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Home sales expected to drop in 2018 to lowest level in three

first_imgMONTREAL – Canadian home sales are expected to drop to their lowest level in three years in 2018, driven largely by a decline in Ontario, the Canadian Real Estate Association said Friday.The association expects that 495,100 homes will be sold next year after downgrading its sales forecast for 2017 on a 9.9 per cent drop in August compared with a year ago.It expects sales will fall 2.3 per cent in 2018 following a 5.3 per cent decline this year to 506,000, or 20,000 fewer than previously forecast in June.Seasonally adjusted sales in August rose 1.3 per cent from the prior month — the first gain in five months — due to a 14.3 per cent boost in the Greater Toronto Area. Still, sales in this area were down 35 per cent from a year ago.Benjamin Reitzes of BMO Capital Markets said the August data suggests the worst may have passed for the GTA following Ontario policy changes to restrict foreign buyers, but the future is unclear.“The Bank of Canada’s rate hikes should help contain any renewed exuberance, but if things do heat up again, expect policymakers to step in before too long,” he wrote in a report.RBC Capital Markets senior economist Robert Hogue said last month’s numbers show that Canada’s housing market isn’t becoming “unhinged.”“Our view remains that Canada’s market is in the process of transitioning to a more moderate level of activity in an environment marked by tighter policy, rising interest rates and poor affordability in certain regions,” he wrote.CREA projects sales in British Columbia and Ontario will fall by about 10 per cent in 2017, compared to record highs set in 2016.The association said sales in August were down in nearly two-thirds of all local markets, led by the Greater Toronto Area and nearby housing markets.In Vancouver, August sales were up 7.3 per cent from July and 21.3 per cent higher than a year ago.“Experience shows that homebuyers watch mortgage rates carefully and that recent interest rate increases will prompt some to make an offer before rates move higher, while moving others to the sidelines,” stated CREA President Andrew Peck.The average price for a home sold last month was $472,247, up 3.6 per cent compared to a year ago. Greater Toronto was up 3.1 per cent and Greater Vancouver 17.9 per cent.Excluding these regions, the national average price was $373,859.The national average price is forecast to rise by 3.4 per cent to $507,700 in 2017, lower than its prior forecast because of fewer luxury home sales in the Greater Golden Horseshoe region of Ontario.However, it is expected to dip by 0.6 per to $503,500 next year largely reflecting that a record number of high-end home sales around Toronto earlier this year likely won’t be repeated in 2018.Newfoundland and Labrador sales this year are forecast to decrease by 8.1 per cent, and Saskatchewan down four per cent.Alberta is projected to have the country’s largest increase at 7.4 per cent, but that’s still below the provincial 10-year average.Sales are forecast to grow 5.4 per cent in Quebec and 5.7 per cent in New Brunswick.Manitoba and Quebec are the only two provinces expected to set new annual sales records in 2017, while sales in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island are on track to come up just short of all-time record levels.last_img read more

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Dirty Game Germany Bought the 2006 World Cup With Blatters Help

Rabat – Scottish investigative reporter Andrew Jennings has revealed how the 2006 World Cup went to Germany after a key voter was bribed to abstain from the decisive vote. The veteran reporter, best known for his work investigating and writing about corruption in the International Olympic Committee and FIFA, published an extract of his new book, The Dirty Game, in which he details decades of corruption and shadowy dealings at FIFA.In the extract published in the British Daily Mail, Jennings claims that New Zealand’s Charlie Dempsey from the Oceania confederation was allegedly paid $250,000 to abstain from the vote that led to Germany beating South Africa by 12 votes to 11. According to Jennings, Had Dempsey voted to South Africa as originally mandated, the vote would have resulted with a 12-12 tie, and FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who had to back the South African bid, would have had to cast the deciding vote.However, Charlie Dempsey abstained from voting, citing “intolerable pressure” on the eve of the vote. The Oceania delegate allegedly walked out between rounds, went back to the Dolder Grand hotel and collected a briefcase containing $250K left for him in the cloakroom.Jennings also revealed how Sepp Blatter worked hard to divert the 2006 World Cup to Germany at the expense of South Africa in order to satisfy UEFA countries and keep the FIFA presidency.The vote to choose the hosts of the 2006 tournament involved four bidding nations: Germany, South Africa, England and Morocco. Morocco was eliminated from the first round.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

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Biologists update Montana fish guide with new app

BOZEMAN, Mont. — Biologists have updated a decades-old guide to fish in Montana by creating an app to help people identity species.The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported last week that High Country Apps developed the Fishes of Montana app in collaboration with biologists at Montana State University and state Fish, Wildlife and Parks.The app that launches this month includes photos and descriptions of the state’s more than 90 fish species as well as distribution maps.University professor Chris Guy says they wanted to digitize the book of the same name in a mobile-friendly form to make the guide more available.The app also lists 10 species that biologists don’t want in the state.Guy says officials are trying to use app as a tool to prevent the spread of these invasive species.___Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, http://www.bozemandailychronicle.comThe Associated Press read more

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UN Development Programme cosponsors first AFRASIA Business Council

“UNDP is at the forefront of helping Africa to cultivate and nurture partnerships that are conducive to socio-economic development,” Abdoulie Janneh, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Africa (RBA), said of the two-day meeting which ends today.”Our corporate agenda of fighting poverty and creating partnerships for sustainable development through policy advice and development of capacities in priority areas is at the origin of proposing the establishment of the AFRASIA Business Council,” he said.African exports to Asia went up from $6.7 billion in 1990 to $17.2 billion in 2000, UNDP said.The launch, co-sponsored by the Government of Mauritius and the Government of Japan, with input from the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), followed up on the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD III) held in 2003.AABC’s goals include helping small and medium African companies improve their performance, market value and competitive edge in national, regional and international markets and showing small business owners the principles, processes and tools that international enterprises use for successful ventures, UNDP said.AABC’s Web portal, “AFRASIA Exchange,” provides a virtual marketplace for investment and technology opportunities, while the initial AFRASIA Exchange desks are based in Cotonou, Benin, Douala, Cameroon, and Accra, Ghana, it said. Additional AFRASIA exchange desks would be set up in Congo, India, Malaysia, South Africa and Tanzania in 2005, it added. read more

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Oracle to buy telecoms gear maker Acme Packet for about 21B deepening

Oracle to buy telecoms gear maker Acme Packet for about $2.1B, deepening appeal to telcos by The Associated Press Posted Feb 4, 2013 11:54 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. – Oracle will Acme Packet Inc., which makes equipment for telecommunications companies, for about $2.1 billion.Acme’s gear is used by more than 1,900 service providers and enterprises around the world. Its technology will complement Oracle’s offerings for telecoms providers, said Citigroup analyst Walter Pritchard.Oracle, a database software maker based in Redwood City, Calif., will pay $29.25 per share for Acme. That represents a 22 per cent premium over the Bedford, Mass., company’s Friday closing stock price. The companies valued the deal at $1.7 billion, net of Acme’s cash.Shares of Acme soared 22 per cent, or $5.35, to $29.28 in morning trading. Shares of Oracle Corp. lost 62 cents, or 1.7 per cent to $35.58.Acme’s board unanimously approved the acquisition, which is expected to close in the first half of 2013. The deal remains subject to Acme shareholder and regulatory approval.Brian White at Topeka Capital Markets said that the deal might herald more acquisitions of communications gear makers by companies like IBM Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Dell Inc. Targets could include Juniper Networks Inc. and F5 Networks Inc., he said. Shares of those companies were up just over 1 per cent on a down day for the overall market. read more

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Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont sues AMC over profits from hit zombie

by Lynn Elber, The Associated Press Posted Dec 18, 2013 4:33 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘Walking Dead’ creator Frank Darabont sues AMC over profits from hit zombie drama LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The creator of “The Walking Dead” is suing AMC over what he claims is an effort to deny him tens of millions of dollars in profit from the hit drama.Oscar-nominated writer-director Frank Darabont (“The Shawshank Redemption,” ”The Green Mile”) and Creative Arts Agency filed suit Tuesday in New York Supreme Court against defendants including AMC Network Entertainment LLC.Their suit claims that despite four seasons of “unprecedented programming success and profitability” for the defendants, Darabont hasn’t received any profits for developing the series.AMC declined Wednesday to comment on the suit, which also alleges that Darabont was fired as producer without cause. He developed “The Walking Dead” from Robert Kirkman’s comic book series about zombies.The lawsuit alleges that AMC decided to produce the series in-house and paid itself a deliberately low license fee to air it, engaging in what the suit labels “the improper and abusive practice of ‘self-dealing.’”“The sole goal of this sham transaction is to enhance the profits of the parent company by minimizing the revenues that go into the ‘pool’ of funds for the show’s profit participants,” the suit alleges.The suit reflects others filed by creators of successful TV shows, including “Will & Grace.” When a studio licenses a show to be aired by an affiliated network or cable channel, the fee can fail to reflect fair market value and diminish payments to creators and others, such lawsuits argue.Darabont’s legal action follows his clouded exit from “The Walking Dead” early in its second season and critical public comments he has made about AMC.His suit claims that a formal agreement called for him to be paid as if the series were produced by an unaffiliated studio engaging in “true arm’s length negotiations over license fees.”As of December 2012, two years after the show debuted, AMC’s participation statements show “The Walking Dead” had a $49 million deficit to overcome before Darabont or CAA would see “their first dollar of profits.”“AMC’s sham imputed license fee formula is clearly designed to ensure plaintiffs never see that first dollar,” the suit contends. read more

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Free coffee lunch and a movie among slew of Veterans Day freebies

by Julie Watson, The Associated Press Posted Nov 11, 2014 1:34 am MDT SAN DIEGO – Army reservist Dennis Rances had a general idea of how he would spend Veterans Day with his military friends, and none of it required money.The Afghanistan war veteran figured they would start with a free breakfast, ride their motorcycles and then stop for a no-cost dinner. Not just food was on the house Tuesday, there was also free admission at select theatres to the World War II film “Fury,” starring Brad Pitt.“Let’s go, dude!” said Rances’ Army veteran friend, Cesar Garcia. He stood among motorcycles outside a packed Denny’s in San Diego as fellow veterans wearing hats with Purple Heart logos and military T-shirts passed.Veterans Day is not only a time to honour those who have served in the military: For American businesses, it’s also a time to back up that appreciation with a freebie.A slew of locally owned businesses and national chains offered something free Tuesday to anyone who has served in the military — a trend that has been growing since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.“I think it’s pretty cool businesses are showing their appreciation this way,” Rances said.Many, like Rances, started the day with a free meal. Denny’s was offering a Grand Slam breakfast on the house, and IHOP served up free red, white and blue pancakes.Veterans could then walk off the calories in national parks, which offered free admission to everyone, and re-energize with a free 12-ounce cup of Starbucks-brewed coffee for current and former military members and their spouses.They could stop in for a free haircut at Great Clips or get a card to redeem one by Dec. 31, then grab lunch or dinner without spending a dime at Applebee’s, Olive Garden or Chili’s, among others.And that’s only scratching the surface: There were free appetizers, beer, gym passes, car washes and video game tokens.Retired Navy Cmdr. David Glazier, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said he was inundated with offers.“It’s kind of overkill,” he said. “There’s only one of me, and I can only eat one lunch.”While veterans appreciate the goodwill gesture, many, like Glazier, missed out because they had to work. Some businesses were extending the deals beyond Tuesday.Glazier planned to go to Knott’s Berry Farm, the theme park south of Los Angeles, which is offering free tickets to present and former military members and a guest until the beginning of January.Bob Goldin, executive vice-president of the Chicago-based food industry consulting firm Technomic, has not seen figures on the impact of the deals, but he does not believe they lead to a long-term boost in sales.But with so many big-name companies offering freebies, there is pressure to join them.“It’s like apple pie,” he said. “It’s patriotism. Who dares being anti-veteran?”Most veterans were well-aware that the freebies were also a marketing opportunity for businesses, but Glazier said that’s not a bad thing.“To me, the real perversion is Memorial Day, because Memorial Day has become a giant party day and sale day for American businesses, yet that is supposed to be the day we honour America’s war dead,” Glazier said. “Veterans at least are alive and here. So offering a free lunch to them or another sincerely good deal, I think it’s a nice thing to do.” Free coffee, lunch and a movie among slew of Veterans Day freebies offered to military members AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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TSX racks up small loss as energy stocks decline golds register strong

TSX racks up small loss as energy stocks decline, golds register strong uptick TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed with a slight loss Tuesday amid further volatility in oil prices, but damage was limited by a strong run-up in gold stocks.The S&P/TSX composite index declined 23.88 points to 14,640.04 on the second-last trading day of the year.The energy sector fell one per cent even as February crude in New York gained 51 cents to US$54.12 a barrel ahead of the release Wednesday of the latest U.S. inventory levels from the Department of Energy.Crude futures are down about 50 per cent since their 2014 high of $107.26 in June amid rising production and lower demand as a result of slowing economies in Europe and China. The rout in prices has pushed the TSX energy sector down about 20 per cent this year as traders try to gauge just how low prices can go.“It’s a gigantic game of chicken that is going on right now,” said Craig Jerusalim, a portfolio manager at CIBC Asset Management, adding that OPEC is trying to slow the trajectory of growth in North American supply.“The U.S. has gone from (production of) six million barrels to 10 million barrels in about four years and that pace has them scared.”He believes that oil touching $50 and then bouncing right back up is not going to be enough. Jerusalim thinks OPEC needs to keep pricing low for at least six months and he is looking for production, capital expenditures and rig counts to come down.Oilfield service companies have been a major casualty of the plunge in oil prices. Shares in Civeo Corp. (NYSE:CVEO), which provides accommodations for energy company workers mainly in the Canadian oilsands region and in Australia, cratered $4.35 or 52 per cent to US$3.92 as it announced that falling oil prices would negatively impact earnings in 2015. The company also suspended its dividend.The Canadian dollar rose 0.16 of a cent to 86.15 cents US.New York markets were in the red amid mixed data covering American house prices and consumer confidence.The Dow Jones industrials declined 55.16 points to 17,983.07, the Nasdaq was down 29.47 points to 4,777.44 and the S&P 500 index gave back 10.22 points to 2,080.35.The U.S. Case Schiller home price index rose by a greater than expected 0.76 per cent on a seasonally adjusted basis in October. Economists had looked for a rise of 0.4 per cent. The year-over-year rate eased to an almost on-consensus 4.5 per cent.And the Conference Board’s U.S. consumer confidence index came in at 92.6 in December, up from a November read of 88.7. Economists figured confidence would improve due to plunging gasoline prices, faster job creation and higher stock prices and had expected a reading of 93.9.Elsewhere on the TSX, financials were also a drag, down 0.6 per cent while industrials fell 0.55 per cent.The gold sector was the leading advancer in Toronto, up about 3.7 per cent as a weaker U.S. dollar helped push February bullion up $18.50 to US$1,200.40 an ounce.The base metals group climbed 1.45 per cent as March copper edged up three cents to US$2.85 a pound. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 30, 2014 7:37 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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UN combats spread of cattle disease in Europe through earlydetection training

“Lumpy skin disease has always been considered exotic in Europe, therefore many laboratories in the region are not prepared to detect it, or to differentiate between its various strains,” said Giovanni Cattoli, head of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)/IAEA joint Animal Protection and Health Laboratory, in a press release.Traditionally common to Africa and Asia, lumpy skin disease emerged in Turkey in 2013 and has since rapidly spread through south-eastern Europe. The disease has been detected to date in six European countries – Greece, Bulgaria, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, Albania and Montenegro – with new cases being reported weekly. With a cattle herd of around 87 million heads, the European Union would be severely affected.The two week-long training course taking place at the joint FAO/IAEA laboratory in Seibersdorf, Austria, is held in response to Member States’ requests for urgent support in animal disease preparedness and control.Thirty six participants from 22 European countries, mostly from central and east European countries, will learn to use such techniques as Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) and genetic sequencing, which can detect the virus within three hours and help trace its origin.The early and accurate detection of the virus is essential to taking containment measures, such as imposing cattle movement restrictions and culling. At present, the growing global demand for vaccines to control the disease is challenging.The virus is transmitted through direct contact with infected animals and contaminated products, as well as through flies and ticks. Although it does not pose a danger to humans, lumpy skin disease can spread between animals and farms, causing severe economic losses.The disease is characterized by extensive skin lesions, and affects milk, beef and leather production. Since 2015, more than 600 outbreaks in Europe have been notified to the World Organization for Animal Health, resulting in the culling of over 10,000 animals as part of containment efforts.Earlier this year, the IAEA, in cooperation with FAO, provided laboratory support and expertise in these techniques to Bulgaria to battle lumpy skin disease. The IAEA has also deployed PCR to help West Africa cope with the Ebola outbreak in 2014 and to Latin America during this year’s Zika virus emergency. read more

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Mens basketball Ohio State routs Jackson State 7847 Loving pours in 19

OSU senior forward Marc Loving (2) looks down the court to redshirt junior guard Kam Williams (15) during the Buckeyes 78-68 win over Navy on Nov. 11. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorEarly on against Jackson State, the Ohio State men’s basketball team looked to be hitting a bit of a slump. After jumping out to an early lead, OSU found itself trailing after back-to-back 3-pointers from the Tigers. The six-point lead by Jackson State would be its largest lead of the contest, as the Buckeyes came roaring back with a pair of 3-pointers from redshirt junior guard Kam Williams and freshman forward Andre Wesson.From there, the Buckeyes seemingly cruised to a 78-47 victory over Jackson State. It wasn’t quite the 85-41 drubbing OSU gave to the Tigers last time the two teams met in 2011, but it sent fans home happy. Led by Williams in the first half with 12 points, and a healthy dose of assists from sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle, OSU improved to 5-0 this season, with four of those five wins at home.The win came without the help of junior forward Keita Bates-Diop, who sat out for the second straight week with a sprained ankle.For the third week in a row, Lyle was instrumental to the team’s win, finishing with a team best 11 assists, and even adding 10 points. It’s the first time this season he has picked up a double-double.“Basketball isn’t always scoring the ball,” he said.In the first half, Lyle played the role of distributor, racking up eight assists. Two of his first half assists came by way of thunderous alley-oops to redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson. Lyle hit Thompson on back-to-back possessions in midair, while the 7-foot center jammed home the finish both times.Jackson State struggled in the first half, going just 1-for-10 to close out the initial period. The Buckeyes, on the other hand, picked up five makes on their last six attempts. Overall, the Tigers’ finished the night shooting just 29.5 percent, while OSU set a 55.3 percent mark.The Tigers’ were led by redshirt junior guard Paris Collins. The Texas native finished the game with 19 points and 11 rebounds, all topping his season averages.OSU’s top-scorer, senior forward Marc Loving, poured in three 3-point shots. After picking up just six points against Western Carolina in OSU’s last game, Loving was able to find a groove and find the basket on multiple occasions for 19 points.“Here’s the thing, Marc is — I know 19 points, but he’s doing a real good job defending,” said OSU coach Thad Matta. “We got to keep building on that. But it was good to see a couple shots go down for him. I thought he had good leg drive on the shots and even the ones he missed were good shots, so hopefully we can continue to build on that. We need him playing well, there’s no question.”It was a season-high for Loving, who had been struggling with his shot in the team’s first few games. Clearly in a good mood following the win, he and Lyle were joking with the media. When asked what was different in tonight’s performance, Loving smiled and cracked a joke.“The ball went in. That’s pretty much it,” he said.The second half was far from perfect for OSU, as the Buckeyes shot under 30 percent in the first 10 minutes of the second period. However, defensive pressure helped keep the lead in favor of the Scarlet and Gray. OSU forced 20 turnovers, and allowed just nine assists by Jackson State.Jackson State falls to 1-4 this season and will return home to face Western Carolina on Saturday. OSU remains at home and will face Marshall on Friday. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. read more

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Motorists face 5p a litre petrol price rise warns AA as first

Mr Bodset said: “Non-supermarket forecourts receiving deliveries now will see the cost reflecting the wholesale price and, understandably, put up their pump prices. The fuller impact of any sustained wholesale price increase will take a matter of days to be substantially reflected on the UK average. The supermarkets will take longer to pump up their prices, mainly because they are on longer-term contracts.”Motorists could gain some respite from the worst of the rises after oil prices fell back on Tuesday in response to reports that 70pc of the output lost in the attacks on Saudi Arabia could be restored within weeks, which should feed through to lower wholesale petrol prices. The oil price remains more than $4 above the level before the attacks happened however.The taxman takes the bulk of the revenue from a litre of petrol in fuel duty of 57.95p a litre as well as VAT of 21.3p based on the current 127.7p average price, with wholesale prices and the retailer’s margins making up the remainder. Motorists could face a 5p per litre spike in pump prices after wholesale petrol costs soared in the wake of the drone strikes on Saudi Arabia, the AA has warned.The drivers’ organisation said the weekend attacks – which sent the oil price as much as 20pc higher on Monday – also pushed up the wholesale cost of petrol by 4.21p a litre, according to industry data. Including VAT of 20pc, the surge spells an extra 5p a litre at the pumps, if passed on in full by petrol retailers. That would take the average price of a litre of petrol from the current 127.7p to 132.7p a litre, the highest since October 2013.The AA compared the impact of the attacks to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf of Mexico in 2005, which also pushed up a litre of petrol by 5p before falling away.Drivers who fill up at supermarket forecourts should be insulated for price rise for longer than independent petrol retailers, who will be forced to pass on the jump in the wholesale price more quickly, according to the AA’s spokesman Luke Bodset. Asda, Sainsburys and Tesco are engaged in a petrol price war after slashing pump costs by 3p a litre last weekend. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Tatabanya Grundfos to chase Fuchse Berlin for EHF Cup Final4

The Men’s EHF Cup winners in 2015, Fuchse Berlin will meet Hungarian Tatabanya Grundfos in the battle for the Final 4 which will be held in Goppingen on May 20/21. SC Magdeburg, who won the EHF Champions League in 2002, will face Spain’s Helvetia Anaitasuna, while the third German team MT Melsungen will lock horns with Saint-Raphael Var Handball from France.Frisch Auf Goppingen are qualified directly as host team.The first leg of the quarter-finals will be played on 22-23 April, while the second leg will follow one week later. The LIQUI MOLY EHF Cup Finals will take place on 20-21 May in the EWS Arena in Göppingen, Germany.PHOTO: Tatabanya Grundfos ← Previous Story Uwe Gensheimer put hands on EHF CL “Golden ball” Next Story → Zeljko Babic to overtake RK Gorenje Velenje read more

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Notch adds multiplayer and sound to 0x10c

first_imgTo say that Notch‘s next game is developing quickly is a becoming a bit of an understatement. After 7 months of working on the core functionality of the space MMO, we’ve seen some major progress over the past few weeks on 0x10c.Earlier this month Notch released a video showing good progress towards a playable release. That included a demonstration of dynamic lighting and an art test as well as allowing a player to run around their textured ship.Today, Notch released another video with two major additions appearing. The first is sound, which can now be applied to objects in the game. We hear the player’s weapon shoot, the terminal bleep when interacted with, and some background sounds as other objects are passed or approached. I’m guessing background music and footsteps are just another build away. The more exciting addition though, is multiplayer, and the presence of a second character running around and shooting (also complete with sound).There’s clearly still a long way to go before 0x10c is a “real” game, but it looks to be getting very close to that point where a playable release is actually viable. I doubt we’ll see it get to that point in 2012, but this is Notch we are talking about, and he’s made great progress this month already.You can track the ongoing progress of 0x10c over at the official website and forums.last_img read more

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Geek deals 379 Dell UltraSharp U2410 IPS display Galaxy Tab 2 for

first_imgWe’ve extolled the virtues of having a quality monitor many a time here on Geek. It’s kind of like a good mattress; considering how much time you spend using it, opting for a better quality version is a no-brainer.One of our long term favorites is Dell’s UltraSharp U2410. It’s been around for several years now, but has stayed a top choice for those seeking a very price competitive, yet very high quality display. It starts with a better-than-HD 1920×1200 resolution 24-inch screen. The LCD panel itself uses IPS technology, which offers much improved viewing angles and color depth compared to less expensive versions; there’s a reason Apple uses the same technology heavily.But the U2410 doesn’t just stop at an IPS screen; with support for 1.07 billion colors and extra-wide color gamuts, it is suitable for graphic designers and anyone who needs accurate color representation. The extra color support is a especially rare at this price point, giving you a professional grade display at a bargain price.The rest of the U2410 matches up to the top notch screen. Both a USB hub and media card reader are built-in, with the full grouping of HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA, and DVI video inputs to boot. Even the stand is fully adjustable for tilt, swivel, height, and pivot, something typically overlooked on budget models.Keeping your peace of mind intact on this smoking hot deal is a 3 year advance exchange warranty, which ensures you get a replacement monitor in-hand without having to wait for anything else. The U2410 also has Dell’s Premium Panel guarantee, which provides for panel replacement should you ever develop a bright pixel.While competitive at its $549 MSRP, this very rare sale price of just $374.99 with free shipping is an outright steal. You’ll have to hurry though; the last time we saw a sale like this, it sold out in just a couple days.Dell UltraSharp U2410 24-inch IPS-panel LCD Monitor with HDMI & DisplayPort for $379.99 + free shipping (reg. $549) Our other top deals:Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 8GB Tablet (Refurbished) for $159.99 (reg. $199.99)Adobe Photoshop CS6 Full Version (PC/Mac) [download] for $426.55 (reg. $699 | use coupon SAVE5%)Toshiba Satellite C850-ST3NX3 15.6″ Core i3 Laptop w/Win 8, 4GB RAM, 640GB HDD for $399.99 + shipping (reg. $549.99 | use coupon WINC850S | ends soon)last_img read more

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The wog boy goes island hopping

first_imgWog Boy 2: Kings of Mykonos, is the title of Nick Gianopoulos’ sequel to the original Wog Boy a film that grossed $13.4 million box office. Wog Boy 2: Kings of Mykonos, reunites Giannopoulos with Vince Colosimo as mates Steve and Frank, who travel to Mykonos to reclaim a family inheritance. The script is by Chris Anastassiades andthe movie will be directed by Peter Andrikidis known for his gritty television Underbelly, and 101 East West, among many others.Described as Mamma Mia meets Zorba the Greek, Wog Boy 2 will begin filming in Melbourne and in Greece in September for release next year.Screen Australia, the Federal Government’s film funding body will help fund Wog Boy 2: Kings of Mykonos. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Egypt street battles leave at least 64 dead

first_imgCAIRO — Heavy gunfire rang out Friday throughout Cairo as tens of thousands of supporters of Egypt’s ousted president clashed with armed vigilantes in the fiercest street battles to engulf the capital since the country’s Arab Spring uprising. At least 64 people were killed in the fighting nationwide, including police officers.Carrying pistols and assault rifles, residents battled with protesters taking part in what the Muslim Brotherhood called a “Day of Rage,” ignited by anger at security forces for clearing two sit-in demonstrations Wednesday in clashes that killed more than 600 people.Military helicopters circled overhead as residents furious with the Brotherhood protests pelted them with rocks and glass bottles. The two sides also fired on one another, sparking running street battles throughout the capital’s residential neighborhoods.There was little hope that an evening curfew would curb the violence as the Muslim Brotherhood called on supporters of the country’s ousted Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi, to stage daily protests.Unlike in past clashes between protesters and police, Friday’s violence took an even darker turn with residents and possibly police in civilian clothing battling those participating in the Brotherhood-led marches. There were few police in uniform to be seen as neighborhood watchdogs and pro-Morsi protesters fired at one another for hours on a bridge that crosses over Cairo’s Zamalek district, an upscale island neighborhood where many foreigners and ambassadors reside.last_img read more

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Time Incs Squires to Lead New Group on Digital Publishing Technologies

first_imgZinio sees the developments as a boon for the platform in general. “We are excited to see the American magazine industry focusing on creating a forum for dynamic designs, optimized for the medium, and supporting the growth of digital magazine consumer adoption,” the company’s president and CEO Rich Maggiotto wrote in an email to FOLIO:. “This will further enable our efforts with Zinio’s 350 global publishers producing over 1,700 consumer titles, which include publications from the international divisions of Time Inc. (IPC) and Conde Nast, as well as Hearst worldwide.” News about the widely speculated supergroup spinoff said to be in the works between magazine publishing giants Time Inc., Hearst and Conde Nast has taken another step forward. The New York Observer reported that John Squires will effectively leave Time Inc. as executive vice president to head up the new entity for a six-month interim period.    Squires [pictured] appears to have been the point person on the initiative, which was formed early this year to create a common platform and format for digital magazine products. A source told the Observer that “this was his deal from the get-go.”  It is not apparent when the new company will debut, or when Squires will step into his new role there—though the Observer reports that an announcement will come before year’s end. A Time Inc. spokesperson told FOLIO: they weren’t commenting on “any aspect” of it. Meredith, which has generally been left out of the speculation, is definitely part of the team, a source familiar with the initiative told FOLIO:. The publisher has been involved since the early stages, they said.  Conde’s Digital PushConde Nast has been busy lately with digital product launches that appear to be harbingers of the type of formats the consortium might produce. The company has already debuted a full issue of GQ for the iPhone and has prepped Wired magazine for Apple’s yet-to-launch tablet, announcing that it partnered with Adobe to utilize its AIR platform to build the digital products.  Key to the success of all this is producing a digital product that plays nicely with any platform or device, and Adobe’s AIR will enable that potential. The Adobe partnership is “the next piece of the puzzle for developing our unique magazine content in a digitized format that will drive the new devices that will hit the market in 2010,” said Conde Nast president and CEO Charles Townsend. When contacted, a Conde Nast spokeswoman declined to comment further on the consortium. Hearst also declined comment. Meanwhile, aside from creating the digital formats the magazines will take, the consortium also is said to be building an iTunes-like storefront to sell the products. This, goes the speculation, is a bid to control the distribution, pricing and, ultimately, profits of the digital products sold.  What About Digital Publishing Vendors?All of this, however, begs the question of what role, if any, existing digital magazine formats will play in this multi-publisher partnership.  Digital magazines produced by such companies as Nxtbook Media have already been available for smartphones for some time. “On one hand, this is good news for Nxtbook Media, as it validates the multi-format delivery we’ve been advocating for the past few years,” Marcus Grimm, Nxtbook Media‘s marketing director, told FOLIO:. “On the other hand, we certainly wonder why publishers are intent on reinventing a wheel that’s already on the market. We’ve already released new formats for Blackberry and the iPhone that work for readers and advertisers, and are quickly developing solutions for the rising tide of devices.”last_img read more

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OBITUARY Kevin P Valente 29

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Kevin P. Valente, age 29, of North Reading, passed away unexpectedly on July 14, 2018.Kevin arrived in the world on July 6, 1989, in Boston, MA, just one minute behind his twin sister Kimberly. He was the cherished son of Alexander and Gemma Valente and part of a large and loving family. Kevin was raised in North Reading; he attended Our Lady of Assumption Grade School in Lynnfield and was a graduate of St. John’s Prep. High School with the Class of 2008.Kevin who loved nature always looked forward to his many outdoor activities. He enjoyed snowboarding, riding his snowmobile, swimming, cruising in his jeep with the roof and doors off, and living life to the absolute fullest.Kevin was a “people person” who could have a conversation with anyone; young or old he could relate to everyone and their needs. Kevin had a wonderful personality, a great sense of humor and the ability to be the “life of the party” wherever he went. He was fun loving and enjoyed making people laugh especially at the most inopportune times.Kevin will be fondly remembered for his kind heart, his ability to make everyone feel welcomed and for his unwavering love and devotion to his family and friends.Kevin’s passing was sudden and shocking but his spirit will forever live on in the lives he touched. Kevin was truly loved and will forever be missed.Kevin was the cherished son of Alexander and Gemma (Petrucci) Valente of North Reading, beloved brother of Alexander Valente, Jr. and his wife Anita Kwong of Stoneham, Russell Valente and his girlfriend Lindsey Roseman of Boston and his twin sister Kimberly Valente of North Reading. Dear Grandson of Jeannette and the late Francesco “Frank” Valente of Wilmington and the late Philomena and Nicholas Petrucci. Kevin is further survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.Family and friends gathered on Friday, July 20th, at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 11:00 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 12:00 noon at the church. Visiting Hours were held at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Thursday, July 19th from 3:00-8:00 p.m.In lieu of flowers donations in Kevin’s memory may be made to the Buddy Dog Humane Society, 151 Boston Post Road (Rte. 20), Sudbury, MA 01776 or to an Animal Rescue of your choice.Kevin P. Valente(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: James Thayer Hastings, 84In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Elizabeth J. “Betty” (Kilpatrick) Valente, 75In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: John “Kevin” Murphy, 77In “Obituaries”last_img read more

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BNP vandalise Bangladesh High Commission office in London

first_imgUK BNP demonstrating before the Bangladesh High Commission in London on Wednesday. Photo: CollectedA group of Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s (BNP) UK wing activists staged demonstrations and vandalised the office of Bangladesh High Commission in London on Wednesday, a day before a Dhaka court is to deliver judgement in a graft case against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.They damaged the portrait of Bangladesh’s founding father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and broke a chair.Before the police rushed to the scene and took control of the situation, the BNP agitators created chaos at the high commission reception and called the high commission officials names, according to the officials.Earlier in the afternoon, the BNP activists called for a demonstration before the high commission office condemning the pending Zia Orphanage Trust graft case verdict in Bangladesh. Around two hundred demonstrators took part in a two-hour agitation.London city BNP executive member Delwar Hossain said, ”The government wants to imprison our leader Khaleda Zia by force and we have gathered to give them a warning.”A high commission official sought anonymity to share that the BNP agitators had assaulted high commission officer Shamim Reza when he tried to appease them and added that, one of the BNP activists was allowed to enter the office with their memorandum, but more than 15 of them entered ignoring the police there.The official also said, though the diplomatic police were informed, security was inadequate. The local metropolitan police commander also apologised, assuring that proper steps would be taken.The UK BNP chief M AMalek claimed, ”We were demonstrating peacefully, but the high commission officials tried to take pictures of us and threatened us. They didn’t allow us to submit the memorandum either.”  He said the BNP men would continue with their agitation till Khaleda Zia’s verdict been carried out on Thursday.The London metropolitan police public relations section said, they arrested UK Sechchasebok League chief Nasir Ahmed in connection with the incident and investigations were being carried out.last_img read more

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How mindfulness meditation improves health

first_imgMuch of the health benefits associated with mindfulnes meditation training is due to the changes that this form of meditation causes in the brain, suggests new research.In mindfullnes meditation people make a conscious, focused practice of attending to their current state and sensations.“We have now seen that mindfulness meditation training can reduce inflammatory biomarkers in several initial studies, and this new work sheds light into what mindfulness training is doing to the brain to produce these inflammatory health benefits,” said lead author David Creswell, associate professor of psychology at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, US. Published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, the new study showed that mindfulness meditation training, compared to relaxation training, reduces Interleukin-6, an inflammatory health biomarker, in high-stress, unemployed community adults.For the randomised controlled trial, 35 job-seeking, stressed adults were exposed to either an intensive three-day mindfulness meditation retreat programme or a well-matched relaxation retreat programme that did not have a mindfulness component. All participants completed a five-minute resting state brain scan before and after the three-day programme. They also provided blood samples right before the intervention began and at a four-month follow-up. The brain scans showed that mindfulness meditation training increased the functional connectivity of the participants’ resting default mode network in areas important to attention and executive control. Participants who received the relaxation training did not show these brain changes. The participants who completed the mindfulness meditation programme also had reduced IL-6 levels, and the changes in brain functional connectivity coupling accounted for the lower inflammation levels.“We think that these brain changes provide a neurobiological marker for improved executive control and stress resilience, such that mindfulness meditation training improves your brain’s ability to help you manage stress, and these changes improve a broad range of stress-related health outcomes, such as your inflammatory health,” Creswell said.last_img read more

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