Global Ship Leases Net Income Up

first_imgUK-based containership charter owner Global Ship Lease saw its net income rise to USD 7.3 million for the second quarter 2017 from USD 5.6 million reported in the same period a year earlier.During the quarter, the company’s revenue stood at USD 40.2 million, slightly down from USD 41.3 million seen in the second quarter of 2016, while its operating income increased to USD 18.5 million from USD 17.9 million.“During the second quarter of 2017, we remained focused on generating strong cashflows from stable, fixed-rate contracts with industry-leading counterparties. The value and consistency of this core strategy was once again evident in our financial results for the quarter,” Ian Webber, Chief Executive Officer of Global Ship Lease, said.For the six months ended June 30, 2017, Global Ship Lease reported a net income of USD 14.1 million, up from USD 11 million reached in the first six months of 2016. The company’s revenue for the period dropped to USD 79.9 million from USD 83.9 million, while its operating income was at USD 36.9 million, representing a slight increase from USD 36.3 million reported in the first half of 2016.Webber informed that the company expects “continued firming in the charter market over time, driven by discipline in the placement of new orders, an orderbook heavily skewed towards the largest vessels, elevated scrapping consisting almost entirely of the mid-sized and smaller vessel classes where we focus, and better than expected demand growth.”“We remain encouraged by the upward movement of the spot charter market throughout 2017 and believe that this should benefit those of our vessels due to become open later this year and early next,” Webber added.last_img read more

Scale of Indian market allowing Google to develop new products Pichai

first_imgWashington: The scale of India’s market has allowed Google to develop new products in the country and take it to the global level, the internet giant’s Indian-American CEO Sundar Pichai has said. Addressing the India Ideas Summit of US India Business Council (USIBC), Pichai also said that India and the US can lead on standardisation of privacy frameworks for better safeguards against privacy to ensure free flow of digital trade. Observing that Google has been in India now for “a very very long time”, Pichai said that the number of Indian manufacturers who would make devices ‘Made in India’. Also Read – 180 celebs condemn FIR against 49 who wrote to PM on lynchings The Indian government, he said, has done a great job of making technology, one of the pillars by which, they will improve governance and as well as socioeconomic conditions there. “So we’ve been proud to be part of it,” 46-year-old Pichai said at the summit after he received the Global Leadership Awards. Nasdaq president and CEO Adena Friedman was also honourd with an award. “And we deeply care about making phones cheaper every year so that more people can afford it and access it. In 2004, there were maybe two local Indian manufacturers who would make devices made in India. Now that number is up to well over 200 or so,” he said. Also Read – No Modi charisma in Haryana polls: Selja “Our products have played a foundational role. But increasingly it’s also happening in reverse. The scale of the Indian market, allows us to now develop maybe products there and actually take it out globally as well. So it’s been an interesting trend for the last three to four years or so,” Pichai said. “Our payments product India was moving towards digital payments, so we thought it was the best market to push the future of payments. We tried it there and it’s worked very well. And now that team is taking that payments product and bringing it out of India to the global market,” he said. “So increasingly we see India not just as, as an opportunity, but you know, building in India and serving the rest of the world as well. And so it’s exciting time,” he said. Last year, Google announced three goals that will drive its services in India. The three goals are — “Making internet work for more Indians; Making Google’s products relevant to Indians; and Taking the best of India to the rest of the world”. The goals are part of Google’s plan to target every Indian. Seeking better safeguards against privacy to ensure free flow of digital trade, Pichai said that India and the US can lead on standardisation of privacy frameworks. If standardisation was done across the world, it could significantly enhance digital trade, he said. “The free flow of information is essential to digital trade and we all can see the benefits of it. But to ensure that we can actually do it we need better safeguards around user privacy,” Pichai said in response to a question. Noting that rightfully so, users are increasingly concerned about it, he said that it is an important moment to create standardised frameworks both for users to have choice, control and transparency and for companies to be accountable as well with a clear set of a clear set of rules. “I think it’s an area where, both in US and India we have reasonably aligned notions around a free and open internet; both countries have safeguarded principles of free expression. And so there’s enough shared values here, I think, we can lead in privacy frameworks,” he said. “And to the extent you can standardise this globally will be a huge factor which drives digital trade. And so hence this is very, very critical to it,” Pichai said responding to a question from Nisha Desai Biswal, president of the USIBC. Last month, Pichai had a written an op-ed in The New York Times, in which he stated that privacy should not be a luxury. “Now, as you know, in India and in the United States, there are efforts at trying to draft new privacy legislation. Share some of your thoughts with us on how the US-India and other global systems can try to create an appropriate balance. And are there ways that we can have a consensus and a convergent way of approaching this?” Biswal asked.last_img read more

Tendulkar Kambli remember coach Achrekar on Guru Purnima

first_imgMumbai: Former India cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli on Tuesday paid tributes to their childhood coach Ramankant Achrekar on the auspicious day of ‘Guru Purnima’. Tendulkar, one of the greatest batsman of his era, took to Twitter and thanked ‘Achrekar Sir’ for making him what he is today. “Guru is the one who removes the darkness of ignorance in the student. Thank you Achrekar Sir for being that Guru & guide to me and making me what I am today #Guru Purnima,” tweeted Tendulkar, who has often spoken about Achrekar’s contribution in shaping his career. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherRamakant Vitthal Achrekar, better known as ‘Achrekar Sir’ in cricketing circles, passed away on January 2 this year at his Shivaji Park residence in Central Mumbai. Kambli, who played 17 Tests and 104 ODIs for India, said Achrekar Sir not only taught him to be a good cricketer but also made him a good human being. “You didn’t just make me a good cricketer but more importantly you taught me to be a good human! I miss you Achrekar Sir. You will always be with me through your teachings. Happy Guru Purnima! #GuruPurnima,” Kambli wrote on his Twitter handle. Apart from the two, other notable students of ‘Achrekar Sir’ include former India players Balwinder Singh Sandhu, Chandrakant Pandit, Praveen Amre, Ajit Agarkar and Ramesh Powar. Guru Purnima is a spiritual tradition in Hindu religion dedicated to spiritual and academic teachers.last_img read more

Questions about who qualifies surround journalism supports in federal budget

first_imgOTTAWA — Concerns are being raised about limits to who might qualify for aid under a section of this week’s federal budget geared toward supporting journalism, and whether the money will, in the long run, save a sector of Canada’s media industry that has been in financial freefall for a decade.Tuesday’s federal budget disclosed new details about the distribution of $595 million that had been earmarked in the fall economic statement for promoting Canadian journalism.Qualifying criteria would see money directed at journalistic organizations primarily involved in the production of original news, with an emphasis placed on coverage of democratic institutions and processes.The budget also revealed an “independent panel of experts from the Canadian journalism sector” would be created to help figure out which news will be eligible to receive money or tax credits over a five-year period.The Opposition Conservatives have dismissed the measures, accusing the Liberals of buying off the media in advance of the October election, at taxpayer expense.The independent panel is key to ensuring the government itself isn’t perceived to have a hand in deciding who gets money, and who doesn’t, says Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez.“We must protect journalistic independence and that’s why an independent experts panel will define eligibility to these new investments,” the minister told The Canadian Press in an email. “We are going to the root of the problem and creating concrete measures to support Canadian newspapers, big and small.”But that specificity — that the government means to support newspapers in particular — is what draws criticism.A 2017 report by the Public Policy Forum, called “Shattered Mirror,” indicated that about one-third of journalism jobs in Canada were lost between 2010 and 2017 as advertising revenue for newspapers, TV and radio stations shrank dramatically. Much of the revenues media outlets depend on have been siphoned off by online platforms such as Google and Facebook. The result has been not only layoffs throughout the industry but the outright closure of many local papers.“Canadian written press has taken (the biggest) hit as they’ve lost half of their jobs since 2010,” Rodriguez notes. The government, in announcing plans to help the industry, has cited the findings of the Public Policy Forum, which has warned that fewer journalists reporting on public affairs will ultimately harm democracy.The budget proposed refundable tax credits to help media organizations cover up to a quarter of their labour costs, but the credits would only be made available to what are deemed “Qualified Canadian Journalism Organizations” and would exclude entities “carrying on a broadcasting undertaking.”The Canadian Association of Broadcasters calls that unfair.“If the government is truly committed to recognizing the vital role media plays in helping citizens make informed decisions, it must find a way to include radio and television news outlets in this tax-credit regime,” the association’s board chair Lenore Gibson, a lawyer for Bell Media Inc., said in a statement.Magazine publishers also would not qualify for the tax credits if they already receive aid through the Canadian Periodical Fund.Media union CWA Canada welcomed the budget measures but worried that the rules could allow a traditional media giant such as Postmedia Network Inc. to benefit without necessarily helping journalism.“We need to know there will be rules to ensure that a company like Postmedia can’t simply take millions of dollars in labour tax credits and pass that on to the debt-holders who control it or to pay huge executive salaries or bonuses,” CWA Canada president Martin O’Hanlon said. He represents journalists at Postmedia papers in Ottawa, Regina and Montreal, among others, and at the CBC and The Canadian Press.A qualified organization would have to be set up as a corporation, partnership or trust. If it is a public corporation, it must be listed on a Canadian stock exchange and not be controlled by non-Canadian citizens. If it’s a private corporation, it must be at least 75 per cent Canadian-owned.Postmedia, which operates dozens of weekly and daily publications, including the National Post, along with several websites and magazines, is a publicly traded company. Its CEO Paul Godfrey has been a vocal proponent of government support of the country’s news industry and called the tax-credit scheme “a turning point in the plight of newspapers” when it was announced in the fall.A spokeswoman for Postmedia said the guidelines unveiled by the Trudeau government so far indicate the company would qualify for the labour tax credits, but added that it’s too soon to say for certain.News Media Canada, which represents 800 publications throughout Canada, also said Friday it was unclear whether the country’s biggest media firms would qualify for the tax credits. A spokesman, however, said some community newspapers had already indicated they planned to hire more journalists based on details provided in Tuesday’s budget.April Lindgren, who operates Ryerson University’s local-news research project, questioned whether the measures will result in more journalists being hired to cover local news.“I don’t think it’s going to spark a whole bunch of new hires of journalists,” Lindgren said.Regardless, under the parameters set out in the budget, most of the aid money would be funnelled to struggling mainstream players, said Chris Waddell, a professor at Carleton University’s School of Journalism who questions the logic behind the move.“We’re in a situation where, in fact, government is subsidizing the least likely people to succeed in the current format,” said Waddell. “My question is why? To what end?”Nearly 270 local news outlets have either closed or merged in 194 communities across Canada since 2008, according to Ryerson’s latest tracking data, published last month.In that same timeframe, 108 new or merged outlets have been launched in 78 communities.The bulk of the journalism funding proposed in the budget — $360 million over five years — is attached to the labour tax credits. Once the budget is approved, the credits would apply retroactively to the beginning of this year and cover 25 per cent of the costs of journalists working a minimum of 26 hours per week for 40 consecutive weeks.Qualifying organizations would also be required to employ at least two journalists who spend at least three-quarters of their time “engaged in the production of news content, including by researching, collecting information, verifying facts, photographing, writing, editing, designing and otherwise preparing content.”And news content would be defined as “matters of general interest and reports of current events, including coverage of democratic institutions and processes.”Outlets primarily focused on a particular topic such as sports, arts, entertainment or other industry-specific news would not meet that test.The budget also includes tax credits of 15 per cent on subscriptions to digital news websites, allowing Canadians to claim up to $500 worth of subscriptions per year to qualify for a maximum $75 non-refundable tax credit. But that credit won’t be available until 2020 — after the next federal election.Such a tax credit is doomed because there is so much free content online, and the public cannot differentiate between quality and commodity news, said Waddell.“People are not refusing to buy online subscriptions because they’re $15 per month rather than $13 a month,” he said. “They’re refusing to buy because they see the alternative is zero dollars a month.”As well, the budget proposes allowing registered journalism organizations to qualify as charities through the Canada Revenue Agency, so they can issue charitable tax receipts to people or registered charities who donate money to them.Among the restrictions being imposed for charitable status qualification, news organizations must have a board of directors operating at arm’s length from each other, must not be “factually controlled by a person” and must not receive money from any one donor that represents more than 20 per cent of total annual revenues.Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Big Sugar and Big Corn settle bitter battle over sweeteners outside court

Big Sugar and Big Corn settle bitter battle over sweeteners outside court; terms kept secret FILE – This Aug. 30, 2011 file photo, farmer Jason Podany uses combine to harvest corn near Farmingdale, Ill. The sugar and corn industries ended their billion-dollar bitter battle over sweeteners Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, in a secret out-of-court settlement. Both sides announced the deal that puts an end to a trial that began nearly three weeks ago in Los Angeles federal court pitting sugar against high fructose corn syrup. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File) LOS ANGELES, Calif. – A bitter billion-dollar battle in the sweetener wars came to an end Friday as sugar processors and the makers of high fructose corn syrup announced a secret out-of-court settlement.The deal midway through a trial in Los Angeles federal court was announced in a short statement that sugar-coated the hostility that emerged from dueling lawsuits over losses each side blamed on efforts by their rival to win over consumers.By bringing the case to a close privately, the foes avoided the uncertainty of a jury verdict that could have had broader market implications for products that are ubiquitous on the ingredient labels of countless food items in U.S. stores.Sugar processors had sought $1.5 billion in a false-advertising claim against corn refiners and agribusinesses giants Archer Daniels Midland and Cargill and other companies after they tried to rebrand their publicity-plagued product as “corn sugar.”Western Sugar Cooperative and other sugar processors said they lost money when corn refiners launched a “sugar is sugar” ad campaign that stated, “Your body can’t tell the difference.”Corn refiners and the companies countersued for $530 million, saying they suffered after the sugar industry made false and misleading statements that included a comment that high fructose corn syrup was as addictive as crack cocaine.They blamed the sugar industry for being behind the “junk science” that associated the product with diabetes and obesity.Any rancour evident during the four-year legal skirmish wasn’t evident in the joint statement that announced commitments to “practices that encourage safe and healthful use of their products, including moderation in the consumption of table sugar, high fructose corn syrup and other sweeteners.”Attorneys on both sides refused to discuss terms of the settlement or whether any money would be exchanged.Eric Rose, a spokesman for the sugar processors, said they “achieved a satisfactory settlement of the disputes in the lawsuit.”Big Sugar and Big Corn have battled in the marketplace since the 1970s when high fructose corn syrup was introduced as a cheaper alternative to sugar.The fortunes for corn began slipping when studies in the mid-2000s began connecting the product to health problems such as obesity.Corn refiners launched the ad campaign to support its bid before the Food and Drug Administration to change the name to “corn sugar.”The FDA rejected the request in 2012, finding that sugar was a solid, dried and crystallized food, not syrup.Although some consumers passionately favour one product over the other, science has determined they are nearly identical and are metabolized the same way, said Roger A. Clemens, a University of Southern California research professor of pharmacology and pharmaceutical science.Sugar is sucrose, which is half fructose, half glucose. High fructose corn syrup is typically 55 per cent fructose and 45 per cent glucose.The trial had presented a chance for jurors to weigh in on the vexing debate and side with one sweetener after years of dispute in the court of public opinion over the evils of both.A big win by one side over the other could have had a broader impact on the food industry, the law and advertising.Attorney Dan Herling, who was not involved in the case but has handled suits alleging false or misleading labeling or advertising of foods, said a jury verdict could have provided a model for lawyers looking to take on foods with genetically modified or non-organic ingredients.“I would also imagine that people who come up with marketing campaigns would have to take a step back and say if we do this not only how is the market going to react, but is it going to lead to a lawsuit,” Herling said.Attorney Mark Lanier, who represented sugar processors, predicted before the trial that if he prevailed, other companies would the follow the likes of Hunt’s ketchup and Capri Sun juices and switch to sugar from high fructose corn syrup.“I think both sides will get massive PR out of the win or the loss,” he said. “Good PR or bad PR. Both sides have a lot hanging on it.”The settlement essentially brings the case to a draw in the public eye.The outcome was similar to one between the sugar industry and the makers of Splenda seven years ago.Sugar processors alleged that McNeil Nutritionals engaged in misleading advertising for promoting the sweetener as a natural food product with the slogan “tastes like sugar because it’s made from sugar.”Terms of that deal have never been disclosed. by Brian Melley, The Associated Press Posted Nov 20, 2015 11:50 am MDT Last Updated Nov 20, 2015 at 7:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Attempted mugging of two 16yearold girls outside Belfast graveyard

first_imgPOLICE IN BELFAST are appealing for information following the attempted mugging of two 16-year-old girls outside a graveyard on Saturday night.The incident occurred in the Whiterock Road area of Belfast shortly before 9.15pm on Saturday night. The two girls were leaving the graveyard when a man tried to grab a mobile phone off one of them.He then made off down the Whiterock Road. The man is described as being in his early to mid 20s with short, dark hair and was wearing dark clothing.Neither of the girls were injured in the incident but police said they were left badly shaken.Today police appealed for anyone who may have noticed anyone acting suspiciously in the area or who has any information to contact them at Grosvenor Road on 0845 600 8000. Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.Read: Three due in court over spate of south Dublin burglaries>last_img read more

SOINN robot can think independently and adapt to situations

first_imgIt seems like the Tokyo Institute of Technology is bringing us one step closer to Skynet. Researchers in the Hasegawa Group at the Institute are currently working on a robot that can take on tasks it hasn’t tried before.The robot makes use of a technology called Self-Organizing Incremental Neural Network (SOINN for short). With this, the robot can approach a new situation and learn to handle it. Past experience and knowledge factor into the decision-making process.In a video of the robot in action, it is tasked with pouring a glass of water, making it cold, and then giving it to someone. Small balls take the place of water, and a blue cube plays the role of ice. Before it sets out on the task, the robot takes note of its surroundings to acclimatize itself to the new situation.With both hands full, the robot realizes that it will need to either put down the bottle or the cup to put the “ice” in the “water.” This is a step forward because the robot is not pre-programmed with a string of commands to deliver cold water to a person. Rather, the robot approaches the situation with a blank slate and the ability to adapt.The SOINN technology also allows the robot to connect to the internet and other robots for information. This is akin to asking another person for help or doing the research on its own if it doesn’t have the requisite knowledge. SOINN provides the robot with a number of avenues through which it can acquire knowledge.Perhaps this means the robot revolution is closer than we think. Where do you see this type of robot being most effective?via Akihabara Newslast_img read more

Tax returns deadline extended

first_imgThe Greek Department of Finance is set to extend the deadline for the submission of tax statements for 2013 incomes from June 30 to July 31, although it does not plan to change the dates for the payment of the tax due.Sources say that the resignation of the general secretary for public revenues, Haris Theoharis, as well as problems with the online Taxis system, accountants’ inability to submit their clients’ statements in time and the fact that just 35 per cent of declarations have been submitted to date have forced the ministry’s administration to postpone the deadline for the online submission of the E1 form by one month.Ministry officials also attribute the delay to the fact several law changes regarding the taxation of the unemployed, students and the holders of small deposits had not been corrected by May 15. These corrections have now been made on the E1 forms, so that the aforementioned can now fill in their statements using Taxisnet.The slow pace of statement submissions is proving a matter of concern for the still headless General Secretariat for Public Revenues, as despite calls for taxpayers to submit their declarations in a timely manner the response has been poor. Ministry officials now fear that the bulk of statements will be submitted in the last few days of June, which may lead to system overload problems that could block the process altogether for some time.However the deadlines for the tax payment instalments will not change, which means that anyone who leaves it till the last day of July before submitting their income declarations will also have pay the first tranche on the same day as the system will have automatically issued the payable amount of tax.Data from the secretariat show that just 35 per cent of taxpayers had submitted their income declarations 16 days before the official end of the statement submission process. By late Wednesday this week 1,974,327 statements had been submitted out of a total 5.5 million expected this year. Of those who had already submitted their statements, 748,884 have been asked to pay additional taxes on their 2013 incomes.Source: ekathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Fibrillation auriculaire symptômes causes diagnostic et traitement de cette maladie cardiaque

first_imgFibrillation auriculaire : symptômes, causes, diagnostic et traitement de cette maladie cardiaqueLa fibrillation auriculaire est une affection cardiaque qui se caractérise par une accélération du rythme cardiaque et des battements irréguliers. Ces troubles se traduisent par un tracé anormal lors d’un électrocardiogramme (ECG).Qu’est-ce qu’une fibrillation auriculaire ?La fibrillation est un trouble qui se manifeste par des contractions musculaires anormales et involontaires. Lorsque ce trouble concerne les oreillettes, autrement dit les cavités supérieures du cœur, on parle de fibrillation auriculaire. Un rythme cardiaque est jugé normal lorsqu’on compte entre 60 et 100 battements au repos. Chez les patients atteints de fibrillation auriculaire, on compte parfois plus de 150 battements par minute.Les symptômes de la fibrillation auriculaireLa fibrillation auriculaire entraine principalement des tachycardieset une arythmie. Les symptômes peuvent passer inaperçus et être détectés par hasard au cours d’un électrocardiogramme, par exemple chez les personnes qui sont sur le point d’être opérées. L’accélération du rythme cardiaque et les battements irréguliers s’accompagnent parfois d’autres signes tels que des palpitations, un essoufflement (surtout perceptible à l’effort), des douleurs thoraciques et des vertiges. Si la fibrillation auriculaire n’est pas prise en charge rapidement, de graves complications risquent d’apparaître : insuffisance cardiaque, cardiopathie, infarctus du myocarde (crise cardiaque)…Les causes de la fibrillation auriculaireLa fibrillation est parfois d’origine inconnue. Plusieurs troubles et pathologies peuvent être responsables des tachycardies et de l’arythmie observées : diabète, hypertension, hyperthyroïdie, insuffisance rénale chronique, cardiopathie congénitale, insuffisance cardiaque, obésité… Il existe plusieurs autres facteurs de risques tels que le vieillissement, le tabagisme et la consommation excessive d’alcool.Le diagnostic de la fibrillation auriculaireL’observation clinique et le récit du patient aident le médecin à orienter son diagnostic. Mais c’est l’électrocardiogramme (ECG) qui permet véritablement de confirmer une fibrillation auriculaire. Cet examen médical est réalisé par uncardiologue. Il consiste à enregistrer l’activité électrique du cœur pendant plusieurs minutes. Des électrodes reliées par des câbles à un appareil sont placées sur la poitrine et d’autres parties du corps du patient. Les informations enregistrées apparaissent sur un écran d’ordinateur, et sont imprimées sur papier sous la forme de courbes plus ou moins régulières. Le tracé des courbes fournit des informations précieuses sur l’activité du cœur, et met en évidence les anomalies cardiaques.Les traitements de la fibrillation auriculaireÀ lire aussiACC (anticoagulants circulants) : définition, rôle, comment analyser les résultats ?La priorité du traitement est de retrouver un rythme cardiaque normal et régulier. Pour ce faire, un traitement médical à base de bêtabloquants est mis en place. Des anticoagulants et des antiagrégants plaquettaires sont administrés pour éviter la formation de caillots sanguins. Le traitement de fond dépend de la cause responsable des troubles. Le patient doit adopter de nouvelles habitudes pour réduire ou éliminer les facteurs de risques : ne pas fumer, bien s’alimenter, pratiquer une activité physique régulière…Le 6 avril 2017 à 17:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Dont Let Your Apple Card Touch Basically Anything

first_img Like most Apple products, the company’s new titanium credit card looks (and sounds) sleek and elegant.And, like most Apple products, it requires a pretty strict care routine.Alongside Tuesday’s wide release of Apple Card, Cupertino shared instructions on how to protect and maintain the alabaster charge plate.AdChoices广告First things first: Store the credit card in a wallet, pocket, or bag made of soft fabrics—but preferably not leather or denim (the two most popular wallet/pocket materials), which can cause permanent discoloration.Also avoid placing it in the same slot or billfold as another (i.e. lesser) piece of plastic that could scratch the Apple Card.The firm urges users to stay vigilant, never touching their titanium card to any hard surfaces or materials—tabletops, card readers, loose change, etc.—to prevent damage.If your precious does mistakenly come in contact with a contaminant, gently wipe it with a soft, slightly damp (preferably with isopropyl alcohol), lint-free microfiber cloth (one of which anyone who is anyone carries at all times).Whatever you do, never use household cleaners, compressed air, aerosol sprays, solvents, ammonia, or abrasives.Finally—and this just feels like common sense—don’t store your Apple Card near magnets that will probably desensitize the magnetic strip.All of this is a moot point, of course, for the majority of users who will simply manage their Goldman Sachs-backed MasterCard entirely through Apple Wallet.“We’re thrilled with the overwhelming interest in Apple Card and its positive reception,” Jennifer Bailey, vice president of Apple Pay, said this week. “Customers have told us they love Apple Card’s simplicity and how it gives them a better view of their spending.”Among its perks are 24/7 support, weekly and monthly spending summaries, and a transaction history featuring full names of vendors and splash images matching the spending category.Plus, you don’t have to worry about annual, late, international, or over-the-limit fees. And the firm promised it won’t track where customers shop, what they buy, or how much they spend.Credit limits vary depending on the applicant’s income, among other factors.Keep up with the Apple Card via its dedicated Twitter account, which launched in April but has tweeted only once since this week’s nationwide expansion.Watch This Next: Apple to Sue Corellium over ‘Illegal Replication’ of iOSMore on Geek.com:Apple Brings Contactless Student IDs to More UniversitiesMTA Introduces Tap-to-Pay Subway, Bus OptionsOhio Businesses Can Now Pay Taxes in Bitcoin iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week Stay on targetlast_img read more

Iowa Governor Extends Biodiesel Producer Credit Through 2017

first_imgAs ASA continues to work alongside groups like the National Biodiesel Board to protect and advance the RFS in Washington, soy-producing states continue to double down on their investment in America’s only commercially-available Advanced Biofuel. Last week, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed an extension of that state’s biodiesel producer incentive. The incentive is a 2 cent-per-gallon refundable credit for the first 25 million gallons produced at one site, and is now good through the end of 2017, according to reports from Biodiesel Magazine. The extension comes on the heels of Minnesota’s statewide mandate for the use of B10, a ten-percent biodiesel blend for all diesel sold in the state. For more on Iowa’s news, please click here.last_img read more

Pentagon ends ban on women in combat

first_imgLeon Panetta WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is ending the ban on women serving in combat in the U.S. military, potentially opening up more than 200,000 positions on the front lines and possibly also jobs with elite commando units. Pentagon officials said Wednesday that Panetta gave the armed services until 2016 to ask for special waivers if they believe any positions should remain closed to women.Although women have never been assigned to American front-line fighting units, the decision specifically overturns a 1994 rule that barred women from serving with smaller ground combat units.Panetta’s decision was seen as a recognition of women’s contributions to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Because of the demand for troops, women often found themselves on the front lines serving as drivers, medics, mechanics and other roles when commanders attached their units to combat battalions. They didn’t receive combat decorations or other special recognition, however.The move also will help women climb the military ranks. Female service members have struggled to gain promotions in part because of their lack of combat experience; the Pentagon’s first four-star female general, Ann Dunwoody, wasn’t promoted until 2008.The Pentagon took an initial step last February when it opened 14,000 combat-related jobs, mostly in the Army, to female service members. The new policy would open up to women more than 200,000 combat jobs, including in Army and Marine infantry units.last_img read more

Taxfree childcare to be rolled out from April 2017

first_imgSpring Budget 2017: The government’s tax-free childcare scheme will be rolled out from April 2017.In his Spring Budget 2017 speech, Chancellor Philip Hammond confirmed that the scheme will be introduced next month and that all eligible parents will be brought into the scheme by the end of the year.The government’s tax-free childcare policy will provide parents with children under the age of 12 up to £2,000 a year per child to help cover childcare costs.As previously announced, working families in England with children aged three and four years old will see their entitlement to free childcare increase from 15 to 30 hours a week from September 2017.Hammond said: “Next month we will see the introduction of our flagship tax-free childcare policy, which will allow working families across the UK to receive up to £2,000 a year towards the cost of childcare for each child under 12. The scheme will be rolled out to all eligible parents by the end of the year.“And from September, working parents with three and four year olds will get their free childcare entitlement doubled to 30 hours a week. That’s worth around £5,000 a year to a young family with a three year old and both parents working.“By the end of this parliament, government spending on childcare will have reached £6 billion a year.“These childcare measures represent a further huge step forward in support for ordinary working families, and for women in the workplace.”last_img read more

In Other News Army to Invest 26B in Hawaiian Facilities DOD Offers

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Army installations across Hawaii will receive $2.6 billion in funding over a 32-year period to build and upgrade facilities, reports Pacific Business News. An initial five-year investment of $350 million will address a shortfall in aviation facilities at Wheeler Army Airfield needed to support newly acquired aircraft, including AH-64 Apaches with the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, as well as improve operations facilities at Schofield Barracks. … DOD has offered to host the proposed NATO Joint Force Command for the Atlantic at its naval facilities in Norfolk, Va. The North Atlantic Council is expected to make a final decision on the location of the new command this summer, according to a press release. … The LRA for the former Naval Station Roosevelt Roads is seeking proposals for a firm to manage the property’s electrical distribution system, and finance, construct and operate a microgrid for the site located on the eastern tip of Puerto Rico. Responses to the RFP are due July 9.Army photo by Kristen Wonglast_img read more

After AndhaDhun Ayushmann Khuranas next Article 15 is inspired by true events

first_imgAyushmann KhurranaPR HandoutAyushmann Khurrana, who has delivered worldwide blockbusters AndhaDhun and Badhaai Ho recently, has an upcoming next, ‘Article 15’ which is inspired by true events.There has been 4 true events, which the director Anubhav Sinha had thoroughly researched upon.The movie tales from events of real relevance to bring to the screen an investigative drama for the audience.With the success of AndhaDhun and later Badhaai Ho, it is likely that Ayushmann’s next would also be a promising story.The actor has won praise from across the quarters- audiences, filmmakers, critics, alike for his performance.Ayushmann starrer ‘Article 15’ is set to get a world premiere at the tenth edition of the London Indian Film Festival.The investigative drama will be the opening night film. London Indian Film Festival is South Asia’s largest festival.The film also stars Isha Talwar, M Nassar, Manoj Pahwa, Sayani Gupta, Kumud Mishra and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub . ‘Article 15’ has been helmed and produced by Anubhav Sinha and Zee Studios.last_img read more

Quader says sorry for homegoers sufferings

first_imgRoad transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader. File PhotoExpressing sorrows for Eid holidaymakers’ sufferings on highways due to gridlocks, road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Sunday hoped the situation will improve this (Sunday) afternoon, reports news agency UNB.“As a minister, I can’t shirk the responsibility for people’s sufferings,” he said while talking to newsmen after visiting Sayedabad bus terminal in the capital this morning.The minister, however, claimed that there was congestion on Dhaka-Tangail highway only, not on all the highways.He also said instant actions are being taken whenever any irregularity is found on any road.last_img read more

Full Show City Council Considers Layoffs And Political Roundup April 17 2019

first_imgListen 00:00 /50:44 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: As the Houston Professional Fire Fighter’s Association and Mayor Sylvester Turner’s administration continue negotiations over voter-mandated pay raises, city council members today are scheduled to consider and vote on laying off 220 firefighters in order to pay for it. That comes as the city has already laid off dozens of firefighters and municipal employees. We check in on the latest out of city hall.Plus News 88.7’s Elizabeth Trovall tells the story of a husband and father who was nearly deported and the effect on his family.Also this hour: Our experts discuss the latest developments in government and politics. Then, Marcia Milgrom Dodge talks about bringing her 2009, Tony Award-nominated revival of Ragtime to Houston.And we learn how nearly crashing a plane helped Daniel Peña write a novel about the border and immigration.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharecenter_img X last_img read more

Football Closes Drills with Spring Showcase

first_imgAfter 14 spring practices, the first-year head coach will open the final workout of the spring to give fans their first glimpse of the 2019 UofL football team. The practice will last for approximately two hours, with a couple of 11 on 11 scrimmage periods mixed in throughout the workout. Parking lots will open at 2 p.m., followed by gates at 6 p.m. Cardinal Authentic, which is located at Gate 2 on the east side of the stadium, will open at 11 a.m., with many items marked off as high as 50 percent. Story Links LOUISVILE, Ky. – Head coach Scott Satterfield and the University of Louisville football team will close spring football practice with the 2019 Spring Showcase at Cardinal Stadium on March 7 at 7 p.m. Admission is free to the event. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Karateka Apple II floppy disk had a Side B played game upside

first_imgDepending on your age, you may either be looking forward to or dreading the end of games being distributed on physical media. I for one like my games to be shipped on a disc or cartridge, but then I’m well into my 30s and still play on my SNES and Saturn.Something that will disappear with physical media is the ability to include an Easter egg as part of the media itself, and there’s no better Easter egg than the one I learned about today for the Apple II game Karateka.Karateka was developed by Jordan Mechner, who is better known as the creator of the Prince of Persia series. He’s also been in the news fairly recently for discovering the lost source code for the original PoP stored on three packs of 3.5″ Apple ProDOS disks.Karateka also shipped on a floppy disk for the Apple II, but it held a secret. It wasn’t difficult to insert the floppy upside down. For most software that would just produce an error, but Mechner decided to have some fun with anyone who inserted the disc in this way.The programmer on the game found out it was relatively easy to flip the game so it played upside down on the display. Armed with this bit of knowledge Mechner went ahead and got an upside down version of the game written to the other side of the floppy. So, anyone inserting the disc incorrectly would still see the game load, just the wrong way up. Confusion surely ensued, but how many gamers figured out that the disc was inserted incorrectly, or just returned the disk as faulty?With the move to digital distribution the opportunity to include such “physical” Easter eggs disappears, but then you could argue CDs and cartridge distribution killed them off anyway.This is definitely the best game Easter egg I have heard of though, unless anyone has a better one to share?via poeTV and Cult of Maclast_img read more