Top 10: Reasons to Buy in a Recession

first_img Running older hardware longer costs more Consultants more willing to negotiate Productivity becomes paramount Equipment still wears out Competition suffers too Interrupting purchasing cycles is expensive Employee retention remains a considerationcenter_img Ever since Johnny Carson introduced his Top Ten format on the Tonight Show, I have found myself a big fan of this format. (Note: I guess the origin of the top 10 format may not have been new with the Tonight Show but it was my first exposure – I guess I date myself some ). Many times the top 10 format is fun and entertaining, however, my topic today is a little more serious. In January of 2009, I found Tech Republic’s “10 Reasons To Purchase New Hardware During A Recession” on a ZDNet Blog Downtime is expensive Manufacturers offer discounts New applications require greater resources As I spend my days talking IT managers around the world, many of these items resonate with me and whether you are investing to support continued daily business operations (existing hardware is a limiter for you), to improve IT efficiency (reduce operating costs of aging install base) or to business competitiveness (offer new services before your competition does) … many of these Tech Republic Top 10 reasons (see below) were at the heart of their investment strategy.  So before you cut your IT budget in response to economic conditions, consider if purpose driven IT investments might deliver you a competitive advantage by enabling you and your company to do more with less.Tune in next few weeks for a my two part series covering the benefits of IT investments in specific business environments ð      Small – Medium Business: Why Buy for the Small Guy?ð      Large Enterprise: Why Buy for the Big Guy?PS: Do you have a favorite top 10 (personal or business)?Chrislast_img read more

If your body could talk, would it say thank you?

first_imgCOVALENCE Analytics Platform: From Big Cloud Analytics Big Data Advances in Healthcare: Intel powers today’s analytic toolsReceive the latest Health & Life Sciences news: Register for Intel newsletter (mathew.h.taylor@intel.com) Obesity, diabetes, heart disease…these are not just headlines – statistically, they’re coming to you or someone you love. Caring about ourselves includes caring for our bodies, but that can be difficult without feedback.  Stop eating or drinking, and your body will soon let you know. But eat something healthy or unhealthy, exercise or don’t exercise, sleep too little or too much, and you may not feel any significant effects for a while.Measuring the InvisibleHow do we measure our health? Our weight? How out of breath we are when we walk up the stairs? Numbers gathered once a year from a blood test? Health doesn’t happen at the doctor’s office. It happens with your every heartbeat and daily decisions of diet and exercise.With our busy days, it’s easy to fall prey to the convenient behaviors over the healthy. What’s for dinner? Do I have the time to walk/run/bike?  Stairs or elevator? Watch that show or go to sleep? We don’t want to become neurotic about this, but how can we instill healthy habits in ourselves with more timely rewards than our natural senses provide?Analyzing Peak DataI’m excited about our new partnership with Big Cloud Analytics. In 2014, Intel acquired Basis Science, which makes the Basis Peak, arguably the most accurate fitness tracker on the market today. It can measure your resting and exercising heart rate, light, REM, and deep sleep, steps, calories burned, something called galvanic skin response which among other things, can deduce your stress level.  And the data from the Peak has been shown to be about 4% within that provided by stress test via halter, and within 2% of that provided by a sleep study. Great, but how does that change my habits to make me healthier?That’s where Big Cloud Analytics comes in. Their COVALENCE Analytics Platform, running on Intel® Xeon® Servers, can analyze the approximately 72,000 data points coming off your Basis Peak watch every day. Add to that data coming from the population, weather data, social media data and whole host of other metrics.With the magic of statistics, the BCA Dashboard gives you a score of your heart health.  We all know our hearts are a muscle. Our heart rate at rest, during sleep, when we exercise, and when we rest after exercise give a pretty clear picture of how that muscle is performing.  Wear the watch regularly (I change wrists for sleeping), and you are being tested every moment of every day.Anonymizing Population DataWhoa – sounds a bit nosy – what about my privacy? Data from our watches goes to secure Basis servers, then when we opt in for the COVALENCE Dashboard, our IDs are mapped to a new random ID and password, and a device. This way, we and our data are no longer associated.  This is called double-blinding. With double-blinding, our data is available anonymously as a member of the population. This lets me see where I fit within the population without sharing my personal numbers.  It also might let my employer (who is interested in me being my healthiest to maximize productivity and minimize corporate health insurance premiums) offer me targeted information without knowing my personal identity.Analytics Influencing Positive ChangeSo now combine our heart rate data with activity, sleep data, stress data, our age, height, local weather then add a connected digital scale and blood pressure cuff, and the BCA Dashboard can identify how we compare to others based on gender, age, location, etc.If we do the same exercise on a regular basis, anything from a walk, run or bike, or even a walk up a couple flights of stairs, we can see performance improve (or get worse). If we can view sleep score every night, maybe we can tie changes to our diet, the thermostat setting, or our activity level. Maybe we don’t want to be athletes, but would we and our loved ones want us to move our heart fitness ages lower?For this work in tying wearable and exogenous (beyond biometrics) data, BCA and Intel recently won the 2015 Leadership in Healthcare IoT Award from the Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress – they realize our health impacts productivity at work and our health insurance rates as well as our quality of life. Opportunities abound for gamification and incentives to help make fitness fun.Connecting your HealthAnalytics is at the center of the consumerization of Healthcare (see also US News article: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/patient-advice/articles/2015/08/14/how-big-data-is-driving-the-consumerization-of-health-care ). In the near future, you’ll be seeing additional ways to assess your personal health.Companies are working mobile devices to continuously evaluate the function of our bodies:  blood pressure, non-invasive glucose, lung function and more. When you or your loved ones are sick, the doctor will be able to ‘see’ you via your computer and devices enabling them to remotely hear your heart and lungs, see inside your throat and ears for example. And whether well or sick, analytics will assist in your assessment.We could call it ‘Biofeedback 2.0’ – Adding individual and population analytics to accurate wearables and we’ve got the makings of a personal health revolution.last_img read more

Top Things Developers will Experience at Intel HPC Developer Conference

first_imgIn just a matter of days (November 14 and 15 to be precise) Intel will host its annual Intel® HPC Developer Conference for the builders and creators that hold high performance computing near and dear to their heart. This year the conference will be held in Austin and will be just before SC15, celebrating all things super computer.This year, the Intel developer teams are bringing top notch content and speakers to the event. Here are the top things that developers will experience at the Intel HPC Developer Conference 2015.Representatives from Super Computing Centres across the globe will dive into their projects, provide overviews of their progress and share learnings on topics including: machine learning on cryo-EM data; porting LHC detector simulations on Intel® Xeon® and Xeon Phi™ architectures; the benefits of leveraging software defined visualization; and P-k-d Trees – Massive, low-overhead particle ray tracing.The Intel developer ninjas will be on-site. Ok, it’s really the amazing people that are part of Intel’s elite black belt program, which recognizes people who go above and beyond in contributing to the Intel developer community and to helping our community with their projects. The Black Belts are at the show to help other developers get involved, to help make connections and increase collaboration, and to help answer questions drawing from their own years of expertise and experience. Access to this kind of talent and knowledge cannot be overvalued. Interested in the Black Belt program? More information is available here. https://software.intel.com/en-us/blackbelt.Intel is going to award a student with an amazing prize. The Intel® Modern Code Developer Challenge invited students to improve the runtime performance on code that will be uses in a simulation of the interactive brain cells during the formation of the brain. Winners could receive a nine-week internship at CERNopenlab, a tour of CERNopenlab, or a trip to SC16! Intel, in partnership with CERNopenlab will announce winners on Saturday, November 14 at Intel HPC DevCon. To learn more about Intel’s partnership with CERNopenlab, visit: http://openlab.web.cern.ch/.Hands-on time. Intel is hosting open lab spaces throughout Intel HPC Developer Conference and attendees will have a unique opportunity to access and use a variety of software tools. Conference-goers will also be able to connect their system to a training server with an Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor. There are special open lab sessions, led by Intel platform experts that will focus on performance issues, tools for optimization and building parallelization into code.We’re looking forward to hearing about attendees’ experiences at the show. Tweet at us @IntelHPC and let us know. For more information about Intel HPC Developer Conference, check out the website: https://hpcdevcon.intel.com.last_img read more

IPL 8: Clinical Chennai Super Kings chase down 184, crush Mumbai Indians

first_imgChennai Super Kings beat Mumbai Indians by six wickets in an Indian Premier League game against Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday.Opting to bat first, Mumbai Indians scored 183/7. With Kieron Pollard making 64 (30b, 4×4 and 5×6) and skipper Rohit Sharma 50 not out (31b, 5×4, 1×6). For Chennai, Ahish Nehra (3/23) and Dwayne Bravo (2/30) were the most successful bowlers.In reply, Chennai Super Kings scored 189/4 in 16.4 overs, with Dwayne Smith making 62 (30b, 8×4 and 4×6), Brendon McCullum 46 (20b, 6×5 and 2×6) and Suresh Raina 43 (29b, 4×4, 2×6). For Mumbai, Harbhajan Singh finished with 2/44.Nehra is the Man of the Match.Nehra: I am just working hard. T20 is a format when you don’t get wickets when you are bowling well. It’s important to pick wickets with the new ball. You have to be aggressive if you want to pick wickets, but it is still a batsman’s game. I still believe bowlers are the ones who win you matches.”Dhoni: I was more worried about my bowling because it’s a good wicket. We don’t really get surprised if the opposition promotes someone up the order. Bhajji batted well in the last game and maybe that’s why they promoted him. Our plan was to bowl dot balls at him. At times you want to bat first if the unit wasn’t clicking. The reason why we bowled was because of the dew factor. I felt the first few overs were brilliant from our bowlers. We just want the guys to stay in a positive frame of mind.advertisementRohit: Pretty disappointed with the way we bowled and our attitude on the field wasn’t right. I thought 183 was a good score, but we didn’t execute our plans with the ball. There’s no way they could score 90 runs in the first six overs. I think that’s where we probably lost the game. We’ve been trying and possibly doing everything but it’s not coming off, but they played well too. At the end of the day you need to get the combination right, that’s what we were trying to do. I know it’s not working out. We know we’ve got to find the right balance. If you don’t win, nothing counts. Pretty disappointed to lose the game. We are not thinking anything right now, relax, take it easy and then think about our next match.last_img read more

IPL 2019: Ombudsman might call Ganguly but no bar on sitting in DC Dugout

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiApril 10, 2019UPDATED: April 10, 2019 13:01 IST The BCCI ombudsman could call Sourav Ganguly for a meet, but many beleive there is no conflict of interest ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSSourav Ganguly can sit in the DC dug-out thought he might need to meet the BCCI ombudsmanJustice (Retd) DK Jain may just hear out Ganguly before taking a final decisionMany in the BCCI believe that there is no case of conflict of interestCricket Association of Bengal President Sourav Ganguly will not be barred from sitting in the IPL team Delhi Capitals’ dug-out despite a conflict of interest complaint against him but he is likely to depose in person before the BCCI ombudsman in the matter, a top BCCI official said Wednesday.The Delhi Capitals, where the former captain holds the position of an advisor, are scheduled to take on Kolkata Knight Riders on April 12 in Kolkata.According to a source in the BCCI, Justice (Retd) DK Jain may just hear out the former India captain in person before taking a final decision on the matter.Also Read | IPL 2019: Delhi Capitals appoint Sourav Ganguly as advisorThree Kolkata based fans — Bhaswati Santua, Ranjit Seal and Abhijeet Mukherjee — in a letter to BCCI Ombudsman-cum-Ethics-Officer DK Jain, alleged that the former India skipper’s dual role is a case of Conflict of Interest.However, Ganguly, in his written reply to the Ombudsman’s notice, has categorically denied the charge.”There is absolutely no bar on Sourav sitting in the DC dug-out. In any case, the matter is still pending with the Ombudsman and no law can prevent him from being present in the dug-out,” the BCCI official told PTI on Wednesday.”But yes, if he wants to sit somewhere else, it will be his call. And Justice Jain has already made it clear that one particular match is not his concern. So that makes it clear,” the official said.Also Read | No conflict of interest: Sourav Ganguly on advisory role at Delhi CapitalsadvertisementBut now that he has given his reply to Ombudsman, why would there be a need for in-person deposition?”It’s following the principles of natural justice. Even Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul deposed in person after their written submissions.”I am not saying Ombudsman will call Sourav but he has that option before the matter is brought to a closure,” the official said.Many in the BCCI believe that there is no case of conflict of interest and Ganguly can comfortably continue in both his roles.”I can’t predict Ombudsman’s line of decision-making but one must take into account that these allegations could be due to a disgruntled few, who are against Sourav. All these issues need to be factored in,” he said.Also Read | Sourav Ganguly predicts bright cricket future for India wicketkeeper Rishabh PantAlso Watch | IPL 2019: Virat Kohli struggles to solve RCB’s loss puzzleFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow Sourav GangulyFollow IPL 2019Follow BCCI ombudsmanFollow Delhi Capitals IPL 2019: Ombudsman might call Ganguly but no bar on sitting in DC DugoutA possible ‘conflict of interest’ between Sourav Ganguly’s roles as Delhi Capitals advisor and the Cricket Association of Bengal President may call for a meeting with the BCCI ombudsman.advertisementlast_img read more

The Best Barbecue and Grill Accessories of the Season

first_imgIt’s finally grilling season! Check out our roundup of some of the best grill accessories to make you the envy of the neighborhood and the master of the backyard barbecue. Yukon Glory Magnetic Grill Tool Set – $26 Previous 1 of 2 Next Next 1 of 2 Next Previous Don’t fear the sun setting on your barbecue session. Both the tongs and spatula in this high-tech (albeit pricey) set feature an integrated LED flashlight, which are waterproof and removable for battery replacement and cleaning.See ItCuisinart Grilluminate Expanding LED Grill Light – $20 Don’t fight the skewer. This dual prong system will keep your food secure while the sliding mechanism conveniently slips the contents to their desired location on your plate.See ItBrushtech BBQ Brush – $18 Next The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Previous Protect your hands from the heat and your clothes from splatter with these products that are equally stylish and functional. Both the apron and the gloves come in black suede, if brown isn’t your favorite color. A heat-resistant mitt may also come in handy.See the Apron See the GlovesCuisinart Sliding Skewers – $9 1 of 2 Who hasn’t struggled with grilling vegetables only to sacrifice some to the fire gods? Struggle no more. In addition to vegetables, the nonstick Grillmat is great for all grill-worthy foods — it even works for eggs and pancakes. Bonus: cleanup is a breeze.See ItWeber Rapidfire Chimney Starter – $20 Previous Previous 1 of 2 1 of 2 Yes, you can fire up your grill without any chemicals. The Weber Chimney Starter gets your heat going with some crumpled up newspaper and your charcoal. How’s that for instant satisfaction?See ItOutset Leather Grill Apron and Gloves – $40 and $20 Next 1 of 2 Previous 1 of 2 The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date Next Spill some sauce? The powerful magnet on this holder attaches to any metal surface, keeps paper towels within easy reach. See ItLooking to grill on the go? Check out our favorite portable barbecue pits. If a smoker is more of your thing, we’ve got your covered with tips for smoking meat and brisket specifically.Article originally published by Ann Binlot on June 24, 2015. Last update by Clay Abney on May 11, 2018. Previous Previous You will never have to worry about where you place your grilling tools with this clever set. A powerful magnet in each piece keeps your spatula, tongs, fork, and brush readily accessible.See ItGrillight 18” Spatula and Tongs – $45 Previous 1 of 2 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home Next Next The Best Pillows Designed With Stomach Sleepers In Mind 1 of 2 This 16-inch brush is perfect for cleaning both the top and the sides of your grill grates. The design makes it so that you don’t have to worry about pesky bristles.See ItYukon Glory Magnetic Paper Towel Holder – $18 If you need a little more illumination, you can extend your day with this expanding LED light. It attaches to most grill handles in seconds and, with the press of a button, nine bright LEDs light up the entire grill surface. See ItGrillmat – $20 Editors’ Recommendations Expert Pitmaster Tips on How to Smoke a Brisket at Home Next last_img read more

Moonen Unveils the Caribbean Range

first_imgzoom Moonen Shipyards in the Netherlands has introduced the new Caribbean series of motoryachts.Leveraging on the success of its classic looking superyachts over the last two decades and offering a refreshingly modern twist, the Caribbean range combines a distinctive and timeless style with all the attributes that will ensure a high resale value. Six different designs have been unveiled, ranging from 85 to 126 feet.Exuding that irreplaceable Moonen take on Dutch quality, each yacht in the new Caribbean range shares a number of other crucial characteristics.“The Caribbean series will have a real Moonen feel and retain the key elements that have made our classic range of superyachts such a success,” comments Emile Bilterijst, Managing Director. “Over the past thirteen years we have launched fifteen Moonen 84s, Moonen 94s, Moonen 97s and Moonen 99s. All have benefited from a superior seakeeping performance, low fuel consumption, very low noise and vibration values, exquisite finishing, low operational costs and a high resale value. The Caribbean series will of course reflect Moonen’s rich experience in design and engineering, all within a fresh and dynamic new profile.”There are six models available: the 85’ Mariana, the 100’ Montserrat, the 105’ Matica, the 112’ Mustique, the 120 ‘Martinique and the 126’ Marquis. They are named after islands in the Caribbean, reflecting the fact that yachts in the series will primarily be used in warm climates. May 20, 2014last_img read more

MSC Opera Finds New Home in Cuba

first_imgzoom Cruise line company MSC Cruises announced today that, starting in December 2015, its 2,120-guest MSC Opera will homeport in Havana for the winter 2015-16 season to offer guests 16 Caribbean cruises.The completely renovated 65,542 GRT MSC Opera within the company’s €200 million Renaissance program will offer cruises to Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Mexico with two nights and two and a half days in the Cuban capital.Gianni Onorato, Chief Executive Officer of MSC Cruises, commented: “We are particularly proud to make this exciting new destination available to our guests. For this, I wish to personally thank all those who worked with us over these past several months to make it possible for MSC Cruises to launch Cuba as a destination to its guests. In particular, I wish to thank the Ministers of Transportation and Tourism of the Cuban Government and their representatives for their continued highly professional contribution.”Cuba, Havana“The inaugural cruise will take place in less than six months from now,” concluded Mr. Onorato, “but we can definitely attest of the strong demand for the product, due to the combination of the attractiveness of Cuba as a culture-rich destination, coupled with the fact that it is offered through our distinctive MSC Cruises experience.”To offer local ground services and shore excursions MSC Cruises will partner with Cuba-based group Cubanacan.The first cruise will start from Havana on 22 December 2015, following MSC Opera’s Grand Voyage to Cuba from Genoa, departing on 2 December 2015.In connection with the deployment to Cuba, MSC Opera’s original winter 2015-16 schedule in the Canary Islands, Madeira and Morocco has been cancelled.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Lunenburg County

first_imgLUNENBURG COUNTY: Route 332 Route 332 in lower LaHave is now open. It had been closed between Grimm Road and Indian Path Road because of a culvert washout. Local Area Office: 902-527-5398 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Green Bay Road Green Bay Road in Petite Riviére is now open. It had been closed due to flooding. Local Area Office; 902-527-5398 -30-last_img

Some horse advocates buck at new plan to save wild mustangs

RENO, Nev. — Animal welfare groups have reached a milestone agreement with ranching interests that they say would save wild mustangs from slaughter but the compromise has opened a nasty split among horse protection advocates.The Humane Society of the United States and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals say their proposal is backed by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the American Farm Bureau Federation.It would eliminate the threat of slaughter for thousands of free-roaming horses primarily by spending millions of dollars on expanding fertility controls on the range.As part of the deal, they’re willing to drop long-held opposition to controversial roundups of the animals. The American Wild Horse Campaign and Friends of Animals contend the plan will reduce wild herds to extinction levels.Scott Sonner, The Associated Press read more

International Criminal Court monitoring events in Georgia Prosecutor says

20 August 2008The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court confirmed today that his Office is analysing information related to alleged crimes committed in Georgia in recent weeks that fall under the Court’s jurisdiction. Heavy fighting began earlier this month in South Ossetia between Georgian and South Ossetian forces, with Russian forces becoming involved there and in the separate region of Abkhazia and other parts of Georgia in the following days. The violence has uprooted almost 160,000 people in recent weeks.Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo said today that his Office is analying information alleging attacks on civilians in Georgia, which is a State Party to the Rome Statute that established the Court.“My Office considers carefully all information relating to alleged crimes within its jurisdiction – war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide – committed on the territory of States Parties or by nationals of States Parties, regardless of the individuals or groups alleged to have committed the crimes,” he said. The Office has been closely monitoring all information on the situation in Georgia since the outbreak of violence, including information from public sources, according to a news release from the ICC. In addition, both the Georgian and Russian Governments have offered information to the Court on the situation. “The Office will proceed to seek further information from all actors concerned,” the news release added.Other situations under analysis by the Office of the Prosecutor include Colombia, Afghanistan, Chad, Kenya and Cote d’Ivoire.The Office is currently conducting investigations in four situations – the Democratic Republic of Congo, Northern Uganda, the Darfur region of Sudan, and the Central African Republic.The ICC is the first independent, permanent court to investigate and prosecute persons accused of the most serious crimes, namely genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, if national authorities with jurisdiction are unwilling or unable to do so. read more

Nepal UN human rights office condemns threats to journalists after killing

Richard Bennett, the Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal, issued a statement condemning the threats against editors and publishers and describing them as sending “a chill through the entire community.”The threats follow the murder of the television channel operator Mr. Shah, who was shot dead in the capital, Kathmandu, on 7 February.“Unfortunately violence against the media is not rare in Nepal and has been witnessed especially against journalists working in the Terai,” said Mr. Bennett, referring to the region that runs along the length of southern Nepal.“I urge State authorities to ensure a secure environment that facilitates full enjoyment of rights of freedom of expression as guaranteed by national and international human rights law.”Mr. Bennett’s office emphasized that “freedom of expression, including freedom of the media to publish news fairly and honestly, is fundamental in a society that respects human rights and thrives alongside the rule of law and good public security.”The independent Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reports that at least 13 journalists have been murdered in Nepal over the past decade. 15 February 2010United Nations human rights officials in Nepal voiced alarm today over the threats made against journalists reporting on the recent murder of the media entrepreneur Jamim Shah, stressing that freedom of expression must be upheld in the Asian nation. read more

Top UN rights official voices concern about human rights situation in Colombia

Over the past year, violations of the right to life, the right to personal integrity and other civil liberties continued unabated, Mrs. Robinson said in presenting her report on Colombia to the current session of the UN Commission on Human Rights in Geneva.Many of the human rights violations have taken place in the context of the continuing armed conflict, the High Commissioner said, pointing both to increasing violence by guerrilla groups and the constant expansion and consolidation of paramilitary groups, who were among the main violators of human rights.”The recent discontinuation of the peace talks between the Government and the FARC [Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia] guerrillas and the consequent escalation of the armed conflict are disappointing,” the High Commissioner added.Mrs. Robinson also expressed deep concern about the lack of results in addressing human rights protection, including the absence of follow-up to international recommendations. She said her office had observed first-hand the weakening capacity of the State and its institutions to address human rights concerns although the Government was at the same time strengthening the military to the detriment of civil institutions.A consequence of that phenomenon was reflected in the passage of a recent law that had subordinated the civilian authority to the military, thereby undermining the rule of law and the violation of human rights, the High Commissioner said. read more

PM ready for troika bargaining

first_imgPrime Minister Antonis Samaras is due to meet troika officials in Athens on Thursday, when he will attempt to convince them that Greece can move ahead quickly with the sale of state assets and downsizing of the public sector in return for more favorable bailout terms.Sources told Kathimerini the government would put forward privatizations that can happen quickly, strategic partnerships in public enterprises and the merging of various state organizations.Auditors from the International Monetary Fund, European Commission and the European Central Bank began their inspections at ministries in Athens on Tuesday but the top officials from these organizations are due in Greece on Thursday.Samaras will attend Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras’s swearing-in ceremony before meeting troika representatives at 1 p.m. on Thursday. He hopes that he will be able to use the privatizations and shrinking of the public sector as bargaining chips in the government’s bid to ask for more time to meet its fiscal adjustment target. Samaras will also explore the possibility of Greek banks being recapitalized by the European Stability Mechanism rather than via public debt.The government is aware following last week’s EU summit in Brussels that the mood relating to Greece is very negative and that some countries within Europe are looking for reasons for the country to be expelled from the eurozone. Athens hopes that by setting and achieving short-term targets, it will be able to rebuild trust.Questioned about the negative economic data Greece plans to present to troika officials in the hope of negotiating a better deal, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde seemed unmoved.“I’m not in a negotiations or renegotiations mood at all,” Lagarde told MSNBC. “We are in a fact-finding mood. I’m sure they will have excellent numbers to show. I’m very interested in seeing what has been done in the last few months in terms of complying with the program.”Speaking to MEPs at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso took issue with those who opposed steps toward closer fiscal and political union and who suggested that Greece should be forced out of the euro.“There is a consensus, including those states outside of the euro area, on the need to strengthen the euro area,” he said. “It would be a complete mistake to try to divide the euro area from the rest of the EU. I am also puzzled with the ease with which some of you are recommending some member states to leave the euro.”Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Apple Discovers Drugs at WWDC

first_img At its annual developer conference, tech giant and homes of the world’s best corporate dads Apple made a variety of hardware and software announcements. You can read more details on that news elsewhere on the site. Right now I want to talk about a certain theme pervading the show.One of the first announcements was for the next iteration of the Mac operating software. It’s called High Sierra. High Sierra. That emphasis isn’t mine. It’s Apple’s. Apple made pot jokes about its own software, talking about how baked it is or whatever. Suffice it to say we were surprised to see Apple acknowledge that marijuana exists. But as the show went on, it was clear that gag wasn’t an outlier. All I could think of during this WWDC was that the company founded by a dude who loved LSD finally rediscovered its connection to drugs.From what I hear, a thing about being on drugs is that little moments that might seem innocuous otherwise suddenly become uncanny or unnerving. This conference was full of screwed-up tiny little turns of phrases that seemed designed to trigger acid flashbacks like “buttery smooth” and “we invented printed books.” A man only referred to as Jaws walked out in a crazy purple shirt to talk about magic glass… the iPad.However, the products themselves also continued this vibe, and not just High Sierra. If you have an Apple Watch, which is already quantifying your feelings, you can trap living, writhing Toy Story cartoon characters on your wrist. The new Metal 2 graphics API can power virtual reality experiences on headsets like the HTC Vive. The demonstration featured an employee sucked into the world of Star Wars: Rogue One, shrinking TIE fighters and plopping Darth Vader right next to her on hellish Mustafar ready to chop her head off. Augmented reality is also getting a boost with ARKit. Now developers can easily allow you to hallucinate little Unreal Engine-rendered people or Lego Batman on your table when seen through your phone. In Pokemon Go, the Pokemon look so real, man.New 5K monitors like the iMac Pro display visuals at psychedelic levels and the music used in the teaser promo was similarly far out. With iOS (turned up to) 11, you can turn Live Photos into looping, hypnotic GIFs, watch kids hop into and out of a pool as long as you want. Or you can just go quickly download a trippy new game like beautiful crystalline indie puzzler Monument Valley 2 on the redesigned App Store.Meanwhile, the new HomePod Siri speaker/Amazon Echo competitor includes lofty, hippie features like using spatial awareness to adjust the sound depending on the room. You can totally, like, feel the music. Crank up the vaporwave. It will cost $350 when it launches in December but I would pay up to $420. And Siri’s new, increasingly human voice keeps on blurring the lines between man and machine, dog.But perhaps most importantly, Apple introduced many features for its products I suspect will be quite useful for people who use drugs. Better cybersecurity on Safari makes it much harder for websites to track you. Apple Pay now allows for Venmo-style person-to-person encrypted payments, so you can privately and securely pay friendly suppliers for whatever illicit goods you want just with your phone. The updated Maps app helps you navigate airports full of pesky drug-sniffing dogs more easily. And the new File system on iPad does a better job of understanding and keeping track of your handwritten nonsense notes or slapped together homemade Pirates of the Caribbean 5 posters.Apple wants to sell its goods and services to basically everyone on the planet, and that includes a lot of people who do drugs. An opening skit about the apocalypse that would follow if Apple tech failed even seemed like a shout-out to technophobic, paranoid stoners. At WWDC 2017 these truths collided in the most ironically hilarious and entertaining way a dry, industry-focused, two and a half hour software demonstration conference could have gone. High Sierra. Stay on target iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week last_img read more

Struggling Vardy vows to adapt to Puels methods at Leicester

first_imgLeicester City striker Jamie Vardy will give his all to adapt to Claude Puel’s style of play, despite his struggles to do soThe former England international has scored five times in 13 Premier League games this season and has looked out of place in Puel’s possession-based style of football.But Vardy will not be excusing himself and intends to work hard to adapt to the Leicester coach’s methods.“Does it? No, but is that down to me to adapt to it? Yes,” Vardy told Sky Sports.“And obviously the only way I’m going to do that and keep progressing is working hard on the training field.“It does get a bit frustrating but we are transitioning into a different style of play.“I think we’ve just got to keep working hard on it and eventually it will get us going forward that bit quicker because when we get into attacking positions eventually the ball will get picked out for some of my runs.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…The 31-year-old will likely return for Leicester’s trip to Stamford Bridge this Saturday to take on Chelsea, despite groin problems.“It’s just about managing it [the groin problem],” said Vardy..“Obviously I want to play as many games as possible, but playing the 90 minutes on Saturday there was no way it was going to get risked again [against City] on Tuesday with the chance of it putting me out long-term.“I won’t need an operation but it is just about managing it, which is what we’ve done after playing last Saturday with a full week until my next game.“It’s been managed in the right way and we’ve got a great physio department and support staff in the background.“It is frustrating but we pick up niggles all the time and if it’s best for me to miss a game to make sure I am not out long-term, then that is what we have to do.”last_img read more

OBITUARY Agnes Marie Stimpson Kelley 100

first_imgHUDSON, NH — Agnes Marie (Stimpson) Kelley, 100, passed away peacefully on June 20, 2019 at Fairview Nursing Home in Hudson NH.Agnes was born in Charlestown MA on May 17, 1919 the youngest of five children to the late Roscoe and Bertha (Regan) Stimpson.Agnes’ father was the owner operator of B. Stimpson and Sons Movers of Charlestown, MA, still in business today for over 100 years run by the fourth generation of movers. She was a graduate of Charlestown High School and a former parishioner of St. Mary’s Church. She worked for Railway Express, Schrafft’s and New England Telephone Company. Agnes and her family enjoyed their summer home in Wilmington, MA for over twenty years before retiring and moving to NH. Always non-stop she began a career in nursing and worked at Franklin Regional Hospital where she received her ten year pin. She had a cherished pet, a beloved miniature Siamese cat named ChiChi, who lived for over 20 years.After her husband passed, Agnes relocated to Nashua, NH where she began the second half of her lifespan and frequently attended Mass at St. Francis Xavier Church. Agnes was a lively and high spirited woman who took pride in her Irish heritage and was very social with boundless energy. Her phrase in life was “why rest now, I can rest long enough when I’m dead and gone”. She was an avid dancer and aptly named “The Dancing Queen” by her family. She enjoyed spending her Friday nights with so many great friends at The Lafayette in Nashua. She was a member of the Hudson Seniors, Elks Club of Nashua and American Legion of Milford. She continuously stayed active by donating hundreds of hours as a volunteer for Home Health and Hospice Program of Nashua and dedicated two years of service as a Senior Companion. She loved to travel and relished a trip to County Cork Ireland to visit the birthplace of her family. Being a motorcycle enthusiast, at 78 years old she had the opportunity to ride as a passenger cross- country from Los Angeles to Nashua via motorcycle. One of her greatest joys later in life, was spending time with her granddaughter Darla who held a special place in her heart.Agnes is survived by her daughter, Dona Kelley-Lopez and husband Raimundo “Tony” and their daughter Darla of Lunenburg, MA; and her daughter-in-law Claire A. Kelley of Derry, NH. Agnes was a fifth generation family member several times over, she also leaves behind four generations of grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins.She is predeceased by her husband Joseph T. Kelley Sr. 1988; two sons, John M. Kelley 2007 and Joseph T. Kelley Jr. 2014 and daughter, Diane M. McLaughlin 2014.The family would like to thank and acknowledge Fairview Nursing Home of Hudson NH for their generosity of care and concern. Special thanks to all the wonderful staff in all departments on 2nd floor east where she was treated like family. We cannot thank you enough.Visiting hours will be held on Monday, June 24, 2019 from 10-11AM in the Lunenburg Chapel of the Sawyer-Miller-Masciarelli Funeral Home, 763 Massachusetts Ave. Lunenburg. Burial will follow at 1PM in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Boston, MA.Agnes Marie (Stimpson) Kelley(NOTE: The above obituary is from Masciarelli Family Funeral Homes.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of June 23, 2019)In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, 77In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Verda J. Murray, 90In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Huge asteroid zipping by Earth has its own moon

first_img $6 at Tidal See It 17 Photos $60 at Best Buy Best Buy $210 at Best Buy Enlarge ImageNear-Earth asteroid 2016 AZ8 and its companion captured by Arecibo radar. Arecibo Observatory/NASA/NSF The largest asteroid expected to pass by Earth this month has a traveling companion. Asteroid 2016 AZ8 made its nearest swing by our planet in the 21st century early Monday. As it was approaching, astronomers were able to take a closer look. Radar images of the space rock acquired using the huge Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico show it is actually a binary system — the main asteroid is orbited by a smaller boulder.According to Arecibo, the larger asteroid could be 420 meters (1,378 feet) in diameter, nearly as wide as the Pentagon’s headquarters and bigger than the Great Pyramid of Giza. The “moon” satellite circling it at a distance of about 400 meters (1,312 feet) is estimated to be around 180 meters (591 feet) wide.Fortunately there’s no reason to be freaked out because this duo’s visit was actually at a comfortable distance of over 4.3 million km (2.7 million miles). It’s also not expected to come any closer to us until at least the 23rd century, at which point we could be ready to build a cosmic truck stop on its surface. A 23rd-century tourist guide to the galaxy Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Amazon Tags 0 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Turo I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Read the Rylo camera preview $999 Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Share your voice TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See It See at Amazon CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Tags Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $999 Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. See it An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $999 $155 at Google Expresscenter_img Post a comment Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Read DJI Osmo Action preview $59 at eBay Read Google Home Hub review DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Rylo Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $299 at Amazon Chris Monroe/CNET See It Share your voice Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Sarah Tew/CNET Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Angela Lang/CNET The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. The Cheapskate $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Apple iPhone XS Sprint Space,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Read the AirPods review Boost Mobile Sci-Tech Comments HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Turo: Save $30 on any car rental See at Turo Sarah Tew/CNET 7 Sarah Tew/CNET $999 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $520 at HPlast_img read more

Does your car need new tires already

first_img Share your voice Roadshow Cooley On Cars The short answer is that a defective tire and a lousy tire are two very different things. You could get  5,000 miles on a set of tires and not have a claim. Ford’s warranty on tires, like that of all carmakers, covers defects but not wear or road hazards no matter how briefly the tires last. Ford’s tire warranty makes a standard industry distinction between wear and defects. Ford New car warranties also link to a separate warranty from the tire maker that similarly shrugs its shoulders.I’ve heard of people arguing with the dealer for a pro-rata credit against a new set of tires purchased from and installed by the dealer, but I don’t think 16,300 miles is going to qualify. I’ve had cars that routinely got 8,000 miles on a set of tires and nobody blinked an eye (except me, dumping the car when it was ready for its third set of tires).It has long been practice to put crummy tires on new cars unless they are premium performance models. Do a search on eBay and you’ll find a whole category of tires and wheels described as “take offs.” These are tires, and sometimes wheels, that people take off their new car immediately to get something better at their own cost. Now that I have your attention about making tires last, here’s the shortest tutorial I can devise: Rotation Tires on a car don’t wear at the same rate. The fronts wear faster than the rears, the right rear often wears faster than the left rear. Moving them around the car as specified in your manual evens out the wear across all four. Curb weight Once you buy a car you can’t do anything about this, but a heavy vehicle wears tires faster than a light one. A new Ford Explorer weighs around 4,500 pounds, which is quite a bit.expoThe 2018 Ford Explorer’s 4,500 pounds aren’t just applied vertically to the tires, but also laterally every time the car turns. Ford Torque Today’s powertrains pass an amazing amount of torque, or twisting force, to the tires. That shreds them slightly every time you accelerate, not just if you burn rubber. Go easy to spend less. Braking Braking grinds tires against the pavement in the opposite direction as torque. On most cars around 70 percent of braking is done at the front tires, another reason to do rotation. Suspension design You can’t know or control this, but every car’s suspension moves its tires through space in a different way as the car bounces down the road and around turns. Some cars just grind up tires.  hankook-warrantyHankook, like other tire manufacturers, washes its hands of tires that were not kept in proper alignment and inflation. Ford Toe angle If a tire’s toe angle is off, it will be either pigeon-toed or duck-footed as it goes down the road. That causes the tire to not only roll down the road, but to also scrape down the road slightly sideways, taking rubber with it. CamberIf camber is set wrong, it means the tires will typically squat, wearing out the inside edge of the tread a lot faster than the outside edge that you see. This can be a sneaky form of tire wear and a nasty surprise when your car is up on the rack for a routine check.Terrain Driving in town usually means a lot more turns, stops and maybe hills. People who drive out in the open road often get more miles from a set of tires, asking little of their tires other than to roll straight down the road.Driving style  Do you love the feel of your car’s crisp acceleration and sharp braking? Get your wallet out: Highly dynamic driving scrubs off excess rubber. Tire pressure You’re sick of being told to check your tire pressure, so I won’t belabor it, but it’s a big deal for tire wear and especially for even tire wear. All new US cars sold since 2008 have a Tire Pressure Monitoring System that shows an idiot light or numerical display on the dash when your tires are low, but it only has to do that when you are 25 percent or more under inflated. That’s too late for good tire wear management. Get a tire gauge, and get down on the driveway every few months. Wheel size If you have a car with cool looking big wheels and short-height low-profile tires, you may be limited to using tires that have relatively soft, sticky tread. Many of the longer wearing tires are made only in dorky, old-style sizes. Rolling on 40s has its price. Tire specs You may say “wait a minute, I want the mileage my tire said it would deliver by its treadwear rating.” Tires do have specs on their sidewalls but they tell you less than you’d like. vlcsnap-2019-03-04-11h43m10s411Treadwear ratings: If only they meant as much as you think they do. CNET The “Treadwear” rating stamped on the tire is merely relative to other tires made by that manufacturer, not a specific mileage prediction. A treadwear rating of 400 should mean about twice the life of a tire rated as 200, but it’s a vague estimate. Tags More From Roadshow null 0 2019 Nissan Altima review: Better dressed with better tech Why you need new tires for your car so soon Now playing: Watch this: 2019 Jeep Wrangler review: First-place performance If you have a recent Ford Explorer with Hankook Noble S1 tires, you may sympathize with CNET viewer Kevin B. in Dallas, TX, who wrote to me complaining: “Our new 2018 Ford Explorer Limited needed new tires with only 16,300 on the odometer. Upon looking online, it seems it’s a very prevalent problem with the original Hankook Noble S1 tires. Why wouldn’t Hankook release a letter to owners?”  2019 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line review: A legit compact performer 9:40last_img read more

Aliy Zirkle arrives first into Galena

first_imgAliy Zirkle was the first musher to reach the Yukon River checkpoint of Galena Friday morning. She arrived at 10:46 with 15 dogs. Brent Sass was next into the checkpoint but swiftly moved through without stopping with his 14 dogs. Mitch Seavey pulled into Galena by 2:45. Seven other teams are en route from Ruby, including Noah Burmeister, Robert Sorlie, John Baker, Joar Ulsom, Wade Marrs, and Dallas Seavey.Mushers must take an eight-hour rest in one the Yukon River checkpoints of Ruby, Galena, Nulato, or Kaltag. Dallas Seavey, Wade Marss, and Nicolas Petit have finished their Yukon rest by Friday afternoon.last_img