FRANKFURT — An index of German business optimism fell in April as Europe’s largest economy struggles with a slowdown in trade but is supported by a strong labour market.The Ifo institute said Wednesday its business climate index slipped to 99.2 points from 99.7 points in March, indicating managers were less satisfied with both the current situation and the outlook for the future.German’s economy endured flat growth at the end of last year despite low unemployment that has helped keep consumers spending. The slowdown was blamed on one-time factors such as troubles in the auto industry over new emissions standards and low river levels that disrupted production. Slowing global trade has held back export-oriented manufacturing.The government on April 17 cut its growth forecast for the full year to 0.5 per cent.The Associated Press
Brock’s grape and wine research institute has signed an agreement with Agriculture and Agri-food Canada (AAFC) to increase research efforts that will strengthen Canada’s grape growers and wineries.A memorandum of understanding spanning the country between Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology & Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) in Ontario and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre (PARC) in British Columbia creates a new national research network that will focus on national grape and wine research priorities of the Canadian industry.The new PARC-CCOVI Wine Grape Research Network will support exchange of ideas and information related to viticulture and oenology. This collaboration will advance the industry via a number of ways such as joint research to address national research priorities; communications activities including lectures and seminars to share information across the country; as well as career and skills development for students, technicians and research professionals in both provinces.Dr. Pat Bowen, Research Scientist at PARC based in Summerland, B.C. welcomes the news.“This agreement is a first for Canada and will strengthen cooperation between researchers in Ontario and British Columbia which in turn will advance the grape and wine industry,” she said.CCOVI director Debbie Inglis hailed the partnership as a breakthrough to strategically address national research priorities.“All the pieces are in place to implement concrete collaborative projects that will generate useful information for grape growers and wineries across Canada,” she said.
K. Garnett2003-0489.033.219.06.816.2 The NBA Christmas Day games are one of the league’s most visible showcases. Rivalries are deepened, as with the Clippers-Warriors matchups in 2013 and 2014, or rejoined, as with the centerpiece of this year’s slate, a finals rematch between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers. For the last seven years, the Oklahoma City Thunder have enjoyed prime placement on the Christmas marquee, playing against some of the best teams in the league. But this season, after former MVP Kevin Durant left town over the summer, the Thunder’s star power has diminished enough to warrant a matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves, currently 9-19 and one of the worst teams in the league.We can use FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings to see just how far the Wolves fall below the Thunder’s standards. Here are Oklahoma City’s Christmas Day opponents beginning in 2010: C. Paul2008-0987.832.47.915.715.9 12/25/2015ThunderBulls16501524 L. James2011-1222.214.171.124.815.5 12/25/2013KnicksThunder17131451 DATEHOME TEAMAWAY TEAMTHUNDER ELOOPPONENT ELO L. Bird1986-8798.633.611.09.215.0 G. Hill1996-9784.530.913.010.516.2 K. Love2013-1497.335.517.06.015.4 L. James2015-1693.3126.96.36.1995.6 G. McGinnis1974-75105.133.7188.8.131.52 L. Bird1987-8897.937.611.67.715.0 R. Westbrook2014-1595.741.110.612.517.6 O. Robertson1961-62124.926.710.89.914.2 12/25/2014SpursThunder15591671 D. Robinson1993-94184.108.40.206.315.2 D. Cousins2014-1595.435.5220.127.116.11 L. James2009-1091.440.09.811.516.5 You might notice that in 2013 the Thunder got stuck playing the New York Knicks, TV’s worst recurring Christmas Day special. Except 2013 was the rare occasion when the Knicks looked like a legitimate NBA team coming into the season. Their preseason Elo rating was 1579, 128 points higher than their rating on Christmas Day, or the difference between a top-10 team and a bottom-5 one. So the Thunder weren’t supposed to have a dog of a game, they just ended up with one because the Knicks fell off the wagon.That wasn’t the case for this season’s Timberwolves. Minnesota came into the season with a rating of 1434, and has since fallen to 1426. The idea with the Wolves was that they have one of the brightest talents in the league, Karl-Anthony Towns, and a roster packed with young, exciting players liable to throw a 30-foot alley-oop or dunk on your head. They were supposed to be among the baby-faced upstarts in the league this season, and they might yet be if they ever figure out how to hold onto a lead.This is a flavor of game the league likes to book. Last Christmas saw a similar matchup between the Miami Heat, two years removed from LeBron James’ leaving in free agency to return to Cleveland, and the New Orleans Pelicans, home to Anthony Davis. The matchmaking logic made sense enough: Pair off a franchise familiar to fans with a few stars left over from deep playoff runs against an up-and-coming face-of-the-league-type star.Things didn’t work out so well then, either. The Heat came into the game looking like dark-horse contenders in the east, with Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Hassan Whiteside playing at high levels. But the Pelicans were beset by injuries early in the season, and Davis never took the leap forward many expected. New Orleans came into the game at 9-20, and while it took the game into overtime, it was hardly the glamour matchup the league had hoped for.Last year’s Pelicans-Heat and this year’s Wolves-Thunder aren’t quite parallel, though, because the year before — the Heat’s first without LeBron — saw Miami host James and his Cavs, beating them 101-91. Durant’s Warriors make a fine partner for the Cavs, but a Christmas Day reunion with Russell Westbrook would have been something to see.Westbrook is averaging 31.3 points, 10.5 rebounds and 10.8 assists with a 41.9 usage percentage and a 54.1 true shooting percentage. But as if the phrase “averaging a triple-double through Christmas Day” isn’t impressive enough, the triple-doubles he’s racking up are far removed from the basic 10-10-10 variety. If we adjust for pace of play (which has slowed from the breakneck days of Oscar and Magic), he’s having the finest triple-double-type season we’ve ever seen.Below is a versatility index1We’re using John Hollinger’s old formulation, which is the geometric mean of points, rebounds and assists, to capture players who have high averages in all three stats. (Simply adding the three stats up and taking an average would over-weight scoring, since point totals tend to be higher than assists and rebounds.) for the players with the highest point-rebound-assist per-possession averages in NBA history: 12/25/2012HeatThunder16991661 K. Garnett2002-0391.929.617.37.815.9 R. Westbrook2016-1798.043.714.715.021.3 J. Harden2016-1797.737.110.715.718.4 PLAYERSEASONPACEPOINTSREBOUNDSASSISTSVERSATILITY INDEX L. James2008-0988.740.810.910.416.7 G. Antetokounmpo2016-1796.132.713.08.315.2 L. James2012-1390.737.518.104.22.168 (Amazingly, the top two seasons by this measure are happening right now. The No. 2 spot belongs to Rockets star and former Thunder sixth man James Harden, who is averaging a per-100-possessions triple-double of his own for new coach Mike D’Antoni, in a role I like to think of as “overgrown Steve Nash does his best Corey Maggette impersonation.” Giannis Antetokounmpo, who turned 22 this month, comes in 27th.)This won’t be the first time Westbrook will be playing Christmas Day without Durant. In 2014, Oklahoma City drew the defending-champion San Antonio Spurs (also without Kawhi Leonard) as its opponent, and won 114-106, with Westbrook pouring in 34 points, 11 assists, 5 rebounds, and 5 steals. It was a brilliant game, the type of which we’ve become accustomed to from Westbrook the last few seasons. The difference this season is that if he repeats that line on Sunday, or even if he racks up his 14th triple-double of the season, it will be away from the biggest stage of the day.Check out our latest NBA predictions. K. Malone1996-9790.040.014.46.515.5 M. Johnson1990-922.214.171.1247.216.4 L. James2010-1190.936.410.29.615.3 L. James2007-0890.239.610.49.515.8 R. Westbrook2013-1495.435.79.411.415.6 M. Johnson1986-87101.6126.96.36.1995.9 Versatility Index is the geometric mean of points, rebounds and assists (per 100 possessions). Data is through Dec. 23, 2016.Source: Basketball-Reference.com M. Johnson1989-9096.330.08.915.416.0 M. Johnson1988-89100.128.710.116.416.8 K. Garnett2004-0589.131.419.18.016.9 L. Bird1984-85101.634.312.67.915.1 R. Westbrook2015-1696.733.911.315.118.0 12/25/2011ThunderMagic16201583 The best pace-adjusted triple-double seasons W. Chamberlain1963-64115.133.320.24.614.6 STATS PER 100 POSSESSIONS 12/25/2010ThunderNuggets15701595 12/25/2016ThunderTimberwolves15961426 M. Jordan1988-8997.040.09.99.915.8
When Melanie Nichols steps onto the mound at Buckeye Field, she says she feels at home. But batters facing the 5-foot-10-inch freshman might not feel welcome, because Nichols has 128 strikeouts.Nichols currently holds a 21-2 record for the Ohio State softball team. The old record for a rookie was 16 wins, as Nichols surpassed former All-American OSU pitcher Kim Reeder and Netherland Olympian Kristi DeVries.“At first, I actually didn’t know what the record was until after I beat it,” Nichols said. “Maybe that helped. But I try not to focus on that because I can be a lot better than I am.”Nichols came to OSU battling an improper recovery from surgery on a torn meniscus in her left knee.“It was in the middle of my high school season, so the day I got cleared I went and played a doubleheader, which was not the smartest thing to do. Definitely not,” Nichols said.After a short while at OSU, her knee was “good to go,” she said. But when the Scarlet and Gray headed down to Florida for a tournament at the beginning of the season, Nichols faced another injury.“My back started to really hurt and all I thought was that I had a really bad pinched nerve,” Nichols said. “But my rib was out of my place.”Shortly after Nichols’ rib was popped back in, she blamed her clumsy demeanor for the reason she was wearing a boot on her ankle a few weeks back.“What’s really funny is that I never get hurt, but once I got knee surgery it’s been bam, bam, bam,” she said.Although Nichols said she expected to be a regular freshman and never expected to be doing the things she’s doing now, assistant coach Erica Beach thought otherwise.“A lot of people look past their freshman year and don’t expect great things, but I expected her to make an immediate impact like she has,” Beach said.And Nichols has done just that.Currently on a 10-game winning streak, the freshman pitcher has a 1.86 ERA with more than 160 innings pitched.Nichols had a win against the Michigan Wolverines, who were ranked No. 2 in the nation at the time.“On the mound, she’s mentally tough. She brings confidence to the pitching circle,” Beach said. “And off the field, she’s a really great chemistry player. People like to be around her.”That mental toughness and confidence have definitely worked for Nichols, who has thrown 15 complete games.“She focuses on being great in the game. She practices like she plays,” Beach said.Although Nichols has said she has much to improve on, it’s not only this year that she’s expected to make an impact. Coach Linda Kalafatis said she knows Nichols will be a contributor all four years.“We knew that Mel had the chance to be maybe one of the best pitchers here. She’s got the potential depending on how hard she wants to work for it,” Kalafatis said. “In the same respect, did I think we’d get to the point where she’s 21-2? No, I guess I never thought of it in those kind of numbers. But you know, winners get records but teams win games.”
File photo: Fans of Guyana Amazon Warriors during Match 21 of the 2017 Hero Caribbean Premier League between Guyana Amazon Warriors and St Lucia Stars at Guyana National Stadium on August 22, 2017 in Providence, Guyana. (Photo by Randy Brooks – CPL T20 via Getty Images)The fixtures for the Guyana leg of the 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) have now been confirmed, with five group games set to take place in the country, an increase from the four group matches that were played in Guyana in 2017.These matches will be hosted at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, home of the Guyana Amazon Warriors.The first game sees a clash of the Warriors vs the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots led by Chris Gayle on Thursday August 9.They will then take on the St Lucia Stars and Barbados Tridents before they go on their travels to play away matches before returning home for two massive matches against current champions, Trinbago Knight Riders, and last year’s fourth place finishers, Jamaica Tallawahs.According to cplT20.com, this split means that Guyana Amazon Warriors fans can look forward to two home legs this year.Speaking about the increase in matches from last season Hero CPL’s CEO, Damien O’Donohoe said “We are delighted to confirm that there will be five home games for the Amazon Warriors in 2018. The Hero CPL has always had fantastic support from the Guyanese people and the Government. We can’t wait to see sellout crowds once again.”Meanwhile, young and upcoming Guyana and West Indies Player, Keemo Paul, of the Guyana Amazon Warriors said “I can’t wait to get going for the 2018 Hero CPL and I know that the Guyanese cricket loving public will show us great support. Having five home matches at Providence will be a huge boost for us this year as we know home conditions well. A sell-out crowd will only help us as we look to bring the Hero CPL title to Guyana.”Fixture dates:Thurs 9 Aug – Guyana Amazon Warriors v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, Providence Stadium, 6pmSat 11 Aug – Guyana Amazon Warriors v St Lucia Stars, Providence Stadium, 4pmSun 12 Aug – Guyana Amazon Warriors v Barbados Tridents, Providence Stadium, 6pmSat 8 Sept – Guyana Amazon Warriors v Jamaica Tallawahs, Providence Stadium, 8pmSun 9 Sept – Guyana Amazon Warriors v Trinbago Knight Riders, Providence Stadium, 6pm Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHERO CPL 2018 VENUES AND TIMES CONFIRMEDJuly 27, 2018In “latest news”Repsol partnering with CPL for 2018 tournamentJuly 18, 2018In “latest news”‘Biggest Party in Sport being watched by more people’ says CEO of Hero CPLJanuary 11, 2018In “Sports”
Utilizing green energy solutions typically means you also need batteries to store that energy. In the case of something like solar panels they usually have their own battery storage system, but unless you have a very large array of panels the energy stored isn’t going to cope with much beyond keeping your lights on at night.In Japan, homes are beginning to experiment with high-capacity storage batteries that can be hooked into green energy systems like solar, but rely mainly on filling up their batteries with cheap energy at night from the power grid. Even so, their power output is limited and a choice has to be made between how much you want on (drain batteries quicker) or how long you need power for (turn more things off).Toshiba has developed a new home storage battery system that offers the best of both worlds, though. It’s called the eneGoon, and Toshiba claim it is capable of powering your refrigerator, TV, PC, and lights for 12 hours on a full charge. That’s enough to get you through the day. Recharging takes just 5 hours, but there is a rapid charge mode which cuts that down to 2 hours.The eneGoon has a maximum power output is 3.0kVA and it can power appliances up to 200V. That means if you don’t need power for the full 12 hours you can turn on more power hungry devices such as an air conditioning system.There’s no word on pricing yet, but I don’t expect this system to be cheap. There’s also no information on what the life expectancy of the batteries isand how much they cost to replace.Even so, having a storage battery that’s cheap to recharge and gives you 12 hours of power for the most used appliances in your house is a positive step, and certainly comes in very handy during an extended power cut. And there’s a real focus on improving batteries across the tech industry right now. These storage batteries are only going to keep getting cheaper and longer lasting.via Tech-On!
As public opposition to more austerity mounts and politicians become the target of a heckling and stone-throwing minority, Archbishop Ieronymos has called on citizens to show greater tolerance and work together to emerge from the crisis. “As we have all contributed to this crisis, to a lesser or greater extent, we can also be part of the change,” the Archbishop of Athens and all Greece said in a letter published in Sunday’s Kathimerini. In the letter titled “Where are we going?” Ieronymos said attacking others was not only counterproductive but could lead to disaster.” If ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another,” he said, quoting the Apostle Paul. Ieronymos did not comment on the campaign of “indignant” protesters, which has received the backing of two members of his Holy Synod – Bishop Anthimos of Thessaloniki and Bishop Ambrosios of Kalavryta and Aigialeia. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Once an unpopular travel option, Greece’s slow and creaky trains are winning new fans for the first time in decades as Greeks struggling with soaring fuel prices and high road taxes leave their beloved cars at home. The rail network remains patchy in a country of thousands of islands, skipping many towns altogether and beset by strikes. But it remains a cheaper alternative to car travel for Greeks facing the country’s worst economic crisis since World War II. Rail traffic between Greece’s two biggest cities – Athens and Thessaloniki – surged by 33 percent in the first 11 months of 2012, even if the night train plying that route is jokingly called “Karvouniaris” (coal-fired) to suggest it is slow and noisy enough to be a steam engine from a bygone era. “Life as we knew it has changed. There’s no money for luxuries like a car when you don’t even know if you’ll be able to pay your rent for the month,” said Vanesa Varveri, a 55-year-old accountant from Athens who began using the train to visit her parents near the port city of Patras when she lost her job. Tax hikes as part of austerity measures to keep Greece afloat have pushed up fuel prices to about 1.7 euros per litre in December, making them one of the highest in Europe. “We just can’t afford it (a car),” Vassilis Davoras, a teacher in the northern city of Veria, said as he sipped coffee in the pastel-blue carriage of the fast train from Thessaloniki to Athens – a six-hour train ride over 500 km that takes about 4.5 hours by car. Davoras, who travels 30 km to the nearest station, makes the trip to Athens a dozen times a year and used to spend about 200 euros on filling up his car tank and paying tolls each time. A train ride in comparison costs him only 60 euros on average. As Greece slumped deeper into crisis this year, traffic on the Athens-Thessaloniki route surged after falling over the 2009-10 and 2010-11 periods, according to Trainose, the heavily indebted state monopoly which runs the network.Owned by Railway Organization of Greece (OSE), Trainose operates 500 routes on 2,500 km of railways slowed down by narrow tunnels and hundreds of kilometres of one-way tracks. It is due for privatisation next year. Last December, the ailing company swung to a profit for the first time. In the first two months of 2012 – the latest earnings data available – it made a profit of nearly 142,000 euros, compared to a loss of 12.6 million euros a year earlier.The company is trying to modernise the rail network and Greeks predict the newfound appeal of trains is likely to continue as long as the country’s economic troubles last. “It’s cheap and that’s the only thing that matters these days,” said 65-year-old pensioner Yanna Papamichael as she recalled a trip to central Greece for Easter in April that took twice as long via a train and then a bus compared to a car. *Additional reporting and writing by Karolina Tagaris. Source: Rueters Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Australian Business Insider published a list of the Top 25 hotels in Europe, based on critiques and awards received from well-established travel websites, such as Travel + Leisure, Fodor and TripAdvisor.The list of the 25 best hotels in Europe contained three Greek resorts. The amazing Perivolas in Santorini was in sixth place, Blue Palace Resort in Crete was placed 16th and Lindos Blu in Rhodes ranked 22nd.Coming in at number one was the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace in Budapest, Hungary. Second and third place were taken by Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet and Four Seasons Hotel Firenze in Florence, Italy.
Flood Magazine has hired Marty Sartini Garner as senior editor. Sartini Garner was previously a contributing editor for the magazine. “Corby started writing about and formulating the ideals of the ‘food movement’ before there was a food movement,” says Gabriel Snyder, editor-in-chief for The New Republic, in a statement. “Now that food is an inescapable part of our culture, he’s perfectly placed to write about the fights worth fighting on both the artisan micro-level and the industrial macro-level. But he’ll do it all with his close-up sympathy and back-far humor that makes him so much fun to read.” The New Republic is continuing its rebuilding process after the messy editorial overhaul at the end of 2014—now, with foray into food. Here’s the rest of this week’s people on the move: Martin Nisenholtz and John Stellato have been named to the board of directors for Purch. Nisenholtz currently serves on several boards for digital media companies, and is a venture partner at Firstmark Capital. Stellato is a board member of both Conservant Intellectual Property Management and Loyal3. While the move isn’t a major one for TNR, it’s a sign that the magazine is still more than willing to experiment with its content. New York has hired for two newly created sales roles. Daniel Jasper joins as director of sponsorship sales, while Brian Carney is now director of sales development. Corby Kummer is joining the magazine as a contributing editor—he’ll stay in his role as senior editor for The Atlantic—and will be writing a monthly column on the intersection of food and culture. His first piece will appear in the September/October issue as one part of a larger redesign for the book. Meredith has named Elizabeth Anne Shaw editor-in-chief of FamilyFun. Shaw was most recently integrated content director at Scholastic Parent & Child.
See at Amazon Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $999 Comment Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Best Buy 1 I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. $520 at HP Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $60 at Best Buy Share your voice HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Read the AirPods review Mobile,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Turo $999 Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Comments DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Sarah Tew/CNET TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Sarah Tew/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview $6 at Tidal Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. See it $155 at Google Express See It Sarah Tew/CNET $210 at Best Buy See at Turo Noah Berger / AFP/Getty Images Apple News Plus reportedly roped in more than 200,000 subscribers in its first two days.The iPhone maker unveiled Apple News Plus, its $9.99 per month subscription service, last week. Users can read articles from various publications, including more than 300 magazines. The service is free for the first month, which may have given users a nudge in signing up. Apple News Plus has reached more subscribers than Texture, a magazine app Apple bought last year, had at its peak, according to a Tuesday report by The New York Times. Following the launch of its premium news service, Apple said it would retire Texture on May 28.Before the launch of Apple News Plus, some publishers were reportedly hesitant about participating in the service because Apple reportedly would keep half the subscription revenue. The New York Times and The Washington Post ultimately didn’t participate in the news service. See It Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Tags Rylo Read the Rylo camera preview Sarah Tew/CNET What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). 7 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Read Google Home Hub review Chris Monroe/CNET DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $59 at eBay Sprint Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Tags The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Boost Mobile See It JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $999 Apple iPhone XS Angela Lang/CNET $999 Share your voice $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $299 at Amazon Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) The Cheapskate Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Amazon
A semi-truck trailer designed to carry larger loads of liquefied natural gas to market in Fairbanks will get a tryout next month on Alaska highways.The Alaska Dispatch reports the five-axle trailer carries up to 13,000 gallons of LNG, the maximum allowed by state law. That’s 2,000 gallons more than can be hauled in trailers now from Point MacKenzie.Western Cascade Trucking Equipment in Tukwila, Washington, helped design the trailer and is marketing the trailer for Heil Trailer International, which is based in Tennessee.The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority owns the utility that delivers liquefied gas to about 1,100 customers in the Fairbanks area.Spokesman Karsten Rodvik says AIDEA (AY’-dah) will review the trailer’s performance on highway demonstration runs.
(Photo: seator.org)Last summer, Ketchikan Indian Community (KIC) began a phytoplankton and shellfish monitoring program in Ketchikan as part of the Southeast Alaska Tribal Toxins Program. KIC tests samples, and informs the public if dangerous levels of the toxin that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning are found in local clams and mussels.Listen nowNicole Forbes is the environmental specialist at KIC in charge of collecting samples. She said it’s important for people to understand what paralytic shellfish poisoning is and how it is transmitted.“Basically there are tiny, microscopic plants in the ocean called phytoplankton,” Forbes said. “Most of them are not harmful. In fact, they produce 50 percent of our oxygen. But there are a few harmful species and one of those is Alexandrium and it produces something called saxitoxin. When the shellfish filter-feed, it gets collected in the shellfish, and when people eat it, that’s what causes paralytic shellfish poisoning.”PSP toxins cannot be cooked or cleaned out of shellfish, and freezing does not destroy the toxin. Consumption of the toxin can cause paralysis and death. Commercial shellfish is tested and considered safe. The Tribal Toxins Program targets recreational beaches.Forbes said KIC is testing samples at popular beaches in the Ketchikan area so people will know if clams, mussels, and cockles are safe to harvest. Currently, testing is being done at Settlers Cove and Whipple Creek. Forbes said they plan to add Seaport Beach in Saxman soon. She said the program is in the beginning stages and they are working to identify other sample sites.“We’re trying to figure out where most people harvest, so that we can get those results,” Fores said. “The thing is, you have to get results for each beach. Because you could go two or three miles down and it’s going to be completely different down there.”Forbes said there are three steps to the collection process which starts with weekly phytoplankton samples.“Which involves me going out there with a phytoplankton net and wading in the water, and grabbing a sample,” Forbes said. “I bring that back to our local lab, and I put it under the microscope and look for those harmful phytoplankton species that I was talking about. If I see one, that’s the first warning sign that we need to get a shellfish sample out as soon as possible, because it’s possible that saxitoxin is in the shellfish.”Forbes said suspect samples are sent to the Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s lab in Sitka. She said the turnaround time for testing is fairly quick. “I send it out on Tuesday, gets there Wednesday, I get results Thursday or Friday,” Forbes said.Forbes said the third step of the process is filtration which involves taking a water sample, filtering it, and then sending the filter to the lab, where phytoplankton species and quantities are identified, along with concentration of toxins.Tony Gallegos, the cultural and natural resources director for KIC, said Alexandrium may be present, but not necessarily producing toxins.“The scientific literature hasn’t come to clear conclusion on how you know whether they’re going to produce the toxins or not, what triggers that,” Gallegos said. “That’s still unclear. We can see the algae, but we need to actually do an analysis of those algae to see if they actually have toxins in them.”Forbes said phytoplankton aren’t as active in the winter because it is cold and dark, but she said no time of the year is safe to harvest without testing. She said they found high levels of toxins in butter clams at Whipple Creek this winter.“Actually butter clams hold onto the toxins longer, and then during the winter the shellfish slow down their filter feeding, so they can actually hold on to those toxins for the whole winter,” Forbes said.Forbes said she collects samples every two weeks, weather permitting, and if samples test positive, they are retested weekly. Results for all Southeast beaches being tested are posted in the data section of the Southeast Alaska Tribal Association Research website – www.seator.org. Information is also sent to local media.KIC is interested in identifying other local sites for sampling. If you have suggestions, you can contact Nicole Forbes at KIC. Forbes email is firstname.lastname@example.org. The phone number is 228-9365.
Vonage makes free Facebook phone call app © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore further ClickFox reached its conclusions by analyzing support data from North American carriers; after eliminating call data for questions about billing or queries about plan options, the company found that calls for assistance with iPhones were generally handled more expeditiously than those for Blackberry and even more so than for Android calls.ClickFox, though not revealing exact figures noted that the main difference between the types of support were the number of calls that had to be transferred to other support reps, i.e. difficult problems often require the assistance of more than one support rep to get resolved. ClickFox says that the number of transfers for iPhone callers is fewer than for Blackberry users, and far fewer than for Android users.In an interview with InfoWorld, analytics director for ClickFox , Lauren Smith said that Blackberry users cost support carriers a total of $46 million more to support than iPhone users did for their support, while Android users cost theirs $97 million more. ClickFox suggests the disparity is due to the higher degree of difficulty in learning and using the Blackberry and Android phones versus the iPhone, resulting in confused users calling support lines only to find the reps oftentimes confused as well. ClickFox says that while iPhone users typically have their questions or problems resolved on the first call, Blackberry users find themselves transferred to another rep 37% of the time; and Android users get transferred a staggering 77% of the time.This announcement by ClickFox comes at a bad time for Android users as reports from the recent DefCon Hacking conference in Las Vegas, suggest that the Android OS has a flaw in it that allows one app to change the focus of another app without user consent. Worse, the offending app can apparently also disable the Back button, preventing the user from going back to the original app. Security experts say such a flaw, in addition to being annoying, can allow a secondary app to masquerade as the first, setting up the user for a phishing attack. (PhysOrg.com) — ClickFox, a firm that analyzes customer experience when trying to solve problems with their technology has focused its attention on how much work and cost is involved in supporting and troubleshooting problems related to the three main kinds of smartphones; the iPhone, Blackberry and those running Google’s Android OS. They found that iPhone’s are cheaper to support than Blackberry’s and Android phones are the most expensive of all. Citation: Research group shows iPhones cost less to support (2011, August 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-08-group-iphones.html 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.
September 7, 2017 — Median Technologies announced that it will lead a scientific and medical roundtable on Sept. 7 in Sophia-Antipolis, France, to discuss the application of its next-generation imaging platform iBiopsy for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). The roundtable panel will include four key opinion leaders:Richard Jones, M.D., MRCP, vice president, general medicine, Princeton, N.J. Jones is a GMC-registered physician from the United Kingdom specializing in internal medicine, clinical pharmacology and cardiology. He qualified from the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford and has spent more than 15 years in academic medicine in the UK. Jones has over 70 publications on various aspects of drug development. He worked in early- and late-phase drug development holding senior positions in several major pharmaceutical companies. He has experience in developing novel biomarkers and non-invasive tests and their application to clinical trial methodologies;Rohit Loomba, M.D., MHSc, University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Loomba is a professor of medicine (with tenure), director of hepatology, and vice chief, Division of Gastroenterology at UCSD. He is an internationally recognized thought leader in translational research and innovative clinical trial design in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and steatohepatitis (NASH), and in non-invasive assessment of steatosis and fibrosis using advanced imaging modalities;Michael Middleton, M.D., Ph.D., UCSD. Together with others at UCSD, Middleton has developed and improved breath-hold quantitative magnetic resonance (MR) magnitude imaging and spectroscopic methods to assess liver fat, and has developed methods to assess the adequacy of MRI proton density fat fraction (PDFF) and magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) liver stiffness assessment measurements. Middleton and his group use MRI to assess liver fat content in clinical trials for the NASH Clinical Research Network, and he currently serves on the Steering and Radiology Committees of the NASH CRN; andMassimo Pinzani is professor of medicine at University College London (UCL), London, United Kingdom. He is a clinical and translational hepatologist, is the Sheila Sherlock Chair of Hepatology and director of the UCL Institute for Liver and Digestive Health, Division of Medicine. Pinzani is one of the pioneers in research dedicated to cellular and molecular mechanisms of liver fibrosis and relative diagnostic and therapeutic approaches.The roundtable will aim at providing scientific and medical insights and recommendations to support the development and strategic positioning of Median’s iBiopsy for NASH.”Median Technologies is developing imaging biomarkers for the diagnosis and assessment of treatment response of NASH patients during clinical trials that will lead to the development of a companion diagnostic imaging test once a drug has been approved by the FDA [U.S. Food and Drug Administration]. Our plan is to have the imaging biomarker validated during the clinical trial becoming the basis for the companion diagnostic. We have been evaluating various imaging protocols and modalities including CT [computed tomography] contrast imaging and MR elastography combined with novel deep learning methodologies,” said Fredrik Brag, CEO of Median Technologies. iBiopsy (Imaging Biomarker Phenotyping System) is a platform that combines non-invasive image biomarkers with phenomics. 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No related posts. The dollar exchange rate fell again on Wednesday, continuing a downward trend in recent days.On Tuesday, Costa Rica’s Central Bank intervened for second day the exchange market by buying dollars. The bank bought $34,000 on Monday and $1.8 million on Tuesday to prevent the currency from falling below the lower-band limit of ₡500.At the Foreign Currency Negotiation Market (MONEX), the dollar traded at an average of ₡500.04.Customers with dollar debt could benefit from this downward trend, say experts, who recommend that account holders with dollar loans make extra payments to decrease the debt amount. Those who receive a salary in dollars, however, are seeing their wages drop.The exchange rate for Wednesday is:Buy: ₡492.96Sell: ₡503.66 Facebook Comments
New brand promotes the pioneering spirit of outback QueenslandNew brand promotes the pioneering spirit of outback QueenslandToday Kinnon & Co launched a new tourism brand for its holidays and experiences. The ‘Outback Pioneers’ brand is designed to capture the essence of outback Queensland and its heritage.Owner and present day outback pioneer, Richard Kinnon, said they are building a world-class brand that will help give the region a stronger profile so people realise there’s more to Queensland tourism than beaches, reef and rainforests.“Our region of outback Queensland is somewhere people can come and discover Australia’s pioneering past and their own pioneering spirit,” Richard said.“Our remoteness is what has shaped the adventurous, resilient spirit over the years and what makes it such a great destination to walk in the footsteps of pioneers and experience what life is really like under our huge outback skies.“This is the third face of Queensland – rainforests, beach and our outback pioneer heritage.”Richard stresses that the Kinnon family remains at the heart of the new brand.“We’re not going anywhere. We’re all still working hard to give guests a genuine taste of the outback,” he said.The Outback Pioneers experiences, based in Longreach, include the Cobb & Co Stagecoach Experience – the only place you can gallop in a stagecoach on an old mail route, the Starlight’s Cruise Experience on the Thomson River, the Nogo Station Experience and the Winton Discovery Experience.Each of the experiences is packed with essential outback sights and insights – from stockman’s stew and bush poetry by the campfire to sheep-shearing at a historic station, to the story of local heroes Captain Starlight and Banjo Paterson.Interwoven through it all is the quirky outback sense of humour that the Kinnon family do so well. From the hilarious Harry Redford Old Time Show to crazy ad-lib moments, it’s as much about laughing in the face of adversity as triumphing over it.Outback Pioneers guests can stay at the Kinnon & Co Outback Accommodation, which includes the deluxe 4½-star Homestead Stables (opened 2016) and 4-star Pioneer Slab Huts (opened 2015) – an attraction in themselves.This new brand for a tourism business that started in response to drought – as a way for the family of graziers to subsidise their station – demonstrates the Kinnons’ continuing dedication to outback Queensland tourism.“We started the business ten years ago to subsidise the outback way of life we love but then we got enthusiastic about sharing our life with visitors and creating something special for them here.“We want to inspire our fellow Australians and our overseas visitors with the heritage of outback Queensland – and educate them on how important this land is to our country – and of course send them away with a smile on their faces,” Richard said.The Outback Pioneers 2017 brochure will be launched later this month. In the meantime, all the details are on the website at www.outbackpioneers.com.au Outback Pioneersfor information, visit Kinnon & Cofor information, visit Source = Kinnon & Co – Outback Pioneers
in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Share June 3, 2016 613 Views Credit Unions Lending National Credit Union Administration 2016-06-03 Staff Writer Credit Unions Kick Lending Up a Notch Mortgage lending among credit unions experienced significant gains for the first quarter of the year, but their supervisory agency cautioned that these institutions should monitor risks.The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) reported Friday that loans outstanding among credit unions rose 10.7 percent in the year ending in the first quarter of 2016.NCUA Board Chairman Rick Metsger said, “The credit union system again experienced solid performance during the first quarter of 2016. “With an influx of deposits, federally insured shares at credit unions also neared the $1 trillion mark coming in at $991.7 billion.”According to the data,total loans at federally insured credit unions reached $799.5 billion at the end of the first quarter, an increase of 10.7 percent from one year earlier. First-mortgage loans outstanding increased 10.4 percent to $327.9 billion, while other real estate loans grew by 3.9 percent to $74.3 billion. The loans-to-shares ratio was 76.1 percent at the end of March, up 2.7 percentage points from a year earlier but down for the quarter due to an influx of member deposits.“As credit union lending has increased, long-term investments have declined and reduced the system’s interest rate risk,” Metsger said. “However, delinquency and charge-off rates are slightly higher than a year ago, and member-business loan delinquencies are rising even more. Credit unions making such loans should take note and ensure that they perform proper due diligence to mitigate the risk.”With the uptick in orginations, credit unions’ delinquency rate also rose to 71 basis points in the first quarter, up 2 basis points from a year earlier. However, the NCUA noted that the delinquency rate for fixed real estate has been down for the last four quarters. The system’s net charge-off ratio increased slightly to an annualized 52 basis points in the first quarter, up from 47 basis points at the end of the first quarter of 2015.Net income at credit unions totaled $9.2 billion on an annualized rate in the first quarter of 2016, up 3.5 percent from the $8.9 billion reported last year at the same time, the report said. Total assets in federally insured credit unions rose to more than $1.2 trillion at the end of March, up 7.1 percent for the year.The NCUA reported that credit unions remain well capitalized, with 97.8 percent reporting a net worth ratio at or above the statutorily required 7 percent. At end of first quarter of 2016, 0.7 percent of federally insured credit unions were less than adequately capitalized. In addition, the credit union system’s aggregate net worth ratio was 10.78 percent at the end of the first quarter, down 3 basis points from a year earlier.”The first-quarter data shows credit unions continue to shine by delivering exceptional value and exemplary service to their members,” said B. Dan Berger, President and CEO of the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU). “American consumers are voting with their wallets and demonstrating their extraordinary satisfaction with credit unions’ first-rate products and top-notch financial services. While small credit unions want to continue to be part of this trend, they are being especially hard-hit by an endless tide of regulatory burden. The impact is undeniable–at the current pace we are losing nearly a credit union each business day.”
Go back to the enewsletterThe winter edition of LATTE‘s sister brand consumer magazine, has been released this week and celebrates everything about travel’s fastest-growing industry: cruising. Issue 30 has been bumped up 160 pages to 176 – including 50 pages devoted to cruising and yachting – to bring readers even more of the world’s finest travel and lifestyle experiences.More Australians are setting sail on ocean cruises than ever – 1.34 million of us, or almost six per cent of the population, according to the latest figures from Cruise Lines International Association Australasia – and discerning travellers have never been exposed to such choice about where to go and which line to cruise with.The Cruise Issue pays homage to being on the water in all its forms. Find out how Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ has raised the bar for luxury at sea, venture to the Subantarctic Islands with Ponant, board Uniworld’s latest Super Ship on the Danube and sail in the wake of Portuguese explorers on a Sea Cloud windjammer. The issue also features a family exploration of the rugged Kimberley region with True North Adventure Cruises.Back on land, travel to the Yukon Territory in search of the Canadian northern lights and visit the 10 most remote hotels in the world, most only accessible by sky or sea. Editor-in-chief, Cathy Wagstaff, shares her newfound love for Sri Lanka, a diverse destination that well and truly deserves its place on the bucket-list.The 2018 Best-of-the-Best Luxury Cruise AwardsFollowing the success of the inaugural Cruise Awards last year, we have expanded our panel of expert judges to bring readers the definitive guide to luxury cruising.The 12 panellists are all leading Australian travel advisors that specialise in the luxury cruise industry, and were highly recommended to us for their outstanding knowledge of cruising.We called on their expertise to vote across 10 categories covering ocean, river and expedition cruising. In addition to the original categories, we have added the best ships for a multigenerational escape and the tour operators that elevate the cruise experience even further.Click here to see the full list of categories and winners, or go online to signatureluxurytravel.com.au/cruise-awards-2018Go back to the enewsletter
By Annette ChrysostomouThe names of 983 Cypriots on a microchip are onboard the Nasa spacecraft InSight, which is expected to land on Mars on Monday after a six-month trip.Two microchips on the spacecraft, which is about to carry out tests on Mars, contain the names of 2.4 million people from almost all countries on earth.The idea of taking names to the planet serves the purpose of a virtual ‘participation’ in space missions.In Cyprus, 983 people took advantage of the opportunity and registered their name online.The ‘passengers’ will receive a ‘boarding pass’ and join the equivalent of a frequent flyer programme. Those who have missed the opportunity to take part will be able to do so in future missions.According to the Cyprus News Agency, the landing of InSight is not going to be easy. It will consist of several stages which are considered complex and difficult.The last stage is due to commence at 9.40pm Cyprus time.The aim of the $850 million mission is to study the surface and subsoil of Mars to better understand the history of both Mars and our entire solar system.“Previous Mars missions have explored the history of the surface of the red planet such as in gorges, volcanoes, rocks, and the terrain, but no mission has so far explored the early evolution of the planet, which can be studied only by looking much below the surface,” said Nasa official Michael Watkins.“InSight will help us unlock the mysteries of Mars in a new way, not only by studying the surface of the planet, but by looking deep into the ground to learn about the first building blocks of the planet that were prevalent in the past.”Mars is considered to be the most suitable and closest planet for human beings to settle.Both national space agencies and private companies have entered a space race to send the first people to this planet in an effort to ensure the continuity of mankind.You May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameMen over 40 Would Consider This Game a Must-TryPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoYahoo SearchEarly Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Learn About Treatments & Symptoms. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are Leading The Pack. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboola