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Road Weight Restrictions Remain Lifted Until Friday

Road Weight Restrictions Remain Lifted Until Friday

first_imgSpring weight restrictions on roads in all Nova Scotia counties will remain off until 12:01 a.m., Friday, Feb. 17. The Department of Transportation and Public Works may still have individual roads posted for lower weights throughout the province. Updated information on future road openings and closures is available on the department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/tran . Department of Transportation and Public Works staff will continue to monitor conditions to determine the level of frost in the roads. -30-last_img read more

Aziz Ansari Celeb Ambassador For Oxfam America

Aziz Ansari Celeb Ambassador For Oxfam America

first_imgComedian and actor Aziz Ansari is fresh off the heels of a holidays fundraising campaign for Oxfam America.As the charity’s celebrity ambassador, Ansari promotes programs that fight poverty all over the world. Huffington Post gave him the Best Subject Line Award in its recent post, 450 Email Subject Lines From End of Year Fundraising. Ansari’s additional charity work includes voicing a goat in an animated for Oxfam America video and a benefit for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.To celebrate this funnyman and his charitable pursuits, we take a look at three of his funniest moments from his breakout role in “Parks and Recreation.”Treat Yo SelfTom and Donna have a very special relationship built on a mutual loathing for being bored and an irritation for anyone who doesn’t like their retweet. When the two decide to have a day designated to the pursuit of extravagance, the result leaves would even make Kanye proud, or at least give him a little #FOMO #YOLO.Clothes: Treat yo self. Fragrances: Treat yo self. Mimosas: Treat yo self. Massages: Treat yo self. Fine leather goods: Treat. Yo. Self. Best day of the year!But the best part of Treat Yo Self day is when Tom and his partner-in-luxury Donna decide to take mercy on a stressed out Ben and invite him along on their lavish day. When Ben just can’t get excited about cashmere and buys tube socks, Donna and Tom selflessly urge him to figure out his own version of Treat Yo Self day — which delightfully leads to a whole new level of nerdiness, aka Ben in a fantastically realistic Batman suit.But the question begs to be asked: Why were we given only one Treat Yo Self day way back in 2011?! Where do we sign the petition for an annual YouTube comedy series, Aziz?! You’re kickin it with Kanye now!Snake JuiceNo two characters on “Parks and Rec” are more opposite than Ron Swanson and Tom Haverford. Tom tweets his every waking move, and Ron doesn’t trust the government as far as he could throw a bottle of Lagavulin, which is really far, but Ron would never, ever throw a bottle of whiskey.So when Tom and his over-the-top business partner John Ralphio attempt to pitch their new entrepreneurial venture, a harrowing liquor they call Snake Juice, no one expects Ron to start one of the most epic party nights in “Parks and Rec” history. While everyone from Jerry to Leslie gets adorably sloshed, Ron manages to steal the show with an iron stomach, infectious smile and a miniature sparkly black top hat. But the best part is the morning after, when everyone in the office is hung over to the extent that April has duct taped a pair of full-size pillows to her ears and Ron shows up chipper and unphased with greasy burgers to save them.DJ RoombaOf all Tom Haverford’s get-rich-quick schemes (a few of which actually worked), perhaps none was more beloved than the brilliant DJ Roomba, his iPod-playing, floor-sweeping robot that was smart enough to know that Andy was the biggest mess-maker of the group and hovered around him while bumpin’ the Black Eyed Peas. But while helping Tom move, Jerry accidentally stomps on and kills DJ Roomba, breaking Tom’s heart. Some say the halls of the Pawnee City Hall are still haunted by the ghost the R&B-loving robot that Tom called his son.last_img read more

Real Madrid to announce £86m signing of Hazard after Chelseas Europa final

Real Madrid to announce £86m signing of Hazard after Chelseas Europa final

first_imgLondon: Real Madrid will wait until after Chelsea’s Europa League final clash against Arsenal to announce the signing of Eden Hazard, according to reports in France. The Belgian has one year remaining on his deal at Stamford Bridge and he confirmed on Sunday that he’d informed the club of his decision ‘weeks ago’. While Hazard did not specify what his decision was, it’s believed he’s told Chelsea that he wants the chance to complete a dream move to Madrid to play under Zinedine Zidane. Zidane wants Hazard in for the start of pre-season and Madrid wanted to announce the deal as soon as possible. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuHowever, Chelsea play Premier League rivals Arsenal in the final in Baku in a fortnight and L’Equipe claim Real will do the Blues the courtesy of waiting until after the game to announce the signing. A fee of €100m — roughly £86m — is said to have been agreed several weeks ago, while Hazard is set to become one of the club’s highest earners. Chelsea signed Christian Pulisic in January for £58m as a replacement for Hazard and the club must deal with the exit of the Belgian during a two-window transfer ban issued by FIFA. Hazard joined the Blues in 2012 and won two league titles, one Europa League, one FA Cup and one League Cup during his seven years with the club. He was crowned PFA Player of the year in 2015 after an eye-catching season under Jose Mourinho. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersMeanwhile, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri said earlier he was still in the dark over Hazard’s future. Hazard has talked about it being “a dream” to one day play for Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane but Sarri said he did not know if the playmaker was set to leave swap London for Madrid. “I hope of course, like every fan of Chelsea, that he will remain with us,” he said. “But at the moment I don’t know.” “I know very well that Eden tried to do his best for seven seasons at Chelsea,” the Blues boss added. “He did very well, he has become one of the best two or three players in the world, but I think also that we have to respect him and his decision.” Sarri also cast doubt over his own position and could not say for sure if he will be at Stamford Bridge for a second season. “I think but I am not sure. I don’t know. I can say only the club asked me to get into the Champions League and we reached the target — the Champions League.” “As you know very well, I love English football.”last_img read more

Spain Eyes Gibraltar Following Brexit Vote Ceuta and Melilla Next

Spain Eyes Gibraltar Following Brexit Vote Ceuta and Melilla Next

Rabat – The Brexit vote has left Europe in a state of confusion, as governments and citizens alike wonder what this means for the continent. While the majority of England and Wales voted Leave, London, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Gibraltar all overwhelmingly voted Remain. Gibraltar in particular has an uncertain future.The small British enclave sits just below Spain, strategically located at the crossing of the Mediterranean to the Atlantic, and Europe to Africa. The British have held it since the signing of 1713’s Treaty of Utrecht. During this time, Gibraltar has enjoyed some degree of self-governance, with notable exceptions in defense and foreign relations.As an EU territory, Gibraltar was somewhat shielded from political pressure placed upon it by the Spanish, who have aspired to retake it since its loss 300 years ago. Borders must remain open and easily accessible by EU law. The local citizens recognize the benefits of EU membership, and 95.9% of voters have accordingly chosen to Remain. An impressive 83.7% voter turnout among their 30,000 citizens was nonetheless far too small to bear significant weight among the overall United Kingdom decision. Spanish workers who commute daily to Gibraltar are likewise concerned about their future if border access becomes tighter. Minor diplomatic incidents in the past have affected border crossings and access to jobs, although those were small events compared to Brexit.The enormity of this decision is not lost on Spain. Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel Garcia-Margallo said this morning that “The Spanish flag on the Rock is much closer than before.”Over the radio, he commented that this “complete change of outlook” now “opens up new possibilities on Gibraltar not seen for a very long time.” Garcia-Margallo advocated co-sovereignty, a somewhat vague power-sharing structure between the UK and Spain until the latter would eventually reclaim the enclave.Certain Moroccan hopefuls look favorably upon Spain retaking a foreign city on its mainland, expecting this to set a precedent for repatriating such foreign territories. This could provide Morocco a legal justification for taking Ceuta and Melilla, two Spanish holdings on Morocco’s mainland. The three enclaves are linked by geography, political situation, and Spanish sovereignty claims. The Kingdom has invoked Ceuta and Melilla in the past when disputes arose over Gibraltar. However, Spain has shown no signs of relinquishing control of these territories.Both the governments of the UK and Gibraltar have flatly rejected any talks with the Spanish about co-sovereignty. There is as of yet no evidence that Moroccan attempts to open similar talks with Spain will meet a different response. The sovereign status of Gibraltar, and Ceuta and Melilla, is unlikely to change due to Brexit alone.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission. read more

SNC asks court to review federal decision excluding it from remediation regime

SNC asks court to review federal decision excluding it from remediation regime

MONTREAL — Arguing that federal prosecutors unreasonably excluded SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. from negotiating an agreement that could have resolved corruption and fraud charges before trial, the company has filed for a judicial review of the decision.On Oct. 10, the engineering giant announced that the Public Prosecution Service of Canada had declined to “invite” it take part in a remediation regime introduced in the Criminal Code this year.A conviction on the charges filed in 2015 could prevent the company from bidding on any federal project for up to 10 years, but SNC had hoped to reach a deal that would set them aside in return for fines, co-operation and other penalties.The request for judicial review, filed in Federal Court, cites “the extremely negative consequences the underlying legal proceedings have had and will continue to have (even in the event of an acquittal) on (SNC) and innocent stakeholders, including employees, suppliers, pensioners and stakeholders, in the absence of an invitation to negotiate.”According to the document, prosecutors provided SNC no explanation why they judged it would not be “appropriate” for the company to take part in the remediation regime.SNC is “in the dark as to how they failed to meet the requirement of ‘appropriateness,’ or why the public interest requirement, though met, has apparently been ignored,” the document says.It adds that prosecutors failed to consider information SNC provided “regarding the turnover of senior management and the severance of any individuals who might have directed, condoned or participated in the wrongdoing which gave rise to the charges.”The company had offered to have its president and CEO, Neil Bruce, meet with prosecutors to explain why remediation was crucial. The announcement of the refusal to negotiate sent SNC stock plunging to its lowest level since 2016.The request for judicial review comes as a preliminary hearing into the charges opened this week in Montreal to determine whether the evidence merits moving forward with a criminal trial.In February 2015, the RCMP charged SNC and two subsidiaries with paying nearly $48 million to public officials in Libya between 2001 and 2011 to influence government decisions under the Moammar Gadhafi regime. The RCMP also hit the Montreal-based company, its construction division and a subsidiary with one charge each of fraud and corruption for allegedly defrauding various Libyan organizations of about $130 million.An RCMP officer testified before Judge Claude Leblond, who placed a publication ban on all evidence presented at the hearing.Companies in this story: (TSX:SNC) read more

Mortgage giant Fannie Mae posts 101B net income for 2Q paying govt

Mortgage giant Fannie Mae posts 101B net income for 2Q paying govt

WASHINGTON – Mortgage giant Fannie Mae earned $10.1 billion in the second quarter, aided by the recovery in the housing market. The government-controlled company has turned a profit in each of the past six quarters.Fannie said Thursday it will pay a dividend of $10.2 billion to the U.S. Treasury next month. It made no request for additional federal aid.The company said the rise in home prices during the quarter enabled it to reduce its reserves set aside for losses on mortgages, helping boost its net income.The earnings for April through June period compared with net income of $5.1 billion in the second quarter of 2012.The government rescued Fannie and smaller sibling Freddie Mac during the financial crisis after both incurred massive losses on risky mortgages. The companies received loans totalling about $187 billion.Washington-based Fannie said it expects to remain profitable “for the foreseeable future.”Once the second-quarter dividend is paid, Washington-based Fannie will have repaid $105 billion of the roughly $116 billion it received from taxpayers.The latest quarterly gain followed a record $58.7 billion net income in the first quarter, when Fannie capitalized on tax benefits it had saved from its losses on loans during the crisis. It paid a first-quarter dividend of $59.4 billion to the Treasury.The housing recovery that began last year has made Fannie and Freddie profitable again. Together they will have paid back next month about $146 billion of their government loans. Those payments are helping make this year’s federal budget deficit the smallest since President Barack Obama took office in 2009.Fannie and Freddie own or guarantee about half of all U.S. mortgages, worth about $5 trillion. Along with other federal agencies, they back roughly 90 per cent of new mortgages.Fannie and Freddie don’t directly make loans to borrowers. They buy mortgages from lenders, package them as bonds, guarantee them against default and sell them to investors. That helps make loans available and exert influence over the housing market.Freddie, meanwhile, reported Wednesday that it earned $5 billion in the April-June period, its seventh straight profitable quarter. It will pay a dividend of $4.4 billion to the Treasury. And the company said it has $28.6 billion of the sort of tax benefits that Fannie applied in the first quarter. Freddie said it will consider tapping all or a portion of that amount in coming quarters.The two companies reported solid quarterly earnings the same week that Obama proposed a broad overhaul of the U.S. mortgage finance system — including winding down Fannie and Freddie. He declared that taxpayers should never again be left “holding the bag” for the mortgage giants’ risky moves.Obama wants to replace them with a system that would put the private sector, not the government, primarily at risk for the loans. The government would still be involved, both in oversight and as a last-resort loan guarantor. Obama also wants a guarantee that private lenders will make sure homeowners have access to 30-year fixed mortgages.A fix to the housing finance system is unlikely to be easy, however. Obama’s plan is in line with bipartisan Senate legislation. But most House Republicans want the market almost completely privatized, while many Democrats insist on government having a larger role. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press Posted Aug 8, 2013 8:08 am MDT Mortgage giant Fannie Mae posts $10.1B net income for 2Q; paying gov’t $10.2B read more

Jack Shepherd says animal instinct inspired him to flee as he lands

Jack Shepherd says animal instinct inspired him to flee as he lands

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Jack Shepherd, the so-called speedboat killer, claimed he was “driven by an animal instinct” when he decided to flee justice, as he yesterday boarded a plane to Britain.The 31-year-old spent months hiding in Georgia after disappearing ahead of his trial for the manslaughter of Charlotte Brown, who died while on a date in his speedboat in 2015.A huge international manhunt was launched to find Shepherd after he was sentenced in his absence to six years in prison last summer, ending only when he handed himself in to authorities in Tbilisi in January.The fugitive spent more than two months awaiting extradition in a Georgian jail and finally landed at Gatwick airport last night before police escorted him away ahead of his appearance in the Old Bailey today. Asked by a BBC reporter about his decision to run from authorities, he replied: “It wasn’t premeditated, as some have said, but it was just a case of being driven by an animal instinct, fear, and just jumping on a plane really without much of a plan.”Shepherd is due to appear at the Old Bailey in London this morning.Angela Deal, head of extradition at the CPS said: “Jack Shepherd has returned to the UK to face justice following close co-operation between the CPS Extradition Unit, UK colleagues and the Georgian authorities, to ensure a successful extradition. read more

Unbeatable unstoppable Usain …Sprint legend dreams of screaming headlines after Saturdays

Unbeatable unstoppable Usain …Sprint legend dreams of screaming headlines after Saturdays

When he wakes up on Sunday morning after the men’s 100m final on Saturday night, Usain Bolt wants to see headlines screaming, Unbeatable, Unstoppable.“Usain Bolt is retiring unbeatable over the individual event. For me that would be the headline. Unbeatable, Unstoppable Usain Bolt,” said the man who is considered a legend of sports, not just athletics.Usain BoltBolt, who will turn 31 on August 21, has called an end to a magnificent career at the end of the World Championships after winning almost everything in front of him starting as a precarious 15-year-old at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Jamaica in 2002.He went on to win nine Olympic gold medals and 11 World Championships titles and said it felt good when a sportsman can call it quits while on top.“For me, it’s great. Anybody that decides when they need to retire, when they need to walk away from anything they doing is always a great feeling. That means you are satisfied with what you have done throughout the years and you feel accomplished. So, for me, it’s a wonderful feeling,” he noted at a crowded Puma press conference yesterday in London.The sprint legend dismissed the notion that he might be tempted to change his mind after retiring from the sport. In fact, he is anxiously looking forward to being a spectator.“I am looking forward to it. Sitting down talking…I don’t know where I will be watching it from, sure I will be betting on somebody to win and that’s the fun part of it,” said Bolt.“The next championships should be fun because I will be watching to see who can hold the nerves, especially if somebody is running good all season, then to see who can hold their nerves. So I am looking forward to that,” he added.Meanwhile, Bolt also watched tributes on a big screen from close friend, sprinter Asafa Powell, actor Samuel L Jackson, and French footballer Thierry Henry, and Sang Tao, the cameraman who sensationally knocked Bolt down in Beijing in 2015.“As a friend, a competitor and a teammate, I just want to thank you for all you have done for the sport. You have done an amazing job and I want to thank you for all you have done for track and field in the entire world,” said Powell, whose world record of 9.74secs Bolt lowered to 9.72secs in 2008.“I also want to congratulate you on being the second best athlete of Jamaica’s track and field history,” said Powell, with a laugh. (Howard Walker/ Jamaica Observer) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGatlin guns for Bolt one last timeAugust 3, 2017In “latest news”Bolt will only run 100m and 4x100m in London farewellJuly 19, 2017In “latest news”De Grasse says time has come to leave Bolt’s shadowJuly 31, 2017In “latest news” read more

Awesome flowchart helps you pick through NPRs Top 100 SciFi and Fantasy

Awesome flowchart helps you pick through NPRs Top 100 SciFi and Fantasy

first_imgBack during the dog days of summer, we told you about a list of the Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books according to National Public Radio readers. Over 5,000 books were nominated and 60,000 people voted. There were definitely some upsets in the mix; not only were some books ranked much lower than fans would like, other books didn’t make it on to the Top 100 list at all.Besides reading through the entire list of 100 books, it may be difficult to know which of the hundred you want to start with. Sure, you could work your way from No. 1 down to No. 100, but there’s definitely a mixed bag on there. Take just the top 11: You have Lord of the Rings, 1984, The Princess Bride, Fahrenheit 451 – what if your idea of a good book involves spaceships and aliens? How do you know where to look?The SF Signal designed a very clever and mesmerizing flowchart of NPR’s Top 100 Sci-Fi and Fantasy books. There are 100 end points and 325 decision points. The designer of the flowchart also managed to impart his or her sense of pithy humor in the decision points, so some questions will literally make you laugh out loud. Judging by the comments, a few teachers loved it so much that they want to hang it in their classrooms.The designer could definitely continue making these flowcharts, as NPR does an annual summer “reader’s choice” poll. This flowchart can literally take up your entire lunch break, so make sure you have some time to really explore this magnificent piece of art.via SF Signallast_img read more

Researchers develop solar cell with world record 447 efficiency

Researchers develop solar cell with world record 447 efficiency

first_imgIn the search for viable solar cells, bigger is not always better. Simply making large solar panels to gather more light is expensive, and logistically difficult to maintain. Researchers at the German Fraunhofer Institute have made an impressive advance in the area of concentrator photovoltaics (CPV) with a solar cell with world record efficiency of 44.7%. That may not sound like a lot, but most traditional photovoltaic cells are still much lower.It has taken three years of research for the experimental cell to leapfrog the competition on its way to breaking 50% efficiency, which researchers expect to reach in the not too distant future. The new cell relies on four individual solar-absorbing sub-cells to transform the electromagnetic radiation from the sun into useful electricity. The sub-cells are made out of different semiconductor materials and stacked on top of one another. Each sub-cell absorbs a slightly different range of the solar spectrum.CPV solar technology is the key to hitting these higher numbers because it doesn’t rely on the standard solar intensity we’re all used to. CPV uses lenses to focus the sun’s rays onto smaller solar cells. Not only does this allow for higher efficiencies, it takes up much less space. The new cell from the German Fraunhofer Institute is working with solar concentrations 297 times normal.The experimental cell is small, but the team believes the technology is scalable. The researchers have managed to increase efficiency over one percentage point in just four months of work. If that kind of progress keeps up, this new breed of solar cells could become a serious contender for solar power generation around the world.last_img read more

Facebook un Etat allemand veut faire interdire le bouton Jaime

Facebook un Etat allemand veut faire interdire le bouton Jaime

first_imgFacebook : un Etat allemand veut faire interdire le bouton “J’aime”Le Land allemand de Schleswig-Holstein a demandé aux sites Internet basés sur son territoire de supprimer le bouton “J’aime” de Facebook. Celui-ci atteindrait à la réglementation européenne en matière de protection de la vie privée, selon les autorités allemandes. Après la reconnaissance faciale, c’est une autre des fonctions de Facebook que l’Allemagne a dans le collimateur. En effet, le Land de Schleswig-Holstein, situé au nord du pays, a demandé aux sites Internet basés sur son territoire de supprimer le bouton “J’aime” de Facebook. Motif : le bouton ne serait pas conforme à la législation allemande et aux réglementations européennes en matière de protection de la vie privée.À lire aussiLe fantôme de “Big Brother” pousse les autorités de San Francisco à agirEn effet, Thilo Weicher, commissaire à la protection des données et instigateur de cette démarche, explique que cliquer sur “J’aime” permettrait à Facebook de dresser des profils d’utilisateurs et ce, même lorsque les internautes ne sont pas membres du réseau social, rapporte France Soir. Il précise ainsi : “Facebook peut tracer tous les clics sur un site web, voir combien de temps je suis dessus, ce qui m’intéresse”. Suite à cette découverte, l’Etat allemand a donc fixé un délai d’un peu plus d’un mois (jusqu’à fin septembre) pour que les sites Internet suppriment le bouton. S’ils refusent de le faire, ils encourent alors une amende de 50.000 euros, note ZDnet.fr. De son côté, Facebook a rapidement réagi en confirmant que ces données étaient bien collectées mais se voyaient supprimées au bout de 90 jours. “Nous rejetons toutes les accusations selon lesquelles Facebook ne se plierait pas aux standards européens de la protection des données. Le bouton J’aime de Facebook est si populaire parce que les gens ont un contrôle complet sur la façon dont leurs informations sont partagées à travers celui-ci”,  a commenté Patrick Noyes cité par France Soir.Le 22 août 2011 à 20:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Sangliers morts les analyses écartent la piste de lempoisonnement

Sangliers morts les analyses écartent la piste de lempoisonnement

first_imgSangliers morts : les analyses écartent la piste de l’empoisonnement La préfecture des Côtes d’Armor a indiqué que les analyses réalisées sur les cadavres des sangliers morts en juillet dernier avaient définitivement écarté la piste de l’empoisonnement par des herbicides ou des insecticides, confirmant à nouveau la responsabilité des algues vertes. Les analyses sont formelles : un empoisonnement par des herbicides ou des insecticides n’est pas la cause de la mort des sangliers et du ragondin retrouvés en juillet dans l’estuaire du Gouessant. C’est ce qu’a indiqué vendredi la préfecture des Côtes d’Armor, suite aux nouveaux tests réalisés sur les cadavres des animaux. Ces nouveaux résultats semblent donc confirmer la piste des algues vertes, déjà avancée par de précédentes analyses.  À lire aussiEn Russie, une décharge de bouteilles se métamorphose en une incroyable plage de verreEn effet, au mois d’août, ces dernières avaient révélé des traces d’hydrogène sulfuré (H2S), un gaz toxique justement émis par les algues vertes en décomposition. Toutefois, la piste de l’empoisonnement par des herbicides ou insecticides n’avait pas encore été écartée pour expliquer l’hécatombe des 36 sangliers. Les analyses n’avaient mis hors de cause que certains poisons et des cyanobactéries, alors qu’un taux record de H2S avait été détecté chez le ragondin mort. A la remise des résultats, la préfecture des Côtes-d’Armor avait alors indiqué à l’AFP : “en l’état actuel des données, les seuls résultats significatifs portent sur le H2S”, précisant que de nouveaux tests allaient être effectués.Aujourd’hui, seuls les résultats d’analyse de l’air n’ont pas encore été communiqués mais le seront prochainement. Sur la côte bretonne, 53.000 mètres cubes d’algues vertes ont été ramassées depuis les premiers échouages de 2011, selon un bilan établi par la préfecture de région. Cela représente tout de même une augmentation de 11% par rapport à l’an dernier.Le 5 septembre 2011 à 13:58 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Nokia NFC et chargement par induction sur les prochains smartphones de la

Nokia NFC et chargement par induction sur les prochains smartphones de la

first_imgNokia : NFC et chargement par induction sur les prochains smartphones de la marqueFort du succès de la gamme Lumia, Nokia va équiper ses prochaines smartphones de la technologie NFC et du chargement sans fil par induction.La gamme Lumia de Nokia (notre photo) séduit beaucoup les utilisateurs de smartphones. Plus d’un million d’appareils ont été vendus en deux mois, selon Business Mobile. Loin de s’en tenir à cet excellent démarrage, le fabricant finlandais annonce encore des innovations pour séduire toujours plus d’usagers.La technologie d’échange et de paiement sans contact NFC (Near Field Communication) équipera donc prochainement un nouveau smartphone, qui devrait être vendu à l’automne. Ce sera tout simplement le premier Windows Phone équipé de cette technologie, très appréciée des utilisateurs. Une équation qui pourrait bien s’avérer gagnante pour Nokia.Mais ce n’est pas tout puisque selon Marko Ahtisaari, responsable du design, Nokia proposera aussi la technologie de recharge par induction afin de créer des smartphones ultra-fins, dépourvus de prise de recharge microUSB. Nokia se donne donc les moyens de revenir au niveau de Samsung et Apple, qui dominent le marché des smartphones actuellement.Le 2 février 2012 à 18:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Senior minister wants world to see a new Japanese style after impromptu

Senior minister wants world to see a new Japanese style after impromptu

first_img RelatedPosts However, Inside Asian Gaming was also granted a brief doorstop interview on his way out.“We wish more inbound tourists to see Japan. We hope we can have a positive effect on the economy and we can showcase a new Japanese style,” Nishimura told IAG, declaring that the government hasn’t given up on opening the country’s first IRs before 2025.“As the Central Government, we recognise the IR bill has now been submitted, so we have just requested the Diet to debate about the bill. All party groups have a representative to discuss the IR situation, so we hope the debate can proceed smoothly.“After the bill is passed we would like to build the government’s policy and based on this policy or regulation any prefecture, candidate city and IR operator can start to apply and then if everything proceeds smoothly I am hoping to have an IR here in Japan in the early 2020s.”That timeline seems somewhat ambitious however, with Member of the House of Representatives for coalition partner Komeito, Kiyohiko Toyama, telling IAG that, “The bill has to be passed by both houses and for that we need probably one-and-a-half months.”In an exclusive sit down interview, Toyama also told IAG that Japanese media had largely misled the Japanese public in regards to expected negative impacts of integrated resorts.“In a nut shell, there are still many misleading media coverages of the IR bill and that has to be corrected,” he said. “Of course people are quick to criticize casino gambling. I understand there are negative side effects and that is okay to discuss, but I have seen a lack of balance in the way that IRs with casinos have been presented by the Japanese media.“So many Japanese people have been misled to believe without any concrete evidence that once any IRs with casinos open in Japan that they will become really bad places in terms of security, safety and their influence over children. There is no evidence of that.” Japan government addresses IRs in new economic Basic Policy 2019 Load More Deep connection with Chinese players gives SJM Japan edge: Arnaldo Ho The Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party, Yasutoshi Nishimura, says he wants the country’s burgeoning integrated resort industry to “showcase a new Japanese style” to the world.The Special Advisor to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made an unannounced stop at the Japan Gaming Congress on Thursday to address the crowd of around 450 attendees. In somewhat dramatic scenes, Nishimura literally sprinted through Conrad Tokyo to the conference hall before presenting a short speech in which he outlined his hopes for the IR Implementation Bill to be passed before the current Diet session closes on 20 June. Lost in translationlast_img read more

Police investigate fatal shooting in Northwest MiamiDade

Police investigate fatal shooting in Northwest MiamiDade

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are investigating an overnight shooting that left one person dead in Northwest Miami-Dade.It happened along Northwest 54th Street and 22nd avenue, in the Brownsville area.The victim has not yet been identified.At this point, it remains unknown if police have anyone in custody or what may have led to the shooting.Please check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this developing story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

2015 turns out to be good year for Bitcoin

2015 turns out to be good year for Bitcoin

first_imgWhile 2015 has turned out to be a bad year for gold, stock markets and commodities, it has produced significant gains for digital currency Bitcoin.The digital currency has appreciated 37% against the US dollar since the beginning of the year, despite a rough ride almost throughout the first 10 months of 2015. After starting the year at $313, the currency fell below $175 in mid-January. It is currently trading at $430, according to CoinDesk’s composite price index.Although it is difficult to ascertain the reasons behind Bitcoin’s sharp rally since October, analysts tracking the currency attribute the gains to a few headlines like launch of an exchange by the Winklevoss twins and the Digital Currency Group’s funding raising from Bain and MasterCard.In November, 70% of the gains for the currency came from these headlines, the digital ecosystem watchers told CNBC. Fear of missing out (FOMO) among speculators could also be a factor behind its performance.”The year-end run up was the result of a series of positive trends for the asset,” said Brendan O’Connor, CEO of bitcoin trading firm Genesis Global Trading.O’Connor said fund-raising announcement from start-ups dealing with bitcoin helped “establish the legitimacy of the sector.” This has driven institutional investors to put money in both the digital token and the over-the-counter Bitcoin Investment Trust.”They’re looking for investments in non-correlated asset classes,” O’Connor said. “I still think by and large they’re viewing it as a speculative investment, but I think their willingness to test the waters has increased dramatically.”O’Connor said another major trend in the space is gaining importance for technology in remittance payments and daily usage of currency in “monetarily challenged” areas in the world.The potential of bitcoin was also widely discussed when the debt crisis in Greece was at the peak in July after it defaulted on repayment of loans. The country had imposed capital controls that led many media outlets to highlight the merits of bitcoin. Investors in the digital currency said the press coverage had helped in “boosting awareness of bitcoin’s potential”.last_img read more

Axis Bank enters urban microfinance sector

Axis Bank enters urban microfinance sector

first_imgAxis Bank has ventured into urban microfinance sector, starting with Pune city, under its existing Axis Sahyog initiative. India’s third biggest private lender will provide collateral free credit to low income women groups.The loans will primarily cater to self employed women from identified joint liability groups (JLR) to help them generate income from activities like tailoring, catering, establishing mom and pop stores etc., as reported by the Economic Times. The average loan size is expected to be Rs. 15,000.The initiative will be delivered under Axis Bank’s flagship technology-led ‘TAB based lending’ solution, said the daily. Tab-based app is an end-to-end to digital service that starts with a digital application and ends with doorstep loan disbursal through cash, bank account or card.From customer on-boarding to disbursement to servicing, the app will act as a digital enabler for the bank to offer small ticket, unsecured loans, noted INVC.The bank also introduced a unique Map Module, which primarily tags and displays places where the customers meet like the individual houses or meeting points. The feature is expected to track the location and also deliver timely and accurate financial services.The urban microfinance will soon be extended to 85 branches across cities like Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, among others. Axis Bnak has so far serviced total small loans amounting to Rs. 1,500 crore to 8 lakh households.last_img read more

Happy 60th Birthday Carrie Fisher

Happy 60th Birthday Carrie Fisher

first_imgYou may have noticed that this week, we’ve been talking a lot about Carrie Fisher, Princess Leia, and Star Wars. I bunch of us are obsessed with the actress and the franchise, so of course, we were going to write articles about them, but there was an organized reason for it. Carrie Fisher turned 60 years old on Oct. 21, so happy Carrie Fisher Week on Geek.com!Most of us know her as Princess-then-General Leia from the Star Wars movies, and that in itself is commendable. Leia is a determined, confident woman who is highly capable of not only leading a rebellion but also being a part of it. She went undercover at Jabba’s Palace, has been kidnapped by Darth Vader, and even in the face of personal and incredibly traumatic tragedy, she’s still able to get the job done. It’s the perfect role for Fisher, and she’s been delivering for decades.However, this week, we’ve been looking outside her most famous role, into the actress herself, her accomplishments, her other acting career, and her all-around amazing public persona that not only inspires us but also makes us laugh and scream in delight.Celebrate Carrie Fisher with us this week, won’t you? She knows we love her.As previously mentioned, Fisher is best known for one particular role, but she’s got over 90 acting credits to her name. She’s been working in Hollywood for decades in comedies, dramas, and genre films and has shown a versatility and confidence in every role she plays. As she’s gotten older, her roles have become self-aware and self-deprecating, sometimes playing off her history with drugs and mental illness, but never putting her down for it. We went through her filmography and chose five memorable, non-Star Wars roles she’s had throughout the years. Additionally, we noticed that not only are her roles diverse but also that she shines in smaller roles, still standing out due to the confidence and self-assurance she evokes with just a few lines.Read more.Carrie Fisher’s one-woman show at Studio 54 on Broadway.Her accomplishments aren’t limited to just her acting career. She’s made a name for herself throughout the entertainment industry for her work behind the scenes, her skill as a writer, and her tendency to be outspoken. We’re particularly inspired by Fisher’s advocacy for mental illness, specifically bipolar disorder, which she suffers from. She laughs in the face of stigmas and openly talks about her flaws and insecurities, which not only tells others that they can do the same but just makes her cooler.Read more.via joshuabudich.comSpeaking of Fisher’s outspoken tendencies, she has one of the greatest celebrity Twitter accounts. It’s the perfect combination of dog pictures (more on that later), nerdy jokes, non-nerdy jokes, and political snark, which has been welcome during this election year. As Daniel Starkey wrote, it’s been a great way to validate all our feelings about nerd god Carrie Fisher, but also as a representation of Fisher herself. “She’s never been anything but human. She’s unabashedly earnest, she messes up, she’s hilarious, and she’s defined herself outside of her role as Princess Leia.”Read more.Courtesy Starwars.comOf course, we couldn’t celebrate Carrie Fisher without even looking at Princess Leia. One of the most complicated histories concerning the character has little to do with Fisher or Leia herself, but with a piece of clothing she wore for a few seasons in Return of the Jedi. The “Slave Leia,” or “Leia the Hutt Slayer,” gold bikini is iconic for a number of reasons, and as the years have progressed, it’s become memorable for so many others. So much work went into this bikini for such a small amount of screen time.Read more.via youtube.com/yodasamaLook at him. Look at this thing that’s become as much a part of the Fisher name as Carrie herself. Gary is one of our favorite nerdy pets. He actually might be the greatest of all nerd pets. He’s had his own action figure, gets fanart drawn of him, and is just generally a happy face to see on the internet or in appearances. As managing editor Sheilah Villari writes, on Fisher’s birthday, we also “tip our hat to the popular pooch who has stolen her heart and ours. Thank you, for sharing this wonderful creature with the world!”Read more.last_img read more

LaMulana 2 seeks Kickstarter funding to revive 2D gaming

LaMulana 2 seeks Kickstarter funding to revive 2D gaming

first_img3D games took off nearly 20 years ago, leaving 2D side-scrollers with a tiny niche in the gaming universe. The developers behind the original La-Mulana want to find out what would have happened if 3D never was by creating La-Mulana 2. This direct sequel to the cult hit is already in development, and the team is currently seeking cash on Kickstarter. Judging by the early response, it’s probably going to get MUCH more than it needs.La-Mulana was originally developed by Nigoro as freeware in 2006, then remastered a few years later for WiiWare and eventually PC. It’s a side-scrolling adventure game of archeological exploration — sort of like Indiana Jones meets Castlevania. Along with the tight platforming gameplay are clever puzzles and riddles. La-Mulana 2 is aiming to be a similar PC title, but bigger and prettier.La-Mulana 2 will come with 18 distinct areas, at least 9 boss battles, and over 40 mini-bosses. Regular enemy monsters will number at least 70 at release, but possibly closer to 100 when the game is done. The soundtrack, which you can get as part of the Kickstarter campaign, will have 50 tracks. The developers have prototypes of the game running, but they need money to finish it up.The Kickstarter page set a goal of $200,000, but it is going to rocket past that in no time. The campaign was nearly halfway there in a day, but Nigoro probably isn’t surprised — the stretch goals are pretty extensive, going as high as $2.7 million.This game is likely going to earn a huge amount of money in the next month, and you can get your own copy for $15. Sound good? Well, calm yourself a bit — La-Mulana 2  isn’t expected to be done until December of 2015.last_img read more