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What is Roman Abramovich’s net worth?

first_imgWTF What is Roman Abramovich’s net worth & how much does the Chelsea owner earn? Goal 18:20 5/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Roman Abramovich Getty WTF Chelsea Premier League The Russian has been at the helm of one of the Premier League’s biggest clubs for over 15 years, investing his considerable wealth The likes of Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti and Antonio Conte can rightly claim credit for Chelsea’s success over the course of the past decade and a half, but the truth is that one man is behind it all: Roman Abramovich.An enigmatic character, Abramovich’s billions have been the chief reason for the Blues’ rise from outsiders to perennial challengers, as the London outfit transformed into one of the biggest clubs in England.In the early days of his investment into the club, the Russian was a regular spectator at Stamford Bridge and, despite becoming less visible at games in recent years, he remains tightly involved in the background, acting as a guiding force. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now But Chelsea is not his only business interest and he has shown himself to have an interest in a diversity of industries. However, he has come under scrutiny recently as he attempts to renew his UK visa.When it comes to high-earning football club owners there is always plenty of intrigue, so Goal takes a look at Abramovich’s net worth, what businesses he has, the luxury yachts and more.How much does Abramovich earn? It is difficult to say exactly how much Abramovich earns a year, with reports online suggesting that he has earned billions in recent years through his various business interests.If true, that means he could be earning millions of dollars a month or, to put it into a different perspective, hundreds every minute. What businesses does Abramovich have? Roman Abramovic Antonio ConteAmassing the sort of incredible wealth that Abramovich has requires a lot of business acumen and he has turned his hand to a wide variety of industries, famously transforming himself from a modest rubber duck salesman into one of the most recognisable oil barons in the world following the break up of the Soviet Union.Of course, he is best known in the public’s imagination as the enigmatic billionaire owner of Premier League club Chelsea, having taken over the Stamford Bridge outfit from Ken Bates in the summer of 2003. He has pumped billions into the club during his 15 years at the helm and that investment has helped them to win 17 trophies in that time, including five league titles as well as the Champions League.However, the chief source of his wealth nowadays is the mining industry, where he has major interests in a number of companies. The 51-year-old is the owner of the steel-making company Evraz, as well as owning stakes in Norilsk Nickel, which is the second largest nickel producing company in the world.What is Abramovich’s net worth? According to the world renowned American business magazine Forbes, Abramovich’s net worth in May 2018 was $11.6 billion, which works out at roughly £8.6bn or €9.8bn. That makes him the 11th richest Russian in the world and the 140th richest person in the entire world.The net worth figure tends to fluctuate, but it is roughly the same according to other sources, with the Sunday Times Rich List 2018 indicating that Abramovich’s net worth stood at £9.3bn ($12.4bn/€10.5bn).While that sort of wealth is undoubtedly eyewatering, it is interesting to note that it is actually much lower than it had been. A decade earlier, in 2008, the Russian’s net worth, per Forbes, was a remarkable $23.5bn (around €15.4bn or £11.8bn based on historical exchange rates), which was the most the businessman has ever been worth.Why is there a problem with Abramovich’s UK visa?In May 2018 it emerged that Abramovich was experiencing difficulties with the British government regarding his application for a new visa.Some initial reports appeared to suggest that he had been denied a renewal, but subsequent reports established that his application was actually still under consideration.The Financial Times has reported that the Russian’s ‘investor visa’ is thought to have expired in April and, according to the paper, his application for renewal is subject to “extra procedural checks” because he is applying from Russia, rather than the UK.Such checks are likely look closely into the sources of an applicant’s wealth.As a result of the UK government’s desire to conduct more thorough checks on such applications, it follows that there will be natural delays, but it is not clear how long it will take.Of course, to put things into context, the entire scenario is occurring during a time of heightened diplomatic tensions between the British and Russian governments.Abramovich’s yacht: how much was it & how big is it?Roman Abramovic yacht EclipseBillionaires tend to be known for their extravagance and Abramovich is no different, despite his ostensibly muted demeanour.One of his biggest indulgences is the luxury yacht Eclipse, which, at 162.5 metres in length, is the world’s second largest privately owned yacht.Abramovich is thought to have paid $500m for the vessel in 2010 and, back then it was the largest yacht in the world. It has since been surpassed by the Azzam.As you’d imagine, the Eclipse is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, including swimming pools, guest cabins, hot tubs and helicopter pads, with a crew of around 70 on board.For security purposes, it also has a missile detection system, a submarine and is also said to be kitted out with an ‘anti-paparazzi’ photo shield system.Abramovic has developed a love of luxury yachts and has owned a number of smaller vessels in the past.last_img read more

Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigators Better Equipped

first_img “For me, I will use the techniques to really get to the root in helping the victim,” she told JIS News. Story Highlights Detective Constable Griffiths, who is an investigator at the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA), was among 24 persons who successfully completed the course offered by the National Police College of Jamaica (NPCJ). After receiving the highest mark of 90.08 per cent in the Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigators’ Training Course, Detective Constable Sharline Griffiths has pledged to use the lessons learnt to help victims of such crimes. After receiving the highest mark of 90.08 per cent in the Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigators’ Training Course, Detective Constable Sharline Griffiths has pledged to use the lessons learnt to help victims of such crimes.“For me, I will use the techniques to really get to the root in helping the victim,” she told JIS News.She said that often victims are not forthcoming with certain information. but noted that “by persevering a little more, coupled with what was taught, you will be able to go deeper”.Detective Constable Griffiths, who is an investigator at the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA), was among 24 persons who successfully completed the course offered by the National Police College of Jamaica (NPCJ).The four-week training programme was designed to meet the specialist work requirement of the investigators.Among other things, it served to widen their knowledge of sexual violence; strengthen understanding of the laws governing the offences; and improve their investigative skills and competencies.Detective Constable Griffiths, who spoke to JIS News at the graduation ceremony at the NPCJ recently, said that among the areas covered was how to properly complete a case file with all the necessary impactful evidence in place to punish sexual offenders.“Once a case file is properly put together and you have evidence properly collected with DNA, you’ll find that you will be successful in the courts, and convictions will be secured,” she pointed out.Other topics covered included DNA handling, analysis and examination of emotions, interviewing reluctant witnesses, crime scene management, exhibit handling, biometrics, sexual offences investigations, rape trauma syndrome, legal and ethical issues and committal proceedings.Lessons were delivered using a range of teaching methods that catered to different learning styles such as lectures, which were accompanied by PowerPoint presentations; discussions; brainstorming; role play; and cooperative learning.Practical exercises were used in the delivery of certain topics such as case file preparation, court room demeanour and testimony.Exercises involving the courts were supervised by personnel from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and attorneys.Detective Constable Griffiths told JIS News that at the end of the training, the participants were able to reach consensus on how investigations should be conducted, and noted that the processes will be applied in the field.Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, is optimistic that with the training received, the investigators will make a difference in investigating, interrogating and apprehending perpetrators of crimes against women and children.She noted that sexual offences and child abuse are forms of gender-based violence, and despite efforts to eliminate and address these issues, arrests and convictions remain low.“This must be changed, and you are poised to become the agents of change,” she said in a speech read by Acting Senior Director at the Bureau of Gender Affairs, Sharon Robinson, at the graduation ceremony.Ms. Grange told the graduates it is paramount that they address cases of sexual offences in a sensitive manner, and, with the newly acquired skills, they are expected to provide greater support and hope to victims of various sex crimes.“You are now better equipped to deliver supportive and other necessary services, to collect critical forensic evidence, some of which is unique to crimes of a sexual nature, to ensure due process for defendants (thereby) resolving cases swiftly, fairly and effectively,” she pointed out.Ms. Grange argued that investigators are most effective when they are guided by specialised knowledge, are sensitive to the needs and interests of victims, and are committed to multidisciplinary collaboration.Meanwhile, Senior Superintendent of Police, Wayne Josephs, who is attached to the Criminal Investigation Branch, said that the DNA Evidence Act is an important piece of legislation in investigating sexual offences and child abuse.“It is the best thing to happen to CISOCA,” he noted, adding that it will be useful in solving cases that have gone cold.“CISOCA cases are mainly those (involving) bodily fluids. For those persons already behind bars (who have committed sexual offences), they might come up on the radar, because the science and the technology doesn’t lie,” he pointed out.The DNA Evidence Act stipulates the compulsory extraction of DNA samples from suspects and convicted persons; outlines the protocol for collecting, retaining and preserving these in addition to the retention or destruction of DNA profiles; and outlines penalties for breaches of the Act.These breaches include falsifying profiles, swapping DNA samples or profiles with intent to deceive, and tampering with containers or packages bearing profile samples.last_img read more

Viceland Rogers Media in production on two docuseries

first_img Twitter Viceland and Canadian media conglomerate Rogers Media are in production on two original hour-long docuseries, The Wrestlers and Post Radicals.Hosted by long-time Vice host, vocalist for Toronto punk band Fucked Up and wrestling fan Damian Abraham, The Wrestlers (10 x 60) is an exploration of the wrestling world’s underground. Traveling from First Nations communities in rural Manitoba to Mexico’s Lucha Libre scene in Juarez, the series sees Abraham exploring the personalities involved in the sport of pro wrestling.Post Radical (8 x 60) meanwhile, is hosted by pro-skater and amateur anthropologist Rick McCrank, who examines the various sub-cultures within the skateboarding community. Advertisement Both projects will premiere in early 2018.In August, Viceland revealed its fall 2017 programming lineup, which includes season two of its first-ever scripted series Nirvanna The Band The Show and Fubar: Age of the Computer, as well as three digital series adaptations: Epicly Later’d, The Trixie & Katya Show and Most Expensivest Shit . Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

BlackBerry ordered to pay Nokia 137M by international arbitration panel

first_imgWATERLOO, Ont. – BlackBerry Ltd. says the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Court of Arbitration has ruled against the company in a dispute with Nokia Corp.The arbitration panel awarded Nokia approximately $137 million.BlackBerry says the dispute was related to whether certain payments allegedly due under a patent license contract between the companies were in fact owed to Nokia.The company says it is disappointed, but accepts the decision.BlackBerry noted the ruling did not change its assertion that Nokia is infringing on its intellectual property and said it’s continuing to pursue lawsuits filed in both the U.S. and Germany.Nokia says it believes that BlackBerry’s claims of patent infringement are without merit.last_img read more

Indian priest sentenced to six years in prison for child sex abuse in US

first_imgNew York: An Indian former Roman Catholic priest has been sentenced to six years in prison for sexually abusing a teenage girl in the US, according to a media report. John Praveen, 38, pleaded guilty in February to sexually touching a 13-year-old girl in the Rapid City church, South Dakota over her clothes last year, Rapid City Journal newspaper reported. Judge Steven Mandel handed down the sentence on Friday after prosecutors asked for the maximum of one year in prison. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Mandel said that was “not adequate” for Praveen’s crime, the report said. He sentenced Praveen to six years in prison, minus 178 days of time served, and said he would be eligible for parole after three years. The sentencing came after Praveen pleaded guilty to one count of having sexual contact with a child under the age of 16, a crime that carries a maximum 15-year punishment, the report said. Mandel said if Praveen is granted parole, the parole board could ask Homeland Security to immediately deport him to Hyderabad or have him first serve parole in any state, the report added. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls Praveen had joined the Rapid City Diocese for a 10-year assignment in December 2017. He apologised and told the court he wishes he could take back what he did. I “send my sincere apologies to the family and the victim about what I have done,” Praveen said through tears in court Friday. He said he knows saying sorry isn’t enough, and that he wishes he could take back what he did. He promised to never hurt anyone again. I “send my sincere apologies to the family and the victim about what I have done,” Praveen said through tears in court Friday. He said he knows saying sorry isn’t enough, and that he wishes he could take back what he did. He promised to never hurt anyone again. In an emailed statement, Rapid City Bishop Robert Gruss apologised to the victim and her family on behalf of the Diocese of Rapid City, calling Praveen’s actions “sinful,” traumatic and a betrayal. “I am deeply sorry that they had to experience these sinful actions at the hands of a priest,” Gruss said. “The pain and suffering of this family have been great. Only those who have been victims of abuse of any kind can understand the trauma. The experience of betrayal is great. Crimes of sexual abuse can never be tolerated, most especially among priests.”last_img read more

WatchNorth American indexes ahead as loonie retreats on lower oil and gold

TORONTO — Higher industrials and bank stocks helped push the Toronto stock market ahead for a fourth straight session as gold and oil prices retreated.Toronto’s S&P/TSX composite index advanced 89.93 points at 13,671.35, while the Canadian dollar lost 0.35 of a U.S. cent to 78.03 cents US.The pullback from the loonie comes after three days of advances that saw the currency rise more than 2.3 U.S. cents to settle at its highest close since July.Bank of Canada holds interest rate, hikes economic forecastEarlier, the Bank of Canada announced that it was keeping its trend-setting interest rate locked at 0.5 per cent, forecasting that the economy will grow by 1.7 per cent in 2016, up from its January expectation of 1.4 per cent.On commodity markets, the May contract for benchmark North American crude edged down 41 cents to US$41.76 a barrel after closing above Tuesday at its highest level since late November.Elsewhere in commodities, May natural gas was up three cents at US$2.04 per mmBTU, while May copper advanced two cents to US$2.17 a pound and June gold shed $12.60 to US$1,248.30 a troy ounce.New York markets were also solidly ahead for a second day, with the Dow Jones industrial average adding 187.03 points at 17,908.28, while the broader S&P 500 advanced 20.70 points to 2,082.42.The Nasdaq composite jumped 75.33 points to 4,947.42. read more

Sri Lanka keen to boost and expand relations with Cyprus

Daya Pelpola, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in Rome concurrently accredited to Cyprus, presented the Letter of Credence to Nicos Anastasiades, President of the Republic of Cyprus at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia.Ambassador Pelpola during discussions with the Cypriot President conveyed Sri Lanka’s interest in strengthening and diversifying relations between the two countries, as there are many new opportunities available in Sri Lanka. Ambassador Pelpola briefed President Anastasiades on the initiatives taken by the National Unity Government to rebuild the country with special focus on democracy, reconciliation and economic development. President Anastasiades whilst discussing the warm bilateral relations, looked forward to strengthening trade and economic collaboration between the two countries. Formal diplomatic ties between Sri Lanka and Cyprus were established in 1963. Sri Lanka is concurrently accredited to Cyprus from Rome and Cyprus is accredited to Sri Lanka from New Delhi. read more

Cannabis sector leads Canadas main stock index lower loonie edges up

Index and currency in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD, TSX:ACB, TSX:HEXO, TSX:APHA)The Canadian Press TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index was down modestly in a decline led by some of Canada’s cannabis companies.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 28.21 points at 16,502.83 points, with some of the drag coming from Aurora Cannabis, Hexo Corp. and Aphria Inc.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 58.01 points at 27,250.46. The S&P 500 index was down 6.61 points at 3,019.25, while the Nasdaq composite was down 61.84 points at 8,268.37.The Canadian dollar traded at 75.95 cents US, up compared with Friday’s average of 75.86 cents US.The September crude contract was up 16 cents at US$56.36 per barrel and the September natural gas contract was up 3.9 cents at US$2.11 per mmBTU.The August gold contract was down 10 cents at US$1,419.20 an ounce and the September copper contract was up three cents at US$2.72 a pound. read more

UN rights experts call on Russia to release Ukrainian filmmaker whose life

“We urge Russian authorities to unconditionally release him as a matter of urgency,” the UN experts declared.Oleg Sentsov was arrested by Russian authorities in May 2014 in Crimea, and convicted to 20 years in a Russian prison, as a Russian citizen, on charges of terrorism. The Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea was annexed by Russia earlier that year, in contravention of international law.In March 2014, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution calling on States not to recognize changes in status of the Crimea, and last September, a report from the UN human rights office (OHCHR) said that rights had significantly deteriorated under Russian occupation, including arbitrary arrests and detentions, enforced disappearances, ill-treatment and torture.  Mr Sentsov went on hunger strike three months ago, to protest what he believes is the politically-motivated incarceration of 64 Ukrainians in Russian prisons. We urge Russian authorities to unconditionally release him as a matter of urgency –UN expertsThe rights experts expressed grave concern for his physical and mental integrity. “Sentsov’s life is in imminent danger. His hunger strike follows a trial and a conviction that has fallen short of international law,” the experts said. They also called on the Russian authorities to ensure that Mr. Sentsov is immediately provided with appropriate medical treatment, based on his full and informed consent.According news reports, his mother had written to Russian President Vladimir Putin at the end of June pleading for her son’s release, but was told that pardons would only be considered if the prisoner made the request, which Mr Sentsov has refused to do.The UN human rights experts – David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression; Dainius Pūras, Special Rapporteur on the right to physical and mental health; and Michel Forst, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders – remain in contact with the Russian authorities about this case.Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

Saudi Arabia must halt air strikes in Yemen says UN panel

The recommendation was addressed to Saudi Arabia by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, which also issued concluding observations on Benin, El Salvador, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mauritania and Niger.Each country is a signatory to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which has two Optional Protocols: involvement of children in armed conflict and the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.Every four years, Member States are expected to provide an update to the UN on their activities and progress relating to these international accords.In a statement, the 18-member UN panel noted that Saudi Arabia was involved in the Yemen conflict as the leader of an internationally-backed coalition “to restore legitimacy” there.The country has been split by a devastating war involving the internationally recognized government of President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, in the south, and Houthi opposition fighters, who control the capital, Sana’a to the north, and other key locations.Saudi representatives said that the coalition had been “accidentally responsible for casualties among children”, the Committee noted in its report, before expressing serious concern that youngsters “continue to be the primary victims of that ongoing conflict” and represented 20 per cent of all civilian casualties caused by air strikes.Of three aerial attacks in August highlighted in the UN report –  on 9, 22, and 23 August  – it was the initial strike which prompted particular international condemnation, after at least 21 boys died when a bus they were travelling in was hit in Dahyan market in Saada governorate, in the north of the country.All parties in the conflict had been responsible for attacks on civilians, the UN panel said, underscoring how targets included “homes, medical facilities, schools, farms, wedding functions, markets, vehicles in crowded areas”.Cluster munitions had been used in some of these attacks, the Committee said, before highlighting how the on-going aerial and naval blockade on Yemen had “dramatic consequences” for “many millions of people, including a high proportion of children”.Among its other concerns, the UN panel noted “the inefficiency” of the coalition’s investigative mechanism into attacks on “children and facilities and spaces frequented by children” and underscored the “lack of independence of its members”. read more

Urban Meyer 1st half defensive effort against Iowa very alarming

Sophomore linebacker Joshua Perry (37) and junior linebacker Ryan Shazier (2) watch Iowa senior linebacker C.J. Fiedorowicz (86) catch a touchdown during a game Oct. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 34-24.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorThe No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes (7-0, 4-0) might sit atop the Big Ten eight weeks into the season, but the team enters its primetime matchup with Penn State (4-2, 1-1) with a wide array of questions — particularly on the defensive side of the ball.As OSU prepares to go for its 20th consecutive win, coach Urban Meyer was less than pleased with how the Buckeye defense handled adversity in Saturday’s win over Iowa, even though it did so without one of its best players on the field.“The adjustments need to be made quicker when they give us something we have not seen (on defense),” Meyer said in a Monday press conference. “The first three drives (of the game) were very alarming. I don’t think our defensive line played very well.”Iowa scored each of its first three drives and dominated time of possession in the first half, holding the ball for more than 18 minutes. The Hawkeyes drove 80, 67, and 69 yards, respectively, coupling a power rushing attack with play-action passes to a multitude of tight ends on their way to a 17-10 halftime lead.“Call it what it was. (Iowa) beat the shit out of us,” defensive line coach Mike Vrabel said. “We didn’t do a good job of playing physical with our hands, getting off blocks, shedding off blocks, walking away from blocks. When you do this against a good offensive line, they’re going to continue to push you and move the pile.”Meyer said he was very disappointed in the lack of production from the unit during those drives, mainly because he felt like no one stepped up as a leader when OSU struggled to stop the Hawkeyes.“What happened was you have some good emotion in that stadium and you (give up a) 13-play drive and you let the air out of the stadium and the emotion, and that’s where (injured senior safety) Christian Bryant, our great leadership, overcomes a little adversity and we didn’t have that,” Meyer said. “That’s got to come from our coaches and players … Can it be fixed? Absolutely.”Bryant broke his ankle in OSU’s 31-24 win over Wisconsin Sept. 28.OSU gave up 375 yards of total offense in the Iowa game, but only seven points in the second half, on its way to the 34-24 victory. Junior defensive lineman Michael Bennett said the difference in the latter half of the game wasn’t about adjustments, but effort.“We came out in the second half with a chip on our shoulder like we need (to), but we can’t start a game like that again,” Bennett said. “I don’t know what the deal was, but especially on the D-line … we were doing something different than we usually do.”The defensive performance during the first three drives of Saturday’s game was something Bennett said he’s never seen out of them before.“I don’t think we’ve ever been manhandled like that … allowed ourselves to be manhandled like that,” Bennett said. “That’s disappointing to me personally because I feel like I let that happen in the first half with the whole D-line.”Beyond the defensive line, the Buckeye secondary was also depleted after redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby was ejected from the game for targeting late in the first quarter. It was the first time an OSU player has been disqualified for targeting, a rule that was added to the rulebook prior the 2013 season.“I think the NCAA and everybody is going to want to re-look at that rule,” Meyer said. “Ohio State is very concerned about player safety. We have gone to the Nth degree with adjusting practice … However, (Roby’s ejection) was a game changer. To take one of our better players out of the game, that impacted that game.”Junior cornerback Doran Grant said the rule change is something that all players have to get used to.“We just gotta be aware of the new rule. It was frustrating, Roby getting ejected from the game,” Grant said. “It’s just different for the defense now, you gotta be smarter in the way you hit.”Vrabel offered a simpler answer when he asked about the call.“Obviously, you better stay away from the head,” Vrabel said. “Anything that looks close, that’s what they’re told to call.”Roby and the rest of the defense figure to have their hands full with freshman Nittany Lion quarterback Christian Hackenberg Saturday, who is ranked 17th in the country with 278.7 passing yards per game. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

HTC Endeavor leak reveals quadcore Tegra 3 chip Beats Audio

first_imgCan anyone not named Apple keep their unreleased gadgets a secret? Acer certainly can’t do it, and HTC has never been good at keeping things under wraps either. At least this time around the HTC Endeavor hasn’t been photographed — but its ROM offers up plenty of interesting details about the unannounced phone.It looks as though the Endeavor will be HTC’s newest 4.7-inch monster, following in the footsteps of the Titan II and Sensation XL. In addition to the expansive 720p screen, the Endeavor totes a 1.5GHz Tegra 3 quad-core processor paired with 1GB of RAM. As does the Sensation XL, the Endeavor sports 8MP rear-facing and 1.3MP front-facing cameras, and to make sure that you don’t Forget About Dre, it also features Beats Audio tech.One other major difference between the two phones is that the Endeavor will be shipping with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich — Sensation XL owners will have to wait for HTC to push an OTA upgrade. The Endeavor also includes HTC Sense 4.0, which you may have seen in leaked images before. It’s quite an upgrade over previous versions, bringing loads of new themes, more sexy widgets, a slick guest mode, and tight Dropbox integration (which includes 50GB of free cloud storage).HTC’s CEO Peter Chou recently made it clear that the company intends to develop fewer phones this year so that they can focus on making sure every release is something awesome. What’s shown here of Sense 4.0 looks pretty good and the Endeavor’s hardware spec sheet is impressive…now we just need to see if the cover of this book is as good as its at AndroidCentral and Engadgetlast_img read more

Community gardaí attend Friday prayer at mosques in wake of New Zealand

first_img Mar 15th 2019, 2:23 PM COMMUNITY GARDAÍ ARE attending local mosques today to provide support to the country’s Muslim community following the mass shootings in New Zealand.At least 49 people were killed in the attack on two mosques and there are reports of close to 50 people in hospital with gunshot wounds.An Garda Síochána today said it has a productive and positive relationship with the Muslim community in Ireland built up over many years. 49 Comments By Michelle Hennessy Community gardaí attend Friday prayer at mosques in wake of New Zealand attack An Garda Síochána said local gardaí will be making themselves available to Muslim communities to provide support. Chief Superintendent Finbarr Murphy with Abdul Karim at Damestown Mosque in Dublin today. Chief Superintendent Finbarr Murphy with Abdul Karim at Damestown Mosque in Dublin today. center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 33,852 Views As part of this and to provide support following the terrible events in New Zealand, community gardaí will be attending Friday prayer in their local mosque and making themselves available to those communities.Speaking from the United States, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar also expressed Ireland’s condolences and solidarity with the people of New Zealand.“New Zealand and its people are open, tolerant and welcoming,” Varadkar said in a statement. “We join them today, united in our condemnation of this appalling attack and determined in our resolve that hate will not triumph.”One man has been charged in relation to the shootings.  Friday 15 Mar 2019, 2:23 PM Short URL Share2230 Tweet Email1 last_img read more

The Capcom Beat Em Up Bundle Kicks a Lot of Virtual Ass

first_imgFinal Fight is Capcom’s best-known beat ‘em up game but it isn’t the company’s only entry in the genre. Like many publishers, Capcom produced a great deal of arcade brawlers in the late 80s/early 90’s. The company has now taken some of its best beat ‘em ups and compiled them into the appropriately named Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle. Capcom has done a stellar job re-releasing its classic games in recent years and this latest bundle is no exception.The Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle features Final Fight, Captain Commando, Knights of the Round, The King of Dragons, and Warriors of Fate. Along with these, the anthology also has Battle Circuit and Armored Warriors, which were previously only released in Japan. While all of the titles feature the same core mechanics, they each have unique aspects that make them stand out.Final Fight is the prototypical arcade brawler where you beat up bad guys in a modern city. The King of Dragons and Knights of the Round feature fantasy settings with players fighting against all manner of monsters and sorcerers. Captain Commando, Armored Warriors, and Battle Circuit take place in the future, while Warriors of Fate is set in medieval China. There’s a great deal of diversity here despite the fact it’s a single genre.Like most people, I’m most familiar with Final Fight. I know about Captain Commando because of Marvel vs Capcom, but besides that, I don’t know much about the rest of the games in the collection. Because of that, most of these titles are brand-new to me. I’m sure most players will feel the same way.As with its other collections, Capcom added a slew of options for players to tinker around with. Users can play offline or online, choose between playing the English or Japanese versions, and adjust parameters like difficulty spikes, overall difficulty, amount of players, and number of lives. Since the games have a 4:3 aspect ratio, users can place different wallpapers to cover up the empty space on the sides. They can also save and load each game at any point. There’s a lot to toy with here.Despite all of these options, there are no screen filters of any kind. Usually, collections like these have options to either smooth out pixels or to add scanlines. It’s a good thing the games look great in their raw form. Otherwise, having no filters would have been a major issue. This is a testament to how well the graphics have aged over the decades. Still, I’m disappointed I can’t add scanlines to give the games that old-school feel. In the grand scheme of things, this is a small complaint. However, considering how every Capcom collection I’ve played in recent years had graphical options, this omission is puzzling.The gallery has a large assortment of promotional and concept art from each title. Capcom has some of the best artists in the industry and the gallery does a great job of demonstrating this. Had this collection released last year, the gallery would have perfect. However, after the gallery in Street Fighter Anniversary Collection, this one comes up short. There are no details about any of the games. It would have been great to have some additional insight from the game developers, for example. With the exception of Final Fight, most people know next to nothing about these titles. This is definitely a missed opportunity.Though beat ‘em ups are fun, they can become very repetitive when playing alone. It’s best to play with others since it exponentially enhances the experience. You can play with others either offline or online. Online mode is very straight forward. You can either create your own lobby or join someone else’s. From my experience, there isn’t much in the way of lag. It happens on occasion, but not enough to ruin the experience. Users can adjust frame lag in options, but I found playing on the default setting worked well enough. As far as I’m concerned, the online mode is worth the price of admission. It’s a blast.Before wrapping this up, I have to address the proverbial elephant in the room: the games missing from the collection. Classics like The Punisher, Alien vs Predator, Cadillacs and Dinosaurs, and the two Dungeons & Dragons beat ‘em ups are nowhere to be found. I’m going to guess this is due to licensing rights. It’s possible Capcom didn’t want to deal with any problems and just left them out. This is understandable, but it still stinks that this isn’t exactly a complete collection of Capcom’s brawlers.Missing games aside, the Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle is a testament to the enduring nature of the beat ‘em up genre. Even after decades, these games are a blast to play. The collection does a respectable job of both preserving the titles and presenting them to modern audiences. Though it lacks graphical options, the variety of tweaks one can make to each title is impressive. Minor issues aside, this is yet another excellent Capcom collection.For more on Nintendo Switch check out everything you need to know about the system as well as cool games to play before Smash Bros. comes out.Buy it now!Nintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Mothers Day comes early for single moms thanks to AML Foods Limited

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, September 21, 2016 – For 60 single moms with little or no support and young ones to feed, relief came today during a presentation by the Bahamas Feeding Network, thanks to support from AML Foods Limited.  The women – each personally selected as deserving by their churches or community leaders – were gifted with vouchers for staples, produce and foodstuffs and told to go on a shopping spree for the healthiest foods they could find to help make hunger a memory.“When we launched the Bahamas Feeding Network nearly three years ago, we knew that hunger affected one in every eight people in The Bahamas who live below the poverty level, but it was not until we reached out on a daily basis partnering with churches, helping in soup kitchens, plating food in feeding centres, that we fully understood the desperation,”  said Philip Smith, Executive Director of the non-government organization.“And of all the people we help feed – the indigent, the elderly who are often too proud to admit they are hungry, those who have fallen through the spaces of a safety net – there was no group that needed help more than single mothers.  So on this day, we want to recognize their struggle and make life a little bit easier for them by distributing these $100 food coupons to 60 women, each of whom has multiple children and must find a way to support and feed them without a spouse who could share the burden.”“We at AML Foods Limited feel strongly about hunger prevention and healthy living,” said Renea Bastian, Vice President of Marketing & Communications of AML.  “As a company we want to help to ensure that more people have access to the foods they need.  We envision a day when no individual has to wonder where his or her next meal will come from and that’s why we have pledged to donate $100,000 to the Bahamas Feeding Network, over the next three years.  To date we have donated some $30,000.  In these tough economic times when most organizations have had to cut back on assisting in order to survive, we consider it our responsibility to step in and help the less fortunate in the communities that we operate in.  We will be making a similar donation in Freeport tomorrow.”The donation was the latest in a necklace of golden gifts from the organisation that has raised and donated more than $350,000 in food coupons and foodstuff.  “While we are giving, we are also teaching people to grow,”  said diplomat, businessman and philanthropist Frank Crothers, Bahamas Feeding Network Chairman.  “We are very excited about our backyard farming initiatives and are working closely with the Department of Agriculture.”Small scale farming, he said, has the potential to alleviate much of the hunger that currently plagues The Bahamas and particularly New Providence.  When implemented in schools, it could make the difference between success and failure for students too hungry to focus on absorbing what is being taught.  The Network has also held a best practices seminar with an international expert and is in the process of compiling an audit and inventory of feeding programs, hot and cold, and those who depend upon them.“We are giving these coupons to the moms who have so many responsibilities and far too often, too little support, but while the coupons are going to the mothers, we know that the end result will be fewer children going to bed hungry over the next several weeks,”  said Smith.  “It is for them that BFN and AML came together to support this important initiative.”“Thank God for this voucher because I didn’t have anything to eat at the moment,”  said a mother of four who headed into Solomon’s Super Centre to purchase groceries for her family.   “I am very grateful to the Network and AML Foods.”   Related Items:60 well deserving mothers awarded today, AML foods and bahamas feeding network reach out to single moms, steps to alleviate hunger in the bahamas by aml foods and bahamas feeding network Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Schools and police collaborate on student safety in Escondido

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Sasha Foo Sasha Foo, April 9, 2018 Schools and police collaborate on student safety in Escondidocenter_img Updated: 6:59 PM ESCONDIDO (KUSI) — School officials and police are putting their heads together to make schools safer in Escondido.In a news conference on Monday at police headquarters, the chief of police touted the collaborative steps being taken to enhance campus safety.Police Chief Craig Carter said he is asking administrators from all of the city’s public, private and religious schools to meet regularly to discuss ways to prevent school violence.One idea that seems to be moving forward: a proposal to hire another full-time school resource officer.The are currently two such officers covering the city’s approximately 38 public and private school campuses. The $130,000 position would be financed through a combination of public and private funds.In mid-March, Rincon Middle School was ordered shut down for a day, after a threat surfaced on social media. Chief Carter said since the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High in February, police have investigated half a dozen threats against schools in Escondido.The working group of educators and police is looking at ways to fortify fences, gates and other barriers around schools.The group has also been considering the use of a software program that would screen school visitors and produce an on-the-spot background check. Posted: April 9, 2018last_img read more

Current events parodied at 37th King Mango Strut Parade

first_imgCOCONUT GROVE, FLA. (WSVN) – – The 37th King Mango Strut Parade made its way through Coconut Grove, and this year, no news story was safe.The off-beat parade, held Sunday afternoon, poked fun at everything and anyone, parodying both international and local events that have happened within the last year.But while the annual event continued to push the envelope of good taste, it was all in good fun.The parade began with the “dropping of the banana.” Spectators also got their fill of all things orange, a prayer circle for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and live music.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

NextGen Spacesuit Features Home Button for Assisted Return

first_img If only Sandra Bullock were wearing a self-return spacesuit on the Explorer,  Gravity may have turned out differently.The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc. (Draper, for short) recently filed a patent for a so-called “system and method for assisted extravehicular activity self-return.”Or, in English: a “take me home” button that guides explorers back to safety in case of an emergency.“Without a fail-proof way to return to the spacecraft, an astronaut is at risk of the worst-case scenario: lost in space,” Kevin Duda, space systems engineer at Draper, said in a statement.No matter how much training you receive, being thrust into the zero-gravity environment of space can be confusing, disorienting, and, sometimes, nauseating. Now, imagine doing a spacewalk with bile creeping up your throat.Losing your bearings—especially in the void of outer space—can make operating a jetpack and returning to shelter a challenge.“There is no gravity and no easy way to determine which way is up and down,” Duda said. “Our technology improves mission success in space by keeping the crew safe.”Designing their assisted EVA self-return strategy wasn’t easy, though. Draper engineers had to create a system that can autonomously determine a precise location without GPS; account for time, oxygen consumption, safety, and clearance requirements; and guide a disoriented and possibly unconscious person to safety.As described in a recent patent filing, the button is triggered directly (by the astronaut) or remotely (by another crew member or mission control staff). Once activated, the spacesuit’s built-in thrusters autonomously guide the user back to safety.“The current spacesuit features no automatic navigation solution—it is purely manual—and that could present a challenge to our astronauts if they are in an emergency,” Draper’s director of space systems Séamus Tuohy said.Which is why the company added built-in guidance, providing step-by-step directions using visual, auditory, and sensory cues. The spacesuit’s sensors, meanwhile, can be configured to fit individual cosmonauts’ needs—or those of first responders, skydivers, firefighters, and scuba divers.Not just for space, this research could be applied to fields operating within the Earth’s atmosphere, and even be combined with other smart tech to boost safety measures for emergency response workers and extreme sports enthusiasts. Stay on target Hubble Space Telescope Captures Star’s Eerie Gaseous GlowElon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over Twitter center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

AmeriBid to Sell Medium Security Prison in 2013 Auction

first_img In Bethany, Missouri, “”AmeriBid LLC””: is preparing to preside over the bank-ordered sale of a very unusual property–a medium security prison. Recently announcing plans for a sealed-bid auction in 2013, AmeriBid’s regional director Don Gabriel put a positive spin on the proceedings, noting that the 14.56-acre spread was “”a great opportunity to own a multi-use property between Kansas City and Des Moines.””However, Gabriel’s comments did little to divert attention away from the offering’s bizarre complexities; allowing for the transfer of the building’s full complement of “”personal property”” to potential buyers, the auction includes “”all communications, alarm, surveillance, maintenance, computer and office equipment still on site, along with detention officer equipment, restraints, inmate garments, and bedding.”” The auction of the Harrison County-based detention center is set to take place on January 30, 2013.[COLUMN_BREAK][IMAGE] AmeriBid to Sell Medium Security Prison in 2013 Auction Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Celebrity Homes Commercial Real Estate Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-12-21 Abby Gregory December 21, 2012 437 Views center_img Share in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technologylast_img read more