US newhome sales jumped 62 per cent in October

first_imgWASHINGTON – Americans bought new homes in October at the fastest pace in a decade — a 6.2 per cent monthly increase that reflects both the underlying strength of the economy and the worsening shortage of existing homes for sale.The Commerce Department said Monday that new-home sales last month rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 685,000. That marks the third straight monthly gain and the best sales clip since October 2007. Much of the sales growth came from the Northeast and Midwest, with the South and West posting smaller increases.Many buyers are turning to new construction because there is a shrinking supply of existing homes for sale. But new construction has been unable to keep up with demand. Potential buyers are searching for homes amid a healthy job market with a 4.1 per cent unemployment rate and attractive 30-year mortgage rates that are averaging less than 4 per cent.Still, the lack of properties on the market has fueled higher prices, creating affordability pressures.The average sales price of a new home jumped 13.6 per cent over the past 12 months to $400,200.Stephen Stanley, chief economist at Amherst Pierpont Securities, suggested that some of new homes were sold last month before construction had started — a sign of the inventory squeeze.“It would appear that builders paired up with prospective buyers en masse in October to lock in deals that would allow the buyers to have their homes built to order,” Stanley said.These price increases are a sign that builders are able to charge more money because of the dearth of inventory.The number of sales listings for existing homes has tumbled 10.4 per cent from a year earlier to just 1.8 million, according to the National Association of Realtors. That’s the fewest number of homes on the market for any October since the Realtors began tracking the data in 1999.New construction can only offset some of this supply crunch.There is only 4.9 months’ supply of newly-built homes on the market, the lowest reading since July 2016.last_img read more

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Xbox One released in Canada and other markets worldwide on heels of

Microsoft unveils its new Xbox One console Friday, one week after the release of the rival PlayStation 4.The console, which is launching in 13 markets worldwide, will cater to its loyal gamer fan base with exclusive titles like “Forza Motorsport 5” and “Ryse: Son of Rome.”Click to enlarge. Microsoft has also expanded the non-game experience. You can watch live TV on the console, switching back and forth between gaming and TV. You can even have TV on the screen while playing a game.“Even the entertainment that we’ve built, we’ve built with the gamer in mind so they can always be playing their game while they watch TV, while they watch a movie, while they listen to music, while they surf the web,” said Flannagan.TV on the 360 was on demand or streaming, depending on what app was used. Xbox One takes the feed from your TV provider into the console, which is then plugged into the TV.Game DVR on Xbox One allows you to record game play and share it with your friends.Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg Beyond that, the company hopes the device crosses over to the mainstream and becomes a family entertainment center.Microsoft says the supply of the new $499 consoles is its biggest ever. But with record pre-orders — more than double those of the Xbox 360 back in November 2005 — the consoles may be hard to find.“We expect the demand to be really high through the holiday (season),” said Craig Flannagan, director of marketing Xbox for Microsoft Canada.Flannagan says the new console ups the ante on both games and the multiplayer experience, with improved match-making.“We’ve made a lot of improvements to that Xbox Live service that our 360 owners already know and love,” he added.There are 48 million Xbox Live subscribers around the world.We’ve taken games to the next level . . . They look amazing, they play amazingGames remain the prime Xbox One draw, although the console offers a wide menu of entertainment around them.“We’ve taken games to the next level,” Flannagan said. “They look amazing, they play amazing.”Flannagan points to launch titles such as “Forza Motorsports 5,” a lush racing game. The launch offerings also include “Dead Rising 3,” the latest instalment of the zombie franchise from Capcom Vancouver, and the new “Ryse: Son of Rome” from the developer Crytek.There is also buzz about the first-person shooter “Titanfall,” due out in the spring from Respawn Entertainment, formed by Jason West and Vince Zampella who were the co-founders of Infinity Ward and creators of the “Call of Duty” franchise.“Many people will say that’s the most anticipated title. It won a lot of awards at E3,” said Flannagan.Robert Benson/Getty Images for Microsoft An improved Kinect sensor, which allows gamers to use gestures and voice to interact and give commands, is now part of the console and not an extra.The new PlayStation arrived a week earlier and $100 cheaper. But Flannagan believes Xbox One’s entertainment value still leads the way.The Xbox One console will not play Xbox 36 games, however. Flannagan says a healthy menu of 360 games will continue to be produced as Microsoft looks to service its 76 million-plus installed base.“Titanfall” will be also available for the 360 when it comes out. But “Ryse” is just for Xbox One.The original Xbox was released in 2006. read more

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Irudeniyaya residents object to land acquisition

Former President R. Premadasa had made attempts to take over the land for development work but following protests the move was abandoned.However now notice has been issued that the land, which includes six villages, will be acquired by the government for development work. (Colombo Gazette) He said that the land was handed over to the people for farming activities by former Prime Minister the late Sirimavo Bandaranayake. Residents of Irudeniyaya have objected to moves by the government to acquire agricultural land in the area for development purposes.An organization representing the people in the area said that a mass protest will be staged in the Kurumegala town on Wednesday against this move. Chairman of the organization K.D Sunil Jayasinghe said that over 2500 families stand to be displaced as a result of the land acquisition. read more

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Australias largest CI energy storage system goes live

first_imgA 1 MWh hybrid redT system is now operational at Australia’s largest university. This vanadium flow/lithium-ion hybrid energy storage system is now installed and operational at a site in Monash University. The system is the largest behind the meter C&I (Commercial & Industrial) energy storage system to be installed in Australia and the first of its type to be commissioned worldwide. It comprises 900 kWh (12 tank units) of vanadium flow machine technology, coupled alongside a 120 kW C1-rated lithium battery.redT’s energy storage solution sits at the heart of a pioneering microgrid, storing and dispatching energy from multiple sources, including 1 MW of solar panels. By utilising the complementary strengths of two storage technologies, the hybrid system will act as a flexible platform, integrating with building management systems and EV charging stations whilst enabling cutting-edge “peer-to-pool” energy trading. This project is a core part of the University’s Net Zero Initiative, an ambitious, unprecedented project which aims to completely transform how the university uses energy with a target of reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2030.The Australian energy storage market is estimated to be worth approximately A$30 billion by 2030 with almost 400 MWh of energy storage projects estimated to be installed in behind-the-meter C&I applications nationwide by 2022 according to industry consultants Delta-ee.Scott McGregor, CEO of redT said: “Energy storage unlocking low cost renewables will bring about a significant reduction in energy costs for Australian businesses. Monash University is leading the market with this pioneering project and we are proud to provide their integrated energy storage solution.This project will demonstrate the economic benefits of lithium as a short term power solution alongside Flow Machine technology which acts as heavy duty, baseload energy storage infrastructure, capturing more solar energy to reduce overall energy costs.”Scott Ferraro, Program Director, Net Zero Initiative, Monash University: “We’re very happy to be working with redT on this exciting project. redT’s energy storage infrastructure is one of the core components of the microgrid being developed as part of our Net Zero Initiative, enabling us to dispatch renewable energy more effectively across the campus and help achieve our goal of net zero emissions by 2030.”last_img read more

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Serbia sack Saša Bošković

Serbia girls are now looking for a new coach after many troubles in the last 12 months since best players like Andrea Lekić, Dragana Cvijić, Sanja Damnjanović and Katarina Tomašević decided to leave national team because coach Saša Bošković. After four and a half year on the bench of the national team, Serbian Handball Federation didn’t accept Bošković’s report from the last World Championship 2015 in Denmark, where Serbian girls finished on 15th place.Bošković overtook national team in Autumn 2011, with amazing luck to have two Championships in a row on home soil – EURO 2012 and WCh 2013, when Serbia won silver medal behind Brazil.However, problems began at EHF EURO 2014 in Croatia, when Serbia ended competition after Preliminary Round. The best players showed deprecation with the work of existing coach, what was just begining of the big crisis.SHF management still looking for a replacement. Meanwhile, the assistant coach Zivojin Maksic and other part of Boskovic’s coaching staff will continue to lead the team in qualifications for the European Championship in Sweden next December. Saša Bošković ← Previous Story BANG BANG: Lyndgaard’s 20-meters bomb knocks out Montpellier! Next Story → Barca kid Victor Tomas stays until 2020! read more

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Jury finds Samsung guilty in Apple patent case over 1B in damages

first_imgIt could be a windfall ruling for Apple, as the jury found Samsung guilty of violating multiple patents after less than three days of deliberations. Among the patents that Samsung infringed on were those related to display “bounce back,” scrolling, zooming, and navigating features.At least one victory, albeit a small one, for Samsung is that the jury did not find Samsung guilty of infringing on Apple’s design patents as they relate to the Galaxy Tab. This is an interesting part of the verdict since that appeared to be the catalyst that led to the massive legal battle between the two companies.Apple was seeking $2.5 billion in damages. Monetary details will be decided later, and it could be years before this entire ordeal is actually set to rest, but for today, it is a huge victory for Apple with industry-wide implications that will take weeks and months to digest.Update 7:51 PM ET: The jury’s final verdict totals $1.051 billion in damages. In total, the jury found Samsung willfully infringed on five out of the six Apple patents at issue. On Samsung’s countersuit, the jury found Apple not guilty on all claims.via Reuterslast_img read more

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The new queen of immigrants in Argentina is Greek

first_imgFor 40 years, Berisso, in the Buenos Aires province of Argentina, has celebrated its migrant heritage by holding an annual feast.In early October, Luisiana Pilar Delicosta, a fouth-generation Greek woman, was elected Queen of the Immigrants from a field of 20 Youth Queens of the Community contestants. “This year, at a distance of more than 12,000 kilometres away, a 21-year-old woman filled the entire Greek community with pride,” Greek community club Plato wrote in an open letter to the people of Greece.Berisso mayor Jorge Nedela said, “Our city lives a party that for 40 years shows that we are a community that knows how to live together and unite the different cultures that immigrants brought us. In a world that continues to have conflicts over ethnic issues, Berisso and Argentina are examples of peaceful coexistence.” Luisiana’s grandparents, Vasileia Yialouri and Zacharias Delikostas arrived in Argentina from Chios in 1906 and settled in Berisso.There, next to the house where their five sons were born, they built a second home to support other Greek immigrants arriving without material goods but full of faith and hope for a better life. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Japon un thon rouge vendu 560000 euros aux enchères

first_imgJapon : un thon rouge vendu 560.000 euros aux enchèresLors de la première vente aux enchère de l’année du marché au poisson de Tsukiji à Tokyo, un thon rouge a battu le record du thon le plus cher de l’histoire du Japon. Avec ses 269 kilogrammes, le spécimen n’était pas le plus lourd jamais observé mais cela a suffi pour qu’il établisse un nouveau record historique. Jeudi, un thon rouge a été adjugé pour la modique somme de 56,49 millions de yens, soit 565.000 euros à la première vente aux enchères de l’année du marché au poisson de Tsukiji à Tokyo. Le poisson est ainsi devenu le thon le plus cher jamais vendu dans l’histoire du Japon. En effet, le précédent record avait été établi par un spécimen de 342 kilogrammes vendu l’an dernier pour 32,49 millions de yen, soit environ 330.000 euros. Cette année, c’est le propriétaire d’une célèbre chaine de restaurants de sushi de la ville, Sushizanmai, qui a acquis le thon rouge pêché au large de la préfecture d’Aomori, au nord du Japon. Manifestement ravi, Kiyoshi Kimura a expliqué : “je voulais décrocher le meilleur thon, afin que les clients japonais, et non pas étrangers, puissent en profiter”, faisant référence aux enchères de l’an dernier.En janvier 2011, le thon le plus cher avait été remporté par le propriétaire d’un restaurant de Hong Kong associé à un restaurateur japonais, un duo qui avait déjà dominé les enchères en 2009 et 2010, rapporte l’AFP. “La chair est d’un rouge magnifique et la qualité du filet est excellente. C’est vraiment délicieux. Le goût est imbattable”, a commenté M. Kimura devant un quartier du thon qu’il venait d’acheter. À lire aussiCes 18 animaux méconnus à l’aspect étonnant pourraient disparaître avant vousAu vu du prix d’acquisition du thon rouge, le morceau de filet (ootoro) proposé en sashimi (poisson cru) ou en sushi (accompagné de riz vinaigré) devrait atteindre aux alentours de 5.000 yens pièce, soit 50 euros. Mais il semblerait, selon les médias japonais, que le patron de Sushizanmai ait décidé de les vendre au prix normal de 418 yens, soit 4 euros.  Une pêche qui continue malgré la diminution des stocks Le thon rouge est particulièrement apprécié au Japon, qui consomme à lui tout seul 80% des stocks pêchés dans le monde. Mais le poisson a également fait son apparition dans les plats d’autres pays, notamment la Chine qui fait chaque année grimper les enchères. Alors que les stocks de thon rouge s’amenuisent de plus en plus, certains pays occidentaux tentent d’imposer une interdiction du commerce des poissons pêchés en Atlantique Est et en Méditerranée.Mais le gouvernement japonais a jusqu’ici réussi à contourner l’interdiction. “Vous savez, des produits de cette qualité sont appréciés dans le monde entier”, a estimé Hirotaka Higurashi, 22 ans, interrogé au sujet de la pêche intensive. “On ne peut pas y faire grand chose.”Le 5 janvier 2012 à 13:51 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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ISS la sortie spatiale de Luca Parmitano qui a failli très mal

first_imgISS : la sortie spatiale de Luca Parmitano qui a failli (très) mal tournerLe 16 juillet dernier, une fuite d’eau dans le casque de l’astronaute italien Luca Parmitano aurait pu transformer en drame une sortie dans l’espace prévue pour réparer la station spatiale internationale.C’est une sortie spatiale que ni l’astronaute italien Luca Parmitano ni la NASA ne sont pas près d’oublier. La fameuse phrase “Houston, nous avons un problème” n’a pas été prononcée, mais c’est bel et bien une tragédie qui a été évitée le 16 juillet dernier. Lors d’une sortie dans l’espace pour effectuer des réparations sur la station spatiale internationale, une fuite encore inexpliquée a rempli d’eau le casque de l’astronaute, manquant de le noyer. Il raconte ce terrifiant épisode sur son blog.Tout s’est déroulé sans problème la première heureLa sortie devait durer un peu plus de 6h pour Luca Parmitano et son collègue Chris Cassidy. Elle n’aura duré qu’une heure et 30 minutes. Une fois dans le vide stellaire, les deux astronautes se séparent pour rejoindre chacun une extrémité de la station et commencer leur travail minutieux. L’une des tâches de l’astronaute consiste à brancher des câbles sur l’extérieur de la station, une opération longue et délicate, que n’aident pas les gants pressurisés de la combinaison.La première manipulation se déroule sans soucis, ainsi que la deuxième. En informant Houston de la progression de son travail, il apprend qu’il a même 40 minutes d’avance sur son planning. Tout semble se dérouler pour le mieux.Fuite d’eau “À cet instant précis, alors que je pense à comment dénouer le câble proprement, je “sens” que quelque chose ne va pas. La sensation inattendue de la présence d’eau dans mon cou me surprend – et je ne suis pas dans une situation où je souhaite être surpris” explique-t-il sur son blog.Parmitano informe Houston de la fuite et attend la suite des instructions. Ils pensent d’abord à une fuite de la canule d’alimentation en eau potable présente dans son casque. Mais le liquide continue de s’écouler, et l’ordre arrive de Houston commandant de terminer la mission immédiatement. L’astronaute se dirige vers le sas d’entrée pendant que son équipier se charge de sécuriser et de ranger le matériel présent autour du vaisseau.L’eau en apesanteurLe long du chemin de retour, l’eau continue de s’écouler dans le casque. Sauf qu’en apesanteur, le liquide se comporte d’une manière bien particulière. Libéré de la gravité, l’eau dans l’espace prend une forme sphérique. On se souvient du verre de whisky flottant du capitaine Haddock dans On a marché sur la Lune. Ce phénomène est dû à la tension superficielle, c’est-à-dire le comportement des molécules entre elles et avec le milieu. À l’interface entre l’eau et l’air, les molécules d’eau sont attirées les unes vers les autres, et pas vers l’air. Le liquide adopte la forme ayant la plus petite superficie qui demande le moins d’énergie, ce qui en apesanteur, donne une sphère.Mais l’eau ne se contente pas de former des petites bulles bien sages. Elle adhère aux parois du casque et à la peau de l’astronaute. Comme le montre Chris Hadfield dans cette vidéo, l’eau en apesanteur reste “collée” à la peau et ne tombe pas, toujours à cause de des phénomènes de tension de surface.L’astronaute italien sent donc l’eau recouvrir ses oreilles, son nez, et se condenser sur la vitre du casque. Alors qu’il se retourne, l’eau s’accumule sur la visière et l’astronaute devient aveugle. Sa radio commence à dysfonctionner, et les voix de ses collègues deviennent difficiles à entendre. “À ce moment, la partie supérieure de mon casque est pleine d’eau et je ne suis pas sûr si ma prochaine inspiration sera faite d’air ou de liquide. “Un retour en aveugle terrifiantÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ne cédant pas à la panique, l’astronaute réfléchit aux solutions qui s’offrent à lui. Il se rappelle alors son câble de sécurité, arrimé au sas. Lentement, il le remonte jusqu’à l’entrée. Parmitano pense également à la solution d’extrême urgence si l’eau finissait par l’empêcher de respirer : ouvrir la valve de dépressurisation de son casque pour expulser de l’eau. Cette solution ne doit être prise qu’en dernier recours, car elle peut être dangereuse pour la vie de l’astronaute.Après quelques minutes “qui semblent durer une éternité”, il arrive à regagner le sas. Son collègue le rejoint peu après et la repressurisation commence. Alors que l’eau continue à monter, il pense à enlever son casque s’il n’arrive plus à respirer. “Je perdrai probablement connaissance, mais ça sera toujours préférable à se noyer dans mon casque”.Heureusement, le sas se remplit vite et l’astronaute italien peut retirer son casque en toute sécurité. La porte s’ouvre et l’équipe de la station spatiale le rejoint pour vérifier son état de santé. Aucune blessure ou dommage n’est à relevé, si ce n’est l’eau qui reste coincée dans ses oreilles encore quelques minutes.Dans l’espace, personne ne vous entend crier La NASA a commandité une enquête pour déterminer l’origine de cette fuite. D’abord suspectée, le tube d’alimentation en eau potable ne semble pas avoir été la cause de l’incident. Les doutes se portent sur le système de refroidissement du scaphandre, mais les résultats n’ont pas encore été dévoilés. Une grande frayeur pour une fin heureusement sans drame, qui rappelle que malgré tous les progrès technologiques effectués depuis les débuts de la conquête spatiale, l’espace reste un endroit où tous les dangers sont possibles et que les astronautes sont en première ligne. Toutes les sorties ont depuis été suspendues jusqu’à nouvel ordre. Le 22 août 2013 à 15:19 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Stocks extend gains to a 5th day as tech companies rise

first_imgNEW YORK — U.S. stocks rose for the fifth consecutive day Wednesday as investors went on a late buying spree. The gains came after news that the Federal Reserve plans to start reducing its huge portfolio of bonds. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed at a record high.Stocks were slightly higher for most of the day as the market kept chipping away at the losses it suffered one week before. Technology companies like TurboTax maker Intuit and materials companies including industrial gas company Praxair made some of the biggest gains.In the afternoon the Federal Reserve released the minutes from its latest meeting. Officials discussed steps for shrinking the central bank’s $4.5 trillion in bond holdings and Wall Street liked what it saw.The Fed bought huge amounts of bonds during the global economic crisis in an effort to stimulate the economy. When the Fed suggested in April that it was considering reducing its portfolio, investors were unnerved. But when investors saw some details of how the plan might look, they were pleased.“They’re going to do it in a very careful, slow, and, at least by Fed standards, transparent method,” said Ed Keon, a portfolio manager at QMA, a fund manager owned by Prudential Financial. “They’re not going to do it in a way that runs the risk of shocking the market.”last_img read more

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Conti still not ready to start

first_imgAndrea Conti is finally back after his injury but he insisted that he still doesn’t feel like playing the whole game from the beginning – he will try to gain the playing minutes just by little at the beginning.After coming to the club, he had become a crucial part of the team – but then, he got injured and since then, he hasn’t played a single game for the Rossoneri. Finally, it seems that Conti is on his way to being on the pitch again…The full-back spoke about his fitness status as he said, according to Gianluca Di Marzio:Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“I’m feeling well. I’m starting to feel better, finally. I can play a part of games, but honestly, I don’t feel ready to start yet. Returning in the squad and being on the bench again felt great, almost like the first time.”“I believe that we can reach the Champions League, I believed in it also when the gap was wider. Our rivals will be Inter and Lazio and I hope to be one of the keys to reaching European qualification. I don’t know if the games against Juventus and Inter will be decisive, but they will definitely be important ones.”last_img read more

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Emery on the competitive nature of the Premier League

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery is quickly adjusting to life in England and has discovered the demanding and challenging nature of the Premier League.Emery took over from Arsene Wenger in the summer and after a rocky start, has produced impressive results with Arsenal.His side travels to Bournemouth on Sunday, and Emery is expecting yet another tough, which he says is the norm in the English Premier League.“I think one of the characteristics of the Premier League is the fact every game is very demanding and you need to overcome that if you want to finish in the top four,” Emery told the club’s website.“In terms of the difficulty of the teams, it’s not just the top teams but all of the teams in the league are very difficult because they all have good players and I think that’s what makes the Premier League as far as I know the most competitive league around.“I think in comparison with the leagues in France and Spain, taking Spain for example, that was a league in which every team was very tricky and it made sure that you needed to know a lot about them.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It meant that your preparation had to be spot on and it meant that your instructions to the team throughout all 90 minutes had to be very good.“That was unlike France in a sense that PSG were so superior that the competitive aspect wasn’t so apparent, but it’s something I am rediscovering here in England and so in terms of my competitive level, I need that to be very high and I want to convey that to the players so that we get the best out of them.“In terms of Bournemouth, that’s been my focus ever since the end of the Wolves game, I know that we are going to have to play at a very high level in order to get the three points because Bournemouth are doing some great work, they have some fantastic players.“I think that most of all, they have that confidence at the moment which is making them a truly tough proposition.”last_img read more

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Google May Open a Retail Store in NYC

first_img 2 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals March 13, 2014center_img Register Now » Google is all about search. And right now, it may be searching for a place to open its first brick-and-mortar retail store in the U.S.Crain’s New York reported this week that the tech giant is close to signing a lease for an 8,000-square-foot space in New York City’s upscale SoHo area; however, the real-estate firm that controls the space told The Wall Street Journal the claim is “absolutely false.”Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Related: Here Comes Another Smartwatch. This One’s From Google.While Google’s plans are not yet clear, Faith Hope Consolo, a chairman at Prudential Douglas Elliman, has spoken with several outlets about the company’s interest in in setting up shop in the city.”They’ve been talking to everybody,” Consolo told the Journal.Chromebooks, Android devices, Google Glass and any other new hardware products would ostensibly be sold in the prospective storefront.Related: Google Unveils ‘Project Tango’: A Smartphone That Sees in 3-DOpening a retail shop in the U.S. would be a first for Google, though the company already has a small brick-and-mortar footprint overseas. In 2011, an Android store opened in Melbourne, Australia, and the company’s Chromebook laptops have been sold in storefronts across Europe in England, Germany and Spain. Apple, on the other hand, has more than 420 retail stores across the world, and plans to open 30 new stores this year.  Related: Knowing Your Competition Inside and Outlast_img read more

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Question 13 the bisexual solo conversationmusical you need to see

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… ‘All of my work isn’t about bisexuality,’ Toksvig explains.Question 13: What is the substance of bisexuality? is her ‘solo conversation-musical.’When I asked Toksvig what kind of questions she would be asking during the show, the list included the likes of ‘what do we mean by bi, what is this show and what am I doing here.’Toksvig is a theatre maker.She writes the words for musicals, songs, plays, spoken word poetry and other types of storytelling.These are usually for live performance.She explains she likes to ‘explore unique ways in which to tell story, to knit with people, language, and yarn.’Question 13?The title for Toksvig’s show, Question 13, happened by coincidence.She was at a theatre group and filling in a form regarding what kind of show she wanted to put on.Question 10… 11… 12….But no question 13?Toksvig likened the ‘invisible’ number 13 to the bisexual identity in LGBT spaces.‘G voices are often louder,’ Toksvig explained.And so, the writer wanted to create a show in which she could ask questions about bisexuality in an open, relaxed setting.‘Would you like a chocolate?’Toksvig has set up a Facebook group for her theatre company, The Copenhagen Interpretation.Audience members are warmly invited to chat to Jenifer, as well as others planning on attention the performance.Toksvig adds: ‘Don’t be a stranger before we meet, as well as after.’If that’s not the only thing to entice you in, Toksvig will offer chocolate to the audience during her show.Another question she will ask is: ‘Would you like a chocolate?’ Sandi Toksvig and boxer Nicola Adams among Diva Award winnersGay uncle gives powerful talk on importance of talking to young kids about sexualityIcons in LGBTI history and today share their pivotal stories in 29 portraitsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/question-thirteen-toksvig/ GAYSTARNEWS- Imagine talking about your sexuality for the first time in a one-person improv show.That’s exactly what Jenifer Toksvig is doing. She adds it’s the least she can do after people join her for her verbal questioning.‘I never plan. It’s not an in depth discussion,’ Toksvig confidently tells me.But her it’s her lack of planning that has me intrigued about the show.‘It’s just me going, here’s a few questions. Do you want to help me answer them?’Bi+ CommunityThe show is open to people of all sexual orientations, but Toksvig hopes other bi people attend.‘I’m only talking about my own experiences and it’d be nice to hear about the experiences of others.’‘The LGBTQ community exists in the intersections,’ Toksvig adds.‘As with everything else in terms of gender equality, there is more opportunity for male voices for many reasons.’This is unfortunately the truth.Toksvig hopes to change this with her show.‘It’s nice to see yourself represented,’ She continues.While specifically bisexual musicals help with visibility, Toksvig adds that obviously the dream is one day there will be bisexual characters casually in all musicals.Toksvig hopes her own open dialogue will help people connect to themselves.When I ask if she hopes the show will make people ask questions about their own sexuality, she pauses.Her wise response?‘It’s healthy to ask questions, but not to question yourself.’With that in mind, I think Jen’s completely unplanned one-woman musical will go swimmingly.Question 13 is part of 96 Festival. It takes place on 2 February.Read The Bi+ Manifesto belowThe Bi+ Manifesto eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

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This Jellyfish Robot Is Much More Than Just a Good Swimmer

first_imgThe robot can selectively transport beads of different sizes. Take a look at the GIF above. Mode A mimics most closely the way a larval jellyfish moves, but the researchers can tweak the magnetic field to create new movements. Mode B1, for instance, uses more forceful contractions for stronger bursts. B2 allows for less recovery time before the next contraction. B3 holds the arms down longer following a contraction, generating a more streamlined glide. And mode C opts for weakened bursts. Manipulating the magnetic field also allows the researchers to steer the robot in 3D space. You’d be hard-pressed to find more opposite opposites than jellyfish and robots. Jellyfish pump through the oceans with effortless grace, while robots struggle to not fall on their faces—and that’s when they’re not catching on fire.Now, though, those two worlds are merging, with a tiny, exceedingly simple robot modeled after larval jellyfish that can scoot around untethered like the real thing. At less than a quarter inch across, the magnetically activated robot mimics the entrancing locomotion of a jellyfish and can use the resulting disruption of water flow to manipulate objects or burrow into the ground.The jellyfish robot has eight arms, consisting of a soft base with magnetic microparticles embedded, and tips made of non-magnetic “passive” polymers.Researchers place the robot in a tank surrounded by electromagnetic coils. By manipulating the magnetic field, they can control the magnetic bits of the robot’s arms. “If you apply a slow magnetic field in an upward direction, the arms will bend up slowly,” says Metin Sitti, director of the Physical Intelligence Department at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and coauthor of a new paper describing the robot in Nature Communications. “And then we do a very fast sharp downward magnetic signal that bends the arms very fast downwards.” The tips of the arms then also bend, mimicking the gelatinous movements of an eight-armed larval jellyfish. (Adults grow the stinging tentacles we know so well.)It’s about as simple as robot locomotion gets. But that simplicity creates surprising versatility in the robot’s movements, or modes, as the researchers are calling them. It can also burrow into the beads for camouflage. That versatility doesn’t stop at locomotion. By mimicking the way a larval jellyfish eats, the robot can capture objects. When a jellyfish swims, its contractions force water under its bell, and that water carries microorganisms. This robot does the same, only with beads spread at the bottom of the tank. When it lifts off from the ground, the water flow traps beads under the bell and drags them upward as the robot heads to the surface. Meaning that even though this robot doesn’t have hands, it can still manipulate objects. The robot can also burrow into the beads, using its arms to sink and push its way into the bottom layer of the tank. And if burrowing isn’t your thing, you can add a layer of dye at the bottom of the tank—a separate color on each side of the robot—and the mechanical jelly’s motion will rapidly mix the two and drag them up the water column. This shows that, again, a robot need not have hands to be able to manipulate materials.So from pretty much the simplest kind of robot you can imagine, researchers can tease out a vast array of uses. It’s a significant departure from the usual ways robots manipulate objects, trading in hand-like graspers for a system that strategically pushes around water. “That’s the amazing thing about very simple soft-body systems,” says Sitti, “that they can create many complex deformations that induce many diverse behaviors.”There is, of course, the limiting factor of magnetic energy. Before robots like this can explore the real world, researchers will have to figure out how to power and actuate them some other way, with hydraulic systems perhaps. And the machines will have to sense their world somehow, which will add extra complexity and bulk.“This is a really clever design,” says Stanford engineer John Dabiri, who studies jellyfish locomotion. “It reflects a growing interest in our field to go beyond robots that merely mimic animals, and to instead explore design ideas that nature hasn’t yet stumbled upon.”Bonus: Robots like this are much less likely to catch on fire if they’re underwater. More Great WIRED StoriesHe cyberstalked girls for years—then they fought backOne boy’s dream vacation to see construction equipmentNotifications are stressing us out. How did we get here?How nine people built an illegal $5 million Airbnb empireEverything you want—and need—to know about aliens🏃🏽‍♀️ Want the best tools to get healthy? Check out our Gear team’s picks for the best fitness trackers, running gear (including shoes and socks), and best headphones.📩 Get even more of our inside scoops with our weekly Backchannel newsletterlast_img read more

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Get Amazing Discounts On The Hushed Private Phone Line Lifetime Subscription –

first_img Share Tweet Submit Very often we have to use our cell phone number for making work calls and setting up accounts. This can often lead to a lot of unnecessary calls. You can prevent this issue by using Hushed Private Phone Line Lifetime Subscription. You can set up a second phone number and you can even choose the area code. With the help of a secure app you can make calls without revealing your actual number. Wccftech is offering amazing discounts on various Hushed subscriptions. Avail them now before the offers expire.Hushed Private Phone Line Lifetime Subscription FeaturesYou no longer have to carry multiple phones, you just need one subscription and you are good to go. Here are highlights of what the Hushed Private Phone Line Lifetime Subscription has in store for you: Use included plan towards a combination of SMS or phone minutes per year Make calls & send texts from a private phone number without monthly fees Choose from 100’s of area codes across the US and Canada Manage your communication from a single app Access one lifetime number per account Customize your voicemail Set up call forwarding settings Utilize Wi-Fi or data while you chat so you don’t incur service chargesImportant Details License deadline: redeem code within 6 months of purchase After 12 months, license is renewed automatically Use at least once every 6 months in order to keep your unlimited number Add more minutes or SMS credits to your account at any time All US/Canada Hushed numbers can make or receive calls & SMS with any other phone numbers from US or Canada (international calling/texting to other countries is not supported with this plan) Choose from 100’s of area codes across the US and Canada (Toll Free numbers not included) One ‘1 Line Lifetime Offer’ per account with ability to purchase one of each bundled offers available (3 Lines/5 Lines) or as many additional numbers as you want Hushed numbers are not guaranteed to work with 3rd party verification services and cannot be used for 911 emergency calls Length of access: lifetimeCompatibility iOS 10.0 or later Android 5.0 or later U.S. and Canada based phone numbers availableOriginal Price Hushed Private Phone Line Lifetime Subscription:1 Line: $150 I 3 Lines: $450 I 5 Lines: $750Wccftech Discount Price Hushed Private Phone Line Lifetime Subscription:1 Line: $25 I 3 Lines: $65 I 5 Lines: $95last_img read more

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The Digital Workers are here With Bruce Morton

first_imgIn 1989, moviegoers were treated to a sneak preview of the digital age when Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) jumped aboard their modified DeLorean time machine and travelled to the year 2015 in Back to the Future Part II. Today, director Robert Zemeckis’s vision of 2015 reminds us of portents that have come to pass from another iconic motion picture, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001—such as talking computers that seem a bit too independent for our tastes. In the first Back to the Future sequel, Marty and Doc break the time/space barrier in their flying sports car to visit a world dominated by artificial intelligence. In the 2015 setting, work in all types of services from petrol stations to cafés are delegated to machines, not human beings.Much of what once seemed a far-off future in both Kubrick’s and Zemeckis’s films has entered the here and now. While flying cars still have a ways to go, the reality encountered by Marty and Doc isn’t so far removed from our own. Whether it’s using a self-service grocery checkout or having a conversation with an automated phone system, we now routinely enjoy, and sometimes get annoyed with, machine-generated services that were once carried out by people. Breakthroughs in robotics, digital matrices, and machine learning have brought us to this point.The new technology holds all sorts of promise for consumers—flying cars included—but it may be even more significant to employers in the long run. While some workers may be supplanted by machines, the changes will likely generate new work opportunities. This has been true since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. Once considered a death knell to labor, automation made many workers’ lives easier even as it prompted others to find new career paths.Fear of change, however, obscured the potential gains that mechanization might bring. These apprehensions led to sabotage, labor strikes, and violent standoffs between workers and management around the world, such as the Luddite movement in the nineteenth-century textile factories of Great Britain and the early twentieth-century woolen mills of Lawrence, Massachusetts.We are seeing echoes of these fears as the application of AI invades certain job sectors, including manufacturing and customer service. But mechanization of those types of jobs has been underway for quite some time, and the world of work has still survived. It may fall to employers to convince the public that computers and robots enhanced by machine learning are more beneficial than detrimental. Defining the classes of existing technology might help. The digital worker of the future (which is now, by the way) may be driven by one or more types of “thinking”:Assisted intelligence automates repetitive, standardized, or time-consuming tasks and provides information. Two examples are price scanners used in stores and GPS navigation programs. Technologies such as lasers and satellites combine with computer databases to do things like locate merchandise price figures and offer directions or road conditions to drivers.Augmented intelligence makes human and machine collaboration possible in evaluating large amounts of data and facilitating decision-making. Complex, yet efficient, interactions between digital programs and human workers enable enhanced services such as car ride-sharing businesses and in-house manufactured dental crowns.Autonomous intelligence, in which computers themselves relieve humans of organic cognitive processes, is being developed right now. Robotics advancements are enabling more complex movement, and adaptive technology shows machines how to sort information and learn from it. These next-generation machines will be able to evaluate data, make decisions, and even take action on their own. The corporate earnings previews that appear on Forbes’s website, for instance, are already being generated by algorithms without human involvement. We’ll see further results in things like self-driving vehicles and other innovations that are still to come.Robotic process automation is software that can be easily programmed to do basic tasks across applications, just as human workers do. It is designed to reduce human employees’ burden of simple, repetitive, tasks, such as retrieving invoices from email and typing the relevant data into forms in a bookkeeping program.So, what does this mean to business leaders and HR folks looking to build the ideal flexible team? Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, in their great book, The Second Machine Age (W. W. Norton, 2016), forecast that machines may take over as much as 50 percent of certain jobs within the next fifteen years. I believe that companies must consider this development a welcome addition to their competitive arsenal rather than a draw-down of expertise. It’s just one element of organizational readiness—the agile state that businesses will need to maintain in order to quickly adapt to changing conditions, whether regarding the talent pool, supply chain, or market demands.Author BioBruce Morton is a Workforce Design and Talent Acquisition Expert and author of Redesigning the Way Work Works, available on AmazonIf you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at Simon@IrishTechNews.ie or on Twitter: @SimonCockinglast_img read more

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Get ready to be Aussified by Carnival

first_imgIndustry heavyweights shows support to Carnival Cruise Lines Source = e-Travel Blackboard: D.M Australian cruise enthusiasts should be gearing up for a bumper 2012 season when Carnival Spirit graces local waters, also marking the first time any Carnival Cruise Lines ship has been based outside of the US offering year-round itineraries.Currently in dry-dock, Carnival promises to ensure the ship is “Aussified” before its deployment, according to Jennifer Vandekreeke, newly promoted Director, Carnival Cruise Lines who said investment has already been made to give the ship home touches, which includes adding a new thrill splash ride, currently exclusive to the Australian market, as well as a kid’s splash park and serenity area for adults only.“To respect this market, we needed to do a little more, add a few extra bells and whistles,” she said.Australian terminology on board will also be used, a new Australian-inspired menu featuring local wines, pricing will be in AUD, domestic power points and a no-tipping policy in line with cultural trends. “This is a re-affirmation of the dynamic and continued growth of cruising in the Australian market,” CEO, Ann Sherry said.“I truly believe we have seen the coming of age in the Australian cruise industry and with the momentum, there’s no stopping it.”Ms Vandekreeke said campaigns surrounding the new itineraries will exude the essence of the brand, “reminding people that they have a right to have fun and can find it here in Australia”.Cruise Director for the liner is Australian-born Stu Dunn, who is expected to continually promote the Aussie spirit on board.center_img Jennifer & Ann last_img read more

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Dog with cancer put downDog with cancer put down

first_imgAn AACL member living in the Colenso area brought the animal to the veterinary clinic, but there was nothing the clinic could do but humanely put the animal down and end the pain it was in. “If the owner had come earlier, the dog could’ve been helped, as this cancer can be cured,” explained Annamarie.The dog was found in a rural settlement near Colenso. The man who owned the dog is evidently very poor and could not afford to get into town, let alone pay expensive vet bills.The AACL would like to appeal to the community via the Ladysmith Gazette to get help for their pets immediately if they see or suspect that something is wrong. That could be the difference between life and death. In addition, serious charges can be laid against individuals who are deemed to have neglected an animal that is clearly sick and in a great deal of pain. In this case, no charges will be laid.For more photos visit :  Don’t let this happen to your pet A heartbreaking scenario played out at the veterinary clinic in Diamana Road this morning (Monday) as a dog suffering from cancer had to be put to sleep.The black, male, crossbreed dog was riddled with cancer, which had even spread to its testicles. This had resulted in two, huge, unsightly sores underneath its tail.According to the Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL), the owner of the dog took too long to seek help and so nothing could be done to save the suffering animal. Annamarie  from the AACL added that the cancer the dog was afflicted with could’ve been treated effectively if picked up a lot earlier. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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Roads being cleared traffic moving slowly

first_imgPublic Safety officers have cleared the rocks and stones that were put in the road by protesters today (Tuesday).Residents are protesting against the taxi fare increase.The protesters blocked Helpmekaar Road near Dunlop and this caused chaos at the Newcastle Road intersection.Public Safety officers are currently in Madiba Drive, Steadville, clearing the road and making way for traffic to flow.Traffic is now moving slowly. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite According to people in the vicinity, they heard at least 20 to 30 shots being fired. It is believed this would’ve been Public Order Policing (POP) in action.According to a source, Helpmekaar Road is  now open, but roads leading into Steadville are closed. The situation is still volatile.Related stories:Shots fired to move protestersCars come to a standstill in Newcastle Roadlast_img read more

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