The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Kyrgyz authorities have launched an initiative to ensure safe access to education at the start of the new school year in September for thousands of youngsters affected by the recent violence in the southern city of Osh. The ethnic clashes that erupted in southern Kyrgyzstan in June led to widespread displacement and seriously impacted the lives of children and teachers, many of whom have lost their homes or had to move. UNICEF estimates that a quarter of the nearly 400,000 people uprooted by the fighting in the cities of Osh and Jalalabad between Kyrgyz and ethnic Uzbeks are children. According to UN agencies, many families have returned to their places of origin with some sheltering in camps or staying with host families since their homes have been destroyed. At the same time, there are 400,000 children who need to start school in September and yet find their schools damaged or destroyed. The nationwide “Welcome to School” initiative, which was launched in the capital, Bishkek, on Monday and in Osh on Friday, is just one of several programmes UNICEF is carrying out to help children recover a sense of normalcy following recent events. Jonathan Veitch, UNICEF Representative in Kyrgyzstan, stressed that getting children back to school as quickly as possible is one of the most important emergency interventions than can take place.“Education is essential for developing children’s long-term opportunities and must not be interrupted,” he stated. “In addition, schools provide children with a sense of normalcy, which is crucial to their psychological well-being.”Under the initiative, UNICEF is creating temporary learning spaces and providing them with everything necessary for the learning process – tents, furniture, study aids for pupils and teachers, sports equipment, and activities for preschool children.Over 1,000 schools in Osh and Jalalabad will receive UNICEF’s “School-in-box” kits, and every primary school in Kyrgyzstan – some 2,015 – will receive recreation kits. Teaching materials on peace education have been secured for 72,000 teachers across the country, and local communities will be mobilized to ensure that children are safe both travelling to and from school and in the classrooms. 14 August 2010The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Kyrgyz authorities have launched an initiative to ensure safe access to education at the start of the new school year in September for thousands of youngsters affected by the recent violence in the southern city of Osh. read more

Toronto home sales tank 40 per cent, prices down nearly $175,000 since April by Salmaan Farooqui, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 3, 2017 5:10 am MDT Last Updated Aug 3, 2017 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A sold sign is shown in front of west-end Toronto homes Sunday, April 9, 2017. Toronto home sales have tanked 40 per cent and prices are down nearly $175,000 since April. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy TORONTO – After 16 years, Dina Alker is going to put her house in Toronto up for sale Monday, joining the throngs of others in the city who have decided to downsize as a chill gripping what was once one of the hottest real estate markets in North America takes hold.“I’m at a turning point in my life,” said Alker, 58, who plans to buy a condo.“It’s a big responsibility in a house. You’re never really worry-free.”Alker is unfazed by data released Thursday showing that sales in the Greater Toronto Area tanked last month by 40.4 per cent compared to July 2016 after a bout of frantic buying at the start of the year. Instead, she sees a silver lining — prices dipped for the third consecutive month.“It may be not as favourable (to sell), but when I go to buy, there’s an advantage there.”The decline in property transactions was driven by fewer sales of detached homes in Toronto and its surrounding areas, the Toronto Real Estate Board said.The average selling price of all properties in July was $746,218, roughly triple what it was when Alker bought her home and up five per cent from the same month last year.But that’s down nearly $175,000 since April, when the Ontario government introduced more than a dozen measures — including a 15 per cent tax on foreign buyers — aimed at improving home affordability.Tim Syrianos, president of the Toronto Real Estate Board, said the decline in activity has less to do with foreign buyers and more to do with potential homebuyers waiting to see how the market plays out.“Clearly, the year-over-year decline we experienced in July had more to do with psychology, with would-be home buyers on the sidelines waiting to see how market conditions evolve,” Syrianos said in a statement.Sal Guatieri, a senior economist with BMO Capital Markets, said Toronto’s housing market is starting to come back to normal levels after going through a “frenzy” early this year.“Buyers are stepping back, there’s more sellers, and that just seems to be contributing to greater downward pressure on detached home prices in the Toronto region,” said Guatieri.“That was just not sustainable and certainly not healthy, and greatly increased the risk of a severe correction if economic circumstances changed.”A year ago, foreign buyers in Vancouver also had to pay a 15 per cent tax. The effect was immediate: the number of transactions tumbled in the ensuing months. However, Vancouver did not see the plunge in prices Toronto is now experiencing.Tom Storey, a sales representative with Royal LePage, said he believes Toronto’s market will rebound much like Vancouver’s did.“If you cross-reference what happened in Vancouver after the (foreign buyers’ tax ) announcement, they went through four-to-six months of people cooling down,” said Storey. “Then it ramped up again.”Guatieri said it’s worth noting that while detached housing was what drove the drop in sales, condo sales have remained strong, helped in part by their relative affordability.“But I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a little bit of cooling in that department in the next few months,” he said.The average price of condos throughout the GTA in July was $501,750, an increase of 23.2 per cent from a year ago. Detached homes on average sold for $1 million, up 4.9 per cent. read more

Shelby Lum / Photo editorJunior midfielder Yianni Sarris looks for an open teammate during a match against IPFW on Aug. 20, at Jesse Owen’s Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 2-0.No. 7 Notre Dame defeated unranked Ohio State, 1-0 Monday in South Bend, Ind. night to finish off exhibition play.Notre Dame was able to set the tempo for a scoreless first half by controlling possession as a young Buckeye team struggled to put together any attack. The Fighting Irish outshot the Buckeyes 13-1 in the first half, but OSU junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov kept the team alive by gathering a total of 7 saves, stopping everything that came his way.To begin the second half, OSU coach John Bluem opted to replaceIvanov with junior goalkeeper Andrian McAdams, who helped record a win last week against Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne. Notre Dame came out with the same game plan as the first half, using aggressive offensive play.The Irish were able to capitalize against McAdams in the 66th minute when senior forward Leon Brown trapped the ball after it bounced off the crossbar from a shot and sent it across the box where fellow senior forward Alex Priede was waiting to tap it in for a goal. The match ended with Notre Dame holding a 25-6 advantage in shots on goal.OSU’s best chance to score came late in the match when junior midfielder Alec Lowell took a free kick from just outside the top of the box and blasted it over the goal. Lowell came into the match with 28 minutes left and tallied two shots, including one of the team’s two shots on target.Bluem said he was pleased with the team’s effort Monday and hopes to have a starting roster in place after a couple of days of watching film.“I’m happy with the effort from our guys tonight and we learned a lot about our players,” Bluem said. “We started four freshmen tonight and this is a highly ranked team and one of the toughest we will play this year. They outplayed us for most of the game but we didn’t yield and kept fighting.”Since the Buckeyes only return four starters from last year, coaches used exhibition to learn about the young players and see who should earn a spot on the regular season starting roster. OSU brought in a total of nine freshmen as part of a top-30 recruiting class.OSU ends exhibition play with a record of 1-2 after losing 1-0 to both West Virginia and Notre Dame. The team’s lone exhibition win came last week defeating IPFW 2-0.The Buckeyes are scheduled to begin regular season play this weekend in the Wolstein Classic when they take on UNC-Wilmington Aug. 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Northern Illinois Sept. 1 at 2:30 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

The plane at the bottom of the figure is the plane that rises from the front of home plate — the same one on which the official strike zone is occasionally rendered in television replays. The thick red lines on the axes denote the strike zone. The red on the horizontal axis is the width of home plate; the red on the vertical axis is the normalized distance between the batter’s chest and the bottom of his knees.3MLB’s Pitch f/x system provides measurements of the top and bottom of each batter’s strike zone, which we used to normalize the height of the strike zone for each batter. If you were a home-plate umpire, you’d be looking down through the plane, over the catcher’s head and towards the pitcher.The 3D heat map rising from the plane measures the probability of a called strike at each location on the plane. Home-plate umpires are good at calling the obvious. Pitches that travel right down the center of the official strike zone — through the red at the top of the heat map — are called strikes more than 99 percent of the time. Pitches that cross the plane well outside the official strike zone — where the heat map is its deepest blue — are called strikes less than 1 percent of the time.Umpires are inconsistent at the edges of the official strike zone, where the heat map turns green. Here, pitches that cross the plane in the same location are sometimes called strikes and sometimes called balls. This band of uncertainty is wide: about six to eight inches separate pitches that are called strikes 90 percent of the time and pitches that are called balls 90 percent of the time.There’s a difference between an umpire being inconsistent and an umpire being biased. Inconsistency usually takes place within that band of uncertainty, when the umpire makes different calls on pitches at the same location. But he is biased when those differences correlate with factors other than pitch location, like the count. Where umpires are inconsistent, they also happen to be biased. To see this, consider two versions of the figure above: one for when the count has three balls, and one for when the count has fewer than three balls. These heat maps should be the same. Whether there are three balls in the count shouldn’t matter. All that should matter is the location of the pitch.When we look at the difference between these two heat maps, we should see no difference — a flat plane. But we don’t. We see an expansion of the strike zone in three-ball counts.Change in the Probability of a Called Strike With Three Balls The official strike zone is the red rectangle beneath the heat map. The color and height of the heat map measure the change in the probability of a called strike when the count has three balls versus when there are two or fewer balls. The deep blue signifies no change — these are the pitches that are so obviously a ball or strike that not even a three-ball count changes them. In the center of the official strike zone, obvious strikes are still strikes; on the periphery, obvious balls are still balls. But on the edge of the official strike zone — in the band of uncertainty — a ring of mountains rises from the plane. The strike zone expands in three-ball counts, particularly at the top and bottom of the zone’s vertical axis. Borderline pitches, which are normally called strikes 50 percent of the time, are called strikes about 60 percent of the time with three balls in the count. Umpires act as if they would rather keep an at-bat going on a borderline pitch than issue a walk.In two-strike counts, we see the inverse effect. For close pitches, a strike is now less likely to be called, which makes our heat map look like a moat.Change in the Probability of a Called Strike With Two Strikes Consider a forgotten game in April 2010 between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox were up a run with two outs in the eighth. Their set-up man, Matt Thornton, was on the mound, protecting a lead with a runner on first and the right-handed Jhonny Peralta at bat. Ahead in the count with one ball and two strikes, Thornton froze Peralta with a slider on the outside half of the plate, a couple inches below the belt. For a pitch like that, the umpire, Bruce Dreckman, would normally call a strike — 80 percent of the time, the data shows. But in two-strike counts like Peralta’s, he calls a strike less than half the time.Sure enough, that night Dreckman called a ball. Two pitches later, Peralta lashed a double to right, scoring the runner and tying the game. Neither team scored again until the 11th, when Cleveland scored twice to win the game. Had Peralta struck out to end the top of the eighth, Chicago almost certainly would have won.1When the home team carries a one-run lead into the bottom of the eighth, it wins 89 percent of the time.This one call illustrates a statistical regularity: Umpires are biased. About once a game, an at-bat ends in something other than a strikeout even when a third strike should have been called. Umpires want to make the right call, but they also don’t want to make the wrong call at the wrong time. Ironically, this prompts them to make bad calls more often.That’s according to research I did with David P. Daniels showing that the strike zone changes when the stakes are highest. We looked at more than 1 million pitches, almost all ball and strike calls from the 2009, 2010 and 2011 regular seasons, and found that the strike zone expands in three-ball counts and shrinks in two-strike counts.2Baseball observers have previously documented how the strike zone changes with the count. Other researchers have shown that the count changes how likely umpires are to call a strike outside of the official strike zone or a ball within it. It also shrinks again when the preceding pitch in the at-bat was a called strike. To put it another way, on close calls, umpires are unlikely to call a fourth ball, a third strike, or a second strike in a row. Umpires call balls and strikes as if they don’t want to be noticed.The umpire’s job is simple: Call a strike when the pitch crosses the official strike zone; call a ball when it doesn’t. When the right call is obvious, umpires make it almost every time. One way to see this is to look at the probability of a called strike by pitch location.Probability of a Called Strike The strike zone shrinks by as much as 20 percentage points in the top and bottom. With two strikes, borderline pitches — those that are ordinarily 50/50 calls — become 30/70 calls (30 percent strikes, 70 percent balls) for the average umpire. And with two strikes, the most biased umpire calls balls on borderline pitches almost every time. On close calls, umpires act as if they would rather give the batter another chance than call a third strike.In both maps, the biases are greatest where the boundaries of the official strike zone are least apparent. What matters most is the vertical location of the pitch. Standing behind the plate, the umpire can easily tell whether a pitch is too far inside or outside. But it’s harder to know where the pitch is relative to the batter’s knees and chest. We would expect this uncertainty to breed inconsistency. But it also seems to induce the greatest bias. The highest peaks and the deepest parts of the moat are at the top and bottom of the strike zone.Finally, we see that the strike zone shrinks again when the previous pitch in the at-bat was a called strike.Change in the Probability of a Called Strike When the Previous Pitch Was a Called Strike Here, the shrinkage is more uniform — about the same on the sides as on the top and bottom. The blue tips of the moat are about 15 percentage points deep: 50/50 calls become 35/65 calls when the last pitch in the at-bat was a called strike. Umpires appear reluctant not only to end the at-bat but also to call two strikes in a row. (Interestingly, there is no change in the probability of a called strike when the last pitch was called a ball.)These mistakes are frequent — pitchers tend to pitch to the borders of the official strike zone. And they are consequential — they happen in the most pivotal calls. When a 50/50 call becomes a 60/40 call, as it does with three balls, umpires are mistakenly calling strikes on 10 percent of borderline pitches. When a 50/50 call becomes a 30/70 call, as it does with two strikes, umpires are mistakenly calling balls on 20 percent of borderline pitches.Major League Baseball has embraced technologies that are meant to make calls on the field more consistent. The league has long used pitch-tracking technology to encourage home-plate umpires to behave more like machines, evidently without complete success. This past offseason, the MLB extended replay review to cover essentially all umpire decisions — except ball and strike calls. Now as before, no justice will be served when a pitcher throws a strike and the umpire drops the ball.This article is adapted from “What Does it Take to Call a Strike? Three Biases in Umpire Decision Making,” which the author wrote with David P. Daniels. read more

first_imgA leaked photo appears to confirm that Windows 8.1 will reach the RTM milestone this August before hitting retail shelves in October. Yes, it’s just two more months until you can have your beloved Start Button back.That’s assuming the leaked image is accurate. The August RTM nearly lines up with what the well-connected Paul Thurrott revealed on Twitter. An October retail launch makes sense, since it would give Microsoft’s manufacturing and retail partners plenty of time to get their ducks in a row  before the 2013 shopping rush kicks into high gear.There are, however, a couple problems with the image.While the August RTM confirms previously leaked info, the actual date appears to be way off. Thurrott’s inside sources had pegged the Windows 8.1 RTM for — what else — 8/1.Then there’s the DP block sitting in the May column. That would no doubt indicate a Windows 8.1 Developer Preview, which never actually happened. Microsoft’s first official Windows 8.1 release isn’t happening until the Build Conference is under way on June 26.And what about the “feedback close” that appears way back in January. It seems unlikely that Microsoft stopped taking suggestions that far back.Microsoft is clearly not the same stodgy, unyielding company that it has been in the past — just look at the recent about-face on Xbox One policies. With analysts and critics blasting Windows 8 for failing to single-handedly stop the PC sales decline, you can bet Microsoft is willing to listen to feedback right up until Ballmer signs the gold disc. That’s what the shift to Blue is all about, after all: products and services that improve continuously, not just on an antiquated release schedule.Even if this image turns out to be a fake, very little changes: Windows 8.1 is coming soon, it’s going to be a free upgrade for Windows 8 users, and it’s going to fix a lot of annoyances.last_img read more

first_img If you’re a child of the 80’s then you no doubt remember He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. Mattel released the popular action figures back in the day but has since licensed the toy line to Super7. The company will soon be releasing a new line of classic He-Man toys that are a nice homage to the action figures of old.These figures aren’t actually technically “new.” With the exception of Ram Man who is just colored differently, these are based on the Masters of the Universe “classic” line that was released in 2008 by MattyCollector (who Mattel licensed to make MotU toys before hiring Super7). This “Ultimate” line of toys are essentially compilations of figures that have been released since 2008. The line includes He-Man, Skeletor, Teela, Faker, and Ram Man. This is just for starters so it’s reasonable to assume that Super7 will release more He-Man figures in the future.These figures are a great starting point for new collectors and for those who missed them when they were originally released. As you can imagine, the original toys from the 80’s are sold for high prices through the secondary market so these figures ensure that folks who want to own MotU figures won’t have to pay an arm and a leg for them. The molds aren’t exactly up to modern standards but this shouldn’t be an issue for collectors.As of now there is no pricing for these He-Man and the Masters of the Universe action-figures. We should find out on November 16 when the figures are available to pre-order on Super7’s website. Orders are expected to begin shipping in the first quarter of 2017. Toy Tuesday: The Most Powerful ‘He-Man’ ToysThe raddest swords to ever have their thirst quenched by a rival’s… Stay on targetlast_img read more

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 25, 2017 – Nassau – RBC’s “New business model” is being attributed to the closure of more banks in the Bahamas, which has led to forced lay-offs. So far five persons were sent home from the Carmichael branch, while three persons were dismissed from the Old Fort Bay branch. The bank says some of the persons laid off were said to be employed in middle management positions. It adds that the new business model aims at pushing it customers toward “electronic banking systems”, such as online banking.Bahamas is not the only Caribbean nation to face layoffs by the bank, as in recent months, RBC has announced downsizing in several of its operations in Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica. Over 20 of its Trinidad and Tobago employees were placed on the breadline in March, with the closure of three of its branches.Here in the Bahamas, the bank commenced closure of its Bimini and Spanish Wells branch starting with the Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau and Treasure Cay. The announcement is said to have caused uproar in the Bimini and Spanish Wells areas as it leaves the islands without a physical bank to conduct business.The lay- offs come following statements issued in February by the banks’ Chief Regional Economist, Marla Dukharan, where she chastised the Bahamas’ government for its “failure to act in fiscally prudent” , “squandering the Caribbean’s ‘most successful Value-Added Tax’ and failing to reduce its national fiscal debt”. Her statements were based on the release of the Government’s fiscal deficit for the first four months of 2016-2017 which noted an increase of  75.3 per cent to $157.5 million.RBC has been the main bank used for Bahamas government transactions.Story by: Kimberly Ramkhalawan#MagneticMediaNews#RBClayoffscontinue#morelayoffsinBahamasbyRBC Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #morelayoffsinBahamasbyRBC, #RBClayoffscontinuelast_img read more

first_imgRetail organisation Asda has offered 135,000 UK-based store employees a pay increase as part of a new contract.The Your Choice contract, which is voluntary, will enable staff to earn a minimum of £8.50 an hour from October 2017.Current staff can decide whether or not to move to the new contract, which involves an agreement to flexible working. This will include asking employees to work different hours, days or in different departments, depending on customer demand.The contract also includes an agreement to work bank holidays where required, or to take these days as annual leave.Under the new contract, all breaks will be unpaid. The night shift window will also be re-defined as 12am to 5am, rather than 10pm to 6am. The night shift premium will increase from £2.04 to £2.54.The new contract entitles staff to 28 days of annual leave including bank holidays. Non-pay benefits, such as the employee discount, pension, share save scheme, and bonus, will not be affected by the contract offer.Geographic and role premiums will remain in place.Asda estimates that 95% of its workforce would be financially better off by accepting the new contract, and that some staff would be able to earn an additional £1,000 a year.Asda has guaranteed minimum hours for its staff and that fair and reasonable notice will be provided for any rota changes, with consideration given to those who have care requirements outside of work. The organisation has also reconfirmed its commitment not to use zero-hour contracts.All new colleagues will be automatically offered the new contract, however staff who do not wish to move to the ‘Your Choice’ contract will be able to remain on their current terms and conditions.All employees will move to the increased national living wage rate of £7.50 from April 2017, regardless of their contract decision.The national living wage, which is the statutory rate for employees aged 25 and over, will increase from £7.20 an hour to £7.50 an hour from April 2017.Hayley Tatum, senior vice president of people, said: “Our [employees] have always made Asda special. We want to be the best we can for our customers, which means not only investing in our products and prices but critically, we also need to invest in our people.“Our [employees] help our customers every day and we want to offer them a rate of pay that recognises the amazing job they do. This new contract will mean that [employees] can gain a broader level of experience across their store, which will in turn give them better opportunities to progress and develop their career in retail.“This new contract offer is the right thing for us to do for customers and our [employees] and we hope that as many [employees] as possible choose to accept it.”Tim Roache, general secretary at trade union GMB, added: “These new flexible contracts will help to ensure job security, ensure those accepting them are on the same terms and, best of all, ensure that people will earn more money as a result. The new contract offer involves quite a few changes, but as it’s voluntary, this allows [employees] to choose whatever suits their circumstances best.”last_img read more

first_img Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Tags Video Games Originally published Feb. 14.Update, Feb. 28: Added Season 8 details. Comments 2:42 Epic Games There is only a short time left to catch up on season 7 challenges (read our guide) in Fortnite: Battle Royale. Season 8 starts Feb. 28 at 1 a.m. PT (4 a.m. ET), but you still have time to complete Overtime challenges to get your free Battle Pass.There are 16 Overtime challenges and you need to complete 13 to get the free Battle Pass. Since the season 8 Battle Pass would cost you roughly $10, that’s like getting free money just for playing Fortnite — not a bad deal if you ask me. But you only have a short time left.Find the final four challenges at the bottom of this post.overtimechallenges Jason Parker/CNET Collect coins in featured creative islandsFor this one you’ll have to enter Creative Mode and simply launch any of the featured islands from the Creative Hub, then search for coins. Deal damage to opponents with assault rifles or pistolsThis is about as standard as it gets for challenges. Note that you have to get 500 damage though, so it may take a few games to complete.Search chests or ammo boxes at a motel or RV parkI made a map for where these two locations are so you can get to them quickly, but I have this weird feeling. I could be wrong (probably am), but I’m thinking Epic Games is sending us to these locations because they might be going away in season 8. The RV park has been around since the beginning so I could see the company deciding to add something new and different. The Motel is a little newer, but you have to admit it’s not a very exciting place to drop. We’ll find out if I’m right in a couple weeks, but here’s where they’re located:motelrvparkIs Epic just sending us to say goodbye? Jason Parker/CNET Place top 15 in duos with a friendHas there been a team-based challenge before that wasn’t a generic daily challenge? I can’t remember. This should be pretty easy provided you make an effort with a friend (and maybe don’t drop into Tilted Towers this time). Even if you autofill to get your partner, if you play it a little safe, you should get top 15 without much trouble.Regain health from a campfire in different matchesThis challenge will obviously rely on whether you can find a campfire in the first place. It’s also important to note that it’s not enough to just place the campfire; it actually has to heal you (so you can’t just do this at full health). I would suggest getting into a large team match for this one because it looks like you’ll get credit regardless of who places the campfire. Don’t forget that only one per match will count toward the challenge, but you’ll need three total to complete it.fortniteovertimesaturdayHere are the three challenges added on Saturday. Jason Parker/CNET Visit different named locationsHere’s a challenge we’ve seen many times before, but note that you have to visit 10 different locations. You can get more than one per match and if you plan it well by landing in a coastal location, you can work your way inwards to pass through several as the storm closes in. The next game, just land in a different coastal area and do the same thing. Search a supply drop in different matchesThough supply drops can be dangerous, note that you only have to get two of them in different matches to complete the challenge. Just be aware that a lot of people will be doing the same thing, so you might wait a couple days to make it a little more safe.Revive a player in different matchesYour best bet here is to play any large team mode because you’ll inevitably have tons of chances to revive people. It shouldn’t be too hard to get the required three revives, but just remember that only the first one counts per match.overtimetuesdayHere are the challenges that went live on Tuesday, Feb. 19. Jason Parker/CNET Visit different waterfallsThis is a fun quest we haven’t seen before, but as long as you know where to go, it shouldn’t take too long. Here are all the waterfalls on the map:fortniteovertimewaterfalls Jason Parker/CNET Deal damage to opponents with shotguns or SMGsThis is another common challenge we’ve seen many times and I wouldn’t worry about it too much. Most people use either a shotgun or SMG whenever they get into a up close firefight. You’ll probably complete this one without trying, but note you have to get 500 damage to fulfill the requirement.Search chests or ammo boxes at The BlockThis one will be fun, but there are going to be a lot of people there starting on Tuesday. If you wait a couple days, you’ll probably have better luck, but it is pretty much going to be a free-for-all.Place top 10 in squads with a friendIt’s time to get the old team back together or take your chances with random squad-mates. Even if everyone doesn’t make it all the way, there’s no shame in hiding out to get into the top 10. Just be careful and it shouldn’t take too many tries to get this one done.overtimechallengeslast4Here are the last four challenges revealed on Friday, Feb 22. Jason Parker/CNET Play matches of Driftin’ with a friendThere’s not much to this one beyond playing the new limited time mode with a buddy. Just look for a red balloon supply drop, grab a board and go. You’ll need to complete three matches to get credit.Thank the bus driver in different matchesI think at this point, thanking the bus driver is second nature to most players, but you just hit down on the directional pad on consoles or touch the emote button in the upper right on mobile. You’ll get credit once you’ve done it seven times in different matches.Search chests or ammo boxes at a racetrack or a dance clubThis is a pretty standard quest that shouldn’t take you too long if you know where to go. The racetrack is in the northern part of the desert area and the dance club is in a large building northwest of Lucky Landing in the snowy area. Wherever you choose, you’ll need to gather seven chests or ammo boxes, so you could probably take it out in a couple of matches if you focus on it. Just be aware that a lot of other people will be doing the same thing. Here’s a map where the two locations are:fortnitemapracetrackdanceclub Jason Parker/CNET Outlast 75 opponents in a single matchThis last challenge should be pretty easy, provided you stay safe. I would advise against landing at Tilted Towers (like I always do) or Paradise Palms because so many people usually land there. Just find an out of the way spot, gear up and avoid battles for your best chance to stay alive as long as possible. Obviously, if you’re great at Fortnite, this challenge won’t be a problem at all, but this advice is for those who have trouble getting to the end game. If you watch your back, you should have no trouble getting in the top 25.  3 How is Apex Legends different from Fortnite and PUBG? Fortnitelast_img read more

first_imgAlaska State Troopers. Photo: Monica Gokey/ Alaska Public Media file photo.Following a grand jury indictment, authorities arrested a Kipnuk man on an outstanding warrant last Saturday.Ryan Samson, 33, is facing three felony charges, including first-degree murder and two counts of tampering with evidence.According to the online trooper dispatch, Samson tried to clean up the crime scene after committing a murder last October near Tununak.The man who died was 36-year-old Tununak resident Walter “Jason” Walter.Samson was arraigned at the Bethel courthouse Sunday morning. He is being held at the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center.last_img

first_imgUS-based online retailer Amazon recently invested Rs 1,980 crore in its Indian wing, the second such investment made by the company in less than two months. Amazon had invested capital worth Rs 1,696 crore in December 2015.The Jan. 28 investment in Amazon Seller Services is aimed at increasing activity in the competitive field of online retail industry.Since January 2015, the company has invested over Rs 6,700 crore in its Indian business, according to the company’s filings with the ministry of corporate affairs.”We are very pleased with the growth momentum we are witnessing in India,” The Economic Times quoted an Amazon India representative as saying. The company has used funds to boost merchants such as logistics, marketing and warehousing.”Investments are a sign of the importance of India in Amazon’s scheme of things. Having won America but lost China, Amazon does not want to lose India. Unlike its India rivals the US-based firm does not have to worry about valuation,” Harminder Sahni, founder of Wazir Advisors — a retail consulting firm, told the daily.Earlier, Goldman Sachs has estimated that the online retail industry in India may grow to $68.8 billion by FY20 from $23 billion in FY16.According to reports, global investor Alibaba bought stakes in online retailers like Snapdeal and Paytm to expand its presence in India. Amazon said it added over 55,000 products per day and grew its seller base by 250 percent in 2015.last_img read more

first_imgBNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia. Prothom Alo File PhotoVoicing deep concern over the deteriorating flood situation in the northern region, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Sunday urged her party leaders and activists to immediately stand by the victims with relief materials, reports UNB.In a statement, she said, “The country’s flood situation has taken a serious turn. People’s lives and livelihoods have got devastated as floodwater damaged homesteads, communication system and crops on vast areas on the banks of Teesta and some other rivers in the northern region. Flood-affected people have become hapless losing their house, crops and valuables.”“I call upon BNP leaders and activists at levels, and well-off people to stand beside the flood victims immediately,” Khaleda added.The BNP chief, now in London, alleged that the government has failed to take any effective step to tackle the flood situation. “There’s no visible emergency relief activity in the flood-hit areas. Any effective step is yet to be seen to shift the victims to higher and safer lands.”She alleged that though the government is only giving ‘lip services’, no genuine services and efforts from it are still visible to deal with the fatal flood.The BNP chairperson said the government is least bothered about public sufferings as it has been in power ignoring people.She alleged that the government did not give attention to providing the victims with food and shelter after the recent flood in haor areas and hillsides in different areas that took many lives.last_img read more

first_imgA police officer rests as he sits on a damaged wall following Cyclone Fani in Puri, in the eastern state of Odisha, India, 5 May, 2019. Photo: AFPHundreds of thousands of people were left homeless after a cyclone packing winds of about 200 km per hour slammed into eastern India, ripping out tin roofs and destroying power and telecom lines, officials said on Sunday.At least 33 people were killed after cyclone Fani struck the state of Odisha on Friday but a million people emerged unscathed after they moved into storm shelter ahead of landfall.The death toll could have been much greater if not for the massive evacuation in the days before the storm made landfall, officials said.The seaside temple town of Puri, which lay directly in the path of Fani, suffered extensive damage as winds gusting up to 200 kph (124 mph) tore off tin roofs, snapped power lines, and uprooted trees on Friday.”The cyclone has killed 21 people in Puri and about 300 people are injured,” Brajabandhu Dash, medical officer at Puri, told Reuters. Earlier, 12 deaths were reported from other parts of the state.The depression over the Western Meghalaya and adjoining Bangladesh has weakened, and will become insignificant in the next 24 hours, India’s met department said on Twitter early on Sunday.According to preliminary reports, Fani damaged power infrastructure worth more than 12 billion rupees ($173.7 million) and the authorities are trying to restore electricity supply for emergency services, another official said.More than 60,000 people including officials and volunteers were involved in relief operations, said special relief commissioner Bishnupada Sethi, who monitored the evacuation.The relief effort used sirens, loudspeakers and sent more than 20 million mobile messages to the targeted people, he said.The cyclone season in the Bay of Bengal can last from April to December, and storms can be deadly. In 1999, a super-cyclone battered the coast of Odisha for 30 hours, killing 10,000 people.Fani was the strongest summer cyclone in 43 years to hit Odisha, disrupting water supplies and transport links, the state’s chief minister Naveen Patnaik said in a statement.”We are in the process of restoring physical infrastructure,” he told reporters.RELIEF FOR VICTIMSRelief agencies were trying to provide food and medicine to victims in other parts of the state, while hundreds of thousands were still not accessible due to roadblocks and disruption in the communication network, officials said.The town of Puri was littered with tree branches, the debris of damaged houses and broken glass. Relief teams were trying to clear the roads.”There was no wind at night (before landfall). We thought nothing will happen,” P Chittmma, 45, told Reuters while laying on a bed at a government hospital, showing her fractured leg.last_img read more

first_img Atari was once the most dominant force in the gaming industry. Thanks to the video game crash of 1983, Atari was reduced to being a shell of its former self. Nearly 20 years after the release of the ill-fated Atari Jaguar, gaming’s first giant is poised for a comeback.Speaking with GamesBeat, Atari CEO Fred Chesnais said the company is planning on releasing a brand-new home console called the Atari Box. It appears that the decision to develop a new system was inspired by the recent success of Nintendo’s miniature NES retro console. Chesnais didn’t divulge many details about the Atari Box, but said it is based on PC technology. In the video below, you can see what the system might look like.Some have speculated that this new console could be a proper current-gen system. While the idea of Atari coming back into the console race is interesting, it’s not exactly realistic. After all, we currently have three very successful consoles with the PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. I personally don’t see room for a modern Atari system in the market. Then, of course, there is the fact that Atari has tried and failed to return to the console space before. Any hopes of this being a PS4/XB1/Switch competitor need to be squashed because that is unlikely to happen.We don’t have a specific time frame for when the Atari Box will be released. If it is a full-on retro system like the NES Mini, it should do relatively fine. Atari’s old games haven’t exactly aged well, but there are many gamers who are fond of the classic Atari 2600 who would no doubt buy this system in a heartbeat. Let’s just hope that, unlike Nintendo with the NES mini, Atari actually manufactures enough Atari Boxes for all who want one. Stay on target Micro Arcade Lets You Carry Frogger, Galaga, and Pac-Man in Your WalletAtari Explains What ‘RollerCoaster Tycoon’ On Blockchain Even Means last_img read more

first_imgLatest Windows Updates and Service Packs overview by Martin Brinkmann on January 16, 2017 in Windows – Last Update: June 19, 2019 – 7 commentsThis guide provides you with information on the latest Windows updates and Service Packs, including where to download them and how to install them.Microsoft released service packs traditionally for its operating systems, but switched to the new feature upgrade system with the release of Windows 8.Service Packs are only available for Windows 7 and earlier operating systems on the client side, while Feature upgrades for Windows 8 and newer versions of Windows including Windows 10.Windows SupportMicrosoft supports the following client operating systems currently:Operating systemLatest UpdateSupport PhaseEnd of SupportWindows XPService Pack 3endedendedWindows VistaService Pack 2endedendedWindows 7Service Pack 1extended supportJanuary 14, 2020Windows 8Windows 8.1extended supportJanuary 10, 2023Windows 10May 2019 Updatemainstream supportOctober 13, 2025Windows 10 support may be extended beyond the dates currently provided.Notes:Find Out Your Microsoft’s Product Support LifecycleWhat the end of Windows 7 Mainstream Support meansWindows Vista Mainstream Support Ends TodayWindows XP End-of-Support is not the End of the WorldMajor Windows UpdatesGenerally speaking, there won’t be any new major updates for any version of Windows but Windows 10. Microsoft won’t release Windows 8.2 for instance, and it won’t release Service Packs anymore either.The company plans to release two feature updates for Windows 10 per year.  Windows 10 versionNameRelease dateWindows 10 version 1507initial release29.07.2015Windows 10 version 1511November Update12.11.2016Windows 10 version 1607Anniversary Update2.08.2016Windows 10 version 1703Creators UpdateApril 2017Windows 10 version 1709Fall Creators UpdateOctober 2017Windows 10 version 1803April 2018 UpdateMarch 2018Windows 10 version 1809October 2018 UpdateOctober 2018Windows 10 version 1903May 2019 UpdateMay 21, 2019Windows 10 version 1909tbdtbdService Packs DownloadsThe following table lists Windows client and server operating systems, and the most recent Service Pack or Feature upgrades for each.Download links may point to the Microsoft Update Catalog for standalone downloads, to the Microsoft Download site, or tools that help you download these updates.Please note that you may use Windows Update as well to download the latest updates, service packs and feature upgrades for the version of Windows that is installed on the computer.Windows VersionArchitectureService PackSizeDownloadWindows XP32-bitService Pack 2266.0 MBSP2 32-bitWindows XP32-bitService Pack 3316.4 MBSP3 32-bitWindows XP Pro64-bitService Pack 2350.9 MBSP2 64-bitWindows Vista32-bitService Pack 1544.3 MBSP1 32-bitWindows Vista64-bitService Pack 1873.0 MBSP1 64-bitWindows Vista32-bitService Pack 2475.5 MBSP2 32-bitWindows Vista64-bitService Pack 2745.2 MBSP2 64-bitWindows 732-bitService Pack 1537.8 MBSP1 32-bitWindows 764-bitService Pack 1903.2 MBSP1 64-bitWindows 732-bit and 64-bit ISOService Pack 11.9 GBSP1 ISOWindows 732-bitConvenience Rollup316.0 MBCR 32-bitWindows 764-bitConvenience Rollup476.9 MBCR 64-bitWindows 832-bitWindows 8.1428.9 MBW8.1 32-bitWindows 864-bitWindows 8.1887.9 MBW8.1 64-bitWindows 1032-bit and 64-bitAnniversary UpdatedependsW10 1611Windows Server 200332-bitService Pack 2372.0 MBSP2 32-bitWindows Server 200364-bitService Pack 2350.9 MbSP2 64-bitWindows Server 200832-bitService Pack 2475.5 MBSP2 32-bitWindows Server 200864-bitService Pack 2745.2 MBSP2 64-bitWindows Server 2008 R264-bitService Pack 1912.4 MBSP1 64-bitWindows Server 2008 R264-bitConvenience Rollup476.9 MBCR 64-bitSome notes:Service Pack updates are cumulative usually. This means that you only need to install the latest available Service Pack and not previously released ones. Exception: Windows Vista requires SP1 before you can install SP2. Windows XP requires SP1a or SP2 before you can install SP3.There is no Windows XP Pro 64-bit Service Pack 3.There is no 32-bit version of Windows Server 2008 R2.The Convenience Rollup update for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 requires the April 2015 servicing stack update.Windows 10 feature upgrades are cumulative as well. You only need to install the latest to install all available feature upgrades.Check out our Windows Updates guide for additional information on updates for Windows.SummaryArticle NameLatest Windows Updates and Service Packs overviewDescriptionThis guide provides you with information on the latest Windows updates and Service Packs, including where to download them and how to install them.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The Celebrity Big Brother star told Gay Star News: ‘It was quite a misunderstanding that entire comment, actually.’Speaking in January 2017, Austin told The Sun: ‘I am just not that into it,’ adding ‘I am probably in all honesty the least sexual people you will ever meet. […] I am like a nun in bed.’‘I had all but dried up downstairs’Speaking yesterday, Austin told us: ‘When asked, I was referring to the sexual relationship between [ex-husband] Jake and I. Sex was limited with us and because we were monogamous. I had all but dried up downstairs.‘However, when I met Darren, he unleashed my inner sex beast!’ the spokesperson for Forza Supplements furthermore added. Austin Armacost with boyfriend Darren Banks | Photo: Studio shot courtesy of FORZA, plus Instagram/austinarmacost Austin Armacost has confirmed he is not technically asexual, after saying ‘I am very asexual person’ last year. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Austin and boyfriend Darren | Photo: Instagram/austinarmacost‘I find sex a wonderful and empowering activity. It is also a great way to burn calories.’In our interview running tomorrow, Austin also discusses his divorce from ex-husband Jake Lees, his recent body transformation and his love of nude Instagram shots‘I work very hard on making it big and round’He tells us: ‘I love posting pics of my ass. I work very hard on making it big and round and yes, I enjoy showing it off. I also like to shock people. And for some reason somebody posting a picture of their ass is shocking…’You do you, Austin! We’re not complaining!Austin Armacost: Why I’ve split from my husband Austin Armacost on finding love after divorce: ‘Our sex life is amazing’Austin Armacost is now the face of a gay sauna in LondonUnderwear brand recruits men of differing sizes for body positive campaignRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/austin-armacost-clarifies-asexuality-comments/last_img read more

first_img Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 treatments for adult scoliosis 4 must play golf courses in Arizona New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies U.S. intelligence officials say China, like the U.S., spies for national security advantage. Unlike the U.S., they say, China also engages in large-scale theft of corporate secrets for the benefit of state-sponsored enterprises that compete with Western companies. Nearly every major U.S. company has been hacked from China, they say.The Office of Personnel Management is also a repository for extremely sensitive information assembled through background investigations of employees and contractors who hold security clearances. OPM’s Schumach has said there is “no evidence” that information was taken. But there is growing skepticism among intelligence agency employees and contractors about that claim.In the Senate on Thursday, Democrats blocked a Republican effort to add a cybersecurity bill to a sweeping defense measure. The vote was 56-40, four votes short of the number necessary.Democrats had warned of the dangers of cyberspying after the theft of government personnel files, but Democrats voted against moving ahead on the legislation, frustrated with the GOP-led effort to tie the two bills together. President Barack Obama has threatened to veto the defense legislation over budget changes by the GOP. “The issue of cybersecurity is simply too important to be used as a political chit and tucked away in separate legislation.” said Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del.___Associated Press writers Donna Cassata and Eric Tucker contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories J. David Cox, president of the American Federation of Government Employees, said in a letter to OPM director Katherine Archuleta that based on the incomplete information the union received from OPM, “We believe that the Central Personnel Data File was the targeted database, and that the hackers are now in possession of all personnel data for every federal employee, every federal retiree, and up to one million former federal employees.”The OPM data file contains the records of non-military, non-intelligence executive branch employees, which covers most federal civilian employees but not, for example, members of Congress and their staffs.The union believes the hackers stole military records and veterans’ status information, address, birth date, job and pay history, health insurance, life insurance and pension information; and age, gender and race data, he said. The letter was obtained by The Associated Press.The union, which does not have direct access to the investigation, said it is basing its assessment on “sketchy” information provided by OPM. The agency has sought to downplay the damage, saying what was taken “could include” personnel file information such as Social Security numbers and birth dates. “We believe that Social Security numbers were not encrypted, a cybersecurity failure that is absolutely indefensible and outrageous,” Cox said in the letter. The union called the breach “an abysmal failure on the part of the agency to guard data that has been entrusted to it by the federal workforce.”Samuel Schumach, an OPM spokesman, said that “for security reasons, we will not discuss specifics of the information that might have been compromised.”The central personnel data file contains up to 780 separate pieces of information about an employee.Cox complained in the letter that “very little substantive information has been shared with us, despite the fact that we represent more than 670,000 federal employees in departments and agencies throughout the executive branch.”The union’s release and Reid’s comment in the Senate put into sharper focus what is looking like a massive cyber espionage success by China. Sen. Susan Collins, an intelligence committee member, has also said the hack came from China.Mike Rogers, the former chairman of the House intelligence committee, said last week that Chinese intelligence agencies have for some time been seeking to assemble a database of information about Americans. Those personal details can be used for blackmail, or also to shape bogus emails designed to appear legitimate while injecting spyware on the networks of government agencies or businesses Chinese hackers are trying to penetrate. 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober WASHINGTON (AP) — Hackers stole personnel data and Social Security numbers for every federal employee, a government worker union said Thursday, asserting that the cyber theft of U.S. employee information was more damaging than the Obama administration has acknowledged.Sen. Harry Reid, the Democratic leader, said on the Senate floor that the December hack into Office of Personnel Management data was carried out by “the Chinese” without specifying whether he meant the Chinese government or individuals. Reid is one of eight lawmakers briefed on the most secret intelligence information. U.S. officials have declined to publicly blame China, which has denied involvement. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywalllast_img read more

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