Advertisement Advertisement The smash musical “Hamilton” is headed to Toronto.Mirvish Productions says a touring production of the 11-time Tony Award-winning show will be a part of its 2019-20 subscription season.Mirvish says it will be a limited engagement. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Exact dates and a venue will be announced later.“Hamilton” profiles American founding father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who worked alongside George Washington during the Revolutionary War.He was also the first U.S. Treasury Secretary.Acclaimed playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote the story, music and lyrics for the show, which features a varied score with multiple genres. Login/Register With: Twitter
WASHINGTON — For a second straight time, the Federal Reserve is set to cut interest rates this week to try to protect the economy from the consequences of a global slowdown and President Donald Trump’s trade war with China.After that, no one — not even the Fed itself — seems sure what it will do. The economic landscape looks too hazy and vulnerable to unexpected events, like oil price spikes resulting from the weekend attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil production facilities.Among the key questions:Will Trump achieve at least a truce in his conflict with China and diminish a threat overhanging the U.S. economy?Will Britain avoid a disruptive exit from the European Union that would destabilize the global economy?Is U.S. inflation, dormant for years, finally starting to reach the level the Fed has long targeted? Could a surge in oil prices even send inflation to heights that would make the Fed uncomfortable about cutting rates? Or would higher energy prices make the officials more fearful of a global downturn and so more inclined to cut rates?The answers to those uncertainties will influence the Fed’s decisions in the coming months on whether it needs to keep reducing borrowing rates to try to help sustain the U.S. economic expansion now in its 11th year.It might not matter much in any case. With rates already ultra-low, few economists think a further modest drop in borrowing costs would provide much economic stimulus. Still, the financial markets are anticipating not only a quarter-point rate cut on Wednesday when the Fed ends its latest policy meeting but one or more additional cuts later this year.Since the Fed’s last meeting ended July 31, the markets have endured a tumultuous ride. On that day, it announced its first rate cut in more than a decade — since the eruption of the financial crisis in 2008. In explaining its move to cut its key short-term rate to a range of 2% to 2.25%, the Fed cited the weakening international economy, uncertainties heightened by Trump’s trade fights and chronically low inflation. It cast its action as a pre-emptive move to sustain the expansion.Yet the very next day, Trump sent markets plunging when he announced a new round of penalty tariffs against China. Around the same time, he also stepped up his public attacks on the Fed and on Chairman Jerome Powell personally. By the time Powell addressed an annual Fed conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, in late August, Trump was tweeting that the man he had chosen to lead America’s central bank was an “enemy” of the United States to rival China’s President Xi Jinping.Trump’s sniping at the Powell Fed hasn’t let up. He has demanded larger and larger rate cuts. Last week, he insisted that the Fed should cut its benchmark rate to zero — or below, as the European Central Bank has done.Nearly all economists outside the administration view that idea as unwise if not reckless. Negative rates tend to reflect severe economic weakness — something not characteristic of the U.S. economy, with its slow but steady growth, solid consumer spending and an unemployment rate near a half-century low.The most serious threat to the expansion is widely seen as Trump’s own trade war. The increased import taxes he has imposed on goods from China and Europe — and the counter-tariffs other nations have imposed on U.S. exports — have hurt American companies and paralyzed plans for investment and expansion.And despite Trump’s insistence that the Fed aggressively slash what are already historically low interest rates, few businesses feel that borrowing rates are too high or that they can’t obtain loans.“When we talk to our businesses — and it doesn’t matter the sector, it doesn’t matter the size, it doesn’t matter their geographic location — what’s driving their concern is uncertainty in the policymaking process, especially with respect to tariffs,” said Neil Bradley, executive vice-president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.In recent days, the Trump administration and Beijing have acted to de-escalate tensions before a new round of trade talks planned for October in Washington. Yet most analysts foresee no significant agreement emerging this fall in the conflict, which is fundamentally over Beijing’s aggressive drive to supplant America’s technological dominance.Balanced against a possible truce in the trade war are events that could undercut the economy, from a strike at General Motors to the attack that has temporarily reduced Saudi Arabia’s oil production. The Trump administration says Iran is behind the attack, raising already high U.S.-Iran tensions.So far, most economists say the temporary loss of Saudi production won’t end up hurting the U.S. economy, primarily because there remains plenty of global supply.“Higher oil prices are not the big economic deal that they have been in decades past,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics. “I suspect the Fed will look through the Saudi attack and will stick to their script of delivering a rate cut this week.”On Wednesday, in addition to announcing its decision on rates, the Fed’s policymakers will update their forecasts for economic growth, unemployment, inflation and interest rates over the next three years. Powell will also hold a news conference.The case for a rate cut is by no means overwhelming. The job market is essentially healthy, and wages are rising. Last week, the government reported that retail sales rose in August. An index of consumer sentiment produced by the University of Michigan has rebounded.In addition, inflation, which has run chronically below the Fed’s 2% target rate for years, may be picking up. The government said core consumer prices, excluding the volatile sectors of energy and food, rose 2.4% over the past 12 months — the fastest such pace in more than a year. If the Fed’s policymakers conclude that inflation will sustain a faster pace, it might give them pause about cutting rates much further.Still, the course of the trade war, along with other unknowns like the outcome of Brexit, will likely be the biggest factor in the Fed’s decision-making.“They have to react to policies that can change with the speed of a tweet,” said Diane Swonk, chief economist at accounting firm Grant Thornton.On Monday, Trump linked the oil attack and the Fed’s rate decision, saying that after “the oil hit,” the economy needs “Big Interest Rate Drop, Stimulus!”But some analysts think the Fed might react to Trump’s rising demands for steep rate cuts by making explicitly clear that it’s keeping its focus on the economy.“The Fed will send a message to President Trump saying that domestic conditions, including economic growth and inflation currently, do not justify any more significant cuts in interest rates,” said Sung Won Sohn, business economist at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.David Jones, the author of several books on the Fed, said he expects the Fed’s message to echo the one Powell sounded at an event this month in Switzerland in which he suggested that the economy appears resilient despite heightened uncertainties and weaker growth.“As opposed to Mr. Trump and his criticism, Powell feels the economy is in good shape, and he wants to keep it that way,” Jones said.___AP Economics Writer Christopher Rugaber contributed to this report.Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press
“The Secretary-General and the Secretariat are working on the political, peacekeeping and humanitarian fronts to respond to this deep regional crisis,” Vijay Nambiar, who led a team of veteran United Nations officials for wide-ranging talks in the region under the auspices of Secretary-General Kofi Annan, told the Council at the opening of a daylong open meeting on the explosion of violence.Outlining the extent of the destruction, which had already claimed the lives of over 300 Lebanese and 34 Israelis while injuring over 500 Lebanese and approximately 200 Israelis, he said: “We would welcome a united stance by the Security Council.”Over the course of his 14 to 19 July mission, which included UN envoy to Middle East Alvaro de Soto and Terje Roed-Larsen, Mr. Nambiar said he met with Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora and Speaker of the Parliament Nabih Berri, as well as Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and a number of other senior Israeli officials, along with a range of regional leaders.He recounted that Prime Minister Siniora said that he was not in a position to negotiate a ceasefire himself as he had no involvement in the initiation or the continuation of Hizbollah’s attacks, which his Government had disavowed. He maintained that Israel’s activities were making it more difficult to fulfil Security Council demands to extend his Government’s control over its territory.Israeli leaders stressed Hizbollah’s responsibility for initiating the conflict and broadening it through its rocket attacks against Israeli population centres. They made it clear, he said, that Israel had decided that military operations would continue until Hizbollah was seriously weakened.Despite such difficult negotiating positions, Mr. Nambiar saw two vital political goals for the international community in the days ahead, the first of which is to secure, urgently, some form of cessation of hostilities. “This is essential so that the captives are protected and released, humanitarian access is assured, civilian casualties are dramatically reduced, and the political space is opened to negotiate a full and durable ceasefire.”The second is to develop quickly the elements of a political framework that would pave the way for such a ceasefire, some of which had been suggested by Secretary-General Annan yesterday in his briefing to the Council and included a strengthened international peacekeeping force.“A political package is needed that gives the Governments of Israel and Lebanon confidence that the horrors each country is now enduring will not be repeated,” he said, proposing that such a package should ensure the end of the Hizbollah threat against Israel, and the full respect by all parties of the Lebanese Government’s sovereignty and control.Turning to the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories, where at least 147 Palestinians and five Israelis have been killed in violence following the capture of an Israeli soldier on the Gaza border on 25 June, Mr. Nambiar said that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was particularly concerned with the need for a political path forward.In their discussions, he said President Abbas felt it was important to “de-link” the crisis in Lebanon from the crisis in the Palestinian areas, since he thought that the current violence in the country to the north represented, among other factors, an attempt by non-Palestinian extremists to “hijack leadership” on the Palestinian issue.“He left us with a powerful impression that the international community has work to do in assisting the parties o develop a credible political framework that can show the path towards what the G8 calls the root cause of the problems of the region – the absence of a comprehensive Middle East peace,” Mr. Nambiar said, referring to the group of dominant industrial countries who recently concluded a summit in St. Petersburg.
Condos, townhomes hottest sellers in Metro Vancouver: real estate board by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 2, 2017 8:34 am MDT Last Updated Jun 2, 2017 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – Home sales across Metro Vancouver rebounded to near record levels in May but demand is now being driven by condominiums and townhomes, a real estate expert says.That’s a shift from booming single-family home sales last year, said Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver president Jill Oudil.“First-time buyers and people looking to downsize from their single-family homes are both competing for these two types of housing,” she said in a news release.Real estate sales dropped off dramatically in Metro Vancouver shortly after B.C. Premier Christy Clark introduced a 15-per-cent foreign buyers tax last August in an attempt to cool the overheated market.After the legislation was introduced, Clark said her government was focused on increasing the housing supply and protecting buyers and sellers.But the renewed upward trend appears to show the market correction may be temporary.Fewer people are putting their homes on the market and that is what kept prices steady or climbing, Oudil said. She warned in April that home prices are likely to continue to increase until more housing supply comes on the market.Residential property sales totalled 4,364 in May, a leap of 22.8 per cent over the homes sold one month earlier, the real estate board said.The numbers are 23.7 per cent above the 10-year sales average for the month and mark the third-highest selling May on record.New listings for all property types also increased 23.2 per cent across the region compared with April, but available townhomes for sale climbed at the slowest pace, followed by apartments and detached homes, Oudil said.“Homebuyers are beginning to have more selection to choose from in the detached market, but the number of condominiums for sale continues to decline,” she said.Numbers from the board show sales-to-active listings are 94.6 per cent for condominiums, 76.1 per cent for townhomes and 31 per cent for detached homes.Generally, analysts say home prices often climb when sales-to-active listings are above 20 per cent over several months.The composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver is currently $967,500, an 8.8 per cent increase over May 2016 and a 2.8 per cent increase compared with April 2017.By property type, the benchmark price for a condo is currently $571,300, a 17.8 per cent increase over May 2016 and a 3.1 per cent jump since April.The benchmark for a townhome is $715,400, up 13.1 per cent since last May, while the benchmark for a detached property is $1,561,000, a 3.1 per cent increase in one year.The real estate board says May’s sales numbers, while strong, remain 8.5 per cent below the all-time sales record of 4,769, recorded in the same month last year.Almost 40,000 homes changed ownership in the board’s area last year. The total value of transactions through the multiple listings service for that period was $40 billion.
“Five million infants and five million mothers in marginalized communities can receive better access to health, nutrition, water and sanitation services” said UNICEF’s Executive Director Anthony Lake. “And 7 million more children can stay in school and receive a quality education.”Since 2002, UNICEF programmes funded by the IKEA Foundation have impacted the lives of over 74 million people living in 15 states in India. The expanded support announced today will enable UNICEF to continue to assist the Government of India’s efforts to improve the chances of survival, development and growth of all children.One grant of €39.5 million (approximately $53.3 million) will help infants and mothers to reduce mortality and malnutrition rates across 13 states. A second grant of €20.7 million ($28 million) will enable children across 10 states to receive quality education and benefit from a Government scheme that provides a safe environment for children living in difficult circumstances. A child born in India joins an estimated population of 1.2 billion, of which nearly 40 per cent are under the age of 18. The circumstances children face in the country can be harrowing. India alone accounts for more than 20 per cent of the child deaths and 38 per cent of the chronically undernourished children in the world. This is largely due to a lack of access to good quality, essential health services, and insufficient nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene services for children under two and their mothers. In addition, more than 80 million children drop out before completing eight years of schooling and over 8 million children are out of school. Founded in 1982, the IKEA Foundation was started by the Swedish home furnishings company of the same name and according to its website it aims to address “the root causes of child labour as well as endeavours with major partners to promote child rights and education.”The contribution today brings IKEA Foundation’s total investment in UNICEF’s work in India to €158 million ($213 million) and aims at achieving results for children by 2018.
Kate wore an outfit by Luisa SpagnoliCredit: Ian Vogler The engagement is part of a series of events the Duke and Duchess are undertaking – many with Prince Harry – to promote the royal trio’s Heads Together mental health campaign.Heads Together is a umbrella organisation – with Place2Be a member – that aims to change the national conversation around psychological issues to a positive one. The Duchess of Cambridge has said she wants to teach her children the importance of respect, honesty and kindness.Kate said making Prince George, the future King, and his sister Princess Charlotte aware of the value of these qualities was just as important as academic or sporting success.The Duchess’s comments came as she celebrated pupils with the “K factor”, or kindness factor, during a visit to Mitchell Brook Primary in north-west London with her husband the Duke for the launch of Children’s Mental Health Week.The annual event – which this year has the theme Spread A Little Kindness – is an initiative founded by the mental health charity Place2Be, which has Kate as royal patron, and runs counselling sessions at Mitchell Brook in Neasden. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sit down on a “kindness bench” as they celebrate the efforts of school children with the “K factor”Credit:Ian Vogler/PA Wire Kate, who wore an outfit by Luisa Spagnoli, said: “My parents taught me about the importance of qualities like kindness, respect, and honesty, and I realise how central values like these have been to me throughout my life.”That is why William and I want to teach our little children George and Charlotte just how important these things are as they grow up.”In my view it is just as important as excelling at maths or sport.” The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the Mitchell Brook Primary School, north London, where she and her husband are attending the Place2Be Big Assembly with Heads Together for Children’s Mental Health Week.Credit: PA Wire/PA Images/John Stillwell Speaking during a special school assembly where those with the K factor were recognised, the Duchess added: “People often ask me why I am so interested in the mental health of children and young people.”The answer is quite simple – it is because I think that every child should have the best possible start in life.”When I was growing up I was very lucky. My family was the most important thing to me.”They provided me with somewhere safe to grow and learn, and I know I was fortunate not to have been confronted by serious adversity at a young age.” At the weekend, Kate, William and Harry competed in a relay race at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London, where they joined around 150 London marathon competitors who are fundraising for the eight Heads Together charity partners or the campaign itself. Among the competitors was The Telegraph’s Bryony Gordon, who shared a warm moment with Prince Harry when she was discussing the challenges of mental ill health with news reader Sian Williams. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
The new Bahreini national coach is Borut Macek. Slovenian coach will try to write the new chapter of the handball history by taking the third national team to the World Championship. He did it with Qatar in 2013 and Iran in 2015, while the next chance for Bahrein will be at World Championship 2017 in France.Macek led Iran to the 21th place at World Championship 2015.He won’t be only coach who will take the new role in Persian Gulf. The youngest coach in the EHF Champions League history from his time in RK Partizan Beograd (2011), Aleksandar Brkovic will take responsibility for U21 and U19 Bahreini national teams. ← Previous Story RK Borac Banjaluka to host EHF CL qualification tournament! Next Story → Danaon Cup 2015 to open the “gates” tonight Bahrein handball
House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz speaks during a Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce lunch. (File photo by Leila Kheiry, KRBD – Ketchikan)After years in the legislative minority, all Southeast representatives are in positions of power.Listen Now The new bipartisan House majority and Republican-led Senate majority have named Southeast lawmakers to chair six committees. There, they can influence budgets, pass legislation and kill bad bills.It’s been a rough road for Southeast legislators and their constituents under the outgoing legislative leadership. Only two of the region’s six lawmakers had key roles in their chamber’s organizations.That’s changing.Ketchikan independent Dan Ortiz is one of four Southeast representatives in the House’s new organization.“I think this bipartisan majority is only a good development for the interests of Southeast Alaska,” Ortiz said.Ortiz will have a seat on his chambers’ Finance Committee, which writes state budgets with its Senate equivalent.Ortiz said he’ll do what he can to protect and advance the region’s priorities. They include the Alaska Marine Highway System and the Department of Fish and Game.But there are limits.“We’re not in a period where I’m going to be part of handing out lots of goodies for Southeast Alaska, that’s for sure,” Ortiz said. “But hopefully, I’ll be able to do the best I can at protecting the interests as much as possible of Southeast Alaska.”The outgoing Southeast Finance Committee member is Juneau Republican Cathy Muñoz, who lost her re-election bid.Southeast’s newest lawmaker, Juneau Democrat Justin Parish, won that race. He’ll start off his first term sharing the chairmanship of the Community and Regional Affairs Committee. That committee considers bills related to local government and rural issues.“From my seat there and with the help of my co-chair, I’ll able to quash any possible thought of a capital move,” Parish said.Parish, who lived in Tenakee and Haines, said he’ll also try to help small communities keep the support they have.Sitka Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins will start his third term heading up the new majority’s State Affairs Committee. It handles many state government issues. So he’ll also be in a position to slow or block capital- or Legislature-move measures, as well as other issues.“Daylight savings time has come up in the past as an issue that for many in Southeast has been a bit of a bugaboo,” Kreiss-Tomkins said. “And that falls within the jurisdiction of the committee.”Many Southeast tour businesses oppose the change because it would reduce the number of summer evening daylight hours.Juneau Democratic Rep. Sam Kito III, elected to his second full term, will chair two committees. One is Labor and Commerce, where Kito will investigate Alaska’s rising insurance costs.“I’m looking at working … with other states and with national organizations to try and see if there are ways we can capitalize on things that they’ve done, as well as possibly enlarging our pool of health-care recipients,” Kito said.Kito will also chair the Legislative Council, which oversees House and Senate business between sessions. He said he’ll look for ways to lower the cost of legislative operations.Senator Bert Stedman. (KRBD file photo)Another Southeast lawmaker has a chairmanship as part of the Senate’s GOP-led majority. Sitka Republican Bert Stedman will head up the chamber’s Transportation Committee.The panel will likely address a plan for changing the state ferry system’s management structure. Stedman said he’ll proceed cautiously to protect the system.“The concern there is: there will be groups within the legislative body that wouldn’t be concerned about whether the marine highway functions or doesn’t function and to just get rid of it,” Stedman said.Southeast’s other senator, Juneau Democrat Dennis Egan, is in the chamber’s minority. He will sit on its Labor and Commerce and Transportation Committees.Stedman said the new House majority’s rural and coastal leadership will help balance out the Senate’s mostly urban focus.Rep. Kreiss-Tomkins said it will also try to reduce partisanship – especially in his committee.“I’d really love the first bill that we hear to be a minority Republican bill,” Kreiss-Tomkins said. “Because I think that upends legislative tradition that you try to turn your eyes away from those that don’t happen to be in power at any given time, even if the ideas are good.”Other committee assignments will be announced at a future date.
Eleven people were killed Saturday and six others are missing after two dragon boats capsized in southern China, state-run Xinhua news agency said.Rowers on board the two long, narrow kayak-like boats were practising for a race in Taohua River in the city of Guilin when the accident occurred Saturday afternoon, tipping 57 people into the water.Some 40 people have been pulled out of the water alive and rescue work continues, Xinhua said.Authorities in Guilin said villagers had organised a practice session without notifying police, and that two organisers were detained.Races are held nationwide every year to mark the dragon boat festival, which falls on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar, or the summer solstice.The festival pays tribute to the ancient poet Qu Yuan who, legend has it, drowned himself in protest against being falsely accused of treason.
Citation: Apple’s iPad Vs Lenovo’s IdeaPad U1Hybrid Notebook (w/ Video) (2010, January 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-01-apple-ipad-lenovo-ideapad-u1hybrid.html The iPad has no multitasking capabilities which can be counter-productive; how can you copy and paste between two application? This is a basic requirement that is even available in some smartphones.No Flash support. Many websites use flash for video streaming as well as movie content providers like Hulu, Fancast, and others. The screen ratio is 4:3 and is not HD ready. The screen itself displays 132 ppi as compared to the iPhone’s 163 ppi. This leaves much to be desired when viewing streaming video.The good news is the iPad has optional keyboard dock, camera connection kit and an Apple-designed case; all of which will raise the basic cost.In the 2010 CES, Lenovo announced their IdeaPad U1Hybrid Notebook. This device has unique detach-and-converge design that lets users easily remove the screen to instantly switch from clamshell mode to a multi-touch slate tablet. Lenovo’s amazing Tablet/PC Hybrid brings a tablet and a PC together in an amazingly elegant way. It’s a tablet. It’s a notebook computer. In the clamshell mode the ideaPad runs Windows 7 Home Edition and when detached, in the tablet mode, runs Skylight OS. Skylight OS is a custom user interface by Lenovo built on top of the Linux kernel. Since both OS’s support Adobe Flash there’s no problems watching flash multimedia in clamshell or tablet mode.Both operating systems also provide users with a wide range of existing applications that are not found in the iPad except for existing iPhone apps.Of course these are not the only two touch tablets that we will see in 2010. This year we can see completion heating up between eReaders and touch tablets. The winner will have to be a device that is both innovative and affordable. Lenovo’s IdeaPad U1Hybrid Notebook This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Glance: How Apple’s iPad measures up More information: Lenovo IdeaPad news release: news.lenovo.com/article_displa … .cfm?article_id=1301 Explore further © 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — Apple’s announcement on their new iPad left some disappointed in its capabilities and lack of. The iPad is sleek and thin at .53 inches and weighs only 1.4 pounds. According to Apple the iPad will run iPhone apps without any modification. There are however some features that will have consumers thinking twice before considering to buy the iPad.
Kolkata: Former West Bengal minister and senior CPI(M) leader Nirupam Sen has been put on life-support system at a city-based hospital after his health condition deteriorated, doctors said Friday. The condition of 71-year-old Sen was critical, the doctors said. Sen, who has been fighting kidney ailments was admitted to the hospital and put on life-support system on Wednesday evening, they said. Sen was the Commerce and Industry minister in the Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee government and was also a former politburo member of the CPI(M).
Quite possibly the only surviving remnants of a dress worn by Queen Elizabeth I are about to go on display. Of the many objects from history that are being preserved, textiles are one of the most difficult. Unless the item is carefully protected throughout the years, moths, creasing, light and humidity can ruin delicate fabrics. It’s difficult enough to keep clothing from the 18th and 19th centuries much less during the reign of Elizabeth I which lasted from 1558 until her death in 1603. Eleri Lynn, curator of historic dress at Historic Royal Palaces in England believes that is exactly what she has found. Gowns for royalty were so costly they were often repurposed or given as gifts to members of the court. There were often precious jewels and threads of silver and gold making up the sumptuous gowns. Elizabeth especially liked pearls in honor of her mother, Henry VII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, who favored them.In a portrait done by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger about 1600, sometimes called the “Rainbow Portrait”, Elizabeth is wearing a colorfully hand embroidered dress adorned with flowers, insects, forest animals and most importantly, a small bear matching an illustration that Lynn had seen in previous research in a book from 1594.AdChoices广告inRead invented by Teads“Rainbow Portrait,” c. 1600–02, attributed to Marcus Gheeraerts the YoungerWhen Elizabeth had grown tired of certain items of clothing, it is known that her favorite lady in waiting, Blanche Parry, was given some dresses. Now for the first time actual pieces of a dress worn by Queen Elizabeth I is believed to have been identified. The embroidered silk of the cloth, which feature gold and silver thread, had been used as an altar cloth for centuries in Herefordshire. It is thought to have come to the town of Bacton though Elizabeth’s close associate Blanche Parry.The Bacton cloth was once part of two sections of a dress – bodice and sleeves. Photo courtesy of Historic Royal Palaces“When I saw it for the first time I knew immediately that it was something special. As I examined it, I felt as though I had found the Holy Grail, the Mona Lisa of fashion,” curator Eleri Lynn of Historic Royal Palaces told The Telegraph, when the cloth was first discovered in 2017. But only now has it been identified as most likely belonging to the famous Queen.“None of Elizabeth I’s dresses are known to have survived, but everything we have learnt since then points to it being worn by Elizabeth.”Detail of the Bacton cloth. Claire Collins/Historic Royal PalacesDuring her reign, Elizabeth elevated these laws to include restrictions on collar and sleeve ruffs, hosiery and the length of swords worn to court. It was commonly understood that no one should ever be dressed better than the Queen. Even her court attendants were instructed to wear subdued clothing for fear of offending the vain Elizabeth.Detail of the bear from the Bacton cloth, which is embroidered with nature and animal scenes. Photo courtesy of Historic Royal PalacesThese laws prohibited Parry from wearing any of the dresses given to her by the Queen so Lynn believes Parry cut the silver chamblet fabric, made of silk, wool and linen which she may have helped to embroider herself, and presented it as an altar cloth at 13th century St. Faith’s Church in Bacton, Herefordshire where she worshipped or it was possibly sent to the church by Parry’s friends at court in memory of her.Detail from the Bacton cloth showing different kinds of plants. Photo courtesy of Historic Royal PalacesIn 1909, Reverend Charles Brothers of St. Faith’s had the cloth framed because he also believed it had been part of Queen Elizabeth’s wardrobe long before Lynn’s research work.While there is no concrete evidence that the slips of fabric were worn by the Queen, circumstantial evidence abounds and the experts are convinced. The cloth is the correct type for the late 1500s; the embroidered images were popular at that time; the style of the embroidery which is no longer practiced; the lady in waiting in question was a part of Elizabeth’s life almost since birth; the church elders possibly having the knowledge of the fabric’s origin and the close resemblance to the fabric of a dress known to have been worn by Queen Elizabeth I.Related Video:After the English Civil War ended in 1649, Oliver Cromwell temporarily ousted the monarchy from England and appointed himself Lord Protector of England, Scotland, and Ireland. He sold much of the royal collections to finance his takeover which makes finding something from the Tudor Dynasty that much more important.Related Article: The Incredibly Realistic Face of Queen Elizabeth IAfter extensive restoration the precious fabric will be displayed at Hampton Court Palace, Elizabeth’s residence, from October 12, 2019 to February 23, 2020 along with the Rainbow Portrait on loan from Hatfield House in Hertfordshire and a reproduction of the gown as the Virgin Queen would have worn it. You can find more information on the exhibit and how to visit at hrp.org.uk.
4 min read Fraudulent or annoying content on your company’s social network can undermine customer trust and ultimately hurt your business.Such content runs the gamut from automatically generated mass emails trying to sell something to carefully crafted cons intended to swindle users out of money. To prevent spam and scams from infecting your social network and harming your reputation, consider these five tips to help keep your users safe:1. Require extra verification from users. When spammers attempt to reach as many people as possible, they often develop programs that create multiple fake users on social networks. But if there’s an extra level of verification in the process to create a user profile or to log in, a spammer’s program will fail, says Kevin Cardwell, master trainer for the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants. For example, a user might see an image of a house and have to identify it to log in. Another popular type of verification, which is called CAPTCHA, requires users to type the letters and numbers shown in a graphic script. Individuals can easily complete these verification tests, Cardwell says, but it is “harder to write automatic tools to do that.”Your IT team should be sure to insert these extra layers of verification. Alternatively, if an entrepreneur is purchasing an application to develop a website, security features should be included, Cardwell says. Some Internet security companies, such as DeepnetSecurity, also can help business owners add additional layers of verification to the login process. Prices for such software vary, but DeepnetSecurity offers price quotes on its site.Related: Why You Should Consider Outsourcing Computer Security2. Install a web application firewall. A firewall protects users by preventing hackers from compromising the site. While there is virtually no way to completely eliminate problems, a firewall “is going to mitigate the risk and make it harder” for a hacker to get into your site, says Cardwell. “Usually, they will go to someone who is not protected by a web application firewall” in the same way that a burglar alarm deters thieves. Cardwell recommends ModSecurity and WebKnight, which are free, as well as Profense, which costs $2,995 and includes one year of technical support and upgrades.3. Identify risky devices. Every digital device has a unique Internet Protocol address, or IP. If you find hundreds of posts or profiles from the same IP address within a short period of time, that’s a good sign the user is fraudulent. Spammers often rely on quantity: If they send out enough emails or set up enough fake profiles, they figure somebody will bite. David Evans, the online editor of Online Dating Insider, a blog covering the business of online dating, recommends monitoring what device users are logging in with using a company called iovation. Iovation has a database of more than 800 million unique devices and can identify those that have been involved in risky activity. The cost to use iovation depends on the industry and transaction volume.Two other online security companies that Evans recommends are MaxMind and Subuno. MaxMind charges a product license fee that runs $15 to $370, plus a monthly update fee that ranges from $3 to $90, depending on the type of database. Subuno charges between $19 and $249 a month, based on the number of transactions.Related: Three Tips for Using Public Wi-Fi Safely4. Scan your site for links. Hackers or spammers will post responses to online conversations by directing customers to another site. An entrepreneur should be wary of a comment along the lines of, “Oh, what you said here is very interesting, take a look at this link that says something that is similar,” says Jules Polonetsky, director and co-chair of the Future of Privacy Forum, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, and former chief privacy officer at AOL. Typically, the link will take a user either to a site where a spammer is selling something or to an infected site that will compromise the user’s computer or steal personal information.5. Empower your customers. “An owner of a small business can’t be everywhere,” says Polonetsky. “It is the other posters [to your website] who are there day-to-day who can be the best eyes and ears.” So you want to give your users a way to flag inappropriate behavior. Popular sites like Facebook and YouTube have clickable icons for reporting spam or other inappropriate content, Polonetsky says. “Responding to your active members and making it very clear that you want to hear and that you will react to what they raise helps deputize every one of them.”Corrections & Amplifications: The name of the online security company Subuno was incorrectly spelled in an earlier version of this article. Register Now » February 23, 2012 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global
Microsoft: Ads in Mail client were experimental only by Martin Brinkmann on November 17, 2018 in Windows – 15 commentsAdvertisement in email clients has always been a controversial topic. Microsoft pushed an update to the default Mail application on Windows 10 for Insiders recently that brought ads to the client; a feature that the company claimed later was never “intended to be tested broadly”.The Mail application of Windows 10, and Windows 8 as well, is a basic program to manage email accounts on the desktop.It is not really suitable for users who use email a lot, but works fine if mail is used occasionally only. Other email clients for the desktop, be it the open source program Thunderbird or Microsoft’s own Outlook application, provide far better functionality.Twitter user mehedi noticed yesterday that Microsoft started to display advertisement in the default Mail client for Windows 10.It turned out that some users were seeing these ads for a period of weeks or even months. A support page, which Microsoft pulled in the meantime, stated that the company was running an advertisement experiment in the countries Brazil, Canada, Australia, and India.Bleeping Computer ran a story in July 2018 about inline advertisement in the Mail client.Mayank Parmar noted back then that it appeared that Microsoft was running an A/B test as he could not replicate it back then on test systems (not counting the obligatory “Get premium Outlook features” ad that Microsoft displays in the Mail application.Microsoft’s Frank X. Shaw, Microsoft Corporate vice president, communications, replied to the tweet stating that the feature was experimental and that it is being turned off.This was an experimental feature that was never intended to be tested broadly and it is being turned off.Microsoft introduced advertisement early on in the lifecycle of the operating system. Windows 10’s Start Menu displayed ads — suggestions as Microsoft called them — from the very get-go, and that expanded to the Lockscreen, Share feature, and File Explorer over the years.While it is possible to disable Windows 10 ads, some users wondered whether it was right to display advertisement in an operating system that was not free.Advertisement is typically only displayed in free products and not in paid ones. Gmail users get advertisement but use of the software is free; this is not true for Windows 10, however, as it is not available as a free product.Closing WordsThe placement of advertisement is controversial enough but the placement of ads in commercial products is even more controversial than that. Customers paid for Windows 10 and it seems likely that most are displeased when advertisement is displayed.Now You: What is your take on this?SummaryArticle NameMicrosoft: Ads in Mail client were experimental onlyDescriptionMicrosoft pushed an update to the default Mail application on Windows 10 for Insiders recently that brought ads to the client.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
MANILA, Philippines (AP) – Police in the northern Philippines say a minibus so overloaded that passengers were riding on the rooftop has plunged into a 150-meter (500-foot) deep ravine. Eleven people are dead and another 10 injured.Provincial police chief William Bequeno says the vehicle lost control Sunday while negotiating a rough patch of a mountain road.The modified Jeep, known as a jeepney and the most popular mode of public transport in the Philippines, was carrying nearly 30 passengers. It wasn’t clear whether the driver survived. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates ErrorOK… ErrorOK More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Top Stories 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Comments Share Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Many accidents in the country are blamed on poorly maintained vehicles and roads, inadequate driver training and weak traffic law enforcement.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Consumer Outlook Sours in February Conference Board Confidence Consumer spending Jobs 2014-02-25 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News An uncertain outlook brought consumer confidence down in February, erasing much of January’s recovery.The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index fell from a revised 79.4 last month to 78.1 in the most recent release. The individual components making up the index were mixed, with the measure of current conditions rising nearly four points to 81.7 and the gauge of consumer expectations falling more than five points to 75.7.“While expectations have fluctuated over recent months, current conditions have continued to trend upward and the Present Situation Index is now at its highest level in almost six years,” said Lynn Franco, director of economic indicators at the Conference Board. “This suggests that consumers believe the economy has improved, but they do not foresee it gaining considerable momentum in the months ahead.”Asked about their thoughts on the current economic situation, 21.5 percent of consumers said business conditions are “good” (up from 20.8 percent), while 22.6 percent said conditions are “bad” (from 23.4 percent). Meanwhile, 13.9 percent said jobs are “plentiful,” up slightly from the last index—though nearly a third still say jobs are hard to find.For the next six months, more consumers are expecting business conditions to worsen (up to 13.3 percent from 12.2 percent in January’s survey), and fewer expect improvements in labor or in their personal incomes.While consumers expressed a less-than-rosy outlook, economist Amna Asaf from research firm Capital Economics dismissed the “trivial drop” in confidence as “either weather-related or a delayed reaction to the recent dip in equity prices, since all of the other indicators of confidence have continued to show improvement.”“Overall, we aren’t too concerned about the tiny decline in confidence, as the improving fundamentals suggest that a rebound is just around the corner,” Asaf said. February 25, 2014 455 Views Share
The House Financial Services Committee has announced that proposed legislation to cap the salaries of CEOs at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has advanced to the markup phase, which will take place in the Committee on Tuesday, July 28.H.R. 2243, also known as the Equity in Government Compensation Act of 2015, was introduced by U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-California) in May shortly after Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) director Mel Watt directed the GSEs to submit a proposed executive compensation for the CEO position that could be as high as $7.26 million a year, the 25th percentile of the market.Early in July, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced that their respective CEOs, Timothy Mayopoulos and Donald Layton, would receive a raise from their current annual salaries of $600,000 (the cap set by Watt’s predecessor, Edward DeMarco) up to $4 million. The announcement of the substantial raise for the GSE’s top executives drew the ire of many lawmakers, including Royce, who said it is “unconscionable” that the GSEs would elevate the pay of their CEOs to that level while taxpayers are still on the hook. The GSEs have been under the FHFA’s conservatorship since September 2008, when they received a $187.5 billion taxpayer-funded bailout.Similar legislation was introduced by former Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Alabama) in January 2012 and passed the House Financial Services Committee on a bipartisan vote of 52-4. One of the four who voted against the legislation was Mel Watt, then a member of the Committee.”Congress needs to put a stop to the planned multi-million dollar paydays at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac,” Royce said upon the announcement that his bill was scheduled for markup. “Holding compensation packages at taxpayer-backed organizations to responsible limits is in the interest of the public trust. I thank Chairman Hensarling for advancing this legislation and look forward to building the bipartisan backing it previously garnered.”Watt said in a statement earlier this month that the purpose of the pay raises was to “promote CEO retention, allow reliable succession planning, and ensure the continuity, efficiency and stability” at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.Royce’s bill would suspend the compensation packages for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac executives and would limit the salaries to the highest level paid at the FHFA, which the Congressional Budget Office estimated in 2011 to be $255,000 per year. It would also place non-executive GSE employees on the General Schedule (GS) pay scale, where the most they could earn annually would be $132,122.Other government agencies have weighed in on the pay rate for the top executives at the GSEs. The Department of Treasury released a statement earlier this month saying, “Treasury does not support FHFA’s new approach to CEO compensation at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and urged the agency to reject any increase. Treasury has consistently recommended that existing limits on compensation continue.” White House press secretary Josh Earnest stated, “I think it is entirely legitimate for the executives at those institutions to be subject to compensation limits.”Click here to see a Committee memorandum. The markup on July 28 will be a full Committee markup. in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News Equity in Government Compensation Act of 2015 Fannie Mae Freddie Mac House Financial Services Committee salary 2015-07-24 Seth Welborn July 24, 2015 661 Views Share Proposal to Limit Salaries for Top GSE Executives Advances in Committee
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