current models are already a lot more accurate than you’d suspect.Foveated Rendering can be used to squeeze some more frames out of wimpy gaming hardware, for example. It works much like the view distance slider in most games — if you only render what people are looking at, you don’t have to worry about cramming detail throughout. Foveated Rendering allows computers to focus only on what you’re actually looking at, which can yield some big gains. Some have tried to use the tech for narrative while others have tacked on a few features to their games, but the potential is certainly there for more. Or at least that’s HTC’s hope.aGlass is among the first to emerge from HTC’s Vive X accelerator program — an initiative meant to help foster a community of VR developers, manufacturers, and enthusiasts. Applications closed earlier this year, but those accepted gain access to tons of resources from VR veterans, including monetary investment.The aGlass kit will be available to pre-order for a little over $200 in June, with shipments expected later this year. While I’m sure the device will be great, I’m still skeptical of the entire idea behind VR. As I’ve said a few times before, VR is largely a stepping stone to the real innovation — augmented reality — and it’ll be some time yet before that’s ready for primetime. For now… whatever floats your boat, I guess? Stay on targetlast_img read more

Poverty in Clark County Numbers dont tell whole story

first_img When the Census Bureau released data showing that the poverty rate had declined to 8.8 percent countywide — its lowest in more than a decade — it seemed like positive news. While it’s true that a lower poverty rate reflects a recovering economy and a decrease in unemployment, it doesn’t tell the full story of need.Today, for a family of four, being in poverty means earning a pre-tax annual income of $24,600 or less. This official measure of poverty is the same whether you live here in Clark County or anywhere else in the 48 contiguous states.When determining its American Community Survey estimates for income, poverty and many other demographics, the Census considers people staying in homeless shelters and similar facilities. However, the Census does not sample from domestic violence shelters, soup kitchens or “dangerous encampments.”The poverty level, otherwise called the poverty threshold or poverty line, was developed after President Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty in 1964. The figure is updated every January using the Consumer Price Index, so it essentially moves with inflation. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the poverty line for a family of four was $20,000 in January 2006, which had the same buying power as $24,492 in January 2017 — $108 less than today’s poverty line.Andy Silver, the executive director of the Council for the Homeless, said the poverty rate is a bad indicator of how many people are poor or struggling, and one reason is that the inflation metric doesn’t reflect the rising costs of living in modern society. Not being able to afford internet access or a cellphone wasn’t an issue in the 1960s, but it is today, he said. So, how does that translate to the number of people struggling to live by today’s standards? click to enlargelast_img read more

Comey Possible that Russians have leverage over Trump

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI Director James Comey says he thinks it’s possible the Russians have compromising information on President Donald Trump and that there is “some evidence of obstruction of justice” in the president’s actions. That included Trump’s request to end an FBI investigation into former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn.In an ABC News interview that aired Sunday, Comey acknowledged that it was “stunning” to think that Russia could have damaging information on a president but said he could not discount the possibility.“It is stunning and I wish I wasn’t saying it, but it’s just — it’s the truth. I cannot say that,” Comey said. “It always struck me and still strikes me as unlikely, and I woulda been able to say with high confidence about any other president I dealt with, but I can’t. It’s possible.”He also answered “possibly” when asked if the president was attempting to obstruct justice when he cleared the Oval Office of other officials last February and encouraged him to close the investigation into Flynn, who pleaded guilty last December to lying to the FBI and is now cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.The interview aired hours after a vitriolic Twitter outburst from the president, who called Comey “slippery,” suggested he should be in jail and labeled him the “the WORST FBI Director in history, by far!”last_img read more

Rise of religious left

first_imgDonald TrumpSince US president Donald Trump’s election, monthly lectures on social justice at the 600-seat Gothic chapel of New York’s Union Theological Seminary have been filled to capacity with crowds three times what they usually draw.In January, the 181-year-old Upper Manhattan graduate school, whose architecture evokes London’s Westminster Abbey, turned away about 1,000 people from a lecture on mass incarceration. In the nine years that Reverend Serene Jones has served as its president, she has never seen such crowds.”The election of Trump has been a clarion call to progressives in the Protestant and Catholic churches in America to move out of a place of primarily professing progressive policies to really taking action,” she said.Although not as powerful as the religious right, which has been credited with helping elect Republican presidents and boasts well-known leaders such as Christian Broadcasting Network founder Pat Robertson, the “religious left” is now slowly coming together as a force in US politics.This disparate group, traditionally seen as lacking clout, has been propelled into political activism by Trump’s policies on immigration, healthcare and social welfare, according to clergy members, activists and academics. A key test will be how well it will be able to translate its mobilisation into votes in the 2018 midterm congressional elections.”It’s one of the dirty little secrets of American politics that there has been a religious left all along and it just hasn’t done a good job of organizing,” said J Patrick Hornbeck II, chairman of the theology department at Fordham University, a Jesuit school in New York.”It has taken a crisis, or perceived crisis, like Trump’s election to cause folks on the religious left to really own their religion in the public square,” Hornbeck said.Religious progressive activism has been part of American history. Religious leaders and their followers played key roles in campaigns to abolish slavery, promote civil rights and end the Vietnam War, among others. The latest upwelling of left-leaning religious activism has accompanied the dawn of the Trump presidency.Some in the religious left are inspired by Pope Francis, the Roman Catholic leader who has been an outspoken critic of anti-immigrant policies and a champion of helping the needy.Although support for the religious left is difficult to measure, leaders point to several examples, such as a surge of congregations offering to provide sanctuary to immigrants seeking asylum, churches urging Republicans to reconsider repealing the Obamacare health law and calls to preserve federal spending on foreign aid.The number of churches volunteering to offer sanctuary to asylum seekers doubled to 800 in 45 of the 50 US states after the election, said the Elkhart, Indiana-based Church World Service, a coalition of Christian denominations which helps refugees settle in the United States – and the number of new churches offering help has grown so quickly that the group has lost count.”The religious community, the religious left is getting out, hitting the streets, taking action, raising their voices,” said Reverend Noel Anderson, its national grassroots coordinator.In one well-publicized case, a Quaker church in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on March 14 took in a Honduran woman who has been living illegally in the United States for 25 years and feared she would be targeted for deportation.’NEVER SEEN’ THISLeaders of Faith in Public Life, a progressive policy group, were astounded when 300 clergy members turned out at a January rally at the US Senate attempting to block confirmation of Trump’s attorney general nominee, Jeff Sessions, because of his history of controversial statements on race.”I’ve never seen hundreds of clergy turning up like that to oppose a Cabinet nominee,” said Reverend Jennifer Butler, the group’s chief executive.The group on Wednesday convened a Capitol Hill rally of hundreds of pastors from as far away as Ohio, North Carolina and Texas to urge Congress to ensure that no people lose their health insurance as a result of a vote to repeal Obamacare.Financial support is also picking up. Donations to the Christian activist group Sojourners have picked up by 30 percent since Trump’s election, the group said.But some observers were skeptical that the religious left could equal the religious right politically any time soon.”It really took decades of activism for the religious right to become the force that it is today,” said Peter Ubertaccio, chairman of the political science department at Stonehill College, a Catholic school outside Boston.But the power potential of the “religious left” is not negligible. The “Moral Mondays” movement, launched in 2013 by the North Carolina NAACP’s Reverend William Barber, is credited with contributing to last year’s election defeat of Republican Governor Pat McCrory by Democrat Roy Cooper.The new political climate is also spurring new alliances, with churches, synagogues and mosques speaking out against the recent spike in bias incidents, including threats against mosques and Jewish community centers.The Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, which encourages alliances between Jewish and Muslim women, has tripled its number of US chapters to nearly 170 since November, said founder Sheryl Olitzky.”This is not about partisanship, but about vulnerable populations who need protection, whether it’s the LGBT community, the refugee community, the undocumented community,” said Rabbi Jonah Pesner, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, using the acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.More than 1,000 people have already signed up for the center’s annual Washington meeting on political activism, about three times as many as normal, Pesner said.Leaders of the religious right who supported Trump say they see him delivering on his promises and welcomed plans to defund Planned Parenthood, whose healthcare services for women include abortion, through the proposed repeal of Obamacare.”We have not seen any policy proposals that run counter to our faith,” said Lance Lemmonds, a spokesman for the Faith & Freedom Coalition, a nonprofit group based in Duluth, Georgia.last_img read more

EC receives police report on Naya Paltan clashes

first_imgElection CommissionThe election commission on Sunday evening received the police report along with photos and video footages collected from electronic and print media regarding last Wednesday’s violence in front of BNP’s Naya Paltan central office, reports UNB.An official of the election commission (EC) wishing anonymity said Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) sent the report along with video footages and photos.Earlier, the EC sent the letter to the police headquarters to send an investigation report over the incident. The letter also instructed police not to harass or arrest innocent people in connection with the violence. Responding to the letter, the DMP sent the sealed report along with video footages and photos, said the EC official.Replying to a question, the official said the commission will take the necessary decisions based on the report.At least 50 people, including 23 police, were injured in the clash between the BNP leaders and activists and police in front of the party’s Naya Paltan central office on the third day of the party’s nomination form sale.Police lobbed teargas shells, rubber bullets and charged batons while two police cars were torched during the clash.Three separate cases were filed in connection with the incident. At least 65 people, who were arrested from the area during and after the clash, were shown arrested in the cases.Detective Branch of the DMP arrested BNP’s central executive committee leader Nipun Roy Chowdhury from the city’s Kakrail on Thursday evening in connection with the clash.last_img read more

UP member stabbed dead

first_imgA union parishad member, who sustained stab injuries in a knife attack by his rivals at Ichhapur Bazar in Chattogram’s Hathazari upazila on Monday, succumbed to his injuries at Chattogram Medical College Hospital (CMCH) early Tuesday, reports UNB.The deceased was identified as Emran Chowdhury, 45, son of Md Omar Chowdhury and member of ward No. 9 of Gorduara union.Locals said Emran locked into an altercation with one Jamsed at the Bazar around 2:00pm over previous enmity.At one stage, Jamsed took a knife from a nearby shop and stabbed Emran indiscreetly, leaving him critically injured.Later, the injured was admitted to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries around 2:00am, said inspector Jahirul Islam, in-charge of the CMCH police outpost.last_img read more

Rovio to launch new Angry Birds Mine and Dine episode soon

first_imgRovio, the company behind the ever-so-popular game Angry Birds, announced on its Facebook page earlier this week that a brand new episode is on its way. This time, the birds and pigs are going down into the depths of the earth. According to Rovio, Angry Birds Mine and Dine will have you using geology to your advantage.Mine and Dine is the sixth Angry Birds episode so far. The exact launch date is yet to be determined, but Rovio has submitted the game to Apple to be approved. There’s not a whole lot of information about the new episode yet.Rovio hasn’t officially announced the episode on its blog yet, but the video below shows us that the birds are trading in the sun for the deep, dark depths of a coal mine. We have to admit, seeing the pigs wearing miner’s hats and holding pickaxes is pretty darn cute. Amongst the giant boulders, which are perfect for squashing evil piggies, there look to be some sparkly jewels.It’s been about six months since we’ve seen a new episode for Angry Birds. Fans have been able to hold themselves over with special edition games, like Angry Birds Seasons, Angry Birds Rio, and Angry Birds Magic, but most will be relieved to see an update to the original Angry Birds game.Via Social Timeslast_img read more

Geek deals DLink WiFi home security camera BioShock Infinite preorde

first_imgMany of the pet owners reading Geek, myself included, have probably wondered what exactly our furry (or slithery?) babies do during the day. Are they secretly cleaning themselves on your pillow, investigating your cabinets, or just sleeping innocently on the couch?Thanks to technology these days it is plenty easy to find out. Just grab something like today’s deal, the D-Link DCS-942L WiFi home security camera, and you can check in on your home or business from any internet connection. The DCS-942L promises easy setup, simply connecting to your wireless home network.It can be setup to record video footage to a microSD card, only record when motion is detected, auto email you with snapshots, and of course you can access the video feed from any internet-connected device. You can login to a secure website from any PC to view your feeds and there are Apple and Android apps available to let you check in on the go.The camera itself has infrared LEDs that allow for visible recording up to 15 feet away, letting you catch those furry hi-jinks even in the middle of the night. It records all of this in H.264 format video, which is both universal and thrifty on storage space. Whether you have a PC or Mac, this little beauty will let you keep an eye on things with minimal hassle and cost.D-Link DCS-942L Wireless Home Network Camera for $129.99 + free in-store pickup (reg. $149.99)Our other top deals:Lenovo G780 17.3-inch Core i5 Laptop w/ 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD for $599 + free shipping (reg. $899)Toshiba 40E220U 40-inch 1080p LCD HDTV for $379.99 + free in-store pickup (reg. $499.99)Videogame pre-order 1600 Microsoft point bonus: BioShock Infinite, Gears of War: Judgment, Grand Theft Auto V, morelast_img read more

Poo Power Charges Up This Dairy Farmers Feed Truck

first_img Watch: Man Serenades Cows With Saxophone in OregonWatch: Over 50 Cows Get Swept Away During Flash Flood in Minnesota If there’s one thing we learned from the Back To The Future movies, it’s that Biff Tannen hates manure. Dairy farmer Albert Strauss, on the other hand, is a big, big fan.That’s because Strauss understands the enormous potential locked away inside the considerable amount of manure his herd of 300 cattle produces on a daily basis. For more than a decade he and his family have been turning manure into a sustainable source of electricity by dumping it into a massive digester on their 500-acre farm.Now, Strauss Family Creamery is proudly using that poo power to charge up the 15-ton feed truck that delivers sustenance to the cows. It’s the result of eight years of hard work and it’s the first step towards electrifying the Creamery’s heavy equipment.The next big project Strauss has set his sights on is electrifying a delivery truck, which will greatly reduce the carbon footprint for their runs to Bay Area farmers’ markets. It’s maybe not quite as sexy as, say, the upcoming electrified Bugatti Chiron, but getting diesel-powered trucks off the road is a massive win for the environment.The Creamery’s ultimate goal is to become a carbon positive operation. That won’t be an easy task, but with help from the Marin Carbon Project, it’s one that Strauss hopes to achieve within the next 20 years. When (not if, Strauss is laser-focused on sustainability) that happens, they’ll be keeping a whopping 2,000 metric tons of carbon from escaping into the atmosphere each year.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

HTC PeaksLeaks Intro of New Innovations

first_img Citation: HTC Peaks-Leaks Intro of New Innovations (2008, May 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-05-htc-peaks-leaks-intro.html HTC Touch Diamond. Credit: Engadget/HTC The story begins with an invitation by HTC, “To witness the next generation of HTC innovation.” The event is set for 11:30 A.M. in London, UK, according to Vincent Nguyen. Could it be the first Android supported mobile device, Dream, promised by HTC? With Apple’s worldwide conference of developers just one month away, queries Nguyen, could there be a tie in? Could the announcement have anything to do with introducing a new Windows Mobile device utilizing TouchFLO2 “Manila”? A flurry of blog spots and subsequent leaks reported by Engadget adds a few interesting aspects of this magical mystery unveiling in London on May 6th. According to Engadget, HTC leaked official photos of a new mobile device called, HTC Touch Diamond. This new “Ultra High Density” display device may be part or the whole of all the excitement. The HTC Touch Diamond is reported to have a dynamic 2.8-inch VGA display. It has 3G connectivity ideal for the European market. It has Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional OS. Adding to the excitement it has WiFi and Bluetooth built in. A 3.2 megapixel camera with auto focus with 4 GB internal memory and a memory slot. It has a an additional VGA camera in front for video telephony. In addition, it has an accelerometer like the Apple iPhone. For fast response it has a Qualcomm 528 MHz CPU.The various HTC Touch Diamond sightings report divergent takes on whether it has a full QWERTY keyboard or whether it will come with the new TouchFlo2 Manila application. It appears the Touch Diamond does have a FM tuner and eGPS and a full range of Quad-band frequencies. Whether the announcement hype and speculation is worth it will be abundantly apparent on May 6th. My guess is that HTC has something pretty interesting to present because their long standing reputation for producing outweighs “Big Foot” type tabloid gimmickry. HTC has created a mystery for its announcement of next generation innovations in London on May 6th. Bloggers and Internet electronic gadget web sites have entered into the fray. Is it an Android supported device? Is it mobile Manila? Is it Touch Diamond? Whatever it is, it better be good after all this hype. 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

Man attempts suicide after killing wife in Hooghly

first_imgKolkata: A 35-year-old man from Hooghly attempted suicide after killing his wife by slitting her throat.The incident has created sensation at Haraditya village of Arambag in Hooghly on Monday morning.The husband identified Sanatan Hembram (35) has been fighting for life at Arambag Sub-divisional Hospital.According to the district police, Hembram killed his wife, Sakulmani Hembram (35), whose body was found with her throat slit at their residence in Arambag. The husband was also found in a critical condition. After carrying out the murder of his wife, the accused attempted suicide by slitting his own throat. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe locals told police the couple got married seven years ago. They used to fight with each other over some family related issues. The quarrel might have led to the murder of the wife, suspect police.A domestic help, who went to their house, found the couple was lying in a pool of blood.She informed the locals about the matter. They in turn called up the police station.Senior police officers from the district reached the spot and sent the couple to Arambag Sub-divisional Hospital where the wife was declared brought dead, while the husband was admitted. According to hospital sources, the husband’s health condition is critical.According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that it was not a pre-planned murder. The accused husband might have killed his wife following a heated altercation. After committing the crime, he tried to kill himself. The investigating officers collected samples from the room. Police are interrogating the family members of the couple.last_img read more

Global Prepaid Card Market 2019 by Top Companies Business Outlook and

first_imgTarget Audience of the Global Prepaid Card Market in Market Study:Key Consulting Companies & AdvisorsLarge, medium-sized, and small enterprisesVenture capitalistsValue-Added Resellers (VARs)Third-party knowledge providersInvestment bankersInvestorsAvail the Discount on this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3199891?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=SDFurthermore, years considered for the study are as follows:Historical year – 2016, 2017Base year – 2018Forecast period – 2019 to 2026 Latin AmericaBrazilMexicoRest of the World EuropeUKGermany Asia PacificChinaIndiaJapancenter_img About Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various domains across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.com Global Prepaid Card Market report offers clients the most efficient and dependable insight onto new business opportunities for companies active in the market, ranging across different marketing trader.Global Prepaid Card Market is valued approximately USD 1348.95 billion in 2018 and is anticipated to grow with a healthy growth rate of more than 22.70% over the forecast period 2019-2026.Request the Sample Copy of this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3199891?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=SDThe Prepaid Card market is on the surging trend considering the global scenario. A prepaid card is a payment card where the funds are connected directly without being linked to a bank account. The Prepaid cards are available to every individual regardless of credit rating, income of bank account. The Prepaid cards are precisely used across many industry verticals which includes retailers, corporate institutions, government and financial institutions. Rising awareness & ease of access to prepaid cards is one of the major factors responsible for high CAGR of the market. Surge in unbanked and under banked population is the factor that offers growth opportunities. Additionally, rise in the demand for cash alternatives is contributing towards growth of global Prepaid Card market. Further, surge in the E-commerce industry and escalating number of internet users that regulates their demand across various regions. However, prone to fraudulent attacks is one of the major factor anticipated that restraining the market growth of prepaid card during the forecast period.The regional analysis of global Prepaid Card market is considered for the key regions such as Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, Latin America and Rest of the World. Europe is the leading/significant region across the world in terms of market share owing to rising demand for cash alternatives among various industry verticals and rising number of internet users in the region. North America is anticipated to grow at satisfactory rate in the global Prepaid Card market during the forecast period. Asia-Pacific is also anticipated to exhibit highest growth rate / CAGR over the forecast period 2019-2026 due to increasing utilization of prepaid card among people subsequent transactions have led to advancements of the payment ecosystem. In the other regions such as the Middle East and Africa, the growth of the Prepaid Card market is moderate owing to lack of awareness about the benefits of Prepaid Card in these regions.Major market player included in this report are:American Express CompanyNetspend Holding Inc.Green Dot CorporationUnirush LLCPayPal Holdings Inc.The objective of the study is to define market sizes of different segments & countries in recent years and to forecast the values to the coming eight years. The report is designed to incorporate both qualitative and quantitative aspects of the industry within each of the regions and countries involved in the study. Furthermore, the report also caters the detailed information about the crucial aspects such as driving factors & challenges which will define the future growth of the market. Additionally, the report shall also incorporate available opportunities in micro markets for stakeholders to invest along with the detailed analysis of competitive landscape and product offerings of key players. The detailed segments and sub-segment of the market are explained below:By Card Type:Multi-Purpose Prepaid CardSingle-Purpose Prepaid CardBy Usage:General Purpose Reloadable CardGift CardDisbursement CardPayroll CardOthersBy Industry Vertical:Retail EstablishmentsCorporate InstitutionsGovernmentFinancial InstitutionsOthersBy Regions:North AmericaUSCanadalast_img read more

Applitools announces 2019 State of Automated Visual Testing Report that highlights the

first_imgLast week, Applitools, the provider of AI-powered end-to-end visual testing and monitoring, announced the “2019 State of Automated Visual Testing Report.” According to the report, as the number of screens and pages across applications, operating systems websites, and devices continue to grow, the continuous management of a web application’s visual quality becomes a competitive advantage for businesses worldwide. The report has been conducted as an independent survey of over 350 companies and it outlines the research findings for visual testing and quality. It further identifies key patterns that bring excellence in Application Visual Management. With the help of this research, organizations can now better understand the business challenges and opportunities that are associated with visual quality. This year’s Automated Visual Testing Report covers a few important findings: Visual bugs are common and they typically cost the R&D team between $1.75m and $6.9m annually to fix. The reports further says that the average release to production has 9 visual bugs. Also, over 30 percent of companies release more than 22 bugs per release that cost them over $143,000 per release. For a team that is pushing towards CI-CD (continuous integration and continuous delivery) and releasing only four times per month, these common visual bugs affect the visual quality. According to the report, with the increasing number of screens and pages, the increasing expectations of faster release cycles, the goal of continuous visual quality is going to be much more challenging in the future which would underscore the need for Visual AI to help meet it. The findings further state that CI/CD and Digital Transformation initiatives are necessary for dealing with the enormous challenge of visual quality and according to over 64 percent of companies surveyed, these initiatives are either non-existent or failing to deliver as planned. Companies that are using automated visual testing are building competitive advantage via improvements to quality, coverage, release velocity, and team morale. The findings show the overall app test coverage increasing by over 60 percent. It further shows the Visual quality improving by 3.6x and the monthly release velocity more than doubles. According to the report, only 12 percent of companies surveyed are using automated visual testing as of Q1 2019, which suggests that competitive advantage is possible for those companies who quickly move to adopt the technique this year. Also by the end of this year, there would be an additional 38 percent of companies who would have initiated automated visual testing as a core strategy. Gil Sever, Co-Founder and CEO of Applitools wrote in an email to us, “Today, software equals brand. Managing application quality effectively as releases occur more frequently is becoming a competitive advantage for all companies, regardless of vertical market, company size, or geography.” He further added, “Continuous visual quality is now a goal for QA and software development teams as the stakes continue to get higher for organizations competing for customer attention and retention in this age of across the board digital transformation.” Read Next Applitools introduces AI based automated root cause analysis to pinpoint bugs quickly 5 ways artificial intelligence is upgrading software engineering Top 5 automated testing frameworkslast_img read more

Accused US child molester nabbed in Guatemala

first_imgFrom the print editionA U.S. man accused of molesting a 4-year-old girl was arrested last week in Guatemala after avoiding justice for 18 years, news agency Reuters reported on Tuesday. Jeffrey Reed Parish, 65, was arrested July 12 at his home in Panajachel, a lakeside village often frequented by tourists, some 145 kilometers west of the capital. An FBI spokeswoman said Reed Parish was living under an assumed name and did not resist arrest. Agents accompanied him back to the U.S. on Saturday, where he will face charges in California, where he had disappeared in 1998, Reuters reported. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Ready for Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:Ramírez announces a National Team lineup with a few surprises The best photos from Costa Rica’s loss to Tunisia – and the afterparty Belgium defeats Costa Rica 4-1 Mexico defeats Costa Rica 3-2 in international friendly England’s National Men’s Football Team is hours away from hosting the Costa Rican National Team at Elland Road, Leeds. The match is one of two remaining international friendlies for La Sele as it makes its way the World Cup.The broadcast of the game, which will begin at 1 pm local time, will give Costa Ricans another chance to see their team in action before the World Cup begins.The team is fresh from its 3-0 victory over Northern Ireland. Following today’s match, the team will head to Brussels for another friendly against Belgium on June 11.Once these friendlies are complete, the team will travel from Brussels to Russia to prepare for the World Cup, where it will face off against Serbia, Brazil and Switzerland in the first round of play. Ciao, Sele: see you on the other sidecenter_img Facebook Commentslast_img read more