Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting UST, which had its three-game winning streak snapped, dropped to a 5-3 record for the fourth spot.Like two heavy-handed sluggers in the 12th, Ateneo and UST continued to trade blows well into the latter stages of the fifth set.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe two teams exchanged leads several times until Ateneo took advantage of Eya Laure’s service error at the 10-10 score line and took it up a notch for the 13-10 advantage after Kat Tolentino’s ace.Cherry Rondina salvaged a point for UST, 13-11, but it was her own doing that doomed UST when her final attempt hit the antenna giving Ateneo the victory. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Eya Laure was UST’s second fiddle with 21 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “UST really came prepared that’s all I can say but my players really fought well and the resiliency was there,” said Ateneo head coach Oliver Almadro. “I really admire the players because of the trust they gave me and I just told them to never give up and just be patient and have fun.”“I really give this game to UST also, it just so happens that the breaks of the game went into our favor.”The game didn’t just see streaks get extended and broken, it also saw a couple of historic performance from Ateneo’s Maddie Madayag and UST’s Rondina.Maadayag’s 11 blocks that broke the record for most blocks in a game in the Final Four era while Rondina’s 35 points became the single-game scoring record for a Golden Tigress also in the Final Four era.Madayag would finish with 23 points to lead Ateneo while Kat Tolentino added 20.ADVERTISEMENT Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Google Philippines names new country director MOST READ Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss FILE – Ateneo Lady Eagles. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Ateneo kept the streak alive as it survived University of Santo Tomas in a thriller, 19-25, 22-25, 27-25, 25-22, 15-11, in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Center.Not only did the Lady Eagles improve to 7-1 after their seventh straight win, they also extended their dominance over the Golden Tigresses to 15 games dating back to Season 74.ADVERTISEMENT Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag View comments Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Jalen Green posterizes 7-foot-2 Kai Sotto again
The Japanese Domestic Market has a new hybrid car, and it is none other the Suzuki Swift. The new Swift was unveiled by Suzuki a few days before 2017 began and the carmaker has now launched the hybrid Swift also.Currently, the Hybrid Swift is only on sale in Japan and Suzuki has not revealed any information about where else it will be sold. If you are wondering that the hybrid system in the Swift is similar to the SHVS system Maruti offers in its cars in India, stop!The New Hybrid Swift uses the same 1.2-litre petrol engine that makes 91hp. Suzuki has gone ahead and added a 10 kW Motor Generator Unit (MGU) and a 5-speed Auto Gear Shift (AGS) gearbox. This combined system delivers an efficiency of 32kmpl.Currently, Suzuki is offering two hybrid models of the Swift tin Japan, the Hybrid SG and Hybrid SL. The hybrid SL even gets paddle shifters for a sport driving experience.Also Read: Honda WR-V vs Maruti Suzuki Vitara BrezzaAlso Read: GST: Maruti Suzuki models get cheaper by up to 3 per cent. Here’s why
The MLS All-Star Game on Thursday will feature one of the world’s most storied clubs. Unfortunately for the more than 70,000 fans expected at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Cristiano Ronaldoand Zlatan Ibrahimovic are not along for the ride.After Portugal’s elimination from the World Cup and his transfer from Real Madrid, the five-time FIFA Player of the Year took time off rather than accompany Juventus on its American preseason tour, which includes Tuesday night’s game against top players from Major League Soccer.The decision will surely be a disappointment to the big crowd that had hoped Ronaldo would make his unofficial debut while touring the United States with the Italian club that has won seven straight Serie A championships.Juventus acquired the 33-year-old from Real Madrid on July 10 in a deal his new club said was worth USD 131.5 million the largest for a player older than 30 .Also sitting out the US tour, which includes three other exhibitions, is Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain. He is coming off a scoreless World Cup in which he didn’t start in the round of 16 loss to eventual champion France.”Obviously these guys are world-class players,” said Atlanta United’s Brad Guzan, a goalkeeper for the MLS team.”With or without them, it will be a difficult game. But their names alone bring a lot of attention. It’s a shame for everybody on the outside. For me, personally, hopefully it makes for an easier night.”Most players take three weeks off after the World Cup. Juventus opens its Serie A schedule at Chievo Verona the weekend of Aug. 18-20 .advertisement”We are sorry not to have the Ronaldo, and Higuain as well,” Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said through a translator.”Unfortunately, they played in the World Cup. They needed some days to rest.” Ronaldo and Higuain won’t be the only big names missing from the game.One of MLS’ top new stars, LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, announced Monday that he’s skipping the All-Star match rather than make a cross-country trip to Atlanta.The 36-year-old Swede cited the grind of playing three matches in an eight-day span, including Sunday night’s 4-3 victory over Orlando City in which he scored his first MLS hat trick .Ibrahimovic ranks second in MLS with 15 goals. He played with Juventus from 2004-06.”I am disappointed to miss the 2018 All-Star game against Juventus, one of my former clubs,” Ibrahimovic said in a statement.”I want to thank the fans for voting me to the team. My main focus is to score goals and help the LA Galaxy to the playoffs.”The Galaxy (10-7-5) are unbeaten in nine games and have climbed to third place in the Western Conference.Per MLS rules, Ibrahimovic will also have to sit out LA’s next match Saturday against Colorado, one of the league’s worst teams.New York City forward David Villa also will skip the All-Star Game after missing six matches with a knee injury.Ibrahimovic and Villa were replaced on the MLS roster by Minnesota forward Darwin Quintero and New York Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams.Atlanta United coach Gerardo Martino, who will be guiding the MLS team, said the timing of the game does pose problems.(With AP inputs)
Next India vs New Zealand, Manchester Weather Forecast Live: Play suspended due to rain, match moves to reserve dayIndia vs New Zealand, Manchester Weather Forecast: India vs New Zealand semi-final match has been shifted to reserve day after heavy rain suspended today’s play.advertisement India Today Web Desk ManchesterJuly 9, 2019UPDATED: July 9, 2019 23:04 IST India vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019 semi-final Manchester Weather Today Forecast for July 9 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSLight spells of rain is forecast for Tuesday in ManchesterIndia take on New Zealand in World Cup 2019 semi-final at Old TraffordICC has a reserve day for semi-finals and final of World Cup 2019India take on New Zealand in the big semi-final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at Old Trafford in Manchester on Tuesday, June 9. “Manchester weather today” is among the most searched keywords as it has been overcast in the city since the morning. Keep in mind, the ICC has a reserve day in case the match gets washed out on Tuesday. However, there are no predictions for heavy rain at Old Trafford.India qualified for the semi-final after finishing the league stages at the top of the World Cup 2019 points table. On the other hand, New Zealand finished 4th after being tied on points with 5th-placed Pakistan, thanks to their better net run rate. All eyes on the Manchester weather today as rain is predicted during the 2nd half of the semi-final.India are starting as favourites, considering their run to the finals of World Cup 2019. Virat Kohli’s men have been able to mask their shortcomings wonderfully well and have been clinical, more often than not. Barring the loss to England at Edgbaston, India have been spotless in the tournament.On the other hand, New Zealand are heading into the semi-final on the back of 3 loses on the bounce. Kane Williamson’s men need to step up if they are to test India in the big semi-final.India vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019 semi-final: Live Weather Updates from Manchester11:00 pm IST: New Zealand (211/5 in 46.1 overs) vs India match to resume on Reserve Day (Wednesday) after rain stopped play on Tuesday9:40 pm IST: Rain has gotten heavier in Manchester, chances of the match resuming tonight is diminshing with each passing minute. Seems like players will have to complete the game tomorrow. But then again, the forecast for Wednesday isn’t that great either.advertisement9:03 pm IST: If it is a 20 over game now, the target would be 148. If, however, it becomes a 46 over game and India bat 20 overs, the target then will actually be just about 60-70 for no loss.8:57 pm IST: Drizzle is light enough for groundsmen to not wear raincoats. Drying work could start soon.8:33 pm IST: According to reports, heavy rain has reduced to a slight drizzle and we have started losing overs now.8:00 pm IST: Heavy rain is still on and as the things stand now, the match referee will try that we get a result today. It will be his call on whether a 20-over chase for India is possible. Also, if the referee decides for a 20-over chase today and then rain stops play, tomorrow also the match will resume with a 20-over chase.Information – In the event of poor weather for example, steps will be taken to be able to finish the match that day e.g. reducing the number of overs down to the minimum of 20 overs per team needed to achieve a result, or by extending the match by up to 120 min.BCCI (@BCCI) July 9, 20197:26 pm IST: Doesn’t look like it is going to stop any sooner in Manchester as the weather is turning worse.The forecast has taken a turn for the worse, sadly. You can make up time upto two hours and all effort will be made to get a result today. Only goes into tomorrow if it isn’t possible to end the game today.Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) July 9, 20196:40 pm IST: What happens if India vs New Zealand 1st semi-final gets affected by rain6:38 pm IST: The officials can wait for 2 hours before starting to reduce overs. However, we have a reserve day for the semi-final between India and New Zealand. Every effort will be done to complete the match today. If they are unable to do it, the match will resume from the postition at the end of Tuesday’s play.6:30 pm IST: It’s started to drizzle in Manchester. The covers have come on. So are the umbrellas in the crowd. India would have loved to continue. They were on top with New Zealand reeling at 211 for 6 in 46.1 overs.Bad newsThe rain has increased, and the teams have had to leave the field.New Zealand: 211/5 (46.1 overs)#INDvNZ | #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/Q0sPZPkhRmCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 9, 20196:09 pm IST: The groundsmen are getting ready as it has started drizzling. The fans have also taken their umbrellas out.5:38 pm IST: India vs New Zealand could get rain interruptions as according to AccuWeather, there is a prediction of rain in the next 35 minutes. Screen grab from Accuweather4:03 pm IST: Cloudy weather in Manchester but no rain so far. As India bowlers keep it tight in the first powerplay with the wicket of Martin Guptill.advertisement1:05 pm IST: It’s looking overcast in Manchester. There’s no rain at the moment and that’s good news. However, there is rain interruption predicted at 3 pm BST (7:30 PM IST) at Old Trafford.11:40 am IST: Latest update from Manchester. It’s been cloudy since the morning but no rain so far. Let’s keep our fingers crossed. We’re less than 200 minutes away from the start of the Manchester match.9 am IST: A cloudy morning is expected in Manchester as India and New Zealand gear up for the big semi-final at the iconic Old Trafford.New-ball bowlers will love the clouds hanging over Old Trafford.Light spells of shower are expected to begin from 12 pm BST (5:30 pm IST) while a burst of heavy rain is predicted for 3 pm BST (7:30 pm IST). Keep in mind, the semi-final between India and New Zealand starts at 10:30 am BST (3 pm IST).Manchester weather forecast for Tuesday, July 9″Cloudy with outbreaks of rain, possibly heavy at times, especially across parts of Cumbria and north Lancashire during the morning. The rain becoming light and patchy during the afternoon. Brighter spells developing further south, where it’ll feel warm and humid. Maximum temperature 21 °C,” according to the Met Office. AccuWeather prediction for July 9 in Manchester Notably, India’s group-stage match against New Zealand in Nottingham was washed out without a ball being bowled due to rain.In case of another washout on Tuesday, the two teams will play the semi-final on Wednesday — the reserve day for semi-final 1.If Wednesday’s game is also washed out, then India, with more points in the group stages than New Zealand, will progress to the final.The forecast for Wednesday in Manchester isn’t good as well with heavy spells of showers expected in the afternoon.Manchester weather forecast for Wednesday, July 10″Outbreaks of rain, perhaps heavy, continuing to move southeast first thing. Staying cloudy with further outbreaks of patchy rain across northern parts,” according to Met Office.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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zoom A Singapore-based breakbulk, project cargo and heavy lift carrier AAL and a German multipurpose shipping operator Peter Döhle have pooled a fleet of 26 multi-purpose heavy-lift vessels to offer joint tramp and project services and solutions on trade routes between Asia, Europe and the Americas starting June 2015.AAL & Peter Döhle will share operational responsibilities, with AAL handling operations East of Suez and in the Americas and Peter Döhle overseeing activity in Europe and Africa.Their combined fleet of owned and chartered-in tonnage features seven classes of multipurpose heavy lift vessels – ranging from 12,000, to 31,000 dwt.”This cooperation builds upon the functional and geographical strengths of each party and we find ourselves with the enviable prospect that the whole is now greater than the sum of the parts,” AAL’s Tramp & Projects Division Managing Director Namir Khanbabi said.“In a market where competition has been consolidated into larger operating entities, we and our customers stand to benefit immensely from economies of scale, a far greater reach within the market place and no risk of losing individual customer focus – something that is central to our corporate philosophy.”
“Multi-year research project activity and dedicated marketing efforts are only possible through the continued support from the province and the strong collaborative effort of our partners,” says Stephen Dempsey, executive director of the Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia. “The association is committed to the hard work of identifying, discovering and ultimately successfully producing Nova Scotia’s offshore energy resources.” So far, research indicates there is more than 120 trillion cubic feet of gas and eight billion barrels of oil off Nova Scotia’s coast. The association, in partnership with the Department of Energy, will lead this research in collaboration with the Geological Survey of Canada Atlantic-Natural Resources Canada, Genome Atlantic, Saint Mary’s University and the University of Calgary. “Combining genomics with geology has the potential to provide us with the clearest picture yet of petroleum deposits in Nova Scotia’s offshore,” says Genome Atlantic’s director of Business Development Andy Stone. “We’re proud to have played a key role in advancing this research to help reduce the investment risk of offshore exploration and look forward to continuing the collaboration.” “This investment from the province is a direct investment in the research capacity of our province,” said Dr. Adam Sarty, associate vice-president Research and dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research at Saint Mary’s University. “Saint Mary’s is pleased to partner with the province on this project, and look forward to opportunities for future collaborations, capitalizing on our expertise in this area.” The province will continue to share this research with industry to help attract additional investment. New research will create a clearer picture of the oil and gas resource potential that exists off the coast of Nova Scotia. The province outlined details today, June 20, of how more geoscience work will proceed as part of government’s four-year $11.8-million commitment to the second phase of the Offshore Growth Strategy. “Investments in research and exploration have already paid off for Nova Scotians by attracting more than $2 billion in offshore work commitments,” said Energy Minister Geoff MacLellan. “By taking an innovative approach to offshore development, we’re creating the conditions for future economic growth and sharing the benefits with Nova Scotians through health care, education, roads, internet access and other important public services.” “Natural Resources Canada is proud to have our geoscience expertise applied to projects all over the country, including Nova Scotia, to contribute to the sustainable development of resources, improve environmental protection and achieve technological innovations,” said Jim Carr, federal Minister of Natural Resources. “Thanks to our collaborative federal-provincial geoscientific research we’re enhancing Canada’s competitiveness, attracting new exploration investment to the region’s energy industries and supporting our federal marine geoscience research priorities.” Phase two of the strategy was announced in March and will include: collecting core samples and high-resolution mapping information of the ocean bottom and sub bottom working with Morocco to reconstruct seismic images from 200 million years ago when Morocco and Nova Scotia separated updating the Play Fairway Analysis with new information from offshore drilling results building new areas of research and strengthening existing research capacity.
TOKYO — Nissan Motor Co. says it has received an inquiry from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.The Japanese automaker said in a statement Monday that it “can confirm that we have received an inquiry from the SEC, and are co-operating fully. We cannot provide further details.”The statement followed reports by both Japanese and foreign media that the U.S. financial markets watchdog was considering investigating Nissan over its pay to executives in the United States.Nissan’s ex-chairman Carlos Ghosn is facing charges in Japan of falsifying financial statements by under-reporting his compensation and of breach of trust related to his handling of investment losses and payments to a Saudi businessman.Ghosn has been detained since his arrest on Nov. 19. He has said he is innocent of any wrongdoing.The Associated Press
As a result the cabinet has approved the increasing of the minimum fine charged by a Magistrate’s Court from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 200,000 for running a bus without the valid passenger service permit. The fine for passenger buses operating without a valid permit has been increased from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 200,000.The Government said that there was a need to tighten laws against persons who run buses without a valid passenger service license. A proposal made by Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, to present the National Transport Commission (Amendment) Bill in Parliament drafted for providing provisions to increase the fine was approved by the cabinet. (Colombo Gazette)
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US stock market edges lower in early trading NEW YORK, N.Y. – The U.S. stock market is opening with small losses as financial and industrial companies fall the most.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index is down two points, or 0.1 per cent, to 2,095 in early trading Friday. The Dow Jones industrial average is off 30 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 17,955. The Nasdaq has slipped five points, or 0.1 per cent, to 4,918.The yield on the 10-year Treasury note has fallen to 2.07 per cent from 2.11 per cent late Thursday. Yields fall as bond prices rise.Benchmark U.S. crude is down 47 cents to $51.36 a barrel. by The Associated Press Posted Feb 20, 2015 7:46 am MDT
BARTLETT, Tenn. – Millions of eyes will be fixed on the sky when a total solar eclipse crosses the U.S. in August, and it’s likely many of them will be safely behind the special glasses churned out by a Tennessee company.American Paper Optics ramped up production for this year’s eclipse and expects to make 50 million paper and plastic eclipse glasses. John Jerit, the company’s CEO and president, said they began preparing about two years ago. During his almost 27 years making safety glasses, he’s only seen one total solar eclipse, in France in 1999, but will be going to Nashville for this one.“It’s a life experience,” Jerit said during an interview at his company’s office in the Memphis suburb of Bartlett. “When that two minutes is over, or however long you’ve got, the question that you really want to hear is, ‘When is the next one?’”His company is one of many businesses — hotels, campgrounds and stores — taking advantage of the total solar eclipse — when the moon passes between Earth and the sun. The moon’s shadow will fall in a diagonal ribbon across the U.S., from Oregon to South Carolina. The rest of the U.S. will experience a partial eclipse, along with Canada, Central America and a bit of South America.Cities and towns along the path of totality — where there will be about 2 1/2 minutes of darkness — are gearing up for the crowds. St. Joseph, Missouri, population 76,000, is in a prime location and officials are bracing for tens of thousands of eclipse watchers to descend on the city, said Beth Conway, spokeswoman for the St. Joseph Convention & Visitors Bureau.The city’s restaurants, gas stations and stores are preparing for the onslaught — the city’s largest arts and music festival with the nickname “Total Eclipse of the Arts” is scheduled on the weekend leading up to the eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21.“This is essentially our Super Bowl,” Conway said. “If we see anywhere near the amount of people that they’re telling us, it will probably be the biggest event in our history.”The city has gotten into the act as well, selling eclipse glasses, posters and blue and yellow T-shirts decorated with a drawing of the city’s skyline and an iconic railroad bridge, and with the slogan “Right in the Middle of it All.”Conway said a benefactor donated 100,000 safety glasses designed for the city and proceeds are going to local museums and charities.Sales have been “amazing, phenomenal,” she said. “It’s just blown our minds.”At the Tennessee factory, a constant whirring sound fills the factory as large sheets of paper are fed into machines. One cuts out the eyeholes in the pre-printed frames, another inserts the protective film lenses. Then the glasses are punched out of the sheets and packaged.About 50,000 glasses can roll off the assembly line per hour, Jerit said. Paper glasses cost about 20 to 25 cents to make, and they are sold to distributors for about 45 cents, but prices vary depending on order size. They’re sold retail for about $2. The plastic versions are about $15.Staring at the sun during an eclipse — or anytime — can cause eye damage. The only safe way is to protect your eyes with special filters in glasses or other devices. NASA lists four companies, including American Paper Optics, whose glasses meet international standards.“It’s eye protection for enjoyment,” said Jerit, whose main business is making 3-D glasses.Besides retail outlets, the company sells the glasses to cities, universities and space-related entities like NASA and the Adventure Science Center in Nashville. Some are custom-designed, like the ones for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital which are decorated with children’s drawings. Under the wacky category: glasses to make the wearer look like an astronaut, space cowboy or a green alien.Green Acres farm near Casper, Wyoming, is one of the many farms and parks welcoming eclipse watchers. The farm, which normally features a corn maze and other children’s activities, has been turned into a campground with 300 campsites in prime eclipse viewing territory.“We have people coming from Australia, Belgium, several from Canada. I have a guy from England coming that’s seen 17 eclipses,” said manager Dwain Romsa. “We’re a little more remote than some areas. It takes more effort to travel here.”___Associated Press writers Jim Salter in St. Louis and Kristin M. Hall in Memphis, Tennessee, contributed to this report. by Adrian Sainz, The Associated Press Posted Jul 27, 2017 2:26 am MDT Last Updated Jul 27, 2017 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email American Paper Optics President and CEO John Jerit looks at a display of solar eclipse glasses in Bartlett, Tenn., on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Jerit said the company began preparing about two years ago for the August 2017 event. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz) Businesses, cities cashing in on total solar eclipse crowds
Sunday’s attack took place in Shu’aub district, in Sana’a city, and preliminary reports indicate that as many as 11 civilians – including five students – were killed and dozens of other women, children and men were injured.“These are terrible, senseless deaths and injuries and we offer our deep condolences to the families of the victims,” said Ms. Grande in a statement. “Every effort must be made to understand the circumstances that led to this tragedy.”“Protecting people and protecting civilian infrastructure are core principles of international humanitarian law,” she stressed. “Even as we are struggling to address the worst food security crisis in the world and one of the worst cholera outbreaks in modern history, these principles are being violated.”“The people who are the most vulnerable and who need our help and compassion the most are the people paying the highest price for this terrible conflict” said Ms. Grande. “This is wrong, wrong, wrong.”In 2018, humanitarian organizations reported an average of 45 incidents of armed violence each week. Thousands of civilians were killed last year, including close to 1,000 children.The funding requirements for the 2019 humanitarian response in Yemen stand at US$4.2 billion to assist more than 20 million Yemenis including 10 million people who rely entirely on humanitarian assistance to meet their basic needs every month. So far, only 6 per cent of the required funds have been received. For more than four years, the country has been grappling with a brutal conflict between supporters of Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi and Houthi opposition groups. The war has plunged the country in what the UN considers to be the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with four out of five Yemenis (24.1 million people) in need of some form of humanitarian assistance and protection.We’re following with great concern today’s explosion in Saewan district in Sana’a and the deaths & injuries of civilians. We call on all parties to exercise utmost restraint and ensure the safety of all Yemenis. We send condolences to all affected families.— UN Spokesperson (@UN_Spokesperson) April 7, 2019
THE AGE WHEN people receive their pension should go up as life expectancy increases in Ireland, a pensions expert has said.John Martin, who was behind the major OECD report into Ireland’s pensions, said it is unsustainable for the government to increase the pensionable age to 68 and then not increase it any further.Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton said while it was overall a positive thing that life expectancy is increasing in Ireland, there are also “very real and very obvious public policy challenges” arising from the change.The government has already recognised the unsustainable nature of the current pensions system: the current pensionable age of 66 is set to rise to 67 in 2021 and then to 68 by 2028.However, life expectancy for Irish people continues to increase due to advances in medicine and lifestyle: it is currently at 76.7 years for men and 81.6 years for women, meaning people are relying on their pension for longer.John Martin said the size of the challenge facing Ireland is ‘not insurmountable’ if economic growth resumes in Ireland.“If you look across all OECD countries, you see that the State pension ages are increasing,” Martin told a press conference in Dublin today.“The modal age now is 65, it’s drifting up to 68. Ireland is [increasing this age] quicker than other countries, and I think that’s a very admirable thing,” he said.But you know, our view is that if life expectancy continues to increase, as we all hope it will, then the idea that you can stay at 68 for forever is unlikely to be sustainable. And our view is that it’s advisable to try to have some rule perhaps linking life expectancy to the State pension age, and there are different ways in which this can be done.“I think that’s something that really warrants serious attention and discussion, looking ahead to the future,” he said.Martin noted that the most recent figures from 2009 show that less than 50 per cent of people have private pensions, despite a previous government target to have 70 per cent of workers aged between 30 and 65 paying into a private pension.There are currently 5.3 people working for every retired person, but it is projected that this will fall to just 2.1 in the next fifty years – meaning there will be an asymmetric burden created by the amount of money paying into pensions and the amount of people actually receiving them.Read: OECD report recommends mandatory pensions for private workers >
A recent cut in orders for the 4th gen iPad display suggested there was weakening demand for the Apple tablet. In some markets the Nexus 7 is more popular than the iPad now, but it’s just as likely the iPad mini is eating into iPad sales. But lower than expected demand usually pushes a company to react, and it looks as though Apple may be about to do just that.New SKUs have been discovered by a major retailer that suggest a new 4th gen iPad %displayPrice% at %seller% is coming to market. This wouldn’t be a new generation of iPad, just a new model added to the existing line-up with a few different features.Apple typically describes their tablets as Good, Better, or Best in terms of the amount of storage they have. In the case of the iPad that’s 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. The new SKUs are as follows:ME392LL/A iPad P101 ULTIMATE A-USAME393LL/A iPad P101 ULTIMATE B-USAME406LL/A iPad P103 ULTIMATE A-USAME407LL/A iPad P103 ULTIMATE B-USAAs you can see, there’s 4 new models. The A/B tagging refers to black and white colors, and the P101 and P103 is thought to differentiate the Wi-Fi-only and Wi-Fi + cellular models. As for the ULTIMATE tag, that refers to storage suggesting we are set to get the option of a 128GB 4th gen iPad.If such a model does appear, it makes sense that Apple would increase the price in line with what it already does. That means the 128GB Wi-Fi iPad would cost $799, while the Wi-Fi + cellular version would retail for $929.We don’t expect a 5th gen iPad until the fall, so it makes sense to introduce this 128GB model as soon as possible. Maybe we’ll see it in February?via 9to5Mac
If there’s one thing that is comforting about the existence of sniper rifles that can pick off a target from a great distance away, it’s that a human has to operate it. A human, with all our flaws, all of our weaknesses, precise physical requirements, and questionable attention span, is the thing that has to point and shoot the gun. Humans aren’t perfect, which is a comforting thought when you find yourself being hunted by one, but what if the human that just thrust you into his own version of The Most Dangerous Game employed the help of a WiFi-enabled sniper rile that can aim itself and livestream the results?Developed by Tracking Point, the gun can aim up to 1,200 yards away, which is more than half a mile away. The gun comes equipped with a laser range finder, wind speed sensors, ballistics computer, unit to measure inertia, a compass, and a networked tracking engine. Similarly to a standard gun, Tracking Point’s rifle is a simple point-and-click interface, except this gun doesn’t allow you to click unless you’re pointing the right way. That means you won’t miss your target, conveniently glancing off some nearby tin cans, alerting your victim to your presence. Instead, the gun will just shoot when it knows you’ll hit your mark.The user just has to point the gun’s laser at the target, and it’ll shoot when the laser hits the mark.The gun actually streams the action to an iPad Mini — which comes packaged with the gun — so, presumably, you can bring your kills into the digital age, and perhaps even get some Likes on Facebook.TrackingPoint refers to the rifle as a PGF, a precision-guided firearm. Considering the gun won’t let you make a bad shot — which in turn provides something of a safe of trial-and-error method that amateurs could use — the rifle is password-protected in order to provide some amount of safety. The password doesn’t prevent the gun from shooting, so any trained marksman could still nail a distant deer, but the password would prevent an unskilled shooter from suddenly having a gun that can aim at you over a mile away.The first batch of TrackingPoint’s PGFs were recently delivered to early-adopting customers, so you can now being living in fear that someone who can barely hold a gun can shoot the phone out of your hand from half a mile away.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Cypriot President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat held their first round of talks last week following the recent visit of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Over seven hours, the two exchanged views on the economy chapter and other issues. They agreed for the working groups of both sides to meet to pick up where the two left off.Speaking on his return to the presidential palace, Christofias said the two leaders also had a private meeting “where we freely exchanged views both on current issues which could be raised by one or the other side, but also on all aspects of the Cyprus problem”.Asked whether Talat voiced a preference to continue discussions on the governance chapter which the two had covered in significant detail during intensified meetings in January, Christofias replied: “Talat can state whatever he likes.”“I negotiate seriously and I will say what I have to say without many answers to questions which create additional issues for internal consumption and for frictions among the parties,” he added.The president said the next three meetings in March will cover the chapters of economy, EU matters and property “and whatever else can be discussed, if there is time”.For his part, Talat highlighted that the Greek Cypriot side had yet to agree to his request for an extra four meetings before ‘presidential elections’ in the north on April 18.UN Special Adviser Alexander Downer said the two leaders still had “a significant number of aspects to the economy chapter” which “they need to go through”.The two leaders will meet again for their second all-day session on Thursday.
HAULOVER BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A passing boater came to the aid of a person after, officials said, their boat capsized and went underwater near Haulover Beach, Sunday.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue shared video of the vessel, which overturned off Collins Avenue and 108th Street, just after 3:30 p.m.Officials said TowBoatU.S. requested an MDFR fire boat to search for a possible person in the water. Divers searched the waters for the submerged boat and any potential passengers.By that time, however, the good Samaritan had already picked up the one person on board and brought them back to shore.There is no word as to what caused the boat to sink.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
As FOLIO: first reported, four of six full-time staffers—including the group publisher, publisher, editor and sales manager—resigned on Friday from Cygnus Business Media’s Aircraft Maintenance Technology.In an e-mail to FOLIO: today, co-CEO’s Carr Davis and Tony O’Brien responded:We have the industry’s most talented employees who work hard every day serving their respective markets and we are extremely proud of the work that they do on behalf of Cygnus Business Media. If some of those employees choose to go out on their own, we respect that. Our focus is to continue to build innovative programs for our clients. We are clearly succeeding. Our ad pages grew more than four percent in 2007, with many of our titles posting double-digit growth. Our Interactive division has grown 60 percent. Aircraft Maintenance Technology has had several publishers and editors throughout the years and we continue to have a strong staff behind it. A brand is the culmination of the sweat equity of dozens of people and years of hard work. It is unfair to state that the loss of staff cripples a brand since it discounts the talent of those still committed to it.
Screenshot from the video Silavut Atlannuraqtuq, Our Changing Weather, about climate change in Northwest Alaska. (Image courtesy of the Maniilaq Association and ANTHC)The recently released National Climate Assessment is the fourth federal report examining the rate of change and the forecast for the future. Alaska has it’s own chapter in the massive document. The state is warming faster than any other. So what’s next? Working to understand the cultural, economic and health expense of mitigation and adaptation.HOST: Lori TownsendGUESTS:ISER Professor Matthew Berman-one of the authors of the Alaska chapter.Rick Thoman – contributing authorCall 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send an email to email@example.com (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.
The Fallout franchise has been around for 18 years, but many players will discover it through the upcoming Fallout 4. Even some hardcore fans of Fallout 3 and New Vegas have never actually played the original game from 1997. While the graphics and interface have changed over the years, the world-building and lore of the older games still influence the new installments in the franchise. Here is what people new to the series need to know about the original game before entering Boston’s wasteland, and don’t forget to check out our 50 little-known facts about the franchise.The first Fallout game established an alternate timeline for the series, where the future turned out exactly the way the people in the 50’s thought it would. Somewhere in the mid 20th Century, history began to unfold differently, and by the mid 21st Century there were atomic cars and laser guns, along with the persistent menace of the Commies. Absurd technologies like giant robots arose, while more practical innovations lagged far behind the real world. The Cold War never quite ended, and in Fallout’s timeline, America’s greatest nuclear rival was China instead of Russia.American society changed very little. Clothing, architecture, and everyday items still looked like they did in the 1950’s even in the year 2077, when Fallout’s Great War occurred. Players didn’t get to explore this pre-war period in Fallout, but the wasteland contained many artifacts that offered hints about the Back When times.The first Fallout game begins in the year 2161, eighty-four years after the apocalypse. The playable character was born and raised in a massive underground shelter built by a company called Vault-tec. The second game in the series revealed that Vaults were actually just cruel experiments, and the later games are filled with vaults designed to impose bizarre and zany circumstances on the poor survivors living inside. However, the first game was presented with the premise that the vaults really were built to keep a portion of humanity alive after a nuclear war.Players took control of one such Vault Dweller from Vault 13. Unfortunately, a monkey wrench was thrown into Vault-tec’s plans, and the computer chip that controlled Vault 13’s water purifier malfunctioned. The heroic Vault Dweller left Vault 13 on a quest to find a new water chip, and they were equipped with little more than the standard issue jumpsuit on their back. Vault-tec and the distinct blue and gold suits have been indispensable parts of the series ever since.Not long after leaving the Vault, players came across another iconic part of the series, caps. In the California wasteland, people had begun to use “Nuka Cola” bottle caps as currency. In the first game, these were backed by a group called The Water Merchants, who wielded a powerful influence over the wasteland’s economy. By the second game, the caps were replaced by a variety of other currencies, but when Bethesda revamped the franchise for Fallout 3, the caps returned, although there was no in-game explanation for why they had value or what economic organization backed them. They were still cool, though.Nuka Cola is one of many parodies of real-world products. It played only a small role in the first two games, and originally came in just one flavor. It was there to add a sense of Atomic Age Americana (Although, lucky players could find a crashed truck full of bottle caps in a random encounter). Nuka Cola has gone on to appear in all of the games, and later installments have added in an increasingly large roster of alternative flavors.The laws of physics work slightly differently in Fallout. This allows the designers to create outlandish feats of science, and mutated creatures whose biology would be impossible in the real world. A key factor in many of these mutations is something called the “Forced Evolutionary Virus”. This was part of a pre-war experiment in biological warfare, originally intended to have benevolent effects and defend Americans from Chinese biological weapons. Unfortunately, FEV had drastic, unintended consequences. It mutated the test subjects.FEV has been used in many ways over the series. In the first game, dipping a human in a vat of it would create a hulk-like “Super Mutant,” the chief antagonists in the later parts of The Vault Dweller’s quest. FEV is also responsible for several other kinds of mutated creatures seen around the wasteland. It also played a crucial role in The Enclave’s plans in Fallout 2, and 3.In Fallout 1, FEV appeared as vats of green goo that were used to create an army of mutants by the game’s villain, The Master. This original batch of mutants weren’t inherently evil, and most were quite intelligent. A few lucky ones even became more intelligent as a result of their transformation. Fallout 3 revealed that variants of FEV were sent to different parts of the country, which explains why the mutants in Fallout 3 look and act different from the ones in the first two games.While most mutants were large, powerful soldiers, there were a few people who mutated in unique and horrid ways. Fallout established that everyone will react differently when exposed to FEV, and this is why the fan-favorite character Harold has his peculiar mutation.A key quest in Fallout required the player to visit a town populated by former vault dwellers who all became ghouls. Ghouls are a different kind of mutant altogether. The developers have implied at different times that ghouls are the result of FEV, or radiation, or a combination of both. Whatever causes ghoulification, it turns the afflicted into zombie-like creatures.Some ghouls go feral and become wild beasts that roam the wasteland attacking travelers. However other ghouls are lucky enough to keep their intelligence. Ghouls and Super Mutants both have exceptionally-long lifespans, and players can meet mutated characters who were born before the Great War in all of the Fallout games. Speaking to a friendly ghoul is often a way to learn valuable information about the wasteland’s history.The armored helmet shown on the cover of Fallout‘s CD case is from a suit of T-51b power armor. This iconic armor is worn in the game by a faction called The Brotherhood of Steel, who revere pre-war technology. The Brotherhood’s original goal was to find dangerous tech and keep it away from the wasteland savages, however splinter factions with different goals appeared in the later games.The Brotherhood was less integral to Fallout 2, but they became very prominent again in Fallout 3, and have played some part in every Fallout game. The Brotherhood has come up against the Super Mutants, the New California Republic, and fought The Enclave on both sides of the country. They are by far the most ubiquitous group in the series.The Fallout franchise has spent nearly two decades building upon the foundations established in the first game, but these enduring factors have helped define Fallout from the beginning, and make it stand out from the plethora of other apocalyptic worlds. Fallout 2, 3 and New Vegas each contributed something new to the series and Geek.com will explore those games in the weeks ahead.