Amazon Japan reportedly stops selling Huawei devices

first_imgAmazon Japan apparently isn’t directly selling Huawei’s products anymore. Kazuhiro Nogi / AFP / Getty Images The Amazon Japan store became the latest entity to ice out Huawei by removing all its products from direct sale, a Nikkei report said Friday.Despite the end of direct sales, Amazon Japan customers can still buy Huawei phones, tablets and PCs through third-party sellers in the online marketplace, Nikkei noted.The Chinese company’s devices were listed as out of stock for direct sale in the wake of the US blacklisting Huawei last week. President Donald Trump signed an executive order effectively banning the company from doing business with US companies or governments based on national security concerns over Huawei’s close ties with the Chinese government.In the US, Microsoft also reportedly removed Huawei MateBook laptops from its online store.Neither Amazon nor Huawei immediately responded to requests for comment.First published at 5:53 a.m. PT.Update, 6:23 a.m.: Adds more detail. $60 at Best Buy Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) 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. 7 4:59 Post a comment Amazon Huawei,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. $299 at Amazon $210 at Best Buy HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $999 $520 at HP Turo Comments Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Read DJI Osmo Action preview Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Angela Lang/CNET 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. 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. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET $999 Read Google Home Hub review What is going on between Huawei and the US? CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See at Amazon See at Turo See It Mobile Tablets Computers Phones 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. $59 at eBay 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. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Boost Mobile See It Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Best Buy See It $155 at Google Express 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. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Rylo $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Read the AirPods review Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $999 Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Amazon TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Tags Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Share your voice The Cheapskate Sarah Tew/CNET Read the Rylo camera preview $6 at Tidal 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). Sprint Apple iPhone XS 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. 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. Chris Monroe/CNET 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. 0 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. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Tags Share your voice $999 See it 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. 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. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

ATT earnings sees wireless growth in Q2 but video side continues to

first_img Share your voice 1 Review • Live TV streamer is stronger on channels, weaker on DVR 2:00 Now playing: Watch this: News • AT&T misses on revenue, loses more DirecTV Now customers Why you should say no to DirecTV Now Mobile Tech Industry 13 Photoscenter_img DirecTV Now continues to underperform for AT&T.  Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images AT&T met analyst expectations in its latest earnings report, even as struggles continued around the company’s U-Verse and DirecTV video unit. The technology giant added 335,000 phone users, the bulk of them coming on the company’s prepaid side. AT&T says it added 72,000 postpaid users, the more lucrative customers that sign up for its traditional monthly wireless service. By comparison, in the first quarter of the year, the company added 179,000 phone users, of which 80,000 were postpaid. Utilizing its deployment of FirstNet, a wireless network for first responders, AT&T says it has been able to upgrade its traditional wireless network and get it ready for 5G, which it plans to make commercially available nationwide during the first half of 2020. “The wireless side of the house, we’re feeling more and more confident every day,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T’s chairman and CEO in a call with investors. Stephenson says the company has built out 60% of its FirstNet network thus far. The growth in mobile comes as its more premium DirecTV and AT&T U-Verse continue to shed users for its traditional satellite, cable and streaming DirecTV Now services. AT&T said it lost 778,000 premium video users, with an additional 168,000 users disconnecting from DirecTV Now as the company rolled out fewer promotions. AT&T warns that the losses could continue through the rest of the year as it still has 1 million users locked on two-year pricing promotions. The company is touting a new, forthcoming over-the-top streaming service called AT&T TV, set for trial in the third quarter of the year, as well as next spring’s HBO Max launch, as options to turn its video ship around. Read more: DirecTV Now vs. YouTube TV vs. Sling TV vs. Hulu and moreStephenson says HBO Max will have live sports, touting the NBA and MLB as two potential examples. While it is unclear exactly what AT&T TV will look like and how it will compare to the company’s other streaming services, Stephenson told investors that the company “will put our shoulder and our muscle behind AT&T TV.”WarnerMedia, the division that houses the Time Warner properties AT&T acquired last year, including Turner TV stations and HBO, had revenues of roughly $8.4 billion. Earnings per share were 89 cents for the quarter, exactly matching the estimates from analysts polled, according to Yahoo Finance. Revenues came in at $45 billion, slightly higher than the $44.85 billion analysts anticipated.   Samsung, LG, Motorola: How soon can we expect 5G phones? Comment Tags DirecTV Now AT&Tlast_img read more

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Tarantino love letter to movies has

first_imgOriginally published July 26.  10 best free movie and TV streaming services 2:38 Comments Tags Movie reviews Share your voice Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt in Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood. Andrew Cooper/Sony Pictures Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film, is actually two stories. On the one hand, you have the odd couple of Leonardo DiCaprio’s Rick Dalton and Brad Pitt’s Cliff Booth. Dalton, an actor who’s seen better days, left his TV hit to make movies and has struggled ever since. Booth is his stunt double, driver, impromptu therapist and best friend. On the other hand, you have Dalton’s new neighbors: director Roman Polanski and his wife, actress Sharon Tate. Similar to what he did in Inglorious Basterds, Tarantino reinvents history here, imagining an alternate version of 1969 Hollywood in which Dalton lives next door to Tate on Cielo Drive, where the actress and three of her friends were famously murdered by the Charles Manson family.I was all in for the stylish homage to Hollywood’s golden age. I just wish it didn’t also have to be a horrific real crime with the full-on, blood-spattering Tarantino treatment. I should say up front that I’ve never been a Quentin Tarantino fan. I found both Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction violent and uncomfortable to watch. Watching Kill Bill: Vol. 1, I wanted to leave the theater because I was disgusted by all the blood and explicit acts of violence against women. I never bothered with Vol. 2. I’m among those who think Tarantino’s time may have passed and never understood why he was so revered. So I was ready to hate Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood. In fact, I liked it, though I have some quibbles. Not the least of them is that at 161 minutes, the film would have benefitted from being shorter and tighter. Basically one movie instead of two. qt9-r-00318-01-rgbQuentin Tarantino, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt on the set of Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood. Andrew Cooper/Sony Pictures There’s already a lot going on in a film with two very strong leads. One (DiCaprio) is going through quite the midlife crisis. The other (Pitt) is just trying to scrape by. On top of that, you have an ensemble with so many famous names it’s hard to recall them all. We’re talking the likes of Al Pacino, Dakota Fanning, Kurt Russell, Luke Perry, Rumer Willis, Bruce Dern, Scoot McNairy and Lena Dunham.qt9-r-00061-rMargot Robbie in Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood Andrew Cooper/Sony Pictures With so many characters popping up, Margot Robbie doesn’t really have much to do as Sharon Tate other than stand there with perfect blond hair and exquisitely sculpted legs. She’s flawless throughout the whole movie, with one exception. In Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, Tarantino lets everyone know that even gorgeous women snore. Actress Margaret Qualley gets a similar superficial treatment. She plays Pussycat, a member of the Charles Manson family with a penchant for hitchhiking and flirting. She has a scene with Pitt’s character that is quite cringe-inducing. Not only because she looks like a teenager and he’s well into his fifties, but because at one point she offers him oral sex while he’s driving. But let’s talk more about what I liked in Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood. Longtime Los Angeles institutions (and their neon lights) make an appearance: among them, restaurants Musso & Frank Grill and El Coyote, the landmark Capitol Records and theaters Cinerama Dome, Bruin and Pantages. center_img 77 Photos 2019 movies to geek out over Endless cameos and historic references will seduce any film and TV buff. Mike Moh plays a cocky version of Bruce Lee who says things like, “My hands are registered as lethal weapons.” Damian Lewis plays a blond-but-not-cool-enough Steve McQueen. Director Sergio Corbucci’s name is shown some reverence. There are countless references to spaghetti westerns (the title of the movie being one of them). People are glued to their TV sets to watch Three in the Attic, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and The F.B.I. Our protagonists’ pasts are re-enacted as little flashback sequences perfectly interwoven into the action, and Tarantino has a lot of fun with the format, especially with Dalton, as we get a glimpse of his work as an actor but also how it could have been. One standout sequence shows the ending of The Great Escape with DiCaprio’s Dalton playing McQueen’s character in a way that made me want to watch The Great Escape for the umpteenth time. In another sequence, we see Dalton as a performer lashing out in the funniest way because he can’t remember his lines. Then there’s Pitt, whose cool Cliff Booth is arguably just as objectified as Robbie’s and Qualley’s characters. He has a shirtless sequence on top of a sunny roof where he doesn’t have any reason to be jealous of his very ripped and younger Fight Club self.There’s much more to say about Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood. The camera moves masterfully. The soundtrack is catchy. There’s some sort of shoe and foot fetish going on. A conversation between Dalton and a child actor is both hysterical and raw.Be sure to go see the movie the way the director intended you to see it: in 35mm. I just hope you’re luckier than me and your theater has more than one projector, like the charming little theater I saw it in has. Otherwise, prepare yourself for a pause every hour or so as they change reels. Or just take that opportunity to stretch your legs. Did I mention this is a 161-minute movie? Now playing: Watch this: TV and Movies 9last_img read more

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at Obamas cybersecurity summit

first_imgApple CEO Tim Cook speaks at Obama’s cybersecurity summit2.8K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at Obama’s cybersecurity summit2.8K viewsBusinessROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Apple CEO Tim Cook addressed a crowd of more than 1,000 people at the White House summit on cybersecurity in Palo Alto, California. Before his remarks, Cook was oneVentuno Web Player 4.50ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Apple CEO Tim Cook addressed a crowd of more than 1,000 people at the White House summit on cybersecurity in Palo Alto, California. Before his remarks, Cook was onelast_img read more

Who will face India Two possible scenarios emerge Semifinals matchups explained

first_imgWith the win against New Zealand, England sneaked into the number 3 position and irrespective of the other results, they shall remain there. However, depending on the result of India vs Sri Lanka and Australia vs South Africa, their opponents for the semis clash can change.New ZealandSimilar to England, New Zealand are secure at number 4. Pakistan has a mathematical chance, but it is so ridiculous that memes are being made out of it. Hence, like England, the Kiwis are safe at number 4 and will take on either India or Australia depending on the result of their matches as is explained above.As things stand right now, here are the possible semi-final match-ups:England vs India, BirmighamAustralia vs New Zealand, Old Trafford After stuttering in the middle phase, England finally found momentum with their win against India and continued on their march by shrugging off New Zealand in Durham. With this win, they have sealed their semis berth for the first time since 1992 and now with momentum on their side, they look once again look favourites.However, their task will not be easy as the other teams in the competition too look quite dangerous and here, we take a look at the different semi-final match-ups.AustraliaAaron Finch-led Australia are currently number 1 on the points table, they have to play against South Africa and going by the current form, they should overcome the Protea challenge. If this happens, they remain the number 1 side and will then take on New Zealand in the semi-final.However, if they lose this match and then India beats Sri Lanka in their remaining league fixture, India will usurp Australia as the number 1 side and will take on New Zealand in the semi-final.India Indian cricket teamGetty ImagesIndia have to face Sri Lanka in their final league game. If they win against Sri Lanka, they will have 15 points. They can climb to number 1 spot if Australia lose to South Africa and will then take on New Zealand. However, if Australia win against South Africa, the table remains like the way it is right now and it will be an India-England semi-final clash at Edgbaston.Englandlast_img read more

Saaho trailer out PrabhasShraddhas film is all about thrilling action

first_imgPrabhas in SaahoPR HandoutThe trailer of Saaho, one of the most awaited films in the recent times, has been unveiled by the makers and it is mind blowing. Directed by Sujeeth Reddy, this spy thriller features Prabhas, Shraddha Kapoor and Neil Nitin Mukesh in lead roles.Prabhas plays an undercover agent in this film and Shraddha plays a cop from Crime Branch. The trailer begins with a narration, which reveals that Rs 2000 crore have been robbed in Mumbai, and police department is ashamed of themselves as they couldn’t get caught of the master minds behind the robbery. Shraddha Kapoor’s first looks from SaahoTwitterA gang of gangsters, the hard core villains like Neil Nitin Mukesh, Arun Vijay, Jackie Shroff, Chunky Pandey, Mandira Bedi and others are in search of a ‘black box’ which has the key to a locker which has a worth of billion dollars. PR HandoutThe background music of the film has been composed by Ghibran and it is definitely one of the best BGMs in the recent times. Ghibran has doen really good work and kudos to the makers for the patience they have in the making of the film.The film is made under a budget of Rs 350 crores and even more. The visuals and VFX in the trailer are visual extravaganza and delight to the eyes. The production quality is pretty much high and the makers have left no stone unturned in making it big and best.The trailer shows that Murali Sharma and Vennela Kishore are also playing cops in this film and they play a key role in the whole operation. The film has the romance between Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor and they look good together on screen.Last but not the least, Prabhas looks stunning and dashing. In short, he looks like a Macho and stole the show.last_img read more

10 innocent Rohingya civilians in mass grave

first_imgWoman is consoled after receiving news that her husband was killed in Myanmar, in Cox`s Bazar. Photo: ReutersRohingya Muslim insurgents said on Saturday that ten Rohingya found in a mass grave in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state last month were “innocent civilians”, and not members of their group.Myanmar’s military said earlier this week its soldiers had killed 10 captured Muslim “terrorists” during insurgent attacks at the beginning of September, after Buddhist villagers had forced the captured men into a grave the villagers had dug.It was a rare acknowledgment of wrongdoing by the Myanmar military during its operations in the western state of Rakhine.The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), whose raids against security posts starting last August sparked sweeping military operations in the Muslim-majority northern part of Rakhine, said it “whole-heartedly welcomes the admission” of “war crimes” by the “Burmese terrorist army”.“We hereby declare that these ten innocent Rohingya civilians found in the said mass grave in Inn Din Village Tract were neither ARSA nor had any association with ARSA”, the group said in a statement on Twitter.A Myanmar government spokesman said in response to ARSA’s statement that sometimes “terrorists and villagers were allied” in attacks” against security forces.“We have already said it is very difficult to segregate who is a terrorist and who are innocent villagers,” spokesman Zaw Htay said. “There will be an ongoing investigating process whether they are members of ARSA or not.”The Myanmar military did not immediately respond to requests for comment.‘NEW STEP’Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Friday it was “positive” that the country’s military was taking responsibility for the actions of troops.“It is a new step for our country,” she told a joint news conference with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono in Myanmar’s capital of Naypyitaw.“I see it that way because a country needs to take responsibility for the rule of law in the country, and this is the first step on the road of taking responsibility and it is a positive thing,” She said, according to a transcript of the news conference posted on her Facebook page.On Dec. 18, the military announced a mass grave containing 10 bodies had been found at the coastal village of Inn Din, about 50 km (30 miles) north of the state capital Sittwe. The army appointed a senior officer to investigate.A statement from the military on Wednesday said its investigation had found that members of the security forces had taken part in the killing and action would be taken against them.The Rohingya crisis erupted after Rohingya insurgent attacks on security posts on 25 Aug in Rakhine triggered a fierce military response that the United Nations denounced as ethnic cleansing.Myanmar denies ethnic cleansing, saying its security forces had mounted legitimate counter-insurgency clearance operations.last_img

Disney World Adds Trump Animatronic Figure But Likeness Is Lacking

first_img Share A new president in real life means a new president at Magic Kingdom, too.Specifically, a new animatronic figure in the Hall of Presidents at Walt Disney World, where every former leader of the republic is depicted in an “audio-animatronics show.”The exhibit is currently closed for updates and maintenance, but Disney has released a sneak peak of the new addition.It’s not the presence of President Trump in this lineup that’s raising eyebrows.It’s … well, let’s face it.It’s the face.Do you see Donald Trump? Or Jon Voight playing Donald Trump?Disney gave the job of Trump in the Hall of Presidents to Jon Voight and I can’t stop laughing. pic.twitter.com/dtu4PnqPv4— Wil Spillane 🚀 (@2xUEss) December 19, 2017Or a certain doll from a horror franchise?Trump robot in the Hall of Presidents looks like a 71-year-old Chucky doll. pic.twitter.com/yLCBmhpNvG— John Cohen (@JohnCohen1) December 19, 2017Or — and we’re very, very sorry to keep bringing back the 2016 election, like we are all caught in some vicious space-time vortex, or like our reality exists inside a demented computer simulation currently experimenting with a rewind button — but …Doesn’t it kind of look like Hillary Clinton?Here me out on this. Clearly Disney had Hilary’s robot ready to go and then they had to try and make it look like Trump. Don’t hate me. This is just a necessary and painful fact we all need to deal with. pic.twitter.com/biSirfwE59— Shannon O’Neill (@spotastic) December 19, 2017 no joke, that Donald Trump robot at Disney’s Hall of Presidents looks like the child of him, Hillary Clinton, Jon Voight, and Roger Ebert. kill it before AI gives it more than two terms.— Nowhere. Near. Berlin! (@vodkasnowflake) December 19, 2017Then there is the robot’s outfit, with an unbuttoned suit and long tie — some call it embarrassing, while others say it’s true to life.So many embarrassing & humiliating details about the animatronic:* The disheveled, hobo hair* The fleshy jowls & turkey neck* The huge gut resulting in the unbuttoned jacket* The idiotic facial expression& the coup de grace,* The ill-fitting suit & tie -a Trump pet peeve https://t.co/mUvJTUSna5— Fernand R. Amandi (@AmandiOnAir) December 19, 2017There are a few important things to note here.First, while some corners of the Internet are amused by the face of robot Trump, the president’s supporters are neither laughing nor particularly concerned.President Trump has officially been added to Disney’s Hall of Presidents in the Magic Kingdom. I love it! 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/W7ns9zqozH— Alex 🇺🇸 (@SoCal4Trump) December 19, 2017Some Trump fans were disappointed that his tie was blue and white, instead of red, but overall, there was great enthusiasm among his base for the animatronic impression of the president.Several supporters expressed surprise that Trump was even added to the lineup, based on a theory that Disney was run by liberals who would never respect the president enough to add him to the exhibit, as it had for every president before him.Gene Duncan/Walt Disney WorldAn animatronic figure of President Obama was unveiled at Disney World’s Hall of Presidents attraction in 2009.Second, while some Trump opponents have theorized that the president’s animatronic figurine was designed to look atrocious on purpose, as an insult to the president, there is no evidence whatsoever that this is the case.The Hall of Presidents has a long history of unsatisfying, unsettling or inadequate figurines. Disney’s official history of the attraction notes that the initial concept was “too ambitious for the technology of the time,” and the first figures “didn’t quite look and act as Walt Disney had originally envisioned.”When the exhibit was finally launched in 1971, with new technology, the presidents still looked far better from a distance than in a close-up.Even Barack Obama’s figure in the Hall of Presidents, which debuted in 2009, is far from a picture-perfect portrait.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

8 Baltimore Citizens Accused of Being Part of Fentanyl Ring

first_imgBy The Associated PressBALTIMORE (AP) — A federal grand jury has returned a superseding indictment charging eight Baltimore residents with participating in a fentanyl and heroin ring.If convicted, the defendants each face a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life. Prosecutors say one of the accused also faces gun charges. All the defendants except one have been arrested and are in federal or state custody.Fentanyl pills (DEA Photo via drugabuse.gov)In a Monday statement, U.S. Attorney Robert Hur in Baltimore says his office is trying to do “everything possible to reduce overdose deaths from fentanyl and from all opioids.”Late last year, he announced that officials in Maryland’s biggest city would prosecute more fentanyl cases in federal court. The effort is designed to help combat an alarming increase of fatalities caused by the synthetic opioid.last_img read more

Researchers find evidence of hot spot that burned eastern underside of US

first_img © 2013 Phys.org Journal information: Nature Geoscience 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. Hot spots are plumes of hot material that rise from deep within the Earth—sometimes, when encountering thin crust, they burst through forming volcanoes such as that which occurred with the Pacific Plate causing the formation of the Hawaiian Islands. Scientists believe that while tectonic plates move around, hot spots do not. Thus, plates sometimes move over the top of a hot spot. In the case of North America, the researchers believe that as the tectonic plate shifted to the west, its underside was burned from below by a hot spot—like a dinner plate passing over a candle. So great was the movement, it left the hot spot hiding beneath the Atlantic Ocean, where it persists to this day.To come to these conclusions, the researchers studied data from the earthquake that occurred back in 2011, centered in Virginia. Because seismic waves travel slower when moving through warmer rock, the researchers were able to discern that there lies a ridge of warm rock beneath the North American tectonic plate—evidence they say of burning left behind by the hot spot, as its depth is roughly equal to the depth of the bottom of the plate. The research data indicates that the scaring reaches from Missouri in the west towards Virginia in the east, then north-east through Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York and Massachusetts before appearing on the underside of the crust below the Atlantic Ocean.Prior research by other scientists has suggested that when a tectonic plate passes over a hot spot, and can’t burst through, the result is oftentimes diamond-bearing formations. In addition to studying seismic waves, the researchers also noted that there is a diamond-bearing formation over one part of the scarred segment—in Kentucky—further proof they say, that their assumptions about the hot spot are correct. More information: Hidden hotspot track beneath the eastern United States, Nature Geoscience (2013) DOI: 10.1038/ngeo1949AbstractHotspot tracks are thought to be the surface expressions of tectonic plates moving over upwelling mantle plumes, and are characterized by volcanic activity that is age progressive. At present, most hotspot tracks are observed on oceanic or thin continental lithosphere. For old, thick continental lithosphere, such as the eastern United States, hotspot tracks are mainly inferred from sporadic diamondiferous kimberlites putatively sourced from the deep mantle. Here we use seismic waveforms initiated by the 2011 Mw 5.6 Virginia earthquake, recorded by the seismic observation network USArray, to analyse the structure of the continental lithosphere in the eastern United States. We identify an unexpected linear seismic anomaly in the lower lithosphere that has both a reduced P-wave velocity and high attenuation, and which we interpret as a hotspot track. The anomaly extends eastwards, from Missouri to Virginia, cross-cutting the New Madrid rift system, and then bends northwards. It has no clear relationship with the surface geology, but crosses a 75-million-year-old kimberlite in Kentucky. We use geodynamical modelling to show that an upwelling thermal mantle plume that interacts with the base of continental lithosphere can produce the observed seismic anomaly. We suggest that the hotspot track could be responsible for late Mesozoic reactivation of the New Madrid rift system and seismicity of the eastern United States. Citation: Researchers find evidence of hot spot that burned eastern underside of US tectonic plate (2013, September 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-09-evidence-hot-eastern-underside-tectonic.htmlcenter_img This map shows 15 of the largest tectonic plates. Credit: USGS Explore further (Phys.org) —A combined team of researchers from the U.S. and China has found evidence of what they believe is burning on the underside of the North American tectonic plate. In their paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience, the team describes how they used data from a minor earthquake that occurred in the eastern part of the North America in 2011 to reveal hot spot activity below. New model of Earth’s interior reveals clues to hotspot volcanoeslast_img read more

Mysterious Siberian hole likely due to methane buildup and release

first_img Explore further What created this huge crater in Siberia? © 2014 Phys.org Last month reindeer herders in the Yamal Peninsula in Siberia came across a mysterious hole in the ground—after reporting what they’d discovered, a helicopter was dispatched and personnel aboard took snapshots of what was found. The photos have since gone viral on the Internet generating speculation about what caused the hole to come about—some suggested it was nothing more than a meteor crater or sinkhole, others seemed convinced it was part of an alien invasion, while others yet postulated that it was probably the remains of a collapsed pingo (a mound of earth covered ice). Now, after visiting the site of the first hole discovered, a team of researchers has concluded that the hole, and others like it that have been spotted, are most likely due to a sudden release of methane as permafrost melts. They note Siberia has experienced extremely warm summers the past two years.After sending a sensor down into the hole the researchers found an unusually high concentration of methane—9.6 percent, as compared to the normal 0.000179 percent. That finding and the fact that mounds of dirt near the mouth of hole indicate a blast of some sort occurred, has the researchers convinced that the warm summers caused permafrost melting which released underground methane. Gas pressure, they believe, built up to a tipping point, then was suddenly released, pushing out the material that had been sitting on top of it. Oddly, the depth of the hole is still not known. The researchers lowered a camera, but the line used was not long enough to allow for reaching the water (likely from melting permafrost) at the bottom. They estimate the depth to the water is approximately 70 meters. They would not even venture a guess as to the depth of the hole below the water.The researchers plan a return visit to the hole to conduct more research but aren’t confident of what they will find—they note that the walls are already collapsing and water movement can be heard, suggesting that whatever evidence exists now, might be gone by the time they return. This frame grab made Wednesday, July 16, 2014, shows a crater, discovered recently in the Yamal Peninsula, in Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Russia. Russian scientists said Thursday July 17, 2014 that they believe the 60-meter wide crater, discovered recently in far northern Siberia, could be the result of changing temperatures in the region. Andrei Plekhanov, a senior researcher at the Scientific Research Center of the Arctic, traveled on Wednesday to the crater. Plekhanov said 80 percent of the crater appeared to be made up of ice and that there were no traces of an explosion, eliminating the possibility that a meteorite had struck the region. (AP Photo/Associated Press Television) Citation: Mysterious Siberian hole likely due to methane buildup and release (2014, August 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-08-mysterious-siberian-hole-due-methane.htmlcenter_img 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. More information: Mysterious Siberian crater attributed to methane, Nature, DOI: 10.1038/nature.2014.15649 (Phys.org) —A team of Russian researchers who visited the site of one of the mysterious holes that have appeared in the ground in parts of Siberia is theorizing that the likely cause is methane buildup and release, the journal Nature is reporting. Journal information: Naturelast_img read more

Hyundai enjoys record monthly sales Maruti Tata accelerate

first_imgHowever, Honda Cars India and Mahindra & Mahindra reported decline in sales last month reflecting “fragmented recovery” that the auto industry is witnessing. Market leader Maruti Suzuki India said its domestic sales increased by 8.6 per cent during the month to 1,06,781 units, as against 98,304 units in August 2014.Sales of mini segment cars, including, Alto and WagonR, increased by 8.6 per cent to 37,665 units as compared to 34,686 units in the year-ago month, MSI said in a statement. The company’s newly launched premium crossover vehicle S-Cross clocked sales of over 4,500 units during the month.  Also Read – Punjab & Sind Bank cuts MCLR by up to 20 basis pointsRival Hyundai Motor India saw its highest ever monthly domestic sales at 40,505 units last month as compared to 33,750 units in August 2014, up 20.01 per cent. “The growth has been led by the new SUV Creta, Elite i20 and i20 Active. While the Creta has done about 7,400 units, other models have also contributed to the overall growth,” HMIL senior vice-president (sales and marketing) Rakesh Srivastava said. Hyundai recorded highest-ever single month sales with a volume of 40,505 units and growth of 20 per cent over the last year, led by strong youthful product portfolio, he added. Also Read – ‘The great gold bull market has begun’Tata Motors’ sales of passenger cars in August were higher by 19 per cent at 9,814 units, as compared to 8,229 units in same period of last year. Its domestic passenger vehicles sales rose 2 per cent at 11,194 units as against 10,975 units in the same month of previous year.“The growth that we are seeing in the industry is because of the new models. If you take out the new models, industry growth will be in the negative,” Tata Motors President (Passenger Vehicles Business Unit) Mayank Pareek said. This is a concern as August is the time when usually sales start picking up, which hasn’t happened this time, he said, adding that the ‘pain areas’ of the industry were mainly dip in consumer sentiment and expectation of a cut in interest rates making customers postpone purchases. He further said that the narrowing gap between petrol and diesel prices has hurt demand for utility vehicles, which also had been affected due to the hike in excise duty. Honda Cars India reported 6.58 per cent decline in its domestic sales at 15,655 units in August, despite the launch of its new Jazz in July.Utility vehicle major Mahindra & Mahindra saw its domestic sales decline 3.10 per cent to 32,122 units last month as against 33,150 units in the same month last year.“While currently we are witnessing fragmented recovery in auto sales, we are hopeful that the upcoming festive season will provide a much needed fillip to the auto industry,” M&M Chief Executive (Automotive Division) Pravin Shah said.Ford India August domestic sales stood at 8,331 units, up 22.49 per cent, compared to 6,801 units in the same month last year, driven by robust sales of recently launched compact sedan Figo Aspire.Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) reported 1.29 per cent increase in its August sales at 12,547 units as compared to 12,386 units in the same period of last year. Commenting on the sales performance, TKM Director and Senior Vice-President N Raja said the growth can be partly attributed to the new Camry.Volkswagen sold 4,191 units in August, up 4.59 per cent, as compared to 4,007 units sold in the corresponding month of the previous year. In the two-wheeler segment, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI) reported 1.86 per cent increase in total sales at 3,95,262 units in August.Yamaha Motor India reported 15 per cent increase in domestic two-wheeler sales at 61,440 units in August. Royal Enfield, the two-wheeler division of Eicher Motors, posted sales of 41,600 units in the domestic market, up 59.25 per cent, from 26,121 units in the same month last year. ptilast_img read more

LIVE Two lanes closed on M6 accident in Biddulph weather warning for

first_imgWelcome to The Sentinel’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Monday, February 5. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the weather, traffic and travel as well as news, sport and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.thesentinel.co.uk . Watch again Share this video Click to playTap to play The video will start in 8Cancel Play now Click for Sound How to download The Sentinel’s new FREE appcenter_img Video Loading Video Unavailable Watch Next Video will play in  We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.com Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @ SentinelStaffs – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on www.facebook.com/sentinelstaffs – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. 20:54End of live reportThank you for joining us tonight. This live report will now finish for the day. We’ll resume live reporting at 7am tomorrow (and keep you updated on any breaking news this evening)20:00Yellow Weather Warning now in forceThe Yellow Weather Warning is now in force.19:22Traffic moving well on the A500Traffic moving well on A500 Queensway Southbound before A53 Etruria Road (Basford Roundabout).18:58Police ask farmers to check fences are secure due to increase in calls about animals on roadPolice in the Congleton area say the calls are a drain on their resources. More here.Police herding sheep near Congleton18:29Burst water pipe in NantwichIt is the second burst water pipe reported in South Cheshire this afternoon. More here.United Utilities have engineers at the scene18:24Latest on issues on the M6 Queueing traffic and traffic heavier than normal on M6 Northbound around J17 A534 (Sandbach / Crewe).Traffic has not progressed since the earlier broken down lorry between J18 – J19. 18:17Accident cleared in BiddulphThe accident in Biddulph has now been cleared.18:06All lanes reopened but delays remain on M6All lanes have now reopened, but severe delays remain.A Highways England spokesman said:In Cheshire, the M6 northbound has severe delays of over 90 minutes between J16 and J19 following recovery of. a broken down HGV.All lanes are now open, but severe delays remain.Road users are advised to allow extra time for journeys and may wish to consider alternative routes where possible.” 17:52Accident in BiddulphReports of slow traffic due to accident on St John’s Road in both directions near A527 Tunstall Road.17:3290 minute delays on M6There are 90 minute delays on the M6 due to two lanes being closed on the carriageway.17:24Latest on two lanes closed on M6Visit our article, featuring live updates, here.17:11Two lanes closed on M6 due to broken down vehicle17:10Full traffic round-upIf you’re just heading home, here is a full traffic round-up for roads across the region.A50 – STOKE-ON-TRENT – WESTBOUND – STAFFORDSHIRE Traffic heavier than normal on A50 Westbound near A5005 / Baths Road / Foley Road (Longton / Blurton). A534 CREWE GREEN ROAD – CREWE – EASTBOUND – CHESHIRE Queueing traffic on A534 Crewe Green Road Eastbound before the roadworks at A5020 University Way (Crewe Green roundabout). Travel time is four minutes. A534 HASLINGTON BYPASS – CREWE – CHESHIRE Queueing traffic on A534 Haslington Bypass before the roadworks at A5020 University Way (Crewe Green roundabout). Travel time is five minutes. A5020 UNIVERSITY WAY – CREWE – NORTHBOUND – CHESHIRE Usual slow traffic on A5020 University Way Northbound at the roadworks at A534 / Hungerford Road (Crewe Green Roundabout). A500 D ROAD – STOKE-ON-TRENT – SOUTHBOUND – STAFFORDSHIRE Heavy traffic on A500 D Road Southbound before M6 J15. A527 BROWNHILLS ROAD – TUNSTALL, STOKE-ON-TRENT – WESTBOUND – STAFFORDSHIRE Usual slow traffic on A527 Brownhills Road Westbound between Pinnox Street and A500 Queensway / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank). Travel time is six minutes. WATERLOO ROAD – HANLEY, STOKE-ON-TRENT – STAFFORDSHIRE Heavy traffic on Waterloo Road from Cobridge Traffic Lights towards Hanley Town centre (Vale Place).17:08Heavy traffic on A500Heavy traffic on A500 D Road Southbound before M6 J15.16:52Long delays due to broken down vehicle on M6A broken down vehicle is causing delays on the M6 in Cheshire16:31Homes without water due to burst water pipeA damaged water main has left some homes with water supply issues – a utility company has said. More here.Water pipes will be replaced in Clayton16:16Heavy traffic in Hanley Bucknall Road inbound busy but moving from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre.16:15Firefighters called to two vehicles on fireFire engines were called to the blaze in Crewe early on Sunday morning. More here.Firefighters were also called to a fire in a disused building in Sandbach16:11Busy traffic around CreweA534 Haslington Bypass busy but moving before the roadworks at A5020 University Way (Crewe Green roundabout).Queueing traffic on A534 Crewe Green Road Eastbound before the roadworks at A5020 University Way (Crewe Green roundabout).15:25Driver, 26, taken to hospital and two passengers treated at scene after crash closed road One of the passengers was a girl, 14, who managed to get out of overturned car. More here. The crash in Tunstall High Street (Image: James Plant)15:04Police officer dragged down road by car during fight outside city centre nightclubTwo people were arrested following the brawl on Stafford Street in Hanley. More here.14:28Heavy traffic on the M6 Heavy traffic on M6 Southbound at J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel).14:11Busy traffic on the A527Usual congestion on A527 Brownhills Road Westbound between Pinnox Street and A500 Queensway / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank). 14:03Heavy traffic near CreweHeavy traffic on the A534 Haslington Bypass before the roadworks at A5020 University Way (Crewe Green roundabout).13:50Slow traffic in CreweA5020 University Way Northbound busy but moving at the roadworks at A534 / Hungerford Road (Crewe Green Roundabout).13:36Accident in Kidsgrove Reports of accident on A50 Liverpool Road at B5371 The Avenue. Traffic is coping well.The accident is reported to be near to The Co-Op Bank.12:21Could Stoke-on-Trent TGI Fridays branch be in jeopardy?TGI Fridays restaurants in Britain are facing an uncertain future.Electra Private Equity, which has owned the American-themed eateries since 2014, may sell the brand in a worrying trend for the dining sector.TGI Fridays operates more than 80 branches in the UK, including one in Stoke-on-Trent at the Etruria Mills retail development.Read our full report here. 11:54City centre car park now openJohn Street car park in Hanley is now operational. 11:49Shoppers look on in horror as vehicle ends up on roof and shuts busy Stoke-on-Trent streetThe main shopping street in a Stoke-on-Trent town is shut after a vehicle ended up on its roof.The two-vehicle collision closed Tunstall’s High Street at 10.45am today.It happened next to the bus stop outside the town’s Co-op bank and post office. This collision has closed High Street, Tunstall11:24Louise ElliottHeavy traffic in CreweThere is heavy traffic on the A534 Crewe Green Road Eastbound before the roadworks at A5020 University Way (Crewe Green roundabout). Drivers are urged to give themselves plenty of time if heading towards the area.last_img read more

Britain WikiLeaks founder faces arrest no matter ruling by UN panel

first_imgLONDON — A U.N. panel views WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as being “arbitrarily detained” by fleeing to diplomatic sanctuary to escape arrest, a Swedish statement said Thursday before a potential confrontation in the long standoff in London.Such as decision by the U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on Friday could set in motion a heightened duel between British authorities and Assange, who has been holded up in Ecuador’s embassy in London since 2012.British officials say Assange faces arrest and extradition to Sweden if he leaves the diplomatic compound regardless of the declarations from the U.N. group, which has no legal authority but whose decisions often carry weight in international disputes.Assange, meanwhile, vowed Thursday to demand the return of his passport from British officials if backed by the U.N. panel.In Sweden — which seeks to question Assange on alleged sex crimes — the country’s Foreign Ministry said the upcoming report by the U.N. group will say Assange has been “arbitrarily detained” in violation of international pacts.The statement said Swedish officials have reviewed the U.N. document, which is expected to be released Friday in Geneva. A file photo from Aug. 19, 2012 shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange addressing the media and supporters from the balcony of Ecuador’s Embassy in London. Carl Court/AFPAssange claims he should be allowed to travel to Ecuador, which has offered him asylum amid fears he could eventually face U.S. charges over leaked documents, including classified State Department cables.Assange took refuge in the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over allegations that include rape — accusations he strenuously denies.Assange says he fears that Sweden could extradite him to the United States for his involvement in releasing classified U.S. documents.In 2014, Assange filed a complaint against Britain and Sweden with the U.N. group over what he said was his “arbitrary detention.” Assange said he is blocked from traveling to Ecuador because he faces arrest if he steps out of the embassy.But British authorities appear to be standing firm.The British government said Assange avoided arrest by fleeing to the Ecuadoran Embassy and that it was obligated to extradite him to Sweden.“We have been consistently clear that Mr. Assange has never been arbitrarily detained by the U.K. but is, in fact, voluntarily avoiding lawful arrest by choosing to remain in the Ecuadorean embassy,” the Foreign Office said in a statement.“An allegation of rape is still outstanding and a European Arrest Warrant in place, so the U.K. continues to have a legal obligation to extradite Mr. Assange to Sweden,” it continued.Murphy reported from Washington. Daniela Deane in London contributed to this report.© 2016, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:Wikileaks’ Assange says group will release new secret data The US Pentagon’s latest missing missile lands in Cuba Obama: ‘Don’t despair’ over US Supreme Court intervention in carbon emissions case Top medical experts say we should decriminalize all drugs and maybe go even furtherlast_img read more

Pending Home Sales Hit Highest Level in Nearly a Year

first_img April 27, 2016 479 Views Share Pending home sales returned with a vengeance in March to the highest reading since May 2015, despite inventory deficiencies and rising home prices.The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported Wednesday that its Pending Home Sales Index rose 1.5 percent to 110.5 in March, from a downwardly revised 109.0 in February and is now up 1.4 percent from 109.0 in March 2015.Mortgage contract signings are have now increased year-over-year for 19 consecutive months and is at the highest level since 111.0 in May 2015.Lawrence Yun, NAR Chief Economist said, “Despite supply deficiencies in plenty of areas, contract activity was fairly strong in a majority of markets in March. This spring’s surprisingly low mortgage rates are easing some of the affordability pressures potential buyers are experiencing and are taking away some of the sting from home prices that are still rising too fast and above wage growth.”Source: National Association of Home BuildersLast month, NAR reported that pending home sales rose to their highest level in seven months and are still higher than a year ago. The index rose 3.5 percent to 109.1 in February from a downwardly revised 105.4 in January and is now up 0.7 percent from 108.3 in February 2015.”Today’s report surprised to the upside and is a good indication that existing home sales for April should continue to show growth,” said Realtor.com Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke. “The spring buying season clearly began to unfold in earnest in March, but since last year was also a strong year of growth, the year-over-year comparisons will be tough going forward.  That said, the buying season is off to a good start that should ensure we indeed see the best year of total sales in a decade.”Yun believes that labor market health and favorable borrowing costs will lead to continued buyer demand and a strong sales pace in the short term.”However, the consequences from a failure to construct more single-family homes in recent years are starting to impact some top job producing markets, where endless supply shortages continue to limit choices for buyers and are driving up prices beyond what a growing share of households can comfortably afford, ” Yun stated.According to the NAR, the index rose 3.2 percent to 97.0 in March in the Northeast, up 18.4 percent year-over-yeear in this region. Meanwhile, the index in the Midwest increased 0.2 percent to 112.8 in March, up 4.0 percent over last year. Mortgage contract signings in the South experienced a 3.0 percent rise to 125.4 but is 0.6 percent under last year’s number. Western signings declined 1.8 percent in March to 95.3, and is now 7.9 percent below a year ago.“Demand is starting to weaken in some areas, particularly in the West, where the median home price has risen an astonishing 38 percent in the past three years,” Yun stated. “As a result, pending sales in the region have now declined in four of the last five months and are lower than one year ago for the third month in a row. Closed sales in the region in March were also below last year’s pace.” Mortgage Contract Signings NAR National Association of Realtors Pending-Home Sales 2016-04-27 Staff Writercenter_img Pending Home Sales Hit Highest Level in Nearly a Year in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News, Originationlast_img read more

Liberty Globalowned Dutch cable operator Ziggo ha

first_imgLiberty Global-owned Dutch cable operator Ziggo has launched its Replay TV catch-up service on the Horizon Go app for smartphones and tablets.Ziggo customers can now restart programmes or watch already-broadcast shows for up to seven days at home or on the go via the Horizon Go app.According to the operator about 80% of programmes on its service are available via the Replay TV service, including content from public broadcaster NPO and commercial broadcasters RTL and SBS, witih content from about 60 channels available in total. HD content is available via Replay TV from up to 32 channels including NPO, RTL and SBS, with other content available in standard definition.Overall, about 100 channels are available in linear mode on Horizon Go, including 42 in HD, and the app is used by about half a million customers in the Netherlands.Following the merger of Ziggo with UPC Netherlands, Liberty Global’s Horizon Go app has replaced the former Ziggo TV app.last_img read more

As Bill Buckler said in his quote above…its getti

first_imgAs Bill Buckler said in his quote above…it’s getting more blatant by the month…and so it is.The gold price was comatose through all of Far East trading…and then for an hour or so after the London open.  The smallish rally going into the London silver fix at noon local time, got sold off going into the Comex open in New York.Twenty minutes after the open, gold rallied strongly, but got stopped in its tracks by the time it had rallied a bit over ten bucks.  The high of the day at that point was $1,687.40 spot.  Then it got sold down in the usual manner…with the New York low [$1,665.80 spot] coming around 11:15 a.m. Eastern time…and well below the Comex opening price.  From that low, gold recovered a bit until 1:00 p.m…and then traded sideways into the 5:15 p.m. electronic close.Gold finished the Tuesday session at $1,673.20 spot…down $1.20 on the day.  Volume was very impressive…around 153,000 contracts…so it was obvious that “da boyz” used a fair amount of shorting to get the price to behave again yesterday.Silver’s price action in Far East trading was pretty quiet…and the low price tick [just under $31.60 spot] appeared to occur at the 8:00 a.m. GMT London open.  Then it rallied until the London silver fix was in…and that was its high of the day…somewhere over $32.10 spot.  Then, like gold, the price got sold down into the Comex open…and the subsequent rally ran into the same not-for-profit sellers that gold did.  However, silver’s New York low…$31.54 spot…came at 10:45 a.m. Eastern time…and the subsequent rally followed the same price path as gold for the rest of the New York session.Silver finished the day at $31.82 spot…up 6 cents.  Net volume was nothing special…around 34,500 contracts.Obviously both gold and silver would have finished materially higher if JPMorgan et al hadn’t shown up.  Both platinum and palladium outperformed both gold and silver yesterday.The dollar index began trading on Tuesday morning at 79.56…and although it rallied as high as 79.78 around 3:00 p.m. in Hong Kong, it chopped lower for the rest of the day, closing at 79.54…virtually unchanged from the open.  Once again, the precious metal price action was totally unrelated to what the currencies were doing.The gold stocks opened in positive territory, but couldn’t hang onto those gains after gold ran into the not-for-profit seller that took gold from it’s high tick to its low tick [a $22 range] in just over two hours.  The stocks hit their nadir at 12:45 p.m. Eastern…and then rallied a bit, before trading sideways into the close.  The HUI finished down at tiny 0.16%.Most of the silver stocks I track finished in slightly positive territory…and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up a smallish 0.09%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 11 gold and zero silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday.There were no reported change in GLD yesterday…but there was a small withdrawal…139,049 troy ounces…of silver from SLV.  This was probably a fee payment of some kind.Over at Switzerland’s Zürcher Kantonalbank, they reported that their gold ETF declined by 13,914 troy ounces…and their silver ETF rose by 47,905 troy ounces…as of the close of business on February 4th.The U.S. Mint had their first sales report for February.  They didn’t sell any gold eagles or 1-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…but they did sell 675,500 silver eagles.Monday was a very busy day over at the Comex-approved depositories.  They reported receiving 1,850,118 troy ounces of silver…and shipped 703,895 troy ounces of the stuff out the door.  This activity is worth checking out…and the link is here.As the headline to today’s column stated, there were record inflows into China through Hong Kong in December…and for all of 2012.  Normally Nick Laird would have the charts of this all done by now, but the website that contains all the data he needs has been down all of Wednesday on that side of Planet Earth, so he can’t get at it.  Hopefully I’ll have those charts for you in this space tomorrow.I have somewhat fewer stories today than I did in yesterday’s column…and I’ll leave the final edit up to you.The blatant manipulation of paper to “control” the price of the physical metal is ongoing and getting more blatant by the month. The more debt that the central banks monetise, the more vital it is that there are no distractions in this process. It is crucial to keep everybody INSIDE the paper money and sovereign debt system. It is equally crucial, therefore, to discourage any temptation to venture outside it. – Bill Buckler…Gold This Week…02 February 2013Another day…and another obvious intervention in the gold and silver markets.  As Bill Buckler said in his quote above…it’s getting more blatant by the month…and so it is.  It’s hard to believe that not everyone sees it…or will acknowledge it even if they do.  The forces of Mordor must be delighted that the precious metals world is still full of such Benedict Arnold-types…especially the miners…who will never lift a finger to help their stockholders.At the moment, we appear to be in a ‘holding pattern’…but holding for what?  If you’re a TA person, the chart screams of an imminent break out…but in a managed market it’s hard to take TA seriously.  And as I’ve pointed out on numerous occasions over the years, JPMorgan Chase et al can paint any chart pattern they want…and this might be what they’re painting now.  How it ultimately resolves itself is still unknown…but we’re all hoping for up…and up big.  Time will tell.Here’s the 3-year gold chart…and as you can tell, this ‘consolidation pattern’ is getting very long in the tooth.(Click on image to enlarge)Yesterday, at the close of Comex trading, was the cut-off for Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report…and the February Bank Participation Report.  Just eye-balling the price action during the reporting week, I’d guess that there won’t be a lot of change in this week’s COT Report in either metal.  But, after last week’s big surprise in silver, I’ll refrain from carving that prediction in stone.In Wednesday trading in the Far East, not much of anything happened price wise…and that’s still the case now that London has been open for about forty-five minutes as I write this paragraph.  Volumes are light…and I would guess that most of it is of the high-frequency trading variety.  The dollar index began to rally in early afternoon trading in Hong Kong…and appeared to hit its zenith just a few minutes after the London open…a pattern very similar to yesterday’s dollar index action at that time of day.And as I hit the ‘send’ button at 5:10 a.m. Eastern time, there’s still not much happening in early London trading.  Volumes are still light…and both gold and silver are down a bit.  I’d guess that has something to do with what the dollar index is doing, as it’s up about 25 basis points at the moment.But, as is almost always the case, the real price shenanigans start when the Comex opens at 8:20 a.m. Eastern…or once the noon silver fix is in, in London…which is 7:00 a.m. in New York.  I’d guess that today’s trading action will follow a similar pattern.That’s all I have for today…and I’ll see you here tomorrow.last_img read more

A new archive and learning zone dedicated to the d

first_imgA new archive and learning zone dedicated to the disability arts movement is set to inspire a new generation of young people to fight for their rights.The NationalDisability Arts Collection and Archive (NDACA) facility was launched last weekat the High Wycombe campus of Buckinghamshire New University, and features morethan 3,500 pieces of artwork, most of which is stored in digital or physicalform in the archive.It is thefirst study space to be dedicated to learning about the disability artsmovement, and it includes both an archive repository and the NDACA learningwing, which features original pieces from the disability arts movement.The idea behindthe learning zone was to create a physical experience that recreates what itwas like to be involved in the early years of the disability arts movement inthe 1980s and 1990s.The hope isthat it will encourage both disabled and non-disabled people to learn moreabout the movement’s contribution to the fight for rights and to changing howdisabled people are viewed by society.So there areartefacts such as Tony Heaton’s Shaken Not Stirred sculpture, which has been recreated using theoriginal charity collection cans, and which played a key part in the 1992 BlockTelethon protest against ITV’s charity Telethon and its “patronizing positionof disabled people as pitiful receivers of charity”.There arephotographs and newspaper cuttings from the direct action protests of theCampaign for Accessible Transport, which helped lead to the first DisabilityDiscrimination Act in 1995.There are alsocopies of every edition of Disability Arts in London (DAIL) magazine, which waspublished by London Disability Arts Forum – set up in 1986 to provide acultural wing of the disabled people’s movement – and a library of books andother literature.And visitorscan take away free tee-shirts with slogans from the disabled people’s movement,such as Piss On Pity and Proud Angry Strong, and Tear Down The Walls and NotDead Yet fridge magnets.There arealso hydraulic desks for wheelchair-users; a chill-out room, featuring NDACAcushions; and tactile versions of Heaton’s Shaken Not Stirred and Great Britainfrom a Wheelchair sculptures.The archiveroom includes almost all of Tanya Raabe-Webber’s Who’s WhO collection ofportraits of leading disabled figures, tee-shirts donated by activists who tookpart in disability rights protests, and boxes and boxes of other artefacts,such as magazines, postcards and photographs.The openingof the learning zone and archive room is just the latest stage in a projectthat stretches back more than 30 years to conversations between Heaton, NDACA’sfounder, and fellow disabled artist Allan Sutherland about the need for a collectionand archive that would capture the history of the disability arts movement andensure that key artefacts were not lost for ever.A 364-pagetimeline of the disability arts movement, written by Sutherland, will soon beadded to the NDACA website and will be available to download, while there will also bea physical copy of it in the NDACA learning zone.The closelinks between the disability arts movement and the wider disabled people’smovement are clear throughout the NDACA wing.There are exhibitssuch as a framed copy of Vic Finkelstein’s Fundamental Principles ofDisability, and a black and white photograph featuring many of the movements’ leadingfigures, such as Barbara Lisicki, Colin Barnes, Alan Holdsworth, VicFinkelstein, Sutherland and Heaton, Mike Oliver, Anne Rae, David Hevey, andAdam Reynolds.Students andstaff at the university will use the facilities for their own learning andteaching, while postgraduate students from other universities are alreadyvisiting the collection.Members ofthe public will also be able to visit the NDACA learning zone by booking inadvance, and can make appointments through the NDACA website.There arealso plans for artefacts from the archive, including some of Raabe’s portraits,to tour the country and hopefully be exhibited internationally.Hevey, theNDACA project and creative director and chief executive of Shape Arts,which is delivering the project – whose photography features in the archive – saidthe message of the learning zone was “simple but not simplistic” and about theremoval of barriers in society.The NDACAwing is, he said, “full of character” and “a space in which you can feel thepower of the disability protest movement”.Thedisability arts movement helped to make disabled people more visible insociety, he said, and helped usher in the Disability Discrimination Act in1995.He said: “Itchallenged society, achieved great social change and inspired a remarkable bodyof creative work.”Hevey,probably best known for producing and directing BBC’s 1997 ground-breakinghistory series The Disabled Century, said the success of the disability artsmovement was “clearly a message to contemporary disabled people facing barriersand fighting for justice and fighting reactionary positions and austerity”.He said: “Wewant people to say, ‘Yes, disabled people are winners and they can change theworld.’“If thishelps to contribute to the fight against austerity, that’s OK by me.”He added: “Victoriesare worth promoting. I think it will inspire a new generation to say, ‘If theycan win, we can win.’” Funding forthe project has mainly come from the National Lottery Heritage Fund – whichcontributed more than £850,000 – with other funding from Arts Council Englandand the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.The NDACAproject has already seen the launch of its interactive website, which allowsvisitors to access digital copies of some of the movement’s most significantwork, read essays about significant disabled artists, and by the end of thisyear will also feature about 50 short films.Heaton said:“The learning wing is the realisation of a dream I had more than 30 years ago –to collect the unique heritage, and demonstrate the power, of the disabilityarts movement.“One thatfought barriers, helped change the law and made great culture about thosestruggles.”Alex Cowan,NDACA’s archivist, has worked with significant figures in the disability artsmovement over the last three years to identify “standout material” from theirpersonal collections.He said: “Iam proud to have been able to participate in a cultural movement that hasshaped British art, society and politics and to have played my part inhighlighting disabled people’s long struggle for individual and collectiverecognition.”The university’s link with NDACA originally came through the music theatre company Signdance Collective, which was previously the university’s resident theatre company.Theuniversity has other close links with the creative and cultural industries, andthree of its film and television production students have worked voluntarily asrunners on some of the short films produced as part of the NDACA project.ProfessorNick Braisby, the university’s vice-chancellor, said: “We are proud to host theNDACA wing, which represents the significant importance of the disability artsmovement and all that it achieved.“We lookforward to welcoming researchers to the university, and giving our students andstaff access to the archive which will inform our curriculum and teachingacross our course portfolio.”StuartHobley, head of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, London, said NDACA was “amajor milestone for disability heritage”, with its “stories of ordinary peoplewho led extraordinary lives and changed the UK’s arts and political landscape”.He said: “A core aim of all National Lottery funded projects is to make heritage accessible to as many people as possible and this archive and learning wing is a fantastic example of how this can be achieved.” Picture: David Hevey in the new NDACA learning zoneA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

Russias US Election Hacks Are Worse Than We Thought

first_img Tom Brant This story originally appeared on PCMag Voting systems across the U.S. were far more susceptible to Russian hacking efforts during last year’s presidential election than was previously known, according to evidence uncovered during the federal government’s investigation and a leaked classified intelligence report.A wave of attacks in the summer and fall of 2016 targeted and accessed a campaign finance database and software that poll workers were supposed to use on Election Day, Bloomberg reports, citing people with knowledge of the government’s investigation into the hacking. The FBI previously confirmed that hackers breached voter registration databases in Illinois and Arizona, but the investigation has since determined that voting systems in 39 states were compromised, according to Bloomberg. The Obama administration complained about the hacking to Russian officials via rarely used diplomatic channels, including a “red phone,” before ultimately sanctioning Russia in December for its involvement in the hacks.A classified report from the National Security Agency that The Intercept published last week provides some insight into the investigation. “Russian intelligence obtained and maintained access to elements of multiple U.S. state or local electoral boards,” the NSA wrote, although “the types of systems we observed Russian actors targeting or compromising are not involved in vote tallying.”Russian president Vladimir Putin has repeatedly denied the hacking accusations, although he recently appeared to suggest that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton may have prompted private Russian hackers to attempt to compromise the U.S. election of their own accord.”If they are patriotically minded, they start making their contributions — which are right, from their point of view — to the fight against those who say bad things about Russia,” Putin said of the hackers during a TV interview earlier this month. June 14, 2017 Russia’s U.S. Election Hacks Are Worse Than We Thought Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Image credit: via PC Mag 2 min read News reportercenter_img Next Article Add to Queue Enroll Now for $5 Russian hackers compromised voting software in 39 states during the 2016 presidential election, far more than originally thought, according to Bloomberg. Russia Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. –shareslast_img read more

Who Won the Debate Entrepreneur Readers Make the Call

first_img Enroll Now for $5 Next Article –shares Add to Queue Entrepreneur Staff Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Image credit: Drew Angerer | Getty Images September 27, 2016 Politics Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Entrepreneur Staff As Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump shook hands after 90-plus minutes of what was inarguably the most “interesting” presidential debate in modern history, we asked you to call who won it.Here are the results. Disagree? There’s still time to chime in.Related: 4 Ways to Motivate Employees to Achieve Phenomenal Results Every DayWho do you think won tonight? #Debates2016— Entrepreneur (@Entrepreneur) September 27, 2016 1 min read Who Won the Debate? Entrepreneur Readers Make the Call. As Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump shook hands after 90-plus minutes of what was inarguable the most ‘interesting’ presidential debate in modern history, we asked you to call who won it.last_img read more