Report says Labrador hydro project better managed but still facing risks

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A new report says Newfoundland and Labrador’s Crown utility Nalcor is doing a better job of keeping track of the cost and the risks associated with its timetable for the $12.7 billion Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project.However, the EY report released Thursday, also says the project still faces a high level of risk because of work complexity and the approach of the winter season.EY also says Nalcor has identified three risks not included in its June forecast, including significant protest unrest, vegetation and soil removal, and unforeseen directives from government.The report follows an interim report released in April 2016 that called for better oversight of a project that was significantly behind schedule and plagued by cost overruns.The hydro project, which is estimated to be about 78 per cent completed as of June, has ballooned in cost by about $5 billion since it was first approved five years ago.The EY report says changes made in planning and forecasting have improved the level of certainty around cost and the schedule to complete the project.Natural Resources Minister Siobhan Coady says the report demonstrates “significant progress” in managing Muskrat Falls.“Since coming to office our government has worked methodically and diligently to ensure the Muskrat Falls project is managed with greater accountability and transparency,” Coady said in a news release.last_img read more

George Canyon Announces Second Show – Presented by Top Notch Oilfield Contracting

first_imgCanyon rose to becoming one of Canada’s hottest Country Music stars in the early 2000’s and has won countless accolades and awards, including Juno Awards, CCMA Awards, and ECMA Awards to name a few. He has been inducted into the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame, recorded 12 albums, and was recently presented a certified Platinum Award for his debut album ‘One Good Friend’. With country hits like Just Like You, I Believe in Angels, Drinkin’ Thinkin’, Daughters of the Sun, I Got This, I Want You To Live, Slow Dance and many more, he is also a highly regarded humanitarian, strong supporter of the military, and, most important, a proud father and devoted husband.With over 20 Top 10 singles, Doc Walker is one of the most recognized Canadian country acts of the past two decades. The group has received multiple Canadian Country Music Awards, including Fans’ Choice, Group or Duo of the Year, CMT Video of the Year, Single of the Year, and Country Music Program or Special of the Year. In addition, Doc Walker has been nominated for several JUNO Awards for Country Album of the Year, including a win in 2009 for the album Beautiful Life.Charlie Major is a true Canadian legend. He has sold nearly half a million records in Canada alone, and has been the recipient of 3 Juno Awards and 7 CCMA Awards. Rising to the forefront of the Canadian Music scene in the early to mid-nineties, Major holds the distinction of having six consecutive #1 hits (every single released) off his debut album prior to the inception of BDS.Canada’s Manny Blu made his debut with the release of his first single “X on my Heart” earlier this year. Currently preparing to release his premiere EP Leave It Like It Is in summer 2019, Manny is eagerly awaiting the chance to share his new music with the world. For more information on George Canyon please visit: FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – One of Fort St. John’s favourite country acts is returning to the Lido Theatre.  George Canyon announced his “Hit After Hit Tour” last week and the May 1st show sold out in less than 36 hours. Now a second show has been added on May 2nd to ensure all of George’s fans get to see the show this spring.  George is thrilled to hit the road on this National Tour, joined by Doc Walker, Charlie Major and newcomer Manny Blu.  Tickets for May 2nd will go on sale this Friday March 15, 2019 at 10 a.m. through, or in person at Systems Sound Source on 100TH Street.Tickets will be $55 (plus fees and taxes) for Reserved Dance Floor Seating and $60 (plus fees and taxes) for reserved seating. Sign up for the newsletter at to receive the pre-sale access code tomorrow, March 14th.center_img read more

India secures consular access to Welikada prisoners

Recalling similar prison uprisings in the recent past, AHRC said that in two other raids of similar nature; one at the Magazine Prison and another at Vavuniya Prison, there was violence, leading to the death of prisoners. “There has not been any credible inquiry into either of these incidents,” it said. AHRC writes to Special RapporteurMeanwhile, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has written to the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva, on the killings in the Welikada Prison.AHRC quoted family members of the prisoners claim as saying that they received telephone calls from their relatives inside the prison at around 4 am on November 10. “The prisoners informed their family members that they were being taken for questioning. Later these same prisoners were found dead of gunshot injuries. According to reports about 11 persons were killed in this manner after being taken for questioning,” it said. The prisoners narrated to Sunil Achayya, a High Commission official, their harrowing experience as they waited in their ward for the problems to end. The convicted prisoners were in one block and the five fishermen from Tamil Nadu, remand prisoners, were in another block. The fishermen had arrived just last week from Jaffna, ahead of their first hearing in a Colombo court and were not aware of the lay-out of the prison. The Indian prisoners, who were also friendly with their two Pakistani counterparts, three Iranians and an Afghan, convinced them all that chances of survival were better if they all stuck together. It was unclear how they communicated as a group, but the instinct of survival seems to have cut through languages and dialects: they all stayed together as a group, sprawled on the floor, and kept their heads down. As a group, they decided that survival was more important than finding out what was going on in the vicinity. When the soldiers came for them, more than six hours later, all of them were in the same position; they had not stirred for anything. One prisoner who had spent more than a decade in prison said: “These few hours seemed longer than the 10 years I have spent inside.”For the first time, the Indian High Commission is arranging delivery of food packets for them on Diwali day, Tuesday, through prison authorities. Sri Lanka granted India consular access to its prisoners at the Welikada prison, the site of bloody clashes that left 27 dead and over 40 injured on Friday. High Commission officials made a physical verification of the 39 prisoners and said that they were all unharmed.“Our officials met all the Indian prisoners. One had irritation in the eye. Apart from that all the other 39 prisoners were unharmed during the clashes,” the Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Ashok K Kantha told The Hindu on Monday. One prisoner completed her sentence and was moved on Monday to the detention centre for repatriation to India. Asked about the delay in their repatriation, Mr.Kantha said that all paper-work had been completed. A few among the convicted Indian prisoners took upon themselves the challenge of tracing them, and shifting them to the block where the Indian convicts were lodged. This obviously meant braving bullets, crawling for long stretches across gravel and concrete and reaching the fishermen, even as shooting began to get worse. Then, the small team of prisoners made their way back to the ‘Indian corner’ and the fishermen from Thangachimadam near Rameswaram, heaved a sigh of relief – there are 27 Tamils in the group of convicted prisoners. Sri Lanka dismissed suggestions that prisoners were murdered in cold-blood. The Military spokesperson Ruwan Wanigasooriya told The Hindu that the Army acted with restraint and followed standard operating procedures. “Troops did not act indiscriminately. It was a small unit of professionals who went in and contained the situation in under two hours. By 8.20 am [on Saturday] we handed over charge back to the prison authorities,” he added. (The Hindu) read more

Schools to close tomorrow as Roanu threatens more rain

The Ministry of Education announced that all schools in the country will close tomorrow as cyclone ‘Roanu’ has threatened more rain in the country.The department of meteorology said that the deep depression in the Bay of Bengal has intensified into cyclonic storm ‘Roanu’ which is now located about 600km north of Kankasanturai. Showers or thunder showers will occur at several places in the Anuradhapura and Hambantota districts as well. (Colombo Gazette) “Strong windy conditions over the country and in the sea areas around the island will continue during next few days due to the meeting of wind feeding to the system. There is a high possibility to sudden increase of rain in the South-western part of the country. If so, fairly heavy to very heavy rainfall (100mm-150mm) are also expected at some places,” the department of meteorology said. The department of meteorology said showers or thunder showers will occur at times in Western, North-Western, Central and Sabaragamuwa provinces and in the Galle, Matara and Mannar districts. read more

Back from DR Congo senior UN official urges more focus on protection

In her first press conference since returning from the eastern DRC, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui told reporters in New York that there are positive signs the Congolese Government has taken steps to aid children caught up in the conflict.“I can confirm and reconfirm that there is strong commitment to end recruitment of underage children, also of sexual violence, specifically with regard to recruitment of children,” she said, noting that children are being systematically released from the military.Since the signature of the Action Plan, hundreds of children have been released as a result of stronger cooperation between the Government and the UN, she said.“But we have still a lot of challenges,” Ms. Zerrougui noted. “The challenges are first of all that children that are associated with armed groups are not considered as enemies but as victims and deal with them and treat them as such.”The Special Representative said that between 25 and 30 per cent of the soldiers who are laying down arms in the DRC are underage recruits.“They need a way out otherwise they will return again to the bush. So it’s absolutely important that you have a very strategy to ensure that those who return – either children or adult – that you have a very clear plan on how to deal with those who will return to their villages, not just for them but also for the communities,” she said.Children taken from their communities are often forced to commit atrocities against their own groups in order to sever links and prevent them from returning home. Another challenge, this one specific to girls who are abducted by soldiers, is being accepted by a community when they return with babies born in the bush.“They need to get help, they need to be reintegrated, accepted into the community, they need to go to school, and they need also to have a way out,” the Special Representative summarized.“The UN stands ready to work with Congolese authorities to develop a national demobilization plan that will ensure adequate planning and resources for the reintegration of children,” Ms. Zerrougui said in a news release.During the week-long visit, Ms. Zerrougui, who was accompanied by UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative Barbara Bentein, reviewed the implementation of the Action Plan signed in October 2012 by the Government of the DRC to end and prevent recruitment and use of children in the national security forces, as well as sexual violence. Ms. Zerrougui said everywhere she went, people told her or showed signs that they wanted an end to the violence, “We need peace, we need peace, we need peace.”Meanwhile, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Envoy for the Great Lakes, Mary Robinson, is in Rwanda today as part of a regional visit to help shore up support for the peace efforts.She is focusing on the immediate priority of the so-called Kampala dialogue in the Ugandan capital, where the M23 rebel group and the DRC Government failed to reach agreement earlier this month.The M23 – composed of soldiers who mutinied from the DRC national army in April – along with other armed groups – has clashed repeatedly with the DRC national forces. In the past year, the fighting has displaced more than 100,000 people, exacerbating an ongoing humanitarian crisis in the region which includes 2.6 million internally displaced persons and 6.4 million in need of food and emergency aid.The Special Envoy is also seeking to foster progress in implementing the broader commitments of the 11-nation Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the Region, which she has called “a framework of hope”. read more

More women and girls needed in the sciences to solve worlds biggest

Museum of Applied Arts and SciencesSydneyLisa Harvey-Smith, Australian Government’s Women in STEM Ambassador and Professor of Practice in Science Communication.In an exclusive interview with the UN, which you can listen to here, Professor Harvey Smith said that, with the right mentoring, networks and support, women can “punch through the glass ceiling” and do “incredible work.” Referring to artificial intelligence tools, she added that we need to “design these with both men and women in mind, and with all areas of society and people from around the world to make sure that AI is representing the whole of the human race.”,The 2019 International Day of Women in Science, on February 11, is shining a spotlight on this issue. UN Secretary-General António Guterres released a video to mark the day, in which he described the participation of women and girls in science as “vital” to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, because “the world cannot afford to miss out on the contributions of half our population.”To help improve this situation, UN Women is working with the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, to call on the private sector to make a commitment to gender equality by signing up to the Women’s Empowerment Principles, arguing that gender diversity helps business to perform better.,The World needs Science. Science needs women The extent to which the world is missing out on potential female scientific talent becomes all the more apparent if we look at some of the extraordinary contribution that women have made to advancing science, contributions that were often overlooked during their working lives, such as Marie Curie, computer pioneer Ada Lovelace, NASA scientist Katherine Johnson, and countless others more whose work continues to be overlooked.This tradition of female scientific excellence continues today. For example, in South Africa, Kiara Nirghin has developed a unique super-absorbent polymer that holds hundreds of times its weight in water when stored in soil. Her discovery came about in response to server droughts in the country, the worst in over 45 years. The cheap, biodegradable polymer is made entirely from waste, and increases the chance for plants to sustain growth by 84% during a drought and can increase food security by 73% in disaster-struck areas. In recognition of her work, Kiara has been awarded the Google Science Fair Grand Prize, and was one of UN Environment’s regional Young Champions of the Earth finalists in 2018: she is still only 18 years old. Khayrath Mohamed Kombo is even younger. At just 15, Khayrath, from Dar-es-Salaam joined more than 80 other girls, from 34 African countries, at the first Coding Camp in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in August 2018. This was the launch of the African Girls Can Code Initiative, a joint programme of the African Union Commission and the International Telecommunication Union. “When I heard about this I was excited, because my dream is to learn more things and expand my knowledge,” says Khayrath, who is the only girl in her computer science club at school. Over the four years of the programme, around 2000 girls will be trained as programmers, creators and designers, placing them on-track to take up education and careers in ICT and coding.Whilst there are still many obstacles to women achieving their full potential in the sciences, Lisa Harvey Smith thinks that, for many women, the barriers are sociological and psychological, and are disappearing. Ms. Harvey Smith, who trained as an astronomer, is a Professor of Practice in Science Communication, and the Australian Government’s Ambassador for women in STEM. The role of science education in a changing world cannot be undervalued: it is estimated that fully 90 per cent of future jobs will require some form of ICT (information and communication technology) skills, and the fastest growing job categories are related to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), with recent studies indicating 58 million net new jobs, in areas such as data analysis, software development and data visualization.But women and girls continue to be extremely under-represented in the sciences. Data from UNESCO (the UN’s agency for education, science and culture) shows that less than a third of all female students choose STEM-related subjects in higher education, whilst just three per cent of women choose ICT subjects.Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming an increasingly important field, where the diversity of those working on AI solutions has been identified as a crucial element in ensuring that they are free from bias. However, the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report shows that only 22 per cent of artificial intelligence professionals globally are female.There are several reasons for the gender gap in the sciences, from the prioritization of boys’ education, to gender biases and stereotypes, and the global digital divide, which disproportionately affects women and girls. WEF Future of Jobs ReportUNESCO Women In Science reportWomen Empowerment PrinciplesL’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in ScienceOrganization for Women in Science for the Developing WorldUNESCO’s STEM and Gender Advancement project,In a joint UN Women/UNESCO statement, the two UN agencies outlined ways that they are tackling the under-representation of women in science, through initiatives such as the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Programme, the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World, and the STEM and Gender Advancement project.Whilst there is still much to be done, major progress has been made in the past decade towards increasing access to education at all levels and increasing enrolment rates in schools, particularly for women and girls. When it comes to the part they have to play in the sciences, Professor Harvey Jones has a clear message: “Science and technology and mathematics are for you because you need to change the world. Women need to take their place at the top table of science, we need to use it for good to change the world for the better, and you can do it.” read more

UPDATE Three bandits killed trying to rob bank customer at Kingston

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related …fourth accomplice on motorcycle escapesThree known criminals are now dead following a shooting incident with police on Thursday in the vicinity of the Kingston, Georgetown seawall.The firearm, ammo and other items found in the dead suspects vehicleThe dead men have been identified as 46-year-old Dextroy Cordis also known as Dutty, of Grove, East Bank Demerara, Kwame Assanah [age unknown], of Buxton, East Coast Demerara and 57-year-old Errol Adams also known as Dynamite. He is said to be a known character of Dartmouth, Essequibo Coast and Buxton, East Coast Demerara.Dead: Kwame AssanahAccording to police information, at around 10:30hrs today, on Robb Street, ranks of an anti-crime patrol unit, in an unmarked vehicle, acting on intelligence information, began following another motorcar that two “suspicious looking characters” were reportedly travelling in.As the ranks continued to observe, the suspected criminals led them [police] to the Kingston Seawall where an individual who had reportedly left a city bank, had parked his motorcar.Dead: Dextroy CordisAt that time, the law enforcement officials who were on the stakeout noticed the two individuals- later identified as Cordis and Assanah, exiting their motorcar and approaching the customer’s vehicle.One of the men was reportedly armed with a gun.“At the same time the police anti-crime patrol, which by now was in close proximity called out to the suspicious looking characters but the one who was armed discharged several rounds at the police who returned fire,” police explained in a statement.As such, the exchange of gunfire resulted in the two men being killed.Police then detailed that seconds after that initial exchange of gunshot, another pair of males were observed on a CG motorcycle in close proximity to the motorcar in which the deceased men were travelling in.One of the two persons on the motorcycle reportedly discharged several rounds at the police who again returned fire.This second exchange resulted in the third person, Adams, being wounded.His accomplice reportedly sped away on the motorcycle.The damaged unmarked police vehicleAt the scene, a 9mm Pistol along with a magazine containing seven live rounds and four spent shells were found next to Cordis’ body.Investigations revealed that Assanah and Adams were previously arrested in connection with several offences and Cordis was recently granted bail on a simple larceny charge with regards to ‘trunking’.The roof and windshield of the police anti-crime vehicle was damaged by the gunfire from the suspects.The motorcar which was driven by the now deceased Assanah was searched and police found one driver’s licence, ten passports belonging to the deceased and his family members, a key used by “trunkers”, two handcuff keys, a bandana and clothing. read more

Testing ensures quality of belt conveyors

first_imgRAG Mining Solutions employees safeguard production availability by testing belt conveyor systems. Numerous operators already rely on the services of the experts. The experts of the laboratory test put the delivered belt conveyors through their paces. The RAG Mining Solutions Testing Institute does not only test belts for the mining industry but also textile conveyor belts and steel cord conveyor belts for every conceivable application.The results obtained from the investigations of the accredited laboratory according to DIN EN ISO 17025 are internationally recognised. Material testing on metals and plastics are also part of this accreditation.“Our national and international customers include renowned companies from the steel producing industry, mining industry as well as other industries for which we regularly carry out incoming goods inspections on conveyor belts,” says Olaf Beckmann, head of RAG Mining Solutions Testing department. The portfolio of Testing with its headquarters in Herne also includes utility value audits as well as in-process inspections on conveyor belts.The main objective of is to determine the mechanical characteristic values of the conveyor belts. For this purpose, the employees take a large number of samples from a belt section. Inappropriate belts are discarded before being installed.Beckman sees further benefits in the institute’s performance: “A positive side effect of our work is, thanks to constant quality monitoring, to permanently improve the quality of the delivered conveyor belts through feedback to the manufacturer.”The RAG Group Testing department is a premium inspection body for mining equipment. This accreditation to DIN EN ISO 17020 is unique of its kind worldwidelast_img read more

EHF Cup 201718 Pots decided draw on Thursday

POT 3RK Nexe (CRO)Fraikin BM. Granollers (ESP)Saint-Raphael Var Handball (FRA)SC Magdeburg (GER) Despite the last name of the EHF Cup Group Phase will be decided next weekend between Slovakian Tatran Presov and Icelandic FH Hafnarfjordur, the draw will take place at the EHF headquarters in Vienna on Thursday 30 November at 11:00.Here are the Pots. Reigning champions Frisch Auf Goppingen and 2015 winners Fuchse Berlin are in Pot 1 together with SKA Minsk and Chambery Savoie.Men’s EHF Cup Group Phase draw:POT 1SKA Minsk (BLR)Chambery Savoie Mont Blanc Handball (FRA)Frisch Auf Göppingen (GER)Füchse Berlin (GER) Men’s EHF Cup 2017/2018 POT 4RD Koper (SLO)Wacker Thun (SUI)Lugi HF (SWE)Winner QR3 TATRAN Presov/FH Hafnarfjordur POT 2Bjerringbro-Silkeborg (DEN)Helvetia Anaitasuna (ESP)Cocks (FIN)KS Azoty-Pulawy SA (POL) ← Previous Story VIDEO: Karabatic – victim or punisher? Next Story → Gjeding-Hansen, Raluy-Sabroso or Geipel-Helbig? read more

Gardaí seize more guns and ammunition this time in Dublins north inner

first_img By Sean Murray Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article File photo File photo Image: Eamonn Farrell/ Gardaí seize more guns and ammunition – this time in Dublin’s north inner city It is believed that the seizures were made in relation with the ongoing Hutch-Kinahan feud. 21,366 Views Share71 Tweet Email center_img Short URL Thursday 9 Feb 2017, 1:05 PM Image: Eamonn Farrell/ 48 Comments GARDAÍ IN DUBLIN have seized two vehicles, a firearm and some ammunition after a search in the north inner city area yesterday evening.It is believed the seizures are related to the ongoing Hutch-Kinahan feud.While out on patrol, gardaí from the Community Policing North Central Division were alerted to two unoccupied cars in the vicinity.After searching the cars, they recovered a loaded revolver and a canister of petrol.The cars have been seized for technical examination.No arrests have yet been made and investigations are on-going.This guns seizure is the latest in a string of operations carried out by gardaí in recent weeks, that has seen large quantities of cocaine, cannabis, and guns recovered by An Garda Síochana.Read: ‘It has saved lives’: Gardaí uncover cache of loaded guns in west Dublin warehouseRead: No arrests made as cannabis worth €37.5 million found in tractor parts Feb 9th 2017, 1:05 PM last_img read more

Working in Clark County: Betty Martinsen, hospice nurse

first_imgHow does someone manage to stay perky and upbeat when a major portion of their life is spent working with the terminally ill?You’d think 29 years in the hospice line of work — that is, caring for people who doctors have determined may have less than six months to live — might be draining, but Betty Martinsen, at 64, is as optimistic as ever working at Community Home Health & Hospice, 3102 N.E. 134th St. in Salmon Creek.“My father was a psychiatrist, and he’d walk out the door every morning and say, ‘I’m out to stamp out mental illness.’ So what I say when I leave the door in the morning is that I’m out to stamp out pain and suffering,” she said.That lifelong mantra and sense of duty won her the Nurse of the Year Award last month by the Home Care Association of Washington, and she was honored in Seattle on April 29.“Betty is always willing to take on tough cases and has a caring and professional way of taking each and every patient and family under her wing, giving amazing individualized care,” Tashina Wilcox, registered nurse and clinical coordinator at Community Home Health & Hospice, said in a news release about the award.Martinsen received her bachelor’s degree in nursing while in the Army during the Vietnam War. She started as a registered nurse while stationed at Fort Polk, La., then lived in Germany, Utah and Texas and eventually Washington.last_img read more

Man caught on camera being kicked by Miami officer accepts plea deal

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – A man kicked in the head as he was being detained by Miami Police has accepted a plea deal in his case to avoid trial.Cellphone video captured 31-year-old David Suazo’s arrest in May for grand theft inside a housing complex near Northwest Eighth Street and Seventh Avenue.Related: Miami officer relieved of duty after video shows handcuffed suspect getting kicked in the head After fleeing from police and driving with a suspended license, video footage showed Suazo being kicked in the head by Officer Mario Figueroa while already on the ground during the takedown.Related: Man caught on camera being kicked by Miami officer faces judge Suazo’s attorney said his client plans on taking legal action.“My client is gonna participate as a victim in that particular case,” said attorney Roderick Veren. “We also intend to file a lawsuit against the City of Miami, as well as the officer individually and in his capacity as a law enforcement officer for the assault that occurred.”Figueroa was relieved from duty and is expected to be terminated.Suazo will remain behind bars for around 31 more months on a list of charges, including violation of probation. last_img read more

Wall Street Teams Up to Try to Fight Hackers

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. November 4, 2014 5 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowcenter_img Only the most nefarious threats bring intense competitors together in solidarity. Cyberwarfare is indeed an ominous enough threat to do just that.Cybersecurity organization Soltra was formed as a joint venture between two financial services groups to create Soltra Edge, a software program that shares information about security threats between more than 100 banks.Soltra was launched by the cybersecurity information sharing group the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center and the global financial services market infrastructure group The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation. Named after a series of fire signals that were used in Europe hundreds of years ago to warn against invaders, the Soltra Edge software gathers information about potential security threats from multiple banks and analyzes it in real time with the goal of catching hackers faster than they could be if each bank were working to identify threats independently.U.S. Bancorp and BB&T are both contributors to the launch of the Soltra Edge partnership, as are about 100 other banks and financial entities, according to Andrew Hoerner, spokesperson for the group. Other participating banks and organizations asked not to be named, Hoerner says. The software will be officially released on Dec. 2, according to a statement released by the group today.“We need to re-imagine cybersecurity and get beyond a siloed organization, disparate vendor mentality,” says Bill Nelson, president of Soltra and president and CEO of FS-ISAC, in a statement. Soltra Edge “will connect thousands of entities globally, enable them to communicate using a consistent language and help organizations take immediate action.”Related: 519 Million Reasons Why Your Financial Records Are in a Hacker’s HandsThe development of Soltra Edge comes on the heels of some of the worst cybersecurity breaches in the financial sector’s industry. Banks have to find a better solution to security. For example, industry juggernaut J.P. Morgan Chase lost personal information of north of 80 million businesses and individuals at the hands of hackers earlier this year. And that’s J.P. Morgan Chase. If any company should be able to protect against a few rogue hackers, it should be the large, global banks, what with the billions upon billions the bank has access to and the global network of talent. But not only was J.P. Morgan Chase not able to protect its customer base from hackers, but chairman and CEO James Dimon says the threats from cybersecurity are only going to increase in coming years.J.P Morgan Chase will have spent $250 million on cybersecurity with approximately 1,000 people dedicated to the issue by the end of this year, Dimon wrote in his annual letter to shareholders. “Cyber attacks are growing every day in strength and velocity across the globe. It is going to be a continual and likely never-ending battle to stay ahead of it — and, unfortunately, not every battle will be won,” Dimon says. One of the industry’s best defenses would be “intelligence fusion,” or teaming up with other industry leaders, Dimon says. Soltra Edge was not specifically named in Dimon’s letter.Related: Why Uncovering a Network Security Breach Can Take Weeks or MonthsCybersecurity industry experts were conflicted as to whether banks collaborating would be help protect consumers from hackers.  On one hand, if a suspicious computer is flagged across multiple banking systems, then the partnering organizations can better identify potential threats.“Often a possible threat can be upgraded to be a credible threat if certain activity is seen across two or more institutions. At the volumes of activity they see, being able to make these connections across institutions is critical,” says Will Ackerly, CTO and co-founder of Virtru, a digital privacy and security company. “If they do not share this information, then banks may not know that they should be on alert as these computers begin their targeted attacks.”Not only can banks team up to identify malicious computers but also to identify suspicious tools and hacking techniques, says Ackerly.Related: The Celebrity-Hacking Scandal Is a Rude Wake-Up Call on Cloud SecurityAnother cybersecurity expert also said industry collaboration can only be helpful. “Cooperative sharing of hacking and fraud information between financial institutions is a very good thing as it increasing broad visibility of the threat,” says Jeremiah Grossman, founder and CEO of  WhiteHat Security. “For years cyber-criminals already shared intel and cooperated extremely effectively, so it only makes that the defenders do as well.”Grossman also said that without being able to investigate the Soltra Edge software specifically, it would be hard for him to make any definitive statement on the efficacy of the platform.But, size might not matter. John Prisco, president and CEO of Triumfant, a malware detection company, says that more firepower is not necessarily better in cybersecurity because hackers create specific, nuanced attacks for specific targets. “Scale will not help because sophisticated attacks are engineered just for the target company,” Prisco says.Rather, security officers need targeted detection software that doesn’t build off of prior knowledge. “That will give large as well as small institutions a fighting chance against ever evolving attacks,” Prisco says.More than ganging together, the banking industry needs to shift its strategy from playing defense to offense in cybersecurity, says WhiteHat’s Grossman. “This Soltra appears solely reactive. Banks and financial institutions need to do a better job at securing their online web-based software, where the bulk of the attacks target, to prevent breaches before they happen,” he says.Related: 8 Mostly Free Best Practices for Tightening Internal Data Security Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Book 2 vs Microsoft Surface Pro 6 Faceoff

first_imgThe Surface Pro 6 is the better overall tablet, largely because it outperforms the Galaxy Book 2 by a wide margin. The low-power Snapdragon 850 chip promised to offset its poor performance with record-breaking endurance. But we found that the Galaxy Book 2’s battery life isn’t significantly better than that of the longest-lasting Intel-powered machines, like the Surface Pro.That’s not to say that the Galaxy Book 2 doesn’t have its own advantages over the Surface Pro. The included keyboard is snappy and has excellent key travel, and Samsung’s reliably gorgeous Super AMOLED display is wonderfully vibrant.In the end, these two detachable tablets have more similarities than differences. They both have comfortable detachable keyboards, premium and practical designs, and beautiful displays. However, speed and stability should be the main priority when purchasing any device; therefore, the Surface Pro 6 wins this contest, hands down. Credit: Laptop MagLowest Weight LaptopsBest Laptops for College StudentsThe Best Laptops for Every Need Display12-inch, 2160 x 144012.3-inch, 2736 x 1824-pixel Price (Starting/as configured)$999 $899 ($1,429) Size 11.3 x 7.9 x 0.3 inches11.5 x 7.9 x 0.3 inches Geekbench 4.13,575 (32-bit)13,761 Battery Life (hrs:mins)10:419:20 CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 850Intel 8th Gen Core i5, i7 SSD128GB256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB Samsung Galaxy Book 2Microsoft Surface Pro 6 Ports2 USB Type-C port, microSD, headphoneUSB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, Surface Connect port, microSD, headphone ColorsSilverPlatinum, Black, Cobalt Blue, Burgundy Samsung Galaxy Book 2Microsoft Surface Pro 6 Performance (20)816 DesignThese two sleek detachable tablets have very similar designs. Like the Surface Pro 6, the Galaxy Book 2 is a stylish aluminum slate with a smooth, silver back panel and a rotating kickstand that props the tablet into laptop or studio mode. From the front, the Surface and Galaxy devices look identical, each with thick, ugly display bezels.An advantage of the Surface Pro 6 over the Galaxy Book 2 comes in the various color options you can choose. The tablet is available in Black and Silver, while the Type Cover keyboard accessory comes in Coral Blue, Burgundy, Black and Platinum. The Galaxy Book 2 is limited to a silver chassis and a gray keyboard.There are a few minor annoyances with the Galaxy Book 2’s design that aren’t an issue with the Surface Pro 6. Namely, the slim kickstand makes the tablet uncomfortable to use on your laptop and the small indents for popping the hinge off the back panel are difficult to grip.Buy on Best BuyBoth tablets are designed for users who want a portable computer that can easily slip into a backpack or be carried around the house. To that end, the Galaxy Book 2 and Surface Pro 6 are exceptionally slim and lightweight. At 11.3 x 7.9 x 0.3 inches, the Galaxy Book has almost the same dimensions as the Surface Pro (11.5 x 7.9 x 0.3 inches). And at 1.8 pounds (2.5 pounds with the keyboard), the Samsung detachable is a mere 0.1 pounds heavier than the Surface (1.7 pounds, 2.4 pounds with the keyboard).Winner: Surface Pro 6 PortsThe two USB-C ports on the right side of the Galaxy Book 2 give it an advantage over the Surface Pro 6, which inexplicably omits the crucial charging port and opts for a proprietary Surface Connect port instead. On the other hand, the Galaxy Book 2 lacks a USB Type-A port, making the Surface Pro 6 a better choice if you want to connect peripherals, like mice or keyboards.MORE: Ports GuideApart from their USB ports, the Surface Laptop and Galaxy Book 2 each house a microSD card slot and a headphone jack.Winner: DrawDisplayThe Galaxy Book 2 and Surface Pro 6 have some of the best displays we’ve seen on any tablet or laptop. However, the OLED display technology employed by Samsung provides deeper black levels, higher contrasts and better viewing angles when compared to LED panels.The Galaxy Book 2’s 12-inch, 2160 x 1440-pixel display is very sharp, but the Surface Pro’s 12.3-inch, 2736 x 1824 display has an even greater pixels-per-inch density, making it marginally more detailed.Buy on Samsung When it comes to color, few displays can keep up with the Galaxy Book 2’s exceptionally vibrant Super AMOLED panel, which covers 200 percent of the sRGB gamut. The Surface Pro 6’s screen re-creates 136 percent of the color spectrum — an excellent result but well short of the Galaxy Book 2’s mark. Both tablets are more colorful than the average premium laptop (116 percent).The Surface Pro 6 fights back with a maximum display brightness of 408 nits. The Galaxy Book 2 peaked at 328 nits, which beats the premium laptop average (311 nits), though Samsung’s tablet is much dimmer than the Surface Pro 6.Winner: Galaxy Book 2KeyboardDetachables aren’t known for having good keyboards, but both the Galaxy Book 2 and Surface Pro 6 surprised us in this regard.The Surface Pro 6’s Type Cover has 1.3 millimeters of key travel, which is just short of our 1.5mm preference but still good for a detachable. The keys feel cushy, and we had no problems hitting our typical words-per-minute average on the typing test.The Galaxy Book 2 has one of the most responsive keyboards I’ve used on a detachable, with a key travel of 1.7mm. Coupled with an ideal actuation force of 70 grams, the Galaxy Book 2’s snappy, backlit keyboard proves that you can get a comparable or even better typing experience from a detachable vs. a traditional clamshell laptop.MORE: Best and Worst Laptop BrandsOn the Surface Pro 6, I scored 114 words per minute with a 91 percent accuracy rate on the typing test. With a score of 119 words per minute and a 9 percent error rate, I typed faster on the Galaxy Book 2’s keyboard with the same accuracy score. My typical typing test results are 109 wpm at 95 percent accuracy.Winner: Galaxy Book 2 PerformanceArmed with Qualcomm’s first made-for-PC processor, the Galaxy Book 2 is one of the fastest ARM-based laptops we’ve tested, but it still lags far behind its Intel-equipped competitors. Actually, the rift in performance between the Galaxy Book 2 and Surface Pro 6 is shocking.The Galaxy Book scored a measly 3,545 on the Geekbench 4 synthetic benchmark test, which gauges overall performance. Powered by an Intel Core i5-8250U CPU, the Surface Pro 6 scored an excellent 13,025 on the same test. The Galaxy Book 2 lagged far behind on our Excel Macro Test, matching 65,000 names with their corresponding addresses in 2 minutes and 18 seconds. The Surface Pro 6 completed the task in almost half that time, at 1 minute and 12 seconds.We saw similar results on the HandBrake video-editing test, which involves converting a 4K video into 1080p resolution. The Surface Pro 6 needed 23 minutes and 22 seconds to complete the challenge, while the Galaxy Book 2 took 39 minutes and 49 seconds.Winner: Surface Pro 6GraphicsWith an Intel UHD 620 GPU, the Surface Pro 6 provides significantly better graphics performance than the Galaxy Book 2 and its Snapdragon 850 SoC. Microsoft’s detachable scored a 73,697 on the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited benchmark, more than double the Galaxy Book 2’s 30,420.  The synthetic benchmark translated into real-world performance, with the Surface Pro 6 playing the racing game Dirt 3 at 81 frames per second. At 24 fps, the Galaxy Book 2 lost handily to the Surface Pro 6, failing to reach our 30-fps playability threshold.Winner: Surface Pro 6 Battery LifeARM-based chips promise epic battery life, but those gains aren’t as groundbreaking as I had hoped.The Galaxy Book 2 stayed powered for 10 hours and 41 minutes on the Laptop Mag Battery Test (continuous web surfing at 150 nits of brightness), which is great, but well short of Samsung’s ambitious 20-hour estimates. Yes, the time crushes the premium laptop average of 8:12, but the Surface Pro 6 put in its own respectable time of 9 hours and 20 minutes.Winner: Galaxy Book 2Value and ConfigurationsThe Galaxy Book 2 comes in one configuration at one price. For $999, the 12-inch laptop comes with a Snapdragon 850 CPU, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. Samsung wins points for including the keyboard and S Pen for that price, something Microsoft won’t budge on. But despite the lower price, the Surface Pro 6 is a better value when you consider per-dollar performance.For $899, the base Surface Pro comes equipped with an Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. The price jumps to $1,129 once you add the Type Cover keyboard and Surface Pen.Opting for the Core i7 CPU and doubling storage to 256GB increases the price of the Surface Pro to $1,499 without accessories. A $2,299 decked-out version comes with a Core i7, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD.Winner: Surface Pro 6Overall Winner: Surface Pro 6 Design (10)79 Overall (100)6471 With the Galaxy Book 2, Samsung goes toe to toe against Microsoft for the title of best detachable 2-in-1. The Samsung tablet’s secret weapon is a Snapdragon 850 processor, which promises 20 hours of battery life, and Gigabit LTE connectivity. But the Galaxy Book 2 faces a capable foe in the Surface Pro 6, an Intel-powered detachable that earned a 4.5-star rating and our Editor’s Choice award for its quick performance, gorgeous display and long battery life.Can the Samsung Galaxy Book 2 pull off the upset, or will the Surface Pro continue its reign as our favorite detachable tablet on the market? Let’s find out.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Samsung Galaxy Book 2 vs. Microsoft Surface Pro 6: Specs Compared Webcam5MP (8MP rear)HD (720p) Ports (10)55 Display (15)1412 RAM4GB8GB, 16GB Key Travel1.7mm1.3mm (Type Cover) Keyboard/Touchpad (10)87 Value (10)46 Battery Life (20)1816 Weight1.8 pounds (2.5 pounds with keyboard)1.7 pounds (2.4 pounds with keyboard) by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 40 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoMacy'sCheck Out These Macy’s Deals for SundayMacy’sUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoAdvertisementlast_img read more

How to build a locationbased augmented reality app

first_imgThe augmented reality market is developing rapidly. Today, it has a total market value of almost $15 billion; according to Statista,  and this figure could rise to $210 billion by 2022. Augmented reality is having a huge impact on the games industry, but it’s being used by organizations in fields as diverse as publishing and retail.. For example, Layar is an app that turns static objects into live objects, while IKEA’s Catalog app lets you imagine how different types of furniture might fit into your room. But it’s not just about commerce: some apps have a distinctly educational bent, like Field Trip. Field Trip uses augmented reality to help users learn about the history that immediately surrounds them. The best augmented reality apps are always deceptively simple. But to build a really effective augmented reality application you need a diverse range of skills, that span both the domains of software and real-world physics. Let’s take a closer look at location-based augmented reality apps, including what they’re used for and how you can begin building them. How does location-based AR app work? Location-based augmented reality apps are sometimes called geo-based AR apps. Whatever you call them, one thing is important: they collate GPS mobile data and the digital compass to detect the location and position of the device. The application works like this: The AR app arranges queries to be dispatched to the sensor. Once the data has been acquired, the app can determine where it should add virtual information (such as images) should be added to the real world. Location-based augmented reality apps can be used both inside or outside. When inside and it isn’t possible to connect to GPS, the application will use beacons for location data. The best examples of existing location-based augmented reality apps While reading about location-based augmented reality apps can give you a good idea of how they work, to be really inspired, you need to try some out for yourself. Here’s a list of some of the best location-based augmented reality apps out there. Yelp Monocle Yelp Monocle helps you navigate an unknown city. Using GPS, it provides exactly the sort of information you’d expect from Yelp, but in a format that’s fully integrated with your surroundings. So, you can see restaurant reviews, shop opening hours as you move around your environment. Ingress Ingress is an augmented reality gaming app that immerses you in a (semi) virtual world. Your main mission is to find portals that the game ‘creates’ in your immediate environment and open them. Essentially, the game is a great way to explore the world around you and places a new augmented layer on a place that might otherwise be familiar. Vortex Planetarium Vortex Planetarium is an app for aspiring astronomers or anybody else with a passing interest in astronomy. The app detects the user’s location and then provides them with celestial data to better understand the night sky. Steps to create location-based AR app So, if you like the idea of a location-based augmented reality app, you’ll probably want to get started. As we’ve seen, these apps can be incredibly complex, but if you break the development process down, it should become much easier. 1. Determine what resources you need Depending on the complexity of your app, you need to determine what resources are needed – that could be anything from data to other frameworks and services will be required. For example, if you plan to create a game with 3D objects, you’ll need to use Unity to build in that level of functionality and realism. 2. Choose the right augmented reality tool There are a huge number of available augmented reality software development kits out there. However, rather than wade through every single one, here are some of the best to get started with. R SDKs, but we will list the most popular ones that can give you the widest range of possible features. AR Kit by Apple AR kit from Apple features just about everything you’d need to develop an augmented reality application, For example, it has a technology that allows combines both computer vision and camera data to track the user’s environment. AR Kit also is able to adjust the light level in the virtual model, to respond to the level of light in the real world. ARKit 2 recently brought users a number of cool new features. For example, it allows you to build interactivity into your application, and also allows you to build ‘memory’ into your app so it can ‘remember’ the location of augmented reality objects.ARCore by Google In Google’s ARCore you’ll find a mapping tool which is particularly useful for developing of location-based AR apps. ARCore can also track motion and detect vertical and horizontal surfaces. In the latest version of ARCore users can take two gadgets and work with one AR object from different viewing angles. 3. Geolocation data should be added Not all SDKs provide mapping feature. If it doesn’t, it’s essential to make sure you add in geolocation data. Without it, the app wouldn’t work! As we’ve already seen, GPS technology is typically used. It’s convenient and it can detect a user’s location anywhere. It can, however, consume a lot of energy. Location services on iOS and Android will help to activate geolocation on the device. 3 augmented reality pitfalls to avoid Developing something as complex as a location-based augmented reality app is bound to lead to some challenges. So be prepared – watch for some of these pitfalls.. Ensure you have proper functionality. When users move with their camera and look for AR objects, these objects should remain static, regardless of the user’s movements. To do this, use SLAM – Simultaneous Localization and Mapping. This is a technique that allows software systems – like robots – ‘understand’ where they are situated in relation to their surroundings. Accuracy. A crucial factor for any AR app is accuracy. When developing your app, it’s essential to consider the user’s position to ensure that the app sends queries to sensors correctly. If it doesn’t the whole experience could seem plain weird for the user. Similarly, the distance between the device and the real world must be calculated correctly – again, if it isn’t your application simply will not work. Get started – build an awesome augmented reality app! Clearly, building a location-based augmented reality app isn’t easy. It requires skill and a commitment to keep going in the face of challenges. You certainly need a team of great developers around you if you’re going to deliver something that makes an impact. But, really, that’s what makes software development exciting, right? Author Bio Vitaly Kuprenko is a technical writer at Cleveroad. It’s a web and mobile app development company in Ukraine. He enjoys telling about tech innovations and digital ways to boost businesses. Read Next Magic Leap unveils Mica, a human-like AI in augmented reality. Magic Leap teams with Andy Serkis’ Imaginarium Studios to enhance Augmented Reality “As Artists we should be constantly evolving our technical skills and thought processes to push the boundaries on what’s achievable,” Marco Matic Ryan, Augmented Reality Artistlast_img read more

Avalon introduces new Tulip Time cruises for 2020

first_img Travelweek Group Posted by Tags: Avalon Waterways, Savings Share Avalon introduces new Tulip Time cruises for 2020center_img TORONTO — Nothing says spring like ‘Tulip Time’ and with that in mind, in 2020 Avalon Waterways will unveil five cruises – including three new itineraries – perfectly timed for early season departures when the crowds are small and the blooms are bountiful.“Every year the fields of Holland transform into a colourful wonderland of beauty,” said Pam Hoffee, managing director of Avalon Waterways. “It’s a spectacle every world traveller should try to witness up close, at least once. And in 2020, we’re giving our guests more opportunities to marvel at the beauty of those seven million blooms.”Next year Avalon Waterways will offer a new eight-day Tulip Time in Holland & Belgium, new eight-day Tulip Time Highlights and 15-day Grand Tulip Cruise of Holland & Belgium itineraries.Avalon’s new eight-day Tulip Time in Holland & Belgium vacation begins in Amsterdam and ends in Brussels with opportunities to bike the river banks of Arnhem, take a guided walk through a mill and bake a local pie called a vlaai, spend time admiring ancient architecture in Namur, stroll through the romantic streets of the ‘Fiery City’ of Liége, visit the Grote Markt in Antwerp and meander along the Lower Town Streets of Brussels.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerThe river cruise company’s other new eight-day escape – Tulip Time Highlights – begins in Brussels with opportunities to explore the cobblestones, canals and cosmopolitan charisma of Ghent – or alternatively, Bruges – a “last post” ceremony in Bossuit, a guided walk of the Delta Works, time spent in Rotterdam, an immersion in Dutch history in Zaandam, tulips, tulips and more tulips in Haarlem and ends with the spectacular sights of Amsterdam.The 15-day Grand Tulip Time Cruise of Holland & Belgium combines both new cruise itineraries, giving travellers an in-depth vacation featuring windmills, waterways and waving fields of flowers.Other tulip-focused itineraries include the eight-day Tulip Time Cruise and Tulips of Northern Holland itineraries.Also in 2020, using Avalon’s new Your Way options, travellers can choose to add on land exploration to the start or end of their cruise with three options: An Avalon Waterways land extension; a Monograms independent vacation package or a Globus escorted touring vacation.  Both Monograms and Globus are sister companies to Avalon, ensuring a seamless transition between the cruise and the pre- or post-tour.More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programs“With our new Your Way program, we’re making it easier for travellers to extend their river cruise vacation with land itineraries that are perfectly suited to their preferences and budget,” said Hoffee.  “In addition, with our exclusive onboard Avalon Choice on each and every river cruise itinerary, our guests have their pick of the widest array of included excursions, from classic sightseeing to immersive discoveries and active adventures.”For more details agents can check out Friday, April 5, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Senior Home Equity Hits Record High

first_img American homeowners aged 62 and older gained more than 3 percent in home equity over the first quarter of 2017, according to the Reverse Mortgage Market Index released by the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association and RiskSpan on Friday. The group now holds $6.3 trillion in equity—up from $6.1 trillion in the last quarter of 2016.So what’s driving senior equity upward? According to S&P and Experian, it’s rising home values.“The growth in housing wealth for retirement-aged homeowners was driven by an estimated 2.6 percent, or $199.3 billion, improvement in senior home values, and offset by a 0.6 percent increase of senior-held mortgage debt that equaled $9.2 billion,” the report stated.The Index, which hit 227.07 for Q1 2017, is now at its highest point since its launch 17 years ago. According to Peter Bell, President and CEO of NRMLA, this rising equity is allowing older Americans to stay put longer—choosing to leverage their equity to update or renovate their homes instead of moving on to new properties.“Older adults who want to stay in their own homes as they age, and we know a majority do, may find that the house that was perfect for raising a family lacks the features to support aging in place,” Bell said. “But, instead of moving out, various modifications, such as stairless entryways and wider bathroom doorframes, can be made to accommodate new mobility and accessibility needs.”Typically, homeowners have a few options when leveraging their home equity. They can secure a home equity loan, apply from a home equity line of credit (HELOC), refinance their mortgage for a cash-out payment, sell their home and buy a less expensive one, or sell their home and rent using the proceeds. Older Americans—those 62 or older—are eligible for a special type of home equity loan called a reverse mortgage.“The housing wealth our seniors have built up in their homes over the years, their home equity, can be used to update the family house into a space for living comfortably and independently for years to come,” Bell said.”According to the NRMLA, more than 1 million households have secured an FHA-insured reverse mortgage. Share Home Equity HOUSING mortgage Reverse Mortgage senior homeowners Seniors 2017-06-23 Aly J. Yale Senior Home Equity Hits Record Highcenter_img June 23, 2017 802 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Market Studieslast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories It’s not the first time Fitz has been immortalized by the McFarlane line. Back in the early part of 2008 a figurine of him diving, reaching for the inside of the pylon as his body flew out of bounds. It was a moment that the wide receiver would almost perfectly duplicate in the 2009 playoffs on the road against the Carolina Panthers (the only difference between the figurine and the real deal was the color of the jersey).While the chances of Fitz replicating the pose of the first figurine were slim, the chances of fans seeing him streak down the field like he is in the new one are pretty high. That is, unless the lockout costs the NFL the entire season and the All-Pro receiver decides to take his talents elsewhere in 2012. 0 Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Even if the NFL lockout continues well into the fall, you’ll still be able to see Larry Fitzgerald in his home red Arizona Cardinals uniform in Glendale. That’s because there will be a new SportsPicks figurine of the receiver available at Todd McFarlane’s store in Westgate starting this September.The figurine, which was unveiled Monday on by Darren Urban, depicts Fitzgerald running down the field in his signature No. 11 jersey with the football as his dreadlocks cut through the air behind him.center_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinkelast_img read more

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first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling On why Seals-Jones has made so many great plays:“He can run and catch. He was a really good wideout at Texas A&M.”On the advantage of moving Seals-Jones from wide receiver to tight end:“He’s big and fast, and it’s a total projection that he could actually play tight end.”On Seals-Jones’ attitude after entering the league as a rookie free agent:“He came in and just wanted to learn how to play tight end. Rick (Christophel) and Steve (Heiden) have done a great job with him, staying after practice and working on blocking.”On if Seals-Jones had a personal day off practice:“He had a birth. I haven’t found out if it’s a son or daughter yet.”On what the running back situation will be this Sunday:“I have no clue. We’ve got five of them, and four of them practiced. I’m not sure who will be available yet.”On LB Chandler Jones’ weight loss and if that factors into his increased playing time:“Yeah, his stamina is so much better. He very seldom ever asks to come out.”On Jones’ windmill celebration that other teammates have emulated:“I usually don’t see that stuff. But I’m really happy the league has relaxed on the guys as far as celebrations.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo On why RB Adrian Peterson did not practice:“He is injury-related. Yes.”On RB Kerwynn Williams’ status:“Kerwynn practiced. Kerwynn’s a tough son of a gun, now. He practiced.”On Peterson’s injured:“His neck.”On if Peterson’s injury happened in Jacksonville game:“Yes.”On if he received any injury updates on $LB Deone Bucannon:“No, not how long, it’s just not nearly as severe as first thought. It’s really day-to-day. I don’t know about this week, but it’s just an ankle sprain now.”On if he feared that Bucannon’s injury could be season ending:“Oh yeah. Yeah. Originally thought it was cracked where he had the procedure done.”On where DL Olsen Pierre fits regarding young players getting an opportunity to play:“No, I don’t consider him a young guy. He’s a vet. He’s been here for a while, and he’s been playing really, really well all year.”On if he’s always thought that TE Ricky Seals-Jones would be somebody that could help the Cardinals:“Yeah, once we got him in minicamp, rookie minicamp, he just had to learn how to play tight end. He’d never played it before. Usually those guys, if it’s a basketball player or a receiver who’s gotten bigger, they don’t really like sticking their face on 280-pound guys. He is not the least bit afraid to do that, and as he gets stronger and bigger, he’ll get better at it.” Top Stories TEMPE, Ariz. – Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his fifth year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media several times leading up to gameday.Here, in this space, with help from the Cardinals’ media relations staff, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following practice.Opening statement:“Not practicing: John Brown, Deone Bucannon, Karlos Dansby – actually he did practice, excuse me. Larry Fitzgerald – not injury related – Rudy Ford, ‘Brit’ (Brittan) Golden, Josh Mauro, Corey Peters, Adrian Peterson and Ricky Seals-Jones … (Seals-Jones) was not injury related also. A good start to the week, trying to build off of last week, and again, a lot of young guys’ roles are expanding. As long as they continue to play as well as they have the last couple games, we’ll continue to use them.” (AP Photo) On why he was surprised to hear that Edwards is being considered for the position:“How old he is. I don’t think he coached (in college). He might have coached one year at San Jose State. Having never coached it, you’ve got to go learn all those rules and stuff.”On the Rams offense:“They’re extremely talented. All five of those guys upfront have played every game, and that makes a world of a difference, keeping a quarterback clean. If they miss Robert Woods – he’s been playing really, really well – but they’ve got weapons, and Jared (Goff) fits the system extremely well.”On what Rams head coach Sean McVay has done with QB Jared Goff:“He has put him in a system that he fits. They do a lot of ‘check with me’ at the line of scrimmage. They don’t huddle. A lot of that is coming from the sidelines to match him up in the best play.”On if he likes how engaged RB David Johnson has stayed while unable to play this season:“Oh yeah. Almost all our guys – Carson’s (Palmer) out there, David’s out there. You go down the list, they’re always around.”On his assessment of RB D.J. Foster:“Getting better and better. I was really pleased with his blitz pickup. That was the biggest concern of him being a nickel back, and he jumped up and blocked really well up the middle. Just continues to grow and learn. You wish you had him all of OTAs, and like a lot of these young guys, you say something and you expect him to know it. ‘Hell, you weren’t here for training camp,’ or ‘You weren’t here for that.’ So, you have to reteach him on the run.” On if he tries to disguise things defensively early in the game:“You can. You can do that, as long as you don’t screw yourself up.”On if Gabbert’s quick release is an effective tool:“Blaine knows what he’s doing, and he doesn’t hold it very long, because he knows where it needs to go. We did take our shots. We took all six shots down the field. We hit the one, but yeah, he gets it out of his hand quickly. He doesn’t waste time. When he did, he was scrambling around to get out of there.” On how much QB Blaine Gabbert’s scout team work with Seals-Jones has helped their relationship:“A ton. That’s where they built all their chemistry, he and Chad (Williams) also, because they had all those plays, and Blaine would put it in to our language. They would call the play and go practice and get better.”On if Arizona State has called to ask for permission to interview offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin:“I have no idea. I have no idea.”On how different the Cardinals are as a team now compared to when they last played the Rams in London:“A lot of new faces, a lot more guys on IR. The win this week, I think, helped obviously. I can’t count how many, four or five, guys that were in that game that are now on IR.”On if he has always wanted to be the team’s play-caller as a head coach:“I basically always have called plays my career. When I was 26 at Mississippi State, and when I was a scout team player in college, I called the JV games. I’ve always done it, and what I enjoy the most in this business is that particular phase of it.”On what Herm Edwards could bring to the table if hired as ASU football’s head coach:“Herm is a good friend. I was kind of surprised when I heard it, but he’s got a good knowledge of the game, and he has stayed very active in it.” 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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