TORONTO – The number of flu cases is continuing to rise across Canada, suggesting the peak of infections with one of the dominant circulating strains could come within a few weeks — or even sooner, say infectious diseases experts, who describe this influenza season as “unusual.”“We really haven’t seen a season quite like this in a little while,” said Dr. Michelle Murti of Public Health Ontario, referring to the mix of two primary strains making people sick during this year’s epidemic.The dominant influenza A strain is H3N2, a nasty virus that tends to infect the elderly in greater numbers, with concurrent circulation of a B strain, a type that typically causes less severe illness. Influenza B can also affect older people and is the strain that most often infects children.“Normally in a season, we’ll see a peak of influenza A happening some time towards the end of December or through January,” Murti said Monday. “And as that is coming down toward the end of February, that’s when we start to see that peak of influenza B activity into the spring and later season.”But this year’s B strain, known as B/Yamagata, began circulating in the fall, much earlier than is usually the case.British Columbia, for example, is seeing an atypical 50-50 mix of H3N2 and B/Yamagata, although other regions in Canada may have different ratios of the two strains affecting their populations, Dr. Danuta Skowronski of the BC Centre for Disease Control said from Vancouver.“The spike in influenza activity that we’re experiencing now is not unusual,” she said. “In fact, such a sharp increase in activity is a signature feature of influenza that distinguishes it from other respiratory viruses that have a more prolonged, grumbling activity through the winter period.”Skowronski described graphs illustrating flu activity as looking like a church steeple — with a sudden rise, a peak and then a sharp decline.“We are currently spiking, but whether we have passed the peak or are continuing to rise, it’s still too early to tell,” she said, adding that peaks may arrive at varying times across the country as regions and communities experience major upticks in cases at different points in the epidemic.In its weekly FluWatch report, the Public Health Agency of Canada says there were 11,277 laboratory-confirmed cases of flu across the country as of Dec. 30 — about 70 per cent attributed to H3N2 — with more than 1,000 influenza-related hospitalizations and 34 deaths.However, Murti said those figures are an underestimate of the actual number of cases, as most people don’t seek medical attention for flu and, therefore, aren’t tested. As well, not all provinces and territories keep track of hospitalizations due to influenza.“Looking at our numbers over the last couple of weeks and knowing there’s a bit of a reporting delay, we’re certainly on the upswing right now in terms of increasing activity for flu,” she said of Ontario. “So probably in the next few weeks, we’re going to continue to see increased activity.”Murti predicts the province’s peak — for H3N2 cases, at least — will likely come in the next few weeks.“But you really don’t know the peak until you’re coming down the other side,” she said.In the meantime, Skowronski advises that people at risk for influenza complications, including the elderly and those with underlying heart and lung conditions, seek immediate medical attention if they develop flu-like symptoms so they can be treated with an antiviral medication to reduce their risk for hospitalization and death.To be effective, the drugs must be taken in 12 to 48 hours from onset of symptoms, which include cough, muscle aches and fever.“Given the expectation of low vaccine effectiveness this season, especially for H3N2, that advice about getting early care for those with high-risk conditions applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated people,” she said.Canada’s flu shot contains the same vaccine components as that used by Australia during the Southern Hemisphere’s flu season that ended in August, which was found to have only 10 per cent effectiveness in preventing H3N2.– Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter. read more
A Japanese national was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport last night while he was attempting to smuggle out Gem studded rings and Rs 3 million worth of foreign currency.Officials said that the 50 year old man was about to board a plane to Japan when he was checked by customs officers on suspicion. The Customs department said that the Japanese man was detained for further questioning. (Colombo Gazette) Among the foreign currency he was attempting to smuggle out were Japanese Yen and US Dollars. Customs officers found 32 rings with Gem studs in his possession and Rs 3 million worth of foreign currency. read more
A journalist attached to a private television station was attacked in Akuressa last night.The journalist, Ranil Priyanka, was attacked by a local politician in the area. A 5 member gang working for the provincial politician had come on motorbikes and attacked the journalist while he was returning after taking visuals of a hut erected across a road.The journalist said that he sustained head injuries in the attack and was admitted to hospital. (Colombo Gazette) Report by Indika Sri Aravinda
by Gene Johnson, The Associated Press Posted Jul 23, 2013 3:35 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SEATTLE – True-crime author Ann Rule is suing a weekly Seattle newspaper, saying she was defamed in 2011 when the fiance of a convicted killer wrote a lengthy article accusing her of “sloppy storytelling.”The lawsuit, filed in King County Superior Court last week, is the latest twist in a long-running feud precipitated by Rule’s book about Liysa Northon, an Oregon woman who served 12 years in prison after killing her husband in 2000.Northon argued she was a battered spouse and said she shot her husband, pilot Chris Northon, during a camping trip in eastern Oregon to protect herself and her children. But Rule’s book “Heart Full of Lies” laid out a different theory: that Liysa Northon had long planned the killing and faked evidence of abuse to cover up her real motive, collecting insurance money and other benefits.Liysa Northon pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was released from prison last fall. She sued Rule for defamation — a case that was dismissed by a federal judge in 2007, with Liysa Northon and her father ultimately being ordered to pay more than $60,000 for Rule’s legal fees after an unsuccessful appeal.In 2011, the Seattle Weekly ran an article about the Chris Northon case by Rick Swart, a freelance writer who previously served as the editor and publisher of a small Oregon newspaper, the Wallowa County Chieftain. The article accused Rule of making numerous mistakes in her book and ignoring important facts beneficial to Liysa Northon’s case.The Seattle Weekly’s then-editor, Caleb Hannan, has said he didn’t learn until after the article was published that Swart and Northon were engaged. The couple got married in prison later that year.In a lengthy editor’s note days after the piece ran, Hannan explained the omission and said he had uncovered several minor mistakes in Swart’s reporting.Rule argues in her lawsuit that the damage had been done because to sell her books, she relies on her reputation for accuracy and attention to detail.“The article contained innumerable inaccuracies and untruths concerning the testimony and evidence in the trial of Liysa Northon and also included various unfounded personal attacks on Rule,” her lawyer, Anne Bremner, wrote in the complaint. “At the time … Swart and Northon were engaged, and any meaningful inquiry by Seattle Weekly or Hannan should have discovered this significant source of bias.”Hannan and Swart, who are also named as defendants, did not immediately return messages seeking comment.“The article in question was published prior to our ownership,” Sound Publishing President Gloria Fletcher said in an email. “At the time, Seattle Weekly was owned by New Times Media. Sound Publishing has not been served with any complaint.”The lawsuit seeks “reasonable damages.”Rule has written dozens of books. Her first, “The Killer Beside Me,” came out in 1980 and detailed her time working on a crisis hotline with serial killer Ted Bundy.___Johnson can be reached at https://twitter.com/GeneAPseattle True-crime writer Ann Rule sues Seattle newspaper, claims 2011 article hurt her reputation read more
British commercial vehicle (CV) production increased by 53.5% in February to 9,233 vehicles, according to figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Strong market incentives ahead of model changes helped boost the month to its best performance since 2012.1The number of CVs manufactured for both domestic and export markets posted significant gains in the month, growing by 57.3% and 51.9% respectively. Almost seven in 10 British CVs were destined for global markets in February, as demand from overseas continued to drive output.Year-to-date, the market painted a similar picture, with manufacturing up by 51.3% compared with the same and particularly weak period last year. In the first two months of the year 18,415 vans, trucks, taxis, buses and coaches left British production lines. However, output is expected to slow next quarter in preparation for the subsequent ramp-up for new model lines.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,While the positive news continues for UK CV manufacturing, it’s important to highlight that this low volume industry is cyclical and experiences large percentage swings when compared month on month. Although both demand at home and overseas has seen double-digit growth, still almost two thirds of British-built CVs are destined for export, the majority to the EU. This signifies just how vital a deal that retains free and frictionless trade with the EU is for this sector.Notes to editors9,655 CVs were produced in February 2012Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Number of CVs built in the UK up 53.5% in February, as 9,233 leave production lines.Growth in demand from both overseas and UK markets, up 51.9% and 57.3% respectively.Year-to-date performance rises by 51.3% on same period last year, up 6,241 units. read more
Boston College had no clue as Villanova executed its fake punt play. Also confused, was the ESPN cameraman who nearly missed the play altogether. The play can be watched in the video below.The Wildcats quickly jumped out to a 7-0 lead in Chestnut Hill, Mass. with a well-planned fake punt in the first quarter of the Saturday game.With Boston College looking for a punt play, Villanova’s wide receiver Jamal Abdur-Rahman received the snap just a few yards off the line of scrimmage. He then placed the ball on the ground and mimed snapping it back to another teammate, who sprinted toward the home sideline. With the Eagles’ special teamers in pursuit of his teammate, Abdur-Rahman went the other way and ran nearly untouched for the 47-yard score.“Nobody knew he had the ball but now he has the end zone,” ESPN announcer Ryan Ruocco shouted.Despite being hoodwinked by that early fake punt play, Boston College would secure a 24-14 victory at the end of the game. read more
IRELAND’S EU PRESIDENCY has led diplomats from other EU member states to sleep in tents, in order to maximise the time available to reach agreements on new rules for data protection, according to one of the EU’s top office-holders.European Commission vice-president Viviane Reding, the Brussels official responsible for justice, said today that delegations from some EU states had taken to staying in tents at working groups, as they tried to get a deal over the line.In prepared remarks, Reding said Ireland’s presidency had seen “a real data protection sprint” with 25 meetings at expert level, and five discussions of the EU member states’ permanent representatives, in trying to concoct a new Data Protection Directive to apply in all 27 member states.“This is a remarkable achievement and deserves our strong support,” Reding said.Ireland’s permanent representatives in Brussels later sent TheJournal.ie the image above – showing a tent pitched in a meeting room where the talks had been continuing.Reding’s comments came after a meeting of the EU’s justice ministers in Luxembourg, the last such meeting to take place under Ireland’s sixth-month presidency of the Council.Reding said all EU leaders were eager to see the completion of a ‘digital single market’ to apply across all member states, and said having a common set of data protection rules for each member state would go a long way towards this.The Luxembourger called on officials from the Lithuanian presidency, which will replace Ireland next month, to keep up the momentum on the talks.She also complimented Ireland on engineering a deal on the key aspects of new European rules on dealing with cross-border insolvencies, which had made “very good progress under the Irish presidency”.“On a personal note, I would like to repeat my sincere thanks to Alan for his commitment as Justice Minister to making such tremendous progress on these initiatives during Ireland’s Presidency,” Reding said.Shatter himself said Ireland had brought the negotiations on new data protection rules “further and faster” than many would have expected.At today’s meeting, ministers also endorsed a proposal from Reding to enshrine the right to have access to a lawyer, and the right to speak to a family member, in any case where they are suspected of having committed a crime.Read: Enda in Lithuania to prepare for presidency handover read more
Stay on target This week sees DC once again try to capture its share of the box office with Shazam! taking the hero created by Otto Binder and C.C. Beck into the modern era. Early reviews are solid, stating that a good chunk of the pleasure comes from the character’s central conceit: he’s a kid with the power of a god. Really, six of them —when he says his magic word, Billy Batson transforms into a hulking studmuffin with the abilities of Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury. But he’s still a kid inside, and that dissonance makes for great storytelling. It’s not a unique idea, as a dive through the longboxes will show — here are 11 of the best superheroes who have kids as their secret identities.PrimeMalibu Comics was flush with cash thanks to providing printing services to Image in that company’s Golden Age, so they cashed in with their own line of superheroes called the Ultraverse. Their flagship character was Prime, a grotesquely inflated muscleman with the ability to fly and withstand great damage. But inside those muscles is Kevin Green, a thirteen year old boy who can extrude a “liquid flesh” material that shapes itself around his body. While Prime looks very adult, there’s a boy trapped in the torments of puberty behind every one of those superhuman punches, and he often found himself grappling with problems well beyond his maturity level.AmethystCreated by Dan Mishkin, Gary Cohn and Ernie Colón in 1983, Amethyst has a different take on the concept. When Amy Wheeler is on Earth, she’s an ordinary thirteen year old girl. But when she steps through a portal to the mystical dimension of Gemworld, she’s instantly aged into her adult form and comes to possess her full magical potential. When she comes back to our realm, she’s returned to her original age. The series was a compelling and ambitious fantasy that laid the groundwork for a bunch of DC’s magical mythos, and Amethyst has returned several times over the last few decades.Thunderbolt JaxonThe early days of superheroes saw a lot of writers working way outside of their depths, with often amusing results. Debuting in 1949, young Jack Jaxon was sent to reform school after being framed for a crime he didn’t commit. While there, he was given a belt imbued with the power of the Norse god Thor. When he put it on, he’d transform into an adult… modeled after Greek half-god Hercules. It was a different time. Thunderbolt would be renamed Johnny Samson in the 1960s, and most recently showed up after a convoluted series of company purchases in a DC Comics miniseries.The FlyPretty much everyone tried to cash in on the success of Spider-Man in the 1960s, but Archie’s attempt was uniquely… well, uniquely Archie. Orphan Tommy Troy was hired by the elderly March family to clean out their house, and when he put on a mysterious ring with the insignia of a bug on it, it summoned Turan of the Fly People, an ancient race that ruled the earth in times long past until mystical warfare reduced them to common bugs. When Tommy rubbed the ring and said “I wish I were the Fly,” he’d switch bodies with a fully adult Fly Person to fight crime on the streets.SuperiorMark Millar is notorious for his dark and edgy takes on superhero tropes, so when he turned his eye towards the Shazam concept with Superior most readers feared the worst. Simon Pooni is an embittered 12 year old with multiple sclerosis who idolizes the mighty hero Superior. When an alien monkey gives him a single wish, he uses it to turn into the hero — but the monkey is actually a demon, and if Simon wants to stay in his superhuman form, the price will be his soul. Several twists and turns follow, along with Simon’s worst bully getting superhuman powers too, but the ending is remarkably heartwarming and the art — by Leinil Francis Yu — is dope.ThunderbunnyFirst debuting in 1982, young Bobby Caswell has a bunch of stuff to worry about when he places his hands on a special box given to him by mysterious aliens. Not only does he turn from a boy to a full grown man, but he turns into a fully grown anthropomorphic rabbit. Who knows what kind of wild brainstorming sessions brought Thunderbunny into the world, but the character has jumped between multiple companies, starting out at Charlton before being published by Archie’s Red Circle imprint, WaRP Graphics, and finally Apple Comics. He was last seen in 1987 but this is comics, anybody could come out of limbo at any time.Robby ReedTypically we list these heroes by their costumed name, but for Robby Reed that could take all day. The protagonist of the original Dial H For HERO serial was transformed into a different adult powered identity every time he spun the mystical dial. Some of Robby’s incarnations have included King Coil the anthropomorphic spring, the Human Bullet, Mr. Echo and dozens more. There were several other holders of the HERO Dial in the following decades, including teens Chris King and Vicki Grant, but Robby was the originator and thus gets a spot on the list.BadrockTeenager Thomas John McCall never thought he was destined for great things — that is, until he chugged down a vial of mysterious genetic material (because that’s what teens do) and found himself transformed into a hulking monstrosity of stone drawn by Rob Liefeld in the pages of Youngblood. Although Badrock looks fully grown on the outside, underneath that rock-hard shell is a horny, impulsive teenage boy with all the baggage that entails, and he often found himself mixing it up with other heroes like the Savage Dragon.AbuseGotham City is a tough town for orphans. Colin Wilkes was a ten year old who bounced from foster home to foster home, carrying with him a scrapbook of superhero news clippings. He was kidnapped by the Scarecrow and pumped full of the drug Venom to fight Batman, but once he was freed from the villain’s clutches he discovered that he had been changed by the experience, and with sufficient concentration he could transform into a heavily muscled adult body. Taking the name Abuse and equipping himself with a pair of embossed knuckle-dusters, Colin hit the streets to protect other children.Super Green BeretCreate by Shazam writer Otto Binder, Super Green Beret was a bizarre evolution of the transforming kid theme. When Tod Holton is visited by his uncle Roger, fresh back from Vietnam, he’s given a magical green beret that had been imbued by a Buddhist monk with mysterious powers — powers that let teenage Tod morph into a burly fighting man that could transport himself right to the Vietnamese battlefield and fight for the United States. Confused politics aside, Super Green Beret is a hilariously weird mess of a series that’s worth tracking down in the back issue bins, as it only lasted two issues.BananamanBritain’s comics tradition is a little less superhero-focused than ours, and their takes on the genre are usually a little goofier. Case in point, Bananaman. Schoolboy Max Donora has the ability to transform into a beefy flying adult in a skin-tight leotard whenever he eats a banana. That gives him the strength of twenty men, but if he needs to power up even further he can chow down on even more bananas — but if he eats too many, he balloons up into a rotund goof. Naive, silly and often excessive, Bananaman has been published continually since 1980 and is now found in a webcomic.More on Geek.com:Geeksplainer: ‘Captain Marvel’Stan Lee’s Best CharactersNew ‘Shazam!’ Trailer Teases Hilarious Take on ‘Adult’ Superheroes ‘Shazam’ Spin-Off ‘Black Adam,’ Starring The Roc…MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shazam!’ read more
SPOKANE — Bail was set at $3 million Tuesday for a 16-year-old boy who is charged with killing a World War II veteran and contends the man was beaten to death because he shorted the teen and another boy on a sale of crack cocaine.The allegation was sharply refuted by friends of Delbert Belton, the 88-year-old veteran known as “Shorty.”“Shorty never did no drugs,” said Ted Denison, a friend who added that the defendants were “smearing his name.”The drug-dealing claim is in a letter police found after they arrested Kenan Adams-Kinard early Monday morning, Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor Larry Haskell said during Tuesday’s court hearing.Haskell said the letter contends that Adams-Kinard and Demetrius L. Glenn, 16, were buying crack cocaine from Belton when the attack occurred Aug. 21. That notion was scoffed at by family members and friends of Belton, who was known as Shorty because he was little more than 5 feet tall.Haskell did not return several telephone calls seeking additional information on the drug-dealing claim.Both teens are charged with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery. The charges carry a potential life sentence.Police said Belton, who was wounded in the Battle of Okinawa, was beaten in his vehicle as he waited for a friend in the parking lot of an Eagles Lodge in north Spokane. Officers found Belton with serious head injuries, and his wallet had been taken. He died in the hospital Thursday.The teens will be tried as adults, and Spokane County District Judge Debra Hayes on Tuesday ordered Adams-Kinard moved from a juvenile jail to the Spokane County Jail. read more
Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-aklng-board.mp3VmJennifer-on-aklng-board.mp300:00RPd The assembly established the advisory board in order to monitor activities and developments related to the Alaska LNG project. The assembly adopted resolution 2018-011, a laydown resolution, on February 20, that established the group. Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce said during the meeting on February 20 that this is meant to give citizens of Nikiski more representation in the process. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted to establish a committee to oversee the Alaska Liquid Natural Gasline Project. Currently referred to as the Alaska Liquid Natural Gasline Project Advisory Board of the Kenai Peninsula Borough, at the borough assembly meeting tomorrow night the assembly will vote on a resolution to change the word “board” to “committee”. In a memo to the assembly, he wrote that the formation of the group was submitted after the packet deadline because “the level of concern in the community is increasing.” The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will have their bi-weekly council meeting tomorrow, March 6, at 6 p.m. read more
READING, MA — Presuming the best in others while applying shared values towards life experiences were common themes presented to the 130 graduates of Austin Preparatory School during commencement exercises on May 25.End-of-year activities began with Baccalaureate Mass on May 24, as Most Rev. Mark O’Connell, JCD, delivered words of encouragement to the class of 2019. Bishop O’Connell encouraged graduates to prioritize faith as they depart for their college experience, and to let that be their foundation as proud alumni of the school.The school’s headmaster, Dr. James Hickey of Andover, emphasized the importance of believing something good about someone, rather than bad, when you have the choice of doing either.“As you travel into the world beyond this campus, my advice, my hope, and my prayer, is that you will use the presumption of goodness, the presumption of good intent as a basis of how you conduct yourself, how you interact with human beings, how you sustain your outlook on the world,” Dr. Hickey said. “Be confident in what you have been taught.”Drawing on his experiences as an Austin Prep student, the Honorable Daniel F. Loughry ’69, the graduation keynote speaker, reiterated the importance of living as good citizens.“Each of us has a moral obligation to be kind, considerate, compassionate and helpful,” Loughry expressed. “I hope that you will retain and, more importantly, put these lessons into practice throughout your lives as you run into the twists and turns that come to all of us.”Loughry served as a United States Administrative Law Judge within the Social Security Administration from 1994 until his retirement in 2010. In his role, the Melrose native presided over Social Security and Medicare cases in Los Angeles, Tucson, Ariz. and Las Vegas in addition to a number of other jurisdictions as a visiting judge.Class of 2019 valedictorian, Kelsey Sherriff of Arlington, encouraged classmates not to dwell on past experiences, but instead look to new adventures and opportunities.“There are many unknowns to be explored. We are faced with the same situation that all of us faced four years ago, and that is starting over,” Sherriff said.Using their Austin Prep experiences, the class of 2019 has already started to look for the good in one another while anticipating their next adventure.“Austin Prep has instilled in us values of truth, community and love to use in the next chapters of our lives,” Alexia Andrikopoulos of Reading, class of 2019 salutatorian, told her fellow graduates. “It is our duty as alumni to bring these values with us wherever we go on our next journey.”All 130 graduates were accepted to numerous four-year colleges and universities.Congratulations to the following Wilmington graduates:Robert Farrell will attend New Hampton School in the fall.Joseph Kelley will attend the University of Massachusetts, Lowell in the fall.Benjamin Lidoski will attend the University of Colorado at Boulder in the fall.Hannah Malvone will attend Elon University in the fall.Margaret Peterson will attend Saint Anselm College in the fall.(NOTE: The above press release is from Austin Prep.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Garrity & Ryan Graduate From Assumption CollegeIn “Education”PHOTOS: 12 Wilmington Students Graduate From Austin PrepIn “Photo of the Day”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 13 Wilmington Students Graduate From Austin PrepIn “Education” read more
2:43 Comment The Mate X could be the first of many Huawei foldable phone designs. Andrew Hoyle/CNET When Huawei announced that the Mate X foldable phone would sell for 2,299 euros — roughly $2,600, £2,000 or AU$3,660 — the audience at Huawei’s Mate X launch event at MWC gasped and groaned. But it may not be that way forever. “It is not just only one phone,” said Clement Wong, director for product marketing at Huawei. “A lot of different phones will be coming out,” he added, hinting that they could sell at different prices.Foldable phones are shocking, and not just because they introduce a completely new design. With prices that double that of today’s $1,000 4G flagship designs, these bendable devices will shoot the cost of ownership into the stratosphere. In 2016, Samsung’s most expensive Note phone cost $850, while the price of Apple’s most expensive iPhone soared from $769 in 2016 to $1,099 in 2018, a 43 percent increase. Close up with the Galaxy Fold screen, notch and hinge $1,016 Review • Huawei Mate 20 Pro: An elite phone with the looks to match Originally published Feb. 24.Updates, Feb. 24: adds background on TCL foldable devices; Feb. 25 and March 2: adds more detail, links and photos. Now playing: Watch this: 1 35 Photos See All 60 Photos Jun 29 • Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro LG V50 ThinQ 5G: Why you shouldn’t rush to buy a 5G phone Foldable Phones Tablets Phones The possibility of cheaper Huawei foldable phones was one new Mate X detail that trickled out at a small group session for journalists after Huawei’s press conference in Barcelona. Another was an insight into why the phone is so expensive in the first place, surpassing even the price of Samsung’s new Galaxy Fold, which will sell for $1,980. While a foldable design and high-end specs do inflate the price, the key might lie in the Mate X’s shape.”Honestly,” Wong went on, referring to the Galaxy Fold in veiled terms, “it’s not really, really true foldable.” Huawei didn’t want to sell a foldable phone with a large gap between the sides when they bend shut. The Galaxy Fold has a noticeable loop, seemingly large enough to slot in a pencil, while the Mate X is much more flat. Share your voice Mobile World Congress 2019 • Mentioned Above Huawei Mate 20 Pro CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Huawei Mate X triple threat: Foldable phone with 5G, lots of cameras Tags See it Jul 9 • Killer cameras and battery life might meet their match in the Note 10 The Mate X closes with a physical latch, supported by magnets, and will not support wireless charging. As for its four cameras, which take selfies as well, Wong confirmed that it has the same wide-angle, standard and telephoto lens as the Huawei Mate 20 Pro.”This camera system is as good as our flagship product line Mate series,” he said. “Maybe not exactly the same, but the performance is as good as that one.”Mate X hands-on: Read about our time with Huawei’s foldable phone here. Jun 1 • The Nubia Alpha looks like either a house arrest bracelet or Batman’s phone May 13 • Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR: Every spec compared Mobile World Congress 2019 Huawei Mate 20 Pro The hinge, Wong said, was a major R&D effort that took three years to design. “That is the very critical part to develop the phone,” he said. Read: Galaxy Fold versus Huawei Mate X: Battle of the foldable phonesHuawei’s wise to admit it wants to build lower cost foldable phones. TCL, another Chinese brand that’s best known for selling midprice TVs, also has its eye on making affordable foldable phones that come in far below Huawei’s asking price for the Mate X. We got to see concept devices that included a wallet-style fold and even a tall, narrow strip you can fold around your wrist like a watch. Huawei Mate X is a foldable phone with 5G Mate X foldable phone: Here’s what it’s really like to use 36 Photos reading • Mate X costs $2,600, but Huawei hints at cheaper foldable phones Preview • Huawei Mate 20 Pro is outrageously innovative Huawei read more
By Lenore T. Adkins, Special to the AFROThe Links elected Kimberly Jeffries Leonard as its national president, putting her in charge of one of the world’s largest and oldest women’s service organizations. The move came July 3 at the 71-year-old group’s 41st national assembly in Indianapolis, Ind.“As gatekeepers of justice and our communities, we are in a season like no other,” Jeffries Leonard said in her acceptance remarks, according to a statement. “I am honored to serve as the 17th president of The Links, and I look forward to inspiring our members as we step forward boldly and strategically on the issues we address, the battles we fight, and the way we use our voice.”Dr. Kimberly Jeffries Leonard was named the new Links National President. (Courtesy photo)The Links is made up of 15,000 professional women of color in 288 chapters in the United States, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, and the United Kingdom. Its focus rests with enriching, sustaining, and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African-American women and other women with African roots.Jeffries Leonard originally joined The Links in 1996 and is presently a member of its chapter in Arlington, Va. She graduated from its Scott Hawkins Leadership Institute and has led the organization in various roles, most recently as its national vice president.In her professional life, Jeffries Leonard was deputy director of the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Center for Substance Abuse Treatment at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Currently, she’s president and chief executive officer of Envision Consulting in Washington D.C. and chairwoman of the District of Columbia’s Commission of African American Affairs.On June 24, the AFRO recognized Jeffries Leonard for her community contributions with its “Women in Excellence Reaching Higher” award.Meanwhile, Jeffries Leonard is the third person from the Arlington Links Chapter to serve as national president. Her predecessors are Pauline Ellison and Dolly Adams. read more
Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility BANGUI, Central Africa Republic (AP) — Armed groups in Central African Republic have agreed to release any children they are holding and not to recruit child soldiers, the United Nations Children’s Agency said Tuesday.Eight groups, including the Christian anti-Balaka militia and some ex-Seleka rebel groups, made the commitment in the capital, Bangui, the U.N. said. Representatives of the two warring factions had made a similar pledge in February while signing an unconditional cease-fire during mediations in Nairobi, Kenya. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement “Children are the principal victims of this conflict,” said U.N. Children’s Agency representative Mohamed Malick Fall, who said many worked on the initiative to get the armed groups to agree to liberate the child soldiers. The challenges will be rehabilitating the children and getting them back into the community, he said.UNICEF said between 6,000 and 10,000 children have been recruited by armed groups in Central African Republic.“We pledge to respect our signature so that the Central African children can enjoy the same life chances as their peers around the world,” said Abel Balinguele, a spokesman for one of the ex-Seleka groups.The agreement was signed during a week-long forum in the capital, Bangui, where politicians, civil society groups and others have gathered to discuss the country’s future.Central African Republic was hit by unprecedented sectarian violence last year when the Christian anti-Balaka militia was formed to combat the mostly Muslim Seleka rebels, who had taken control of the country.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments Share Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Parents, stop beating yourself up Quick workouts for men How men can have a healthy 2019 read more
Residents near the Brisbane Airport flight path are enraged because of the noise the extra flights will create. Brisbane Airport has been granted free reign to run flights 24 hours a day, seven days a week, after a push for a late night curfew was rejected by the Abbott Government. “Having considered all of the submissions, the overwhelming preference is for Queensland to stay open for business without impediments and, in this case, without air brakes,” Mr Truss said. Tourism Minister Warren Truss said that the curfew would be an unnecessary burden on industry. Brisbane Airport Corporation dismissed such concerns, noting that noise management at Brisbane Airport is among the most advanced in the world. The decision represents a victory for backers of having no curfew, including the Newman Government and Brisbane Airport, Perth Now reported. The local MP for Griffith, Terri Butler, said that local residents would be disturbed by 10 to 40 flights between 11am and 6am each month. The decision was made following a recommendation by the Brisbane Airport Curfew Committee, which included members of all levels of government and the industry. Source = ETB News: Emma Huynh read more
Builder Confidence Slips in February, South Leads Declines in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing February 19, 2013 447 Views Led by a sharp drop in the South, builder confidence slipped in February to 46–the lowest level since November–the “”National Association of Home Builders””:http://www.nahb.org/news_details.aspx?sectionID=134&newsID=15792 (NAHB) reported Tuesday. Economists had expected the Housing Market Index (HMI), a measure of confidence, would improve to 48 from January’s reading of 47.[IMAGE]The national index has stalled since reaching an 80-month high of 47 in December.Builder confidence in the South dropped seven points to 44, its lowest level since October. The seven-point regional decline was the largest since 2006, when the South├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós index fell nine points from July to August as the housing market began its decline. Confidence rose in all of the other three census regions led by a five-point boost in the Northeast, the result of building activity in the recovery from Superstorm Sandy.Nationally, two of the three index components–current single-family sales and buyer traffic–declined, while the assessment of sales for the next six months edged up.NAHB reported a four-point drop in buyer traffic, the first since a similar four-point drop last May. That decline was followed by a 2.4 percent dip in new home sales in June. Buyer traffic in December was at its lowest level since September.The current sales index fell one point to 51, the first drop since October. The drop in the overall index was the first since April.The one-point increase in the outlook for sales for the next six month reversed a one-point drop in January.With the February report, the total index remained below 50–the tipping point between a positive and negative market assessment–for the 82nd straight month. [COLUMN_BREAK]The last time the HMI was above 50 was April 2006, when the index was at 51 and falling. NAHB began in the Index in 1985, and it peaked at 78 in December 1998. The dip in the current sales should be reflected in the government’s new homes sales report to be issued next Tuesday.That the HMI was flat in January was likely the impact of the fiscal cliff negotiations in which housing tax breaks were said to be on the table. The February index reading was the first since the end of the payroll tax holiday, which meant take-home pay dipped for all salaried employees, making a new mortgage obligation an even greater strain on household budgets.Indeed, NAHB chairman Rick Judson, a home builder from Charlotte, North Carolina, cited “”ongoing uncertainties about job growth and consumer access to mortgage credit”” as one of the reasons for the drop in confidence. At the same time, he said, “”[B]uilders are now confronting rising costs for building materials and, in some markets, limited availability of labor and lots as demand for new homes strengthens.””Even with the drop in February, the overall index is up 18 points in the last year, the 20th straight month of year-over-year improvement. The current sales index has risen 26 points in the last year, the sales forecast measure is up 20 points in the last year, and the traffic index is up 19 points.The HMI, considered a measure of builder confidence, could be reflected in permits and starts data reported for February. That report from the Census Bureau will be issued in March. Meanwhile, Census will report Wednesday on permits and starts for January, when the index read 47.The index, built based on surveys conducted jointly by the NAHB and Wells Fargo, gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months as “”good,”” “”fair”” or “”poor.”” The survey also asks builders to rate traffic of prospective buyers as “”high to very high,”” “”average”” or “”low to very low.”” Scores from each component are then used to calculate a seasonally adjusted index where any number over 50 indicates that more builders view sales conditions as good than poor. _Hear Mark Lieberman every Friday on P.O.T.U.S. radio, Sirius-XM 124, at 6:40 a.m. and again at 9:40 Eastern time._ Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Census Bureau Confidence Home Sales Homebuilders Housing Permits Housing Starts Investors Lenders & Servicers Mark Lieberman National Association of Home Builders Private Construction Processing Service Providers 2013-02-19 Mark Lieberman Share read more
Inventory NAR National Association of Realtors Pending-Home Sales Price Appreciation The week ahead 2017-03-26 Mirasha Brown in Data, Headlines, News Share March 26, 2017 595 Views The Week Ahead: What’s Next for Pending Home Sales? The National Association of Realtors (NAR) will release its data on pending home sales for February 2017 on Wednesday. NAR’s previous data for January showed a decrease of 2.8 percent month-over-month, and a 0.4 percent year-over-year increase.”The significant shortage of listings last month along with deteriorating affordability as the result of higher home prices and mortgage rates kept many would-be buyers at bay,” Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at NAR, said. “Buyer traffic is easily outpacing seller traffic in several metro areas and is why homes are selling at a much faster rate than a year ago. Most notably in the West, it’s not uncommon to see a home come off the market within a month.”Existing-home sales are expected to hit 5.57 million in 2017, which is an increase of 2.2 percent from 2016, which was at 5.45 million. According to the report, the national median existing-home price this year is expected to increase around 4 percent. Existing sales increased 3.8 percent and prices rose 5.1 percent last year.In the February report, Yun mentioned that interest in buying a home is the highest it’s been since the Great Recession. As the economy sees a spike in job growth and stocks, consumers are feeling more confident about their financial situation. However, consumers are facing obstacles in the buying process, especially with a lack of inventory and rising home prices.”January’s accelerated price appreciation is concerning because it’s over double the pace of income growth and mortgage rates are up considerably from six months ago,” said Yun. “Especially in the most expensive markets, prospective buyers will feel this squeeze to their budget and will likely have to come up with additional savings or compromise on home size or location.”The February 2017 Pending Home Sales Index will be released at 10 a.m. EST.This Week’s ScheduleAEI/First American National Housing Market Index (NHMI), Monday, 11 a.m. ESTS&P Corelogic Case-Shiller Home Price Index (HPI), Tuesday, 9 a.m. ESTMBA Mortgage Applications, Wednesday, 7 a.m. ESTFreddie Mac Weekly Mortgage Survey, Thursday, 10 a.m. EST read more
Argentine blueberries: Country will be “niche” pla … “From now on, the high temperatures might continue to reduce the amount of fruit destined for fresh exports and also the prevision made last week about reaching a similar volume than the previous season around 110,000 tons,” it said.The season in the northern growing regions has finished, while harvests of the latest varieties in the north-central area are expected to end next week. Meanwhile, there are still significant harvesting activities taking place in some localities of the central-south area, with the main varieties being Legacy, Brigitta and Brightwell. However, there is currently a significant drop in volumes and the harvests are expected to end within four weeks.In the southern growing areas, there is currently a lower volume compared to the harvests of the same week last year, and the region is expected to continue harvesting very limited volumes throughout March.Exports of organic blueberries have increased dramatically this year. By week 6 they were registered at 11,870MT – 42% higher than last season.Blueberries are not the only fruit to be affected by the severe heat, with apple exporters recently saying that condition and storage life for that commodity may be impacted. Severe heat experienced in many blueberry-growing areas of Chile over recent weeks could limit exports of fresh fruit during what remains of the 2018-19 campaign.In a weekly crop report, the Chilean Blueberry Committee said the high temperatures could mean that total export volumes end up slightly lower than last season, against previous forecasts of similar exports.”On week 6, 4,192 tons of fresh blueberries were exported from Chile. This volume is lower than the initially expected due to the high temperatures in the central-south and south zones that affected the fruit and led to fruit discards,” it said.The accumulated volume is 98,573 metric tons (MT), which is 3% higher than last season year-on-year. February 15 , 2019 Blueberries in Charts: Higher prices are coming … Blueberries In Charts: Higher market volumes lead … Blueberry uptick drives Camposol’s strong performa … You might also be interested in read more
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