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Ottawa to test for risks of virus transfer from farmed to wild

first_imgOTTAWA – A science review to assess the risks associated with the transfer of a virus from farmed Atlantic salmon to wild salmon has been launched by the federal government.Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson says the results of the assessment of the piscine reovirus will guide decisions on aquaculture in Canada, including in the area of the Discovery Islands and Broughton Archipelago off B.C.’s coast.The government says in a news release the review will include domestic and international scientific experts, with a final report made available by early next year.Wilkinson says the government is committed to using the best available science to protect wild Pacific salmon, including Fraser River sockeye.Ecojustice sued the fisheries minister in Federal Court earlier this month, alleging the government fails to test farmed salmon for the virus before it allows companies to transfer the fish to open-net pens along salmon migration routes.The ministry says the study is one of 10 risk assessments that the department is conducting to understand the potential of pathogen transfers associated with aquaculture activities.last_img read more

Kids exposed to pot through secondhand smoke or edibles at risk for

first_imgTORONTO – As Canada gears up for the legalization of recreational pot on Wednesday, health providers are warning parents and other adults about the potential dangers to children of exposure through second-hand smoke or the ingestion of cannabis-laced edibles.Even the tail end of a joint can pose a risk if a curious child were to eat it, said Dr. Margaret Thompson, medical director of the Ontario, Manitoba and Nunavut Poison Centres.“Kids get into everything,” she said, noting that with the approach of legalization, poison control centres across the country have already been seeing a big uptick in calls about children who have inadvertently ingested marijuana-infused foods like cookies, brownies and gummy bears.A study by the Ontario, Manitoba and Nunavut poison centres shows that from 2013 to 2017, annual calls concerning cannabis exposure to children under age 18 rose by 50 per cent, to 234 from 116.“For the most part, it’s edibles we’re getting increasing calls about,” said Thompson, an emergency medicine specialist and toxicologist in Toronto. “And my biggest concern is that in Canada these are not yet legalized and so there is nothing that makes these products uniform.”Commercially produced cannabis edibles won’t be legal in Canada until late 2019, but they are readily available for purchase on the internet and in some illegally operating pot shops. As of Wednesday, Canadians also will be able to produce home-made edibles, as long as organic solvents aren’t used in their preparation.“And we won’t have any idea how much cannabinoid or cannabis is in any particular bite or whole brownie or full brownie pan,” Thompson said, calling children “completely naive to these products” and at risk for a more intense reaction to the psychoactive component of marijuana compared to adults.As yet, there is no legislation in Canada requiring edibles to be in child-resistant containers or to carry warning labels, she added.“So you might have 100 gummy bears that have some quantity of marijuana, oil or extract in them — and is that eight mg of cannabis or is it 25 mg in each gummy, because often they’re not labelled as to how much is actually in them.“It’s meant that you take one, but what child wouldn’t eat a whole package of gummy bears?”Kids who have inadvertently ingested cannabis can experience a number of adverse effects, including being disoriented, agitated and off-balance.“So they may be falling about the house, they may seem to regress in terms of their (developmental) milestones,” she said. “If they were originally walking around, now they’re crawling because they can’t stand straight.”Seizures and coma have been known to occur in kids who have taken in high concentrations of cannabis, and in rare circumstances children have experienced strokes or heart attacks.“I think our biggest message is be aware, be careful,” said Thompson. “Place your products in a locked box after you’ve used and out of sight from children.”But edibles don’t pose the only potential pot-related risk to children.Second-hand smoke or vapour from puffing on a joint or bong can also expose kids to the mind-altering component of weed, known as THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, one of more than 100 active ingredients in the budding plant.“What we know about cannabis smoke is that it is not unlike tobacco smoke, to the extent that if a person is exposed to it they do ingest some of the cannabis constituents,” said Dr. James MacKillop, co-director of McMaster University’s Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research.“So if a child is around parents or other adults who are smoking cannabis heavily, that exposure alone could lead to a meaningful level of cannabis ingestion and in turn psychoactive effects.“This is particularly problematical in situations where there is low ventilation,” such as in an enclosed room in a home, he said from Hamilton.While getting lungfuls of second-hand pot smoke or vapour wouldn’t necessarily make a child feel “high,” it could make them feel dizzy and sick, said MacKillop, adding that the adverse effects would depend on how much they breathed in. Those effects could last for a few hours.“I would absolutely recommend that parents avoid exposing their children to cannabis second-hand smoke of any kind, and that also goes for cannabis vapour. Fundamentally, if it’s in the air and there’s fairly regular exposure to it, they’re likely to ingest it.”MacKillop also endorses Health Canada’s admonition that pregnant and nursing women avoid using marijuana, since THC — which is stored in fat tissue and over time leeches into the bloodstream — can cross the placenta into the fetus and also make its way into breast milk.The Canadian Paediatric Society is so concerned about the potential fallout from recreational cannabis legalization on children and youth that its surveillance program plans to track how many young people end up seeking medical attention for serious or life-threatening events related to the use of pot.The two-year study will run until October 2020 and will include cases from the beginning of September 2018.— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

Justice Canada tweet suggests you can be charged with drunk driving two

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — A tweet from Justice Canada is raising eyebrows as it suggests you can be charged with drunk driving even two hours after driving your car.The now-deleted tweet shows a person barbecuing and another hailing a taxi.“It’s summer time and the living is easy! Whether you’re sitting on a patio or having a backyard #BBQ, remember it’s against the #law to have a blood alcohol concentration over prohibited levels within two hours of driving. Know the limits. #Impaired Driving.”RELATED: ‘Sweeping change’ to impaired driving laws increase police powers to breath testVancouver-based criminal lawyer Paul Doroshenko says this means police can charge someone who drives sober, but drinks during the two hours after driving.“It’s the thing that we said was the big fear, and that people should be concerned about, and they said they would never do that, because that would be a gross overreach,” he says. “But then sure enough, we see a tweet from Justice Canada threatening Canadians with that very scenario.”I saved it. For the Charter challenge.— Paul Doroshenko, Q.C. (@PaulDoroshenko) July 6, 2019He says the tweet shows the government’s intentions with new drunk-driving laws ushered in last year.Justice Canada, however, has sent out a correction, saying it’s a myth police can come to your house two hours after driving and demand a breath sample.“As far as the law goes, under the old laws, drivers could argue they could beat an “over 80 mg” charge if they had several drinks right before driving because the alcohol wouldn’t affect them until after they drove. The new laws cover this situation and drivers can be convicted if they have a blood alcohol concentration at or over 80 mg within 2 hours of driving,” the department says in a statement.It says the new laws are meant to stop the ‘intervening drink’ legal defense, which is an argument that drinking after getting out of a car was the cause of someone’s high blood alcohol levels. It points out the law does allow for limited exceptions, such as if the driver drank after driving and didn’t have reason to expect they would have to provide a breath sample. (Full statement below)CORRECTION: We wanted to clarify the facts around a tweet that was issued yesterday relating to the 2 hour rule under the new alcohol-#ImpairedDriving laws. These laws aim to keep our roads safer and save lives. Find out more here:— Justice Canada (@JusticeCanadaEN) July 6, 2019Even so, Doroshenko argues the wording of the law is unjust.“The issue here is that the government denied that this is what they were going to do, and then, only months down the road, one small seasonal change and we have them threatening to do exactly what they said they would never, ever do, and threatening Canadians,” he says.“Good luck to Canadians who get trapped in this. It worries me greatly, and there will be people, obviously, if the government’s out tweeting it, they intend to do it, and there will be people who get caught up in this.Justice Canada responds to concernsThe Department of Justice has issued a response following concerns raised about the tweet. Here is the full statement:The Department of Justice takes the feedback of Canadians seriously. After posting the tweet on Friday, we noticed that it was resulting in some responses to the tweet that contained inaccurate information, while others asked for clarity about the tweet itself. The Department recognizes that the original tweet was leading to confusion, as demonstrated by some of the responses. Other responses were providing misinformation about the laws. The Department took corrective and responsive action by removing the tweet and replacing it with a clarification and links to more comprehensive online material on the subject.As far as the law goes, under the old laws, drivers could argue they could beat an “over 80 mg” charge if they had several drinks right before driving because the alcohol wouldn’t affect them until after they drove. The new laws cover this situation and drivers can be convicted if they have a blood alcohol concentration at or over 80 mg within 2 hours of driving. This change was made to address this type of risky and dangerous behavior on our roads, to make roads safer and save lives.The law has also changed to limit the “intervening drink” defence. By changing the timeframe of the offence (i.e., to being at or over the offence level within two hours), the argument that post-consumption alcohol was the cause of the high blood alcohol concentration is no longer relevant. Recognizing that there may be situations where the post-driving consumption of alcohol was innocently done, the legislation provided a limited exception, (i.e., the driver drank after driving and had no reason to expect that they would be required to provide a sample of breath).It is worth noting that mandatory alcohol screening authorizes law enforcement officers to require a driver to provide a breath sample on an approved screening device, whether or not they suspect that the driver has recently consumed alcohol. This would only be done after the person has been lawfully stopped while driving a vehicle.Thank you for the opportunity to clarify this important aspect of the law, the goal of which is to keep Canada’s roads safer.last_img read more

Moroccan Minister Under Fire For Defending MPs Controversial Pension

New York – Charafat Afilal, Minister Delegate to the Minister of energy has been under fire since she made a statement on Tuesday in which she fiercely defended the pension Moroccan Ministers and parliamentarians receive after their retirement.There has been an ongoing debate in Morocco on whether Moroccan Ministers, MPs deserve to receive a monthly retirement of up to MAD 35,000 and 20,000 at the end of their mandates respectively, while civil servants in in several government sectors receive less than MAD 3,000 after 40 years of service.Echoing the debate taking place among Moroccans, TV host Mohammed Tijini asked the Minister on his show Dayf Al Oula on Tuesday whether it supports the position of people who call on the government to reform the law on MPs and Ministers’ pensions. “While people work hard for 40 years to qualify for retirement, other people work as parliamentarians and ministers for five years and enjoy a happy retirement. In this time of crisis, it is desirable that the Ministers and MPs set an example by forgoing their pensions,” Tijini asked.The Minister dismissed his question as “populist debate” that does not deserve that she dwells on it.“This is a populist debate. MPs pay contributions for retirement and ministers receive a pension because the late King Hassan II decided to reward their hard work,” she said.“Several Ministers relinquish their pensions when they have other paying jobs,” she added. Afilal went to add that this debate is “futile,” and asked the TV host to debate on issue that are more important.”The Minister’s comments stirred a heated debate on social media with many Moroccans criticizing the “condescending” way in which she answered the question.“This is not a populist debate. This is very much a worthy discussion in a country where public service is more of a solid financial investment,” Mohamed Brahimi, a professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Boston told Morocco World News.Brahimi challenged her claim that some Ministers forgo their pension and called on the Minister to provide the names of Ministers who made this step.“I still challenge her to give us the names of those ministers who she claims have forsaken their pension,” he added. read more

Mens Volleyball Ohio State sweeps BYU wins NCAA championship

Ohio State redshirt senior middle blocker Driss Guessous spikes the ball in OSU’s 3-0 win against BYU in the NCAA championship on May 6 at St. John Arena. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterOhio State men’s volleyball team members — senior setter Christy Blough, junior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen and senior opposite hitter Miles Johnson — walked on the stage for the postgame press conference with their individual national championship trophies in hand and parts of the net draped around their necks, failing to describe what had just transpired on the court.OSU coach Pete Hanson was asked if he could put into words what his players couldn’t. He responded, “I’ll try.”“I think that before the tournament started, coach Hanson talked about each game we progress needs to be our best game,” Blough said. “And I think without a doubt, this was our best game this season.”OSU (32-2) won the 2017 NCAA Men’s Volleyball National Championship over BYU (26-5) in three sets Saturday night at St. John Arena, in front of a record crowd of 8,205 fans.It’s the program’s second consecutive national title and third overall. Szerszen led the Buckeyes with 16 kills, Johnson added 9 and junior outside hitter Maxime Hervoir had 10 in their 25-19, 25-20, 25-22 victory past the Cougars, who finished as runner-ups for the second straight season to OSU.Junior opposite hitter Maxime Hervoir spikes the ball during the NCAA championship on Saturday. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterFirst setOSU lit a spark early winning the first three points of the match, but BYU quickly erased that deficit as they took a 7-6 lead. It wasn’t until Blough toed the service line with the set tied at eight that he buried two straight service aces and gave OSU a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.From there on, the Buckeye defense took control with the predominantly scarlet-and-gray crowd behind it on each point. “You can’t quantify that. That (crowd) was unbelievable,” Hanson said. “That’s the roughest spot to be in is when you’re in a national championship match and you’re down and the team that’s been hunting for you for 365 days is coming at you.”OSU led by as much as eight before winning the set, 25-19.The Buckeyes only hit .148 as a team in the opening frame, but the men up front made it difficult for the BYU squad to find holes in their defense. OSU forced nine hitting errors in the first set and 16 for the game.“Our middles were really effective in closing and setting up a pretty good block and making those hitters hit hard shot,” Johnson said. “And I think that’s why that there was so many errors.”Ohio State hitters Maxime Hervoir (23), Driss Guessous (4) and Miles Johnson (13) block a ball at the net against BYU in the national championship at St. John Arena on May 6. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterSecond setThe Cougars went back and forth with the Buckeyes through the first 16 points of the set. Johnson and Hervoir had back-to-back kills to stretch the lead to 11-7.OSU continued to put its foot on the pedal after the media timeout, ripping off three straight points to take an 18-11 lead. The Buckeyes closed the set with a kill from Blough and a hitting error by BYU opposite hitter Jake Langlois.The team had 16 kills and three errors on 29 swings (.448) in the second. Johnson led the way with six kills.Third setBYU took an early 3-1 lead in the final set, but as they have done all season, the Buckeyes battled back with Szerszen leading the charge. The junior from France had nine kills in the final set with just one error.Blough said that Szerszen had no business hitting a few of the balls he set to him, but that having a gifted athlete like Szerszen attack the net when the team needs a play is what made this team the undisputed champs.“All throughout the season, we had two games that we lost and those were due to a lack of focus or relaxing,” Szerszen said. “And I think the last (set) was the one we had to push because we had to finish it because (losing focus) could happen at any time.”The Ohio State men’s volleyball team lifts their second consecutive national title trophy as confetti filled St. John Arena on Saturday during the NCAA national championship game. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterOn the final play, Blough received the pass from Szerszen and had no doubt he would put the championship point on the hand of the tournament’s most outstanding player.“For us seniors, I really don’t think we could go out on a better note than that,” Blough said. “Kind of feel bad for Nic (who has one more year of eligibility) because I don’t think it’s going to get much better than this.” read more

Weekly football predictions Week 1

With another college football season ready to get underway, it’s time for another year of weekly predictions. Quinn Pitcock, the reigning champion who blew away the competition in 2009, returns to battle former OSU linebacker James Laurinaitis, former OSU quarterback Justin Zwick, current OSU men’s basketball center Dallas Lauderdale and Lantern sports editor Zack Meisel. THIS WEEK’S GAMES: Marshall @ No. 2 Ohio State UCONN @ Michigan No. 3 Boise State @ No. 10 Virginia Tech James Laurinaitis: Ohio State, UCONN, Virginia Tech Dallas Lauderdale: Ohio State, UCONN, Virginia Tech Quinn Pitcock: Ohio State, Michigan, Boise State Justin Zwick: Ohio State, Michigan, Boise State Zack Meisel: Ohio State, UCONN, Virginia Tech read more

Millionaire businessman played When a Man loves a Woman at lesbian couple

first_imgDymott, who has now retired, objected to the cockerel’s crowing and claimed he was going to sue them because it had affected the value of his £1 million houseCredit:Solent news Paula Holland at Southampton Magistrate's Court He also allegedly called Miss Richardson, who lives with her partner Miss Holland, a “sick witch” and a “psycho”.One one occasion, Miss Richardson claimed, Dymott walked into her driveway and said “don’t you fucking mess with a multi-millionaire. My barrister is going to get you for £50,000 because you have devalued my house”.The couple’s cockerel was eventually killed by neighbours at their request in August 2015, but they got another cockerel that September. This bird also crowed but died in November 2015. “We think he was poisoned,” Miss Richardson added.Dymott denies two charges of harassment.The trial, which is expected to last two days, continues. A neighbour played When a Man Loves a Woman loud enough to be heard by a lesbian couple whose cockerel’s crowing he claimed was devaluing his home, a court heard on Wednesday.Neil Dymott, 56, allegedly launched a campaign of harassment against his country neighbours Helen Richardson and Paula Holland by playing excessively loud music every time their cockerel crowed.Dymott is alleged to have provocatively played the 60s soul hit ‘When A Man Loves a Woman’ at and sworn and shouted at the lesbian couple, Southampton Magistrates Court heard.Giving evidence, Miss Richardson said: “On one occasion he shouted across the road that I was a ‘fucking lezza’ and proceeded to play ‘When a Man Loves a Woman’ on repeat for an hour. But mostly it was Radio 2 and Queen music. Helen Richardson at Southampton Magistrates' Court Paula Holland at Southampton Magistrate’s CourtCredit:Solent News Helen Richardson at Southampton Magistrates’ CourtCredit:Solent News Claire Hook, prosecuting, said: “The cockerel died in November 2015 and the defendant was still convinced they were hiding a cockerel or there was a cockerel on the property.”There was intrusive contact.”Hearing a cockerel would be part of normal countryside but these two victims took the brunt of Mr Dymott’s offence.”Southampton Magistrates Court, Hants, today heard Dymott shouted “shut that cockerel up or I’ll sort you” on a number of occasions when the cockerel crowed. The dispute began when Miss Richardson and Miss Holland took in rescued hens and a cockerel hatched from one of the hens.  The retired businessman objected to the cockerel’s crowing and repeatedly threatened to sue them because it had affected the value of his £1 million house which was around 80 yards (73 metres) from their property.After receiving a letter from the council about a neighbour’s noise complaint, the couple moved the cockerel further down the garden, soundproofed the bird’s home and also bought an anti-crowing collar which went around the cockerel’s neck and prevented him crowing by restricting his air flow.Even after the couple’s cockerel was killed, Dymott allegedly continued to harass his neighbours – blaming them for their neighbour’s cockerels, and then for a cockerel crowing in surrounding farmland. Dymott, who has now retired, objected to the cockerel's crowing and claimed he was going to sue them because it had affected the value of his £1 million house “I could hear it clearly – the music, the words – from inside the house.”Police community support officer Vickie Pressey also told the court she attended Dymott’s home in response to a noise complaint in June 2015 and saw a Jaguar on his drive with all the doors and boot open “blaring” out Queen.The court heard Dymott, of Marchwood, Hants, came onto Miss Richardson and Miss Holland’s property and into their garden, taking photos of their home and on one occasion pushed Miss Richardson against a fence, leaving her with a cut on her arm. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

System to dispose of expired drugs archaic says Health Minister following

Public Health Minister, Volda Lawrence on Friday, following a press conference, acknowledged that the system to dispose of expired drugs is one that is archaic and plagued by staffing issues.Minister of Public Health Volda LawrenceAt last week’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) meeting, when questioned as to why over $5.4M in expired drugs dating back to 2016 have not been disposed of, Regional Health Officer for Region 3, Ravendra Dudhnath, indicated that they are still awaiting the intervention of the Government Analyst Food and Drugs Department.Today, Lawrence, who also sits on the PAC, told reporters that she would have made contact with the Food and Drugs Department to make officers available to ensure the drugs are disposed of.Probed as to why it has taken such a lengthy period to have the drugs disposed, the Minister asserted that the system is plagued by staffing issues.According to her, the issue of expired drugs is one that has been in existence for a number of years under successive governments and added that the system to dispose of those drugs is one that needs modernizing.“We do not have a system which allows for the ready distribution. Most of the systems that we have are very archaic. The offices do not have the responsibility to dispose on their own so they depend on other entities, whether it’s the Auditor General, whether it’s the Food and Drugs who will come and say how you dispose of these particular items that you have. So, it cuts across and they all have the challenges,” she told reporters.Additionally, Lawrence said they are taking steps to have issues addressed adding that it will take some time before the changes become visible.“It’s a work in progress. It’s not something that can happen tomorrow. It’s a work in progress. We have to change the ways in which our regulations are written. We have to ensure that we have more people at the various entities so that they can be dispatched regularly to the various institutions to assist them with disposal,” she explained.According to the Auditor General’s Report of 2016, 213 items of expired drugs with an approximate value of $5.4M were noted at West Demerara Regional Hospital and seven health centres within the region.In addition, it was also revealed that the drugs are still being stored at the bond, which is also used to store current medical supplies.However, Dudhnath told the PAC that there is no chance that the expired drugs could be dispensed to patients since they are stored separately in the bond.The PAC also heard that the region officially requested the removal and destruction of the expired drugs since August 2017. (Lakhram Bhagirat) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLawrence announces new drug procurement process to take effect from MondayJune 23, 2017In “Health”Several systemic errors identified in Health MinistryJanuary 28, 2017In “Health”IPA awarded $36.5M contract without licence to importMarch 22, 2017In “Health” read more

Make the most of the fine spring weather while you can heavy

first_img Dry& start to day.Temps rising to 12-16C by early pm.Cooler on Len & South Mun coast due to an onshore Eerly breeze— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) March 25, 2017 By Sean Murray Showery rain will arrive in Munster on Monday evening, however, before spreading northward.The sun should still persist for a time on Tuesday, before Wednesday brings with it heavy rain.On Wednesday, Met Éireann predicts “further outbreaks of rain, turning heavy in many western counties during the day”, adding that there will be “further heavy falls of showery rain overnight”.Read: ‘We learned about loyalty’: Trump blames Democrats after humbling healthcare defeatRead: Bus Éireann strike rumbles on but Irish Rail says no services will be affected today Make the most of the fine spring weather while you can – heavy rain returning next week The western half of the country will enjoy the warmest temperatures over the weekend. 21,585 Views Saturday 25 Mar 2017, 10:10 AM Share69 Tweet Email1 center_img 22 Comments Short URL TODAY AND TOMORROW are set to be fine, sunny days across the country, but we had better enjoy the weather over the next couple of days with heavy rain forecast to return later next week.Met Éireann forecasts temperatures will range between 12 and 16 degrees by early afternoon today, but it will be cooler along the Leinster and south-Munster coast due to easterly breezes.This evening, temperatures will stay above freezing with frost in a few sheltered places only.Sunday will follow suit, with temperatures again in the mid-teens, and Monday will also be a good day with more dry, settled weather.The western half of the country will again enjoy temperatures in the mid-to-high teens throughout the weekend and into next week. Mar 25th 2017, 10:10 AM Source: Met Éireann/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

What was taxpayers money get spent on Russia dismisses report into its

first_img Friday 19 Apr 2019, 12:01 PM Short URL 7,598 Views Share Tweet Email Special counsel Robert Mueller’s redacted report on the investigation into interference in the 2016 US presidential election 20 Comments Apr 19th 2019, 12:01 PM center_img Special counsel Robert Mueller’s redacted report on the investigation into interference in the 2016 US presidential election Image: Jon Elswick RUSSIA HAS ONCE again dismissed a report by US Special Counsel Robert Mueller into its interference into the 2016 US Presidential election.Speaking after part of the report was given to the US Congress yesterday, a Kremlin spokesman said that it failed to present clear evidence of any meddling by Moscow and called its impact on relations regrettable.“As a whole the report as before does not present any reasonable proof at all that Russia allegedly meddled in the electoral process in the US,” Dmitry Peskov told journalists, saying the report contained “no new information.”Russia has consistently rejected any suggestion that it interfered in the election won by Donald Trump.The politically explosive probe by Mueller ruled that Trump’s campaign did not criminally conspire with Russians to skew the election, and drew no conclusion on allegations of obstruction.“We regret that documents of such quality have a direct influence on the development of US-Russian bilateral relations which are not in the best shape as it is,” Peskov said.He also suggested that US taxpayers should question why their money was spent on the lengthy probe with such a result.“In our country, the audit chamber would probably take an interest in such a report: what did American taxpayers’ money get spent on?“But let the US taxpayers themselves ask that question,” Peskov added. By Stephen McDermott ‘What was taxpayers’ money get spent on?’ Russia dismisses report into its meddling in US election Russia has consistently rejected any claims of interference in the election. Image: Jon Elswick Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Greek CEOs sleepout for charity

first_imgConcrete floor, a cup of soup and a bread roll was what Greek Australian CEOs were faced with on Thursday night as they took part in the 2013 Vinnies CEO Sleepout, an event organised by St Vincent de Paul to raise awareness for the issue of homelessness in Australia. All over the nation, Greek Australian CEOs spent the night in the cold to raise much needed funds for homeless Australians, but did so with the ever-present crisis in Greece at the forefront of their minds. Georgios Kotzageridis, CEO of GSK group of companies, was one of the Victorian CEOs who took part in the Sleepout and has done so two years in a row, stating he will continue to do so in the future hoping more Greek Australian CEOs get involved. “It’s just one night of our lives where we experience sleeping on a concrete floor and eat what homeless people eat in order to understand what the homeless go through,” Mr Kotzageridis tells Neos Kosmos. “We live in luxury and this is one way to understand the suffering they are faced with as homelessness can happen to anyone,” he said. Mr Kotzageridis also supports charities such as World Vision, Blue Ribbon and Good Friday Appeal, as in his own words he says “God gives, we spread”. The Sleepout highlights the plight of those experiencing homelessness and asks CEOs and community leaders to rise to the challenge and experience homelessness for a single night. By doing this, CEOs will help raise awareness of homelessness in Australia. All money raised from the event will directly assist Vinnies’ homeless services. In Victoria, Mr Kotzageridis raised a grand total of $11,000 for the homeless people of Australia. The highest fundraiser for Greek Australian CEOs went to St George Banking Group CEO George Frazis, who raised $111,239.91 in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout in NSW. Other Greek Australian CEOs who participated included: James Kydas, Principal P2 Group; Paul Nicolaou, Australian Hotels Association; John Nicolades, Bridge Housing Limited; Sophie Cotsis, Shadow Minister for Housing, NSW Parliament; George Kazangi, BlueCentral; Alex Apostolopoulos, Dream Centre Inc.; Anthony Zalakos, Recovre; Maria Efkarpidis, Rock Development Group; Nick Nonas, Nova Multimedia; George Roussos, Roussos Legal Advisory; Bill Vasiliou, Chris’ Supa IGA; John Papa, JP Cabinets; Stephen Lazarakis, Rotary International; and Chris Andreas, Cognizant Technology Solutions Australian Pty Ltd. For more information on the Vinnies CEO Sleepout and to donate visit Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

127 WWE RAW viewer numbers viewers head back down

first_imgFacebook Now Playing Up Next Google+ Twitter Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Pinterest The 12/7 WWE RAW drew an average audience of 3.05 million viewers. The first hour drew 3.27 million viewers, the second hour drew 3.04 million viewers and the third hour closed the night with 2.85 million viewers. This is down from last week’s 3.17 million viewers.Monday Night Football dominated the night with 14.15 million viewers.RAW averaged a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49 on Monday night.Source: Showbuzzdaily.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasionscenter_img Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions Now Playing Up Next Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match) Roman Reigns is in Remission Velvet Sky Now Playing Up Next Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW Videos Articleslast_img read more

Interchange project a beginning and end

first_imgState and local leaders on Tuesday kicked off a project that will add a new interchange to the Interstate 205 corridor at Northeast 18th Street.A rainy ground-breaking ceremony near the freeway represented a beginning and an end of sorts. Construction on the new interchange, which aims to improve safety and travel times in the area, will start in earnest next month, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. But the $40.6 million effort is the final project in Clark County funded by a pair of gas tax increases passed in 2003 and 2005.“After this, there are no more big projects” without a new state transportation funding package, said Bart Gernhart, an assistant regional administrator with WSDOT. And several speakers, including a few state lawmakers, went out of their way Tuesday to suggest they hope something materializes in the near future.“Hopefully, we can come up with a transportation package that we can all get behind,” said Rep. Paul Harris, R-Vancouver.Attempts to pass a funding package in Olympia have come up short two years in a row. Whether the idea gains any traction in 2015 remains to be seen.The 18th Street interchange is a companion project to an earlier effort that remade part of a convergence that joins I-205, Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard and Northeast 112th Avenue. The next phase will add an offramp connecting northbound I-205 directly to 18th Street, and an onramp from 18th Street to southbound I-205. The project will also put a new roundabout on 18th Street to the west of the freeway.last_img read more

Latest Ford patent application strongly suggests removable doors for Bronco

first_img Ford 2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e review: A thrifty hybrid with more grip Share your voice More about 2020 Ford Explorer ST More From Roadshow Ford Now playing: Watch this: Review • 2020 Ford Explorer ST review: A midsize SUV with a focus on fast 2020 Jeep Gladiator: Taking truck love to a new level 6:19 Preview • 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid first drive: A new kind of Explorercenter_img Tags 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet first drive: The uber-roadster 0 SUVs Car Industry 12 Photos Enlarge ImageYeah, Ford? We’d really like removable doors for the Bronco. USPTO Mark this as the third concrete time we’ve heard or seen evidence that the upcoming reborn Ford Bronco will be a true off-road machine. The Blue Oval’s most recent patent application is all about airbag systems and how they relate to removable doors or a tubular structure for the door itself.AutoGuide first discovered and reported on the patent on Monday; it details several ways Ford has looked at including airbags for a vehicle without solid doors. According to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the automaker filed the patent application back in February 2018 before publishing the application on Aug. 22 of this year.The application suggests a few ways for airbags to work with a vehicle that features removable doors or tubular doors. For times when the doors are totally removed, the patent application explains a telescopic device that deploys when needed to provide crash protection. An inflatable device is also secured to each of the segments to provide a buffer.As for the tubular door structure, Ford’s application discusses a route for high-pressure gas to travel and inflate an airbag. Various holes exist in the tubular door’s structure to lead the gas to its final destination. That is, the airbag, which deploys in the event of a crash to aid in protection when the solid doors aren’t equipped. In both cases, there’ll be airbags to keep drivers and passengers safe in the event of a crash.Back in March, another patent application surfaced that dealt with inner crash structures for removable doors as well. And even before that, it was rumored that Ford showed the new Bronco at a dealer meeting with the removable doors.As always, take patent applications with a grain of salt. Automakers file for hundreds, if not thousands, of applications every year. It’s never a guarantee they’ll see the light of day. However, knowing Ford is keen to retake some of its off-road credentials with the new Bronco, and the sheer volume of evidence, we imagine we’ll see removable doors when the SUV debuts next year. Post a comment Ford’s iconic Bronco throughout history (pictures) 2020 BMW M760i review: For both the driver and the drivenlast_img read more

Asus 6Z review Reliable and economical

first_imgThe flagship race is as intense as it gets. While OnePlus 7 Pro has been dominating the headlines of late now, Asus picked up the pace with the launch of its 6Z (Zenfone 6 in other markets), which is now out for the win.Asus 6Z packs an incredible spec-sheet, enough to give the “flagship killer” OnePlus 7 a tough competition. There are several highlights in the phone, but the flip camera is unique to 6Z, which eliminates the need for a selfie camera – be it pop-up or punch-hole. The mechanism of the flip camera might raise concerns for many, but it is as durable as the rising camera found on many phones these days.Moving on, it is interesting to see Asus come up with a worthy challenger in the premium smartphone category and it might even be able to make it worthwhile for the buyers. Asus 6Z has replaced OnePlus 7 Pro for my primary device and things are looking good so far. Before we get to our review of the phone, take a look at the specifications.Display: 6.4-inch Full HD+ LCD screen, Gorilla Glass 6CPU: Snapdragon 855RAM: 8GBStorage: 256GBCamera; 48MP f/1.79 + 13MP 135-degree wide lensesBattery: 5,000mAh, 18W Quick Charge 4OS: Android Pie, ZenUI 6Add-ons: Fingerprint scanner, dual SIM, dedicated microSD card slot, flip camera, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0For a smartphone with this configuration and an asking price of Rs 39,999, it seems like a sound deal. There’s also a 6GB+128GB model priced at Rs 34,999 for those who want to save a few bucks. Buyers can choose from Midnight Black and Twilight Silver. Let’s see how it fares against its rivals.OnePlus 7 Pro is one of the finest designs I’ve seen so far this year, but I had no idea Asus 6Z would win over with some unique elements and the single-hand use factor. I missed that compactness of the phone in the OnePlus 7 Pro, but then it was made up of an excellent display and design. With the 6Z, I didn’t have to compromise on anything as far as the design goes. Asus 6Z reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanAsus 6Z is sleek, handy and the truly full-screen display is definitely a visual treat. The bezels around the display are minimal, but the bottom bezel isn’t. This isn’t a deal breaker. But the LCD display isn’t the best when used under direct sunlight. I often struggled when I had to take the phone out and use it in broad daylight, even at highest brightness levels. Using an AMOLED display could’ve fixed it, but Asus had to cut costs somewhere. Asus 6Z reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanThe right side of the phone houses power and volume controls along with a quick launch button for Google Assistant. At the bottom are the Type-C port, a well-designed stereo and a 3.5mm headphone jack for those who still need it. The Type-C port also supports headphones, so you’re not at a complete loss there. 1/2 Asus 6Z reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanAsus Zenfone 6Z reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanPreviousNextThe glass back is not slippery, but it sure does attract a lot of smudges. There’s a clear hard case in the box, which can prevent fingerprint marks on the rear panel. But let’s address the elephant in the room – the flip camera.The phone’s biggest USP, its flip camera allows users to shoot photos and selfies using the same camera setup, guaranteeing the best image quality for selfie lovers. The mechanism of the flip camera isn’t bad at all. But when rested, there is a slight click sound on tapping it, which suggests it is not secure. But there’s no way the flip camera flips out without activating the front camera. Due to the flip camera, the handset doesn’t get water resistance and dust seems to easily settle behind the camera. Asus 6Z reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanThe flip camera is smart enough to detect a fall and retract immediately. It is interesting the camera module can be rested at different angles to shoot images, which would otherwise require us to hold the phone at weird angles.I loved the different modes offered by Asus in the 6Z. I could shoot in all the usual modes, including portrait, night, pro, panorama, slow-mo and time-lapse, but there’s an extra mode called motion tracking. It takes some getting used to, but once you know your angles, the flip camera is put to best use in this mode. Asus 6Z reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanWhat is better than that is the ability to use the main camera as the selfie camera, which is why it is the best device for those who love taking selfies and videos of themselves with the highest resolution possible. The images produced by the 48MP+13MP camera setup are pretty good in details, contrast and dynamic range. The colours are punchy with good highlight and shadow. Asus 6Z reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanIf you’re expecting Pixel 3-grade image quality, you’re expecting a lot, but the 6Z is definitely one of the better camera phones out there. Asus offers a special HDR++ mode, which takes a few seconds to capture images, although in ideal lighting conditions. I wasn’t entirely impressed by the HDR++ as the auto mode did a fine job at balancing out the different aspects of the image clarity. 1/2 Asus 6Z review – HDR sampleIBTimes India/Sami KhanAsus Zenfone 6Z review – NormalIBTimes India/Sami KhanPreviousNextNight mode is also offered to give users a brighter image in dark. It surely helped with improving noise reduction and colour reproduction, but again, not on the same level as Pixel 3. If the surrounding is really dark, don’t bother taking out the phone as details are missed and colours are washed out, even with night mode. 1/4 Asus 6Z review – Night ModeIBTimes India/Sami KhanAsus Zenfone 6Z reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanAsus Zenfone 6Z review – Night ModeIBTimes India/Sami KhanAsus Zenfone 6Z review – Night modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanPreviousNextThe dedicated ultra-wide angle lens comes in handy while capturing larger landscapes. The results are dramatic, as they are supposed to be, which I loved. There was little distortion towards the edges and the details, colours, shadows and highlights are retained to the best of capabilities. Asus 6Z review – Ultra wide shotIBTimes India/Sami KhanAsus 6Z is an easy recommendation for selfie lovers, as they cannot get better hardware and software with all working modes for the front camera. The portraits shot on the 6Z are good as well, with accurate edge detection. Check out more samples below. 1/9 Asus 6Z review – camera samplesIBTimes India/Sami KhanAsus Zenfone 6Z review – camera samplesIBTimes India/Sami KhanAsus Zenfone 6Z review – camera samplesIBTimes India/Sami KhanAsus Zenfone 6Z review – camera samplesIBTimes India/Sami KhanAsus Zenfone 6Z review – camera samplesIBTimes India/Sami KhanAsus Zenfone 6Z review – camera samplesIBTimes India/Sami KhanAsus Zenfone 6Z review – camera samplesIBTimes India/Sami KhanAsus Zenfone 6Z review – camera samplesIBTimes India/Sami KhanAsus Zenfone 6Z review – camera samplesIBTimes India/Sami KhanPreviousNextAnother thing I loved about the 6Z is the user interface. For me, the UI plays a vital role in the overall experience. I loved the fact that ZenUI is closer to stock Android, like the OnePlus’ OxygenOS. The interface is cleaner, free from bloatware, minimalistic animations and snappy as it can ever be. Asus 6Z reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanEverything from the Pie-like two-button navigation, full-screen gestures borrowed from Android Q, dark theme option to fast and smooth operations no matter what has made me recommend the ZenUI 6 next to Google’s own OS and OnePlus OxygenOS. The Snapdragon 855 processor and 8GB RAM surely added to the smooth functioning of the phone as I did not have any lags nor apps froze up on me. Playing PUBG and Asphalt is like you’re playing it on OnePlus 7 Pro, except not as bright and clear. The highest graphics games will feel a bit washed out if you compare OnePlus 7 Pro and 6Z side-by-side, but I didn’t mind what Asus gave at its price point.Apps launched faster and I didn’t have to worry about heating at any point. Gaming for long hours did tend to heat up the phone, but not to an unbearable extent. Asus 6Z reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanAsus 6Z has impressed me in many ways. But the inclusion of a 5,000mAh battery in such a sleek body is quite impressive. With mild to heavy use, I was able to get through an entire day without plugging in. But if you can minimise the use to just calls, messages, browsing social media then you can get close to two days battery life. That’s one area where I didn’t mind having an LCD display. For the humungous battery, the 18W quick charger is a must. Although not as fast as OnePlus Warp Charge, it was surely something. I really hoped for a 30W charging support, but you cannot have everything. Asus 6Z reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanFinally, the fingerprint scanner at the back is as fast and efficient as it can be. I didn’t use face unlock as I hated to see that camera flip every time I wanted to unlock the phone. But for those who want to use it, it’s not so bad at all. I just preferred the good-old tap-to-unlock option.VerdictIf you are looking for a solid premium smartphone with the best performance, battery and selfie camera, the 6Z is what you need. Between OnePlus 7 and Asus 6Z, the latter wins. But when compared against OnePlus 7 Pro, you’ll find yourself drooling over that beautiful display, design and fast charging battery of the OnePlus flagship. Asus 6Z reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanAsus 6Z makes a winning argument with its top-of-the-line specs and a sub-Rs 40,000 price range. It lives up to the expectations of the masses who want the best of everything without breaking the bank. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:59Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:57?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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India Pakistan exchange lists of nuclear sites

first_imgIndia and Pakistan on Sunday exchanged lists of their nuclear installations and facilities.”This is the 26th consecutive exchange of such lists between the two countries, the first one having taken place on 1 January, 1992,” the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement.The agreement on the Prohibition of Attack against Nuclear Installations between India and Pakistan was signed on 31 December, 1988 and entered into force on 27 January, 1991.Since then, the two countries inform each other of nuclear installations and facilities to be covered under the agreement on every 1 January.Both countries also exchanged lists of nationals (including civilian prisoners and fishermen) of each country lodged in jails of the other one.”India remains committed to addressing with Pakistan on priority the humanitarian matters, including those pertaining to prisoners and fishermen in each other’s country,” the statement said.”In this context, we await from Pakistan confirmation of nationality of those in India’s custody who are otherwise eligible for release and repatriation,” it said.last_img read more

Syria used nerve gas in four recent attacks HRW

first_imgA Syrian child receiving treatment at a small hospital in the town of Maaret al-Noman following a suspected toxic gas attack in Khan Sheikhun, a nearby rebel-held town in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province. AFP file photoSyrian government forces used deadly nerve gas in Khan Sheikhun and in three other recent attacks, Human Rights Watch said Monday, describing a “clear pattern” of chemical weapons use that could amount to crimes against humanity.President Bashar al-Assad’s forces are also stepping up chlorine gas attacks and have begun using surface-fired rockets filled with chlorine in fighting near Damascus, the US-based rights group said in a new report.“The government’s use of nerve agents is a deadly escalation—and part of a clear pattern,” said Kenneth Roth, Human Rights Watch’s executive director.“In the last six months, the government has used warplanes, helicopters, and ground forces to deliver chlorine and sarin in Damascus, Hama, Idlib and Aleppo.”“That’s widespread and systematic use of chemical weapons,” he said.Last month, Assad told AFP in an interview that the suspected sarin attack in Khan Sheikhun was “100 percent” fabricated, serving as a pretext for US missile strikes on a Syrian air field.Human Rights Watch interviewed 60 witnesses and collected photos and videos providing information on the suspected 4 April attack, and on three other alleged uses of nerve gases in December 2016 and March 2017.The rights group said at least 92 people including 30 children died from exposure to sarin in Khan Sheikhun and hundreds more were injured. The Syrian Observatory of Human Rights has put the death toll at 88.Residents said a first bomb believed to be carrying the deadly agent sarin was dropped near the town’s central bakery and was followed by three or four high-explosive bombs a few minutes later, the report said.Dozens of photos and videos provided by residents of a crater from the first bomb showed a green-colored metal fragment that Human Rights Watch said was likely the Soviet-produced KhAB-250 bomb.Three suspected attacks in HamaHuman Rights Watch said 64 people died from exposure to nerve agents after warplanes attacked territory controlled by the Islamic State group in eastern Hama on 11 December and 12 December.Activists and local residents provided names of the victims, while Human Rights Watch interviewed four witnesses and two medical personnel about the alleged attacks.A third suspected nerve agent attack in northern Hama on 30 March caused no deaths but injured dozens of civilians and combatants, according to residents and medical personnel, the report said.All four suspected nerve agent attacks were in areas where anti-government fighters were threatening Assad’s military air bases, according to Human Rights Watch.The alleged attacks were systematic and in some cases directed against civilians, which would meet the legal criteria to be characterized as crimes against humanity, the rights group said.HRW’s Roth told a news conference that the string of suspected attacks cast doubt over Syrian and Russian claims that toxic agents were released in Khan Sheikhun after a bomb struck a chemical weapons depot on the ground.It would be “utterly impossible” for warplanes to hit chemical caches repeatedly across the country, Roth said.The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has said its experts were investigating 45 cases of alleged use of toxic gases in Syria since late last year.Citing mounting evidence of repeated chemical weapons use, Human Rights Watch said the UN Security Council should once again ask the International Criminal Court to open a war crimes investigation.Such a move by the council in 2014 was blocked by Russia, Assad’s top ally, and China.last_img read more

Chrome OS evolved from CR48 to Samsung Series 5

first_imgWhen Google first announced Chrome OS, there were a lot of skeptics. Is the browser really all we need anymore? If you’re the right kind of person, sort of. Chrome’s meteoric rise in market share has taught something extremely useful to a company who lives and dies by whether or not you are connected to the Internet. They learned that there are large groups of people out there for whom the computer only has a single job, running a web browser. Sure, IM clients, music players, and maybe one or two other things exist on the computer, but not much else. Google tested this theory with the Cr-48, a reference unit made to test the Chrome OS experience. Google never made this device available to sell, and instead gave away tens of thousands of them to whoever asked. Now, we’re seeing the result of that experiment with Samsung’s Chrome OS device, now dubbed “Chromebook“.In my opinion, the Cr-48 project was crucial to the development of the Chromebook. Chromebooks, you see, are not laptops. They aren’t netbooks, either, which is something I see more often than not. The Chromebook is a reboot of a type of laptop that existed about 17-20 years ago called a subnotebook. Subnotebooks were designed to be less functional then laptops in that they lacked removable storage, but still had the larger screen and full keyboard. This made them much lighter and thinner than laptops of the time. Everyone made them, even Apple. So, In order to attempt to shake the stigma of “its just a netbook”, Google shipped 30,000 of these subnotebooks for free to anyone who asked. Still, the Cr-48 was underpowered, and Chrome OS wasn’t quite ready for primetime yet.AdChoices广告So Google waited until day two of Google I/O to drop the news that Samsung and Acer were on board to bring out all new Chromebooks! For the purposes of this review, I am going to compare the Samsung Chromebook to the Cr-48, since it is the only other device in its class on the market. The Chromebook was never given an official price, but the average price they were sold for on eBay was $350, so we’ll go with that as the selling price.Hardware The Samsung Chromebook offers a pair of USB ports, an SD card slot, a SIM slot, and outputs for audio and video. The 3.5mm jack is pretty standard, but the mini display out comes with an adapter to allow you to connect to a normal VGA out device. despite having not only more ports but better access to the existing ports, the Samsung Chrombook is about a third thinner then the Cr-48. The keyboard feel very similar to the Cr-48, but the sensitivity  and control of the trackpad is leaps and bounds above what the Cr-48 had to offer. The hinge holding Samsungs razor thin screen to the base feels incredibly solid, and allows you to open and close the lid with a single finger. Unlike the Cr-48, the battery in not user-replaceable, yet the average battery life is only slightly better at 10 hours.The Samsung Chromebook comes with 16GB of onboard storage and 2GB of RAM, allowing for some basic offline storage that can be expanded by the MicroSD slot. Combined with a 1.66ghz Atom processor, it’s certainly not the fastest machine out there, but is still a significant increase over its predecessor. The internal microphone and 1M HD webcam make video chatting with someone over Google Talk or Google Hangout a smooth experience, generating a comparable experience to most built-in webcams.Chrome OS – All grown up?We’ve covered the evolution of Chrome OS pretty extensively here at From the initial iteration on the Cr-48 up to the latest version for the Samsung Chromebook, there have been significant strides in functionality and overall usability. Coupled with a boost in hardware, Chrome OS on the Samsung Chromebook handles all of your daily browsing tasks with ease. Streaming video through services like Hulu are now perfectly enjoyable, while more advanced users who operate multiple tabs across multiple windows will still find Chrome OS flexible enough to handle their needs. Anything that can be done in a modern browser can be done in Chrome OS, with a single exception. Silverlight. Microsoft’s “Flash killer” might not have been the runaway hit they had hoped, but it still drives many popular sited today, including Netflix.At Google I/O we were told that Netflix support was “arriving soon” for Chromebooks, and yet even today if you attempt to play a video, you are presented with a very targeted error explaining that Netflix for Chromebooks is not yet available. Now, I have enjoyed my Chromebook experience since day one, but to lack the same functionality as a Nintendo DS is a pretty serious detriment to its viability as a platform.Still, Chrome OS now comes loaded with all of the basic features you would need outside the browser, like a manageable file system or external device support. As it stands so far, I have yet to stick a mouse or keyboard into this Chromebook that didn’t immediately start working. Then, there’s the Chrome Web Store. It’s been a few months since Peter Vesterbacka of Rovio stepped across the stage and announced that Angry Birds was coming to the Chrome Web Store, alongside some extremely competitive in app pricing models. Since then, the Chrome Web Store has become home to collaboration utilities, photo editors, 3D modeling tools, and much more. The Web Store is growing daily, and adding more and more functionality as it grows.The price or the function, one needs to change. There’s a growing notion among early adopters that Cheomebooks are too expensive at $500. The other side of that is the notion that for $500, it needs to do something more than it does right now. I agree that a glaring omission to Chrome OS right now is a functional Offline Mode. Google Gears has been around for what, 4 years now? Wasn’t the whole point of gears to make services like Docs and Calendar accessible when not connected directly to the internet? These are concepts that Google has battled with in the past, and the fact that it wasn’t addressed early on as a result of those previous “lessons learned” was a warning for some.Chromebooks get compared to tablets a lot when it comes to price. I find the comparison misleading at best. The browsing experience for every mobile device in existence pales in comparison to a fully functional build of Chrome. Additionally, each of the “Top 5 Free” Android apps and three of the 5 top paid apps are either derivatives of websites or function the exact same way on a web browser as they would on a Tablet. Chromebooks have either the same or better battery life then every Tablet I have come across thus far. Closing thought; if you can find a laptop with a full size keyboard, instantly powers on, has 8-10 hours of battery life with a 300 nit screen and a 2 year data plan from Verizon Wireless for under $500, I will concur that the Chromebook is too expensive.ClosingThe Samsung Series 5 Chromebook is a significant improvement on the Cr-48, and is the first of a refreshed class of devices that is being given new purpose thanks to Chrome OS. This is not a machine for the graphic designer or the software engineer. This could be a secondary device for those users, geared more for their leisure than productivity. As for the browser laden, those who are able to exist seamlessly within a browser and don’t even know it, Chrome OS just requires a bit of patience. It’s a new way to think about how you use a computer. The idea that you are tethered to a single device has been something Google has tried to do away with for years now, and Chrombooks are their most ambitious attempt to date. It’s not perfect, and there are some glaring omissions that need to be corrected in order for it to be for the average consumer, but Google has the ability to rapidly deploy those changes and make Chrome OS a real competitor.samsung_chromebook_portssamsung_chromebook_portsSamsung-Chromebook-Series-5samsung-chromebook-140711IMAG0072IMAG0071last_img read more

Coalition urges action on poor tourism figures

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A Shadow Tourism Minister Bob Baldwin is appealing to the Australian Government to “respond in a meaningful way” to weak arrivals figures and a slump in hospitality trade following the release of data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) last week.With seasonally adjusted resident departures outpacing short-term visitor arrivals to Australia by 175,800 movements, Mr Baldwin is concerned “the tourism and hospitality sector has been ignored by Labor”.“Today’s figures reinforce the need for government to consider new ways to support hospitality sector businesses,” Mr Baldwin said.The Coalition is calling for submissions to its ‘Industries for Australia’s Future’ review in order to “explore ways for Government to ease pressure on the sector”.“[The review] will be looking for ways to promote the tourism industry – such as changes to weekend loadings so that struggling restaurants can open on Sundays,” Mr Baldwin said.Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, July 2011last_img read more

Neighborhood Stabilization Initiative Program Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary

first_img December 15, 2016 612 Views The expanded Neighborhood Stabilization Initiative (NSI) program recently marked its one-year anniversary, according to an announcement from the National Community Stabilization Trust (NCST). The program, through NCST, provides organizations working to stabilize neighborhoods with access to REO properties from Fannie Mae and Fannie Mac.“The NSI program assists those communities in our nation whose housing markets continue to struggle,” said Rob Grossinger, President, NCST. “By providing this “first look” to organizations supporting neighborhoods, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac strengthen local housing markets and provide new opportunities for homeownership and affordable rental.”The announcement said that as a result of the initial program’s success, on December 1, 2015, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac expanded NSI from the two pilot areas to a total of 18 strategic markets with large concentrations of distressed and low-value inventory.Further, according to NCST, during the past year, buyers have purchased 1,372 NSI properties for approximately $92 million.“In these markets, acquisition plus renovation costs often exceed the post-renovation value,” said Julia Gordon, EVP, NCST. “By helping our local partners save on acquisition costs, NSI has enabled them to return distressed properties to the housing stock in rehabilitated condition and to help build wealth in communities that have been left behind by the housing recovery.”Additionally, the announcement states that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have made additional improvements that will make NSI more effective for low-value properties and for properties in higher-cost areas.“As we work to lift home values in metro Atlanta‘s distressed neighborhoods, it is important that REO holdings be part of the solution. The NSI program is providing our organization with a great opportunity to boost our acquisition of single-family homes, accounting for more than 30 percent of our production in the last 12 months,” said John O’Callaghan, President and CEO of Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership. Neighborhood Stabilization Initiative Program Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary in Daily Dose, Headlines, Newscenter_img 2016-12-15 Staff Writer Sharelast_img read more