Shimla: Faced with a piquant situation at home after his son Ashray Sharma and father Sukh Ram, former telecom minister joined the Congress ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, minister for power Anil Sharma is set to lose his cabinet post.”I don’t know why they did so. I have been trying to convince them against this (decision). There is no other option but to resign on moral grounds by post now,” said Anil Sharma when contacted during the day. Sharma said he has already briefed Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and also conveyed his helplessness to dissuade the duo from joining the Congress. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Anil Sharma had also defected from the Congress in 2017 when he was a cabinet minister. He joined the BJP, which also gave him a ticket from Mandi assembly constituency. He defeated Chamba Thakur, daughter of then cabinet minister Kaul Singh Thakur. Jai Ram Thakur inducted Anil Sharma as minister for power and multi-purpose projects. However now, it was the turn of his son to turn to the Congress after his demand for a BJP ticket from Mandi parliamentary constituency was not conceded by the party. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe BJP has fielded Ram Swaroop Sharma, a sitting MP from Mandi – which is also a native district of Jai Ram Thakur. Annoyed over the BJP shutting the doors at him, Sukh Ram established contacts with Rahul Gandhi and expressed his desire to return to the Congress since he was already 92 years, and had a wish to launch political career of his grandson Ashray Sharma, elder brother of Aayush Sharma, who married film star Salman Khan’s sister Aaprita. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, when contacted, said Pandit Sukh Ram was not a member of the BJP and his return to the Congress was his personal matter. “Ashray Sharma had been lobbying of a BJP ticket for Lok Sabha but he too had never taken membership of the BJP. The party’s prospects for the Lok Sabha polls will not get affected in any manner,” he said admitting that Anil Sharma did indeed meet him on Monday morning to inform that Ashray Sharma and Pt Sukh Ram have decided to join the Congress. During the day, both Sukh Ram and Ashray Sharma had reached Congress headquarters where they joined the Congress in presence of AICC in-charge Rajni Patil, PCC president Kuldeep Rathore and CLP leader Mukesh Agnihotri. Later in the evening, the Congress insiders said Ashray Sharma’s ticket for Mandi has been cleared, though a formal announcement will follow on March 30. There are reports that the party wanted former CM Virbhadra Singh to fight from Mandi Lok Sabha which he had won in 2009 and became a minister in UPA-II. But he refused to contest and even his son Vikramaditya Singh, a Congress MLA, was also not prepared. The Congress found an opportunity to give a jolt to the ruling BJP. Sukh Ram was expelled from the Congress in 1996 after CBI raids and his arrest in telecom scam when Narasimha Rao was Prime Minister. He later joined the BJP-led coalition government in 1998. Yet, he had to quit the cabinet post after a CBI court framed charges against him. He returned to the Congress in 2003-2004 but again went back to the BJP in 2017 before assembly polls, alleging humiliations in the hands of Virbhadra Singh. This is s second time he is back but with a motive to launch the political career of his grandson.
Rabat – Habib El Malki, president of the House of Representative, sparked the ire of the government after he announced in an official communique the removal of visa requirements for Moroccans willing to enter Qatar. Malki’s announcement was based on unsubstantiated statements made by Qatari minister of interior Sheikh Abdallah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al Thani.According to an unnamed government official cited by news website Hespress, El Malki has allegedly “overstepped his executive privileges” by announcing such news, especially that soon after, the Qatari ministries of interior and tourism refuted such allegations, “which put the Moroccan government in an embarrassing position.” “Such news cannot be announced unless they are official,” explained the source to Hespress, adding that “Maliki has put himself and the Kingdom of Morocco in an embarrassing position.”During the official inauguration ceremony of Hamad Port held on September 5, in Qatar, it was alleged that Qatari official informed El Malki and Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Minister of Industry that Qatar had decided to remove the visa requirement for Moroccans desiring to visit the Gulf country.However, the Qatari ministries refuted the news on September 10. Instead, Doha announced new measures for Moroccans and Algerians to facilitate procedures for visitors from both countries to come to Qatar.The Qatari Ministry of Interior and the Tourism Authority (QTA) explained in a statement that Moroccans and Algerians wishing to visit the country “will be issued visa-on-arrival” in Qatar on the condition they hold valid residence permits.The other option national of both countries will be granted visas is to have visas from the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Schengen countries or the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).The new measure is due to take effected on September 15, 2017. Eligible visitors from both North African countries will have to fill an online application on www.qatarvisaservice.com 48 hours before travelling to Qatar in order to obtain Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA).
The five-day meeting is also likely to discuss the ways in which the convention will cooperate with the UN, its various agencies and other international organizations as it tries to help the millions of migrant workers around the world. The International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families came into force on 1 July last year and has now been ratified by 25 countries. It aims to establish a set of binding standards for the treatment and human rights of migrant workers and work to end their exploitation. The UN estimates that 150 million migrants – including migrant workers, refugees, asylum-seekers and permanent immigrants – live and work in a country other than that of their birth or citizenship. The Convention’s Committee – which will today elect a chairperson, vice-chairperson and rapporteur – was set up to monitor States parties’ compliance with their obligations under the treaty. The nations that have ratified or acceded to the treaty so far are: Azerbaijan, Belize, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Kyrgyzstan, Mali, Mexico, Morocco, Philippines, Senegal, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Timor Leste, Uganda and Uruguay.
by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Nov 29, 2016 7:04 am MDT Last Updated Nov 29, 2016 at 10:46 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this June 9, 2015, file photo, a sold sign is displayed in the yard of a newly-built home in the Briar Chapel community in Chapel Hill, N.C. On Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, the Standard & Poor’s CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index is released for September 2016. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, FIle) US home prices surpass pre-recession peak amid healthy sales WASHINGTON – U.S. home prices have fully recovered from their steep plunge during the housing bust and Great Recession, according to a private measure.The Standard & Poor’s CoreLogic Case-Shiller national home price index , released Tuesday, is slightly above the peak it set in July 2006, after rising 5.5 per cent in September from a year earlier. The milestone comes after more than four years of steady gains.Still, prices have not fully recovered in many cities and other gauges show that home prices remain below their peaks.Steady job gains and low mortgage rates have encouraged more Americans to buy homes. Yet the supply of available properties has dwindled, setting off bidding wars and pushing up prices at a rapid pace.Seattle, Portland and Denver reported the largest annual gains in September for the eighth straight month.“The new peak set by the S&P Case-Shiller CoreLogic national index will be seen as marking a shift from the housing recovery to the hoped-for start of a new advance,” David Blitzer, managing director at S&P Dow Jones Indices, said.The ongoing recovery in home prices shores up Americans’ household wealth and should provide more homeowners the incentive to sell. The number of homes for sale is low partly because many families have little equity in their homes and would benefit little from a sale. Rising home values help counter that trend.Yet many cities remain far below their pre-recession peaks, Blitzer said, including those that have seen large gains since the downturn, such as Miami, Tampa, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.And other analysts caution that imbalances remain in the housing market.“Inadequate supply of homes available to buy — especially at the entry-level end of the market — remains a huge problem,” Svenja Gudell, chief economist for real estate data provider Zillow, said.And after adjusting for inflation, prices remain about 20 per cent below their peak, according to Ralph McLaughlin, chief economist at Trulia, a home buying website.“It’s good news for homeowners,” McLaughlin says, “but not so great news for homebuyers who have seen prices outpace incomes for most of the housing market recovery.”Since the real estate market began recovering in 2012, prices have grown much faster than Americans’ incomes. That has made it difficult for many would-be buyers, particularly younger Americans, to take advantage of low mortgage rates.Home prices have increased at a 5.9 per cent annual rate, adjusted for inflation, S&P says. Yet Americans’ after-tax incomes have increased just 1.3 per cent during that time.Jonathan Smoke, chief economist for Realtor.com, said that many buyers who were unable to find homes during the summer buying season continued searching in the fall, pushing up demand at a time when it typically drops off.“This was a very strong off-season compared to normal,” he said.Mortgage rates have risen about a half-percentage point since the presidential election, to nearly 4 per cent. That is still very low by historical standards, but could slow home sales in the coming months.According to the S&P Case Shiller national home price index, home prices plummeted 27.4 per cent from a peak reached in July 2006 through February 2012. They have since recovered that loss and are now 0.1 per cent above the previous peak.S&P Case-Shiller issues several home price measures, including a composite index of 20 large cities. That measure remains 7 per cent below its housing bubble peak.Most other measures of the housing market point to a solid recovery. Sales of existing homes rose to the fastest pace in nearly a decade in October. And developers broke ground on the most new homes in nine years last month. Sales of new homes slowed in October from the previous month, but are up a solid 12.7 per cent in the first 10 months of this year compared to the same period in 2015.___Contact Chris Rugaber on Twitter at: http://Twitter.com/ChrisRugaber
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPolice Force rolls out US$2.6M fleet of vehiclesDecember 5, 2017In “Local News”Seawall shooting: Investigation into killings launched- PresidentMarch 28, 2018In “Crime”Relatives of Curt Burke maintain he was murderedFebruary 3, 2016In “Crime” Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan stands in solidarity with the statements by the Acting Police Commissioner, David Ramnarine- and by extension, the Guyana Police Force (GPF)- as it relates to the shooting incident on the Kingston Seawalls on March 15, 2018, which led to the death of three alleged bandits. Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan“I am on the side of the Police Commissioner. I believe his version and what transpired is the truthful version,” he told reporters during an interview at the sidelines of an event on Wednesday. Probed to explain the grounds on which he was backing the GPF’s version of events which led to the death of 46-year old Dextroy “Dutty” Cordis of Grove, East Bank Demerara, Kwame Assanah of Buxton, East Coast Demerara and 57-year old Errol “Dynamite” Adams of Dartmouth, Essequibo Coast and Buxton, East Coast Demerara, without a Coroner’s inquest being conducted Ramjattan said “their credibility and reliability.”He also posited that backing the GPF was “what you [Government] normally do.”“… any good responsible government will attach some credibility and reliability to the police investigators and that’s how it is. That’s the routine thing unless there is something so badly done or so egregious that you are going to question the police immediately… I don’t want us to start demoralising our policemen because there is an extraordinarily negative that can happen and I am going to support my policemen until such time as they have been proven to have done something wrong” the Public Security Minister explained. Reporters were also told that following the receipt of three eyewitness statements from Attorney, Nigel Hughes, which reportedly contradicts that of the GPF’s, the matter will be forwarded to the Department of Public Prosecutions and then it is likely that a Coroner’s inquest will be ordered.On the day of the incident, the GPF in a statement said that the three alleged bandits were shot after they were trailed by police as they were following a customer who had just withdrawn a sum of cash from a city bank. However, one week after, a self proclaimed eyewitness identified as Devon Lyte, claimed, in the presence of his attorney, Hughes that the police version of the story was incorrect. He said that he was working on the roof of the Softball Association of Guyana’s ground on Carifesta Avenue when he observed police ambushing the three men, beating on of them, and then executing them at close range. Acting Commissioner Ramnarine in a subsequent conference said that the ‘eyewitness’ was never on the roof of the Guyana Softball Association on Carifesta Avenue, as he claimed, since they were in possession of statements from the Contractor, one from the Sub-Contractor and one from the Security Supervisor stating otherwise.Moreover, since then, police have called for Lyte to be interrogated by investigators. This has not happened.
Greek ship owners are investing in the building of 29 new liquified natural gas (LNG) carriers proving to carry Australian exports of this natural gas. Australia is currently the world’s fourth largest LNG exporter with overseas shipments of about 20 million tonnes per annum. Currently, the LNG shipping sector is having one of its biggest years, with the amount of LNG ships being ordered proof that while other shipping sectors are struggling, the LNG carrier sector is booming. An increase in demand in Asia has seen the exports from Australia expand rapidly in the past five years. And with the current world climate change debate, supply of a natural gas is pertinent for Asia which is seeking a sustainable economic option as well as to diversifty its energy sources. While Greece has taken the biggest supply of LNG carrier building for independent ship owners, others in Northern Europe and Scandanavia have taken 23 orders for LNG carriers, Japanese ship owners have taken seven and the US have taken five ships believing that by 2015, the ships will be a rewarding investment for the independent ship owners. The LNG carriers that are contracted in Korean yards for example, are priced at USD 200 million. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
NEW YORK — The late rapper Tupac Shakur and Seattle-based rockers Pearl Jam lead a class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees that also include folkie Joan Baez and 1970s favorites Journey, Yes and Electric Light Orchestra.The rock hall also said Tuesday it would give a special award to Nile Rodgers, whose disco-era band Chic failed again to make the cut after its 11th time nominated.Baez will be inducted only months after her 1960s paramour, Bob Dylan, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.The hall’s 32nd annual induction ceremony will take place on April 7 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. HBO will show highlights later, with SiriusXM doing a radio broadcast.Shakur was shot and killed after attending a boxing match in Las Vegas in 1996, a murder that has spawned conspiracy theories but remains unsolved. “Changes,” “Keep Ya Head Up,” “Ambitionz Az a Ridah” and “Life Goes On” are among his best-known songs. Only 25 when he died, Shakur left behind a trove of music that was released posthumously.Pearl Jam exploded in popularity from the start in the early 1990s behind songs like “Alive,” “Jeremy” and “Even Flow.” After Nirvana, it is the second band with roots in Seattle’s grunge rock scene to make the hall. Behind singer Eddie Vedder and other original members Mike McCready, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament, Pearl Jam remains active and is a popular live act.
Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter March 30, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom San Diego’s tallest, fastest coaster to open at Seaworld May 12 Posted: March 30, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Electric Eel—San Diego’s tallest and fastest roller coaster with astounding loops, twists and airtime—opens to the public on May 12!Construction and ride testing on this adrenaline pumping coaster continues to go well.Electric Eel features multiple-launch experiences that propel riders forward and backward as they speed through the ride’s station house accelerating to more than 60 mph in seconds.Riders then rocket skyward nearly 150 feet where they brave an inverted “heartline” roll and a twisting loop for an exciting feeling of airtime as they crest the top before breathlessly returning to the station.Plus, Electric Eel will offer riders the only upside-down view of Mission Bay!With the purchase of a SeaWorld Annual Pass between now and May 12, members can be among the first to ride Electric Eel, and enjoy unlimited SeaWorld admission for a year, all for less than $10 a month.“Electric Eel will bring a whole new level of excitement to SeaWorld,” said SeaWorld San Diego’s park president, Marilyn Hannes. “This new, first-of- its-kind coaster at SeaWorld will give riders the rare opportunity to feel what it’s like to move like an eel, twisting and flipping along nearly 900 feet of undulating track.”Complementing the coaster are a hypnotic live eel habitat featuring a collection of California moray eels, and an interactive educational experience called Mission: Deep Discovery, which will allow a team of one to four players to embark on a virtual deep sea adventure aboard a manned-vehicle while they encounter the marvels of the deep ocean. Updated: 2:34 PM
PERTH, Australia — A Chinese plane crew spotted a white, square-shaped object in an area identified by satellite imagery as containing possible debris from the missing Malaysian airliner, China’s media said Monday, while the United States prepared to move a specialized device that can locate black boxes into the region.The crew aboard an IL-76 plane sighted the object in the southern Indian Ocean search area on Monday and reported the coordinates to the Australian command center, which is coordinating the multinational search, as well as the Chinese icebreaker Snow Dragon, which is en route to the area, Xinhua News Agency reported.No further details were immediately given. Satellite images from Australia and China had earlier identified possible debris in the area that may be linked to the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on March 8 with 239 people aboard.The U.S. Pacific command said it was sending a black box locator in case a debris field is located. The Towed Pinger Locator, which is pulled behind a vessel at slow speeds, has highly sensitive listening capability so that if the wreck site is located, it can hear the black box pinger down to a depth of about 20,000 feet (6,100 meters), Cmdr. Chris Budde, a U.S. Seventh Fleet operations officer, said in a statement.“This movement is simply a prudent effort to preposition equipment and trained personnel closer to the search area so that if debris is found we will be able to respond as quickly as possible since the battery life of the black box’s pinger is limited,” Budde said.
Professional Builder is one of the more than 20 titles RBI shuttered after completing its print magazine divestment (the closed down titles were never brought to market). In May, Professional Builder and 12 other shut-down brands formerly published within RBI’s Construction Media Group were acquired by MB Media, formed by ex-RBI group publishers Tony Mancini and Rick Blesi.Before establishing the equity partnership with Scranton Gillette, Mancini and Blesi were said to be actively looking for a buyer or an investor for the group. Among the publishing companies the men approached were Cygnus and Hanley Wood, which also has a significant footprint in construction-industry publishing. Longtime Cygnus Business Media staffer Patrick O’Toole is stepping down as editor and publisher of Qualified Remodeler to take on a similar role at Professional Builder, a former Reed Business Information title which is owned now by recently-formed MB Media. The move was announced at Cygnus late Wednesday in an e-mail to staffers. “It’s not surprising that MB pursued Patrick,” Cygnus president Mike Martin tells FOLIO:. “He’s a talented, experienced media professional who has grown with Cygnus. We absolutely wish him the very best.” Sources say one reason O’Toole might be making the jump to rival Professional Builder after serving seven years with Cygnus is because MB Media offered him an equity stake in the business. However, the exact terms of O’Toole’s agreement with MB Media were not immediately clear. O’Toole did not respond to requests seeking comment.When contacted by FOLIO:, a representative at Arlington Heights, Illinois-based Scranton Gillette Communications—which recently entered into an equity partnership with MB Media—said, “We’re not making any staffing announcements at this time.”
Myanmar is the victim of terrorists and “false media” reporting on the Rohingya crisis in Rakhine state, the country’s ambassador to the United States told the Voice of America.Aung Lynn said the country’s security forces didn’t overreact in responding to attacks on security forces by Rohingya militants on 25 August.Since then, nearly 390,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh, as their villages have been burned and looted.The United Nations calls the exodus “ethnic cleansing,” and aid workers report destitute people overloading the resources at refugee camps. On Thursday, the U.N. said 40 percent of the Rohingya in Rakhine had fled their homes, and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the violence against them must stop.“How can you say that [the response] is out of proportion? There may be many terrorists who were involved” in the attacks last month, Aung Lynn said.He declined to give Sarah Zaman from VOA’s Urdu service an estimate of the number of members of the Arakhan Rohingya Salvation Army, which claimed responsibility for the 25 August attacks.“I don’t want to argue with the numbers, but if people are innocent, innocent villagers, they have no reason to flee away from their villages,” he said, according to the US government-funded international news source VOA.Myanmar security forces are protecting many Rohingya; they just have to ask for help, he said.However, many refugees and international journalists have reported security forces led the way in burning scores of villages to the ground.‘Genuine villagers’ can returnThe ambassador repeatedly said that international news media weren’t reporting the full story and said aid agencies needed to work with Myanmar to give an accurate picture. He said there had been scant coverage of the number of Buddhist and Hindu residents of Rakhine who fled.“We do not want to argue with the false media,” Aung Lynn said. He went on to indicate that propaganda from the Rohingya community was responsible for growing international concern about the crisis.“We have very limited resources. We cannot compare ourselves with the resources that the other side has in this situation,” the ambassador said.When VOA asked whether he meant that the Rohingya had more resources than his government, he said, “You can make your own judgment.”Aung Lynn said Myanmar was prepared to take back any “genuine villagers” who wanted to return, if they “can prove that they want to live peacefully and in harmony with all other communities.”However, they would need to prove they met citizenship requirements. That could be difficult because Myanmar has denied the Rohingya citizenship since 1982, although many families have been in the country for generations.He laid responsibility for the citizenship issue on the Rohingya, saying the government allows them to apply for citizenship, but that they are not cooperating with authorities.“They want to be known as Rohingyas, and since we don’t have the nomenclature of Rohingya in the citizenship process, that is the reason things are not going ahead,” the ambassador said.Annan planThe Buddhist Bamar ethnic group dominates the population, but the government recognizes more than 100 minority communities. However, Rohingya are not recognized; the government generally considers them to be economic migrants from Bangladesh, and many people in the country call them Bengalis.Aung Lynn said those applying for citizenship could omit ethnicity information on their forms.“If they really want to become citizens of Myanmar, if they meet the requirements, they will be in the process to consider becoming citizens of Myanmar,” he said.The ambassador said his government had been trying to resolve the Rohingya situation for years. It intends to implement a UN-backed plan issued last month by a commission that former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan led.Myanmar’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has canceled plans to attend the UN General Assembly next week in New York.Aung Lynn said by staying home, Suu Kyi was making it clear that Myanmar was committed to resolving the situation. He said the Nobel Peace Prize laureate would meet with U.N. officials and others next week in Myanmar to work toward that goal.But, he said, the people of Myanmar feel they are victims of the crisis.“Of course we are. Because we are the people with the very limited resources, and we have been living with different people for hundreds of years,” without religious violence, Aung Lynn said.However, since the end of British colonial rule in 1947, Myanmar has fought several wars against other ethnic groups, including the Karen, the Kachin and the Shan.
Map of MaguraAn easy-bike driver died in a road accident in Arpara area on Magura-Jessore road on Wednesday night, reports UNB.The deceased is Kitab Ali, 32, son of Sobed Ali of Arpara area.A speeding bus ran over Kitab around 10 pm when he fell down from the easy-bike after being hit by the bus, leaving him dead on the spot, said Rabiul Islam, officer-in-charge of Shalikha police station.On information, police recovered the body and sent it to Magura Hospital morgue.A case was filed.
Apple’s apology on Thursday was an extraordinary move for the company.The iPhone maker just doesn’t say “I’m sorry” very often, so any apology at all is unusual. But even by other standards, the statement it issued regarding the slowing of iPhones with older batteries was an uncommon one — and it could have important implications.Apple isn’t apologizing for a hardware flaw, as it did with the Antennagate controversy that plagued the iPhone 4. And it’s not apologizing for lackluster software, as it did in 2012 when the launch of Apple Maps was a fiasco.No, Apple is apologizing for one of its decisions. What Apple is apologizing for isn’t a bug; it’s a feature.Now that it’s been caught, Apple has basically been cornered into making the consumer-friendly moves it should have made in the first place. For the next 12 months, it will replace the batteries in customers’ iPhones for $29 each instead of the previous charge of $79. And its iOS operating system will get new features that will allow users to monitor the health of their batteries.But more important than those particulars, the apology could fundamentally change a key piece of how Apple does business.iPhone ‘glitches’ could have been fixed by swapping the battery.Many iPhone owners have upgraded their device because their older phone had gotten slow and buggy. Now, we know that in at least some cases — at least in the past year — merely swapping the battery could have fixed the problem, rendering it unnecessary to buy a new phone.Steve Jobs apologized for Antennagate in 2010.Image Credit David Morris | Getty Images Did Apple purposely keep the battery-performance slowdown a secret to drive sales? Apple says no, that it was just trying to prevent phones from shutting down. You can read its apology and decide whether that’s credible. Either way, what matters is that Apple knew what it was doing and users didn’t.Now, having apologized, Apple is committed to giving users the information they need to decide whether to upgrade their phone or whether they can just get by with replacing their battery. I know at least one iPhone user who — after Apple’s statement — now intends to swap batteries rather than buying a new device.This apology will be felt for years to come.This incident — and Apple’s response to it — stands apart from past scandals. Antennagate — which involved the iPhone 4’s antenna losing signal strength when the phone was gripped a certain way — faded away after Apple offered customers a free plastic shell for the phone that was supposed to address the problem and after it fixed the design flaw on the next model. In response to the Maps controversy, Apple has slowly but steadily improved its navigation app so that it’s no longer a huge embarrassment and is no longer the focus of customer ire.But the implications of Apple’s decision to add a battery-monitoring feature to iOS are likely to endure. This information will be available on iPhones and iPads, for both current models and, presumably, future ones. Every up-to-date iPhone will carry the result of this apology from Apple for years to come. Apple can’t back down — it has already essentially acknowledged that it made a mistake.And yet, this whole battery-slowdown snafu could have a silver lining for the company. Assuming that the data the battery-monitoring feature shares is helpful and that the battery-replacement program goes off without a hitch, Apple customers will be better informed and have better-functioning iPhones.Scott Forstall, then a senior vice president at Apple, introduced Apple Maps in 2012. The app would go on to be a fiasco that Apple CEO Tim Cook would apologize for, with Forstall departing Apple soon after.Image Credit: Justin Sullivan | Getty Images Sure, Apple most likely lost some goodwill. But Apple’s previous fiascos show the company has a way of bouncing back. Maybe this will serve as a positive lesson to Apple about the value of openness and transparency — things it has long lacked.Or, as Steve Jobs put it when he apologized for Antennagate: “So we do all this because we love our users. And when we fall short — which we do sometimes — we try harder. We pick ourselves up, we figure out what’s wrong, and we try harder. And when we succeed, they reward us by staying our users, and that makes it all worth it.” 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global This story originally appeared on Business Insider December 29, 2017 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »
Facebook Comments An already pricey visit to Corcovado National Park on Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula just got more expensive. Costa Rica’s National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) announced in January that starting today visitors to the country’s most biodiverse national park must be accompanied by a certified guide.According to a letter sent to tour operators, guides must be approved by the Costa Rican Tourism Board. Exceptions will be made for guides who present sworn statements on their knowledge of the park’s trails or who are members of groups with permission to enter the park.The new regulations will not apply to reservations made before Feb. 1, but SINAC recommends all visitors use guides. Violators of the new policy could be sentenced to up to one year in prison. Related posts:Corcovado Foundation opens budget hostel in Osa Peninsula Alleged gold miners end protest at Corcovado National Park Whale sharks spotted off the Osa Peninsula To conserve the Amazon, the forest must become an economic ‘asset’
Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bankrate Investors Lenders & Servicers Origination Points Processing Service Providers 2013-08-05 Tory Barringer Mortgage Closing Costs Up 6% in 2013 Mortgage closing costs are up 6 percent over the past year, according to a report from “”Bankrate.com””:http://www.bankrate.com/.[IMAGE]The average closing cost across the United States rose over the year to $2,402. Origination fees increased 8 percent to $1,730–accounting for the bulk of the increase in closing costs–while third-party fees rose 1 percent to $672.[COLUMN_BREAK]In terms of highest average closing costs, Hawaii took the top spot with an average of $2,919. It was joined in the top five by Alaska ($2,675), South Carolina ($2,658), California ($2,639), and New Mexico ($2,566).Meanwhile, Wisconsin ($2,119), Missouri ($2,188), Kansas ($2,193), Michigan ($2,203), and Washington ($2,208) made up the bottom five states.While senior mortgage analyst Polyana da Costa noted it’s “”unlikely that [consumers] will move to Wisconsin solely to pay lower closing costs,”” she noted they may be able to avoid higher costs by shopping around in their area.To find its results, Bankrate surveyed up to 10 lenders in all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia. Costs involved include fees charged by lenders and third-party fees for services such as appraisals; they exclude taxes, title fees, property insurance, association fees, interest, and other prepaid items. in Origination August 5, 2013 452 Views Share
‘Mary Tyler Moore Show’ actress Georgia Engel dies at 70 LOS ANGELES — Georgia Engel, who played the charmingly innocent, small-voiced Georgette on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and amassed a string of other TV and stage credits, has died. She was 70.Engel died Friday in Princeton, New Jersey, said her friend and executor, John Quilty. The cause of death was unknown because she was a Christian Scientist and didn’t see doctors, Quilty said Monday.“I know the world will be sad and sorry. She touched so many people,” said her agent, Jacqueline Stander.Engel was best known for her role as Georgette on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” the character who was improbably destined to marry pompous anchorman Ted Baxter, played by Ted Knight.Engel also had recurring roles on “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “Hot in Cleveland.” She was a five-time Emmy nominee, receiving two nods for the late Moore’s show and three for “Everybody Loves Raymond.”She was “the sweetest, kindest, dearest woman. And crazy talented. I will miss her,” Valerie Bertinelli, who starred in “Hot in Cleveland,” said in a Twitter post.Georgia Bright Engel was born in July 1948 in Washington, D.C., to parents Benjamin, a Coast Guard officer, and Ruth Engel. She studied theatre at the University of Hawaii.Her prolific career included guest appearances on a variety of series, including “The Love Boat,” ”Fantasy Island,” ”Coach” and “Two and a Half Men.” Her “Hot in Cleveland” role reunited her with Betty White, her co-star in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” (1972-77) and “The Betty White Show” (1977-78).Engel appeared on Broadway in plays and musicals including “Hello, Dolly!”, “The Boys from Syracuse” and, most recently, “The Drowsey Chaperone” in 2006-07. She starred in an off-Broadway production of “Uncle Vanya” in 2012.Engel could be as upbeat as the fictional Georgette, as was demonstrated during a panel discussion last year promoting the 2018 PBS special, “Betty White: First Lady of Television.”She recalled that a possible “Everybody Loves Raymond” spinoff set to include her and Fred Willard never come to fruition, which she called a great disappointment.“But if that hadn’t happened,” she said, “I wouldn’t have been able to star” in writer-actor Bob Martin’s “Drowsey Chaperone,” which led to her custom-tailored role in Martin’s “Half Time.” The musical, about older adults who school themselves in hip hop to perform in half-time shows, was staged in New Jersey last year.“It’s given me such joy,” said Engel, who had hoped to see it move to Broadway.Her real-life voice was as sweet as the one familiar from her screen roles. “What you see is what you get. That’s not a character voice — that’s our girl,” a smiling White said in a 2012 interview with Engel, calling her a “pure gold” friend and colleague.Engel’s final credited television appearance came last year in the Netflix series “One Day at a Time.”Funeral services for Engel, whose survivors include her sisters Robin Engel and Penny Lusk, will be private, Quilty said.___Lynn Elber can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lynnelber.Lynn Elber, The Associated Press by Lynn Elber, The Associated Press Posted Apr 16, 2019 6:11 am PDT FILE – In this Aug. 30, 1992, file photo, Mary Tyler Moore, right, is joined by former “Mary Tyler Moore Show” co-star Georgia Engel, left, who played Georgette, at New York’s Russian Tea Room, as the two reunited during an Emmy Awards screening party Moore hosted at the famous New York restaurant. Engel died Friday, April 12, 2019, in Princeton, N.J., at age 70. (AP Photo/Malcolm Clarke, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
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