Wellington: New Zealand pacer Trent Boult, who is still trying to coming to terms with the gut-wrenching defeat to England in the World Cup final, believes the feeling after the loss will not disappear in the coming days. A sombre group of Black Caps consisting Boult, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Colin Munro, Colin de Grandhomme and Mitchell Santner touched down on home soil on Thursday. Speaking to reporters at the Auckland International Airport, Boult said he was still thinking about the last over of the World Cup final where the deflection off Ben Stokes’s bat raced to the boundary and helped send the summit clash into a Super Over before England claimed the win on the total boundaries scored at Lord’s. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open “I’m living the last over in my mind a lot. Somehow I got hit for six along the ground which has never happened before … I’d love it to sink in so we can get over it,” stuff.co.nz quoted Boult as saying. “It was an amazing stage to be on. It could have been us, but unfortunately it wasn’t,” he added. James Anderson, Stokes’ Test team-mate, has, however, revealed that the all-rounder, who was hugely apologetic the moment the incident happened, had appealed to the umpires to overturn their decision. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgery Boult further revealed that he was not aware of the fact that there would be a Super Over until the second to last ball of the game. “When I saw three off two, that’s when the umpires told me there would be a Super Over. Crazy game to be a part of,” he said. “It’s not going to be something that disappears over the next couple of days. It’ll be something that’s hard to swallow over the next couple of years. “Obviously we’re all hurting,” he added. Earlier, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern praised Kane Williamson’s men for putting up a brave fight on the sport’s biggest stage. While posting an image from the game on her Instagram account, Ardern also joked that her country must have aged a year watching the thrilling Super Over. “That was undeniably an incredible game. I think as a nation we all aged a year in that super over. Congratulations to England. And to the Black Caps, I feel nothing but pride. What a team,” wrote Arden.
KAPUSKASING, On. (NEWS 1130) – From B.C. to Ontario, the search for two suspected killers from Vancouver Island has now expanded further east.The Ontario Provincial Police service says there have been a number of calls reporting possible sightings of Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, 19, in that province, but so far, none have panned out.“We’ve actually received dozens of calls over the last week with sightings,” OPP Acting Sgt. Shona Camirand explains.Dozens of tips have come in to @OPP this week about two suspected BC killers- none credible. Police followed one tip/sighting report of McLeod and Schmegelsky but found two scruffy, though otherwise seemingly innocent tree planters instead. Still police say keep the tips coming.— Ash Kelly (@AshDKelly) August 1, 2019While each tip is being investigated, Camirand says so far not a single one has been confirmed.“No credible sightings of these people in Ontario,” she says. “[Wednesday] night … there was a call in Cochrane that they were in somewhere there. Officers followed up, and it was tree planters.“Anytime there’s kind of two scruffy males in a vehicle, we’re getting a call,” Camirand says. “But we are following up on every tip.”Meantime, police are asking people to avoid posting possible sightings on social media, and to instead call them directly.“It creates chaos, and it’s not productive,” Camirand adds.However, don’t post your tips to social media: police say “it creates chaos” just call them instead using 9-1-1.— Ash Kelly (@AshDKelly) August 1, 2019With the search scaled back in Manitoba and Ontario police turning up no leads — yet — police are encouraging all Canadians to be on the lookout.The RCMP announced on Wednesday that the search for the pair was being scaled back in northern Manitoba, where crews have been searching for the suspects in three July killings in northern B.C.Police and the military combed more than 11,000 square kilometres of marshy wilderness near the community of Gillam — which is about a 2,300 kilometre drive away from Kapuskasing — but turned up nothing.Hundreds of homes in the area were also canvassed, and despite that, as well as the use of drones and dog teams, the two men from Port Alberni still haven’t been caught.Schmegelsky and McLeod are charged with second-degree murder in the death of UBC sessional lecturer Leonard Dyck near Dease Lake, B.C. Police also consider the Port Alberni men suspects in the fatal shootings of Australian Lucas Fowler and his American girlfriend Chynna Deese, whose bodies were found along the Alaska Highway, 470 kilometres away from where Dyck and a burned-out truck and trailer were spotted.All three bodies were found more than two weeks ago.Mounties in Manitoba said on Wednesday that investigators had received more than 260 tips over the course of about a week. It was believed the pair may have had inadvertent help in leaving the Gillam, Manitoba area.The RCMP has emphasized that the search in that area is not over, but that resources were being re-deployed.BREAKING: RCMP scaling back search efforts in Northern Manitoba for murder suspects Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod.Assistant Commissioner Jane MacLatchy w/ @rcmpmb says “Over the next week RCMP will begin to scale back the extend of our search efforts in Northern Manitoba.”— Lasia Kretzel (@lkretzel1130) July 31, 2019“To be clear, we are not ending this search,” Assistant Commissioner Jane MacLatchy said on Wednesday. “A number of tactical resources and specialized assets will remain positioned in the Gillam area, and will continue the efforts to locate the murder suspects. In addition, all of our resources will be ready to respond to the region, as required, should new information emerge.”The military has also since pulled out of search efforts, but will be available should the situation change.-With files from Lasia Kretzel
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, appointed world-famous tenor and conductor Placido Domingo as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador at last night’s Education For All event.Placido Domingo’s appointment comes in recognition for his “exceptional artistic career, his inestimable support for young opera musicians through the Operalia competition, and his dedication to the values and ideals of UNESCO.”During the event, Placido Domingo presented winners of his Operalia competition and musicians involved in his development programme at the Washington Opera. Sopranos Micaëla Oeste and Angel Blue performed jazz, Broadway and opera favourites with pianist Timothy End. UNESCO Artist for Peace Ino Mirkovic, violin, and Ksenia Kogan; piano, also performed on this occasion.Proceeds from a charity dinner held at UNESCO on the same evening will go to UNESCO’s Education for All Programme and the newly launched Placido Domingo Festival (Seville, Spain) of which UNESCO is an official partner. The public is also invited to make donations to the programme and festival.UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors are an outstanding group of personalities who have generously agreed to use their talent and status to help focus the world’s attention on the work of the Organization in education, science, culture and communication. Other UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors include Herbie Hancock, Nelson Mandela and Forest Whitaker.Source:UNESCO
APTN National NewsAfter years of talk, devolution is set to become a reality in the Northwest Territories in just a few months.But now there are changes to the deal and that has reopened the debate.APTN’s Wayne Rivers was in Yellowknife and files this report.
New York – Almost one in seven of the world’s children, 300 million, live in areas with the most toxic levels of outdoor air pollution – six or more times higher than international guidelines – a new UNICEF report said on Sunday.“Air pollution is a major contributing factor in the deaths of around 600,000 children under five every year – and it threatens the lives and futures of millions more every day,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “Pollutants don’t only harm children’s developing lungs – they can actually cross the blood-brain barrier and permanently damage their developing brains – and, thus, their futures. No society can afford to ignore air pollution,” he said.The study shows that around 2 billion children live in areas where outdoor air pollution, caused by factors such as vehicle emissions, heavy use of fossil fuels, dust and burning of waste, exceeds minimum air quality guidelines set by the World Health Organization. South Asia has the largest number of children living in these areas, at 620 million, with Africa following at 520 million children. The East Asia and Pacific region has 450 million children living in areas that exceed guideline limits. The findings come a week ahead of the COP 22 in Marrakesh, Morocco, where UNICEF is calling on world leaders to take urgent action to cut air pollution in their countries.
(Updated) The teaching winery at Niagara College is giving students the cold, hard facts about harvesting icewine. The students were out at 6 this morning in the freezing temperatures to begin the long process of picking the grapes. By law, the temperature must be minus 8 degrees celsius or lower in order for the grapes to be picked for ice wine. Some had to be cut off the vines, while others were removed by hand. Niagara College professor Ron Giesbrecht explains why ice wine is so expensive. “When you take them into the winery they are really low yielding. They may get 700, 750 litres of a ton of grapes at regular harvest time. You are getting 150, 200, 250 depending on conditions for ice wine. You get a lot less yield.”After the grapes are picked they go into a press, originally designed for olive pressing in italy. They stomp the grapes in the barrels to fit in as many grapes as possible in one press load to send to the next machines. Small drips of juice will come out under high pressure. Once the juice settles it’s warmed up and fermented.The only thing added is some yeast otherwise the grapes do all the work. The students will be back to learn all about the pressing process throughout the afternoon.
Amid the increasing complexity of refugee and migrant movements through and from Libya, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi visited Tripoli yesterday where he met refugees and migrants in some of Libya’s many detention centres. “I was shocked at the harsh conditions in which refugees and migrants are held, generally due to lack of resources,” Mr. Grandi said. “Children, women and men who have suffered so much already should not have to endure such hardship.” Some 300,000 Libyans have been displaced by ongoing conflict. In all, more than 1.3 million people – including internally displaced people (IDPs), as well as vulnerable Libyans, host communities, migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers – are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.According to Mr. Grandi’s Office (UNHCR), hundreds of thousands of people in the North African country have been affected by the collapse of law and order, absent or insufficient health care assistance, essential medicines, food, safe drinking water, shelter and education. In response, UNHCR is ramping up its existing humanitarian operations and is strengthening cooperation with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to leverage the respective strengths of both organizations.“We should not underestimate the challenges of operating in an unstable and volatile environment, such as Libya today,” stressed Mr. Grandi. In addition to new offices and community development centres for refugees and asylum-seekers, UNHCR is also scaling up its presence in places of disembarkation for people rescued or intercepted at sea, in close cooperation with IOM and other partners. At the same time, access and humanitarian assistance to vulnerable refugees and asylum-seekers in detention facilities run by the Libyan authorities will be increased, focusing on lifesaving humanitarian activities and advocating for the release of detained refugees and asylum-seekers.“Our ability to access and effectively deliver much needed protection and assistance is a constant challenge. The people we are trying to help and my staff live and work under enormous strain and risks,” said the High Commissioner. In the last year and a half, UNHCR has been able to secure the release of more than 800 vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers. The agency is trying to find durable solutions for them. UNHCR will also boost its programmes to assist Libyan IDPs and host communities who are in dire need of improved access to basic services, which have severely deteriorated as a result of the crisis. Among other activities, small-scale, community-based projects of immediate impact are envisaged for the benefit of host communities, displaced persons, refugees and asylum-seekers. Libya continues to be the main departing point for refugees and migrants seeking to reach Europe. Mr. Grandi was accompanied to Tripoli by Vincent Cochetel, Special Envoy for the Central Mediterranean Situation, who will be coordinating UNHCR’s cross-regional response to the complexities of mixed migration movements across the Mediterranean, and by Amin Awad, UNHCR’s Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa.
BOSTON — Free agent Nathan Eovaldi was the star of the Red Sox 2018 World Series highlight video, and he didn’t even have to attend the red carpet premiere.The erstwhile starter, who pitched six innings in relief in the team’s 18-inning, Game 3 loss, received a huge cheer whenever his name was mentioned by the dignitaries who shared the stage with the four World Series trophies the team has won since 2004. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski was cheerfully heckled with shouts of “Bring him back!”Acquired at midseason to bolster the Red Sox rotation, Eovaldi was 3-3 with a 3.33 ERA down the stretch for Boston. He made just one start in the playoffs before helping out the battered bullpen in the Game 5 clincher of the AL Division Series against Houston.He pitched one inning of relief in each of the first two games of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. And then, entering Game 3 in the 12th inning, he went the rest of the way to take the load off the rest of the Red Sox pitching staff.Boston clinched in five games.“Nobody’s going to remember who won that game. Everybody’s going to remember Nate Eovaldi,” manager Alex Cora said. “That was the moment. When I went home I was like, ‘This is it. Now we go.’”Eovaldi is one of the few free agents from the championship team, giving the 108-win AL East champions a chance to repeat with virtually the same roster. World Series MVP Steve Pearce has already re-signed; Game 5 winner David Price opted in to the last four years of the contract he signed before the 2016 season; the team exercised its option on ace Chris Sale.“We did it with these guys last year. Why can’t we do it this year?” utilityman Brock Holt said after walking the red carpet. “We’re going to try to win 108 games again. I don’t know if we’re going to.”Holt said the video premiere was an opportunity to look back at the team’s successes before turning their attention to spring training and their attempt to win back-to-back.“You don’t want to turn the page, but you have to,” he said. “Now it’s like, ‘Hey, we won the World Series. Let’s do it again.’ That’s hard to do.”___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsJimmy Golen, The Associated Press
THE MINISTER FOR Communications, Pat Rabbitte, said “no sector of the public service should be exempt” from paycuts as talks on a new a deal on an extension to the Croke Park Agreement continues.Speaking on Newstalk’s Breakfast, he said high paid earners, Ministers and TDs should “lead by example” and take cuts to their pay as the government tries to make €1 billion worth of savings from the public sector pay bill. He said the government had taken cuts in the past but the media had not reported widely on it.Last night, four unions that represent around 80,000 workers walked out of the talks including The Irish Medical Organisation, The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, the Civil Public and Services Union and Unite.Mr Rabbitte said he couldn’t see any circumstance where walking out would be of benefit but denied that the government would bring in legislation to impose the cuts on those workers.“The Government has set out to agree on a voluntary basis with the unions and representative bodies to secure the savings we targeted and it looks like we could do that,” he said.A deal is close to completion, following overnight talks between trade unions and public service management.The Minister for Public Expenditure, Brendan Howlin, arrived at the talks in Lansdowne House in Dublin before 7 am this morning.At the moment work is being done on the final wording of the deal, which is expected to be announced in the coming hours.Read: New Croke Park deal close to completion >
Freedom of information is “repeatedly and blatantly flouted” in Greece, pushing the country into 99th place out of 180 countries in this year’s World Press Freedom Index.The remarkable fall in press freedom, which represents an astonishing drop of 80 places since 2002, is a “dizzying fall for the world’s oldest democracy”, said Reporters Without Borders, which authored the report. Although closely challenged by Greece, Bulgaria – in 100th place – retains the status of lowest ranked European Union country after a trying year marked by five months of major protests and political tension.“Suffering from the effects of the economic crisis and a surge in populism, Greece (99th) fell 14 places” on last year, the report, published on Wednesday, said.The report said that apart from economic difficulties – it refers to the rising unemployment among journalists – “the Greek media have a bad reputation that is the result of years of clientelism”. Referring to the shutdown by the New Democracy-Pasok government of the country’s national broadcaster ERT in June, the report described this as “a turning point in Greece’s media history”, one that also represented “an unprecedented decision in a European Union country”.Published by Reporters Without Borders, the World Press Freedom Index 2014 highlights major declines in media freedom in such varied countries as the United States, Central African Republic and Guatemala and, on the other hand, marked improvements in Ecuador, Bolivia and South Africa.The same trio of Finland, Netherlands and Norway heads the index again, while Turkmenistan, North Korea and Eritrea continue to be the biggest information black holes, again occupying the last three positions.“The World Press Freedom Index is a reference tool that is based on seven criteria: the level of abuses, the extent of pluralism, media independence, the environment and self-censorship, the legislative framework, transparency and infrastructure,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire.Source: enetenglish Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Internet: l’amitié prof-étudiant bientôt bannie dans le MissouriL’Etat du Missouri aux Etats-Unis a décidé d’interdire l’amitié entre professeur et étudiants sur le web. La nouvelle loi entrera en vigueur le 28 août prochain mais suscite déjà la controverse et pose également des questions sur les techniques employées pour vérifier les contacts des internautes.C’est une loi qui va déplaire à bon nombre de jeunes internautes américains vivant dans le Missouri. En effet, le Sénat a proposé dans cet Etat un projet de loi visant à proscrire les contacts entre professeurs et étudiants sur le web. Déja signé par le gouverneur Jay Nixon, celui-ci entrera en vigueur dès le 28 août prochain. Il ne reste donc plus beaucoup de temps aux professeurs et étudiants américains pour faire du ménage dans leurs contacts. Plus précisément, le projet de loi n°54 interdit formellement l’”amitié” virtuelle entre les deux parties. Dans le collimateur de cette loi, se trouve n’importe quel contact d’ordre privé via Internet et notamment sur le réseau social Facebook. Néanmoins, les professeurs pourront toujours créer des pages publiques accessibles à tous, explique 20minutes.fr. En clair, l’optique de ce projet est de permettre une redéfinition des barrières qui existent dans les relations entre étudiants et professeurs, dans le but notamment de prévenir toute dérive éventuelle comme les correspondances abusives, en particulier à caractère sexuel. Un projet de loi très controverséÀ lire aussiVaricelle, perturbateurs endocriniens et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 13 juinToutefois, cette loi qui se veut protectrice envers les jeunes, suscite l’incompréhension du côté du corps enseignant. Randy Turner, professeur au Joplin School District dans le Missouri, écrit ainsi sur son blog : “Pour certains étudiants, cette mesure les empêcherait de se confier à un adulte de confiance qui pourrait être capable de les aider à surmonter un sérieux problème”. Il ajoute que pour ceux qui viennent de la ville de Joplin, ce lien a été particulièrement “positif” dans la mesure où il a été utile pour localiser certains étudiants après la violente tornade du 22 mai dernier, rapporte 20minutes.fr. D’un point de vue plus technique, Charlie White, rédacteur sur Mashable pose la question suivante : “Est-ce que l’État aura l’autorisation d’accéder aux comptes Facebook, aux ordinateurs ou aux services Internet fournisseur de données dans le but de s’assurer de la présence d’amitiés entre professeurs et étudiants ?”. La mise en place de cette loi pose en effet la question des techniques employées pour vérifier si un professeur ne s’avère pas “ami” avec certains de ces étudiants. Le 2 août 2011 à 11:14 • Maxime Lambert
Chelsea Coach Maurizio Sarri has shared his views on the strength of club football compared with the International stage.The gaffer who joined Chelsea from Napoli last summer also shared his thought on VAR and the controversies that trail it following his sides FA cup defeat to Tottenham.Though VAR was used in the match, it was not without controversies and the Chelsea Coach when informed about how effective the VAR was during the World cup, he claimed not to have followed the tournament due to lack of interest.“I did not see anything at the World Cup. I don’t like the national teams. There is nothing to learn,” Sarri told the club’s official website.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…”Every coach thinks like me, but it is unusual to say it. It is impossible to organise very well a team in 30 days. I think every team in the World Cup would lose against a top-level club team in every match, but I think also that it is normal, because in a club you have time to organise a team, in a national team you have no time to organise the team so it is very difficult to see an organised team in the Euros or the World Cup. It is only a question of time I think.”When asked the direct could Chelsea beat England question, Sarri’s response was: ‘I think so, why not, our level is not less than the England national team.“We can draw, we can lose, we can win. Maybe [I have had] more time than the national team but not enough to organise the team as I want. Next week will be the first week without three matches since August. The time is not enough.”
WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple has previously reported on news from last week’s School Committee Meeting, including plans to begin examining school start times and the just-announced 2019 Wildcat Summer Sports Clinics.Below are FIVE more things that happened at the Wilmington School Committee Meeting on Wednesday, March 27, 2019:#1) SCHOOL CHOICE VOTE: The School Committee took its annual vote NOT to participate in the state’s School Choice Program next year due to “a lack of available space to accommodate out-of-town students.” If the district had participated, the program would have allowed families living outside of Wilmington choose to send their children to Wilmington Public Schools.“There continues to be some uncertainty as to the immediate and long term realities across our district related to enrollment,” Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand wrote in a memo to the Committee. “This holds true due to emerging housing developments within town, the question as to what may happen in the future regarding the district’s ability to retain students in district at all levels, and the pending decision around the future school building configurations within the possibility of school construction and renovation.”#2) KEY PERSONNEL UPDATE: Superintendent Brand discusses where the district currently is with three important job searches.MIDDLE SCHOOL: Alexander Phillips has been hired at the next Principal of the Wilmington Middle School, effective July 1. “Talks have already begun to support the transition,” Brand noted.WOBURN STREET SCHOOL: Laurie Fahey, Suzanne Sullivan, and Charlotte King are the finalists for the Woburn Street School Principal Search. Brand expects to choose make a decision and announcement this week (April 1-5).DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY: Brand has been pleased with the Director of Technology search, which has received approximately 30 applicants. “We’re pleased with what we see,” said Brand. The application deadline just passed and the search is moving forward to its next stage.#3) DONATIONS ACCEPTED: The School Committee unanimously approved a donation of $3,000 from the Wilmington Educational Foundation in the form of Joanne Benton Educator Exploration Grants. Katia DeStefano received a grant to travel to Italy to study and explore for her Italian/Exploratory World Languages classes at the Middle School. Neal Roberts received a grant to Hawaii to study Hawaiian inspired and contemporary Polynesian art with an exploitation of visual art for his art classes at the Middle School.The Wilmington School Committee also approved a donation of two GeneAMP PCR systems by the Boston Police Crime Lab, valued at $4,000, to the Wilmington High School Science Department. These instruments are designed for the amplification of DNA needed to analyze the results of testing, and will be used in the Biotechnology, Forensic and AP Biology laboratory classes to learn about amplification, analysis, mutations in DNA, and to diagnose genetic traits, DNA profiling, DNA testing and DNA fingerprinting.#4) SEEM COLLABORATIVE AGREEMENT: The School Committee unanimously approved an amended agreement with the SEEM Collaborative. The modified agreement includes (1) the addition of North Andover as a member and (2) a change in DESE’s role on the Board from “appointed representative” to “liaison.”#5) STUDENT PRESENTATION: The School Committee began its meeting with two presentations from North Intermediate students. 5th grade students discussed the photography unit they just completed. (Students now learn about digital photography in 5th grade!) Students also discussed the school’s recently formed, popular Lego Club, which meets during indoor recess.Watch the meeting, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:——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?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE NOTEBOOK: 5 Things That Happened At Recent School Committee MeetingIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NOTEBOOK: 5 Things That Happened At Last Week’s MeetingIn “Education”Special Education PAC Chair Jo Newhouse Appointed To Wilmington School CommitteeIn “Education”
Candidates request State Bank of India to announce the results of SBI PO examination.TwitterImpatient over the delay in the announcing of the results of State Bank of India’s main results of probationary officers’ recruitment process, the prospective candidates had started an online campaign to draw the attention of the authorities concerned. Their protest did not go in vain. Just two hours after International Business Times, India reported the news, SBI has declared the result at around 7 pm on October 24.Check the results (PDF) HERE [find screenshot of the result below] In February 2017, State Bank of India had invited aspiring candidates to join as probationary officer in the largest public sector bank of the country. The recruitment process was announced to be held in two phases — preliminary and main — followed by group exercises and personal interview.However, even after nine months, the candidates were still waiting for SBI to announce the main results of SBI PO 2017 or at least notify them on the same. The candidates complained that the Indian public sector banking company did not respond to their requests for information on when the results would be out. So they took to online platforms to air their concern and to get their voice heard. “When we tweet to SBI Official, they ask us to tweet to SBICareers for the result. However, that Twitter account has been inactive since June 3,” an aspiring candidate posted on social media.”16th September was the last date of GEPI of SBI PO 2017 recritment. It’s already been more than one month. At least we want a notice from SBI about the date of final result. We cant concentrate on our future exams. CRPD doesn’t give us any authentic information also. SBI career Twitter handle and Facebook page are also inactive. If we get at least a notice from you, then we will be grateful,” reads another tweet.The online preliminary examination for SBI PO was conducted on April 29 and 30 as well as on May 6 and 7 and the results were declared on May 17. Later, the main exam was held on June 4 and the results got published on June 19. As per the initial announcement, group exercises and personal interview (GEPI) were scheduled to start from July 10 and the final results were expected on August 5. However, GEPI got delayed and was over only by September 16. Nearly 6,000 candidates were waiting for the final results to fill the 2,313 vacancies in SBI. The online campaign against the delay in recruitment process of the bank came just a few weeks after Indeed, a global job portal, named SBI among the top three places to work in India. Here’s candidates response to the delay in SBI PO result announcement:Neeraj Sahoo @TheOfficialSBI wat about final results, dnt behave like typical SARKAARI bank. Declare it asap #SBIPOResults2017 Arunratna 9 months since notification still no result. please release result notification Is this how @TheOfficialSBI expects good candidates to join its bank?Totally demoralising. #SBIpoResults2017 #SBIpoResult Abhinav I hope you are not testing our patience @SBICareers There is a limit to everything. Communication is vital for a company. #SBIPOResults2017Check SBI PO 2017 results: 1/4 SBI PO 2017 resultsSBISBI PO 2017 resultsSBISBI PO 2017 resultsSBISBI PO 2017 resultsSBIPreviousNext #SBIPOResults2017 @SBICareers @TheOfficialSBI It’s our right to know the result since we have put our blood and soul 4 this exam.Notify us.@TheOfficialSBI Please consider the sincere requests of all the candidates and at least release a notification #SBIPOResults2017 pic.twitter.com/NwoN2qoODn— Ravi Garg (@raviKgarg) October 24, 2017 Anu Verma Vincent john
What’s Coming to Netflix in September 2019 It’s not an unreasonable point. Netflix’s growth among low-income Americans flatlined in 2018 while Hulu and YouTube paid streaming services continued to add new users, according to data from Earnin, a service that targets lower-income consumers by providing cash advances on their paychecks without interest or fees.But other research has backed up Netflix’s relative pricing power. In a report last November, Piper Jaffray analysts postulated that Netflix was in a solid position to raise streaming prices on a regular basis. That’s based on the firm’s survey of about 1,100 U.S. Netflix users that found 71% said they felt content on the service has improved. “We believe, as long as the vast majority of subscribers perceive that the service is improving, Netflix will be positioned to periodically increase price,” the analyst team led by Michael Olson wrote in a note.Actually, Netflix’s price increases more likely will affect subscription rates of other pay-streaming services, according to Mike Bloxham, SVP of global media and entertainment at consulting firm Magid. Netflix subscribers are less likely to cancel their service than customers of any other streaming platform, according to Magid’s research. In addition, the firm has found that consumers are willing to spend a total of around $38 per month for all their streaming services — which could mean Netflix’s price increases will prompt consumers to end their subscriptions to other services.“Due to [Netflix’s] strong market position, although this won’t necessarily be a popular move, the number of subscribers that will actually churn out of the service as a result will be minimal,” Bloxham predicted.The Netflix price increases come as Disney, AT&T’s WarnerMedia and Comcast’s NBCUniversal are each poised to launch streaming services of various flavors over the next year. Netflix’s fee hikes indicate that the company has “no interest in a price war for subscribers,” Craig Moffett and Michael Nathanson, principal analysts at MoffettNathanson, wrote in a blog post Tuesday. “Theirs is, instead, a spending war against competitors — even Amazon — who are not willing to play that game.” Netflix is rolling out its biggest price increase to date — including hiking the standard HD plan from $10.99 to $12.99 per month — for all subscribers in the U.S. and parts of Latin America.The obvious risk: Some customers will see the higher prices as a reason to bail on Netflix, while there’s also the chance the increase will put a damper on new subscriber acquisition. Is the subscription VOD leader pushing its luck?Netflix, which has reams of data at its disposal to make such business decisions, appears confident that the risk of any consumer backlash is outweighed by the substantial lift in revenue it’s expecting with the fee increases. Analysts project Netflix will see around $1 billion in additional top-line revenue in 2019 from the rate hikes, assuming there’s not a mass exodus of subscribers. ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Creator Jenji Kohan and Star Uzo Aduba Bid Farewell Sure, nobody is really happy about paying more for what’s ostensibly the same product. But analysts noted that even at $12.99 per month, Netflix’s standard plan represents a great entertainment value, especially compared with traditional pay-TV bundles. And its most popular plan is still two bucks less than HBO Now ($15 per month).“We don’t believe that [the price increases] will slow subscriber growth, as the new price points remain competitive relative to Netflix’s volume of original and licensed content,” said Neil Begley, SVP at credit rating firm Moody’s.With Netflix’s U.S. subscriber base at around 60 million, an average monthly increase of $1.50 per sub would bring in $90 million more per month — or $1.08 billion per year in the U.S. alone, per Begley’s assumptions. And to the extent that Netflix raises prices in international markets, that top-line number could more than double, he added. Begley believes Netflix will reach 200 million total paying subscribers in 2021 and will achieve break-even free cash flow by 2023.It could be Netflix execs feel the time is right to throw the switch given momentum behind its original content: Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” picked up Golden Globes wins and has Oscars buzz, and then there was Netflix’s claim that 45 million member accounts watched at least 70% of Sandra Bullock-starrer “Bird Box” in the first seven days, bolstered by Nielsen data. Netflix also banked a company-record 23 trophies at the 2018 Emmy Awards.But at least one Wall Street analyst is warning that the Netflix price hike will weigh on U.S. subscriber growth. That’s Wedbush Securities’ Michael Pachter, well known for his bearish calls on Netflix. Currently, the analyst has an “underperform” rating on Netflix’s stock, with a 12-month price target of $150 per share (less than half the price it’s currently trading at).In Pachter’s analysis, Netflix has “fully penetrated” households with above-median income, suggesting that future domestic growth would have to come from lower-income households (i.e. more price-sensitive consumers). “[T]he latest price increase may slow domestic subscriber growth dramatically this year,” the analyst wrote in a note Tuesday. Compared with traditional media companies, Netflix still has carte blanche from investors to keep up its aggressive pace of content investment.“Netflix seems to be betting that the game isn’t (just) to open an insurmountable gap between themselves and their would-be competitors in terms of the size of their subscriber bases, but instead in the sheer tonnage of what they produce in their studios in order to feed the beast,” Moffett and Nathanson wrote. Popular on Variety And investors are bullish on Netflix’s move to flex its pricing biceps: The stock rose 6.5% on Tuesday, to close at a three-month high of $354.64 per share. Related ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Valve teased a video of an amazing, working turret from the Portal games the other day on their Valve Store Facebook page. No one knew where it came from or who made it. Now Valve has published another video, this time it’s an unboxing of the adorable, deadly turret, and it turns out Weta Workshop created it.Weta is known for creating great replicas, especially for Valve. Previously they made the turret from Team Fortress 2 a reality, but this Portal turret is much more impressive. Not only does it look amazing, it can track anyone who steps in front of it. It will also say hello before opening up its side flaps and aiming its sights at you, and even makes the firing sound and flashes just like machine guns do. If you step out of it’s sight it announces “target lost” and it will eventually go into sleep mode if it can’t find anyone else to fire at.Creating it wasn’t easy though, as Sir Richard Taylor, director of Weta Workshop, explained the turret really pushed them to their creative limits. The turret runs on customized paintball sentry software, but obviously this turret needs to open up its sides when it sees someone and then close them again, which is what made the software difficult to program.The real question everyone wants answered is, can you buy one? Weta Workshop would like to make the turrets available for consumers to buy, but the cost would be extremely high and Weta would need official licencing from Valve first. Unless you have a few thousand dollars lying around, having your own personal turret looks quite unlikely.More at Stuff, via Valve’s FB page
Configure Gmail offline mail by Martin Brinkmann on May 14, 2018 in Email – 28 commentsGmail users who wanted to access emails offline had two options up until now. They could use a third-party client like Thunderbird for that to gain offline access, or use a browser extension for the Chrome web browser which added offline capabilities to Google’s mail service.Offline access to your emails gave you access to them regardless of the state of the Internet connection. While offline access is certainly not something that all Gmail users need, some might want to have access to some or even emails all the time.Google launched a redesign of the web version of Gmail in April 2018; while mostly cosmetic, the company did add some new features to Gmail such as confidential mode, and other new features such as direct access to attachments in mail listings.Gmail offline useOne of the new features of the redesigned Gmail is that Gmail users may configure offline access directly on Gmail; a browser extension is no longer required for that.The main requirement is that users need to run a recent version of Google Chrome as offline mail is not available for other browsers. I did not try and fake the user agent to see if that unlocks offline access in Chromium-based browsers such as Vivaldi or Opera, or even in Firefox or Microsoft Edge.Here is how you enable offline mailOpen the Gmail website.Click on the cogwheel icon and select Settings.Select offline from the available options on the Settings page.Tip: you can open https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#settings/offline directly as well to open the offline page of the settings right away.Check the “enable offline mail” preference to unlock offline mail access.Gmail lists all available preferences after you enable offline mail. It highlights how much storage space mails use on the device you use and lists the following configuration options:Change the storage period from 30 days to 7 or 90 days.Decide whether you want attachments to be downloaded as well so that they are accessible offline.Select the “after logging out” setting to decide whether to keep offline data on the computer or have it removed automatically.The actual process that determines which emails become available offline is out of the user’s control. Gmail does not get new options after enabling offline email that let you select emails, folders, or labels for offline access.It seems that anything you look at gets added to the offline cache automatically, though.Closing WordsA third-party email client is still the better option if you need offline access to Gmail emails as it is not time-limited. Gmail users who use the web interface exclusively and Google Chrome may find the new functionality useful, however.Now You: Do you use email clients or web interfaces? SummaryArticle NameConfigure Gmail offline mail DescriptionFind out how to configure Gmail for offline mail use so that you may access emails without Internet connection; the feature works natively in Google Chrome only at the time.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Adjustable-Rate Mortgage Bankrate Fixed-Rate Mortgage Freddie Mac Janet Yellen Mortgage Rates 2014-07-17 Tory Barringer July 17, 2014 442 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Share Mortgage Rates Edge Down The mortgage market saw little change in interest rates this week as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen gave more signals that the low-rate environment is unlikely to go anywhere for the time being.Freddie Mac released Thursday the results of its latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, showing the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) coming in at an interest rate of 4.13 percent (0.6 point) for the week ending July 17.The 30-year FRM averaged 4.15 percent last week and 4.37 percent a year ago.The 15-year fixed average was recorded at 3.23 percent (0.5 point), just down from 3.24 percent previously.Freddie Mac also recorded drops in average adjustable rates. According to the survey, the 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.97 percent (0.4 point) for the week, down from 2.99 percent.The 1-year ARM averaged 2.39 percent (0.4 point) from 2.40 percent previously.Bankrate.com’s survey was similarly flat, with both the 30- and 15-year fixed averages falling 1 basis point each—to 4.30 percent and 3.40 percent, respectively—and the 5/1 ARM remaining unchanged at 3.33 percent.“Like many Americans, mortgage rates seem to be taking a midsummer vacation,” Bankrate said in its weekly release. “Economic news has been mixed, and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yallen’s recent Senate testimony indicated that the central bank will not announce a rate hike anytime soon.”Bankrate continued, “That’s good news for borrowers who have not refinance yet or need more time to find a house. But don’t expect mortgage rates to rest forever.”
Go back to the e-newsletterCarlson Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel groups, has announced the signing of a management agreement for Radisson Suzhou in China with Suzhou Zheng He Investment Co. Ltd. The hotel will form part of a mixed-use development with an office tower and the hotel. Radisson Suzhou is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2017 and brings Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group’s Asia Pacific pipeline to 87 hotels.Suzhou is the second largest city of the Jiangsu province and is a major economic centre and focal point of trade and commerce in the region. Radisson Suzhou is a 155-key hotel, strategically located in the Suzhou Science and Technology Town, also known as Suzhou New District. The district promotes sustained growth for new emerging industry clusters including high-technology innovation and new energy.The hotel is served by two airports, namely Wuxi Shuofang Airport and Shanghai Hongqiao Airport, a 30-minute and 90-minute drive away, respectively. Radisson Suzhou will feature an all-day dining restaurant, a specialty Chinese restaurant and a lounge. Catering for a demanding MICE segment, the hotel’s meetings facilities will include four versatile function rooms designed to accommodate both private and corporate events. Other hotel highlights include a well-equipped fitness centre and ample parking lots.Carlson Rezidor has a strong representation in China, including 14 hotels currently in operation. The hotel group continues to be committed to China and strives on opportunities to grow its portfolio of brands in tier two and three destinations across the country.Go back to the e-newsletter
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