IT dept attaches assets worth 225 cr of retired IAS officer

first_imgNew Delhi: The Income Tax department has attached assets worth Rs 225 crore of retired Uttar Pradesh IAS officer Net Ram and his associates as part of an alleged tax evasion probe against them, officials said on Wednesday.They said a provisional order under section 132(9B) (power to attach) of the I-T Act has been issued and 20 immovable assets in Delhi, Mumbai, Noida and Kolkata have been attached and three luxury cars — a Mercedes and two Toyota Fortuners — found at the residence of the officer in Lucknow, have been impounded. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’I-T officials had swooped down on about a dozen premises in Delhi, Lucknow, Kolkata and Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, linked to the 1979-batch Indian Administrative Service officer and his firms, on March 12, acting on “credible inputs” that the former top bureaucrat and his associates have made “accommodation or bogus entries of Rs 98.82 crore from Kolkata-based shell firms” in the past. Rs 2.03 crore in cash and jewellery valued at Rs 17.79 lakh has been seized by the department after the raids even as it recovered Montblanc pens valued at Rs 50 lakh and documents indicating ‘benami’ assets from the premises linked to the retired IAS officer, who served in top positions during BSP supremo Mayawati’s chief ministership. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe department has also sealed 17 bank lockers which will be searched soon and in order to protect the interest of the revenue, immovable properties valued at Rs 225 crore and three luxury cars valued at Rs 1 crore have been provisionally attached under the I-T Act, a senior tax official said. While the retired bureaucrat could not be contacted, the department claimed that the case was an instance of “sophisticated money laundering”. The department alleged that it has “seized a diary in the handwriting of the officer which contained details of about 20 immovable properties like farm houses, bungalows, flats and other commercial properties”. Net Ram was secretary to Mayawati when she was the Uttar Pradesh chief minister during 2002-03, her third stint in power in the state. The officer had served in various capacities in UP, including heading the excise, sugar industries and cane department, stamp and registration, food and civil supplies department.last_img read more

Egypt awaits results on key postMorsi vote

first_imgby Jay DESHMUKHCAIRO- Egypt awaited Thursday results of a referendum on a new constitution that could launch a presidential bid by the army chief, with initial tallies indicating overwhelming support for the charter.Given a boycott by the Islamist opposition, the result has never been in doubt, but the military-installed government is hoping for a large turnout to bolster its democratic credentials after the overthrow of president Mohamed Morsi. State media suggested at least 90 percent of those voting had supported the new charter, which the authorities say provides greater freedom of speech and protection of women’s rights.“The people say ‘Yes,’” said a front-page headline in Al-Akhbar, while Al-Ahram reported that 90 percent of voters had backed the charter.After two days of voting that were marred by sporadic and deadly clashes between Morsi’s Islamist supporters and police, polling ended at 9:00 pm Wednesday.Final results are expected within 72 hours from then.Officials have said army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who toppled the Islamist Morsi in July, will closely monitor turnout as he mulls going for the top job himself in an election promised for later this year.Sisi has said he is prepared to run if there is enough popular support, and the referendum is seen as providing the first concrete test.Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, now designated a terrorist group, had hoped a low turnout would send a message of discontent over Morsi’s overthrow and a brutal crackdown on his supporters.The military’s spokesman thanked the “masses” of voters for taking part in what he called the “heroic battle of the referendum.”On Tuesday, clashes between Morsi supporters and their opponents and police killed at least nine people, but no fatal incidents were reported Wednesday.Additionally, at least 444 people were arrested for protesting and disrupting polling , the interior ministry said.last_img read more

Heres what to watch for in the Bank of Canadas announcement

The Bank of Canada will probably keep its bias to tighten interest rates in the future, even with its growth forecast declining and exports remaining lower than before the recession, as it holds its key policy rate steady.[np_storybar title=”Corporate Canada ready to spend in 2014 on signs of global rebound: CIBC” link=””%5DAs the Harper government launches a cross-country blitz to sell Canadians on the newly inked free-trade deal with the European Union, corporate Canada — long-criticized for sitting on piles of cash — at the same time appears ready to begin investing more in new markets, says CIBC. Read more. [/np_storybar]The benchmark rate will remain at 1%, where it’s been for more than three years, in a decision Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Ottawa, according to all 23 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News.Removing language about raising interest rates “would be a far more dovish statement then they are probably wanting to make at the moment,” said Nathan Janzen, an economist at Royal Bank of Canada in Toronto. “The risk from the Bank’s side is that markets interpret the removal of a ‘tightening bias’ as a shift to an easing bias, even if that does not really represent the Bank’s thinking.”Governor Stephen Poloz said earlier this month that output has fallen short of the bank’s expectation, while Senior Deputy Governor Tiff Macklem said that second-half growth will be below its earlier forecast, citing an “elusive” rotation to exports and investment from indebted consumers.We will be watching to see how they describe the external backdrop — whether they are becoming more or less confidentThat rotation was supposed to happen in the latter half of this year.It was even hoped to have started earlier, but the U.S. political system got in the way first with the fiscal crisis at the end of 2012, then with sequestering in the spring of 2013. Not content with those self-inflicted wounds, Congress shut down the government for 16 days in October and moved on to frighten international markets with the prospect of a U.S. default.“We will be watching to see how they describe the external backdrop — whether they are becoming more or less confident in that long-awaited recovery in external demand,” Janzen said.Drew Angerer/Getty Images Business optimism over new investments fell to a four-year low in the central bank’s survey published earlier this month. The balance of opinion for investment intentions declined to 7 percentage points from 9 points in the third-quarter survey, extending a slide from a peak of 36 points three years ago.BlackBerry Ltd. of Waterloo, Ontario, the country’s biggest spender on research and development, has announced plans to fire 4,500 workers and is seeking a buyer for the company after sales of its signature smartphones collapsed.Poloz himself has said the economy’s rotation to growth led by business investment and exports is taking longer than anticipated.“It’s fair to say that growth has disappointed us to this stage,” Poloz told reporters Oct. 11 in Washington during meetings of Group of 20 officials. “We are behind where we thought we would be let’s say a year ago, or even for that matter six months ago.” By most estimates, the political shenanigans drained about two percentage points from U.S. growth this year. More critical, they helped crush the momentum in the U.S. economy, which had rebounded smartly to 2.8 growth last year, only to fall off this year to what is expected to be 1.6.Evidence of the impact could be deduced from Tuesday’s employment numbers in the U.S., which showed job creation slowed to a paltry 148,000 in September, say economists.Bank of Montreal economist Michael Gregory says there’s little the Canadian central bank can do about any of the developments south of the border, except become more cautious about its expectations of a turnaround.“I think the Bank of Canada has become a little more worried and I think that will be reflected,” he said.Canada’s trade deficit unexpectedly widened for a second month to $1.31 billion in August, marking the 20th straight monthly shortfall. The country’s inflation rate of 1.1% is close to the bottom of the central bank’s target band and employment growth has slowed this year.They are going to acknowledge growth has been softer but stick to their messages that growth is going to bounce back“They are going to acknowledge growth has been softer but stick to their messages that growth is going to bounce back,” said Krishen Rangasamy, senior economist at National Bank Financial in Montreal.The central bank may move back its projection of when the economy will reach full output from its July estimate of mid-2015, said Rangasamy, who predicts growth next year of 2.2%, below the bank’s 2.7% prediction in July.Macklem said in an Oct. 1 speech that the economy will have to grow at an annual rate of “at least 2.5%” to absorb the “material degree of slack in the economy.” He also said growth in the second half of this year would be “in the 2 to 2.5% range,” compared with the bank’s July prediction for quarterly gains of 3.8% and 2.5%.Galit Rodan/Bloomberg read more

Sevenmember bench to hear petitions against Parliament dissolution

The Supreme Court issued a stay order this month on a gazette notice by President Maithripala Sirisena dissolving Parliament, till December 7th.The Supreme Court said it will consider all the petitions filed on the President’s decision to dissolve Parliament on December 4th, 5th and 6th before giving a final ruling on December 7th. (Colombo Gazette) A seven-member bench is to hear the case on the petitions filed against the dissolution of Parliament.Chief Justice Nalin Perera appointed the seven judge bench which includes Buwaneka Aluwihare, Sisira de Abrew, Priyantha Jayawardena, Prasanna Jayawardena, Vijith Malalgoda and Murudu Fernando.

Saskatchewan passes motion to support Enbridges Northern Gateway pipeline

Saskatchewan passes motion to support Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline by Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 12, 2014 4:23 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email REGINA – The Saskatchewan legislature has passed a motion supporting construction of the Northern Gateway pipeline, but the vote was not unanimous.The motion says there is an oil transportation bottleneck that is driving down the value of Saskatchewan oil. Premier Brad Wall says the pipeline may not carry Saskatchewan oil, but he claims it will benefit the province by helping to clear up the bottleneck.“If we get Canadian oil to tidewater, like these pipelines will do, we’ll increase the value at which we can sell,” Wall said Wednesday at the legislature.“We can sell at the world price, which is benefiting Saskatchewan people then, in our case up to $300 million a year in additional revenue for our treasury and almost $3 billion in additional revenue for our oil companies to reinvest in the economy.”Wall also says the pipeline would help get oil to port in a safer way than by rail or truck.The 1,200-kilometre Northern Gateway line would transport 525,000 barrels a day from Alberta’s oilsands to a marine terminal on the British Columbia coast for export to Asia.The Opposition New Democrats did not support the motion.“Looking at the facts of Gateway, I don’t think it’s a wise project,” said NDP Leader Cam Broten, who does back the Keystone XL pipeline to Texas.“There are some big concerns. There’s different geography going over the mountains to the west coast. There are more precarious shipping routes along the west coast. There’s a majority of First Nations who are voicing concerns (about the pipeline) going through the area, which is in treaty land.“You have the B.C. government saying that they’re woefully unprepared for an oil spill on the west coast.”The province of British Columbia opposed the pipeline as it was proposed at hearings before the National Energy Board. B.C. has laid out five conditions it says need to be met on the project.The federal review panel recommended approval of the project last December — with 209 conditions.A final decision by the federal government is expected in June. read more

Forprofit college settles over alleged deception in ads

by The Associated Press Posted Jul 5, 2017 7:47 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 5, 2017 at 8:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BOSTON – The DeVry University chain of for-profit colleges has agreed to a $455,000 settlement over allegations that it misled students in Massachusetts.State Attorney General Maura Healey had accused the Illinois-based chain of using deceptive advertising claims to attract students into online programs between 2011 and 2015.The company has no physical campuses in Massachusetts, but offers online courses.Healey says the company advertised that 90 per cent of its graduates found relevant jobs within six months of graduation, but Healey found rates as low as 52 per cent in some programs.In the settlement, DeVry agreed not to misrepresent employment or earnings data.Healey’s office says more than 100 of the school’s Massachusetts graduates are expected to be eligible for restitution payments from the settlement.DeVry officials say they’re pleased the matter has been resolved. For-profit college settles over alleged deception in ads read more

UN human rights chief urges Gambia to impose immediate moratorium on death

“I urge the Gambia to immediately stem this regression in human rights protection, and to impose an official moratorium, effective immediately, on the use of the death penalty,” said the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay.“The statement by President Yahya Jammeh that all remaining death sentences would be carried out by mid-September is extremely worrying, and raises serious questions about the motivation behind the sudden rush to execute,” she added. “A further statement by the Ministry of the Interior, which seeks to justify the change of policy, is seriously misguided.” Until now, Gambia was at the forefront in the region’s efforts to abolish the death penalty in law and practice, with a moratorium on the death penalty for 27 years and the abolition of capital punishment for drug offences in April 2011.Prior to the nine executions carried out on 26 August, the last official execution in the West African nation took place in 1985, according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).“The Gambia has, for almost three decades, been one of the increasing number of States that did not practice capital punishment – until this sudden, grave, unfortunate change of course,” Ms. Pillay said, adding that this represented an unfortunate setback for human rights protection in the country.Ms. Pillay voiced her concern over the fairness of the trials of some of the people sentenced to death, as well as the lack of transparency surrounding the identity of those who were executed.“The confusion and lack of transparency for several days over whether the executions actually took place, and accompanying uncertainty about the identity of those executed, is unacceptable, particularly for the family members of those killed. Secretly executing individuals without informing their families amounts to inhuman treatment,” Ms. Pillay said.The High Commissioner also warned that international law, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Gambia has ratified, requires compliance with rigorous fair trial standards in cases where death sentences are imposed.“I urgently call on the President and relevant authorities in the Gambia to heed all the international, regional and local calls on the Government not to carry out further executions,” she said, adding that “the moratorium that was in place for the past quarter of a century was something the country could be proud of, and was respected for.”Ms. Pillay’s call follows that of the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, who on Wednesday strongly condemned the recent executions and called on the Government to refrain from executing others on death row. read more

Schaeffler wins Best Company Award 2013 for apprentice training

Engine component manufacturer, Schaeffler UK Ltd, has won ‘Best Company’ in the Pathway to Apprenticeship (PtA) Awards 2013, in recognition of the company’s ongoing support and commitment to the programme.Working in partnership with SEMTA and Further Education Colleges, the Welsh Government introduced the PtA programme in 2009. The scheme gives young people a chance to learn skills and gain vital work experience, while giving employers an in-depth look at potential entrants to their industry and access to pre-trained, motivated young people.Neil Walters, Production Support Manager at Schaeffler UK, received the Best Company Award on behalf of the company. He commented, “Pathway to Apprenticeships is a fantastic scheme and we are therefore delighted to have won the Best Company Award this year. As a manufacturer of automotive engine components, Schaeffler UK has always recognised the importance of investing in its people. It is essential that we have a highly skilled workforce, and apprentice programmes play a major part in meeting this need.”The Schaeffler plant in Llanelli manufactures high precision engine components for the automotive market, employing 260 people.Adrian Roberts, Director of Human Resources at Schaeffler UK added, “As a company, we have always recognised that a continuous flow of new engineering apprentices into the business is critical to the ongoing success of our manufacturing plant in Llanelli. Taking on apprentices each year enables us to continually develop the pool of talent and skills that we have here. Developing strong links with our local college, Coleg Sir Gar, has played a significant part in this successful programme, giving selected unemployed youngsters a real taste of manufacturing.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Kenny Guiton steps up in place of Braxton Miller

Ritika Shah / Assistant photo editorRedshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton throws a pass during a game against San Diego State Sept. 7, at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-7.When a team loses its starting quarterback, particularly when he’s a Heisman trophy candidate, things don’t typically go well.Someone forgot to tell that to the 2-0 Ohio State squad.Buckeye starting quarterback, junior Braxton Miller, left OSU’s 42-7 victory 2:58 into the game after spraining his MCL and did not return.In came redshirt-senior Kenny Guiton, with the hopes of the Buckeye faithful on his shoulders.“I actually wasn’t that nervous today. I know that I prepared all week like a starter. I don’t think I got nervous at all,” Guiton said. “Once I got in, I took my first hit, had my first throw and after that it was just ‘let’s go.’”On the day Guiton finished 19 of 28 passing for 152 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He also rushed for 83 yards, including a 44-yard touchdown.“I think I started off pretty good, we started off and we went up on the scoreboard pretty good. I think we responded well from the interception, too, but I think the second half I could have played a lot better,” Guiton said. “We protected good, the receivers played a good game. I just have to get them the ball quicker and more often.”OSU coach Urban Meyer said he was impressed by how well his backup signal caller replaced Miller.“The old right hander (Guiton) steps in again and does a nice job. He’s too slow, not a strong enough arm, but all he does is lead manage and distribute and has an incredible knowledge of the game,” Meyer said.Guiton was named a captain for the 2013 season, despite not being a starter, and has been under the spotlight before. Against Purdue in 2012 Guiton replaced the injured Miller and led the Buckeyes to a comeback 29-22 victory in overtime to preserve OSU’s undefeated season.Senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown said when Guiton comes in for Miller, no one on the team stresses about it.“Kenny’s one of the leaders on our team, he’s one of the captains and everybody respects him,” Brown said. “Everybody knows what he brings the table, a lot of confidence, a lot of swagger. He’s a real vocal quarterback, so when Kenny’s out there, nobody’s worried at all.”Brown was the recipient of both of Guiton’s touchdown passes, and after the game, he complimented Guiton on his ability to place the ball in the right spot.“Kenny threw a perfect throw and we had the perfect play called, the corner was really close up, man pressed all day. It was an easy catch and harder throw,” Brown said.Upon coming into the game, Guiton said he didn’t want to think about the pressure of the situation. He just wanted to score.“I really try not to think about that when I hit the field. I just try to think about first down, first down, explosive play until we’re in the endzone,” Guition said. “That’s one thing I always tell the offense and that’s one thing I just always live by.”Guiton’s first drive culminated in a seven-yard touchdown run by freshman running back Dontre Wilson. Wilson said any drop off when Guiton enters the game for Miller is not noticeable.“Kenny is one of the greatest quarterbacks in college football right now, it’s great to have him as a backup,” Wilson said. “We didn’t really lose a lot, Braxton is a Heisman candidate, but Kenny is a great thrower.”Senior offensive lineman Andrew Norwell said the biggest thing Guiton adds to the game is energy.“He brings the juice, he brings the energy. Everybody respects him in the locker room. He’s just a great dude to be around,” Norwell said. “He leads by example. He doesn’t really play a lot because he’s behind Braxton, he’s the backup. When his number’s called he’s got to be ready, and obviously he was ready today.”Although Miller did not return for the rest of the game, some teammates felt he would have been able to play if he was needed. Guiton said when he saw Miller down on the field, he didn’t know what was wrong but was ready to take the field.“I really wasn’t sure at all. I did see that his helmet was off and the guy hit him in the face. I wasn’t sure how bad it was at first or anything. I just tried to prepare and make sure I was ready,” Guiton said.Brown said he thinks Miller will be healthy for OSU’s road trip to California next weekend.“We’re not too worried. We know Braxton’s going to do a good job of rehabbing this week and he’ll be back for this next game,” Brown said. “But even if he’s not everyone on the team has enough confidence in Kenny (Guiton) that he can get it done.”Meyer said he “(thinks) there’s a chance (Miller will) be ready for next week.”Guiton said confidence was a key factor in his performance.“Just getting extended time in a game like that, I think that built my confidence a lot. It’s one thing to practice all the time and become good but it’s different when you’re actually in there doing it,” Guiton said.OSU is set to hit the road to take on California (1-1) Saturday at 7 p.m. read more

Womens EHF EURO 2014 goes to Hungary and Croatia

The European Handball Federation’s flagship national team event for women has been awarded to the joint bid from the Hungarian and Croatian Handball Federations.After the initial applicants for the 2014 Women’s European Championship withdrew their bids before the EHF Congress in Copenhagen in September 2010, the EHF Executive Committee was tasked with allocating the event at its meeting on 9 April 2011 in Vienna, Austria.There was an evaluation process of the three new bids from Turkey, Slovakia and Hungary/Croatia together with site visits to all bid nations. Prior to the EHF Executive meeting all bids were analysed by the EURO Delegation, and as two venues of the Slovakian bid did not fulfil the necessary criteria for the EHF European Championship, the Slovakia Handball Federation was informed that its bid would not be considered.Based on these evaluations a report was presented to the EHF Executive Committee and bid books were provided by both candidates. On the basis of these documents, the EHF Executive Committee made a decision based on the quality of venues, infrastructure, interest in women’s handball and commercial basis in each of the nations.Following this process and detailed discussions, the EHF Executive awarded the 11th Women’s EHF European Handball Championship to  Hungary and Croatia.EHF President, Tor Lian, said: “The EHF Executive Committee has carefully analysed all aspects of the bids and is expecting a great championship with the two highly experienced organisers from Hungary and Croata. We expect a very positive impact on the women’s game in two countries with a strong tradition of women’s handball.”After EHF EURO 2010 in Denmark and Norway, the Women’s European Handball Championships will be carried out with two hosting nations for the second time.The joint bid succeeded in becoming the next hosts. Also in contention for the event was the national federation of Turkey.The bid includes the following playing venues:– Győr/HUN: Győr Arena (to be newly constructed)– Debrecen/HUN: Főnix Hall– Varaždin/CRO: City Sport Hall– Zagreb/CRO: Arena Zagreb– Budapest/HUN: Papp László Budapest Sportaréna (final venue)Playing period of the final tournament is 07 to 21 December 2014.TEXT: EHF Women’s EHF EURO 2014 ← Previous Story Richard Mezei new Director of Pick Szeged Next Story → EHF EURO 2012 extended by two days read more

14 years on ODriscoll still strikes fear into Australian hearts

first_imgYouTube credit: ARU TVThe Lions won the Test but lost the series. Revenge came the following year and O’Driscoll, this time, was wearing green. Ronan O’Gara kicked six penalties as Ireland toppled the reigning world champions 18-6 at Lansdowne Road.Nine games have passed since that memorable day in Dublin and O’Driscoll’s record [with Lions and Ireland] reads: three wins, five defeats one draw. The country’s record tryscorer has a winning record of 27% in 11 games against Australia but is held in high regard by their supporters and players.Speaking a month after Ireland had beaten Australia 15-6 at Eden Park in the World Cup, Wallaby back Adam Ashley-Cooper’s tone regarding O’Driscoll was reverential. He said, “I said before we played them that world class players turn up at world class events and that was definitely the case with him. Ireland deserved their win against us, no doubt.”Ashley-Cooper will face off against O’Driscoll, who retires at the end of the season, for the last time on Saturday. Australia are coming off the back of a morale-boosting win over Italy and their coach, Ewen McKenzie, wants to finish his first [half] season on a winning streak.“It’s going to be really tough,” O’Connell conceded, “but I’m delighted to be in the team, especially because of that, and it’s great to have Brian in the team as well.”Two years in the making but the confidence of Irish fans will be steeled on Saturday when they look at the match programme and see the famous surnames in the starting line-up.Like rugby? Follow’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >D’Arcy and Murray cut as Schmidt names strong Ireland teamTwo changes for Wallabies ahead of Ireland clash PAUL O’CONNELL SAYS Dr. Brian O’Driscoll is no different today than the regular Brian O’Driscoll before his DCU doctorate was conferred.“No-one contradicts Brian,” O’Connell remarked. “What he says, goes.”Ireland’s backline and forwards talismen will start for their country, against Australia this Saturday, for the first time in more than two years. A lot has changed, admits O’Connell, since the duo lined out against Wales in the quarter final of the World Cup.One of the changes is a huge positive — both men were in the Lions squad that defeated Australia 2-1 in this summer’s gripping Test Series. O’Driscoll [dropped] and O’Connell [injured] watched the decisive third Test victory from the sidelines and will be keen to land their own blows on an Australian team that have often outfoxed them.Australia were the opposition for O’Driscoll on his Ireland debut in 1999. Playing at the Ballmore Stadium in Brisbane, Ireland were torn to shreds in a 46-10 defeat. Cap number two was in Perth a week later and although the tourists, and their young outside centre, played better, Australia triumphed 32-26. The two sides met at the World Cup later that same year with Ireland on the losing side again.O’Driscoll’s next outing against the Aussies would see him earn the nickname of ‘Waltzing O’Driscoll’ Down Under. He ran in a superb try after receiving the ball some 60 metres out and beating four green and gold shirts.last_img read more

Apple en très grande forme pour le second trimestre 2010

first_imgApple en très grande forme pour le second trimestre 2010États-Unis – Apple vient d’annoncer ses résultats financiers pour le deuxième trimestre 2010. Avec plus de 3 milliards de bénéfices, le géant américain ne connaît pas la crise.Apple bénéficie aujourd’hui de valeurs sures comme l’iPhone, ou montantes à l’image de l’iPad. Le smartphone a pour sa part vu ses ventes exploser avec une augmentation de 131% par rapport à l’année dernière sur la même période. 8,75 millions d’unités ont ainsi été écoulées.À lire aussiLes applications pour entraîner son cerveau sont-elles vraiment efficaces ? Si l’iPod stagne (-1% avec 10,89 millions de ventes), les Mac ont eux-aussi enregistré un très bon résultat : 2,94 millions d’appareils vendus, soit une hausse de 33%. Ces résultats poussent la firme à la pomme vers un nouveau record, en augmentant de 90% le bénéfice net trimestriel (3,074 milliards de dollars). En bourse, l’action s’échange désormais à 264 dollars, un niveau jamais atteint par la firme américaine. “Nous sommes ravis d’annoncer le meilleur trimestre que nous ayons jamais connu en dehors de la période des fêtes” a commenté son PDG, Steve JobsLe 21 avril 2010 à 11:15 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Project Scorpios Power Advantage Wont be Enough to Topple the PS4

first_imgThe Xbox One also cost $500 when it originally launched. However, it could be argued that its high price point wasn’t justified. Not only was it weaker than the original PS4, but it came bundled with the Kinect — a largely vestigial device which only served to inflate the console’s price. It would be easy to believe pricing the Scorpio at $500 would kill the system much like it did the Xbox One. However, things are different for Scorpio.Unlike the Xbox One, a $500 price tag would be perfectly reasonable. The system is capable of running games at native 4K resolution, has six teraflops of computing power, and comes with a built-in UHD player. Not only that, but it will be able to play regular Xbox One games at higher quality and will support Xbox 360 backward compatible games. Given all of this, $500 is a fair asking price.However, that price may not be worth it for most consumers. Right now, the PlayStation 4 Pro is priced at $400 while the regular PS4 retails for $250. Some customers will not mind forking over the extra cash for Scorpio, but the vast majority of consumers will opt for the more affordable PS4. This is exactly what happened when the PS4 and Xbox One launched, and it will no doubt happen again.Then, of course, there are the games. The Xbox One has gotten some great titles this generation. Standouts include Gears of War 4, Sunset Overdrive, Ryse: Son of Rome, Dead Rising 3, Ori and the Blind Forest, Forza Horizon 3, Halo 5: Guardians, Forza Motorsport 6, and the timed-exclusive Rise of the Tomb Raider.Unfortunately, first party exclusives have all but dried up on the Xbox One recently. Sony has had a landmark 2017 with games like Gravity Rush 2, Yakuza 0, Nioh, Nier, Persona 5, and of course, Horizon Zero Dawn. On the other hand, the Xbox One has only gotten Halo Wars 2 and Voodoo Vince Remastered as first party exclusives in 2017.And things don’t look much better for Xbox moving forward. Right now, only Forza Motorsport 7 is guaranteed for release this year. Sea of Thieves, Cuphead, and Crackdown 3 have yet to receive official launch dates. Let’s not forget to mention how games like Scalebound and Fable Legends were unexpectedly canceled.This begs the obvious question: what reason is there to buy a Scorpio if there’s nothing to play on it? You can go back and play Xbox One games that have already been released — but what about new titles? Microsoft could announce a barrage of games coming to Scorpio during this year’s Xbox E3 event. But right now, there aren’t any games on the horizon to get hyped up about.Some fans have said that even if there is a lack of first party games, the Scorpio will outsell the PlayStation 4 because it will have the better looking third party titles. On the surface, this sentiment makes sense given how powerful Scorpio will be compared to its competition. It’s third party games should run considerably better with all of that extra juice. However, this is unlikely to happen.It’s important to remember that there will be no Scorpio exclusive titles. This is something Microsoft has stated numerous times. The company does not want to split their fan base by having Scorpio-only titles. Every upcoming Xbox game will run on Xbox One, Windows 10, and Project Scorpio. To maintain parity between all three versions, titles will have to be built with the lowest common denominator in mind: the Xbox One.First-party developers will no doubt go out of their way to make Scorpio games look as great as possible. Third party developers are under no such obligation. As we’ve seen with the PlayStation 4 Pro, most developers will simply toss in higher resolution textures and call it a day. After all, why should a dev put in extra work on a version of a game that won’t sell as many copies as it will on PS4 or even on Xbox One? Again, we only need to look at how developers are dealing with the PS4 Pro to get an idea of how they will develop titles for Scorpio. With some exceptions, most third party titles will not look noticeably better on Scorpio.Then we have to consider how Sony will combat Scorpio. Right now, the PS4 Pro costs $400. It is reasonable to assume that this price will be lowered around the time of Scorpio’s launch. As we discussed earlier, general consumers are swayed by price more than anything. If they see a system that costs $500 and another that (potentially) costs $300-$350, which one do you think they’ll choose? And let’s not forget the base PS4 model, which could conceivably cost $200 this holiday season. When it comes to price, Sony has things on lock.And we can’t forget about console bundles. Sony has the marketing rights for Destiny 2, Call of Duty: WWII, and Star Wars: Battlefront 2. At least two of these will be bundled with standard PS4s and PS4 Pros. All of these games will also be available on Scorpio, but general consumers will believe they’re PlayStation 4 exclusives because of how they’ll be advertised. Sony doesn’t appear to have many (if any) big AAA exclusives coming out this fall, but its third party offerings will help the company sell systems. Sony’s third-party deals will hurt Scorpio more than anything.For the sake of argument, let’s say Microsoft decides to sell the Scorpio for $400. Even at that low price, it will not have an easy time against PS4. Scorpio would certainly give the PS4 a run for its money. But the lower-priced PS4 and PS4 Pro (along with third-party bundles and all of the recently released first party games) will keep Scorpio from making significant headway. However, a $400 price point would most certainly help Microsoft sell a good deal of Scorpio units. I personally don’t see the system launching for anything less than $500, but stranger things have happened.Then there’s the matter of 4K. Though 1080p has become the standard for movies and (most) games, 4K is still far from being standard. Though many tech enthusiasts own 4K TVs, most of the general public doesn’t. Scorpio will certainly have advantages for folks with normal 1080p TVs. However, the system (like the PS4 Pro) is really meant to be played on a 4K TV to fully enjoy everything it has to offer. The ability to play games and movies at native 4K will not be much of a benefit for Scorpio. In fact, it’ll be downright irrelevant.It’s also important to remember that the most powerful console of a generation doesn’t always win. In fact, the opposite is usually true. The PS4 was both the most powerful and most successful console of this generation — but it was an exception to the rule. In most cases, the weaker console triumphs over the competition. The GameCube and original Xbox were both powerhouses in their day. However, both were destroyed by the weaker PlayStation 2. The Wii was a basically a glorified GameCube with motion controls, yet it still crushed the HD-capable PS3 and Xbox 360. The Scorpio isn’t guaranteed a victory simply because it is so damn powerful.Is the Scorpio doomed, then? Of course not. Like the PlayStation 4 Pro, it is a system specially made for the hardcore gamer. Only a fraction of PS4s sold are PS4 Pros. The same will likely be the case with Scorpio. Even Microsoft has said it expects the $250 Xbox One S to be its lead seller. The Scorpio is intended for a small, but passionate section of the Xbox fanbase. The system will not help close the sizable sales gap between PS4 and Xbox One, but it will sell well among the crowd it was intended for.Project Scorpio certainly has impressive specs and features. Despite all of that, it will not be able to conquer the all-mighty PlayStation 4. While we can expect Scorpio to topple PS4 when it launches, it will be a momentary, fleeting victory at best. Though Scorpio won’t defeat PS4 in the long run, it will be a worthwhile system for Xbox enthusiasts and curious tech-heads.By the time this console generation ends, there will only be one clear and decisive winner — and it won’t be Project Scorpio. Stay on target It has been a few weeks since the specs for Project Scorpio were revealed. Microsoft’s upcoming console easily outstrips the Xbox One regarding pure horsepower. It also outmatches Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro. Because of its superior hardware, some believe the PS4’s time as the undisputed king of the console generation may soon be over. After all, if games run and look better on Scorpio, why would anyone want a PlayStation 4?If power is all that mattered to people, then this would certainly be the case. However, as history has repeatedly demonstrated, this isn’t always true. While the Scorpio will undoubtedly be “the most powerful console ever” as Microsoft has stated, its beefier specs will not help it overcome the PlayStation 4 this generation.Let’s start with the obvious: price. Xbox head Phil Spencer has said Project Scorpio will be a premium priced console. That means the system will likely cost more than $400. During their technical breakdown of Scorpio, EuroGamer stated that they believe — given all of the components found within the system — that Scorpio will cost around $500.center_img Michael Pachter Says Don’t Believe Reports About Xbox One X Pre-Or…Microsoft Says Xbox One X is the Fastest-Selling Xbox System Ever last_img read more

ExInc Editor Joins Digital Startup Nomad Editions

first_imgMore than one-third of the revenue generated by the digital editions will be set aside for freelancer writers, illustrators, and designers, with 5 percent of total revenue of a Nomad edition going to the editor of that edition. Nomad Editions, the digital media company launched by a group that includes former Newsweek president Mark Edmiston, has launched a custom media division led by former Inc. editor Chris Leach, who has spent the last several years producing custom media for brands ranging from IBM to ESPN. The new custom division will launch two specific content areas in 2011: health and sports. With each custom digital edition, Nomad will partner with corporate sponsors to produce customized ads, editorial and sponsor sections in addition to original content. While the company officially launches in January, Nomad debuted three themed digital editions this fall: Real Eats: Stories Behind Food; Wide Screen: Inside the Movies That Matter and Wave Lines: Your Brain on Surfing. A fourth, u+me: Voices Behind Videos, will launch in January. Each edition is a digital publication designed specifically for reading on a smartphone or tablet with a 20 to 30 minute reading experience. The initial plan emphasized subscriptions over advertising revenue, as well as a potentially significant revenue share with editors and writers. Prospective readers get a free trial for the first 30 days then subscriptions are sold in three-month blocks for $6. Advertisers can exclusively sponsor single editions for $9,000 per week but the price varies depending on the length of sponsorship (minimum of one week, with different quarterly and yearly options to sponsor on an ongoing basis). last_img read more

E3 2019 How to preorder all the new games

first_img reading • E3 2019: How to preorder all the new games Mentioned Above Nintendo Switch (Gray) E3 2019 A few ground rulesWe’ve linked to more info on given titles at GameSpot and CNET. Games are listed alphabetically.Where available, we’re including the release date — but remember those are always tentative.We’re linking to the preorder page for the disc version at Amazon, unless otherwise indicated.We’ll continue to expand this list throughout the show.Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. E3 2019: The most anticipated games of gaming’s most anticipated show Share your voice $299 Amazon $289 How To • How to transfer your Nintendo Switch account to a new Switch V2 News • Are you a Nintendo Switch docker or hander? Video Games Consoles Tags More from E3 Walmart CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $299 17 Photos Post a comment See All Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. 0 Preview • Nintendo Switch: All the latest details See It See It Best Buy Square Enix/Screenshot by Gamespot The world’s biggest video games show is in full effect. This year’s E3 schedule is raining down tons of news about new technologies, new consoles and — most importantly — new games. We’re keeping a running tally of all of the new titles — from Nintendo, Square Enix, Ubisoft, Bethesda and more — on all of the platforms announced at the show. Read on for all of the info you’ll need to get up to speed and in line for your copy.  $299 How to preorder all the new games Watch every E3 video game trailer Nintendo recap: New Zelda sequel, Banjo-Kazooie, Luigi’s Mansion and more E3 2019: Complete coverage on GameSpot E3 2019: Complete coverage on CNET Aug 28 • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer, gameplay footage and everything we know See it Nintendo Switch Aug 3 • E3 journalists see their personal info exposed by security flaw Review • Nintendo Switch review: Pure fun on a big-screen TV or on the go E3 2019 Jul 26 • Doom Eternal: QuakeCon ‘Year of Doom’ keynote shows more ‘Battlemode’ action Aug 19 • Borderlands 3: FL4K, new endgame content and everything else we know Blair Witch (Aug. 30, 2019)blair-witch-2.jpg CNET Gamespot: Xbox E3 2019: Blair Witch game announced with trailer during Microsoft’s press conferenceCNET: E3 2019: Blair Witch game coming to Xbox on Aug. 30See it on AmazonBleeding Edgee3-2019-xbox-4112Bleeding Edge James Martin/CNET GameSpot: E3 2019: Bleeding Edge announced, Hellblade dev’s new melee-focused gameSee it on AmazonBorderlands 3 (Sep. 13, 2019)Borderlands 3 Moze and mech Gearbox Software Gamespot: Borderlands 3 will launch on Google Stadia, day oneCNET: E3 2019 brings Borderlands 3 trailer, arrives Sept. 13See Xbox version at AmazonSee PS4 version at AmazonControl (Aug. 27, 2019)Gamespot: Control may be Remedy Entertainment’s most interesting game since Alan WakeSee Xbox version at AmazonSee PS4 version at AmazonCyberpunk 2077 (April 16, 2020)cyberpunk-2077-logo CD Projekt Red GameSpot: E9 2019: Cyberpunk 2077 — everything we know and want  CNET: Cyberpunk 2077: Everything we learned from the new gameplay demo See PS4 version at AmazonSee Xbox version at AmazonDeath Stranding (Nov. 8, 2019 for PS4)strandochango Kojima Productions GameSpot: Preorder guide: Death Stranding Collector’s Edition, Special Edition, bonuses and more CNET: PS4’s Death Stranding trailer arrives, reveals release date See it at AmazonDestroy All Humans! Remake Gamespot: E3 2019: Destroy All Humans remake revealed after it leaksSee Xbox version at AmazonSee PS4 version at AmazonSee PC version at AmazonDoom Eternal (Nov. 22, 2019)screen-shot-2018-06-10-at-7-14-49-pmGameSpot: Doom Eternal at E3 2019 — everything we know and want CNET: Doom Eternal: Everything we know so far before E3 2019 See PS4 version at AmazonSee Xbox version at AmazonSee PC version at AmazonDragonball Z Kakarot (Early 2020)GameSpot: E3 2019: Dragon Ball Z Kakarot gameplay Trailer shows the new RPG in actionSee Xbox version at AmazonSee PS4 version at AmazonDying Light 2 (Spring 2020)GameSpot: Xbox E3 2019: Dying Light 2 delayedSee Xbox version at AmazonSee PS4 version at AmazonElden Ring 3545328-elden-ringGamespot: E3 2019: PS4 version of Elden Ring confirmed, not an Xbox One and PC exclusiveSee Xbox version at AmazonSee PS4 version at AmazonFinal Fantasy XIV (July 2, 2019)Final_Fantasy_XiV_610x350.JPGGamespot: Final Fantasy 14: Shadowbringers — Viera race trailerSee PS4 version at AmazonSee PC version at AmazonSee Mac version at AmazonFinal Fantasy Remake (May 3, 2020)squareenix-finalfantasy7-sephirothGamespot: Final Fantasy 7 remake collector’s edition announced at E3 2019, available for preorder nowCNET: Final Fantasy VII Remake: Everything we learned at E3 2019See it at AmazonGears 5 (Sept. 10, 2019)gears5 CNET GameSpot: E3 2019: Before Xbox conference, Gears 5 release date confirmed for fall 2019CNET: E3 2019: Gears of War 5 coming Sept. 10See Xbox version at AmazonGhost Recon: Breakpoint (Oct. 4, 2019)screen-shot-2019-06-06-at-12-12-05-pm Google Gamespot: E3 2019: Ghost Recon: Breakpoint beta dates announcedSee Xbox version at AmazonSee PS4 version at AmazonGods & Monsters (Feb. 25, 2020)e3-2019-ubisoft-gods-and-monsters-4688 James Martin/CNET Gamespot: E3 2019: Gods & Monsters goes all-in on mythologySee Xbox version at AmazonSee PS4 version at AmazonSee Switch version at AmazonSee PC version at AmazonLegend of Zelda: Link’s Awakeninglinks-awakeningGamespot: Zelda: Link’s Awakening — Nintendo remaking classic Game Boy title for SwitchSee it on AmazonLego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (2020)GameSpot: Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga including all 9 films coming in 2020See Xbox version at AmazonSee PS4 version at AmazonLuigi’s Mansion 3 luigis-mansion-3Gamespot: E3 2019: Luigi’s Mansion 3 gameplay for Nintendo Switch debutsSee it at AmazonMadden NFL 2020 (July 30, 2019)EA Play gaming at E3 2019 James Martin/CNET Gamespot: E3 2019: Madden NFL 20 details new features — X-Factors, Scenario Engine and moreSee Xbox version at AmazonSee PS4 version at AmazonSee PC version at AmazonMarvel’s Avengers (May 15, 2020)marvel-avengers-e3-iron-manGamespot: Marvel’s Avengers game — official reveal trailer, “A-Day” | E3 2019See Xbox version at AmazonSee PS4 version at AmazonMarvel Ultimate Alliance 3 (July 13, 2019)marvelGamespot: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 releases this summer, includes Captain MarvelSee it at AmazonMinecraft Dungeons (Spring 2020)e3-2019-xbox-4120Minecraft Dungeons James Martin/CNET GameSpot: Xbox E3 2019 press conference: New Minecraft Dungeons trailer and details announcedSee it at AmazonNo More Heroes 3 Gamespot: No More Heroes 3 reveal trailer | Nintendo Direct E3 2019See it at AmazonOri and the Will of the Wisps (Feb. 11, 2020)ori CNET GameSpot: Xbox E3 2019: Ori and the Will of the Wisps release date confirmedSee it at AmazonThe Outer Worlds (Oct. 25, 2019)outerweorldsHope.  Obsidian Entertainment GameSpot: Xbox E3 2019: Fallout-Like RPG The Outer Worlds gets release date, new trailer at Microsoft’s press conferenceCNET: E3 2019: The Outer Worlds gets release date and new trailerSee it at AmazonOutriders (Q3 2020)Gamespot: Outriders full presentation | Square Enix press conference E3 2019See Xbox version at AmazonSee PS4 version at AmazonPsychonauts 2e3-2019-xbox-4182 James Martin/CNET GameSpot: E3 2019: Xbox Game Studios acquires Psychonauts 2 developer, Double FineSee it at AmazonRainbow Six: Quarantinerainbow Screenshot Gamespot: E3 2019: Rainbow Six Quarantine, A PvE Siege spin-off, is coming in 2020See Xbox version at AmazonSee PS4 version at AmazonThe Sims 4: Island Living (June 21, 2019)sims-4-ea-play-1 Electronic Arts Gamespot: E3 2019: The Sims 4 “Island Living” expansion revealed at EA PlayCNET: E3 2019: Sims 4 expansion pack goes tropical with ‘Island Living’See it at AmazonStar Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (Nov. 15, 2019)d4aqf6mwsai3dpj EA GameSpot: E3 2019: Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order — everything we know and want CNET: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order — everything we know ahead of E3 2019 See PS4 version at AmazonSee Xbox version at AmazonSee PC version at Amazon Super Mario Maker 2 (June 28, 2019 for Switch) smm22 Nintendo GameSpot: Preorder guide: Super Mario Maker 2 release date, Switch online bundle CNET: Super Mario Maker 2: Everything announced during Nintendo Direct See it at AmazonTales of Arise (2020)tales-of-arise Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET GameSpot: E3 2019: Microsoft confirms Tales Of Arise with debut trailerSee it at AmazonWasteland 3GameSpot: E3 2019: Wasteland 3 gets a chilly new trailerSee it at AmazonWatch Dogs: Legion (Mar. 3, 2020)Ubisoft/Screenshot by Gamespot Ubisoft Gamespot: Watch Dogs: Legion full gameplay demo | Ubisoft press conference E3 2019See Xbox version at AmazonSee PS4 version at AmazonWolfenstein Cyberpilot GameSpot: Wolfenstein standalone VR game has you hack Nazi robotsSee PS4 version at AmazonSee PC version at AmazonWolfenstein Youngblood (July 26, 2019)youngbloods Bethesda Softworks GameSpot: Wolfenstein: Youngblood gets new trailer at E3 2019, shows co-opCNET: Wolfenstein: Youngblood shows off new gameplay and a Nazi killing co-op mode at E3 2019See Switch version at AmazonSee Xbox version at AmazonSee PS4 version at AmazonSee PC version at AmazonElite Wireless Controller Series 2 (Nov. 4, 2019)e3-2019-xbox-elite-controller4317 James Martin/CNET CNET: E3 2019: Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 brings Bluetooth, Scarlett compatibilitySee it at Xbox.comWe’ll be thereCNET is on the ground, covering E3 2019 alongside our sister site, GameSpot. We’ll update this page throughout the show as more games are announced. Originally published June 7.Update: June 11: Adds new titles. See It • CNET Deals Electronic Arts (EA) Walmart Amazon Microsoft Nintendolast_img read more

Agreement allows Moda to keep selling health insurance in Alaska

first_imgDownload AudioThe Division of Insurance announced an agreement with insurer Moda Health Monday, that will allow the company to stay on the individual and group markets in Alaska. Division director Lori Wing-Heier says Moda’s CEO signed the consent agreement this weekend.“We worked very hard to get to this agreement, to protect consumers but also to get them back into the marketplace to take care of those who enjoy doing business with Moda,” she said. “To provide competition on the exchange and that the company doing business is solvent.”The agreement requires Moda to sell some assets to raise capital. The company will also have to establish a reserve account in Alaska with $15 million, to pay claims if Moda runs into financial trouble again.Late last month, Oregon and Alaska placed Moda under supervision and suspended the company from selling plans because of excessive operating losses.At that time, the company thought it would have to exit Alaska’s individual market. Jason Gootee is director of Alaska sales and service for Moda.“Our first thought on that was in order to remain financially sound it was going to be a necessary step we would have to take,” Gootee said. “But we were able to work out a deal with the regulators in Alaska and Oregon to maintain the individual market in those two states for at least the rest of 2016 which I think is certainly a win for consumers.”Gootee says it’s too soon to tell whether the company can continue on Alaska’s individual market for 2017. Moda is working with Premera Alaska on a plan to stabilize rates on the state’s individual market. That proposal will require legislative action.The open enrollment period for individual plans on closed January 31st. Wing-Heier says she’s asking the federal government to open a two week special enrollment period to accommodate Alaskans who were unable to buy Moda plans.“We know there are people that had finished their enrollment and then got to a point where they could not pay or couldn’t finalize it,” she said. “And for those people who are kind of in a limbo, we’re hoping CMS will give us a two week window to… choose Moda as their insurer.”Wing-Heier says if Moda does not follow through on the consent agreement, Oregon, where Moda is based, will put the company into receivership.This story is part of a reporting partnership between APRN, NPR and Kaiser Health News.The state answers a list of frequently asked questions about the Moda situation here.last_img read more

Economy and markets All you need to know to start your day

first_imgA trader reacts as he watches screens on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York on Feb 5, 2018.ReutersAsian shares fell on Wednesday, taking cues from their American counterparts while dollar steadied after previous session’s gains.Investors are focusing on minutes this week from the most recent meetings of both the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan lost 0.15 percent. Japan’s Nikkei shed 0.2 percent. Chinese mainland markets open to trading on Thursday.Overnight, the Dow and S&P 500 fell to snap a six-session winning streak after Walmart plunged the most since 1988.Back home, SGX Nifty, an early indicator of the Nifty 50’s trend in India, signals a positive start for the domestic markets after the benchmark Sensex declined 71 points or 0.21 percent to close at 33,703 on Tuesday.The partially convertible rupee ended at 64.79 per dollar on Tuesday — a level last seen on November 22, from its previous close of 64.22 per dollar.So far this year, the rupee has fallen 1 percent against the U.S. dollar, while overseas investors have bought $1.02 billion from local equity and $1.9 billion in debt markets.F&O Expiry: Trading is likely to be volatile this week as traders will roll over positions in the futures and options segment from the February 2018 series to March 2018 series.Crude check: Brent crude declined 0.58 percent at $64.87 per barrel while the West Texas Intermediate crude lost 0.71 percent to $61.35 a barrel.Fed minutes: On Wednesday, the U.S. Federal Reserve will release the minutes from its January meeting at which the central bank opted to leave interest rates unchanged but upgraded its inflation outlook.Fed speeches: A slew of Fed policy makers are due to speak this week including New York Fed President William Dudley and Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic.last_img read more

WATCH Authorities Raise Alert For Bali Volcano To The Highest Level

first_img Share 8:30 p.m.Ash from Bali’s volcano is disrupting life on parts of the tourist island that are outside the immediate danger zone.At Buana Giri village, some residents said they were leaving because the area is now inhospitable for their livestock.Villager Made Kerta Kartika said ash has covered the area since Sunday and made farming difficult.“Ash that covered the trees and grass is very difficult for us because the cows cannot eat,” he said. “I have to move the cows from this village.”The eruption of Mount Agung has forced the closure of the island’s airport and authorities have ordered 100,000 people to evacuate from areas close to the volcano.___7:05 p.m.China says there were 17,000 Chinese tourists on Bali before the latest eruption of Mount Agung.The Chinese consulate on the Indonesian island said on its website that airlines and travel services were arranging 100 buses to take tourists to catch ferries to neighboring Java.The Chinese foreign ministry issued a statement urging travelers to be “vigilant about safety” when deciding whether to visit Bali.China Eastern Airlines, one of the country’s biggest carriers, canceled flights Sunday and said passengers due to fly any time between then and Dec. 10 could obtain refunds.___Twitter via @realTamela100,000 told to evacuate as Bali volcano spews huge ash cloud4:15 p.m.The closure of Bali’s airport due to volcanic ash is having a disruptive effect on flights around Indonesia and the region.Bali is a hub airport in Indonesia with many flights transiting there for domestic as well as international destinations. Planes that would have flown other routes Monday are now stuck on the tarmac in Bali.Human Rights Watch Indonesia researcher Andreas Harsono said he was waiting two hours at Jakarta’s terminal 3 for his delayed flight to a domestic destination.He said other flight delays have been announced at the terminal, which serves national carrier Garuda, and the departure area is filling up with many waiting passengers.___1:10 p.m.Spokesman for Indonesia’s Disaster Mitigation Agency says lava is welling up in the crater of the Mount Agung volcano on Bali “which will certainly spill over to the slopes.”Volcanologists say the lava’s presence is sometimes reflected in the ash plume which takes on a reddish-orange glow even in daytime.Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said bigger eruptions than those currently happening are possible based on the information the disaster agency is receiving from the volcano monitoring center.He said that “since yesterday there were explosive eruptions whose sound was heard up to 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) away.”Nugroho said officials are responding based on a worst-case scenario occurring because Agung has a history of violent eruptions. Its last major eruption in 1963 killed about 1,100 people.He said “We cannot be sure whether this time eruptions will be the same with 1963.”___11:50 a.m.Indonesia’s Disaster Mitigation Agency says as many as 100,000 villagers need to leave the expanded danger zone around the Mount Agung volcano on Bali, but that less than half that number have left.Spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told a news conference in Jakarta that the extension of the danger zone to 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the crater in places affects 22 villages and about 90,000 to 100,000 people.The volcano’s alert was raised to the highest level earlier Monday and ash clouds have forced the closure of Bali’s international airport.Nugroho said about 40,000 people have evacuated but others have not left because they feel safe or don’t want to abandon their livestock.He said that “authorities will comb the area to persuade them. If needed, we will forcibly evacuate them.”___10:50 a.m.Indonesia’s Directorate General of Land Transportation says 100 buses are being deployed to Bali’s international airport and to ferry terminals to help travelers stranded by the eruption of Mount Agung.Bali’s international airport was closed early Monday after ash from the volcano reached its airspace. Hundreds of flights were canceled and tens of thousands of travelers affected.The agency’s chief, Budi, said major ferry crossing points have been advised to prepare for a surge in passengers and vehicles. Stranded tourists could leave Bali by taking a ferry to neighboring Java and then travel by land to the nearest airports.Authorities say the airport closure is in effect until Tuesday morning and is being reviewed every six hours.___9:50 a.m.Video released by Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency shows water and volcanic debris flowing down the slopes of the ash-spewing Mount Agung on Bali as rain falls on the island.Spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said people should stay away from rivers and not enter the 10 kilometer (6 mile) exclusion zone around the volcano.He says lahars could increase as it’s rainy season in Bali. The mudflows can move rapidly and are a frequent killer during volcanic eruptions.Mount Agung has been hurling ash thousands of meters into the atmosphere since the weekend, forcing the closure of Bali’s airport and stranding tens of thousands of travelers.___8:30 a.m.Tens of thousands of travelers are stranded in Bali after ash from the Mount Agung volcano on the tourist island forced the international airport to close early Monday.Flight information boards showed rows of cancelations as tourists arrived at the busy Bali airport expecting to catch flights home.Airport spokesman Air Ahsanurrohim said 445 flights were canceled, stranding about 59,000 travelers.Authorities say seven flights were diverted to airports in Jakarta, Surabaya and Singapore when the closure was announced early Monday.Mount Agung has been hurling ash thousands of meters into the atmosphere, which forced the small international airport on the neighboring island of Lombok to close Sunday as the plumes drifted east. It has since reopened.Airport authorities say the decision to close Bali’s I Gusti Ngurah Rai airport was made after tests showed ash had reached its airspace.___6 a.m.Indonesian authorities raised the alert for a menacing volcano on the tourist island of Bali to the highest level Monday and ordered people within 10 kilometers (6 miles) to evacuate.The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said Bali’s international airport had closed for 24 hours and authorities would consider reopening it Tuesday after evaluating the situation.Mount Agung has been hurling ash thousands of meters into the atmosphere, which forced the small international airport on the neighboring island of Lombok to close Sunday as the plumes drifted east.Geological agency head, Kasbani, who goes by one name, said the alert level was raised at 6 a.m. on Monday because the volcano has shifted from steam-based eruptions to magmatic eruptions. However he says he’s still not expecting a major eruption.“We don’t expect a big eruption but we have to stay alert and anticipate,” he says.Previously the exclusion zone around the volcano ranged between 6 and 7.5 kilometers.The volcano’s last major eruption in 1963 killed about 1,100 people. The Latest on a rumbling volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali (all times local):last_img read more

Study shows Playa del Carmen Tulum top destinations for vacationing Mexicans

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — A new study shows Playa del Carmen and Tulum were the top choices for vacationing Mexicans this Easter holiday season.According to a study conducted by ReachLocal Mexico, 24 percent of Mexican internet users said they plan on visiting another state during Easter. The most popular national beach destinations for Mexicans were Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta.San Miguel de Allende, San Cristobal de las Casas, Queretaro and Guanajuato were also preferred holiday destinations by Mexican travelers for the current Easter holiday season.The largest number of Mexicans who plan their travels using the Internet are from Sinaloa, Sonora, Nuevo León, Mexico City, Jalisco, State of Mexico and Guanajuato.Residents of Monterrey showed a special interest in traveling to Puerto Vallarta, Orlando and New York, although their searches also reveal interest in trips to Tampico and Real de Catorce. On the other hand, residents of Mexico City carried out searches related to Trips to Canada, Excursions, Short Trips, Day Trips and Aquatic Parks.According to the study by ReachLocal Mexico, Viajes Liverpool, Bojorquez and are the most-used sites for Mexicans searching for travel quotes or packages with Airbnb being the most highly sought-out platform.For 2018, TripAdvisor travelers rated Playa del Carmen as the number one destination in Mexico and 15th in the world.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

3 vehicles involved in crash just past Colenso

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Three vehicles were involved in a crash last night (July 6) just past Colenso towards Estcourt.One person sustained moderate injuries and was taken to hospital.Police and emergency personnel were on scene.It took officials less than an hour to clear the scene.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img