Rabat – In efforts to promote direct negotiations over the Western Sahara conflict, the United Nations Secretary-General Envoy Horst Kohler has invited the two parties to “separate meetings” scheduled for January 24 and 26 in Berlin, Germany.Akhbar Al Yaoum reported on Monday that Kohler aspires to open a new round of negotiations to find an agreed upon and mutually acceptable solution to the Western Sahara conflict through the talks to be held in Berlin.Moroccan news outlet Le360, quoting an unidentified source, said that the meetings will be “separate.” It has been 10 years now since Morocco and the separatist group held talks. The last meeting of the two parties dates back to January 2008 in New York, where a series of talks, dubbed “the Manhasset negotiations,” were held between the Moroccan government and representatives of Polisario. The previous series of talks were aimed at reaching a mutually acceptable solution to the Western Sahara conflict.According to Akhbar Al Yaoum, Kohler was expected to meet with Polisario’s leader, Ibrahim Ghali, and his representatives at the camps of Tindouf on January 24 and 26. However, according to Moroccan and international press, Kohler wants the meeting to be held in his homeland, Germany.The idea of direct negotiations was welcomed by the separatist front, while Morocco seems “reluctant” to meet with Polisario, an unidentified source told Akhbar Al Yaoum.In recent months, the front has been conducting a series of illegal maneuvers near the Guerguerat buffer zone, moves denounced by Morocco, the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and MINURSO.Kohler promises a new vision that might help to end the conflict between Morocco and Polisario. Earlier this month, the envoy for the Western Sahara met with African officials in order to promote collaborations with African leaders to reach a mutually acceptable solution to the territorial dispute.Kohler held talks with African Union Commission chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, about the conflict between Morocco and the Algeria-backed Polisario.Kohler aims, through this strategy, to provide the African Union with an opportunity to propose solutions that would help to put an end to the conflict.It remains to be seen will be amenable to the new approach adopted by the UNSG personal envoy and whether it will accept any involvement of the AU in the UN-led political process.
“The meeting was productive and the main focus was to finalize the IDF (Israeli Defence Forces) withdrawal,” UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Acting Commander Brig.-General J.P. Nehra said in a statement. “The situation around Gadjar was discussed with a view of ensuring a speedy withdrawal of IDF from the area,” the statement added, referring to the village straddling the line separating the two countries, the only position Israel still holds following its final withdrawal from all other positions on 1 October.During the meeting, the IDF provided UNIFIL with the maps of minefields in South Lebanon as of June 2000, when it withdrew after an earlier 18-year occupation of a band of Lebanese territory. UNIFIL handed the maps over to the UN Mine Action Coordination Centre and to the Lebanese armed forces for review.A complete Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon, together with Lebanese army deployment in the area, is a key clause in UN Resolution 1701 that ended the 34 days of fighting in August.The Resolution also mandates strengthening UNIFIL to a maximum of 15,000 troops. At present it has some 5,000 troops on the ground, but the second phase of deployment may be delayed by up to a month due to problems of logistics and capacity, the UN Joint Logistics Centre (UNJLC) said in it latest update. In a related development, the three-member Commission of Inquiry on Lebanon, mandated by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate the systematic targeting and killing of civilians by Israel in Lebanon, concluded their mission there on Saturday and have returned to Geneva. The Commission, which met with top officials of the Lebanese Government as well as with Members of Parliament, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), UN agencies and local and international press, visited south Beirut, the Bekaa Valley and Byblos, and spent four days in southern Lebanon, gathering information directly from municipalities, communities and citizens. It will now prepare its report to the Council.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Dec 31, 2013 7:43 am MDT US home prices rise at slower rate in Oct. from Sept., but annual gain best in nearly 8 years WASHINGTON – U.S. home prices rose in October from the previous year at the fastest pace in almost eight years. But price gains slowed in most U.S. cities from September to October, suggesting the increases are levelling off.The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 0.2 per cent from September to October, down from a 0.7 per cent increase from August to September.Monthly price gains slowed in 18 of the 20 cities tracked by the index. And prices declined in nine cities, including Chicago, Denver, and Washington.For the year, prices are still strong, reflecting big gains in earlier months. They have risen 13.6 per cent over the past 12 months, the fastest since February 2006.“Annual returns have been in double-digit territory since March 2013 and increasing,” said David Blitzer, chairman of the S&P Dow Jones index committee. “However, monthly numbers show we are living on borrowed time and the boom is fading.”The Case-Shiller index covers roughly half of U.S. homes. It isn’t adjusted for seasonal variations, so the change partly reflects slower buying in the fall. The index measures prices compared with those in January 2000 and creates a three-month moving average. The October figures are the latest available.The housing market has been recovering since 2012 and has helped drive economic growth over the past year.But the gains have slowed in recent months, as increases in mortgage rates and home prices have crimped affordability. The partial government shutdown in October also delayed some sales.Sales of existing homes have fallen from September to November, the National Association of Realtors said earlier this month.Despite the declines, home re-sales should reach 5.1 million in 2013, the best total in seven years, the Realtors forecast. That’s 10 per cent higher than 2012. But it is still below the 5.5 million that is consistent with healthier housing markets.Strong price gains in 2013, fueled in part by a limited supply of homes for sale, may be pricing some buyers out of the market. Prices are up more than 19 per cent year over year in Atlanta, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco, according to the Case-Shiller index.Mortgage rates have also risen by roughly a full percentage point since the spring, though they remain low by historical standards. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said last week that the average rate on the 30-year loan is 4.48 per cent.Many economists say the Case-Shiller figures overstate recent price gains because they include foreclosures. Foreclosed homes usually sell at steep discounts. As the proportion of those sales declines, the index rises more sharply.
If winning a Rose Bowl wasn’t enough to make Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee eat his words, perhaps a billboard will be. On Thursday afternoon, 20 billboards around the Columbus area began displaying a message congratulating TCU on its 21-19 Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin. The ad takes a direct shot at Gee, who hurled insults at TCU and other non-BCS conference schools in late November. “I do know, having been both a Southeastern Conference president and a Big Ten president, that it’s like a murderer’s row every week for these schools. We do not play the Little Sisters of the Poor,” Gee told The Associated Press on Nov. 24. Gee was also chancellor at Vanderbilt from 2000–07. That infamous line capped off the billboard, which read, “Congratulations to TCU for their Rose Bowl victory — Little Sisters of the Poor.” The ad runs on the digital billboards once per minute, for eight seconds. After receiving public backlash, Gee acknowledged that his comments were out of line. “What do I know about college football? I look like Orville Redenbacher,” Gee told The Columbus Dispatch on Dec. 1. “I have no business talking about college football.” Gee was not immediately available for comment. Robert Rankin, president and general manager of Clear Channel Outdoor Columbus, which operates the digital display, would not disclose the price of the billboard ad or reveal who purchased the ad space. “It’s certainly TCU interests, and they are outside of the state,” Rankin said. “I haven’t sensed that there’s anything going on here except for gamesmanship. There’s no malice.” TCU officials denied any university affiliation with the billboards. “TCU did not create the billboards surrounding Ohio State, nor did it have a role in placing them there,” said Lisa Albert, TCU spokeswoman. “The university does not have any information about who did create these billboards.” Rankin did not say when the billboard would be removed. “It’s a short-term proposition,” he said. “We’re not sure yet how short-term.” Rankin did say the process in which the message was proposed, and then accepted, was fairly quick. This can be typical of digital ads, he said. “This all came down in short order, certainly less than 72 hours,” he said. “That’s one of the beauties of what is still a relatively new medium, in central Ohio anyway.” TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte responded to Gee’s comments in November, by challenging the Buckeyes on Dallas radio station KESN-FM. “Anytime, anyplace, anywhere,” Del Conte said. “Buckeyes against the Horned Frogs. Tee it up. Let’s go.” TCU will join the Big East Conference, effective July 1, 2012. The Big East is one of six conferences that have an automatic qualifier for a BCS bowl.
While he’s still waiting to hear about two national awards, Ohio State sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa picked up a pair of Big Ten honors Monday night.Bosa was named the Big Ten’s Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year on Monday, while he is already a finalist for both the Lombardi Award and the Chuck Bednarik award. He was also named first team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and the media in a unanimous vote.The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native has totaled 46 tackles in 12 games this season, while he is in the top five in the nation with 13.5 sacks and 20 tackles for loss. His sack and tackles for loss numbers put him atop the Big Ten standings. Bosa has also forced four fumbles this season.He needs just half a sack to tie Vernon Gholston’s school record of 14 in a season.Bosa’s sack of Penn State sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg sealed the Buckeyes’ 31-24 win against the Nittany Lions in double overtime earlier this season.He’s the seventh Buckeye to be named the conference’s defensive lineman of the year. John Simon was the most recent OSU player to win that award in 2012.Bosa and the Buckeyes are scheduled to return to the field Saturday to play in the Big Ten Championship Game against Wisconsin. Kickoff is set for 8:17 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER David Moyes revealed today that Wayne Rooney had been sent away on warm weather training in a bid to overcome his groin injury.The 28-year-old England striker has missed United’s last two games with a groin injury but it was hoped he could return to face Swansea this weekend as the Premier League champions look to end a three-game losing streak in all competitions.However, Moyes said Rooney had been sent away to sunnier climbs with a fitness coach and his family before a hoped for return at Chelsea on 19 January.“Wayne has been sent away on a sort of hot weather break,” said Moyes, who didn’t specify where the training would take place. “His groin has not recovered yet. We have sent the fitness coach with him and he is away with his family.“I gave him a bit of a break, I always hoped I would be able to do it at some point in the season but his groin is not as good as we hoped at this point. Hopefully we can get him fit for Chelsea and we will see how he is. He will do some work with the fitness coach.” “He has an injury, we have to hope he gets better. We have given it a chance to heal but we feel the best thing to do is to let him work in warmer weather and go away with the family and hopefully it will get him better,” Moyes added.The under-pressure manager also said United would be without Robin van Persie, their other star striker, for the Swansea match, with the Dutchman still sidelined by a thigh problem.Van Persie has not played since suffering the injury when he came on as a substitute in United’s 1-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk on 10 December, three days after he made his comeback against Newcastle following groin and toe problems.The latest injury news adds to Moyes’s burden as United head into this weekend’s fixtures 11 points behind Premier League leaders Arsenal, with their chances of finishing in the top four and so qualifying for the Champions League also under threat.Moyes, in his first season as United boss following the retirement of Alex Ferguson, Britain’s most successful football manager, tried to keep Saturday’s match at Old Trafford in perspective.“You get three points for winning and don’t get more,” Moyes said. “Obviously if you are not winning it can affect confidence and is a big part of football but prior to that we won six games and we were not talking about confidence in the game after that,” the Scot added.“You can lose games in football and we will try to get back to winning ways, try to get back and get those three points.“I think the performances have been fine. There have been things gone against us, decisions which haven’t helped but I think we have played pretty well, need to be more clinical and get into the final third and make things count.“All the stats are good but only one that matters is goals and we have not scored enough recently.”- © AFP, 2014United facing ‘character test’ admits Giggs ahead of Swansea’s return visit
THE ABILITY OF sensors to test the quality of air and water could be drastically improved following a breakthrough at the Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices (CRANN).The Trinity-based science laboratory has developed a sensor that is composed of a single layer of graphene on a silicon surface, which is both conductive and light.Sensors that contain graphene can detect even the slightest change in signal. The material is a one-atom thick sheet of carbon, and is 200 times stronger than steel.CRANN believe that this new sensor will have commercial applications in air quality control systems such as the air conditioning systems in cars, as well as being able to better detect the presence of bacteria and parasites in drinking water supplies.Potential medical applications include the improved identification of bacteria in a patient’s exhaled air, leading to a quicker, more accurate diagnosis in the case of certain diseases.Professor Georg Duesberg, who is one CRANN’s 19 principal investigators, said that the discovery was “one of the most exciting in sensor-development to date.”It could lead to sensors that are much more functionally advanced, cost effective and energy efficient than those currently available and could vastly improve the monitoring of air and water quality.Read: ‘Human brain cells in mice’ technique could help tackle Parkinson’s >
The rumors of Google launching a Dropbox cloud storage rival started reappearing a few weeks ago, but this time it looks as though the Google Drive service really does exist and is about to launch.A draft press release sent to TNW reveals that we should expect Google Drive to launch at some point next week. In terms of storage, anyone signing up gets the expected 5GB of free space, that’s 3GB more than Dropbox’s standard free account offers. If you need more storage, then it will be available for a price.TechCrunch has backed up the imminent launch claims by managing to install Google Drive, meaning it has desktop integration just like Dropbox. It doesn’t work yet as Google hasn’t flipped the switch to enable the supporting servers, but we should expect Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS compatibility from day one. I’d be surprised not to see Linux support, too.As with all new Google services, Google Drive is going to be very popular. With that in mind, and based on how Google has introduced services in the past, even if Google Drive does roll out next week we shouldn’t all expect to get it. It’s much more likely this will be a staggered launch, with the service being enabled for small groups of users and probably limited to the U.S. to begin with. Eventually, everyone will be able to sign up, but that could take a few months to happen.With Google Drive now all but confirmed, will you want to use it? Google already handles a large amount of data for people through Gmail and Google Docs, but the company doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to customer service. If your account gets suspended for some reason, it’s unlikely you will be able to speak to an actual real, live person about it. Will that also be the case for a Google Drive account linked to your other Google account?More at TNW and TechCrunch
But you are in good company here with others that have proven themselves here over the years. Share360 Tweet Email2 But in the context of Brexit, do remember that Ireland is a member of the European Union, it will remain a member of the European Union and it is the only English-speaking country in the Eurozone and obviously offers that unique perspective of 50 years experience… with a proven record of young people being able to meet the challenges set by companies… By Christina Finn 12,601 Views Enda Kenny says it’s not easy for companies to switch countries but reiterates Ireland will be only remaining English speaking country in EU pic.twitter.com/YzaWl8hKg7— TheJournal Politics (@TJ_Politics) November 4, 2016 Enda Kenny uses job announcement to push Ireland’s agenda to attract new business. pic.twitter.com/kkW3wJmlHk— TheJournal Politics (@TJ_Politics) November 4, 2016 http://jrnl.ie/3063051 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Nov 4th 2016, 2:03 PM Taoiseach Enda Kenny announced the creation of 215 new jobs for Dublin and Waterford. Source: MAXWELLS DUBLINTAOISEACH ENDA KENNY used today’s announcement of 215 new jobs as an opportunity to woo multinationals to Irish waters in the wake of Brexit.In all the splendour of the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin, and flanked by the companies’ representatives visiting Ireland for today’s announcement, Kenny indicated that if companies were thinking of jumping ship, Ireland would welcome them with open arms.It’s never easy, never easy, for companies like yours to say, ‘well, we’re going to switch country, we’re going to go to a different place, a different opportunity.’ 73 Comments New jobsThe Taoiseach and the Minister for Jobs Mary Mitchell-O’Connor said the 215 new jobs announced today will be based in Dublin and Waterford.The jobs on offer are from US and European companies – Emergenetics, Paragon 28, Telnyx, MacStadium, Endura, Compar, TPGS and Smartfrog.Harking back to the old days, and urging the Americans in the room to perhaps look up what Irish lineage they might have, Kenny said:For those of you that haven’t been here before, you should know that 50 years ago, Ireland was a small, inward, backward-looking, agri-based economy. Our joining of the European Union transformed this country over those years and opened our eyes and gates to the world.He used the opportunity to highlight to multinationals, that from his viewpoint being part of the EU has only been good for both jobs and investors in Ireland. Enda Kenny at the jobs announcement this morning in the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin. Source: Christina Finn‘Unapologetic’The Taoiseach said he is “unapologetic” in promoting a free trade agenda.“While some other countries want to put up barriers, we want to remove them,” he said.Despite criticisms from Northern Ireland’s First Minister Arlene Foster last week that the Irish government were orchestrating planned trips abroad to “poach investors away” from the north, Kenny said Ireland needs to be competitive. Source: TheJournal Politics/Twitter Friday 4 Nov 2016, 2:03 PM Source: TheJournal Politics/Twitter In response to Brexit, he said the government recognises that competition for new investment will be “very strong”.“As such we have to continue to be very competitive and attractive for new business,” said Kenny.Multinationals relocating Since Brexit, it is understood that the IDA has received a significant amount of interest from UK-based companies who are seeking to relocate their operations.A large number of firms have already made “site visits” to Ireland, with technical teams travelling here in the last number of months to explore how they might operate here and investigate if Ireland’s infrastructure, workforce, and regulations would meet their needs. Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell-O’Connor Source: Christina FinnMitchell-O’Connor, who recently came in for criticism over her capability to do the job, delivered a strong speech to the packed out Shelbourne suite today.“It is terrific news that this group of companies, who are at the forefront of their technologies have decided to locate in Ireland and I look forward to their future expansion here.”Standing under the ornate Waterford Crystal chandeliers, she said:When you invest in Ireland, Ireland invests in you.Read: All-out industrial strife looms as several unions call for pay negotiations>Read: Oireachtas committee to investigate the funding of Mary Robinson Library> ‘We speak English’: Companies thinking of leaving the UK are welcome in Ireland, says Kenny Taoiseach Enda Kenny announced 215 new jobs for Dublin and Waterford today. Short URL
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The pioneering businessman who transformed Adelaide’s East End, Theo Maras, has lodged plans to build a luxury apartment tower and has said it will be his last project.Mr Maras and fellow developer James Arsenikakis have submitted a proposal for a high-end development at the Hutt Street and East Terrace intersection of Adelaide’s CBD.The 54-metre tower will also provide a home for Mr Maras and his family, with the legendary property tycoon moving into the top floor penthouse.Mr Maras will turn 70 in May, and the tower will be his first residential project – his swansong to cap a remarkable career that began in the 1970s.“This is the last development that I… will be doing,” he told the Adelaide Advertiser.“People have told me that most pharaohs build their own pyramid and I suppose this is what’s going to be [my] pyramid.”Mr Maras’ penthouse will contain four bedrooms and four bathrooms, an outdoor swimming pool, and two outdoor living spaces.His sister Lili and Maras’ children – Steve, Anthony, and Joanne, have also bought into the 16-level project, while Mr Arsenikakis’ family will take four of the 38 apartments. The apartments will be on the market for between $400,000 and $4 million.“The European thing is you buy the best apartment in the best location,” Mr Maras said.“It’s a jump to the East End, a jump to the mall, a jump to everything – it’s the only site with parklands frontage and with a northerly aspect.”The tower will feature a roof garden for use by residents, while the ground floor will accommodate a high-end international cafe operator.Mr Maras said the development would target owner-occupiers. “The market has been, in my view, inundated with investment units and I don’t think anyone has built a high echelon residential project like this. It’s easy to build something to be the best, but the challenge is to build something that will remain the best in 10 to 15 years’ time.”Mr Maras added that he would be “absolutely stunned” if he was able to make a profit from the project but would be “happy if we can break even comfortably.”The Office for Design and Architecture SA, with the SA Planning Commission will consider the proposal next month. Construction is expected to begin at the end of 2018 with completion in mid-2020.
Brighton boss Chris Hughton commends Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez for doing a “wonderful job” with the resources at his disposal.Benitez’s Magpies after bagging just two points from their opening eight fixtures are helping to prop up the Premier League table.The club received limited financial backing in the summer after acquiring a 10th-place finish last season.Hughton who worked under Ashley at Newcastle between 2008 and 2010 is full totally appreciates Benitez’s work.Pep Guardiola: “Aymeric Laporte’s injury doesn’t look good” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits Aymeric Laporte’s injury “does not look good” and fears the defender will be out for a long time.“With regards to what they’ve spent in the summer, the reason why they haven’t spent perhaps what the other clubs have done, the only ones who are privy to that are the CEO, the chairman and of course Rafa,” Hughton said via Skysports.“What I do know is that with the squad that he’s got, what they’ve recruited and what they’ve spent – which is less than most clubs and far less than a lot of clubs – then I think Rafa has done a wonderful job with the players that he has.“What you always have to do as a manager is work within the boundaries of what you have, and if that means being allowed to go out and spend big, big money on players then that’s what it is and that’s what you’ll be judged on.“If it’s working with a group of players and spending less, then it’s exactly the same, it’s what you’ll be judged on.”
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Arson AttemptProvidenciales Police are investigating an attempt to set fire to a dwelling, with persons inside. The incident was reported to 911 at 4:32 a.m., on March 1st, 2018. The complainant reported to police that someone threw a gas tank through her apartment window on the Leeward Highway. The apartment was occupied by a woman and children. Investigation continues into this matter.Anyone with information that can assist in the detection of any crime is asked to come forward, or contact the Chalk Sound Police Station at 338-5901, 941-8082 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-8477. Arrests A Police Constable was arrested on Thursday 1st March 2018, on suspicion of a serious sexual assault and has since been placed on USD$5000 bail. The Officer is currently on administrative leave. On Tuesday, February 27th, 2018, Police on Providenciales arrested a 20-year-old man on suspicion of Burglary of the International Primary School in Leeward Gates. The man is currently in Police Custody. Burglaries Police on Providenciales are investigating a burglary that took place on Wednesday, February 28th, 2018, at a home in The Bight. According to the police report, a number of electronic items are said to be missing. One black 42in Viva Television valued USD$250, a locked Sprint black Apple iPhone 5 valued USD$450, one white and silver Samsung Galaxy J7 valued USD$200, one Black Samsung Galaxy cellular phone valued USD$100 and one Samsung Galaxy Tablet valued USD$350.Police are also investigating a burglary that took place at the TCI Middle School. The incident was reported on March 1st, 2018. Missing were a translucent storage bin with a grey lid value unknown, 12 ten-inch Grey Acer Aspire Cloud laptops, valued USD$200 each and 12 eleven-inch White HP XP360 laptops valued USD$270 each.Grand Turk Police are investigating a Burglary that occurred on March 1st, 2018, following a report of a building at a construction site broken into. Upon arriving at the work site, the building owner discovered the front wooden door lock broken off. Missing were 12 sheets of sheetrock, valued USD$360 and 8 pieces of metal strap. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, March 2, 2018 – Providenciales – This is the Crime Update from the Royal Turks and Caicos Island Police Force for March 2nd, 2018.
Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August While VIP baccarat still comprised slightly more than half of Macau’s GGR in 3Q18, its share of the pie declined from 57.7% in the same period last year to 54.3% this time around. By comparison, mass baccarat’s share grew from 31.2% last year to 34.4% in 3Q18.Notably, mass baccarat GGR also increased sequentially for the quarter – up from MOP$24.1 billion in 2Q18 – however VIP baccarat revenue declined 2.3% sequentially.Slot machine revenue enjoyed an 8.3% year-on-year increase in 3Q18 to MOP$3.5 billion, thanks in part to the number of machines Macau-wide growing by 908 to 17,218. The number of gaming tables increased from 6,449 in 3Q17 to 6,598. Macau’s mass market baccarat drove citywide GGR growth in the three months to 30 September 2018, with mass baccarat revenue up 21.5% year-on-year to MOP$25.4 billion.The figures, released by the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau this week, compare with just 3.6% year-on-year growth in VIP baccarat to MOP$40.1 billion. RelatedPosts South Korea’s foreigner-only casinos see revenues grow in August JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Load More
• 3:04 64 Photos For better or worse, it also lacks a camera. You can still make video calls, but the recipient won’t be able to see you. That put the Home Hub in stark contrast with the Facebook Portal — a smart display aimed primarily at video calling with a camera that could follow you if you moved around the room during a conversation. Amazon debuted an improved Echo Show with a camera. Even Google’s third-party displays from Lenovo and JBL had cameras.Google Home Hub costs less than the competition, but the company touted the lack of camera as more of a peace-of-mind and privacy feature than a cost-cutting measure. Given Facebook’s privacy issues this year, the extra emphasis on privacy was understandable. Share your voice Something called “request sync” also made updates easier. Without it, you’d have to unlink then relink your Philips Hue account every time you added a new smart bulb in order to be able to control the it with your Google Home. Thanks to request sync, if you add a new bulb with your Philips Hue app, Google will get that updated info from Philips automatically. Google also doubled down on its main advantage over Alexa — intelligence. At I/O, Google showed that the AI of its digital assistant was on another level with a demo of an experimental feature called Duplex. Basically, Duplex allowed Google Assistant to call a restaurant on your behalf and make a reservation, and it sounded stunningly human. See it Now playing: Watch this: Walmart Nest Google Assistant Alexa Amazon Google Lenovo LG Philips Sony News • Black Mirror season 5 has three new trailers to stress you out today How To • Make Google Home get your groceries $69 3:13 Smart displays let Amazon, Facebook, Google show you answers to your questions CNET Smart Home 30 Photos Nevertheless, a hacker claimed to have found a security vulnerability in the Home Hub, which could allow hackers to access the device and change its settings, but Google called the claims inaccurate. The verdict of the massesDecember and January will provide a great proving ground for Google’s new emphasis on the smart home. We’ll know soon if Google can cut into Amazon’s lead in sales during the pivotal holiday season, and if the tech industry puts the two on equal footing at CES. Even after the October event, Google continued to introduce new smart-home features to boost Google Assistant’s repertoire leading up this important stretch. You can now see song lyrics on your smart display when playing music. You can save your favorite recipes to a digital cookbook. You can even reply if someone makes an announcement using Google’s broadcast feature. Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) 14 Photos Beyond the gadgets, Google seemed determined to catch up to Amazon in industry awareness. Ads for Google’s device ecosystem plastered the Las Vegas public transit system. Up and down the Strip, you could find pop-up exhibitions with jumpsuited employees giving away gadgets to long lines of eager attendees. A giant booth with the words “Hey Google” festooned across the top sat in the parking lot outside the main convention center. Inside the booth, Google showed off a bunch of smart-home devices that worked with Google Assistant. Google’s message to the tech industry was clear: Alexa had company in the smart home. Google I/O: Moving towards versatilityGoogle’s push for awareness looked to be already paying dividends in May. Right before the company’s developer conference, Google announced that its Google Assistant worked with 5,000 different devices — up from 1,500 in January. Google was still playing catch-up, as Alexa worked with around 12,000 devices, but Google Assistant also worked with every major brand, so most connected gadgets you could find in a store were compatible with both. Once Google I/O got properly underway, the company announced several updates to make its assistant more competent. A feature called “continued conversation” allowed you to keep talking to your smart speaker without needing to repeat the wake words. Another one called Pretty Please offered positive reinforcement for your kids if they used their manners when issuing a command. Routines, a term Google uses to refer to Google Assistant’s ability to launch multiple actions across devices from a single, user-determined voice command, became more customizable. Preview • For your consideration: Google Home seeks employment as your family’s Rosie the robot Alexa or Google Assistant? Which smart display should… Tags If you scroll down on Google’s smart display, the Google Home Hub, you’ll see a smart home control panel filled with shortcuts for common tasks like turning off your lights or locking your doors. Open up the Google Home app and you’ll see similar options and a room-by-room breakdown of all of your compatible smart home gadgets. In October, I wrote about how these controls help make the smart home more seamless. Instead of juggling a bunch of apps to control gadgets from different companies, you can see everything grouped together in one spot. The experience is the same whether you are on your phone or using the smart display, so you only need to learn one interface. Google can legitimately make managing your smart home simpler as long as you’re willing to put one of the search giant’s gadgets at the center of your web of connected devices. Google launched its smart display this year alongside a few third-party alternatives integrated with the company’s voice assistant (just called Google Assistant). Google revamped the Google Home app in October. It also exponentially increased the number of smart gadgets that work with Google Assistant over the course of the year. Google first debuted the Google Home smart speaker and Google Assistant in 2016. At the time, the company talked about Google Home as an entertainment device first and foremost — it could play music and answer your questions by searching the web. Its smart home capabilities were a footnote. Google obviously intended for Google Home to capitalize on the success of the similar Amazon Echo and Amazon’s assistant Alexa in the burgeoning smart home market, but given that Google Home only launched with four smart-home partners and Alexa already worked with thousands, Google wasn’t yet ready to compete on that front and spent 2017 playing catch-up. 2018 was the year the company made its move to capture the smart home.CES — moving towards awarenessAmazon’s assistant Alexa won CES 2017 without Amazon even having an official presence at the massive tech showcase in Las Vegas. The Amazon Echo was already a breakout hit and seemingly every company wanted to jump on the bandwagon by building Alexa into their own gear or making their gadgets compatible with Alexa. Google had released Google Home a couple of months earlier, and I was looking forward to the competition at the show. It didn’t amount to much. The tech industry was enamored with Alexa. Google was an afterthought. A year later, that changed drastically. Google was everywhere at CES 2018. The search giant didn’t actually announce any Google-branded products or notable features, but a handful of smart displays with Google Assistant built in headlined a host of third-party products that would expand the depth and versatility of the Google Home lineup. You could now talk to Google Assistant in devices of many shapes and sizes including smart displays, alarm clocks, smoke detectors and more. Now playing: Watch this: Crutchfield 5:39 See All Mentioned Above Google Home Smart Home Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house Everything the Lenovo Smart Display can do Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected 4:25 $99 Now playing: Watch this: 15 Photos Comments Google Assistant gets new features to supercharge your… CNET Smart Home Now playing: Watch this: 4 This season will be the third time Google and Amazon have faced off over the course of the holidays and CES. Google’s not hiding its ambitions to become a central part of your smart home. The only question remaining is if the company has done enough to convince you to open the door. Google made subtle changes as well to make Google Assistant a more natural smart-home interface. They rolled out native controls for new device types such as blinds, ovens and coffee makers. Without these controls, third-party device makers had to build custom commands for products like smart sprinklers. To control a Rachio Smart Sprinkler, you’d also have to say something like “Hey Google, ask Rachio to turn on the sprinkler.” With native controls, you no longer needed to invoke the custom command by “asking Rachio” so you could just link your Google account to your Rachio account as usual, then say “Hey Google, turn on the sprinkler.” reading • Google Home’s 2018 in review: Owning the smart home Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now $79 They also cleverly set the stage for the debut of Android Things. Android Things is a trimmed-down version of the company’s famous mobile operating system meant for simple smart home devices. The software officially launched at I/O, and it’s meant as a tool for developers. The smart displays were built with Android Things, so in addition to being an Echo Show competitor, they served as a proof-of-concept to show developers what’s possible with Android Things and their own hardware ideas. Lots of Alexa’s device versatility comes from third-party products. Google used I/O and those smart displays to showcase what third-party products could do with Google Assistant. Made by Google Event — moving into the smart homeThe Google Home Hub introduced a smart home control panel. Chris Monroe/CNET Between I/O and Google’s October event, Google brought subsidiary Nest into its smart-home division and under its own leadership. Nest helped popularize the smart home with the Nest Learning Thermostat, and now that team could help boost Google’s smart-home efforts. Nest still offers a wide variety of smart-home products under the Nest brand, and the integrations with Google’s products would start to become more seamless. Also, the Lenovo Smart Display and the JBL Link View debuted. Both were good products that made better use of the touchscreen than the Echo Show. The Lenovo Display had an elegant design and a crisp screen. JBL’s display offered booming sound quality. Both were good at multitasking. They could walk you through a recipe, show you a video, add something to your shopping list, then hop right back to where you left off in that recipe. Google waited until the October event to add the finishing touches to their vision for the smart displays. That’s when the company rolled out its own version — the Google Home Hub — as well as the smart-home control panel, and the updated app with a new focus on smart home controls. Though the control panel debuted with the Home Hub, it rolled out to the existing smart displays via an update as well, and Google again boosted its number of compatible devices — announcing that its assistant now worked with 10,000, doubling the total from May. The Home Hub also looks cute and comes in four different colors. It can scroll through personal pictures while in ambient mode, and Google Assistant can help curate that slideshow so only the best ones pop up and new ones get added to the mix automatically. Plus, the Home Hub has a great ambient light sensor that automatically adapts both the brightness and warmth of the screen to match the room. As a result, pictures look like they do in a picture frame instead of blaring brightness like a billboard. Google Assistant might be a little smarter than Alexa, but it’s difficult to demonstrate that to prospective customers in a store as both will answer basic questions with equal accuracy. The Home Hub gave Google a smart home control center, it also gave the search giant a bit of eye candy for the holidays with visually obvious features that customers could readily appreciate while shopping. Robot or human? Google Assistant will leave you guessing Duplex was so realistic that it creeped out a number of people in the tech industry and raised ethical questions about the need to identify itself as a bot. Google eventually confirmed Duplex would identify itself, and the tech has started rolling out as a means to screen calls on the company’s new smartphone, the Pixel 3. While continuing to work on the intelligence of Google Assistant and its ability to control a variety of things, Google also used I/O to catch up to Alexa on another important front: device versatility. Alexa was already built into devices such as lamps, robots, mirrors and more. Google had finally expanded beyond phones and speakers at CES, but I/O showed the company’s plan to do much more on this front. The plan started with those same smart displays debuted at CES. Google made them a featured part of the conference, announced they’d be ready in a couple of months and debuted new tricks such as playing YouTube TV on the screens. Weirdly, though Google announced four displays at CES — from Lenovo, JBL, LG and Sony — Sony’s was nowhere to be found. It’s still missing in action with the other three now on store shelves, though Sony assured me at the time that it was still a work in progress. The smart displays were designed to mimic and improve upon the Amazon Echo Show. They respond to the same voice commands as smart speakers, and show extra info after you asked certain questions. You see the weekly forecast after you ask about the weather or you can check out pictures of nearby restaurants when you search for a place to eat. You can also watch videos and make video calls with the screen. Google Home The coolest things we saw at Google I/O CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 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Alaskan Issei held by the DOJ in New Mexico in 942 (Photo courtesy of Morgan Blanchard)Alaskan Issei held by the DOJ in New Mexico in 942 (Photo courtesy of Morgan Blanchard) Fort Richardson Internment Camp in 1942 (Photo courtesy of Morgan Blanchard)Fort Richardson Internment Camp in 1942 (Photo courtesy of Morgan Blanchard) 1 of 4 Fort Richardson Internment Camp in 1942 (Photo courtesy of Morgan Blanchard)Fort Richardson Internment Camp in 1942 (Photo courtesy of Morgan Blanchard) Fort Richardson Internment Camp in 1943 (Photo courtesy of Morgan Blanchard)Fort Richardson Internment Camp in 1943 (Photo courtesy of Morgan Blanchard) The internment of Japanese people during World War 2 may be a distant memory for some, but for those who lived it or had family members who did are still carrying the impact. One of those people is Marie Nash, former long-time aide to Senator Ted Stevens. Her Japanese father was sent to a camp and her Aleut mom insisted on going with him. Marie was born in a camp.Listen NowHOST: Lori TownsendGUESTS:Morgan Blanchard – Senior Project ArchaeologistMarie NashStatewide callers Participate:Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNewsThose 20 ‘new’ interceptors Trump wants in Alaska? They’re not NEW newLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.President Trump highlighted the role of Fort Greely in the missile defense plan he unveiled Thursday. But what sounded like a call for a major expansion at the Interior base isn’t breaking new ground.House chooses Neal Foster as temporary speaker, but there’s still no majorityAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauSpeaker Pro Tempore Neal Foster was able to swear in House appointee Sharon Jackson, but the legislative body still can’t form committees or start work on bills until a majority comes together.Federal government shutdown makes safety on the Kuskokwim more expensiveAnna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – BethelUsually, Bethel Search and Rescue would be calling a pilot at the local U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service office to schedule a survey of Kuskokwim River ice conditions, but the current government shutdown has shuttered that partnership.Mat-Su emergency services director resigns with incendiary letterCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe Matanuska-Susitna Borough’s emergency services director has resigned in a fiery, accusatory letter to the borough.Murkowski, Young and state attorney general call on court to uphold Indian Child Welfare ActZoe Grueskin, KTOO – JuneauAlaska’s attorney general and two of the state’s congressional representatives are calling on a federal appeals court to uphold the Indian Child Welfare Act, or ICWA.Cruise lines, Juneau still at odds over passenger fee rulingJacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – JuneauCruise industry attorneys are asking a federal judge to define more precisely what the City and Borough of Juneau can — and can’t — spend its passenger fees on. The judge recently ruled passenger fees can only be spent on services to vessels. The city may appeal the ruling.Igiugig will test RivGen hydropower through the winterAvery Lill, KDLG – DillinghamThe U.S. Department of Energy awarded the Igiugig Village Council $2.3 million for the continued development of a hydrokinetic system designed for rivers and shallow tidal waters in remote communities.After multiple delays, Unalaska’s city dock is open for businessZoe Sobel, KUCB – UnalaskaAfter multiple delays, Unalaska’s new city dock is open for business. The renovation of positions 3 and 4 at the Unalaska Marine Center met substantial completion this week.Alaska Community Foundation raises $100M to support statewide nonprofitsKirsten Swann, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe $100 million Alaska Fund was created by private donations from more than 1,600 Alaskans — all the way from a $25 contribution from a 7-year-old boy to large multi-million dollar estate contributions.How Bethel created four-time K300 Sled Dog Race champ Pete KaiserKrysti Shallenberger, Alaska’s Energy Desk – BethelIf Ron Kaiser had one thing to say to his son, Pete, after a sled dog race, it’s this: Pete could have run a little faster.
Gold demand in major consumers China and India fell in the first quarter from the previous year’s record levels, the World Gold Council said on Tuesday, though a drop in sales from bullion-backed investment funds kept overall demand steady.Consumer gold demand in number one buyer China fell 18 percent to 263.2 tonnes, with Chinese demand for gold coins and bars down 55 percent in the first quarter, offset only partially by a 10 percent rise in jewellery offtake.Indian consumer demand was down by just over a quarter to 190.3 tonnes, with gold jewellery consumption dropping 9 percent and coin and bar buying down 54 percent.Overall gold consumption in the first quarter held steady at 1,074.5 tonnes, however, as net outflows from bullion-backed exchange-traded funds (ETFs), which last year reached record levels, dried up.”In the first quarter of last year we saw quite a divergent market — we saw gold flowing out of ETFs, and as the price fell you saw consumers around the world surge into the market and buy a lot of gold,” the World Gold Council’s Alistair Hewitt, one of the authors of the report, said.”What we’ve seen in Q1 2014 is a move away from those extremes and the market is a bit more stable,” he said. “While we’ve seen coin and bar demand come down, we’ve seen ETF outflows subside.”Outflows from exchange-traded funds, which last year reached 176.5 tonnes in the first quarter of 2013, dwindled to just 0.2 tonnes in the same period of this year, helping to balance the drop in Asian buying.Overall coin and bar demand fell by just over a third to 282.5 tonnes, with the fall in Indian and Chinese consumption accounting for 70 percent of that decline.In the full year the WGC expects Chinese gold demand, which reached a record 1,066 tonnes last year, to be between 1,000 and 1,100 tonnes, while it sees Indian gold demand at between 900-1,000 tonnes.INDIAN DEMAND HURTIndian demand has been hurt this year by government measures to reduce a record current account deficit by hiking import duties and tying import volumes to export.Among other large consumers of physical gold, Turkey also saw gold demand fall 42 percent to 27.2 tonnes, while U.S. demand fell 13 percent to 33.1 tonnes, and demand in Thailand fell 56 percent to 24.5 tonnes.”Flows of gold from Western vaults to satisfy the needs of Eastern consumers have slowed as global gold markets have slowly returned to a more ‘normal’ state of affairs,” the report said.”This is evidenced by a decline in the elevated price premiums seen throughout much of last year, notably in Shanghai and Istanbul.”Jewellery demand, the biggest segment of consumption, which tends to be price sensitive, rose 3 percent to 570.7 tonnes, chiefly due to increased buying in China, Japan, and the United Kingdom, the research showed.The average spot gold price in the first quarter was 21 percent lower year on year, at $1,292 an ounce.Meanwhile, central bank demand fell 6 percent to 122.4 tonnes, although the official sector — once a heavy seller of gold — remained a net buyer for a 13th straight quarter.
Netflix is spending a pretty penny on original entertainment — but while that stuff grabs most of the headlines, it’s actually licensed titles like TV show reruns that still form the core of the company’s streaming business.That’s according to a data analysis from 7Park Data, which found that 80% of Netflix U.S. viewing is from licensed content with 20% from original shows like “House of Cards” or “Stranger Things.” The firm also found that 42% of Netflix subscribers watch mostly licensed content (95% or more of their total streaming). Just 18% of Netflix’s U.S. streaming customers are “originals dominant,” whose viewing comprises 40%-100% of originals, according to 7Park. The data is for the 12-month period that ended September 2017.Top licensed titles on Netflix for that period included “Breaking Bad,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Blacklist,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “The Office,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Criminal Minds,” “Supernatural,” “The Flash,” and “Friends.” (Note that “How I Met Your Mother” rolled off Netflix and moved to Hulu in November 2017 under a deal with 20th Century Fox Television.) That said, there’s no denying that licensed content remains a key part of the lineup for Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video and other services. Such programming is popular because there’s already a broad awareness among consumers of TV shows like “Breaking Bad” or “Grey’s Anatomy.” Plus, in a subscription VOD streaming environment, viewers are able to binge-watch full seasons — and they don’t have to watch ads.“Licensed content is the engagement engine that drives SVOD viewership, retention and revenue,” commented Christopher Coby, senior industry analyst at 7Park Data.Even so, Netflix isn’t taking its foot off the gas on the originals front. CFO David Wells projected the company will have some 700 original series total globally this year. Netflix, which expects to spend up to $8 billion on content in 2018, has set a long-term target of allocating 50% of its content budget to originals.The company’s strategy continues to be, “Let’s continue to add content — it’s working, it’s driving growth,” Wells said at an investor conference in February.And in fact, Netflix’s booming slate of original content is moving the needle. For the 12-month period ended September 2016, just 12% of U.S. streams were Netflix originals — increasing to 20% the following year, per 7Park’s study.New York-based 7Park Data, founded in 2012, is backed by investors including Mueller Ventures. The company sells data tracking Netflix, Hulu and Amazon VOD viewing to clients across the entertainment industry including studios, TV networks, production companies, and talent agencies.Per 7Park’s analysis, the most popular Netflix originals for the 12 months ended September 2017 included: “Stranger Things” season 1, the fifth seasons of “Orange Is the New Black” and “House of Cards,” “Marvel’s Luke Cage,” “Marvel’s The Defenders,” “Marvel’s Iron Fist,” “13 Reasons Why,” “Ozark,” “Santa Clarita Diet,” “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” “Master of None” season 2, “Narcos” season 3, “Grace & Frankie” season 3, “Black Mirror” season 3, “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” season 3, and “Bojack Horseman” season 4. For Hulu, which has fewer original series than Netflix, the ratio of licensed-to-original content viewing is even higher: 97% of Hulu streams were from licensed content for the 12 months ended September 2017. Hulu’s biggest breakout success to date has been award-winning series “The Handmaid’s Tale,” based on Margaret Atwood’s novel.Moreover, while originals play an important role in driving new subscriptions, even here licensed content has the edge: 58% of new Netflix U.S. subs watched licensed programming first, while 89% of Hulu subs did.Even when Netflix debuts a much-hyped new show, licensed content remains the bulk of U.S. customers’ viewing. For example, in the seven days after “Stranger Things” season 1 debuted, licensed shows were still 63% of TV viewing; in the week following the premiere of “Black Mirror” season 3, around 88% of TV series viewing was licensed content, 7Park found.There aren’t public numbers on what the tonnage is of Netflix’s originals vs. licensed content. It’s possible that original TV shows and movies overindex in terms of viewing — but the point is, for all the noise about Netflix originals, the bulk of its value proposition for consumers is still largely in second-run (or later) content windows.Reps for Netflix and Hulu declined to comment on the 7Park report.Of course, as with other attempts to measure SVOD services, some caveats are in order about the limitations of 7Park’s methodology. Most significantly, the research firm’s panel measures only desktop viewing — excluding mobile and connected-TV platforms. (According to 7Park, it has conducted “extensive testing” of its data against industry metrics for mobile and connected TV platforms, indicating that the data is “highly representative of all viewership, regardless of platform or device.”) Meanwhile, 7Park claims to have more than 2 million panel members in 50 countries, but it doesn’t disclose how many it has in the U.S. or what the margin of error is for the latest study. 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3 min read February 4, 2016 “Virginia is for lovers. And it’s also for notary publics.”The above promotional line isn’t just clever — it’s what makes it possible for Notarize, a startup that lets you confirm documents on your iPhone, to exist. Thanks to a law enacted in Virginia in 2012, notaries in the state can verify documents via live video for individuals in any state. The smartphone app launched today in iTunes. Getting a document notarized is a way of verifying its legitimacy. A notary public is an individual who has been appointed by state government to witness a contract being signed in order to reduce fraud. Documents that frequently need to be notarized include contracts, power of attorney designations, various licenses and deed documents.Unfortunately, finding a notary public to verify a signature can be frustrating, particularly when you need to do so in a rush and it’s after business hours. Related: The Sharing Economy Is More than a Buzzword. It’s Changing How We Live.Notarizing legal documents may not be the kind of sexy industry that gets a lot of attention, but it’s the perfect target for a tech-inspired makeover. There are approximately 1 billion documents notarized each year in the U.S. and the process, until now, has been stuck in the predigital age.“We are bringing this business into the 21st century and solving a real need,” Pat Kinsel, the founder and CEO of Notarize, said in a statement.To use the app, customers first scan their government-issued photo ID, which is authenticated using computer imaging technology and a software-based forensic analysis. Next, they are connected with a notary public officer through a live video chat. The notary public digitally signs and stamps the document in question. Each notarization costs $25, and users can connect with notaries public through the app 24 hours a day.Related: This Startup That Fills Your Gas Tank on Demand Just Raised $9 MillionNotarize has raised $2.4 million in a seed round led by Polaris Partners, a venture capital firm. Prior to launching Notarize, Kinsel founded Spindle, a location-based search engine that sifts through social media posts near the user. Spindle was acquired by Twitter in 2013.For more on how the software works, watch the video below. It’s pretty clever and may even make you smile, which, let’s be honest, is impressive for a video about notarizing documents.Related: The Sharing Economy Is Taking Off: Get On the Rocket or Risk Being Left Behind How Success Happens Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Listen Now