Charges laid in Dawson Creek property related crimes

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – RCMP received a report of a stolen UTV in the Toms Lake area on Sunday, September 22nd, 2019.According to the RCMP, frontline officers attended, located the stolen UTV, and arrested both occupants. Further investigation by police uncovered evidence connecting suspects to two other stolen vehicles and a stolen trailer which were located nearby.A subsequent investigation has since linked the suspects to several other vehicle thefts and property thefts in the Peace region. Ryan Bumstead, 25-years-old, Chelbi Hiebert, 28-years-old, Hayden Raposo, 28-years-old and Lyric Grey, 21-years-old have all been charged with multiple property and vehicle theft-related offences.All four remain in police custody awaiting a future court date.This investigation encompasses numerous reported thefts and break and enters across the Peace Region from Fort St John to Grande Prairie said S/Sgt Damon Werrell, NCO i/c Dawson Creek Detachment.The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information on this or any other crime is asked to call the Dawson Creek RCMP at 250 784-3700 or Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-8477last_img read more

US Steel locks out nearly 1000 workers at Lake Erie Works in

TORONTO — U.S. Steel locked out almost 1,000 unionized workers at its facility in Nanticoke, Ont., Sunday, raising questions from employees about promises the company made to the federal government about continuing production in Canada.The company shut the gates of its Lake Erie Works plant, located about 130 kilometres southwest of Toronto, at 9 a.m. just as it had warned it would, leaving hundreds of angry workers gathered outside.“The gates are now closed on one of the most productive steel mills in North America, one of the most efficient steel mills in North America,” said Bill Ferguson, president of Steelworkers Local 8782.“From what we can see, production has been shifted to the United States.”The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.U.S. Steel makes steel for a number of operations from cars to building construction.It bought one of Canada’s largest steel manufacturers — the Hamilton-based company formerly known as Stelco — in 2007.The purchase triggered a long dispute between the federal government and the company over broken promises U.S. Steel made to secure approval to buy Stelco.The two sides settled the case in late 2011 with an agreement that saw the company promise to keep producing steel in Canada for at least another four years and make major capital investments at its Canadian mills.In wake of the lockout, Ferguson said the union was now wondering what exactly the terms of that agreement were.“Nobody knows what’s going on here,” he said.Notice of Sunday’s lockout was sent to the United Steelworkers Union on Thursday under a mutual agreement to give 72-hours notice of a strike or lockout.On Tuesday, the union membership had voted 70 per cent to reject a final contract offer from the company that would eliminate cost-of-living wage increases, reduce holidays and amount to a virtual standstill in wages.Ferguson said workers would have received an extra $1 an hour under the company’s latest offer, but that had already been mandated under the cost-of-living clause in the previous agreement.According to the union, there are 978 members of the bargaining unit at Nanticoke.“It’s a sombre mood, but there’s a lot of anger,” Ferguson said of the workers gathered outside the plant Sunday morning.The union offered earlier this week to keep its members on the jobs and negotiate further, but that was rejected by the company.“This was an operation that was probably a top plate operation in Canada. When it was sold to the Americans it almost became a second tier operation,” Ferguson said, calling the company’s current approach to talks with the union “radically different” from its predecessor.According to the company website, the Lake Erie Works facility makes 2.25 million tonnes of slabs and 3 million tonnes of high-quality hot rolled coils. read more

US unemployment aid applications rise 15000 to 382000 pushed up by Hurricane

by News Staff Posted Sep 13, 2012 3:48 pm MDT US unemployment aid applications rise 15,000 to 382,000, pushed up by Hurricane Isaac AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits jumped to the highest level in two months, although the figures were skewed in part by Hurricane Isaac.Applications increased by 15,000 to a seasonally adjusted 382,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That’s up from 367,000 the previous week. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, increased for the fourth straight week to 375,000.Isaac made landfall as Category 1 hurricane on Aug. 28 in southeastern Louisiana and was later downgraded to a tropical storm. It disrupted work in nine states and boosted applications by roughly 9,000, Labor officials said.Applications for unemployment benefits reflect the pace of layoffs.The data on unemployment applications follow last week’s disappointing August employment report. And it comes as the Federal Reserve concludes a two-day meeting. Many analysts expect the Fed will announce new steps to boost the economy when the meeting ends.Jim O’Sullivan, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics, said that after excluding the impact of the hurricane, applications are likely closer to 370,000. Still, the job market has shown little vigour this year.“While today’s reading was likely exaggerated, and we do not believe the labour market is weakening, the trend has been and still is weak enough to trigger more Fed easing today,” O’Sullivan said.Employers added only 96,000 jobs in August, below July’s gain of 141,000 and far below the average 226,000 a month added in the January-March quarter.The unemployment rate dropped to 8.1 per cent from 8.3 per cent, but only because the number of people working or looking for work fell.The total number of people receiving unemployment aid fell to 5.4 million in the week ending August 25, the latest data available. That’s about 80,000 fewer than the previous week. Some of the decline may result from more people getting jobs. But many recipients are using up all the benefits available to them.Many economists have noted that while layoffs are falling, overall hiring isn’t picking up at the same pace. A separate monthly report from the Labor Department this week showed that layoffs were at the lowest level in July in the 11 years the government has tracked the data.The economy isn’t growing fast enough to support much more hiring. It grew at a tepid 1.7 per cent annual rate in the April-June quarter, down from 2 per cent in the January-March quarter and 4.1 per cent in the final three months of last year.Growth isn’t likely to get much better for the rest of this year. Economists expect it to grow at a roughly 2 per cent pace. That’s typically too weak to create enough jobs to lower the unemployment rate.High unemployment and sluggish growth has prompted many economists to forecast that the Federal Reserve will announce new steps to boost the economy after its two-day meeting ends Thursday. Those steps could include a third round of Treasury bond purchases. The goal of the purchases would be to lower interest rates and spur more borrowing and spending.Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said in a recent speech that weak hiring is “a grave concern” that causes “enormous suffering.” read more

MLB looks to Harper Trout Judge to connect with fans

MLB looks to Harper, Trout, Judge to connect with fans MIAMI – Bryce Harper, Mike Trout and Aaron Judge have become the face of baseball as a gleaming, modernist ballpark and a city known for its Latino culture host the All-Star Game for the first time. After decades of falling behind, the sport finally has stepped up its national promotion.There’s huge room for improvement: Not one player from baseball is among the 100 most famous athletes in the world.LeBron James, Tom Brady and Tiger Woods dominate water-cooler talk far more than Max Scherzer and Chris Sale, the starting pitchers in Tuesday night’s game at Marlins Park.“I feel he’s won 15 rings,” Harper said of Brady on Monday. “If you win, you’re going to get noticed.”Major League Baseball hopes to break into a wider public consciousness with this new generation — for the first time since at least 1961 there are no All-Stars with at least double-digit selections.After Rob Manfred succeeded Bud Selig as commissioner two years ago, MLB required sponsors to market top talent. But the tradition-bound sport is still trying to rebound from a quarter-century of labour wars that ended in the late 1990s.“There is little doubt that top baseball players are less recognized than the top athletes in many other sports,” said Marc Ganis, president of the marketing company Sportscorp. “Basketball players and the NBA set many trends and are relevant in pop culture. NFL dominates in the U.S. and the second-most popular sport is also football — college football.“Baseball has the potential to be the cultural star in places like Latin America and Japan, where so many great players come from these days. But in the U.S. and in the Eurocentric, English-primary world, basketball, NFL, soccer, tennis and at certain times golf stars connect more with fans, especially younger fans, and sponsors who covet those fans,” he said.Judge beat hometown slugger Giancarlo Stanton and the rest of the field to win Monday night’s Home Run Derby at 5-year-old Marlins Park, a sleek retractable-roof ballpark with splashes of Joan Miro colours, a Red Grooms home run sculpture and a Clevelander night club with a swimming pool just beyond the left-field wall. MLB hopes to continue momentum from the Chicago Cubs’ first title since 1908, which drew the highest television rating for the World Series in a dozen years.“We know that fans connect locally every day with the teams that they root for and love, and our job is to try to highlight the performances to make it a national story as much as possible when we have that,” said Tony Petitti, MLB’s chief operating officer. “We were really fortunate last fall. We had an incredible national story in the Cubs.”MLB’s “This Time It Counts” promotion has been scrapped after 15 years. The World Series will start at the home of the pennant winner with the best record, not the league that prevails in the All-Star Game.The league and many of its national sponsors are featuring players in marketing campaigns. Still, baseball players say athletes in other sports are seen far more often in commercials.“Football is football. You can’t even really compare yourself. It’s just everybody loves football America. That’s just the way it is,” said Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who praised MLB for doing the best it can.Judge, the 6-foot-7 larger-than-life New York Yankees rookie who leads the big leagues with 30 home runs, was celebrated by MLB with a Judge-Con promotion in on Monday in which the sport enlisted actors and comics to dress as judges and make appearances throughout New York City.David Matranga of PSI Sports Management, which represents Judge, says the 25-year-old outfielder has kept his mind on pitchers, not corporate pitches.“We’ve had quite a few offers from various markets and brands. It just keeps coming every day,” Matranga said. “He’s got a lot of people pulling at him but right now Aaron just wants to keep his focus on the Yankees.”Partly because of the busy schedule — 162 games in 183 days — baseball players don’t have much time for marketing during the season. And when it comes to viewers, clicks and retweets, MLB often lags in recent decades, when the NFL and NBA have connected far better with younger audiences.ESPN’s 2017 ranking of the 100 most famous athletes, based on endorsements, social media following and internet search popularity, has Cristiano Ronaldo first, followed by James, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, tennis star Roger Federer and golfer Phil Mickelson. Brady is the top NFL player at 21 after leading New England to five Super Bowl titles.“It seems like baseball players tend to have a little bit more regional coverage,” Giants catcher Buster Posey said.Equipment companies have a larger audience to sell basketball sneakers, tennis equipment and golf gear than baseball spikes. Trout became the first baseball player since Ken Griffey Jr. to have his own signature cleat. In the same period, Nike has had 21 signature NBA players, and Bryant is Under Armour’s sole signature MLBer.Scott Boras, whose clients include Harper and Bryant, maintains MLB would rather strike deals with sponsors, causing players to receive less money than they would had they made in their own deals. The NFL has a joint licensing agreement with a business company of the players’ association. The NBA and its players’ union had a joint licensing deal that expired at the end of June.“Baseball is the polar opposite of the other leagues,” Boras said. “Instead of promoting players and advancing players’ rights and values in the sponsorship market, MLB wants to work to take away the incentive of the player to participate in these rather time-consuming events. They want to keep the revenue.”Not true, countered Bob Bowman, MLB’s president of business and media.“We have set aside a significant percentage, 15, 20 per cent of contracts, to activate around players,” he said, “We require players to be utilized in every national deal we do now, since Rob Manfred became commissioner.”Another issue is who gets touted. Washington manager Dusty Baker said discussion of baseball’s best must widen.“Just to have diversity you’ve got to add a Latin player,” said Baker, who is black.Jeff Berry, co-head of CAA Baseball, said the best marketing strategy would be for MLB and the union to work with businesses to fund an increase in scholarship limits for NCAA Division I baseball (currently 11.7 per team) and softball (12). That would create a bigger audience from youth.“The doomsday atmosphere has been around since I was a kid,” the 46-year-old Berry said. “Baseball doesn’t need to be cooler. It doesn’t need to be hipper. It doesn’t have to be more fast-paced.”___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball FILE – In this May 23, 2017, file photo, New York Yankees Aaron Judge reacts after drawing a walk in a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium in New York. This time last year, Aaron Judge had played exactly zero big-league games. The New York Yankees’ rookie slugger is now an All-Star and MVP hopeful. Big things are happening for one of baseball’s biggest men. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File) by Ronald Blum, The Associated Press Posted Jul 10, 2017 4:21 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 10, 2017 at 9:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Ohio State unable to get on a roll offensively in loss to

Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) is sacked by Virginia Tech sophomore cornerback Kendall Fuller during a game Sept. 6 at Ohio Stadium. OSU lost, 35-21.Credit: Jon McAllister / Asst. photo editorThe Ohio State football team broke records and multiple streaks Saturday night, many of which were not positives.The Buckeyes dropped their first home opener since 1978, due in part to a lack of offense as they allowed seven sacks, six of which occurred in the fourth quarter.The loss also snapped OSU’s streak of 25 consecutive regular-season wins, which was the longest such streak in the country.Coach Urban Meyer said postgame that he was “very disappointed” with the way his team performed in front of a record crowd of 107,517, in Ohio Stadium.“We had all kind of issues that we have to get a lot better at,” Meyer said. “We also had a lot of dropped passes…we just have to do a better job.”Redshirt-senior offensive lineman Darryl Baldwin said the offense, which was four of 16 on third downs, needs to do a better job to help out the defense.“We just haven’t been able to get on a roll offensively,” Baldwin said. “Defense has been playing well and when we get these opportunities, we haven’t been taking advantage of them. Those three and outs have been killing us.”Not only could the Buckeyes not convert third downs, they could not complete passes. Redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett completed just nine of his 29 attempts, including three interceptions — the last of which was taken back 63 yards for a score by Virginia Tech junior cornerback Donovan Riley.Despite a less than stellar showing, Meyer said he thought his quarterback did well with what he had.“Gutsy effort,” Meyer said. “Obviously not good enough, but a quarterback is a product of those around him, and we all have to get better.”The Hokie defense lined up in zero coverage — a formation with no deep safeties — for most of the game and crowded the line of scrimmage, daring the Buckeyes to throw the football. It was a tactic co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said the OSU coaching staff had not expected.“They played something we hadn’t prepared for so it took quite a bit of adjusting,” Herman said. “We had to find some ways to get to the speed option game, and we did that during the second half. We got a little momentum back on our side but couldn’t make the plays in the end.”After a year in which the Buckeyes were near the top nationally in yards per game in 2013, when then-junior Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde each rushed for over 1,000 yards, OSU managed just 108 rushing yards against the Hokies. Barrett, who suffered the seven sacks, led the team with 70 yards on the ground.The next leading rusher for OSU was sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott, who carried the ball just eight times for 32 yards.Baldwin said he was disappointed that OSU could not move the football on the ground.“The run game opens up the entire offense,” Baldwin said. “It really just opens up everything and we just couldn’t get it started.”Although the running game struggled, Herman said the loss cannot be blamed solely on one unit or person.“From myself on down to the players, it was certainly not one position or one thing that you can say, ‘this is the reason,’” he said.Meyer said that the team will regroup and come back ready to go on Sunday.“So anxious to get back to work tomorrow and get a little better,” Meyer said. “We had a good meeting as a team (after the game).”The Buckeyes are set to begin preparations for their next game against Kent State, which is scheduled to kickoff at noon on Sept. 13 at Ohio Stadium. read more

Wimbledon warns supporters against political chants and slogans amid fears of outbreak

first_imgIt seems an unlikely thing to happen amid the genteel environs of SW19, but then it’s already been a summer of unlikely outcomes.Which may explain why the All England Lawn Tennis Club has taken steps to prevent any displays of Corbynmania, or any other political expression, during the Wimbledon championships.The tournament’s organisers have issued a strict ban on political slogans during the fortnight, which opens on Monday.After all, the last thing they want is for cries of “Oh Jeremy Corbyn” to ring out across Centre Court. Should that fail to halt the noise stewards would get involved, with any persistent protesters likely to be ejected from the grounds. Last year David Cameron was met by boos from some in Centre Court after Andy Murray highlighted his presence during his victory speech for his second Wimbledon title.The ‘No Political Slogans’ rule stands alongside a ban on so called ‘ambush marketing’ techniques used to promote products during matches.Wimbledon officials last year confiscated Peperamis from fans entering the grounds over fears that the snack, which had been distributed to the queues from a truck.The AELTC said: “There has been a sharp increase in the amount of free unauthorised commercial advertising material, which is distributed to the queue and ticket holders in order to obtain free advertising in our grounds or on television.”Club officials added that their ban on political slogans was consistent with that of other major sporting events. Although rare, there have been political protests at Wimbledon in the past. On 2011 a group of Spanish activists from the anti-austerity 15-M movement had to be prevented from entering the grounds, where they were planning to stage a protest during one of Rafael Nadal’s matches. Among the rules issued for spectators by the AELTC in the run up to the championships is one prohibiting “any objects or clothing bearing political statements”.A warning sign stating “No political slogans!” is on display at the entrance gates to the grounds.An AELTC spokeswoman told the Daily Telegraph: “We wouldn’t want people to use this kind of event as a platform for their specific views or causes.”The rule is aimed principally at barring spectators wearing political slogans on T-shirts, or brandishing flags and banners with slogans.But officials have said that match umpires would intervene if any political chanting takes place, initially by calling for “quiet please” in their characteristically firm manner. Corbyn at Glastonbury Notice at Wimbledon highlighting banned objects and behaviourcenter_img Notice at Wimbledon highlighting banned objects and behaviour But there are already suggestions that some of those attending Wimbledon, particularly the younger spectators queuing overnight, may be planning to show their admiration of him.And social media users have voiced their relish at the prospect of the Centre Court ringing with the chant.Ryan Murray, a Twitter user from Swansea, wrote: “It would make my life if the ‘Ohhhhhhh Jeremy Corbyn’ chant became the soundtrack of this year’s Wimbledon.”Medical student Mouad Elhmaidi, said: “Why I am looking forward to Wimbledon?  Hearing Jeremy Corbyn chants in the stands.”Another Twitter user, Vic, wrote: “Last night I dreamt Corbyn was in the Royal Box at Wimbledon and I started this chant there.” Mr Corbyn has been invited to watch play from the Royal Box, alongside other political figures and celebrities, although it is not yet known on which day.The club is keen to avoid any hint of the scenes witnessed at last month’s Glastonbury festival, when the chant was taken up by thousands of revellers as the Labour leader addressed crowds from the main Pyramid Stage. Corbyn at GlastonburyCredit:Paul Grover 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.last_img read more

Minute of silence for Nelson Mandela

← Previous Story WWCH 2013: Round 1 from Belgrade to Novi Sad Next Story → WWCH 2013: Easy start for Hungary In honour and remembrance of the former President of the South African Republic Nelson Mandela, all the matches of the first round of the Women’s Handball World Championship started with a minute of silence. handball mandelanelson mandelanelson mandela handballWWCH 2013

Our priorities are the countrys priorities Reform Alliance

first_imgTHE GROUP OF former Fine Gael TDs and senators today presented the reforms they wish to see carried out.The group known as the Reform Alliance, TDs Lucinda Creighton, Billy Timmins, Terence Flanagan, Dennis Naughten and Peter Mathews and senators Paul Bradford and Fidelma Healy-Eames, met in Dublin today to trash out their vision for the future.Despite Mathews being adamant that the alliance was not a new political party, the group posed for pictures together and released a joint statement in which they said that they wanted to play a “positive and constructive” role in matters.The statement continued:“The group believes that reform, new ideas and fresh thinking are necessary to tackle on-going problems in areas such as job creation, youth unemployment and emigration,  mortgages and personal debt, healthcare and education.The Alliance is committed to bringing policies based on conviction and courage to the upcoming Dáil and Seanad sessions, and looks forward to working with government and opposition parties in the national interest.Among the reforms that the group is calling for are the direct election of the Ceann Comhairle by secret ballot, new procedures on the guillotining of bills by the Government and the automatic inclusion of all those aged 18 or over on the electoral register.Read: Rebels meet today but Peter Mathews insists: ‘There’s no new party. I’m a Fine Gael member’Poll: Do you think the Reform Alliance should become a party?last_img read more

War for the Planet of the Apes Terry Notary Talks Playing Ape

first_imgStay on target 8 Nostalgic Board Games Based on Old Sci-Fi FlicksPlanet of the Apes: Visionaries is Unpredictable, Stunning and Wild While Andy Serkis gets a ton of (deserved) praise for his portrayal of Caesar in the Planet of the Apes reboot trilogy, he’s far from the only actor doing amazing work in these films. Terry Notary plays Rocket in all three of the recent Apes movies. More than that, he’s spent years studying ape behavior, and served as Ape choreographer for the entire cast. See a performance you like in War for the Planet of the Apes? There’s a good chance Notary had something to do with it. Notary took some time between set-ups for his next project to talk to us on the phone about what it takes to play an ape.It turns out, playing an ape in these movies isn’t much different from playing a human character. In fact, it may be some of the most human acting Notary’s ever done. “Rocket is a total extension of myself,immitating” he said. “It’s the self I aspire to be. When you’re playing an ape, you’re nimitatingreally ape, it’s more about shedding all the B.S. that makes us human.” Notary described playing an ape correctly as being an open, well-rounded, more centered and vulnerable human. “When I drop into Rocket, I just drop into the real self, myself, who I am and who I try to practice to be.”Notary says the experience of playing Rocket has taught him a lot about who he is as a person. “I’ve matured as an actor as Rocket has matured as a character in the films. We’ve kind of grown up together.” Notary believes playing Rocket has made him a better actor and a better human as he’s now more aware himself. “What I feel like the character’s done for me is made me more open to receiving and ingesting, digesting and expressing feeling… If I’m feeling jealous or fear or anything, I actually don’t try to mask it. I’ll just assimilate it, feel it and try to rationalize, like ‘why am I feeling this?’”Karin Konoval, Terry Notary, Andy Serkis and Michael Adamthwaite on the set of Twentieth Century Fox’s “War for the Planet of the Apes.” (Via Twentieth Century Fox)This sense of how apes behave, and how honest they are with their emotions comes from years of working with and studying apes. Notary’s time with apes predates even his work on Rise of the Planet of the Apes. He started studying their behavior to prepare for a film he said he’s not particularly proud of: Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes. He was Tim Roth’s double in that movie. He was also tasked with teaching ape movement to the other actors, which is what got him started learning about how our relatives behave. He read every book about apes he could get his hands on, watched video of apes and spent hours upon hours at the zoo.“Every week, I was going to the zoo, sometimes twice a week, just sitting there watching them. And I was imitating them, seeing if I could emulate them,” he said. “Also, I got to work with these two chimpanzees, Jacob and Jonah. We just hit it off, and they were ready to play and they were hugging me, and jumping into my arms. Jacob gave me a hug, and I was like ‘Whoa, I get it.’ They looked me in the eye, and they were so open. It’s like they look into your soul. They just open up and let you look into their soul. They’re so human. The more you play with them, the more you realize they’re so much like us.”Notary says he realized it wasn’t about acting like apes. Humans, he says, should ask how they can become like these chimpanzees again. “We’ve lost the beauty. That innocence and openness is all covered up by fears and social conditions.” That’s when Notary realized that playing an ape is just about removing the emotional barriers and baggage that make us human. So it would appear at least some good came out of that Tim Burton movie.Karin Konoval, Terry Notary, Andy Serkis and Michael Adamthwaite (Via Twentieth Century Fox)He especially enjoys taking those experiences and teaching them to other actors. He says that when a new actor joins one of these movies, they all want to know what they have to do to play an ape. Almost like there’s some kind of trick they’re looking for. His first piece of advice: “You don’t have to do anything.” When that inevitably confuses the actor, he hits them with, “you have to undo everything.” And yes, he says, it’s just as scary as it sounds. That’s why he makes sure the actor feels safe before he starts working with them. Examining who you really are inevitably brings up fears and past traumas that a person doesn’t like to deal with on a day-to-day basis. Notary says he tries to make the actors aware of the subconscious coping mechanisms they have to avoid dealing with their feelings. Once those are identified and washed away, they can allow themselves to be vulnerable.Once the actor is open and in what Notary calls “a neutral state,” they start bringing in the fears, feelings and baggage that the character has “without bringing in your own stuff.” That’s not to say the actors don’t draw on relevant personal experiences. They can, and often do, but playing an ape is allowing yourself to be honest and expressive with those feelings. Notary says it’s a different process for every actor. Some get it within an hour, some took a full week to get into that state. It’s only after all that work is done that he brings in the physicality of being an ape, meaning how you carry and move your body. All of this serves to get the actor operating on what he calls a “soft connection” between the mind and the body. That’s the point where they’re just acting on instinct, rather than constantly thinking through their movements. Once they master that, an actor will often be playing an ape without even realizing it.Steve Zahn as Bad Ape (Via Twentieth Century Fox)After most people see the movie, one character that’s sure to be a fan-favorite is Bad Ape, played by Steve Zahn. Bad Ape is a wonderful addition to the Apes universe and opens up so many possibilities for where these movies can go now that Caesar’s trilogy is over. Notary says it’s a character he and director Matt Reeves discussed a lot early in production. “We basically thought of this little old Russian man who’s a survivor. He’s endearing and sweet, but he’s such a tough survivor. I just thought of this little Russian peasant who just got off the boat, and he has nothing and managed to save up everything and survive.”Then Steve Zahn came in and brought a whole new perspective from which to approach the character. Notary says on his first day, Zahn dropped into a character and put his finger in his mouth, letting out a high-falsetto “Oh!” That was it. Notary describes that simple action as the seed for who Bad Ape would become. “It was this sweet… It was like a little old man baby.”Rocket isn’t the only ape Notary has played this year. He also played the titular character in March’s Kong: Skull Island. Though the movies are very different, Notary made a point that he wasn’t trying to play an ape. To him, Kong was a 14-year-old boy with the weight of the world on his shoulders. “He’s the last of his kind and he knows it. It’s all up to him. It was basically playing a sensitive boy who’s just starting to come out and be awakened by a connection between the humans and him.” Where Rocket has had a ton of life experience at this point and is almost human, Kong is still a scared teenager.Twentieth Century Fox’s “War for the Planet of the Apes.”So where do these Planet of the Apes movies go from here? Notary has a few ideas of what he’d like to see. The introduction of Bad Ape means that there are other intelligent apes out there in the world not related to Caesar’s group. Notary would like future movies to explore the alliances and conflicts that come out of these different ape tribes interacting. He’d also like to see groups of apes allying with groups of humans and exploring the stories that come out of that. “I hope they can stretch out a few more (movies) because there’s a lot more in there to flesh out. I feel like there’s so many rich characters, and the potential for rich characters and situations is boundless where we leave off.” Notary thinks the series has at least another trilogy in it. We’ll have to wait and find out if that ends up happening.Of course, it wouldn’t be a Geek.com ape interview if I didn’t ask about our favorite ape, Gorilla Grodd. In conducting this interview, it occurred to me. Who better to play Grodd than someone whose spent more than 15 years studying ape behavior. And with Matt Reeves directing The Batman, Notary has at least one in. Notary’s answer to whether he’d want to be involved in a Gorilla Grodd movie was an enthusiastic “Yes!” He even giggled when I filled him in on the character’s powers, “that’s really cool, that’d be awesome!” Notary then took the opportunity to get serious and say that Reeves is one of the best filmmakers he’s ever worked with. “He’s a genius storyteller. He’s all about subtlety and detail. If it doesn’t move the story forward, he won’t put it into the film.”As the interview concluded, Notary mentioned that they’re marketing the arm extensions used in the Planet of the Apes movies. Aparently, everyone got into such incredible shape working on these movies that they wanted to keep the ape arms to work out with. So now he’s selling ergonomic arms that he says provide a low-impact workout. He calls the system Quadrufit, and says it’ll teach you all the movement stuff he did with the actors on set. So if you come out of War for the Planet of the Apes wishing you could move like them, there’s a way to do it. If someone gets good enough at it, maybe they can make their own Ape movie.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Police investigate attacks along Burnt Bridge Creek Trail

first_imgPolice are investigating two reports of a man on a skateboard groping women on the Burnt Bridge Creek Trail in Vancouver. The first incident happened around 8 a.m. Monday. A 26-year-old woman was walking on the trail near state Highway 500 when a man riding a skateboard groped her, exposed himself and made a sexual request, Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said. The woman yelled at the man to leave her alone, and he left the area. The victim didn’t report the incident until Monday evening, so police weren’t able to track down the suspect, who was described as a “dirty” man in his 20s with shaggy hair, wearing a white t-shirt and cargo shorts. Today, a woman said she was groped by a man on the trail near Falk Road. He was described as a man in his 20s wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, dark sunglasses and a backpack with a skateboard strapped to it. He also carried another skateboard.After she passed him on the trail, he got on his skateboard and rode past her, groping her when he did, Kapp said. The victim ran away to a safer location and called 911, which was the right thing to do, Kapp said.Anybody who sees a suspicious person or suspicious activity on the Burnt Bridge Creek Trail should report it to police. The same man may be responsible for both attacks on the trail, Kapp said.“People should be cautious in that area,” she said.last_img read more

POLICE LOG for May 24 Injured Turkey Rescued Mailbox Vandalized Teen Missing

WILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Thursday, May 24, 2018:A Shawsheen Avenue resident called to report his mailbox was vandalized sometime overnight. (6:43am)Animal Control Officer responded to reports of an injured turkey on Boutwell Street. Officer transported turkey to Tufts in Grafton. (7:40am, 9:56am)A NAPA employee reported a deceased mother opossum with its babies still alive. Animal Control Officer responded. (3:14pm)An anonymous caller reported 2 quads on the roadway on Wabash Road. (3:59pm)A juvenile walked after from the Milestone Group Home on High Street and was entered into NCIC. (4:56pm)A white 2015 Honda Civic and a white 2016 Chevy Cruze were involved in a crash on Main Street. Both vehicles towed. One party complained of head, neck and back pain and was transported by the Fire Department. (5:14pm)A passerby reported a man sitting on the bench on Main Street, near the dog groomer, waiving what appeared to be a hand gun. Police responded. Dog walker in the area did not see anything. (5:18pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 26: 2 Missing Teens; OUI Arrest; Main St. Shut Down Due To Crash; Road Rage IncidentIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 2: Vehicle Damages Roadway; Police Called Over Suspicious BehaviorIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 25: Wilmington Man Arrested For OUI; Men Carrying Sledgehammers Down Street; Turkeys Causing TrafficIn “Police Log” read more

Aston Martin Valkyrie outputs confirmed 1160 hp and 664 lbft

first_img More From Roadshow 2020 Hyundai Sonata first drive: An attractive and compelling midsize sedan Enlarge ImageThe Valkyrie’s absurdly powerful V12 engine undergoing testing. Aston Martin Aston Martin has been trickling out little bits of information about its superlative Valkyrie for quite some time, but on Friday the company shared perhaps the most important numbers yet. Aston confirmed that the Valkyrie’s hybrid powertrain will be rated for 1,160 horsepower at 10,500 rpm and 664 pound-feet of torque at 6,000 rpm. Remember, the Valkyrie is planned to be a road-legal car.The astonishing figures are based on combined output from the car’s gasoline engine and electric motor. The former, a 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 built by Cosworth, is rated for 1,000 hp at 10,500 rpm, with a maximum engine speed of 11,100 rpm. Peak torque is rated at 546 pound-feet at 7,000 rpm. Aston said previously the engine weighs only a little over the company’s goal of 200 kilos, or about 441 pounds.Aston Martin Valkyrie MantisEnlarge ImageThe car’s design is just as extreme as its horsepower and torque figures. Aston Martin The remainder of the Valkyrie’s output comes from its hybrid components, with an electric motor from Integral Powertrain Ltd and batteries from Rimac. The motor delivers 160 horsepower and 206 lb-ft alone, with supplements the V12 and delivering those headlining combined output figures.As a refresher, the Valkyrie is being co-developed by Aston Martin and Red Bull Advanced Technologies. Though intended to be emissions-compliant and legal for road use, Aston is also going to offer a Valkyrie AMR Pro version for track use, which will weigh just 2,220 pounds and have a claimed 2,200 pounds of aerodynamic downforce. Just 25 will be built, whereas the standard road-ready Valkyrie will be limited to 150 units.With the powertrain details confirmed, Aston Martin says it is now beginning to build the first physical test prototypes of the Valkyrie. We can’t wait to see and hear the wild hypercar being put through its paces on the track — especially given how wild that V12 engine sounds on its own. Post a comment 0 Share your voice Aston Martin Tagscenter_img 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Aston Martin adds even more ways to tweak your Valkyrie 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Aston Martin Exotic Cars Performance Cars 23 Photoslast_img read more

Asian shares routed as goldilocks trade suddenly unwinds

first_imgA street sign for Wall Street is seen outside the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., December 28, 2016. [Representational Image]Reuters fileAsian shares and US stock futures sank on Tuesday, after Wall Street suffered its biggest decline since 2011 as investors’ faith in factors underpinning a bull run in markets began to crumble.S&P mini futures fell as much as 2.5 percent to nearly four-month lows in Asia, extending their losses from the record peak hit just over a week ago to almost 12 percent.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slid 3.5 percent to a one-month low, which would be its biggest fall in more than a year and a half, a day after it had fallen 1.6 percent.Japan’s Nikkei tumbled as much as 5.6 percent while Taiwan shares lost 5.3 percent at one point.Australian shares dropped 3 percent to their lowest since October while South Korean shares fell 3 percent.The rout came after US stocks plunged in highly volatile trading on Monday, with the Dow industrials falling nearly 1,600 points during the session, its biggest intraday decline in history, as investors grappled with rising bond yields and potentially higher inflation.”The amount of the sell-off that we are seeing is normal. The speed at which we are doing it is not normal,” said Michael Purves, chief global strategist at Weeden & Co in New York.”Where does the market rout end? I think we are pretty close to a selling climax here. I think we are pretty close. The fundamentals are pretty good. The only thing that is really different is that bond yields got up to 2.8 percent.”The benchmark S&P 500 slumped 4.1 percent and the Dow 4.6 percent, suffering their biggest percentage drops since August 2011 as a long-awaited pullback from record highs deepened.Before Monday’s fall, the index had not seen a pullback of more than 5 percent for more than 400 sessions, which analysts said was the longest such streak in history.”Since last autumn, investors had been betting on the goldilocks economy — solid economic expansion, improving corporate earnings and stable inflation. But the tide seems to have changed,” said Norihiro Fujito, senior investment strategist at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities.The trigger for the sell-off was a sharp rise in U.S. bond yields following Friday’s data that showed U.S. wages increasing at the fastest pace since 2009, raising the alarm about higher inflation and with it potentially higher interest rates.The 10-year US Treasuries yield rose to as high as 2.885 percent on Monday, its highest in four years and 47 basis points above the 2.411 percent seen at the end of 2017.But a massive fall in share prices prompted an about-turn, and in Asian trade on Tuesday, it fell back to as low as 2.685 percent.Fed fund futures are now pricing in only two rate hikes this year.The CBOE Volatility index, the closely followed “fear-index” measure of expected near-term stock market volatility jumped 20 points to 30.71, its highest since August 2015.”For the last several months, whether it’s stocks or commodities, risk-takers had been the winners. And that’s what hedge funds, which now manage $3.2 trillion, have been doing,” Mitsubishi UFJ’s Fujito said.”Their leveraged position is now being unwound. And it seems as though there are still some people who haven’t run away (from the sell-off) yet. I would expect more instability,” he added.European shares also tumbled on Monday, with Germany’s Dax hitting a 4-month low.Yoshinori Shigemi, market strategist at JPMorgan Asset Management, said the specter of inflation will gradually undermine the attraction of equities even though the markets could rebound in the short term. A view of the exterior of the Nasdaq market site in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., October 24, 2016. [Representational Image]Reuters file”In the end, the Fed will have to hike rates. And if it doesn’t, long-dated bonds will be sold off on worries about inflation. Either way, that is going to slow down the economy. Rising wages also mean corporate profit margins will be squeezed gradually down the road,” he said.Keen to avoid further risk, investors are closing their positions in other assets, including the currency market where a popular strategy has been to sell the dollar against the euro and other currencies seen as benefiting from higher interest rates in the future.The euro eased to $1.2358, not far from last week’s low of $1.2335, a break of which could usher in a further correction after its rally to a 3-year high of $1.2538 by late last month.Against the yen, which is often used as a safe-haven currency because of Japan’s solid current account surplus, the dollar slipped 0.3 percent to 108.69 yen, after having lost one percent on Monday.Bitcoin was not spared from selling, hitting a 12-week low of $6,400. That represented a 67.5 percent fall from its record high of $19,666, touched on Dec. 17.Investors also dumped junk bonds, with the yield of Merrill Lynch U.S. high yield index rising to 6.017 percent from 5.964 percent at the end of last week.Still, it was far below its 2016 peak just above 10 percent, when low oil prices hurt energy firms.Oil prices also dropped, with international benchmark Brent futures hitting a one-month low of $66.90 per barrel on Monday. It last stood at $67.02.US crude futures traded at $63.56 per barrel, down 0.8 percent in Asia.last_img read more

Two Houston Police Officers Injured In Drunk Driving Incident

first_img Share A suspected drunk driver veered toward two officers, who were responding to a single vehicle accident on the Newcastle ramp off the southwest freeway.Police say one of the officers fell 16 feet off the ramp, to an access road below. The second officer is reported to have also gone over the ledge, holding on to the side of the ramp.Both officers were taken to the hospital, and are expected to be ok.#UPDATE from #HPD after crash involving their officers. #KPRC #Houston @KPRC2 @houstonpolice pic.twitter.com/mjRgZjJ73b— KPRC Cathy Hernandez (@KPRC2Cathy) July 28, 2017 #UPDATE: @houstonpolice say body cam video captured the whole thing and hope it can be released to us soon. @ArtAcevedo pic.twitter.com/q1QzqAu4W4— KPRC Cathy Hernandez (@KPRC2Cathy) July 28, 2017last_img

Why Does Texas Have So Many Counties A History Lesson

first_imgU.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, made news this summer for achieving a long-held goal in his campaign for U.S. Senate — visiting all of Texas’ 254 counties.That’s a lot of travel time, and the news made us — and our readers — wonder why Texas has so many counties. Texas is the second-largest state in both area and population, but it has 95 more counties than any other state.Georgia, with 159, has the second most. Delaware, with three, has the fewest. California, which has the largest population, has just 58 counties.So why does Texas have so many?Basically, Texas is big, and the state’s founders wanted to keep its local governments small. In the state’s early days — Texas became a state in 1845 — Texans needed to be close to those local governments, which were responsible for courts, jails, schools and roads, said lawyer David Brooks, who specializes in Texas county government.Brooks said counties needed to be small enough that residents could travel to and from their courthouse in a day on horseback to do business. Most farmers couldn’t afford to take more than one day off to travel to the county seat.As the state expanded throughout the years and the population increased, the number of counties did, too. The earliest counties in Texas history were called municipios and date back to Spanish rule, according to the Texas Association of Counties. There were 23 municipios in what’s now the southeastern part of the state.Texas became independent in 1836, and the municipios became counties. As settlers moved west, Texas added 14 new counties in under 10 years. When Texas joined the United States, the number of counties went from 37 to 67.When Texas sold land to the United States as part of the Compromise of 1850, another nine counties were added. By 1860, there were 152 counties in the state.Growth slowed during the Civil War and picked up again after Reconstruction, according to Kathryn Siefker, curator at the Bullock Texas State History Museum.The Constitution of 1876, which is what much of Texas state law today is based on, set requirements for Texas counties. New counties had to be at least 900 square miles and, whenever possible, laid out like a grid.Land known as the Young Territory in the Panhandle plains was split into 54 counties that year, which is why northwest Texas counties are squares and rectangles. The borders of older counties in the southern part of the state follow natural boundaries such as water basins, Brooks said.During the end of the 19th century, Texas’ larger counties in the western part of the state were split into smaller units as the population grew.“They found it would be better to go smaller or increase the amount of counties,” Siefker said.The state’s last county, Loving County, was added in 1931.The bottom line:  Texas has 254 counties because it’s so big — with about 28 million people and over 268,00 square miles, it’s the second largest state in both population and area. Texans followed a guideline that no one should be more than a day’s travel from their courthouse, keeping the counties relatively small.Disclosure: The Texas Association of Counties and the Bullock Texas State History Museum have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here. Sharelast_img read more

Industrial Bank Named December 2018 Location of the Month

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterThe District of Columbia Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment (OCTFME) named Industrial Bank its December 2018 Location of the Month.“We’re very excited,” said Melanee Woodard, Assistant Vice President of Industrial Bank. “We just finished our first major renovation on the building. That’s our flagship bank.”The D.C. Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment (OCTFME) named Industrial Bank its December 2018 Location of the Month.In 2016 the bank went through its first major renovation at the U Street branch. Adding to the aesthetics of the building was a cafe style look, with a seating area for customers.“Now you can come in, sit down, have a complimentary coffee, talk with our team and experience all that comes with our service.”The historic look and feel of the U Street location with a 1930s era vault and bank clock made the building an idealistic choice for filming, according the OCTFME’s press release.Industrial Bank opened in 1934 by Jesse H. Mitchell, a Howard University Law School graduate. The bank was started to provide a need for people in the community.“Our bank was started in the Great Depression,” Woodard said. “At that time they would take our deposits but they wouldn’t provide loans so you didn’t have access to the American Dream of home ownership so they started the bank for that reason.”Since that time Industrial Bank has been a beacon of light for communities seeking financial literacy and information. Some of the recent services include a financial training with the D.C. Department of Corrections, and many new homeownership seminars.Giving back to the community has alway been important to Industrial Bank.“We are CDFI certified and with that certification we invest 60% of our assets back into the community,” Woodard said.Community Development Financial Institution Certification (CDFI) is a designation for institutions that service vulnerable communities and people who don’t have access to financing, according to the CDFI Fund.Next year Industrial Bank will be celebrating 85 years, according to Woodard, but the mission of service stays the same.“We are down to like 19 Black banks in the country,” Woodard said, adding that along with the customer service Industrial Bank still offers the same products and services that all banks provide. “Through it all we’ve been here. Through the depression, through the riots, the building of the subway system. A lot of businesses had to close down during those periods.“So here we are 85 years later still servicing that mission.”The “Location of The Month” Initiative is part of OCTFME’s mission to promote D.C. locales as media production location and bring wider attention to the potential cinematic location for film and television productions.For more intomation about Industrical Bank please go to www.industrial-bank.com and to find out more about OCTFME’s Location program go to the DC-REEL Scout Directory.last_img read more

Gameband is the Game Watch You Didnt Know You Needed

first_img Geek Pick: Fitbit Versa Lite Is the Ultimate Intro to SmartwatchesGoogle Will Usher In Android Wear 2.0 With Two Flagship Smartwatches Smart watches aren’t exactly things that would interest the average gamer. Now, there is a smart watch specifically made for gamers. A Kickstarter was recently launched for the Gameband smart watch. This sleek device not only tells you the time but also lets you play games right on your wrist.Designed by Matter Global, the Gamewatch features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 processor, an AMOLED display, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, and the company’s own Android OS that comes with a variety of productivity apps. The Gameband also has an upgradeable MicroSD drive, which allows for photo and music uploads.The Gamewatch comes pre-installed with 20 games. This includes classics like Pong, Asteroids, Centipede, and Breakout. It will also have a modern game in the form of Terraria. Thanks to a partnership with Atari, there will be an Atari-themed watch that comes with different straps. This model will go nicely with the Atari games launching with the Gamewatch.“We had specific requirements for our design,” says the Gameband’s Kickstarter page. “It needed to be robust, as durable as a watch, while incorporating gaming influences and giving us the flexibility to create special editions, without overly complicating the manufacturing process. Drawing inspiration from rugged weaponry, vehicles and tools seen in games, the goal was to bring about a real-world device that you could just as easily imagine inside a game.”There are a number of different tiers that one can opt for. The standard edition, Atari edition, and Terraria edition have prices ranging from $99 (for the early bird special), all the way to $179 (for the Kickstarter special). At the time of this writing, the $99 editions are all sold out. There are other editions available as well, with the most expensive coming in at $6,999.For more details, make sure to check out the Gamewatch’s Kickstarter page. Stay on targetlast_img read more

The Worlds First Cyber Attack

first_imgFraud in the securities market is a huge problem. There are hundreds of complaints each week of traders who find various ways of artificially inflating or deflating the prices of shares they are holding in order to whip up buyers’ and sellers interest, so they can be bought or sold at huge profits. Most of those ways involve making sure that investors see or hear false information about the amount of movement in the security in question. Investors then either buy shares for more than the share is worth, or sell at a lower price than their true value.It seems as if this should have been much less possible during the early 1800s, since there was no internet, with its near-instantaneous transfers of data and information. But that’s not the case.In 2018, approximately 300 complaints a day about fraudulent on-line stock-trading schemes are submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission.In the 1830s, a pair of brothers who were corrupt bankers found a way to manipulate the then-current technology so that they could gain advantages in the bond market, creating what amounted to the world’s first cyber attack according to Inc.com.In the 1790s, France created the world’s first national data network. 1843 magazine reported that it was a mechanical telegraph system that used semaphores. It was made of strings of towers, and on top of each tower was a mechanism with a series of arms on it, which could be moved into a variety of configurations to represent different characters.Replica of Claude Chappe’s optical telegraph on the Litermont near Nalbach, Germany Photo by Lokilech CC BY-SA 3.0The towers were placed in line of sight of each other, and operators using telescopes could see the mechanisms on the towers behind and ahead of them in the chain and adjust their own to match, passing the information on. Messages could be passed much more quickly by this telegraph system than by letters or newspapers that had to use the mail system.In 1834, Francois and Joseph Blanc found a way to co-opt the telegraph system and commit fraud. The stock market in Paris was the largest in France, and was a major influencer for the markets in other French cities, such as Bordeaux. A huge market indicator at the time was how fast government bonds were trading.Bourse, Paris’ stock exchange, 1900. Photo by Ladisla Luppa CC By SA 3.0If the Paris bond market picked up its pace, then the market in Bordeaux would as well, but not until the several days later it took for the news to travel from Paris by mail.The Blancs found a co-conspirator in Paris to watch the market there and deliver news of shifts and trends to a telegraph operator in Tours. The operator would then send the information to Bordeaux well ahead of the arrival of any newspapers or letters from Paris. This would allow the Blancs to start acting on the current trends days before any other investors trading on the Bordeaux stock market.Illustration of signaling by semaphore in 18th century France. The operators would move the semaphore arms to successive positions to spell out text messages in semaphore code, and the people in the next tower would read them.The telegraph system was government owned and run, so the Blancs could not just bribe the telegraph operator to slip in extra messages with the information they needed. Instead, they had to find a way to hide the information they needed in official, sanctioned messages traveling through the system.Mysterious Books That Can’t Be ExplainedThe telegraph’s coding system had a symbol that was similar to a backspace, indicating that the previous character should be ignored. Adding an extra symbol which gave information about whether the Paris market was up or down, and then following that character with the backspace meant that the Blancs could learn what they needed to know without there being any change to the very real messages being sent through the system.Demonstration of semaphore towers.This scam continued for two years, until the operator in Tours became ill and told a friend all about it, in hopes the friend would take his place.The Blancs were brought to trial in 1837, but as there was no law expressly forbade such a use of the telegraph system, Francois and Joseph were not convicted. Unsurprisingly, a law addressing this loophole came into being very quickly after the trial.A Chappe semaphore tower near Saverne, France. Photo by Hans-Peter Scholz Ulenspiegel CC BY-SA 2.0 deThis very early use of technology manipulation clearly demonstrates that we shouldn’t assume that the modern cyber attacks we read about are the only ones going on. Successful hacks and attacks fly under the radar, just as the Blancs’ did, and are often discovered well after the fact, if at all.Read another story from us: The Secret Campground for the Rich and FamousAny system is only as strong as its weakest element, and that element is usually a person or people with an eye toward personal gain.last_img read more

ATM Market – Global Industry Analysis Future Growth Prospects to

first_imgAccording to new report by Allied Market Research titled “Global ATM Market – Size, Industry Analysis, Trends, Opportunities, Growth and Forecast, 2013-2020”, the global ATM market would reach $21.9 billion by 2020, registering a CAGR of 7.6% during the forecast period 2014-2020. The integration of wireless communicating devices (smart phones) with ATM machines reduces ATM frauds that arise due to card skimming, a factor that prominently drives the adoption of Smart ATMs which is consequentially spurring the global ATM market. The North American region accounted for ~68,000 million of ATM transactions in 2013, which clearly shows the widespread adoption of ATM services in the developed regions. Unlike developed countries, the ATM market in Asia Pacific is in its developing phase. China, for instance, has tripled its ATM installations from 130,000 in 2007 to 339,000 in 2011.Request for Sample Report@ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/request-sample/230The diverse services and offerings in financial transactions are the major drivers for the global ATM market. Thefts, online frauds, and network connectivity issues while using mobile ATMs & smart ATMs, are some of the major threats to the growth of the ATM market. The growing use of solar powered ATM machines is reducing the cost of ATMs, leading to minimal operational cost. According to the “Federal Reserve System”, ATM market in developed countries such as U.S, UK, Canada and France has attained state of maturity, while the “Reserve Bank of India” forecasts a rapid growth of ATM market in emerging countries.Deployment of ATMs at different locations such as Onsite, Offsite, Worksite and the accessibility to Mobile ATMs have facilitated 24*7 availability of banking services to the customers that creates an avenue for promotional activities to the banks concerned. Brown label ATM, allows the banks to focus on their core business, as the hardware and its lease is owned by third party vendors, and the cash management & network connectivity is owned by the bank, eventually reducing the operational cost of the ATM’s.The introduction of white label ATMs in the developing countries would propel the ATM markets in the years ahead. As an example, the Independent ATM deployer (IAD) viz., Tata Communications Payment Solutions Limited has launched a white label ATM – “Indicash”, to provide better banking services to the customers. IADs in the North American region account for more than 50% of ATMs.  Whereas, in Western Europe, Asia Pacific, and LAMEA, it accounts for about 12%. The widespread installation of ATMs around the globe has led to a need for managed services. Therefore, different market players such as NCR Corporation, Wincor Nixdorf, Fujitsu and Diebold Incorporation are capitalizing on the prevailing market opportunities by offering managed services for ATMs.Key findings of the study:  Global market for ATM deployment solutions is gaining momentum with offsite ATMs to provide major growth during the forecast period (2014 – 2020)White label ATM Market will grow at a CAGR of 11.3% during the forecast periodSmart ATMs would be an area of interest, as it is expected to grow at the fastest pace during 2014 to 2020Asia-Pacific is the most lucrative market, both in terms of deployment and revenueThe emerging markets would largely contribute in terms of revenue towards the growth of the global ATM market by 2020For Purchase Enquiry@ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/automated-teller-machine-ATM-market/purchase-optionsATM manufacturers and managed service providers are shifting towards White label ATMs and Smart ATMs in order to provide secured ATM transactions and improve the efficiency of the ATMs, resulting in faster transactions. In 2014, Fujitsu introduced a Smart ATM in the European market, which facilitates operational efficiency. NCR Corporation, one among the leading global ATM manufacturers, partnered with ING-DiBa in August 18, 2014, to provide enhanced security while performing financial transactions. The companies profiled in the report are Diebold Incorporation, NCR Corporation, Fujitsu, Wincor Nixdorf, Euronet Worldwide Incorporation, Triton Systems of Delaware LLC, GRG Banking, Nautilus Hyosung, Hitachi Omron Terminal Solutions and Hess Cash Systems GmbH and Co.About Us:Allied Market Research provides global enterprises as well as medium and small businesses with unmatched quality of “Market Research Reports” and “Business Intelligence Solutions.” AMR has a targeted view to provide business insights and consulting to assist its clients to make strategic business decisions and achieve sustainable growth in their respective market domain.We are in professional corporate relations with various companies and this helps us in digging out market data that helps us generate accurate research data tables and confirms utmost accuracy in our market forecasting. Each and every data presented in the reports published by us is extracted through primary interviews with top officials from leading companies of domain concerned. Our secondary data procurement methodology includes deep online and offline research and discussion with knowledgeable professionals and analysts in the industry.Contact:David Correa5933 NE Win Sivers Drive#205, Portland, OR 97220United StatesUSA/Canada (Toll Free):+1-800-792-5285, +1-503-894-6022, +1-503-446-1141UK: +44-845-528-1300Hong Kong: +852-301-84916India (Pune): +91-20-66346060Fax: +1(855)550-5975help@alliedmarketresearch.comWeb: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

Cats march through streets rats scared milk supply runs low

first_imgSan José— In a display of the movement’s continued momentum, tens of thousands of protesters once again shut down streets throughout Costa Rica’s capital Wednesday.A wave of people stretching nearly two miles from Paseo Colón to the Legislative Assembly reasserted their displeasure against Law 20.580, Strengthening of Public Finances, which public-sector unions say would place a disproportionate burden on the working class while protecting large industries and the rich. The fiscal reform is meant to help address Costa Rica’s deficit. The nation finished 2017 with a 6.2 percent deficit, and the Central Bank of Costa Rica (BCCR) warned the country’s economy could deteriorate without significant tax reform. Tuesday, BCCR issued the government a loan of nearly 500 billion colones (about USD $470 million) in order to pay their expenses for the third quarter of 2018. While union representatives and the government have met in recent days to resolve their’ disagreements on how to approach tax reform, talks have stalled. As a result, strikes continued with renewed vigor in a demonstration nicknamed “March of the Cats,” a tongue-in-cheek response to those who believe the movement represents a small minority of Costa Ricans. When Costa Ricans refer to a small group or poor turnout, they may call it “cuatro gatos,” four cats. Many of the protesters Wednesday wore cat ears, donned custom-made T-shirts, or carried feline-themed signs. The cat-themed march was a sarcastic response to the idea that only a few people and their cats showed up to the strikes. (Alissa Grosskopf / The Tico Times)But even those in costume voiced a serious message: That the government ought to recognize how many of its constituents are willing to speak out against the proposed tax reform. Sergio Garro Mora, a farmer from Los Santos, said he joined the march to represent the poorest citizens of Costa Rica. He drew cheers and applause as he rode through the crowds in a traditional painted oxcart, pulled by two of his animals which he transported to San José. He was followed by a procession of tractors, each overflowing with people. Since the government doesn’t regularly visit the farms, Mora explained, he wanted to bring it to them. Several farmers brought oxen to the March of the Cats on Sept. 26, 2018. (Alissa Grosskopf / The Tico Times)“I come from the fields, but I’m no fool — I’m informed,” he said. “We are paying taxes, and the rich are stealing from us. We farmers are on the streets telling the government that we cannot support this. “We hope that something positive comes of this. This fight is for the people who are the least protected.” The march remained mostly peaceful, though La Nación reported a person was detained after her car hit at least five protesters near the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) building. The daily also reported transit police stopped more than 20 buses from deviating from their scheduled routes to transport protesters into San José. But mid-afternoon, thousands of people packed the streets and parks surrounding the Legislative Assembly. Protesters gathered outside the Legislative Assembly after the March of the Cats on Sept. 26, 2018. (Alissa Grosskopf / The Tico Times)That crowd included Sedias Morales Luis, one of about a dozen members from the indigenous territory Tjai-Cabecar who demonstrated near the Parque Nacional with signs written in Spanish and in the Cabécar language. Morales said many indigenous communities throughout Costa Rica already feel “exploited” by multinational industries and worried the proposed tax reform could worsen malnutrition in his town. “As Costa Ricans, we need to be fighters to defend our rights,” he said. “Whether you are indigenous or not, we all deserve the right to march.” He shared that sentiment with thousands of others, who marched despite the government’s efforts to declare the strike illegal. In an open letter to the country Tuesday, President Carlos Alvarado said his government “reiterates its willingness to … clarify or fix” portions of the proposed reforms but that Costa Rica’s future rests on fiscal changes being made. “What we do as a society in the coming days will determine the future of our nation and our families,” he said. “Time has run out. The time to resolve this has arrived.” But Wednesday’s march proved things are far from purr-fect. Protesters outside the Legislative Assembly building on Sept. 26, 2018. (Alexander Villegas / The Tico Times) Facebook Comments Related posts:Unions and government start talks to end strike Costa Rican government seeks agreement with unions to end strike Dialogue to end the strike comes to a standstill Government tables draft bills aimed at approving fiscal reformslast_img read more