92% Of All Smartphones Shipments in Q4 2012 Were iOS & Android

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … dan rowinski Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement For the entirety of 2012, Android held 68.4% of all smartphone shipments. Apple held at nearly one-in-five (19.4%) while the rest of the market shared 12.2% of all shipments. Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#Android#iOS If you are a smartphone manufacturer trying to make a dent in the mobile wars and are not building a device running iOS or Android, you are out of luck. According to Boston-based research firm Strategy Analytics, 92% of all smartphones shipped in the last quarter of 2012 ran either Apple or Google’s mobile operating systems. Overall, smartphone growth for the quarter grew 38% annually between Q4 2011 and Q4 2012 from 157 million units to 217 million. For the year, Strategy Analytics believes that 700.1 million smartphones were shipped in 2012, well ahead of the 490.5 million shipped in 2011. Growth rates for the smartphone market are slowing. Granted, growth is still in the double digits, but global ship growth slowed from 64% in 2011 to 43% in 2012, according to Strategy Analytics senior analyst Neil Shah in a release. On a global basis, Android is winning the smartphone wars. In Q4, it took 70.1% of all smartphone shipments. Apple’s iOS was second with 22%. That left 7.9% to all other competitors, notably Microsoft’s Windows Phone and Research In Motion’s BlackBerry. last_img read more

How Are You Going to Lose

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now There are two questions that will help you win more deals. The first question is, “How am I going to win this deal? The second is the other side of that question, requiring an answer for “How am I going to lose this deal?” The first addresses your strategy, your plan. The second addresses your threats.WinningYou have made a lot of sales calls. You have won your fair share of deals—maybe even more than your fair share. You are following your sales process, and your dream client is deeply engaged in the process. While all of these things are super helpful, what you have to do to win may be something completely different.Where in your sales process does it tell you that you are going to have to help your dream client come up with the courage to fire their existing provider? Where in your playbook does it address having a conversation about your dream client’s willingness to remove a person they have worked with for years?Where do you find the guidance to negotiate a deal between the technology owner and the business owner when they come to loggerheads over the solution, the timeline, and the scope of the project? How do you navigate your internal legal review when there is no sense of urgency, and when you can’t agree to terms your dream client wants to change?Competitive strategy is one thing, and it is part of how you win. But, there is much, much more, and you need a plan that includes want you know to be necessary to winning.LosingYou may have never asked yourself the question, “How do I lose?” It’s an excellent question. It clarifies your thinking, like an impending hanging.You might know that your competitor is going to be priced a lot lower than you are. You might also know that your dream client’s purchasing manager values his ability to extract value from suppliers, because he has stated that fact on his LinkedIn profile (true story, this one). When you hand in your proposal and your pricing is not the time to start thinking about how you are going to deal with what could cause you to lose your deal.You might also be aware of the fact that one stakeholder who is essential to your deal worked with your company in the past, when they worked at another company. You weren’t working for your company when it happened, but the way you failed to execute for the stakeholder’s past company is the worst moment in your company’s history. This threat to your deal isn’t going to resolve itself. You do something now, or you take your chances.A loss review is an autopsy. It’s too late to do anything to save the patient that is your deal.The time to identify what needs to happen for you to win, and what you need to do to not lose, is while there is still time to do something about it.last_img read more

Stray incidents mar polls in Odisha

first_imgThe fate of 279 candidates contesting in five Lok Sabha and 35 Assembly constituencies in Odisha was sealed in electronic voting machines in the second phase of elections on Thursday.Three persons were killed and several incidents of poll violence were reported in many parts of the State. A nonagenarian died while waiting to cast his vote at Kansamari village under the Sanakhemundi Assembly segment of Aska.Technical glitches prevented people from casting their votes in some areas. The Chief Electoral Officer, on the basis of reports of the Returning Officers, recommended re-poll in six booths in Sundargarh, Kandhamal and Bargarh Lok Sabha seats as people were unable to vote till noon.The BJP candidate in the Sorada Assembly seat, Nilamani Bisoi, flung an EVM to the floor and broke it in Renti village. Ganjam Collector Vijay Amruta Kulange said the incident will be reported to the CEO and a police complaint will be filed.“About 64% voter turnout has been reported from five Lok Sabha seats. Polling percentage is likely to go up,” said Surendra Kumar, Odisha CEO, at a press conference here. In 2014, the average poll percentage in five Lok Sabha constituencies that went to the poll on Thursday was 72.46%. Of the 76.93 lakh voters, 6.22% were first-time voters.“Despite Wednesday’s Maoist violence in Kandhamal, elections were held in all Maoist-affected regions in the State,” said Bijay Kumar Sharma, in-charge Director General of Police.Prominent candidates in the second phase of polls are Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram, Leader of the Opposition Narasingh Mishra, BJP general secretary Suresh Pujari, two-time BJD MP Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo and Pramilla Bisoi, a grassroots-level woman self-help group leader who was picked by the BJD for the Aska Lok Sabha seat.Villages boycott pollsOver 20 villages boycotted the elections over lack of basic amenities, connectivity and the distance to the polling booths.Residents of Bhainsapalli village under Balangir Lok Sabha seat did not come to vote till noon in support of a unique demand. They wanted the nearby railway station to be named after their village. They agreed to exercise their franchise after a local tehsildar rushed to the village and talked to them.last_img read more

NIH Puts Squeeze on Chimpanzee Living Space

first_imgThe few chimpanzees still used for biomedical research in the United States can live in much tighter quarters than some experts prefer. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has decided that about 23 square meters (250 square feet) per individual is adequate. That is just one-fourth the area that an advisory committee had recommended.The space plan affects a dwindling number of research chimpanzees. In December 2011, an Institute of Medicine (IOM) report found that most research on chimpanzees is unnecessary and that NIH should limit the animals’ use. After asking an advisory committee to help it carry out IOM’s advice, NIH announced last June that it would retire to sanctuaries all but 50 of its 360 research chimpanzees and impose new requirements on any remaining NIH-funded behavioral and biomedical studies.The one sticking point, however, was the advisers’ recommendation that an individual chimpanzee have at least 93 square meters (1000 square feet) of primary living space. NIH said there was little evidence to support that amount of space, which could be costly, especially because the chimpanzees were supposed to live in groups of at least seven animals. 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The one research team that has studied chimpanzee enclosure size in zoos concluded that once the animals have at least 12.2 square meters per individual, the benefits of more space taper off, NIH says in a notice today. More important than space is that animals have room to climb and “complexity,” such as places to hide from other animals, it says. (The new minimum is 10 times larger than the current required enclosure size.)The Humane Society of the United States, which has pushed to end invasive chimpanzee research, is “disappointed,” comments Kathleen Conley, vice president of animal research issues at the organization. She says the experts NIH consulted with are all from research laboratories. “They can’t expect people to support this recommendation with such a biased process,” she said in an e-mail.last_img read more

Roach says Golovkin will KO Canelo

first_imgFiloil: San Beda escapes Perpetual in OT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Trainer Freddie Roach. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFreddie Roach is in the process of preparing prized student Manny Pacquiao for the Filipino’s defense of the WBO World welterweight belt against Jeff Horn in July.That fight, however, is not the biggest one in 2017.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds MOST READ The dream showdown between middleweight king Gennady Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is finally set for September and the rematch between light heavyweight greats Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev in June.Roach once told RingTV back in early May that he’s still “50-50” on who wins between Golovkin and Alvarez, but on Thursday he was a little more certain.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“GGG will knock Canelo out,” Roach told INQUIRER.net during Pacquiao’s training session at Elorde Gym in the Mall of Asia Complex.Golovkin (37-0-0) is set to defend his WBC, WBA Super, IBF, and IBO world middleweight belts against Alvarez (49-1-1) who owns The Ring middleweight and the WBO super welterweight belts. For the rematch between Ward and Kovalev, however, Roach wasn’t that much of a fan.“Who cares?” Roach said simply.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP View commentslast_img read more

MS Dhoni’s lucky escape, Sri Lanka’s heartbreak

first_imgIndia must have had their heart in their mouth for a moment in the 35th over when their last hope MS Dhoni survived a scare in their tense chase during the rain-curtailed second ODI against Sri Lanka at Pallekele.India looked in firm control of the match when Rohit Sharma departed after scoring a brisk 54 off 45 balls in the 16th over. However, it opened the floodgates and in no time the visitors were reduced to 131/7 in the 22nd over thanks to Akila Dhananjaya’s career-best six for 54.Dhoni was then joined by Bhuvneshwar Kumar who emerged India’s unlikely hero in their three-wicket victory. The duo kept their calm and slowly but steadily played risk-free cricket to stitch together a record eighth-wicket partnership of 100 runs to see India home.FORTUNE FAVOURS THE BRAVEDhoni found himself fortunate in the 34.3 overs when right-arm fast bowler Vishwa Fernando’s hit his pads, rolled back to the stumps but much to Sri Lanka’s disappointment bails didn’t come off.Witnessed a jail break in Kandy exactly half an hour to midnight #TeamIndia #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/JwyT6eUQ31- Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) 24 August 2017At that time Dhoni, was batting on 29 with India on 172/7, still requiring another 59 runs.Dhoni went on to score 45 off 68 balls with the help of just one boundary while his partner Bhuvneshwar struck his maiden half-century and remained not out on 53 off 80 balls.last_img read more

Strike the Perfect Balance With the Best Yoga Pants for Men

first_img The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations How to Shave With a Straight Razor 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Yoga is all about balance. Not just the balance required to transition from pose to pose, but also mental and energetic balance. When you’re mid-session, you don’t want a heavy wardrobe or tight, pinching pants that don’t grant you the flexibility to move your limbs and clear your mind. To help you keep your chi centered and your goods comfortable, we’ve rounded up our picks for the best yoga pants for men.Lululemon Intent Jogger – $54-79Constructed with the brand’s sweat-wicking, four-way stretch Luon fabric, these joggers from Lululemon are breathable, elastic, and ultra-soft. The high-performance material is especially well-suited for yoga, allowing for a fluid practice that’s as calming as it is restorative.Shop NowMicro Terry Trackpant from Rhone – $108The Micro Terry Trackpant from Rhone is designed to be an all-around great workout pant geared toward recovery. A soft waistband, durable drawcord, and tapered fit make it particularly good for yoga, where mobility is next to godliness especially when making your way through a complicated sun salutation. Don’t know what a sun salutation is? Learn all about it here. Shop NowSuperior Mojo Pant from Prana – $50-150The perfect option for the burgeoning yogi in search of something extra lush, the Mojo pant from Prana is built with softness in mind. A plush waistband gives way to a stretchy, woven fabric imbued with moisture-wicking properties and quick-dry tech. Slip these on and get ready to say NamasteShop NowManduka Now Pants – $88A form-fitting alternative to some of the flowier options on this list, the Now Pants from Manduka feature a four-way stretch fabric that fits snug to the body for excellent ease of motion. A tapered leg sits at either the ankle or mid-calf and a special flatlock seaming helps to alleviate chafing. Plus, pockets!Shop NowSunday Performance Jogger from Vuori – $89A multi-purpose essential fantastic for both daily and athletic wear, the Sunday Performance Jogger is sure to be your new favorite yoga pant. And why? The performance stretch jersey knit not only allows for excellent mobility, but also comes infused with moisture-wicking and quick-drying properties. A win-win anytime, but especially when you finally land in crow pose.Shop NowIf sweatpants are more your thing over yoga pants, we’ve got a whole selection of the best sweatpants you can check out instead.Article originally published by LeeAnn Whittemore on October 4, 2017. Last updated by Cody Gohl on October 29, 2018. Portion Control: The Best Meal Prep Containers on the Market Seriously Cool Desk Toys for the Kid in All of Us last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Government of Canada confirms a contribution of $14.6 million to boost the transition of TV5MONDE to digital and the international visibility of French-Canadian creators. Sylvain Lafrance has been appointed chair of the board of directors of TV5Numérique, the new subsidiary of TV5 Québec Canada responsible for supporting the development of this projectMONTRÉAL – With the proliferation of content on the Web, the Government of Canada is committed to protecting and promoting the place of the French language in the digital sphere, and to ensuring that Francophones and Francophiles around the world can access French-language content.The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie, confirmed an investment of $14.6 million over five years, starting in 2019–2020, to support the creation of a new digital platform to broadcast French-language audiovisual products: TV5MONDE Plus. The project is intended to drive the digital shift of TV5MONDE and promote the international reach of French-language Canadian productions. TV5MONDE+center_img Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Minister Joly also took the opportunity to highlight the appointment of Sylvain Lafrance as chair of the board of Directors of TV5Numérique, the new subsidiary of TV5 Québec Canada that will be responsible for the development of this platform. As a Canadian company, TV5 Québec Canada will work closely with TV5MONDE on the development of this multilateral project.Last October, in preparation for the 17th Francophonie Summit in Yerevan, Armenia, the Government of Canadaannounced its intention to support the creation of a French-language digital platform that brings together TV5MONDE’s public broadcasters to showcase Francophone cultures and strengthen their position in the digital world.The Canadian funding for the platform aims not only to increase the online presence of French-language content, but also to enhance the visibility of Canadian content in French and provide new international opportunities for Canadian artists and producers.This funding confirms the Government of Canada’s commitment to fostering exchanges among members of the International Organisation of La Francophonie, while contributing to the vitality, diversity and evolution of the Francophone community.Quotes“The protection and promotion of the French fact all over the world requires the strong presence of French content in the digital space. By creating a new platform, we’re giving our artists and creators broader access to a global audience. TV5MONDE already reaches 364 million homes in nearly 200 countries and territories; Canada’s financial support will therefore ensure a significant presence for both the Canadian and the international Francophonie within the digital space.” — The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie“TV5 Québec Canada welcomes the Government of Canada’s decision to support the reach of Francophone culture with a new five-year financial commitment. As proud representatives of Francophone public services, we are honoured by this vote of confidence. We will work in the best interest of the Francophonie, in close collaboration with our partners, first and foremost TV5MONDE, to develop a modern platform that will enable Francophones and Francophiles around the world to discover the wealth of French-language audiovisual creation.” — Marie‑Philippe Bouchard, President and CEO, TV5 Québec Canada“I would like to thank Canada and Minister Mélanie Joly for their trust in and commitment to TV5MONDE. The TV5MONDE Plus platform will ensure the discoverability of Canadian—as well as French, Belgian, Swiss and African—online content in French through collaboration with all of our partner channels, especially TV5, Radio-Canada and Télé-Québec here in Montréal. I would also like to thank Marie-Philippe Bouchard, Marie Collin and Michel Bissonnette, who have made a significant contribution to the feasibility of this visionary project, and I look forward to working with Sylvain Lafrance.” — Yves Bigot, Director General, TV5MONDE“The new media environment compels us to create new associations and partnerships to reach audiences around the world. From the very start, TV5 has been a concrete example of collaboration and innovation. This project will allow us to push this ambition even further and to promote Canadian content in the world. I am pleased that Canada is once again demonstrating its commitment to supporting international distribution in the Francophonie and playing a leading role in that initiative.”  — Sylvain Lafrance, Chair of the Board of Directors, TV5 NumériqueQuick FactsTV5—managed by two television channel providers, TV5MONDE and TV5 Québec Canada—is the largest French-language television network in the world.In January 2018, Canada took over the presidency of TV5, effective until the end of 2019. This responsibility is assumed in turn by each of the partner states and governments.TV5’s mission is to provide a special showcase for the Francophonie, to promote cultural diversity, to promote the exchange and export of programs between French-speaking countries, and to be a special forum for cooperation between broadcasting partners. The organization also promotes the expression of audiovisual and cinematographic creativity in the Francophone community.TV5MONDE is the first worldwide French-language audiovisual network. Through its nine general interest regional channels and two specialty channels (the TiVi5 children’s channel and the TV5MONDE Style HD lifestyle channel), TV5MONDE reaches 364 million homes in 198 countries. TV5MONDE subtitles most of its programs in 14 languages. It has also developed a multimedia device unique in the world to promote the French language, and support its learning and teaching through the sites apprendre.tv5monde.com and enseigner.tv5monde.com and their free dedicated apps.The investment of $14.6 million was announced in the 2018 Fall Economic Statement.Canada’s support for TV5MONDE Plus is intended to increase the online presence of French-language content, enhance the visibility of French-language Canadian content worldwide, and provide more opportunities for Canadian artists and producers.Sylvain Lafrance worked at Radio-Canada for over 33 years, serving in various roles including Executive Vice-President of the Crown corporation’s French-language services. He currently chairs the board of directors of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. He is the former chair of the board of the Quebec Film and Television Council and the Radios Publiques Francophones (RPF) community, an umbrella organization for Radio-Canada and public radio broadcasters in France, Belgium and Switzerland. He also served as the Canadian representative on the board of directors of TV5MONDE.last_img read more

Belgium Moroccan Arrested in Airport Diamond Heist

Rabat – A Moroccan is among the suspects detained by Belgian authorities on March 16 in connection with a diamond heist at Brussels International Airport. On February 18, 2013, eight gunmen raided an armored car at Brussels International Airport that was transferring diamonds onto a Zurich-bound airplane.The armed men drove off with 40 million euros worth of diamonds in a theft dubbed as one of the biggest diamond heists in recent memory. Among the detained suspects is a 40-year-old Moroccan who lives in Belgium, says Belgian website 7/7. He was charged with theft, burglary and arson.Part of the stolen diamond has been recovered. However, the whereabouts of over 30 million euros in gems remain unknown and a number of suspects are still to be identified.According to the Associated Press, authorities in Belgium, France and Switzerland carried a series of raids and seized cash, precious stones and luxury cars. read more

Udayanga meets Mahinda insists he will not return to Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to Russia, Udayanga Weeratunga, who is wanted in Sri Lanka over allegations he sold arms to rebels in Ukraine, has met former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Thailand.Weeratunga said in a statement today that he met Rajapaksa when the former President visited Thailand this week. The Government had removed him from diplomatic service and has sought to question him over the allegations that he sold arms to the rebels in Ukraine. Weeratunga also said that he will gather support among Sri Lankans living in Russia and Ukraine against the Government. (Colombo Gazette) Weeratunga however denied the allegations and added that he now lives in Ukraine and if such claims are true the Ukraine Government would have arrested him.He said that the Government has frozen his accounts over false claims and he hopes to raise the issue with the Russian and Ukraine Governments. The former Ambassador said that he has no intention of returning to Sri Lanka since “baseless” allegation have been raised against him by the Government. read more

Suspect arrested over harassment of tourist in Mirissa

Recently, the Tourist Police also launched a poster campaign across Sri Lanka aiming to create awareness on how to be cautious while traveling and important contact details in an emergency situation with the assistance of British High Commission in Sri Lanka.The Tourist Police sought the assistance from the general public in order to create a safer environment by dialing 1912 to report any unsafe environment and practices by people who are involved in the tourism sector directly or indirectly. (Colombo Gazette) Currently, there are 11 Tourist Police Units across Sri Lanka and to ensure the safety of all travellers, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority along with the Tourist Police Division has launched a new project to establish 22 new Tourist Police Units across popular destinations of which the 1st Unit is set to be opened in the center of Mirissa Tourism Area on 22nd of March. Furthermore, the suspect has been ordered to appear before the Kotiliwila police station every Sunday between 9.00 am to 12.00 am while the case is scheduled to be called on 28th of this month for hearing. The Police have arrested a suspect over the harassment of a tourist in Mirissa, the Tourist Police said in a statement.OIC Police Tourist Division, Prabath Vidanagama said that the Kotiliwila police arrested the 36 years old suspect on the same day of the incident and later produced him before the magistrate and he was released on personal bail of LKR 200,000. read more

Tax provision recovery boosts PotashCorp Q2 profit compared with year ago

by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 27, 2017 5:05 am MDT Last Updated Jul 27, 2017 at 5:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SASKATOON – Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc. (TSX:POT) earned a second-quarter profit of US$201 million, boosted by a one-time tax provision recovery.The company, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, says the profit amounted to 24 cents per share for the quarter, including eight cents per share due to provincial tax changes.That compared with a profit of $121 million or 14 cents per share in the same quarter last year.Sales in the quarter totalled $1.12 billion, up from $1.05 billion a year ago.PotashCorp signed a deal last year to merge with Agrium Inc. (TSX:AGU). The company says it expects to complete that deal late in the third quarter this year.In its outlook, PotashCorp maintained its full-year 2017 earnings guidance of 45 to 65 cents per share, including merger-related costs expected to be six cents per share. Tax provision recovery boosts PotashCorp Q2 profit compared with year ago read more

Music service Pandora names Dish streaming exec Lynch as CEO

by The Associated Press Posted Aug 14, 2017 2:58 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 14, 2017 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Music service Pandora names Dish streaming exec Lynch as CEO NEW YORK, N.Y. – Music service Pandora named a new CEO on Monday as it wrestles with competition from Spotify and other newer streaming apps.Roger Lynch, the head of Dish’s streaming video service, will take over the helm of the Oakland, California, company Sept. 18.Pandora said Lynch is the right leader because he has worked with media companies on new distribution models. He is the founding CEO of Dish’s Sling TV, which was launched in 2015 as one of the first apps to bundle live TV for the internet.Pandora Media Inc. was founded 17 years ago and has primarily been a free internet radio service making money from ads. But its user base has stagnated and its financial losses deepened as new competitors have gained steam.It has launched new subscription products over the past year, including one that copies Spotify, Apple Music and other apps by letting users pick the songs they want to listen to.Pandora co-founder Tim Westergren left the company in late June after a 15-month stint as CEO. He departed a few weeks after satellite radio company Sirius XM bought a 19 per cent stake in a strategic investment, gaining three board seats.Pandora also said Monday that it is adding to its board Michael Lynton, the chairman of Snapchat’s owner Snap Inc. and former head of film studio Sony Pictures.Pandora’s shares added 35 cents, or 4.3 per cent, to $8.42 in after-hours trading. The stock had dropped 38 per cent this year through the close of Monday’s regular session. read more

Greater financial investment needed to combat climate change – UN chief

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with Ulrich Schröder, Chief Executive Officer of KfW Bankengruppe and Chairman of the International Development Finance Club (IDFC). UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with members of the International Development Finance Club (IDFC) in Washington, D.C. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is greeted by Ulrich Schröder, Chief Executive Officer of KfW Bankengruppe and Chairman of the International Development Finance Club (IDFC). UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his delegation being briefed by Robert Orr on arrival in Washington, D.C. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the international community to step up its financial investment in technologies, policies and practices that can help combat climate change, adding that time is running out to address this global threat. “Climate change is the single greatest threat to sustainable development. Yet too often, one important fact gets lost amid the fear: addressing climate change is one of our greatest opportunities,” Mr. Ban said at the annual meeting of the International Development Finance Club (IFDC) in Washington, D.C. “With enlightened action, we can create jobs, improve public health and protect the environment.” In his remarks, Mr. Ban underlined the role that the development finance community and the financial sector have in forging solutions to climate change. For example, large amounts of capital are needed to develop low-carbon infrastructure, and green enterprises need investments to close the gap between low-emissions and fossil-fueled based projects. As the economic impact of climate change grows, more needs to be done, Mr. Ban stressed, calling on the IDFC to actively engage in next year’s Climate Summit, which will bring together Heads of State, global leaders from business, finance and civil society. “Our goal is mobilize political will for the negotiations, deliver concrete new commitments and spark a race to the top in climate action,” he said. “I hope you will collectively use the 2014 Climate Summit to reach the goal of $100 billion-a-year for new climate finance commitments. I also encourage you to double your portfolio of adaptation financing.” ‹ › Mr. Ban emphasized that action from development banks would not just help make economies and financial institutions more climate-resilient, but would also inspire other financial actors to follow suit. “Development banks have proven that smart public financing can spur local and international private sector investments and meet the growing demand for energy and climate resilience. I urge you to do even more at the global and national level: by helping to open new markets… facilitate new business models and support entrepreneurs in the developing world where demand for clean investment solutions is greatest,” he said. Mr. Ban later had lunch with members of the IDFC, and thanked them for their leadership and commitment to further strengthen collaboration between IDFC development banks and the UN system. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre right) addresses the second annual meeting of the International Development Finance Club (IDFC) in Washington, D.C. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe read more

How The Eagles Embarrassed The Vikings

From that drive forward, Foles was as aggressive as he was efficient, completing a remarkable 24 of 29 passes for 335 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. How could he complete 82.8 percent of his passes while averaging 11.6 yards per attempt?He played with all the poise that had suddenly abandoned Keenum.Though Foles was pressured on 11 of 34 dropbacks, time and again he stood tall in the pocket and waited patiently for his receivers’ downfield routes to develop. His patience was rewarded. Eagles pass-catchers kept getting open off of play-action fakes and well-executed double moves, helping Foles post a nearly perfect 149.3 passer rating on throws 20-plus yards downfield. Per ESPN TruMedia, the Vikings blitzed Foles 14 times, and he burned them for an average of 12.4 yards per play.A reminder: The Vikings finished the regular season No. 1 in scoring defense and No. 1 in yardage defense, and they were No. 1 in weighted defensive DVOA coming into this game. They were far and away the NFL’s best third-down defense, allowing conversions on just 25.2 percent of third downs — the best of any team since at least 1991. But with a Super Bowl appearance on the line, the Eagles converted 10 of their 14 third downs (71.4 percent), extending drives and keeping Minnesota’s defense on the field.The Eagles didn’t just generate more opportunities, they finished them much better. They were perfect on field goals (1/1), red-zone efficiency (2/2) and goal-to-go conversions (1/1), while the Vikings were 0-fer on all of the above.The end result was an every-phase dismantling perfectly reflected in the blowout final score. Per Football Outsiders’ Aaron Schatz, the Eagles’ dominance resulted in the best single-game DVOA rating (130.3 percent) since the 2015 season’s NFC title game.The question football writers, talkers and fans everywhere will spend the next two weeks asking is whether Foles and the Eagles will be able to play anywhere near this well — especially without the help of their dog-mask-wearing fans — in Super Bowl LII against the New England Patriots.Check out our latest NFL predictions. While the rowdy Lincoln Financial Field fans embraced the Philadelphia Eagles’ underdog status Sunday night, the Eagles played like they always believed they were the better team.Over the course of their 38-7 NFC Championship Game win over the Minnesota Vikings, the Eagles did everything they weren’t supposed to be able to do without injured starting quarterback Carson Wentz — and they forced the Vikings to do almost everything badly.Offensively, the Eagles were better running the ball, far more effective passing downfield and devastating on third down. Their defense upstaged the Vikings’ vaunted unit and made quarterback Case Keenum look like the undrafted journeyman backup he’d been his entire career.Through the first two drives, though, the game went mostly by the book: Keenum opened the game with a nine-play, 75-yard drive capped by a 25-yard touchdown pass. Eagles quarterback Nick Foles gained just 17 yards in 94 seconds before Philadelphia had to punt it back.That’s when Keenum threw a pick-six that changed everything: Over the course of the regular season, Philly fans had helped the Eagles tally the best home-field scoring differential in the NFL, an average of 15.3 points. That pick-six ignited the crowd, whose energy seemed to fuel the Eagles’ aggressive defense. Their pass rush was relentless, pressuring Keenum on 48 percent of his dropbacks.As FiveThirtyEight explored before the game, Keenum had been elite under pressure this season. But after that one critical failure, he collapsed. Before the pick-six, Keenum was 4-of-6 passing for 60 yards and a touchdown. Afterward, he completed just 57.1 percent of his 42 passes, gaining a meager average of 5.0 yards per attempt, no more touchdowns and another interception.Like Wile E. Coyote looking down long after he ran off the edge of a cliff, it seemed that Keenum was finally regressing to what he had been most of his career, not the quarterback who finished seventh in the NFL in passer rating and adjusted net yards per attempt, second in QBR and first in Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Average, or DVOA.The Vikings were also forced to abandon their run game. After tailbacks Jerick McKinnon and Latavius Murray combined for 29 yards rushing in the first two drives, they gained just 29 more all night.On the other side of the ball, the power running of LeGarrette Blount and Jay Ajayi was the key to unlocking the vaunted Minnesota defense. The Eagles started their second drive with a 13-yard Ajayi run and finished it with a powerful 11-yard Blount touchdown run: read more

GERMANY OUT Biegler specialist for national disasters…

Denmark will face Sweden, while France will have clash with Montenegro at Women’s World Championship 2017 quarter-final. German coach Michael Biegler, once again, proved himself as specialist for national handball disaster after experience with Polish team at home EHF EURO 2016 in Krakow.Germany – Denmark 17:21 (7:11)Germany: Woltering (Dortmund), Kramarczyk (Leverkusen), Eckerle (Thüringen) – Smits (Metz/6), Gubernatis (Buxtehude/5), Geschke (Oldenburg/2), Loerper (Metzingen/2/1), Huber (Dortmund/1), Karolius (Leverkusen/1), Stolle (Blomberg), Mansson (Dortmund), Wohlbold (Thüringen), Bölk (Buxtehude), Fischer (Buxtehude), Behnke (Metzingen), Klein (Nantes)Denmark: Toft, Reinhardt – Tranborg (5), S. Jorgensen (5/1), Heindahl (3), Jensen (3), , Iversen (2), Woller (2/2), Grigel (1)PHOTO: IHF ← Previous Story Sweden celebrates their first ever quarter-finals! Next Story → Czech Republic stuns Romania and are in the 1/4 finals! read more

Geek deals Lenovo ThinkPad Helix 1080p convertible ultrabook

first_imgOur other top deals:Samsung 840 500GB SSD with laptop and desktop install kit for $350.99 plus free shipping (reg. $388.99 | use coupon 6XR$VZZ$QF35T9)Ends soon: Two Dell U2312HM ultraSharp 23-inch 1080p IPS monitors for $399.99 plus free shipping (reg. $649.99)Pre-order Star Trek Into Darkness (Blu-ray 3D plus Blu-ray plus DVD plus digital copy) for $24.99 (reg. $54.99) Retina-class displays have quickly been trickling down to the popular, smaller devices on the market, and one of the newest, coolest examples I’ve come across is Lenovo’s ThinkPad Helix. This enterprise-grade machine is comprised of an 11.6-inch slate packed with ultrabook internals and a highly functional keyboard dock.The aforementioned slate uses an IPS-type LCD panel for amazing viewing angles and serves up 1920×1080 resolution, an impressive ratio considering the small 11.6-inch screen size. Its third-gen Intel Core i5 and i7 processors mean you get to run the full version of Windows 8 for full PC capabilities. A micro SSD (likely a full-performance SSD installed in the PCIe slot) is standard on all models as well, ensuring fast and smooth performance.The slate itself has both front and rear cameras built-in, a single USB port, and Mini DisplayPort output to keep things slim and light. The keyboard dock, which is included on all models, not only gives you a full-size keyboard with the ThinkPad TrackPoint pointing stick, but adds two USB 3.0 ports, another Mini DisplayPort video output, and has a built-in battery that raises the runtime from 6 to 10 hours.Slim, powerful, portable, and built around a gorgeous screen. A lower price tag might be nice, given these models normally start at nearly $1,700. This new model just got its first-ever discount and you can snag one starting at $1,511.10 with free shipping.Lenovo ThinkPad Helix convertible 11.6-inch 1080p ultrabook for $1,511.10 plus free shipping (reg. $1,679)last_img read more

Second NXT live event in Chicago on 116 sells out quickly

first_img Pinterest Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Hulk Hogan Now Playing Up Next Stone Cold Steve Austin Tony Khan talks to the media after All Out, addresses Jon Moxley, Chris Jericho and more Triple H Facebook Videos Articles Wrestling Fans Mourn The Loss Of WWE Legend Mean Gene Okerlundcenter_img WWE COO Triple H posted the following on Twitter on Wednesday:“WOW! The second #NXTChicago show is officially #SoldOut in under 30 minutes. Thank you, Chicago…get ready for @WWENXT in 2016. #WeAreNXT”Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWrestling Fans Mourn The Loss Of WWE Legend Mean Gene OkerlundVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:38/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:37 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE AEW on TNT returning to Sears Centre Arena in Chicago on Thanksgiving Eve WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT AEW announces limited tickets are available for tonight’s All Out Pay-Per View Triple H Talks Neville On NXT Conference Call Now Playing Up Next Google+ Videos Articles Twitter Now Playing Up Next WhatsApplast_img read more

WSP increasing patrols to focus on dangerous impaired drivers

first_imgThe Washington State Patrol will begin increased patrols Wednesday, looking out for dangerous drivers over the holiday season.Six troopers will be stationed in Clark County, while four will be deployed in Cowlitz and Lewis counties as part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.Troopers will focus on aggressive driving, unrestrained occupants and impaired driving.The squad will be in place through Jan. 3.last_img