As online shopping surges so too does Cyber Mondays riches

first_imgNEW YORK — Like Black Friday, Cyber Monday is spreading out into a week-long shopping fest, with Amazon, Walmart and Target calling it “Cyber Week.”Still, Monday is expected to be the biggest online shopping day in U.S. history, according to Adobe Analytics, which tracks online sales at 80 of the top 100 retail sites.Other things to know on Cyber Monday:BIG EXPECTATIONSOnline spending is expected to reach $7.8 billion on Monday, an 18 per cent increase from a year ago, according to Adobe Analytics. About 20 per cent of the day’s spending is expected to happen late Monday, starting at about 10 p.m. Eastern, when shoppers are home from work and rushing to catch some deals before they’re gone.SMARTPHONE SHOPPINGInstead of trekking to the mall, more people are picking up their phones. More than $2 billion in sales are expected to take place through smartphones on Monday, according to Adobe Analytics. On Black Friday, more than $2.1 billion was spent using smartphones, a record number.Retailers have spent money updating their apps, making it easier for people to browse and pay, says Charlie O’Shea, lead retail analyst at Moody’s.At Macys, for example, mobile sales are expected to hit $1 billion for the first time by year end, said Macy’s CEO Jeff Gennette.AMAZON STILL TOPSAmazon is expected to dominate — grabbing as much as half of all online sales by the end of the year, according to consulting firm Bain & Co. But that doesn’t mean others aren’t putting up a fight. Target, for example, is temporarily offering free two-day shipping for the holidays by dropping its usual $35 minimum purchase requirement. Amazon responded by dropping its $25 minimum, but Walmart is still sticking with its $35 requirement.Kathleen McKenna of Manahawkin, New Jersey, says half of her shopping this holiday season will be online.Her plans for Cyber Monday: “I’m shopping off of my son’s wish list on Amazon,” she says.Joseph Pisani And Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Saina’s run ends with loss to Tai Tzu Ying at All England

first_imgBirmingham: Saina Nehwal’s dismal run against nemesis Tai Tzu-Ying continued as she suffered yet another defeat against the Taiwanese to crash out of the USD 1 million All England Championship, here Friday. A former finalist, Saina couldn’t find answers to the deceptive strokeplay of the World No 1 Taiwanese, going down 15-21 19-21 in the 37-minute quarterfinal clash. “I had my chances but I got tied up in the last two points,” said the 28-year-old from Hyderabad. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together “My coach was saying ‘make it slower’, but when you are on the edge of winning a game you tend to get a little more hurried up and I made that mistake again, it cost me the second set. “I’m happy that I’m getting closer to the top players. I’ve not been sleeping because of the pain I’ve been having in my stomach (due to diarrhea), but I’m really happy that I could play two matches here.” Saina is now 5-15 in Head-to-Head career record with Tzu-Ying and it was her 13th straight defeat against the Taiwanese, who has not lost to the Indian since 2015. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open “It’s good that I’m playing her again and again. I have to learn how to beat her,” she said. Tzu-Ying, who had retired at the Hong Kong Open last year due to a waist injury, seemed to have recovered well as she went about her job with consummate ease at the Arena Birmingham. Tzu-Ying’s arsenal of strokes was in full display as she rushed to a 11-3 lead. Saina produced two superb drops and won nine of the next 12 points to narrow the equation to 12-14. Tzu-Ying then came out with a flurry of her magical strokes to move to 20-13 and sealed it comfortably. In the second game, Saina enjoyed a five-point cushion at 8-3 in the second game after husband Parupalli Kashyap pleaded her to play disciplined badminton. Some exceptional strokes helped the Taiwanese to gather a few points but Saina ensured a 11-8 advantage at the interval. The Indian tried to keep Tzu-Ying at the backline with her deep tosses but fatigue, perhaps due to the bout of diarrhea ahead of the event, affected her. Tzu-Ying’s deceptive strokes often left Saina wrong-footed as she moved ahead of the Indian to 17-15. Saina made it 19-19 with a successful line call. But two precise returns on the Indian’s backhand ended the match in the Taiwanese favour.last_img read more

Exposure to domestic violence can have severe permanent effects on children

“Domestic violence can have a lasting negative impact on children,” said UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman. “It is critical that children grow up in safe and stable environments, free of violence.”The report, based on data from the Secretary-General’s Study on Violence Against Children, found that as many as 275 million children are currently exposed to domestic violence, which it defined as the physical, sexual or mental abuse of a parent or caregiver. The study called that number a “conservative” estimate, due to chronic underreporting and a lack of data from some countries.Younger children are more likely than older children to be exposed to domestic violence, which can impair their mental and emotional growth at a critical stage of development, according to UNICEF. As they grow up, these children may experience trouble with school work and exhibit limited social skills, depression, anxiety and other psychological problems. They are at greater risk for substance abuse, teenage pregnancy and delinquent behaviour, and are more likely to continue the cycle of domestic violence, either as perpetrators or as victims. The report urges governments and societies to pay more attention to the needs of children living in homes impacted by domestic violence by conducting public education campaigns and creating and enforcing laws that criminalize domestic violence while protecting children. It also urges governments to improve social services that address the impact of violence in the home on children.“Our report shows that some of the biggest victims of domestic violence are the smallest,” said Dame Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop, which is sponsoring an ongoing Stop Violence in the Home Campaign. “Protecting children should be the absolute concern of everybody who is working to see an end to domestic violence.” read more

Oilsands research group says it is a logical recipient of carbon tax

CALGARY – An environmentalist says that an oilsands research consortium that believes it knows where industry can best improve its environmental practices shouldn’t be considered for grants paid for by carbon taxes.Keith Stewart of Greenpeace said he disagrees with a suggestion made Tuesday by Dan Wicklum, CEO of Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance, that it’s a “logical” choice to help Alberta’s NDP government invest in environmental research funding initiatives or partnerships.“The revenues from the carbon tax should be invested directly in solutions like community-based solar projects and better public transit as well as supporting communities to assist low-income households,” said Stewart.“The big oil companies that make up COSIA don’t need a public subsidy to invest in the basic research and development required for them to make the transition to a low-carbon world.”COSIA’s 13 members account for 90 per cent of Canada’s oilsands production. It was formed four years ago to allow members to share technologies aimed at reducing their environmental impact.The alliance announced in Calgary on Tuesday that its members are spending $111 million this year on shared environmental technologies, taking the total since it was formed to $1.33 billion.“If I was the government, I would take a look at where emissions are coming from and I would invest disproportionately in those sectors,” Wicklum told reporters.“I think it’s very logical, both from an organization and focus perspective and from a bang-for-the-buck perspective, and, frankly, an emissions reduction perspective, to stream some of that carbon charge money in some reasonable, transparent way, to some of the companies, COSIA companies, that frankly manage emissions.”Oilsands sources account for about 70 megatonnes or one-quarter of Alberta’s emissions each year.Alberta announced last November it will have a wide-based $20-per-tonne carbon levy in place next year, rising to $30 a tonne in 2018.It says it expects to raise $9.6 billion over the next five years, of which $3.4 billion will be earmarked for large-scale renewable energy, bioenergy and environmental technology projects. Implementation details have yet to be announced.Tim Gray, executive director of Environmental Defence, said he’s OK with granting funds to the industry group or even an individual oil company if it has the best solution for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.“I don’t think there should be any kind of automatic allocation of carbon tax revenue back to the oil industry, but they shouldn’t be excluded from it either,” he said.“If they can get more carbon reductions than competing projects then why not?”Rich Kruger, president and CEO of COSIA member Imperial Oil, said government funding of technology research is welcome but the consortium will continue to spend on innovation with or without it.Wicklum said COSIA is already partnering with government departments through initiatives such as the 13 research chairs it sponsors or co-sponsors at Canadian post-secondary institutions.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter. Oilsands research group says it is a ‘logical’ recipient of carbon tax grants by Dan Healing, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 19, 2016 7:15 am MDT Last Updated Oct 19, 2016 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Ohio State water polo looks for championship 3peat after 110 season

Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State Water PoloThe Ohio State water polo team will be looking for its third straight Great Lakes Division Championship on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.The team, which competes within the Collegiate Water Polo Association, finished the regular season undefeated in 11 matches. Along with two straight Great Lake championships, it finished fifth at the National Collegiate Club Championships in 2014. Coach James Dauphinee, president and senior goalie Michael Smith and vice president and junior center Drace Penley are working to prepare the team together. “I structure this out so everything we do is building toward those championships,” Dauphinee said. “There’s a lot of preparation that goes in before practice, but really it’s these guys’ dedication and hard work that pushes us.”Smith, who puts together the team’s scheduling, said midseason CWPA polls that ranked the Buckeyes first in the nation puts a target on their backs.“We have a lot more training to do if we want to compete on a national level,” Smith said. “Teams know that we’re coming to play. We’re working really hard to make sure we’re the best team in the pool conditioning-wise and (the) best team in the pool mentally and ready to play water polo.”Penley, whose duty as vice president is to work with fundraising and the community, said extra practice both in and out of the pool has been part of their preparation.“We’ve been lucky on Monday and Wednesdays to come in at 7:30 a.m. and get conditioning out the way early so that we can get into more water polo,” Penley said. “We’ve also put together an out-of-practice lifting cycle, so we all signed up for a time sheet.”Dauphinee said he thinks the team’s hard work can help it ascend to new heights.“Placing fifth last year, we lost to the eventual national champions, and this year we’re expecting to place first, if not top three,” Dauphinee said. “I think that’s reflective of the work these guys have put in, not just last year, but the previous years to really build a name for the program nationwide.”There has been a shift in the competitiveness of the program from when Dauphinee took over five years ago. Senior center Ben McClurg has witnessed the transition.“We’ve pretty much done a full 180. When I started, the team was probably like 20 guys total and only 10 showed up for practice,” McClurg said. “We had a lot of good incoming classes, and now we’ve got almost 40 guys who will come in four times a week and multiple weekends every single semester.”Smith cites Dauphinee as a large reason for the turnaround.“My freshman year we got fourth in our conference, and now we’re going for the three-peat this year,” Smith said. “It’s just been an unbelievable change, and a lot of that has to do with our coaching. James has been an unbelievable part of that.”Dauphinee has been named the Great Lakes Division Coach of the Year the past three seasons, but the achievements of the team are what he hangs his hat on.“The thing that I personally get the most from is not the individual accolade, but when I first started coaching the team, they asked me to come on board and we had seven guys in the water,” he said. “This is the return on the investment I put in here, getting an opportunity to help build a program.”Dauphinee is not the only member of the team who has experienced personal success. McClurg and Smith have both been recognized within the CWPA.McClurg was named the 2014 Great Lakes Division MVP and a second team All-American. He said he is honored to obtain those awards, but he enjoys team success over individual.“I like being honored, but I’d like to see the team do well rather than myself,” McClurg said. “But, obviously, I like being able to say that I was the best in the conference and somewhat of the best of the nation, which is kind of cool to see.”Smith, as a goalie, attributes his success to the team defense and coaching.“I’ve had an unbelievable defense, and I’ve been lucky enough to have that for three years now,” Smith said. “I came in playing in high school a little bit, but I wasn’t very good. I’ve had great tutelage, great coaching and it all goes down to that team defense.”Penley, however, said he thinks Smith is too modest.“Team defense can only work if you got someone who you know is only going to let seven goals max in a game behind you,” Penley said. “Pretty much every game at nationals, except for maybe one, he’s been named our MVP of the game.”Despite a strong commitment to the program, the team emphasizes that school comes first.Penley, a chemical engineering major, said a good balance is important.“Since we are a club sport, we’re always making sure that everyone knows that school comes first, family comes first,” Penley said. “If you need a day off mentally, that comes first because if you aren’t prepared mentally in the pool, you’re not going to play physically well.”Smith echoed Penley’s notion.“We’re not scholarship athletes, we’re all here to get an education,” Smith said. “We’re lucky enough to have guys on the team who are able to balance that and (Penley) is a great example.”Freshman Andy Damschroder said the cohesion of the club has contributed to his positive experience so far.“We hang out together, we train together, we win together,” Damschroder said. “It’s probably one of the best clubs on campus, one of the most competitive, one of the most cohesive. Everybody is academically smart, we’re all physically talented. It’s a great group to be a part of.”The Buckeyes will host the Great Lake Championships at the McCorkle Pavilion Halloween weekend beginning at 9 a.m. on Oct. 31. read more

Violent offenders avoiding criminal records through controversial community resolutions

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Community resolutions can include a range of options, including having the offender apologise to the victim in person and paying them compensation.Unlike a caution or an out of court disposal, the community resolution does not lead to a criminal record.Durham Constabulary have operated the Checkpoint programme for a number of years, allowing offenders for a range of offences to avoid court by agreeing to take part in a four-month scheme.But critics have warned that they are increasingly being used for cases that are not appropriate. Chris Henley QC, who chairs the Criminal Bar Association, said: “What is clear from the figures is that contrary to their original purpose and the very clear guidance given to the police, community resolutions are being used to deal with more and more serious offences. “This shouldn’t be happening. These cases should be resolved formally in a courtroom. It is unsurprising that offenders arrested for serious crime leap at the offer of an informal community resolution order.” Violent criminals, burglars and sex offenders are among more than 100,000 people escaping prosecutions each year by opting for community resolutions, according to new figures. The informal punishments, which mean the offender can avoid getting a criminal record, are used by police forces to deal with a range of low-level offences.But the latest analysis suggests that more serious offenders are also taking advantage of the system, with some forces using them to deal with sex offences, violence, burglary and the possession of weapons.The National Police Chiefs’ Council has said that community resolutions should not be used in the most serious cases, but data obtained by the BBC suggests they have even been used to deal with allegations of rape. According to the figures around 112,000 offenders have been dealt with through community resolution orders each year since 2014.They have included some 2,500 sex offences, 27 rapes, 3,555 burglaries, 156,000 violent offences and 1,720 allegations of cruelty towards children. read more

TirePulse reports tyre health through Trimble VisionLink

first_imgTrimble has introduced the Trimble® TirePulse™ tyre monitoring system to assist in reducing maintenance costs, increasing overall fleet productivity and promoting site safety. Part of the Trimble Connected Site® portfolio, the advanced machine monitoring solution wirelessly reports tyre temperature and pressure data from the jobsite to the VisionLink® fleet, asset and site productivity management solution from Trimble. Automatic, real-time tyre pressure and high-temperature alerts help schedule cost-effective preventative tyre maintenance, extend the life of tyres, increase fuel efficiency and avoid dangerous blowouts.Under-inflated tyres can reduce fuel economy, increase overheating, tread wear and blowouts that take a machine out of production. Together, these factors can significantly affect fleet productivity and operating costs.Trimble TirePulse can improve tyre life while also reducing the need to visually inspect inflation, tyre wear and temperature. Using a Trimble TP920 Industrial Tire Sensor in the tyre valve stem and a Trimble SNM940 Connected Site Gateway for communications, the information is automatically relayed back to the office for analysis by managers. Accurate data is communicated through VisionLink, so managers can proactively manage tyre maintenance on more machines across sites. Better preventative maintenance can result in improved fleet costs.The TirePulse system also promotes increased jobsite safety by reducing the risk of tyre blowout and injury to workers. Properly inflated tyres improve the performance of vehicle braking systems and allow a faster response time in potentially dangerous conditions. The system is also safer and more accurate than manual visual inspection because it does not require personnel to be in close proximity to overheated tyres on heavy machinery.VisionLink automatically alerts site supervisors when a tyre experiences a 20% drop in pressure and becomes a potential hazard. It can also provide a high-temperature alert to indicate that jobsite conditions are likely to accelerate tyre breakdown.“Preventative maintenance is more cost effective than a machine going down suddenly with a blown tyre. But with equipment moving around so much from site to site, fleet managers struggle to stay ahead of the game,” said Julian Dann, Business Area Director for Machine Control. “TirePulse is priced for installation across the entire fleet of on- and off-road machine tyres, regardless of make, model or manufacturer. Increased wear or breakdown can be reported and acted upon proactively. The system can often pay for itself by preventing just one blowout.”last_img read more

Avoca recalls hummus and colcannon over presence of Listeria

first_img Image: William Murphy via Flickr FOOD RETAILER AVOCA has recalled batches of its hummus and colcannon due to the presence Listeria.The Food Safety Authority of Ireland today issued a public warning over a single batch each of the products.The FSAI said that Avoca was recalling the batches because of the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in the products.Listeriosis is a serious disease which can be life threatening, particularly for pregnant women, the elderly and other people with a weakened immune system.The affected products are the Avoca Hummus (264g); Avoca Colcannon (550g).The hummus has a use by date of 09.02.17; the Colcannon has a use by date of 04.02.17.Food businesses are being told to remove the affected products from sale and to clearly display a point of sale notice not to eat them.Anyone who may have bought the affected batches are told to dispose of the product or return it to the place of purchase.In a statement, Avoca said: The products were on sale in Avoca stores only and have been withdrawn from sale. Customer notices are on display in store with the product recall details. Share Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 15 Comments Saturday 4 Feb 2017, 1:56 PM In line with Avoca’s commitment to quality and food safety, we are treating this matter very seriously and conducting a thorough investigation.Read: Man (20s) arrested after gardaí seize cocaine and cannabis in gangland crackdown Image: William Murphy via Flickr We can confirm that a voluntarily recall of a single batch of two Avoca products has been initiated after routine testing indicated the product did not meet the usual high standard. http://jrnl.ie/3222770 17,659 Views By Cormac Fitzgerald Avoca recalls hummus and colcannon over presence of Listeria The Food Safety Authority of Ireland today issued a public warning over a single batch each of the products. Feb 4th 2017, 1:56 PM We notified the authorities of our decision to recall the batch of products concerned as a precautionary measure.last_img read more

Shaky ground for Greek govt

first_imgThe stability of the tripartite government coalition in Greece remains in the balance as the third meeting on Thursday between Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and his junior partners, PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos and Fotis Kouvelis of Democratic Left, lead to Mr Kouvelis indicating that he might withdraw from the government. “No common ground was found” on the issue of ERT, the leader of the Democratic Left said, adding that the restructuring of the national broadcaster must be carried out with ERT open. “For us it is an issue of democratic legitimacy,” Mr Kouvelis added. Noting that the situation was “extremely critical”, Mr Venizelos said that PASOK wanted stability and not elections. “We want the government to continue as a three-party government and we want Democratic Left to be part of it,” he said. The PASOK leader repeated calls for ERT to reopen “immediately”, adding that the “status and outlook of the coalition” as well as its program agreement must be examined again. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, in a televised address to the nation after the conclusion of the meeting of the coalition leaders, stated that no one wants an early election and that for the good of the Greek people he is determined to run a full term government. He also called upon Mr Kouvelis to reconsider his position. Furthermore, he promised a new ERT, a re-examination of the political agreement of the Coalition partners and better coordination of his own government, hinting that he would go to a reshuffle of his Ministry. If the Democratic Left ultimately decides to leave the tripartite government, a two party government between New Democracy and PASOK would command the support of 153 MPs, instead of 168 MPs, in the 300 member Greek Parliament. During the political upheaval, a large crowd of dismissed ERT employees and supporters gathered for yet another night outside the broadcaster’s headquarters for a protest rally, while others gathered outside the premises of the Council of State, the country’s highest administrative court. The court reiterated again that the national broadcaster has to re-open. Earlier on Thursday there was upheaval in Parliament with deputies from the left opposition parties SYRIZA and KKE (Communist Party) as well as the right-wing anti-bailout Independent Greeks party leaving the House in protest at the government’s decision not to discuss a KKE amendment on the closure of ERT. In a related development, the government decided to temporarily suspend a license fee for public radio and television, which is raised via electricity bills, until a new public broadcaster has been set up.* Since this article went to print: The Democratic Left party ultimately  decided to leave the ruling coalition and to withdraw from the government its two ministers  and other officials.  An announcement of a new coalition government made up by New Democracy and PASOK is expected early this week. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Spotify a signé un accord avec Universal Music

first_imgSpotify a signé un accord avec Universal MusicLe service suédois de musique en ligne aurait signé un accord avec Universal Music, en échange d’une limitation de son offre d’écoute gratuite.Spotify semble paré pour s’attaquer au marché américain. Selon Reuters, le service de musique en ligne aurait signé un accord avec Universal Music, après deux années d’âpres discussions. C’est la troisième major qui signe avec le site suédois, après Sony Music et EMI, permettant ainsi à Spotify de disposer d’un catalogue important, représentant une part de marché aux Etats-Unis de près de 70%. Néanmoins, Spotify a dû céder sur certains points…Ainsi, le service d’écoute de musique gratuite a été drastiquement limité pour satisfaire aux exigences des majors. Depuis avril, les auditeurs non abonnés ne peuvent pas écouter plus de 10 heures de musique dans le mois et chaque titre est accessible cinq fois maximum. Rappelons que c’était une des revendications principales de Pascal Nègre, patron d’Universal Music France. “Quand on voit des gens qui écoutent 35 fois la même chanson, vous vous dites qu’au bout d’un moment, le gars, il faut qu’il aille acheter le titre. (…) Quatre écoutes, c’est suffisant pour savoir si on veut acheter un titre”, avait-il lâché en début d’année. Des exigences visiblement entendues… ou subies par Spotify.Le 14 juin 2011 à 15:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

EPA to Roll Back Obamas Auto Fuel Efficiency Emissions Rules

first_img Air Pollution Deaths in the US Nearly Halved Between 1990 and 2010Photos Take You Inside Sex Bot Manufacturing The Environmental Protection Agency will overturn Obama-era requirements to boost fuel efficiency and cut greenhouse gases from passenger cars.EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Monday confirmed that the Trump administration plans to revise standards for the model year 2022-2025 cars and trucks.The current standards, he said, are “not appropriate” and should be amended, though Pruitt offered no details on the scope of those changes.“The Obama Administration’s determination was wrong,” Pruitt said in a statement. “Obama’s EPA cut the Midterm Evaluation process short with politically charged expediency, made assumptions about the standards that didn’t comport with reality, and set the standards too high.”Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations aim to improve the average fuel economy of cars and light trucks—by introducing penalties that make it more expensive for automakers to build inefficient vehicles.In 2016, the EPA, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and California Air Resources Board (CARB) released a technical paper. The report applauded the auto industry’s positive steps toward lowering greenhouse gas emissions, but agreed the 54.5 miles-per-gallon corporate average fuel economy target is unrealistic.Current agreed standards are set to jump to 60 mpg (passenger cars) and 50 mpg (light trucks) by 2025.Pruitt’s announcement is a warning shot to state governments—specifically California, which is eyeing a ban on sales of diesel-fuel cars in hopes of reducing air pollution.The Golden State may become the first U.S. territory to take action, similar to China, France, and the UK—all planning to phase out gas- and diesel-car sales over the next three decades.To reach these “ambitious” goals, “we have to pretty much replace all combustion with some form of renewable energy,” California Air Resources Board (CARB) Chair Mary Nichols said in September. “We’re looking at that as a method of moving this discussion forward.”As CNBC pointed out, this could split the U.S. car market in two—one half (California & Co.) keeping higher standards set by Obama, the other half following President Trump’s lead.“Cooperative federalism doesn’t mean that one state can dictate standards for the rest of the country,” Pruitt said. “EPA will set a national standard for greenhouse gas emissions that allows auto manufacturers to make cars that people both want and can afford—while still expanding environmental and safety benefits of newer cars.“It is in America’s best interest to have a national standard, but we look forward to partnering with all states, including California, as we work to finalize that standard,” he added. Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Wilmingtons Anthony Vitale Receives Chancellors Award For Exceptional Service At UMass Amherst

AMHERST, MA — Antonio D. Vitale, of Wilmington, was presented the inaugural Chancellor’s Award for Exceptional Service during commencement at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on May 11.Created by UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy, the award recognizes graduating seniors who have made significant impact on the institution while enriching the experience of their fellow students. Award recipients exhibit extraordinary commitment to service and citizenship as undergraduate students beyond the scope of their normal academic and extracurricular commitments and serve as role models for future generations of UMass Amherst students.Elected as a student government senator as a first-year student, Vitale was twice elected president of the Student Government Association. His notable accomplishments include bringing early voting to campus for the 2016 national election, reopening the Hatch as a multipurpose space for students in the Student Union, and his advocacy for increased state support for the university.His most significant achievement, acquiring funding for future renovations to the Student Union, will impact the campus and students for years to come. He founded and chaired the Student Union Task Force, united the student body in support of renovations to the Student Union, and rallied them to pass the fee referendum, which will provide half the funding for the $50 million major campus enhancement.Vitale will be joining IBM as business transportation consultant in its business consulting division.(NOTE: The above announcement is from UMass Amherst.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 15 Wilmington Students Graduate From UMass AmherstIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 31 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At UMass AmherstIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 19 Wilmington Students Graduate From UMass AmherstIn “Education” read more

Dubai Princess Flees UAE With Money Kids Post Marriage

first_imgLONDON: Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, the sixth wife of Dubai’s billionaire ruler, has reportedly fled the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with 31 million pounds and their two children following the break-up of their marriage. According to media reports, the wife of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum — the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE — is believed to be in hiding in London. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us The princess, the half-sister of King Abdullah of Jordan, is said to be seeking a divorce after initially fleeing to Germany with her children Jalila, 11, and Zayed, seven where she requested political asylum. She is understood to have taken 31 million pounds with her to start a new life, reports say. Oxford educated Princess Haya has not been seen in public since May 20 and her social media accounts, which are usually full of photos of her charitable work, have not been active since February. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us Unconfirmed reports in Arab media say that a German diplomat helped the princess “escape” from Dubai, leading to a potential diplomatic crisis between the two countries. It is claimed that German authorities refused a request from Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Maktoum, one of the world’s richest men, to return his wife to Dubai. Two sources close to the Dubai royal family were cited as saying by media reports that Princess Haya has indeed left the country and is seeking a divorce. Advertise With Us It comes after one of the Sheikh’s daughter’s Princess Latifa attempted to flee from her father and Dubai. She was captured on a boat off the Indian coast and has since disappeared, but is believed to have been returned to the UAE. Princess Latifa said abuse forced her to flee the kingdom – and human rights groups claim she is being held in captivity in Dubai. Radha Stirling, Chief Executive of watchdog Detained in Dubai, said: “Whenever someone applies for political asylum, obviously, it is because their lives are in danger, and because they have suffered severe abuses and violations of their human rights. “We already know that Princess Latifa, Sheikh Mohammed’s daughter, fled the UAE seeking asylum and alleging unspeakable abuse at the hands of her father. “Now, it seems, Princess Haya, Sheikh Mohammed’s wife, has also fled the country and sought refuge in Germany.”last_img read more

Mobile users angry over proposed change in Internet rates

first_imgRelated posts:President Solís to weigh in on proposed changes to Internet rates Supreme Court’s Constitutional Chamber to hold hearing on proposed mobile Internet rate changes Social media campaign targets problems with mobile network coverage Court orders new hearing to discuss proposed changes in mobile Internet rates Customers willing to share their thoughts with the Ombudsman’s Office can do so by sending an email to dhrtarifasmovil@gmail.com. The message should be sent no later than June 20 and must include full name, address and identification number.The Costa Rican Consumers Association also opposes the change, saying it “may be illegal,” according to the group’s vice president, Gilberto Campos Cruz, who said association members would attend the hearing. “First, we believe it is illegal to nullify the current SUTEL rate model and then unilaterally change it. This implies a change in provisions of an existing contract and is a violation of Public Services Regulatory Authority [ARESEP] legislation and the country’s Telecommunications Law,” Campos told The Tico Times.The association also believes SUTEL does not have the capacity to monitor carriers’ compliance with data transfers, and therefore, “there is no guarantee that the change in the rate model will mean an improvement in the quality of service.”The Consumers Association also challenged the claim that the proposal originated from a carrier’s request and not from technical criteria by SUTEL.“Carriers since 2012 have been asking that the approved change in rates for prepaid plans also be applied to postpaid ones,” he said.SUTEL began studying the issue following the first request by carriers, but that study was suspended when ARESEP’s board of directors ordered the agency to dismiss the request, based on the government’s inability to monitor compliance with data transfer rates, Campos said.“We know many other sectors oppose this. Education Ministry officials, for example, believe the change will affect a large number of students in satellite education programs who use mobile Internet to interact with teachers. I’m sure this is a national concern,” he added.Anyone interested in adding to the debate or opposing the new rate model should attend the public hearing scheduled for July 1 at 5 p.m. at SUTEL facilities in Escazú, southwest of San José. The hearing also will be broadcast via video conferencing in court buildings in Cartago, Ciudad Quesada, Heredia, Liberia, Limón, Pérez Zeledón and Puntarenas. Facebook Comments The Telecommunications Superintendency (SUTEL) on July 1 will host a public hearing to propose a change in the way carriers charge for mobile Internet services. But angry customers are getting ready to fight back.The proposal follows a request by the country’s three carriers, Movistar, Claro and state-owned Kölbi, and it includes charging for transferred data instead of charging for connection speed, which is how plans currently operate.SUTEL already had approved data transfer rates for prepaid plans back in October 2012, but carriers only began charging based on the new rates in mid-2013.Under the new proposal carriers will offer a ₡3,750 ($7) plan for both prepaid and postpaid users that includes 500 MB of data transfer. From that point companies will begin charging ₡0.0075 per Kilobyte (Kb) downloaded.For example, using a smartphone to “Like” a friend on Facebook requires about 13 Kb, which costs about ₡0.10. Uploading a 200 Kb photo to a Facebook wall would cost about ₡1.50; downloading a three-minute mp3 song would cost ₡30, and downloading a 20 Megabyte app would cost ₡180.SUTEL spokesman Eduardo Castellón said the agency would take up to one month after the hearing to respond to any objections, meaning they expect new rates to begin in August.“We believe data transfer rates will provide carriers with more financial resources to improve service quality,” he said.The government apparently agrees with SUTEL. After a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Presidency Minister Melvin Jiménez and Science and Technology Minister Gisella Kopper said they are in favor of the proposal because it would improve service for users.Kopper said a change in the rate model is necessary: “It’s time for Costa Ricans to have a tariff method that allow us to pay exactly for what we are actually using.”She also said that “5 percent of mobile Internet customers – some 150,000 people – are overusing the service, and high consumption is affecting the quality of service for all users. Charging by data transfer would be a major benefit.”According to SUTEL’s latest report in October, there are 3 million mobile Internet users in Costa Rica.The technology minister also dismissed claims that the proposed change violates free access to the Internet.“Everyone will pay according to their consumption, and the government will make sure no changes are made on current contracts until they are expired,” Kopper said.Matías Señorán, a spokesman with the private carrier Movistar, reiterated that the change would benefit users with better quality service.“A new rate method is necessary, as current unlimited download plans are unsustainable,” he said.Señorán said the company would honor current contracts based on connection speed, ​​and would comply with SUTEL’s ruling.Víctor García, manager of Claro, said the change mirrors common industry practices around the world. He added that his company would adhere to any SUTEL decision on how to proceed with current customers.The state-owned carrier Kölbi, run by the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE), requested The Tico Times submit all questions about the issue via email. In a two-paragraph response sent two days  later, the agency’s press office summarized the company’s position on the rate change by saying, “[SUTEL’s proposal] corresponds to the most common practice worldwide. For ICE, marketing both plan options under the same conditions only will bring better opportunities and a better quality of service, as contracts now will respond to customers’ actual needs. We will evaluate all possible scenarios to offer attractive plans for all different needs.”A tough sellMany customers seem reluctant to accept the new rate system, expressing their disapproval in chats and on social media networks.Some are organizing a large turnout at the public hearing. Others use Facebook to dispute SUTEL’s arguments, and blame President Luis Guillermo Solís’ administration for supporting the change.Two Facebook pages have popped up to respond, one called “SUTEL: No al cobro por kb descargado,” (SUTEL: Say no to per-Kilobyte downloaded rates), and “No Al Cobro De Internet Celular Por Descarga,” (No to data transfer rates for mobile Internet).Costa Rica’s Ombudsman’s Office recently used social media to ask citizens to share their thoughts on the proposal.“We are interested in your daily experiences using Internet in your lives. We want to know how much you use it and for what purposes, if you have noticed a decrease in speed, and other details that you would like to share. We also would like to receive a copy of your contract to study,” one post from the office said.last_img read more

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first_imgTexas, Florida Metros Top List of Prime First-Time Buyer Markets An analysis of local market conditions suggests metros in Texas, Florida, and Pennsylvania have a busy buying season to look forward to, especially when it comes to first-time buyer activity.Realtor.com released Thursday its list of the top markets for first-time homebuyers for the spring and summer seasons. To compile the list, analysts compared cities across five categories that have the biggest impact on buyers new to the market: list price affordability, time on market, employment rates, supply of inventory (and thus chances of competition), and—as the mantra goes—location, location, location.Markets ranking on the 2014 list include Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Orlando, and Jacksonville, Florida; Fort Worth-Arlington and Dallas, Texas; and Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.Also included on this year’s list are Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Phoenix-Mesa, Arizona.Steve Berkowitz, CEO of Realtor.com’s operator, Move, explained how these markets’ economies can expect to benefit from the crucial first-time buyer segment: “First-time buyers have a widespread impact on the local housing markets. In transitioning from renters to owners, new buyers pay property taxes and other fees and taxes associated with homeownership that benefits local schools and services.”Of course, whether first-timers in those top markets decide to make their move this year remains to be seen, especially as the youngest among them continue to struggle with debt. In a profile of recent homebuyers, the National Association of Realtors found one-fifth of Millennials had to delay their search due to difficulties saving for a down payment; out of that group, more than half said student loans are the biggest obstacle. Asking Prices First-Time Homebuyers Housing Supply Jobs Move Inc. 2014-03-28 Tory Barringer Sharecenter_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News March 28, 2014 483 Views last_img read more

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