Oilers honour victims of Edmonton truck attack before home opener against Flames

first_imgEDMONTON – An Edmonton police officer attacked last weekend was honoured by the Oilers ahead of their home opener against the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night.Constable Michael Chernyk received a standing ovation as he walked on to the ice during a pre-game ceremony and stood beside anthem singer Robert Clark for his performance of O Canada.Chernyk was handling crowd control at a Canadian Football League game on Saturday night when he was hit by a speeding car that rammed through a barrier and sent him flying five metres through the air.The driver got out, pulled out a large knife and began stabbing Chernyk, a 10-year veteran of the police force, as he was lying on the ground. Chernyk fought back and the suspect fled on foot.Before police could arrest the attacker he hit four civilians with another vehicle he had been driving.Edmonton police Chief Roderick Knecht was also present on Wednesday as the Oilers played a video honouring the victims of the attack as well as police and other first responders.Abdulahi Hasan Sharif made his first court appearance Tuesday on 11 charges, including five of attempted murder.last_img read more

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Rogers sells flagship magazines Macleans Chatelaine in deal with St Joseph

TORONTO — Rogers Media has reached a deal to sell its seven consumer print and digital publications, including Maclean’s and Chatelaine, to St. Joseph Communications.They say all current employees of Rogers Media Publishing will be offered jobs through the deal, which is expected to close next month.However, financial terms of the agreement were not immediately disclosed.The transaction comes after months of unconfirmed reports that Rogers Media, an arm of Rogers Communications Inc., had been negotiating to sell its remaining consumer publications.The deal today includes both the French and English editions of Chatelaine, Today’s Parent and Hello! Canada, as well as the digital publications Flare and Canadian Business, which no longer have print editions.They will join a number of other publications at St. Joseph Communications which already produces Toronto Life, Weddingbells, Mariage Quebec and other titles. Companies in this story: (TSX:RCI.B)The Canadian Press read more

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Jaffna MC votes on LLRC

He said that such attempts should be condemned.TNA member V. Kanagaratnam meanwhile noted that the ethnic divide is preventing reconciliation in the country. Speaking before the resolution was adopted Jaffna MC Member M. Rameez said that America is attempting to get involved in Sri Lanka affairs like it has already done in some Muslim countries. The Jaffna Municipal Council (MC) has adopted a resolution calling for the implementation of the recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), a Jaffna based newspaper reported today.According to the Uthayan newspaper, the Jaffna Municipal Council adopted the resolution by a majority of two votes with 10 members voting for and eight against it. The resolution says the government must implement the recommendations of the LLRC without leaving room for outside intervention. He said that Tamils should be given equal rights. He also charged that most war displaced Tamils in the north have not been resettled in their original lands and the army continues to have a strong presence in Jaffna. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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BengalsRavens — On A Thursday Night — Is The Most Important Game

Just one week into the NFL season, it’s hard to know exactly which teams will be contenders and which will be focused on their spot in the draft next spring. So it probably seems too early to be discussing playoff implications — a conversation that’s usually on hold until Thanksgiving. But in a 16-game schedule, the margins are small, and each game has a big effect on the postseason picture. Week 2 is no different — after all, the season will be 12.5 percent over after Monday night.Thursday’s AFC North tilt between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Baltimore Ravens is one of those early season contests that could end up having real postseason consequences. In fact, our NFL Elo prediction model considers it the most important game of Week 2. (Remember when Thursday Night Football was a place to stash the NFL’s unwanted matchups?) With a win, each team’s chances of making the playoffs would jump by about 15 percentage points, while the loser would see a commensurate decline. Especially after the division-rival Pittsburgh Steelers stumbled out of the gate without star RB Le’Veon Bell, the chance to jump out to a 2-0 start is a big opportunity for both Baltimore and Cincy. SEA40.311.8CHI14.67.219.1 Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 1Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 1 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game PIT53.812.1KC74.89.922.0 Bengals-Ravens could help make or break their seasonsWeek 2 games with the most total potential swing for the two teams’ playoff chances, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL Elo predictions ARI61ARI55WSH 24, ARI 6+4.8– BAL59.0%+/-15.1CIN39.6%+/-14.829.9 NYJ39.013.3MIA30.312.926.2 6Minnesota4023,1180 NE86NE77NE 27, HOU 20-6.3– 1Washington4223,6423 Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 8San Francisco3831,0285 DAL33.58.1NYG6.44.112.2 Team ACurrentAvg. Chg*Team BCurrentAvg. Chg*Total Change The Bengals always get competent QB play — but no ringsMost seasons with positive yards above backup quarterback (YABQ) for NFL franchises, 1970-2017 DEN30.010.5OAK14.37.918.4 TEN30.49.7HOU15.28.117.9 WSH39.17.9IND9.94.112.0 NO74NO82TB 48, NO 40-13.5– PHI65PHI57PHI 18, ATL 12-9.6– The Ravens come into the matchup off of a 44-point demolition of the Buffalo Bills, which propelled Baltimore from 12th to eighth in our Elo rankings. With the Bills starting the comically ineffective Nathan Peterman at QB, it’s difficult to judge how much we really learned about the Ravens in the blowout. But it had to be encouraging for Baltimore fans to see Joe Flacco play well, regardless of the opponent. At home against Buffalo, Flacco generated 119 more adjusted net yards than a generic backup-level quarterback would have (aka yards above backup QB, or YABQ), which ranked sixth among all signal-callers in Week 1 — behind Ryan Fitzpatrick, Drew Brees, Patrick Mahomes, Philip Rivers and Aaron Rodgers.In terms of YABQ, this game also represented the third-best that Flacco has enjoyed since Week 3 of the 2015 season, which helps underscore how bad Flacco has been in recent years. For instance, last season the Ravens had the third-worst quarterbacking production of any team in the league, with Flacco’s individual metrics in a three-year tailspin. For a team that featured one of the NFL’s best defenses last season, any spark that Flacco and the offense can provide could go a long way toward sending Baltimore back to the playoffs for the first time since 2014. And in their first test against the overmatched Bills, Flacco and the revamped Ravens receiving corps passed with flying colors.A somewhat similar narrative is unfolding in Cincinnati. With much-maligned QB Andy Dalton embarking on his eighth season as the Bengals’ starter (and coach Marvin Lewis back for an astonishing 16th year on the team’s sidelines), Cincy went into Indianapolis and beat Andrew Luck and the Colts thanks to solid passing and rushing, plus timely defensive plays late in the game. Aside from maybe Flacco, few quarterbacks in the league needed to start the season on the right foot more than Dalton, who infamously has never won a playoff game during his time in the Queen City.A win over Baltimore on Thursday won’t change that — perhaps surprisingly, Dalton has beaten the Ravens more often than not anyway — but it would help quiet the doubts that Dalton’s best days are behind him. Since he finished third in the league in YABQ in 2015 (despite suffering a season-ending injury that December), he slipped to 11th in 2016 and 21st in 2017, and the Bengals didn’t make the playoffs either year. With a defense that projects to be mediocre at best, Cincinnati needs Dalton to reverse that slide in order to have any shot at the postseason — and probably to have any chance at salvaging the Dalton/Lewis era.The great irony of the Bengals is that their quarterbacking has always been just good enough to come up short. While the Ravens have won two Super Bowls behind a couple of QBs (Flacco and Trent Dilfer) who were below-average passers for their careers, Cincinnati has consistently had average-to-good passing over the years, aside from a few notable exceptions. Just look back at the Bengals’ history of primary quarterbacks: 40 of their 47 seasons since 1972 have been led by five quarterbacks — Ken Anderson, Boomer Esiason, Jeff Blake, Carson Palmer and Dalton. Although none is in the Hall of Fame (Anderson’s case is a point of contentious debate), each rates as average or better in his career according to Pro-Football-Reference.com’s advanced passing index.That’s why, from the 1970 AFL-NFL merger until the present day, no team has gotten more seasons of “competent” (above-backup level) quarterbacking than the Bengals have: OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION MIN76MIN71MIN 24, SF 16-5.3– GB63GB71GB 24, CHI 23+3.3– CAR60CAR60CAR 16, DAL 8-1.8– 7Denver3922,6483 3Miami4125,4802 3Dallas4128,3835 1Cincinnati4223,1280 LAC56LAC55KC 38, LAC 28-0.6– GB29.013.5MIN73.712.926.3 PIT79PIT76PIT 21, CLE 21+0.0 3Pittsburgh4118,7546 TB35.611.6PHI82.98.420.0 And yet, even though the teams around them on that list have won multiple Super Bowls, Cincinnati has yet to break through with even one win of its own.History says that’s unlikely to change this season. But it is fair to say that Dalton’s duel with Flacco this week has taken on unexpected importance for an early season game. The winner will ensure itself a quick boost in playoff chances — and an extra helping of redemption after the way both teams have played the past few seasons.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersLast week, we relaunched our NFL Elo prediction interactive, which you can use to track every team in the league in the race for the Super Bowl. Along with it, we also brought back a popular feature from last season — a prediction game that lets you test your football smarts against our model (and thousands of fellow readers). Here were Elo’s best and worst picks against the field in Week 1: IND50IND50CIN 34, IND 23-1.9– JAX58JAX62JAX 20, NYG 15+0.7– BAL64BAL72BAL 47, BUF 3+2.9– OAK50%LAR68%LAR 33, OAK 13+11.7– Overall, it was a pretty impressive opening week for Elo — in fact, our model cleaned up nicely, beating readers by 28.3 total points on average. This is especially surprising because Week 1 would seem to be the moment of the season when human pickers have the greatest edge on the algorithm. In our NFL preview, I noted that Elo can get caught a little flat-footed early in the season because it doesn’t know about all the roster and coaching moves that transpired over the summer. Theoretically, that should have made it as unprepared for Week 1 as Matt Patricia’s Detroit Lions … but unlike the Lions, Elo proved the naysayers (i.e., me) wrong.Elo’s biggest win was in not dismissing the Buccaneers completely. While our readers gave the home Saints a better than 80 percent chance of winning, the model was more cautious, and it ended up paying off when Tampa (and backup QB Ryan Fitzpatrick) dropped 48 points on New Orleans. Elo also picked up credit for calling the Dolphins’ protracted win over the Titans and for once again showing faith in the Eagles (just like in last year’s playoffs).If the readers did have a crowning moment in Week 1, though, it was for calling the Rams’ big win over the Raiders in Oakland on Monday night. Elo thought the game was a pick ’em, but the readers knew better, giving L.A. a 68 percent chance of spoiling Jon Gruden’s return to the sidelines.Thanks to everyone who played on opening week, and remember that it’s not too late to start, even if you missed Week 1. So be sure to get your picks in now!Check out our latest NFL predictions. 8New England3825,4785 Playoff %Playoff % LAR58.110.9ARI14.17.918.8 SEA54SEA52DEN 27, SEA 24+0.0 PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET points ATL51.114.1CAR52.413.928.1 NO27.84.2CLE2.41.25.4 *Average change is weighted by the likelihood of a win or loss. (Ties are excluded.)Source: ESPN.com LAC33.312.4BUF21.89.822.2 DET19.18.7SF22.28.417.1 8Philadelphia3816,0041 JAX64.310.8NE81.88.819.6 MIA53TEN55MIA 27, TEN 20-10.3– DET71DET71NYJ 48, DET 17-2.4– The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. FranchiseSeasons above backup level since 1970Total YABQSuper Bowls read more

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Pipe bomb partially explodes on residential street in Belfast

first_imgA VIABLE PIPE bomb partially exploded on a residential street in Belfast yesterday evening.Detectives in the city are appealing for information following the security alert on Melrose Street. Ammunitions experts were deployed to the scene to investigate an object which they subsequently described as a “viable pipe bomb-type device which had partially exploded”.The item was taken away for further forensic examinations.“It is only by good fortune that members of the public were not killed or seriously injured last night,” Chief Inspector Mark McEwan said in a statement. “Whoever left this device has shown complete disregard for the safety of the local community.”A motive for the plantation of the device has not yet been established.Read: BBC ‘very sorry’ for offence caused by SF/IRA jibeMore: Murder of London soldier raises fears of ‘lone wolf’ attackslast_img read more

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Study on Merger of Installations Operational Energy Organizations Coming DOD Official Says

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR A report on the status of the merger that created the office of the assistant secretary of defense (ASD) for energy, installations and environment should be available later this year, according to recent testimony submitted by Pete Potochney, the acting head of the office.The fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill directed DOD to prepare the report, one year after the merger of the ASD for operational energy plans and programs and the office of the deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment.“I can tell you that through the merger operational energy functions have benefited from additional resources and collaboration with complementary functions related to installation energy, facilities investment and management, and basing,” Potochney noted last week in his testimony to the House Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee.The conference report for last year’s authorization bill directed DOD to include several elements in the status report:a description of how the office is implementing its responsibilities;a description of efficiencies achieved as a result of the merger; andthe number of DOD personnel whose responsibilities are focused on energy matters.Potochney’s written testimony is available on the committee website.last_img read more

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Former lawmakers join Senator Wielechowski to challenge Governor Walkers PFD cuts

first_imgFormer Republican Senator Clem Tillion. (Credit: Alaska State Legislature)While the Legislature considers making changes to how Alaska Permanent Fund earnings are spent, a pair of former lawmakers are working to block a reduction to Permanent Fund dividends.Listen nowClem Tillion has a message to lawmakers who want to reduce the PFD: Don’t think any changes you make are going to last.“I’m opposed to any changes in the Permanent Fund and I’ll fight it,” Tillion said. “And we’ll raise the votes if necessary to put it back the way it is if they change it. The fund belongs to the people. It was given to the people.”Tillion was a Republican senator when the Permanent Fund was created. He’s an active 91 year old and attended the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council meeting last week, visiting Juneau from his home in Halibut Cove.Tillion and former Republican senator Rick Halford joined with Anchorage Democratic Senator Bill Wielechowski in a lawsuit to reverse Governor Bill Walker’s veto that halved PFDs last year.Tillion’s hopeful they’ll win in court. If not, he’s confident they’ll win a ballot question next year to reverse any changes to the fund.“To take something from the Permanent Fund that belongs to the people – you’re taking money away from some widow in Emmonak and making some guy that comes from Lake Charles, Louisiana, and works on the North Slope go home without paying any taxes – that’s absolutely idiotic,” Tillion said. “If they come here to work and take our resources, they should pay something.”Anchorage Superior Court Judge William Morse ruled in November that Walker had the authority to veto the money.According to Tillion, the state could still draw money from Permanent Fund earnings at roughly one billion dollars per year to pay for state government, and the Legislature can do it within the current law.“The thing is, to change the law in any way is a declaration of war,” Tillion said.Tillion would close the rest of the two and a half billion dollar budget gap with taxes on income, sales, motor fuels, and businesses. The Legislature hasn’t agreed on any new taxes, and no lawmaker has introduced a sales tax.“We have a good system,” Tillion said. “Leave it alone. Let it do its thing.”Halford agrees. He was House majority leader when the Permanent Fund dividends were started.“Looking to the Permanent Fund, without looking to all the other potential solutions at the same time and in somewhat equal measure, is a very serious mistake,” Halford said.Halford will join Tillion and others in reversing any changes to PFDs if they don’t win in court first.“The dividend is based on a formula,” Halford said. “It’s not based on the whim of a governor. It’s not based on a legislative appropriation.”Halford said tying the dividend to the fund’s performance – like the current system – keeps Alaskans interested in the fund.Walker and the Legislature have proposed turning the dividend into a predictable amount based on the fund’s total value. It would fall from more than 2200 dollars currently forecast to one thousand dollars in the Senate bill and 1250 dollars in the House bill.Both bills would also allow the payment to state government to be predictable. Walker and financial experts say this is a necessary step to stabilize the state budget.The state Supreme Court will hear arguments on the Permanent Fund lawsuit on June 20.last_img read more

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Tech Company Innovates Foster Care

first_imgBy J. K. Schmid, AFRO StaffA Falls Church non-profit has won first place at the inaugural Innovate for Good Challenge.The winner, Connect Our Kids, is developing data-driven intelligent software to enhance the abilities of social workers to place foster children in homes in a faster and scalable manner.Connect Our Kids Chief Technology Officer, Travis Collins And Connect our Kids Co-founder and COO Jessica SternConnect Our Kids’s website and the press release announcing their victory claim there are over 400,000 children in the US foster care system.“The Innovate for Good Challenge is intended to promote and heighten awareness of organizations that are catalyzing social change through new technology such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, and/or extended reality,” the press release reads. Innovate for Good is a contest sponsored by Independent Sector and Accenture.Connect Our Kids has not launched a product at the time of this writing, but expects to launch from Virginia when the time comes.“The financial award and technological support from Accenture is a game-changer for our young non-profit organization,” said co-founder and COO Jessica Stern, in the same release. “We are a giant step closer to piloting our family connections tool across 5 states because of this incredible opportunity.”last_img read more

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Sony shutting down 4 niche multiplayer games this month

first_imgIt’s always sad to hear of an online game being shut down, because invariably it’s going to impact at the very least a small group of players who were really enjoying it. So for Sony to announce four MMOs are being turned off is a bit surprising.The only upside is, at least 3 of these games you may have never even heard of before. The games on the chop list include:Cosmic RiftInfantryEverQuest Online AdventuresStar Chamber: The Harbinger SagaAll the names in that list may mean nothing to you except the highly recognizable EverQuest. This version launched on the PS2 back in 2003, so has had a very good run considering the console is effectively a dead platform now. Even so, Sony is offering players 3 months of Gold Membership in alternative titles EverQuest or EverQuest II. That’s a clever move as it could keep some player playing and therefore paying.Cosmic RiftAs for the other three games, there’s no such freebie on offer. Cosmic Rift is a 2D, top-down science fiction space-based shooter that saw a release back in 2001. Its main draw was a 4-on-4 league, but that ended in 2005 and apparently no one has been playing it since.InfantryInfantry is an isometric combat game that varied the gameplay and weaponry depending on which zone you spawned into. It was released in 1999, and much like Cosmic Rift, had its player base die off around 2005. It has since limped along with Sony mostly ignoring it in terms of development and support.Star Chamber: The Harbinger SagaFinally, we have the third game you may never have known about: Star Chamber: The Harbinger Saga. It’s an online collectible card game first released in 2003 and is free to play, although extra cards cost money. Sony seems to have removed the game’s page from the Station website already, but you can still find information about it on the Matrix Games website.EverQuest Online Adventures players will receive their free Gold Memberships on March 16. All of the games being shut down will see their servers turned off on March 29, so you’ve still got some time to sample the games if you have a Station account.via Sonylast_img read more

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How to Shrink a Carbon Nanotube

first_imgA depiction of the gradual reduction of the diameter of a carbon nanotube via the process created by Yuzvinsky et al. (Image courtesy Tom Yuzvinsky) A research group has devised a way to control the diameter of a carbon nanotube – down to essentially zero nanometers. This useful new ability, designed by scientists from the University of California at Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, may help carbon nanotubes become more easily incorporated into new technologies. “One of the biggest hurdles in working with carbon nanotubes has been lack of control over their size,” said UC Berkeley physicist Tom Yuzvinsky, the study’s lead author, to PhysOrg.com. “Now that we can precisely set the diameter of carbon nanotubes, we can tailor individual nanoscale devices to meet our needs.”The exceptional electrical and physical properties of carbon nanotubes – for example, they conduct very well and are extremely strong – have led them to become the basis of many nanoscale devices, such as sensors and transistors. But since these properties depend on the size of the nanotubes and methods to precisely control their size have been unreliable, nanotubes have not been as thoroughly incorporated into new technologies as many scientists would like.Yuzvinsky and his colleagues have taken a significant step toward changing this.They began with a multi-walled carbon nanotube (which resembles a few single nanotubes nested together); theirs had four walls. They applied a carefully selected voltage to the nanotube, which caused the outer two walls to break down electrically and fall away. The already-slimmer nanotube was next bombarded with a high-energy electron beam that knocked carbon atoms out of the nanotube, creating vacancies and other defects in its atomic structure. Simultaneously, the group ran a current through the nanotube. This heated it to the point where it could heal its vacancies and defects by spontaneously reforming into a narrower, nearly defect-free nanotube.Repeating this process shrank the nanotube gradually and controllably in a matter of minutes. As the diameter dwindled, Yuzvinsky and his collaborators were careful to adjust the current through nanotube to account for its increasing electrical resistance. This yielded a surprising and important secondary result of their work: that the conductance of a multi-walled carbon nanotube is directly proportional to its diameter. This clears up many conflicting studies of electrical conduction in nanotubes.The researchers followed the changes as they occurred using a transmission electron microscope, which produced detailed images of the nanotube. Eventually, they could see that the nanotube became so narrow (less than one nanometer) that the inner wall broke, leaving two nanotube fragments connected by an unstable bridge of carbon atoms that soon failed as well.Citation: T.D. Yuzvinsky, W. Mickelson, S. Aloni, G.E. Begtrup, A. Kis, and A. Zettl, “Shrinking a Carbon Nanotube.” Nano Lett. (2006) DOI: 10.1021/nl061671jBy Laura Mgrdichian, Copyright 2006 PhysOrg.com Explore further Citation: How to Shrink a Carbon Nanotube (2006, November 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2006-11-carbon-nanotube.html Breakthrough gives artificial muscles superhuman strength This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Apple joins the Thread Group signaling its Smart Home ambitions with HomeKit

first_imgApple is now a part of the Thread Group’s list of members, alongside its top rivals – Nest (a subsidiary of Google) and Amazon. This indicates some advancements in their HomeKit software framework and inter-device communication between iOS devices. Who is the Thread Group? The Thread Group is a non-profit company who have developed the network protocol Thread, with the aim of being the best way to connect and control IoT products. These are the features that enable them to do so: Mesh networking: It uses mesh network design, connecting hundreds of products securely and reliably, which also means no single point of failure. Secure: It provides security at network and application layers. To ensure only authorized devices join the network, it uses product install codes. They use AES encryption to close security holes that exist in other wireless protocols and smartphone-era authentication scheme. Battery friendly: Based on the power efficient IEEE 802.15.4 MAC/PHY, it ensures extremely low power consumption. Short messaging, streamlined routing protocol, use of low power wireless system-on-chips also makes it battery friendly. Based on IPv6: It is interoperable by design using proven, open standards and IPv6 technology with 6LoWPAN (short for, IPv6 over Low-Power Wireless Personal Area Networks) as the foundation. 6LoWPAN is an IPv6 based low-power wireless personal area network which is comprises of devices that conform to the IEEE 802.15.4-2003 standard Scalable: It can scale upto 250+ devices into a single network supporting multiple hops. What this membership brings to Apple? The company has not revealed their plans yet, but nothing is stopping us from imagining what they possibly could do with Thread. According to a redditor, the following are some potential use of Thread by Apple HomeKit by Apple uses WiFi and Bluetooth as its wireless protocols. WiFi is very power hungry and Bluetooth is short-ranged. With Thread’s mesh network and power-efficient design this problem could be solved. Apple only allows certain products to operate on battery, requiring others to be plugged into power constantly, HomeKit cameras, for instance. Critical to both Apple and extended-use home devices, Thread promises “extremely low power consumption.” Apple could have plans to provide support for the number of IoT smart home devices the HomePod is capable of connecting to with Thread. With the support of Thread, iOS devices could guarantee better inter-device Siri communications, more reliable continuity features, and secure geo-fencing. Apple joining the group could mean that it may become open to more hardware when it comes to its HomeKit and also become reasonable from a cost perspective in the smart home area. Read Next Apple releases iOS 12 beta 2 with screen time and battery usage updates among others macOS Mojave: Apple updates the Mac experience for 2018 Apple stocks soar just shy of $1 Trillion market cap as revenue hits $53.3 Billion in Q3 earnings 2018last_img read more

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Lender Sentiment Leans Toward Purchase Mortgages

first_img Credit Standards Fannie Mae Mortgage Lenders Purchase Mortgages 2016-06-14 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Government, Market Studies, News, Origination Lender Sentiment Leans Toward Purchase Mortgages Mortgage lenders reported demand growth for GSE eligible purchase mortgages over the past three months rebounded significantly in the second quarter this year.Fannie Mae’s second quarter 2016 Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey found that lenders reported a 70 percent on net increase in purchase mortgage demand in the second quarter, compared with 20 percent in the first quarter and 71 percent a year ago.According to the report, which polls senior executives of its lending institution customers on a quarterly basis to assess their views and outlook across varied dimensions of the mortgage market, lenders expect purchase mortgage demand to remain near levels observed last year for the next three months. Lenders said that demand will fall slightly for GSE eligible and non-GSE eligible mortgages to 60 percent and 43 percent, respectively, but ticking up to 58 percent for government loans.In terms of refinancing, lenders reported a significant increase for demand across all loan types from the first quarter to the second quarter, but expectations for refinance mortgage demand for the next three months decreased dramatically since last quarter.“Key survey sentiment indicators suggest that lenders remain cautiously optimistic in their market outlook,” said Doug Duncan, SVP and Chief Economist at Fannie Mae. “The outlook for purchase demand growth over the next three months returned to levels similar to last year, while the outlook for refinance demand and profit margin improved moderately versus last year’s levels.”Although lenders surveyed by Fannie Mae reported a moderate net easing of credit standards across all loan types over the prior three months, they do not expect to ease credit standards over the next three months. In fact, over 90 percent of lenders expect to keep their credit standards the same. Only 4 percent of lenders said that they expect to further ease credit standards over the next three months.Duncan said. “the trend toward easing of credit standards appears to be tapering off, as the vast majority of lenders, around 90 percent, reported plans to keep their credit standards about the same. The survey was conducted before the recent May jobs report, and the weaker reported job gains might potentially temper this optimism.”center_img June 14, 2016 575 Views Sharelast_img read more

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Seabourn is celebrating its return to Alaska for t

first_imgSeabourn is celebrating its return to Alaska for the first time in 15 years by offering onboard spending money and air credits as well as complimentary upgrades as part of a two-week sale.On sale until 3 April 2017, the sale includes onboard spending money of up to US$1000 per suite and air credit to the value of A$500 per person on select sailings departing between 1 June and 21 September 2017.Guests who book during the sale period will also receive complimentary upgrades from ocean-view suites to verandahs, with upgrades also available up to three verandah suite categories higher depending on availability and fare paid.In its highly anticipated return season, Seabourn will offer a series of 11-, 12- and 14-day itineraries from Vancouver, British Columbia, and Anchorage (Seward), Alaska, on Seabourn Sojourn. Fares start from $6299* per person twin share for an 11-day cruise departing Vancouver on 1 June 2017.Combining the state’s most popular ports with rarely visited locations of the Inside Passage, including the vast icy wilderness of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Glacier Bay, Seabourn Sojourn’s size and manoeuvrability offers a privileged view of The Last Frontier.During Seabourn’s Alaska voyages, guests will also experience thrilling up-close explorations with a variety of new shore excursions on offer, including guided kayak and Zodiac tours available through the line’s Ventures by Seabourn programme.Award-winning photographers will also be on board to offer digital photography coaching, providing helpful tips for guests to capture beautiful images of Alaska, while enrichment lectures will include topics ranging from whale identification to the region’s brown and black bears, as well as its history and tribal culture, giving guests a deeper understanding of the extraordinary environment.last_img read more

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