Bengaluru, Oct 16 (PTI) A 59-year-old Kabbadi coach with the Sports Authority of India (SAI) allegedly committed suicide in a hotel room here after being accused of molesting a teenage girl at the training centre, police said Tuesday.”Rudrappa V Hosamani, a senior coach at SAI in Bengaluru, committed suicide by hanging himself in the hotel room in Harihara on Monday.He was accused of molestation,”Davanagere Superintendent of Police R Chetan told PTI.On October 13, Hosamani checked into the hotel and didnot step out of his room for a long time, following which thestaff alerted the police.Police said they broke open the door and found himhanging.The alleged incident of molestation took place in the girls’ dressing room of the centre on October 9.SAI authorities were informed after the victim told her parents about it.Subsequently, an internal probe was conducted andHosamani was placed under suspension, police said, adding acase was filed under the Protection of Children from SexualOffences (Pocso) Act against him based on their complaint.Hosamani’s father has also lodged a complaint. PTI BDN ROH DVDV
A few days ago, Vellore Insitute of Technology (VIT) had banned PUBG- Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, from its campus.Earlier this year the mobile version of PUBG was launched on Android and iOS stores and from then, this game has attracted a lot of people and has become their addiction.Since then the game has taken the world by storm. People now waste hours after getting that precious ‘Winner Winner Chicken Dinner.’The university put up a notice saying that the hostellers are disturbing their fellow roommates by playing PUBG inside their rooms and spoiling the entire atmosphere of the hostel. VIT circular on PUBG banNotice to PUBG players The Chief of Wardens, VIT had e-mailed a statement to all hostelers, which reads:”It has come to our notice that a few students are playing online games like ‘PUBG’ which is NOT PERMITTED.”Deposited our repeated instructions, hostellers are violating our instructions by playing online games inside the rooms which disturbs fellow roommates and spoiling the entire atmosphere of the hostel.””It is strictly warned that playing online games and betting for such games are totally prohibited in VIT. Hence, the defaulters will be dealt seriously under VIT CODE OF CONDUCT. Students are asked to concentrate on physical games or sports and give more importance to their career growth.”Reaction on social mediaSocial media users criticized the circular and lashed out at the college for interfering in their personal life. Here’s how the internet reacted on PUBG ban in the VIT campus:advertisementInhumane college conditions:1.) Ragging2.) Eve-teasing3.) Banning @PUBGMOBILE on hostel wi-fi#VIT #vellore #nomorevella @PUBG #pubg #pubgindiaTJ Baba (@TuhinKalia) December 14, 2018Apparently VIT Vellore bans PUBG in hostels claiming impact on grades. This is called true dictatorship. @PUBG @PLAYERUNKNOWN what do you say to that.Paul Mathai (@paulmathai01) December 8, 2018With admission around the corner and the need of fake publicity will make VIT administration do wonders. These rules are rouge. No one can control what we play and what we not. These people will never treat female students equal making their life hell.#vit #PUBG #VITPUBGBANsaurabh kumar (@100rabh_kr) December 13, 2018#PUBG atrocities reached VIT now. How can you just ban the game, you then need to ban the phones altogether. pic.twitter.com/42o4LAg1jSProefx (@vfxaholic) December 13, 2018Read: Game-based learning benefits: The new education process that can change everythingRead: Momo Challenge: CBSE alerts students for online suicidal game in its public advisory
One of the big buzzwords at this year’s Mobile World Congress has been 5G. In fact, 5G was in the spotlight at last year’s MWC as well, but it was merely just talk at that time. 5G is real now and we have a bunch of commercially-ready phones to back that up. At MWC 2019, we saw some of these phones being showcased, teasing their imminent arrival.A lot of mainstream, and not-so-mainstream, phone makers offered at least one 5G smartphone for demo at MWC 2019. From the Galaxy S10 5G to the Mate X foldable phone, there was something new there to tingle our curiosity. The only problem was that these phones were not actually connected to a 5G network, and merely demonstrated that their hardware was ready for the 5G revolution, whenever that happens.This really brings us to the big question of when exactly 5G will be available. It is one thing having a phone ready for 5G, but without the actual rollout of 5G network, these phones are merely overpriced versions of their regular counterparts, if any. While these phones will be rolling out soon, it will be several months or years even before 5G starts rolling out in a broad way.Over the next few month, perhaps till the end of the year and into the next, you will hear a lot of phone makers launch devices claiming to be 5G-enabled. This is meant to pique your interest, and provide you that “new thing” that you wanted in a smartphone. But it would be wise not to get swayed by the “5G” tag right now, Unless you’re looking for a future-ready smartphone that you won’t let go off for a few years, it probably makes no sense to buy a 5G phone if your city isn’t getting upgraded to 5G anytime soon.advertisement5G rollout will likely start in the US and Europe first before heading to other places. Jio may have bolstered the speed of 4G rollout in India, but 5G still has ways to go. Companies like Qualcomm, OnePlus, Samsung and Huawei have only just started talking about 5G trials in the country, and a proper deployment of 5G isn’t expected until 2020.While we await the 5G wave, here is a look some of the biggest 5G phones announced at MWC 2019.Samsung Galaxy S10 5GIn addition to the Galaxy S10, S10+ and S10e flagships, Samsung also announced the Galaxy S10 5G, which as the name suggests comes with 5G support. This is because this is the only model in the portfolio that comes with a Snapdragon 855 chipset with the X50 5G modem. The modem is key to support 5G speeds, but at MWC 2019 I only got to see a small demo of the potential of 5G. The demo showed a baseball game that could be streamed live over 5G, and could allow you to choose a PoV camera to watch the game. But for this to work seamlessly, both the device, and the source will need to work on 5G speeds.The Galaxy S10 5G also comes with a bigger 6.7-inch AMOLED display and an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor. It gets a quad camera system on the back and houses a 4,500mAh battery. The pill-shaped hole in the top right corner of the display is wider compared to the S10+, because it gets a secondary ToF (Time of Flight) camera. The Galaxy S10 5G is priced around $1,500.Huawei Mate X The Mate X is in a whole other league as it not only brings 5G support, but it is also a foldable smartphone. The Mate X sports a large 8-inch flexible plastic OLED display that can bend and close like a book thanks to a hinge design. Upon folding the device, the large display can be used as two displays, a 6.6-inch display on the front and a 6.38-inch display on the back. It is powered by a Kirin 980 chipset and uses a Balong 5000 chip for 5G support. The Mate X will start shipping sometime in mid-2019 and will cost a cool 2.299 euros.LG V50 ThinQ The LG V50 ThinQ is LG’s first device to support 5G thanks to the Snapdragon 855 chipset paired with the X50 modem. The ThinQ sports a 6.4-inch QHD+ OLED notched display, 4,000mAh battery, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Notably, the V50 ThinQ comes with a secondary attachable screen which is 6.2 inches in size and offers an OLED display. LG is yet to announce the price of the V50 ThinQ or the attachable secondary display.advertisementXiaomi Mi Mix 3 5GThe Mi Mix 3 5G is one of the more affordable 5G phones among the lot. Staying true to the company’s “honest pricing” promise, the 5G-supported phone comes at a starting price of USD 599 (approx Rs 48,000). The Mi Mix 3 5G is one such phone that already has a normal non-5G version. The Mi Mix 3 was launched in the second half of 2018. The 5G versions, however, gets the Snapdragon 855 chipset with with X50 modem.OnePlus 5GOnePlus has already confirmed that it plans to be one of the first companies to bring a 5G phone in India, and at MWC 2019, we saw a device properly covered from all sides that is seemingly the next OnePlus 5G smartphone. The prototype device showcased in Barcelona has a Snapdragon 855 chipset with the X50 modem. Like the Mi Mix 3 5G, the OnePlus 5G phone is also expected to come with a competitive price point when it launches later this year.ALSO READ | Samsung Networks shows live demo of 5G at MWC 2019, says it’s ready for 5G rollout in IndiaALSO READ | OnePlus 7 previewed? 3 cameras, Snapdragon 855, 10X optical zoom, 5G and 2K screen are likelyALSO READ | OnePlus and Qualcomm team-up to start 5G trials in India, OnePlus 7 may support 5G
EDMONTON – Edmonton police have laid 460 charges against 34 teens following a wave of violent crimes at transit stations, malls and recreation centres.In one case, police released video images of a teen kicking a woman down a flight of stairs who suffered severe internal injuries.Investigators say in another case, some teens used social media to create a flash mob in a swarming attack on two teen boys.The 34 accused range in age from 13 to 18 and the alleged crimes go back to January 2017.The charges include aggravated assault, assault, robbery, weapons offences, theft under $5,000, possession of stolen property and other offences.Supt. Tom Pallas says the suspects have left a path of victims across the city.“Officers have responded to close to 90 criminal events involving 66 complainants, some of whom are now dealing with very serious internal and facial injuries,” he said Wednesday in a release.He said investigators believe 12 of the 34 suspects were involved in most of the crimes.“Many of these individuals have been arrested, gone through the court system and rearrested by our officers, after being released on bail, in some cases within hours.”None of the accused can be named because they are either under 18 or were under 18 when the alleged crimes were committed.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – A wave of feverish anticipation, fawning critical acclaim and groundbreaking cultural meaning pushed “Black Panther” to a record-setting $192 million debut in U.S. and Canada theatres, firmly establishing the superhero sensation as a box-office landmark.The Marvel film from the Walt Disney Co. blew past expectations to become the fifth-highest-grossing debut ever, not adjusting for inflation, following only “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” ”Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” ”Jurassic World” and “The Avengers.”In estimates Sunday, Disney predicted a four-day holiday weekend of $218 million domestically and a global debut of $361 million.Though the film’s international footprint doesn’t include several of the largest markets — China, Russia and Japan — it still ranks among the top 15 global debuts ever. It’s also the highest-grossing February opening weekend.“All hail the King of Wakanda!” Disney declared, referring to the movie’s mythical and highly advanced African nation.Ryan Coogler’s film, which cost about $200 million to make, is the most expensive movie with a largely black ensemble and among the few to be centred on a black superhero. The strong opening suggests “Black Panther” will easily set a box-office record for films directed by a black filmmaker.The previous best is Sidney Poitier’s 1980 comedy “Stir Crazy,” which took in $322 million domestically, when inflation is calculated.“Black Panther” set pre-sale records and saw lines around theatres over the weekend, including some who came costumed for the event.“This is the very definition of a blockbuster: People lining up around the block to see a great movie,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore. “A movie like ‘Black Panther’ is a cultural event that nothing on the small screen can really match in that way.”Chadwick Boseman stars as T’Challa/Black Panther in the first stand-alone film for the superhero created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1966. The cast also features Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Daniel Kaluuya and Letitia Wright.The movie has been hugely acclaimed, with a 97 per cent fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences agreed, giving it an A-plus CinemaScore. The film especially resonated among African-Americans, who made up 37 per cent of moviegoers, according to comScore.Dave Hollis, distribution chief for Disney, called the film’s success “a real source of pride” for Disney.“Inclusion and representation matters,” Hollis said. “We know that great stories can come from anywhere, and our goal is to make films that reflect the wonderful diversity of our world and resonate with audiences everywhere — no matter who they are, no matter where they come from.”Coming at one of the slower periods of the year, “Black Panther” benefited from little competition, and it can be expected to dominate the marketplace for weeks.Last week’s top film, the erotic romance sequel “Fifty Shades Freed,” slid to third place, with $16.9 million in its second week for Universal. Sony’s children’s book adaptation “Peter Rabbit” held much stronger, taking the No. 2 spot with $17.3 million in its second week.But moviegoers — and Hollywood — were focused on “Black Panther,” including how it would fare overseas. Though considered by most to be an outdated myth, some have claimed that foreign audiences have less appetite for films with largely black casts.“Black Panther” vanquished those notions with $169 million in ticket sales. It was No. 1 in most international markets, though “Fifty Shades Freed” bested it in Germany.Its release in China will come later. This weekend, the Chinese New Year holiday, local productions led by “Detective Chinatown 2” and “Monster Hunt 2” dominated Chinese theatres, with more than $140 million in ticket sales each.“Black Panther” also performed especially well on large-format screens. Imax reported $30 million in ticket sales for the three-day weekend.“There was a groundswell of wanting this movie to work, and then when it actually did as a film, itself, it just kicked it up a notch to a level no one could have ever predicted,” said Greg Foster, Imax Entertainment’s chief executive. “That makes me feel really good about the movie business.”Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday also are included. Final four-day domestic figures will be released Tuesday.1. “Black Panther,” $192 million ($169 million international).2. “Peter Rabbit,” $17.3 million.3. “Fifty Shades Freed,” $16.9 million ($47.7 million international).4. “Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle,” $7.9 million ($4.8 million international).5. “The 15:17 to Paris,” $7.7 million ($2.8 million international).6. “The Greatest Showman,” $5.1 million ($9.6 million international).7. “Early Man,” $3.2 million ($3.7 million international).8. “Maze Runner: The Death Cure,” $2.5 million ($11 million international).9. “Winchester,” $2.2 million.10. “Samson,” $2 million.___Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theatres (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:1. “Black Panther,” $169 million.2. “Detective Chinatown 2,” $155 million.3. “Monster Hunt 2,” $141 million.4. “Operation Red Sea,” $70.3 million.5. “The Monkey King 3: Kingdom of Women,” $52.3 million.6. “Fifty Shades Freed,” $47.7 million.7. “Boonie Bears: The Big Shrink,” $32.6 million.8. “The Shape of Water,” $12.3 million.9. “Maze Runner: The Death Cure,” $11 million.10. “The Greatest Showman,” $9.6 million.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Several officers of the RCMP detachment attended an annual hockey tournament in Merritt raising over $23,000 for BC Children’s Hospital.Five RCMP members and one Fireman from Fort St. John attended the BC Children’s Hospital fundraising tournament from Feb 22 – Feb 24.The RCMP shared they made it to the tournament because of the generosity of Driving Force FSJ and Northern Auto Electric sponsoring the group with a vehicle and gas, which enabled the officers to attend the annual hockey tournament.
The hottest, most uncomfortable weather of the summer could be behind us.Last week’s heat wave broke on the weekend, prompting the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit to lift its latest heat advisory.“Current outdoor temperatures and those forecasted by Environment Canada are below the threshold used by the health unit to continue a heat warning,” Norfolk County said in a news release Sunday.Environment Canada is predicting a pleasant week ahead. Following cloudy spells and showers Monday morning skies will clear and temperatures will be seasonal through the weekend.Forecast high temperatures in Norfolk this week will range between 23 and 28 degrees C. Lows overnight will range between 13 and 19 degree C.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com
The 60-year old Major-General’s extensive military career includes experience in South Asia, where he attended the Artillery Officers School and Command and Staff Colleges in Quetta, Pakistan. He subsequently served as Assistant Military Attaché in New Delhi, where he had the opportunity to meet UN observers stationed in Srinagar, where UNMOGIP is deployed.He has held staff and command appointments up to the regiment level. Over the past decade, he has worked with NATO, where he was Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations in 1999 and Deputy Assistant Director of the Cooperation and Regional Security Division from 1999-2002.UNMOGIP was deployed in January 1949 to supervise the ceasefire between India and Pakistan in the State of Jammu and Kashmir. Since renewed hostilities in 1971, the mission monitors the ceasefire called for by the Security Council.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email EU-Canada trade talks hit snag on wording of human rights clause by Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 8, 2013 6:05 pm MDT OTTAWA – There’s a new pothole on the long, bumpy road towards a Canada-Europe free trade deal: whether human rights and weapons of mass destruction should be addressed in a side agreement to the overall pact.Diplomats from the European Union say that Canada is balking at the inclusion of language in a final text that would speak to the importance of affirming human rights and non-proliferation efforts.The clauses would not appear in the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement but in a separate so-called Strategic Partnership Agreement.The EU’s new ambassador to Canada, Marie-Anne Coninsx, said Tuesday the two pacts are linked and there won’t be a deal on one without the other.However, the spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said that’s not the case.“We have been very clear, the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) is completely separate from the CETA,” spokesman Rick Roth said in an emailed statement.“There is no legal impediment to concluding the CETA while SPA negotiations are ongoing.”The long-stalled free trade talks have been a work in progress since 2009, while negotiations on the partnership agreement started in 2011.Coninsx said she knows Canada and the EU agree completely on the importance of human rights, but if it’s not included in the agreement, that could affect the bloc’s future treaty negotiations.“If we would say ‘OK’ with all agreements in the world, but not Canada, we send out a wrong signal with other countries,” she said.Manfred Auster, head of the EU’s political section, said the EU insists that all major agreements it negotiates contain language that promotes human rights and fights the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.“We think Canada is fighting against the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction globally. We are completely sure that Canada, like ourselves, is promoting human rights,” Auster said.But he said leaving it out of the current negotiations would set “a kind of negative precedent” in the EU’s future treaty talks.Auster suggested that could give other countries, perhaps those with less stellar human rights records, some wiggle room to keep those two issues out of their agreements with the EU.“We think because we share these rights, we want to demonstrate to a third country that we do share them, and not create a precedent,” he said.“That’s why we’re discussing them in the context of both the agreements.”Roth said Canada is committed to strengthening its co-operation with the EU in the two areas, but he did not comment in detail about the negotiations because they are ongoing.“The SPA represents an extension of our ongoing co-operation with the EU in these areas. The SPA is a platform from which we can strengthen our partnership through enhanced dialogue, in areas beyond trade and investment.”Roth also noted that the negotiations of the final text of the SPA were “well advanced” when the EU’s former chief negotiator on the file retired this past February.Coninsx moved to play down the issue, saying it could be solved.“It’s just a question of finding a right wording.”Overall, the envoy said the free trade talks have “intensified over the last weeks,” and “there is very good progress which has been made.”Coninsx appeared to be moving to dial down some of the heated rhetoric between both sides that has emerged in recent months as the free trade talks have dragged on.The European side has said an agreement could have been reached as early as this past February; Canada has shot back, saying it won’t sign a deal that is bad for the country.Beef and pork had been among the biggest obstacles to a deal, but the two sides recently reached a tentative settlement.In a meeting with reporters, Coninsx declined to be drawn into any discussion on the specifics of the trade talks.
No monkeying around: San Francisco warns Monkey app to stop auctioning off city parking spots SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco’s city attorney issued a cease-and-desist demand Monday to a mobile app called Monkey Parking, which allows people to auction public parking spaces that they’re using to other nearby drivers.In a letter to Paolo Dobrowolny, the CEO of the Rome, Italy-based tech startup, city attorney Dennis Herrera cited a provision in San Francisco’s police code that prohibits people and companies from buying, selling or leasing public on-street parking and mandates fees of up to $300 for drivers who violate the law.Herrera’s warning to Monkey Parking is the latest attempt by city government officials and state lawmakers nationwide trying to figure out how to regulate Web-based businesses that offer shared parking, transportation and housing services using mobile applications. Among the more popular ridesharing services are Uber and Lyft, and popular housing apps include Airbnb.The Monkey Parking app allows drivers to get an often elusive parking spot and sell it for $5, $10, even $20, and then wait until the buyer arrives to take their place.Herrera has given its creators until July 11 to shut down operations in San Francisco or possibly face a lawsuit under California’s Unfair Competition Law. Herrera added that besides the violations, Monkey Parking’s app encourages drivers to unsafely use their mobile devices and engage in online parking bidding wars while behind the wheel.Dobrowolny said in an email Monday that he is talking with his legal staff and didn’t immediately have a specific comment about the letter.“As a general principle, we believe that a new company providing value to people should be regulated and not banned,” Dobrowolny wrote. “This applies also to companies like Airbnb, Uber and Lyft that are continuously facing difficulties while delivering something that makes users happy. Regulation is fundamental in driving innovation, while banning is just stopping it.”The city attorney’s warning to Monkey Parking comes about a month after his office started investigating the startup, which began its San Francisco operations in April.“Technology has given rise to many laudable innovations in how we live and work — and Monkey Parking is not one of them. It’s illegal, it puts drivers on the hook for $300 fines, and it creates a predatory private market for public parking spaces that San Franciscans will not tolerate,” Herrera said in a written statement. “People are free to rent out their own private driveways and garage spaces should they choose to do so. But we will not abide businesses that hold hostage on-street public parking spots for their own private profit.”Parking in San Francisco has long been known as a driver’s worst nightmare. A recent San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency parking census reported that the city has 440,000 parking spots available — but only 275,000 of those are street parking.Herrera’s letter to Monkey Parking also asked Apple Inc. to immediately remove Monkey Parking from its app store. Apple did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment.San Francisco-based technology expert Charles Belle, who runs the Startup Policy Lab, whose objective is to connect the startup community with policymakers and government, believes the issue between Monkey Parking and the city attorney is a great example of the need to create more forums for the two entities to engage.“Companies need to be familiar with local laws, but threatened legal actions, such as cease-and-desist letters, only divert attention away from the opportunity to rethink how the community can use technology to improve government services,” said Belle, who’s a former executive director the Privacy and Technology Project at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.Two other tech companies, Sweetch and ParkModo, which Herrera said also violates city and state laws, will receive similar cease-and-desist warnings later this week. Sweetch co-founder Hamza Ouazzani Chahdi, whose $5-per-parking-spot swapping app was also warned to cease and desist, said Monday the goal is just to reduce congestion, which creates pollution and other problems.“We don’t understand why they want to shut us down. We are trying to solve the huge parking problem, which is not only bad for drivers but for all the city,” he said.ParkModo did not immediately respond to requests for comment. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Terry Collins, The Associated Press Posted Jun 23, 2014 11:45 am MDT
TWO STREETS IN Derry have been closed, as well as a number of premises evacuated, after a bomb warning.Shipquay Street and Shipquay Place have been closed by police following a telephone warning of a bomb.Officers are conducting a search and have evacuated a number of premises in the busy area.Motorists are advised to avoid the area and police have asked anyone noticing any suspicious objects to contact them immediately in Strand Road on 0845 600 8000.Read: Derry bus driver showed ‘immense courage’ to stop bomb attack
EPHRATA — The re-trial of a man convicted as a teenager of killing a playmate in 2003 will stay in Grant County, a judge ruled Friday, tabling for now a request to move one of the most high-profile cases in the region in years.However, visiting Judge John Hotchkiss of Douglas County left open the possibility of moving the trial, tentatively scheduled for this fall, at a later date if warranted. Evan Savoie was sentenced as an adult to 26 years in prison for the death of 13-year-old Craig Sorger, who had been beaten and stabbed repeatedly at a recreational vehicle park. The state Court of Appeals threw out Savoie’s murder conviction in 2011 over a judge’s error. Grant County is a medium-sized county at most, with about 36,000 registered voters and potential jurors, argued defense attorney Mike Felice. The inflammatory publicity of the case — including the nature of the crime and the ages of Savoie and the victim — ensure that prospective jurors will have heard about the case and formed opinions, he said.“There seems to be an amount of animosity generated toward Mr. Savoie,” Felice said.Grant County Deputy Prosecutor Ed Owens called the request premature, saying a change of venue request should be filed once it’s known “what a juror has seen or heard.”
The gaming world is in a bit of a collecting frenzy at the moment, but the desirable physical products disappearing off store shelves are not actually games, they are figures. Amiibo figures to be precise. Nintendo’s profits have been bolstered significantly by sales of over 15 million Amiibo figures, and there isn’t any signs of this craze slowing down.Nintendo has decided Amiibo figures alone aren’t enough, though, and has decided to try and re-establish the glory days of high-profit Pokemon trading cards by introducing Amiibo cards. Their first outing is for the game Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, which uses the cards to unlock the ability to design homes for major characters in the universe not otherwise available.The Amiibo figures are highly collectible simply because of the character designs on offer. The cards, of which there are over a hundred, also have the potential to capture the attention of collectors and in so doing earn Nintendo a lot more cash. The cards sell in packs of 3 or 6 for around $9 for a pack of 6, or between $27-$50 for a collected set of 5 packs, which is 15 cards (please don’t pay $50 for 15 cards).Jenni Lada at Michibiku wrote up a review of the cards concluding that they are of a high quality, but there really isn’t much to them. When Lada ripped apart a duplicate card she had, all she found was a very tiny NFC chip embedded in the card as you can see above. There’s no magic here, no interesting inner-card design, just glue and a tiny chip. Considering Nintendo is charging well over a dollar per card when you break it down, you can see how profitable they are.If you do intend on collecting Amiibo cards, then some kind of storage box or binder is recommended. While sturdy, it won’t take long for the corners of a card to bend and start to come apart, at which point it will easily split in two revealing the embedded chip. The chip will continue to work of course, but the card will be ruined.
An informant in the investigation of the murder of sea turtle conservationist Jairo Mora has left the witness protection program,Channel 7’s Álvaro Sánchez reported Thursday.Mora was murdered on May 31 on the Caribbean’s Moín Beach after a night patrolling the beach to save turtle eggs. He was captured along with four foreign women who were volunteers. The women escaped unharmed. Six suspects are currently in preventative detention awaiting trial for the murder.The informant, known by the pseudonym “El Prieto,” had been a member of the same criminal gang as the murder suspects. He said the detainees had confessed the crime to him and now they want to kill him.“I know every single one of the members of the gang,” he told Teletica, “One of them told me everything that happened.”El Prieto said after he was called in for questioning by the Judicial Investigation Police he became an informant and was moved out of the Caribbean for his safety. Though police promised to help him make a new life, the informant said he was only given ₡23,000 a month ($46) for food.For more details about the murder, see The Tico Times’ in-depth report on the case: Why Jairo died. Facebook Comments Related posts:Why Jairo died Conservation group delivers $14,000 check to family of slain turtle protector Jairo Mora Costa Rica environmental groups still raising questions in Jairo Mora case Jairo Mora honored at 50th anniversary of Costa Rica’s National Park System
Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Guam Attorney General Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson directed officials in April to process gay couples’ marriage license applications based on the 9th Circuit decision, but they refused with support from the governor.She appointed an attorney to represent Calvo and the Office of Vital Statistics registrar because they didn’t agree on the lawsuit.“Equality under our Constitution prevailed today,” Barrett-Anderson said after the ruling.Attorney Michael Phillips, who represented Calvo and Territorial Registrar Carolyn Garrido, said the officials are going to comply with the ruling.“It’s probably the only case in history where you have a decision one way or another and then a final decision coming within weeks — literally within weeks,” Phillips said, referring to the expected Supreme Court ruling.Guam Archbishop Anthony Apuron said in a statement that the change “is not only a defeat for Christian principles, but a defeat for our island and the whole of humanity.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A federal judge’s ruling has made Guam the first U.S. territory to recognize gay marriage, leading the governor who opposed the weddings to declare that the island will accept marriage license applications from same-sex couples.U.S. District Court Chief Judge Frances M. Tydingco-Gatewood issued the decision to a packed courtroom after a hearing Friday local time, saying the territory’s ban violated a gay couple’s constitutional rights to equal protection under the law. The ruling goes into effect Tuesday morning, when same-sex couples can begin applying for marriage licenses.Gov. Eddie Calvo previously said a decision was impractical when the Supreme Court was expected to rule on the issue this month. But he said after the District Court ruling that “I have a solemn duty to uphold the law.”“To the proponents and opponents alike, I ask that we all come together despite our differences of opinion, united in our common love of Guam and of each other,” Calvo said in a news release.The ruling came after Loretta M. Pangelinan and Kathleen M. Aguero sued in April after they were denied a marriage license.“We are delighted with the news,” Aguero said in a news release. “Actually, we’ve been waiting for nearly eight years to marry. We’re so happy that the time has finally come.”The women plan to wed June 20, said their attorney, R. Todd Thompson.They based their lawsuit on a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision last year in favor of same-sex marriage. The U.S. District Court of Guam falls under the 9th Circuit.Attorneys for the Guam plaintiffs had argued the territory must fall in line with the 9th Circuit decision and accept marriage license applications unless the U.S. Supreme Court rules otherwise. Currently, gay couples can marry in 36 states, the District of Columbia and now, Guam. Sponsored Stories ErrorOK ErrorOK FILE – This April 8, 2015 file photo Loretta M. Pangelinan, 28, right, holds the application for a marriage license that she and her fiancee, Kathleen M. Aguero, 28, will turn in at the Office of Vital Statistics in the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services. A federal judge in Guam is scheduled to hear arguments Friday, June 5, 2015 in a lawsuit challenging the U.S. territory’s same-sex marriage ban. If Guam allows gay marriage, it would be the first U.S. territory to do so. Pangelinan and Aguero filed the lawsuit in April after the women were denied a marriage license. (AP Photo/Grace O. Garces Bordallo, File) Comments Share 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Patients with chronic pain give advice New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 treatments for adult scoliosis
Mobile technology has become increasingly popular with homebuyers, according to a survey conducted by Fannie Mae found that demand for and usage of mobile mortgage products has almost doubled over the past 12 months.The survey covered 1,200 low- to moderate-income homebuyers who have bought homes in the last year and have a mortgage guaranteed by Fannie Mae.“This is a startlingly large increase reflecting the pervasive and growing use of mobile technology among consumers at all income levels,” wrote Steve Deggendorf, Director, Market Insights Research, Fannie Mae. “Although this research focused on low- and moderate-income homebuyers, our prior research suggests the results would be even larger for mobile usage and interest among higher-income consumers.”Fannie Mae suggests, based on research, that interest in these products will only increase among consumers in the coming year, particularly among first-time buyers and younger consumers with a college education. Fannie Mae’s Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey, covering the third quarter of 2016, noted the growing number of lenders that were making mobile apps part of the process. Deggendorf said there is “significant opportunity” for lenders to meet demand in this space because future interest in conducting mortgage activity via a mobile device is much higher than current interest.“Though some lenders have begun building out the mobile experience for consumers, all lenders should evolve their online and mobile capabilities to address the rapidly changing consumer demand as well as the potential for competitive shifts,” Deggendorf wrote. “The potential for the competitive repositioning in the broader mortgage market value chain is high, maybe much higher than in many years, as next-generation technologies and providers focus on offering exciting mobile opportunities to improve the consumer experience through digitization and by removing inefficient manual processes.”Regulators have taken notice of the way the mortgage industry has come to more fully embrace mobile technology in the last year as the needs of consumers have changed. Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry, in a speech last week in which he announced that qualifying financial technology (FinTech) companies that offer banking products could choose to receive a special purpose national bank charter if they wish, noted that consumers want better, faster, more accessible products and services, and they are willing to switch providers or use multiple providers to get what they want. These consumers expect to be able to transact basic banking and financial business anywhere, anytime, from the palm of their hands.”To illustrate just how lenders are embracing a more technology-based approach to meet changing needs and demands of consumers, look no further than Quicken Loans. Last year, the Detroit-based lender created a “Rocket Mortgage” program, which the company bills as a “a fast, powerful, and completely online way to get a mortgage” with a slogan that says simply, “Push button. Get mortgage.” A commercial for this program which aired during the Super Bowl in February generated considerable controversy on social media but was also widely praised. Fannie Mae Mobile Technology 2016-12-05 Seth Welborn December 5, 2016 688 Views Fannie Mae: ‘Significant Opportunity’ Lies in Mobile Technology in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Technology Share
March 30, 2017 586 Views Fannie Mae: Education & Homeownership Linked in Daily Dose, Government, News, Origination Young adults are 3.5 percent less likely to own a home now than they were before the Great Recession, according to a working paper released by Fannie Mae on Thursday. Additionally, the homeownership rate among this demographic has dropped from 45 percent to 35 percent.The paper, titled “The Shifting Determinants of Young-Adult Homeownership Before and After the Great Recession,” analyzed factors like race, income, education and more on the homeownership rates of young adults aged 25 to 34, as well as trends among the age group.According to the paper, “more than half of the decline in homeownership among young adults can be explained by individual, parental, and regional characteristics.”But while overall homeownership rates are lower with young adults today, the paper found there are factors that increase a person’s likelihood to buy. Education, in particular, is a positive influencer.“Having a bachelor’s degree or higher is associated with a 6 percentage point increase in the likelihood of homeownership, compared with someone who lacks a high school diploma,” the report stated.But this wasn’t the case before the Great Recession. This may be, the paper posited, because education is a proxy for permanent income or financial literacy.“Education might also proxy for financial literacy, which could help young households navigate the home purchase and mortgage finance processes,” the paper reported.According to the paper, educational attainment improves the likelihood of homeownership rates across all races, but particularly blacks and non-Hispanic whites.“Compared to non-Hispanic white households with less than a high school diploma, the likelihood of homeownership increases by 10.3 percentage points for non-Hispanic whites with a high school diploma, 15.3 percentage points for those with at least some college, and 12.4 percentage points for those with at least a bachelor’s degree,” the report stated. “Black households experience a stepwise increase in the probability of homeownership at each level of education, culminating in a 11.1 percentage point higher likelihood of being a homeowner for black households headed by a college graduate compared with blacks who have less than a high school diploma.”Overall, the paper found that non-Hispanic whites are more likely to own a home than blacks. Those in married households and households with children are also more likely to own. Income and wealth were also positive influencers.View the whole paper at FannieMae.com. Fannie Mae Homeownership 2017-03-30 Seth Welborn Share
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Your browser does not support the audio element. From the moment he stepped on to football field in an Arizona Cardinals uniform, wide receiver John Brown made quite an impact.In fact, he scored the game-winning touchdown in his first pro contest — an 18-17 Monday Night Football win over the San Diego Chargers last September at University of Phoenix Stadium.With one season in the league under his belt, Brown continues to improve in all areas. Maybe the most noticeable difference in the 2015 version of the man they call “Smoke,” is his confidence. He displayed that while talking to Burns and Gambo Wednesday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. Receiver John Brown makes a catch on the sideline at University of Phoenix Stadium Friday, August 7, 2015. (Photo: Vince Marotta/Arizona Sports) Comments Share When asked if any cornerback in the league could cover him one-on-one, Brown had a simple answer.“No, I don’t think anyone can cover me in the league,” he said. “Patrick Peterson, he gives me a lot of trouble (in practice). We go back-and-forth. I would like to face Darrelle Revis — he’s a great corner and he does a lot of great things.“Going against those guys, I think I’ll develop my game to another level.”In a follow-up question, Brown was asked specifically if Seattle All-Pro corner Richard Sherman could blanket him.“No, I don’t think he could cover me one-on-one,” he said.What makes Brown so hard for anyone to cover is his blazing speed. The former Pittsburg State standout was on of the fastest players available in the 2014 draft. Interestingly enough, that wasn’t always the case.“I was running like a 4.8 (40-yard dash) in the 11th grade,” Brown said, explaining why the big schools in his native Florida didn’t recruit him. “Going into my 12th-grade year, I went from a 4.8 to a 4.3.”By the time Brown shaved five-tenths of a second off his 40 time, he had already been passed over by most Division I schools. But how exactly does a player get that much faster in the span of one year? Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo LISTEN: John Brown, Cardinals wide receiver “I was small, so I got in the weight room, I did extra work — I did things that other guys wouldn’t do,” Brown said. “Like stay after practice, work on my routes, work on my stance and starts and then out of nowhere, I just became fast.“So when you saw me from my 11th-grade year to my 12th-grade year, I was much faster.”Brown used that speed to his advantage in 2014 when he caught 48 passes for 696 yards and five touchdowns — four of which turned out to be game-winners for the Cardinals, who won 11 contests and made the playoffs for the first time since the 2009 season.Aside from increased confidence, Brown has also changed the way he eats. The second-year player admitted he ate a lot of fast food during his rookie campaign, which may have had an effect on his production.He admitted he missed McDonald’s the most.“Four times a week,” Brown said about how many meals he was eating there.Brown and the Cardinals open their 2015 preseason schedule Saturday night against the Kansas City Chiefs at University of Phoenix Stadium. – / 23 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
FILE – In this Aug. 28, 2016, file photo, Arizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson (23) warms up prior to an NFL preseason football game against the Houston Texans in Houston. Johnson was on his way to his seventh 1,000-yard season in eight years before getting hurt last season. He ran for 814 yards in 11 games. His injury gave David Johnson an opportunity to play more and he was dynamic. The Cardinals are good hands with either Johnson, but expect David to get the ball more than Chris. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File) Top Stories As the Arizona Cardinals wrap up mandatory mini-camp — the last team activity until the start of training camp — general manager Steve Keim feels pretty good about his roster.But, since he became the team’s GM before the 2013 season, Keim has become known for late signings of veteran players that have come in and made an impact for the team. Keim added tackle Eric Winston and outside linebacker John Abraham right before training camp in 2013. The next year, defensive lineman Tommy Kelly was brought into the fold. In 2014, tight end Jermaine Gresham and running back Chris Johnson signed late and made contributions. Your browser does not support the audio element. So, is there another “Keim sign” on the horizon?“I won’t get into any specific names, but Michael (Bidwill) and I talked about six-to-eight players who are guys that are still out on the street, who could come in and potentially help us at a number of different positions,” Keim told Doug and Wolf Thursday on 98.7 FM, Arizona’s Sports Station.“As we know from the past, it’s not all about just whether that player fits schematically. It’s when does his value come down, when do we feel comfortable about making the addition. But we’ll continue to be aggressive — we’ll leave no stone unturned. Our pro department does a phenomenal job, led by Quentin Harris and Terry McDonough. Those guys are as good as it gets in the business, in my opinion.”There is speculation that the Cardinals could be in the market for a backup to star running back David Johnson. Of the few names out there, one makes sense: Chris Johnson. Johnson has spent two injury-riddled seasons in Arizona after joining the team during training camp in 2015. He said earlier this week that he believes he’ll be on a roster before training camp.The veteran would help give depth to a position that currently has Andre Ellington, Kerwynn Williams, Elijah Penny and rookie T.J. Logan on the roster. LISTEN: Steve Keim, Arizona Cardinals general manager – / 12 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact