A look at some of the key business events and economic indicators upcoming this week:HOUSING MARKET BELLWETHEREconomists project that sales of previously occupied homes declined in March from a month earlier.U.S. home sales surged 11.8% in February, aided by accelerating wages and falling mortgage rates, a combination that’s helped improve affordability. The National Association of Realtors is expected to report on Monday that sales slid to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.35 million last month.Existing home sales, in millions, seasonally adjusted annual rate:Oct. 5.22Nov. 5.21Dec. 5.00Jan. 4.93Feb. 5.51March (est.) 5.35Source: FactSetROUGH ROADTesla’s latest quarterly results should provide more details into the company’s rocky start to the year.The electric car maker disclosed earlier this month that it churned out 77,100 vehicles from January to March, well behind the pace it must sustain to fulfil CEO Elon Musk’s pledge to manufacture 500,000 cars annually. Tesla serves up its first quarter results Wednesday.ON A ROLLWall Street expects another strong quarterly snapshot from Amazon.Financial analysts predict the e-commerce giant will report on Thursday that its first quarter earnings and revenue surged past its results from a year earlier. Amazon has boosted its profits in recent quarters by expanding into businesses such as cloud computing services and advertising.The Associated Press
The Secretary-General also met with Rwanda’s Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo yesterday during the two-day visit.The mapping report, prepared by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), is scheduled to be made public on 1 October and describes a total of more than 600 incidents in the DRC during the 10-year period in which tens of thousands of people were killed. It covers not only the war-torn east but the entire territory of the DRC, has the overarching objective of helping the Congolese Government to establish transitional judicial systems and fight against impunity. 8 September 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today concluded a visit to Rwanda during which he spoke with President Paul Kagame and other Government officials about their concerns regarding the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) human rights report compiled by the United Nations.
Participants from the UN, government, academia, sports and the Olympic movement have gathered in the Swiss city for the two-day International Forum on Sport for Peace and Development, the second of its kind.Wilfried Lemke, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, warned delegates at the forum’s opening that time is running out to meet the 2015 deadline for attaining the MDGs.“In our pursuit towards achieving them, sport has definitely proven to be a powerful tool,” he said. “Today we have a wealth of evidence from the field making the case for sport as a vehicle for social change.”One of the eight MDGs calls for a global partnership – bringing together government, the private sector and civil society – to promote development in poorer countries around the world.“This is exactly what we are doing here today at this gathering,” said Mr. Lemke. “Just like in sport, teamwork is behind success and we must keep working together, as a movement, towards making the world a more equitable, safe and sustainable place through sport.”The forum includes sessions on how sport can be integrated into the work of UN peacekeeping missions, serve as an example for conflict resolution and promote high-standard physical education for all children, among other issues.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is scheduled to address the event tomorrow. 10 May 2011A global forum on the relationship between sport and peace and prosperity began today in Geneva with a call from a senior United Nations official to use sport as a catalyst for achieving the social and economic targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
A former principal of a school in Panadura has been sentenced to eight years in jail for accepting a bribe.The Colombo High Court sentenced the former principal to eight years in jail for accepting a Rs 25,000 bribe to admit a student to the school.
Thomson Reuters reports second-quarter profit up from year ago, revenue down TORONTO – Thomson Reuters (TSX:TRI) reported an increase in its second-quarter profit compared with a year ago, while a stronger U.S. dollar hurt its revenue.The financial data and information company, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, says it earned a profit attributable to shareholders of US$262 million or 33 cents per diluted share, up from $249 million or 31 cents per diluted share a year ago.Adjusted earnings per share amounted to 52 cents, up from 51 cents per share in the same quarter last year.Meanwhile, revenue slipped four per cent to $3.04 billion compared with $3.16 billion.The company estimated that the impact of foreign currency reduced revenue by six per cent.“Our results are in line with our full-year expectations, and on a pre-currency basis, each of our four operating units reported growth for the first time in more than three years,” chief executive James Smith said in a statement.“We are entering the second half of 2015 from a position of strength and will continue to prioritize resources behind our highest growth opportunities.” by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 29, 2015 5:32 am MDT Last Updated Jul 29, 2015 at 6:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Ohio State sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle dribbles up the floor to set up the offense against Connecticut on Dec. 3 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOn Jan. 18, it took last-second heroics for the Ohio State men’s basketball team to knock off the Nebraska Cornhuskers on the road. This time around, the Buckeyes (15-12, 5-9 Big Ten) have the home-court advantage in an important game for conference positioning.Prior to last playing the Huskers, OSU defeated Michigan State at home. On Saturday, the Buckeyes are pushing for the same outcome against Nebraska, only this time coming off a loss in East Lansing, Michigan, against the Spartans.After cutting the deficit to one with 11:32 remaining, the Buckeyes had multiple opportunities to retake the lead and keep the game within a possession, but turnovers and poor shot selection doomed the Buckeyes. OSU coach Thad Matta said the next step for his team is eliminating those miscues.“We still got those moments where we shoot ourselves in the foot,” Matta said. “If the energy and the effort is going to be there, then we got to capitalize on seizing those opportunities that are in front of us.”NebraskaTwo of the Huskers’ (11-14, 5-8 Big Ten) better players, sophomore guard Glynn Watson and sophomore forward Ed Morrow are dealing with injuries but should play against the Buckeyes on Saturday at 6 p.m. Freshman forward Isaiah Roby, a role player for Nebraska, is “50-50 at best,” according to Tim Miles earlier this week.Morrow did not play against OSU in the last meeting and Watson had 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting.In conference play, OSU and Nebraska probably couldn’t be more similar. The two teams vary by one percent or less in field-goal percentage, field-goal defense percentage and 3-point field-goal percentage. The Huskers lead OSU by just half a game in 10th place in the standings.Per Ken Pomeroy’s advanced statistical ratings, Nebraska is ranked 82nd with OSU checking in at No. 62. The Huskers score at a less efficient rate than the Buckeyes with an adjusted offensive efficiency of 107 points per 100 possessions compared to the Buckeyes’ 111.3.On defense, the Cornhuskers allow 98.6 points per 100 possessions and are ranked 12th scoring defense in Big Ten games, allowing opponents to score over 75 points per game.Senior guard Tai Webster and Watson lead the pack with 17.8 and 14.0 points per game. Webster is the second leading scorer during conference play, averaging 18.5 points through 13 league games.Along with Morrow’s 7.1 rebounds per game, sophomore forward Michael Jacobson makes teams hurt on the glass, with 81 of his 168 total rebounds coming on offense. OSU has struggled this season in that aspect, allowing an average of 9.5 offensive rebounds per game.“(Nebraska) goes into Maryland and goes on a 15-0 run to win the game, going to Indiana and knocking them off,” Matta said. “They’ve had some great moments in terms of playing big time basketball.”The GameBottom line, OSU probably needs to win the Big Ten tournament to be in the NCAA Tournament field. But losing to Nebraska at home for the first time in school history would be devastating.“Every game is important at this point,” senior forward Marc Loving said. “But getting back on track and getting a W in the win column is always positive.”OSU has struggled with foul trouble as of late. The Buckeyes played with redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson and junior forward Jae’Sean Tate on the bench for much of the second half against Michigan State. If those two can’t stay on the court against Nebraska, the Buckeyes might have a tough time contending with the rebounding effort from the Cornhuskers.Loving had one of his best games of the season at Nebraska a month ago, scoring 15 and grabbing 11 rebounds. For the Buckeyes to win this one, his effort will have to be present and constant.Overall, the Buckeyes are a more physical, more-skilled team, but that hasn’t always resulted in a victory. At home with a chance to move up in the Big Ten standings, Saturday’s game presents an opportunity that the Buckeyes can’t squander.“We have to come out and play,” Matta said. “We will be prepared for Nebraska but a lot of it is on us and trying to sure up all of the things that we need to sure up to give us the best chance to win.”
“I wouldn’t be a Garth Brooks fan myself, but as a once off and out of respect for the people who bought tickets – the concert should go ahead.The whole world is looking at our area and thinking ‘what sort of people are they?’ I want to let people see it’s not all of us.“This is not a rich area and these concerts will bring in a lot of money.”Councillor Gary Gannon told TheJournal.ie that the petition seems to have “a lot of support on the ground amongst residents”.It states that the corporate GAA and Aiken promoters showed ’arrogance and greed’ organising the five Garth Brooks concerts.Reid said, “everyone should have been included in the decision, they should have gotten everyone’s point of view”.The petition states that the corporate GAA and Aiken “have created a scenario whereby 180,000 people are to be left disappointed and the reputation of our community is being portrayed negatively throughout the world.In looking to demonstrate the type of neighbourly respect to Croke Park which they have never shown to us- we as residents would be prepared to sign our name to a petition to re-instate the two concerts if the following terms were to be agreed to.These are the terms:The full implementation of the Mulvey Report is agreed to and adhered to indefinitely.Croke Park creates a legacy grant from the proceeds of the five concerts that go towards community regeneration and community education bursaries. Croke Park apologises to residents for the lack of respect they have shown us.Councillor Gary Gannon added that a lot of residents just want to find a solution:I was called by a number of people in the Croke Park vicinity looking to find a common sense solution to this mess.Read: Garth Brooks: ‘For us, it is five shows or none at all’>Read: Permission granted for just THREE of the scheduled five Garth Brooks concerts> SO FAR WE’VE only heard from Croke Park residents who don’t want all the Garth Brooks concerts to go ahead.However some residents are now signing a petition to reinstate all five of the concerts, saying they’re ‘fuming’ that a minority are speaking on their behalf.This comes after Dublin City Council announced yesterday that just three of the five concerts can go ahead.Garth Brooks then released a statement last night saying it was either ‘the five shows or none at all’.The new petition will be delivered around the local area today – calling on residents to allow the concerts go ahead.Sandra Reid organised it, she told TheJournal.ie that she set up the petition because:The majority of people living around here are fuming that a minority are speaking on behalf of the whole area.
In lower Manhattan (varying locations) I’m seeing speeds of about 14-16Mbps down and 4-5Mbps up. For reference, that’s faster than a Time Warner cable broadband account (about 15 down/0.5 up), which is the standard here in Manhattan. Reasonable 3G speeds are about 4/1Mbps down/up so we are looking at about a real-life 4x improvement.Let’s keep in mind though that this falls well short of the 100/50Mbps theoretically speeds made available by 3GPP LTE. This isn’t so much a downside as it is room for growth as networks mature. That said, speeds could very well go down before they go up. The 4G network is under little load at the moment (based on my anecdotal observations) so it could slow down a bit once more people go with LTE.The question of need soon arises. You don’t actually need 16/4Mbps speeds when you are out, do you? Most people don’t require anything close, especially if you are working with a data cap, but if you do need to upload a lot of photos or download a large file there is no replacement for raw speed. The two most important things about LTE are that you can have broadband like speeds on-the-go and that you can, theoretically, use it as a replacement for a cable line (if you are mindful of your data that is).As for the hardware, the VL600 is like a 3G modem from 2-3 years ago. It’s bulky enough to block the USB ports around it (especially on a notebook) and it lacks a card reader so you won’t have a useful microSD slot built in. The biggest flaw of course is that it’s not a mobile hotspot, so you can only connect a single device at a time and you can’t get your tablet or phone connected with it.I’d say the one high point was that that the USB cover is built in so you’ll never lose it, but even this could cause problems. The cap flips down and can actually protrude from the side of your laptop to under the lid, so if you close your computer with the cap flipped down it won’t be pretty (you can bet it’s the LCD that’s damaged, not the cap). So overall the design is very first gen and I’m looking forward to seeing these slim down and improve over time. It does include a mini dock and USB extension if you don’t want to block your laptops’s ports or chance closing your laptop on it.Verizon’s mandatory software, VZAccess Manager, is still clunky, though it seems to get a little bit better each time I use it. Version 7.2.5 (Mac) gives me weird SMS errors and takes a long time to detect the modem when it’s inserted into the USB slot, but ultimately it works well enough and I have extended periods of usage without problems. When I do need to use it, it’s not much fun though.The VL600 is $99 with a 2-year agreement (normal price is $249), but it’s actually out of stock at the moment. This leaves users with the Pantech UML290 LTE modem (which gets lower ratings from Verizon users). A Verizon 4G data plan goes for $50 a month for 5GB and $80 for 10GB, with both plans charging a hefty $10/GB for any overages. So you get the speeds you want, but you definitely pay for it.The LG VL600 combines with Verizon’s young LTE network to make for an excellent mobile experience. Here in Manhattan the connection is stable, extremely fast, and signals are strong. The modem itself isn’t great and the service is expensive, but if you need lots of speed away from an ethernet port this is the best bet.verizon_lte_geek_01verizon_lte_geek_01speedtest_lte_geekookla_lte_testlte_speed_accessManlg_v600_modem_geekThe modem and service used this article were provided by Verizon Wireless. Verizon’s LTE network has been available for a few months now, but it has yet to have an impact on the majority of data users. It takes time and money to switch devices (and carriers for that matter) so as excited as we may be, LTE “4G” is still a ways off for most of us. And even if you want to pay for it, Verizon’s LTE coverage is still limited to 39 markets and 60 airports. Full coverage in the US should be available in 2013.In order to give Verizon’s new network a shot I tested out the LG VL600 LTE USB modem. If you ask Verizon it’s the “LG VL600 4G USB Modem” but the 4G-ness of it is an argument for another day. Regardless of which side of the 4G divide you fall on, two things are clear: 1) it’s running on an LTE network and 2) it’s a good deal faster than 4G.And how fast is it? After all, the speed really is what this device is all about–if it wasn’t for the use of LTE it would just be another USB modem. This article would mostly be me complaining how the VL600 wasn’t a USB hotspot and that it took two months for LG/Verizon to release Mac drivers. But it does use LTE and it’s very fast.
The Android Market always had a little something for everyone. Star Wars fans could get their light-saber on with a nifty little app, viral YouTube addicts could recreate that infamous scene with a taser app, and Star Trek fans could turn their phone into a Tricorder until CBS got involved. The corporation’s DMCA-backed takedown request to Google killed the Tricorder app for good.Moonblink, the Android developer behind the Tricoder app, wasn’t consulted prior to the removal. Google quietly removed it from the Android Market, and sent Moonblink a postmortem notice of the take down.Simply put, the app enhanced a Trekkie’s Android experience by turning the phone into a Tricorder. The app worked through Wi-Fi and GPS and various other modes to actually scan for things such as decibel level, magnetic fields, and wireless network strength, among other things.Unfortunately for Trekkies, the app was not an official Star Trek app. Google’s notice to Moonblink included the original message from CBS which linked to a similar application for the iPad in the App Store. Ironically, the Official Star Trek PADD (Personal Access Display Device), as it’s known, has received terrible reviews with fans bemoaning the poor execution and alphabetization of its database among other various negative aspects.CBS’ exercise of its legal muscle was met with nothing more than a post to Moonblink’s Google page. Yet, it wasn’t the name that was in question. The developer notes a Wikipedia article that states that Gene Roddenberry authorized any company to create technology with the Tricorder name. It seems that CBS attacked the graphical design.This is a sad case of a corporation destroying something really rather cool. It stands to reason that the app didn’t hurt the Star Trek universe. If anything, it enhanced it by giving Android-toting Trekkies a great and nearly authentic Tricorder experience.More at Moonblink on Google Code
11,465 Views Bertie Ahern says Theresa May’s Brexit strategy is putting peace in the North at risk Ahern said any attempt to create a physical border would be “create a lot of bad feeling”. Sunday 12 Feb 2017, 8:01 AM Image: Niall Carson 77 Comments As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: NORTHERN IRELAND’S PEACE process is being put at risk by Theresa May’s hardline Brexit policy, according to former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.In an interview with the Observer in the UK today, Ahern said May’s flip-flopping over whether the border between the North and the Republic would be manned sends the wrong message to the entire island of Ireland.Ahern said he believes that there must be consistency to the Prime Minister’s words on Brexit.He told the Observer: “May seems to be switching her language. She’s saying not that there’ll be no border, but that the border won’t be as difficult as to create problems. I worry far more about what’s going to happen with that.”Ahern added that any attempt to create a physical border would be “very hard to maintain and would create a lot of bad feeling”.Not only would the reinstatement of a physical border have negative consequences economically, it would stoke anger within the North’s nationalist community, who saw the Good Friday Agreement as a way of “integrating the island”, Ahern added.He said that if you take that away, it will have a “destabilising effect” on an area which is already in flux.Dublin visitTheresa May, speaking in Dublin last month, said both she and Kenny were “personally committed to strengthening the relationship” between Ireland and the UK.“I know for the people of Ireland and Northern Ireland, the ability to move freely across the border is an essential part of daily life, which is why the Taoiseach and I have both been clear that there will be no return to the borders of the past,” said the UK Prime Minister.Both leaders said any manifestation of a hard border in the North would have “very negative consequences”.May and Kenny reiterated each other’s points about the border issue, stating they wanted it to be as “seamless”, “friction free” and as “trouble-free” as possible.Describing their earlier private discussion as “frank” and “constructive”, Kenny said both countries were in agreement that the trading ties between the two countries should be “recognised and facilitated” as negotiations go forward.He said this was an “absolute priority” for the Irish government.Read: Anger management classes could help stem violence among young men >Read: Fianna Fáil has an ELEVEN point lead over Fine Gael in opinion poll > Feb 12th 2017, 8:01 AM Share469 Tweet Email By Garreth MacNamee Image: Niall Carson Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3235718
Friday 30 Aug 2019, 3:33 PM MANCHESTER UNITED FACE trips to Kazakhstan and Serbia in the Europa League group stages after being drawn against Astana and Partizan while Arsenal will take on last season’s semi-finalists Eintracht Frankfurt following the draw in Monaco.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side’s Group L line up is completed by Eredivisie side AZ Alkmaar, but the Red Devils still face two long trips across Europe which could play a part in their bid for domestic success as the season wears on.The Gunners’ group, meanwhile, is completed by Standard Liege of Belgium and Vitoria Guimaraes of Portugal as Unai Emery looks to go one better and win the competition following their defeat to Chelsea in the final last season.Fellow Premier League side Wolves will face Turkish giants Besiktas and Portuguese outfit Braga as well as Slovakian team Slovan Bratislava.Scottish champions Celtic, meanwhile, have been drawn to face Serie A side Lazio, French outfit Rennes and Romanian side CFR Cluj, who have already knocked them out of the Champions League this season.Their Old Firm rivals, Rangers, face a daunting group having been drawn to face Porto, Young Boys and Feyenoord. Source: UefaOriginally published at 13.05 By Ryan Bailey Aug 30th 2019, 1:06 PM Share1 Tweet Email Follow us: the42.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 26 Comments Short URL Arsenal drawn with Eintracht, Man United head to Kazakhstan in Europa League The group stage draw has taken place in Monaco. The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! 21,263 Views Image: Daniel Cole Ashley Cole during today’s draw in Monaco. Ashley Cole during today’s draw in Monaco. Image: Daniel Cole https://the42.ie/4789135
Allemagne : des décorations de Noël trop gourmandes en électricité Selon une étude effectuée par la firme Lichtblick, la quantité d’électricité utilisée en un mois pour faire fonctionner les décorations de Noël en Allemagne serait l’équivalent de la consommation moyenne de 140.000 ménages durant une année entière. Guirlandes lumineuses, sapins illuminés, étoile de lumière : à l’approche de Noël, de nombreuses villes se sont parées de mille feux pour célébrer les fêtes de fin d’année. Tout comme l’on également fait des milliards d’habitants à travers le monde, décorant leurs maisons et leur sapin des ornements requis. Mais si ces illuminations ont le don de ravir les gens, elles ont également le don de faire bondir la consommation d’électricité. À lire aussiQuand le Père Noël s’entraîne pour sa grande nuit dans… la stratosphèreC’est ce que révèle une étude publiée lundi et mise en oeuvre par le fournisseur d’électricité allemand et spécialiste des énergies renouvelables Lichtblick. En effet, celui-ci a conduit un sondage auprès d’un échantillon représentatif de 1.000 personnes qui a indiqué que chaque ménage allemand allumait aux alentours de Noël en moyenne six décorations lumineuses, composée de douzaines de petites ampoules, rapporte l’AFP.A l’échelle de tout le pays, et pendant les quatre semaines précédant Noël, la période dite de l’Avent, ceci représenterait alors pas moins de 8,5 milliards d’ampoules ou diodes utilisées, pour une consommation de 500 millions de kilowattheures. Soit en un mois autant d’électricité que 140.000 ménages pendant toute une année et une facture de jusqu’à 50 euros par famille, relève Lichtblick dans un communiqué. Au vu de tels chiffres, Lichtblick souligne ainsi qu’un ménage qui échangerait ses décorations à base d’ampoules à incandescence contre des guirlandes composées de LED réaliserait des économies d’énergie de 90%, et rentabiliserait son investissement en trois ans maximum. Le 12 décembre 2011 à 20:26 • Maxime Lambert
Ah, a freshly pulled pint! What could be better? How about following it up with a second pint that you didn’t have to pay for?A company called Glassify is making smart beer glasses that can lead you to the promised land where the beer flows free — or heavily discounted, depending on the personalized offer you receive. Yes, the beers really are free or substantially cheaper. It’s all about marketing.Despite being a $1.2 trillion business, boozy beverage makers still don’t have a great way to target their customers when they’re most receptive to the message. Glassify is helping to drag them into the 21st century by offering — what else? — an app-based way to go one-on-one with beer drinkers.It all starts with Glassify’s smart glass, which looks pretty much like a regular pint glass until you look at the base. There’s something embedded in there that looks a lot like what’s in the base of a Lego Dimensions minifig — which makes sense, because that’s pretty much what it is. Request a smart glass and the bartender writes information about the beer your drinking when it’s poured and the PCB passes that information to the Glassify app when you tap the glass on your phone.From there, the cloud goes to work. Say the good folks at New Belgium saw you order up a Fat Tire and they think you might enjoy their new Heavy Melon ale — you know, since it’s summertime and whatnot. They could give you half off your next order or even send a free beer your way on the Glassify app.It’s a solid promotional tool for beverage makers, and one that has much greater potential to drive actual sales than traditional advertising. But it’s not all about producers boosting sales and you earning the occasional free beer (as awesome as that is).You can use Glassify to promote your own personal brand, too. You can use the app to buy a round for your friends, as long as they’re sitting in a bar that has the company’s smart glasses on hand, of course.
On Jan. 22, which was the 513th anniversary of the founding of the Swiss Guard, 98 new PA-12 plastic helmets were delivered to the Vatican. Each helmet was created using a 3D scan of the original 16th century Swiss Guard helmet design and then printed using a HP 3D printer, 3DPrint.com reported.Compared to the old morions, the new 3D-printed ones only weigh 570 grams, offer UV protection, and come with ventilation holes to keep soldiers cool on hot days. Additionally, the production process to make 3D-printed Swiss Guard helmets is significantly shorter compared to the old manufacturing process, which could take about 100 hours.With the 3D-printed helmets, the Swiss Guard soldiers can protect the Vatican City in comfort and stay cool during ceremonial events, including papal masses and state visits.More on Geek.com:This 3D-Printed Football Helmet Liner Can Help Keep Athletes SafeWorld’s Longest 3D-Printed Bridge Unveiled in ChinaFirst 3D-Printed Rib Implant a Success The Vatican’s Swiss Guard soldiers are receiving a high-tech uniform update: Their traditional metal helmets will be replaced with 3D-printed helmets this year.Since 1914, the Swiss Guard soldiers have worn vibrant dress uniforms inspired by Renaissance-era artwork, The Verge reported. However, the soldiers have to wear metal helmets (morions), which could become uncomfortably hot and cause burns. Last year, the Swiss Guard decided that it was time to upgrade soldiers’ iconic helmets with 3D-printed ones that were more lightweight and comfortable. Zillow’s AI-Powered 3D Home Tours Available Now on iOSThis Total-Body Scanner Is a Breakthrough For Medical Science Stay on target
Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Cruise figures forecast to drop, says Tourism Director Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Oct 2015 – Carnival Cruise Lines is encouraging the TCI to use that $4 million in the joint fund to speedily improve the look and appeal of the capital, Grand Turk. When the UK Governors of Caribbean Overseas Territories got together in Miami last month, they talked about more than domestic and national security; they talked about each country as a tourism destination. His Excellency, Peter Beckingham said, for the TCI it is about maintaining the edge.“Turks and Caicos is also in an enviable position compared to most of the Caribbean OT’s for cruise ship business. At the end of our meeting I called on senior management at the Carnival Group to hear about latest developments affecting our business in Grand Turk.” The Governor added that, “Not surprisingly Carnival emphasised how important it was for Grand Turk to start using the $4 million plus that we have in the joint TCI Government/Carnival Infrastructure Fund to make our destination a cleaner, more attractive and hassle free destination.” The Governor said the TCI also has some catching up to do when it comes to attracting more European visitors to the territory. Related Items:Carnival Cruise Lines, gordon ‘butch’ stewart, governor peter beckingham, grand turk
PORTLAND — For the fifth consecutive year, an anonymous do-gooder has dropped a valuable gold coin into a downtown Portland Salvation Army kettle.This year, on Saturday, the Salvation Army discovered an American Gold Eagle — worth an estimated $1,260 — in one of the non-profit’s red kettles outside Macy’s at Southwest Sixth Avenue and Morrison Street.The Oregonian reported on another gold coin — a South African Krugerrand worth an estimated $1,600 — that an anonymous person dropped into a downtown Portland Macy’s kettle in 2011.The Salvation Army has pondered whether the donor has been someone different each of the past five years, or whether the same person has been donating. Perhaps it’s a coin collector with a big heart?“We have no idea if it’s the same person, but we think it is because it’s always a gold coin in one of the downtown kettles,” said Teresa Steinmetz, a spokeswoman for the Portland area Salvation Army.On Dec. 17, the organization got another boost from an anonymous person who dropped three Krugerrands in a kettle at the Beaverton Town Square Fred Meyer. The coins are worth an estimated $4,275.
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MoviePass Reportedly Changed User Passwords to Limit Access HMNY said it will try to continue funding operations by raising additional capital from sources such as sales of the company’s debt or equity securities, but added that there’s no assurance it will be successful. “Without raising additional capital, there is substantial doubt about the company’s ability to continue as a going concern through November 15, 2019,” the company said, although it might run out of runway far sooner than that.“During this transitional period for Helios and MoviePass, we have been focused on reducing our burn rate and striving to improve our business model, and we are very encouraged by our Q3 financial results,” Ted Farnsworth, chairman and CEO of Helios, said in announcing the Q3 results.Earlier this week, HMNY said its proposed 1-for-500 reverse stock split failed to get board approval. The company warned that its stock faced being delisted on the Nasdaq. HMNY’s stock was trading at 1.7 cents per share Thursday, giving the company an implied market valuation of under $25 million.According to an Oct. 4 regulatory filing by Helios & Matheson, it raised $65 million in the third quarter via sales of its stock under an existing equity distribution agreement as well as “prepayments by investors of certain existing investor notes payable to the company.” At the same time, the company revealed that Canadian investment bank Canaccord Genuity terminated its equity distribution agreement, which had let HMNY sell the company’s shares.Meanwhile, on Oct. 24, two board members of MoviePass — Chris Kelly and Maria Stipp — resigned from the board, HMNY disclosed in the 10-Q. Prior to his resignation, Kelly, who is CEO and principal investor in Fandor, was chairman of the MoviePass board. As of Nov. 12, Helios & Matheson reported $6.2 million in cash on hand and approximately $23.3 million on deposit held by credit-card processors, for a total of approximately $29.5 million. “Our cash and cash equivalents may not be sufficient to fund our operations for the near future and we may not be able to obtain additional financing,” the company noted in the 10-Q filing. Related Popular on Variety Losses by MoviePass’ parent, Helios & Matheson Analytics, grew in the third quarter of 2018 to $137.2 million — and given its burn rate, the company might not be able to stay in business much longer.The company generated $81.3 million in revenue for Q3, including $78.9 million from MoviePass subscriptions, it disclosed in a 10-Q filing Thursday. However, its cost of revenue for the period, nearly all of it related to MoviePass, was $109.6 million. The company also reported $95.6 million in interest expense (and a $45.5 million gain related to the “extinguishment of debt”).Based on what it said was a significant decline in MoviePass subscribers during Q3 — after the service cut back the service from one movie daily to just three per month — HMNY took a goodwill-impairment charge of $38.5 million for the third quarter, which contributed to the net loss. Still pending is HMNY’s proposal, announced last month, to create a new subsidiary, MoviePass Entertainment Holdings, that would spin off the company’s shares of MoviePass and its other film-related assets (including Moviefone). The company would retain control of MoviePass Entertainment but says it is not sure if such a transaction is permitted under Delaware law.In June, MoviePass touted that it had topped 3 million subscribers for its service letting customers see one movie per day for just $9.95 per month. But the surge in users caused an enormous cash drain on HMNY and the company was forced to take out several loans, and in August curtailed its subscription plans to limit customers to only three movies per month for the same price while limiting access to wide-release movies during peak demand.HMNY’s subscription revenue for Q3 suggests MoviePass still had an average of 2.6 million customers in the quarter, although the company said it suffered a significant decline in subscribers during the period because of the change in the service. The company said subscribers on average saw 0.77 movies per month in September 2018, down dramatically from 2.23 movies per month in March 2018.In addition to its financial woes, Helios & Matheson faces several investor lawsuits alleging the company made “materially false or misleading” statements. That includes a suit filed Sept. 20 by shareholder Yu Chen in the Supreme Court of the State of New York alleges claims for “breach of fiduciary duty and unjust enrichment against” officers of the company. HMNY has moved to consolidate the shareholder lawsuits.HMNY also is the target of a fraud investigation by the New York Attorney General looking into whether it misled investors. MoviePass Confirms Security Lapse May Have Exposed Customer Credit Card Data ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. 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Kolkata: The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has agreed to provide a loan of Rs 5,000 crore for constructing 1,000 megawatt (MW) Turga pumped storage project at Purulia carried out by the state Power department.An official statement issued by the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL) says that the state-of-the-art project has been planned to be implemented with assistance from the Japanese bank. The state cabinet has already approved the project cost of Rs 6,922 crore. The JICA will provide a loan to the tune of Rs 5,000 crore. An agreement has been made between the state government and the JICA on 2 November, 2018. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe JICA that had been roped in by the government would partially finance the 1000 MW Turga project in Ayodhya hills of Purulia district. Four Reversible Pump Turbine units of 250 MW capacity each would be set up. This is the second pumped storage project in Bengal. It may be mentioned that the state government had sought grant from clean energy cess from the Centre but no steps have been taken in this regard so far. It may also said that state power minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay earlier mentioned about the requirement of around a land of 5,000-acre for the project. The state government had approached the Centre to remove the cap of 25 MW for Clean Energy Fund. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedMeanwhile, it can be stated that the Power department had taken up various projects to increase the power generation of Bengal. Many EHV sub-stations have been added to the existing system. The government has brought about a huge improvement in generating non-conventional power including solar power. It is the Bengal government that has declared a new solar policy where solar panels are being installed on the roof tops of various government buildings, school and colleges. The state Power department has been providing roof top solar power generation units.
Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation KIEV, Ukraine (AP) – Facing international criticism, Ukraine’s ruling party announced Wednesday it’s recalling a bill that envisioned jail time for defamation _ a rare victory for civil society in the ex-Soviet nation.Critics of the proposed legislation, which was backed by the ruling party-dominated parliament, said it would have enabled censorship and been used by authorities to silence government critics. The bill, which last week passed a first reading, called for penalties of up to five years in jail for defamation. The draft law drew condemnation from international watchdogs and prompted leading news outlets in Ukraine to put up black banners on their websites.One of Ukraine’s top magazines, Korrespondent, said its issue this week would feature a blank cover to protest the bill.President Viktor Yanukovych’s Party of Regions said one its lawmakers, Vitaly Zhuravsky, had recalled his bill from parliament and would rework it together with civil society groups. Yanukovych, who is in New York to attend the U.N. General Assembly, said Zhuravsky made the decision after talking with him and fellow party members.“Such decisions cannot be made hastily,” Yanukovych was quoted as saying on his website.Watchdogs say media freedoms in Ukraine have come under threat since Yanukovych came to power two years ago. They accuse the government of resorting to censorship and pressuring independent news outlets ahead of the Oct. 28 parliamentary election.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments Share Check your body, save your life Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day