Tesla and Akamai Technologies tumble while Cabot Oil rises

first_imgNEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Wednesday:Tesla Inc., down $22.68 to $310.12The electric car maker cut its prices by $2,000 and announced fourth-quarter sales figures that fell short of analysts’ estimates.Cabot Oil & Gas Corp., up $1.18 to $23.53Energy companies, the weakest sector in the market last year, rose as the price of crude oil turned higher.U.S. Concrete Inc., down $3.48 to $31.80Analysts at D.A. Davidson lowered their estimates for the company, partly due to unfavourable weather in Texas and wildfires in California.Akamai Technologies Inc., down $2.07 to $59.01Technology companies fell more than the rest of the market.Duke Energy Corp., down $1.60 to $84.70Utilities and other high-dividend stocks, such as real estate investment trusts, fell.Box Inc., up $1.50 to $18.38The cloud-based software company’s stock rose on rumours that it could be an acquisition target.NetEase Inc., down $5.63 to $229.74The Wall Street Journal reported that NetEase was left off a list of video game makers that got new approvals from Chinese regulators.Roku Inc., up $1.88 to $32.52The company said it is expanding its Roku Channel to include premium subscriptions.The Associated Presslast_img read more

French government unveils tough reform of jobless benefits

PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron’s government has unveiled plans to make it more difficult for the unemployed to claim benefits.Labour minister Muriel Penicaud said Tuesday that the reform was “tough yet important.”Unions have denounced the plans as unfair and damaging to the country’s social security system.The planned changes extend the period people will have had to work to be entitled to unemployment benefits and reduces the amount wealthier workers can receive after six months out of work.The government expects the reform to save 3.4 billion euros ($3.8 billion) over three years and hopes it will reduce unemployment.Unemployment in France fell to 8.7% in the first quarter of the year, its lowest in a decade — yet it remains among the highest in Europe.Associated Press, The Associated Press read more

Nepalese children need more protection after years of suffering say UN officials

4 April 2007The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN’s human rights chief in Nepal today issued a joint appeal for the introduction of protective measures for the Himalayan country’s children, saying they suffered widespread violence, indoctrination, manipulation and abuse during the 11-year civil war that ended last year. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Representative Lena Sundh and Gillian Mellsop from UNICEF proposed that the electoral code of conduct being drawn up ahead of this year’s planned polls include specific child protection measures so that children are protected from violence and arrest. In particular they urge that this code of conduct commit political parties and other political actors to keep schools free of political meetings or other activities and to “not ask, encourage or force children in schools to participate in any political gathering or demonstration.” “Children might face further violence and manipulation, if necessary precautionary measures are not adopted… The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) which Nepal has signed… guarantees children a number of rights, including the right to express their views on any matter affecting them,” the joint statement said. It also calls for laws and regulations banning the use of schools by all political actors; the use of children at schools in political activities; the enrolment/involvement of otherchildren in such activities without their parents’ prior consent, and the use of schoolbuses for transporting political activists. In addition, the statement presents 10 specific action points, covering the Government’s responsibility to safeguard children from exploitation and a call for all political parties to prevent political manipulation, along with other recommendations. The joint statement also highlighted that both the Nepalese Government and the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-M) endorsed provisions in February committing them to “ensuring that children who are released from or have left armed forces or groups are not used for political purposes by any party, including for political propaganda.” read more

Ohio State inks Cincinnati lineman

The Buckeyes added a tenacious offensive lineman to their roster.Andrew Norwell, a Cincinnati native out of Anderson High School, is the No. 2 offensive tackle in the country according to Scout.com.   Norwell committed to the Buckeyes more than a year ago, but knew long before that he was born a Buckeye.At Anderson, he led the Redskins to the 2007 Division II State Title. The following season, the Redskins were Division II State runner-ups.“Norwell is the kind of player who always puts the team first,” Redskins coach Jeff Giesting said.  Norwell is an All-Ohio lineman and earned first-team All-State, All-Southwest and All-Fort Ancient Valley Conference honors.  However, the biggest honor he received came during his senior season, he said, when he was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.  Norwell wasn’t able to play in the bowl and hasn’t seen the field since early September due to a season-ending injury.  Norwell broke his left tibia in a game against Columbus DeSales and underwent surgery just three days later. Since then, Norwell has been dedicated to getting to the weight room and keeping up with physical therapy.Doctors, coaches and Norwell agree: There is no question he will be ready in the fall.  Norwell has an immense amount of versatility in respect to his position. He is the “kind of player coaches dream about,” Scout.com’s Dave Berk wrote.He has the potential to gain speed, flexibility and, yes, even size. Norwell stands at 6-feet-7-inches and 275 pounds, but his frame stands to gain at least another 20 pounds.“I think I’ll be better at about 300 pounds,” Norwell said.  Norwell’s long arms hold defenders off and his pure size drives defenders to the turf. He’s a big guy in an even bigger family. Norwell is the youngest of four sisters and two brothers.“My family is my biggest support system,” Norwell said.Athleticism is in the family; his brother Adam played basketball at Northern Kentucky and his brother Chris played football in the Big Ten for Illinois.Norwell had offers on the table from the University of Cincinnati, Duke, Illinois, Indiana, Notre Dame and Stanford.“I chose Ohio State because it’s a prestigious school,” Norwell said.  OSU is also only two hours from his hometown, an easy trip for family to make, Norwell said.  It isn’t set in stone as to how much Norwell will see the field in 2010. He could redshirt until he puts on the weight and adjusts, but Buckeye fans may see him sooner than expected. Buckeye offensive linemen Michael Brewster, J.B. Shugarts, Mike Adams and Marcus Hall all received playing time as freshmen.Whether he makes an immediate impact or holds off into his second and third seasons, this high-caliber lineman should be a valuable asset to the Buckeye line. read more

More than 100 Alevel entries classified as gender neutral as exam boards

A spokesman for OCR said: “This is an important area that we keep under constant review. All OCR’s results are ‘gender free’; a student’s gender does not appear on any results documentation, including their certificates.“When schools entered their students for our GCSE and A Level exams this summer, they have the option to put M, F or N (standing for none specified) for their candidates.” 150 A-level entries were classified as “gender neutral” this year, after two of the country’s leading exam boards allowed students to opt out of boys and girls classifications.This is the first time that Edexcel and OCR have revealed the number of exams sat by “non-binary” candidates since they bought in the changes.Last year Edexcel, which is owned by the education company Pearson, said that teenagers who do not identify with either gender are able to request that male and female flags are removed from their system.EdExcel has also axed gender categories completely from the documents that students receive on results day with their grades.“We have removed the gender flag altogether from the documents students receive from us, and we are giving students the option of removing the male/female flag on our qualifications systems by requesting this through their school or college,” a Pearson spokesman said. Compiling information about students’ gender enables exam boards to examine trends in results over time, such as whether boys or girls are dominating the top gradeshow many girls are taking STEM subjects compared to boys.However, the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ), which represents the UK’s major exam boards, said that the introduction of a gender neutral option would not affect national trends since numbers would be too low to have an impact. 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. read more

11 things that will certainly happen at Christmas Mass

first_img Source: Tumblr/ChillyHillDinner time is so far away, and we are so very hungry.Church-dodgers making their annual Mass trip Source: ReplygifThey always stick out like a sore thumb, shuffling in with their parents and mumbling along with the prayers.Children bringing their toys Source: MnactionnetworkAnd making an unholy racket with them under the pews.Children crying because they weren’t allowed bring their toys Source: CrushableCue dagger looks at the parents in question, because aren’t they only causing a SCENE now?Hanging around afterwards to chat to people Source: MrwgifsEspecially rage-inducing for the children forbidden to bring their toys to Mass.Rushing off afterwards to start the dinner Source: TumblrIf you don’t put the turkey in now it’ll never be done on time. And it has to be perfect.“Let us go now in peace to love and serve the Lord.” Source: CelebquoteCongregation, in unison: “Thanks be to God.”In their heads: “FOOD.”20 things that always happened at Mass>9 Irish Christmas ads that will hit you right in the feelings> THERE’S NORMAL, EVERYDAY MASS, and then there’s Christmas Mass.Christmas Mass is when church-dodgers come out of the woodwork, the Style is out in force, and everyone is full of the joys of the season. Plus you get all the best bits from the Bible and the coolest hymns.Here are 11 things that will definitely happen to you and yours at Christmas Mass this year.Taking some straw from the crib for your purse/wallet Source: ShutterstockIt’s supposed bring you good luck in the year ahead, do you see?Getting too into the hymns Source: Tumblr“O Holy Night” is good for bringing on the waterworks, depending on the skill of the soloist. You could almost rock out to “Adeste Fideles”. Almost.Showing off Source: TumblrThis is probably the only chance many will get to parade about in fancy Christmas outfits outside the family home, so you can expect to see some serious strutting on the way up to Communion. Discussion of The Style at Mass will sustain you throughout Christmas dinner.Bitching Source: TumblrWhen someone else’s Style falls a little short. “And I bet she spent a FORTUNE on that now, and doesn’t it look awful.”Hearing the whole congregation’s tummy rumble as onelast_img read more

How I Spend My Money A chartered surveyor on €50000 splitting her

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 54,324 Views I leave work at 1:30pm, make it out west for 5:30pm and then flake on the couch. My boyfriend makes fajitas for dinner and we chill out over a bottle of wine for the evening.Today’s total: €54.30SaturdayI don’t wake up until 9:30am and when I did, my boyfriend was there with breakfast in bed for me – a bacon sandwich and tea. He really is the best!My boyfriend spends his Saturday farming, so before I attack some household chores and our washing, I go for a swim that costs €9. After about 60 lengths I’m done.Once all the housework is done, I head to Tesco to pick up a few bits for the house and for our dinner. It costs €32.42, but I use my boyfriend’s money. He doesn’t let me pay for anything in the house as I give him €100 at the beginning of the month.We head to the pub for a few drinks while watching a Liverpool game. What was supposed to be only a few turns into a bit of a session and dinner. When we get home, we continue the party and have a few more beers followed by a few gin and tonics while watching some fight on TV.Today’s total: €9SundayAnother lie in for me today because we were up late last night and are both feeling the effects of the drink and the cigarettes.I check the contents of my purse. I took out €100 yesterday while I was in Tesco and I have €7 left – so I spent €93. It’s not too bad for a night out with some food – and I also have half a box of cigarettes left.I make a late breakfast of bacon and cheese omelettes, avocado and asparagus. Sounds extremely fancy, but it’s just what was in the fridge. After a lazy start to the day we go and meet my parents for dinner. My dad pays, so it costs nothing.After dinner, I pack up my stuff for the week and cling to my boyfriend’s leg while we catch up on the weekend’s soccer. I’m always a bit needy on a Sunday evening.Today’s total: €93Weekly subtotal: €550.80What I’ve learned:From looking at my spending, I feel like I spend so much money on food. I probably could save more money by bringing my lunch to work, but I tried that once and found I was chucking out a lot of food. I thought that I didn’t really spend that much money at the weekends since my boyfriend pays for most things, but reading this I spent over €100 – we had a good time though! I feel it’s really important for us to enjoy our time together as sometimes it feels so limited. While €550.80 seems a lot to spend in one week, the goggles and socks cost nearly €200 and they are an investment.While I save €1,000 each month in our joint account, I always have a couple of hundred euro left at the end of the month. I should probably save that opposed to spending it on something I don’t need. I know as a couple we are extremely lucky to be able to rent and still save for a mortgage. A lot of people think I’m crazy driving back to the west every weekend, but it’s just something I have to do right now. My boyfriend has no interest in moving to Dublin and I want to move home. So for now this situation just works for us.Are you a spender, a saver or a splurger? We’re looking for readers who will keep a money diary for a week. If you’re interested send a mail to money@thejournal.ie.  Share1 Tweet Email1 Feb 20th 2019, 7:32 PM How I Spend My Money: A chartered surveyor on €50,000 splitting her week between Dublin and her partner’s home out west She is studying part-time in the capital and long-term wants to move closer to home. 40 Comments WELCOME TO HOW I Spend My Money, a series on TheJournal.ie that runs on Wednesdays and Sundays and looks at what people in Ireland really do with their cash.We’re asking readers to keep a record of how much they earn, how much they save, if anything, and what they spend their money on over the course of one week. Want to take part? Details on how to do it are at the bottom of the piece.Each money diary is submitted by readers just like you. When reading and commenting, bear in mind that their situation will not be relatable for everyone, it is simply an account of a week in their shoes.  At the weekend, a secondary school teacher on €41,000 talked about how she balances saving with a healthy social life. Today, a chartered surveyor living between Dublin and the west of Ireland writes about her spending over the course of a week.Occupation: Chartered surveyorAge: 30Location: Dublin + the west of IrelandSalary: €50,000Monthly pay (net): €3,066Monthly expensesRent (Dublin): €400Household bills: Included in the rentRent and bills (west of Ireland): €100Car payments: €262Loan repayment: €164.03Phone bill: Covered by my employerHealth insurance: Covered by my employerCar insurance: €61Skiing membership: €200Groceries and food: €150Savings: €1,000The first thing I would to point out is, yes, I live in Dublin for €400 (bills included), but it’s a room you couldn’t swing a cat in. I only stay there four nights a week and I give my boyfriend (who lives in the west of Ireland) another €100 towards his rent and bills as I spend Friday to Monday with him. This is not something he wants off me, but it makes me feel better when I spend a Saturday using his tumble dryer to get my clothes dry.My boyfriend and I are like most couples. We’re trying to save for a deposit so we can build our own house. We met two years ago, but knew early on this was it. My boyfriend, who is 38, is conscious of his age because he doesn’t want to be an old dad, so we are trying to fit in 10 years of dating into two years before we settle down and have kids. This means that last year we went on three large holidays and six mini breaks.***MondayI drive from the west of Ireland every Monday morning to my job in Dublin. Like every Monday, I fill my car with petrol (€63.94) and grab a coffee (€2.50). I arrive at work for 10:30am and grab some porridge (€0.65) and have a cup of tea. Tea and coffee are provided in work for €2 each week.I grab a subsidised salad for lunch (€4.50) and eat at my desk – I can’t stay late at work today because I have college this evening. I arrive at DIT and pay €2.90 for an hour of parking. Paying for parking in the city is my pet hate, I always leave work super early to ensure I get a space on the road and don’t have to pay €10 to go into one of the multi-storey places.I grab coffee and a banana in the students’ union shop for €3.10 hoping that this will get me through the next two hours. Once college is finished, I head to Tesco to do my weekly shop. This consists of milk, water, strawberries, porridge sachets, carrots, broccoli, cucumber, lettuce, pitta bread, cheese, ham, chocolate and chicken. While this might not seem that exciting, I just buy enough food to do me for the week.I have chicken, veg and pitta bread for dinner two nights a week and grab a takeaway curry on a Wednesday that does me for two nights before I head west again on Thursday. I spent €32.77 in Tesco today and €9 of it was on water. I have my dinner once I’m home and head to bed.Today’s total: €112.36TuesdayI head into work for 6:30am as I have loads to do and I’m still trying to prove myself since my promotion last month.I have a breakfast of porridge and strawberries that I bought last night and tea provided from work. Lunchtime is another salad at my desk (€4.73). I stay at work late as I go skiing in Kilternan in the winter two nights a week. I think it’s expensive at €200 a month, but I’m not a fan of the gym and if I was sitting in my shoe box of a bedroom all night I would go crazy.I head home after skiing and have chicken, pitta bread and salad for dinner.Today’s total: €4.73WednesdayAnother early start because I have college again this evening. I’m studying part-time for a degree in facility management. While I enjoy college and having this qualification will enhance my career in the future, going back to school at 28 was tough!I head into work and have the same breakfast I have every day – porridge, strawberries and tea. I have a really busy day as we have an audit, so eat a wrap I got in the canteen for €3 at my desk while checking a few emails.I don’t get out of the audit until 5:45pm, so I have to park in the multi-storey across from the college when I get there, which costs €10. On my way home, I collect my usual Wednesday night curry (€12). I also buy a box of Marlboro Touch (€11). Yes I know, I shouldn’t smoke, but now I only smoke two cigarettes a day. After a going to a Liverpool game in March, I plan to quit.I cook up some of the carrots and broccoli and eat half the curry, saving the other half for tomorrow night.Today’s total: €33ThursdayI get up this morning and head to one of my work’s sites in Cork. I stop on the way down and grab a coffee along with some porridge and fruit (€5.50).I spend the day working in Cork and pay €3.80 in tolls. I take my team out for lunch and use the company account. I head back up to Dublin and get some petrol along the way and that sets me back €45.11.Before I head out to go skiing, I stop off in Blanchardstown shopping centre as I need to pick up some new gear for skiing abroad as we’re heading off next week. I need a few new pairs of ski socks (the sock monster is real) and a new pair of goggles. I decide to splurge on a pair of Oakleys and use my student card. So in total, it was €190 for a few pairs of socks and the goggles. I probably should have picked a less expensive hobby.I head out skiing and have a great laugh. I do, however, stand out like a sore thumb with my GAA hat and culchie accent. When I’m back at home I finish off last night’s curry and pack up my clothes so I’m ready to go straight home tomorrow. I wouldn’t be a big TV fan at all, but on Thursday night’s I catch up on Grey’s Anatomy using my boyfriend’s SkyGo app. Today’s total: €244.41FridayI head into the office for 6:00am. I want to get as much work as possible done before I escape from the office at about 2:00pm – my plan is to miss the traffic on my way home. I go crazy on a Friday and combine my breakfast and lunch into one and have an omelette and toast that costs €4.30.I have my monthly meeting with my team, so I pop into Krispy Kreme and treat them to some of these donuts that have caused havoc. They cost €25, but I make a lot of people happy so it was worth it.My little sister is studying for her masters in the UK and I transfer her €25 for some new make-up. She was my personal hairdresser/make-up artist over Christmas so I don’t mind treating her to the odd thing. Related Read Short URL 10.02.19 How I Spend My Money: A 24-year-old financial analyst in Dublin on €32,000 saving over €800 a month By TheJournal.ie reader https://jrnl.ie/4495256 Wednesday 20 Feb 2019, 7:31 PMlast_img read more

Dimas draws 160 votes in first presidential ballot

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The government garnered 160 votes in the first round of crucial presidential elections on Wednesday, performing slightly worse than anticipated and increasing speculation about snap polls.In addition to the 155 coalition MPs, five independents backed the government’s candidate, former European commissioner Stavros Dimas. Another 135 voted “present” while five were absent. The result was far short of the 200 votes required in the first round, a target that the government is also certain to miss in next week’s second round. However, ahead of the critical third vote on December 29 when the threshold drops to 180, the government had hoped to gain between 161 and 165 in the first round in a bid to build momentum for the votes to come.There were some surprises, including the decision by independent Panayiotis Melas to vote “present” rather than backing Dimas (Melas later suggested he might change his stance in the coming votes). Also two former MPs of neofascist Golden Dawn, Chrysovalantis Alexopoulos and Stathis Boukouras, who was released from prison earlier on Wednesday, did not turn up for the vote.Meanwhile seven Golden Dawn lawmakers were granted day release from Korydallos Prison to attend the vote. They were subdued for the most part despite fears of upheaval.As the government ramps up efforts to win round undecided MPs, sources suggested that an initiative by five independents and three Democratic Left MPs aimed at securing a cross-party consensus for president and setting elections later next year could gain extra backing in the coming days.“The fearmongering of the last few days failed,” said Alexis Tsipras as he left Parliament. “The strategy of fear has collapsed. Tomorrow will be a new day because democracy cannot be blackmailed. The people and democracy will provide the way out.”SYRIZA sources said that the opposition party feels Wednesday’s result fell below the government’s expectations and now makes it very difficult for a president to be elected by the current government. SYRIZA had estimated that a maximum of 163 MPs would back Dimas in the first round.The opposition party believes that the government has secured the backing of several more independent MPs who did not show their cards on Wednesday. It believes that these lawmakers might support Dimas in the next vote to give the impression that there is some momentum behind his candidacy.Ahead of the vote, Deputy Prime Minister Evangelos Venizelos met with his MPs and suggested that the government would be open to suggestions that might help reach a compromise with the opposition so a president could be elected. He suggested, for instance, providing SYRIZA with representation on a Greek team to negotiate with the troika.“We advance to the third round while waiting for a response from opposition parties to an approach that would link the presidential election to the national negotiation team,” he said. “Then we would be open to discussing all options because what we are concerned about is the national interest.”Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Apple acquiert Siri une startup spécialisée dans la recherche vocale

first_imgApple acquiert Siri, une start-up spécialisée dans la recherche vocaleÉtats-Unis – Apple vient d’acheter la start-up californienne Siri, éditrice d’une application de recherche vocale. Une technologie que la firme de Cupertino devrait intégrer à son système d’exploitation mobile iPhone 4.0.Apple est donc désormais propriétaire d’un outil de recherche vocale capable de concurrencer celui de Google. Cette application, déjà disponible gratuitement sur l’App Store, est un assistant auquel l’utilisateur peut poser des questions et demander d’exécuter certaines recherches réalisées au moyen des données de localisation disponibles, et via différents sites et services.À lire aussiLes applications pour entraîner son cerveau sont-elles vraiment efficaces ?Siri permet par exemple de trouver un restaurant, de réserver une séance de cinéma ou d’indiquer un itinéraire. L’outil de recherche vocale est également capable d’activer diverses fonctions et applications d’un smartphone, comme le carnet d’adresses ou les réseaux sociaux.Apple n’a pas précisé le montant de cette acquisition, mais d’après certains analystes, il pourrait être question de 100 à 200 millions de dollars. Il y a fort à parier que la firme de Cupertino intégrera Siri à son iPhone OS 4.0, s’offrant alors une nouvelle source de revenus via une commission récupérée sur chaque transaction payante effectuée par l’intermédiaire de l’outil.Le 29 avril 2010 à 16:40 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Fake fines phone scam reported to Vancouver police

first_imgThe Vancouver Police Department is getting a rash of reports of callers attempting to scam people out of money by telling them they need to pay fines owed to clear arrest warrants.People who are targeted in the scam get a call from someone who has created a spoofed caller ID number that makes the incoming call look like it is coming from the Vancouver Police Department.The department said it does not notify people about outstanding arrest warrants by phone, nor would it take cash to clear them.It’s a common scam.Recently, grifters posed as Clark or Cowlitz county sheriff’s deputies and threatened to arrest people if they didn’t pay up.The police department said anyone who gets a call like that should hang up, provide no information to the caller and not call any number the caller might provide.last_img read more

Upgrades make La Center treatment plant less noticeable

first_imgIn the past 18 months, the La Center Wastewater Treatment Plant received $13 million in upgrades that made it less noticeable than before. And officials say that’s how they like it.The expansion project’s results include fewer odor and noise complaints, cleaner water released into the Lewis River and more fertilizer for the Lewis River Reforestation Project in Woodland, officials said. In addition, the plant, which once was the largest water consumer in the city, now uses the same amount of water as an average single household per year.The city’s growth in recent years, expected growth in the next two decades and increased regulations made the expansion necessary, officials said. The plant, which is at the entrance to town, receives all of the water and solid waste from La Center homes, plus groundwater and rainwater.La Center officials showcased the plant’s additions to the public Friday during an open house. The plant remained operational during the entire 18-month project.“I don’t think the average citizen will realize much of a tangible difference,” said Sue Lawrence, the treatment plant’s superintendent. “It’s not adversely affecting the quality of life” of area residents in regards to noise and smell coming from the facility, she added.last_img read more

US reportedly accuses Huawei of lying about Chinese ties

first_img 0 Review • Huawei Matebook review: This Surface wannabe falls flat — literally Post a comment Share your voice Mobile Tech Industry Politics News • What the Huawei Matebook X Pro tells us about Nvidia MX250 graphics Android Pie Google Huawei Microsoft Donald Trump Huawei Matebook Tags The US and Huawei continue to butt heads. Omar Marques/Getty Images Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accused Huawei of lying about its government ties, while China has asked the US government to cease its “wrong actions” if trade talks are to continue, CNBC is reporting. Last week, the US blacklisted networking gear from Huawei, and President Donald Trump signed an executive order essentially banning the Chinese tech giant following national security concerns that Huawei had close ties with the Chinese government. Pompeo told CNBC on Thursday that Huawei’s claim that it doesn’t work with the Chinese government is “false.” “The Huawai CEO on that, at least, isn’t telling the American people the truth,” Pompeo reportedly said. However, Pompeo added that it’s important for trade talks to continue. CNBC and Reuters added that Chinese Ministry of Commerce spokesperson Gao Feng said, “If the US would like to keep on negotiating it should, with sincerity, adjust its wrong actions. “Only then can talks continue.” Read: Huawei ban: Full timeline on how and why its phones are under fire Following the US government’s actions, Google locked Huawei out of its Android updates earlier this week. On Tuesday, the US Commerce Department granted the Chinese tech giant a three-month general license to update existing devices, temporarily easing restrictions on Huawei’s access to American components and software that go into its phones. Huawei could technically survive without Android, with CEO Ren Zhengfei on May 21 saying the company is “well prepared.” “Our company will not end up with an extreme supply shortage,” Zhengfei told Chinese media. “At the beginning of this year, I predicted that something like this would occur … we thought we would have two years to make preparations. But when Meng Wanzhou was arrested, it sparked everything off.” In December, Huawei CFO Wanzhou was arrested in Canada at the request of the US over alleged Iran sanctions violations. More than a year ago, CNET sister site TechRepublic reported that Huawei had been working on its own OS since 2012, in case it got banned from Android. CNET’s understanding is that Huawei has no immediate plans to launch its own OS, and that the company is looking at launching one only if Android is permanently removed as an option for its smartphone customers. Huawei is still “far from ready” from launching its own OS, according to a report, as the internal project to launch a Huawei OS “has had its ups and downs and remains far from ready,” sources told The Information. Despite the Google ban, Huawei said Tuesday that its latest smartphone, the Honor Pro 20, will use Android. Microsoft has also reportedly removed Huawei’s MateBook laptops from its online store. Huawei didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Read: Huawei could survive without Android, but not very well Preview • Huawei’s Windows 10 tablet packs a stylus with a frickin’ laser pointer built inlast_img read more

India worlds fastestgrowing economy sees drop in forex reserves amid demonetisation

first_imgU.S. dollar notes are seen in this November 7, 2016 picture illustration. India’s foreign exchange reserves dropped $1.54 billion to $365.49 billion as of November 18, 2016 in the wake of selling of Indian equities and debt by foreign investors.Reuters fileForeign currency assets, which form the largest component of India’s foreign exchange reserves, fell $1.49 billion to $341.27 billion, according to the weekly data released by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Friday.It may be recalled that the Indian rupee plunged to a record low of 68.86 to the US dollar on Thursday, amid pressure on emerging market currencies even as the greenback strengthened on hopes of an interest rate hike by the US Federal Reserve next month. “The INR (Indian rupee)sank to a record low of 68.86/USD yesterday, down nearly 4% since 9 Nov. While this movement is in sync with the broad sell-off in Asian and emerging market currencies, the pace of depreciation has been swift,” Radhika Rao, economist, group research, DBS Bank, said in a note on Friday.Stock markets posted gains, reversing previous day’s losses as the rupee rose from its Thursday low. The BSE Sensex ended 456 points, or 1.76 percent higher at 26,316 while the NSE Nifty closed at 8,088, up 123 points, or 1.55 percent.”With fresh positions being initiated in December futures and options series, and with rupee strengthening sharply, markets found its voice and registered gains across sectors. Gains were initially seen in IT and metal sectors, but midcaps also got the wind soon, suggesting that risk appetite had improved after a fortnight-long selling spree had rendered prices ripe for value picking,” Anand James, Chief Market Strategist, Geojit BNP Paribas Financial Services, said in a note.TCS was the biggest Sensex gainer at 5.23 percent (Rs 2,300), followed by Infosys, Sun Pharma, GAIL (India), Lupin, Wipro and HDFC.The rupee closed at 68.47 to the US dollar as a result of the possible intervention by the RBI in the currency market.Foreign institutional investors (FIIs/FPIs) were net sellers of Indian equities worth Rs 372.88 crore on Friday, according to provisional data published by the National Stock Exchange (NSE).last_img read more

AL MP protests at drug trading report

first_imgOmar Faruk ChowdhuryFormer state minister Omar Faruk Chowdhury has protested against a Prothom Alo report, ‘AL MP patronising drug trade!’ published on Sunday.In his rejoinder issued the same day, the Awami League member of parliament from Rajshahi-1 claimed that the report was entirely false, motivated and baseless.He said he had fought against drugs all his life and was the convenor of the anti-drug sub-committee of the parliamentary standing committee on home ministry affairs.The committee had drawn up a 28-page report with the views of all concerned persons and the home ministry was taking action based on this report, he said.In the rejoinder, Omar Faruk Chowdhury stated that he had been made state minister for industries, after winning the election with a huge number in the ninth parliamentary elections. He later won again in the tenth parliamentary election.The MP claims that he enjoys immense popularity in the Tanore-Godagari constituency. That is why, he argued, those vying for nomination in the coming election were conspiring against him.Reply of Prothom Alo correspondent: Prothom Alo prepared the said report based on a letter of the home ministry concerning Rajshahi’s drug traders and their patrons. The report did not carry the correspondent’s own views or investigations.The statement of the member of parliament in this connection had also been published. And most of the the contents of the rejoinder had already appeared in the published report.last_img read more

Highlighting BSU 2019 HOF Class

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFRO, mgray@afro.comTwo former NFL players, a two-time championship winning basketball  coach, a three time CIAA Track Coach of The Year, and a championship team headlined the Bowie State Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2019 during its banquet June 29 at the Marriott BWI Airport Hotel.Approximately, 350 people were on hand as several contemporary Bowie State University (BSU) athletes and coaches were honored for their individual success that led to championships in football, basketball, and women’s track & field.  Bowie State University held its Hall of Fame banquet on June 29 at the Marriott BWI Airport Hotel and honored several standout athletes and coaches, including current men’s basketball head coach Darrell Brooks. (Courtesy Photo)Current men’s basketball coach Darrell Brooks took his place in the BSU Hall of Fame in the same year where he earned a postgraduate degree from his alma mater as well.  Brooks was a student-athlete who played basketball for the Bulldogs as an undergraduate,has returned to become arguably its most successful men’s basketball coach in school history.  When Brooks left the Bronx, New York in 1974 he never envisioned BSU would literally change his life.  He has led the Bulldogs to CIAA Basketball championships in 2013 and 2017 when he was also named Coach of the Year.  Brooks is second-all-time in victories after rebuilding the program following a successful tenure as an assistant coach at George Washington University under Karl Hobbs.While earning his place in Bulldogs lore, Coach Brooks also had the chance to share his Hall of Fame moment with his team that was inducted as well.  Brooks’ first CIAA Championship team from 2013 joined its leader for a unique place in HBCU sports history.The irony of that season was that the expectations were limited because of disappointing conclusions to the previous seasons where they were prohibitive favorites only to fall short.  That team personified getting hot at the right time as they won four games in four nights to win the title.However, that season began with four straight losses and with 11 upperclassmen, tensions grew as they approached the tournament following three consecutive wins to close out the regular season.  Behind the brilliant individual performance of senior Byron Westmoreland, they concluded one of the greatest Tournament runs in CIAA to win the title. In the finals Westmoreland scored 38 points to lead BSU to the upset over Livingstone and earned the most outstanding player award.Former women’s track coach Marc Harrison was honored as well after building a program from ground zero.  Harrison was named CIAA Coach of the Year from 2004 – 2006 and trained 35 all-American athletes while coaching at BSU.  His 2006 team, which is also in the Hall of Fame, won the CIAA Women’s Outdoor Championship and beat the dynastic St. Augstine’s program coached by legendary George “Pup” Williams.  It was the first championship won in that program’s history.Harrison was inducted with two of his former athletes this year.  Tyhler Johnson was team captain of that 2006 team and won the 60 meter indoor championship also.  Damara Parrish was an all-CIAA long jumper on that 2006 team was also a member of the class of 2019.Former NFL players Isaac Redmon and Chuck Alston were honored as well.  Alston played for the Dallas Cowboys, Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers during four NFL seasons before a four-year Canadian Football League career with the Edmonton Eskimos. He also earned the distinction of being the only NCAA student-athlete who played football and basketball games in the same day and those uniforms are in their Hall of Fame.Redmond was a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers XLV AFC Championship team that lost to the Green Bay Packers.  He graduated as BSU’s all time rushing leader with 3,300 yards and rushed for 1,148 five TDs in his NFL career.last_img read more

Simulations show Mercury may have been victim of hitandrun collision

first_imgNew simulations show that Mercury and other unusually metal-rich objects in the solar system may be relics left behind by hit-and-run collisions in the early solar system. Credit: NASA/JPL/Caltech More information: Mercury and other iron-rich planetary bodies as relics of inefficient accretion, Nature Geoscience (2014) DOI: 10.1038/ngeo2189AbstractEarth, Venus, Mars and asteroids such as Vesta and, perhaps, Lutetia have chondritic bulk compositions with massive silicate mantles surrounding iron cores. Anomalies include Mercury with its abundant metallic iron (about 70% by mass), the Moon with its small iron core, and metal-dominated asteroids. Although a giant impact with proto-Earth can explain the Moon’s small core, a giant impact origin for Mercury is problematic. Such a scenario requires that proto-Mercury was blasted apart with far greater specific energy than required for lunar formation, yet retained substantial volatile elements and did not reaccrete its ejected mantle. Here we present numerical hydrocode simulations showing that proto-Mercury could have been stripped of its mantle in one or more high-speed collisions with a larger target planet that survived intact. A projectile that escapes the planet-colliding orbit in this hit-and-run scenario7 ultimately finds a permanent sink for its stripped mantle silicates. We show that if Mars and Mercury are derived from two planetary embryos that randomly avoided being accreted into a larger body, out of 20 original embryos (the rest having accreted into Venus and Earth), then it is statistically probable that one of those had its mantle stripped in one or two hit-and-run collisions. The same reasoning applies to pairwise accretion of planetesimals in the early Solar System, in which the relic bodies, which avoided becoming accreted, would be expected to have a wide diversity of compositions as a consequence of hit-and-run processes.Press release 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. Citation: Simulations show Mercury may have been victim of hit-and-run collision (2014, July 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-07-simulations-mercury-victim-hit-and-run-collision.html Mercury passes in front of the Sun, as seen from Mars Mercury, as every school kid knows, is the planet in our solar system closest to the sun. It’s also an anomaly because its core makes up approximately 60 percent of its mass (as compared to just 30 percent for Mars, Venus and Earth). Scientists have proposed theories to explain such an oddity, usually suggesting a collision of some sort must have taken place. A normal impact would have resulted in a loss of lighter elements, however, thus it’s been difficult to make such theories work. To better understand what might have happened Asphaug and Reufer ran computer simulations that showed a proto-Mercury colliding with various sized planets at various speeds and angles. They found that if a planet about the size of modern Earth collided with proto-Mercury at just the right angle and speed, it would have been possible for proto-Mercury to lose a large portion of its mantle due to it being stripped away. Furthermore, they noted that such an impact would not result in the proto-Mercury being caught in the larger planet’s gravity, effectively turning it into a moon. Such a collision, they also note would have resulted in much of the material ejected into space falling back to the target body, resulting in it being more metal rich than before the impact.Simulations can’t prove what happened of course, especially when they are used to describe theoretical events that occurred so long ago, but because they are based on known factors such as the current state of the planets in our solar system and data from spacecraft such as MESSENGER that entered Mercury’s orbit back in 2012, they can offer scientists realistic options to consider when studying planetary evolution.center_img Journal information: Nature Geoscience Explore further © 2014 Phys.org (Phys.org) —A pair of researchers with Arizona State University has created computer simulations that show that Mercury may have a relatively large metal core because it was the victim of a hit-and-run collision with another proto-planet—a collision that resulted in much of its non-metallic mantle being stripped away by the larger body. In their paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience, Erik Asphaug and Andreas Reufer describe how they ran many computer simulations designed to better understand planet formation in our solar system, and found that under just the right circumstances, a glancing blow collision between proto-Mercury and another proto-planet could have resulted in the current makeup of Mercury.last_img read more

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Damage already done to Cyprus gas industry

first_imgTHE government’s scramble to offer Limassol as an alternative support hub to the energy giants turfed out of Larnaca, is too little too late as the damage to the island’s image has already been done, business leaders have told the Sunday Mail.Larnaca municipality’s decision to reject a request to extend the operation of MedServ, a company providing oil and gas exploration support services out of the port, has angered those directly involved and caused widespread disappointment in the industry, even more so as the move was ‘respected’ by the government.It has also led to the delay in French company Total’s exploratory drilling by three to four months, Energy Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis said on Saturday.Speaking at a conference in Limassol on Cyprus’ energy future on Saturday, Lakkotrypis said that Limassol could be the “permanent solution” to the problem for all three energy giants, Total, ENI and Noble. The option will be put to the three companies at crucial meeting on Monday.“It is important for us to find a permanent solution that will create a stable environment for companies to know where they will set up their operations,” Lakkotrypis said.But for the head of the Cyprus Oil and Gas Association, Andy Varoshiotis, it is too little too late, as according to him, the damage has already been done.“The government made a huge mistake by leaving the decision to the municipal council which did not have the know-how to handle such a case,” Varoshiotis told the Sunday Mail. He added that in the event the companies ultimately decide to leave Cyprus, another 40 to 50 companies which cooperate with them would leave as well, ‘‘leaving many people jobless”.His personal view is that the whole issue was due to the “incompetence” of Transport Minister Marios Demetriades, whom he called on to resign, along with the Larnaca municipal councillors who voted against the requested extensions for six months to a year.  Demetriades, he said was the one who passed the issue to the Larnaca council on the government’s behalf. He added that the whole debacle was about “micropolitics”.“We have been for so many years trying to get companies to come to Cyprus because we are ‘business friendly’. We made a huge effort to bring these companies to Cyprus and where they set up operations, 200 more follow them,” Varoshiotis said.Commenting on whether Monday’s meeting will make a difference; he said that it was too late.“Instead of agreeing to extend the stay of these companies at Larnaca temporarily, they will ask them to relocate to Limassol instead. Companies don’t play games. We have no vision, no planning,” he said.He added that the government had spent €25m for the Vassilikos master plan and that the companies had been expecting to move there since 2014, but that it was decided by the government not to go through with this.  “We shot ourselves in the foot,” he said.Another industry insider said hundreds of energy companies which set up offices in Cyprus in recent years were considering relocating to Egypt. “Companies are fed up with Cyprus; they got their fingers burnt,” he said. “The choice now is not between Larnaca and Limassol but between Cyprus and Egypt”.Besides, he added, oil companies left Limassol years ago after being overcharged for space they sublet from a Cypriot company which rented it from the Cyprus Port Authority at a much lower price, the former oil and gas executive added. “Noble also got its fingers burnt there and now there is additional uncertainty as a result of the port’s privatisation”.Godfrey Attard, MedServ’s Cyprus manager said his company was “considering its options”.The head of the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KEVE), Phidias Pilides told the Sunday Mail even if the government persuades the companies to use Limassol, “it will take time to transfer their entire infrastructure, which translates to delays in drilling and added costs.”Pilides added that he would hate to be in the shoes of those municipal councillors who down voted the request, “to look in the eye an employee who lost his job due to his decision”.“We are very worried by the fact that as a country we are not business friendly to foreign investors. Bureaucracy has several times prevented foreign investment in Cyprus,” Pilides said.And, when it comes to hydrocarbon companies, Cyprus should be even more sensitive. Commenting on whether the oilfield services companies Halliburton and Schlumberger which are also based in Larnaca could be next, Pilides said that as far as he was concerned, since environmental reports did not indicate any health hazards, he did not believe they should be asked to leave as well.Larnaca residents have also asked that the two companies relocate as the 2013 Larnaca Local Plan, does not provide for the establishment of heavy industry factories in the area the plants are located.Lakkotrypis in a telephone interview on Saturday said the first order of business  on Monday was to listen to the energy companies.“That is why we are having the meeting. I already met Total on Thursday. And I need to see the others and see whether they have practical problems,” he said.“Total has said that there is going to be a delay in drilling of up to four months but as a government we believe that it is manageable provided we come to a permanent arrangement,” the minister added. “What concerns us most as a ministry is that (the companies) have space so that they can carry out their drilling. The ministry of transport has to make arrangements with respect to the facilities as it is in charge of the ports”Government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides told CyBC on Saturday that if the companies agree the government’s proposal, the issue will be forwarded to the cabinet to vote.He said that at the meeting, Demetriades and Lakkotrypis would urge the three companies to prioritise in hiring the employees who would be left unemployed in Larnaca following the council’s decision.The damaging move came hot on the heels of government’s decision last Sunday to cancel the tender – the third in five years- for an interim natural gas supplier, which would have allowed the state-owned power company to switch to a cleaner fuel, added insult to injury, the industry insider said.The twin decisions neither took into account how the industry worked nor which players were involved, he said.Following the acquisition of a 35 per cent stake in Cyprus’ Aphrodite field by British Gas (BG), the island, he added, would soon discover that it would have to deal with energy giant Royal Dutch Shell.BG, the owner of Egypt’s natural gas liquefaction plant at Idku, that Cyprus eyes for its planned gas exports, was the target of a £40bn (€51bn) takeover by the Anglo-Dutch company, which is expected to absorb BG’s operations this year.Shell was the company that won a competition for a €7bn contract to supply Cyprus with natural gas four years ago. The government cancelled the tender following the discovery of the Aphrodite gas reserve by US-based Noble Energy, thought then to hold up to 10 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas.Shell, which is considering how to complete the merger with BG, is now “suspicious” of Cypriot authorities as it was among bidders in the two new tenders for the interim supplier that followed, the oil and gas insider said. “Shell has a very long memory”.Itera which won the competition three years ago, declined to submit an improved offer after it was asked by DEFA to do so and pulled out of the competition.As oil prices dropped to their lowest level since 2003, “Shell will take time to consolidate the takeover” and in this context, it will also have to consider BG’s €160m Aphrodite investment and the Idku liquefaction terminal, the professional said.“So Shell will have to feel that it is worthwhile,” the professional added. “However Cyprus is not easy to invest in”.“How are you going to guarantee the return when they don’t even know whom they should talk to? How can one explain that a municipality can kick out companies?” the professional asked. “If Shell decides not to work with Cyprus, who is going to develop Aphrodite?”Lakkotrypis when asked whether the twin decision has soured relations with the hydrocarbons industry, said: “Not at all. We try to be as predictable as possible, to create a predictable environment; we have some problems, let’s not forget that our activities are in their infancy and they show understanding. There are often disagreements and that is why we are meeting on Monday to resolve them definitely.”(The Cyprus Business Mail’s Stelios Orphanides contributed to this report)    You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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