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Alex Trebek in Ottawa to open Royal Canadian Geographical Societys new HQ

first_imgOTTAWA — Canadian “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek will be in Ottawa later today for the official opening of the new headquarters of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.The Emmy-Award-winning host of the popular TV game show announced in March that he’s battling Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.In a TV interview with CBS Sunday Morning that aired on the weekend, Trebek says he’s continued taping Jeopardy! despite dealing with excruciating stomach cramps that have, at times, left him writhing and crying in pain.Trebek is honorary president of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, which aims to encourage the appreciation of Canada’s natural, cultural and social heritage.The Sudbury, Ont., native has a long connection with Canada’s capital city, where he studied philosophy at the University of Ottawa.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will also participate in the event, in a building by the Ottawa River that was first built as a museum but never attracted very many visitors.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Americans who dont have a bank account at lowest level ever

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – The percentage of Americans who do not have a bank account fell to a record low last year, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said Tuesday, a sign that the economic fortunes of the country’s most vulnerable people continues to improve.In 2017 approximately 6.5 per cent of U.S. households did not have a primary bank account. That is down from 7 per cent in 2015 and from a high of 8.2 per cent in 2011. That translates into roughly 14.1 million adults without a bank account.Not having a bank account, also known as being “unbanked,” can make everyday life more challenging. Saving money in a secure place becomes more difficult, doing any sort of online transaction is nearly impossible, and everyday bills need to be routinely paid through expensive check cashers. Without a bank account, it’s also impossible to use other financial services like paying with credit cards, buying a house, or even taking out a payday loan.The reasons for not having a bank account remained steady from previous surveys, with “not having enough money” being the No. 1 reason for doing so. Not trusting banks was another popular reason for not being banked.The biggest improvement happened among black and Hispanic households. The number of black households without a bank account fell to 16.9 per cent last year, according to the FDIC, while 14 per cent of Hispanic households were without a bank account. Those figures are down from more than 20 per cent of black households and 18 per cent of Hispanic households in 2013.Even though the FDIC survey showed noticeable improvements, there were still places that showed many Americans struggle to access basic financial needs.Roughly 19 per cent of American households are considered by the FDIC to be “underbanked,” which means they have a primary bank account but use non-traditional financial services like pawn shops, payday and auto title loans, check cashers, and money transfer services. Additionally, one in five Americans are known as “credit invisible” which means they did have any sort of mainstream credit file, which makes it tough to apply for credit cards and get a mortgage.____This story has been corrected to show that 7 per cent of households were unbanked in 2015, not 2017.last_img read more

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Shares in investment firm Gluskin Sheff soar in wake of deal with Onex

The Canadian Press TORONTO — Shares in Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc. soared nearly 30 per cent after the company signed a deal to be acquired by private equity firm Onex Corp. worth $445 million.Gluskin Sheff shares were up $3.18 at $14.35 in trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange late Monday morning.Onex announced its friendly offer for Gluskin Sheff of $14.25 per share after the close of markets on Friday.Onex chairman and chief executive Gerry Schwartz called Gluskin Sheff one of the largest and most respected independent wealth management firms in Canada.Under the agreement, Gluskin Sheff will continue to be led by its existing leadership team and operate under its brand.The deal, which requires regulatory, shareholder and court approvals and well as the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, is expected to close in the first half of 2019. Companies in this story: (TSX:ONEX, TSX:GS) read more

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CP Rail first-quarter profit rises 25 per cent on higher crude revenues

CALGARY — Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. saw profits shoot up last quarter as crude-by-rail revenues increased and fuel costs declined.The Calgary-based company says its net income rose 25 per cent to $434 million in the quarter ended March 31, compared to $348 million in the same period in 2018.Quarterly revenues jumped to $1.77 billion, up six per cent from $1.66 billion last year.On an adjusted basis, year-over-year diluted earnings per share rose three per cent to $2.79 from $2.70, far short of analyst expectations of $3.01, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Revenues for energy, chemicals and plastics jumped 18 per cent to $315 million amid surging demand from Asian markets in the first quarter.Grain revenues, which have broken company records recently, rose six per cent to $380 million, and container traffic and coal nudged up three per cent and four per cent to $380 million and $158 million, respectively.CP Rail’s operating ratio, a key industry metric, improved by 180 basis points to 69.3 per cent.Companies in this story: (TSX:CP)The Canadian Press read more

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Sheltering in place during a wildfire a dicey strategy

REDDING, Calif. — For Californians who might have to escape wildfire again this year, the options are perilous. Many live in?communities that don’t have well-thought-out?public evacuation plans and?lack the road?capacity that’s needed to get everyone out fast.Does this mean people should just shelter?in place?Absolutely not, except as a last-ditch resort, according to wildfire experts.In many cases, only luck determines whether a temporary refuge ends up being scorched by a fast-moving, powerful and unpredictable wildfire. The safest alternative? Evacuate and do it early, experts say.“I would never want to delude someone into thinking that they can ride out a fire and live to tell about it,”?said Roy Wright, president and CEO of the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety and a vocal opponent of shelter-in-place approaches.“We should be teaching the public to get out of harm’s way,” said Wright.?Several of his own relatives were living in Paradise, California, when the Camp Fire roared through in November 2018. Those family members safely evacuated, he said.Even information distributed to residents of San Diego County’s Rancho Santa Fe development — a so-called “shelter-in-place community” where every home’s materials and all landscaping is designed to the highest fire-resistant standards — strongly urges that early evacuation should always be the?first move.Cliff Hunter, who retired as fire marshal of the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District in 2011, said wildfires typically flash through in 20 minutes or so. The district’s homes are built to withstand those blazes, while vegetation is meticulously maintained to “defensible space” standards.Despite all that, Hunter said, “we recommend evacuation because we don’t know how that homeowner will react when that wildland fire comes there.”Wildfires?”are very noisy, very loud. Things are hitting your windows. It gets pretty scary and it gets difficult to breathe. If (people) don’t know how to function in that kind of environment, they panic” and may abandon their home after it’s too late, fleeing into the worst of the fire, he said.Still, relatively defensible places can become lifesavers when the better options are gone.__‘WHAT WORKS IN ONE CASE DOESN’T WORK IN OTHERS’The increasing frequency of wildfires means “we’ll need more shelter because there’ll be more intense fires burning closer to communities and offering less time” to evacuate, said Tom?Cova, a professor of geography at the University of Utah who has studied wildfire’s impact on public safety.?Equipping homes with the latest fire-resistant features?–?including upgraded roofs, windows and landscaping?–?is a necessary part of the equation, he said.When evacuation is deemed too dangerous, that?”shelter will become more important, as a backup plan,” Cova said. “Or maybe, if you don’t have your mobility, shelter is your first choice.”“Almost every outcome has happened, which is why we can’t ever come up with the ultimate protective action. We can’t say, ‘just do this,’ because the scenarios vary so much that what works in one case doesn’t work in others.”In recent years, there have been several instances?where?fire officials said?advance planning and quick decision-making led to shelter-in-place efforts gone right:— With thousands of patrons inside, just one road out and the 2003 Cedar Fire advancing fast in the middle of the night, San Diego County fire officials knew it wasn’t possible to evacuate the Barona Resort and Casino in time. Instead, they put the expansive complex surrounded by protective parking lots on lockdown, using the casino’s loudspeakers to tell patrons to stay put. Outside, firetrucks sprayed water on hundreds of cars to keep them from igniting.?”It wasn’t the preferred thing to do. It was kind of what they were forced to do in those challenging circumstances,” said John Todd, deputy chief of the Los Angeles Fire Department. “A lot of people died in that fire. And probably if they had evacuated the Barona Casino, that toll would have gone up.”— Howling winds during the 2008 Tea Fire pushed that blaze to the campus of Westmont College near Santa Barbara,?destroying several residence halls and classrooms. More than 200?students, faculty and staff were evacuated to the Murchison Gymnasium, where they stayed the night. Although the gym was smoky and hot, the building didn’t burn and there were no fatalities.— Hundreds of students sought temporary refuge at Pepperdine University in Malibu last November, even as much of the community surrounding the campus went up in flames during the Woolsey fire. University leaders had encouraged?–?but not required?–?students to stay in the Payson Library and Tyler Campus Center rather than join roads full of others?trying to escape. The 830-acre campus’s?low-slung buildings are surrounded by “hundreds of yards of grass” which served as a natural buffer from the wildfire, said?Todd.?The school’s practice of having students shelter in?fire-resistant structures on campus is backed?by the Los Angeles County Fire Department, but the decision still raised?controversy, as The Desert Sun reported?at the time.__A CENTRAL GATHERING SPOT AS LAST RESORTDuring the Camp Fire in Paradise, hundreds of desperate residents sought shelter in precarious and unlikely spots.Some people fled to Paradise Alliance Church, one of two city-designated gathering points.A firetruck protected the sanctuary?as the wind-driven blaze whipped and raged just beyond the building’s doors.?The church, along with the residents who sought refuge there, survived.The other designated disaster gathering spot was a large?parking lot?between the 765-seat Paradise Performing Arts Center?and the Paradise Senior Center on Nunneley Road.The concert venue still stands. The senior centre?was destroyed, although no deaths were reported there.During the height of the Camp Fire disaster, with the main road to safety jammed, fire officials also directed dozens of motorists to a grocery store’s large?asphalt parking lot. It wasn’t designated in advance, but the ad hoc solution worked.After several harrowing hours amid the smoke, heat and ashes, the wildfire passed, leaving everyone in the parking lot alive.__NEW PROPOSALS RAISE QUESTIONSStill, the bias for early evacuation prevails nearly everywhere. That makes a proposal in Squaw Valley, a dramatic setting in the mountains on the northwest perimeter of Lake Tahoe, somewhat unique.Like many others, resident Peter Schweitzer worries that should a wildfire ever reach the community where he’s lived for 10 years, motorists evacuating?on?the area’s main exit — the winding?and narrow Squaw Valley Road — could run into dangerous delays.But an alternative proposed by the Placer County town’s fire officials — having residents and visitors shelter-in-place in the ski resort community’s 5,000-car parking lot — makes him even more nervous.“We’ve seen how these fires can grow so quickly,” said Schweitzer. He fears chaos could ensue if authorities tried to direct thousands of panicked people to the designated shelter-in-place spot.And, he asked, once residents reached that parking lot, would they really be safe?“Am I going to stay in the parking lot … while the fires burn around?me?and propane tanks explode and embers are flying and cars catch fire?” said Schweitzer. “I just don’t know. I think I’d try to get out.”While that scenario has never occurred in Squaw Valley, the potential is fresh in the minds of many people who live in California’s wildfire country, where the new fire season is already arriving.In Santa Barbara County, Deputy Fire Marshal Rob Hazard?has spent time thinking about where people could go if they couldn’t get out.“In the real world,” Hazard said, members of the public may have waited too long to evacuate, must retreat due to wildfire, or can’t evacuate because their exit?road is?blocked.His department is now devising alternatives for people whose evacuation routes are dicey because they?live in?remote locations along winding mountain roads.Hazard said the department?has scouted out large, undeveloped meadows on private land that could serve as a temporary refuge from high-intensity wildfires that often pass through quickly. “We could put 50 people in here in their cars and they could probably ride it out,” he said.___Information from: Record Searchlight, http://redding.comMichele Chandler, The Associated Press read more

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Karunanidhi hopes Tamils will get political solution

India’s DMK President M Karunanidhi today congratulated Ranil Wickremesinghe for his victory in the Sri Lanka parliamentary elections and hoped the Tamil National Alliance win in North and East provinces would give rise to a situation for a permanent solution to travails of Tamils.Wickremesinghe’s United National Party won a total of 106 seats in the 225-member Assembly, falling short of an absolute majority by seven seats but enough to form a government. Karunanidhi said, “with the Tamil National Alliance win in the election we can hope that a situation has arisen for finding a permanent solution to the travails of Eelam Tamils”.“I express my desire that suitable decisions will be taken in the Parliament in which Tamils living in Sri Lanka would lead a peaceful life and have equal rights.”, he said. (PTI) Rajapaksa’s United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) came second with 95 seats while minority Tamil National Alliance swept the ethnic Tamil-majority Northern and Eastern provinces with 16 seats. “Tamil National Alliance emerging as the third-largest party is an important turning point in this election. After this election, Wickremesinghe is all set to become Prime Minister again. On behalf of DMK I extend my greetings to him”, Karunanidhi said in a statement. read more

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Grains lower livestock lower

CHICAGO — Grain futures were lower Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Sept. delivery was off 3.60 cents at $4.5840 a bushel; Sept. corn fell 4.60 cents at $3.40 a bushel; Dec. oats lost 7.20 cents at $2.68 a bushel; while Sept. soybeans dropped 8.80 cents at 8.4260 a bushel.Beef and pork were lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Oct. live cattle was lost 2.23 cents at $0.9422 a pound; Sep. feeder cattle fell .92 cent at $1.3270 a pound; Oct. lean hogs was off .58 cent at .6440 a pound.The Associated Press read more

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East Timor UN envoy Presidentelect Gusmão participate in symbolic handover

The handover ceremony followed a visit earlier Thursday by UNTAET chief Sergio Vieira de Mello to the eastern end of the island to bid farewell to the first operational unit of the East Timor Defence Force (ETDF).In Lospalos District, Mr. Vieira de Mello inspected the 600-strong battalion and expressed his admiration for the smooth transformation of the former FALINTIL independence fighters into a national defence force.”East Timor’s future success as a nation will depend upon the maintenance of a secure and stable environment in which the people of East Timor can fulfil their aspirations, and you have a very important role to play in that task,” Mr. Vieira de Mello said.The first ETDF battalion deployed to Lospalos at the beginning of this year following the departure of UN peacekeeping troops who had been sent there from the Republic of Korea, and has since been conducting collective training to prepare for the eventual transfer in 2004 of operational responsibilities for the defence and security of the new nation.Representatives of the UN peacekeeping force are scheduled to send off Mr. Vieira de Mello with a parade Friday morning in Dili, after which the UNTAET chief will meet with members of the Transitional Administration’s civilian staff to thank them for their contributions over the course of the mission.Mr. Vieira de Mello is scheduled to leave East Timor on 21 May and will be replaced as the head of the successor mission to UNTAET by Kamalesh Sharma, the former permanent representative of India to the United Nations. read more

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Germany beats Poland in Gdansk

← Previous Story Mojsovski and Temelkov injured, not playing for Macedonia in Sweden?! Next Story → Serbia easily beat Chile German handballgermany handballPoland handballPolish Handball Poland will play in Alicante with Spain, Serbia and Algeria. Two best teams will qualify for the Olympic Games. Poland lost the last test before trip to Alicante (Olympic qualification tournament) against Germany 26:28 (15:15) in front of 11.000 domestic fans in Ergo Arena in Gdansk. Germans broke resistance of home team with two winning goals of Kaufmann and Klein.Polska: Szmal, Wichary – K.Lijewski 5, Jurasik 4, B.Jurecki 3, Rosiński 3, Syprzak 2, Tkaczyk 2 (2 min), M.Jurecki 2, Jurkiewicz 2, Kuchczyński 1, Bielecki 1, Jaszka 1 Wiśniewski, Kwiatkowski (2 min), Tłuczyński,Niemcy: Weinhold, Ziemer – Gensheimer 6, Kneer 4, Kaufmann 4, Wiencek 3, Weinhold 2, Richwien 3, Theuerkauf 1, Strobel 1 (4 min), Sellin 1, Glandorf 1, Klein 1.  Roggisch. read more

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Greek PM tweetslams Turkey over air space violations – then deletes tweets

first_imgWe are in the same neighborhood and we have to talk honestly so we can reach solutions #EUTurkey— Alexis Tsipras (@tsipras_eu) November 29, 2015 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Source: Statista Several twitter followers were astonished when Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras took to the platform to harshly criticize Turkey, some were even proud he said that. The tweets, however, were shortly afterwards removed, sparking hundreds of negative comments for the Greek PM. Tonight’s twitter shenanigans by #Tsipras only point towards diplomatic amateurism & lack of foreign policy direction. There’s no plan.— The Greek Analyst (@GreekAnalyst) November 29, 2015 The needling four tweets were after Davuloglu’s replies replaced with a more diplomatic version, as you can see below: On November 26, Greek media reported that six Turkish fighter jets violated Greece’s national air space in the northeastern Aegean Sea, quoting Greek defence officials.Mock dogfights between aircraft from the two neighbouring counties have been going on for years and only last year Turkey violated Greek airspace over 2244 times.Late on Sunday 29 November, several tweets were sent from Alexis Tsipras’ account as president of the SYRIZA party, instead of the official account used by Greek prime ministers addressing Ankara and Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu. As it happened: The tweets came after the Brussels summit, also attended by Davutoglu, during which the EU agreed to offer Turkey $3.2bn and political concessions in return for handling the refugees from war-torn countries on its territory. Davutoglu replied to the third tweet, urging his Greek counterpart to “focus on our positive agenda”: “Comments on pilots by @atsipras seem hardly in tune with the spirit of the day. Alexis: let us focus on our positive agenda.— Ahmet Davutoglu (@Ahmet_Davutoglu) November 29, 2015″With Tsipras saying:4/4 We have the most modern aerial weapons systems–and yet, on the ground, we can’t catch traffickers who drown innocent people #EUTurkey — Alexis Tsipras (@tsipras_eu) November 29, 2015last_img read more

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First season of WWE Tough Enough added to WWE Network

first_img WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Rachel Bloom announces pregnancy following Emmy win RuPaul plans to continue hosting Drag Race ‘indefinitely’ Alex Trebek returns to ‘Jeopardy!’ The first season of WWE Tough Enough, which aired on MTV in 2001 and featured future WWE stars Maven, Nidia and Christopher Nowinzki, has been added to the WWE Network earlier today. It was previously reported that all three seasons of the show that aired on MTV from 2001-2003 would be eventually added to the Network in the coming weeks. Source: PWInsider.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipRachel Bloom announces pregnancy following Emmy winVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:42/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:37 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch added to WWE Hell in a Cell PPV on September 16 Twitter Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Stipulation added to match at ALL IN on Saturday, Full line-up of Starrcast shows airing on FITE Pinterestcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Google+ Facebook Sharon Osbourne a debuts new face Kim Kardashian West tests positive for lupus Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 Now Playing Up Next rachel bloomlast_img read more

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Robertson on Liverpools swift counter against Fulham

first_imgLiverpool’s swashbuckling attack that led to the opening goal against Fulham was an example of a top team functioning at their best, according to Andy Robertson.The Reds struggled to break down the Cottagers until Salah found the breakthrough against the run of play few minutes before the interval.“I’ve been there with Hull,” Robertson told Liverpoolfc.com as he explained the ruthless nature of the move. “You can’t put your finger on it but sometimes when you play against these big teams and you get a corner, it’s a relief and then you switch off.“Al played it out quickly to Trent, who played a fantastic ball to Mo. We have just caught them off guard; they are all sprinting back and the ball is in the back of the net before they can even do anything about it.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“It’s harsh on them but that’s what all the top teams do and luckily we managed to do that. We got ourselves in front, that’s always crucial, especially in these games at home.”The Scot’s fifth assist of the campaign helped the home side ensure their unbeaten top-flight run extended to 12 games, with their tally of 30 points equal to the club’s best in the Premier League era.“We can only look after ourselves and that’s what we’ve done,” said Robertson.“The first half was a bit of a struggle but Mo popped up at the right time and the second half was a really professional performance. We could have had a few more; we really controlled it, which was pleasing.”last_img read more

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Haritha Haram held in Mambapur Regondi

first_imgPeddamul: Haritha Haram, the state government’s initiative to increase green cover in the state, was organised in Mambapur and Regondi villages the mandal on Monday. As part of the programme, sarpanches, MPTC members and others planted saplings in panchayat office and government school premises. Regodi sarpanch Hasimuddin, along with Telangana Grameena Bank officials, planted saplings on the premises of local government primary school. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us Speaking after the programme, Regodi sarpanch Hasimuddin urged people to plant more trees and take up responsibility of protecting the saplings thus planted. He said that trees not only provide oxygen but help in protecting health too. “Trees also serve as medicines and preserve our health,” he said. Telangana Grameena Bank Tandur branch field officer Krishna Prasad, Mambapur Panchayat secretary Uma, Regonda panchayat secretary Gowramma, Anganwadi volunteer Fauzia Begum, Ananthaiah, Anjan Kumar and others participated in the programme and planted saplings.last_img read more

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Black Legal Political Vanguard Rallies Around Mosby

first_imgMarilyn Mosby’s candidacy for Baltimore State’s Attorney has generated a phalanx of support from several of Baltimore’s Black leaders including: former Baltimore Mayor and State’s Attorney Kurt Schmoke, former State’s Attorney Patricia Jessamy, law professor Larry Gibson, defense attorney A. Dwight Petit and former judge William “Billy” Murphy, among others. (Courtesy photo)With less than a week to go before the June 24th primary Baltimore State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein – who is attempting to fend off a rugged challenge by former assistant city prosecutor Marilyn J. Mosby – has recently been touting the fact he was born in Baltimore, in contrast to his opponent who was born in Boston.Bernstein’s strategy is dripping with irony in the eyes of one of Baltimore’s most renowned political strategists.“Does he really think Baltimoreans are that short sighted? I think he underestimates Baltimoreans in that regard,” said University of Maryland law professor Larry S. Gibson, who is among a group of the city’s most powerful political and legal leaders backing Mosby in her pursuit to unseat the man who was once her boss.In addition to Gibson, Mosby’s supporters include former state’s attorney and former mayor Kurt L. Schmoke (whose campaigns for both offices were orchestrated by Gibson), attorney and former judge William H. “Billy” Murphy, Jr. (who formerly supported Bernstein when he ran for state’s attorney in 2010), defense attorney A. Dwight Petit and former state’s attorney Patricia C. Jessamy, who Mosby also worked for in the state’s attorney’s office.“She’s worked for me and she’s an intelligent hard working woman…and she can run the office,” said Jessamy who lost to Bernstein by only 1,167 votes in 2010.“I think she’s the best person for the job. The city needs someone who connects the office to the city and I don’t think that’s happened over the course of the last four years. I don’t really know what he’s (Bernstein) doing, but I know what she’s capable of doing,” Jessamy added.The majority of Mosby’s prominent supporters cite what they say is Bernstein’s lack of connection to the community as his most egregious failure in four years. Specifically, Bernstein ended the “community coordinator” program implemented by Jessamy, which placed individuals in all nine police districts to act as liaisons between the community and law enforcement, in favor of a “community prosecution”model.“Getting rid of the community representatives –he (Bernstein) got rid of all 11, fired nine, two got some other positions – that was really key,” Gibson said.“Those were the state’s attorney’s eyes, ears and voices in the neighborhood.  He (Bernstein) was probably dead in the water once he did that, because what they did was they worked with victims they worked with witnesses…this was the middle connector between the office and the community,” Gibson added.Veteran defense attorney A. Dwight Petit says the Bernstein administration has only widened the gap between the community and law enforcement.“There’s always been mistrust in the community of the police department and I think that the state’s attorney’s office, since the election of Mr. Bernstein has only exacerbated that lack of trust,” said Petit, who represents Abdul Salaam, who was allegedly beaten while in police custody last summer, while his young son and neighbors looked on. Petit also represents the family of Tyrone West, who was killed while in police custody less than two weeks after the Salaam incident.“There is a stonewalling in giving us information, it’s a stonewalling of cooperation it’s a stonewalling of reciprocation of evidence…All this ties into the community’s mistrust,” Petit added.After Mosby passed the bar exam in 2006, she and her husband Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby –a Baltimore native – stood in front of a gutted home in Reservoir Hill, not far from a bustling open air drug market and decided to start their life together and build their family (which now includes two young daughters) in West Baltimore.Her supporters believe her commitment to the community is the foundation of her candidacy for state’s attorney.“She has courage; she stepped out here on her own, just her,  her husband and a few friends for months,”said Gibson, who ran the campaign of Baltimore’s first Black state’s attorney Milton Allen in 1970.“And then I and others said, ‘wait a minute, we’ve got to step up here and help.’”last_img read more

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OMAHA Millers Gem Explosive Offense Send Cardinals to College World Series

first_img Preview Miller’s no-hit bid came to an end with nobody out in the ninth before he exited to a standing ovation and a curtain call from the nearly 4,500 in attendance at Jim Patterson Stadium on Saturday. Michael Kirian handled the rest, getting a double play and a fly out to send the Cardinals to Omaha. Louisville (49-16) swept its way through the Super Regional in dominant fashion, outscoring ECU 26-1 over the two games. The Cardinals will be making their fifth College World Series appearance (2007, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2019) and will take on the winner of Vanderbilt and Duke in Omaha, Nebraska. Live Stats PDF Box Score Next Game: vs. Vanderbilt 6/16/2019 | 2:00 PM Listen Live Photo Gallery Meanwhile, the Cardinals tacked on three more runs in the fifth with RBIs from Davis, Lucas Dunn and Logan Wyatt. They then added three more for good measure in the ninth on hits by Lavey, Zeke Pinkham and Dunn. “I’m super proud of my guys,” head coach Dan McDonnell said. “They showed a lot of toughness and competed. This journey has been a lot of fun, and we made it clear out in the outfield that we aren’t finished yet.” LOUISVILLE, Ky. – For the fifth time in program history, the Louisville baseball team is headed to the College World Series, as the Cardinals captured the Louisville Super Regional with a 12-0 victory over East Carolina on Saturday at Jim Patterson Stadium.center_img Story Links Miller (7-1) took care of the rest on the mound, turning in his best start of the season. The sophomore faced the minimum through six innings, allowing just a walk in the third that was erased by a double play. Miller’s special outing continued into the final frame, as he completed eight hitless innings. ESPN Campbell and Lavey led the Louisville offense on Saturday, as the bottom four in the lineup combined to go 10-for-16 with eight runs scored and seven driven in. Campbell finished just a home run shy of the cycle, while Lavey was 3-for-3 and reached in all five plate appearances. Print Friendly Version After both teams failed to score in the first, the Cardinals got the fun started in the second. Jake Snider drew a leadoff walk and Danny Oriente reached on a bunt single to give UofL a pair of baserunners. Drew Campbell then kicked off his big day with a triple down the left field line that scored both runners and gave Louisville an early 2-0 advantage. Campbell later scored on a wild pitch for the third run of the inning, which proved to be a theme for the day. Following a 14-1 victory in game one on Friday, Louisville carried the momentum into Saturday’s second game. The Cardinals put multiple runs up in four innings on Friday and did it once again in the series-clinching win. Postgame Quotes Full Schedule Roster Bobby Miller handled his business in the bottom half of the inning, and Louisville went back to work at the plate in the third. Alex Binelas walked to lead off the inning, but the next two hitters were retired. Campbell kept the inning alive with a double into right, and Justin Lavey cashed in the scoring opportunity with a double of his own that scored both runners. Henry Davis followed with a run-scoring single of his own and Louisville held a 6-0 lead in the third.last_img read more

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Video of Instagram Model Bitten by Wild Pig Goes Viral

first_img A giant pig recently bit a fitness model at a beach, and the hilarious video is trending on Instagram.On Monday, fitness influencer Michelle Lewin posted the funny footage on her Instagram. Lewin, who was trying to take in the beautiful scenery of the Bahamas, was suddenly bit in the bum by a wild hog. The video has generated more than 4.5 million views on the social media platform. Stay on target Adorable Puppy Born With ‘Fur Mustache’ Goes Viral on InstagramFree Area 51 Aliens ‘Training’ Video Takes Over Instagram center_img After being bitten by the pig, Lewin showed a close up shot of her butt, which had an irritated red mark. Despite this weird incident, Lewin seemed to be in good spirits: She captioned her pig encounter with “shrug” and “pig” emojis.From Lewin’s experience, viewers can learn one thing: Beware of the piggies if you’re headed to the famous Pig Beach in the Bahamas.More on Geek.com:Instagram to Hide Self-Harm Images Behind ‘Sensitivity Screens’This Photo of an Egg Dethroned Kylie Jenner as Most-Liked Instagram PostiPhone Owners Can Share Netflix Binges to Instagram Storieslast_img read more

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Carbon Nanotubes Make Fuel Cells Cheaper

first_img Researchers clear runway for tin-based perovskite solar cells (PhysOrg.com) — As fuel cells are becoming more popular due to their potential use in applications such as hydrogen-powered vehicles, auxiliary power systems, and electronic devices, the need for the precious metal platinum is also increasing. In fuel cells, platinum is often used as the catalyst for oxygen reduction by splitting oxygen molecules into oxygen ions. However, platinum is rare and expensive: in a fuel cell for a typical car, the platinum catalyst costs about $4,000. Now, researchers from the University of Dayton have showed that carbon nanotubes can replace platinum as the catalyst in fuel cells, which could significantly reduce fuel cells’ overall cost. Carbon nanotubes could even have advantages over platinum, since they could be less resistant to corrosion. The Dayton researchers, led by Liming Dai, doped an array of nanotubes with nitrogen (VA-NCNTs) to prevent the carbon from reacting with oxygen and forming carbon monoxide (CO). Without the nitrogen, CO would build up on the surface and shorten the catalyst’s lifetime. With the nitrogen, the nanotubes are more resistant to this carbon monoxide corrosion and have the potential for long-term operation.The researchers have not built a complete prototype of a fuel cell with nitrogen-containing carbon nanotubes, and they have not estimated the cost to produce them. However, since carbon is abundant and cheap compared with platinum, the overall cost of the proposed design would likely be much less expensive. Hopefully, the metal-free catalyst will assist researchers in moving fuel cell technology forward.More information: Kuanping Gong et al. (2009) “Nitrogen-Doped Carbon Nanotube Arrays with High Electrocatalytic Activity for Oxygen Reduction.” Science Vol. 323. no. 5915, p. 753 doi: 10.1126/science.1166510.via: Ecogeek© 2009 PhysOrg.com Researchers from the University of Dayton have showed that carbon nanotubes can replace platinum as the catalyst in fuel cells, which could significantly reduce fuel cells’ overall cost. Citation: Carbon Nanotubes Make Fuel Cells Cheaper (2009, February 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-02-carbon-nanotubes-fuel-cells-cheaper.html Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Apple MacBook Air 2018 Review

first_img Hard Drive Size Intel UHD Graphics 617 Intel Core i5-8210Y Ports (excluding USB) Ports (excluding USB) 16GB Headphone Battery Life (Test Ver 2.0)Color GamutDirt 3: Complete EditionDisplay Brightness (Nits)Geekbench 4.1Hard Drive Speed Review Hard Drive Speed Optical Drive 5:16 Bluetooth 4.2 Thunderbolt 3 Advertisement Secondary Hard Drive Speed macOS Mojave 8GB July 9 Update: Apple just killed off the 2017 MacBook Air, and this review reflects the new, lowered pricing for the 2018 MacBook Air.article continued belowAdvertisement When Steve Jobs pulled the first MacBook Air out of a thin, manilla envelope in 2008, it started a revolution in laptop design that inspired 10 years of imitations. But in that decade, the MacBook Air stagnated while the rest of the market caught up and then surpassed Apple’s iconic portable. And now, in 2018, the once-beloved MacBook Air is finally getting the feature it has needed most. Yes, that high-res Retina screen that Apple gave the MacBook Pro in 2012 has finally arrived on the MacBook Air. That’s just one of many changes, though: This new Air also gives users a Touch ID sensor for biometric security, superfast SSD storage, fantastic sound and dual Thunderbolt 3 ports. Apple’s new device is also better for the environment, as the machine is made of 100 percent recycled aluminium. The New MacBook Air is a (Mostly) Worthy UpgradeThe new MacBook Air is a welcome upgrade with a sharper display in a thinner and lighter design, but this laptop could use more power.Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?03:46关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/laptops/apple-macbook-air-2018?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0004:0004:00Your Recommended Playlist03:46MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?02:01Apple’s Mac & iPad Pro Event: 5 Things You Need To Know01:30Best & Worst Laptop Brands 201901:30How to Use VLOOKUP in Excel01:07How to Find Your MAC Address in Windows 1001:34How to Reset a Windows 10 PC01:32How to Turn Your Windows 10 PC into a Wireless Display关闭  The Air’s overall performance may not stack up well against that of similar Windows laptops, but this might not matter as much for those firmly ensconced in macOS. The biggest issue is that the Air is pricier than ever (tested at $1,299/ £1,299, starting at $1,099/ £1,099). So, while the new MacBook Air may work for those who have been holding out, it might not meet the highest hopes and expectations. If you’re on the fence about which MacBook to buy, check out our MacBook vs MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro face-off. Design The curves of the new MacBook Air’s lid and underside, as well as its display bezels, have been tapered down from previous years. This makes the MacBook Air look like a sibling — and not a long-lost relative — to the MacBook Pro and 12-inch MacBook (which you’d be crazy to buy now). The Air’s iconic wedge design is intact, helping the machine stand out from those other laptops. While the Air is sold in traditional silver and a new gold hue, the model we tested is a Space Gray that looks quite attractive. Apple’s making these new MacBook Airs out of its own 100 percent recycled aluminum, but you couldn’t tell from using the device. This machined metal looks and feels just like the same material that Apple’s used for previous MacBooks. Weighing 2.7 pounds and measuring 0.6 inches thick, the MacBook Air’s slightly lighter than my favorite MacBook copycat, the Huawei MateBook X Pro (2.9 pounds, 0.6 inches). The new Air is similar in size to the Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 (2.7 pounds, 0.6 inches) and the Dell XPS 13 (2.7 pounds, 0.5 inches), but the HP Spectre 13 (2.4 pounds, 0.4 inches) is both lighter and thinner than Apple’s machine. Ports The MacBook Air sports two speedy Thunderbolt 3 ports (which enable much faster data-transfer speeds) on its left side, with a headphone jack on its right. That might be an upgrade from the MacBook’s singular, slower USB Type-C port, but it’s lacking in comparison to most competitors. The Spectre 13 matches the Air’s selection and throws an additional USB Type-C port on top. The XPS 13 also offers dual Thunderbolt 3 ports and adds a microSD reader and a USB Type-C port. The Surface Laptop 2 is laughably bad on ports, with one Type-A USB 3.0 port and a Mini DisplayPort. Arguably the best set of ports comes from the MateBook X Pro, which I wanted Apple to imitate. Huawei’s laptop packs two reversible Type-C ports (only one is a Thunderbolt 3), a headphone jack and one of those familiar, boxy, Type-A USB 3.0 ports. You know, the port that practically every accessory and cable today is made for, which forces you to pay up for an adapter if your laptop doesn’t have it. Touch ID and T2 Chip In the top right corner of the keyboard, you’ll see a Touch ID fingerprint reader, which I found works great for unlocking the MacBook Air and signing into 1Password, my preferred password manager. Thankfully, Apple’s giving users the power of this biometric sensor without burdening them with the Touch Bar that accompanies Touch ID on the company’s MacBook Pros. On top of sporting Touch ID, this is the first MacBook Air with the T2 security chip that Apple’s adding to as many macOS machines as it can (including the Mac mini). Not only does this chip provide Apple’s Secure Enclave technology for storing the fingerprints used in Touch ID, but it also enables “on-the-fly data encryption,” so your SSD’s data is encrypted by default. This chip also allows for touch-free “Hey, Siri” activation, which worked well when I checked the weather. How much does the MacBook Air cost? Pricing and configurations Starting at $1,099 (formerly $1,199, the price was changed on July 9), the MacBook Air ain’t cheap. It also sells at a notable price hike from the previous-gen Air, which started at $999. MORE: The New MacBook Air Has a Looming Reliability Issue What do you get for that $1,099? Apple’s starting configuration packs 8GB of RAM, 128GB of SSD storage and a Core i5-8210Y processor. To get the model we tested, you’ll spend an extra $200 for a bump up to 256GB of storage, which is the minimum amount of local storage I’d recommend. Display The 2560 x 1600-pixel Retina display is the true star of the new MacBook Air, offering crisp detail and solid colors. As I watched the first episode of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, I noted rich reds in her jacket, lush green foliage in a creepy forest and vibrant pink neon at a movie theater. The July 2019 update to the MacBook Air added a True Tone display that adapts to ambiet lighting, which we’ve seen in the 2019 13-inch MacBook Pro as well this year’s 15-inch MacBook Pro. Inky black spiders in the opening credits looked so dark that I wondered for a second if this notebook was using an OLED display (it’s not). As I watched a 4K video of the Colorado Rockies and a nearby pond, I noted tons of detail, including tiny ripples in the water and small, sharp, jagged rocks at the tops of the summits. The 2560 x 1600-pixel Retina display is the true star of the new MacBook Air, offering crisp detail and solid colors. In terms of color output, our colorimeter rates the MacBook Air’s panel at 109 percent of the sRGB gamut, a mark slightly shy of the 116 premium notebook average (laptops $800 and up) and close to the Spectre 13’s 111 percent. We saw higher ratings from the XPS 13 (130 percent at 1080p, 117 percent at 4K), the Surface Laptop 2 (176 percent) and the MateBook X Pro (124). The HP Spectre 13 hit a similar 111 percent. While Apple rates the Air’s panel as capable of producing 300 nits of brightness, our unit maxed out at 234 nits, which is close to the 247-nit Spectre 13 and less than the 317-nit premium-notebook average. We found brighter screens in the XPS 13 (372 nits at 1080p, 415 nits at 4K), the Surface Laptop 2 (321 nits) and the MateBook X Pro (458). MORE: Apple MacBook Air vs. Dell XPS 13: Which Should You Buy? As I tested the MacBook Air, I felt that the display was bright enough, especially as I watched a nature video, with trees and lakes retaining their vibrancy when I rotated the screen 30 degrees. Annoyingly, though, those same colors darkened a tad at 45 degrees to the left and right. The Surface Laptop 2, MateBook X Pro and XPS 13 are all so bright that they don’t have issues with viewing angles. Keyboard and Touchpad I’ve never been a fan of the butterfly-switch keys that Apple uses, but I’m starting to accept them. On the 10fastfingers typing test, I clicked to a rate of 76 words per minute, with about 97 percent accuracy. This is owed to the keys’ 70 grams of required actuation force (we look for at least 60 grams) not their measly 0.6 millimeters of travel (1.5 to 2.0 is preferred). I wrote a lot of this review on the MacBook Air, but when I had to put the machine down for testing, I continued the review on my aging 2015-style MacBook Pro. And when I did, I was reminded about why I’m reluctant to quit using that old laptop. Sure, butterfly-style keys are thinner, giving Apple more space for the battery and the ability to make a thinner laptop, but they don’t feel as comfortable to type on. Apple’s older keys have much greater amount of vertical travel. But what do current MacBook Air owners think? I handed the new Air to my mom, who’s used a MacBook Air for over six years. Her verdict was simple: “I think I like this keyboard: I have no problems with it.” Not high praise but a solid vote of confidence in Apple, nonetheless. I’m personally a little uneasy about the butterfly switch’s long-term durability, and I will be switching to use this Air full time to see how its keyboard holds up. I’ve never been a fan of the butterfly-switch keys that Apple uses, but I’m starting to accept them. Apple’s also changed the MacBook Air’s touchpad, moving from a traditional clickable surface to the all-glass Force Touch trackpad. This 4.6 x 3.1-inch surface provided accurate input recognition and smooth scrolling. The bigger difference is that the Force Touch nature of the trackpad means that Apple’s giving you the illusion that the touchpad is moving, via haptic feedback. Audio This MacBook Air produces some really solid sound. As the laptop filled our large newsroom with the sweet melodies of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Party for One,” I noted the song’s strong bass, clear vocals and crisp drum cymbals. Don’t worry if pop music isn’t your vibe. The hard post-punk rock of Idles’ “Colossus” sounded excellent on the Air, particularly the tune’s growling guitar riffs. Apple touts this Air as offering twice as much bass and 25 percent more volume compared to the 2017 MacBook Pro, and having used both, I believe those claims. Performance When I discovered that this MacBook Air runs on an Intel Core i5-8210Y processor, blaring sirens went off in my head. Y-series processors are known for offering less-than-premium performance, as was found in the decidedly meh 12-inch MacBook. Yes, the Air may not be Apple’s Pro-grade laptop, but with its $1,099 starting price (which includes 8GB of RAM), it’s a premium-level product. So, I went about testing this machine with a strong eye toward its performance, both on synthetic tests and in everyday use, to see if I could rely on it as my everyday work machine. I’m not editing movies or dealing with heavy Photoshop files, but can this machine live up to the standards that journalists have relied upon? (The MacBook Air spent many years being the laptop seen in the hands of writers at press events.) I think the answer is yes, fortunately enough. I saw minimal pauses as I moved between apps and web pages after I’d opened 17 Safari tabs, five Chrome tabs (including the Google doc for this article, a YouTube video and Netflix), iTunes, Messages, Photos (syncing my 80,000+ iCloud Photo Library) and Mail. The MacBook Air stayed responsive as I loaded TweetDeck, Pixelmator and Bear, three of the other apps I use more than any other on my Mac. Then, I used Continuity Camera — one of macOS Mojave’s best new features — to easily drop a photo into a new email, and I chuckled as it all happened without a pause, even with all that stuff open in the background. That much multitasking gives me confidence in the MacBook Air, which every journalist needs with their hardware. The one downside was that the fans on the Air had spun up pretty loud when I was doing all of that, but they quieted down when I stopped moving between apps so quickly and stuck with Chrome, Pixelmator and Messages. I used Continuity Camera to easily drop a new photo into a new email, and I chuckled as it all happened without a pause, even with tons of apps open in the background. My why-oh-Y-series concerns reared their head when the MacBook Air notched a 7,871 on the Geekbench 4.3 general performance benchmark, achieving about two-thirds of the 12,230 category average. We saw higher scores from similarly priced PC laptops that sported faster U-series processors, including the Core i5-8250U-based XPS 13 9370 (13,254), the Core i7-8550U-based Spectre 13 (13,090), the Core i5-8250U-based Surface Laptop 2 (12,744) and the Core i7-8550U-based MateBook X Pro (13,769). All of these PCs were tested with 8GB of RAM, except the MateBook X Pro, which had 16GB of memory. The MacBook Air looks to make up for that performance weakness with amazing SSD performance, as the Blackmagic disk test clocked the write speeds on the Air’s 256GB SSD at a blistering 2.1 gigabytes per second. To put that in perspective, the category average for premium laptops is 500.1 megabytes per second. The SSDs in the XPS 13, HP Spectre 13, Surface Laptop 2 and MateBook X Pro all performed at rates from 203 to 508 MBps, which is a fraction of what Apple’s laptop pulled off. The MacBook Air took a long time of 3 minutes and 26 seconds to complete our Excel VLookup test (which matches 60,000 names to addresses), a time more than twice as long as the 1:34 category average. The XPS 13 (1:08), Surface Laptop 2 (1:15) and MateBook X Pro (1:49) all turned in faster run times. MORE:MacBook Air: Can Apple Stage a Comeback? The MacBook Air also stumbled on our HandBrake video-conversion test, taking 37:24 to transcode a 4K video to 1080p — 50 percent longer than the 21:08 premium laptop average. The XPS 13 (18:17), Surface Laptop 2 (17:30) and MateBook X Pro (27:18) each took less time. On November 8, the day after the MacBook Air’s Nov. 7 release, Apple issued the macOS Mojave 10.14.1 Supplemental Update for MacBook Air (2018). Don’t confuse this with the previously-issued macOS 10.14.1 update, this patch aims to “improve the stability and reliability of MacBook Air (2018) computers, and is recommended for all users.” Find out more, including our instructions for how to download this update, here. Graphics Apple’s checkered history with graphics performance continues with the Air, which features the Intel UHD Graphics 617 integrated chip. The Air ran the OpenGL portion of the Cinebench R15 benchmark, which measures graphics performance, at 35.3 frames per second, which is well behind the XPS 13’s 49.3 fps (Intel UHD Graphics 620). The Air struggled with the modestly demanding racing game Dirt 3 (set to medium graphics at 1080p), which the machine ran at 21.5 frames per second. That falls below our smoothness threshold of 30 fps and far under the 71 fps premium notebook average. We saw faster rates from the XPS 13 (57 fps), Spectre 13 (57 fps), Surface Laptop 2 (82 fps) and MateBook X Pro (117). All of those competitors feature the Intel UHD 620 chip, except for the MateBook, which owes its speed to the 2GB Nvidia MX150 GPU. Battery Life Historically, the MacBook Air is loved for its long battery life. This year’s model lasted a solid 9 hours and 32 minutes on the Laptop Mag Battery Test (web surfing at 150 nits) — beating the 8:09 premium notebook average. However, that run time is below the “up to 12 hours of wireless web” that Apple touts and less than the 9:55 time from the MateBook X Pro. The new MacBook Air lasted a solid 9 hours and 32 minutes on our battery test. XPS 13 owners get more life with a 1080p screen (11:59) and shorter life with a 4K display (8:23). The Spectre 13 (5:16) lasts less time, and the Surface Laptop 2 (9:22) was slightly behind the MacBook Air. Webcam Prospective MacBook Air owners should expect grainy but functionally acceptable image quality from the laptop’s 0.7-megapixel webcam. The selfie I shot in Photo Booth provides correct colors for my blue knit cap, my dark gray shirt and the green bar behind me, but the image itself is quite soft, and far from crisp. I’d still take this camera over those of the Air’s competitors, as the webcam is placed in the middle of the top bezel. You might think that’s unimportant, but the XPS 13 and MateBook X Pro feature cameras in the bottom bezel of their screen and keyboard (respectively), so they’re facing you from beneath, making for awkwardly angled photos. Heat Apple’s 100 percent recycled aluminum chassis gets warm, but not too hot. After we streamed 15 minutes of full-HD video on the Air, our heat gun captured temperatures on the laptop’s touchpad (84.5 degrees Fahrenheit), keyboard (91.5 degrees) and underside (93 degrees) that stayed below our 95 degree comfort threshold. The Air may be a bit warm if you hold it at the spot by its hinge after some serious work, as that specific location came in at 96 degrees. Software (Catalina Coming Soon) and Warranty While I wasn’t wowed by macOS Mojave, it’s been a seamless update ever since I installed it back on launch week. And even though I was most excited for Dark Mode, its new Continuity Camera feature– where you snap photos with your iPhone camera that are pasted into your Mac apps — makes a great case for living in the Apple ecosystem, where your devices work seamlessly. Also, the Stacks view in Finder is proving as helpful as having a butler to manage my messy desktop. It’s features like this, plus my preference for macOS over Windows, and the third-party apps exclusive to the Mac, that repeatedly have me (and others) willing to pay what PC users call the Apple Tax. Wondering about the future of macOS? macOS Catalina has now entered Public Beta, and will eventually bring iPad apps to the Mac when it launches this fall. Check out our macOS Catalina Public Beta review, which splits iTunes into three apps. Ready for risk? We’ve got instructions to help you install the macOS Catalina public beta for yourself. Not only is the MacBook Air pricier than competitors, but it also gets more expensive when you add the extra $250 for AppleCare+ for Mac, the extended warranty program. By default, the MacBook Air comes with “one year of hardware-repair coverage through its limited warranty and up to 90 days of complimentary support.” And as someone who wants their next MacBook to last as long as his current one (6.3 years and still running), I want every protection Apple can provide –especially since Apple continues to rate as No. 1 in our annual Tech Support Showdown. MacBook Air vs. the Competition To get the Dell XPS 13 with similar specs (Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD), you spend $200 less, as you can get Dell’s $1,099 model, though its 1080p screen isn’t as sharp as the Air’s Retina display. A MateBook X Pro (my favorite Windows 10 laptop) in the Core i5/8GB/256GB configuration costs $1,199, which is $100 less than a similar MacBook Air. That MateBook also gives you a touch screen (Apple can’t be bothered to make macOS touch-compatible) and both USB Type-C and Type-A ports. A Surface Laptop 2 with the same specs (i5/8GB256GB) costs $1,299, which is the same as Apple’s comparable configuration, and that laptop has a touch screen and the convenience of a magnetically attaching power cable, which Apple used to offer (RIP MagSafe). Bottom Line From its high-res screen and its thinner and lighter design to its Thunderbolt 3 ports, the new MacBook Air feels like the modern update that Apple devotees have been waiting for. I just wish Apple had chosen a beefier processor, as competing Windows machines are faster, though Apple’s flash storage is superior. The $1,099 Dell XPS 13 offers faster performance and hours of extra endurance for $200 less, though its 1080p screen isn’t as sharp. If you need that Type-A port, the $200 cheaper MateBook X Pro is worth a look, though its webcam (just like the XPS 13’s) is in an awkward spot. Even though the MacBook Air is more expensive than we’d want, it’s still a fantastic laptop and the best go-to macOS machine for most people. Credit: Laptop Mag by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 40 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoAncestryStart your journey with AncestryDNA®- now $59. 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Graphics Card 2.8 pounds Native Resolution 4K8:231080p11:59 Shared Optical Drive Speed Battery Life (Test Ver 2.0)1 of 6Continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits.Apple MacBook Air (2018)Dell XPS 13 9370 (2018)HP Spectre 13 (2017)Huawei MateBook X ProMicrosoft Surface Laptop 2Category Average (as of 06/30/19) Highest Available Resolution Weight Wi-Fi Model 2560 x 1600 2560 x 1600 Secondary Hard Drive Size Hard Drive Type Warranty/Support Company Website Wi-Fi Touchpad Size 9:55 Bluetooth 2 8:25Minutes (higher is better) 0:00 2:20 4:40 7:00 9:20 11:40 14:00 CPU USB Ports Secondary Hard Drive Type 9:32 Size 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac https://www.apple.com/macbook-air/ Display Size 12 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches 256GB SSDlast_img read more

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Princess resumes Summer Caribbean Cruises in 2018 on sale Dec 1

first_imgPrincess resumes Summer Caribbean Cruises in 2018, on sale Dec. 1 Tags: Caribbean, Princess Cruises << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Share Wednesday, November 23, 2016 SANTA CLARITA, CALIF. — For the first time in four years, Princess Cruises will offer Summer Caribbean Cruises including Panama Cana transits in 2018.The 3,192-guest Caribbean Princess returns to sail on a full summer season of voyages ranging from seven-day Eastern and Western Caribbean to a 20-day Caribbean and Panama Canal Explorer. All Summer Caribbean cruises are open for sale starting Dec. 1.The 2018 April to October summer program features 47 departures, roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale, and includes eight itineraries visiting 23 destinations in 22 countries. In addition, four ports offer late-night stays so guests have more time to explore the evening offerings these destinations have to offer.New for 2018 are 20-day Caribbean and Panama Explorer voyages that combine a 10-day Panama cruise and a 10-day Southern Caribbean Medley or Eastern Caribbean Voyager cruise.Caribbean cruises in summer 2018, sailing roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale, include:Western Caribbean: Seven days, calling at Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Roatan and Belize, sailing on May 19, June 2, 16, 30, July 14, 28 and Aug. 11, 25.Eastern Caribbean: Seven days, calling at Princess Cays, St. Thomas, Grand Turk or Amber Cove, sailing May 26, June 9, 23, July 7, 21, Aug. 4, 18, Sept. 1 (Guests can combine these seven-day voyages for a 14-day Caribbean East/West Adventure)Southern Caribbean: Eight days, with stops in Curacao, Aruba, Bonaire, departing May 11Eastern Caribbean Voyager: 10 days, visiting Princess Cays, St. Thomas, Antigua, St. Lucia, Barbados, St. Kitts, departing May 1, Sept. 28Southern Caribbean Medley: 10 days, visiting Princess Cays, St. Thomas, Dominica, Grenada, Bonaire and Curacao, departing April 11, Sept. 8, Oct. 18Panama Canal with Costa Rica: 10 days, visiting Grand Cayman, Cartagena, Colon, Costa Rica and Falmouth, sailing April 1, 21, Sept. 18, Oct. 8 (Guests can combine the 10-day Panama Canal voyage with the 10-day Southern Caribbean Medley or Eastern Caribbean Voyager for the ultimate 20-day cruise vacation)More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsPrincess Cruises past guests are eligible for a special promotion when they book before August 31, 2017. Captain’s Circle members booking a seven- to 10-day cruise, will receive a savings of US$50 per person and those booking a 14- or 20-day cruise will save $100 per guest (does apply to third and fourth berth guests).last_img read more

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Jury Minor Vargas Guilty of Fraud

first_imgNo related posts. WASHINGTON, D.C. – A 15-member jury convicted Costa Rican businessman Minor Vargas, 60, on Monday of one count of conspiracy and three counts each of mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering to the tune of more than $600 million in a federal case tried in the U.S. city of Richmond, Virginia.Vargas could face up to 182 years in prison. He will be sentenced in October.Vargas’ company, Provident Capital Indemnity Ltd., sold bonds guaranteeing funding for life-settlement companies, which buy life insurance policies from insured people at less-than-face value and collect benefits when those people die.Jury members found that Provident selected victims who were older or who were likely close to death. The jury also believed that Vargas lied to his clients and investors, and was aware of the actions of his employees, including the company’s accountant, who defrauded clients with false company information and non-existent bonds.Vargas spent more than a year behind bars in a Virginia jail while awaiting a trial that was delayed twice because of the magnitude of the financial losses and the enormous amount of evidence in the case. The trial lasted more than a week, but the jury took only three hours to render a guilty verdict.Throughout the trial, Vargas maintained his innocence, saying he inherited the troubled company and tried to fix its problems by enlisting accountant Jorge Castillo. In January, Castillo pled guilty in exchange for a lighter sentence. Prosecutors had originally asked for a 28-year sentence for Castillo, who testified against his former boss on Tuesday. For a year, U.S. federal prosecutors waded through a mountain of documents, copies of financial statements from several banks, and hundreds of emails that required translation from Spanish to English. Key witnesses in the case include IRS agents and U.S. postal employees, whose testimonies helped bring a conviction. The case has drawn significant attention both in Costa Rica and the U.S. Thousands of victims in numerous countries were defrauded, some losing their entire life savings.Prosecutors described in detail and with the help of several visual aids the true amount of funds the company had to back up the bonds they offered clients, a number that was miniscule compared to what the company told its customers. Some of the most incriminating evidence included emails that showed that Vargas was aware of false company statements to victims in order to collect on fake bonds. Vargas not only misrepresented the company’s assets but also lied when he told clients, investors and regulators that Provident was protected by reinsurance agreements with major companies, the jury found.In total, 21 witnesses testified against the Costa Rican businessman, including several of the company’s clients. Attorney Michael Dry, who declined to comment on the case, headed the U.S. government’s team of prosecutors. Vargas’ attorney, Jeffrey Everhart, did not indicate if he would appeal the conviction.  Castillo and Vargas are being held in the Pamunkey Regional Jail outside of Richmond awaiting sentencing. Castillo will be sentenced in September, and Vargas will likely be transferred to an unnamed federal prison. In Costa Rica, Vargas became a publicly prominent person by founding magazines and newspapers. He was also involved in professional soccer as president of Saprissa, one of the top teams in the country.He later bought two soccer franchises and began a synthetic turf business that won several contracts for replacing soccer fields for local professional teams. Facebook Commentslast_img read more