Elisabeth Moss (Photo: Gerry Images) Advertisement And despite the events of the new book taking place 15 years on from the original, the Mad Men actress hopes there is a place for her in a TV sequel. Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Elisabeth Moss wants to continue her lead role in The Handmaid’s Tale in a TV series based on Margaret Atwood’s upcoming sequel.Atwood will release The Testaments on 10 September, as the follow-up to her seminal 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale, which has been adapted into an acclaimed TV series starring Moss.
Rabat – Morocco is the first Arab guest of honor at Belgrade’s International Book Fair, October 21-28 in Serbia. The book fair kicked off on Sunday under the slogan “The Joy of Reading.” Morocco’s book stand display is at a prominent location. “Morocco is the first Arab country to be the guest of honor at the Belgrade Book Fair and we will try to put together a hundred books on a 100 square meter stand, including books, literature, history, philosophy, and social sciences,” said Mohammed Amine Belhaj, the Moroccan ambassador to Serbia and Montenegro. As a guest of honor, Morocco will introduce the book fair visitors to Moroccan literature, culture, and history through prominent authors, translators, publishers, and distributors. Under the dome of the Belgrade Book Fair, members of the Moroccan delegation will give lectures at both the exhibition stand and in the conference halls.Approximately 1,000 exhibitors are participating in the 63rd International Belgrade Book fair this year. The exhibition is an occasion for bibliomaniacs to collect titles from all over the world.Previous guests of honor include Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein (2017), Iran (2016), and Russia (2015).Inauguration of the Stand of the Kingdom of Morocco, Guest of Honor of the 63th International Belgarde Book Fair by H.E Mr. Mohamed El Aaraj, Minister of Culture and Communication of the Kingdom of Morocco and his Serbian Counterpart, H.E Mr. Vladan Vukosavljevic. pic.twitter.com/xG1NlzftS5— Morocco In Serbia (@MoroccoInSerbia) 21 octobre 2018“Morocco’s participation confirms the Kingdom’s wish to strengthen the diplomatic relations, cultural exchange and bilateral ties between the two nations. Through this exhibition, we will also introduce the wide audience to the eclectic and varied Moroccan culture and identity: Arabic, Islamic, Amazigh, Sahrawi, Hassaniyan, Andalusian, Jewish and Mediterranean,” stated Minister of Culture Mohamed El Aaraj.On the same note, the Serbian minister of culture, Vladan Vukosavljevic said, “Morocco is a model to follow thanks to its affluent cultural richness and its creativity in preserving the civilization and cultural heritage, which is something that makes Morocco well-known worldwide.”By Mohammed Bella
Under the agreement, JAXA and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will promote the use of technology, such as satellite imagery, remote sensing and satellite-based communications, for disaster risk reduction and disaster management.“Although some of ESCAP’s member countries are advanced in the integration of such satellite information and services into their disaster response systems, other countries – in particular least developed countries – are not equipped to analyse and use the data even if it is available and government officials are aware of the benefits,” Shigeru Mochida, ESCAP’s Deputy Executive Secretary, said today at the signing, which took place in Viet Nam during the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum.The agreement will enable JAXA and ESCAP to increase assistance to ESCAP’s member countries, including by providing the region’s disaster management authorities and the public with important information that will help them deal with disasters more effectively and plan responses in a timely manner. The new pact is the latest venture by JAXA and ESCAP, which have been working closely for several years to promote the use of space-based information and services in the region. They have assisted a number of countries through the provision of satellite images to disaster-affected areas and with the monitoring of floods, among other things. According to the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), Asia and the Pacific is, by far, the region most affected by disasters in terms of human and economic impacts. 12 December 2008A new agreement between the United Nations and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will enable them to boost their cooperation to use space-based information and services to help reduce the risk of disasters in the Asia-Pacific region.
TORONTO — OMERS Private Equity has signed a deal to sell software company Civica to investment manager Partners Group for 1.055 billion pounds or roughly $1.72 billion.The private equity arm of Ontario pension fund acquired Civica in 2013 when it was valued at 390 million pounds, or about $635,000,000.Civica provides business software to both government organizations and the private sector in highly regulated sectors around the world.OMERS manages investments on behalf of 470,000 members from city governments, school boards, emergency services and local agencies across Ontario.
A Hamilton child molester returned to court today. John Adam Greene, 29, pleaded guilty to charges of attempted murder, child abduction and aggravated sexual assault. This is in a Hamilton incident from May where he took a young girl, sexually assaulted her then doused her in bleach. There were also charges of robbery and failing to comply. Greene was escorted by two police officers and wearing an orange jump suit; his hair, gelled and messy. He made contact with the young girl’s family and then sat down. The entire time it looked as if he was picking at his wrist trying to cut himself. The court officers were looking and ready to step in to the box where he was sitting in case he was going to be doing anything. The Crown attorney read the agreed statement of facts and leading up to the incident, John Greene told his girlfriend that he “had an itch to hurt people and thought about killing someone.”Now that Greene has pleaded guilty to five charges including attempted murder of this young girl, he will have a sentencing hearing on January 5th in Hamilton. The Crown says at that time they will formally apply to make him a dangerous offender as well.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VATICAN CITY – The Vatican has frozen the assets of a monsignor who was arrested in a plot to smuggle 20 million euro ($26 million) into Italy and warned Friday that other people may be caught up in the investigation.The Vatican’s chief prosecutor on July 9 froze the accounts at the Vatican bank of Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, who was arrested by Italian authorities June 28 on accusations of corruption and slander. Scarano allegedly plotted to bring 20 million euro into Italy from Switzerland in July of last year aboard a private jet to avoid declaring it at customs.Prosecutors say the money was believed to have belonged to friends of Scarano, members of the d’Amico shipping family. Scarano has reportedly told prosecutors he stood to gain 2.5 million euro in commission for the operation.A judge has refused to grant him house arrest; he remains at Rome’s Queen of Heaven prison.In a statement Friday, the Vatican said its own investigation into Scarano was triggered by several reports of suspicious transactions filed with the Vatican’s financial watchdog agency. It said its probe “could be extended to additional individuals.”Italian prosecutors have said Scarano, a recently suspended accountant in the Vatican’s main finance office, had two accounts at the Vatican bank: One was his personal account and another one, named “Fondo Anziani” was purportedly used to receive charitable donations. The amount frozen wasn’t believed to be anything near the 20 million involved in the smuggling plot.In addition to the money-smuggling case, Scarano is also under investigation by prosecutors in his hometown of Salerno for allegedly taking 560,000 euros ($729,000) in cash out of his Vatican account in 2009 and carrying it into Italy to help pay off a mortgage on his Salerno home. He used a complicated scheme to give dozens of friends 10,000 in cash in exchange for checks, made out to be donations, that he then deposited in an Italian bank account.The money had come into Scarano’s Vatican bank account from donors who gave it to the prelate thinking they were funding a home for the terminally ill in Salerno that was never built, Scarano’s lawyer Silverio Sica has said. Prosecutor Nello Rossi has said the donors included the d’Amicos. The family has denied wrongdoing and says it is co-operating with authorities.Pope Francis has zeroed in on the Vatican bank, the Institute for Works of Religion, as the first phase of his reform of the Vatican bureaucracy. This week he attended the inaugural session of a commission of inquiry he formed to look into the IOR’s activities. The Vatican newspaper said Francis personally attended “to encourage the commission’s work.” Vatican freezes assets of arrested monsignor, warns probe may extend to others in case by Nicole Winfield, The Associated Press Posted Jul 12, 2013 7:02 am MDT
Oscar Pistorius received a boost in his murder trial Wednesday when testimony from a South African detective indicated he found no inconsistencies in the claims by the double amputee sports hero who shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day.Pistorius, nicknamed Blade Runner, said he thought a burglar was in the bathroom of his home when he shot four times through the door, three times hitting Steenkamp, who died at the scene. Prosecutors claim he murdered her in an angry rage in a case that has captured the attention of the country and much of the world.Under cross-examination, Detective Warrant Officer Hilton Botha acknowledged that the witness who allegedly overheard the argument was more than 650 yards from Pistorius’ house — nearly 2,000 feet or four city blocks in Pistorius’ gated community in the suburbs of South Africa’s capital, Pretoria.Later, Botha said the distance was much closer. But confusion reigned for much of his testimony. At one point Botha said officers found syringes and steroids in Pistorius’ bedroom. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel quickly interjected that the drugs were actually testosterone.Pistorius said in an affidavit read in court that he and Steenkamp, a 29-year-old model and budding reality TV star who was cremated Tuesday, had gone to bed and that when he awoke during the night he detected what he thought was an intruder in the bathroom. He testified that he grabbed his 9 mm pistol and fired into the bathroom door, only to discover later to his horror that he had shot his girlfriend.Botha said: “I believe that he knew that Reeva was in the bathroom and he shot four shots through the door.”Nel displayed a plan of the bedroom and bathroom in court that showed Pistorius had to walk past his bed to get to the bathroom and could not have done so without realizing that Steenkamp was not in the bed.“There’s no other way of getting there,” Nel said.Botha said the trajectory of the bullets showed the gun was fired pointed down and from a height. This seems to conflict with Pistorius’ statement Tuesday, when the athlete said that he did not have on his prosthetics and was on his stumps and feeling vulnerable because he was in a low position when he opened fire.But asked if the police found anything inconsistent with the version of events presented by Pistorius, Botha responded that they had not. He later said nothing contradicted the police’s version either.Officers also found .38-caliber pistol rounds in a safe, which Botha said Pistorius owned illegally and for which he said the athlete would be charged. However, Botha also acknowledged investigators didn’t take photographs of the ammunition and let Pistorius’ supporters at the crime scene take them away.Botha said the holster for the 9 mm pistol was found under the left side of the bed, the side on which Steenkamp slept. He also implied it would have been impossible for Pistorius to get the gun without knowing if Steenkamp was there. Pistorius attorney Barry Roux later argued that Pistorius had suffered an injury to his right shoulder and wore a “medical patch” the night of the killing and slept on the left side of the bed.Steenkamp was shot in the head over her right ear and in her right elbow and hip, breaking her arm and hip, Botha said. However, Roux later asked Botha if Steenkamp’s body showed “any pattern of defensive wounds.” The detective said no.
Alcoa is using a new, natural method for reforestation at its Juruti bauxite mine in Brazil that it says is efficient, cost effective and sustainable. The technique is based on the theory of nucleation, where small dense nuclei of plants and animals facilitate the arrival of other species. At Juruti, birds and other elements of nature are helping recover the soil rather than traditional reforestation, which works the soil and then plant saplings.“The nucleation method restores the environment in a short amount of time, leading to greater richness in biodiversity,” explains Pedro Pinto, Alcoa Environment, Health and Safety Manager for the Juruti bauxite mine. “It benefits the formation of the soil by keeping the micro-environment more humid. This technique also reduces the need for using machinery, resulting in lower use of diesel oil and emissions,” says Pinto.The natural nucleation approach to reforestation was created by Professor Ademir Reis of Brazil’s Federal University of Santa Catarina. Techniques used include artificial shelters for animals; perches to attract birds and bats, which deposit seeds and help trees to germinate alone; laying out seeds, roots, branches and small tree trunks to stimulate the natural regeneration of species, which attracts animals and creates a food chain in the restoration process; and ecological stepping-stones of small refuges for fauna inside crop plantations.“The nucleation system is cheaper and ecologically more efficient because it makes the worked areas ‘look for’ its sustainability in a spontaneous way,” says Professor Reis.The Juruti bauxite mining area is among the first places in Brazil to use the nucleation method of environmental conservation. Alcoa began using the technique last August on a 70 ha area there. In about two years, the area will have an understory favorable to the introduction of new species, like Brazil nut trees, andiras, trumpet trees, copaibas and others.
PICK Szeged celebrated their tenth win in Hungarian championship this season. Juan Pastor’s boys beat Balatonfuredi 34:26 in their last domestic match to make advantage even bigger ahead Csurgoi and Tatabanya as the closest rivals in the race for TOP 5 which will join MVM Veszprem at the Play-Off competition.STANDINGS: 11.Gyongyosi9216214:2295 2.Csurgoi10712259:23715 7.Balmazujvaros9414215:2169 12.Komloi10217238:2845 6.Cegledi9333244:2459 9.Eger9315196:2347 1.Szeged101000331:24920 5.Vaci10424266:29210 3.Tatabanya9621243:19714 Pick Szeged 10.Mezokovesdi9225218:2316 8.Oroshazi9234215:2197 4.Balatonfuredi10613267:23513 13.PLER9108207:2452 ← Previous Story WAR IN GOPPINGEN: Home team beat Berlin Next Story → RK Vardar lose Dereven for the rest of the season!
Charlemont Luas stop, where the Metrolink will now terminate following updated plans to the project Image: Rollingnews.ie https://jrnl.ie/4626424 Labour senator Kevin Humphreys wrote to the NTA on multiple occasions Source: Rollingnews.ie“Although Charlemont may be one of the cheaper options, due to the cost of extra tunneling, it comes with a number of costs that far outweigh the benefit,” he wrote.“[They are] costs that could be avoided if the two services linked at a location further south.”He claimed that connecting the Metrolink and the Green Line at Charlemont would lead to the closure of the line from Charlemont to Sandyford for a year.However, it later emerged that services would only be suspended from Beechwood – which is two stops further south than Charlemont – and Sandyford for nine months.Humphreys also re-stated that the move would cause a “permanent division” in communities in Ranelagh, and expressed further concerns about residents’ gardens in nearby Dartmouth Square.“The gardens of houses in Dartmouth Square and hundreds of meters [sic] of Victorian embankment on which the Luas line now sits will be subsumed to accommodate the new service,” he said, before adding that stronger alternatives needed to be considered. Concerns about the link at Charlemont raised by Labour’s Kevin Humphreys Source: National Transport AuthorityIn further correspondence in November, Humphreys also said that media reports about the project were causing “grave concern and anxiety” and “confusion and uncertainty” among locals in Ranelagh and Rathmines.He called for the NTA to clarify which options it was considering for the line to assuage the fears of residents in both areas.“Residents alone [sic] the line deserve some measure of respect and courtesy in relation to the impact on their home and community,” he wrote.Leaks are being used for naked political advantage for Fine Gael both internally and externally and there is a need now for the National Transportation Authority to publish all information that has been now shared with Government ministers and leaked by them to the media.The linking of the Metrolink and the Luas Green line was removed from the plans when the NTA published its updated proposals in March.Na Fianna GAA clubAcross the city, the original plans for the Metrolink also sought to use the pitch of Na Fianna GAA club in Glasnevin as a boring site for up to six years, a move the club claimed would have put its existence in jeopardy.As opposition to the proposal grew, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar publicly called for an alternative to be found to avoid the line running under the grounds of the club.However, Varadkar wasn’t the only Cabinet member to share concerns about proposals for the line in Glasnevin.In November 2018, Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe wrote to Anne Graham to share correspondence from the Griffith Avenue & District Residents Association (GADRA) requesting an update on revised plans for the project.“I would be grateful if you could examine the issues raised and provide me with your views and comments on the matter,” he wrote, attaching a letter from GADRA seeking clarity on whether homes in the area would be based above a new station in Glasnevin.However, correspondence from Graham or the NTA was not released under FOI. Paschal Donohoe’s correspondence to the NTA from November 2018 Source: National Transport AuthorityMeanwhile, the potential closure of Na Fianna’s pitch also saw Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald contact the NTA to express concerns to the authority.Although McDonald acknowledged that the project was “vitally important”, she also stressed how Na Fianna, local soccer club Homefarm and secondary school Scoil Chaitríona provided “a vital hub of education, sport and culture in the community”.“The club is a vital aspect for many families in this community,” she wrote.Many have advocated that ‘It is not about the loss of pitches, grass and turf, bricks and mortar. It is about the loss of the heart of a community to a generation in the area and that is unthinkable’.McDonald also said that 3,000 members in the club should not have to move from the grounds, and she expressed concerns for residential property owners who would also be affected.“This cannot be allowed to happen.” she added. “An alternative route must be developed.”That route was subsequently developed, and it emerged that the club would no longer lose the use of its pitch.A further round of public consultation for the new route is currently underway, and will end on 21 May.Construction on the project is expected to begin in 2021, and it is hoped that the first Metrolink services will begin in 2027. ‘This cannot happen’: Records show how TDs lobbied NTA to change original Metrolink plan Plans for the line were changed this year following local opposition on both sides of Dublin. Monday 13 May 2019, 12:05 AM 38 Comments May 13th 2019, 12:05 AM I am particularly concerned that people living in the vicinity will now have to engage in significant detours in order to get to the shops on Dunville Avenue and/or the schools on the eastern side of the track.He added that residents and businesses in the area were “extremely concerned” about the plans, and asked the NTA to alter the proposals to allow traffic to continue to use the road. The proposed station at Beechwood, located where Dunville Avenue meets Beechwood Road Source: Metrolink/National Transport AuthorityThe following month, Labour senator Kevin Humphreys also contacted the NTA to express “extreme concern” about the impact of the plans.“The nature of the proposed overground Metro here would be catastrophic to the permeability and flow of this long established community,” he wrote.Humphreys claimed that the plans would block access to local schools, businesses and Beechwood church, suggesting that a proposed footbridge at Dunville Avenue was “not fit for purpose” and that individuals with mobility issues would be among those affected.“If this was to occur in a rural context there would be outrage – it shouldn’t be any treated any differently in an urban context…,” he said.“The proposed plan will essentially divide the community in half. This contradicts so much of the work done on a national level, in an effort to build and support local communities.” The Luas Green line at Dunville Avenue, which would have been closed to facilitate the Metrolink Source: Google Street ViewAs part of the NTA’s upgraded plans, the through-road at Dunville Avenue will now remain open when the line is constructed, and a proposed upgrade to the Luas Green Line south of Charlemont will occur “at an appropriate point in the future” instead.Residents’ gardensHowever, while concerns were raised about the impact of the closure at Dunville Avenue, complaints were also made about the closure of the Luas Green Line for upgrade works.Many claimed that services along the line would be suspended for up to four years as the works took place, although it later emerged that this would happen on a staggered basis along sections of the line, rather than all at once.In May 2018, Humphreys again contacted the NTA to express concerns about the impact of the Metrolink on Luas services.In a submission to the authority’s CEO Anne Graham, the Labour senator asked if the proposed location where the Green Line and Metrolink would meet could happen further away from Charlemont. 33,020 Views Charlemont Luas stop, where the Metrolink will now terminate following updated plans to the project By Stephen McDermott Share10 Tweet Email1 GOVERNMENT AND OPPOSITION TDs lobbied the National Transport Authority (NTA) to have the original Metrolink plans changed before the authority altered the route this year, new documents reveal.Records released to TheJournal.ie under the Freedom of Information Act show the extent to which politicians questioned aspects of the original proposals for the line, first published in March 2018.Correspondence released by the NTA reveals that Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe and Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald were among those who shared concerns about how the project would affect their constituents.Meanwhile, Fianna Fáil justice spokesman Jim O’Callaghan and Labour Senator Kevin Humphreys also contacted the NTA on behalf of residents on Dublin’s southside.Changes to the Metrolink project were unveiled by the authority in March, after widespread opposition to the plans among locals on both sides of the city.The most significant changes occurred in Glasnevin and Ranelagh, which are served by Donohoe and McDonald and O’Callaghan and Humphreys respectively.The €3bn line will run now from Swords in north Dublin and terminate at Charlemont near Ranelagh, rather than Sandyford as the NTA originally proposed.‘Significant detour’The proposal to terminate the Metrolink at Charlemont followed opposition from locals in Ranelagh, who claimed that the plans would be like imposing a “Berlin Wall” in the area.Under the original plans, a through-road from Dunville Avenue to Beechwood Road would close to facilitate the construction of the line, a move which locals said would have caused traffic chaos in the area.In April last year, a month after the NTA published its plans, Fianna Fáil’s Jim O’Callaghan contacted the NTA to object to the proposed closure of the through-road.“The permanent closure of this roadway to vehicular traffic and the restriction of pedestrian traffic to a footbridge will have a significant detrimental impact on the residences and businesses of the area,” he wrote. 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Dublin’s 40 Foot during good weather two weeks ago. 38,759 Views Jun 21st 2018, 4:42 PM http://jrnl.ie/4084387 Share1223 Tweet Email3 Thursday 21 Jun 2018, 4:42 PM Temperatures will reach 28 or 29 degrees next week It will be officially “Too Hot”. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Paul Hosford IRELAND WILL BE full of people saying it’s “too hot” next week as temperatures soar to the high 20s.Met Éireann says that while this weekend will see temperatures hit as high as 25 degrees, that could just be the start of it.In fact, it may mean an official heatwave – five consecutive days of max temperatures over 25 degrees – is on the way. The hottest temperatures will be seen on Tuesday and Wednesday as the mercury rises to 28 and 29 degrees, respectively.From Sunday, a period of weather in the mid to high 20s will make its way across Ireland, a forecaster told TheJournal.ie.“There will be light winds, no rain and high temperatures – in short, good summer weather.”Saturday will see temperatures reaching as high as 23 degrees in the inland and across the south, and 24 degrees on Sunday.Into next week, Met Éireann said there will be “very warm or even hot conditions” with “sunshine prevailing”.“The warmest weather so far this year possibly on the way through this extended settled spell,” the forecast added. Image: RollingNews.ie 25 Comments Dublin’s 40 Foot during good weather two weeks ago. Image: RollingNews.ie Short URL
Maybe Richard Ritchey should get “The Reptile Man” trademarked.There was a lot of confusion following a story in Tuesday’s Columbian — and picked up by the Associated Press, appearing in The Oregonian and on local TV news stations — that the Reptile Man was sentenced to five days on a jail work crew for having 40 snakes in his house without a license.The reptile man is Vancouver resident Aaron Flett, 36, an amateur herpetologist who sometimes would show his snakes in area schools.Ritchey, of course, is not that reptile man, but he does own and operate a business called The Reptile Man, based out of Colton, Ore.For 20 years, Ritchey has presented educational programs on reptiles at schools, church functions, festivals and scout gatherings from Medford, Ore., to Seattle. According to his website, http://www.reptileman.org, he presents his programs to 20,000 people annually. His closest Clark County connection is that he owns D.B. Cooper, a wayward alligator caught outside Vancouver in summer 2009.So, needless to say, Ritchey was a little miffed when his mother called him, saying she saw on the TV news that the Reptile Man was punished in Clark County District Court.On the heels of his mother’s phone call were two e-mails from Ritchey’s worried fans:“Having seen you multiple times and having you at my daughter’s seventh birthday, I am sure you are not the man sentenced!,” read one of the e-mails. “Not sure how, but you may want to post a disclaimer that you are not this man!”
After relaunching its print product two years ago, Bloomberg Businessweek recently debuted a redesigned website to reflect the changes readers are seeing in print. A CMS overhaul, upgraded workflow and refreshed home page are all part of the final product.“The mission was really to provide a platform to give content producers, photographers and designers a showcase for the content. We also wanted to create a content production cycle that was more of a web-centric time cycle: ready for multiple daily updates, as opposed to a weekly update,” says Brad Rickman, product lead with Businessweek.com. “It was a temporal issue that we didn’t have back-end infrastructure and the CMS to support a rapid production schedule. The rendering layer also didn’t offer a place to showcase the kind of story telling our editors and designers are doing.”The process began in early 2011, with the Businessweek team migrating Web operations to a new CMS. The new system is mostly custom, but uses WordPress functions as well. After a six-month CMS transition, the next eight were spent designing the new site. “We’ve touched on everything from the database infrastructure, to the application, to the surface layers that we use to deliver and syndicate content,” he tells FOLIO:.Another challenge of the website relaunch was maintaining a balance between new user needs and lifetime reader expectations. This process is still underway. “The website has been in existence since the AOL days; it has an online legacy and there are still users who still have an interest in that old content. We wanted to get in a position where we were looking forward and still able to maintain our relationship with that history,” says Rickman. The overhaul went live at Businessweek.com last week. The home page now integrates more photos, data and visual cues seen in the print product. Rickman explains that there is less content on the home page, but the current stories represent a more diverse pool of content. “Now that we have a more visually rich page, it obviously has a lot more weight to it. We wanted to provide a speedier experience, so we had to be more rigorous on the technical side to make that all happen,” says Rickman. “The new CMS is constructed in a way that allows it to change and grow without having to do a lot of revisitation. That’s something we didn’t have before.”
Guntur: Home Minister Mekathoti Sucharita expressed satisfaction over nine-hour day time power supply to the agriculture pumpsets. Addressing a press conference at her camp office in Guntur city on Sunday, she said that taking farmers problems into consideration, Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy was implementing nine hours daytime power supply to the agriculture pumpsets to keep up his election promise. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us She said that though power consumption increased in the district, the government is supplying uninterrupted power to the consumers. She said that government giving 200 units of free power to the SC, ST consumers was a historical decision and made it clear that there will be no power cut in the days to come. She said that the SCs and STs were elated over the government’s decision. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us The Minister instructed the officials to ensure 24×7 uninterrupted power supply to consumers and asked them to give prior information to consumers if they stop power supply to take up electrical line maintenance works APSPDCL Superintendent Engineer B Jayabharat Rao said that they were furnishing information about power interruption to the consumers every day. SPDCL executive engineers J Haribabu, N Pichaiah and P Vijaya Kumar were among those who were present.
In an attempt to intensify efforts to strengthen its offerings on the mobile platform, online retailer Snapdeal has has acquired Hyderabad-based mobile technology startup MartMobi.Snapdeal’s deal with MartMobi is aimed at matching up with rivals’ move to switch to app-only format. However, the deal size has not been disclosed as yet. The startup develops mobile sites and apps for online retailers.”We are focusing on mobile platform as about 75 percent of orders are coming from mobile-based devices. On the merchant side too, we are witnessing similar trends. The MartMobi team is a great addition as it will help strengthen the platform for sellers,” Snapdeal co-founder and COO Rohit Bansal told PTI.Even though Snapdeal did not openly announce its plans to switch to app-only mode, the acquisition hints that the company is picking up pace to match rivals’ strategy to shut down their website and exist as app-only.Replying to a query whether MartMobi will continue to exist as separate entity, Bansal said “We are still working on the roadmap ahead. But their expertise will definitely be integrated with our platform.”A 15-member MartMobi, which has over 150 clients, provides connectivity with the customers’ existing back-end systems. It also facilitates a real-time analytics engine to enhance conversions and user engagement.Online fashion retailer Myntra has already switched to app-only mode from 15 May. Flipkart, its parent company, also plans to gradually shift advertisements from its desktop website to its mobile platform, after seeing a 10-fold increase in mobile traffic in the less than 18 months.By shifting to app-only format, online retailers expect the costs to come down, gain more exclusive customers and limit dependence on technology giants such as Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. for marketing purposes.According to a study by Boston Consulting Group, internet users in the country are expected to go up to 580 million by 2018, with 70-80 percent of them using mobile phones to access the web, The Economic Times reported.Snapdeal, which received $627 million in funding from Japan’s SoftBank Group in November last year, is expected to make acquisitions worth $1 billion this year.Investment banker Goldman Sachs expects India to become the second-largest digital market globally by 2030, next to China. It estimates the country’s e-commerce market to grow 15 times to $300 billion by then, accounting for 2.5 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).
Firefox gets improved interface language switching and spell checker support by Martin Brinkmann on July 30, 2018 in Firefox – 8 commentsMozilla plans to improve the way Firefox users can switch the default interface language of the browser and the spell checker that comes with it. Firefox users have to download language packs and dictionary packs from Mozilla’s website currently to change the interface language or download the browser in a different locale.Most users of the browser who downloaded the browser in a language that they don’t want to use have probably downloaded the browser in the correct language. It is possible to install the new language version over the old to switch to the new language.The workaround does not help Firefox users who want to use multiple interface languages. While it is theoretically possible to use different profiles each with its own language, or switch between languages using the preference intl.locale.requested, it is not really comfortable.If you look at how Chrome handles the switching to a different interface language, you will realize that Google’s browser handles things much better.Chrome users select a different language in the settings to switch to it. A restart of the web browser is all that is required to display Chrome in the newly selected language.Firefox: improved language switchingThe language switching and dictionary switching process of Firefox will change significantly and for the better in the future. Basically, what Mozilla plans to do is integrate options to switch the interface language of the Firefox browser directly in the preferences.Mozilla plans to roll out the functionality in steps. Firefox will display all installed languages under language preferences in the first stage; this makes it easy to switch to another of the languages as it can be selected.A link to download new language packs is provided in the first stage of implementation. The second stage makes it even easier as it is then possible to search for and install language packs directly from within Firefox similarly to how Google Chrome handles the functionality.Similar functionality improvements will be included for the supported spell checkers of the browser. Mozilla plans to list all installed spell checkers in a table on the preferences page. Firefox users may select and deselect dictionaries if available using the interface.Dictionaries will be downloaded alongside newly installed languages eventually, another useful feature that will improve language switching in Firefox.Firefox Nightly users may set the preference intl.multilingual.enabled to true to get some of the new functionality right away.Closing WordsThe last week has been filled with reports about features that Mozilla plans to remove from Firefox or make more difficult to configure; the improvement in language and dictionary switching behavior is definitely a positive new feature that many Firefox users will benefit from as it makes the process more straightforward and easier to complete. (via Sören Hentzschel)SummaryArticle NameFirefox gets improved interface language switching and spell checker supportDescriptionMozilla plans to improve the way Firefox users can switch the default interface language of the browser and the spell checker that comes with it. Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
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in Data, Origination January 8, 2014 454 Views application,Mortgage Applications Fall as Rates Rise Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Capital Economics Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Applications Mortgage Bankers Association Mortgage Rates Purchase Loans Refinance Service Providers 2014-01-08 Krista Franks Brock Mortgage applications declined at the end of the year as interest rates climbed, but “”Capital Economics””:https://www.capitaleconomics.com/ expects applications to rise this year as both the housing market and broader economy continue to improve. [IMAGE]””[C]redit conditions have been gradually loosening, rising house prices are reducing levels of negative equity and the improvement in the wider economy will help repair credit scores and put household balance sheets on a sturdier footing,”” Capital Economics stated Wednesday. December applications are 10 percent lower than one year ago, according to Capital Economics. Purchase applications declined 5.4 percent over the month of December, reaching a two-year low, according to Capital Economics, while refinance applications plummeted 23.7 percent to their lowest level since 2008. The “”Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA)””:http://mba.org/default.htm also reported a decline in applications in its most recent “”Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey.””:http://mba.org/NewsandMedia/PressCenter/86736.htm Applications declined 2.6 percent over the week ending January 3. Refinance applications declined 5 percent from the previous week. Refinances made up 63 percent of mortgage applications for the week, unchanged from the previous week, according to the MBA. Purchase applications decreased 2 percent from the previous week and 1 percent from the same week last year on a seasonally adjusted basis. “”[T]he level of home purchase applications is in line with that from the mid-1990s,”” according to Capital Economics. [COLUMN_BREAK]The analytics firm attributes the weak purchase market to tight credit conditions exacerbated by poor credit among potential buyers and negative equity. Rising mortgage rates are also contributing to the decline in overall mortgage applications of late. The average 30-year mortgage rate increased from 4.4 percent to 4.6 percent in December, according to Capital Economics. This rise took place even before the Fed’s announcement that it will begin tapering asset purchases. However, Capital Economics suggests the rise in rates “”reflects market expectations for tapering to begin in the weeks before the actual decision.”” The MBA reported little change in mortgage rates over the most recent week. The average rate for a conforming, 30-year, fixed-rate loan held steady at 4.72 percent, 0.28 point, while the rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate jumbo loan remained unchanged at 4.66 percent with points falling from 0.27 to 0.12. FHA-backed, 30-year, fixed-rate loans averaged 4.36 percent over the week, up slightly from 4.35 percent and with points remaining the same at 0.15. Interest rates for 15-year, fixed-rate loans averaged 3.77 percent, up from 3.73 percent the previous week, with points down from 0.4 to 0.34. Interest rates for 5/1 ARMS rose from 3.31 percent to 3.33 percent over the week, while points fell from 0.46 to 0.44. Capital Economics reminds us that “”mortgage interest rates are still at a low level on a historical comparison.”” The historical average rate for 30-year loans over the past two decades is 6.3 percent, well above today’s 4.6 percent. “”That means that even after the recent rise in rates, housing remains affordable,”” Capital Economics said. As credit conditions continue to relax, while potential home buyers improve their credit scores with the help of a recovering economy, “”we expect mortgage activity to pick up this year,”” Capital Economics said. Share
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