How to Cure Prosciutto at Home Editors’ Recommendations It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quilt The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags Did you get your dad something special for Father’s Day yet? If not, better get to it; Father’s Day is in a week on June 19. Now if you can’t figure out something to buy, the folks over at the New York-based menswear label Ernest Alexander has a solution for all of you who want to get your dad something a little more interesting than the typical brunch and golf options out there: The Dad Box.The Dad Box comes in three options:The Classic Dad Box ($155)Cambridge Rep Stripe Silk NecktieSet of 3 Pocket SquaresMetal Tie BarThe Master Dad Box ($298)Parker Dopp KitOtto Leather Bound Notebook CaseSet of 3 Pocket SquaresHenry Polka Dot Silk NecktieWooden Tie BarSwiss-Made Pocket CombThe Ultimate Dad Box ($498)The Clark Weekender BagParker Dopp KitHenry Polka Dot Silk NecktieWooden Tie BarSwiss-Made Pocket CombNo matter which box you choose, there will surely be something in there that your father will love and cherish forever, like the Parker Dopp Kit, which he could bring with him on all his future travels, or the pocket comb, to make sure every hair is in place, or even the pocket square, so he could look super dapper for his next wedding. So this Father’s Day, give those fathers in your life something that has a little bit of everything: the Ernest Alexander Dad Box. It comes in three tiers, classic, master and ultimate, so whether you want to go all out, or keep it simple, you’ll find something to suit your father’s taste.For more information, visit ernestalexander.com. How to Shave With a Straight Razor The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers
zoomSpirit of Discovery in building dock I. Image Courtesy: Meyer Werft Spirit of Discovery, the first of Saga Cruises’ two new cruise ships, will be leaving the covered building dock I at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, on May 12, 2019.The float out is scheduled to start at 9:30 am local time, the shipbuilder informed.During the float out, the ship’s mast and funnel will be lifted on the ship. In the evening of the same day, Spirit of Discovery will be moved to the outfitting pier for a number of tests.As disclosed, Ems conveyance is currently planned for the end of May from Papenburg to Emden.Spirit of Discovery is the first of two 58,250 GT newbuilds Meyer Werft is building for the British cruise line. With an overall length of 236 meters, a width of 31.2 meters, each vessel will be able to accommodate 999 passengers.Spirit of Discovery’s sister ship, Spirit of Adventure, is expected to be completed in summer 2020.“The new ships will be tailored to the British market with a completely new design,” Meyer Werft said.
PICTOU COUNTY: Exit 25 and 27A Exit 25 to New Glasgow to Exit 27A to Sutherlands River on Highway 104, will be reduced to one lane for ashpalt patching from Wednesday, May 7 to Friday, May 9. Some delays expected. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. -30- Local Are Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-752-7184
“United Way is delighted and honoured to cheer on these dedicated swimmers, and the many generous provincial employees, volunteers and donors who are passionate about making a difference,” said Sara Napier, president and CEO of United Way Halifax. “This event is creative, ambitious and collaborative. Exactly what we all need to be to improve lives and build strong communities across our province.” Other members of the swim team include: For more than 60 years the provincial government has supported the United Way. Each year, more than 1,600 provincial employees make donations. Contributions help the United Way fund more than 50 agencies and 100 programs across Nova Scotia, ranging from after school programming, literacy, employment training and family resource delivery. “This year’s kickoff has expanded on our successful annual Halifax Harbour swim to create an event that is truly province-wide,” said Mr. Darrow. “We have a great team this year, our biggest yet, and we’re excited to take on the challenge of swimming three harbours in support of such a worthy cause.” A live feed of the Halifax Harbour swim is available at www.novascotia.ca/unitedway/ The CEO of Housing Nova Scotia, Dan McDougall, Halifax-Chebucto MLA Joachim Stroink and a team of swimmers are diving into the challenge of completing not one, not two, but three harbour swims today, Sept. 8 in support of the United Way. The event is kicking off the annual Provincial Government Employees United Way Campaign. This year’s goal is to raise $600,000 for the United Way. “Each year our support gives employees across the province the opportunity to give back to the communities in which we work and live,” said Joanne Munro, CEO of Service Nova Scotia and this year’s United Way campaign lead. “I am honoured to be part of this initiative which plays such a critical role in supporting and helping so many Nova Scotians.” This year’s harbour swim schedule is: 7:15 a.m., Killam’s Marina, 90 Water St., Yarmouth Noon, Bishop’s Landing, 1475 Lower Water St., Halifax 6 p.m., The Fiddle, 74 Esplanade, Sydney Kevin Doran, Communications Nova Scotia Nicholas Phillips, Education and Early Childhood Development Sue LaPierre, United Way, Halifax Troy Bond, Health and Wellness Sean Ward, Justice Denise Blanchard-Carpentier, Labour and Advanced Education Jana Peachey, student Anny Christian, student Dave Darrow, former senior deputy minister
OTTAWA — The federal ethics watchdog has launched an investigation into allegations that Liberal MP Joe Peschisolido did not disclose that the Law Society of B.C. took control of his law firm earlier this year.Ethics commissioner Mario Dion confirmed in a letter to Conservative MP Peter Kent, who requested the inquiry, that he is looking into the matter.Federal ethics rules require MPs to report any material changes to their investments and other private interests within 60 days.The disclosure summary for the Liberal MP for Steveston-Richmond East still lists him as the sole owner of Peschisolido Law Corporation, even though the provincial law society appointed a custodian to wind up the real estate law practice in April.Kent based his complaint on reporting by Global News, which investigated the role the law firm played in a real estate deal involving an alleged boss of a Chinese drug cartel.Peschisolido says he is “fully co-operating” with the ethics commissioner’s investigation.The Canadian Press
Luxury shoppers have a new destination in Calgary, Saks Fifth Avenue.The new 115 thousand square foot department store officially opens Thursday in the Chinook Centre.The two level space features women’s and men’s items along with luxury handbags, footwear, and accessories.There is also a private jewelry viewing space, beauty treatment rooms, and private shopping suites.A ribbon cutting ceremony at Saks Calgary takes place at 10 a.m.It’s the third Saks Fifth Avenue to open in Canada.
Rabat – King Mohammed VI has congratulated Abdelhakim Benchamach on his re-election as speaker of the House of Councillors at Parliament.The King expressed confidence in Benchamach, owing to his expertise and “strong commitment to the nation’s long-standing and supreme values.”The monarch believes that Benchamach will “redouble his efforts for further action” with all members of the House of Councillors “to consolidate the constructive contribution of this institution.” Read Also: Hakim Benchamach Elected President of House of Councillors for 2nd TermThe King also called on the House of Representatives and the House of Councillors to collaborate to “promote parliamentary action in accordance with the sovereign’s aspirations to see institutions act in the interests of the nation and its citizens, and strengthen the role of the upper house to ensure quality legislation, effective monitoring, relevant public policy assessment and active parliamentary diplomacy.”On Monday, members in the House of Councillors voted in Benchamach as their speaker for a second term.Benchamach won 63 votes; his PJD competitor, Nabil Chikhi, won just 19.Benchamach is the head of the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM). He succeeded the former secretary-general of PAM, Ilyas El Omari, in May 2018.
PARIS — President Emmanuel Macron is visiting France’s biggest agriculture fair amid nationwide anger at government policies seen as favouring urban elites and neglecting the heartland.Macron is trying to tackle the concerns head-on by spending all day Saturday at the Salon d’Agriculture in Paris, where farmers showcase their livestock, food and wines. He will give a speech on upcoming changes to European agricultural policy and then meet with dairy farmers, pork producers, vintners and others.Many French farmers want more government help to face growing foreign competition.Security is tight for Macron’s visit Saturday, which comes as yellow vest protesters plan anti-government protests around Paris and other cities for a 15th straight weekend. Macron was booed at last year’s farm fair over plans to ban a popular pesticide and trade deals.The Associated Press
CHICAGO — CEO Oscar Munoz says he will be aboard United Airlines’ first flight of a Boeing 737 Max once regulators agree to let the aircraft fly again.Munoz made the promise after Chicago-based United’s annual meeting with shareholders Wednesday.In crashes in Indonesia in October and Ethiopia in March, an automated system called MCAS mistakenly turned the noses of the planes down in response to faulty readings from a single sensor. Pilots were unable to recover; 346 people died. As a result, regulators grounded the planes.Chicago-based Boeing says it has finished with its updates to the flight-control software implicated in the crashes.Munoz says even after regulatory agencies clear the 737 Max to fly again, it will take more to get passengers comfortable getting on board. He says United in developing a case for the 737 Max, including educating customers and employees about why United feels it’s safe to resume flights.The Associated Press
The Toronto stock market was lower Friday while commodity prices lost ground on nagging worries about the fragile global economic recovery.The S&P/TSX composite index declined 35.78 points to 11,629.92 while the TSX Venture Exchange was up 2.16 points to 1,193.03.The Canadian dollar lost 0.41 of a cent to 98.82 cents US after the loonie closed at a two-month high on Thursday.Traders also took in data showing Canada’s annual inflation rate rose 0.3 of a percentage point to 1.5 per cent in June, from 1.2 per cent the previous month. On a month-to-month basis, the consumer price index fell 0.4 per cent from May.The increase in the annual rate was mostly attributed to base-effects to June 2010, when gas prices were receding and the cost of new automobiles fell by over three per cent.U.S. markets were lower amid a mixed bag of corporate earnings from heavyweights including Microsoft Corp., General Electric and Xerox.The Dow Jones industrials lost 84.23 points to 12,859.13. The Nasdaq composite index dropped 15.75 points to 2,950.15 and the S&P 500 index declined 8.47 points to 1,368.04.The TSX energy sector was off almost one per cent as oil prices slipped after rising Mideast tensions sent crude up by almost $3 on Thursday.The August crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange fell $1.31 to US$91.35 a barrel. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) was down 37 cents to $28.61.Crude rose about five per cent last week as the oil market responded to a series of events that have raised concerns that Iran will try to block oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow waterway in the Persian Gulf through which one-fifth of the world’s oil travels every day.The base metals sector gave back 1.4 per cent with metals also lower with copper down eight cents to US$3.45 a pound. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) gave back 31 cents to $17.97.The tech sector was also a weight while CGI Group (TSX:GIB.A) shed 26 cents to $24.07.The gold sector led advancers, up 0.36 per cent while bullion fell $3.70 to US$1,576.70 an ounce. Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) rose 27 cents to $35.35.On the earnings front, General Electric reported Friday that its quarterly net income fell 16 per cent to US$3.11 or 29 cents a share because of losses in businesses it has divested and an increase in pension costs. Excluding pension costs and losses from discontinued businesses, GE earned 38 cents, a penny better than analysts were expecting. It also reaffirmed its outlook.GE also said that it plans to split its energy business into three separate operations. GE is viewed as an important economic bellwether since its businesses range from appliances to financial services to wind and gas turbines. Its stock dipped four cents to US$19.80.Microsoft said Thursday that an accounting adjustment to reflect a weak online ad business led to its first quarterly loss in its 26 years as a public company. Microsoft racked up a $492 million loss in the April-June quarter while revenue rose four per cent to US$18.06 billion. Ex-items, the company earned 73 cents a share, a dime better than forecasts and its shares were up 26.5 cents to US$30.93.But shares in Xerox Corp. cut its full-year profit forecast as the provider of printers and business services said that second-quarter net income fell 3.1 per cent to US$309 million or 22 cents a share, missing forecasts by four cents. Revenue dropped 1.3 per cent to $5.54 billion, against expectations of $5.61 billion. Xerox added that third quarter profits will also miss estimates. Xerox shares dropped 13.5 cents to US$7.055.The TSX appeared heading for an overall gain for this week on rising expectations that central banks will step up to ensure the economic recovery stays on the rails.Earlier this week, Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke appeared before Congressional panels and while he did not indicate that another round of stimulus was imminent, his comments led investors to believe further action remained an option. The Fed has already completed two programs of asset purchases, which have the effect of increasing the supply of money.Other central banks have embarked on more stimulus in recent weeks by cutting rates, including those in South Korea, the European Union, and China. There was another reminder Friday how China, the world’s second biggest economy, is slowing as a result of government efforts to choke off high inflation.The government says total profit for its biggest state-owned companies is down sharply. The state Xinhua News Agency said Friday the agency that oversees the top 117 state companies reported first-half profit was down 16.4 per cent from a year earlier. It gave no details of individual companies.China’s economic growth slowed to a three-year low of 7.6 per cent in the second quarter. Analysts say the decline probably has bottomed out but they say the strength of a recovery is uncertain.The risk-on sentiment grew as the yield on Spain’s benchmark 10-year bond ran up to 7.05 per cent on Friday, from 6.98 per cent the previous day. A rate of seven per cent and above is widely considered too expensive for the Spanish government to pay for more than a few months.Yields rose even as finance ministers from the 17 euro countries approved a bailout for Spanish banks. But investors fear that the Spanish government could in the meantime face new costs helping its banks and could eventually need rescue loans itself.European indexes were solidly in the red as London’s FTSE 100 index lost 0.72 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX dropped 0.97 per cent while the Paris CAC 40 lost 1.63 per cent.
WINNIPEG — Prices were mixed in mid-morning trading at ICE Futures Canada on Friday:Canola: Nov. ’17 $2.00 lower $508.20; Jan. ’18 $2.30 lower $512.60; March ’18 $1.90 lower $516.00; May ’18 $0.30 higher $518.30; July ’18 $1.50 higher $520.80; Nov. ’18 $1.90 higher $487.50; Jan. ’19 unchanged $486.40; March ’19 unchanged $489.10; May ’19 unchanged $489.10; July ’19 unchanged $489.10.Barley (Western): Oct. ’17 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $140.00; March ’18 unchanged $140.00; May ’18 unchanged $140.00; July ’18 unchanged $140.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $140.00; March ’19 unchanged $140.00; May ’19 unchanged $140.00; July ’19 unchanged $140.00.
The driving licence of former Minister Keheliya Rambukwella’s son Ramith Rambukwella’s was suspended by the Traffic Court today.Rambukwella was arrested recently over an accident which took place at Independence Avenue in Colombo while he was under the influence of alcohol. Rambukwella was released on police bail. Ramith Rambukwella is also a member of the Sri Lanka cricket team. (Colombo Gazette)
US control board to probe Puerto Rico debt, ties to crisis by Danica Coto, The Associated Press Posted Aug 2, 2017 3:31 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 2, 2017 at 5:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – A federal control board overseeing the finances of Puerto Rico’s government said Wednesday that it will investigate the causes of the island’s economic crisis as well as examine how its debt was issued and probe disclosure and selling practices.The announcement comes as government officials seek to restructure a portion of the $70 billion public debt in a process similar to bankruptcy following multimillion-dollar defaults that have angered creditors.Board members said they will form a special committee that will appoint an independent investigator, and the findings will be made public. The board said the investigation aims to restore fiscal balance and help Puerto Rico re-enter the capital market.It is unclear what happens next if significant findings emerge and whether any federal government agencies would become involved. The board did not respond to a request for additional comment.Puerto Ricans affected by austerity measures amid a 10-year recession and those who have faced big losses after investing in government bonds have long demanded an audit of the debt as they seek to hold officials accountable. A federal judge next week is expected to address a demand by a group of creditors to probe what role several banks played in the sale of debt obligations.Economist Vicente Feliciano said the investigation adds uncertainty to debt restructurings hearings that recently began in federal court.“At the same time, it strengthens the position of the board and the government when negotiating with creditors,” he said, adding that creditors may be willing to make additional concessions before the investigation concludes.One fear creditors may have is that the investigator finds some of the debt may have been illegally issued, which raises the question of whether it should be paid, he said.Records show that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission also has been investigating Puerto Rico bond sales.
Mark Sanchez was placed on short-term injured reserve Saturday, the New York Jets announced.Placed on IR, by rule, the quarterback must miss six weeks of practice and eight games.Head coach Rex Ryan said earlier in the week that it was “realistic” for Sanchez to play again this season. Team doctors advised Sanchez that surgery is not necessary at this time, and that he could rehabilitate the shoulder.The QB tore the labrum in his throwing shoulder after he was drilled by New York Giants defensive tackle Marvin Austin. The injury happened while Sanchez was going through an intense summer-long competition with rookie Geno Smith for the starting quarterback spot.General manager John Idzik said in a statement on Sept. 4 that “we’re not looking at (injured reserve). We’re looking at Mark continuing to rehab. He’s day to day.”Sanchez told the NFL Network Thursday that he would try his best to play again this season.
A marine and his mother have been convicted of murdering his grandmother after police caught him admitting the crime by bugging his house.Iraq veteran Barry Rogers used a pillow to smother Betty Guy, 84, after his mother Penelope John had given her a cocktail of pills and whisky on November 7 2011.Mrs Guy’s death was initially thought to be from natural causes and no post-mortem examination was carried out.However, Rogers, 33, and John, 50, came under suspicion four years later when an ex-partner of Rogers told police he said he had killed his grandmother by putting a pillow over her face.Officers also found two other previous partners of Rogers who said he had told them about his part in Mrs Guy’s death.John, of St Dogmaels, Pembrokeshire, and Rogers of Fishguard, Pembrokeshire, were arrested on October 6 2016 and while they were in custody officers installed covert recording equipment in John’s home. Penelope John leaves Swansea Crown Court last monthCredit:Dimitris Legakis/Athena Pictures The jury heard recordings where the pair discussed Mrs Guy’s death in terms which were “inconsistent with her having died naturally and peacefully”. At one point Rogers could be heard saying to his mother: “You have got nothing to worry about, it’s me that’s the one that’s done the act.”After the case finished yesterday, with sentencing adjourned, another of Mrs Guy’s children, Lorraine Matthews said justice had prevailed. The home where Betty Guy was murdered in Haverfordwest, WalesCredit:Martin Cavaney/Athena Pictures The pair denied murder but were convicted by a jury of five women and seven men following a trial at Swansea Crown Court.The judge in the case, Mr Justice Lewis said both Rogers and John would receive life sentences of imprisonment.He said he would look at the authorities on mercy killings in preparations, despite both defendants having denied killing Mrs Guy for any reason, including a mercy killing.He said: “You have been found guilty of the murder of Betty Guy. I order that both of you be remanded in custody. “I direct that you be brought back to court on Thursday February 8 whereupon I will sentence you to the sentence required by the law which is life imprisonment and the appropriate minimum term.”Rogers and John were remanded in custody to appear before the court for sentence on Thursday. 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. “Seven years after my mother’s death, my brothers, my sons, myself and other members of the family, were shocked and horrified to learn from the police that my mother, Mrs Betty Guy, may not have died from natural causes and that my sister and her son were to be charged with her murder,” she said in a statement released by Dyfed-Powys Police.”Over the past three years the police have worked tirelessly to collect sufficient evidence to bring this case to court.”Now that the case has drawn to a close we are satisfied that justice has prevailed and now we can close this very sad chapter in our lives.”
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The three-day commemoration of the 38th anniversary of the 17 November 1973 Polytechnic students’ uprising, which led to the collapse of the seven-year military dictatorship in Greece, passed off more peacefully than expected on Thursday, with a march from the downtown campus to the US embassy. An estimated 50,000 citizens, many bitterly opposed to further austerity measures, took part in the demonstrations in what was the first public test for the new national unity government. The afternoon march passed shuttered stores en-route to the embassy of the United States, which protesters blame for supporting the seven-year military dictatorship. A total of 78 people were detained in police sweeps before, during and after the demonstration in what authorities described as a preventative measure. Later, a total of 11 arrests were made along the protest rally route, especially after hooded youths threw firebombs at nearby riot police near parliament and further north at Mavili square, next to the US embassy. Police fired tear gas at the rioters, who set light to dumpsters along the route. A separate Communist Party of Greece (KKE) rally went off peacefully. WREATHS The gates of the Polytechnic, which opened to the public on Tuesday at the commencement of the memorial events, closed shortly after noon, ahead of the march to the embassy. Beforehand, members of the public and officials laid wreaths and placed flowers at the Polytechnic monument. Among them was the aide-de-camp of President Karolos Papoulias. Linking the past with the present after he laid a wreath on behalf of the Radical Left Coalition (Syriza), Alexis Tsipras said: “The youth uprising in November 1973 shows that the international and European centres of the economic elite have selected the wrong people for a guinea pig”. Tsipras, who was accompanied by the leader of the German Left party Klaus Ernst, said the Greek people are now facing a new attack against their rights, adding that the banks and the banking system should pay the price of the crisis, and not the citizens. A wreath was also placed by Democratic Left representative Spyros Lykoudis. Last Wednesday, Education Minister Anna Diamantopoulou said the heavy policing made necessary by the troublemakers that marred events each year had made the symbolic remembrance ceremonies “meaningless”. “I refuse to participate in this process that constitutes a deep insult to the historic memory and converts the essence and meaning of the Polytechnic anniversary into a spectacle of violence and sensationalism. Instead of laying wreaths we all have a duty to present the truth,” she said. According to the education minister, the truth was that in the conditions created for several years by the actions of dynamic minorities acting outside democratic boundaries “there is absolutely no point in laying wreaths with an escort of either police or party supporters”.UNION CALL Civil servants federation Adedy had urged mass participation in the 17 November commemorative events. In a statement released on Wednesday, the federation said: “Thirty-eight years after the uprising of student youth that led to the overthrow of the seven-year junta government, the slogan ‘bread, education, freedom’ is exceptionally relevant today”. “In an era of now generalised economic crisis caused by a globalised and completely bank and market-controlled system of governance, trapping governments and countries, the central slogan of the Polytechnic uprising is the start for new struggles by workers and our people with the aim of overthrowing the neoliberal policies in Greece and Europe” the statement continued. Up to 7000 police officers were drafted into Athens ahead of the protests. Source: AMNA, Athens News, Reuters
Les pirates ont dérobé les données personnelles des lecteurs du SunLe journal britannique The Sun a révélé qu’une attaque informatique avait pu causer la perte de données personnelles de ces abonnés.C’est une bien mauvaise nouvelle pour les lecteur du journal britannique The Sun. Mardi, le groupe de presse propriétaire du tabloïd a révélé que le piratage informatique dont il avait été victime en juillet dernier, avait également concerné les données privées de certains de ses lecteurs. Une attaque revendiquée par le groupe de hackers LulzSec.À lire aussiLe premier programme informatique a été créé en 1842 par une femme !Une fois découverte, l’information a rapidement été annoncée aux lecteurs par le biais d’un email dans lequel Chris Duncan, chargé du service clients à News International explique : “Comme vous le savez sans doute, le 19 juillet, le site internet du Sun a été visé par une attaque criminelle organisée. Il est apparu que des informations de clients qui ont participé à des concours et des sondages ont été volées lors de cette attaque. Les informations varient, mais peuvent comprendre des noms, adresses, dates de naissance, courriers électroniques et téléphones. Aucune information bancaire ou mot de passe n’a été diffusé. Nous vous contactons car nous pensons que les informations que vous nous avez transmises (…) pourraient être publiées en ligne par le groupe responsable”, poursuit M. Duncan cité par l’AFP.Désormais, News International fait donc son possible pour retrouver les données volées et y travaille d’ors et déjà avec la police et l’agence gouvernementale britannique. Cette affaire intervient alors que le magnat de la presse anglo-saxonne Rupert Murdoch est impliqué dans une affaire d’écoutes téléphoniques qui a coûté la fermeture du journal News of the World. Le 2 août 2011 à 18:58 • Maxime Lambert
Review • Moto Z3 review: First 5G upgradable phone is a solid midrange choice Mentioned Above Motorola Moto Z3 8 See it CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Share your voice Mobile Phones Internet Services Verizon tops T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint in 4G coverage, according to OpenSignal. OpenSignal Verizon has given T-Mobile the boot and now leads all its main rivals in 4G, streaming and uploads, wireless tracking firm OpenSignal said Thursday.”For the last two years T-Mobile has been the dominant operator…across our metrics, winning most of our speed and availability awards in OpenSignal’s last three reports. But we see a newly resurgent Verizon,” the tracking company said in its new report. “Verizon has either caught up to or surpassed T-Mobile in nearly every one of our primary metrics.” Verizon won outright in 4G coverage, video streaming quality and upload speeds. T-Mobile and Verizon tied in download speeds. And AT&T won in the fifth category: latency, which measures network response time.Verizon can’t rest on its laurels, though. “In every metric Verizon won, T-Mobile is a very close second in our analysis,” OpenSignal said.The report, which covers Sept. 16 to Dec. 14, comes as the carriers race to deploy 5G networks nationwide. Investment in 4G infrastructure as preparation for 5G networks is already increasing mobile speeds across the country, the report said.5G is no longer a fairytale. In December, Qualcomm showcased a prototype phone that could tap into 5G networks. In the same month, Verizon and Samsung said they’ll launch a 5G smartphone in the first half of 2019. Earlier this month, Verizon said Motorola’s Moto Z3 will be its first 5G smartphone once the company launches its 5G network. OpenSignal’s report, which tracks the top-four carriers, is based on over 10 billion measurements from more than 1 million unique devices across Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint. Verizon and AT&T didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. T-Mobile reiterated OpenSignal’s statement that competition is tight.”I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – there is no longer a trade-off between network performance and value in the wireless industry and the days of Verizon’s unchallenged network leadership are long gone,” Neville Ray, chief technology officer at T-Mobile, said in an email statement. “As the report says, ‘the battle between Verizon and T-Mobile is far from over.'”Sprint said it’s continuing to work hard for its customers. “Nobody can deny that Sprint has made dramatic network improvements in the last few years, and our large Next-Gen Network investment is well under way to improve coverage, reliability and speed across the country,” a Sprint spokeswoman said in an email statement. “We’re rolling out hundreds of thousands of small cells, upgrading existing cell sites, and deploying the most innovative LTE Advanced technologies nationwide.”First published Jan. 24 at 9:57 a.m. PT.Update, 10:39 a.m. PT: Adds T-Mobile’s response. Blockchain Decoded: CNET looks at the tech powering bitcoin — and soon, too, a myriad of services that will change your life.Follow the Money: This is how digital cash is changing the way we save, shop and work. Tags 5G AT&T Sprint T-Mobile Verizon Motorola Moto Z3 $480 Comments
Joyanne Bloom teaches the What’s Up? class at The Learning Connection on on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. (Photo by Quinton Chandler/KTOO)It’s time for What’s Up? a social studies class that focuses on current events. When teacher Joyanne Bloom asks what’s up around Juneau, Kristina Arnold brings up a playground that burned down.“It was saying last night on the Empire page that it was over $250,000 worth of damage done,” Arnold said.Arnold is in this free class because she is studying for her General Education Development (GED) tests.“I did independent science and language arts. I did those tests already and passed them. I just got two more tests to do and I’ll be done,” Arnold said.The Learning Connection reports 86 percent of their students who complete all four of the GED tests pass. That’s a passage rate nine points higher than the national rate. The staff believes the higher rate is a result of their relationships with their students.Arnold is 34 and her goal is to go to college once she has her diploma. She says she was on her own working two jobs 15 years ago. She said she was in “survival mode” and in the second semester of her senior year, she decided to drop out of high school.“And I’ve kicked my butt the whole entire time. Fifteen years without my high school diploma is 15 years too long in my eyes,” Arnold said.Eventually, she got married and she has two boys and two girls. She said setting a good example for them is probably her biggest motivation to pass the GED tests.The four GED tests cover language arts, science, social studies and math.Jeff Smith, a teacher at the Learning Connection, believes a combination of things contributes to the higher rate. He is walking his students through some algebra today. They’re simplifying and solving polynomial equations.Smith, who is in a Juneau classroom with five other students including Arnold, is also working with students calling in from learning centers around the state.Some students are just brushing up on their math skills. Most, like Arnold, are preparing for the math test. Smith predicts there will be about 30 Learning Connection graduates by this summer. He said as soon as a student walks through the door, the staff assesses their strengths. From then on, he says they offer a lot of one-on-one help and he says that one-on-one time contributes to the passage rate.The next thing he points to is the activities built around learning subject material.“When we come back tomorrow, we’re going to look at different application problems,” Smith said. “How does this relate to the workforce? What kind of job out there do you maybe have to use some of these things that we learned today right?”Smith said they’ll solve problems with polynomial functions to design their own roller coasters.The last piece of the equation that Smith said leads to the high passage rate is The Learning Connection’s culture. He said the students are extremely comfortable with their instructors and each other.“There’s somebody at the center that’s relying on them, that wants them to be here, that’s going to be wondering where they are if they’re not here,” Smith said. “That sense of community that’s built here really keeps people coming back and working towards their goals because they’re not in it alone.”Smith stressed that the center is not just for GED testing, they also have a jobs program for ages 16-24, a construction academy, a training program for seniors and there’s an English as a Second Language program. The programs are supported by grants from nonprofits and the state and federal governments.At the end of the year, students from all these programs are welcomed to a “Celebration of Success.” If Arnold passes her last two tests this month, she will be joining as a graduate.
Citation: Study shows example of a parasite using a bioweapon to control host (2015, February 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-02-parasite-bioweapon-host.html More information: Who is the Puppet Master? Replication of a Parasitic Wasp-associated Virus Correlates with Host Behavior Manipulation, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, rspb.royalsocietypublishing.or … .1098/rspb.2014.2773 Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B Dinocampus coccinellae larva forming cocoon next to paralyzed ladybug. Credit: Neeld Tanksley/Wikipedia. (Phys.org)—Researchers affiliated with several institutions in France have found that a species of parasitic wasp uses a virus as a bioweapon to stun a host ladybug into serving as a guard for its offspring. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the researchers describe several techniques they used to uncover the true nature of the relationship between the wasps and lady bugs. © 2015 Phys.org Nature is rife with examples of parasites causing behavioral changes in their hosts that benefit the parasite—tapeworms that cause their crustacean hosts to swim slower or faster, for example, to discourage or encourage predatory fish. In this new study, the researchers looked at the wasp, Dinocampus coccinellae and the ladybug, Coleomegilla maculate. Prior research has shown that the wasp lays its eggs inside the ladybug—and then somehow causes the ladybug to stand guard over the larvae after they leave the host’s body and later pupate. How they made that happen has been a topic of conjecture.To find out for sure, the researchers used transmission electron microscopy to study the eggs after they had been implanted in a ladybug. In addition to the eggs, the researchers found a virus, which they named D. coccinellae Paralysis Virus (DcPV). Additional research using RNA sequencing, and quantitative PCR showed that the virus was neural and infected the host ladybug, causing it to become nearly paralyzed (it could still move enough to ward off predators that might eat the pupae). The wasp had used a virus to force a ladybug to behave in a way that benefitted the wasp offspring—a form of bioweapon. Indeed it had harbored the virus in its ovaries which was transferred to the host along with the eggs. By the time the larvae were ready to pupate, the ladybug was already too impacted by the virus to do anything but stand still, serving as a guard.In addition to serving as a guard, the ladybug also serves as a food source for larvae before they leave the ladybug’s body and pupate, though the team found, neither the feeding nor the virus were always fatal for the ladybug—in roughly 25 percent of cases, the ladybug survived and went on to live a normal life. A real-life zombie story in the life of bugs Explore further 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.