Sign Vandals Place Annapolis County Drivers at Risk

first_imgA rash of road-sign vandalism in the Annapolis Valley could have serious consequences for drivers. Over the weekend of June 10, eight road signs in the Nictaux and South Farmington areas of Annapolis County were removed or damaged. “This may seem like a harmless prank but the consequences could be very serious,” said Paul Stone, area manager for the Department of Transportation and Public Works in Middleton. “Removing a stop sign could get somebody killed and a missing street sign could delay fire trucks or ambulances during an emergency. “If we’re out there repairing signs that have been vandalized, that’s time and money not being spent on fixing potholes and dealing with the other road problems that are important to the people in our county.” The problem is not unique to Annapolis County but sign vandalism within that county alone costs Nova Scotia’s taxpayers up to $8,000 every year. Anyone having information about this type of vandalism is asked to contact the local RCMP.last_img read more

Germany’s Merkel suggests rethink of EU competition policy

BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Europe may need to rethink its competition rules if it wants to create companies that can play a significant role on the global stage.Merkel’s comments Tuesday at a digital business conference in Berlin come two weeks after European Union antitrust authorities blocked a deal to create a rail giant that could compete with China.Merging the high-speed train businesses of France’s Alstom and Germany’s Siemens was seen as an opportunity to prepare for the global expansion of China’s CRRC Corporation.Without directly mentioning the failed deal, Merkel said the EU’s stance on competition “leaves me in doubt about whether we can really produce global players this way.”She added that “for this we would first have to get European willingness to change competition law.”The Associated Press read more

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

TORONTO — Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Up, up and don’t go away: Canadian gas prices, which tend to rise ahead of long weekends like Labour Day, have faced additional pressure from Hurricane Harvey, which has battered the U.S. Gulf Coast, where many oil refineries have been shuttered due to storm-related flooding. Analysts say prices could rise further as the extent of the damage becomes better known and as supply will continue to be squeezed going forward.Back in NAFTA (negotiations, anyway): A second round of negotiations got off to a tense start Friday in Mexico City after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to pull the trigger for his country to exit the deal. Mexico responded with a message that if he did, it would not be opposed to walking as well. Canada is playing the nice-guy-stuck-in-the-middle role with Trudeau reiterating his optimism that the others won’t pack up their toys and leave.Thanks a lot, strong economy: Only a few months after the Bank of Canada raised interest rates for the first time in seven years, expectations are solidifying around the belief that the pesky central bank will decide to do so again as early as this week. Homeowners can thank the impressive rate of economic growth of 4.5 per cent that Canada reported in the second quarter for that — helping the economy to see its best start to a year since 2002.Hot or not? The real estate boards from the country’s two hottest housing markets will report sales figures for August this week and many sellers and real estate agents are holding their breaths to look for any signs of a bounce back after recent government actions to slow the market, including that interest rate hike in July. Bidding wars have calmed and the big question mark is whether prices will follow.Jobs for all! With the economy booming, many are optimistic Canada could soon hit “full employment” as Canadians have been scooping up jobs at an increasing pace. In July, the unemployment rate dropped to its lowest point since the start of the financial crisis nearly nine years ago. On Friday, the latest jobs numbers from August will be released. read more

Political humanitarian progress in Afghanistan very encouraging Security Council told

“Security remains a major challenge in many parts of the country, and substantial financial assistance is still required,” UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Kieran Prendergast said this morning in his briefing to the Council, the latest in a series covering ongoing developments in Afghanistan.”I appeal to the international community to speed up the delivery of its assistance, and to broaden its scope to include unmet needs related to security,” he added.On the political front, Mr. Prendergast said Afghanistan’s emergency Loya Jirga – or tribal council – would comprise some 1,500 delegates, including approximately 1,000 elected indirectly by the people and 500 selected by the Independent Loya Jirga Commission. Given the logistical difficulties, the security environment and the extremely short time frame, even indirect elections presented a great challenge, he said, though phase one of the process had successfully begun on schedule.Some results were particularly heartening to those who hoped to see a multi-ethnic, representative Government in Afghanistan, Mr. Prendergast noted, referring to the fact that Pashtuns had been chosen in areas where they were in a minority, and that at least one woman had already been selected. He added that the Independent Commission itself would select 160 women, although there was no limit on the number of women who might be elected.Amid those signs of hope, a series of violent incidents – including a failed attempt to assassinate the Minister of Defence and a rocket attack on the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) – had heightened security concerns, Mr. Prendergast said. Afghanistan’s Interim Administration had taken some actions, though its capabilities were limited, to respond to the deterioration of the security situation.Speaking at the outset of the discussion, Sima Samar, Vice-Chairman of the Interim Administration of Afghanistan and Minister for Women, told the Council that women’s rights were particularly jeopardized by the absence of security. Women continued to fear violence and worry about the imposition of Taliban-like restrictions. Unless more security was provided, she stressed, the inclusion of women in the Loya Jirga may be undermined, and the distribution of identification cards to enable their participation in future elections imperilled. read more

US stock market ends little changed after mixed signals on the economy

NEW YORK, N.Y. – U.S. stocks are ending little changed after a day of mixed signals on corporate earnings and the economy.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose less than one point, or 0.05 per cent, to close at 1,897.98 Thursday, barely topping a record set the day before.The other two major indexes fell. The Dow Jones industrial average slipped two points, or 0.02 per cent, to 17,083.80. The Nasdaq eased one point, or 0.04 per cent to 4,472.11.Facebook rose 5 per cent and was among the top gainers in the S&P 500 after beating earnings expectations.The Dow was weighed down by Caterpillar, which fell 3 per cent after the equipment maker’s quarterly revenue fell short of forecasts.Homebuilder stocks slid Thursday after the government reported that new home sales sagged 8.1 per cent last month. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US stock market ends little changed after mixed signals on the economy, earnings by The Associated Press Posted Jul 24, 2014 2:26 pm MDT read more

Lun des mystères de la couronne solaire enfin élucidé

first_imgL’un des mystères de la couronne solaire enfin élucidéLa couronne du Soleil, la lointaine couche de son atmosphère, est connue pour être jusqu’à 200 fois plus chaude que sa surface visible. Ce mystère qui intriguait les scientifiques a enfin été élucidé.La température de la surface du Soleil atteint environ 6.000 degrés Celsius alors qu’elle peut atteindre 2 à 3 millions de degrés dans la couronne solaire. Et ce, bien qu’elle soit distante du noyau de l’astre où ont lieu les réactions nucléaires qui produisent la chaleur. Les scientifiques s’interrogeaient donc pour comprendre d’où et comment l’énergie supplémentaire parvenait jusqu’à la couronne. Car il faut de l’énergie, pour chauffer la couronne solaire comme pour accélérer à des centaines de kilomètres par seconde les vents solaires qui se propagent dans toutes les directions, y compris vers la Terre, relèvent Scott McIntosh et ses collègues dans la revue scientifique Nature.Hannes Alfvén, physicien suédois lauréat du prix Nobel en 1970, avait déjà prédit l’existence d’ondes véhiculant cette énergie via les lignes du champ magnétique parcourant le plasma (gaz de particules électriquement chargées) de la couronne. Jusqu’alors, ces ondes n’avaient pas été détectées en quantité suffisante pour expliquer qu’une telle énergie soit fournie. Mais grâce aux images à haute résolution dans l’ultraviolet prises par le satellite de la Nasa Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), l’équipe de Scott McIntosh a pu détecter une énorme quantité de ces ondes, baptisées Alfvén en hommage au physicien suédois.Un mystère partiellement dévoilé À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESADans un communiqué du Pr Marcel Goosens de l’université catholique de Louvain, on apprend que ces ondes se propagent à très grande vitesse, de 200 à 250 kilomètres par seconde, au sein du plasma en mouvement. Avec un flux d’énergie de l’ordre de 100 à 200 watts par mètre carré, ces ondes “suffisent pour fournir l’énergie nécessaire pour propulser les rapides vents solaires et compenser les pertes de chaleur des régions calmes de la couronne solaire”, concluent les auteurs de l’étude.Toutefois, cela “ne suffit pas pour fournir les 2 000 watts/m2 nécessaires pour alimenter les zones actives de la couronne”, précisent-ils dans la revue Nature, estimant qu’il faudrait des instruments de meilleure résolution “pour étudier tout le spectre d’énergie rayonnée dans les régions actives”. Reste donc maintenant à comprendre “comment et où ces ondes sont générées et dissipées dans l’atmosphère solaire”, rapporte l’AFP.Le 30 juillet 2011 à 11:09 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Alerte Météo le Doubs et le TerritoiredeBelfort en orange

first_imgAlerte Météo : le Doubs et le Territoire-de-Belfort en orangeSuite à des crues constatées, le Doubs et le Territoire-de-Belfort sont en état de vigilance orange. La majorité des départements restent en vigilance jaune ainsi que le littoral atlantique. A Wallis-et-Futuna, le cyclone Evan n’a pas fait de victime. Météo France a placé deux départements en vigilance orange pour cause de crues : le Doubs et le Territoire-de-Belfort. Des crues importantes sont constatées sur L’Allan et la Savoureuse dans le Territoire-de-Belfort et le Jura, bien que ce dernier soit en état de vigilance jaune. Ces crues sont causées par l’apport cumulé des pluies et de la fonte des neiges. Météo France recommande de limiter vos déplacements et de vérifier que les biens susceptibles d’être inondés sont bien protégés. Dans le Puy-de-Dôme, la Sioule et Sioulet sont placés en état de vigilance jaune ainsi que la Seugne en Charente-Maritime. La pluie continue de tomber sur un sol déjà imprégné d’eau et contribue à l’alimentation de ces cours d’eau. Le littoral atlantique est lui toujours en vigilance jaune à cause de fortes vents et marées. Au niveau des Pyrénées Atlantiques, ces phénomènes mêlés aux pluies pourraient augmenter légèrement le niveau de l’Adour. À lire aussiProduits bio, maquillage et la foudre : les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 6 juinDe très nombreux départements sont en état de vigilance jaune, se référer à la carte. Ces niveaux de vigilance sont valables jusqu’à lundi matin. Dans le Pacifique, Wallis a été davantage touchée que Futuna par le cyclone Evan avec des pointes à 150 km/h. Si des dégâts ont été causés, aucune victime n’est à déplorer. Le cyclone se dirige à présent vers les îles Fiji qu’il devrait atteindre lundi.Le 16 décembre 2012 à 10:22 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Clostridium difficile une bactérie mutante sème linquiétude à Marseille

first_imgClostridium difficile : une bactérie mutante sème l’inquiétude à MarseilleDepuis mars 2013, une souche mutante de la bactérie Clostridium difficile a infecté une quarantaine de personnes dans des établissements sanitaires des Bouches-du-Rhône et notamment à Marseille. Trois personnes seraient décédées des suites de l’infection.La bactérie n’avait encore jamais été diagnostiquée dans la région. Mercredi, le quotidien La Provence a annoncé que les établissements de santé des Bouches-du-Rhône étaient actuellement aux prises avec une épidémie inquiétante. Depuis mars 2013, 41 personnes auraient été infectées par une souche mutante de la bactérie Clostridium difficile. Une souche dont le “caractère est plus sévère que la souche originelle”, explique l’Agence régionale de santé (ARS) dans un communiqué.La bactérie Clostridium difficile est l’une des causes possibles d’infections nosocomiales, autrement dit, contractées à l’hôpital. D’après les estimations, son incidence est de 1 à 10 pour 1.000 admissions. L’infection se manifeste par des diarrhées importantes, des crampes abdominales et de la fièvre. Le germe se transmet par voie oro-fécale mais il frappe surtout les personnes qui ont suivi une antibiothérapie. En effet, ce type de traitement a pour effet d’altérer la flore intestinale, réduisant le nombre de bactéries présentes dans les intestins. Le Clostridium profite ainsi de ce manque pour proliférer et fabriquer deux toxines qui vont altérer l’épithélium intestinal, provoquant les symptômes cités ci-dessus. Chez les personnes âgées fragilisées, cette infection peut être très sévère voire causer la mort du patient. En particulier avec la souche dénommée 027. Celle-ci n’est d’ailleurs pas nouvelle, cela fait plusieurs années qu’elle sévit dans le monde, donnant naissance à plusieurs épidémies.Une souche très contagieuse La souche Clostridium difficile 027 est apparue dans les années 2000 aux Etats-Unis, avant de gagner le continent européen. Depuis, la prévalence des infections a doublé dans plusieurs pays. En France, elle était toutefois restée plus discrète. “La France était jusqu’ici relativement épargnée avec un seul épisode épidémique dans la région lilloise en 2006-07. Mais cette souche 027 est dangereuse car elle est très contagieuse et peut entrainer une mortalité importante”, souligne le Pr Didier Raoult, directeur du laboratoire de bactério-virologie de la Timone à Marseille.Selon le chercheur cité par le NouvelObs, les premiers cas analysés ont montré une mortalité de 30%. A ce jour, trois des personnes infectées seraient décédées. Néanmoins, le “lien de causalité n’est pas établi par la communauté médicale”, souligné l’ARS dans la mesure où ces patients étaient déjà fragilisés par l’âge et la maladie. Depuis sept mois, l’infection a été constatée dans six établissements, essentiellement chez des personnes âgées. Actuellement, six seraient toujours hospitalisées dans le service des maladies infectieuses de l’hôpital Nord de Marseille.Des mesures d’hygiène strictes et du dépistage “Ces personnes sont isolées”, traitées avec des antibiotiques “et les mesures d’hygiène sont mises en œuvre”, ajoute l’ARS. Car outre son pouvoir pathogène, la bactérie est aussi difficile à éliminer. “Elle est résistante aux solutés hydro-alcoolique utilisés par le personnel soignant pour se désinfecter les mains de même qu’aux produits de nettoyages couramment utilisés dans les hôpitaux”, indique Jean-Christophe Delarozière de l’Antenne régionale de lutte contre les infections nosocomiales (ARLIN). Pour enrayer l’épidémie, il faut donc repérer les cas le plus précocement possible, isoler totalement les malades et renforcer les mesures d’hygiène (port de gants, lavage des mains et désinfection). L’ARS a également appelé les médecins libéraux à la vigilance. “Toute personne âgée qui a été traité par antibiotiques et qui souffre de diarrhée doit être dépistée pour le Clostridium”, insiste le Dr Francis Charlet, responsable de la cellule Veille et sécurité sanitaire à l’ARS cité par le Nouvel Obs.Heureusement, l’infection à la bactérie Clostridium 027 est simple à dépister. Une analyse de selles récupérées chez le patient suffit à la détecter. A ce jour, l’ARS estime que le nombre de patients contaminés est limité et que le foyer est sous contrôle.Un nouveau traitement contre le Clostridium ? Face à la recrudescence des infections au Clostridium, de plus en plus de recherches s’intéressent à cette bactérie et sur les moyens de lutter contre elle. En effet, si les antibiotiques restent efficaces sur de nombreuses souches, ils ne sont pas sans conséquence pour l’organisme puisqu’ils fragilisent encore davantage la flore intestinale, ouvrant la porte à d’autres infections. À lire aussiErysipèle : contagion, traitement, de quoi s’agit-il ?Récemment, des chercheurs de l’Université de Calgary ont ainsi mis au point un nouveau type de traitement. Celui-ci consiste à rétablir l’équilibre de la flore intestinale en administrant aux patients des comprimés fabriqués à base de selles. “Il ne reste plus de selles, seulement les bactéries des selles”, prélevées généralement chez un proche puis traitées, a expliqué le Dr Thomas Louie, spécialiste des maladies infectieuses. Encapsulées, les “bonnes bactéries” se rendent tout droit vers le côlon du malade où elles peuvent se mettre à lutter contre le Clostridium. Entre 24 et 34 gélules sont nécessaires pour chaque patient. Au cours de l’étude présentée le 3 octobre lors d’un congrès médical, 27 sujets, soit la totalité des patients traités, ont été guéris et ce, après échec d’un puissant antibiotique.Le 4 octobre 2013 à 13:16 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Fire damages Portland restaurant owned by Snoop Doggs uncle

first_imgPORTLAND — Fire damaged a northeast Portland restaurant owned by an uncle of rapper Snoop Dogg.Portland Fire & Rescue says the blaze at Reo’s Ribs was reported at 3:30 a.m. Monday, and witnesses saw people running from the scene.Crews quickly extinguished the flames. The cause of the fire has not been released, and a damage estimate was not immediately available.Reo’s Ribs is co-owned by Reo Varnado and Myra Girod. Varnado is Snoop Dogg’s uncle.The restaurant opened less than two years ago in an iconic, nearly century-old building that had been a burger joint since the 1950s.last_img

Newcastle qualify for fourth round after six goal thriller

first_imgNewcastle United have booked their place in the Emirates FA Cup fourth round after an enthralling 4-2 victory at Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday night.In a thrilling FA Cup third round replay, Newcastle United ran out 4-2 winners at Ewood Park and qualified on 5-3 aggregate in a night full of end-of-end attacking football. Sky Sports reports.The first meeting between the two sides earlier this year at St James’ Park ended in a 1-1 draw and a replay was booked.Sean Longstaff gave Newcastle United the lead one minute into the game, and Callum Roberts doubled the visitors’ advantage in the 22nd minute.Rafa Benitez’s side was comfortable and in cruise control after going two goals up halfway into the first way.But Blackburn wouldn’t throw in the towel yet, as they probed and asked questions of Newcastle’s defense and finally breached it in the 33rd minute through Adam Armstrong.The deficit is now cut in half and the home support started to believe, and it paid off in additional time as Lenihan Darragh equalized to make it 2-2.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.Newcastle had blown a first-half two-goal lead and Benitez will have surely given them a piece of his mind in the dressing room during the break.With the aggregate now 3-3, both teams tried and failed to score in the remaining 45 minutes of the second half, and the game went to extra time.The tie looked set to be decided by penalties, but Joselu and Ayoze Perez both scored in the 105th and 106th minute respectively to hand Newcastle a 4-2 victory and a place in the FA Cup fourth round.The Magpies will face Watford at home in the fourth round slated for 26th January.last_img read more

Airtel gets Rs 2570 crore from Bharti Infratel stake sale

first_imgReuters FileIndia’s leading telecom operator, Bharati Airtel, has sold 67.53 million shares of its tower subsidiary, Bharti Infratel, for Rs 2,570 crore.The move is seen as a bid to take on rival telcos and reduce debt.In March, Airtel had sold 10.3 percent stake in Infratel for Rs 6,190 crore to a consortium of global private equity firms KKR and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. For the quarter ended June 30, 2017, Airtel had a debt of Rs 87,840 crore. The recent stake sale is aimed at strengthening the telco’s cash reserves for investment in infrastructure. UBS and J P Morgan were the bankers for the transaction, Airtel said.Post transaction, Bharti Airtel and its wholly owned subsidiaries will have an equity holding of 58 percent in Bharti Infratel.According to an analyst, “deleveraging stake in Bharti Infratel to cut debt was needed, as the company now needs renewed focus on its core business and would be required to make investments in upgrading infrastructure.”The stake sale is expected to give Airtel the flexibility to expand its data network coverage and capacity to counter the new entrant – Reliance Jio.Since its entry, Reliance Jio has disrupted the telco market big time. Most of the incumbent carriers were forced to cut their tariff. Airtel, too, has followed suit. The network provider’s postpaid customers can now carry forward their monthly unused data balance up to a cap of 200 GB. The telco’s revenue has seen a sharp decline due to falling voice and data rates, which in turn diminished operating cash flows.Airtel has planned a capital expenditure of $2.5 billion in the current fiscal year in India.last_img read more

BNP rules out Hasinaled supportive govt

first_imgRuhul Kabir RizviThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Wednesday sharply reacted to ruling Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader’s comment that election-time supportive government will be formed under prime minister Sheikh Hasina, reports UNB.The BNP said it is a hint to push the country towards a grave danger.”The election will be conducive to the candidates having the election symbol ‘boat’ if the supportive government is constituted under Sheikh Hasina, It won’t be favourable for fair and participatory polls,” BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi was quoted to have said.Speaking at a press briefing at the BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, he further said, “The Awami League general secretary’s such a comment has upset people. We think his remark is an indication of pushing the country towards a deep danger.”The BNP leader warned that the government will not allow the ruling party to hold another lopsided election as it did on 5 January 2014.On Tuesday, Quader told reporters in Comilla that the next election will be held under the Election Commission, not under Sheikh Hasina. “Sheikh Hasina will only play the role of a supportive government during the election as per our constitution.”Mentioning that people could not cast their votes in the polls held under Hasina in the past, Rizvi said the people no longer want to see any election under the current prime minister.He said there is no use of showing the constitutional rules and obligation as an excuse holding the election under Hasina since the charter can be amended for people’s welfare. “Amending the constitution is also a constitutional rule and process.”Inclusion of an election-time supportive-government system is a demand of people of all walks of life and all political parties, said Rizvi adding that, “There is no legal barrier to incorporating it in the charter.”He also warned that people will resist the government’s any plot to hold a unilateral election with their all efforts. “The next general election will not be held under Sheikh Hasina. People will come up with a befitting reply this time if the government tries to implement its any blueprint over the polls.”The BNP leader urged the government to take steps for holding a fair and inclusive election shunning its evil designs.Read more:Khaleda will participate in next polls under Hasina’last_img read more

Tourist ship stranded on bay as engine goes out of order

first_imgSaint Martin`s IslandThe engine of a tourist ship carrying over 250 passengers went out of order on the Bay of Bengal on its way from Saint Martin’s island to Teknaf on Monday afternoon.The ship, LCT Kajal, has been floating near Myanamar maritime boundary from 4:30pm.Teknaf Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Md Zahid Hossain Siddiqui said, “The engine of the tourist ship went out of order near the estuary of Naf river and the Bay of Bengal around 4:30pm.”“The ship authorities have failed to restart the vessel. The route of the ship touches the maritime boundary of Myanmar. That is why, a team of coast guard personnel have been sent there so that no tourist becomes panicked,” he said.He said another ship, LCT Kutubdia, has been sent under the leadership of Teknaf assistant commissioner (land) Pranay Chakma to the spot to rescue the tourists.UNO Zahid Hossain said they would take legal actions against the ship authorities once the tourists are rescued.last_img

White House Admits Error for False Claim on Black Employment

first_imgBy ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has acknowledged error in its false claim that President Donald Trump created three times as many jobs for African-Americans than President Barack Obama.It was a rare admission of fault for an administration that frequently skews data and overstates economic gains.White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders smiles as she speaks to the media during the daily press briefing at the White House, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in Washington. Sanders took questions about former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault and other topics. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Twitter late Tuesday that she had been wrong earlier that day when she told reporters that Obama created only 195,000 jobs for African-Americans during his tenure compared with Trump’s 700,000 new jobs in just two years.The U.S. economy actually added about 3 million jobs for Black workers during Obama’s tenure, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.“President Trump in his first year and a half has already tripled what President Obama did in eight years,” she told reporters during a Tuesday press briefing.But that assertion is false. Official statistics show Black jobs went from 15.5 million when Obama took office in January 2008 to 18.4 million when he left in January 2017.In fact, the most dramatic drop in Black unemployment came during the Obama administration as the nation climbed out of a crippling recession. Unemployment of Black workers fell from 16.8 percent in March 2010 to 7.8 percent in January 2017.It is true that Black workers under Trump have continued to see gains, reaching a record low of 5.9 percent in May. Still, Black unemployment rate is now nearly double that of Whites, which is 3.4 percent.Sanders tweeted Tuesday: “Jobs numbers for Pres Trump and Pres Obama were correct, but the time frame for Pres Obama wasn’t. I’m sorry for the mistake, but no apologies for the 700,000 jobs for African-Americans created under President Trump.”Sanders linked to a tweet by the White House Council of Economic Advisers, which claimed responsibility for the “miscommunication.”last_img read more

Eve Valkyrie shows us how good a virtual reality dogfight in space

first_imgVirtual reality, just like any other new peripheral trying to claim a niche in the video games market, needs the support of games people want to play so bad they’re willing to buy hardware to experience it. The latest game to try and tease you into donning a headset is Eve: Valkyrie, and it looks stunning in this latest Eve Fanfest 2015 trailer.Eve: Valkyrie is being developed by CCP Games, who have already made a name for themselves with the space MMO Eve Online. For Valkyrie, the action switches over to multiplayer dogfighting in space, but with a focus on using a virtual reality headset on PC or PS4.Valkyrie actually started life as Eve-VR–a virtual reality tech demo unveiled at Eve Fanfest 2013. To say it went down well with attendees is a bit of an understatement, having won numerous awards since including “Game of E3 2013” and “Most Innovative” by PC Gamer and IGN respectively. So it must have been a very easy decision for CCP to turn the tech demo into a full game experience. Two years later it looks almost done.What you see above is the latest build of Valkyrie, and it already looks like a game worth purchasing an Oculus Rift or Project Morpheus headset to play. Gameplay centers around you commanding a heavily armed fighter and dogfighting your way to victory online. Your fighter will be highly customizable, you can unlock new ones, change ship class, go up the player ranks, and progress your character, all presented as an immersive 360-degree experience that hasn’t been available before.The game was originally promised for release in 2014, but that clearly hasn’t happened, and rightly so. We need the VR headsets to be widely available in order to play Eve: Valkyrie, and that’s just not the case yet. Hopefully it happens before the year is over and Eve: Valkyrie is one (of hopefully many) must-have launch games.last_img read more

Climate change is making animals smaller

first_imgClimate change is shrinking the body size of animals, according to the evidence collected by researchers over a 23-year-period between 1976 and 1999. Researchers studied changes in the weight of mountain wagtails, a type of bird, along the Palmiet River in Westville, South Africa. Climate change is having profound effects on Earth and its ecosystems, and during the past 100 years, global temperatures have increased by close to one degree Celsius. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFrom the fossil record, it is known that during past periods of global warming, both marine and land-based animals have become smaller. Scientists have proposed that contemporary warming could lead to smaller animals, but so far, evidence supporting this has been scarce. “All else being equal, larger animals can tolerate cold conditions better than smaller animals, so one could expect that a warming climate is relatively more advantageous for smaller animals,” said Professor Res Altwegg from UCT. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”A lot of other factors also affect body size, though, so we weren’t expecting to find clear temperature effects over a quarter of a century. “Yet, the results clearly supported the idea that climate change was the reason why these birds became smaller over time,” he added. Body size is an important indicator of an animal’s fertility, lifespan and ability to survive times of stress, such as food shortages or drought, researchers said. Body size also affects how much food an animal needs, how vulnerable it is to predators and what type of food it can eat, they said. Mountain wagtails are slender black, gray and white birds so named because of the up-and-down pumping motion they do with their tails. They live near small fast-flowing rivers across sub-Saharan Africa. Based on data from a local weather station near the Palmiet River, the researchers knew that temperatures in the area had increased by 0.18 degrees Celsius. Their results, published in the journal Oecologia, showed that as temperature increased along the Palmiet River, the mountain wagtails living there had become lighter. Specifically, they found lighter individuals were replacing heavier ones in the population and that they survived better under high temperatures. This indicated that an evolutionary pressure was acting on the birds to become lighter. “But, they generally didn’t have the detailed data to show that temperature actually affected the animals directly by changing their ability to survive,” he said. The results support the idea that shrinking body size is a response to climate change, researchers said. Scientists have already shown that climate change is affecting where animals live, how they interact and their seasonal behaviour.last_img read more

Top 14 Cryptocurrency Trading Bots – and one to forget

first_imgMen in rags became millionaires and rich people bite the dust within minutes, thanks to crypto currencies. According to a research, over 1500 crypto currencies are being traded globally and with over 6 million wallets, proving that digital currency is here not just to stay but to rule. The rise and fall of crypto market isn’t hidden from anyone but the catch is—cryptocurrency still sells like a hot cake. According to Bill Gates, “The future of money is digital currency”. With thousands of digital currencies rolling globally, crypto traders are immensely occupied and this is where cryptocurrency trading bots come into play. They ease out the currency trade and research process that results in spending less effort and earning more money not to mention the hours saved. According to Eric Schmidt, ex CEO of Google, “Bitcoin is a remarkable cryptographic achievement and the ability to create something that is not duplicable in the digital world has enormous value.” The crucial part is – whether the crypto trading bot is dependable and efficient enough to deliver optimum results within crunch time. To make sure you don’t miss an opportunity to chip in cash in your digital wallet, here are the top 15 crypto trading bots ranked according to the performance: 1- Gunbot Gunbot is a crypto trading bot that boasts of detailed settings and is fit for beginners as well as professionals. Along with making custom strategies, it comes with a“Reversal Trading” feature. It enables continuous trading and works with almost all the exchanges (Binance, Bittrex, GDAX, Poloniex, etc). Gunbot is backed by thousands of users that eventually created an engaging and helpful community. While Gunbot offers different packages with price tags of 0.02 to 0.15 BTC, you can always upgrade them. The bot comes with a lifetime license and is constantly upgraded. Haasbot Hassonline created this cryptocurrency trading bot in January 2014. Its algorithm is very popular among cryptocurrency geeks. It can trade over 500 altcoins and bitcoins on famous exchanges such as BTCC, Kraken, Bitfinex, Huobi, Poloniex, etc. You need to put a little input of the currency and the bot will do all the trading work for you. Haasbot is customizable and has various technical indicator tools. The cryptocurrency trading bot also recognizes candlestick patterns. This immensely popular trading bot is priced between 0.12BTC and 0.32 BTC for three months. 3- Gekko Gekko is a cryptocurrency trading bot that supports over 18 Bitcoin exchanges including Bitstamp, Poloniex, Bitfinex, etc. This bot is a backtesting platform and is free for use. It is a full fledged open source bot that is available on the GitHub. Using this bot is easy as it comes with basic trading strategies. The webinterface of Gekko was written from scratch and it can run backtests, visualize the test results while you monitor your local data with it. Gekko updates you on the go using plugins for Telegram, IRC, email and several different platforms. The trading bot works great with all operating systems such as Windows, Linux and macOS. You can even run it on your Raspberry PI and cloud platforms. 4- CryptoTrader CyrptoTrader is a  cloud-based platform which allows users to create automated algorithmic trading programs in minutes. It is one of the most attractive crypto trading bot and you wont need to install any unknown software with this bot. A highly appreciated feature of CryptoTrader is its Strategy Marketplace where users can trade strategies. It supports major currency exchanges such as Coinbase, Bitstamp, BTCe and is supported for live trading and backtesting. The company claims its cloud based trading bots are unique as compared with the currently available bots in the market. 5- BTC Robot One of the very initial automated crypto trading bot, BTC Robot offers multiple packages for different memberships and software. It provides users with a downloadable version of Windows. The minimum robot plan is of $149. BTC Robot sets up quite easily but it is noted that its algorithms aren’t great at predicting the markets. The user mileage in BTC Robot varies heavily leaving many with mediocre profits. With the trading bot’s fluctuating evaluation, the profits may go up or down drastically depending on the accuracy of algorithm. On the bright side the bot comes with a sixty day refund policy that makes it a safe buy. 6- Zenbot Another open source trading bot for bitcoin trading, Zenbot can be downloaded and its code can be modified too. This trading bot hasn’t got an update in the past months but still, it is among one of the few bots that can perform high frequency trading while backing up multiple assets at a time. Zenbot is a lightweight artificially intelligent crypto trading bot and supports popular exchanges such as Kraken, GDAX, Poloniex, Gemini, Bittrex, Quadriga, etc. Surprisingly, according to the GitHub’s page, Zenbot’s version 3.5.15 bagged an ROI of 195% in just a mere period of three months. 7- 3Commas 3Commas is a famous cryptocurrency trading bot that works well with various exchanges including Bitfinex, Binance, KuCoin, Bittrex, Bitstamp, GDAX, Huiboi, Poloniex and YOBIT. As it is a web based service, you can always monitor your trading dashboard on desktop, mobile and laptop computers. The bot works 24/7 and it allows you to take-profit targets and set stop-loss, along with a social trading aspect that enables you to copy the strategies used by successful traders. ETF-Like feature allows users to analyze, create and back-test a crypto portfolio and pick from the top performing portfolios created by other people. 8- Tradewave Tradewave is a platform that enables users to develop their own cryptocurrency trading bots along with automated trading on crypto exchanges. The bot trades in the cloud and uses Python to write the code directly in the browser. With Tradewave, you don’t have to worry about the downtime. The bot doesn’t force you to keep your computer on 24×7 nor it glitches if not connected to the internet. Trading strategies are often shared by community members that can be used by others too. However, it currently supports very few cryptocurrency exchanges such as Bitstamp and BTC-E but more exchanges will be added in coming months. 9- Leonardo Leonardo is a cryptocurrency trading bot that supports a number of exchanges such as Bittrex, Bitfinex, Poloniex, Bitstamp, OKCoin, Huobi, etc. The team behind Leonardo is extremely active and new upgrades including plugins are in the funnel. Previously, it cost 0.5 BTC but currently, it is available for $89 with a license of single exchange. Leonardo boasts of two trading strategy bots including Ping Pong Strategy and Margin Maker Strategy. The first strategy enables users to set the buy and sell price leaving all of the other plans to the bot while the Margin Maker strategy can buy and sell on price adjusted according to the direction in the market. This trading bot stands out in terms of GUI. 10- USI Tech USI Tech is a trading bot that is majorly used for forex trading but it also offers BTC packages. While majority of trading bots require an initial setup and installation, USI uses a different approach and it isn’t controlled by the users. Users are needed to buy-in from their expert mining and bitcoin trade connections and then, the USI Tech bot guarantees a daily profit from the transactions and trade. To earn one percent of the capital daily, customers are advised to choose feature rich plans.. 11- Cryptohopper Cryptohopper  is a 24/7 cloud based trading bot that means it doesn’t matter  if you are on the computer or not. Its system enables users to trade on technical indicators with subscription to a signaler who sends buy signals. According to the Cryptohopper’s website, it is the first crypto trading bot that is integrated with professional external signals. The bot helps in leveraging bull markets and has a latest dashboard area where users can monitor and configure everything. The dashboard also includes a configuration wizard for the major exchanges including Bittrex, GDAX, Kraken,etc. 12- My Bitcoin Bot MBB is a team effort from Brad Sheridon and his proficient teammates who are experts of cryptocurrency investment. My Bitcoin Bot is an automated trading software that can be accessed by anyone who is ready to pay for it. While the monthly plan is of $39 a month, the yearly subscription for this auto-trader bot is available for of $297. My bitcoin bot comes with heaps of advantages such as unlimited technical support, free software updates, access to trusted brokers list, etc. 13- Crypto Arbitrager A standalone application that operates on a dedicated server, Crypto Arbitrager can leverage robots even when the PC is off. The developers behind this cryptocurrency trading bot claim that this software uses code integration of financial time series. Users can make money from the difference in rates of Litecoins and Bitcoins. By implementing the advanced strategy of hedge funds, the trading bot effectively manages savings of users regardless of the state of the cryptocurrency market. 14- Crypto Robot 365 Crypto Robot 365 automatically trades your digital currency. It buys and sells popular cryptocurrencies such as Ripple, Bitcoin, ethereum, Litecoin, Monero, etc. Rather than a signup fee, this platform charges its commision on a per trade basis. The platform is FCA-Regulated and offers a realistic achievable win ratio. According to the trading needs, users can tweak the system. Moreover, it has an established trading history and  it even offers risk management options. Down The Line While cryptocurrency trading is not a piece of cake, trading with currency bots may be confusing for many. The aforementioned trading bots are used by many and each is backed by years of extensive hard work. With reliability, trustworthiness, smartwork and proactiveness being top reasons for choosing any cryptocurrency trading bot, picking up a trading bot is a hefty task. I recommend you experiment with small amount of money first and if your fate gets to a shining start, pick the trading bot that perfectly suits your way of making money via cryptocurrency. About the Author Rameez Ramzan is a Senior Digital Marketing Executive of Cubix – mobile app development company.  He specializes in link building, content marketing, and site audits to help sites perform better. He is a tech geek and loves to dwell on tech news. Read Next: Crypto-ML, a machine learning powered cryptocurrency platform Beyond the Bitcoin: How cryptocurrency can make a difference in hurricane disaster relief Apple changes app store guidelines on cryptocurrency mininglast_img read more

ExGuantanamo detainees end protest at US embassy in Uruguay

first_imgA total of six men, four Syrians, one Tunisian and one Palestinian, were resettled in Uruguay in December, invited by then President Jose Mujica as a humanitarian gesture.They were all housed in a four-bedroom apartment in Montevideo, a point of frustration because the men said they needed their own space and a place to receive any visiting family.Adel bin Muhammad El Ouerghi, the Tunisian, said Tuesday that Uruguay’s government agreed to guarantee each man private housing for two years with the possibility to renew. He said they also would continue to receive their monthly stipend of 15,000 pesos ($566) plus health insurance and Spanish classes.“I’m very happy,” El Ouerghi said by telephone, speaking in Arabic. “We were in a bad situation and now it will be better.”Christian Mirza, an Egyptian-born Uruguayan appointed to mediate in the protest, said the monthly stipend would be adjusted for inflation and take into account any family members who come. He said the housing agreement was for one year with the possibility to renew. The difference in time frames couldn’t immediately be reconciled.“Now they will start another chapter,” Mirza said. “Soon they will have their own place and be studying Spanish and preparing to work.” 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes The men have said they do want to work, but first must learn Spanish and deal with health issues related to their confinement, from anxiety to digestive problems.Legal observers expressed concern that the protest could make it harder to resettle other Guantanamo detainees, a contention that El Ouerghi rejected.“We were a special case that wasn’t connected to others,” he said. “Doing this protest was a good decision.”___Associated Press writer Leonardo Haberkorn reported this story in Montevideo and Peter Prengaman reported from Buenos Aires, Argentina.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Four ex-Guantanamo detainees who camped outside the U.S. Embassy demanding compensation for their more than 12 years in prison ended the nearly four-week-old protest Tuesday after reaching a deal with Uruguayan officials.The protest, which began April 23, arose from the men’s frustration with the Uruguayan government’s resettlement plan and their claims that they did not get all they were promised when they left Guantanamo. Quick workouts for men Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Mauricio Pigola, a lawyer representing the men in Montevideo, said five of six former detainees signed the agreement. Four had staged the embassy protest.He said the exception was Abu Wa’el Dhiab, a Syrian who for years was at the center of a legal battle at Guantanamo because of repeated hunger strikes to protest indefinite detainment. Dhiab, who in February went to neighboring Argentina to accuse the Uruguayan government of not doing enough for the men, has repeatedly criticized the resettlement.The men were detained in Afghanistan in 2002 for alleged ties to al-Qaida. Camping in front of the embassy, they argued that America should compensate them because they were never convicted of a crime. U.S. officials repeatedly said the country had no obligation to help them because they were legally detained during war.While the protest helped the men get more guarantees from Uruguay, they angered many Uruguayans. Many people expressed frustration that the men wanted more government help than many locals in this poor South American nation receive and yet were not willing to work.In February, the men were offered jobs in various areas, from construction to cooking, but declined to take them. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Patients with chronic pain give advicelast_img read more

IDS Reports Spike in HELOC Doc Volume

first_img Company News HELOCs International Document Services 2014-10-06 Tory Barringer IDS Reports Spike in HELOC Doc Volume International Document Services, Inc. (IDS), a Utah-based mortgage document preparation vendor, reported a spike in home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) through the year’s first three quarters.Based on document volume data, IDS says its customers have already drawn more HELOC loan docs than they did through the entirety of 2013, putting this year on track for a 65 percent annual increase if trends keep up.The increase comes even as other loan types hold steady. According to IDS’ data, conventional and Federal Housing Administration loan document draws year-to-date have increased nearly 5 percent over last year’s first three quarters, while Veterans Affairs and rural loan doc draws are up around 10 and 17 percent, respectively.“During a time of declining volumes industry-wide, IDS has seen the exact opposite,” said IDS EVP Mark Mackey. “Our loan doc volumes continue to increase year over year, and that’s due in large part to steady requests from existing customers, as well as business from new customers. At IDS, we strive to make docs the least stressful part of the lending cycle, and we’re thrilled to be able to assist in our customers’ successes.”What’s true for IDS’ customers seems to be true for the industry as a whole. According to a recent article in the Los Angeles Times, homeowners opened $120 billion in new HELOCs in the 12 months ending in August, marking a 27 percent increase in volume.“Rising home prices have certainly encouraged borrowers to tap into their homes’ equity,” Mackey said. “Because so many people were able to take advantage of the relatively low interest rates over the past few years, they are now highly incentivized to stay in and improve their existing home.” in News, Originationcenter_img October 6, 2014 500 Views Sharelast_img read more

Ondemand fooddelivery service Deliveroo has been

first_imgOn-demand food-delivery service Deliveroo has been integrated into the TripAdvisor desktop website, mobile web and mobile app experiences across 12 countries throughout Europe, the Middle East and the Asia Pacific regions, including Australia.“…our goal is for TripAdvisor to serve as a one-stop-shop for diners around the world,” said Bertrand Jelensperger, Senior Vice President, TripAdvisor Restaurants.Consumers browsing TripAdvisor restaurant listings now have the option to order food from more than 20,000 of Deliveroo’s restaurant partners spanning across 12 countries and more than 140 cities. By simply clicking the “Order Online” button when browsing the TripAdvisor restaurant listing of one of Deliveroo’s partners, consumers are brought to Deliveroo’s online or mobile platforms to quickly and easily place an order.At Deliveroo we’re always looking for new ways to bring great food to people’s doors”, says Will Shu, Founder and CEO at Deliveroo. “We’re excited to partner with TripAdvisor to make it even easier for our customers to order delicious food from the best local restaurants, wherever they are in the world.” DeliverooTripAdvisorlast_img read more