Singh appears to lead NDP leadership fundraising as race nears finish line

first_imgOTTAWA – NDP leadership hopeful Jagmeet Singh appears to have the fundraising lead among his fellow competitors as the race to replace Tom Mulcair inches closer to its finale.The most recent round of fundraising reports from the candidates show the Ontario legislator has raised $618,779 since entering the race in May.That’s far more than the $374,146 pulled in by Ontario MP Charlie Angus or the $250,937 raised by Manitoba MP Niki Ashton, who both launched their campaigns much earlier.Fundraising results for Quebec MP Guy Caron, who is also in the competition, have yet to be posted online by Elections Canada.NDP members could elect their next leader as soon as this Sunday. First ballot results will be revealed at an event in Toronto and if a candidate receives more than 50 per cent support, they win.If not, another round of voting will ensue with results set to be revealed on Oct. 8 in Montreal.last_img read more

Monsanto profit falls in 3Q but beats estimates raises fullyear outlook plans

by The Associated Press Posted Jun 25, 2014 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Monsanto said its earnings fell more than 5 per cent in the third fiscal quarter on lower sales of biotech seeds, but its performance still topped Wall Street estimates and the company raised its 2014 outlook. It also announced plans to repurchase $10 billion in shares.The combination sent shares up more than 5 per cent in premarket trading.The company raised the low end of its 2014 forecast to between $5.10 and $5.20 per share. Previously the company’s estimate was for earnings of $5 to $5.20 per share.Monsanto Co. said the $10 billion share buyback will take place over the next two years. The company has about $1.1 billion remaining under its previous share buyback plan.The St. Louis company said it earned $858 million, or $1.62 per share in the three months ended May 31. That was down from $909 million, or $1.68 per share, a year ago. Revenue was virtually flat at $4.25 billionAnalysts polled by FactSet expected Monsanto to report earnings of $1.54 per share on revenue of $4.39 billion for the quarter.The company reported a 16 per cent decline in sales of genetically-engineered corn seeds, its bestselling product. Farmers in the U.S. and abroad have been switching from corn to more profitable soybeans. Monsanto profit falls in 3Q but beats estimates, raises full-year outlook, plans big buyback read more

Visual Arts students get creative career advice from international artists

What’s it like to create a photographic archive of plant seeds and tissue samples that could one day ensure humanity’s very survival?What about travelling the world to capture award-winning images of the rapidly melting polar ice caps or soldiers in conflict zones?Students in Brock’s Introduction to Digital Photography class learned all of this and more, directly from creative professionals this past semester.Thanks to an Experiential Education Teaching and Learning Innovation Grant, Assistant Professor Amy Friend was able to invite six professionals in the field of photography from around the world to visit her class via video chat.British-American artist Phillip Toledano, pictured on screen, was one of six artists who participated in student-conducted interviews as part of Assistant Professor Amy Friend’s Introduction to Digital Photography class. The Visual Arts students were given the opportunity to interact with these creative professionals thanks to an Experiential Education Teaching and Learning Innovation Grant.Visual Arts students researched and subsequently interviewed guest speakers one-on-one, before ending each session with a group discussion.The exercise provided valuable insight into the artistic process and the challenges involved with working in different areas of photography, Friend said.“The students responded quite well; you could see a sense of excitement,” she said. “They heard interesting stories about how artists work through their processes and different insights about how and why specific choices are made, and the methods used to get this work out into the world.”Participating artists included Dornith Doherty, a professor and Guggenheim Foundation Fellow from North Texas who documents and collages plant seeds and tissue samples in her Archiving Eden project; Cig Harvey, an artist whose work has been exhibited at major museums and collections in the United States and Europe;  Spanish artist Alfonso Almedros; award-winning photojournalist Louie Palu, whose work has been featured in National Geographic and numerous international collections; Jacqueline Bates, Photography Director of The California Sunday Magazine; and British-American mixed-media artist and author Phillip Toledano.Fourth-year Visual Arts student Rachel McCartney was tasked with interviewing Toledano, whose work is similar to what she aspires to create herself one day.“Interacting with visiting artists in a classroom setting was an extremely useful and gratifying experience,” she said. “It allowed for direct one-on-one communication and to dissect the brain of someone who is a successful future version of what I aspire to be.”The grant was one of 18 that were awarded in 2018-19 to support the development of new experiential learning courses and experiential opportunities within existing courses.The Teaching and Learning Innovation Grants were supported financially by Experiential Education at Brock and external funding through the province’s Career Ready Fund.Sandy Howe, Associate Director, Experiential Education, said the new interview series went “above and beyond” expectations and offered a “highly impactful” experiential learning opportunity for participating students.“It’s always amazing to me to see faculty members trying something new in their courses and how this impacts their own learning and engagement with their teaching,” she added. “This is an excellent example of how different types of experiences can be used to improve both teaching and learning.”Friend said the calibre and range of artists who participated also exposed students to the range of career opportunities that exist for someone with a Fine Arts and Photography background.“It was one of the best things I’ve ever experienced in my teaching strategies,” she said. “I was stunned by how much information the students were able to learn in a short period of time.”For McCartney, the experience armed her with more confidence as an artist and a wealth of advice for ensuring success in her future career.“I find it really important that we constantly look for new ways to teach and learn because it promotes better student engagement,” she said. “Actively changing the curriculum to integrate new ways of learning creates a more personalized education that is beneficial to students. I’m very thankful to the artists who participated and immensely thankful for Professor Friend for organizing this experience.” read more

Weir Minerals enhances pump maintenance with adjustment technology

first_imgWith a longstanding reputation for engineering expertise, Weir Minerals continually develops solutions and technology to better serve the mining industry. Recognising that throatbush wear rate has a major impact in the overall efficiency of slurry pumps, Weir Minerals has developed superior rotating and axial adjustment technology. In many applications, the pump’s throatbush is the component that has the shortest life compared to the impeller and liners, with considerable variability. Adjusting the gap between the throatbush and the impeller front shroud reduces hydraulic recirculation in the pump. This prevents localised wear on the throatbush, improves hydraulic efficiency and lowers the total ownership cost for the operator. To avoid impacting the plant’s production, these adjustments are often performed while the pump is operating. However, this can have safety implications for individuals working at the front of the pump unit.“Manually adjusting an alloy throatbush on a large pump requires several people and is labour intensive. It requires mechanical tools to adjust the four pusher bolts, one at a time, in order to reduce the gap between the throatbush and impeller. We wanted to find a safer and quicker way to extend the wear life of the pump with regular adjustments, which led us to development of this technology,” states Marcus Lane, Global Product Manager for Centrifugal Pumps for Weir Minerals.“Our automated throatbush adjustment solutions are available for pumps fitted with either rubber or alloy throatbushes on Warman slurry pumps used in the most arduous applications, and have been designed with our customers’ safety and pump operation in mind. By mechanising the adjustment procedure, personnel are removed from the line of fire, and the accuracy of axial movement is increased,” states Ron Bourgeois, Director of Slurry Pumping Technology Group for Weir Minerals.Weir Minerals’ automated adjustment systems speed up the process, allowing for more frequent adjustments with minimal effort. When maintaining an alloy throatbush, all four bolts are adjusted at the same time to ensure even adjustment and accurate positioning, improving the wear life of the throatbush.Rubber throatbush adjustment is considerably different because it poses the risk of hysteresis and premature failure of the throatbush. The goal is not to adjust to a minimum clearance but to maintain a standard gap to ensure that there is no contact between the impeller and throatbush, whilst periodically rotating the throatbush face to avoid acceleration of localised wear.“We developed an automated rotating solution which maintains an optimum gap between the throatbush and impeller front shroud for the particles to flow through without catching and tearing the rubber. The localised surface wear is usually near the discharge position, but by slowly rotating the throatbush, we even out the material loss over the entire face. Field results have been very positive, showing an average of 40% increase in wear life,” states Claudio Needham, Application Engineer for Weir Minerals.For the smaller Warman slurry pumps used in medium to heavy duty applications, Weir Minerals offers a single point adjustment mechanism, providing both axial and rotational repositioning. This allows one individual to safely stand to the side of the pump while making the adjustment. Mining operators who have trialled Weir Minerals’s adjustment technology have reported improved wear life and safer, simpler maintenance through the process of regular adjustment.Weir Minerals has already taken its adjustment technology one step further by integrating it with their IIoT Synertrex platform to offer predictive maintenance feedback. “This is made possible through machine learning. Over time Synertrex learns from past adjustments, recording how many times the throatbush was adjusted and the magnitude of adjustment each time. This trending data is collected and analysed by Synertrex to communicate future adjustment requirements. Through automating all adjustments, we can successfully communicate remaining useful life, and inform customers of optimum times to adjust the pump to increase efficiency and maximise wear life,” Marcus Lane concludes.last_img read more

Alleged victim of ambush attempt Steve Ridis breaks down in court

first_imgThe alleged victim of a failed deadly ambush involving a gun and a second-hand car gasped and held back tears as he viewed photographs of his injuries while giving evidence in court. Stavros “Steve” Ridis was being shown hospital photographs of himself for the first time and whispered “Oh my god” as he stood in a Melbourne Supreme Court witness box. Mr Ridis was giving evidence during the trial of his alleged attacker, 63-year-old John Charles Quail. The prosecution has alleged that Mr Quail ambushed Mr Ridis outside his Tullamarine workplace and shot him with a semi-automatic pistol before driving over him in a car. Mr Ridis survived the alleged attack on the night of July 7 last year. Prosecutor Ray Gibson has told the court that Mr Quail was living with Mr Ridis’ former wife after the two had an extra-marital affair. The jury was told there was an on-going bitter dispute between the two men in the lead up to the Tullamarine incident. Mr Gibson alleged that Mr Quail ambushed Mr Ridis in Tarmac Drive, Tullamarine, by pulling a .22 Ruger pistol – with an attached silencer – and firing several shots. Mr Ridis was hit once in the upper body. Mr Ridis told the jury how he felt being shot and then hearing more bangs before he faded in and out of consciousness. Mr Gibson has told the court that Mr Ridis managed to bite one of Mr Quail’s fingers, before wresting the gun free and hitting him with it. Mr Ridis said he remembered running for help while yelling words to the effect of “Please help me, I’m being killed” before falling backwards as headlights came at him. Both men ended up in different hospitals with differing injuries. Mr Gibson has alleged that Mr Quail sought to murder Mr Ridis in a “calculated and premeditated manner.”Defence counsel John Desmond has accused Mr Ridis of lying. Mr Desmond has submitted that it was Mr Ridis who brought the gun to what was a pre-planned meeting between the two men. In cross examination today, Mr Desmond put to Mr Ridis that it was he who had the pistol on the night. Mr Ridis replied “No.” Mr Quail has pleaded not guilty to both attempted murder, as well as an alternative charge of intentionally causing serious injury. The trial before Justice Paul Coghlan continues. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Good Vibes Weird Hardware at the Game Devs of Color Expo

first_img Watch These Movies Before ‘Don’t Let Go’‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting… Stay on target In the few short years it has been around, the Game Devs of Color Expo has already cemented itself as one of my favorite video game events to go to. And not just because it’s conveniently located in Harlem. GDoC gathers game developers who, shocker, aren’t white and has them show off their work to an appreciating public. Along with game demos there’s a whole day’s worth of panels full of smart speakers discussing what it’s like to be a person of color in this industry. Rewatch the panel I hosted last year!To me this year’s GDoC, the biggest one yet, was more like an old friend than a radical new experience, but that’s just because I’ve gone so many times now. A rhythm game by Geneva Heyward about dating roller derby girls called Skate & Date? Sure! How about SweetXheart by Catt Small, a day in the life of an anxious Black woman? Sign me up! This show even saw Humble (owned by Geek.com parents Ziff Davis) offering a publishing grant to developer Ethan Redd for his upcoming sci-fi game Blazing Legion.What did stick out to me this year though was the cool amount of weird hardware on display. One of the best things about a video game expo is seeing demos and prototypes of bizarre devices that aren’t at all concerned about mass production and distribution. You get some of this with homebrew tabletop games, but with video games people can tinker on a really strange machine if they only need to make one of them. And knowing that you can only play them at shows like this adds to their alluring, bespoke, mysterious, live concert quality.Sashimi Slammers by Furious Fish Friends is a fighting game where two players control flopping fish trying to push the other into boiling oil. Like Divekick, there are only two buttons. One button moves you forward while another button attacks. But attacking also pushes you back toward your own oil, which is where all the risky positioning strategy comes from. And on top of all this, the buttons are embedded in a floppy physical fish toy you furiously slap the whole time.Robot Slow Dance by Dietrich Squinkifer is an “animatronic diorama game” where two players control two Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em style robots with a joystick. Instead of fighting though, players try to sync up their movements to the music, emulating an awkward couples slow dance. The robot dialogue even changes based on your performance in this exploration of queer relationships.HyperDot by Tribe Game is more of a traditional video game. Players control dots trying to dodge waves of debris in short frantic multiplayer rounds that feel like contained shoot ‘em ups without the shooting. But the plethora of control options from normal controllers to eye tracking to the Xbox Adaptive Controller proves that you don’t need rigid requirements for a fun challenge.And even some of the bigger names at the show continued this weird hardware trend. Nintendo showed up, presumably in honor of famous Black former president Reggie Fils-Aime, to demonstrate the creative fun and game dev potential of Nintendo Labo to the kids.Meanwhile, I got to go hands-on with Playdate, the indie handheld with a physical crank along with buttons and a d-pad. I couldn’t quite wrap my mind around it well enough to get to my robot date, but spinning the crank to move freely through time in Crankin’s Time Travel Adventure is the sort of bonkers gimmicky fun games don’t do enough of these days.So as always, the Game Devs of Color Expo proves that when you celebrate cool and different kinds of people you get cool and different kinds of video games. Who would’ve guessed?last_img read more

ODOT plans I5 ramp closure tonight

first_imgStarting at 10 p.m. tonight, Oregon Department of Transportation crews will close the Interstate 5 southbound off-ramp to Interstate 405 (exit 302B) overnight for barrier replacement.Attenuator barriers are installed at freeway splits and exits to reduce the severity of crashes and protect the concrete barriers behind them. The attenuator barrier at the I-405 southbound split to the top deck of the Fremont Bridge is hit often. Crews will replace the attenuator with a model that cost less to repair. Replacing the attenuator requires an overnight closure of the ramp from 10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19, to 8 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20. Detour:Motorists traveling to I-405 from I-5 southbound will continue on I-5 southbound and take the Marquam Bridge to I-405 northbound.last_img read more

JPCC offers day camps during spring break

first_imgVancouver — The Jim Parsley Community Center has created several day activities for kids who are staying home during the April spring break.The center, at 2901 Falk Road, will host day camps and swimming lessons for students ages 6-13 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 1 through April 5. Events include a snack, indoor and outdoor games, lunch and rock-wall climbing. Cost is $20 per day, with discounts available for larger families.Call 360-313-1060 or visit http://vansd.org/jpc for information.last_img read more

Many GCI customers will see internet bills go up

first_imgMany customers of Alaska telecommunications company GCI will see the cost of their internet service increase next month.Listen nowRates for what GCI calls its “No Worries” plan will increase 7 to 12 percent. That’s roughly $5 to $10 a month.Company spokeswoman Heather Handyside said the increase is due to the cost of system upgrades in recent years.“We have increased the speeds for this plan three times in the past two and a half years since we launched the plan with no increased costs to our customers,” Handyside said.The fee for GCI’s most expensive service, with the fastest speeds and highest data limits, will not be affected.Handyside said the company always tries to provide the best service to its customers and that has meant building up the network to fit their needs.“The increases in the new technologies and investing in our network to make these better speeds and more data available, you know, require an investment, and sometimes those costs are passed on to our customers,” Handyside said.GCI announced its sale to a larger, Outside telecommunications company — Colorado-based Liberty Interactive Corporation — in April.last_img read more

CarTrade raises 55 million in Series G funding led by Temasek

first_imgCarTrade, a portal that facilitates sale of used cars in India, raised $55 million in Series G round of funding led by Temasek, the sovereign wealth fund owned by Singapore government. Other investors included an unnamed US investor.Read: Tesla to start India operations in April-June, tweets CEO Elon Musk”CarTrade is on a rapid growth trajectory. The funds raised will be used to drive growth through continued focus on strengthening our dealer and customer services and evaluating potential acquisitions,” Vinay Sanghi, Founder and CEO of the portal told the DealStreetAsia.In November 2015, CarTrade had acquired 91 percent stake in rival CarWale from Axel Springer in a $90 million-cash deal, following it up by raising ~$142 million in a funding round led by Temasek and global investment company March Capital, in January last year.Other investors of seven-year-old CarTrade include Warburg Pincus, Canaan Partners and Tiger Global Management.CarTrade, owned by MXC Solutions India Pvt. Ltd., was founded by Sanghi in 2010. He was earlier associated with Mahindra First Choice Wheels Ltd.An update by Tracxn says that CarTrade has information on about 1.70 lakh cars and has tie-ups with over 1,200 dealers. The portal claims to have about four million visitors every month.In an interview recently, Sanghi has said that the potential for used cars is huge. “In developed markets, the ratio of new to used cars is 1:3, while in India it is 1:1,” he had told the India Infoline News Service.last_img read more

Parents Alumni Push HISD Board To Revisit HSPVA Naming Rights

first_img Share HISDThe High School for Performing and Visual Arts has gained national acclaim for its arts program.Ever since the Houston school board approved the naming rights to its flagship arts high school last fall, a vocal group of parents and alumni have opposed the deal. It let the Kinder Foundation add its name to the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, commonly called HSPVA, in exchange for $7.5 million. The new Kinder HSPVA will move into a new $80 million building downtown in 2018. The donation helped fund the total cost.Now that the Kinders have sent a letter to HISD and a school booster group, releasing them of the naming rights, some parents say it’s time to reconsider the deal.“With Kinder, we’re still really grateful and amazed that they did the release letter,” said Sarah Terrell, who started an online petition. “But we’re a little disappointed that 25 days later they haven’t followed up with any kind of concrete suggestion, that maybe we could come up with a solution.”Terrell said that one solution would be to name part of the campus after the Kinders. More parents and alumni voiced their opposition at the last HISD board meeting.“I say we honor their commitment, we honor their support. However, it should not be in exchange for advertisement,” said Victor Nash, who graduated HSPVA in 1983.In a statement, HSPVA said that it’s grateful for the support that “will help ensure the school continues to maintain a level of excellence for generations to come.”The HISD board would have to take a second vote to revert to the original name. So far, there doesn’t seem to be much appetite for that, as the board grapples with the budget for next year. Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:15last_img read more

Netflix Orders Oceans Natural History Series From Blue Planet II Creator

first_img“Oceans” (working title) will range “from the tropical waters of the Indian Ocean to the raging wildness of the Atlantic, from the deceptively peaceful waters of the Pacific that are surrounded by a ring of fire to the freezing isolation of the Southern and Arctic Oceans,” Netflix said. Production is to begin later this year.Honeyborne served for years as an executive producer in the BBC’s natural history unit, where he oversaw the making of about 35 films, including “Blue Planet II” and “Africa.” He left to set up Freeborne Media with director Renee Godfrey, whose credits include “Tribe” and “Human Planet.”The company is based in Bristol, England, the center of Britain’s wildlife filmmaking community. Netflix has ordered a multi-part natural history series on the world’s oceans from Freeborne Media, the production outfit of acclaimed natural-history producer James Honeyborne, who created “Blue Planet II.”Each of the series’ episodes will focus on a different ocean, “combining the disciplines of oceanography, geography and earth sciences to experience these characteristics in new ways,” Netflix said in a statement. The series is the first project to spring from a multi-year deal signed by Freeborne with Netflix to create big-budget natural history programs.The streaming giant is delving more deeply into the natural history space. It has already released on its platform “Our Planet,” a multi-part wildlife series narrated by BBC stalwart and acclaimed naturalist David Attenborough. That blue-chip series, four years in the making, was filmed in 50 countries and investigated different habitats across the globe, including the deep sea. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

Spain gears up for most uncertain election in 40 yrs

first_imgSpain faces its most uncertain national election in 40 years on Sunday with newcomer parties poised for big gains against the traditionally dominant conservatives and socialists, complicating efforts to form a stable government.The ballot will mark the end of the established two-party system that has held sway since the dictatorship of Francisco Franco ended in 1975, ushering in an untested and potentially volatile era of consensus politics.It will also offer the latest snapshot of the willingness of European electorates to abandon the mainstream centre-right and centre-left, following significant gains by populist parties since October in elections in France and Portugal. Also Read – Nine hurt in accident at fireworks show in French resortOpinion polls show the governing conservative People’s Party (PP) of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will win Sunday’s vote but fall well short of an absolute majority. Rajoy said on Wednesday he would consider a cross-party pact to ensure a stable administration over the scheduled four-year term, but all the main opposition parties have come out against joining the PP in a coalition. That points to a stalemate that analysts agree would probably disrupt an economic reform programme that has helped pull Spain out of recession and made inroads into a still stubbornly high unemployment rate. Also Read – Pakistan Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanBut many Spaniards view the election as an opportunity to shake up a political establishment they consider inefficient and corrupt.“The People’s Party and the Socialists have run out of steam. They’ve promised things that they’ve never done and I hope that Podemos will be a change,” says Cristian Ciudad, who works on a fish stall at Valencia’s fresh food market.The 22-year-old says most of his friends will also vote for the upstart leftist anti-austerity party because they think it can bring much-needed youth employment.last_img read more

Online Startup Fab Sued for Copyright Infringement Unfair Competition

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. July 30, 2013 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Fab, the popular design oriented online retailer, is heading to court as a competitor with a similar name is suing the company over copyright infringement and what it claims are unfair competitive practices.The lawsuit, filed in California last week by membership-based internet shoe retailer Just Fab, calls Fab’s name “confusingly similar” and asserts that it “intended to capitalize on Just Fab’s goodwill for Fab.com’s own pecuniary gain.” Just Fab asks that Fab be barred from selling any items that compete with its own and to reimburse the company for business lost due to competition and brand confusion.In its defense, Fab says it will aggressively defend its brand. Fab originally launched in 2010 and was called Fabulis, a social network for gay men. Founders Jason Goldberg and Bradford Shellhammer changed the business model and re-named as Fab.com about a year later. Also launched in 2010, Just Fab originally billed itself as Just Fabulous. It was founded by Don Ressler and Adam Goldenberg.The lawsuit comes about a month after Fab closed a $150 million round of financing, bringing total investment in the e-commerce company to $310 million. As Fab looks to expand its business, the company is laying off more than 100 employees in Europe as part of an effort to reduce redundancy in its European and U.S. flash-sales divisions. Seventy employees will be issued pinks slips immediately while the remaining are asked to stay on through the transition. Thirty-six employees will be asked to move to Berlin or New York.Even amid the layoffs, Fab is hiring for 70 unfilled positions in the U.S. Europe and India, the company says.Related: 10 Questions to Ask Before Naming Your Business Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 2 min read Register Now »last_img read more

Microsoft removes ReFS file system create option from Windows 10 Pro

first_imgMicrosoft removes ReFS file system create option from Windows 10 Pro by Martin Brinkmann on August 21, 2017 in Windows – 20 commentsMicrosoft will remove support for creating ReFS (Resilient File System) storage devices for all versions of Windows 10 except for Windows 10 Enterprise and the upcoming Windows 10 Pro for Workstations in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.The company published a list of features that will be deprecated or removed in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update in July.This list was updated by Microsoft on August 17, 2017 to reflect the decision to pull ReFS create support from most Windows 10 editions.Creation ability will be available in the following editions only: Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Pro for Workstations.Creation ability will be removed from all other editions. All other editions will have Read and Write ability.What this means is that administrators cannot select the ReFS file system anymore when they format drives or change file systems of drives.Microsoft introduced the Resilient File System in Windows Server 2012, and added support for the file system in Windows Server 2016 and all editions of Windows 8.1 and 10.Setup is not as easy as selecting ReFS as a the file system though, as you need to create virtual disks, initialize them together, and use Storage Spaces to create a storage pool to select ReFS as the file system for the storage pool.ReFS offers several advantages over NTFS such as integrity checks, protection against data degradation, handling of long paths, storage virtualization, and built-in hard drive redundancy and disk failure protection.While all editions of Windows 10 keep support for interacting with existing ReFS storage solutions, the option to create ReFS storage is limited to Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Pro for Workstation when the Fall Creators Update gets released.Microsoft revealed the upcoming Windows 10 Pro for Workstations edition in 2017 and plans to make it available at the same time it releases the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.Windows 10 Pro for Workstations has only a handful of differentiating factors when compared to Windows 10 Pro. In fact, most of the differences Microsoft listed during the announcement were part of Windows 10 Pro as well.This changes with the planned update and the removal of the ReFS create ability on Windows 10 Pro.Did Microsoft do that to entice companies to pick the — probably more expensive — Windows 10 Pro for Workstations edition?Closing WordsIt looks as if Windows 10 Pro is slowly turned into a Windows 10 Semi-Pro edition that sits between Windows 10 Home and the editions of Windows 10 designed for business and enterprise use. (via Ask Woody)SummaryArticle NameMicrosoft removes ReFS file system create option from Windows 10 ProDescriptionMicrosoft will remove support for creating ReFS (Resilient File System) storage devices for all versions of Windows 10 expect Enterprise and Pro for Workstations.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Slowdown in Home Prices a Reality

first_img Black Knight Financial Services Home Prices 2016-01-25 Staff Writer Home prices have been consistently rising for the last few years, but it looks like that slow growth housing market that economists have been predicting for 2016 may have started early.Black Knight Financial Services’ Data and Analytics division released its November 2015 Home Price Index (HPI) report, finding that U.S. home prices rose marginally by 0.1 percent. Year-over-year home prices are still up 5.5 percent.The HPI reached $253,000 in November and is now only 5.3 percent off its June 2006 peak of $268,000. In addition, the index is up 27 percent from the housing market’s bottom in January 2012.New York led the gains among the states for the fifth consecutive month in November, rising 1.2 percent from the previous month. New York metros held five of the top 10 spots for the largest HPI changes in November. The rest of the top five states with the largest HPI changes month-over-month include South Carolina (0.6 percent), Oregon (0.5 percent), New Mexico (0.5 percent), and North Carolina (0.5 percent).In November, Black Knight reported that both Ohio and Connecticut saw the most negative home price appreciation, with home prices declining 0.4 percent from the previous month. New Hampshire, Wisconsin, and Virginia followed with home prices decreasing 0.3 percent in each of these states.Among U.S. metros, New York City, New York; Cape Coral, Florida; and Naples, Florida had the highest HPI changes in November, rising 1.0 percent from the prior month in each area. Glens Falls, New York and Punta Gorda, Florida following with home prices appreciating 0.9 percent month-over-month. On the negative end of appreciation were Milwaukee, Wisconsin (0.7 percent); Cleveland, Ohio (0.6 percent); Rockford, Illinois (0.6 percent); Springfield, Ohio (0.6 percent); and Decatur, Illinois (0.6 percent).The data showed that New York, Tennessee, and Texas all hit new home price peaks again in October at $357,000, $179,000, and $216,000, respectivelySeven of the nation’s 40 largest metros reached new peaks in October including Austin, Texas ($286,000); Dallas, Texas ($221,000); Denver, Colorado ($329,000); Houston, Texas ($220,000); Nashville, Tennessee ($222,000); Portland, Oregon ($324,000); and San Antonio, Texas ($195,000).Click here to view the full report. Slowdown in Home Prices a Reality January 25, 2016 491 Views center_img Share in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Market Studies, Newslast_img read more

Small Salary Buy in Pittsburgh or Cleveland

first_img May 24, 2017 660 Views cincinnati cleveland Home Prices HOUSING HSH mortgage pittsburgh 2017-05-24 Aly J. Yale Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Cincinnati are the country’s most affordable metropolitan areas, according to a recent salary analysis from HSH.com. In Pittsburgh, residents need a salary of just $31,507 to afford a median-priced home in the area.In Cleveland, residents can purchase a median-priced home with an income of $33K per year, and in Cincinnati, it requires $36K. The least affordable metro areas according to HSH’s analysis were San Francisco, San Diego, and Los Angeles, where residents need a salary of $161K, $111K, and $98K, respectively.HSH broke down the salary needed to buy a median-priced home in 27 of the country’s biggest markets, including New York City ($95K); Detroit ($36K); Philadelphia ($52K); Washington, D.C. ($82K); Phoenix ($47K); San Antonio ($50K); Orlando ($52K); and Dallas ($58K). Buyers in Dallas require about $2,400 more than they did last quarter to purchase a home, though prices in the area rose just 0.32 percent.Across the nation, a median-priced home came in at $232,100, with a required salary of $52,969 and an average mortgage payment of $1,235 per month. Of the 27 metro markets HSH analyzed, median home values were down compared to Q4 2016. Thanks to rising mortgage rates, though, affordability didn’t improve in most of the markets.“This decline in cost wasn’t enough to offset considerable increase in 30-year fixed mortgage rates, so the salary needed to purchase that median home rose yet again in all but five markets,” HSH reported.On a year-over-year basis, median home prices were higher in all 27 markets, with Cleveland seeing the biggest annual jump at 13.3 percent. Pittsburgh had the least growth, with a 0.04 percent gain. Salaries needed to purchase a median home also rose over the year in all markets, equating to a 9-percent rise across the board since early 2016.The metro with the lowest median home price for the quarter was Pittsburgh, where homes cost an average of $120,000. Cleveland took the No. 2 spot at $126,100, while Cincinnati and Detroit came in at No. 3 with a median price of $145,000.View the full data set and analysis at HSH.com. Sharecenter_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines Small Salary? Buy in Pittsburgh or Clevelandlast_img read more

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first_imgAP Interview: Actor Fassbender pursuing his driving ambition Michael Fassbender thought he was going to be sick.But the two-time Oscar nominee was not in front of the camera in a demanding new role.The stage fright was a totally new experience: He was moments away from racing a car for the first time.“I was extremely nervous, to the point that I was in the toilets,” Fassbender told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. “I thought I was going to throw up. I didn’t, but I was very close.”That was last year, when the amateur driver made his debut in the Ferrari Challenge series.“You’re racing nose-to-bumper at high speed,” Fassbender said. “The Ferrari cars have an awful lot of horse power. If you lose the back end you have to catch a tow quickly, or you leave the track.”He clinched his first podium the same year, a third place at the rain-soaked Mosport race in Ontario, Canada.“Emotions were bubbling up inside of me when I approached the line. Thankfully my coach hadn’t told me my position, but I knew I’d passed a lot of cars.”Like a method actor, Fassbender thoroughly prepared for a wet race in Canada by practicing on the Nuerburgring track in Germany, one of Formula One’s famed tracks.“I had a really great coach who taught me to drive in the wet, and to take a different racing line,” the 41-year-old Fassbender said.Now, he’s chasing podiums.In January, he was first at Daytona, following that up with a second place and a third place at other races.This weekend, Fassbender was competing in the Ferrari Challenge in Montreal, parallel to the Formula One grand prix there. There was no podium finish for Fassbender on Saturday, however, after he was clipped from behind early on. But he has a chance to make amends in another race on Sunday.Wherever he goes, the German-born Irish actor is popular worldwide. He was nominated for Oscars for his roles in “Steve Jobs” and “12 Years a Slave,” and is instantly recognizable from X-Men films.As a lad growing up back home in Ireland, however, he had only eyes for F1.“I got into Formula One through my grandfather, around ’88, ’89. Ayrton Senna was his hero, and then Michael Schumacher became my hero,” Fassbender said. “I always loved cars. I couldn’t wait to get my drivers’ license, counting down the days until I was 17.”Fassbender’s first F1 race as a spectator was the 2006 Monaco GP — during seven-time F1 champion Schumacher’s last season with Ferrari.After Schumacher, who won a record 91 races, came out of retirement in 2010 with Mercedes, Fassbender met him.“Schumacher invited me to be his guest in Monaco,” Fassbender recounted. “I was on the grid with him there, which was a real highlight for me, a special experience.”Fassbender has a fondness for F1 tracks with mythical status. He wants to visit Spa, home to the Belgian GP and nestled in the Ardennes forest with some of F1’s most unstable weather conditions.“It’s one of those old school race tracks, the margin of error is very slight. Back in the Jackie Stewart, Jim Clark days, it was even more treacherous and a lot more demanding.”Fassbender began his fledging amateur career with Ferrari’s Corsa Pilota training program in September 2016.The intensity was immediately irresistible.“I got to test on the track, 66 laps,” Fassbender said proudly. “I was in at the deep end. An absolute dream from childhood.”He is not the only actor to discover a passion for racing after movie stars like Steve McQueen and Paul Newman.More recently, Grey’s Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey enjoyed success in pro-am racing at the 24 Hours Le Mans.“Patrick has been so great for me,” Fassbender said. “He always texts me at race weekends, asks me how I’m doing, and gives me really solid advice.”When the two met on a flight from Los Angeles to London, conversation came spontaneously.“He was sitting in the seat behind me, we just talked about racing,” Fassbender recalled. “There’s a lot of camaraderie and honesty in racing which I’m drawn to. It’s a very humbling sport.”___More AP auto racing: https://racing.ap.org___Jerome Pugmire on Twitter: www.twitter.com/jeromepugmire by Jerome Pugmire, The Associated Press Posted Jun 9, 2018 4:22 pm PDT Last Updated Jun 9, 2018 at 5:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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