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Ferrari GTC4Lusso debuts at Geneva Motor Show

first_imgThe new Ferrari GTC4Lusso is Maranello’s latest interpretation of the four-seater concept, which combines extraordinary performance in all driving conditions with sporty elegance and luxurious comfort for both driver and passengers alike.The GTC4Lusso’s name references several illustrious predecessors, not least the 330 GTC or its 2+2 sister model, the 330 GT, as well as the 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso, which married extreme performance with stylish design and sophisticated materials and craftsmanship.Engine:Intense research and development has boosted the 6,262 cc V12’s maximum power output to 690 cv, making the GTC4Lusso the most powerful car in its segment. Underlining the strong links between Ferrari’s GT engine division the racing world,  the V12 revs to a red line at a class-leading 8,250 rpm.In fact the performance figures are those of a true thoroughbred sports car, with a maximum speed of 335 km/h and acceleration from 0-100 km/h in just 3.4 seconds flat.The new V12’s impressive performance figures are ensured by a series of leading-edge technical solutions, including newly-designed piston heads, the latest evolution of Ferrari’s anti-knock control software, multispark injection and overall weight reduction.Design:ExteriorPenned by Ferrari Design, the GTC4Lusso is a further refinement of the shooting brake coupe, reinterpreting the concept with an extremely streamlined, tapered shape that gives it an almost fastback-like silhouette. Ferrari’s signature twin rear lights adorn the tail. These not only emphasise the car’s muscular shoulders and broaden it horizontally, but work visually with the tail pipes to lend a sense of imposing power to the rear.The front of the car is dominated by a large single grille that not only provides all the necessary cooling but also lends the car a sense of imposing power.advertisementInteriorAnother first for the GTC4Lusso is the new Dual Cockpit architecture designed to enhance the shared driving experience for both driver and passenger. It features both a Driver Cockpit and a Passenger Cockpit separated by a central divider on which are clustered all of the comfort-oriented controls common to both.Features:To underscore the GTC4Lusso’s Grand Touring prowess, Ferrari has also given it a new ultra-intuitive infotainment system that makes all of its features and content instantly accessible.  The system includes a 10.25″ full HD capacitive touchscreen for multi-touch use and new completely redesigned and simplified HMI. Moreover, it also comes with in-cabin temperature can be set and front seat settings controlled and Connectivity via Apple CarPlay.The GTC4Lusso features the latest evolution of the passenger display. The 8.8″ colour full HD and Full Touch screen not only displays the car’s performance statistics and status as its predecessor did, but can also be used to interact with its onboard system.last_img read more

College Football Coaches Are Calling For A Major Rule Change

first_imgtrevor lawrence throws a pass during alabama-clemsonnSANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers attempts a pass during the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)College football head coaches are calling for a major rule change ahead of the 2019 season. It makes a lot of sense.Several college football head coaches want the targeting rule to be changed into two different categories.The rule change would be similar to basketball, where there are Flagrant 1 fouls and Flagrant 2 fouls.ESPN.com had more details:Todd Berry, the executive director of the American Football Coaches Association, said Wednesday that the FBS coaches in their annual meeting unanimously supported a model that would assign Targeting 1 or Targeting 2 to a player who makes forcible contact with the crown of his helmet. Targeting 1 fouls would result in a 15-yard penalty but no ejection or suspension. Targeting 2 fouls would result in an automatic ejection and potential suspension.The current rule states any targeting foul results in a player being automatically ejected and, if the foul occurred in the second half of a game, suspended for the first half of the next contest. Every potential targeting rule is reviewed by replay officials, and the reply booth can initiate a targeting review if it isn’t called on the field.Berry referred to flagrant fouls in basketball, where fouls are split into Flagrant 1 and Flagrant 2, as a potential model for college football’s targeting rule.This makes a lot of sense, as there have been some questionable ejections thanks to the targeting rule that would go away if this change happened.The rule change would make for a Targeting 1, which would result in a 15-yard penalty but no ejection, and a Targeting 2, which would in the penalty and an ejection.Hopefully this is something that can be put into effect before the 2019 season.last_img read more

School for educating underprivileged children opens in Delhi’s Mansarovar Park

first_imgSchool for educating underprivileged children opens in Delhi’s Mansarovar ParkThe curriculum designed by the school would focus on developing skills in children that would help them lead a quality life.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 15, 2019UPDATED: July 15, 2019 10:22 IST School for educating underprivileged children opens in Delhi’s Mansarovar ParkA new school for educating the underprivileged kids of Delhi’s Mansarovar Park was opened on Sunday under the Youth Awakening Mission of Rishikulshala, a charitable trust providing quality education to downtrodden kids in the city.”Children are the invaluable assets of our country and it is our responsibility to make their lives better. To educate destitute is in itself a service to the nation, said Shriguru Pawan Sinha, founder of the mission.Main aim of this project”The main motive of this project is to make these children feel they are an important part of the society. This would make them stay away from crimes and addictions, would allow them to accept things rationally, help them in using language effectively and would enable them to ask questions in their daily lives,” he further said.The curriculum designed by the school would focus on developing skills in children that would help them lead a quality life.The syllabus of Rishikulshala includes mathematics, science, social science, general knowledge, Indian history, English, Hindi and Sanskrit languages, among other subjects.Other benefits of this schoolThe school also plans to provide children with vocational education and classes on hygiene, theatre, music, dance, and sportsThe children would be given studying kits with copies, books, pencil, water bottle and other required thingsAlso read: 50% students enrolled in free UPSC coaching at Jamia stood successfulGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byDivya Chopra Tags :Follow Mansarovar ParkFollow underprivileged kidslast_img read more

Shaq’s Florida Mansion Is for Sale and the Price Just Dropped by $6 Million

first_img How to Pick the Right Suit for Your Body Type Sotheby’s International Realty Sotheby’s International Realty Previous And that’s just the beginning. So what’s it like to live in this Florida mansion?Living like Shaq at 9927 Giffin Court means reigning over three acres overlooking Lake Butler and being a stone’s throw from one of the most prestigious private golf communities in the world, Isleworth.Inside the home, there’s a Shaq-sized, two-story great room with elegant marble fireplace and glass walls, plus a 16-seat dining room featuring hand-crafted wood paneling. You’ll want to eat like Shaq too, so bring your personal chef and they’ll get to use a private kitchen. During the week, meal prep in solitude with the Viking six-burner gas range, griddle, and Wolf steamers. There are also two Sub-Zero refrigerators, because Shaq. That means more IPA for you and your friends. Sotheby’s International RealtyNBA legend Shaquille Rashaun O’Neal, better known as “Shaq,” listed his Neo-colonial Florida mansion to the tune of $28 million back in May 2018. Sad face for the 7’1” athlete, because roughly seven months later, the multi-million-dollar home still has a “For Sale” sign staked in the grass.Shaq dropped the price to $21.99 million in December, joining a slew of celebrities who slashed the asking number of their mansions, including Serena Williams for her Bel Air estate, Birdman’s luxe Miami Beach crib, Scottie Pippen’s suburban mansion, and Selena Gomez’s Texas retreat. Not to mention the iconic “Scarface” mansion that dipped from $35 million to $17.9 million.Shaq was probably tired of hearing about money, money, money… he just wants to play, drink Pepsi, and wear Reebok, after all.The Big Shamrock’s former 31,000-square-foot, 12-bedroom home still sits in a high bracket (Can you imagine the air conditioning bill?), but that’s because it houses an Egyptian-themed aquarium room with saltwater triangular fish tank, a 17-car showroom garage, a fitness center, a massive 6,000-square-foot indoor basketball gym, and 2,100-square-foot dance studio. (Dance?) Editors’ Recommendations Sotheby’s International Realty The sound-proof home theater room (yes, there’s a bar in there) is cool, but we’re stoked over the gentleman’s room equipped with game tables and wet bar. Not feeling hard booze? Scamper down to the temperature-controlled cedar humidor and wine storage.Dive into the 15-feet-deep pool with custom waterfall or soak in the massive sunken hot tub. Shaq’s tiki-style cabana overlooks the beach of the lake so booze up (responsibly) before heading out on your private boat dock. Might I suggest the Lexus LY 650 yacht?You’ll probably be exhausted after traversing the property, so sleep like a king in the master retreat, which takes up a full wing of the estate. That’s 900-square-feet of sleeping area, which is more room than our entire apartment.Hopefully, Shaq will find a buyer soon – otherwise, he’ll be left with a giant-sized home for a giant-sized star – which, when you think about it, isn’t that bad… Next Sotheby’s International Realty Escape the City and the Roads with the 2020 Subaru Outback The 200-Horsepower Vanquish Vanqraft VQ16 Is a Boat-Sized Jet Ski Sotheby’s International Realty Visit the Only Hotel in the World With a Working In-Room Flight Simulator 1 of 5 Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movielast_img read more

State Minister Highlights Strengths of Women during Disasters

first_img Minister of State in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, says women are oftentimes the unsung heroes during and after natural disasters, always ensuring the safety of family, including young children. Addressing a three-day Climate Change and Gender Focal Points Workshop at the Melia Braco Resort on September 18, Mr. Terrelonge added that communities usually cope better during natural disasters when women are allowed to play a leadership role. “Women are able to detect and ensure that their families are protected. Women are often at home when we have natural disasters and are, therefore, able to protect the children and to ensure that the house is also protected,” he said. Minister of State in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, says women are oftentimes the unsung heroes during and after natural disasters, always ensuring the safety of family, including young children.Addressing a three-day Climate Change and Gender Focal Points Workshop at the Melia Braco Resort on September 18, Mr. Terrelonge added that communities usually cope better during natural disasters when women are allowed to play a leadership role.“Women are able to detect and ensure that their families are protected. Women are often at home when we have natural disasters and are, therefore, able to protect the children and to ensure that the house is also protected,” he said.The State Minister pointed out that it is not uncommon in the Caribbean, including Jamaica, to see women actually taking measures to “baton down the homes” and to make sure that dangerous objects are “removed from the yards”, to ensure that family survival “is never at stake”.“Jamaica Sectoral Climate Change Adaptation Programmes acknowledge that women, men, girls and boys experience the impact of climate change in different ways and have different needs, opportunities and capacities to respond. As such, it is important to identify gender-sensitive strategies that respond to these crises,” Mr. Terrelonge argued.He said that based on the national policy for gender equality in 2011, the Jamaican Government continues to promote gender mainstreaming across ministries, departments and agencies, adding that the Bureau of Gender Affairs has been given the responsibility for carrying out the mandate.“This is done within the public and private sectors, with the goal being to ensure gender equality and the elimination of gender-based violence and gender discrimination,” the State Minister said.“These objectives are implemented through gender-specific policies, plans, programmes and projects. This is done in collaboration and partnership with international development partners and other key stakeholders on key decisions relating to gender matters, to promote sustainable development within a human rights framework,” he added.More than 30 specialists from Jamaica and the Eastern Caribbean met for the first time to discuss gender and climate change adaptation planning, and how they intersect.The three-day workshop was co-hosted by the Government, UN Women, and the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Global Network.The main aim was to find ways to work together to identify critical next steps on how to integrate gender considerations into national adaptation plans and policymaking.“We brought these two teams together – the gender specialists and the climate change focal points – because we need a common understanding of these issues and how they relate,” said Una May Gordon, Principal Director for Jamaica’s Climate Change Division.“We discussed our shared challenges and opportunities, with the goal of incorporating our findings into Jamaica’s National Adaptation Plan process,” she added.In addition to Jamaica, gender and climate change focal points were also presented by Antigua and Barbuda, Turks and Caicos, and Dominica. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Thun Tankers Names Newbuild Pair in China

first_imgImage Courtesy: Thun Tankers Erik Thun Group & Thun Tankers BV have named two new product/chemical tankers in China.The naming ceremony for Thun Lidkoping and Thun London was held at the shipyard AVIC Dingheng on March 23.“It is a historic day for our company with the naming of both Thun Lidkoping and Thun London on the same day,” Alice Brax, the godmother of the tankers, said.The 18,650 dwt ships are the first two in a series of five newbuilds of the L-class. They are built to the design focused on energy efficiency, sustainability and new regulations.With a length of 149.8 meters and a width of 22.8 meters, the vessels have a capacity of 21,000 cbm.Expected to start operating during the spring and summer of 2019, the tanker pair will enter the Gothia Tanker Alliance network upon delivery.Thun Tankers is part of Gothia Tanker Alliance, a European tanker network for coastal tanker owners, currently operating 23 intermediate tankers ranging from 10,000 to 20,000 dwt and 17 coastal tankers in the size range from 6,000 to 8,000 dwt.The company will take delivery of three small and six intermediate newbuilds during 2019-2021.last_img read more

Nova Scotia Applauds Softwood Lumber Agreement

first_imgThe agreement reached between Canada and the United States to resolve the softwood lumber dispute meets Nova Scotia’s goals of stability in lumber trade and maintaining the Atlantic exemption, said Premier Rodney MacDonald. The government of Canada announced Thursday, April 27, that a framework agreement had been reached. The agreement will exempt Atlantic Canada lumber producers from export taxes and quota arrangements, recognizing that Atlantic lumber comes from private wood lots and is produced in a competitive, private sector marketplace. “While we have always considered the Atlantic exemption to be a logical and fair outcome of any settlement, it has taken the collective and persistent efforts of industry, led by the Maritime Lumber Bureau, provincial governments and legal counsel over the past five years, to ensure recognition and acceptance of the exemption outside the region,” said Premier MacDonald. The agreement requires the use of the Maritime Lumber Bureau’s certificate of origin for Maritime lumber exports, a program the bureau had instituted years ago to ensure the exempt status is workable and well accepted in the United States. The agreement will also result in repayment of 80 per cent of the countervailing duties that the U.S. had imposed on Canadian producers. “The government celebrates with the forest industry the termination of duties and the eventual return of millions of dollars on deposit and improved export market stability,” said Premier MacDonald.last_img read more

Minister Attends Municipal Government Meeting

first_imgMinisters of municipal and local governments from across Canada wrapped up their annual general meeting at Saint Andrews, New Brunswick on Thursday, July 14. During the meeting, Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister John MacDonell, and his colleagues, had an opportunity to meet with Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. At the meeting, ministers stressed the importance of adequate, predictable and long-term funding for municipal infrastructure needs such as wastewater. The ministers also met with representatives from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to address areas of mutual concern including climate change, water conservation, municipal-structure reform and municipal finance. “This annual meeting was a great opportunity for jurisdictions from across the country to come together to share ideas and learn from each other,” said Mr. MacDonell. “We look forward to continuing discussions with our counterparts from across the country to help make life better for Nova Scotians and for Canadians.” Alberta will host the meeting in 2012.last_img read more

Learn anywhere with spring term online courses

Brock University is offering online courses as part of its expanded spring term offerings. Turn the clock back 20 years and you’ll find Dale Bradley in awe of this thing called the Internet.The newly paved information superhighway was a place for ideas to be shared and come to life. It held the potential for activism by anyone in ways that had previously never existed and were even difficult to imagine.But it didn’t take long for the World Wide Web to become a tangled mess of mindless cyberstuff once mainstream media got its virtual hands in the online world.“For old guys like me, it was magic when (the Internet) happened and there was hype and hope that it would be a democratic utopia,” recalled Bradley, chair of the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film. “But then it turned into this world of YouTube videos of water skiing squirrels.”No offence to rodents who can hold their own behind a boat but Bradley wants to take the Internet back. He’ll be doing that by teaching students how to find their online voice and become content producers in a world that has been more about consumption than active participation.Enter COMM/FILM/PCUL 2F00, a new online course called New Media Literacy that Bradley will teach during the spring term.The full-credit context credit course is open to students in all faculties and given that work is done with a computer and Internet connection, the class can be taken sitting at a picnic table in the sun instead of in a lecture theatre. Students can also chip away at course work at any time of day – even in their pajamas before bed – because there’s no set lecture or seminar times.It’s one of a handful of online courses offered this summer as part of Brock’s expanded spring term course calendar. Other online courses available are: Introduction to Leisure in Canadian Society (RECL 1P03), London: Monster City (ENGL 4V37), Calculus with Applications (MATH 1P97), and Biology: A human perspective (BIOL 1F25).New Media Literacy, which has room for 100 students, will use social media, including blogging, podcasting, online video production and Twitter, to teach students how to produce content while tackling issues such as copyright and privacy.Blogging, in particular, will be the forum through which students can analyze class readings and interact with their fellow students through comments.“It tries to bring the skill and the critical learning element together,” Bradley explained.Students will also be encouraged to blog about a particular interest, such as the environment, find communities of like-minded people, and develop an online presence with relevance and staying power.“The hope is then, that afterward, they’ll keep doing this … and they’ll become part of an online conversation they’re interested in,” Bradley said. “Once you get connected to people with similar interests, you get sucked in. You can’t stop checking your Twitter feed.“I’m hoping (students) will see it as a beginning point for them to do something that has personal meaning and social relevance in the world.”Read ‘Super Spring’ will be bursting with new course offeringsRead Coaching theory one of several quick credits offered this spring Read Clown doctor in the house this summer at Brock read more

The UK is Getting a New Quidditch League

first_img Quidditch is a fictional sport, but that hasn’t stopped it from going international in the real world, and it’s only just beginning to expand.England is launching its own Quidditch Premier League with eight teams and hopes to have its inaugural season next year.Each team will represent a different region of the country. The names announced are The London Monarchs, The Southwest Broadside, The Southeast Knights, The Eastern Mermaids, The Northern Watch, The Yorkshire Roses, The East Midland Archers, and The West Midland Revolution.The website states that organizers were inspired by the popularity of the sport in the United States. The International Quidditch Association was founded in 2005 on the Middlebury College campus in Vermont and has since grown to over 96 teams as of 2011.The last World Cup was held this year in Germany, with Australia taking the title. The UK is usually represented internationally by QuidditchUK, and the Premier League hopes to partner with them to share resources.The UK league isn’t the first of its kind, but it is another way for Quidditch to gain some ground as an actual sport, just with modified rules. In our version, the “quaffle” is instead a semi-deflated volleyball thrown through hoops. The snitch is a small tennis ball put inside a sock and attached to the seeker’s shorts. Players still ride around on broomsticks, but obviously, they don’t fly. Bludgers exist, and when a player is hit by one, they must return to one of their goalposts before re-entering the game.“The Quidditch Premier League is such an exciting opportunity and development,” said director Jack Lennard. “It’s an opportunity for the sport to grow and gain prestige. It’s an opportunity for players to compete at the highest level. And, most importantly, it’s an opportunity for more people in more places to find out about this incredible sport.”Tryouts are expected to be held next year. You think you have what it takes? Catholic School Bans ‘Harry Potter’ Books Because SpellsToy Tuesday: The Best Animal Toys Stay on targetlast_img read more

4 hospitalized in serious condition after Mount Baker rescue

first_imgBELLINGHAM — Two Boy Scouts and two troop leaders were hospitalized in serious condition and undergoing treatment for hypothermia Monday after spending a night inside a cave high up Mount Baker in Washington state, officials said.Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office said the four sought shelter in the cave on the 10,781-foot (3,286-meter) peak after they became separated from other members of their troop, KING-TV in Seattle reported.Mount Baker is about 15 miles (24 kilometers) from the Canadian border and is part of the Cascade Mountain range.The snow-capped peak can be a challenging climb. All summit routes feature glaciers.The 13-year-old boys and two adults were airlifted to a hospital and were being treated for hypothermia, the station said. Authorities did not identify them.A man, a woman and two boys were in serious condition Monday afternoon at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in the city of Bellingham near the peak, spokeswoman Hilary Andrade told The Associated Press.She said they will be transferred soon to another facility but declined to say where, citing patient privacy issues.The four had been reported missing Sunday and a search was started that afternoon.Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Jilk, who helps manage search and rescue operations, told the Herald earlier Monday that two adults and two 13-year-old boys were using a popular route on the peak’s north face.last_img read more

Biden makes Portland stop to campaign for senator

first_imgPORTLAND — The middle class isn’t sharing in the economic gains since the Great Recession, and wealthy taxpayers should be paying higher taxes, Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday.Biden stopped in Portland to help Sen. Jeff Merkley with his bid for a second term, a must-win race for Democrats trying to maintain control of the Senate. Biden is on a West Coast swing to promote a minimum-wage hike and boost Democratic campaigns.Economic growth has replaced the income that was lost during the recession, but the gains went primarily to taxpayers on the top, Biden said.“I think we should make them start to pay their fair share. Take the burden off the middle class,” Biden told a crowd of several hundred supporters at the Oregon Convention Center.Helped by a surge of new voters turning out to support Barack Obama’s presidential bid, Merkley narrowly defeated a Republican incumbent in 2008 to win his seat. He is now the front-runner against Republican Monica Wehby, a pediatric neurosurgeon from Portland.last_img read more

Governors announce Super Bowl food bank donations

first_imgOLYMPIA — The Seattle Seahawks-New England Patriots Super Bowl matchup is bringing cross-country donations into the food banks of each team’s home state. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan announced Thursday morning they’re each sending win-or-lose donations to food pantries to help celebrate the game. For Inslee, that means sending 1,000 cups of chowder donated by Seattle restaurant chain Ivar’s across the country to food pantries in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Washington food banks will get Boston cream pie cupcakes from the Koffee Kup Bakery in Springfield, Mass., and New Hampshire bacon. The lieutenant governors of each team’s home state have also announced a wager. If the Seahawks win, Washington Lt. Gov. Brad Owen will collect beer and cannoli from Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito. If the Patriots win, Owen will send east a magnum of wine, smoked salmon, apples and Quinault Indian Nation souvenirs.last_img read more

Patriots Brady wont visit White House with team

first_imgTom Brady citing “personal family matters” as reason he will not be traveling to the White House today #7News https://t.co/61Yl8K9plN— WHDH Assignment Desk (@deskon7) April 19, 2017Brady cited “personal family matters” as the reason for him not attending.The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons in overtime, 34-28, after overcoming a 25-point deficit at halftime.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WSVN) – The Super Bowl LI champion New England Patriots will visit the White House, Wednesday, but without their star quarterback.According to WHDH in Boston, Tom Brady will not be traveling to the White House with his teammates to commemorate their victory with President Donald Trump.last_img read more

Amazon shares plunge as record profit still misses estimates

first_imgAmazon.com Inc posted its most profitable quarter ever on Thursday but the world’s No. 1 online retailer still managed to disappoint Wall Street by badly missing estimates, sending its shares down more than 13% in after-hours trading.The results, as well as the company’s determination to invest more in new areas and its extremely low profit margins, brought back perennial questions for investors about the company’s ability to consistently earn money.”By comparative retail standards, Amazon’s level of profitability is still painfully weak,” said Neil Saunders, head of retail analyst firm Conlumino, who is still positive on Amazon’s prospects. “For every dollar the company takes, it makes just 0.75 of a cent in profit.”Amazon’s net profit for the fourth quarter, which includes the holiday shopping season, rose to $482 million, or $1.00 per share, in the quarter ended 31 December, up from $214 million, or 45 cents per share, a year earlier.That figure was held back by rising operating costs. It was well below analysts’ average forecast of $1.56 per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.The company’s shares plunged 13% to $551.50 after hours on Thursday, following a 9% increase in regular trading. They are still up 80% over the past 12 months.Amazon notched its third consecutive profitable quarter for the first time since 2012, but it still left Wall Street wanting more.”The growth story that investors were looking for… clearly Amazon has not been able to live up to the hype,” said Adam Sarhan, chief executive of Sarhan Capital.Net sales rose 21.8% to $35.75 billion, but missed analysts’ expectations of $35.93 billion.Excluding a $1.2 billion unfavourable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the quarter, net sales increased 26% compared with the fourth quarter of 2014.Amazon Chief Financial Officer Brian Olsavsky defended the company’s results on Thursday, adding that foreign exchange rates had an unexpectedly large impact, but overall the company had “a very strong quarter and a strong year.”Net sales from its cloud services business, Amazon Web Services, rose 69.4% to $2.41 billion, compared with a growth of more than 78% in the third quarter. AWS continues to be the fastest growing division within Amazon.The company’s total operating expenses rose more than 20% to $34.64 billion in the fourth quarter.Olsavsky reiterated Amazon’s expectation to make continued investments in its cloud division and expand its offering for Prime members with faster delivery and more original video content.”The investments will ebb and flow over time, but our focus on cost reductions and improvement on customer experience will be constant,” he said.Amazon has historically sacrificed profit, instead doubling down on investment in growth areas like Prime and AWS. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has called these “big bets” that are the cornerstone of the online retailer’s growth.As a sign of its underlying growth, the Seattle-based company now employs 230,800 staff, many of them in its warehouses, up 50% from 154,100 a year ago.Amazon’s net shipping costs surged 37% in the fourth quarter as it handles more deliveries for its third-party merchants. The company said the number of sellers using the Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA) programme grew by more than 50% last year.Amazon has been spending on rolling out several new services for members of its $99-a-year Prime loyalty programme, including one-hour delivery and original TV programming, to attract customers in a highly competitive online shopping market.The company said on Thursday worldwide paid Prime subscribers grew 51%. Amazon’s Prime programme is estimated by some analysts to have around 50 million members worldwide.Amazon forecast sales for the first quarter of between $26.5 billion and $29 billion, or up between 17% and 28% compared to the same quarter last year. It forecast operating income between $100 million and $700 million, compared to $255 million in the first quarter last year.Analysts had forecast $27.6 billion in sales and $400.3 million in profit.”The stock is getting killed because the Street is too high on next year,” said Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter.last_img read more

Honoring our Sheroes Those Who Have Served and Are Serving

first_imgThe Baltimore County Delta Foundation (BCDF) is hosting a one day Stand Down for homeless military females who have served and are serving in the military, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Nov. 14, at the Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville Campus Veterans Center. Stand down is a military term for “at ease” or rest. Brig. Gen. Linda Singh will be the keynote speaker.The Baltimore County Delta Foundation (BCDF) is dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless female veterans in Maryland. It is estimated in a report compiled by the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans that there are 2,062 homeless veterans in Maryland. BCDF is  sponsoring a one-day Stand Down event to assist homeless female veterans attain meaningful civilian employment; address housing and healthcare needs and provide ancillary services aimed at meeting their personal needs. Stand Down provides a myriad of services which include shelter, food, clothing, hygiene kits, haircuts, medical care, legal assistance, homeless court, spiritual care and much more.  BCDF is targeting 75 homeless female veterans in Baltimore County and surrounding areas.Workshops will be provided on Intimate Partner Violence, Suited for Sheroes Success, Meaningful Eating and Financial Fitness. Exhibitors will provide information on job readiness, resume writing, scholarships and personal care services. The event will also provide a continental breakfast, box lunch, and snack for all participants.To register for the event: www.bcdeltafoundation.org/stand-down-registration;Additional Info: ejj@bcdeltafoundation.org (Web site) Telephone: 410-656-9866last_img read more

The iPhone 11 Will Use the Same Display As the Galaxy Note

first_imgWhile Samsung and Apple are major rivals, Samsung actually makes displays for both companies. Samsung SDI, the component manufacturing arm of the Korean tech giant, has made the screens for Apple since the iPhone X, although Apple has insisted on using a separate set of materials to the ones used on Samsung’s own displays.However, this may be changing. Korean site The Elec (via 9to5Mac) claims that the iPhone 11 series will use the ‘M9’ materials set for its OLED displays, the same set found on the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10.The old materials you can find on the iPhone X or iPhone XS, codenamed ‘LT2’, have been abandoned. This could potentially be because of the increased quality of the M9 set, a change of heart by Apple, or possibly because Samsung has forced the change because it’s less of a financial risk.MORE: Samsung May Adopt Graphene Batteries for Galaxy S11RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…logoCreated with Sketch. Tech This Out: New Nintendo Switch Battery, Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus, iPhone 11 LaunchMore VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpTCL 8-Series Lighting Test01:10OffAutomated Captions – en-USLive00:0003:1603:16 In June, it was reported that Apple had to pay Samsung a large fine because it didn’t order enough display panels due to slow phone sales, so it’s reasonable to assume that this had some influence in the decision.It should be noted that even if the components are the same, the final brightness, color accuracy and overall quality of the display can be different. For example, in our Galaxy Note 10 Plus benchmarks, we found that its 6.8-inch display had a brightness of 686 nits, compared to 625 nits for the Galaxy S10 Plus. And the Note 10 Plus’ panel covered a slightly larger percentage of the sRGB color gamut, reaching 212% to the S10 Plus’ 200%.We’re expecting the new Apple smartphone to appear at a Sept. 10 event, and then go on sale a few weeks later. We’ve gathered all the things we know about it in our iPhone 11 rumor round-up page, so check it out so you’re up to speed for the big launch.5 Key Features the iPhone 11 Pro Needs to WinWhy You Should Skip the iPhone 11 for iPhone 12Big iPhone 11 Leak Reveals Color-Changing Designlast_img read more

iPhone 11 Pro Case Shows Apple Pencil Holder

first_imgIf you’ve been clinging to the hope that Apple’s upcoming iPhone 11 will add support for the Apple Pencil, a newly leaked “iPhone 11 Pro” case may be just the pick-me-up you need today.Olixar’s iPhone 11 Pro case(Image credit: Mobile Fun)U.K.-based accessories retailer Mobile Fun typically jumps the gun on posting cases for phones before they’re released. And the retailer’s done that with the iPhone 11 Pro, showing off a case for that rumored model Olixar that includes a built-in Apple Pencil Holder.There are reasons not to dismiss this leaked image out of hand. For one thing, case makers often get the dimensions for new phone releases ahead of time so that they can rush out accessories that are ready at the same time when those phones finally debut.RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…logoCreated with Sketch. The 2019 Kindle OasisThe 2019 Kindle OasisMore VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpThe Google Pixel 4’s Secret Weapon Just Leaked01:15OffAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USLive00:0001:2601:26 For another, compatibility with the Apple Pencil — which currently works with some Apple’s iPad models — has long been floated as a possibility for the iPhone. Earlier this month, rumors that two of the three phones Apple will release this fall will carry the iPhone Pro moniker have only increased speculation that Apple Pencil support is coming to the new models.Apple has famously turned up its nose at offering a stylus for its phones, with Steve Jobs pointedly suggesting that your fingertip should be the only stylus that you need. Still, that hasn’t stopped Samsung, Apple’s chief smartphone rival, from offering an S Pen stylus with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus and Galaxy Note 10. The latest Note phones offers several new S Pen features, including Air gestures, converting handwriting to text and AR Doodle. Mobile Fun’s listing for the Olixar case specifically says it’s for an iPhone 11 Pro model. In addition to the pencil holder attached to the case, you can also see a cutout housing the iPhone’s triple camera array — another popular rumor for Apple’s upcoming smartphone.Even with the images, don’t treat Olixar’s case as confirmation that Apple Pencil support is nailed on for the iPhone 11 Pro. The case maker could be hedging its bets that Apple will introduce stylus support for its new phone, and it’s easy enough to whip up a render that houses an Apple pencil. It’s also good publicity for both the case maker and the retailer, too.Still, Apple Pencil support for the next iPhone remains a persistent rumor, and this case, which is available for pre-order, is just another sign that there may be fire to this particular smoke.5 Key Features the iPhone 11 Pro Needs to WiniPhone 11 vs. iPhone 12: Why It Doesn’t Pay to WaitBest iOS Apps You’re Not Using (But Should Be)last_img read more

A study confirms that prebunk game reduces susceptibility to disinformation and increases

first_imgOn Tuesday, the University of Cambridge published a research performed on  thousands of online game players. The study shows how an online game can work like a “vaccine” and increase skepticism towards fake news. This was done by giving people a weak dose of the methods behind disinformation campaigns. Last year in February, University of Cambridge researchers helped in launching the browser game Bad News. In this game, you take on the role of fake news-monger. Drop all pretense of ethics and choose a path that builds your persona as an unscrupulous media magnate. But while playing the game you have to keep an eye on your ‘followers’ and ‘credibility’ meters. The task is to get as many followers as you can while slowly building up fake credibility as a news site. And you lose if you tell obvious lies or disappoint your supporters! Jon Roozenbeek, study co-author from Cambridge University, and Dr Sander van der Linden, Director of the Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab worked with Dutch media collective DROG and design agency Gusmanson to develop Bad News. DROG develops programs and courses and also conducts research aimed at recognizing disinformation online. The game is primarily available in English, and many other languages like Czech, Dutch, German, Greek, Esperanto, Polish, Romanian, Serbian, Slovenian and Swedish. They have also developed a special Junior version for children in the age group between 8 – 11. Jon Roozenbee, said: “We are shifting the target from ideas to tactics. By doing this, we are hoping to create what you might call a general ‘vaccine’ against fake news, rather than trying to counter each specific conspiracy or falsehood.” Hu further added, “We want to develop a simple and engaging way to establish media literacy at a relatively early age, then look at how long the effects last”. The study says that the game increased psychological resistance to fake news After the game was available to play, thousands of people spent fifteen minutes completing it, and many allowed the data to be used for the research. According to a study of 15000 participants, this game has shown to increase “psychological resistance” to fake news. Players stoke anger and fear by manipulating news and social media within the simulation: they deployed twitter bots, photo-shopped evidence, and incited conspiracy theories to attract followers. All of this was done while maintaining a “credibility score” for persuasiveness. “Research suggests that fake news spreads faster and deeper than the truth, so combating disinformation after-the-fact can be like fighting a losing battle,” said Dr Sander van der Linden. “We wanted to see if we could preemptively debunk, or ‘pre-bunk’, fake news by exposing people to a weak dose of the methods used to create and spread disinformation, so they have a better understanding of how they might be deceived. “This is a version of what psychologists call ‘inoculation theory’, with our game working like a psychological vaccination.” The study was performed by asking players to rate the reliability of content before and after gameplay To gauge the effects of the game, players were asked to rate the reliability of a series of different headlines and tweets before and after gameplay. They were randomly allocated a mixture of real and fake news. There were six “badges” to earn in the game, each reflecting a common strategy used by creators of fake news: impersonation; conspiracy; polarisation; discrediting sources; trolling; emotionally provocative content. There were in-game questions too that measured the effects of Bad News deployed for four of its featured fake news badges. As a result for the disinformation tactic of “impersonation”, which involves mimicking of trusted personalities on social media, the game reduced perceived reliability of the fake headlines and tweets by 24% from pre to post gameplay. Further it reduced perceived reliability of deliberately polarising headlines by about 10%, and “discrediting sources” that is attacking a legitimate source with accusations of bias – by 19%. For “conspiracy”, the spreading of false narratives blaming secretive groups for world events, perceived reliability was reduced by 20%. The researchers also found that those who registered as most susceptible to fake news headlines in the beginning benefited most from the “inoculation”. “We find that just fifteen minutes of gameplay has a moderate effect, but a practically meaningful one when scaled across thousands of people worldwide, if we think in terms of building societal resistance to fake news,” said van der Linden. The sample for the study was skewed towards younger male The sample was self-selecting those who came across the game online and opted to play, and as such was skewed toward younger, male, liberal, and more educated demographics. Hence, the first set of results from Bad News has its limitations, say researchers. However, the study found the game to be almost equally effective across age, education, gender, and political persuasion. But researchers did not mention if they plan to do a follow up study keeping in mind the limitations of this research. “Our platform offers early evidence of a way to start building blanket protection against deception, by training people to be more attuned to the techniques that underpin most fake news,” added Roozenbeek. Community discussion revolve around various fake news reporting techniques This news has attracted much attention on Hacker News, and users have commented about various news reporting techniques that journalists use to promote different stories. One of the user comments reads, “The “best” fake news these days is the stuff that doesn’t register even to people are read-in on the usual anti-patterns. Subtle framing, selective quotation, anonymous sources, “repeat the lie” techniques, and so on, are the ones that I see happening today that are hard to immunize yourself from. Ironically, the people who fall for these are more likely to self-identify as being aware and clued in on how to avoid fake news.” Another users says, “Second best. The best is selective reporting. Even if every story is reported 100% accurately and objectively, by choosing which stories are promoted, and which buried, you can set any agenda you want.” One of them also commented that the discussion diluted the term Fake news in influences and propaganda, it reads, “This discussion is falling into a trap where “Fake News” is diluted to synonym for all influencing news and propaganda. Fake News is propaganda that consists of deliberate disinformation or hoaxes. Nothing mentioned here falls into a category of Fake News. Fake News creates cognitive dissonance and distrust. More subtler methods work differently. But mainstream media also does Fake News” arguments are whataboutism.” To this another user responds, “I’ve upvoted you because you make a good point, but I disagree. IMO, Fake News, in your restrictive definition, is to modern propaganda what Bootstrap is to modern frontend dev. It’s an easy shortcut, widely known, and even talented operators are going to use it because it’s the easiest way to control a (domestic or foreign) population. But resources are there, funding is there, to build much more subtle/complex systems if needed. Cut away Bootstrap, and you don’t particularly dent the startup ecosystem. Cut away fake news, and you don’t particularly dent the ability of troll farms to get work done. We’re in a new era, fake news or not.” Read Next Game rivals, Microsoft and Sony, form a surprising cloud gaming and AI partnership DeepMind’s AI uses reinforcement learning to defeat humans in multiplayer games Introducing Minecraft Earth, Minecraft’s AR-based game for Android and iOS userslast_img read more

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