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Mortgages get more expensive as rates hit near 4year peak

first_imgThe cost of borrowing for a home keeps going up, a potential obstacle to would-be buyers at a time when home prices are at all-time highs in more than half of major U.S. markets.Average long-term mortgage rates have been rising steadily this year and are now at the highest level in almost four years. That translates into higher mortgage payments and more money paid out over the life of the typical 30-year home loan.Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate on 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages rose to 4.38 per cent this week, up from 4.32 per cent last week. That’s the highest rate since April 2014. At the start of the year, the average rate was just under 4 per cent. The rate on 15-year, fixed-rate loans rose to 3.84 per cent from 3.77 per cent last week.The pickup in mortgage rates dims prospects for would-be homebuyers struggling to compete in a housing market where a thin inventory of homes for sale continues to drive up prices.The median U.S. home price climbed 5.3 per cent in the last quarter of 2017 to $235,400, according to the National Association of Realtors. The trade group said that prices for single-family homes hit record highs in 114 of 177 major metropolitan areas that it tracked.The increases in home prices have been growing at a pace more than double the gains in average hourly earnings.“We’ve seen 5-to-7 per cent price gains since 2015, and we’re still seeing prices rise this year,” said Javier Vivas, director of economic research at Realtor.com. “When you have that sort of growth with prices, and now with mortgage rate increases, that’s putting a dent especially in the entry level buyer.”Recent wage gains and rising prices are stoking concerns about inflation picking up, which has caused investors to seek higher interest rates. Mortgage rates are closely aligned with the yield on 10-year U.S. Treasury notes, which has climbed above 2.90 per cent from 2.43 per cent at the end of last year.Just a few months ago, homebuyers had the benefit of average 30-year mortgages that were 3.78 per cent in September. The low mortgage rates had eased some of the price pressures facing would-be homebuyers. Now they might find it harder to save for a down payment and purchase a home.How much the latest rate increase affects the cost of a loan depends on whether one looks at the monthly cost, versus the cost over a 30-year span of a loan.Using the median U.S. home price in December of $246,800, and assuming a 20 per cent down payment, a 30-year mortgage at 4.38 per cent would translate roughly to $986 a month, but to $157,653 paid in interest over the full term of the loan. The same home purchased in the first week of this year, when rates were just below 4 per cent, would have saved the buyer about $45 a month, but that would add up to roughly $16,163 in interest payouts over the loan’s full term.The rise in mortgage rates this year is already spurring would-be buyers to act now, rather than wait until the spring, traditionally the busiest period for home sales, noted Kim Wirtz, a broker at Century 21 Affiliated in Chicago.“Many sellers are listing their homes earlier and many buyers are buying a lot earlier than in the past,” Wirtz said. “Buyers are out there a little earlier than they normally would have been to try to lock in an interest rate before it’s too late.”If mortgage rates keep rising at a quick pace, it could limit what people can afford to pay and cause demand for housing to fall.So far, Wirtz hasn’t had any buyers lower their price range because higher rates have reduced their buying power.“I have not yet had any buyers stop looking because of the rates,” she said. “But I believe that might be on the horizon.”Economists expect rates to move higher this year. Bankrate’s forecast calls for rates on the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage to climb above 5 per cent, then pull back to finish the year at 4.5 per cent.That’s still a bargain to anyone who bought a house decades ago.“The first home I bought in the ’80s was at double-digit interest rates,” said Mark Hamrick, senior economic analyst at Bankrate.com. “Were mindful that it was something that was historically unusual, but it didn’t dissuade us from buying homes and it didn’t kill the housing market.”last_img read more

Moroccos Hamza Mendyl Denied UK Work Permit to Play with Arsenal

Rabat – Moroccan footballer Hamza Mendyl has said difficulty getting a work permit as a Moroccan prevented him from playing for Arsenal or Newcastle.The Moroccan-Ivorian footballer, who signed for Schalke 04 last week, said that he was in negotiations with Arsenal this summer before signing with the German football team.Quoted by major sports outlets, the 20-year-old said that difficulty getting a work permit prevented him from joining England’s Arsenal. ESPN also said that the footballer was denied a work permit from Arsenal.“It is true: I was in talks Arsenal and Newcastle. But as a Moroccan citizen it’s not that easy to obtain a work permit. I would have trusted myself to play Premier League,” Mendyl said.Mendyl has joined his fellow Moroccan Amine Harit, who also plays for both Morocco’s national team and Schalke 04.Both Moroccans made the list of the team who participated in the 2018 World Cup.Mendyl expressed his joy over joining the German team.“I’m delighted to have signed for such a big club. With Domenico Tedesco, I’ve got a coach who is renowned for improving players,” the player was quoted by his club.Mendyl also expressed his ambition to grow as a footballer, saying: “I want to keep developing and play an important role in all three campaigns for Schalke 04 this season.”Born in Casablanca to a Moroccan mother and an Ivorian father, Mendyl has made senior debut for the Moroccan national team in a 2-0 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier win over Sao Tome. He has also represented Morocco’s Under 19 and Under 20 teams. Before joining Schalke 04, the footballer played as a left-back for French League 1 side Lille.  The footballer said in 2017 that his father “would have liked me to play for Ivory Coast, but he respects my choice,” reported French sports outlet, France Football.The young footballer explained his choice by saying that he was born and raised in Morocco. “For me, it was always clear in my head, I wanted to play and defend my Moroccan jersey.” read more

Brace for another year of slow growth and loonie below 70 cents

TORONTO — Canada is headed for a rocky year as low oil prices continue to drag on economic performance, the chief economists of some of Canada’s biggest banks said Tuesday.Bank of Montreal chief economist Douglas Porter told a morning gathering of leading economists that it’s going to be a “very close call” whether the fourth quarter of 2015 saw any economic growth.Canada’s resource sector has been slammed as the price of crude has fallen from a high above US$105 in June 2014 to below US$40 over the past few months, just as other commodities are at or near multi-year lows.Chance of rate cut rising as markets anxiously await details of Trudeau’s stimulus rescueWhy a world in turmoil is still parking its cash in Canada — lots of cashCanada’s ‘vomitous’ year for stocks: Investors find precious few places to hide in toxic yearSpeaking at an event hosted by the Economic Club of Canada, Porter said it looks like last year was one of the worst years for economic growth in decades outside of a full-on recession, and Canada is looking at a 2016 growth rate not much higher than last 2015.The loonie, which has plunged as the price of oil has declined, also has further to fall, he said.The negative outlook for oil, the differing policy directions between the Canadian and American central banks, and the strengthening American economy mean the loonie will fall below 70 cents US before it begins to recover, Porter said.“The last line of defence for the Canadian dollar would be some stability in oil prices and resource prices, and we just don’t see that stability over the next few months.”Canada’s dollar has been trading near 11-year lows for weeks but has remained above 71 cents U.S. since 2003.Craig Wright, Royal Bank of Canada’s chief economist, said the cheap loonie and the American economic recovery should provide a boost to Canadian exports in the near future, although such a rebound hasn’t materialized so far.Wright said Canada will depend more than ever on its largest trading partner for export growth, because of the faltering performance of the rest of the world including the European Union and China.“The U.S is the bright shining star,” he said. “But it’s not a very bright sky.”CIBC chief economist Avery Shenfeld said 2016 will be a disappointing year for the global economy at large, and Canada won’t be spared.Yet by the end of the year, he said, investors may see better returns as the world looks ahead to a brighter 2017. read more

WSP Global shares set new high after bullish analyst forecasts of firms

MONTREAL – Shares in engineering services firm WSP Global Inc. hit a record high Tuesday after industry analysts raised the company’s target prices by as much as 15.7 per cent on a bullish outlook of its prospects for growth.At least six analysts increased their price targets to between $36 and $42 after WSP closed a $293-million equity offering to fund the acquisition of Alberta engineering and geomatics firm Focus Group Holding.The Quebec-based company’s (TSX:WSP) shares peaked at $37.12 in mid-day trading before closing at $36.82, up $1.09 or 3.05 per cent, on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Ben Vendittelli of Laurentian Bank Securities says the $366-million acquisition of Focus will result in significant sales opportunities as WSP leverages Focus’ energy expertise with its other customers.“We believe the acquisition of Focus provides the missing piece to WSP’s global connectivity strategy allowing it to have a broad presence geographically and in all key verticals,” he wrote in a report.With its $284 million of annual revenues and high profit margins, observers say the addition of Focus and its 1,700 employees strengthens WSP’s footprint in Canada and gives it a strong presence in Western Canada’s growing energy sector.The deal, which is expected to close about April 17, would also put WSP more than halfway towards its goal of adding $500 million of revenues from acquisitions by the end of 2015.Paul Lechem of CIBC World Markets called the Focus acquisition “a significant step” towards WSP’s target of generating $2.3 billion of annual net revenues and employing 20,000 people. He said the equity issue, including an $86-million private placement with the Caisse de depot and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, was oversized to fund future acquisitions.Vendittelli said he expects WSP will be able to capitalize on long-term opportunities and benefit from an eventual recovery in the U.K. and key markets in northern Europe.Frederic Bastien of Raymond James raised his target price 27 per cent to $42 saying that the Focus deal makes WSP a better investment.In addition to filling “a big hole” in its service offering, the analyst said Focus helps to “rebalance and strengthen the firm’s footprint in Canada, which has been heavily weighted toward the east.”The deal will increase the number of employees by more than 10 per cent and bolster WSP’s Canadian presence to 6,100.Quebec would account for just 10 per cent of overall revenues. The rest of Canada would lead with 31 per cent, following by 24 per cent in Northern Europe, 14 per cent in UK, 12 per cent rest of the world, and nine per cent in the United States.Sara O’Brien of RBC Capital Markets, who comes in at the low end of the price targets, says WSP’s shares are trading at a premium compared to its peers, despite the organic cross-selling sales opportunities that will be derived from Focus.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version referred to the company as WSP Group and gave wrong percentage for U.S. revenue WSP Global shares set new high after bullish analyst forecasts of firm’s growth AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 1, 2014 2:28 pm MDT read more

Oil industry touts technology investment in submission to Alberta climate panel

by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 2, 2015 9:43 am MDT Last Updated Oct 2, 2015 at 2:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Oil industry touts technology investment in submission to Alberta climate panel CALGARY – The oil and gas industry wants investment in emissions-busting technology to play a big role in Alberta’s climate change strategy.The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers has made its submission to the five-member panel working on a broad plan to reduce the province’s greenhouse gas emissions.“If we want to find the balance between increasing investment and production of energy here in Alberta and more responsible performance on the climate side, it’ll be technology that bridges both those two imperatives,” CAPP president Tim McMillan said in an interview.Alberta should set a target for technology investment over the next 10 years and invest funds from its soon-to-be-hiked carbon levy to develop and deploy those technologies, the group said.In June, the left-leaning NDP government announced the carbon price for large industrial emitters that exceed their allotment — now at $15 a tonne — would be rising to $20 a tonne next year and to $30 a tonne in 2017.Between that change, and an increase in the corporate tax rate from 10 per cent to 12 per cent, CAPP has estimated the industry faces $800 million in higher cost over two years.The climate change panel, headed by University of Alberta economist Andrew Leach, is tackling the province’s wider climate strategy, focusing not just on oil and gas, but on aspects like transportation and power, too.The government has said it aims to have the architecture of a climate plan ready in time for the UN climate talks in Paris in December.The work of the climate panel is happening in tandem with a separate royalty review led by ATB Financial boss Dave Mowat.CAPP has honed in on a way that the royalty system could be used to further climate goals. One of its recommendations is to develop a clean infrastructure royalty credit program that would encourage the adoption of green technologies without hurting the industry’s competitiveness.McMillan said British Columbia’s Infrastructure Royalty Credit Program serves as a good model. Under that program, companies can receive up to a 50 per cent credit for the cost of building roads or pipelines in underdeveloped areas of the province, which can be used against royalties.CAPP also wants more power generation to come from natural gas, a cleaner-burning fuel than coal, and to export it to countries like China.“If we were to swap out a megawatt of coal electricity for a megawatt of natural gas electricity, it has very meaningful effects on carbon emissions,” said McMillan.It would also bring in more royalties and reduce consumer costs, he added.Earlier this week, environmental group Greenpeace made its submission to the climate panel.Its recommendations include “adopting ambitious, biding and science-based” targets; the phasing out of coal and switching all of Alberta’s electricity to renewable sources by 2050, an economy-wide carbon price of $50 a tonne that rises to $150 a tonne by 2026 and capping oilsands expansion.“The prescription for the problem is clear — the only question is whether there’s the political will to do it,” said campaigner Mike Hudema.Follow @LaurenKrugel on Twitter. read more

Brock experts warn climate change could help spread Zika virus

Although there are at least three cases of the Zika virus in Canada, there’s nothing for Canadians to worry about – yet, say two Brock University biology professors.The virus is transmitted by two types of mosquitoes: Aedes aegypti; and Aedes albopictus.Medical entomologist Dr. Fiona Hunter explains that the Aedes aegypti mosquito causing so much havoc in South America and the southern United States cannot survive the cold Canadian winters.Biotechnologist Dr. Yousef Haj-Ahmad notes that humans carrying the Zika virus “become a natural reservoir for the Zika virus, for a week or two post-infection.”Calling mosquitoes “flying hypodermic needles,” Haj-Ahmad said they transmit the virus from person to person. He says by the time the insects “emerge after the Canadian wintering, those people carrying the virus will have developed immunity and completely eliminated the virus from their bloodstream.”The other type of Zika-carrying mosquito, Aedes albopictus, is found as far north as New Jersey, southern New York State and Pennsylvania, says Dr. Hunter.As part of their research, Dr. Hunter and her team set up light traps in different locations in Ontario to catch mosquitoes. She says her research team has been identifying around 500,000 mosquitoes each year over the past decade.Dr. Hunter notes that, in 2002, her team found two adult specimens of Aedes albopictus that “just blew in on wind currents and have never been found since. That’s great news that we don’t have homegrown aegypti and we don’t have homegrown albopictus,” she says.“However, in the future with global climate change, the models do predict that albopictus will be able to breed in Southern Ontario, so it is a species that we are constantly on the lookout for,” says Dr. Hunter.Dr. Haj-Ahmed’s Niagara-based biotech company, Norgen Biotek Corporation, is developing a nucleic acid-based diagnostic kit to test for the Zika virus, which should be available to labs worldwide “within a week.”“It’s a nucleic acid, RNA-based test. When a blood sample is taken, we’ll be able to purify the RNA and test for the presence or absence of the virus” he says.Dr. Hunter says people living in Zika-infested areas can protect themselves from mosquito bites by removing stagnant water around their homes and wearing insect repellent. As for any future Zika transmission, “we are well funded here in Southern Ontario to continue looking at vector-borne disease,” says Dr. Hunter. “This is one of the things top on our priority list, to make sure that if diseases such as this are going to make their way up to Canada, that we’re ahead of the ball.”World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan announced in a January 28 statement that the WHO “will convene an International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on Zika virus and observed increase in neurological disorders and neonatal malformations.”According to the WHO, Brazil reported the first case of Zika virus disease in May 2015. The disease has spread all over Brazil and to 22 other countries and territories in the region.“Arrival of the virus in some countries of the Americas, notably Brazil, has been associated with a steep increase in the birth of babies with abnormally small heads and in cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome, a poorly understood condition in which the immune system attacks the nervous system, sometimes resulting in paralysis,” says the WHO statement.“A causal relationship between Zika virus infection and birth defects and neurological syndromes has not been established, but is strongly suspected,” it says. read more

Brock Sports parts ways with hockey coach

After 18 years at the helm, Brock Badgers men’s hockey coach Murray Nystrom is moving on. Nystrom has resigned from the head coach position to pursue other opportunities.Brock Sports Director Neil Lumsden made the announcement Tuesday, saying the department is now “exploring options for who might take the role on an interim basis.”Under his leadership, dozens of talented hockey players made the decision to wear the Brock Badgers jersey as they continued their careers as student-athletes.“We want to thank Murray for his commitment to Brock Sports for many years and we wish him all the best,” said Lumsden. “He’s had a very positive influence on many young men’s lives during his time as head coach.”The Badgers men’s hockey team will again kick off their upcoming season with the Steel Blade game being held at the Meridian Centre in downtown St. Catharines on Friday, Sept. 15. read more

Woodyard leading Titans in tackles in his 11th NFL season

NASHVILLE — Wesley Woodyard laughs when asked if the 32-year-old linebacker has found a fountain of youth.Coming off a career-high 172 tackles, Woodyard once again is leading the Tennessee Titans in tackles despite missing two starts and nearly three full games with an injured shoulder.He sets the tone for the NFL’s second-best scoring defence, a unit that has taken a big leap in several statistical categories this season under first-year head coach Mike Vrabel and co-ordinator Dean Pees.Woodyard, now in his 11th NFL season, says the secret to his success as a former undrafted free agent out of Kentucky is much simpler.“I’m surrounded by a bunch of great guys that I love to go to work with every week,” Woodyard said. “They make my job easier, showing up to work man I enjoy being here. And most importantly, I’ve had the chances to learn and take the bits and pieces from a lot of people that I came across in this game of football and now just going out there doing what I do. I love the game, so go and play and have fun and be free.”An undrafted free agent in 2008, Woodyard signed with Denver and wound up voted a team captain in each of his six seasons with the Broncos. He signed with Tennessee after the Broncos lost the 2014 Super Bowl to Seattle and has been a captain each season with the Titans.The 6-foot, 233-pound linebacker credits his longevity and success to a combination of keeping the driven mentality of being undrafted mixed with an ever-changing cast of head coaches and defensive systems.“I had three new head coaches and a new D co-ordinator every year the first five years,” Woodyard said. “I use it as a blessing man. I got a chance to learn five new systems, got a chance to put football out there for new coaches, and this league man, the turnover ratio is so huge. Every year it’s a different system, different schemes and I’ve been blessed to be in a lot of different schemes: 4-3s, 3-4s, new coaches, old coaches. So I’ve seen a lot.”With the Titans, Woodyard has had three different head coaches and the chance to play for a pair of defensive co-ordinator legends in Dick LeBeau and now Dean Pees. His current co-ordinator coached Ray Lewis and Ed Reed in Baltimore and said what Woodyard has in common with those players is being a pro knowing how to take care of their bodies. They also study hard.“And if they have a shortcoming in any area, they know how to overcome that shortcoming,” Pees said. “We all get older and we all get slower, … but the guys that know how to handle that, they all play smarter as they get older, and don’t rely as much on their talent as their instincts. And Wesley is definitely in that same calibre.”Woodyard, also switched to a vegan diet last year , is surrounded by youth at inside linebacker with Jayon Brown in his second season, 2018 first-round draft pick Rashaan Evans and six-year veteran Daren Bates. Woodyard is leading the way with 72 tackles, and he’s tied for second on the Titans with 3 1/2 sacks. He also has five tackles for loss as the Titans (5-5) prepare to visit Houston (7-3) on Monday night.The linebacker jokes he heard being in your 30s is the new prime.“The biggest thing for me man is getting better every year, to challenge myself to get better at something every year and continue to get better. Me coming in the league undrafted, you have that chip on your shoulder where you got to prove yourself every year no matter if you’re a first-round pick or a late-round pick, you got to go every year, and that’s just been my mentality.”Notes: The Titans went through a walk-through practice Thursday, taking advantage of an extra day before their game in Houston. QB Marcus Mariota was limited with an injured neck, and Vrabel says they will test Mariota’s arm Friday because they didn’t throw much Thursday. WR Taywan Taylor (left foot) and C Ben Jones (shoulder) also were limited. RB David Fluellen (knee) did not practice.___Follow Teresa M. Walker at www.twitter.com/teresamwalker___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLTeresa M. Walker, The Associated Press read more

Beside The Points For Thursday Oct 5 2017

Things That Caught My EyeUnpatriotic defenseThe Patriots offense has been great, as usual, but their defense is on pace to be the worst NFL defense since 2006. Looking at expected points added (EPA) per game, the Patriots have been coughing up 12.2 points per game and allowing an average 116.5 passer rating. [FiveThirtyEight]Lynx v. Sparks, Part II: Revenge of the LynxPrior to Wednesday, both the Lynx and Sparks scored exactly 908 points in their past 12 games — going back to the start of last year’s finals. The Lynx had won five and the Sparks seven, including last year’s title. But Minnesota won the latest round of this intense rivalry with a 85-76 victory over Los Angeles to win the Game 5 championship of the WNBA finals and seal their fourth title in seven years. [ESPN]Hockey has started!Dom Luszczyszyn over at The Athletic ran a massive fan poll to determine what NHL fans thought about the forthcoming season. Based on the wisdom of the crowds, Pittsburgh’s favored by 16 percent of respondents to repeat, followed by the Nashville Predators (11 percent chance to win), Washington Capitals (10 percent) and Tampa Bay Lightning (10 percent). [The Athletic]Dak could use a raiseCowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, who is still on his rookie contract, is making $540,000 in 2017. For prospective, Matthew Stafford of the Lions makes Dak’s entire salary in 10 game minutes, Mike Glennon of the Bears’ bench made it in 32 minutes of game, and Jay Cutler of Miami took only about 52 minutes of game time to make Dakbucks. [ESPN]Bring your child to work day gets a little too real in CalgaryJaromir Jagr, the 45-year-old who’s the second all-time point scorer in NHL history, signed a one-year contract with the Calgary Flames for $1 million and another million in bonuses. Jagr will be playing alongside the son of a player he was drafted alongside in 1990, and 10 team members were not born when Jagr won the Stanley Cup in 1991. [SportsNet Canada]Cleveland has hope again, ughThe MLB postseason is underway, with the Yankees defeating the Twins and the Diamondbacks defeating the Rockies in the wild card games. Cleveland is most favored to win the World Series — we give them a 26 percent chance of doing so — followed by the Dodgers, Astros and Nationals. [FiveThirtyEight]Big Number6 NBA ChimerasOnly six teams in the past 25 seasons have had three players with at least 25 percent usage over the course of the season: the 2016-17 Warriors, 2016-17 Cavaliers, 2008-09 Mavericks, 2007-08 Spurs, 2001-02 Bucks and 1999-2000 Bucks. This year between Jimmy Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, the Minnesota Timberwolves may very well join that club. [FiveThirtyEight]Leaks from Slackwalt:Want that 400 word Post about my Jets Browns bet for Friday? Can file tomorrowgfoster:Yeah for sure. Does the Jets being half decent screw it up? I guess not…walt:Nahwalt:They’re also half not decentPredictions MLB Oh, and don’t forgetWatch the most delightful man in New York — with correct feelings about the Eagles — crush it at Jeopardy See more MLB predictions See more NFL predictions NFL We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe All newsletters read more

Rowing team claims Ohio States first womens NCAA team title

Courtesy Walt Middleton Photography / provided by OSU athletic departmentThe top-ranked Ohio State rowing team made history Sunday morning at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, becoming the first team to win an NCAA title in program history.First-place finishes in both the first varsity four and second varsity eight as well as a third-place finish in the first varsity eight left the Buckeyes with 126 points, two better than runner-up California.The win makes OSU the first Big Ten team to win an NCAA team title in rowing.“It’s hard to put into words what it means to win a national championship,” said OSU coach Andy Teitelbaum, in a press release. “The NCAA Championship is a tremendous regatta every year. To be able to walk out of here with the NCAA Championship is unbelievably gratifying and really speaks to the athletes who’ve had a great year.”The Buckeyes’ first varsity four started the day by winning its second consecutive NCAA title. The squad of Taylore Urban, Sara Handa, Chloe Meyer, Aina Cid-Centelles and coxswain Dara Schnoll crossed the finish line in a time of 7:08.26, just ahead of USC (7:11.02) and Washington (7:12.03).OSU’s second varsity eight was next in line to race, finishing with a time of 6:27.86, ahead of California (6:29.89) and Brown (6:30.14). The crew of Daphne Socha, Katie Beletskaya, Silvia De Matteis, Stephanie Johnson, Nicole Becks, Lauren Eckles, Samantha Fowle, Catherine Shields and coxswain Amanda Poll earned its first ever NCAA Championship with the victory, closing out the season with a perfect 12-0 record.The first varsity eight boat of Katie King, Cori Meinert, Eelkje Miedema, Ashley Bauer, Meghan Birkbeck, Allison Elber, Holly Norton, Claire-Louise Bode and coxswain Victoria Lazur placed third in its final competition of the season with a time of 6:23.19. California (6:23.19) and Princeton (6.22.59) finished the competition in first and second, respectively.In women’s sports, Ohio State has only seen championship wins in pistol and synchronized swimming, which are not NCAA sports, making this the school’s first women’s NCAA Championship victory. read more

Microsoft confirms indies cant selfpublish games on Xbox One

first_imgSony has made it clear indie developers are very welcome on the PS4, and Sony is happy to let indies self-publish their games. But that’s not the case for Microsoft and the Xbox One.Microsoft has confirmed that self-publishing is not an option for its new console, meaning all indie developers need to find a publisher to partner with to get their games on the Xbox One. That means hit indie games will likely not appear on the One, or if they do, will probably arrive later than on other platforms that allow self publishing.Mike Bithell, the developer of Thomas Was Alone, has already said on Twitter that this decision means you won’t be seeing his games on the machine. He clearly won’t be the only indie taking that decision. I can’t see someone like Notch taking the time to deal with publishers, either. He’ll self publish on other platforms then consider a publishing deal down the line with Microsoft, if at all.Microsoft has not given a definitive explanation as to why they aren’t embracing indies other than to say they don’t want to change away from their existing model. If you are an indie and want your game on Xbox One, then you’ll have to convince Microsoft Studios or some other publisher Microsoft has a relationship with to take on your game. Of course, that also means they’ll want a cut of the revenue and possibly even demand changes to the game.Indie games development is certainly a growing market, and one that will surely continue to spawn many hits over the coming years. But it’s now very unlikely any of those hits will appear on Xbox One first due to the barrier requiring a publisher throws up.last_img read more

Trojan Women to open Aristotelian society celebration

first_imgModern Greek students at the LOGOS Australian Centre for Hellenic Language and Culture will perform scenes from the Euripides drama, Trojan Women as part of the Aristotelian Society celebrations.The society, made up of community members, groups and businesses who seek to preserve the Greek language and see it thrive will commemorate their work in a special celebration on October 22 in South Australia.Presented by the LOGOS, the Pan Macedonian Association of South Australia and Flinders University, the celebration will be a chance to revisit the year’s achievements.This year the LOGOS team welcomed Associate Professor Aspasia Hatzidakis and Associate Professor Giannis Spantidakis from the University of Crete for a special seminar and set up a Modern Greek program at Queensland’s Griffith Univeristy. The program is also offers 10 scholarships worth $10,000 each to study the language. The LOGOS Centre for Hellenic Language and Culture was set up in 2011, and has received $600,000 worth of funding over four years from the South Australian Government and the Greek Government.The online Modern Greek course is offered in South Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory. The Aristotellian Society celebration will be on October 22, 7pm at the North Lecture Theatre, Level 1, School of Humanities at Flinders University. RSVP to Layla Plummer at layla.plummer@flinders.edu.au or by calling (08) 8201 3854 by October 15. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Windows 8 vers un store pour PC

first_imgWindows 8 : vers un store pour PC ?États-Unis – Microsoft projetterait de lancer Windows 8 en 2012. Le système d’exploitation pourrait reprendre certains procédés qui font le succès des smartphones.Un Windows Store pour PC ? Ce serait peut-être la grande nouveauté du côté de Microsoft lors de la sortie du successeur de Windows 7. L’éditeur de logiciels aurait pensé à quelques priorités pour la sortie de Windows 8. La première, un allumage instantané afin que le démarrage prenne le moins de temps possible. La deuxième serait, elle, synonyme d’un nouveau palier franchi pour les systèmes d’exploitation réservés aux PC : il s’agirait de la création d’un Windows Store, semblable à celui développés par Apple pour les iPhone et autres iPad. Les applications seraient alors disponibles en mode cloud.Prudence toutefois : Microsoft n’a pas confirmé ces informations.Le 29 juin 2010 à 12:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Token Is One Ring To Rule Your Digital Life

first_imgStay on target 1Password Can Now Tell You If Your Password Has Been Leaked OnlineYour body makes a good password transmission system One ring to rule them all: Token is the portable solution to your hectic digital life.The stylish band encourages people to “live keyless, cardless, and free of passwords.”Co-founded by Melanie and Steve Shapiro, Token aims to make consumer security faster and easier via partnerships with Microsoft, MasterCard, HID, and Visa.The wearable replaces credit cards, house keys (with $100 DoorLock supplement), website credentials, car keys (with $100 CarLock add-on), transit cards, and access cards.Knock twice to authenticate online accounts (via Token)“It’s up to you to figure out what you want to use Token to protect, or how you want Token to save you time,” Melanie Shapiro wrote in an introductory blog post.Pay with a wave of your hand at more than 15 million global locations by adding a MasterCard or Visa, knock twice on your computer to authenticate online accounts, tap and go at 50-plus transit systems worldwide (with 30 more going live next year).Those folks driving a push-button ignition vehicle, meanwhile, can opt to trade their key fob for a Token CarLock, which allows users to knock twice to lock or unlock doors and activate the ‘Start’ button.“We built Token because we’re not OK with a future where people don’t feel safe online,” the firm said. “We built Token because we too aren’t motivated to change our behavior unless we’re promised more time, or less work.”An embedded sensor scans saved fingerprints to unlock information, which gets sealed again once the ring is removed. Each accessory includes a charging dock, and promises up to two weeks of battery life.The sterling silver accessory is available in seven US sizes and three finishes—brushed ($249), black rhodium ($299), and 14k rose gold ($299). Sign up for notifications about Token’s global launch, expected soon.Add the Token CarLock for easy ignition (via Token)“The Internet is an amazing place that many people fight to ensure we all have free access to,” Token said on its website. “But access isn’t enough.”Going online should also be a safe, carefree experience.“Securing the databases, servers, and networks that our accounts and digital lives exist on is critical,” the company continued. “But arguably, protecting the endpoints (us!) is just as, if not more, important.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Dark Knight and Avengers Top Survey of Movies to Watch in 4K

first_imgStay on target Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekWatch These Movies Before ‘Hustlers’ There’s nothing like watching an action-packed movie with eye-popping visual effects at home on a 4K Ultra HD TV. And the movie fans most want to see in this ultra high-resolution format? Survey says: Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight.FandangoNow recently conducted a survey of more than 1,500 film fans with 4K Ultra HD TVs asking which streaming movies they would say require 4K viewings. The Dark Knight, Avengers: Infinity War, Thor: Ragnarok, and another Nolan film, Dunkirk, topped the list. Another Nolan movie, Interstellar, also made the list at no. 10 (scroll down to see the Top 25 movies).Nolan is receiving the inaugural Vanguard Award on Tuesday at the 4K Ultra HD Summit in Los Angeles.Christopher Nolan on the set of ‘Dark Knight Rises’. (Photo Credit: Bobby Bank/WireImage)“Our 4K survey reveals that fans are still excited about experiencing The Dark Knight at home in the highest resolution and with the best sound available 10 years after the film’s release,” said Fandango managing editor Erik Davis in a statement. “Watching a movie in 4K just enhances the entire viewing experience exponentially, and it’s no wonder that audiences are navigating toward the films of Christopher Nolan, because he is one of the top filmmakers to fully embrace the technology in every way.”The Top 25 4K films in the FandangoNow survey are:The Dark KnightAvengers: Infinity WarThor: RagnarokDunkirkThe AvengersThe Dark Knight RisesBlack PantherMission: Impossible – FalloutStar Wars: The Last JediInterstellarMad Max: Fury RoadInceptionGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemSaving Private RyanWonder WomanJurassic World2001: A Space OdysseyDeadpool 2Incredibles 2The MatrixSpider-Man: HomecomngThe MartianSolo: A Star Wars StoryReady Player OneAlmost all of the movies on the list are already available on 4K on FandangoNow and other services that support 4K video like iTunes, Google Play and Vudu.What movie would you want to see in 4K?More on Geek.com:‘Good Guys’ in Superhero Movies Are More Violent Than Villains, Study Finds11 Superhero Movies Still Stuck in Development HellNASA Releases First 8K Video from Space (And It’s Really Cool)last_img read more

Updated RAW Preview Trish Stratus returning to the ring Shawn Michaels to

first_img Google+ Charlotte Flair And Becky Lynch Involved In Brawl At An Unlikely Location Facebook Now Playing Up Next How To Win A Trip To Meet The Miz And Becky Lynch Now Playing Up Next WWEs Miz and Maryse Expecting Second Child Videos Articles WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Twitter Now Playing Up Next Becky Lynch Pinterest Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipHow To Win A Trip To Meet The Miz And Becky LynchVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Alexa Bliss Officially Not Wrestling At Evolution WWE has announced that two WWE Hall of Famers will be appearing on tonight’s episode of RAW from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as well as a title match.Trish Stratus will return to the ring for the first time since October 2018 to team with Natalya to take on RAW Women’s Champion Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair. Stratus will face Flair, while Lynch will face Natalya in a Submission Match this Sunday at WWE SummerSlam.Also scheduled for tonight is Shawn Michaels appearing on Miz TV along with Dolph Ziggler. This will be the contract signing for Miz vs. Ziggler at SummerSlam. Ziggler appeared in the ring with Michaels two weeks ago on Smackdown and gave him a superkick.Two other matches have also been scheduled for tonight:— The IIconics defending the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships against Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross, Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville, and the Kabuki Warriors in a Fatal 4-Way Elimination Match— Rey Mysterio vs. AndradeAs noted earlier, WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar will also be appearing on the show.Live Post-Show Tonight on YouTubeBe sure to join Mike and Victoria Tedesco for another edition of Post-RAW tonight on YouTube. WhatsApp Videos Articles Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Miz Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonightlast_img read more

MEGA ONE TRITON – SAFETY HAZARD

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 30, 2017 – Grand Turk – The Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR) would like to advise that members of the public are to keep a safe distance from the Mega One Triton wreck, on Governor’s Beach, Grand Turk.The vessel, a former cargo ship which ran a ground during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, poses a serious hazard to individuals climbing or entering the wreck due to the deterioration in its condition.“The public is urgently reminded to keep a safe distance from the Mega One Triton wreck.  The condition of the vessel is deteriorating and the marine conditions in this area are unpredictable, subjecting any person who may access or come into close contact with the vessel to significant harm,” said Deputy Director, DECR Ethan Griesbach.The DECR will be conducting regular patrols in the area of the wreck. Anyone caught climbing or entering the wreck will be charged under the Wreck and Salvage Ordinance and will be subject to a penalty.Please contact the department for clarifications pertaining to the above matters at Tel. 338-4170 or email environment@gov.tcPress Release: TCIGlast_img read more

Article 370 scrapped PDP lawmakers disrespect constitution in

first_imgNew Delhi: Protesting against the removal of Article 370 that confers special status to Jammu and Kashmir, two lawmakers from Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) tried to tear the constitution in the Parliament. Mir Faya and Nazir Ahmed Laway, the MPs from Kashmir, attempted to tear the constitution in the Rajya Sabha, following which Chairman Venkaiah Naidu had to call in marshals to remove the two leaders from the House. Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released: list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us With black bands tied to their arms and wrists, the two Rajya Sabha leaders continued the protest with Fayaz even tearing his kurta in protest. The senior Congress leader, Gulam Nabi Azad, who is from Jammu and Kashmir, condemned the act of the PDP lawmakers. “I strongly condemn the actions of the two MPs who attempted to tear the constitution. We stand by the Constitution of India. We will lay down our lives to save the constitution of India,” Azad said in the Upper House of the Parliament. Also Read – Subramanian Swamy cross-examined in National Herald case Advertise With Us The Parliament witnessed unruly scenes after Home Minister Amit Shah said in Parliament that Article 370 of the Constitution, which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir, has been removed by presidential order. The announcement came after a cabinet meeting was held at the official residence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi this morning. Advertise With Us The Home Minister also said that Jammu and Kashmir will be “reorganised” with the bifurcation of the state into two union territories – Ladakh and Jammu & Kashmir PDP’s RS MPs Nazir Ahmad Laway&MM Fayaz protest in Parliament premises after resolution revoking Article 370 from J&K moved by HM in Rajya Sabha; The 2 PDP MPs were asked to go out of the House after they attempted to tear the constitution. MM Fayaz also tore his kurta in protest pic.twitter.com/BtalUZMNCo— ANI (@ANI) August 5, 2019last_img read more

5 held over Holi festival student murder

first_imgMd RanakPolice arrested five suspected people for their alleged involvement in the murder of a college student during celebration of Holi festival in Shakharibazar area on 1 March, reports UNB.Police arrested them from different areas of the city on Monday night, said police.However, the details about the arrestees could not be known immediately.Md Ranak, 18, son of late Shahid Miah, a student of class XII of New Paltan Line School and College and a resident of Nilambar Saha Road in Hazaribagh, was stabbed to death by miscreants during Holi celebration.last_img read more

Bridge Constructor Portal is Almost a New Valve Game

first_img If you have a Nintendo Switch, chances are you also have The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The new Zelda is a massive, phenomenal game that you can and should play for dozens of hours. But eventually, you’re going to want to play something new on your Nintendo console/handheld hybrid. Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda is a new column highlighting cool, smaller Switch games to check out once you’ve saved Hyrule.For a while I was at peace with the current state of once-great game developer now-turned hat seller Valve. Steam Machines may have been forgotten but the Steam Link, Steam Controller, and HTC Vive proved the company had real contributions to make to gaming hardware. And Half-Life fans finally got some degree of closure with the Episode 3 plot leak. Besides, if I was making Steam and Dota 2 money, I’d probably stop making games, too.But now Bridge Constructor Portal is here to make me mad at Gabe all over again. Or rather, it did until I learned to take solace in the fact that I was playing, on Nintendo Switch no less, the closest thing in a while to a new Valve game.Bridge Constructor Portal is a mashup of ClockStone Software’s Bridge Constructor series and Valve’s Half-Life puzzle-shooter spin-off Portal. It’s developed by Headup Games. The game tasks you with building bridges for different vehicles to travel using physics. Only this time you must consider your ability to bend physics to your will with reality-warping portals. And what good is a series of sterile chaotic test chambers without comically menacing Aperture Laboratories A.I. GLaDOS to egg you on?The merger of styles works remarkably well. Turrets and companion cubes and falling through the ceiling provide creative new challenges for seasoned builders of more “realistic” bridges. The button and/or touch control give you enough flexibility to build bridges with road and scaffolding and suspension cables that work even when gravity doesn’t.Meanwhile, even if you’re mastered how to propel your own body through portals in first, wrapping your head around the physics demands of vehicles in motion is something else entirely. Portals are always fixed in specific locations with simplified color coding, but that doesn’t make the puzzles any easier. Plus, crashing cars in an uncaring factory lab is just a fun, logical extension of the Portal mythos.In a vacuum, it’s all pretty enjoyable actually. Of all of Valve’s franchises, Portal lends itself particularly well to bite-sized, friendlier spin-offs like VR demos or Lego Dimensions sets. The puzzling physics-driven gameplay of both Portal and Bridge Constructor are complementary to sustain 60 puzzles unto themselves. The only thing that’s missing from a “real Portal game is a new Jonathan Coulton song, maybe one about building, and burning, bridges. A level editor would also be nice.But we’re not in a vacuum. We’re in a world where Valve has seemingly abandoned using its considerable talents to make awesome new single-player games. This is like when Nintendo released Metroid Prime: Federation Force, a perfectly fine little game in its own right, during the years-long Metroid drought before Samus Returns and Prime 4 Metroid. I guess Valve spin-offs are better than no Valve games at all, but can’t they spare a little time from letting algorithms moderate their marketplace (or allegedly pursuing potential buyers) to make a dang video game?But Bridge Constructor Portal shouldn’t be forced the bear the burden of Valve’s larger abandonment issues. Not even the strongest bridge could support that. It’s not Valve’s triumphant return to single-player video games, just a cool little mash-up, for science.Buy it now!Buy Nintendo labo Variety Kit.Buy Nintendo Labo Robot Kit.Nintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Valve Steam Link App Brings Your PC Games to MobileValve Index Is a Powerful VR Headset, Even Without ‘Half-Life’ last_img read more